India Today November 15, 2021

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in this issue

3 min
from the editor-in-chief

Humans are social animals—they cannot live without company. The need for mental and physical intimacy is a primal human urge. Relation-ships define us and our lives. So while the Covid-19 pandemic, the biggest global disruption of the past 75 years, adversely affected physical and mental health, it had an equally significant impact on interpersonal relationships. Last year, we retreated into our homes and socially distanced ourselves from each other in one of the world’s harshest lockdowns. Relationships suffered. A global survey by a popular dating app found that 48 per cent of respondents had broken up with or stopped seeing their partner or significant other and had not hooked up since January 2020. Gen Z respondents accounted for 53 per cent of this statistic. When the lockdown eased, there was…

7 min
the emerging shape of an opposition alliance

Om Prakash Rajbhar, chief of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP), a regional outfit in Uttar Pradesh with four seats in the 403-member state assembly, tweeted a photograph on October 20 of his meeting with Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav. The image was captioned ‘Abki baar, BJP saaf (This time the BJP will be routed)’. Rajbhar had just days ago held inconclusive seat-sharing talks with the BJP, a former ally. Speculation on which way he would go was put to rest on October 27 when Akhilesh turned up as chief guest at the SBSP foundation day rally in Mau district. “The red cap of the SP and yellow cap of the SBSP are now one,” he said. Poking the BJP, he added: “If the West Bengal election was ‘khela…

6 min
stripping off the cloak of secrecy

“If you want to keep a secret, you must hide it from yourself.” A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, quoted this line from George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984 while delivering its order on October 27 on the Pegasus spyware controversy. The court took exception to the government’s refusal to file a detailed response to the allegations made by the petitioners in the case, and observed that it “should not take an adversarial position when the fundamental rights of citizens are at threat”. Even while admitting that the scope of judicial review is limited in matters relating to national security, the three-judge bench categorically asserted that the state cannot ‘get a free pass’ by raising the spectre of ‘national security’. The court also appointed a three-member…

5 min
the sasikala conundrum

On October 30, politicians of every hue in Tamil Nadu, led by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, made a bee-line for the samadhi of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar at Pasumpon in Ramanathapuram district on his 114th birth anniversary. But the event honouring the late freedom fighter and spiritual icon was eclipsed by the buzz over the possible return to the AIADMK of another member of his Mukkalothor Thevar cohort, V.K. Sasikala. Released from jail in January this year, after a four-year-long incarceration in a Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, the late Jayalalithaa’s mer-curial aide is suddenly making news again. Sasikala had gone to Thevar’s Pasumpon shrine a day ahead in a convoy bearing the AIADMK flag. During the week-long tour of Thanjavur, Madurai and Ramanathapuram districts in southern Tamil Nadu, Sasikala was…

4 min
are quotas crowding out merit candidates?

On July 29, the Union government issued a notification introducing two new reservations for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses, beginning this academic year. Of the seats under All India Quota (AIQ), 10 per cent will be reserved for EWS (economically weaker section) candidates and 27 per cent for OBC (other backward classes) candidates. AIQ seats were introduced in 1986 under the direction of the Supreme Court to provide domicile-free, merit-based opportunities to students from any state to study in good medical col-leges in other states. As a result of the notification, 2,500 seats in postgraduate (PG) courses in medical colleges will go to OBC candidates, with 1,000 for EWS candidates. However, admissions to PG courses this year, which were supposed to start on October 25, remain stalled as the…

1 min
plane speaking

Talk of a united opposition against the BJP for the 2022 UP assembly election is in the air. Quite literally. On board a Delhi-Lucknow flight late last month, Congress general secretary and UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi had a brief chit-chat with SP (Samajwadi Party) national president Akhilesh Yadav. No one knows what they discus sed. Leaders of both parties called the meeting a coincidence. But then, nine days later, Priyanka flew out of Lucknow on a chartered jet with RLD (Rashtriya Lok Dal) chief Jayant Chaudhary. Chaudhary was in the lounge of the Lucknow airport when Priyanka persuaded him to fly to Delhi. What’s brewing? Priyanka paradropping on the SP-RLD alliance?…