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Cauvery water dispute, a Faustian bargain.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. It was not just another crime in India. It was a well-planned act of terrorism conducted by LTTE, which is no different than Lashkar-e-Taiba. Leaving the politics apart, we should understand that he was not just another person. He was elected prime minister of India. And his assassination was an attack on India. Supreme court ruling premature release of Nalini Sriharan, her husband and 3 other convicts were welcomed by DMK leaders. These convicts are not Indian citizens. The media treated them as celebrities. They were discussing their future plans, their relief and rehabilitation at the state's expenditure, instead of deportation. Rohingya Muslims coming to India after losing everything they had is for survival. It is ironic that we Indians treat those asylum seekers as terrorists and attack them. Most developed countries demonstrate compassion towards refugees. On the other hand, the r

Whose freedom are we celebrating on our Independence Day?

 Two Kuki women were paraded naked on camera by a mob of men in broad day light in Manipur on May 4, 2023. They were groped and molested. One was also gang raped by the mob. They told media that they were taken by police from their Neighbour's house and were handed over to the mob in the outskirts of their village. It's been more than 3 months since this incident. A short video surfaced on social media sites on 19 July 2023. Around 25 men were part of that mob. Only seven men were arrested even after video creating massive public outcry and media uproar. So, whose freedom are we celebrating on this Independence Day? There were several stories in media and social media sites after the video emerged. All those stories convey that the violence was spontaneous. They wanted to tell that it is due to the issues between majority Meiteis and minority Kukis which is ongoing from several decades. It is true that there were issues between these two communities from several decades. But th