India

EDITORIAL: Godse in their Mind

In the final instance, both Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, and terror-accused, Pragya Singh Thakur, represent the essence and inner soul of the RSS-BJP. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, who currently call the shots in the government and the party, are quintessential examples of how the hardline operates with not even a pretence of either inner-party democracy, or belief in secular pluralism of the Indian Constitution. The typical bigoted and abusive troll or bhakt, who have no sense of  post-independent India’s history, is thereby the fundamental scaffolding of this party.

One Rizwan Too Many

Javaid Naikoo, Srinagar

 Rizwan Asad Pandit, 30, a resident of Pulwama in south Kashmir, is the latest victim of an interrogation centre in Kashmir. On March 17, the Jammu and Kashmir police picked up Rizwan during a raid on his home and reportedly shifted him to Cargo, a counter-insurgency police station and interrogation centre in Srinagar.

This is how your vote is stolen

At the time of writing this analysis, three rounds of the staggered seven-phase general election have been completed. However, much of what was feared from the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) seems to be playing out in different voting booths in diverse parts of the country. Hundreds of thousands of voters have found their names deleted, EVMs have malfunctioned, and the Voter Verified Paper Trail (VVPAT), meant to preserve the EVM’s integrity, has not just stumbled, but also fallen short on its promised seven-second display after the casting of vote.