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QBullet: Faridabad Aftermath, Transgender Principal and More

Take a look at the top news and views from across the papers this morning. 

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The construction of the mosque had resumed this month, nearly five years after it was stopped. (Courtesy: The Indian Express)

1.Ballabgarh Communal Tension - IE

The Indian Express  reports that the violence between the local jats and Muslims in Faridabad was a targeted attack on the latter. Afraid of what might happen next, the Muslims who fled confess that returning might just not be an option anymore.

The Muslims had planned to lay the roof at the ‘Atali Jama Masjid’ on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses to the violence said the mosque too was targeted, with about 10 men entering it and dousing the scaffolding with petrol.

Read the full story here.

2. India Gets its First Transgender College Principal - TOI

Finally, it looks like people from the third gender are getting their rightful place in the education sector. The Times of India reports that Krishnanagar Women’s College in West Bengal has appointed one Manabi Bandopadhyay as the college Principal. She will be India’s first transgender college principal.

Welcoming the decision, Rattan Lal Hangloo, vice-chancellor of the Kalyani University to which Krishnagar Women’s College is affiliated, said, “Manabi is a fine human being, a good academician and an able administrator. We are hopeful her appointment will empower other members of the transgender community.”

Read the full story here.

3. More Indians Prefer Salaried Jobs Over Self-employment - HT

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event. (Photo: Reuters) 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event. (Photo: Reuters) 

Hindustan Times reports that a government survey shows that there has been a significant fall in the number of self-employed individuals.

“It is not easy for a starter to survive with my own business because there is tough competition in bigger cities. There are costs such as regular payment to local authorities which one may not take into account while starting a business,” 34-year-old Nagpal said, explaining why he closed his factory in Badli industrial area and joined Gurgaon-based call centre.

Read the full story here.

4. Madrassas Dens of Gays, Ban Them: AMU Professor - TOI

A professor from Aligarh Muslim University caused quite a stir after he told a TV channel in a WhatsApp message that madrassas are centers of “vice and homosexuality” and that shutting them would be the only hope for Muslim youth in the country. He has now claimed that his phone was hacked.

Chat grabs show Raja saying, “We want removal of madrassa... Where homo sexuality is rampant...Maulanas are part of it”.

Read the full story here.

5. Nepal Earthquake: A Jar, a Transistor and a Pair of Slippers to Remember Them By - IE

The jar that Santa Maya Tamang used to carry. (Courtesy: The Indian Express)
The jar that Santa Maya Tamang used to carry. (Courtesy: The Indian Express)

The Indian Express’ Dipankar Ghose met with seven families who lost one family member each in the Nepal earthquake. Ghose brings back stories from each household and shows how belongings of the dead are keeping their memories alive.

Krishna had told his wife that they had to save for Sohin’s education, so the only toy they had spent money on was a small doll. Janisa cannot bring herself to look at the doll anymore. Krishna carries it with him wherever he goes.

Read the full story here.

6. Unlike BJP, We Understand Bihar and We’ll Win: Sharad Yadav - TOI

In an interview to the Times of India, JDU chief Sharad Yadav asserts that reports of differences in the Janata Parivar are completely false and that the alliance will rise to the occasion.

Reports are not a reflection of ground reality. Cadres of both parties and Bihar’s people are eager to teach BJP a lesson – they’re urging us to fight together.

Read the full interview here.

7. An Ally to Aspire For - HT

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. (Photo: PTI)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. (Photo: PTI)

An editorial in the Hindustan Times says that teaming up with Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa is the best bet for any party looking to extend its reach in south India. And the BJP, which sent some of its leaders to Amma’s swearing-in ceremony, is slowly getting there.

Read the full piece here.

8. Strong and Small - IE

Former Mumbai top cop Julio Ribeiro writes in The Indian Express that he believes the Modi government is strong enough to bring substantial changes in the country and that, that shouldn’t get buried in the noise made by petty acts of vengeance.

But instead of concentrating time and energy in bringing about such fundamental changes, his governmentseems to prioritise fixing Greenpeace and Teesta Setalvad, that intrepid champion of justice for the Muslim minority that fell victim to the 2002 Gujarat killings.

Read the full edit piece here.

9. Are you Ashamed of Being Indian? - TOI

Senior Journalist Sagarika Ghose writes in the Times of India that Modi has managed to win over Non Resident Indians, that he is NRI Hero No 1. But this call for “long distance nationalism” or “NRI nationalism” can be dangerous for India.

Tagore warned constantly of the dangers of nationalism and Gandhi made sure that his nationalism included all, even English people. Nationalism when defined as war on anyone critical of Modi government can become an exercise in polarising society rather than uniting it. In fact, NRI nationalism is dangerous for India.

Read the full piece here.

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