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1.Indian hockey’s moment of glory has been in the making for years
India beat Germany 5-4 this morning to win the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. It’s the first Olympic medal since the men’s team won the gold in Moscow in 1980.
The jubilation owes a lot to a more organized approach over the last few years. A medal was always within the realms of possibility as India entered the Olympics with a world ranking of 5. In the current Olympics, the only teams India lost to are Australia and Belgium, the two finalists.
The evidence for a more organized approach comes from the fact that five players in the senior squad are from the team that won the junior World Cup in 2016. There is now a more effective method of converting the potential at the junior level into results at the senior level.
That is the only way to build on the breakthrough moment that the Tokyo Olympics represent for both men and women representing India in hockey. Eventually, the talent needs to be located in an effective system to produce results.
2.Two-year itch: Post 370, J&K awaits a permanent political arrangement. Speed up delimitation process
The best way to note the second anniversary of nullification of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status? Speed up the process to get to a clear political road map – through a timeline that doesn’t stretch beyond a year. PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with leaders of J&K parties in June has shown that Article 370, a long-pending issue in the Supreme Court, may not become a stumbling block for political talks. This is a better approach than keeping everything on hold and waiting for a judicial outcome. Valley parties should know that BJP promised the nullification, got a second consecutive large Lok Sabha majority and kept its promise – jousting with the governing party on this will be pointless.
Happily, there’s much cross-party support for restoration of statehood in J&K. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who hails from Jammu, has suggested that statehood be restored in the “short-term” before holding assembly elections. The stated hindrance for holding elections is the ongoing delimitation exercise, which has been delayed and has received an extension until March next year. The Delimitation Commission’s recent visit to the Valley where it met with political representatives and its promise of a “free, transparent” process has allayed some of the fears that the exercise will whittle down Kashmir’s share of seats in the legislative assembly.
While 4G connectivity restoration and the District Development Council elections were big milestones in the path to normalcy, continuing detention of many political prisoners remains a sour note for many Kashmiris. On the flip side, New Delhi also has to be mindful of the changed security situation in view of Taliban’s advances in Afghanistan, apart from the Chinese buildup in eastern Ladakh. Suspected drone sightings in recent days after the drone attack in June suggest that cross-border terror will continue irrespective of political advances.
Ultimately, it is the economy that matters most to the ordinary person on the street. The momentous events of August 5, 2019, and movement and communications restrictions in its wake, followed by the pandemic and lockdowns, were back-to-back shocks for J&K’s economic activity. Greater commercial engagement with the rest of India is the Valley’s best bet for quick revival. This would bring back much-needed jobs for the young. Like the 1996 election at the peak of insurgency that brought Kashmir back from the brink, all stakeholders must reaffirm their commitment to the political process. This is the only road to democracy, statehood, and most importantly, peace and development.
3.Stop attacking interfaith marriages | HT Editorial
The political regime appears to be enabling a climate of fear, distrust and violence and reinforcing the paranoia around interfaith marriages
The idea of “love jihad” — where Muslim men ostensibly entrap Hindu women (sometimes by masking their own religion) and lure them into marriage (and then force them to convert), with the objective of changing the demography — has been a part of the vocabulary of Hindutva politics. From the fringe, this idea has got increasing mainstream acceptance within the political system. Now, Uttar Pradesh chief minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath has threatened death for those supposedly engaged in it, while Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has spoken of bringing a law against “love jihad”. This is surprising because as recently as February, the home ministry told Parliament that the term isn’t defined in law and that no such cases were reported by central agencies.
The use of such vocabulary to describe interfaith relationships is insidious. It is a reflection of bigotry and patriarchy and has tremendous inflammatory potential. Indian society must embrace relationships across class, caste, and yes, religion, for there is no more effective way to integrate communities, develop empathy and understanding, and deepen national unity. No relationship or marriage should of course be based on either coercion or deception — and if there are any such instances, irrespective of the gender or religion of the person, then there must be legal implications. But to bracket any relationship which may involve a Muslim man and Hindu woman as an instance of a conspiracy to undermine Hindus is outright false. It is based on treating women as the property of others and denies them their agency; it is also based on manufactured fears and false stereotypes about Muslims. If a couple wants to get married, it is the State’s duty to enable them to exercise their right. Instead, the political regime appears to be enabling a climate of fear, distrust and violence and reinforcing the paranoia around interfaith marriages.