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Editorial in MDM

After a gap of a year,  Kerala has reported the incidence of of Nipah virus again.  The 20-year old student from Thodupuzha,  hailing from Vadakkekkara in  North Paravoor, Ernakulam is the one suspected to be afflicted.  He was admitted to hospital in the last week of May while staying in Thrissur.  When his fever worsened,  he was shifted to a private hospital in Kochi.

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The Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) summit that just concluded  on Saturday in Makkah has strongly condemned the US decision of declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,  and the stance of the countries that backed it. 

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When Narendra Modi's second cabinet has taken office,  there are more novelties than legacy, the most notable of them being Amit Shah taking over the home portfolio.   Nirmala Sitharaman has taken charge as finance minister,  Dr Subramaniam Jaishankar as minister of foreign affairs and Ramesh Pokhriyal as minister of human resource development.

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Social media had recently torn to pieces a Malayali family's act of naming a  pet cat Chunchu Nair and inserting a death anniversary advert in that same name. That ad with that name was a specimen  of the ways in which caste pride works in society.  At first glance of the criticisms against that advert, one may breathe a sigh of relief that  our society is vigilant about false caste pride.   But that is only optics.

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After a two-month festival of democracy with the general election,  the country is waking up to the fiesta of sports.   With the curtain going up on the 12th World Cup Cricket in Kennington Oval, London, the heartbeat of a billion-plus Indians is also set to quicken.  For,  now there is no game other than cricket that has taken so deep roots in India with so much of popularity. 

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The debacle suffered by Indian National Congress in  Lok Sabha elections has plunged it into a huge crisis.  Rahul Gandhi has been persisting that he would resign,  accepting responsibility for the defeat.  Intense efforts to dissuade him from that step by his mother Sonia Gandhi,  sister Priyanka Gandhi,  senior leaders Ahmed Patel,  Jyothiraditya Singhya and Sachin Pilot,  have not been successful so far.   As of now, Rahul is insistent that he will step down to erase the impression that Congress is a family property of Nehru famil

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The results of European Union (EU) parliament election give clear signs of the sun setting on the Union.   The polls show major setbacks to the moderate right parties and social democrats,  advocates of the  concept of e European Union.  Conversely the polls have given major gains for the far-right forces and populist parties both championing racial politics. 

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The speech of Narendra Modi,  all set to take over as prime minister for a second term,  at the parliamentary party meeting of BJP and National Democratic Alliance (NDA),  stood out for more than one reason. 

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It is losers galore in the Lok Sabha election.  Many leaders including chief ministers and top rung of parties,  who had expected victory, have suffered defeat.  Although there was nothing unnatural in defeat,  when they are compared with many who have been elected,  one can only lament the fate of the nation. 

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"Nathuram Godse was a patriot, and will remain so.  People calling him a terrorist should introspect",  so said Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur about the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi,  Nathuram Godse. 

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