Students from various organizations during their march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in solidarity with the JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, in New Delhi, Feb. 18. (Kamal Singh | PTI)

Students from various organizations during their march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in solidarity with the JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, in New Delhi, Feb. 18. (Kamal Singh | PTI)

A year has passed since our co-founder Ashok K. Gupta left us for the heavenly abode. We would like to take a moment as we remember him in our thoughts and prayers.

A major political storm has engulfed India, the Indian Parliament, and the living rooms of citizens of the country, and is still being debated as angry student protests are growing outside on the streets. (@Siliconeer, #Siliconeer, #Delhi, #JNU, #KanhaiyaKumar, #FreedomofSpeech, #IndianStudentsProtest, @narendramodi, Siliconeer Editorial)


A year has passed since our co-founder Ashok K. Gupta left us for the heavenly abode. We would like to take a moment as we remember him in our thoughts and prayers.

A major political storm has engulfed India, the Indian Parliament, and the living rooms of citizens of the country, and is still being debated as angry student protests are growing outside on the streets. It is still not clear who exactly should be blamed for the alleged sedition. There is a strong flow of slander and rebuttal from either side as there is very little credible proof to support the claims by either side. Political leaders, news media and other bigwigs meanwhile have been actively taking sides in speaking for and against both the JNU students and the government, based on their perception of the situation. Before we start to take sides, shouldn’t there be an explanation as to why, if at all, were the “anti-national” slogans allowed repeatedly, why did the police, or JNU administration, or students, not stop or react to alleged “outsiders” raising any kind of anti-national slogans. How can raising the country’s national flag on the university campus even be an issue for any Indian. The matter involving sedition charges is still awaiting a court verdict. While Kanhaiya was granted bail for six months, two other JNU students are still in custody, but the political brouhaha is far from over. A Siliconeer report.

The call for reservation in jobs and education was sounded once again by the Jat community of the northern state of Haryana in India who demanded a place in the category of the Other Backward Communities by way of a special ordinance, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

Ever wonder if you have been victim of scams such as immigration, religious belief, education, mortgage or financing, false advertising … the list is endless and most of the immigrant community is vulnerable due to their fear and ignorance of the law. A recent meet between members of the ethnic media and the Federal Trade Commission was organized by New America Media in San Francisco, writes Amar D. Gupta.

India and the U.S. have reportedly discussed plans to conduct joint naval patrols in the potentially resource rich South China Sea that is claimed by China.  Rival claimants of the waters include Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. A U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters recently that U.S.-India joint patrols could be launched within the year, writes Siddharth Srivastava.

St. Valentine’s Day, once a time of love, compassion, dreams, wrapped in a blanket of romance, to fulfill and to bask in the warmth of the mythology. Alas, once the day for love has joined Mother’s Day, Christmas, et al, as a money machine of candy and cards. Yet, there are still some who cherish the true meaning with introspection and an outpouring of love. Valentine’s Day is also a time to remember special times and special places, writes our travel editor Al Auger. 

Siliconeer wishes all readers a very happy Holi!