“Why I Decided To Resign…”: Karnataka Lecturer’s Letter Amid Hijab Row

A lecturer at Jain PU College in Karnataka’s Tumakuru has resigned amid the hijab ban row

Chandini, a lecturer in Karnataka, has resigned amid the hijab row

Bengaluru: An English professor in Karnataka resigned today citing “self-respect” after she was allegedly asked to remove her hijab before entering college.

Chandini, a lecturer at the Jain PU College in Tumakuru, said she had worked at the college for almost three years but had been asked to remove her hijab for the first time.

“I have been working at Jain PU college for the last three years. I haven’t faced any issues so far. But yesterday, the principal told me that I can’t wear a hijab or any religious symbol while teaching. But I have taught for the last three years wearing hijab. This new decision is a hit to my self-respect. That’s why I have decided to resign,” Chandini told reporters.

The college principal KT Manjunath, however, said neither he nor anyone else in the management had ever asked her to remove the hijab.


The resignation letter by the lecturer in Karnataka

Schools and colleges in Karnataka have been had seen weeks of tension over hijab restrictions and protests against them.

The protests started late last year when six students alleged that they were stopped from attending class wearing the headscarf. As the protests spread to several colleges, there were counter-demonstrations involving saffron scarves.

Karnataka’s state government temporarily closed schools last week amid tension. As they reopen gradually, many schools and colleges have been seen telling students and teachers to remove the hijab before entering.

The Karnataka High Court has imposed a temporary ban on the wearing of all religious symbols in schools while it considers the headscarf ban.


HBL Pakistan Super League: Wahab leads Zalmi to crucial win over United despite Azam fireworks

LAHORE: With his side needing to win a game that had seemingly drifted away from them, Wahab Riaz delivered at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The Peshawar Zalmi skipper bowled a superb penultimate over of a tense HBL Pakistan Super League match against Islamabad United on Thursday night that ultimately sealed a 10-run win for his side.

United were severely depleted, missing their inspirational captain Shadab Khan, but Azam Khan almost stole a win for his side with a swashbuckling 85 before he was dismissed by Wahab on the first ball of that over.

United were requiring 24 runs to win at that point when Azam, who had already hit seven sixes and six fours, swung his bat. He got the elevation but not the distance as the ball was pouched by Ben Cutting at long-off.

Wahab then gave away just three more runs off that over, ending United’s hopes, and giving Zalmi the victory that saw them leapfrog their opponents into third place in the standings on 10 points.

United, have played a game less than Zalmi, who have just one more game left to confirm their playoff berth although they are now four clear of fifth-placed Quetta Gladiators who have two games left.

Chasing 207, United came charging out of the blocks, scoring at the same blistering pace with which Mohammad Haris (70 off 32) had started Peshawar Zalmi’s innings to set up the stiff target.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz had made opening partner Mubasir Khan, one of five changes to the United side due to injury or otherwise, a spectator at the other end — just like Haris had done with Hazratullah Zazai earlier — as he tore into the Zalmi attack at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The 20-year old Afghan opener had reached 46 of 18 deliveries with five sixes and three fours while being particularly severe on Usman Qadir, looking well set to break the record for the fastest 50 of the season for the second time in the match after Haris’ exploits.

But his attempt to hit Salman Irshad over the fence fell short and into the hands of Liam Livingstone — guilty of dropping Gurbaz earlier — at deep square.

Four balls later, Danish Aziz edged Wahab Riaz behind to Haris and United were 55-2 halfway through the fifth over. After a breathless first four overs, Zalmi could now breathe.

Mubasir (21) and Azam Khan, however were unrelenting. Azam hit Salman for consecutive fours in the sixth over, and added another boundary of Livingstone in the eighth, where Mubasir got a six and a four.

Zalmi needed Hussain Talat to tighten the screw and he oliged. After beating Mubasir on three successive deliveries, he forced him to block the fourth. With Mubasir under pressure and looking to hit, Hussain bowled an off-cutter that the United opener could only hit to Ben Cutting at long-on.

Azam, though, was proving to be an immovable object as he helped United reach 100 in the 11th over.

Having conceded 22 in his first over, Usman returned to bowl the 12th over but Azam completed a miserable day for the leg-spinner as he hit three sixes off him. Usman wasn’t given the ball after that.

Liam Dawson became the fourth United wicket when he was dismissed for four in the following over.

Salman removed stand-in United skipper Asif Ali (11) and Faheem Ashraf (nine) but Azam remained the key wicket. And once he was gone, United’s hopes were over.

Zalmi rode on an explosive start by Haris to put up 206 after they elected to bat.

With United’s bowling resources depleted due to injuries to Shadab and Zeeshan Zameer as well as Hasan Ali being rested, there was no respite from Haris.

Faheem was dispatched over square leg on the third delivery before Mohammad Musa was taken to the cleaners.

The first ball was hit for a six towards midwicket before Haris got three boundaries off the next three deliveries and another of the final one.

Faheem and Waqas Maqsood were hit for a six each in the next two overs as Zalmi raised their 50 in the fourth over with Haris having contributed 46.

He then reached the tournament’s fastest half-century, off 20 deliveries, with a four off Marchant de Lange, who was also hit for two fours by Zazai for two boundaries.

Zazai (13), however, was gone just after he had got going when he hit Liam Dawson to de Lange at long-on.

That, however, meant Yasir Khan (35) joined the party and he welcomed Zahir Khan with a four and two sixes to collect 20 runs off the Afghan spinner in the seventh over where Zalmi reached the 100-run mark.

Haris got the fifth six of his knock off Musa but fell with the score at 113 in the 10th over, caught at long leg by Musa off Waqas.

Zalmi looked for a total well in excess of 220 and Yasir seemed well set to take them there.

But after Zahir bagged him with a slower delivery in the 13th over, Zalmi couldn’t get the finish their stunning start craved.

Shoaib Malik (38) and Sherfane Rutherford (16) both hit two sixes each but United got back into the game, picking wickets at regular intervals while giving away just 41 runs in the last five overs. It didn’t matter in the end.



Batters & mode of dismissals R B 4s 6s SR

Hazratullah Zazai c de Lange b Dawson 13 12 2 0 108.33

Mohammad Haris c Musa b Waqas 70 32 7 5 218.75

Yasir Khan c Faheem b Zahir 35 24 3 2 145.83

Shoaib Malik c de Lange b Faheem 38 23 2 2 165.21

Sherfane Rutherford c Zahir b Faheem 16 9 0 2 177.77

Liam Livingstone c Asif b Faheem 9 8 0 1 112.50

Ben Cutting c Gurbaz b Waqas 0 2 0 0 0.00

Hussain Talat not out 8 7 0 0 114.28

Wahab Riaz c Gurbaz b de Lange 0 1 0 0 0.00

Usman Qadir not out 6 3 1 0 200.00

EXTRAS (LB-5, NB-1, W-5) 11

TOTAL (for eight wickets, 20 overs) 206

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-73 (Zazai), 2-113 (Haris), 3-135 (Yasir), 4-165 (Rutherford), 5-184 (Livingstone), 6-192 (Malik), 7-194 (Cutting), 8-198 (Wahab).

DID NOT BAT: Salman Irshad.

BOWLING: Faheem 4-033-3, Musa 2-0-33-0, Waqas 4-0-34-2 (4w), de Lange 3-0-22-1 (1w), Dawson 4-0-34-1, Zahir 3-0-35-1 (1nb).


Batters & mode of dismissals R B 4s 6s SR

Rahmanullah Gurbaz c Livingstone b Salman 46 19 3 5 242.10

Mubasir Khan c Cutting b Hussain 21 19 2 1 110.52

Danish Aziz c Haris b Wahab 0 3 0 0 0.00

Azam Khan c Cutting b Wahab 85 45 6 7 188.88

Liam Dawson c & b Cutting 4 6 0 0 66.66

Asif Ali c Hussain b Salman 11 12 0 1 91.66

Faheem Ashraf c Shoaib b Salman 9 6 2 0 150.00

Marchant de Lange not out 7 6 0 0 116.66

Muhammad Musa not out 6 5 1 0 120.00

EXTRAS (LB-1, NB-1, W-5) 7

TOTAL (for seven wickets, 20 overs) 196

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-54 (Gurbaz), 2-55 (Danish), 3-89 (Mubasir), 4-131 (Dawson), 5-158 (Asif), 6-182 (Faheem), 7-183 (Azam)

DID NOT BAT: Waqas Maqsood, Zahir Khan.

BOWLING: Livingstone 2-0-32-0, Qadir 2-0-41-0, Wahab 4-0-26-2 (1w, 1nb), Salman 4-0-29-3 (2w), Hussain 4-0-30-1 (1w), 4-0-37-1 (1w).

RESULT: Peshawar Zalmi won by 10 runs

UMPIRES: Richard Illingworth (England) and Ahsan Raza (Pakistan)

TV UMPIRE: Asif Yaqoob (Pakistan)

MATCH REFEREEE: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Moscow expels Washington’s deputy chief of mission

KYIV: Russia expelled the deputy chief of the US mission in Moscow on Thursday. The State Department confirmed the expulsion of Bart Gorman, calling it unprovoked.

The move came amid heightened tensions between Russia and the US, fuelled by fears that Moscow plans to invade Ukraine.

Gorman was second in command at the US embassy in Moscow and had an open visa. He spent less than three years in Moscow.

Washington accused Moscow of misleading the world with disinformation by saying it was returning some troops to bases, charging that Moscow has instead added as many as 7,000 more troops near its tense border with Ukraine.

UN Security Council to discuss standoff

Tensions spiked on Thursday along the line that separates Ukrainian forces from Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east, with the parties accusing each other of intensive shelling. Western fears resurged that Russia is planning to invade Ukraine, after weeks of East-West tensions that have threatened Europe’s post-Cold War balance of power.

The US and its Nato partners said they had seen no sign yet of Russia’s promised troop withdrawal.

“We’ve seen some of those troops inch closer to that border. We see them fly in more combat and support aircraft,” US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said at Nato headquarters in Brussels.

“We see them sharpen their readiness in the Black Sea. We even see them stocking up their blood supplies. You don’t do these sort of things for no reason, and you certainly don’t do them if you’re getting ready to pack up and go home.”

Russia held out an offer of diplomacy, handing the US response to offers to engage in talks on limiting missile deployments in Europe, restrictions on military drills, and other confidence-building measures.

As US Secretary of State Antony Blinken headed to New York for the UN Security Council meeting and then Germany for the Munich Security Conference, Russia delivered its long-awaited responses to US proposals on Ukraine and broader European security. A senior State Department official said the Russians had presented this response to US Ambassador John Sullivan in Moscow.

Positive signals from Moscow lowered the temperature in the crisis earlier in the week, but the heat was back up on Thursday, where Western powers estimating Russia has 150,000-plus troops massed outside Ukraine’s borders.

“We have seen the opposite of some of the statements. We have seen an increase of troops over the last 48 hours, up to 7,000,” said British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace before a meeting of the western alliance in Brussels.

That squared with what a US official had said on Wednesday.

British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey even called Russia’s claim to be withdrawing troops disinformation. Russia accuses the West of the same.

It has enough troops, enough capabilities, to launch a full-fledged invasion of Ukraine with very little or no warning time, Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

“The fact that you’re putting a battle tank on a train and moving it in some direction doesn’t prove a withdrawal of troops.”

While no attack materialised on Wednesday as some had feared, Western officials warned the threat of invasion remains high and vowed to counter it.

“The consequences of this mass buildup — nearly 60 per cent of Moscow’s land combat forces — on the border of a sovereign nation will get you the opposite effect,” Wallace said.

“We are deadly serious,” he added, and we’e going to face the threat that is currently being posed.

Moscow said several times this week that some forces are pulling back to their bases, but it gave few details that would allow for an independent assessment of the scope and direction of the troop movement.

Russian defence ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov offered a bit more detail on Thursday, saying that Russian tank and infantry units that took part in drills in the Kursk and Bryansk regions, both of which neighbour Ukraine, were pulling back to their permanent bases in Nizhny Novgorod region.

He said that some of those units already had arrived at their bases after a 700-kilometer journey east.

Troops deployed for exercises in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, have moved back to Chechnya and Dagestan, in North Caucasus, he noted.