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St Stephen's: Murder In The Cathedral?

Narrow religiosity is contorting the grand ethos of a capital college

St Stephen's: Murder In The Cathedral?
Tribhuvan Tiwari
St Stephen's: Murder In The Cathedral?
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The keeper of this graveyard might soon receive a new body, whose name (and fame) dwarfs all the others. This is St Stephen's College, Delhi. That the applicant has been ailing has been known for some time. Hope lingered that its illness might be reversed. However, news has just come in that the college authorities plan to inject a poison that would, in effect, kill off the patient. When that happens, the corpse would command the largest tombstone in what is already a well-populated graveyard.

St Stephen's College was founded in 1881 by a band of priests from Cambridge. For the first few decades of its existence, it was not much more than a mofussil college. Then, in 1911, the British decided to shift the capital of India to Delhi. Now the influence of the college grew, and grew. In the years after Independence, it came to be primus inter pares among the colleges of the University of Delhi, itself India's first truly national university.

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