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Standing tall

The late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam liked to tell stories with morals. A story he was particularly fond of related to ...

Hollow test: Exams are tools of ideological control

In his eminently entertaining first autobiography, My Early Life: A Roving Commission, published in 1930,...
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Living the lie: How parakeets are invented

On August 31 last, the Republican National Convention and Kenosha were the themes of Last Week Tonight wi...

True fighter : Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As if the year 2020 had not thrown enough curveballs already, just last week Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of th...

Dual burden: Women and domestic space

Challenging the sexual division of labour has been one of the magnanimous victories of the struggles launched ...

The art of burying the truth

It is doubtful whether Jawaharlal Nehru ever read Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, that wickedly funny and...

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Opinion  /  Published 21.09.20

At odds: To ciminalize suicide, or not to?

The corpus of legislation in India is extensive. It is, therefore, not entirely unexpected that the laws governing the same issue may turn out to be contradictory in nature. It thus falls upon the jud...
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Opinion  /  Published 21.09.20

New vista: Govt suspends MPLADS

Prescience is supposed to be a good thing. But its results can be unexpected. India’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government seems to have foreseen that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue till 2...
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Opinion  /  Published 21.09.20

Trust and democracy

Does democracy need the trust of the people? Many people think that the loss of people’s trust in establishment parties in the United States of America and Europe has led to the rise of populist...
By Rakhahari Chatterji in

Opinion  /  Published 21.09.20

Bare impunity: The emperors of nakedness

There is a pithy Gujarati word that keeps coming to mind while observing recent political events. That word is 'nagai'. Nagai (pronounced naa-gai) has, as its root, the Sanskrit...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 20.09.20

Fishy fund: Mahua Moitra attacks PM-Cares

The glow is back Sir — It was after ages that I spotted a firefly in the house recently. There are also more insects swarming around street lamps and even the ‘Diwali poka’ see...
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Opinion  /  Published 20.09.20

Extinction report: World wildlife population

The Anthropocene — a geological period signifying human predations on the planet — can no longer be denied. The Living Planet Report 2020 by the World Wildlife Fund found that th...
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Opinion  /  Published 20.09.20

Fight the fire: Sudarshan TV & 'UPSC Jihad'

Restraint is, expectedly, a rare phenomenon during shrill times. The propensity for distorting the truth and vilifying minorities, some of the consequences of the absence of restraint in the instituti...
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Opinion  /  Published 20.09.20

Heal the fourth estate

The media is a critical public institution that facilitates discursive interactions in a democracy. As the fourth estate, it is central to democratic resilience in India. However, given the contempora...
By Anita Tagore in

Opinion  /  Published 20.09.20

Rumblings in Nagaland

The statement from the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) came as a shocker: the Nagas, it said, are ready to “fight another war” if their political rights and history are...
By Subir Bhaumik in

Opinion  /  Published 20.09.20

Stripes over mane: The tiger's victory over the lion

It was nearly half a century ago this very month in September 1972 that the task force on the tiger presented its report to the government. We live in a world where the conservation of wildlife and, e...
By Mahesh Rangarajan in


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