Silence that speaks a thousand words

POONACHI, OR THE STORY OF A BLACK GOAT By Perumal Murugan, Context, Rs 499
Sujaan Mukherjee Jun 08, 2018 00:00 IST

Crisis in the free world

DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT Edited by Surendra Munshi, Oxford, Rs 595
Maidul Islam Jun 08, 2018 00:00 IST

Chaos as life

Shreyashi Ganguly Jun 08, 2018 00:00 IST

In dialogue with a tradition

In December, 1957 Saul Bellow wrote to the young Philip Roth about the manuscript of the long short story, "Expect the Vandals", that Roth had sent him. Bellow's "reaction" "was on the positive side", but "mixed, too". While he liked the story's "straightness" and the "plainness about biology", he was less enthusiastic about what, in one episode, he felt was an " Idea". "I have a thing about Ideas in stories," he wrote, gently pointing to what he felt was the younger writer's problem. And he ended by giving Roth his own agent's address.
Bhaswati Chakravorty Jun 08, 2018 00:00 IST

Perilous journey; Empty vessel; Out of reach; Choked up

Perilous journey

• Sir - This year, for the first time, June 3 was celebrated as World Bicyc... | Read»

Empty vessel

• Sir - The pronouncements on ancient India's mastery of science and techno... | Read»

Out of reach

• Sir - It is shocking that the price of petrol was slashed by just one pai... | Read»

Choked up

• Sir - Plastic has become an integral part of our lives. But plastic poses... | Read»

Jun 08, 2018 00:00 IST

One step more

POWER TO THE PEOPLE (Roli, Rs 495) by Aruna Roy with the MKKS Collective chronicles the birth of the legislation that, in several ways, changed the functioning of the Indian democracy. The prose of the book is evocative and its language lucid. Nowhere is there an iota of pride about the considerable achievements of this group. The pride lies elsewhere; there is a sense of deep admiration for the struggles of ordinary people and how this has shaped the country into what it is today.
Jun 08, 2018 00:00 IST

Looking for partners

France is back: vigorous, lucid, ambitious. Hurray. But who else is there to help Emmanuel Macron get Europe going again? Italy is having a nervous breakdown, Spain weighed down by trouble at home, Poland throwing a massive wobbly, Britain hovering near the exit and Germany slumped on the sofa. Talk about a dysfunctional family.
Timothy Garton Ash Jun 07, 2018 00:00 IST

Safety is a professional matter

The storm in a teacup involving a political leader and his flight in a private jet appears to have blown over with the directorate general of civil aviation announcing an investigation. What was reported later as a mere autopilot malfunction was thus described by a passenger: “The whole flight experience left the passengers... fearing for the lives. The crew was also apparently petrified and admitted that the flight was particularly frightening and uncommon.”   
Brijesh D. Jayal Jun 07, 2018 00:00 IST

Old enough

When the gaze of the country seems to be turning backwards rather than forwards, the courts sometimes sound a note of hope. The Kerala High Court has ruled in the case of a 19-year-old girl living with her 18-year-old male partner that as adults they are free to live together. The girl's father had instituted a habeas corpus case, claiming that the girl was being held captive. 
Jun 07, 2018 00:00 IST

Blood brothers

Violence can be a great leveller. This seems particularly true of West Bengal. The panchayat elections, which took place last month, witnessed several incidents of barbarity. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which is emerging as the principal challenger to the ruling Trinamul Congress, claimed that over 50 supporters had lost their lives during the time that preceded the polls. Similar losses were reported by the Left, the Congress and even the TMC. The simmering political rivalries were manifest not only in the form of killings: brutal intimidation of supporters, usually from Opposition parties, was common.     
Jun 07, 2018 00:00 IST

Precious lives; Unfair remarks; Right step; Uphill task

Precious lives

• Sir - The interception of a vehicle smuggling gibbons and other animals i... | Read»

Unfair remarks

• Sir - In a tweet, a spokesman of the Congress called the prime minister, ... | Read»

Right step

• Sir - Following the decision of the Prime Minister's Office in Nepal to g... | Read»

Uphill task

• Sir - It is laudable that China has removed 8.5 tonnes of waste from Moun... | Read»

Jun 07, 2018 00:00 IST


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