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Toxic labels

In the 1980s, when I was in my twenties, I made no secret of the fact that I found the state's CPI(M) government to be culturally reactionary and Stalinist to the core (Stalinism, in my book, being a strong, pejorative term and not, as some people still use it, a label of praise). Being even more unwise than I am now, I didn't particularly care who knew my 
The Thin Edge
Ruchir Joshi
Apr 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Worst Shame

The alleged gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kashmir should bring the nation's attention to bear on, among other things, the apparently growing practice of child rape. At the time the murder of the little girl burst on India's consciousness, the media reported at least two, if not more, child rapes elsewhere, with one child murdered, as well as 
Apr 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Long Shadow

The baton seems to have been passed on to new hands in Cuba. The National Assembly recently placed the reins of the communist nation in the hands of Miguel Díaz-Canel. This means that the name, Castro, would no longer be associated with premiership in the island nation for the first time in almost six decades. Yet, as is the case with communist States, the transition could well be ornamental. What strengthens the suspicion of the change of guard being symbolic is that the 
Apr 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Paying homage

The intriguing drawings of the Dutch master, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669), closely based on Mughal paintings, demonstrate how trade and commerce brought faraway countries and disparate cultures in close contact with each other long before economic globalization, as we know it today, was even thought of, and how this cross-fertilization 
Soumitra Das Apr 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Best friends; Dark time; Better solutions; Good work; Dangerous tracks; Great damage; Safety measures

Best friends

• Sir - It was saddening to learn that Willow, the pet corgi of Queen Eliza... | Read»

Dark time

• Sir - India is striving to achieve prosperity. But this means little when... | Read»

Better solutions

• Sir - I read in a newspaper report that if tonnes of garbage are burnt, t... | Read»

Good work

• Sir - The teenaged Mehuli Ghosh must be lauded for winning the silver med... | Read»

Dangerous tracks

• Sir — The death of four elephants — they were hit by a speeding train in ... | Read»

Great damage

• Sir — Vandalism during the two recent bandhs led to the loss of property ... | Read»

Safety measures

• Sir — The row over security cover to Lalu Prasad’s family is amusing. The... | Read»

Apr 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Season of acquittals

Leaders and spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party were particularly exuberant all through last week, adopting a tone that was triumphant and aggressive. Looking at them from afar, it would seem that the party had won a war, or, at the very least, an election.
Manini Chatterjee Apr 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Shadow boxing

"I will do such things, -/ What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be/ The terrors of the earth." - ( King Lear, Act II, Scene 4).  There are occasions when only Shakespeare will do, and Donald Trump was really, really cross.
Gwynne Dyer Apr 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Mirror image

The image of India and its leaders in the eyes of the world has changed - for the worse. This was articulated by the Bombay High Court, which reportedly observed that the dominant ideas about India among the international community involve "crime and rape". The high court is not off the mark; the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua sent so many shockwaves through the global community that the International Monetary Fund chief, Christine Lagarde, asked the prime minister, Narendra Modi, to pay greater heed to keeping women in his country safe.
Apr 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Vanishing trick

The more things change, the more they remain the same. No matter which dispensation in is government, the utter disregard for the state's cultural heritage is alarming. Last week, on World Heritage Day, a number of intellectuals and conservationists took to the streets of Calcutta to protest against the rapid disappearance of several heritage buildings of the city.
Apr 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Traffic stopper; Reasonable advice; More misery

Traffic stopper

• Sir - Lakhs of stray cattle roam the streets of urban India. They cause t... | Read»

Reasonable advice

• Sir - It seems that the historian and a veteran member of the Communist P... | Read»

More misery

• Sir - The Syrian civil war, which started in 2011, has worsened in the la... | Read»

Apr 23, 2018 00:00 IST

Triumph of ethics

Aruna Roy is unusual. Unusual in what she thinks, says, does; unusual in what she means to people and organizations, unusual in all that she has been. Her friends, colleagues, the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan of which she is the inspiration, know this to be so. All those who have worked by her side for the Right to Information Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act know this to be so.
GOPALKRISHNA GANDHI Apr 22, 2018 00:00 IST

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