India  /  Published 26.02.21

Kashmir parties cheer decision

The cross-border consensus on the ceasefire agreement has raised the prospects of a thaw after years of troubled relations between India and Pakistan. Political parties in the Valley cheered the deci...
By Muzaffar Raina in Srinagar

India  /  Published 17.02.21

Sedition law not to gag ‘disquiet’

A Delhi court has said the law of sedition cannot be invoked to quieten disquiet. Additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana made the observation while granting bail on Monday to Devi Lal Burdak and S...
By PTI in New Delhi

India  /  Published 30.01.21

Mehbooba sees Kashmir template

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of exporting the Kashmir-specific template of “terrorising” people into “silence” to other p...
By Muzaffar Raina in Srinagar

Style  /  Published 23.09.20

The RBG chokers

She wore her favourite jabot to Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress: a white lace collar from South Africa. The rest of her fashion was elegant, if conservative...
By Anasuya Basu in

Calcutta  /  Published 20.09.20

Dissent to find voice again on Wednesday

The arrest of Umar Khalid. The NIA summons to scientist Partha Sarathi Ray. Pushing a farm bill “inimical” to farmers’ interests. The coronavirus had put the brakes on the massive p...
By Debraj Mitra in Calcutta


Opinion  /  Published 25.08.20

Ask again: Modi govt has no time for dissent

Fears of sickness, strangely enough, may incite stirrings of health. When many in India are disturbed by what appears to be an erosion of democratic principles and institutions, a debate about free sp...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 27.07.20

Speaking up: Dissent in India

Holding or expressing opinion at variance with those commonly or officially held is the meaning of the word, dissent, in an accessible dictionary. But in India, dissent has many meanings and many unex...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 20.07.20

Learning to unthink in pursuing knowledge

The uproar over fast-tracking a Covid-19 vaccine exposes a deepening malaise in India’s knowledge order. Less momentous examples have become endemic to our scholarship and research. We are growi...
By Sukanta Chaudhuri in

India  /  Published 08.07.20

Freedom of speech cry by ex-officers

Nearly a hundred former civil servants — all of who have retired from top positions in the bureaucracy — have picked up cudgels for the citizens’ right to freedom of speech and disse...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

India  /  Published 15.02.20

A valorous battle for dissent

Dissent is at the bottom of all debate, but when the debate itself is over dissent you can expect it to turn into diatribe.As it did several times on Saturday evening during the Calcutta Club The Tele...
By Sankarshan Thakur in Calcutta


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