Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 15.06.21

Work together

A young doctor posted at a primary health centre in Maharashtra’s remote Melghat region found a simple solution to convince the local Korku tribal community to get inoculated. He spoke to them i...
By Jaideep Hardikar in

Opinion  /  Published 14.06.21

Risks of a vaccine rollout

Some experts consider the vaccine rollout a reason for the surge in the number of Covid cases. It may sound curious, but they argue that the perceived sense of safety induced low adherence to the prev...
By Atanu Biswas in

Opinion  /  Published 11.06.21

New model

For a second year in a row, students across India are unlikely to go to schools. While this has not affected the education of students in private schools, which swiftly transitioned to the online medi...
By Binit Agrawal in

Opinion  /  Published 08.06.21

Skeletons tumble out

It is impossible to obliterate the truth from history. The results of the assembly elections in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu as well as the outcome of the panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh...
By Amit Sadhukhan, Jameel Barkat in

Opinion  /  Published 31.05.21

Digital ennui is here

The word, ‘alternative’, while signifying another choice, is almost always suggestive of the premonition that the choice wouldn’t be as good as the option we are having to forego. Ye...
By Ritabrata Chakraborty in


Opinion  /  Published 24.05.21

Think again

“We didn’t want this conflict, but now that it’s started it has to end with a sustained period of quiet,” said Mark Regev, the spokesman for Israel’s prime minister, Benj...
By Gwynne Dyer in

Opinion  /  Published 21.05.21

Go digital

One thing that many people adapted to during the pandemic is handling technological tools and platforms. In 2020, we suddenly realized that almost all the necessities of modern life — from groce...
By Nitin Sangwan in

Opinion  /  Published 14.05.21

Not death enough

Two weeks ago, we lost a beloved member of the family to Covid-19. She was Mangala Bag, my mother’s attendant. She had cared for my mother, who is very ill, and all of us, deeply. She was only 5...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 10.05.21

Sea of trouble

I do not know who was more shocked, the hermit crab or me, when I picked up an auger shell (for the uninitiated, these are conical and spiral in shape) on the beach only to have a disgruntled set of c...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Opinion  /  Published 07.05.21

Common crime: Algeria

The announcement by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, that all classified documents pertaining to the occupation of Algeria and its war of independence would be made public meets a long-standing ...
By Vidyarthy Chatterjee in


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