Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 21.09.21

Calcutta: A city in danger

The climate negotiation has come full circle. Twelve years back, during the United Nations’s climate summit in Copenhagen, mayors of several important cities were shown the door midway through t...
By Jayanta Basu

Opinion  /  Published 17.09.21

Learning difficulty: NEP and NDEAR

Endear (verb): cause to be loved or liked. Now switch to NDEAR or the National Digital Education Architecture launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week. Addressing the inaugural conclave of t...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 14.09.21

Waste not: Urban compost

It’s better to bin it than bag it. We generate millions of tonnes of biodegradable solid and liquid waste every day. What do we do with those large mounds of rot? Some small towns are showing us...
By Jaideep Hardikar

Opinion  /  Published 13.09.21

Cornered Dragon

India recently despatched four warships to the disputed South China Sea region to enforce its maritime claim over the world’s most contested waters. While geopolitical analysts and foreign polic...
By Pranay Kumar Shome

Opinion  /  Published 07.09.21

Darwin’s dead: Evolution out of syllabus

The Central Board of Secondary Education has ‘rationalized’ the curriculum for the 10th and 12th standards, keeping in mind the loss of school hours for the last one and a half years due t...
By Sreetamaa Gupta


Opinion  /  Published 06.09.21

China Diary: Old anger for Japan

China has 1.01 billion netizens in a population of 1.43 billion people. Their clout can be enormous, or negligible, depending on how the Communist Party of China perceives it. Last week, the authorit...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 20.08.21

NE: Gird the borders

Border disputes in the northeastern states are so commonplace that they seldom grab headlines unless the violence takes a toll on lives. And now, with the Taliban taking news centre stage, this little...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 17.08.21

Wet and dry: Climate change and farmers

Bhattijam is a 100-household village in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra surrounded by small paddy fields interspersed with forest patches. The village belongs to the Dhivars, a fishing communit...
By Jaideep Hardikar

Opinion  /  Published 13.08.21

Think anew: Informal networks

The post-pandemic world would be different. The architecture of economic and social institutions should be commensurate with this new world. The hardest hit in the pandemic has been the poor. To under...
By Indranil De, Prasid Chakraborty

Opinion  /  Published 06.08.21

Still kept out: Women in business

The recent dispute between corporates and female claimants for seats on the board has propelled the discussion on attitude towards women in business. The conflicts in the Murugappa group’s Ambad...
By Parikshit Mishra, Trisha Shreyashi


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