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Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 17.12.21

All that glitters is hidden wealth

While we know that inequality is bad, we do not deal with it. In India, we have normalized it, just like brazen communalization, bigotry and untruth. This is perhaps because many of us are complicit i...
By Jaideep Hardikar

Opinion  /  Published 14.12.21

Shake hands with trouble

Statecraft is about making risky moves for the betterment of the people and for bolstering the legitimacy of the State. But it appears that Pakistan is doing the opposite. The recent agreements&n...
By Pranay Kumar Shome

Opinion  /  Published 13.12.21

For a humane role in Kabul

The takeover of Kabul by Taliban 2.0 has got Indian development cooperation circles worried. This was evident from the urgency with which India helmed the Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan. An...
By Swati Prabhu

Opinion  /  Published 03.12.21

Once bitten, twice shy

In a rare move, the government in Beijing has apologized to some residents who were wrongly barred from returning to their city as part of Covid-19 control measures. Blaming the lapse on technical gli...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 29.11.21

Foot in the door: CoP26

Closing the CoP26 summit, Alok Sharma, the British president of the conference, said “we’ve kept 1.5 within reach, but its pulse is weak...” Sharma was upset because a last-minute as...
By Gwynne Dyer

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Opinion  /  Published 26.11.21

Two sides of the same bitcoin

In a barter economy, someone requiring meat needed to locate a person who not only wanted some object for intake but also had surplus meat. Such challenges were done away with when money became the un...
By Siddhartha Sankar Saha

Opinion  /  Published 23.11.21

Trouble brewing

Unlike the mostly-fenced border with Bangladesh, the 1,643-km-long Indo-Myanmar border is porous, offering free movement on either side. Of the northeastern states that share a border with Myanmar, Ar...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 19.11.21

Between the lines

I challenge William Wordsworth, whose 250th birth anniversary was celebrated last year, to live in present-day Calcutta and produce a single line of the poetry that he wrote. We know how much of his ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 15.11.21

Marital woes

The prevalence of child marriage in India lays bare the twin failures of the State. The first is a low score on the Human Development Index. Pervasive child marriage leads to a high school drop-out ra...
By Sudip Chakraborty

Opinion  /  Published 12.11.21

The great divide

Education is integral to ensuring the holistic development of individuals. India is home to the world’s second-largest schooling system; yet affordability of or accessibility to quality educatio...
By Aarushee Shukla


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