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Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 17.09.20

Plug the gaps: Aadhar and MGNREGA

India’s economy is going through an unprecedented crisis of unemployment. In these times, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme and other welfare programmes are beacon...
By Anjor Bhaskar, Preeti Singh in

Opinion  /  Published 14.09.20

Covid healthcare: Find the source of the pain

Last week, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation invited paramedics and doctors to join its Covid care centres. Offer: a short-term contract with good remuneration. Nagpur is not the only district desperat...
By Jaideep Hardikar in

Opinion  /  Published 13.09.20

Impure ideas to ensure purity

I think I am doing slightly better than some others during the lockdown because I have been trained in a certain way since childhood.  I was born into a family of Bengali priests and Sanskrit te...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 10.09.20

Heed the chorus of life

The chorus of vendors weaving their way through the streets of Calcutta has impacted auditory nerves for centuries, a trend well documented since the mid-19th century, in lithographs and etchings by a...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee in

Opinion  /  Published 06.09.20

Portal for profit: e-NAM needs redesigning

Agriculture and the allied sector employ 54.6 per cent of total workers. Yet, the estimated growth rate for 2019-2020 is 2.9 per cent. India’s agricultural markets are regulated by state legisla...
By Debarati Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 31.08.20

The horror returns: US troops' Afghan departure

Every political actor, from the Taliban to the United States of America, is in trouble in Afghanistan, whose descent into hell begins with the April 2021 US troops’ withdrawal. The US’s Fe...
By N.V. Subramanian in

Opinion  /  Published 30.08.20

Lost labour: Working Indian women

Employment of women in India has an interesting trajectory. The periodic labour force survey (2018-19) states that approximately 83 per cent of the total number of women employed in India earn their l...
By Aarushee Shukla, Yamini in

Opinion  /  Published 24.08.20

Ground realities: Harish Chandola's Tibet visit

Bored with his desk job, a young Delhi-based journalist thought of doing something extraordinary in 1952. He planned to go to Tibet with Indian border traders crossing the 19,000-feet-high Mana Pass. ...
By Indradeep Bhattacharyya in

Opinion  /  Published 23.08.20

No real change: Israel-UAE diplomatic ties

The ‘two-state solution’ is still dead. The deal to open diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, announced by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jer...
By Gwynne Dyer in

Opinion  /  Published 17.08.20

People and their will: EIA disregards public opinion

A decade ago, villagers around the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district joined hands with the people of the city to oppose a proposed captive coal mine allotted to t...
By Jaideep Hardikar in


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