Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 30.11.20

False pledge: NRC in Assam

Many liberals and self-proclaimed Marxists in Assam held the firm belief — they still do — that the National Register of Citizens will eradicate the gaze of suspicion on ‘illegal&rsq...
By Suraj Gogoi in

Opinion  /  Published 27.11.20

Crowd versus mob

This year, Durga Puja was under judicial scrutiny perhaps because the Calcutta High Court was mindful of the excellent treatise by Charles Mackay titled Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Ma...
By Prasenjit Chowdhury in

Opinion  /  Published 23.11.20

Delicate truce: Armenia and Azerbaijan

This time, the truce will last. The 2,000 Russian troops flying into Armenia and fanning out to police the ceasefire lines in Nagorno-Karabakh are being sent there for five years renewable, and neithe...
By Gwynne Dyer in

Opinion  /  Published 20.11.20

How ideas are born through research

When Socrates starts questioning you in the middle of a busy Athenian street, you wouldn’t generally turn to him and say that whatever he is trying to teach through his dialectical method is all...
By Richa Shukla, Dalorina Nath in

Opinion  /  Published 17.11.20

Economic parity: A goal worth fighting for

Over the last couple of months, as India began to gradually open up the economy, regional newspapers in the hinterland have been aflush with a certain kind of notice every day, issued by banks and oth...
By Jaideep Hardikar in

Opinion  /  Published 16.11.20

Hurdles ahead for the Unites States

The presidential election of the United States of America has been won by Joe Biden. There have been celebrations in the US and in other parts of the world. Donald Trump’s presidency is widely v...
By Harsh V. Pant in

Opinion  /  Published 13.11.20

In a parallel universe

Money makes me uncomfortable. The less I have it, the more uncomfortable I become. Which is a universal phenomenon, but the roots of my discomfort are deep, personal and very boring, and not very clea...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 10.11.20

US elections 2020: Time to rejoice

A pandemic. Postal delays. Legal challenges. Americans overcame these hurdles and more for a record-breaking turnout to elect their 46th president. November 3, 2020 will be remembered for unleashing ...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee in

Opinion  /  Published 09.11.20

Burn out: Physicians in a pandemic

“Save this mail for my children in case I die.” Joshua Cohen, an American author, received this request from his usually unflappable physician brother separated from his family for Covid d...
By Arunabha Sengupta in

Opinion  /  Published 06.11.20

Keep a close eye: Social audits in India

The auditing agility of government programmes seems to have gained strength. After the recent floods in Assam, the state planned to carry out a social audit of relief measures to look into corruption ...
By Santosh Kumar Biswal, Uttam Chakraborty in


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