Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 26.10.20

Amused to death: TV news

In the 1930s, Germany’s most popular radio receiver, Volksempfänger (People’s Receiver), brought news and entertainment in the form of songs and dramas into German household...
By Mayank Mishra in

Opinion  /  Published 25.10.20

Bengali blues: Language in decline

The National Education Policy proposes to bring fundamental changes to the Indian education system. While the pros and cons of the NEP are being analysed, there are stakeholders who have expressed sev...
By M. Mohibul Haque in

Opinion  /  Published 22.10.20

Hate can be a mirror in testing times

The pandemic has coincided with a regression that has amplified the worst tendencies in Indian culture and polity. Why should anyone care about the welfare of minorities under these trying circumstanc...
By Ghazala Jamil in

Opinion  /  Published 19.10.20

Far deeper problem with the farm bills

Vijay Koreti’s problem is not that he can’t sell his paddy for a bumper price. The one-acre farmer’s problem is he can’t make enough money round the year from his land to meet ...
By Jaideep Hardikar in

Opinion  /  Published 18.10.20

French allure: New Caledonia referendum

On October 4, New Caledonia voted to remain French by a majority of 53.3 per cent to 46.7 per cent. That’s hardly an overwhelming majority, but it was the second referendum in two years to rejec...
By Gwynne Dyer in

Opinion  /  Published 15.10.20

Magical sense: How memories smell

Last week for a few days I lost my sense of smell. It happened after a fever, so at first I panicked. Then I realized that the reason behind my loss was not the coronavirus, but severely blocked nasal...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 12.10.20

Quite uncertain: US Elections 2020

The United States of America is set to witness its 59th quadrennial presidential election on November 3, with a campaign enmeshed in an unprecedented quagmire, compounded by a pandemic and its spinoff...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee in

Opinion  /  Published 11.10.20

Dialogue with dissent: Maoist movement

Speculation over Muppala Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathy, the former general-secretary of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), surrendering is rife. The possibility of Ganapathy&rsq...
By Anshuman Behera in

Opinion  /  Published 05.10.20

Grim reality: India's informal labour force

The global economic order is dependent on the migration of skilled and unskilled labour. For example, the Gulf countries thrive on the influx of skilled labour from Western countries and unskilled wor...
By Soumya Bhowmick in

Opinion  /  Published 29.09.20

Life is out there: Sense of being Indian

Kamala Harris, an American politician and lawyer who is partly Indian in origin, is the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nominee for the 2020 presidential elections in the United States of A...
By Shyam G. Menon in


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