Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 28.09.20

The Covid kids: Pandemic and birthrates

Contrary to the speculation that the pandemic will result in a ‘baby boom’, historical evidence of short-term fertility consequences of natural disasters and epidemics are mostly a ‘...
By Atanu Biswas in

Opinion  /  Published 27.09.20

New avenues: Taiwan looking at partners

By Harsh V. Pant in

Opinion  /  Published 24.09.20

Dual burden: Women and domestic space

Challenging the sexual division of labour has been one of the magnanimous victories of the struggles launched by the women’s movement in the last century. Striking at one of the pillars of patri...
By Shaoni Shabnam in

Opinion  /  Published 20.09.20

Heal the fourth estate

The media is a critical public institution that facilitates discursive interactions in a democracy. As the fourth estate, it is central to democratic resilience in India. However, given the contempora...
By Anita Tagore in

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


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