Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 29.07.22

A kinder model

We inhabit a world that is being smothered by a whirligig of events that would appear unfathomable to most discerning minds. Shootings continue unabated, the media have turned away from a war where in...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 24.06.22

Rainy Days

Prescience can sometimes be utterly disappointing. In May, educational institutions were closed till June 15 so that students were spared the scorching heat. Predictably, on June 13, the West Bengal g...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 02.05.22

Queerphobia persists online too

Recently, a queer youth committed suicide on account of cyberbullying targeted at his sexual identity. Soon after, YouTube was stormed by supporters of ‘CarryMinati’, a popular YouTuber, w...
By Snehil Kunwar Singh & Sushant Khalkho

Opinion  /  Published 18.04.22

Women and war

The role of women during war in terms of their labour and bodies is receiving renewed attention in light of the Ukraine conflict. The narratives and negotiations seem to be changing, setting up a new ...
By Santosh Kumar Biswal

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

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


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