Fifth Column
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

Opinion  /  Published 16.08.20

An unusual gift: Life and works of Mira Chaudhuri

I came across this book by chance in my friend’s collection. It is an unusual book: part photography book, part memoir, part private, part published, bound in purple cloth with an exquisite flor...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 13.08.20

Sight, oversight: Assam floods 2020

The prime minister, Narendra Modi, presided over a virtual “flood meeting” on August 10. He released 386 crore rupees for relief in Assam, where the deluge is an annual calamity that affec...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee in

Opinion  /  Published 10.08.20

Breezy ride: Bicycle culture in India

A colleague who stays a few kilometres away from office has bought a bicycle, and is now cycling tens of kilometres within and without Calcutta regularly for all sorts of activities. Many people are n...
By Atanu Biswas in

Opinion  /  Published 09.08.20

Help at hand: Development assistance

For decades, the idea of development aid has been debated and marred by controversies. The current pandemic has further divided the conversation, opening up a Pandora’s box, overhauling the mean...
By Swati Prabhu in

Opinion  /  Published 06.08.20

Sharks on Land: Termination of CRDA

The bill to repeal the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014 was passed in June. With it, the capital city development project on 53,000 acres of land was terminated in the fif...
By Nilesh Jain in

Opinion  /  Published 04.08.20

Policing with a heart in India

Even as the world was recovering from the George Floyd tragedy in the United States of America, India witnessed a similar incident of police brutality in near Chennai. Two men without criminal anteced...
By Bhaskar Kumar in


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