Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 23.11.21

Trouble brewing

Unlike the mostly-fenced border with Bangladesh, the 1,643-km-long Indo-Myanmar border is porous, offering free movement on either side. Of the northeastern states that share a border with Myanmar, Ar...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 19.11.21

Between the lines

I challenge William Wordsworth, whose 250th birth anniversary was celebrated last year, to live in present-day Calcutta and produce a single line of the poetry that he wrote. We know how much of his ...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 15.11.21

Marital woes

The prevalence of child marriage in India lays bare the twin failures of the State. The first is a low score on the Human Development Index. Pervasive child marriage leads to a high school drop-out ra...
By Sudip Chakraborty

Opinion  /  Published 12.11.21

The great divide

Education is integral to ensuring the holistic development of individuals. India is home to the world’s second-largest schooling system; yet affordability of or accessibility to quality educatio...
By Aarushee Shukla

Opinion  /  Published 01.11.21

Slaying mental demons

Last year, many schools, colleges and workplaces were forced to shut down owing to the coronavirus outbreak and young people who had migrated to big cities like Mumbai and Delhi were forced to return ...
By Aditya Tiwari


Opinion  /  Published 29.10.21

Old methods: Journalism education

The National Institutional Ranking Framework has revealed the top 100 institutes in India based on pedagogy, performance and research outputs. But regardless of ranks, journalism education in several ...
By Santosh Kumar Biswal

Opinion  /  Published 26.10.21

Boost morale, not miles: BSF jurisdiction

There are rumblings in West Bengal and Punjab over the jurisdiction of the world’s largest border guarding force, the BSF, raised in 1965 to protect the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh frontie...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 25.10.21

Tricky Game: Polexit

It’s possible that the tide which brought hard-right populist governments to power in a number of central European countries is starting to go out again. In the Czech Republic, the billionaire o...
By Gwynne Dyer

Opinion  /  Published 22.10.21

NLUs: Starved of support

On September 11, 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh National Law University at Prayagraj. The total number of NLUs in India, including the UPNLU, is 24. The...
By Prakhar Raghuvanshi

Opinion  /  Published 19.10.21

GHI: When power does not empower

This Vijaya Dashami, the prime minister, Narendra Modi, said his government aims to make India the strongest military power globally on its own strength. In the preceding weeks, two reports and data s...
By Jaideep Hardikar


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