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Opinion  /  Published 18.12.18

The conflict in wildlife conservation

Scarcely a day after the felling of Avni, the tigress who reportedly claimed 13 human lives in Maharashtra, another tigress lay bludgeoned to death elsewhere in India. Occasionally, individual tigers ...
By Pranav Chanchani in

Opinion  /  Published 04.02.19

The futility of Modi's reservation move

Isaac Newton’s third law of motion — every action has an equal and opposite reaction — is applicable in the case of the Narendra Modi government’s recent decision to give 10 per cent reservati...
By Ch. Satish Kumar in

Opinion  /  Published 22.01.19

Trapped outside the Bangladesh border

The promise to seal the entire Indo-Bangladesh border is not a new agenda for the Centre and the Assam government. The Centre had fixed a deadline for completing the sealing of the border with Banglad...
By Abhimanyu Datta in

Opinion  /  Published 23.12.19

The task is cut out

Boris Johnson’s emphatic victory in the United Kingdom’s general elections once again underlined how Brexit has delineated the political configurations in Britain. The choice before the British el...
By Harsh V. Pant in

Opinion  /  Published 21.01.19

Bringers of chaos

“Where America retreats, chaos follows,” said the secretary of state of the United States of America, Mike Pompeo, in Cairo recently. It’s not the sort of remark you’d expect from an American ...
By Gwynne Dyer in

Opinion  /  Published 22.12.19

Bird brains

Down on the turkey farm, the Scottish and Irish birds noticed that the smiling man in the festive costume was holding a hatchet behind his back, and hid. The Welsh turkeys looked confused and huddled ...
By Gwynne Dyer in

Opinion  /  Published 30.04.19

How urban challenges affect the workplace

With migrants and millennials flocking to cities for opportunities, the downtowns are already experiencing a space crunch. The trend is not local but global. Tokyo, Toronto, New Delhi, New York, Beiji...
By Bidisha Biswas in

Opinion  /  Published 23.04.19

Wanted: clamour on health care in India

As the general elections approach, political parties scramble to add last-minute, pious healthcare promises to their manifestos. Healthcare ranks low on the State’s agenda. But just as risks for irr...
By Soham D. Bhaduri in

Opinion  /  Published 16.04.19

South Asia must unite on climate change

What Africa did yesterday, can South Asia do tomorrow? Will South Asian countries be able to rise above their political differences and come together to fight the likes of toxic air and climate change...
By Jayanta Basu in

Opinion  /  Published 01.04.19

The invisible women in science

One evening during my MSc nuclear physics practicals, a frail, slightly stooped lady with round gold-rimmed glasses and dressed in a spotlessly white attire enquired of me as to what I was doing. She ...
By Debashis Gangopadhyay in


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