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Opinion  /  Published 03.08.20

Post-Covid China: The common shades are stark

Last month, a professor of jurisprudence and constitutional law at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, and a long-time critic of Xi Jinping’s one-man rule, was arrested for allegedl...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 31.07.20

Doomsday is here: Eco-calamities ravaging India

In May, styrene, a gas which affects the central nervous system and can even cause cancer, leaked from a factory in Visakhapatnam. Eleven people died while hundreds had to be evacuated in the wee hour...
By Tiasa Adhya in

Opinion  /  Published 28.07.20

Curry with noodles: China boycott feasible?

The finance minister’s ‘stimulus package’ had been couched in the nationalistic fabric of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan. Self-reliance is pragmatic and protects the foundations of ...
By Prashant Bhaskar in

Opinion  /  Published 27.07.20

The long con: The case of Huawei

Is there going to be a new Cold War with China? Probably not. Consider the case of Huawei. Mike Pompeo swept into London like an overweight Darth Vader, while his local satrap, Boris Johnson, waited n...
By Gwynne Dyer in

Opinion  /  Published 21.07.20

Small towns, big dreams: Suicide in a young India

Thirty-four is no age to die. And when you have a roaring career ahead, what with all of life’s challenges, it’s sad to see a talent ending his or her own life. So it was natural that the ...
By Jaideep Hardikar in

Opinion  /  Published 17.07.20

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There are quite a few ways of not wearing the mask. They are popular trends, at least in this part of the world, and my friend and I have tried to name a few styles. 1. The choker: it’s the sty...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 14.07.20

How to help one another heal

The past weeks have brought to light valiant efforts to counter the pandemic with the use of melody and help villagers cope with the lockdown with aid and empathy. I was fortunate to hear Meghalaya&rs...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee in

Opinion  /  Published 13.07.20

Pandemic: power and perversity

That India’s healthcare system is failing its citizens during the current Covid-19 crisis is evident. Interestingly, what the raging pandemic has exposed is the expansion of the ‘biopower&...
By Shaoni Shabnam in

Opinion  /  Published 10.07.20

China, the punching bag

The United States of America is hurtling from one crisis to another even as the presidential polls come closer. For a nation that has prided itself on being a beacon of freedom and democracy for the w...
By Harsh V. Pant in

Opinion  /  Published 03.07.20

Chinese app ban: Online friendship on the line

Who would have thought banning an online app could lead to a possible fading away of a rare friendship? The 30-year-old Aixi rang up this diarist late Monday night after finishing her shift at a resta...
By Neha Sahay in


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