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Opinion  /  Published 18.10.21

Armed for life

These days the kitchen sink is where I meditate. Just as I think that I have finished washing all the dishes, I realize that I have not been able to scrape all the tea leaves off the bottom of the tea...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 12.10.21

Honour the dead: Organ donation

India ranks 78 among all countries when it comes to the deceased organ donation rate. India’s 10-year average (2009-2019) is 0.42 per million compared to 40 in Spain, 33.7 in Croatia, 30.23 in P...
By Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay

Opinion  /  Published 11.10.21

Laws didn't address core, tertiary problems

Indian farmers, with an average farm-size holding of about 1.08 hectares, are vying for a regular revenue stream and a decent standard of living. They, especially the small farmer, remain under the wa...
By Arindam Banik, Pinaki Dasgupta

Opinion  /  Published 08.10.21

Guns over roses: Transnational terrorism

The disturbing images of the attack on the Kabul airport in August were a reminder of the grave threat posed by terrorism. With the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the international community...
By Aishwarya Harichandan

Opinion  /  Published 01.10.21

Future wish list for a post-Covid world

The opening lines of a popular song by Tears for Fears go like this: “Shout! Shout! Let it all out!/ These are the things I can do without!” This raucous, elemental voicing of protest in &...
By Amir Ali


Opinion  /  Published 27.09.21

Aukus: Smoke and mirrors

When the 9/11 attacks struck New York and Washington in 2001 and the US armed forces went on full alert, the national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, immediately got on the direct line to Moscow a...
By Gwynne Dyer

Opinion  /  Published 24.09.21

Real diversity: Caste-based reservations

In his book, Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said said, “culture is not monolithic... and is not the exclusive property of the East or West nor of the small groups of men and women”. ...
By Mrinmoy Majumder, Pinaki Dasgupta

Opinion  /  Published 21.09.21

Calcutta: A city in danger

The climate negotiation has come full circle. Twelve years back, during the United Nations’s climate summit in Copenhagen, mayors of several important cities were shown the door midway through t...
By Jayanta Basu

Opinion  /  Published 17.09.21

Learning difficulty: NEP and NDEAR

Endear (verb): cause to be loved or liked. Now switch to NDEAR or the National Digital Education Architecture launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week. Addressing the inaugural conclave of t...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 14.09.21

Waste not: Urban compost

It’s better to bin it than bag it. We generate millions of tonnes of biodegradable solid and liquid waste every day. What do we do with those large mounds of rot? Some small towns are showing us...
By Jaideep Hardikar


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