Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 11.02.19

Ayushman Bharat to generate political heat

Given the inadequate health infrastructure in India, people may fail to reap the benefits of the scheme...
By Arindam Gupta

Opinion  /  Published 08.02.19

Proposed IT rules hurt right to free speech

As a shifting regulatory target, the internet requires that diverse stakeholders evolve their orientations as well...
By Mandira Narain

Opinion  /  Published 20.05.19

Cyclone Fani: Cheated by the serpent

Cars and huge buses were being overturned like playthings in the pouring rain as the winds howled like a thousand evil spirits unleashed...
By Soumitra Das

Opinion  /  Published 01.02.19

Indexing fines to modernise the legal system

Inflation has eroded the value of penalty amounts, and a fine of Rs 500 is unlikely to serve as a deterrent today...
By Saksham Ojha

Opinion  /  Published 21.06.19

Wanted: Holistic view of Himalayan ecology

The Indian Himalayan Region, spanning 12 Indian states, has long been absent from the centre stage of Indian policy...
By Jaya Thakur


Opinion  /  Published 17.06.19

A museum whose survival is a miracle

While the state government squanders fortunes on the horrors that pass for public art, an irreplaceable legacy languishes...
By Soumitra Das

Opinion  /  Published 27.05.19

Great powers fight the most wars

Any country that remains a great power for long enough eventually becomes insane...
By Gwynne Dyer

Opinion  /  Published 17.12.18

Evidence of intellectual bankruptcy

Unless created on a human scale, statues of the great and the good look as if they are victims of hormonal imbalance...
By Soumitra Das

Opinion  /  Published 07.12.18

Better information sharing on security needed

Such a platform should rise above politics and facilitate unified governance in the face of a national security threat...
By Anthony Khatchaturian

Opinion  /  Published 26.11.18

District courts must be allowed to hear PILs

The rule that a PIL can only be heard in high courts or the apex court ends up denying justice to the poor...
By Prabhakar Kulkarni


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