Fifth Column
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

Opinion  /  Published 14.05.20

A mother on a Mother's Day mission

Sunday, Mother‚Äôs Day, began in a strange way. The morning brought news of two deaths. One of them was of someone I had known; the other one was of a close friend of a relative. And then the Mother‚Ä...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 04.05.20

China diary: lay-offs begin

She is the only one in the restaurant who can speak three languages with ease ‚ÄĒ Mandarin, Cantonese and English, the last learnt painstakingly by herself over the years. After working in all kinds o...
By Neha Sahay

Opinion  /  Published 11.11.19

When Rabindranath Tagore visited Shillong

A century ago, the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, made his maiden visit to Shillong, the capital of undivided Assam. He spent three weeks at Brookside, a bungalow in the Rilbong locality, belong...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee

Opinion  /  Published 04.11.19

One does not simply adapt to noise pollution

Dhak, the rhythmic beat of which is apparently music to the Bengali ear, grated on my nerves on the night of Kali Puja. Woken up from sleep at midnight by the exuberant dhakis ‚ÄĒ Kali Puja is a signi...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in Calcutta


Opinion  /  Published 07.06.20

Heal the mind

At the time of Independence, more than a quarter of India’s population had been subjected to deprivation, discrimination and degradation on account of the prevalent caste system. In establishing the...
By Kashish Makkar

Opinion  /  Published 23.04.20

The living dead

More than a century earlier, in the context of the large casualties during the First World War, Sigmund Freud had observed: “It is evident that war is bound to sweep away this conventional treatment...
By Argha KR Banerjee

Opinion  /  Published 20.04.20

When small will be beautiful

How would a post-Covid-19 world look? If we tread the same socio-economic path, it would look fragmented, frightened, clueless, and even more divided. We did not heed the warnings from environmentalis...
By Jaideep Hardikar

Opinion  /  Published 09.08.19

We have failed at even basic water management

Look for Mawlynnong on the map of Meghalaya. It’s a village relatively close to Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram, and is one of the wettest places on earth. But the villagers there often run out of water ...
By Pinaki Roy

Opinion  /  Published 15.07.19

Speaking truth to the powerless

At Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, my path is blocked by people holding placards welcoming important co-passengers. I feel a slight resentment that there is none to help me with my hand ...
By Alaka M. Basu


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