Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 02.07.20

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

Opinion  /  Published 27.06.20

Crime in the time of a virus: Human trafficking

Some years ago, I had attended a district-level meeting of government officials and NGO functionaries in connection with the anti-trafficking work of an international welfare organization in an area k...
By Satyajit Das Gupta in

Opinion  /  Published 15.06.20

The Elephant in the Room

Earlier this month, the death of a female pregnant elephant in Kerala’s Mannarkkad forest range in Palakkad evoked a public furore. Initial reports suggested a deliberate ploy to kill the elephant, ...
By Jaideep Hardikar in

Opinion  /  Published 14.06.20

Rights and wrong

Amidst the fear and chaos generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, we witnessed the plight of migrant labourers across India. Even as the economy stands wrecked by the lockdown, various state governments, ...
By Bhaskar Kumar in

Opinion  /  Published 11.06.20

Joke to the death: Caste and corona

I would have posted my black square to express solidarity with the protests against racism worldwide, but I was interrupted by a joke.It was sent on WhatsApp by a friend, an upper-caste person. It was...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 08.06.20

Amphan lessons: Even a little is often enough

Cyclone Amphan unleashed more than howling winds and blinding rain; it plunged the City of Joy into fathomless darkness and misery. Neighbourhoods like ours on the southeastern fringes went without po...
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee in

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 in

Opinion  /  Published 04.06.20

Useful lessons in prioritising education

The Right to Education must be upheld under all circumstances, including emergencies. Education in emergencies has emerged as a field of knowledge that brings together principles and strategies that h...
By Geeta Menon & Sanjeev Rai in

Opinion  /  Published 31.05.20

Mind the gap

A term that has received considerable recognition during the coronavirus crisis is ‘social distancing’. Interestingly, the phrase has been in the public domain for at least a century. Metaphorical...
By Nitya Nanda in

Opinion  /  Published 28.05.20

Below the radar

The unorganized labour market is the largest provider of employment and livelihoods in India. My attempt here is to provide glimpses of three different kinds of informal livelihoods that are driven by...
By Sujit Kumar Mishra in


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