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Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 10.08.20

Breezy ride: Bicycle culture in India

A colleague who stays a few kilometres away from office has bought a bicycle, and is now cycling tens of kilometres within and without Calcutta regularly for all sorts of activities. Many people are n...
By Atanu Biswas in

Opinion  /  Published 09.08.20

Help at hand: Development assistance

For decades, the idea of development aid has been debated and marred by controversies. The current pandemic has further divided the conversation, opening up a Pandora’s box, overhauling the mean...
By Swati Prabhu in

Opinion  /  Published 06.08.20

Sharks on Land: Termination of CRDA

The bill to repeal the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014 was passed in June. With it, the capital city development project on 53,000 acres of land was terminated in the fif...
By Nilesh Jain in

Opinion  /  Published 04.08.20

Policing with a heart in India

Even as the world was recovering from the George Floyd tragedy in the United States of America, India witnessed a similar incident of police brutality in near Chennai. Two men without criminal anteced...
By Bhaskar Kumar in

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

Cover shot

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


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