Fifth Column
Opinion  /  Published 11.07.20

China, the punching bag

The United States of America is hurtling from one crisis to another even as the presidential polls come closer. For a nation that has prided itself on being a beacon of freedom and democracy for the w...
By Harsh V. Pant in

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


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