Op Ed
Opinion  /  Published 02.03.21

Shades of difference

By staging a coup on February 1, Myanmar’s commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing, ended Myanmar’s brief and tenuous one-decade experiment with democracy. He claimed that the military takeove...
By Luv Puri in

Opinion  /  Published 01.03.21

Kala Bhavana completed 100 years in 2019

In a letter to the artist, Asit Kumar Haldar, Abanindranath Tagore asked him not to be a gurumoshai and frighten students when teaching in “Bolpur”: “Remember, to teach bir...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Opinion  /  Published 28.02.21

Covid threatened the public university most

Newspapers report that from next week on, people over sixty will be eligible for vaccination as will those over forty-five with conditions that make them vulnerable to Covid-19. Setting aside, for a m...
By Mukul Kesavan in

Opinion  /  Published 27.02.21

A prime minister and his imperial vanities

There was once a king named Narendra. He ruled over a large kingdom, home to (among other things) the holiest shrine of the Hindu faith. Because of his lineage and as the patron of this great temple h...
By Ramachandra Guha in

Opinion  /  Published 26.02.21

The trickster: memory, story, desire

Memory is a tricky thing. Most of us, I reckon, tend to fall back on our memories if we’re asked to give an account of who we are, what we do, how we spend our time, what we enjoy or dislike and...
By Samantak Das in


Opinion  /  Published 25.02.21

Fiction was once the refuge of the thief

In a nation that has slipped six places to rank a lowly 86 among 180 countries in 2020’s Corruption Perception Index, ‘thief’ — chor— unsurprisingly, has often been ...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Opinion  /  Published 23.02.21

Discovering cinema in the late 1970s

I’ve been watching a lot of films on the various OTT platforms. Besides showing you new films, platforms such as MUBI also allow you to take your pick from old favourites and classics that you&r...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 22.02.21

A different shade: changing colours of repression

Governments are not benign, and the use of the law and regulatory agencies against inconvenient voices is not new. Although it has become a reflex action for journalists to invoke a comparison with th...
By Sevanti Ninan in

Opinion  /  Published 21.02.21

Lessons from deaths of two remarkable women

‘Birthday’ is a standard word. But not ‘deathday’. Too inauspicious, perhaps. Too grim. But that is surely ahistorical. Some deathdays are to be celebrated for the persons who ...
By Gopalkrishna Gandhi in

Opinion  /  Published 20.02.21

Farmers protest: political opportunity for the Opp

The nearly three-month old farmers movement has managed to make a dent into the carefully maintained image of the ruling party. Yet whether that dent translates to something of electoral significance ...
By Asim Ali in


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