Op Ed
Opinion  /  Published 05.08.20

Hour of triumph: Ayodhya bhoomi pujan

One of my earliest memories of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement dates back to a few months before the general election of 1989 that led to the defeat of Rajiv Gandhi. In the months preceding the election,...
By Swapan Dasgupta in

Opinion  /  Published 06.08.20

Indelible stain

Sher Ali Afridi. The name may make no sense to us in 2020. I cannot say that Afridi is a forgotten name. It would be much better to say that he has always remained unknown. Ali Afridi was from that ar...
By G.N. Devy in

Opinion  /  Published 04.08.20

The jungle ritual: Kashmir under lockdown

Most moments come to pass; some moments extend themselves in ways that they become annotations on eras. This day last year was such a moment, an oracular dissertation on why and how we had arrived at ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 03.08.20

Dream big: Economics in hard times

It is not a great time to think of economics. The Covid-19 crisis has no precedent in our lifetime. The last pandemic was the influenza epidemic in 1918; the British rulers handled it so incompetently...
By Ashok V. Desai in

Opinion  /  Published 02.08.20

Fact and fiction: The truth about liberalism

The world of social media has, in recent times, seen a deluge of extreme instances of freedom of expression. This has given rise to the need for fact-checking to distinguish facts from false informati...
By A. Raghuramaraju in

Opinion  /  Published 01.08.20

Central role: Can Germany save Europe?

The other day, I had a dream. I dreamt that I was sitting on a beach in the summer of 2030 and looking back on how Germany had saved Europe.  The German chancellor had brokered a European recove...
By Timothy Garton Ash in

Opinion  /  Published 30.07.20

Simmering plot: Security situation in Rakhine

Myanmar’s Senior General, Min Aung Hlaing, has triggered a controversy by saying in an interview that the terrorist organizations active in his country are backed by “strong forces”....
By Luv Puri in

Opinion  /  Published 31.07.20

Limitless power

The term, ‘cult of personality’, is thought to have been first used with regard to the Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin. Stalin died in 1953, after more than two decades in power; three years...
By Ramachandra Guha in

Opinion  /  Published 28.07.20

Future tense: Examinations or students' lives?

You are 21 years old, going on 22. Three years ago, and a bit, you finished your final board exams, with a result that was neither terribly exciting, nor too disappointing, and then you got admission ...
By Samantak Das in

Opinion  /  Published 29.07.20

Thought control: Season of bans in Pakistan

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.” — Voltaire Pakistan has had a history of banning books and social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook....
By Mehmal Sarfraz in


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