Op Ed
Opinion  /  Published 27.07.20

Dragon in the room: China and media

At a time when much of the world’s media is battling a financial crisis, one inscrutable benefactor looms large. The irony, of course, is that this is the country that created the current crisis...
By Sevanti Ninan in

Opinion  /  Published 28.07.20

Poisoned stick: Urgent need for police reforms

In the late 80s, I got to know a lawyer in London. A British Gujarati born in East Africa, R, in his early 30s then, was quietly making a name for himself in the United Kingdom’s legal and civil...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 26.07.20

A raw nerve: Free speech in the United Sates

An acquaintance came to me a few weeks ago with the rough draft of a letter about free speech and asked me to sign. I declined, in part because it denounced ‘cancel culture’. As I wrote in...
By Michelle Goldberg in

Opinion  /  Published 25.07.20

Roles reversed: Ideology is for naive Third World

American visas were not outsourced in 1964. The consulate issued them. It was a formality in my case since I was going on an invitation from Henry Kissinger’s Harvard international seminar. All ...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray in

Opinion  /  Published 24.07.20

Kindred light: Loving Vincent van Gogh

July is the perfect month to watch Loving Vincent. Three days from now, on July 27 — but 130 years ago — Vincent van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a Lefaucheux revolver. There w...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Opinion  /  Published 23.07.20

New equations: Shifting power balance in Congress

It is entirely possible that had the Bharatiya Janata Party not succeeded in toppling the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh in the week prior to the Covid-19 lockdown in March, the ...
By Swapan Dasgupta in

Opinion  /  Published 22.07.20

Hidden fears: To wear masks, or not to?

The most amazing thing, the wise hero of the epic had said, is that creatures die every day, yet all wish to live forever. Going a step further, he might have said that they believe, too, that the ine...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Opinion  /  Published 21.07.20

A bumpy ride ahead: Coronanomics is difficult

As speculated last month, the parallel run of Covid-19 and economic reopening could be non-linear and far more unpredictable than that in a full-lockdown scenario. Economic developments since then bea...
By Renu Kohli in

Opinion  /  Published 19.07.20

A distinct category: Women prisoners and Covid-19

Last month, I wrote in these columns on the need to decongest our prisons in our Covid-19 times. And I pointed to the number of undertrial prisoners in our prisons with whose monitored and urgent rele...
By Gopalkrishna Gandhi in

Opinion  /  Published 20.07.20

Learning to unthink in pursuing knowledge

The uproar over fast-tracking a Covid-19 vaccine exposes a deepening malaise in India’s knowledge order. Less momentous examples have become endemic to our scholarship and research. We are growi...
By Sukanta Chaudhuri in


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