Op Ed
Opinion  /  Published 01.09.19

RTI: The paradigm has shifted

Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party government flexed its legislative muscle, and successfully amended and diluted the Right to Information Act, many people have asked if the RTI Act has been maimed...
By Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy

Opinion  /  Published 31.08.19

The comfort of discipline: an experiment

Fifty-two years ago, as protests against the Vietnam war were snowballing, the counter-culture gaining traction, young people rebelling against the roles assigned to them in matters to do with gender,...
By Samantak Das

Opinion  /  Published 28.08.19

India leads the global spitting fraternity

It is unlikely that India has heard of Mahesh Kumar from the Amdavadi suburb of Naroda. But Mr Kumar has a serious claim to fame. Or infamy, if you will. Some months ago, the gentleman became the firs...
By Uddalak Mukherjee

Opinion  /  Published 24.04.20

Repeating the past

The ‘Black Death’ was an epidemic of bubonic plague that devastated large parts of Europe and Asia in the 14th century. It led to colossal human suffering, and the savage expression of human preju...
By Ramachandra Guha

Opinion  /  Published 20.04.20

A world put on the mat

The International Monetary Fund has projected a global recession in its April 14 World Economic Outlook, saying that the Covid-19 crisis is like no other and that the world economy is set to experienc...
By Renu Kohli


Opinion  /  Published 10.08.19

Kashmir: The bond between ruler and ruled seriously eroded

Presiding over the Calcutta launch of the revised edition of my book on Sikkim, Jaswant Singh made heavy weather of his claim that the annexed kingdom was no different from the surrounding areas of In...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

Opinion  /  Published 03.08.19

Law 'designed to suppress liberty of the citizen'

Earlier this month, I joined a group of film-makers and scholars in sending a letter to the prime minister, alerting him to the high number of hate crimes committed in India in the name of caste and r...
By Ramachandra Guha

Opinion  /  Published 02.08.19

The hollowness of the new education policy

For the last couple of months, the country has been occupied in a discussion on the draft national education policy. Academics and academic institutions are worried about the impending spectre of havi...
By G.N. Devy

Opinion  /  Published 01.08.19

Body blows to Indian education

In her budget speech on July 5, the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, reiterated the government’s plan of bringing in a new National Education Policy, thereby initiating “major changes in both...
By Debaditya Bhattacharya

Opinion  /  Published 01.08.19

Our self-made traps of whataboutery

Chatting with a friend, I was suddenly shaken. My friend said something positive. Referring to the first of the two most recent open letters to the prime minister, she mentioned one of the best-known ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty


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