Op Ed
Opinion  /  Published 24.02.20

Re-imagining home as contented city

A French friend of mine has just sold her apartment in one of the most central and ‘happening’ areas of Paris and moved to the smaller city of Lyon in the centre of France. Within an hour’s driv...
By Ruchir Joshi

Opinion  /  Published 14.02.20

Closed off Valley

Among the most knowledgeable scholars of Indian history and politics is the Delhi-based lawyer, Anil Nauriya. I have been deeply educated by his essays, these researched and written in between his wor...
By Ramachandra Guha

Opinion  /  Published 05.05.20

A mildewed life

“In a succession of thousands of years,/ In years of poverty and disaster,/ What existed was not a person,/ But countless disfigured cripples.One spent his whole life as a cobbler/ Formed no judgeme...
By Sankarshan Thakur

Opinion  /  Published 03.05.20

Inner tension

Why are the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael called Renaissance art? If ‘renaissance’ stands for modern, what is modern about these works of art? One possibility is that...
By A. Raghuramaraju

Opinion  /  Published 06.09.19

Migration in a post-democratic world

The prehistoric Homo sapiens spread out from their source to all continents, braving unimaginable odds, and created the possibility of humans becoming avant-garde in the process of the evolution of Li...
By G.N. Devy


Opinion  /  Published 30.04.20

A different virus

A recent tweet from the Congress leader and former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, runs thus: “It is really praiseworthy that Muslim community persons along with the old woman’s two ...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty

Opinion  /  Published 29.04.20

State of fear

On Christmas in 1977, a friend in London presented me with a copy of a quirky paperback, Big Red Joke Book, which has since become a collector’s item but which, I regret to say, I have since misplac...
By Swapan Dasgupta

Opinion  /  Published 02.10.19

Opposition in full retreat

Every election in a democracy leads to heightened passions and exaggerated displays of partisanship. Regardless of the eventual outcome, a healthy contest necessarily involves a belief in all sides of...
By Swapan Dasgupta

Opinion  /  Published 01.10.19

Enduring stain

Several years ago, in a rural recess of Bihar where I come from, a girl, barely ten, woke up one morning and slipped out into the open to relieve herself. Returning, she came upon a crop of spinach an...
By Sankarshan Thakur

Opinion  /  Published 24.09.19

Where the grass is white

It is the season of Saccharum spontaneum. Kaashphul — Saccharum spontaneum is its scientific name — native to the subcontinent, is the harbinger of autumn and the beloved Goddess in the Bengali mi...
By Uddalak Mukherjee


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