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Opinion  /  Published 28.06.19

Reason is the first casualty of majoritarianism

Almost 30 years ago, in the midst of Lal Krishna Advani’s rath yatra (arguably the single most fissiparous action by any politician in independent India), a dearly beloved friend told me, “All my ...
By Samantak Das

Opinion  /  Published 23.03.20

Jadunath Sarkar: The knight of Clio

This year will be the 150th birth anniversary of the historian Jadunath Sarkar. He is now a forgotten figure but there was a time in the not-so-distant past when, as Dipesh Chakrabarty has noted in th...
By Rudrangshu Mukherjee in Kolkata

Opinion  /  Published 21.06.19

Hungary is Europe's guilty secret

When European Union leaders gather in Brussels today, they will have a guilty secret: amongst them will sit the leader of a member state that is no longer a democracy. Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime...
By Timothy Garton Ash

Opinion  /  Published 21.03.20

When grace is lost from life

When the heart is hard and parched up, come upon me with a shower of mercy. When grace is lost from life, come with a burst of song. We do not know when Mohandas K. Gandhi first heard Rabindranath Tag...
By Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Opinion  /  Published 16.06.19

Cricket doesn't matter in England ⁠— so what?

We watched the India-Australia game on television, but the telly was in London so it was almost like being at The Oval. Without actual tickets to get us to the ground, there was comfort in the spirit ...
By Mukul Kesavan

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Opinion  /  Published 15.06.19

Terrorism not prerogative of one race or religion

A veteran South Asian diplomat claimed after Pakistan’s 1998 nuclear explosions that a sense of relief had swept through the region. It wasn’t that these countries were anti-Indian, he hastened to...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

Opinion  /  Published 15.03.20

India adrift, optimism hard to sustain

The recent estimate of GDP growth for the third quarter of 2019-20, at around 4.7 per cent, has prompted a predictable sense of gloom. However, even the 4.7 per cent estimate is deceptive, since in pe...
By Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

Opinion  /  Published 14.03.20

As the bell tolls, it tolls for thee

Talk of our common humanity in the time of Covid-19 feels less like a deferred piety, more like a shared fate. Never have headlines in foreign newspapers published in distant continents spoken so dire...
By Mukul Kesavan

Opinion  /  Published 12.03.20

Fascim works swiftly, silently

Ultra-right-wing authoritarianism, as political ideology, is not constructed from any specific world view of human thought and social behaviour. It is a variety of political practice that usually emer...
By Anup Sinha

Opinion  /  Published 10.03.20

AAP govt's feet of clay

The late Agnes Heller, the well-known philosopher of Hungarian-Jewish origin who had lost her father at Auschwitz but had survived the Holocaust in the Budapest ghetto, had narrated a story about Conc...
By Prabhat Patnaik


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