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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 in

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 in

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 in

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 in

Opinion  /  Published 31.07.19

A precious milestone of Jesuit education

Early 16th-century Europe experienced major changes and, influenced by the discovery of the Americas and an ongoing European Renaissance, the culture began to embody the values of a modern world. Econ...
By J. Felix Raj in

Opinion  /  Published 30.07.19

Thinking is at least as important as texting

I received two messages which arrived almost simultaneously, fairly early in the morning, about a fortnight ago: the first, written on a postcard, had been posted from Addis Ababa by a globetrotting f...
By Samantak Das in

Opinion  /  Published 29.07.19

Lib Dem revival could help Britain

While we all obsess about the new Brexiteer government of Boris Johnson, don’t lose sight of this: under Jo Swinson, the new leader they elected last week, the Liberal Democrats have a chance of lea...
By Timothy Garton Ash in

Opinion  /  Published 28.07.19

The greatest threat to Indian democracy today

A friend, demoralized by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s emphatic victory in May, said ruefully that Narendra Modi could now write Annihilation of Caste, given how decisively his party swept Uttar Prad...
By Mukul Kesavan in

Opinion  /  Published 26.07.19

Unravelling the $5-trillion mystery

Now that opinions of multiple shades have been expressed over the recently tabled Union budget, it is worth pondering over a simple economic calculation that few cared to shed light on. The matter con...
By Dipankar Dasgupta in

Opinion  /  Published 25.07.19

Conspiracy theories about media freedom

After a resounding electoral mandate, the narrative of the habitual dissenters invariably changes. The theory that caste would be the most formidable defence against majoritarianism collapsed in a hea...
By Swapan Dasgupta in


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