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Opinion  /  Published 16.01.21

Riches and dust

In the third week of January 2020 — exactly a year ago — I was in New Delhi, working in the collections of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. I first discovered the archival riches of ...
By Ramachandra Guha in

Opinion  /  Published 15.01.21

A troubled prognosis: case of Afghanistan’s future

The drama at the Capitol in Washington obscured the resumption of the intra-Afghan dialogue with the second round between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan beginning last week. The first r...
By T.C.A. Raghavan in

Opinion  /  Published 14.01.21

Digest the irony: the story of global hunger

With no end to the pandemic in sight, people have now begun to worry about the different kinds of economic and social effects of Covid-19 more than about the disease itself. An impending food crisis i...
By Anup Sinha in

Opinion  /  Published 13.01.21

The patriots: farmers reclaim idea of nation

We are witnessing a bizarre situation. One comes across instances where consumers want growing of food crops for supplying to the public distribution system, while producers, lured by the apparent gai...
By Prabhat Patnaik in

Opinion  /  Published 12.01.21

Troubled legacies: storming of Capitol Hill

In early 1979, the US-backed Pahlavi regime was overthrown in Iran, bringing Ayatollah Khomeini to power. In November '79, Americans in the US embassy in Tehran were taken hostage; a month later, ...
By Ruchir Joshi in

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Opinion  /  Published 11.01.21

A green new deal: rocky road to renewal

As the dust clears after the US elections, the preferred choice of most of its 160 million voters lies clearly with Joseph Biden for president. Among the issues that Biden faces is the place and role ...
By Mahesh Rangarajan in

Opinion  /  Published 10.01.21

Deep impressions: myth of victimhood

The first female doctors in Indian history leave a deep impression. From the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, these brilliant women carried the zeal of providing medical assistance to their ...
By Sameena Dalwai in

Opinion  /  Published 09.01.21

A Modi-Johnson meeting could have been useful

Man proposes, god disposes. Having to cancel his India trip deprives Boris Johnson of the chance of sticking another feather in the cap of his Global Britain project which already claims trade agreeme...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray in

Opinion  /  Published 08.01.21

For a new order: a wish list for India and the world

The eminently forgettable 2020 is now past. Here is, once again, an opportunity to wish for, if not the best or the better, at least some good. What the twenty-first year of the twenty-first century i...
By G.N. Devy in

Opinion  /  Published 07.01.21

Man for change: farmers protest against reforms

As India approaches yet another Republic Day, the political agenda — or, to be more accurate, the agenda that is projected as overriding by the media — is dominated by the issue of reforms...
By Swapan Dasgupta in


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