Op Ed
Opinion  /  Published 02.07.20

Silence is grey: Press siege

Democracy is not just about ‘being’ a system and how a nation is organized. It is much more about it ‘becoming’ inclusive and accountable to those who constitute the nation. On...
By G.N. Devy in

Opinion  /  Published 02.07.20

Pinch for punch: App ban to counter attack

Those who live by the sword don’t always die by the sword; they are able to hold on, for a time, with the pretence of a sword. It is when that pretence is no longer sustainable that they perish....
By Sankarshan Thakur in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 02.07.20

Loosening grip of the government in Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan made international headlines last week but for all the wrong reasons. Khan made a surprise appearance in the National Assembly on Thursday to defend his government’s ov...
By Mehmal Sarfraz in

Opinion  /  Published 02.07.20

Shifting lives in the mangroves

Since 2007, the Bay of Bengal basin has seen at least 15 major cyclones, including Sidr in 2007, Aila in 2009, Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014, Bulbul in 2019 and Amphan this year. Amphan made landfal...
By Megnaa Mehtta & Debjani Bhattacharyya in

Opinion  /  Published 29.06.20

A case for truth to save media freedom

For some years now, the growing challenge to journalism has come from the increasing use of predictable laws. These are the Sections relating to sedition and criminal defamation in the Indian Penal Co...
By Sevanti Ninan in

Opinion  /  Published 29.06.20

Quarantined alone at home with Covid-19

The narcissism of bourgeois life is concealed in normal times by good manners but becomes obvious in moments of crisis. When I discovered I was running a temperature one afternoon late last month, my ...
By Mukul Kesavan in Una

Opinion  /  Published 28.06.20

Myopic vision: What good is a defence deal now?

Rajnath Singh’s mission to Moscow recalls Xan Smiley’s famous dismissal of the Soviet Union as “Upper Volta with rockets”. Xan is editor at large of The Economist and a great-g...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray in Una

Opinion  /  Published 27.06.20

A new Cold War: Tensions along the LAC

The face-off between Indian and Chinese forces in the Ladakh region of the Line of Actual Control, resulting in the death of 20 Indian jawans and an unspecified number of casualties in the People&rsqu...
By Swapan Dasgupta in

Opinion  /  Published 27.06.20

Voyages out: Hundred years of Satyajit Ray

It could have been the Lotos-eaters’ land of Tennyson’s poem. There the languid air swoons like a weary dream while travellers long to rest forever after tasting the “enchanted stem&...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in

Opinion  /  Published 15.06.20

Non-linear hiccups

Exiting lockdowns when the Covid-19 infection milestone is not yet visible is a risky gamble for India. The phase is critical for the pandemic’s spread and for economic reopening. The timing of depa...
By Renu Kohli in


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