Opinion  /  Published 09.01.19

The life of a patriot is easy in New India

Patriotism used to be serious business. Whether it was giving one’s life for the cause of the country and its people or working on the ground, educating the masses, protecting the environment and ig...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 02.03.19

After Pulwama, a writer's dilemma

In 1940, George Orwell wrote an essay titled, “My Country Right or Left”. Britain and Germany were at war, the Luftwaffe was battering London, and the detached, sceptical writer was giving way to ...
By Ramachandra Guha in

Opinion  /  Published 15.05.19

A republic of anger has no future

A man, a stepfather, goes out in the morning for a walk with his ‘wife’. When they return, he notices that the younger of his two stepsons — a child of four — has wet his bed. He flies into a ...
By Swami Agnivesh and Valson Thampu in

Opinion  /  Published 06.04.19

BJP feels safer by reinforcing chauvinism

If the Bharatiya Janata Party were not so desperate to pose as India’s only patriots, it might have accused the Congress of stealing its clothes once again. It did so with some justification on the ...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray in

India  /  Published 14.05.20

Army mulling proposal to allow 3-year tenure for civilians

In a transformational move, the Indian Army is considering a proposal to allow civilians including young working professionals to join the force for a three-year tenure as officers and in other ranks ...
By PTI in New Delhi

India  /  Published 07.04.19

‘Patriot’ redefined to reject pluralism: Sonia

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi has lamented that patriotism is being redefined to justify discrimination and exclusion in the name of caste and religion, and those rejecting pluralism were being hailed ...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 09.10.19

India needs another democratic upsurge

It has been argued for some time now that India’s freedom struggle constitutes its first democratic upsurge that fructified into a sovereign nation with a liberal Constitution and universal adult fr...
By Ajay Gudavarthy in

Opinion  /  Published 25.03.19

Modi has only two diversionary options

Those who are wondering what happened on February 26 at Balakot and how an Indian air force pilot fell captive soon after may recall the game of kabaddi. It is the only indigenous game of India and Pa...
By Jawhar Sircar in

West Bengal  /  Published 08.02.20

Unsung but unforgettable

Some lessons need to be told and retold when collective amnesia is on the prowl.As many as 40 per cent of the survivors in a study on the Partition-era violence had said the members of the other commu...
By Debraj Mitra in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 19.02.19

Unity shines through polarising nationalism

The heinous attack on members of the Central Reserve Police Force in Pulwama in Kashmir has, understandably, enraged the nation. Citizens, shocked by the cold-blooded massacre, have marched in solidar...
By The Editorial Board in


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