Opinion  /  Published 05.11.21

Paranoia and pluralism in language

The history of the English word, ‘text’, is intricately woven together with the history of the word, ‘textile’. They both originate in early Latin, with ‘text’ mean...
By G.N. Devy

Opinion  /  Published 12.09.21

The importance of having been pluralist

The ascendancy of majoritarianism in several parts of the world calls into question the historical significance of India’s experiment with pluralism. This broad popularity of majoritarian partie...
By Mukul Kesavan

Opinion  /  Published 09.09.21

Diverse noise: Indian languages

A significant contributor to India’s multicultural fabric is the multiplicity of languages spoken by its people. The Constitution of India accords official status to 22 languages. Thousands of o...
By The Editorial Board

Opinion  /  Published 22.01.21

Playful imagination: necessity of alternatives

The late scientist, C.V. Seshadri, and I spent hours discussing the idea of alternatives in dhabas and cafes around his laboratory in Chennai. Professor Seshadri, infinitely curious about in...
By Shiv Visvanathan

Opinion  /  Published 21.08.19

We are too wary when talking about religion

Some feel strongly that schools are meant for educating and not preaching. In the United States of America and the United Kingdom, no religion can be taught in a State school, nor can assembly be of a...
By Devi Kar


Opinion  /  Published 11.05.19

The reasons to be pessimistic about Indian pluralism

In 2008, the political scientist, Steven Wilkinson, published an essay titled “Muslims in Post-Independence India”. This was its conclusion: “The good news for India, and for India’s 130 milli...
By Ramachandra Guha

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

India  /  Published 04.03.20

India crashes on freedom index

India’s score has shown the biggest decline among the world’s 25 largest democracies in the new report from Freedom House, the oldest American organisation devoted to the support and defence of de...
By Anita Joshua in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 17.10.19

Savarkar, a dubious contender for the Bharat Ratna

National honour should, under ideal circumstances, be bestowed upon distinguished citizens on the basis of the unanimity of choice. However, when it comes to the Bharat Ratna — the nation’s highes...
By The Editorial Board

Opinion  /  Published 18.09.19

Sometimes, the threat to democracy is from within

Doggedness can be admirable. But persistence can also cut both ways. Having ruffled feathers with his views on Hindi being a unifier in a nation that is known for its richness and diversity in languag...
By The Editorial Board


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