Opinion  /  Published 29.10.19

Viewing forests as a revenue source: colonial hangover

What exactly is a ‘forest’? The question appears elementary, and should not test the brightest of minds. Yet, Indian bureaucracy, the minder of the nation’s depleting natural wealth, has often f...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 16.10.19

Gandhi, the resurrected saint

The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is being commemorated all over India in programmes big and small. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded exceptional importance to the event and is spa...
By Swapan Dasgupta in

Opinion  /  Published 11.09.19

How remorse could be made more meaningful

Sorry, indeed, is the hardest word. What adds to its weight, history and politics would confirm, are the contradictory pulls that inform the testy relationship between morality and diplomatic stratage...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 06.09.19

Migration in a post-democratic world

The prehistoric Homo sapiens spread out from their source to all continents, braving unimaginable odds, and created the possibility of humans becoming avant-garde in the process of the evolution of Li...
By G.N. Devy in

Opinion  /  Published 19.08.19

Tokyo-Seoul tiff is not really about trade

Nation states, like four-year-olds, find it hard to admit they are wrong and apologize. Adult intervention often helps, but all Japan and South Korea have is the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, wh...
By Gwynne Dyer in

Opinion  /  Published 25.07.19

Decolonizing the language of the courtroom

The relationship between equality and authority — whether among citizens or institutions — has always been a complicated one. On the face of it, both notions are seemingly at odds with each other,...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 24.06.19

Lessons from a lull a century ago

As the Congress leadership grapples with the trauma of two successive electoral routs, it might find it useful to rewind to developments that date back to almost a century ago.The Indian National Cong...
By Manini Chatterjee in

Opinion  /  Published 12.06.19

Why anti-colonial nationalism matters today

The concept of nationalism that informed India’s anti-colonial struggle was a unique and unprecedented idea. There were at least three ways in which it was the very opposite of the concept of nation...
By Prabhat Patnaik in

Opinion  /  Published 02.05.19

Singaporeans question bicentennial

It’s celebration time in Singapore. Exhibitions, heritage walks, light and sound shows, and fireworks — Singaporeans are spoilt for choice. Ideally, celebrations should make one happy; but it isn...
By Sonia Sarkar in

Opinion  /  Published 12.04.19

Jallianwala: Flawed argument for apology

Should the son bear the burden of the sins of the father? It is this dilemma — its implications are both philosophical and economic — that lies at the heart of the refusal of States, mostly Europe...
By The Editorial Board in


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