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Opinion  /  Published 05.12.18

Kashmir: Under a hobnailed boot

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By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 03.07.19

Modi's loyal and obliging Opposition

The good news for Narendra Modi just refuses to ebb, it oozes like the viscous sweetness of summer fruit. May 23 was breathtaking beyond expectation, a second-term endorsement that rendered the parlia...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 02.10.18

The government borrows shine from the soldier

There came a moment in my recent interaction with the chief of the army staff, Bipin Rawat, whose implications are unsettling enough to require remark. I ventured to get his sense of the situation in ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 03.03.20

World of tomorrow

“Mobs smash, loot and burn”“Fires and bomb wreck town...”“Furniture and goods flung from homes and shops...”“Bands rove... plunderers trail wreckers... Police stand idle...”Familiar he...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 01.10.19

Enduring stain

Several years ago, in a rural recess of Bihar where I come from, a girl, barely ten, woke up one morning and slipped out into the open to relieve herself. Returning, she came upon a crop of spinach an...
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Opinion  /  Published 04.02.20

Shadows darken in Valley

A fair lot has happened in the six months since India’s crown was sundered, downgraded and hammered into a prison-house sans parallel. Today is six months since the hobnailed silencing of Jammu and ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 06.02.19

The Congress must lead from behind

One of his key tenets of leadership Nelson Mandela had grasped from the pastoral practices of his ancestry. He used to call it leading from behind, just like herders of the African bush would daily le...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 02.01.19

Note on a hangover: Confusing dissent with treason

The year that has begun might well turn out to be the most momentous in the memory of our lives, or in the memory of the lives of most of us. How many of us are still around, after all, who were alive...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 09.11.18

Push to replace Southall town hall with temple

The smallest geographies can often conjure large, often lingering, patterns of politics. A crossroads in Sarajevo. A beer hall in Munich. A palace called Winter. A harbour called Pearl. A line called ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 31.12.19

The year of bitter fruit

“Ye daagh-daagh ujala, ye shab-ghazeeda seher/ Wo intezaar thha jiska, ye wo seher to nahin (This stained pitted light, this night-bitten dawn/ That we were waiting for, this is not that morning)....
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