Top News

Namita Bhandare
Namita Bhandare
  • If defamation is to be decriminalized, then civil remedies and financial compensation for the loss of individual reputations must be strengthened.
  • #SelfieWithDaughter
    Jul 04, 2015 00:43 IST

    ‘Selfie with Daughter’ will not resolve the real problem

    Few politicians in India have as canny an instinct for social media communication as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his general election campaign, he used it to his advantage, reaching out to a growing demographic of savvy users on Twitter, Facebook and Google hangouts.

  • Vasundhar Raje, Lalit Modi, Sushma Swaraj
    Jun 19, 2015 22:31 IST

    Is Lalit Modi trying to cut down friends-turned-adversaries to size?

    As a bonafide member of Delhi’s power elite, Lalit Modi knows too many secrets. Is he trying to cut friends-turned-adversaries down to size? Who will he implicate next? Can Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, Shashi Tharoor and Rajeev Shukla be safe? What is the security threat that Modi goes on and on about?

  • Bruce Jenner
    Jun 05, 2015 23:20 IST

    Bruce Jenner’s decision to come out as woman gives hope to many

    If the ongoing global gender conversation over sexual violence, over gay rights, over stereotypes just got a bit more interesting, then you can thank Caitlyn Jenner for that. Jenner’s decision to come out as a woman may not immediately open doors and dispel discrimination but it gives hope to many like her.

  • Fashion
    May 22, 2015 22:08 IST

    A never-ending love affair with saris

    The sari will endure because when we Indian women want to dress up, when we attend weddings or festivals, when we want to feel special, the inevitable garment of choice is the sari. We are not the generation of our grandmothers and mothers who wore only saris (yes, even on the beach, alas), but our love and nostalgia for the draped fabric has seeped into our DNA from that lineage.

  • Photo journalists
    May 08, 2015 22:37 IST

    Public trust in fourth estate is dwindling

    As social media emerges as a source of legitimate news and as Indian corporates muscle their way into media ownership, public trust in the fourth estate is only dwindling further, writes Namita Bhandare.

  • Telangana farmer suicide
    Apr 24, 2015 22:41 IST

    Farmer suicides: A tragic issue made into a spectacle

    If a farmer hangs himself in his farm where there are no TV cameras, has he killed himself?

  • Modi
    Apr 10, 2015 22:14 IST

    In the din of outrage, genuine questions have been lost

    Two separate remarks, one by the prime minister and the other by the minister of state for external affairs, seem to have raised the pitch in a polarised environment.

  • Christians raise crosses
    Mar 27, 2015 22:28 IST

    Church attacks: Christians anxious, govt must assuage the fears

    If you believe that nine separate attacks on churches and several others on Christian-run schools in the last six months are just random occurrences then you also probably believe in the tooth fairy.

  • A battle lost for apartment owners?
    Mar 13, 2015 22:38 IST

    Justice delayed is justice denied: Unclog the system

    Perhaps no other case exemplifies judicial delay as much as the Uphaar fire that claimed 59 lives and left 103 injured in 1997. Now in its 18th year, the case has undergone the tortuous route of magisterial probe, CBI inquiry, adjournments and 344 hearings in the first seven years alone.

  • Muslims pray
    Feb 13, 2015 23:41 IST

    For most American Muslims, discrimination is a reality of their lives

    For most American Muslims, discrimination is a reality of their lives with 43% reporting discrimination in the last one year alone. The discrimination comes not just from ignorant red-necks but from those in positions of influence and leadership.

  • censor board
    Jan 30, 2015 23:57 IST

    If a film offends, you don't have to watch it

    The Central Board of Film Certification's job should be to issue age appropriate certification, not play a public morality nanny with scissors in hand at the slightest whiff of sex, politics and religion. A nation of Perpetually Hurt Sentiment has no shortage of moral minders, writes Namita Bhandare.

  • RSS activists
    Jan 16, 2015 22:37 IST

    All is well with 'I'm Charlie'. But, what about 'I'm Perumal'?

    At around the time that TV was breathlessly covering the 3.7 million people rally in Paris, there was considerably less attention on the protests in India against Tamil writer Perumal Murugan, whose novel Madhurobhagan was under attack, and who announced his retirement from writing, Namita Bhandare writes.

  • Protest against PK
    Jan 02, 2015 23:13 IST

    Aamir's PK under attack, 'Achhe din' in danger

    It's not a coincidence that the attack comes at a time when right-wing muscle flexing continues. But the PM has refused to utter a single word of disapproval, writes Namita Bhandare.

  • Modi in Australia
    Dec 19, 2014 22:02 IST

    BJP leaders' statements bolster Sangh’s view of glorious Hindu past

    Apart from expressions of disapproval in meetings, Modi has been silent and it’s not clear whether he is upset that his development agenda is being hijacked, lacks the clout to shake off the RSS or is playing the good cop/bad cop where he will make the right noises about governance, leaving the Hindutva brigade free to pursue their agenda.

  • Caste
    Dec 05, 2014 21:20 IST

    Casteism exists in India, let’s not remain in denial

    We know that caste and untouchability persist in India. What we don’t know is the extent. Certainly, our politicians’ overt play of the caste card has ensured that their vote-banks stay intact, writes Namita Bhandare.