HindustanTimes Fri,31 Oct 2014

Namita Bhandare

A ruinous law of omerta

Paid news undermines democracy. Yet, as a sting operation goes public, why aren’t we more concerned?

Intolerance has become India's national sport

We attack students because they look a certain way, we hound out Africans from neighbourhoods because ‘they are not like us’, we tie up books in lengthy litigation because we find their ideas unpalatable. This has become our national sport. Namita Bhandare writes.

Keep a distance from the mob

AAP’s failure would be a severe setback to any future would-be reformer. And any success of its increasingly visible vigilante-style politics will send absolutely the wrong signal of a ‘success formula’ to rival parties. Namita Bhandare writes.

Time to say ‘enough’ to sexual harassment

Men say they are scared by this new environment. Far too many women have lived in fear of the old environment. It’s time to pack the dinosaurs off to the museum, writes Namita Bhandare.

Akhilesh’s apathy towards UP riots victim is bewildering

The SP deserves to lose. That’s a small compensation for those who live under open skies in the Muzaffarnagar riot relief camps, scrambling to rebuild what is left of their lives. Namita Bhandare writes.

AAP's stunning debut shows that the voter wants a new narrative

Delhi voters — four lakh of whom were voting for the first time — have signalled that they are done with old-style politics. What they want is a new story-teller who speaks a new language.

I will vote as a woman

Political parties are slowly realising that women constitute the largest vote-bank and they need to at least look concerned. But, dressed-up manifestos and sops like saris and pressure cookers won’t cut it any longer. Namita Bhandare writes.

A new courage, a new defiance: changing the status quo

Sexual harassment is an abuse of power, a betrayal of trust and one of India’s worst-kept secrets. But one thing has changed, and it is the refusal of an increasing number of women to remain silent, writes Namita Bhandare.

India's enduring fascination with godmen

Caught in a shadowy time between tradition and globalisation, post liberalised India's fascination for godmen continues. Namita Bhandare writes.

At stake is the dignity of Dalit women

The national conversation, dominated by temples, toilets, has no patience for stories of Dalit women who face humiliation daily. Given the measly media coverage, their stories cause no outrage. Namita Bhandare writes.

Idealism, where has it gone?

From smartphones to cars, GenX has everything but not a hero in sight. Namita Bhandare writes.

Tuned in but turned off

Despite our connectivity, we are isolated in our personal interactions. Namita Bhandare writes.

Not proud to be an Indian

The attack on an African student underlines our prejudice against 'outsiders'. Namita Bhandare writes.

It's time to say enough

Let the Guwahati molestation case be the tipping point for change. Namita Bhandare writes.

We must reverse the tide

For value education to succeed, the first lessons must begin at home. Namita Bhandare writes.
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