HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

Pratik Kanjilal

The worst is yet to come

The Sri Lankan army might be able win the present conflict, but the bloodbath would seed more insurgencies. India, as a responsible neighbour, must act now to avoid future tragedies, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Traversing a flat, divided world

When it comes to terror, it’s a divided world: some accept that terrorism is born out of inequalities, while others see it as a ‘Muslim’ problem. The Indian reality is complex, thanks to our religious and cultural diversity, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Never say never again

In these polls, none of the urgent issues has been prioritised by mainstream parties. Yet, we vote. Are negative emotions (read: anger) becoming our main motivation? Pratik Kanjilal ponders.

The politics of Indian politics

Indian politics is divided between communal and secular and between rural and urban. And no matter how carefully or illogically we vote, politicians will stitch up a coalition and save the day, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Right intention, wrong signals

One appreciates that the Congress is doing a difficult balancing act, refusing to be pushed around while trying to keep out regional leaders who regard a Union cabinet berth as a lottery ticket. It isn’t easy to apply a transparent formula for power-sharing to accommodate both allies and its own star performers. Pratik Kanjilal examines...

Sen bearded or Sen barbered?

In a free country, is there a law under which a citizen can be jailed on no substantial charge? The TV debates on Binayak Sen’s arrest, and release on bail, seem to have missed the point, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Now, Aussies are feeling the pinch

Australians are probably feeling cornered by the economic downturn. And that could be reason why Indians, who are seen as competitors, are being attacked, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

The real ‘party with a difference’

Intellectual property rights are being misused by corporates to earn profits. A Swedish political party is trying to strike a balance between corporate traditionalism and changing social needs. Pratik Kanjilal examines.

Who will police the state?

When you have a power vacuum, opportunistic political interests like Mamata-didi or Mao-dada will rush in and violence will follow, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Set the reinvented wheels in motion

Life seems to have come a full circle for the BJP, the Left and the Volvo. They are all trying to construct a new future. While dreams are being realised in one factory, others are still struggling to tighten their nuts ’n’ bolts. Pratik Kanjilal writes.

The consensus chestnut again

In a diverse nation, almost everyone can, at least temporarily, find themselves in a minority in the matrix of factors which define identity— like religion, language, race, caste, colour, gender and location, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Now for those who need it

The Budget is not an error of judgement. It’s a calculated risk to benefit indigents, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

A tweet and sour recipe

All Chinese computers will be linked to one network. You know who’ll be listening. Pratik Kanjilal elaborates.

Judge a book by its cover

The hoopla surrounding the re-launch of the Hindustan Times probably overshadowed it, but the feature on book covers by Indrajit Hazra, Cover Story (July 11), made for a nice Saturday read.

Get into a mission mode

Security has become as divisive as organised religion and is in desperate need of some common sense. We must distinguish between politically-motivated reduction and rationalisation based on real threat perceptions, writes Pratik Kanjilal.
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