- Feb 18, 2015 20:44 IST
Since India’s growth rate shot past China’s, it is easy for the Twitter-happy, mall-roaming, ever-aspirational urban Indian to believe that reports of cows on the roads are a western conspiracy and poverty may soon be a thing of the past. It would be even harder, for this proud person, to believe that there are Indians without a radio or bicycle, let alone a television or scooter.
- Jan 14, 2015 22:58 IST
A new film tries to exploit street bigotry, but it will be hard for bigots to pull apart fraying but still strong bonds among communities, writes Samar Halarnkar.
- Dec 10, 2014 21:21 IST
There are three questions around banning porn: How do you define porn? Is porn responsible for violence against women? Can you really stop the flow of porn? Asks Samar Halarnkar.
- Oct 29, 2014 22:57 ISTMahabharat
A feeling of impatience appears to be spreading among Indians; perhaps, emerging in the form of ever-rising political expectations, writes Samar Halarnkar.
- Sep 17, 2014 23:34 ISTMahabharat
Natural calamities are times of great truth, of togetherness, of closing ranks, of forgetting hatred and bitterness. Unfortunately, the J-K floods initially appeared to be enhancing the bitterness between Kashmiris and other Indians, writes Samar Halarnkar.
- Aug 13, 2014 22:50 IST
Unless Prime Minister Narendra Modi says something special, soothing and truly inclusive, from the ramparts of the Red Fort tomorrow, divisiveness in India will grow exponentially, writes Samar Harlankar.
- Jun 25, 2014 22:11 ISTMahabharat
India’s railways have been a victim to politics of another extreme: Mindless populism. This is why you hear the tired objections to the fare increases from the BJP’s own allies and the Congress, writes Samar Halarnkar.
- Jun 11, 2014 22:23 ISTMahabharat
I may not any longer visit temples, but I do regard myself a Hindu, in the broad sense of tradition, pride and culture, a position not far from the fashionable position of the newly triumphant religious Right. Samar Halarnkar writes.
- May 07, 2014 23:21 ISTMahabharat
India is becoming increasingly suspicious and intolerant of those who do not conform to the strident view of things, spurred by the sly and not-so-sly pronouncements of politicians this poll season, writes Samar Halarnkar.
- Apr 24, 2014 00:24 IST
It may be currently spurred by the BJP and its allies, but the hate speech of the election season is only a reflection of India’s deep-seated prejudices and discriminatory practices against its own citizens, writes Samar Halarnkar.
- Apr 09, 2014 22:46 ISTmahabharat
A slew of opinion polls have identified jobs as the chief demand of India’s electorate; not the kind provided by digging ditches and road shoulders but meaningful work with some hope for a better quality of life, Samar Halarnkar writes.
- Mar 12, 2014 23:53 IST
You are fascinated with MH370 because modern commercial aircraft rarely crash. Taking a flight is far safer than taking a train or driving a car. Anyone with a fear of flying is either being silly, writes Samar Halarnkar.
- Feb 26, 2014 22:04 ISTCurfew in Meerut
Monday’s curfew, although it was not so declared, was over something quite extraordinary: A terrified male leopard that had mauled five people. Samar Halarnkar writes.
- Feb 13, 2014 00:06 ISTmahabharat
Consider Penguin India’s decision to destroy copies of The Hindus: An Alternative History, if somewhat contentious, portrait of the Indian majority, by Wendy Doniger, a professor with doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian studies. Samar Halarnkar writes.
- Jan 29, 2014 20:54 IST
Anything related to the killing of innocents in Kashmir becomes part of a conspiracy of silence that allows soldiers and other security officials to commit excesses and get away with it.