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SHASHI THAROOR

Time to redeem our pledge


This is a time in our national evolution when we must rethink the assumptions of our political philosophy and rise to the need to refurbish our institutions with new ideas. An India led by open-minded ideas must develop a view of the world that is also broad-minded. Shashi Tharoor writes.

CHARLES COREA

Our cities are our future


Our cities are of prime importance to the future of our nation. We cannot leave them at the mercy of political parties intent on monetary gain. We need a government that is pro-active and accountable. This makes India's growth options far more flexible. Charles Correa writes.

NANDAN NILEKANI

Coming of age in the new India


A young population and its ambitions can either build cities or bring them down, depending on how their energy is channelled. India’s youngsters are straining at the doors closed to them. Nandan Nilekani writes.

ZOYA HASSAN

The middle class and our democracy


The middle class now occupies centre-stage in contemporary Indian narratives, crystallising a space for its concerns, but with a marked disdain towards the millions at the bottom of the pyramid.Zoya Hasan writes.

ABHIJIT BANERJEE

Rich economy poor ecology


Strides in education, health and life expectancy may have been driven by economics , but it’s high time that we factored ecological concerns into our unprecedented growth story if we want to avert the looming disaster brought on by climate change, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

FARAH NAQVI

Questions of equality and justice


The gap between formal and substantive equality seems too wide and discussion on women’s issues is led by dramatic rape cases, yet the spirit of feminism is alive in ordinary acts of millions of women who exercise freedoms. Farah Naqvi writes.

HARSH MANDAR

By the people. For the people?


The fear voiced by sceptics that ordinary Indian people would not rise to the demands of responsible republican citizenship has proved completely unfounded. If democracy thrives in India, it is because of ordinary people who claim and reclaim it in myriad ways. Harsh Mander writes.

PRASOON JOSHI

Information drowns the narrative


Technology has made content easily available and readily accessible, but our focus on entertainment and anonymity has left little place for imagination, memory, and emotional investment into it. Prasoon Joshi writes.

AYAZ MEMON

More goals, more games


If India is to become a contender in the world’s sporting arena and add to its soft power, existing strategies will not work. Our phenomenal success with cricket, for all its many flaws, could show the way. Ayaz Memon writes.

VIDYA BALAN

Changing the script


Today’s Hindi cinema is the cinema of the new millennium. It boasts of women who know their minds and are unapologetic about their choices. Finally, the woman in Hindi cinema is not ‘just a woman’. She is an individual in her own right, a person unto herself, a Human Being.There was a time, not so long ago, when values and virtues were defined purposefully and solely through the woman and, conversely, values and virtues (or the lack thereof) defined the woman on screen. Vidya Balan writes.


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