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.
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.
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.
As the bright, articulate former journalist works nights inspecting state-run shelters and homes, the Aam Aadmi Party’s youngest minister in Delhi has little time or inclination to tell the media her last name is Bidlan.
The average Indian woman is bound by the ropes of what is considered tradition. The male continues to be superior, born to be pampered and placed from birth on a pedestal, from where he can only look down at women, writes Samar Halarnkar.
To understand why the fight for Delhi will not deliver the sweeping change that Delhi — or indeed any other Indian city — craves, you must go back to 1935, writes Samar Halarnkar.
If you have not heard of a blacklist of incorrigible business defaulters, it’s probably because they have arranged for a new loan. It is particularly galling in a poor country where banks immediately blacklist poor and middle-class defaulters, writes Samar Halarnkar.
India's voyage to Mars is about giving something your best shot, about reaching something unattainable and about stirring the spirit and boosting pride in a dispirited nation stuck in a cynical, divisive time. Samar Halarnkar writes.
AADHAAR: How a digital identity could really
get money to the poor and help you get your passport faster. Samar Halarnkar
, Editor-at-Large, Hindustan Times
, writes. Forecasts for the next decade
India isn't as bad as Pakistan. But denying growing radicalisation among Hindus and Muslims could presage a national clash of civilisations. Samar Halarnkar writes.
The brutal slaying of an autorickshaw-driver-turned-politician on a Bangalore street reveals how a Nether India is rising with New India, writes Samar Halarnkar.
Frodo: “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.” Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” — From the movie, Lord of the Rings
How economic growth is increasing the number of baby girls being aborted, strangled or tossed in the trash — and why we don't care. Samar Halarnkar writes.
As growing misgovernance indicates, the bureaucracy needs to be restructured. Can small, shiny starts change the rusting steel frame? Samar Halarnkar writes.
Two public servants. One Hindu. One Muslim. One burned to death, the other accused of starting the fire. As India prepares to hear the verdict this Tuesday on a riot that inflamed a decade of hate, terror and divisiveness, Samar Halarnkar finds common paragraphs in two opposing stories.