Samar Halarnkar is editor of IndiaSpend, a data-drive nonproft focussed on public-interest journalism. He has written two books and has been a reporter and editor for 25 years. He tweets as @samar11
Articles by Samar Halarnkar
Freedom of expression: Despite Trump, it is alive and kicking in the US
Among democracies run by populists, the United States is unique in its rule of law, popular defiance and the power of its institutions. Even the paranoia of the Trump era brings no threat of censorship, an enduring fear in India.
Updated on May 16, 2017 12:27 AM IST
‘Recall heritage of love, tolerance’: As new India rises, a father pens open letter to daughter
As a new India rises, a father urges his daughter to stay true to her country’s fading foundations
Updated on Apr 06, 2017 08:36 AM IST
There’s a market for shared experiences, as Hussain Haidry shows
The almost euphoric adulation that Hussain Haidry attracts is a reflection that, as easily as hatred and separation are expressed these days, so too are common bonds and the feeling of being in it together
Updated on Feb 22, 2017 10:38 PM IST
By banning NGOs from foreign funds, the govt is crippling its own services, laws
What’s at stake when NGOs are banned from foreign funds to implement India’s public services, laws? A doctor’s story
Updated on Feb 07, 2017 05:15 PM IST
Who cares about the facts? How transient rage is driving India’s politics
Pakistan or black money, smartphone-driven anger is shaping India’s politics, prompting swift, visible action
Updated on Dec 01, 2016 01:40 PM IST
Hindu republic: India is being recreated into a majoritarian state
The justice system is undermined. Minorities are shown their place. India moves inexorably towards a Hindu republic
Updated on Oct 21, 2016 08:12 AM IST
Mind your languages
Published on Sep 29, 2016 08:16 AM IST
As Indian cities grow more diverse, public services shun inclusiveness
Vast migration should encourage Indian cities to be more multilingual and overall more inclusive. Instead, the opposite is happening. It is ironic that as our cities grow more diverse, public services are becoming linguistically less diverse than ever
Updated on Sep 28, 2016 09:08 PM IST
Hate and hope in Kashmir
Published on Aug 25, 2016 12:36 PM IST
Can Modi discard policy that has brutalised Kashmir?
The brutalising of Kashmir’s people is also reflected in a brutalisation of the security forces, a particularly disquieting development in a conflict where men in arms now largely represent the Indian State
Updated on Aug 25, 2016 05:17 PM IST
Kashmir unrest: More autonomy for states is the only answer
To address Kashmir’s fury — and unrest elsewhere — India would do well to embrace more azaadi from New Delhi.
Updated on Jul 27, 2016 09:12 PM IST
Why girls must make trouble
Published on Jun 30, 2016 09:08 AM IST
India needs women to stand firm and know that they are right
The latest diktat against women shows education isn’t enough. Indian women must break the rules — and know they are right
Updated on Jun 30, 2016 07:50 AM IST
The past cannot be our present
Published on May 30, 2016 09:09 AM IST
What India can learn from Masada
A new national narrative is unfolding in India, but the Israeli experience warns us why ideas rooted in exclusion tend to fail
Updated on May 29, 2016 09:34 PM IST
Unrest in Kashmir: Threat to the idea of India
Many Kashmiris may not want to be Indian, but denying them rights that are due to all Indians only increases their alienation
Updated on Apr 21, 2016 06:51 PM IST
The lunatic fringe is now the Hindutva mainstream
The empowerment of popular hate began after the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992. Instead of taking a stand, the Congress often pandered to emerging prejudice
Updated on Mar 22, 2016 09:12 AM IST
India’s progress is crippled by Indians holding back Indians
Protect the strong, persecute the weak. The RBI governor reminds us that India’s progress is crippled by Indians holding back Indians.
Published on Feb 01, 2016 01:11 AM IST
Nearly half of India’s districts drought-hit as crisis accelerates
Half the country is drought-hit and the poorest areas edge towards famine. But it would seem India is otherwise engaged.
Updated on Dec 03, 2015 12:21 PM IST
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Big city or village, India is waging a war against women
Educated women, despite the restrictions on them, flood India’s workplaces, only to eventually find that whatever else they may desire or achieve, they must ensure ‘there are hot chapatis on the table’.
Updated on Sep 23, 2015 08:48 PM IST
On India’s roads, there's a scary surge of rage
Congestion, stress and indiscipline push Indians to argue, fight, even kill, each other on the roads. Are we like this only? Writes Samar Halarnkar.
Updated on Apr 16, 2017 05:03 PM IST
Make-or-break century: India must choose right options
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his supporters are fond of saying that the last 60 years of Congress rule has been disastrous for India. They are right about the time period. Except for the eight years of Janata and BJP rule, the Congress has held sway since the first post-Constitution general election in 1951.
Updated on Jul 23, 2015 01:57 PM IST
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Just posturing: Yoga blitz won't solve India's health crisis
It’s hard to oppose the yoga blitzkrieg, but we need to focus at least half as much attention on a quietly worsening national crisis
Updated on Aug 12, 2015 12:04 AM IST
Desperate for 'timepass', Indians seeking the great outdoors
Desperate for ‘timepass’, Indians have overwhelmingly limited leisure spaces, most created before Independence.
Updated on May 28, 2015 08:52 AM IST
Govt's indiscriminate crackdown on NGOs will affect the 'marginalised'
An indiscriminate crackdown on NGOs will affect those on India’s margins like children, the poor and disabled
Updated on Apr 27, 2015 01:03 AM IST
Concerns of India's underclass could drive country's political narrative
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.
Updated on Feb 19, 2015 08:38 AM IST
BySamar Halarnkar, New Delhi
What a movie, cabbie, saint, viral post tell about faith in India
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.
Updated on Jan 15, 2015 12:13 PM IST
Let's be adults, let's talk about tackling porn
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.
Updated on Dec 11, 2014 12:17 PM IST
Indiaspend.com | BySamar Halarnkar, New Delhi
Impatience creeps in, aspiring India stressed and dissatisfied
A feeling of impatience appears to be spreading among Indians; perhaps, emerging in the form of ever-rising political expectations, writes Samar Halarnkar.
Updated on Oct 30, 2014 10:52 AM IST
Moment of truth: Floods expose the great divide in J-K
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.
Updated on Sep 18, 2014 12:10 PM IST