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The conversation India refuses to have

It takes courage to push a conversation that evokes almost zero public sympathy in an audience that is inclined to believe that consent has no place on the marital bed
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 08:01 PM IST

After anarchy in the US, reimagining the middle ground

What other, newer democracies find relatively easy — conducting an election, the counting of votes, the peaceful transition of power — seems to have befuddled the US. There can be and must not be any normalisation of gross prejudice or violence
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 07:53 PM IST

The secret weapons of a fast-bowling nation

Mohammed Siraj led India’s breakthrough in the ongoing tour of Australia. But he grew up playing tennis ball cricket and first held a real cricket ball only five years ago.
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 03:31 PM IST

The horseshit paradox: Why fears about tech are wildly exaggerated

A New York street in the 1920s. Just two decades earlier, in the age of horse-drawn vehicles, people had feared their cities would be buried in manure. Then the internal combustion engine took horses off the streets altogether, a shift often used to illustrate the unpredict-able fallouts of new tech.
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 03:11 PM IST

This decade will be decisive for democracy, capitalism

It is no surprise that all kinds of protests are being seen in many parts of the world at the moment
Updated on Jan 03, 2021 10:07 PM IST

In defence of reformed capitalism

A vibrant corporate capitalist base also leads to additional revenues for the State — which, in turn, can be used for greater welfare for the marginalised and creating a more level-playing field in terms of opportunities
Published on Jan 02, 2021 07:05 PM IST

A robust public broadcaster can guard against anti-vaccine rumours

A health worker prepares a syringe to inoculate a volunteer with a Covid-19 vaccine, Lima, December 9, 2020
Published on Jan 02, 2021 07:02 PM IST

Goodbye to all that? I’m not so sure

The silence and loneliness of being on my own is no longer intimidating. In fact - and I know that sounds a little perverse – I’ve enjoyed it. So this morning I feel I don’t want to lose it. At least, not completely.
Updated on Jan 02, 2021 06:55 PM IST

Farm stir: Latest attempt to stop Modi’s reforms

n many ways, Modi’s economic vision resembles that of the United Kingdom prime minister Margaret Thatcher and the United States President Ronald Reagan. Both faced an avalanche of opposition to their push for economic reforms
Published on Jan 01, 2021 08:06 PM IST

Biden has no record of missteps on India

US President-elect Joe Biden in Delaware, December 29, 2020
Published on Jan 01, 2021 08:06 PM IST

Lend me your years: How the Indian National Calendar came into being

Ancient calendars could be intricate, beautiful, but confusing. Above is a section of the ancient Mayan calendar.
Updated on Jan 02, 2021 08:29 PM IST

Poonam Saxena writes on the true heart of the Indian home, the aangan

An aangan in an old home in Mehrauli, New Delhi. A fixture since the time of the Indus Valley Civilisation, the courtyard faded away with the coming of Western-style architecture during colonial rule.
Updated on Jan 01, 2021 07:04 PM IST

A ‘new’ India can’t be built by abandoning the core values of our founding fathers

After a traumatic and turbulent 2020, it’s time to ring in a New Year with hope. And since Rabindranath Tagore is being rediscovered by our netas ahead of the Bengal elections, this is a prayer for India in 2021 that draws inspiration from the great poet-laureate.
Updated on Jan 01, 2021 06:01 AM IST

The year is almost over, but scars will remain

The farmers’ protest may be geographically limited, but the ripples it has caused are international.
Published on Dec 27, 2020 06:13 PM IST

Parliament should sit more often

The argument Covid-19 did not permit the session is specious. For a start, Parliament’s earlier functioning disproves it. The monsoon session was held in September when daily cases crossed 95,000. So how can a situation when the increase has reduced to under 25,000 be a credible reason for not holding the winter session?
Updated on Dec 26, 2020 07:36 PM IST

Covid-19 has led to a rise in child marriages

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Updated on Dec 26, 2020 07:59 PM IST

How the TMC is fighting the BJP juggernaut in Bengal

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting, Jalpaiguri district, December 16, 2020
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 05:36 PM IST

India’s 2020 Gender Report Card

We do know that the pandemic’s economic impact has been higher on women. At the end of the year, 13% fewer women (2% fewer men) than the previous year were employed, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy.
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 05:36 PM IST

Ajinkya Rahane could be just the man we need: Sporting Life by Rudraneil Sengupta

As captain Virat Kohli’s deputy, Rahane has often melted into the background . This could be his time to shine and propel the team forward.
Updated on Dec 28, 2020 07:02 AM IST

Seeing the upside of flashbacks: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

In each generation — mine, my parents’ and my children’s — I have seen reflections this year of how wonderfully adaptive and resilient we as a species are.
Updated on Dec 27, 2020 05:37 AM IST

It’s been overcast but you can still count some stars, says Anupama Chopra

Musician Diljit Dosanjh created, in lockdown, a best-selling music album called G.O.A.T. He also spoke up with courage in support of farmers.
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 12:21 PM IST

The perils of a prolonged deadlock with farmers

The problem before the government is how to manage such a large number of farm organisations
Updated on Dec 20, 2020 07:36 PM IST

For the Congress, why status quo is untenable

If Rahul Gandhi takes over again, it will help bring back some clear authority in the party — but this may not result in any electoral success. If he doesn’t take over, the question is who takes over, whether the new leader will be able to hold the organisation together, and be able to operate autonomously
Updated on Dec 19, 2020 08:38 PM IST

In the cold winter, keeping the Gods warm

If that wasn’t enough of a shock, the cold winds sweeping down from the Himalayas set your teeth chattering. Mine played a veritable symphony
Updated on Dec 19, 2020 08:36 PM IST

Parliament and the virtues of listening

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling the plaque to lay the foundation stone of the New Parliament Building. The Opposition boycotted the ceremony because it claimed the government had not been willing to listen to its views on the project
Updated on Dec 19, 2020 09:11 PM IST

Guest Column: Farmers prove their resilience, but need to optimise outcomes

Punjab was chosen for the Green Revolution due to the dynamism and resilience of Punjabi farmers. They have proved it again, with their persevering agitation during a global pandemic.
Updated on Dec 19, 2020 05:01 PM IST

India and the US should have a dialogue on democracy

A Biden administration could adopt a narrow approach to global democratic cooperation, confined to a small number of western countries and advanced Asian economies. But pursuing a grander agenda will require a deeper dialogue with India
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 08:55 PM IST

Picking up the trade thread in Indo-US ties

As India waits to engage the incoming Biden administration, it also wants to make it clear, as Jaishankar indicted, it is eager for a trade deal more than ever
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 08:54 PM IST

The Anna and kisan movements, writes Rajdeep Sardesai

A mass populist upsurge needs an identifiable enemy. The Anna movement had it in the imagery of Union ministers accused of corruption. The farmers protests are far more diffused
Published on Dec 17, 2020 09:34 PM IST

Guest column: The bond between farmers and scientists

PAU has distinguished itself as an institution where the bond between farmers and scientists has always been very strong
Updated on Dec 17, 2020 11:35 PM IST
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