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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Peter Ronald deSouza

The writer is the DD Kosambi Visiting Professor at Goa University.

Can we eat our way to a more tolerant society?
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Peter Ronald deSouza writes: Fanaticism often comes from the rigid rules we apply to food, with those who eat the food proscribed for us being viewed as the hostile other.

Us vs them: the battle for state culture in recent assembly polls
Thu, May 06, 2021

The competition was between an ‘outsider’ who is threatening that which is valuable in the state, and an ‘insider’ who is going to protect it. This is how it worked in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala.

Sreedharan offering to be CM candidate of the BJP in Kerala is astounding 
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Is E Sreedharan being naïve or arrogant or both to think that his engineering solutions will solve the problem of “love jihad” and “beef eating”?

To heal itself, American democracy will need more than just the replacing of Trump with Biden
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

America will need to examine why a narcissistic leader, with plebiscitary power, was able to expose the fragility of its institutions and push them to the brink.

Maradona was a rebel against a system that oppressed you by its rules
Sat, Nov 28, 2020

Maradona was a rebel against a system that oppressed you by its rules, created them to hold you down and tore them up when the calculus of power changed.

Google employees’ personal politics helped dissolve their own ethics committee. Can India expect a similar scenario?
Sat, Apr 27, 2019

However, one wants to play it, this was a major goof up by the company — a failure of conception, planning and execution. Google could have avoided this huge embarrassment if they had only googled to find out what lay ahead.

The Pope, the Dharmaraja
Sat, Feb 09, 2019

The pontiff’s UAE visit is historic in terms of inter-faith harmony and peace. But do the symbolic compromises he made diminish his moral sheen?

A good ally to invoke, difficult to walk with
Wed, Aug 08, 2018

Prime Minister Modi recently invoked Gandhi as he talked of capitalists. But Gandhi believed that owners must become trustees.

Much in a name
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The Margaret Court Arena controversy touches upon a key question plural democracies must deal with: What should be the correct response to the demand for the renaming of public places?

The banality of evil
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

The creation of ‘us’ and ‘them’ divisions is worrying. But, as the Alwar attack shows, what is more chilling is the ordinariness of violence

She knows which battle to fight
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Maligning a young woman, especially the daughter of a soldier who died for the nation, is pure fabrication; it is designed to besmirch desh bhakts who do not do such things.

Exit governor, enter academic
Tue, Jul 05, 2016

With his return to the realm of ideas, Rajan has accepted the responsibility to speak out without the constraints of public office. This is where the fun begins.

The Limits of Good Intentions
Sat, Aug 17, 2013

Can a citizen elite selflessly promote the greater good? This book’s answers are not sceptical enough.

The democratic virtue of unreason
Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Sometimes it is necessary to be unreasonable to make the established order listen

Never say retire
Mon, Jul 01, 2013

Three useful little phrases for India’s leaders who don’t know when to quit — ‘best before’,‘use before’,and ‘expiry date’

Setting,not vetting,and betting
Fri, May 31, 2013

These three words describe different political practices,each a symptom of the Indian political system

Why politics needs the ashram
Sat, Apr 13, 2013

We need to reinvent the institution to give ourselves a body of rules and the habit of observing them

A passion for justice
Mon, Mar 11, 2013

What role do emotions play in a system of justice?

Struggle for Gujarat’s soul
Fri, Sep 07, 2012

Maya Kodnani and Jyotsna Yagnik offer contrasting visions of the state

The Balotelli moment
Tue, Jul 03, 2012

Italian striker’s goals against Germany invite a debate on luck and leadership

Listen to wise counsel
Thu, May 17, 2012

Constituent Assembly was clear: ‘right to freedom’ trumps decisions of state

Modi and responsibility
Tue, Apr 17, 2012

We need to discuss if the CM’s office should be an integrity institution

Words of a controversy
Fri, Dec 15, 2006

In a secular democracy, there can be several possible objections to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on minorities at the National Development Council meet. Which one of these is the BJP raising?

A carnival of greed
Thu, Feb 10, 2005

Democracy in Goa has indeed been murdered. L K Advani got it right when he said so but, like all things Advani, he spoke only half a truth. ...