Saturday, Dec 03, 2022

A Muslim student, a bigoted teacher, a snickering audience: As a teacher, I’ve seen the heavy burden of casual Islamophobia

December 3, 2022 4:21:19 pm

Both the MIT teacher and the Karnataka education minister, who dismissed the incident as nothing serious, failed to lead those entrusted in their care towards spaces of inclusivity and respect

At the mercy of algorithms: When the electrician and plumber were more than just dots on an app

December 3, 2022 2:00:38 pm

In the 1990s, as demand for services grew, service providers like plumbers and electricians began gaining the upper hand. But with aggregator companies using algorithms to connect customers and workers, the power equation is once again in sync with that actually existing in society

Momo is at the heart of Tibetan cuisine. Its cultural appropriation is hard for me to digest

December 3, 2022 3:08:01 pm

There’s little I or my people can do. If we hadn’t been fighting for our nation, perhaps we would have been the ones to take our culture all over the world

Pakistan’s former Army Chief cannot rewrite the history of the Bangladesh war

December 3, 2022 7:25:29 pm

General Bajwa, in his final public statement, has laid bare the ghost that haunts the corridors of GHQ Rawalpindi. That apparition is of defeat, mass surrender and incarceration of 92,000 troops in East Pakistan.


How two field-level officers stood up for Bilkis Bano

December 3, 2022 4:35:48 pm

When the executive becomes deeply aligned with an authoritarian ideology, most of us bow down. Yet, neither the investigator nor the judicial officer got swayed by unscrupulous elements or improper pressures to ‘go soft’ on the convicts.


This Navy Day, let’s focus on building a strong navy to meet India’s global aspirations

December 3, 2022 8:59:31 am

The navy’s role must be spelt out, and its force architecture defined as well as funded, accordingly. This can happen only if the national security elite conceives a comprehensive “maritime vision”, and articulate it in a “National Strategy for Maritime Security”

India’s hunger problem: Why the Global Hunger Index, FAO data aren’t to blame

December 3, 2022 9:00:18 am

India’s ranking results from the use of the Indian government’s official statistics, the National Family Health Survey, which reveals disconcertingly high rates of child mortality and chronic malnutrition in India, despite clear progress in the past few years. The Global Hunger Index was informed by the same official source.

Ram Madhav writes: What Rahul Gandhi needs to know about Ambedkar and Savarkar — and doesn’t

December 3, 2022 12:38:12 pm

Ambedkar and Savarkar were opposed to religious orthodoxy among Hindus, whereas that orthodoxy was upheld by some of the Congress leaders of those times

Jaya Bachchan and Asha Parekh — once trailblazers, now mansplainers

December 2, 2022 4:36:46 pm

The two women were symbols of empowerment for generations of women. By commenting on weight, and what people should wear, they’ve proved what men like to throw at women — that we are our own worst enemies

In the bleak world of ‘Qala’, sisterhood offers a glimmer of hope

December 2, 2022 4:01:16 pm

Anvitaa Dutt’s ‘Qala’ features a troubled protagonist striving for success amidst skewed gender equations in the early years of the Hindi film industry and finding solace in the support of other women

Left in the dark: A story from a Patna locality about the digitisation fetish and smart electricity meters

December 2, 2022 11:59:32 am

The race to be the first city/state/country to be all-online, all-mechanised, all-digitally advanced often ignores one key aspect – its people

Why tracking migration is important for nutrition schemes

December 2, 2022 8:49:49 am

Mittali Sethi writes: A plan that focuses on targeting and triaging the most vulnerable — a strategy that keeps them at the centre without silos — might just be what we need to move one step forward in improving the wellbeing of people.

Four decades on, fresh hope for victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy

December 2, 2022 8:47:45 am

Upendra Baxi writes: Babasaheb Ambedkar constantly reminded us that past injustices carry no expiry date. Revival of a curative petition in the Supreme Court marks a new commitment to justice for the Bhopal victims.


India’s G20 Presidency: Setting the world agenda

December 2, 2022 9:46:44 am

Sujan R Chinoy writes: Think20, the ideas bank of G20, will engage with the gamut of issues – strategic, economic and structural – that confront all countries

How can India make a soft landing amid global economic crash?

December 2, 2022 8:44:36 am

Dharmakirti Joshi writes: India’s growth cycle has become well-synchronised with those of advanced economies. So, a sharp slowdown in these countries will spill over to India.

India’s G-20 presidency: Seven reasons why this is a watershed moment

December 1, 2022 6:00:37 pm

From its handling of the pandemic, to scaling up digital payments to the Prime Minister’s leadership, India has become a role model, particularly for the developing world

China Protests: The party-state can’t be underestimated — neither can the Chinese people

December 1, 2022 4:21:40 pm

While the Chinese party-state has, until now, been able to subdue or prevent protests using traditional means as well as new technology, protestors in the past have also been wary of embarrassing either the CCP or the central government. The latest protests are, therefore, astonishing precisely because they undermine these long-standing trends

Nepal election: Sher Bahadur Deuba as PM may make US and India feel more comfortable — but that doesn’t mean stability

December 1, 2022 3:04:46 pm

Nepal’s politics may not be stable, but the political opposition in the country will be vibrant

What Delhi’s power subsidy reveals about India’s revdi culture

December 1, 2022 1:11:40 pm

That state governments subsidise such large sections of the populace and that so many affluent households are unwilling to give up subsidies, indicates the appeal and acceptance of a culture of doles at both the demand and supply ends of the equation. It is neither a function of household income, of state’s finances, nor targeting the deserving

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of UAE writes: Supporting India’s G20 presidency is a priority for the UAE

December 2, 2022 8:45:56 am

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan writes: By laying the groundwork for heightened international cooperation through multilateral fora such as the G20, the UAE is determined to forge a world where prosperity is commonplace, and human progress is an inalienable right for all.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes: India’s agenda during its G20 Presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive

December 1, 2022 9:14:16 am

Our G20 priorities will be shaped in consultation with our fellow-travellers in the Global South, whose voice often goes unheard. Our priorities will focus on healing our “One Earth”, creating harmony within our “One Family” and giving hope for our “One Future”.


When video exposed bigotry, why Manipal Institute of Technology reacted differently from Udupi college

December 3, 2022 4:08:04 pm

Differing reactions to protests over hijab and Islamophobia indicate the differing compulsions of state and corporate educational institutions, though societal tendencies of bigotry, violence permeate both

The AIIMS cyber attack is a wake-up call for national security

December 1, 2022 9:17:39 am

Such attacks have connotations for privacy and security and highlight the importance of creating and implementing a national cyber security strategy.

On Savarkar, Rahul Gandhi should learn from previous Congress leaders

November 30, 2022 12:00:26 pm

Calling Savarkar ‘an agent of the British’ may endear him to a tiny ultra-radical left constituency, but is neither good politics, nor true to history, nor to the traditions of his party

My dream for India at 100: A chance at excellence for every athlete

November 30, 2022 8:54:06 am

Suma Shirur writes: Medals are won or lost on decimals. A mature approach which thinks of athletes first — win or lose — and makes sport enjoyable should be the aim.