For an extremely unequal society like India, religious interference could seriously undermine public health goals.
Arjun Gargeyas and Sameer Patil write: The world is moving towards an era in which the applications of quantum physics in strategic domains will soon become a reality, increasing cybersecurity risks. India needs a holistic approach with a focus on post-quantum cybersecurity to tackle these challenges
Pranjul Bhandari writes: India may eventually need a coordinated institutional framework tying together the different parts of policy making in order to navigate the increasing volatility triggered by climate change and energy transition
The challenge today is to develop technologies that supply the food and nutritional needs of the world while also addressing climate change imperatives. Today, there seems to be a lack of sync between policies and technologies. It is high time India wake up
Netflix is becoming more conservative, making less original content while Apple TV is using deep pockets to lure filmmakers
Yadav became the face of the Mandal revolution in Uttar Pradesh, which did not just pose a counterpoint to Mandir, the other big political movement of the ’90s, but which together with it, challenged the already fraying consensus of the Congress-led one-party dominant system.
Hari Kumar writes: A new Politburo standing committee will be in place when the CPC Congress ends in a week. But its composition is unlikely to influence future policies as Xi has signalled it will be a top down administration from now on
The assumption that every woman who is observing Karwa Chauth is brainwashed and conditioned is condescending. It is the same assumption patriarchy makes – that a woman is incapable of making her own decisions, and is acting on cues whispered by external forces.
Exaggerated claims of India having arrived as a military power must be kept on hold. Restraint in relation to announcements and claims about strategic capability burnishes deterrence in a quiet but effective manner.
This is not the first time that popular fast foods have been immortalised in fancy minaudieres; Judith Lieber’s crystal encrusted evening bags come in quirky shapes like the McDonald’s Big Mac, cup cakes and glittering French fries.
In 2012, at an Idea Exchange session with Loksatta, Dr Bhagwat fielded questions on caste and representation of Dalits and women in the RSS. He was locked in the guise of being a benign nationalist father figure, who doesn’t discriminate, yet referred to Dalits as “these classes”.
When frenzied kar sevaks tried to break into the Babri Masjid on October 30, Mulayam ordered a police firing to repulse them — something P V Narasimha Rao could not to do on December 6, 1992, leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
In these Hindutva times, it is easy to understand why Muslims feel that their identity and religion are under attack. The hate speeches by BJP leaders and the bile vomited out on social media turns my stomach.
While the Prime Minister was celebrating the Hindu faith in Ujjain, the Home Minister was quietly pushing the Hindi language… If I were an Assamese or Malayali, I would feel that I am a half-citizen. If I were also a Muslim or Christian, I would feel that I am a non-citizen
As Xi Jinping prepares to climb to greater heights of political power at the CCP congress, he and the party must contend with multiple geopolitical and economic issues, a shrinking population and increasingly disillusioned youth
After three decades of broken promises, many Iranians no longer trust their government. The slogan popularised during the ongoing protest, “women, life and freedom”, embodies the connection of the women’s rights movement with other economic and social issues
Entering institutions of higher education is only the first step. After that begins the arduous journey of transgressing established hierarchies of language, region and caste and overcoming stereotypes.
Shahrukh Alam writes: Political minorities organise around their primary identity, and all other inequalities and bigotries within remain suspended in the moment, especially when faced with a “disciplining state”. The hijab case is a good place to ask how individual members of a political minority negotiate their freedoms vis-à-vis their community?
The policy approach of the government appears to be a strategic choice, driven by the desire to exercise more control over every aspect of the digital ecosystem, a preference for domestic firms and a desire to promote national champions while limiting the influence and dominance of Big Tech
Menaka Guruswamy writes: Our apex court understands that their adjudicative obligation is to be able to discern changing mores — in this case, the varied contexts of relationships and families. This constitutional gaze, along with the mandate of our ‘transformative constitution’, has resulted in some of the most dynamic decisions by our court
As the 24th party congress of the CPI begins, the task at hand is clear
Vijay Gokhale writes: As the world watches, 20th Party Congress will signal how China balances development, stability, epidemic control
If he had known that 1,64,033 people died by suicide in 2021 in India, perhaps he might not have said what he did
Amit Mitra writes: The RSS’s self interest in buying peace with Modi was to create a permanent umbrella of political protection for its shakhas to expand across the country and for its front organisations to flourish. What has gone wrong for the top two functionaries to be openly critical of Modi’s economic model and his single-handed control of the government?
Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers write: Yadav played a role in national politics but the UP Vidhan Sabha was his political home, where he was elected 10 times.