Thursday, Dec 01, 2022

Maja Ma: A queer tale starring the Dhak Dhak girl

October 15, 2022 8:46:17 am

The very fact that Madhuri Dixit — of “Choli ke peeche” fame — is cast in the role of a lesbian marks the progress Maja Ma makes for queer stories in India

Supreme Court verdict on hijab: Split wide open

October 14, 2022 8:41:36 am

Javed Anand writes: Why it leaves me, a Left-Liberal, at odds with me, a Progressive Muslim

Why the world is keenly waiting for Chinese Communist Party’s 20th national congress

October 13, 2022 5:09:31 pm

As Xi Jinping prepares to further consolidate power, decisions at party congress will shape China’s internal dynamics as well as define its relations with world

What we don’t talk about when we talk about Indian food

October 13, 2022 5:03:56 pm

A new show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, does a disservice to the diversity of Indian food culture, elides political questions

Measure topography to ensure the equitable delivery of goods and services to all

October 13, 2022 9:15:41 am

Bibek Debroy writes: States can have differential sources of revenue. Alternatively, the cost of delivering that basket may vary across geographical zones. Measuring topography might be an idea worth toying with.


Mulayam Singh Yadav’s politics of secularism, socialism and social justice remains relevant today

October 14, 2022 6:02:35 am

Sudha Pai writes: During his three stints as CM, Yadav introduced several welfare schemes for the empowerment of backwards and poor Muslims. It remains to be seen if Akhilesh Yadav can broaden the base of the SP, revive Yadav’s ideological legacy, and meet the challenge of right-wing hegemony

Never mind pandemic fatigue, we aren’t free of Covid yet

October 13, 2022 4:43:43 pm

Rajesh M Parikh writes: Our best defence against the pandemic continues to be vaccination, respiratory and hand hygiene, physical distancing and mask-wearing. As cases rise across the world, it is time we shake off our fatigue


The gatekeepers of garba: Self-appointed guardians of Hinduism are being allowed to perform the role of judge, jury and executioner

October 13, 2022 9:09:37 am

Ghanshyam Shah writes: New organisations like the Ram Sena, Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad etc have cropped up in Gujarat, and they are competing with each other to prove their anti-minority credentials. Instances of lynching and flogging of Muslims and Dalits (as in Una in Gujarat) by these outfits have increased since 2015.

Bachchan at the multiplex: If viewers no longer flock to film theatres, why did they make an exception for Amitabh’s old films?

October 14, 2022 5:41:33 pm

Visuals of fans singing, dancing, and clapping during the screenings took over our social media feed. This is significant at a time when our favourite topic of conversation about contemporary, mainstream Hindi cinema is its poor performance at the box office.

Why Kapil Dev’s comments on mental health make him sound off-key and out-of-touch

October 12, 2022 6:41:58 pm

The challenges of being a public figure, much less a cricketer for Team India, are miles away from the days when Dev was playing the sport

Why NPAs are not just about bank governance

October 12, 2022 9:02:15 am

Probing the links between twin balance sheet crisis and external commodity shocks could lead to a better understanding of the problem.

India@75 looking at 100: What India’s education system needs

October 12, 2022 8:57:10 am

We need to invest in two things: Translation into and out of Indian languages and ethics education in schools and colleges. India at 100 must focus on soft powers: the language of peace, and our multilinguality.

BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia writes: The Netaji I knew

October 12, 2022 8:54:37 am

A grass roots leader, a national icon – Mulayam Singh Yadav was a father-figure to me

Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes: Why it’s wrong to say that Hinduism is a product of colonialism

October 13, 2022 11:30:13 am

Discussion of Hinduism requires greater theological imagination, philosophical and historical subtlety

Ukraine Conflict: Putin’s desperation and cracks within Russia are beginning to show

October 11, 2022 5:53:26 pm

The tide of the war has turned against Moscow. But the Russian president and his close advisers do not acknowledge that reality and have resorted to nuclear sabre rattling

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: Hero at 80

October 12, 2022 10:16:21 am

The actor, who turned 80 today, changed the image of the hero, overcame the fluid and volatile loyalties of the audience, and continues to show that he is more than his image.


The French Ambassador writes on Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux: Her stories could be anyone’s stories

October 12, 2022 4:37:04 pm

Emmanuel Lenain writes: Annie Ernaux uses personal events as a way to speak about broader social issues such as class differences, patriarchy, and social injustices.

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra writes: Mulayam Singh Yadav maintained relationships beyond party lines

October 11, 2022 9:58:28 am

It was not for nothing that he was called ‘Netaji’ — he had amazing leadership qualities and took everyone along.

Unprecedented resistance: The young women protesters in Iran have chosen to shake off the Islamic Republic’s guardianship

October 11, 2022 8:48:15 am

After 43 years of subjugation and repression, the courageous women of Iran are showing us, once again, that the time has come to act like Antigone and challenge the tutelage of the Iranian theocracy


Pakistan and the US: Why General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s push to renew ties with Washington shouldn’t be a concern for India

October 11, 2022 8:48:40 am

India should focus instead on the long-term consequences of Bajwa’s reign which has seen the army’s dominance over Pakistan’s polity weaken. Addressing Pakistan’s new internal instabilities might now demand a lot more Indian attention than Rawalpindi’s diplomatic reset

Why Kapil Dev is wrong: Mental health is not a first-world problem

October 13, 2022 9:13:43 am

The cricketing legend does not seem to understand how social media, explosion of the game, have increased stress on players

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With exit of Rajendra Pal Gautam, it is clear that for AAP, Gujarat elections matter more than respecting Ambedkar’s legacy

October 10, 2022 7:07:35 pm

An unsolved riddle so far is why the BJP’s attack on Gautam was not countered by the AAP as an insult to Dalits

What controversy over AAP’s Rajendra Gautam attending Buddhism conversion ceremony says about the political use of Ambedkar

October 11, 2022 8:49:15 am

Political parties which claim to revere Ambedkar support his views as per their convenience


Mulayam Singh Yadav (1939-2022): A leader whose politics was shaped by the ground, not Twitter

October 11, 2022 8:47:44 am

Badri Narayan writes: He had successes and setbacks in his long political career. But what will define him is his ability to bring social coalitions together, giving political voice to the marginalised


Rising interest rates and slowing external demand will dampen growth over the foreseeable future

October 10, 2022 8:14:03 pm

Given so many moving parts and geopolitical complexity, policymakers and market participants have an unenviable task of anticipating turnarounds, and the speed of recovery or downturn. The long-term trend rate of growth will be influenced by many factors including efficiency-enhancing reforms.