Friday, Dec 09, 2022

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.


In defence of freebies: What the current debate on ‘revdi culture’ tells us about our perception of India’s voters

October 10, 2022 9:07:29 am

The debate on freebies shows an implicit distrust of voters, especially poor voters. Leave it to voters to decide which promised policies are in their interest and furthering the common good


About EC, Kejriwal and Amitabh Bachchan

October 9, 2022 10:15:14 pm

Now, in increasingly polarised times, when there is growing pressure on all institutions to pick a side, the EC’s alleged tilt mirrors a larger institutional predicament. How the EC conducts itself is being watched, because it will have implications for the rules of the game.

Rakesh Sinha writes: The RSS’s Hindu Rashtra is no threat to minorities

October 10, 2022 9:09:24 am

Guided by the goal of restoring India’s civilisational glory, RSS wants to remove the perception that it’s a threat to minorities.

Mere Paas Maa Hai…

October 9, 2022 8:40:25 am

Come to think of it, most politicians have used the maternal plot twist to win people’s trust and enhance their social standing as a family man or woman, that unquestioned qualifier of public acceptability.


Coomi Kapoor writes: Why PM Modi rebuked ministers and bureaucrats twice in a fortnight

October 10, 2022 8:17:39 pm

One reason for Modi’s annoyance was ministries ignoring background notes sent by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), such as an advisory warning against continuing dependence on imported pharmaceutical ingredients for manufacturing drugs.


Kings, queens, pawns and intrigue — all in 64 squares

October 9, 2022 8:36:58 am

Sandeep Dwivedi writes: That world of chess boards made from cloth, hand-carved ivory pieces, paan-chewing players and their hookah gurgling opponents has no resemblance to the present-day chess ecosystem of sophisticated supercomputers that serve as “seconds” to both ethical and unethical players.


Tavleen Singh writes: The public flogging in Gujarat sends many messages and all of them are disturbing

October 10, 2022 7:00:35 am

The public flogging sends many messages and all of them are disturbing. The most important of these messages is that too many Indians seem unaware that the foundational pillar of democracy is the rule of law.

P Chidambaram writes: Whistling in the dark

October 9, 2022 8:38:16 am

When the UPA demitted office, at the end of 2013-14 the CAD had been brought down to 1.7%, CPI inflation had been contained at 9.4% (which declined furtherto 5.9% in 2014-15), foreign exchange reserves had increased by $15.5 billion and the exchange rate was Rs 58.4. That is a slice of history for those who want to read history

As Nepal puts Agniveer recruitment on the back burner, India must tread cautiously

October 8, 2022 9:00:26 pm

Recent remarks by General Manoj Pandey on redistribution of Gorkha vacancies to other army units could have been avoided

The flavour of nostalgia: How Nirula’s changed the way Delhi eats

October 8, 2022 5:50:52 pm

Deepak Nirula, who died this week, was a pioneer in the fast food industry. Nirula’s is a brand that gave people choices when they didn’t have many

Commission on inclusion of Dalit Muslims and Christians as Scheduled Castes: Setting right a long injustice

October 8, 2022 2:16:23 pm

Prashant K Trivedi writes: There is an excellent opportunity before the Supreme Court and the Government of India to decolonise the understanding of caste

Sixty years later, do we still need James Bond?

October 8, 2022 1:45:45 pm

There is only so much room to modernise and reinvent a character rooted in the imperialism and sexism of the 1950s

Accounting for subsidies: Let’s build on the ‘revdi’ debate

October 8, 2022 8:54:05 am

A fiscal council can help the government streamline disbursement of freebies