Friday, Dec 09, 2022

With reverses in Ukraine, Putin’s options are shrinking

October 4, 2022 11:45:18 am

President Putin has no choice but escalation, given Russia’s current standing in the Russia-Ukraine war. This will test both Moscow’s adversaries and friends

Muslim intellectuals meeting Mohan Bhagwat is welcome – but it’s not enough

October 4, 2022 1:36:01 pm

Indian Muslims need an enlightened, secular leadership that believes in constitutional values; BJP-RSS politics requires a fundamental shift to ensure social harmony

Walking down Kartavya Path — a view of the Central Vista

October 3, 2022 7:22:50 pm

The additions and improvements around India Gate and the surrounding lawns are superb. But unless the whole complex is integrated into a single, seamless visual and walking experience, the significance of modern history now embellished by the natural beauty of Kartavya Path would be lost

Abortion and Supreme Court: A contrast between two democracies

October 3, 2022 6:51:53 pm

India’s Supreme Court has interpreted the right to life in an expansive manner, including in the recent verdict. In contrast, the highest court in US has taken the wrong lessons from history in its verdicts on abortion and gun control


SY Quraishi writes: There are precedents to help the EC decide which is the real Shiv Sena

October 4, 2022 6:47:01 am

Past decisions on splits in political parties could guide the Commission in adjudicating on the claims of the Thackeray and Shinde Sena factions


The Agnipath challenge for India’s new Chief of Defence Staff

October 6, 2022 8:46:20 am

P R Shankar writes: Converting poorly-planned and flawed scheme into a success will be General Anil Chauhan’s acid test


The link between inflation and climate change

October 3, 2022 10:05:43 pm

Ashok Gulati writes: Checking rising food costs will require investing in sustainable agriculture. That, in turn, requires doing away with perverse subsidies


Natural gas: The bridge on India’s path to energy atmanirbharta

October 3, 2022 8:51:50 am

Vikram S Mehta writes: India has a long way to go before it can fully wean itself off fossil fuels. During this transitional phase, gas producers should be granted unfettered marketing and pricing freedom


From the Opinion Editor: An election for the Congress party

October 2, 2022 5:34:16 pm

As the Congress presidential poll hots up, our Opinion Editor gives an insight into the fight between Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge

Supreme Court judgment on MTP Act: A promise of inclusion and the long road ahead

October 2, 2022 4:21:26 pm

Avali Khare writes: The judgment fails to ease the traumatising process of seeking abortion services. Most infrastructural facilities operate in the gender binary, misgender transgender persons, and are insensitive to their needs. Unless the abortion laws speak to all pregnant people, they will continue to subject transmen, transmasculine people, and non-binary people to harassment.

Marilyn Monroe in Blonde: The body on the bed

October 5, 2022 11:35:53 am

While it claims to be more, the Netflix film reduces the Hollywood legend to a sexual and sexualised object


Moonlighting: Once considered subversive now verging on mainstream approval

October 2, 2022 9:08:45 am

Food delivery platform Swiggy launched a ‘Moonlighting Policy’ in August which encourages employees to undertake side gigs to sustain their finances.

The need to listen to those we disagree with

October 2, 2022 12:51:39 pm

Perhaps there is a lesson to be learnt from past leaders who have been successful in winning political power and ushering in democratic regimes.

Are you married? And other probing questions

October 2, 2022 12:47:07 pm

One can only imagine why not-so-privileged young girls try to terminate their pregnancies with unscientific DIY methods because they could not find a doctor who could end their suffering with a simple procedure just because they are unmarried

Tavleen Singh writes: In Cong’s decline, lessons for other family firms pretending to be political parties

October 2, 2022 7:58:03 pm

Tavleen Singh writes: If the Congress Party could not defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh after fantastical untruths, ineptitude, and communal polarization, it was proof that the Dynasty had lost its magical allure.


P Chidambaram writes: Neglect duty, start controversy

October 2, 2022 9:53:57 pm

P Chidambaram writes: The FM’s claim that there is hatred toward Hindi or that people who learn Hindi are mocked at or abused was never true and is not true now.

On Gandhi Jayanti, let’s remind ourselves of transformative power of our youth, need to tap into it

October 3, 2022 8:48:37 am

Ajay Piramal and Tripti Vyas write: We need to encourage the nation-builder and sewa leader within them so that they go on to spearhead a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and diversity

Kabul school bombing: For Afghanistan, an end to its tragedy is not in sight

October 1, 2022 4:46:49 pm

The repeated bombings and killings since the Taliban takeover last August challenge the regime’s claim of having restored peace and security in the country

On abortion, Supreme Court takes a step forward but doesn’t go far enough

October 1, 2022 12:49:25 pm

Angellica Aribam writes: It does not read down the pre existing laws that are a barrier to complete bodily autonomy for pregnant persons, such as requiring the opinion of registered medical practitioners before accessing abortion

Keeping Gandhi alive in the classroom

October 3, 2022 8:53:06 am

Avijit Pathak writes: Gandhi’s simple and profound truth should not be lost amid an intellectually narcissistic game of scholarship. We need to let a dialogic and vibrant classroom encourage students to be self-reflexive, ask new questions to make sense of the age they live in

Let The Land Heal: Why minimising chemical farm input has become an urgent necessity

October 1, 2022 8:26:28 am

Pests and diseases have developed resistance to the existing pesticide applications, requiring stronger, more toxic responses every passing year. Thankfully, there are four interventions that will reduce farm chemical input usage by a third

Swachh Bharat 2.0: Moving forward together

October 1, 2022 8:23:55 am

Public-private partnerships are building on successes of the first phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission and setting more ambitious goals for the next phase


The RBI’s playbook: Further interest rate hikes are expected, albeit more calibrated

October 1, 2022 8:11:57 am

Saugata Bhattacharya writes: The expected narrowing differential with US interest rates is one of the reasons the rupee is likely to remain volatile for some time. This will require the MPC to use specific instruments for targeting multiple objectives in order to achieve desired outcomes at minimum economic cost


Why MS Dhoni doesn’t carry his phone and what we can learn from him

October 8, 2022 8:32:07 am

Menaka Guruswamy writes: We are losing our ability to live in the present moment, amid the email checking, iPad viewing and smartphone-picture-taking

Why Supreme Court’s abortion verdict must be read by Indian gynaecologists who live under a rock

September 30, 2022 6:12:57 pm

A visit to the gynaecologist means answering intrusive questions about your marital status. The Supreme Court judgment on access to safe abortion offers hope of change