articles by Devparna Acharya

Politics

Rahul, Sonia's potential absence at Mamata's 'show of unity' rally on 19 Jan won't hurt Opposition togetherness

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will most likely skip the 19 January rally called by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Congress will take part in the rally, only to be represented by the Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. Is that some sort of political messaging?

India

Odisha forgives Abhijit Iyer-Mitra: The timing of the pardon and mercurial system of punishing dissent merits examination

First arrested in September this year for alleged derogatory comments on the Konark Sun Temple, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was granted bail by the Orissa High Court on Wednesday. Iyer-Mitra was lodged at the Jharpada Jail in Bhubaneswar and was in in judicial custody since 24 October.

World

Singapore's public housing has led to creation of jobs, safer living conditions for residents

The public homes of Singapore use the technology and innovation at their service to build lives around them

Life

Mahindra Open Sky: Piyush Mishra, Ayushmann Khurana perform at first edition of cultural fest

Amid the dunes of the Thar and under the stars, the first edition of Mahindra Open Sky boasted of a line-up consisting of Nikhil D'souza and Papon

Politics

Gujarat Assembly election 2017: The (d)evolution of BJP-Congress poll rhetoric since Uttar Pradesh polls

Fever pitch campaigning ahead of Gujarat polls by both the parties brings back memories of Uttar Pradesh elections which was the last major litmus test for the BJP.

World

Donald Trump's debut speech at UNGA was tough on terror, but India shouldn't get too excited just yet

Even though Trump's bold debut speech is indicative of his stand on terrorism and 'loser terrorists', it reflects where the nation stands as far as Pakistan is concerned.

India

Gauri Lankesh murder: Speculations rife as search for killers and justice spring up multilevel battle

Suspicions that a fringe Hindutva group was behind the murder grew stronger after reports drew parallels between Gauri's murder and previous killings of rationalists like Narendra Dabholkar, MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare.

Mumbai

Ujjwal Nikam and death penalties: With Ankur Panwar's sentencing, SPP secures 6th death penalty of career

Nikam had termed the case fit for death sentence, saying that it falls in the 'rarest of rare' category.

India

Sikkim standoff: Belligerent editorials in Chinese media give a shrill war cry against India

There is no let-up in the India-China stand off over Sikkim border issue and the way things are going it does not look that like there will be a solution anytime soon.

India

Gau rakshak violence: Narendra Modi cannot be everywhere but people have every right to question him

When the supporters say, how is the prime minister to be blamed or what will he do, it is quite bemusing, because, if we cannot ask questions to the prime minister, then who will.

India

25 Indian Army personnel join course to learn Mandarin, chinese culture at Visva-Bharati University in Kolkata

To make Indian soldiers conversant with the Chinese language, the Visva-Bharati University has started a certificate-level course recently.

India

Sadhvi Pragya gets bail: NIA not investigating Malegaon case, it's probing ATS' case, Rohini Salian told Firstpost

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has returned to the limelight after it told the special court which is hearing the 2008 Malegaon blast matter, that there was no case against key accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

long-reads

Gurmehar Kaur: Can we not speak our mind?

An ordinary Friday turned out to be not so ordinary, when 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur agreed to meet me. Peeking from behind her phone at a nondescript beauty parlour in suburban Mumbai, Gurmehar Kaur was perhaps the most wonted 20-something I had ever met.

India

Kiren Rijiju hadn't seen Gurmehar Kaur's war video before tweeting: Such knee-jerk reaction will only fortify online trolls

In an interview, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju revealed he had not seen Gurmehar's video on India-Pakistan peace before tweeting.

Politics

With eye on Election 2019, Rahul Gandhi appropriates Modi's tagline, says Congress will bring 'acche din'

Keeping up the attack on Modi's decision to demonetise and scrap high-denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, Rahul Gandhi upped the ante on Wednesday by saying that acche din (good times) will only come when the Congress regains power in 2019 Lok Sabha Election.

Politics

Newsroom Diaries 2016: As the sun set on J Jayalalithaa's life, covering the death of an era in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death was a challenging, emotional experience for a political journalist

Politics

Why does Narendra Modi follow trolls on Twitter, asks author Swati Chaturvedi

The book also lists out a few handles, which regularly troll anyone who critiques Modi, with rape and death threats and says that Modi follows these handles.

India

National Anthem: SC order on 'closed doors' sacrifices public safety for pop patriotism

In a bid to "instill committed patriotism and nationalism", the Supreme Court has overlooked the greater perils of its verdict on National Anthem.

India

National Anthem: Why do we even play it before a movie begins and then bully people to stand?

Many have argued for standing up during the National Anthem. Is national pride forced? It's surely not under your control where the National Anthem is played, but if you genuinely don't feel the 'emotion' to get up, should you be heckled because the feeling doesn't naturally come to you?