articles by FP Explainers


Spain passes ‘only yes means yes’ law: What it says and how the country is making things better for women

The new consent draft bill passed by the Spanish parliament will define rape as sex without clear consent. Non-consensual sex can be considered aggression and subject to prison terms of up to 15 years


Lunchflation: What it is and how American workers are affected by it

In the US, workers returning to offices after two years of logging on remotely are finding everything from coffee to commuting and lunch way more expensive


After wheat and sugar, curb on rice exports next?

Some have warned that a curb on rice exports could further upset the global community that is already irked over the wheat and sugar export ban


Explained: The controversy around Paxlovid treatment for COVID-19 and 'rebound illness'

While the US government is purchasing more Paxlovid, patients, scientists and even federal agencies are uncertain about its effectiveness as in several cases people have complained of experiencing a second round of symptoms in what is being called as “rebound illness” or 'Paxlovid rebound'


Aryan Khan cleared in drugs-on-cruise case: The many twists and turns in the NCB case against superstar's son

The Narcotics Control Bureau had earlier arrested Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan's son, on 3 October 2021 on charges that he was involved in an international drugs trafficking ring


Om Prakash Chautala gets four years in disproportionate assets case: The long, slow fall of ex-Haryana chief minister

The CBI lodged the case against the INLD chief way back in 2005. The agency in its 2010 chargesheet accused Chautala of amassing assets worth Rs 6.09 crore disproportionate to his legitimate income between 1993 and 2006


After Texas shooting, spotlight on NRA: Leading gun lobby and its outsized influence in US politics explained

With an estimated five million members, the National Rifle Association often plays kingmaker at the polls; its ability to pour in millions into lawmakers’ coffers makes the gun rights group a massive power player in US politics


Decoding the row over Karnataka textbooks and why writers want their chapters dropped

Kannada writer and thinker Devanuru Mahadeva and scholar Dr G Ramakrishna have asked the Karnataka education ministry to remove their works from textbook as a protest against the revision committee's recommendations — calling it 'undemocratic' and 'an intellectual travesty'

Arts & Culture

Geetanjali Shree isn’t the first Indian to win the Booker: Difference between Booker and International Booker Prize

While congratulations are in order for Geetanjali Shree and her book’s translator, Daisy Rockwell, she is not the first Indian to win a Booker Prize. She is, in fact, the first Indian to win an International Booker Prize. But, aren’t they the same thing? They are not, and we explain why


Supreme Court recognises prostitution as profession: What does this mean for sex workers

The apex court in its order stated that sex workers are entitled to dignity and equal protection under the law. The three-judge bench ordered that sex workers shouldn't be harassed or penalised by the police and their complaints should be taken seriously


All aboard the 18-day, 8,000 km Ramayana Train: What you need to know about it

The train, named ‘Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train’, has been launched to promote domestic tourism and will cover prominent places associated with the life of Lord Ram, including Ram Janmbhoomi in Ayodhya and the famous Ram-Janaki temple in Nepal's Janakpur


MK Stalin urges Narendra Modi to make Tamil an official language: Decoding Tamil Nadu’s chequered linguistic history

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make Tamil an official language — a demand that the DMK has long been fighting for and can be traced back to the anti-Hindi protests of 1965


Why Imran Khan's Azadi March in Islamabad shows his political career may not be over yet

From protests to popularity with youth and conspiracy claims, let’s examine what Imran has up his sleeve


What you need to know about Singapore’s beer made out of urine

A brewery in Singapore has taken the message of being environment friendly to another level by turning urine and sewage into alcoholic beverages


Quantum internet gets one step closer: What is it?

Quantum internet is a computer network that can send quantum information between distant machines. Quantum teleportation can transfer information between locations without actually moving the physical matter that holds it


Sweet troubles? How the humble rasgulla led to a delay of trains by 40 hours in Bihar

Railways' neglect, albeit unintentional, of the sweet dish led the residents of Barhiya in Bihar's Lakhisarai district to stage a protest for 40 hours over the weekend


Snub or bigger role? Why BS Yediyurappa’s son was denied ticket for legislative council polls

The candidature of BY Vijayendra was rejected by the BJP high command. While some say that the party does not want to encourage nepotism, others believe Vijayendra will be given more responsibilities ahead of next year’s state Assembly polls


After BJP leader's 'go home and cook' jibe at Supriya Sule, a look at sexist comments by Indian politicians

Even a cursory examination shows that few politicians have covered themselves in glory when it comes to talking about women. Worse, such backward-looking sentiments are espoused by both men and women politicians

Arts & Culture

Explained: The significance of Margaret Atwood's 'unburnable' edition of The Handmaid’s Tale

As a symbol against censorship and book bans, Canadian literary legend Margaret Atwood announced an ‘unburnable’ edition of her most famous work, The Handmaid’s Tale


Explained: Why India has curbed sugar exports despite a bumper crop

India is the world’s second-largest exporter of sugar. It has now imposed restrictions on exports of the sweetener amid rising inflation