Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Symbol of 'Hindu pride' marks culmination of colonial view of Hinduism, project of Partition
The construction of the Ayodhya Ram Temple is a symbol of the return of Hindu power in the direction of restoring a Bharat of yore — a Bharat that never actually existed.
Notes from a pandemic: On the shared experience of COVID-19, and the significance of mundane little pleasures
For the first time in our lifetimes, we have a single reference point that our entire planet’s human inhabitants can relate to
Bari Weiss' resignation from NYT spurs 'illiberalism' debate in US, but for Indian media, free and fair journalism is a myth
The resignation of Bari Weiss is interesting because it is an issue of freedom of press in America — one that points to a curtailing of freedom from a direction not usually accused of being an enemy of free speech and free thought.
As pandemic strips away accumulated inertia of decades, 'After Coronavirus' may be a whole brave new world
The coronavirus pandemic, like the World Wars, is a harbinger of revolutionary changes. It is accelerating the destruction of the old, and hastening the arrival of the new.
Campaigns against fake news tackle its supply, but more vital work perhaps lies in addressing the demand for it
If moral sense is innate in humans, just as a sense of language is, then it follows that fake news is appealing to the moral sensibilities of many in a way that more factual reporting is not. Without understanding and tackling this, we are unlikely to succeed in tackling the global information crisis.
India-China border tensions: Call for ban on Chinese goods ignores economic realities and will hurt Indian companies
To stop drinking tea and eating momos – because Chinese soldiers have occupied a section of Indian territory in Ladakh – is surely not going to cause much distress to China. Nor will uninstalling TikTok and Zoom cause them to flee Galwan valley.
Should history be revised through erasure? Defacing of Churchill statue in London's Black Lives Matter protest reignites debate
The arguments over statues, as witnessed most recently in the defacing of the Winston Churchill statue in London's Parliament Square during a #BlackLivesMatter protest, are power struggles of clashing identities — black versus white, Hindu against Muslim, or communist versus capitalist.
Coronavirus, cyclones and locusts: In 2020, it's getting harder than ever to ignore science and our impact on the environment
It’s hard to deny it any longer: 2020 is getting seriously apocalyptic.
Putting the 'civil' back in civilisation: On loudspeakers, religious sentiments and the right to a peaceful night’s sleep
Twenty full years after rules regarding noise pollution were framed, they are observed almost entirely in the breach, by groups religious as well as secular.
An inhabitant of thresholds: On George Orwell, reclusiveness and the merits of belonging between places as a journalist
The tyranny of numbers is all around us, in every sphere. How many website hits has the journalistic story got? It’s a good story if it has lots of hits. How many likes on Facebook and retweets on Twitter did the column get? It’s a fine column if it got plenty of those. How good is the television show? Well, it’s the best if it has the highest viewership. In other words, the measure of quality is quantity.
As tensions rise in Kashmir again, why the continued conflict between India, Pak and China is unlikely to resolve any issues
The fighting has escalated again in Kashmir. Last Saturday night, two officers and two jawans of the Indian Army and a police sub-inspector were killed in militant violence in Handwara in Kashmir. A day later, three men of the Central Reserve Police Force died in another attack in the same area.
Looking for facts in slew of 'infotainment': On the current state of Indian journalism and finding a way forward
Journalism implies an attempt at discovering facts. But people no longer know, and oftentimes no longer care, what is fact and what is fiction.
As world weighs lives against economy in face of coronavirus crisis, possible scenarios for the future that awaits us
This present condition of “pause” in the rush of the world will probably not last. Our world has been organised around the realities of a globalised economy. The cost of allowing it all to fall to ruin will sooner or later outweigh the risk of further spread of the coronavirus disease.
As coronavirus outbreak exposes faultlines in long supply chains, are locally self-sufficient economies the way forward?
A lot of food in India was and largely still is produced by small and marginal farmers. The lives of such farmers tended to be hard even at the best of times. The coronavirus crisis and its economic impact probably won’t leave them untouched. A shift to local may help at least some of them.
Coronavirus outbreak brings into focus elements of blind faith, bigotry in society — and the need to bridge gap between science and faith
The coronavirus pandemic was bad enough. It is being worsened by the unchecked rise of other viruses that existed long before the novel coronavirus disease struck – the viruses of blind faith and its companion, bigotry.
Coronavirus outbreak has shaken our understanding of the world. Can it spark a fundamental rethinking of priorities?
It used to be said that the world is one family. It took a virus to remind us of the truth behind the cliché. This virus, like all of nature, does not discriminate on the basis of man-made distinctions.
Cost-saving, flexibility and afternoon siestas? Coronavirus outbreak gives a glimpse into the future of work culture as millions are forced indoors
The coronavirus has managed to do something in a space of weeks that not even the world wars or worst natural calamities of past years managed to do – send populations of entire countries indoors.
Social distancing: If coronavirus pandemic persists, our contemporary ideas of liberty and equality may come under threat
The coronavirus may not discriminate between human beings on the basis of race, religion, caste, gender or class, but people and societies do.
India consumed by internal turmoil as prospects of Taliban's rise in Afghanistan appear imminent following US peace deal
International pressures on India are mounting. It is possible that external factors, including ones that nobody can predict – such as impacts of the coronavirus – may play a significant part in determining the fate and future of our country.
For leaders like Kapil Mishra, ideology is the fig leaf behind which the real business of politics is conducted
Ideology is and was a minor issue for many career politicians, whose interest is in winning elections, becoming minister, and generally in gaining and holding power. The issues they espouse and the personas they adopt are disposable. So too are the fools who die in their cause.