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Turkish non-delight for India: New Delhi bears brunt of Ankara's closeness to Islamabad, Beijing
India

Turkish non-delight for India: New Delhi bears brunt of Ankara's closeness to Islamabad, Beijing

Besides the ‘all weather friendship’ of China with Pakistan, Turkey has emerged as the only country that brazenly supports Pakistan at all multilateral forums.

Battlelines drawn in Pakistan as Mian Sharif and Maulana Rehman square off against Bajwa's military
World

Battlelines drawn in Pakistan as Mian Sharif and Maulana Rehman square off against Bajwa's military

Nawaz Sharif remains the most popular leader in Punjab, the province that functions like the controlling authority of Pakistan

Imran Khan unlikely to go, but Pakistan Army's China-like arrogance towards Opposition should give India pause
World

Imran Khan unlikely to go, but Pakistan Army's China-like arrogance towards Opposition should give India pause

A Pakistan that is effectively a banana Republic is not in New Delhi's interest. A stable enemy is far better than one unhinged

In COVID-ravaged America, much ado about masturbation: What Jeffrey Toobin's Zoom faux pas exposes
World

In COVID-ravaged America, much ado about masturbation: What Jeffrey Toobin's Zoom faux pas exposes

This week, the world of the autoerotic was thrown into the spotlight: Jeffrey Toobin, scholar, author and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker, was suspended after he was spotted masturbating on a Zoom event.

US Department of Justice crackdown is reminder that this is Google's world, we just live in it
Lifestyle

US Department of Justice crackdown is reminder that this is Google's world, we just live in it

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice sued Google for anticompetitive practices, in the most significant antitrust action by the US government against a technology company in decades

Liberal silence on global free speech conflict has killed India's intellectual life
World

Liberal silence on global free speech conflict has killed India's intellectual life

The decomposing corpses of ideas feed and sustain the toxic cesspool our intellectual and social life has become

Amit Shah plays Ali more than Tyson against China: ducking, guarded, with the occasional sting
India

Amit Shah plays Ali more than Tyson against China: ducking, guarded, with the occasional sting

Shah, while speaking about the LAC standoff in in an interview with Network18, was firmly restrained, dropping only pale but significant hints about India’s moves

Bachi Karkaria's Tales from TJ Road: Tower-tenement clashes are cliché, intra-tower clashes are up close and personal
Lifestyle

Bachi Karkaria's Tales from TJ Road: Tower-tenement clashes are cliché, intra-tower clashes are up close and personal

Through this fortnightly column, Tales From TJ Road, Bachi Karkaria tells the story of Mumbai's metromorphosis

Tanishq ad backlash strips India's veneer of pluralism, propped up by television, film programming of decades past
Lifestyle

Tanishq ad backlash strips India's veneer of pluralism, propped up by television, film programming of decades past

What exactly has the Tanishq controversy revealed that wasn’t already in practice in India?

Tanishq ad mess shows India’s nationalists are at risk of mirroring their worst enemies
India

Tanishq ad mess shows India’s nationalists are at risk of mirroring their worst enemies

The Tanishq advertisement is about a Muslim family trying to respect the traditions of the pregnant daughter-in-law. It enraged a large section of Hindus

It is high time savarna Indians confronted their role as conspirators in perpetuating casteism, Brahminical patriarchy
Arts & Culture

It is high time savarna Indians confronted their role as conspirators in perpetuating casteism, Brahminical patriarchy

We perpetuate the caste system by negating the existence of caste, trivialising the experience of people from marginalised castes, unseeing the absence of a large part of the country’s population from institutions.

The Devil Wears Prada may be a pop-culture landmark, but it fails to be a feminist narrative
Entertainment

The Devil Wears Prada may be a pop-culture landmark, but it fails to be a feminist narrative

Despite having two women at its centre, The Devil Wears Prada ended up reaffirming and perpetuating harmful gender stereotypes for the most part.

BS Koshyari's overreach threatens federal tenet of strong government-governor relationship
India

BS Koshyari's overreach threatens federal tenet of strong government-governor relationship

It was not just the fact that Koshyari chose to make an intervention, his manner of doing so was immeasurably crass and was a direct assault on constitutional values

Rethinking role of presiding officers in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha will lead to better functioning of Parliament
India

Rethinking role of presiding officers in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha will lead to better functioning of Parliament

A new setup that includes the guidelines outlined below could drastically reduce the abuse of their powers by the presiding officers of both Houses of Parliament

New book captures battle of ideas between Narendra Modi's Bharat and Jawaharlal Nehru's India
India

New book captures battle of ideas between Narendra Modi's Bharat and Jawaharlal Nehru's India

Madhusudan and Mantri describe Bharat’s journey from a civilisation to a nation, the dangers of demographic takeover especially in states like Bengal, Assam and Kerala, “saving secularism from secularists”, and the baroque minority appeasement by successive Central and state governments

Hathras rape and murder case: Judiciary must find way to fix responsibility when State is at fault
India

Hathras rape and murder case: Judiciary must find way to fix responsibility when State is at fault

When the State discharges its duties through individual officers/staff in a caste-ridden society like India, if they are biased, what will happen to dispensation of justice and rule of law?

SC's Shaheen Bagh judgment represents genuine attempt to engage with diversity of protest
India

SC's Shaheen Bagh judgment represents genuine attempt to engage with diversity of protest

The judgment arose in a writ petition targeting the closure of a stretch of road, from Kalindi Kunj to Shaheen Bagh, including the Okhla underpass from 15 December last year

Kamala Harris' 'high press' edges out Mike Pence's 'parked bus', but in the end it won't really matter
World

Kamala Harris' 'high press' edges out Mike Pence's 'parked bus', but in the end it won't really matter

Both Mike Pence and Kamala Harris appeared to have taken notes from last week's street fight and came to Wednesday evening's event at the University of Utah prepared

Donald Trump is no Superman; he's Superspreader and needs to be shown the door
World

Donald Trump is no Superman; he's Superspreader and needs to be shown the door

When it came to Mother Nature, Trump was not humble, he did not seek national coordination in response to the virus and he did not ground what strategy he had in chemistry, biology and physics, but rather in ideology, politics, markets and an election calendar

Permanent seat in UNSC neither necessary nor only way for India to assert its ‘arrival’ on global centrestage
World

Permanent seat in UNSC neither necessary nor only way for India to assert its ‘arrival’ on global centrestage

The changed world offers examples like Germany, Japan and Israel who have stitched alternative arrangements that could be multilateral (EU), bilateral (US-Israel), regional or creatively/strategically relevant, eg, the Quad