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.
President's Rule in Maharashtra: If governments cannot be changed through elections, democracy stands diminished
The use of President's Rule to keep opposition parties out of power was a favoured tactic in the country during the rule of Indira Gandhi, when the Congress was a behemoth of the sort that the BJP is now becoming. If every election leads to the rule of the same party and largely the same few individuals, it is not very different from the one-party rule of China.