In David Attenborough's warning about the Earth's future, a lesson for liberals who have failed to unite for the planet's cause
The ability of some types of stories, such as those rooted in religion and nationalism to unite large numbers of people, has outstripped the ability of other stories, which are rooted in ideas of equality and emancipation, to bring people together.
On 74th Independence Day, examining the idea of India and the Indian through five essays from our archives
As we observe India's 74th Independence Day, amid a pandemic that is swiftly reshaping the world and all that was familiar, we're revisiting five essays from 'India and the Indian', a series analysing the renewed idea of nationalism that is in vogue.
Constructive opposition and inquiry are never more vital in a democracy like India than during times of crisis such as COVID-19
Often, dispensations perpetuate the convenient myth that the opposition plays the spoiler (or is even ‘anti-national’), but there cannot be a more important time, role or patriotic thing to do, other than question and oppose constructively, in a crisis | Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh writes
As coronavirus pandemic fades in China, country sees rise of equally infectious nationalism and xenophobia
As China tames the coronavirus epidemic now ravaging other countries, its success is giving rise to an increasingly strident blend of patriotism, nationalism and xenophobia, at a pitch many say has not been seen in decades
Gwyneth Paltrow describes Shallow Hal as 'disaster': Five times when stars admitted to their films' questionable stance
Gwyneth Paltrow or Saif Ali Khan are not the only celebs who have candidly questioned the messaging of their films or characters.
How the rise of right-wing populism urged Rajorshi Chakraborti to write Shakti, a surreal tale of three women
Rajorshi Chakraborti's newest novel, Shakti (2019) thrusts its readers into a familiar, yet surreal space, where its female leads traverse a socio-politically turbulent modern-day India, with superpowers to boot. In a conversation with Firspost, the New Zealand-based writer reflects on what inspired his book — from the prevailing socio-political milieu in India, to Black Mirror on Netflix, and everything in between.
Uber temporarily suspends account of Mumbai driver who took Jaipur poet to cops; BJP MLA felicitates cabbie with 'Alert Citizenship Award'
The Uber driver who took 23-year-old poet, Bappadittya Sarkar, to a Mumbai police station after he overheard the poet's phone conservation about anti-CAA protest was suspended for 72-hours, reports Mumbai Mirror
Poet whose Uber ride ended at police station for espousing anti-CAA view: 'Can't normalise going to jail for having an opinion'
Soon after starting his trip on an Uber cab, while speaking to one of his friends over the phone, Bappadittya Sarkar was turned in to the cops by the cab driver over suspicions of him being a "communist" and indulging in anti-national activities.
Building influence through institutions: George Soros' intention is worrying but his strategy of ideological dominance is worth noting
It is easy to mock Soros, the very symbol of a cosmopolitan elite out to implement his latest ‘world-improving project’ by dipping into his seemingly bottomless resources. His declaration holds an even more sinister implication for a nation such as India whose colonial past has trampled upon its civilisational history. The process of emerging out of a colonial hangover is still underway.
Billionaire investor George Soros, known for his outspoken liberal views, condemns the rise of nationalist dictators, says survival of open societies is endangered as the world faces an even greater crisis: climate change
Post-nationalism and the notion of ‘ordinary’ person: How India shifted from a people-driven republic to a State-driven one
In recent times, the binary between what we are and what we do has largely collapsed. This, in turn, is due to the fact that rather than a people-driven republic, we are a state-driven one: our sense of what we are has very significantly been provided by the political leadership in power.
Will India's economic downturn spur course correction, or will Hindu nationalism enable the decline to perpetuate itself?
That India’s optimistic future is overtaken by concerns about the road ahead. Bangladesh’s rise seems more imminent than India’s. Will economic decline spur course correction? Or, will Hindu nationalism enable the decline to perpetuate itself?
Psychology behind NRC mirrors narrow, dominating side of Assamese language, and its fragile nationalism, cultural identity
If psychology of Nazism shows us the savage part of that ideology, the sympathisers of NRC shows us a lack of moral compass, guilt, empathy for other humans and a fetish for a homeland which is no less anti-Semitic in terms of who it wished to exclude.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy: How Chiranjeevi’s period drama portrays patriotism for a contemporary audience
By tracing the origin of an uprising in the mid-19th century AD, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy gives insight into how discontent starts a mass movement for change.
Maharashtra Assembly election: Marathwada, Vidarbha battle farm crisis, but most willing to give Fadnavis-led govt second chance
In Maharashtra, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine appears to have succeeded, to a large extent, in getting its message across to the people in Latur, one of the few remaining Congress strongholds in the state.
'Entire neighbourhood minus one has been a fairly good story': S Jaishankar slams Pakistan at India Economic Summit
S Jaishankar on Friday said India's entire neighbourhood 'minus one' has been a 'fairly good story' for regional cooperation.
Delhi's ethos is imperiled amid national exercise of erasing history, constructing homogeneous identity
The demand for Dr Romila Thapar's CV is not just a quotidian university procedure. It is a symbol of an entire city and nation at war with its own history, trying to erase particular aspects for constructing a homogeneous narrative
Assam and the NRC: Anti-foreigner paranoia has bred gross injustice in the face of unfounded prejudices
The final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam is out as scheduled, and all indications are that it has created a gargantuan mess. Over 19 lakh residents of the state have failed to make it to the list, meaning they will now have to fight cases in Foreigners’ Tribunals to prove that they are Indian citizens.
'Demonising Narendra Modi wrong': Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Singhvi’s warning indicates Nehru-Gandhi family’s grip on Congress is loosening
A section of leaders in Congress seems to be slowly coming to a conclusion that the Nehru-Gandhi family's anti-Narendra Modi stance might be inimical to the party’s survival
Delhi govt schools to have 'deshbhakti curriculum' from next year; Arvind Kejriwal says aim is to inculcate feeling of nationalism
'We will bring 'deshbhakti curriculum' next year. It will inculcate a feeling of nationalism among students,' Kejriwal said.