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Personal Liberty? Over To You, M’Lord

Personal Liberty? Over To You, M’Lord

Nov 23, 2020

Justice Chandrachud Sounds The Alarm, But Who’s Listening?

Why The Media Fails The Arnab Test

Why The Media Fails The Arnab Test

Nov 09, 2020

The only long-term beneficiary of the Mumbai police action is Arnab Goswami himself.

Can We Really Trust Our Media?

Can We Really Trust Our Media?

Oct 27, 2020

It’s not just TRPs, newspaper readership figures are suspect too.

In The TIME Of Bilkis Bano As Dadi Cool

In The TIME Of Bilkis Bano As Dadi Cool

Oct 04, 2020

TIME magazine’s focus on the Shaheen Bagh Dadi also signifies that people’s protests in India and the causes being fought for on the streets in the face of brutal crackdowns by state agencies have gained global recognition.

For Sri Lanka, India Is 'Relation', But China And Pakistan Continue To Be Friends

For Sri Lanka, India Is 'Relation', But China And Pakistan Continue To Be Friends

Sep 15, 2020

India’s security concerns would not stand in the way of Sri Lanka’s economic and commercial relations with China and Pakistan.

Language Politics: Will Indians Soon Become Hindians?

Language Politics: Will Indians Soon Become Hindians?

Aug 28, 2020

Irrespective of the party in office at the Centre, there has been no let up in the imposition of Hindi across the country

August 5: Date With Democracy's Doom

August 5: Date With Democracy's Doom

Aug 10, 2020

This August 5 was also a celebration of the rapid development and deployment of the Kashmir Model -- a model that begins with media control and the propaganda of development and economic progress being thwarted by political evil, legitimising the Muslim Other as the enemy, and finally culminating in plain and simple repression.

Delhi Riots: Does Delhi Police Want To Steer Probe Towards A ‘Particular Direction’?

Delhi Riots: Does Delhi Police Want To Steer Probe Towards A ‘Particular Direction’?

Jul 27, 2020

If Delhi Police has done its investigation without fear or favour, why does it want its own prosecutors?

Indian Media's Scandalous Reporting On Nepal Harms Country's Bilateral Ties

Indian Media's Scandalous Reporting On Nepal Harms Country's Bilateral Ties

Jul 13, 2020

With foreign policy now reduced to a plaything of domestic politics—as a tool to target rival parties and political leaders and select minorities—media has chosen to extend the divisive hate politics and prejudices, including racial and ethnic bias to the foreign front.

Chinese <em>Chakkar</em>: Is India Loath To Stand Up To China?

Chinese Chakkar: Is India Loath To Stand Up To China?

Jun 29, 2020

Truth is the first casualty in any military conflict. Hence, it is difficult to say which country’s leadership is more set on resolving the boundary dispute by any means.

Failure Of Centre, States To Build Capacity To Handle Covid-19 Worse Than Pandemic

Failure Of Centre, States To Build Capacity To Handle Covid-19 Worse Than Pandemic

Jun 15, 2020

For all the bombast of Make in India and Aatmanirbhar, domestic manufacturers have been unable to meet the demand for rapid testing kits and ventilators.

Delhi Riots: Arvind Kejriwal Aiding Long Arm Of Law To Shorten Justice?

Delhi Riots: Arvind Kejriwal Aiding Long Arm Of Law To Shorten Justice?

Jun 01, 2020

In kowtowing to the BJP, Kejriwal is seen as having betrayed those who reposed their trust in him. Although Kejriwal’s AAP voted against CAA in Parliament, his party did not take a stand on the law in its election campaign.

Liquor Levy: Delhi Govt Pioneers A Consumer Rip-off

Liquor Levy: Delhi Govt Pioneers A Consumer Rip-off

May 18, 2020

The levy on alcohol is an act of executive excess and deserves to be struck down for political, economic and moral reasons, among others.

Undoing Lockdown A More Fraught Proposition Than Imposition. Hence Modi Is Absent

Undoing Lockdown A More Fraught Proposition Than Imposition. Hence Modi Is Absent

May 04, 2020

In Lockdown 2.0, the emphasis was on both life and livelihood. India is entering phase 3 after much talk of economic revival, and fears over loss of livelihood claiming more lives than COVID-19.

Luck Has Favoured PM Modi So Far In His Covid-19 Battle. But How Long Will His Luck Hold?

Luck Has Favoured PM Modi So Far In His Covid-19 Battle. But How Long Will His Luck Hold?

Apr 16, 2020

The impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the pressures it has given rise to is far less on Prime Minister Narendra Modi than most of the global leaders.

Section 124A: The Case Against the Much-misused Sedition Law

Section 124A: The Case Against the Much-misused Sedition Law

Feb 27, 2020

Clearly, dissent, criticism of government, questioning politicians – all of which are fundamental to a democracy – have come to be treated as sedition by the police and a section of the magistracy in the prevalent political order. Such terrorising of critics and protesters endangers the very idea of democracy, writes Shastri Ramachandran.

Chennai Diary

Chennai Diary

Feb 26, 2020

In Outlook this week, a journalist's diary from Chennai.

Shamelessness Their Shield: Airlines Betray Lack of Spine

Shamelessness Their Shield: Airlines Betray Lack of Spine

Feb 03, 2020

The Kunal Karma 'heckling' case tells us a lot about our government, powerful journalists…and how they can gang up to terrorise a flyer if he irritates a celebrity loyal to the ruling dispensation, writes Shastri Ramachandran.

Section 144 Is Colonial Tool For ‘Nationalist’ Oppression

Section 144 Is Colonial Tool For ‘Nationalist’ Oppression

Jan 17, 2020

Prohibitory orders continue to be used indiscriminately and all that stands between the government and the people is the judiciary.

Is Yogi’s Repressive Crackdown On CAA Protesters Aimed To Outshine Modi-Shah?

Is Yogi’s Repressive Crackdown On CAA Protesters Aimed To Outshine Modi-Shah?

Dec 30, 2019

Yogi Adityanath’s ruthlessness may be replete with messages not only for the protesters, the minorities and BJP MLAs in the state but also for the “Delhi Duo”.

Sabarimala Redux: Marxists Caught Between Court, Ayyappa and Activists

Sabarimala Redux: Marxists Caught Between Court, Ayyappa and Activists

Nov 18, 2019

From Ayyappa board members to the activists, from those courting trouble in Ayyapa’s name to the court, none is with the Left, no matter how it deals with the situation in this Sabarimala season.

RCEP Fiasco May Be Good For Economy, But A Disaster For Foreign Relations

RCEP Fiasco May Be Good For Economy, But A Disaster For Foreign Relations

Nov 05, 2019

Having invested all its political capital in Kashmir, the BJP cannot take foreign policy decisions by ignoring domestic compulsions.

INX Media Chargesheet Does More Damage To CBI Than Chidambaram

INX Media Chargesheet Does More Damage To CBI Than Chidambaram

Oct 22, 2019

The chargesheet against Chidambaram in INX Media case is akin to producing a dead rat. It trivialises the case and raises questions about the credibility of the accusations.

After Syria, Will Trump’s 'Unmatched Wisdom' Now Show Up in Afghanistan Next?

After Syria, Will Trump’s 'Unmatched Wisdom' Now Show Up in Afghanistan Next?

Oct 10, 2019

If the US withdraws from Afghanistan, India, which has steadfastly supported the US, would be sidelined in favour of the Taliban, with which the US has resumed talks.

Lhasa Diary

Lhasa Diary

Oct 02, 2019

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