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Farmer Fury

Maximum Support Protest

NH44…London, Sydney, California. The farm protests of 2020 are far more inclusive, pan-India, even global—than those of the 1940s and ’80s. Only constant: the State’s betrayal.

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December 21, 2020

Cover Story

  • Farm Politics

    Minus And Maximus

    The Centre underestimated farmers’ grievances and is unwilling to climb down and lose face. Its only hope...

    December 21, 2020 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora
  • Interview

    ‘New Laws Not Related To MSP’

    Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar talks about the government’s position...

    December 21, 2020 | Prashant Srivastava
  • Farm Economy

    Minimum Support, Maximum...

    MSP has long ceased to be an enabler for farmers. It is more of a political tool to garner votes. And this trend...

    December 21, 2020 | Ajit Kumar Jha
  • Opinion

    Sow Only After Preparing Soil

    Shelving the enforcement of the new farm laws, until amendments are dec­ided upon, is the way forward...

    December 21, 2020 | Sukhpal Singh


  • Interview

    ‘Farm Bills Were Passed After Dissent...’

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla says the Constitution of India is the backbone of...

    December 21, 2020 | Ruben Banerjee
  • Politics/Tamil Nadu

    Test For Thalaivar Magick

    Rajinikanth’s late entry has unnerved Dravidian majors

    December 21, 2020 | G.C. Shekhar
  • States/Kerala

    Dry Run To Test The Water

    Ruling Left faces heat from BJP, Congress in civic polls.

    December 21, 2020 | Preetha Nair
  • Politics/West Bengal

    A Quiver Full Of Arrows, Only One...

    The names being bandied about as a probable BJP CM candidate in Bengal

    December 21, 2020 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Opinion

    Catch Bull By Horn

    Perverse incentives won’t work in reducing, stopping air pollution unless robust checks and balances are designed and implemented

    December 21, 2020 | Sanjay Upadhyay
  • Working/Vacation

    Work From Home On A Workcation

    WFH takes a nature trail as workstations move closer to the sea or the hills

    December 21, 2020 | Lachmi Deb Roy


  • Sans Frontiers

    Headlines from around the world last week

    December 21, 2020
  • Foreign Hand

    High-pitched sounds, a bit like crickets. Dizziness. Headaches. Cognitive difficulties…. A mystery illness stalks US personnel in Cuba.

    December 21, 2020
  • Diplomacy/India-Canada

    With Bitter Maple Syrup

    Justin Trudeau’s comments in favour of farmers’ protests angers India. It’s another instance of the Canadian PM privileging domestic politics...

    December 21, 2020 | Seema Guha


Economy/Big Biz

Recession Equals Bonanza

GDP shrunk in April-September. But corporate profits zoomed, and were the highest-ever in history. Is this sustainable?.

December 21, 2020 | Lola Nayar


  • Snapshot

    Roshni Lands In Dark

    So it was not 'land jihad' after all. Usual corrupt officials aside, Hindus in Jammu benefited...

    December 21, 2020 | Naseer Ganai
  • Snapshot

    Scratch Back, Win Win

    Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP led the 'third front' along with BSP, AIMIM et al—often accused...

    December 21, 2020 | Giridhar Jha
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    December 21, 2020



In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

December 21, 2020

Saffron In Biriyani

The BJP’s stunning ten-fold growth in Hyderabad’s municipal polls sets off a counter-alignment on the other side, with TRS...

December 21, 2020 | M.S. Shanker

Arts & Entertainment

Review/Art and Culture

Blush Of Colour In Monochrome

The Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna speaks about his full-length movie 'The Last Colour', his directorial debut that has been short-listed for the Oscars.

December 21, 2020 | Lachmi Deb Roy


Book Review

My Country, Right Or Wrong

Tharoor holds forth on patriotism and nationalism most eloquently, but deep fallacies mar every argument of his.

December 21, 2020 | Srivatsa Krishna


Hyderabad Diary

Even with designer abayas and hypermod cyber symbolism, the Pearl comes wrapped in the spirit of its purana sheher, like...

December 21, 2020 | J.S. Ifthekhar



Published Feedback From Our Readers: Rants, Raves, Bouquets, Brickbats

December 21, 2020