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Ashok Swain

Why Assam Anxiously Awaits The Second Draft Of NRC

Jun 02, 2018 Ashok Swain

The citizenship identification matter is extremely volatile in Assam as the state has witnessed violent anti-immigrant mobilisation since the early 1980s

Why Instead Of Hope, Karnataka Brings More Worries Over Health Of India’s Democracy

May 20, 2018 Ashok Swain

Never before in the past, a political party has taken credit for its ability to ‘buy’ the support of elected legislators. The absence of media censure of it clearly shows the manipulation of electoral results has become the new normal in the country.



It Is Water Not China That Has Ruined Nepal’s Relations With India

Two thirds of Nepal’s total trade are with India only. Not only that, more than 90 percent of landlocked Nepal’s exports and imports transit through its large southern neighbor.

27 March, 2018

Is India’s Democracy Safe At The Time Of A Global Democratic Recession?

Ashok Swain

Indian democracy is still vulnerable with a number of soft spots. Country’s regional and ethnic divides and economic underdevelopment continue to pose challenges...


13 March, 2018

By Rewriting India’s History, Hindutva Forces Meddling With India’s Present And Future

Ashok Swain

Falsifications of historical evidence and symbols designed to discredit political rivals are universal features of the struggle for power.


12 March, 2018

Modi’s Pet River-Linking Project Is A Reason Why Maharashtra Farmers Are Protesting

Ashok Swain

Farmers are opposing the Par-Tapi-Narmada and Damanganga-Pinjal river-linking projects between Gujarat and Maharashtra



20 February, 2018

India Will Gain More By Maintaining Friendly Relationship With Trudeau Administration

Ashok Swain

Even if Modi is concerned about growing Sikh separatism in Canada, it is commonsense that India will gain more by maintaining a friendly-working relationship with Trudeau


17 February, 2018

Why Cauvery Verdict Might Encourage New Water Conflicts To Emerge In India And Why Supreme Court Should Remain Prepared To Deal With Them

Ashok Swain

The SC verdict is a landmark verdict. It clearly rules that the rivers are national assets and no state can claim sole right over it.


07 February, 2018

Revival Of Electoral Fortunes Of The Congress Is A Good Omen For Secular And Democratic India

Ashok Swain

While BJP offers a conservative, rightwing, majoritarian brand of politics, Congress Party is the only party in the country, with a matching alternative base and ideology to challenge it.


25 January, 2018

No Need For The BJP To Be Thrilled, Jay Panda Is Only A Twitter Tiger In Odisha Politics

Ashok Swain

Instead of BJP gloating over the prospect that Jay Panda might join its ranks, it should rather be worried that Naveen can cause a big exodus from the party in the state


25 January, 2018

Democracy Faces Crisis When People Only Have Access To Politicians' Propaganda Or Alternative Facts

Ashok Swain

In a democratic set up like India, citizens have to be sufficiently informed, and they should be able to adequately understand the societal challenges and their possible solutions in order to shape the direction of the country.


10 January, 2018

Hindutva Trolls Siccing Sweden's Skinheads On Muslim Refugees Don't Realise Indian Diaspora Could Be Their Next Target

Ashok Swain

India’s Hindutva trolls often join hands with Sweden’s ultra-nationalists to hurl abuse at Muslim refugees. But, they tend to forget that the Hindu diaspora in Sweden will also sooner than later come under far-right’s radar of hatred.


31 December, 2017

Compulsory Classroom Attendance For JNU Students Is A Regressive Idea

Ashok Swain

Smaller classroom with interested students is anytime better than a larger classroom with an aloof bunch.


20 December, 2017

Why Does Hindu Diaspora In Developed Multicultural Countries Hate Minorities Back Home In India?

Ashok Swain

The Hindu diaspora has been taking keen interest in electoral politics, supporting and financing the ‘Hindutva’ candidates in elections in India.


12 December, 2017

China’s Water Diversion Is Not Responsible For Brahmaputra River Turning Black

Ashok Swain

A sub-regional strategy with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal will only help India be able to bargain with China from a position of strength on water sharing issues.


Photo Gallery

Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2021, in New Delhi.

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People visit the deserted Chandrabhaga sea beach, amid Cyclone Jawad threat in Puri.

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Snow covered peaks of the Dhauladhar mountains range of the Himalayas after a fresh spell of snowfall, in Palampur.

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A railway worker repairs a foot-over bridge at Hatia railway station yard in Ranchi

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Odisha passenger trains parked at Hatia Railway station yard after Indian Railways cancelled trains as a precautionary measure in view of Cyclone Jawad, in Ranchi.

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Shaheen Bagh, CAA, Farmers’ Protest: Hip-Hop Is The Voice Of Dissent In India

Young, brash and little-known artistes are using hip-hop as an outlet to speak up and speak out.

Opinion

Why I Rap: A Hip-Hop Artiste’s Journey From Bihar To Stardom

Aamir Shaikh aka Shaikhspeare traces talks about the genre that uses music as a means to dissent.

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Opinion

Let's Talk About Ageism And Sexism In Indian Films, A Zillionth Time!

While everyone is going gaga over actress Katrina Kaif in the revamped version of 'Tip Tip Barsa Pani', the replacement of Raveena Tandon does point towards the problem of sexism and ageism in the Indian film industry

Nov 17, 2021 Yashika Mathur

T20 World Cup 2021 Analysis: David Warner And Mitchell Marsh - Tale Of Two Comebacks

Australia winning the T20 World Cup for the first time has been timely as they host the next edition at their own backyard in 2022.

Nov 15, 2021 Arijit Ghosh

Education In India During Covid-19: Challenges Faced And Solutions For A Post-Pandemic Era

As per the Observer Research Foundation, close to 250 million children in India were adversely affected due to school closures due to the early lockdowns imposed by the government in response to Covid-19.

Nov 11, 2021 Shekhar Mehta

T20 World Cup Review: Jaded By An Excess Of Cricket, India Were On An Inevitable Path To Doom

India's cricket administrators showed more drive to boost BCCI's coffers rather than take care of players' welfare during pandemic times.

Nov 08, 2021 Arijit Ghosh