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Are Sting Operations Legal And Moral?

A sting operation is a deceptive one which is designed to catch a person committing the crime. From time to ... Read More

Private Universities Cannot Educate An Entire Nation

I spent most of last Thursday at Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyala, in Gannaur in Haryana’s Sonepat district. I went ... Read More

OPINION | How About Including Citizens In Criminal Justice System? The...

In India, encounter killings have a long and unfortunate history, more so with the police forces in Andhra Pradesh and ... Read More

Noose Around Our Necks

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) passed by Parliament is nothing short of a hangman’s noose around the necks of Indian ... Read More

OPINION | Classification Based On Religion, Caste Or Place Of Birth Is...

My understanding is that home minister Amit Shah is right when he says that Article 14 permits the government to ... Read More

OPINION | CAB’s Can Of Worms Has Left Even Hindus Unsure Of Thei...

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) seeks to confer nationality on six non-Muslims communities who have faced “persecution” in three neighbouring ... Read More

OPINION | Citizenship Amendment Bill Is A Vicious Ploy To Aggravate Co...

The BJP’s bold legislative initiatives have been a fraud on or rather subversion of our Constitution, amounting to a bizarre ... Read More

CAB Not Based On Religious Intolerance, Has Nothing To Do With India&r...

The Modi 2.0 goverment’s stunning series of legislative changes did not end with the commemoration of its six months in ... Read More

Religion Cannot Be The Basis Of Citizenship In A Secular Nation

Fascism is a partisan philosophy that fosters a monolithic and exclusionary state constituted under an authoritarian despot. This narrative has ... Read More

Opinion: Assamese Are Angry, But Didn’t They Vote For Citizenshi...

The irony is baffling. Having resoundingly voted for the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Assamese are out ... Read More

OPINION | Citizenship Amendment Bill: A Noose Around Necks Of Muslims

The Citizen Amendment Bill (CAB) passed by the lower house of Indian parliament is nothing short of a hangman’s noose ... Read More

Ideological Orphans Of Indian Subcontinent -– How Citizenship Am...

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 9, 2019. For the uninitiated, it relaxes the ... Read More

OPINION: Making Higher Education Dependent On ‘Staggering Fee St...

The article is in response to Saikat Majumdar’s essay “Should you Pay for Higher Education, and How Much?” published by Outlook ... Read More

OPINION | Assam Model Of ‘Harassment’ Will Be Replicated A...

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 10 violates Article 14 of the ... Read More

Why Has CAB Left Out 2.55 Million Hindus Facing Persecution In Sri Lan...

The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha marks the definitive transition of India from a secular ... Read More

‘Encounter Specialist’: A Rare Breed Of Policemen Whose Cr...

Most policemen do not want to participate in encounters. This has resulted in India producing a category of men called ... Read More

An Encounter Now And Then Is Not A Solution To An Endemic Problem

It is a cruel and poignant irony that the four men, accused of raping and murdering a Hyderabad veterinary doctor, ... Read More

‘If The British Behaved Like Hyderabad Police, They Would Have S...

The way Hyderabad police gunned down four people today makes it seem that we’ve successfully converted our police into a ... Read More

Hamara Bajaj: Going Where Few Dare To Go These Days

Fear is the key that keeps people, especially the rich and the respected, from speaking truth to power.  Yet, cometh ... Read More

Tweets Or Placards Not Enough To Stop Rapes; Patriarchal Mindset Must ...

Fear is a powerful and primal human emotion. As women, we learn to live with it - every day. We ... Read More

Opinion: India Has Normalised Rape. It Doesn’t Shock Anymore, No...

My daughter has stopped asking me the meaning of ‘rape’. She is nine years old and there was a time ... Read More

Winds Of Change: How Afghan Women Are Building A Better Future

Remember the stories emanating from Afghanistan about the Taliban’s edict on women? The country has come a long way since ... Read More

Strict Laws Not Enough, Higher Conviction Rates Will Make India Safer ...

A young woman veterinarian in Telangana was gang-raped and murdered last week. Her burnt body was found under a culvert ... Read More

The BHU Conundrum: Scholar, Practitioner, Philosopher Or Believer?

“A muslim teacher teaching Sanskrit is a happy moment for us as a student or as a Hindu also. I ... Read More

Of Star-Crossed Lovers And Dance Performances That Evoke Lord Krishna

To think about crafting a stage play out of a magnum opus like Mughal-e-Azam would have been considered foolhardy till ... Read More

Understanding Of Gender Is Evolving From Man-Woman Binary To Wider Spe...

‘Why are you pretending to be a girl?’ The thoughtless question was posed to a young woman who was retouching ... Read More

Opinion: Look At Kashmir, NRC & Citizenship Bill. India’s Ma...

What is majoritarianism? It is defined as a political philosophy where the majority community is pre-eminent and enjoys primacy, meaning ... Read More

Is Technology Changing The Way We Consume Music?

Culture changes from one generation to the other. It morphs and adapts with the choices that people make. Some of ... Read More

OPINION | The International Corporate Lobby At Work Behind Our Nationa...

Education is a basic right, but ­almost 60 per cent of higher education in India is privatised, and unaffordable for ... Read More

Lessons For The Elite

Education is a basic right, but ­almost 60 per cent of higher education in India is privatised, and unaffordable for ... Read More

OPINION | Death Of JNU Will Mean Destroying A Good Liberal University

When instrumental interests invade the lifeworld and the meaning of ­education is reduced to mere consumption of market-friendly techno-managerial skills, ... Read More

116 Days And Counting: Why ‘Normalcy’ Claims In Kashmir Ov...

Union Home Minister Amit Shah told the Rajya Sabha on November 20 that normalcy was restored in Jammu and Kashmir ... Read More

Should You Pay For Higher Education, And How Much?

What is the cost of higher education? And who pays? When you ask this in India, this is the question ... Read More

Can BJP Do A Yediyurappa In Maharashtra?

The BJP is surely embarrassed in the wake of its Maharashtra misadventure, but it’s unlikely that it will entirely give ... Read More

Why Is There No Saint From North India?

The declaration of Sister Mariam Theresa as a saint was naturally a cause for celebration. She was the 12th Indian ... Read More

SPG Cover To Vulnerable Gandhis Needs To Be Reinstated

Security in our part of the world is a prestige issue. Our politicians, judges, governors and generals take pride in ... Read More

COLUMN | Being Anti-Establishment Has Always Been JNU’s Flavour,...

First, a disclaimer. Former Jawaharlal Nehru University students like me are often illustrated as examples of how public funds were ... Read More

JNU VC Deserves Compliments — For Passionate Zeal To Destroy Var...

Professor Jagadesh Kumar, the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, is an extraordinary man. A passionate zeal to destroy a university ... Read More

OPINION | Delhi CM Has Done Little To Create Comprehensive Energy Solu...

Last year in Delhi, as the air quality index hit a high three-figure mark, life assumed its normal winter course; ... Read More

OPINION | Too Much Mediocrity, JNU Deserves World Class Leadership

I have often said with a sense of national, not just individual, pride that I never studied abroad, but I ... Read More

Outlook’s 24th Anniversary Special Issue — Rain Or Shine, ...

Birthdays are special, but this particular birthday I am writing about is extra special. Having started its journey in 1995, ... Read More

OPINION | ‘Judicial Opacity On Women’s Entry In Sabarimala...

It was just days before Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi retired that the Sabarimala review petition was decided by a majority ... Read More

JNU Needs World-Class Leadership, Not Ideologically Over-Enthusiastic ...

I have often said this with a sense of national, not just individual, pride that I never studied abroad but ... Read More

Subsidised JNU Fees Is Passport to Opportunity And Empowerment

We can easily get lost in simple statistics that encourage genteel middle-class outrage on Jawaharlal Nehru University. The hostel charges ... Read More

Sabarimala Redux: Marxists Caught Between Court, Ayyappa and Activists

The ways of the Supreme Court, like that of God, are inscrutable. In one case the apex court declined to ... Read More

A Homage To Earth And Andal’s Poetry

“I had to internalise the poem, and be the voice of the flower,” says Alarmel Valli, about her new Bharat ... Read More

Pollution Levels Worsen As Policy Paralysis Engulfs National Capital R...

It has been almost three weeks that the Delhi-NCR and large tracts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) are experiencing one ... Read More

Why European Parliamentarians’ Propaganda Trip To Kashmir Was A ...

Information management has always been practised by governments throughout history for instilling public confidence, impressing the foreign audience and for ... Read More

From Kartarpur To Dhaka, South Asia Needs To Tear Down Its Walls And F...

At 9 am on November 9, I arrived at the North-Western edge of India - the Immigration terminal at Dera ... Read More

Is Beauty Skin Deep? It’s Time To Change Our Mindsets

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder - if that was really true, there would be so many definitions ... Read More

A Cat Riding The Roaring Tiger

Some years ago, when Union minister Nitin Gadkari was president of the Maharashtra unit of the BJP and attending a ... Read More

Kashmir Gaining International Traction, But Is It Being Heard?

To Kashmiris, in the region and the diaspora, the October 22 hearing on ‘Human Rights in South Asia’, organised by the committee ... Read More

Universities Like JNU Have Been Forced To Move Apart From The Nation

If you look up any recent news entry or Op-Ed article on the proposed JNU fee hike and the protests ... Read More

A Post-Kudankulam Roadmap For India’s Cyber Deterrence

The network intrusions into the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and Indian Space Research Organisation highlight a glaring gap in India’s ... Read More

Ayodhya Verdict: Peace Until Political Exigencies Turn Kashi, Mathura ...

Now that the verdict on the Babri Masjid case is out, it is time to look forward to the future ... Read More

Ayodhya Verdict Invokes Doctrine Of Necessity; The Judicial Precedent ...

The Ayodhya judgment has reminded one of our judicial histories. On the Indian subcontinent, the judiciary has invoked something called ... Read More

Will Ayodhya Verdict Really Bring An End To Dispute Or Is Closure Just...

The Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya elated tens of millions of people. It also left Indians, certainly fewer in number, ... Read More

JP Morgan Global Council: Assembly Of Benign Politicians Or Sanitisati...

Philosophers of ethics, long passive before the new inventiveness of violence, are now asking for new concepts, new articulations to ... Read More

Why India Needs To Join RCEP – And Soon

Indian officials and experts have doled out several political and economic reasons why India opted out of Regional Comprehensive Economic ... Read More

Delhi Police Reap What They Have Sowed: Lawlessness Of Lawyers

The police in Delhi are up in arms, protesting the assault on them by lawyers in and around the city’s ... Read More

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eleventh-hour decision in Bangkok to keep India out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is ... Read More

6 Things To Know About WhatsApp Snooping Row

Let us look at a few facts to try and understand the WhatsApp hack on Indians.  First, the company that ... Read More

Recreating ‘Bird Of Paradise’ In Lucknow; An Exhibition Sa...

Breaking away from bridal fashion shows that show models weighed down by multi-kilo ghagra sets and laden with jewellery walking ... Read More

Foul Air Is Internal Security Threat, Delhi Smog Needs Surgical Strike

Why is Bollywood not making films on harmful smog? That rhetorical question may well answer some of our concerns as ... Read More

Delhi Smog Is Man-Made. It’s Time Policy Makers Stop Blame Game ...

The Delhi smog has now become an annual feature, but with a difference. It is getting deadlier every season. Like ... Read More

Maharaj As King Or Everyone’s Prince?

I hold a grudge against Sourav Ganguly, despite being his huge fan like every other Bengali and a sizeable section ... Read More

OPINION | The Plight Of The ‘Nowhere People’ — Of Pa...

She is in labour. Her contractions are coming faster, getting more intense! But she still has to walk the 500 ... Read More

Is India’s Rejection Of Western Approach To Rationality Behind I...

The question of whether there is a crucial need for stirring a socio-cultural, attitudinal and ideational transformation on a mass-scale ... Read More

A Sensational Halloween Tragedy And The Tales Handed Down Through Gene...

As Halloween approaches, one is reminded of a Thakur of Mehrauli who died under mysterious circumstances during the time Sir ... Read More

Diwali or Jashan-e-Chiraghan During Mughal Reign

Tales of the Diwali of the Pharaohs, which lighted up the pyramids and the whole Nile area, and later its ... Read More

‘Patriotism Is Last Refuge Of Scoundrel.’ Just Look At Uni...

Samuel Johnson, who compiled the English dictionary once said: “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Meaning that any ... Read More

Futility Of Writing Studios: Can Imagination Or Creativity Be Taught?

Can imaginative writing be “learned” or “taught”? Fiction, poetry, essays, plays, scripts and screenplays: can these be coached? Is a ... Read More

The ‘High Command’ Culture Destroying Congress, Can Sonia ...

It was not a great idea to face the Congress president at the breakfast table every day, every morning. That ... Read More

Art Must Get Off Its High Horse

While the state and patrons sponsor contemporary art, traditional artists are still considered supplicants to be pitied, exploited or patronised, ... Read More

When The Girls Go Marching In

Four million girls in India are still not showing up at school. The reason? They are ­females. While the number ... Read More

Food For Soul In The Hills And Magical Rhythm Of Kathak

At the recently concluded KSLF, a boutique Literature fest named after the well-known, well-loved Khushwant Singh, each day’s session began ... Read More

FATF May Give Pakistan Chance To Save Itself From Brink

The “Stern warning” to Pakistan by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) during their plenary session in Paris (October 16-18) ... Read More

#BoycottMuslims: When Hate Is Mainstreamed, It Becomes A National Trai...

I am not active on Twitter. When I heard #boycottmuslims was trending on Twitter India, I browsed through some of ... Read More

BJP Set To Win Maharashtra, Haryana, Yet Party Supporters Are Somewhat...

It has been a disappointing season for Bookies and Pollsters. It did not require any sophisticate psephology to predict BJP’s ... Read More

INX Media Chargesheet Does More Damage To CBI Than Chidambaram

Arrested two months ago, on August 21, and in judicial custody since September 5, former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram ... Read More

Why Pakistan Continues To Struggle To Get Its Name Off Grey List

Pakistan has been given another four months by the Financial Action Task Force to act strongly on two issues: money ... Read More

Majoritarian Politics Impoverishes Both Democracy And Citizenship

Majoritarianism has assumed monumental proportions in India. It is gargantuan, demographically overwhelming and the very logic of politics makes it ... Read More

Content Is King — How Digital Streaming Is Bridging Internationa...

I am quite astonished to see the phenomenal reach of web series. I receive calls and messages from places as ... Read More

The Amazon and Aarey, Nilgai And Nero

It was nearly four years ago—on December 1, 2015—that the central government put out the notification. “Overpopulation of nilgai and ... Read More

Wielding The Magic Wand

I met late professor T.N. Srinivasan (popularly known as TN) a couple of months before he passed away in November ... Read More

<em>Sabka Vikas</em> Must Include <em>Vikas</em&g...

Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu (1914-1990), the great Telugu literary genius and poet was a polyglot adept in fourteen languages. This versatile man ... Read More

Opinion: Judiciary, Especially Apex, Must Stand Firm Against Tyranny O...

The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, took the unprecedented step of recommending the British Monarch that the British ... Read More

Why Our Education System Is A Factory Producing Clerks And Bureaucrats

In Calcutta (now Kolkata) where I grew up, there were those spots you just couldn’t walk past without people sneaking ... Read More

How Modern-Day Nostradamus, Ray Kurzweil, Predicted Biggest Feats In T...

"It is difficult to make predictions", goes the old joke, “especially about the future.” However, there is one way in ... Read More

Russia in Middle East: The Unputdownable Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the middle of this month has ... Read More

Use Of Religion As Commodity, A La Baba Ramdev, Is Gross Misuse

It is impossible to discount contributions of leading saints whose practices are not profit-driven even in relation to their commercial ... Read More

Why Is There Hue And Cry Over Sedition Law? Every Country Has And Need...

The law on sedition has always been contentious. It is ridiculous to slap sedition charges on people writing a letter ... Read More

After Syria, Will Trump’s “Unmatched Wisdom” Now Sho...

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria should be of particular interest to India. The withdrawal ... Read More

Despite Hype, Benefits From ‘Howdy, Modi’ Event Are Not En...

The hype that “Howdy Modi!” extravaganza on September 22 would immediately usher in rich policy dividends was based on an ... Read More

In Memory Of A Musical Era Where Melody Was Queen

It’s October and across the city of Mumbai, the past unravels like a series of melodious tapes. The sounds of ... Read More

India Wants Another 200 Fighter Planes, But Do They Really Win Wars Th...

A story in the morning papers caught my eye. It was about the Indian air force wanting another 200 fighter ... Read More

Behind The Smokescreen: Comprehensive Policy Needed On Tobacco

Much has been said and written about the government’s decision to ban e-cigarettes which go under the fancy name of ... Read More

OPINION | Why Private Sector Intervention Is Necessary In Higher Educa...

The evolution of human beings has been an outcome of their quest for knowledge. A tangible expression of this quest ... Read More

OPINION | The Importance Of Liberal Arts In Business Education CanR...

What is the relation between liberal education and getting trained for a professional career? By definition, they are very different ... Read More

Atop Asia’s Twin Towers

The 2nd Informal Summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping of China will take place 11 - 13 ... Read More
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