Category: Columns

Death of an icon

Manohar Parrikar was a model politician. In his passing, India and Goa have lost a good son Usually when a high-profile politician passes away, particularly in these times of over-sharing on social media, some people tend to reflect on the negative aspects of the person in assessing his legacy. Even if everyone might not share these anecdotes publicly, often...

Reminiscing about my old city

GUEST COLUMN This Dehradun where I am currently living my rather tranquil retired life is nothing like what it used to be just a couple of decades ago. I still fondly remember my hours long stroll on the winding roads bordered by dense Sal trees. Even the most wretched summer afternoons would mellow down to cool and breezy evenings....

Democracy beyond futile arguments

THE OTHER SIDE Recently one read an article about a new study published in the Psychological Science journal. It was about researchers recruiting volunteers to read, view a video or listen to arguments on topics deemed controversial. The participants were then asked to answer questions about the opinions with which they disagreed. The researchers found that those who listen...

Candid Notes

Fire fiasco The Speaker of Uttarakhand Assembly is reportedly furious at the incident of a mysterious fire in the house allotted to a Congress legislator Karan Mahra in the MLA hostel. The speaker’s concern on the safety of legislators is genuine as incident of fire in the house of Mahra comes after safety systems were said to have been...

Women set agenda

Priyanka’s call to real issues, Mayawati’s no-Cong deal and Mamata’s gender politics set off cross-currents Now that poll rhetoric dominates news and views spaces, three women leaders attempted to reset the agenda of the General Elections and rewire priorities with their forceful and impactful stands — Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Trinamool...

Where are the jobs?

Measuring the Indian economy is challenging. But multiple surveys are emphasising a crisis Which is the biggest problem that the next government that will take power by the end of May face? This is a multiple-choice question unfortunately. Will it be the precarious situation on the border with Pakistan? Will it be the massive trade deficit with China? Will it...

Test of democracy

As India makes its choice between polarities, EC prioritises logistical efficiency of the world’s biggest voting exercise The General Elections in India are nothing short of a carnival, of people turning out in huge numbers to exercise their rights and choices in the world’s most populous democracy. And for all the chaos and cliches that the world labels us with, this...

Gender issues beyond International Women’s Day

Guest Column International Women’s Day was observed recently (March 8) as a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marked a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The occasion may have gone but the issues remain relevant throughout the year. The theme was this year’s International Women’s Day was balance...

In the spotlight: India’s Pad Women

Oscar-winning documentary Period. End of Sentence — which is set in Kathikhera village in Uttar Pradesh, India — has not just brought international attention to the issue of menstrual hygiene, it has also opened up important questions about the ethics of practising intersectional feminism, writes HIMANSHI SHARMA A few months ago, a heartbreaking headline caught my attention as I scrolled through my...

Why Cong needs Sonia

Priyanka’s exclusion from Uttar Pradesh poll list shows that the party can’t do without her mother’s steadying abilities The Congress’ first list for the Lok Sabha election, which incidentally had key seats in Uttar Pradesh, was conspicuous by the absence of one name that was expected to be an elixir for its moribund state unit, that of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. She...