Dalmia and Mamma mia
By: Mukul Kesavan The op-eds in support of the government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme (notably by Barkha Dutt in The Washington Post and Shekhar Gupta in ThePrint) have made several points. They have emphasized the awfulness of the status quo (the shabbiness of our heritage sites) as a reason for enlisting private capital, criticized the […]
Mr Siddaramaiah must prove that his decision to contest from two seats did not prevent him from campaigning vigorously for the maximum number of Congress candidates. Above all, he must keep the focus on 2 Reddys + 1 Yeddy — a slogan gifted by Mr Modi!
Thanks to the media, ‘Karnataka goes to polls’ sounds or reads like ‘India goes to war’. Characteristically, Mr Narendra Modi will address 15 rallies in five days. No Prime Minister before has pushed himself/herself to the frontline of election battles in states as Mr Modi has done. It is the strategy of a high-stakes gambler. […]
Karl Marx's philosophy has often been narrowly defined as ideas being determined by economic conditions. In the bicentennial of his birth, it is important to recognise his focus on the two-way nature of that relationship
How should we think about Karl Marx on his 200th birthday? His big influence on the politics of the world is universally acknowledged, though people would differ on how good or bad that influence has been. But going beyond that, there can be little doubt that the intellectual world has been transformed by the reflective […]
What are summits worth in modern times?
SUMMITRY is in vogue these days. North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s meeting with President Moon Jae-in on April 27 has been the most promising in the series. The two-day meeting at Wuhan between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not a summit that marked a decisive turn in the relations […]
Forty years after the publication of Edward Said's seminal work, Orientalism lives on in other shapes and forms.
By: Hamid Dabashi There is a video – tucked away somewhere deep in the attic of the internet – of me 15 years ago, convening an international conference on Edward Said’s book, Orientalism, at Columbia University. Said at that time was still with us. In this video, you can see me briefly introduce him […]
Kashmir is the campaign that New Delhi has lost in key places
By: Sankarshan Thakur Just a few hours before Sameer Bhat, better known as Sameer Tiger, a most wanted Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed in a gun battle in Drabgam in South Kashmir this week, he had pushed online a short video of a local youngster being interrogated by him on suspicion of being an informer. […]
The reality is that war-making is a profitable enterprise.
By: Aasim Sajjad Akhtar This past Tuesday was the International Day of Workers, an occasion for labour movements and leftists the world over to recall the day in 1886 when unarmed labourers, carrying white flags symbolising peace, protested against appalling working conditions in the American city of Chicago. Authorities fired indiscriminately, and the white flags […]
A matter of shame
BY: NIKHIL WAGLE On this World Press Freedom Day(3rd May) three instances from the last fortnight haunt me repeatedly. A quote attributed to journalist Rana Ayyub went viral after Kathua and Unnao, where she is supposedly defending child rapists. Of course the quote was fake. But as it happens with most fake news, it went […]
Most of us in the country would agree that we have, at best, only a handful of politicians who can in all probability be considered honest, or at least relatively honest, about their financial disclosures. Adding a moral or ethical dimension brings the numbers down even further. In fact, the same is true for India […]
Recent debate on the Atrocities Act should factor in the milieu that marginalises Dalits at every step.
BY: Abdul Khaliq Those who purvey the myth that caste is no longer a factor in determining the chances one gets in life are living in denial. Caste consciousness is a part of our everyday lives; its universality renders it normal. We are all scarred by it. But the brutal fact is that our dominant […]