Saturday, 21 July, 2018


Sharp and latest opinion on politics, policy and current affairs.

A still from the film | @DhadakMovie/Twitter

Dhadak review: Bollywood still can’t take caste head on

The caste marker, particularly the Dalit identity, is still too loaded a theme for filmmakers in Mumbai.

Modi govt must assure everyone that changes in RTI won’t dilute rights of those who uphold it

Democracies become lame if citizens are denied openness, transparency and access to necessary information about the government they elect.

Growing food mountains mean India needs to move beyond shortage mentality

Hike in rice procurement prices & milk subsidies will encourage more output, when policy should be pointing farmers the other way.
Poet Gopaldas Neeraj | Commons

Short sentences, easy rhymes and simple words made poet Neeraj immortal

Some of Neeraj's best and most popular songs were actually the well-known poems that he adapted for movies.

The original Sairat check-list you need to see before you watch Dhadak

As Dhadak hits cinemas, it is important to recount all the things that made its inspiration, Sairat, an exceptional tragic love story.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi|

Modi govt must punish lynch mobs, not coerce WhatsApp into curbing users’ freedoms

WhatsApp itself is not primarily responsible for the violence, and shouldn’t be coerced into abridging the freedom of its users.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee/ThePrint

SC has come a long way since 2012 when it sought explanations for MSM & carnal intercourse

Lawyers who have appeared in 2012 and now recognise that this five-judge bench was more aware and willing to listen to petitioners.
File photo of government buildings on Raisina Hill

Why I wrote a letter requesting punishment for IAS officers who file false complaints

We must find an administrative remedy, rather than a judicial one, to address the rising number of wrongful accusations in the bureaucracy.
Narendra Modi | Manvender Vashist /PTI

A no-confidence motion is the best time for Narendra Modi to raise his 2019 campaign pitch

Five reasons why the opposition's calculations have gone horribly wrong with the no-confidence motion.
Devotees carry an idol of goddess Durga to immerse it in the Ganga in Kolkata | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Narendra Modi, thank you very much but Durga has ten arms and can look after herself

In Mamata Banerjee-Narendra Modi war, the PM has decided that the way to a Bengali heart is through their beloved Durga Puja.

You can take Rahul out of Pappu but not the Pappu out of Rahul

A Rahul Gandhi who hugs his inner Pappu is Narendra Modi’s clear challenger and target for 2019.