Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


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


It’s time we believed sexual assault survivors because perpetrators rarely say #ItWasMe

Confessions of sexual assault are rare. Are men any more likely to confess to sexual assault since #MeToo?

America’s declining sugar consumption is worth celebrating

Few cities in US  have penalised sugar consumption with soft-drink taxes, while some food manufacturers have reformulated products to use less of the stuff.
Representational image | Karen Dias/Bloomberg

Happiness really can be found in a steady paycheck

The more you live from paycheck to paycheck, the more you need to be sure that the paychecks won’t stop coming.
An IPKF mechanised infantry section dismounts from a BMP-1 ICV during the Sri Lankan conflict. | Photo from @ArmyComplex Twitter

India’s Blackhawk Down: Incompetence & heroism in a commando raid gone wrong at Jaffna Univ

The Army’s tributes this morning, paying tributes to Lt Col. I.B.S. Bawa, who won a posthumous MVC for operation to rescue commandos trapped in the botched raid 31 years ago, brings back this poignant story
pati patni aur woh movie

Long before India’s #MeToo, Pati Patni Aur Woh thought workplace harassment was funny

B.R. Chopra film’s overarching philosophy remains ‘men will be men’.

Symbiosis has a culture of institutional sexism

Small incidents of misogyny by students and staff, and shutting down of women, enable abuse and harassment in an otherwise liberal college.
Two Iranian women walk past an anti-American wall mural outside the former U.S. embassy

The Donald Trump administration can’t challenge Iran without its allies

Meddling with Swift messaging network would widen the rift between the US and the European Union and muddle the broader goal of changing Iran’s behaviour.
Robot and automation

How young India plans to take on the machines as automation threat looms large

India’s young population is aware that continuous upgradation of their skills is imperative to survive the machine onslaught.

Why the world’s longest flight is a luxurious prison

In comparison with the other options to get from Singapore to New York, this route is preferable. Here’s what a coddled business traveller needs to know.

I regret filing a ‘due process’ complaint, says a sexual harassment victim watching #MeT...

Due process, which women are being patronisingly told to turn to, shifts the shame back on them. #MeToo is doing just the opposite.
Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala opens tomorrow: Bracing for street attacks on women or is SC order unworkable?

The Sabarimala shrine in Kerala is set to open its gates Wednesday to women of all age groups for the first time after the Supreme Court ruling last month. Seve...
Ajit Doval

The new Doval Durbar reduces India’s layered security system to a top-down Caliphate

Ajit Doval is now India’s all-powerful security boss. But this concentration of power disrupts our layered security system.