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From Indian crocodile to SRK to ‘casteless’ Hindu, the best of ThePrint Opinion in 2021

These are the top 10 most read and debated Opinion articles from ThePrint in 2021.

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The opinion section of ThePrint is the Big Tent of ideas, debates, and scholarship – one that brings views from across the political and ideological spectrum. In 2021, people from diverse backgrounds wrote on various topics – from the leadership crisis to democracy to Brahminism in Bollywood. Here is a selection of the best of opinion.

Dear people, I am an Indian crocodile who is getting a very bad name these days: Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De

My weight and height are very impressive. I can reach up to 10 feet and walk on water when required. Please don’t ask about my chest measurements.

India’s hope is ebbing. It needs a leader who focuses on health, not victory

Ashutosh Bhardwaj

A crisis is the biggest test of leadership. The last 12 months show that there was clearly a leadership deficit.

Ajit Doval was my batchmate, but his understanding of Constitution, civil society is flawed

MG Devasahayam

Doval’s statements reflect that he thinks India is still a colonial monarchy, where people are subjects, and not a democracy, where they are citizens.

Sameer Wankhede is both Muslim and SC. He is a victim of a historical wrong

Dilip Mandal

If Muslims and Christians are included in the OBC lists, what’s the rationale for not including them in the SC list?

Shah Rukh Khan was India. And then India changed

Kaveree Bamzai

The world that Shah Rukh Khan built, and New India broke.

A Lucknow teenager is a force of nature on Instagram. Meethika Dwivedi packs UP pride, gaalis

Tina Das

Meethika’s street-smart delivery style is replete with raw, unadulterated wisecracks. She is the voice of ‘boomers’, millennials and Gen-Z rolled into one.

Amitabh Bachchan was once ‘casteless’ Hindu. Tandav, Ludo now flaunt loud, proud Brahmins

Ravi Shinde

Pankaj Tripathi in Hotstar’s ‘Criminal Justice’ to Saif Ali Khan in ‘Tandav’, ‘Dabangg’ to ‘Jolly LLB’, Bollywood now showcases only Brahmin stories.

UPSC can avoid merit list row. Separate exams for Services, training-based selection

Arvind Kumar

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s daughter featured in the second list. Does the UPSC’s policy of declaring results in two instalments benefit reserved categories?

IISc, TIFR, TISS, TMC, NCPA – J.N. Tata’s ‘famed five’ are India’s crown jewels

PG Babu

From C.V. Raman to Vikram Sarabhai, these institutions have produced leaders who have repeatedly proved India’s calibre on the global stage.

First GM, now Ford — why India is becoming a graveyard for world’s auto giants

TN Ninan

India is a market for low-priced cars with low running costs, and global majors don’t have the models to match Maruti and Hyundai’s entry-level vehicles.

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