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POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
PMO, Oppression, Democracy, Bjp 2.0

The threat to autonomy

One senses that irony and authoritarianism go hand in hand. It is a story to be recounted years from now as part of the anecdotes of authoritarianism.

VOICES

 |  2-minute read
Democracy, Afghan people, Taliban, Afghanistan elections

I won a seat in Afghanistan's Parliament. I know what my country needs, and it's not the Taliban

Any talks with the Taliban will remain meaningless if they do not include the Afghan people.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Bofors, Official Secrets Act, Rafale controversy, Democracy

The Official Secrets Act in the times of Rafale, Bofors

An important issue remains: Should journalists be forced to disclose their sources?

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Muslim vote, BJP, Congress, Democracy

Lok Sabha Match-Making: How Rahul Gandhi needs to choose the best political partners to swing 2019

The Congress is reaching out to a range of caste groups. It will also ask all its top leaders to contest the Lok Sabha polls; Digivijaya Singh has reportedly said he will stand against PM Modi.

POLITICS

 |  9-minute read
Democracy, 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi

Does Rahul Gandhi qualify as a real leader?

Rahul Gandhi walked alone, even as his party felt dejected and hopeless. And he didn't stop until his party workers and people were inspired to join him.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Narendra Modi, Democracy, Freedom of Speech, National gallery of modern art

Amol Palekar is only a symptom. The malaise of fascist thought-control is now deep within us

Veteran actor Amol Palekar's speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) was cut short for being critical, even if mildly, of the government. This was not the first instance of the suppression of free speech under the Modi sarkaar.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Terrorism, Hamid karzai, Democracy, Afghanistan elections

The good, the bad and the ugly in Afghanistan's Parliament polls

While several women participated despite the huge difficulties, the actual machinery and the officials severely let hopeful Afghans down.

VOICES

 |  3-minute read
Encounters, Yogi Adityanath, Democracy, Republic Day

Why we did not deserve to celebrate Republic Day

One-day nationalism cannot take the place of actually understanding, and respecting, the structure of our republic. Instead of this evolving, we see only decay around us.

VARIETY

 |  The Castaways  |  11-minute read
Democracy, Politics, Art

Understanding the paradox of art

Show, don’t tell. A simple advice the world of art can use too.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Uruguay, European Union, Elections, Thailand

Why this new year will tell us if it's time for a new world order

From Afghanistan and Australia to Thailand and Uruguay, as many as 62 countries will elect new governments and leaders this year. The world will watch as it decides its own future now.