Asim Ali

OPEN TO OPINION

The author is a Masters Student of Development Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

VARIETY

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Why pigeons are dominating our balconies and skies

While their rise poses challenges and inconveniences, they must not be shunned.

VOICES

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Press freedom at risk: Gauri Lankesh's murder may trigger new wave of self-censorship

It now requires more courage than ever before, to keep speaking truth to power, louder and clearer.

POLITICS

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Modi government's greatest trick: Hate the intellectual

Conformity is viewed as a sign of patriotism, while critical thinking is seen as tantamount to treachery.

POLITICS

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How Kashmir conflict is bringing out the worst in us

In gut-wrenching irony, it suits the ruling party of India to keep the issue on the boil, as it fans the nationalist upsurge that is key to its electoral prospects.

POLITICS

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Poor turnout in Srinagar by-poll again proves failure of Doval doctrine

To put it bluntly, this was a vote of no confidence, not merely towards the mainstream political parties, but also, horrifyingly, towards Indian democracy.

VOICES

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Does Modi government care more for ABVP than students, teachers?

We are sliding towards becoming an illiberal democracy, where rule of law is routinely compromised at the altar of majoritarian sentiments.

POLITICS

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Trolling of Gurmehar Kaur was wrong. Randeep Hooda, Sehwag should be ashamed

She has exposed the right-wing nationalism as a hypocritical, sexist, bigoted project.

ART & CULTURE

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Where is the Indian John Oliver?

Political satire is virtually non-existent in India, paradoxically for a country whose politics is almost uniquely colourful, theatrical and boisterous.