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The Indian media can learn from Iran

The Indian media can learn from Iran

It goes against the grain of the Indian electorate’s traditional beliefs to associate the Congress with bigotry—notwithstanding the pogroms that happened on its watch, and allegedly at its instance—or with playing watchdog, although the idea of the Aadhaar was mooted by Nandan Nilekani, several cart...

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The era of thoughtcrime

The era of thoughtcrime

In what is arguably his most memorable and increasingly his most relevant novel worldwide, 1984, George Orwell coined the term “thoughtcrime”—it was a reference to social and political ideologies that were not in keeping with that of the ruling regime. Even before social media was imagined, intellec...

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Vaccine reluctance: What options do we have?

Vaccine reluctance: What options do we have?

A month into India’s vaccination drive, when the earliest recipients are due for their booster shots, it appears the numbers of eligible frontline workers showing up to get inoculated is only reducing. Experts are concerned that this could affect the rate at which we achieve herd immunity.There was ...

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Vaccine reluctance: What options do we have?

Vaccine reluctance: What options do we have?

A month into India’s vaccination drive, when the earliest recipients are due for their booster shots, it appears the numbers of eligible frontline workers showing up to get inoculated is only reducing. Experts are concerned that this could affect the rate at which we achieve herd immunity.There was ...

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Revolution or romance: The social media illusion

Revolution or romance: The social media illusion

All it took was six words from popstar Rihanna. Suddenly, she was India’s worst enemy to the bhakts and yet another glamorous liberal to the Twitterati and armchair activists who regularly champion the cause of the farmers protesting in Delhi.Protests by citizens of various persuasions—students, Mus...

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Revolution or romance: The social media illusion

Revolution or romance: The social media illusion

All it took was six words from popstar Rihanna. Suddenly, she was India’s worst enemy to the bhakts and yet another glamorous liberal to the Twitterati and armchair activists who regularly champion the cause of the farmers protesting in Delhi.Protests by citizens of various persuasions—students, Mus...

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Sexist sandwiches and obscene logos

Sexist sandwiches and obscene logos

Most of us looked at the Myntra logo and saw a rather tacky-looking alternative to Amazon, or to driving through the traffic and waiting outside trial rooms. One woman looked at the Myntra logo and saw the infamous scene from Basic Instinct.And so keen is the world to take note of sexism, real or im...

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Of the girl child and groping

Of the girl child and groping

Thirteen years ago, the Ministry of Women and Child Development launched the National Girl Child Day, purportedly “to spread public awareness on inequalities girls faced in Indian society.”On Sunday, the Prime Minister took to Twitter to wish “the daughters of the nation” and use the hashtag “Desh K...

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92 countries post request for Made-in-India vaccines

92 countries post request for Made-in-India vaccines

New Delhi: Ninety-two countries have approached India for Covid-19 vaccines, bolstering New Delhis credentials as the vaccine hub of the world.Highly placed sources said that scores of countries are approaching India, as the word spreads that Indian vaccines are showing negligible side-effects, sinc...

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Surviving Trumpism in the world’s oldest and its largest democracy

Surviving Trumpism in the world’s oldest and its largest democracy

Dear Citizens of USA,A controversial Malayalam cartoon on the US Capitol attack had an unnamed person telephone Donald Trump and say, “Dude, what did you do in four years? You should have amended the Constitution, passed black laws, purchased parliamentarians, gotten judges by intimidation, subjugat...

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