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Elephant captivity should be illegalised

Elephant captivity should be illegalised

There has been much grief and fury over the death of the “beloved” 51-year-old elephant, Ambalappuzha Vijayakrishnan. If he had been truly beloved, though, there should have been grief and fury over his life. He did not belong with the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB). He belonged with his mother and...

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Vaccination drive, a humongous failure

Vaccination drive, a humongous failure

There can be little history anywhere in the world of an explosion of the same infection, in some cities to ten times what it had come down to, when a vaccination drive has been purportedly “expanded”. And the fact that it is happening here is a humongous failure on the part of the central and state ...

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Vaccination drive, a humongous failure

Vaccination drive, a humongous failure

There can be little history anywhere in the world of an explosion of the same infection, in some cities to ten times what it had come down to, when a vaccination drive has been purportedly “expanded”. And the fact that it is happening here is a humongous failure on the part of the central and state ...

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Facial recognition: How closely is Big Brother watching?

Facial recognition: How closely is Big Brother watching?

As always, the intention is “noble”. When the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), inviting bids for the creation of a National Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) last year, it held that its main purposes were to find missing children, spot criminals by ...

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Zomato case: Trial by misogyny

Zomato case: Trial by misogyny

These are the facts of the case: a woman called Hitesha Chandranee, who happens to be an Instagram influencer, posted a video of herself in which she was bleeding from the nose and barely able to restrain tears. She accused a Zomato delivery man of having forced his way into her home when she asked ...

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Mental health crisis, the next pandemic

Mental health crisis, the next pandemic

As the vaccine outreach slowly brings more people to clinics, seeking some sort of protection against Covid-19, we must look back on a year that has been unprecedented in most of our lives and assess how it may have impacted our mental health.For one, psychiatric studies have found that people who c...

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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 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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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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