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When violence is rewarded

When violence is rewarded

The Cannes festival traditionally bestows the Palme d'Or on films that are off the beaten path - the kind that would not see large releases if not for the prestigious award. The work of Terrence Mullick and Abbas Kiarastami won global attention after acclaim at Cannes. Recently, though, the festival...

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Cinematograph Act: Can we push our boundaries?

Cinematograph Act: Can we push our boundaries?

There is no shortage of laws in India to put away intellectuals, thinkers, and artists of any stripe. If they cannot be booked under the wide-ranging Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, National Security Act or Public Safety Act, they can be accused of sedition or of promoting communal or caste hatr...

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There will be more Vismaya Nairs

There will be more Vismaya Nairs

It has been just over a week since Vismaya Nair was found dead at her marital home, where she lived with her husband Kiran Kumar and her in-laws. On the morning of 21 June, Monday, she was brought dead to hospital in what is suspected to be a case of “dowry death”. While the autopsy report initially...

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Clubhouse: The latest toxic pastime?

Clubhouse: The latest toxic pastime?

The latest social networking site to catch the fancy of aficionados—and some ascetics—is the barely-year-old Clubhouse. Over the last month, a flurry of invitations has been going out following the app’s Android release, and on June 16, the company announced a “Clubhouse Creator First” programme in ...

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We need to prepare for a third wave

We need to prepare for a third wave

The last month, and particularly its second half, has been hard on everyone. It isn’t easy to go back into lockdown mode. In worrying about physical health and stopping the spread of Covid-19, certainly no government and hardly any private facility has the time to think about mental health. Given th...

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Are schoolchildren safe from predators?

Are schoolchildren safe from predators?

One would think that, with schools closed for the best part of a year and classes being held over videoconference, schoolchildren would be safe from sexual harassment. But, in May this year, a commerce teacher from PSBB school was accused by several of his female students of this very crime and has ...

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Israel-Palestine is hugely relevant to India

Israel-Palestine is hugely relevant to India

What is it that makes Israelis not simply despise Palestinians—whom most of the educated world thinks of as people thrown out of their own homes by an occupying power—but squeeze them into smaller and smaller areas and then carpet bomb them, celebrating the murder of their children?What is it that m...

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The child victims of Covid-19

The child victims of Covid-19

Even as the vaccination drive continues to prioritise people over the age of 45, it appears those in the 18-44 age bracket—eligible for vaccination and yet unable to find slots—are increasingly falling victim to the coronavirus infection. Not only is the infection in this age group far more severe d...

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Increasing awareness, the need of the hour

Increasing awareness, the need of the hour

It appears we live in a post-apocalyptic world. Except for Telangana, the entire country is in some stage of complete or partial lockdown. With between 3.5 and 4 lakh new cases of Covid-19 being recorded every day, and with families waiting for 18-20 hours at crematoriums to find a slot for funeral ...

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We can’t equate Tamil Nadu with West Bengal, Kerala

We can’t equate Tamil Nadu with West Bengal, Kerala

Since the DMK predictably won the Tamil Nadu elections, although with far less of a sweep than the party and its supporters and the Delhi-centric media had expected, there has been some jubilation across India—three states, we say, have resisted the manipulations of the BJP and voted in the oppositi...

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