Gender in the class

Anupriyo Mallick Gender bias pervades all aspects of our lives. In the sphere of teaching, it is generally perceived that women are more proficient because they are kind and usually affectionate. Hence, students connect with them better. Such stereotypical notions…

Anachronisms that live on

Andreas Whittam-Smith Early in January Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, and his wife, Sophie, were photographed at the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar. It is an exceptionally beautiful building with water on 3 sides. In India, perhaps only…

The lure of the populists

Christophe Jaffrelot We are living in an era of populism, but populism is not easy to define. It is not an ideology. It is not, for instance, either right or left wing. But it is not simply demagoguery either. In…

Of Church, Politics, Satan and God

Patricia Mukhim Much muck has been raked against the BJP by Church leaders across denominations. Funnily there was not a single write-up published in this newspaper and others about the evil that would befall all of us Christian, non-Christian or…

Creating jobs to keeping peace: The challenges for new Govts in Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya

Prashant Jha After the successful outcome, comes the hard work. The 3 new governments in the 3 Northeast states – Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya – will confront many old and some new challenges. Here is an overview: TRIPURA As it…

From the NE, the quest for deeper integration

Prashant Jha It is always difficult to interpret the meaning of an election outcome. Did a party win because of resentment against the incumbent? Did it win because of its own appeal? Did it win because of leadership or candidates?…

Three shades of a BJP surge

Pradip Phanjoubam Much has been written and talked about after the Assembly elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the results for which were declared on March 3. In much of these analyses, the picture portrayed has been that of a…

The New Great Game

Sitaram Sharma A striking feature of the evolution of international relations in recent years has been the shifting of axis of global politics to Asia and the rise of developing countries and emerging economies, especially India and China. Thus has…

Why we need tea, coffee shops

Amitava Kar When we look at someone like Mozart who shows his unusual gift at an early age, we think it must be genetic. But studies show that genetics is a relatively small piece of the genius puzzle. Geniuses are…

The colour is pink

Simmi Puri Since time immemorial, the colour ‘Pink’ depicts a girl child but over the years it has become a symbol of women asserting their rights for equality by birth; equality for privileges like education, health, nutrition, etc., equality of…