Not by the book

Hari Vasudevan In the past year, the NCERT, whose school textbooks are used by the CBSE and which provides the model for state boards, has made alterations in textbooks developed during 2005-9. What has been done has been highlighted in…

A drive to clean air

Janmejaya Sinha The WHO global air pollution database report that ranked 14 Indian cities among the 15 of the world’s most polluted, in terms of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 concentration, received great attention in India. It needed to. Cities provide…

When non-conformity is necessary

Patricia Mukhim This is an age when a smartphone is a necessary gadget even if the user has little or no education. That education would, supposedly, help in understanding the complicity and complexity of spreading fake news. After all, who…

Perils of mindless connectivity

Patricia Mukhim The series of lynchings, first in Assam and then in West Bengal, suggests that the country is facing a serious crisis in law enforcement. Vigilantes are now taking law in their own hands and delivering instant justice. The…

Killing conversation

The death of Shujaat Bukhari Mukul Kesavan   The deaths of Shujaat Bukhari and Gauri Lankesh have different local histories and a few all-India similarities. Lankesh and Bukhari were both journalists who had worked for what passes as the national…

Heed the echoes of June 4

Gopalkrishna Gandhi This is about two June the 4ths, both of which bear a message for Indian politics today. The first is sited in Madras, 1959. The second, again, in Madras, 1964. An Englishwoman, Marxist by conviction, an authority on…

Letting the Archbishop Write

Michael Pinto It is a bit difficult to understand how Rakesh Sinha’s piece “Mis-reading Archbishop’s letter” (IE June 5th, 2018) got its title. Very little in the article covered what the Archbishop wrote and what exactly was wrong with the…

Walking a political tightrope

Yambem Laba Manipur is today out of bounds for almost all mainland Indians who wish to visit it overland without identification papers. They are routinely halted at the Mao Check Post on the Manipur-Nagaland border by Manipur Police and made…

Before lynching of 2 in Assam village, rumour that fuelled mob: ‘There is a kid inside the car’

Dateline: Panjuri Kachari (Karbi Anglong): Shattered glass on the road, blood stains on a bamboo fence and a pall of gloom is what remains at the picturesque Panjuri Kachari village in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district. A day after 2 men…

On a slippery slope

Prasenjit Biswas Recent developments in Assam pose a serious threat to the stability of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP Government, as its main ally, the Asom Gana Parishad, is simmering over the Centre’s proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. In its draft,…