Schools need to talk about sex, beyond birds and bees

#MeToo has made it imperative for schools to take up sex education seriously Devi Kar Ever since #MeToo went viral in October last year and hitherto silent women began to complain freely about sexual subjugation by men in power, it…

A SLICE OF HISTORY: Cultural and Religious Aspects of Rani Gaidinliu

Som Kamei Rani Gaidinliu, as we all know, was a legendary freedom fighter of whom India is really proud of. An Indian historian writes, “Any nation or country would be proud to have such a gifted woman who sacrificed everything…

Shifting the burden of shame

Veena Venugopal In conferring the 2018 Peace prize, jointly, to Nadia Murad, a former sex slave of the Islamic State (IS), and Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecological surgeon who helps raped war survivors, the Nobel Committee has placed itself at…

Gandhi for the young

Avijit Pathak Every year on October 2, I feel somewhat uneasy. From Rajghat to Parliament, from the declaration of “pro-people” policies to the empty slogan initiated by the political class, I experience the death of Gandhi. As the packaging of…

Gandhiji’s India: The Dream & the Reality

Sanhita Saikia The name of Mahatma Gandhi transcends the bounds of race, religion, states and nations and has emerged as a prophetic voice of the 21st century. More than half a century ago, Gandhiji through peaceful activism and promotion of…

No other book can trump the Indian Constitution

Rajeev Bhargava A Minister of the West Bengal Government, Siddiqullah Chowdhury, reportedly remarked recently that for Muslims, “our holy scripture, the Quran Sharif, is supreme and if any constitutional provision… contradicts the Quran, then our scripture will prevail and not…

Gandhian development

Jaydev Jana Surely we have a responsibility to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy and habitable by all species. ~ Sir David Attenborough Sustainable development is simply defined as a means to ‘fulfill the present needs without…

Blood on the hills

On September 13 1993, 1,000-odd Kukis were killed by Naga militants in a Manipuri village. The 25th anniversary of the massacre was observed recently Yambem Laba On September 13 this year, almost all roads for the Kuki population of Manipur…

Gandhi: a fox or a hedgehog?

Ramin Jahanbegloo As the world prepares to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019, opinions and views about his person and his non-violent technique of struggle remain deeply divided. For some, he was a puritanical, conservative critique of modernity.…

Shaping digital destiny

Ajay Bhushan Pandey After six years of litigation which included 38 days of hearing — next only to Kesavanand Bharati case in 1973 — the Supreme Court’s five-judge Constitution Bench has given a landmark judgment declaring Aadhaar as constitutional. Aadhaar…