Valson Thampu

Why Modi still remains hard to beat

The recent bypoll results do not, in any way, undermine Narendra Modi’s centrality to the political dynamics of this country

20 Mar 2018

Reflections in the days of democracy

A farmer is named and shamed over a loan of few lakhs. No one dares to displease those who rob us of thousands of crores

09 Mar 2018

Kabaddi match after the scam

We cannot afford any longer to be spectators to this Congress-BJP blame game. No corruption is conducive to our welfare

20 Feb 2018

On the evolution of religion

The anxieties of religionists over evolutionist theories merely expose the insecurities that lurk behind the facade of religious dogmatism

24 Jan 2018

Indian secularism at crossroads

The present idea of secularism cannot endure for long. We should adopt the European model of secularism or end up as a theocratic state

11 Jan 2018

Hugging, schools and discipline

A school in Kerala has expelled two students over their ‘prolonged hugging’ in public. Did the school exceed its mandate?

30 Dec 2017

Burden and glory of being a minority

Inequality is inherent in the relationship between the minorities and the mainstream. But this can be a blessing rather than a curse

16 Dec 2017

Democracy and the myth of choice

What does freedom of choice amount to when all parties are inimical to the welfare of the people? At the EVM, a voter has no choice

20 Nov 2017

Japan not just about Shinkansen

The bullet train project, we are told, involves technology transfer. But will it involve culture transfer as well?

12 Oct 2017

This minority problem is not small

A number of corrupt minority educational institutions are abusing the sacred trust the Constitution poses in them

12 Sep 2017

Bumbling our way through education

HRD Minister Javadekar’s remark that research was not mandatory for college teachers’ promotions is a step backward

12 Aug 2017

Kovind and the centre’s pandora’s box

We don’t know if Kovind was nominated because he’s a Dalit. But we do know that he wouldn’t have been, if he weren’t one

10 Jul 2017

The trouble with reservations

Unless wisely used, quotas could perpetuate one’s disabilities. The 1960 deadline for terminating this provision was rationalhe architects of our Constitution believed that reservations meant to b

05 Jun 2017

How we can regenerate our metros

Our cities are sinking—contaminated water, choked roads and bad air. Why have we shirked our responsibility?

19 Apr 2017

Tamil spring awaits India's youth

Is Tamil culture no more than Jallikattu? Surely not! So why are Tamil youngsters protesting?

20 Jan 2017