Avay Shukla

The pushback against mass tourism

As the numbers become unsustainable its negative fallout can be seen: the adverse cultural, ecological and infrastructural impacts on places and communities.

18 Sep 2018

Last bastion of constitutional order under siege

Nation states are created by individuals but endure on the strength and integrity of their institutions. This is particularly true of democracies, which take generations to set down roots.

28 Apr 2018

Why do we kill our daughters?

The Economic Survey 2018 says there are 21 million ‘unwanted’ girl children in India. The name of the game is to have a male child

08 Feb 2018

Bringing back Mallya not easy

It is difficult for any civilised society to extradite a man to a country with a dysfunctional judicial system and a compromised police

20 Dec 2017

Oscar Wilde and India’s godmen

As the British author put it, we dislike people for having faults we do not have, but we hate them for having the same faults which we have

20 Sep 2017

A warning  that went unheeded

The Paris accord’s almost exclusive focus on CO2 emissions was misplaced; we have to change our lifestyles too

21 Aug 2017

Tanks belong at Doklam, not JNU

Perhaps we can soon expect tanks outside Parliament and the apex court too—just to inspire more patriotic feelings, of course!

07 Aug 2017

Can we afford free money for all?

To implement UBI, the government will have to cut many subsidies. How do we ensure that there is no DeMo repeat?

15 Jul 2017

Uprooting trees to dig our own grave

Environmental degradation in India is getting worse under a government which is dismantling green regulations

24 May 2017

What will Modi do after massive win?

The prime minister should now focus on creating jobs and removing deadwood from the bureaucracy

12 Mar 2017

Why the aam aadmi is with Kejri

The AAP can be better understood if seen as part of the populist wave that has captured the US and is now sweeping across Europe.

10 Mar 2017

Judiciary has right aim, but wrong target

The SC order was a non-starter in a country where parties are founded on caste, regional and religious identities

27 Feb 2017