Jyoti Punwani

Coronavirus not the great leveller it is touted to be

It’s not just unequal living conditions that are hurting the poor. Unequal access to power also continues even during this unprecedented crisis

16 Apr 2020

Who do people wronged by the state turn to?

The decision of the former Chief Justice of India to accept the Rajya Sabha nomination has besmirched the judiciary’s reputation

20 Mar 2020

How socialism beat politics of identity in Delhi

A government that made schools, hospitals, water and electricity its priorities has been swept to power again, with barely a dent in its popularity

19 Feb 2020

Muslims, Constitution & the tricolour

If the Shah Bano protests separated Muslims from our secular framework, the current agitation sees them fighting to protect the Constitution’s principles

09 Jan 2020

CAB will take the country backwards

 I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed.

12 Dec 2019

Sena-NCP-Congress gets vote of secularists

Even as Sonia worries about a dent in Cong’s secular image, politically active Muslims in Maharashtra hope her party allies with Sena

15 Nov 2019

In Mumbai, it’s the builders who rule

On Oct 5, the Maha govt showed it can act swiftly if it wanted to, by cutting more than 2,000 trees in Aarey just after a court verdict

17 Oct 2019

NRC and unreal deportation dreams

The outcome of India’s first NRC has backfired on the BJP. Does it still want to extend this communal exercise to other states?

19 Sep 2019

J&K: Lessons from 1984 unheeded

The psychological impact of a shutdown is far worse in this digital era than it was during Operation Blue Star

22 Aug 2019

Why Mumbai is scared of the monsoon

Builders began influencing policy in Mumbai in the early 90s when Sena-BJP was in power. Over the last 25 years, they’ve come to own the city

23 Jul 2019

Not the Parliament India needs 

Are we now to have a Lok Sabha where our elected representatives see themselves as Hindus and Muslims?

25 Jun 2019

Hope amidst hate during elections

Many ordinary citizens have proved that they are thinking beings, not mindless receptors of the ruling party’s propaganda

02 May 2019

It’s still hindutva+ for the BJP

With elections coming up, the party’s divisive rhetoric shouldn’t come as a surprise. As in 2014, ideology will accompany real issues.

05 Apr 2019

There’s a world beyond warmongering

To discover it, we must turn away from the overwhelming stranglehold of social media and screaming TV anchors enacting war in studios.

13 Mar 2019

Can Ghalib heal Mumbai’s wounds?

A recent event brought together not just Hindus and Muslims, but those sections that had often clashed violently with each other.

06 Feb 2019

This is not atonement for partition

The PM was promoting the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which entails giving citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh who crossed over to India.

09 Jan 2019

When mobs turn against the cops

What Adityanath’s one-word description conveys is that there was no intention on the part of the mob to kill Singh, it just happened.

13 Dec 2018

A deadly offer the poor could not refuse

Can a government send its citizens to live in known toxic areas?

20 Nov 2018

The girls who dared to fight back

The Bihar schoolgirls who took on a group of boys over lewd comments were beaten up. It took SC intervention for authorities to wake up.

22 Oct 2018

Why is there no end to lawlessness?

When the seniormost law officer of the government expresses anguish in open court at the lawlessness in the country, what should citizens infer?

16 Aug 2018

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