K Jayakumar

A billion people and a few billionaires

Even more unnerving is the popular hypothesis and perception that the burgeoning wealth of the billionaires is a direct offshoot of favourable government policies.

16 Sep 2022

The paradox of our shrinking freedom

121 tribals accused in the Bhima Koregaon case were acquitted by the NIA court after 5 years in jail. Were those arrests a mistake of fact or an error of judgement? 

18 Aug 2022

The changing semantics of Indian polity

Tensions and communication hiatus are created when political power uses semantic manipulation with clear objectives and targets; they always use this effectively.

11 Jul 2022

Sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind

The bid to revise school textbook curriculum shouldn’t be seen in isolation. It is part of a grand plan to sow seeds of ‘otherness’ in society.

17 Jun 2022

Stirrings of a benevolent counter culture

The Supreme Court’s interim order of putting on hold criminal proceedings in cases booked under Section 124 A of the IPC has not come a day early.

15 May 2022

Limits of state power in language policy

The federal texture of our polity, which is already under strain on various fronts, will be further weakened by the perceived hegemony of Hindi.

23 Apr 2022

Why are we indifferent to the Ukraine war?

India’s decision to abstain has been prompted by several considerations and we need not judge it. But it is shocking that our campuses are bereft of genuine sentiment against the war.

26 Mar 2022

Lok Sabha elections 2019: What talking points did our politicians ignore?

Political parties conveniently forgot to address five major issues during the election campaign, writes K Jayakumar.

22 May 2019

Bureaucracy in Kerala must be flexible

After the devastating floods, the daunting task of rehabilitation remains. How should the state government go about it?

05 Sep 2018

Relevance of ambedkar in today’s India

The social and economic justice that Dalits and tribals should’ve got long ago have still not reached them as facts show

18 Apr 2018