T.N. Gopalan
Opinion

Is MK Stalin secular or pseudo-secular?

Is MK Stalin more committed to secularism than his late lamented father? We can begin to believe so, though our own instincts might rebel against such ‘hasty’ judgments.  Secularism is under existential threat in the entire country at the moment. Only a few opposition Chief Ministers stand...

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Business

Chinese debt-trap diplomacy is a myth: US expert

The Sri Lanka - China relationship reminds us of the world of Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist asked for more, everyone was shocked, and he was duly punished. But today the crisis-ridden Sri Lanka knocks at the door of China yet again and asks for a lot more - -- “Sri Lanka has asked China to help...

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Opinion

Savukku Shankar: More sinned against?

As Savukku Shankar lurches from one tryst with law to another, as a friend of yesteryears, I can wish him well alright, but am also nagged by an uncomfortable feeling that the contempt proceedings against him in the Madras High Court is not going to end well at all, either for him or for the...

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Savukku Shankar
Politics

Exit AIADMK, enter BJP? Will MGR party fight back?

Former minister and AIADMK Organizing Secretary Ponnaiyan seems to have created a stir within his party with his strident attack on the BJP. He has charged the latter with trying to gobble up its ally and declared that its growth would “not augur well for the AIADMK, Tamil Nadu or Dravidian...

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AIADMK Tamil Nadu
Opinion

Whither Dalit political leadership?

Noted film director Pa Ranjith has been talked about a bit in the Tamil social media – context, his hosting a conference in Madurai recently to celebrate the Dalit identity. A few claimed that he was cutting across sectarian identities and hence could indeed provide a refreshingly new...

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dalit
Opinion

Is there a hope for sanity in India?

The results of the five station elections make us wonder if there is any hope for sanity in India. Is it whither India? Or is it just wither India, the India of Gandhi and Nehru? Across the country the more secular liberal sections are wringing their hands in despair, more aghast than ever...

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Opinion

Why Priyanka should lead a militantly secular Congress

The performance of Rahul Gandhi comes into focus as one charts the recent course of the Congress. In view of Sonia’s health if a heir apparent had to be nominated, Priyanka should have been a natural choice, for she is feisty and has a strong resemblance to her grandmother Indira Gandhi. (This...

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Priyanka