‘Nine-month wait for booster shot too long, anti-science’

Noted Gujarati-origin clinical immunologist and immunopathologist Professor Pravin Hissaria has strong words for “whoever has advised” the Central government to offer booster shots to people nine months after he or she was administered the second shot of the vaccine. The India-born, Adelaide, Australia-based public health specialist was the one who created the protocol early last year for … Continue reading ‘Nine-month wait for booster shot too long, anti-science’

Cyber Bullying In the Time of Covid Pandemic

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) If you are a regular on the Instagram circuit in India, it is almost impossible to miss the page of Priyanka Paul, also known as @artwhoring, an artist, LGBTQ+ crusader and pro-Dalit activist. Constantly under attack for her outspoken views, the threats against the young Insta-activist from real and fake accounts were … Continue reading Cyber Bullying In the Time of Covid Pandemic

Kerala’s political violence acquires communal colour, dangerous dimensions

I have closely studied political violence in Kerala, especially that of its volatile northern district of Kannur, which is sometimes described by gullible reporters as ‘Kerala’s Bihar’. The outcome of this research became a book, which was published in 2018, and was immediately criticised, at times with extreme bias, by the ruling Communist Party of … Continue reading Kerala’s political violence acquires communal colour, dangerous dimensions

Catharsis in Qatar: How the FIFA World Cup This Year Will Likely Change the Gulf Nation

The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha IF ALL GOES well, the FIFA World Cup of this year-end, to be held in the months of November and December, as opposed to the usual months of May or June and July, will be held in the small nation of Qatar in the Persian Gulf. People from that … Continue reading Catharsis in Qatar: How the FIFA World Cup This Year Will Likely Change the Gulf Nation

Born In Communism: The Romance of an Ideology That Inspired Us to Dream of a New World

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) I WAS BORN in a communist household in Kannur, a stronghold of the Left movement and home to many of its legendary leaders, one of them being my late father. Although he died at the unsuitable age of 41, when I was past four, I grew up on an intellectual and ideological … Continue reading Born In Communism: The Romance of an Ideology That Inspired Us to Dream of a New World

‘Kashi Corridor is the architectural expression of a journey towards self-discovery‘

Interview: Bimal H Patel, architect Bimal H Patel is one of India’s most reputed architects. He also handles some of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects. The man behind the Central Vista project spoke to ULLEKH NP about the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project which, he says, was different from all his previous assignments because … Continue reading ‘Kashi Corridor is the architectural expression of a journey towards self-discovery‘

Book Review: Afghanistan Through Tariq Ali’s Eyes

Tariq Ali (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) TARIQ ALI CAN always be expected to inspire you with new information even about much talked about events. In that sense, he is often a reporter’s reporter who carries in his head rich anecdotes and side stories, not to talk of his penchant for digging out details of ambitious decisions … Continue reading Book Review: Afghanistan Through Tariq Ali’s Eyes

General Bipin Rawat (1958-2021): An Officer and a Gentleman

He will surely be missed as the country braces to strengthen its military prowess General Bipin Rawat (1958-2021) (Photo: Getty Images) THE TRAGIC DEMISE of India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash on December 8th in Tamil Nadu, seven minutes before he was to reach his destination along with … Continue reading General Bipin Rawat (1958-2021): An Officer and a Gentleman

Bracing for Omicron, the New Covid Variant

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) SOUTH AFRICA CERTAINLY deserves praise for alerting the rest of the world on time about the presence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19 B.1.1529). One of the two countries, along with Botswana, where the strain possibly originated, it was soon targeted by dozens of countries for travel bans and restrictions, … Continue reading Bracing for Omicron, the New Covid Variant