Voices

Celebrations for 82-yr-old seer’s male child: We’re still feudal when it comes to sex

We live in a Bharat where we celebrate an octagenarian ‘finally’ having a male heir, but are enraged that a youth may watch porn or have sex.

The Thomas Chandy episode: End of old school values in Kerala politics?

Old timers recall how PK Vasudevan Nair took a state transport bus upon resignation as CM to his native place Perumbavoor.

Threats to cut Deepika’s nose for ‘Padmavati’: Why does a film bother haters so much?

Threats to cut off Deepika's nose have been made, along with claims of the film distorting 'historical facts'.

Give ‘Padmavati’ a chance, and stop insulting artistes and their creativity

When Bhansali is insulted for using his imagination to create a piece of art, I find India diminished.

Living with snakes in Bengaluru: What to do and what not to

Frequent reports of snakes in houses, backyards, gardens, and even inside cars have given Bangalore the title of a 'Snake city' in the recent past.

India is a reluctant republic, but it's time we took ownership of our governance

Why do we behave subserviently to our elected representatives, and why do they behave like they lord over us?

In Thomas Chandy’s failure to resign, the ghost of MV Raghavan haunts present-day CPI (M)

The progressive dilution of Communist ideology has rendered the present-day CPI (M) into a social democratic party without convictions.

Why November 8 is a black day for India’s democratic institutions, writes a DMK MLA

Demonetisation and its aftermath have badly hurt the painstakingly built-up reputations of the RBI, the judiciary and the established media.

Government plan to rank Kendriya Vidyalayas: Why fix what's not broken?

There are urgent questions to be asked of each of the criteria on which the government plans to rank Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country.

Keezhadi is an archaeological milestone, let's not bury it in knee-jerk politics

It’s too early to foist theories of religion or secularism on Keezhadi – we need to dig first and write stories later.

Finding a good therapist is harder than finding love on Tinder: My battle with depression

Why don't you just think positive thoughts or meditate? Because it doesn't work for me.

Modi's visit to Kalaignar reminds us grace is important in public life, writes Tarun Vijay

Differences in perceptions and ideologies shouldn’t result in bitter animosity that keeps us from asking after our fellow travelers.

Yes, Milind Soman’s dating a younger woman, but can the media grow up in its coverage?

Milind Soman is 52, dating a woman who is reportedly less than half his age, and everyone's acting like this is revolutionary.

Cartoonist Bala’s arrest: Why such a low tolerance for freedom of expression in TN?

Arbitrary detentions cross a vital line in responsible governance, but media persons shouldn’t cross the line of decency either.

What draws 'lone wolves' to the Islamic State?

Like this recent attack in New York, many IS attacks around the globe are carried out by individuals the media have dubbed “lone wolves”.

Why it's time to lay the stereotype of the 'teen brain' to rest

'Risky' behavior is a normal part of development and reflects a biologically driven need for exploration.

Tollywood's 'praasa' overkill: Why the obsession with 'philosophical' dialogues?

Dear dialogue writer, did you binge eat at a Chinese restaurant and collect all the fortune cookies for 'inspiration'?

UK expert speaks on why focus should be on preventing child abuse, not just punishing offenders

He talks about managing child sex abuse within a public health framework and the need to focus on prevention strategies and policy before the abuse happens.

Why it’s wrong to shoot videos of sexual crimes instead of stopping them

It was insensitive and callous of the passersby who appear to have made no attempt to stop the assault. But what about the very act of shooting the video?

TN doesn't care if their Thalapathy is Joseph Vijay: Why does BJP's H Raja?

The BJP politician played detective by tweeting Vijay's voter ID to "prove" that he's Christian but the move has only backfired.

50 suicides in 2 months: How junior colleges in AP, Telangana are torturing students

My friend became a statistic, a contributing '1', to a large number of students from these junior colleges who kill themselves every year.