Hiranmay Karlekar


Hiranmay Karlekar is Consultant Editor of The Pioneer and former Editor of Hindustan Times. He has authored four books in English and two novels in Bengali

We have failed to protect the elephant

Saturday, 19 Aug 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

India's heritage animal faces a multiplicity of ever-present dangers and its protection must receive enhanced priority. While reducing accidents is important, the main focus should be on nurturing elephant reserves One can argue whether the elephant census 2017’s figure of there being 27,312 behemoths across 23 States in India signifies a...

US’s deepening Afghan quagmire

Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

A US withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan is likely to bring down the Kabul regime. The belief that this will not affect American fortunes is untenable The recent joint attack by the Islamic State (IS) and Taliban, which killed over 50 persons in Afghanistan’s Mirzawalan village in the northern Sar-e-Pul Province,...

Are Pakistan’s judges lions or lions under the throne?

Saturday, 05 Aug 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Besides the military, courts in Pakistan have been under severe pressure from Islamist fundamentalist elements. This puts a question mark against the judiciary's role in upholding the country's Constitution Much has been said and written about Nawaz Sharif’s ouster as Pakistan’s Prime Minister under direction from the country’s Supreme Court. A...

United, we can save the cow

Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

To help the cow, the Union Ministry needs to coordinate action on multiple fronts. It should set up a separate ministry for cattle welfare without delay As I said in an earlier column, I am against the killing of cows as, indeed, of all animals and birds. I equally oppose cow...

Emergency cannot and must not be forgotten

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar deserves to be seen because it will not just remind people about the dark days but also warn them of how easily democracy can be subverted I have not seen Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar. I am, therefore, unable to comment on its merits. I, however, strongly condemn...

Musical interlude, magical too

Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

The appeal of songs lay in their ability to lift people, however ephemerally, to a world of music, harmony and romance — away from their spheres of anxiety I recently received on WhatsApp, a clip showing Harry Belafonte singing ‘Jamaica Farewell' before a mesmerised open-air audience. Despite his age, the...

The emergence of lumpens in India

Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Implication of the surge of lumpens as a force in India's public spaces will be a dangerous phenomenon that will have serious implications for the future of India In the midst of the controversy over the lynchings, which are criminal, abominable and absolutely condemnable acts, the societal phenomenon underlying these have...

Many methods of effective healing

Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

There must be a greater appreciation of the alternative sources of medicine that exist. Over-reliance on Allopathy is unwise Allopathy has provided medicines that have enhanced people's life-spans and capacity for work in many parts of the world —thus changing population patterns and accelerating the rate of civilisational progress through the...

What is being done is clearly not enough

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

A taste for domination is the major reason for rise of rape cases in India. Overall a change in the mindset is required to truly eradicate this menace from society Increasing public concern over the rising incidence and savagery of rape cases is entirely warranted. Clearly, massive public agitation over the...

Courage is not gender-specific

Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

There have been several inspiring stories of women journalists who defied the odds and made a mark in their profession One of the common unwisdoms of our time is that women cannot do many things that men can. It has been busted innumerable times by women who have broken through the...


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