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

Recalling next door horrors of ’71

Saturday, 09 Dec 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The monstrous atrocities that Bangladesh had to undergo for its liberation at the hands of Pakistanis cannot be forgotten. Cold figures do not convey the extent of the tortures Designated as the “International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of...

End of a confrontation

Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Pakistan once again witnesses the army's overlordship over the civilian government The agreement under which three extremist Islamist organizations lifted on Monday their three-week blockade of the Faizabad flyover linking Rawalpindi and Islamabad, has important implications for Pakistan as well as several other countries, particularly India. It underlined two important things....

The sordid truth in the age of the market

Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The number of people committing suicide is increasing as market capitalism glorifies success and stigmatizes failure. This begs the question: Is surviving adversity also happiness? According to the report ‘India: Health of the Nation’s States 2017’, recently released by the Union Home Ministry, suicides accounted for more deaths than illness or...

The truth about Delhi’s air pollution

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Population increase, perhaps the most important factor for the deplorable air quality in the Capital, does not feature among the causes cited Every year, pollution levels soar as winter approaches Delhi. This year, one is told, will be the worst ever. Unfortunately, the apportioning of blame has begun. What one needs...

Compassion and care: Two faces of the same coin

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

When a rag-picker in Delhi and an animal-lover in Gurgaon made a real difference in their own ways, suggesting that empathy is still the strongest human emotion Compassion, one of the noblest of human emotions, and caring, frequently its manifestation, cut across social strata. Two recent events in Delhi once again...

Autumn: Season of benevolence

Thursday, 02 Nov 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Without either the heat of summer or the cold of winter, autumn is the most benign part of the year. It is a time of muses, musings and poetry We are in the midst of autumn which, in the much-quoted words of John Keats, is a “Season of mists and mellow...

Bond between dogs and humans

Thursday, 19 Oct 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

The fact that canines risk their lives for people who bay for their mass killing has once again been iterated Kanika Mehta’s report in The Pioneer of October 17, about Tyson, a year-and-a-half-old dog, taking on a gang of 12 armed robbers that had attacked its master, provides yet another example...

Stem the scrouge of rascism against Africans

Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Recent incidents of violence against Africans in the national capital and some other parts of the country are symptoms of a deeper malaise that warrant serious concern The recent savage assault on a Nigerian, who was accused of stealing and tied to a pole and beaten mercilessly with sticks, was yet...

Re-living the times of yore in Jordan

Thursday, 05 Oct 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

The magical ambience of Jerash transports one into a zone in which two periods of time blend. An awareness of the present blends with a vaguely present past Though Petra is perhaps the best known of Jordan’s tourist destinations, there are other places that draw large numbers. One of them is...

Compassion: Missing link in an indifferent world

Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Indifference to the suffering of Syrian refugees is just one example. Can consciousness-raising cause a change? It will be a long haul, if at all. However, a beginning must be made Lack of sympathy translating itself into effective ameliorative action is a major cause of much of the suffering the world...


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