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

Beware, India's killer tracks

Thursday, 19 Apr 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

It is ironical that while elephants have been declared India's national heritage animals, their slaughter in train accidents continues It has happened again, elephants being killed by speeding trains. According to a report, on April 16, four of them, including two calves, were mowed down by the Howrah-Mumbai Mail smashing into...

Once again, stray crimes in Kerala

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The campaign for the ‘elimination’ of street dogs reflects a desire for mass murder. The need is to implement the ABC programme which has successfully brought down dog populations wherever it has been enacted Yet another campaign for mass slaughter of stray dogs is reportedly under way in Kerala and, this...

Global warming at home

Thursday, 05 Apr 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

India is among the countries which is at the greatest risk of food insecurity due to weather extremes caused by climate change The report that Delhi has just had the warmest March in eight years and a baking summer awaits the whole of north India, is not going to comfort parched...

Bangladesh’s long road to freedom

Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Bangladesh's independence came as the culmination of a long struggle, the movement for the designation of Bengali as a state language marked its beginning The declaration of Bangladesh’s independence on March 26, 1971, came as the culmination of a long struggle, which had its embryonic beginning in the movement for the...

New cloud over Jammu & Kashmir?

Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Reports of Islamic State and Al Qaeda becoming active in the State require serious global attention One of the three terrorists killed by the security forces in Anantnag, Kashmir, on March 12, has been identified by Telangana police as a Telugu radicalised by Islamic State (IS) ideology through the social media...

A lot at stake as Dhaka nears election

Saturday, 17 Mar 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The outcome of parliamentary election in Bangladesh will hugely impact India. It must, therefore, strengthen Sheikh Hasina's position as the BNP’s return to power is bound to spell trouble As parliamentary elections approach in Bangladesh — polls are due by December end — India must ponder the implications of the possible...

Disowning a vile practice

Friday, 09 Mar 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Abandoning cattle means sentencing them to acute suffering and painful death. Animal cruelty should be stopped at any cost with strict penalties to the defaulter According to some locals, a woman came in from somewhere in late February and released three cows and two calves in the forests abutting Bohrakote village...

Taming Pakistan’s Hafiz Saeed

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

It’s difficult to make out the actual intentions of Pakistani leaders given their long record of duplicitous speech and action in moving against Hafiz Saeed and his outfits Many eyebrows were raised in skepticism when Pakistan's President, Mamnoon Hussain signed on February 12 an Ordinance bringing under the ambit of the...

Begum’s arrest and rising sentiments in Dhaka

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

After Begum Zia’s arrest, allegations of it being politically motivated were expected from the BNP; after all, they could hardly have hailed the judgement. Bangladesh's population, however, is now polarised Not surprisingly, Begum Khaleda Zia’s jailing, following her sentencing to five years of rigorous imprisonment by Special Judge’s Court-5 in Dhaka,...

Waterless in Cape Town

Thursday, 08 Feb 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

India must learn from the experiences of waterless Cape Town and set up a Drought Management Commission for a comprehensive approach to the issue Cape Town is far away and generally features in our consciousness only when the Indian cricket team plays a Test match or a One-day International there. Not...


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