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

Breathing life back into forests

Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Poi village adopted a degraded local deciduous forest and turned it into a haven of biodiversity. It has shown how forests can be revived One does not commonly encounter reports on the environment front, particularly in respect of citizens efforts at conservation, that warms the heart. It is, therefore, important to...

Seas of trouble: We need to act now

Saturday, 09 Jun 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Human intervention is making the oceans increasingly inhospitable to marine life. We must work individually and collectively to stop this preventable tragedy. If we all do the bare minimum, our combined actions can be massive The reported death of a whale, which had swallowed 80 plastic bags, in southern Thailand, warrants...

The plight of transgenders

Thursday, 31 May 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Civil society must realise that while laws help, the plight of transgenders will remain unchanged as long as our attitude towards them does not change According to a report in The Pioneer of May 28, a mob attacked on the night of May 26, four transgender beggars in Hyderabad city, following...

It’s our duty to treat animals as humans

Saturday, 26 May 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

In India, while both laws and judicial pronouncements recognise that animals possess certain privileges, they lack the status of fundamental rights as provided to humans by the Constitution. Animals need recognition Steven M Wise, founder and president of the United States-based Nonhuman Rights Project, is one of the world’s foremost scholar...

The Sitapur killings

Thursday, 17 May 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Dog killings in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district is a serious matter that needs to be thoroughly investigated and recurrence must be prevented The killing of 12 children, attributed to stray dogs, in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district since November last year needs to be thoroughly investigated and their recurrence prevented. For this,...

The scenario in Afghanistan

Saturday, 12 May 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The abduction of seven Indians in Afghanistan has raised two questions. One relates to the incident itself and the second on what it signifies in terms of the drift of events in that country and its implications for India The abduction of seven Indian engineers and their Afghan driver in Afghanistan’s...

Four decades of discourse

Thursday, 03 May 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

The Modern Review is a must read for all interested in understanding great debates and expositions that shaped India’s discourse preceding Independence Can one think of a publication for which Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, CF Andrews, Lala Lajpat Rai, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Sita Devi, Sir Jadunath...

India’s growing urban crisis

Saturday, 28 Apr 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

The future of India's economic growth, social cohesion and democratic order would depend on our ability to address its crisis of urbanisation. But the question is: Can we do it? Mussourie is not one of India’s larger cities. Situated at an average height of 6,170 feet above sea level and 35...

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...


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