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

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...

Unspeakable acts of cruelty

Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

The horrifying treatment of chicken is not just a question of insensitivity to their suffering but has serious implications for humans as well Following studies conducted in several chick farms across India, Animal Equality, a Pune-based animal protection organisation, has brought out, with the support of photographic and videographic evidence, the...

A neighbour not very nice to India

Saturday, 16 Sep 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Rajnath Singh is right: Pakistan does not want to improve ties with India. Hence, the need is to engage with military option, which will involve making Pakistan's adventurism too expensive to persist with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent statement that, Pakistan’s repeated violation of the ceasefire agreement with India made...

In remembrance of S Paul

Thursday, 24 Aug 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Veteran photographer S Paul was a great master whose outstanding art was matched by outstanding warmth and generosity With the recent passing of S Paul, ‘Paul Sa’ab’ to his friends, colleagues and legions of admirers, photography in India has lost one of its most outstanding practitioners ever. The void he has...

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...


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