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

The Army is King

Thursday, 12 Jul 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

With Sharif unhorsed and his party cornered, it will be important for India to watch how Hafiz Saeed’s Milli Muslim League and Imran Khan’s PTI fare Any doubt that, ultimately, the military ruled Pakistan and the judges, in Francis Bacon’s famous words, were lions under the throne, has been demolished by...

The impending environmental disaster

Saturday, 07 Jul 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Climate change is a global phenomenon and the prognosis is grim worldwide; people who do not act against a looming disaster are fated to be consumed by it According to a report by Archana Jyoti in a recent issue of The Pioneer, the latest World Bank report, titled “South Asia’s Hotspots:...

Maximum city's annual agony

Thursday, 28 Jun 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Every year, after the rains cause widespread disruption, the BMC claims that it is at work and things would be very different the next year. But that rarely happens Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should be one of the top contenders in any contest for the title of being India's most inefficient,...

A smart way to ensure animal-friendly cities

Saturday, 23 Jun 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

Animal Welfare Board of India’s primary task is to implement the Animal Birth Control Programme for dogs. This needs to be systematically implemented in a planned, phase-wise manner in each State The Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India, SP Gupta, did well to refer, at a Press conference on June 14,...

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...


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