Hiranmay Karlekar

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

Joe Biden’s burden

Joe Biden’s burden

Saturday, 09 January 2021 | Hiranmay Karlekar

Among the top priorities for the incoming Biden Administration would be to effectively deal with the Taliban's violent surge in Afghanistan Perhaps the second-most important problem — the first being the COVID-19 pandemic — that President-elect Joe Biden would inherit on assumption of office as President of the United States would...

Just be the change

Saturday, 28 September 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

Greta Thunberg’s stinging speech at the UN sounded alarm bells for the world to start acting on climate change. The crusade of the young and old has begun A number of critical developments, pertaining to climate change, held centrestage among events marking the week that is approaching its end. The one...

Cancelled talks and after

Saturday, 14 September 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

Trump must realise that the Afghan war can end either in a complete victory for the US and destruction of the Taliban or an ignominious defeat for America. There is no third way On September 7, US President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of the secret summit in Camp David, his...

The relevance of Sufism

Thursday, 05 September 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

While most Bangladeshis are secular, a large minority is  inclined towards Islamic fundamentalism. Hence Sufism, a doctrine of universal love at a time of hate, is important Shahriar Kabir’s new documentary, Mithat’s Dream: The Story of a Young Dervish of Konya, comes when the world is facing a surge of fanatical...

Give a dog a bad name

Saturday, 31 August 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

While the demand for the mass killing of stray dogs reveals a genocidal mindset, exaggerated figures whip up mass hysteria against them and spread misinformation Some people spend the better part of their lives on providing education to street children; some on extending medical aid to the poor. Some devote themselves...

Perils of supping with the devil

Thursday, 22 August 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

Even if the Doha talks result in a ceasefire and a pact leading to a Taliban takeover, it may not ensure a conflict-free Afghanistan Two important developments occurred last week which bode ill — if that is any longer possible — for Afghanistan and its people. The first was the conclusion...

The food trap

Saturday, 17 August 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

Human activity had wiped out, between 1970 and 2014, 60 per cent of all animals with backbones — fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals The International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report, released earlier this month and stating that the process of producing and making food available accounts annually for...

Big cat’s leap of faith

Saturday, 03 August 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

An increase in its population is gratifying but the tiger still faces problems, including the frequent man-animal conflicts. A national-level strategy is needed to manage this interface Jim Corbett wrote in the Man-Eaters of Kumaon, the “tiger is a large-hearted gentleman with boundless courage and that when he is exterminated —as...

Sunday Edition

Meet the eh-thical hacker

17 January 2021 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

NEP can change dynamics of Defence services

17 January 2021 | SUDHIR HINDWAN | Agenda

‘Music is my driving force’

17 January 2021 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

China angle: Biden to cement India-USA relations

17 January 2021 | Virendra Gupta | Agenda

Talktime | ‘I don’t a choose role, it picks me’

17 January 2021 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

Astroturf | Meditate for a better future

17 January 2021 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda