Rinku Ghosh

Children of a lesser God

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

The child shelter horrors in Muzaffarpur and Deoria have swamped our conscience and prompt the question: Can we afford our demographic dividend to turn into a liability? Just as the horrors of the children at shelter homes in Muzaffarpur and Deoria swamped our conscience, making us wonder how as a society...

Anatomy of lynching and violence

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

Societal violence cannot at any scale be seen as having state sanction and if such a perception is gaining ground, mere denials and words won’t do. Only strong counter-measures can calm fears A new mother in the family is particular about sending her three-year-old daughter to pre-school, stuffing her up...

Fake news creates its own ugly reality

Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

The spread of misinformation has weaponised social media to an extent that it is more effective than airstrikes in destroying the target, in this case legitimate news The truth is hard to find. The truth is hard to know. The truth is more important now than ever.” So goes the...

The mirror has two faces

Saturday, 30 Jun 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

Two back-to-back contrarian reports on J&K have made it clear that the UN’s credibility is at stake. The world body needs to not only have wide representation but also the courage to call out the venal A flip-flop is but expected in politics. But for an august body like the United...

In the throes of a water crisis

Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

Till Shimla's water crisis almost forced a shutdown of the tourist economy, the immediacy of climate change did not hit home. But with perennial streams turning seasonal, a water emergency is on the cards For long, falling water tables in the time of extreme weather conditions have featured in the context...

Marks matter, but so do angles

Saturday, 02 Jun 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

Performances in the Class X/XII Board examinations this year have been good; but are the young feeling good about themselves? Much as we hate clichés, truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Heard at an upmarket restaurant, a one-time IITian, now frustrated executive at a global major, lecturing his maybe eight-year-old son...

Decoding Modi magic post-Karnataka

Saturday, 19 May 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

Good communication skills, mass public outreach, delivery on promises and the charismatic presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have all contributed to the BJP’s good showing Just before the elections in Karnataka, when there was gathering skepticism about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chaste Hindi breaking through the language barrier in the...

Desperately seeking an Indian superhero

Saturday, 05 May 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

We need to create our own narratives in cinema, imbued with intellectual-emotional heft, from which characters who have traction with Indians will emerge An Indian fan died recently while watching the latest Hollywood superhero cluster film Avengers Infinity War, perhaps unable to digest the obliteration of some capable men and women...

Indian soft power impacts China

Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

India and China share a filmy connection and New Delhi should work to leverage this phenomenon. Soft power may not resolve differences but will make a difference As India and China struggle to find a new language to connect over geo-politics, the latest Indian film Hindi Medium has won over the...

Do our Smart Cities need micro models?

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

With the Government’s Smart City mission yet to pick up the desired momentum, a case in point of on-ground efficiency is that of Jaipur’s independent and localised approach Suddenly the word “smart” doesn’t seem quite apt in the urban lexicon when it comes to developing cities in Southeast and South Asia,...


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