The best opinion pieces of the weekend, curated just for you
A Mandakini moment and a few leaking truths
Twinkle Khanna, in a song for YOU, writes about the impact and banality of urinary incontinence – a problem that affects one in four women and “yet we never talk about it” – and the importance of discussing it with a doctor.
“While men seem quite comfortable turning to a tree and urinating in public or participating in a fart contest like the one held in Surat last year, we spend our lives pretending that we don’t even sweat, ”she wrote.
Lamenting the fact that “by next week the Serum Institute may be forced to halve its production of COVID vaccines because the Indian government has not placed any new orders” even though “a little more than the half of our population is fully vaccinated and … a huge portion of those who have been fully vaccinated will need boosters soon, ”Tavleen Singh in an opinion piece for Indian express, demands accountability from Modi government officials.
Describing the recent coalition agreement reached by the three different parties in Germany as “remarkably coherent, substantial and ambitious”, Timothy Garton Ash deciphers the challenges facing the new Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his government. “As often before in German history, many of them are to be found in the east,” he wrote in an article for Telegraph India.
According to Timothy Garton Ash, these challenges include the far-right xenophobic Alternative for Germany – which garnered a quarter of the vote in Saxony and Thanguria in September; the erosion of democracy in Poland and Hungary where Germany’s economic presence is enormous; and concerns about the balance of relations with Russia and other countries of central and eastern Europe, among others.