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Ashes, you beauty! Thanks for saving test cricket

Mahavir Rawat “What’s the score?” asked one of my friends while travelling along in a Delhi Metro. “They are just not able to play Bumrah and won’t make even 100,” was my quick reply. “Not India yaar, it’s a boring series. Tell me about Ashes,” came the quick reply. India has got nothing to do with Ashes, but don’t be …

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Durand Cup success: a vindication of our vision!

Derrick Pereira The revival of the Durand Cup was something that delighted me personally. It has long been a part of the heritage of Indian football and we were delighted on receiving the invite to play in such a prestigious tournament. But we were faced with a big decision heading into the tournament – whether we should send a few …

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Zomato forays into video with ‘binge-worthy’ original shows

Zomato wants to become the Netflix of food with its latest ‘Zomato Originals- A New Binge Routine’. As the name suggests, Zomato will launch 18 original shows which will be available to view on the app. Zomato Originals will start rolling out on September 16 across India. The food aggregator company will launch 18 original shows within the next three …

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Meandering account

Rahul Jayaram In its heft, breadth and grandness of vision, this book must be one of the mightiest tomes on the Ganga. Over its 445 pages, 120 of which are dedicated to detailed endnotes, Sen portrays the story of the Ganga from as many angles as possible. Its mythology, topography, history from prehistory to current times, its connection to the …

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Johann Valentin Rathgeber (1682-1750)

Luis Dias Life unfolds in the strangest ways. In May 2017, I received an email from one Lisa Herrmann-Fertig who was working on her dissertation project (Historical Musicology/Ethnomusicology) at the University of Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany. Its working title – in its English translation – was: “Intercultural communication in mission. Music as an instrument of Jesuits in South India from the …

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Tragedies of the Kashmiri Pandits

Ramachandra Guha When the ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri Pandits took place, I was based in Delhi, working at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG). The IEG’s director was the sociologist Triloki Nath Madan, who had been born and raised in the Valley, and gone on to write a classic ethnography of Pandit life. Professor Madan’s brother, himself a much-admired …

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The story of an enigmatic valley

TENSING RODRIGUES We have been trying to draw cause and effect relationships between events by looking at how they cluster over time. We have already analysed the first cluster of events around 8,000 BCE – 7,000 BCE (Before Common Era). The next cluster of events is about 3,000 years later, spread over 4,000 BCE – 1,000 BCE. This is a …

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Allow politics to return to Kashmir

Barkha Dutt One month after Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was withdrawn, and restrictions were imposed in the Valley, it is time to ask: What is the government’s blueprint for its future? In the initial aftermath of a decision as disruptive as the abrogation of Article 370, the administration and the security agencies had a legitimate focus on preventing the …

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The Menezes Duo: Goa’s forgotten history in cyberspace

FREDERICK NORONHA Eons ago, it seems, when we had more hair than face, and all that hair was black, that was when tiny Goa’s history in cyberspace first started rumbling across the planet. A fortnight ago, this column looked at the work of Goanet-founder Herman Carneiro, then a 17-year-old, who launched the pioneering (even at the pan-India level) emailing-list called …

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At odds with the citizenship act

Karan Thapar I wonder if you’re aware that the basis on which the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been created in Assam is in deliberate and blatant defiance of the law of this country, as legislated by an Act of Parliament? What’s worse is this seems to have happened with the permission and protection of the Supreme Court. And, …

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