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Circumnavigation, Magellan, Enrique, and a Goan ‘marinheiro’

Luis Dias I was fortunate to be able to attend the public lecture ‘From 1498 to Magellan: Memories and Archives’ by Ângela Barreto Xavier, researcher of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS, UL) and a Visiting Professor of the Cunha Rivara Chair, Goa University. The lecture was held on July 23 at the Casa Basilio …

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Window to an era

Saaz Aggarwal   If a women’s courtyard is considered an enclosed inner space, this book is a canvas with streaks and splashes of unexpectedly vibrant colour and design. The women that inhabit the courtyard are strong and lifelike, and the qualities that each one epitomises are perceived through her actions and speech. So while we never learn the given names of …

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The Ksatriya Odyssey continues

TENSING RODRIGUES We have traced the journey of the ksatriya from their Near Eastern homeland to Kathiyavad. Thence, we have seen, the story gets even more interesting. Around 6,000 BCE kirat (Tibeto-Burman) come in from South East Asia and China, across the northeastern frontier near the India-China-Myanmar border [Gadgil et al, 1998: Peopling Of India, in Balasubramanian & Rao, The …

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When tragedy opens a can of worms

Chanakya The Unnao rape case is now a test of both humanity and law. The nature of the tragedy has brought forth the infirmities in India’s political, investigative and legal systems. Each element of this tragedy merits detailed scrutiny. Take the politics first. Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the rape accused, has been a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi …

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Let women live freely

Lalita Panicker A young woman was attacked by a knife-wielding stalker in broad daylight and killed in full public view in the Capital recently. Those watching this said they could not help as the assailant brandished his knife at them till one brave person tackled him. It was too late for the victim. This is not the first time that …

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The Saligão Institute, at 90

Frederick Noronha If there could be something like a second home, this was it. In our teenage years, those of us who were bookworms, read there. Others who were the sporty types, played a range of games, both indoor and outdoor. The card-sharpers were there too. Some lost their hearts there. I found a career here (in equal parts, also …

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The Liberation of Muslim women

In the wake of the passing of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriages) Bill 2019, Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha shares her thoughts on this victory Mridula Sinha Governor of Goa July 30, 2019 proved to be a historical day for Muslim women of India with The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriages) Bill 2019 being passed …

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The world of book-to-web adaptations

Anesha George Do you keep your books close but your Netflix password closer? Whether you like to curl up with a novel or binge-watch an entire season until dawn, there’s a slew of book-to-web adaptations coming your way, giving you the best of both worlds. And helping bring them to you is a clique of companies that specialise in just …

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Where angels fear to tread

Karan Thapar Oh dear, what a frightful kerfuffle! Donald Trump’s comments claiming Narendra Modi asked him to “mediate” or “arbitrate” over Kashmir are a huge embarrassment, and a significant setback to the bilateral relationship, but also utterly unbelievable. Except for the fact that we have all heard and seen him, you could legitimately ask if Trump made it up, or …

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The intelligence of crows

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi A few days ago, I was on my early morning walk when a crow sitting on my gate started cawing to me. He was very agitated and I stood there trying to understand what he wanted. After two minutes I turned my back and started walking off. Immediately he flew at my head and pulled my hair. …

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