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Domestic setup, Indian cricket’s Mission Mangal

When Virat Kohli attributed the success of the Indian team to a strong domestic structure some dismissed it as just another politically correct statement. But increasingly others too see merit in BCCI’s elaborate tournament network that allows players to advertise their talent Amrit Mathur If Mission Mangal celebrates unknown Indian scientists who work behind the scenes, a similar tribute is …

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1857 Meerut museum awaits freedom

Manoj Sharma Ever heard of the Government Freedom Struggle Museum? Chances are you haven’t. Located in the NCR city of Meerut, just about 60 kilometres from Delhi, the museum is dedicated to highlighting the role Meerut played in the Revolt of 1857, India’s first war of Independence. Ironically, as the country recently celebrated yet another Independence Day, the museum stands …

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Fifty shades of love: The changing face of Hollywood Romcom

Madhusree Ghosh There will always be a market for love songs, and romcoms. It’s an age thing, a mood thing, a loved-them-and-lost-them heartbreak thing. There isn’t always going to be as much of a market for the White, straight, Hollywood version of the romcom. And in a world where new storytellers are taking to new channels, the changes we’ve seen …

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An unlikely hero

Karan Thapar I am not a historian and certainly no expert on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. I only know of him as the Father of Hindutva, and the first proponent of the two-nation theory. He’s not a man I look up to. But a new biography sheds light on aspects of his character that reveal a rather attractive side. However, it’s …

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How sea organisms change gender

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Anthias are coral reef fish. Small with elongated bodies, they range from orange, pink, purple, yellow, and they live in large schools with mainly females and a few males. Anthias have an unusual adaptation. They are sequential hermaphrodites. This means they are born one sex, but can change to another. Anthias are all born female. When a …

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Open Kashmir’s political space

Barkha Dutt There was just one diktat from Delhi to bureaucrats and officials in Srinagar in strategy meetings to contain the aftermath of Article 370 being scrapped: There must be no loss of lives. On the ground, official after official argues that they have been guided by this priority. The state government’s spokesperson and principal secretary, Rohit Kansal, told me …

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Goan cyberbridges, 25 years on….

Frederick Noronha Sometime in August-September in 1994, and a little before that as well, Goa took a small step into cyberspace. It turned out to be a big leap and went on to have had a huge impact as well. This little-noticed step (in the right direction) helped build people and create networks among scattered diasporic (and local) Goan communities …

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Forgetting a netaji

Ramachandra Guha Church Street, in central Bengaluru, has five fabulous second-hand bookstores. In one of these stores, I recently picked up a book I had never heard of before, about a historical figure I knew a great deal about. Called Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: A Malaysian Perspective, the book was published by the Netaji Centre, Kuala Lumpur, in 1992. It …

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Reconciling the dates and inconsistencies

TENSING RODRIGUES The dates, even if they are approximate, have played a crucial role in our discussion of the peopling of Komkan. Not so much because we are keen on knowing who came when, but because they help us link the different events in history in a cause and effect relationship; because they help us understand why the people did …

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The Chronicler of Sadness: A review of Jayanti Naik’s ‘Aart’

Augusto Pinto Sahitya Akademi Award-winner Jayanti Naik (hereafter Jayanti) is one of the most prolific Goan authors of today, having on average published a book a year for the last 40 years. Her oeuvre consists on the one hand of studies and collections of Goan folk song, literature and lore; and on the other, various genres of literature from poetry …

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