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Societal divide must end

Shashi Shekhar In a residential area of Delhi, people from two communities suddenly came to loggerheads. What began as a parking dispute took a communal turn. As usual, people gathered at the police station. Initially, it appeared as if the quarrel had been resolved, but this was not so. One side turned it into something much bigger. The consequences were …

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The bitter battle for Muslim women

Lalita Panicker The triple talaq issue is always a favourite during elections with various parties promising to do away with it inviting the usual reaction from the Muslim patriarchy about how it is best to leave matters of faith and tradition alone. It is a script we have seen played out all too often. However, while in the past, the …

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Music as medicine

Luis Dias Think back to the last time you were at a wedding, a party, or a festival. Can you imagine any of these, but without music? Music is literally everywhere we go, even without our realising it. And it affects us, strikes a chord, as it were, in ways that other modalities cannot. Music has been described as one …

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The search for the first inhabitants of the peninsula

TENSING RODRIGUES Our search for the elusive ‘first Indians’ seems to be taking us too far. As we saw last time, however much we try, a clear picture of the ‘immediate descendants of the early OoA dispersals who evolved entirely within the Indian sub-continent’ does not seem to emerge. Ancient Komkan lay at the centre of the Indian peninsula; who …

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Actor by chance

JP Pereira Jacinto Gracias has been on the Konkani stage for the last 28 years playing a variety of characters. Hailing from Maina in Curtorim, he is a regular with Prince Jacob Productions, as an actor and driver for the troupe. But this talent almost went untapped. In fact, although his family enjoyed watching non-stop shows and tiatr, Gracias never …

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Superbugs: The new killers on the rise

MANEKA GANDHI In 2009, Candida auris, a dangerous fungal infection emerged in Japan. It has now spread around the world, especially in hospitals. A superbug, it has evolved defences against common medicines and cannot be treated with the available fungal medications like fluconazole and echinocandins. Once present, the germ is hard to eradicate from a facility. Some hospitals have had …

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Goa, ‘susegad’, and stereotypes

Frederick Noronha If there was law against stereotyping a culture, those who misread Goa would have been among the biggest offenders to be booked. Last week, one came across a BBC Travel series article which gave me the goosebumps for its ability to misread and misunderstand this small region. BBC Travel has a section called Why We Are What We …

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The mishandling of Kashmir

Karan Thapar It’s odd that 50 years after his death, the question ‘Did Nehru mishandle Kashmir or is he being unfairly blamed?’ is being asked. But since Amit Shah has raised the issue, let me attempt an answer. However, I shall only focus on the issues that are conflict points between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). First, …

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Saffron Power under a microscope

Zia Haq The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s political arc now firmly conjoins two remarkable eras: the one led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his deputy, LK Advani, and the other by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. These two phases, however, are not conjoined twins. They are neither defined by a similar set of policies, whether economic or political, nor by …

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Indian cricket: the ultimate winner

Amrit Mathur So sad India suffered the dreaded slip between the World Cup and the lip, going down to a team they’d defeat most days. India was the team to beat and their march seduced everyone into thinking this World Cup was theirs to win. So, why did the boys travel to Heathrow instead of Lord’s? There are as many …

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