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How Indians view their netas

Karan Thapar “Poor you! I simply don’t know how you stand it.” It was an odd way to start a conversation and it took me aback. We were guests at a party but we had never met before. She was puffing on a long cigarette. I had a drink in my hands. “Stand what?” “The politicians you meet and keep …

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An Indian’s take on the EU

Maharajakrishna Rasgotra Bhaswati Mukherjee’s book, India & EU: An Insider’s View, is the first authoritative account of India’s relations with the European Union written from an Indian perspective, by an Indian expert on the subject. During her career in the Indian Foreign Service, Mukherjee spent 12 years in European posts, which gave her ample opportunity to observe the EU’s evolution. …

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Grieving the Loss of Innocents

Patricia Pereira-Sethi The Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday appalled, shocked, disgusted, angered and saddened in turn. Certain images stood out among the destruction and carnage. The young screaming mother cradling her infant baby as she sprinted to safety, the old man bent over a broken church pew weeping inconsolably, a group of mothers protectively hugging young ones to their …

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Examining the Harappan timeline

TENSING RODRIGUES Though we have called it the Harappan Timeline, it concerns the entire Indus-Sarasvati archaeological complex, or what has also been called the Greater Indus Valley, or what the Reich-Narsimhan study has called the Indus Periphery. Going forward, for the sake of brevity, we shall often use the term Harappan to refer to the Greater Indus Valley. The purpose …

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Does Goa really read?

Frederick Noronha   World Book Day took at quiet backseat in Goa this year, thanks to the fact that elections coincided with the date, April 23. The handful of prominent state-run libraries that organise the event in some years, including the otherwise impressive to look at State Central Library, didn’t publicise the day. (Am I alone in believing that government …

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Sadhvis must find a better role

Lalita Panicker After her opening salvo that it was her curse on Hemant Karkare, the police officer who arrested her, that led to his death during the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, Pragya Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, seems to be on a roll. She spoke with pride about how she was on top …

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Just clowning around

Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times   Sukhmani Kohli says she always struggled to fit in. At the age of 18, she met a clown at a workshop in Chandigarh. “The moment I put on that red nose, it gave me the licence to be anyone I wanted to be,” she says.

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Turning a blind eye

Karan Thapar   The Election Commission (EC) has come in for extensive criticism. It’s been accused of either not responding promptly to breaches of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) or of not doing so adequately. Some believe it has noticeably slipped from the acme established by former chief election commissioner TN Seshan in the 1990s. What I find particularly …

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Sri Lanka attacks: A message for India

BRAHMA CHELLANEY   The Sri Lanka bombings – one of the world’s deadliest acts of terrorism – highlight the growing terrorist threat to democratic, secular states.

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