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Slogans trump progress in India

Shashi Shekhar India has seen 16 general elections in 72 years of Independence. Despite this, the question still remains as to whether our democracy is moving in the right direction? When the first general election after Independence took place in 1951-52, India was different. Although Jawaharlal Nehru considered himself the head of Indian democracy, the reality is that minor kings, …

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Goa’s vanishing seasonal fruits

Nandkumar M Kamat Seasonal fruits are natural medicines to prevent cancer. We need to preserve and conserve those which grow in the wild and promote the cultivated ones. Cancer is now a major killer in the state. The chief minister of this state died due to the dreaded pancreatic cancer. His death served a lesson to all those susceptible to …

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Once upon a time

TENSING RODRIGUES To know the early history of the kur people is probably next to impossible. All that one may find are myths and speculative historical accounts. But often these myths and accounts throw up contextual evidence that can lead to little more reliable inferences. Today we make one such attempt. In his Manual of the North Arcot District, dated …

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Too much brouhaha about India’s No 4 at 2019 World Cup

AYAZ MEMON The No 1 topic in Indian cricket currently is about who will fill the No 4 slot in the country’s World Cup campaign. Anybody who is somebody is weighing in on the matter, which was spiced up further by the surprising choices of former captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Sourav Ganguly. While debate has largely revolved around the claims …

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How cow dung can make you money

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Lakhs of people die in India every day. The Muslims bury their dead. The Hindus burn theirs. Conventionally, firewood, electricity or LG gas is used to burn human bodies all over the world. But there is no more ‘waste’ wood left toA burn. In Delhi they have found a unique solution. The government gardeners pretend they are …

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Narendra Modi: False And True Narratives

T V Mohandas Pai The Narendra Modi government completes five years in May 2019, during which it deployed models of development and governance that were significantly different from past governments. These models merit a detailed study that future governments can build upon. India today is the fastest growing major economy in the world. In 2018, our economy reached a formidable …

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Hot food, a dry wine, and an old brandy

“What will you have next?” Gauri’s late husband David politely asked. “I can offer you a good cigar and an old brandy”. “What more could I possibly want?” Karan Thapar Johnson once said when a man is tired of London, he’s tired of life. Let me add a corollary: To appreciate London to the full you have to overindulge yourself. …

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Hate Speech in Perspective

Patricia Pereira Sethi The political landscape around the world today is ravaged by hate speech. Be they democracies, dictatorships, oligarchies, or autocracies run by religious zealots, the odium and anger spewed out is abysmal and appalling. There is fury targeted at so many, with so-called “immigrants and outsiders” topping the list of people to deride and abhor. Hate speech comprises …

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A book for foodies

A memoir that dwells on food and its association with politics and prejudices Biswadeep Ghosh Nandita Haksar is a human-rights lawyer, teacher and campaigner. She is also a prolific writer. Her book ‘The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes for Love, Hate and Friendship’ is not a traditional food memoir that limits itself to discussions on dishes and cuisines. Instead, it also …

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The inspiring stories of Ito and Anantawan

Luis Dias Do any of you watch the TwoSet Violin channel on YouTube? It is a classical comedy duo that takes an irreverent, sometimes wickedly funny look at the inside world of classical music. It was founded in 2014 by two Australian violinists, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, and soon went viral with “funny and sometimes painfully accurate videos depicting …

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