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The making of the Kathiyavadi Caddi

TENSING RODRIGUES The Silahara inscriptions give a lot of insight into the process of conversion of the economic clout of the kathiyavadi ksatriya into political power. Kharepatan plates of Anantadev I (1995 CE) record the exemption from certain customs duties and other concessions granted by him to two merchants of Balipattan when their ships and sailors entered the North Konkan …

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Leveraging language

Patricia Pereira-Sethi We bandy words about so loosely that they have become bereft of all impact, watered down to the point of total insignificance. One such word is iconic. Just about everyone in the current news headlines has suddenly acquired the tag line iconic, no matter how inconsequential they are to humanity or history. Sociologists contend that only a person …

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Understanding the causes of diseases in India

Sanchita Sharma Infections are common in a country where 1.3 billion people live in close proximity and safe water and sanitation challenges persist, with outbreaks of food borne illnesses and diarrhoea peaking during the monsoons, when flood waters bring faecal contaminants and infecting agents such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasitic worms (helminths) into homes and the food chain. Unsafe …

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Ashmita Chaliha: India’s latest badminton sensation

Sandip Sikdar As Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu battle the best at the World Championships in Basel, the quest is on at home to unearth the next rung of players who can follow in their footsteps. Ashmita Chaliha is one of the promising players who is expected to make the grade at the highest level in the next few years. …

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Is an Indian player’s net worth linked to matches played?

Amrit Mathur When batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said MSK Prasad’s selection committee was being ‘bullied’ because of its inexperience he inadvertently put his finger on a very raw nerve. Indian cricket operates on a system where status is linked to number of matches played. The ideology behind this stat-based informal caste system is captured by the question: kitna khela hai? …

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The meaning of ‘one nation’ push

Chanakya From the ramparts of the Red Fort, this Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that with the end of Article 370 and 35A, every Indian could now be proud of having “One nation, One Constitution”. The underlying logic was straightforward. These provisions had given Jammu and Kashmir a special status, its residents special privileges, and restricted the applicability …

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Humans and other species: more alike than you think

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Are all beings the same? Yes, the human, the hammerhead worm, oyster, chicken, and the shark: all of us have the same emotions, fears, lusts, and intelligence. Yet, the human eats some, kills some for sport, uses some to wear as accessories, and destroys some as pests. The human is the ultimate cannibal: eating his own kind, …

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Indian Musicality

Sudhirendar Sharma In popular Indian cinema, lyrics are to music what the heart is to the body; they help in creating a distinctive narrative, some conventions of which have been carried over from the early talkies era. Over the decades, songs have acquired a musical grammar of their own that helps build an emotional chord with listeners, both on and …

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Patronage, philanthropy, and music

Luis Dias The ‘Ode to Joy’ theme from the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is arguably the most recognisable western classical music tune in the world. Young children taking up an instrument will soon learn to pick out its notes. It has snuck into elevators, hotel lobbies, ringtones and ‘your-call-is-important-to-us’ music. Its music is synonymous with the fall of the …

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The Jaina Paradox

TENSING RODRIGUES We have said earlier that the entire ‘belt’ of ports in Komkan, which replaced Kathiyavad, is strewn with Jaina, Buddhist, and Siva related archaeological remains and cultural influence. And we have taken that as a strong evidence of the movement of kathiyavadi ksatriya into Komkan. The logic behind it may not be immediately obvious. It helps if we …

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