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The Saligão Institute, at 90

Frederick Noronha If there could be something like a second home, this was it. In our teenage years, those of us who were bookworms, read there. Others who were the sporty types, played a range of games, both indoor and outdoor. The card-sharpers were there too. Some lost their hearts there. I found a career here (in equal parts, also …

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The Liberation of Muslim women

In the wake of the passing of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriages) Bill 2019, Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha shares her thoughts on this victory Mridula Sinha Governor of Goa July 30, 2019 proved to be a historical day for Muslim women of India with The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriages) Bill 2019 being passed …

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The world of book-to-web adaptations

Anesha George Do you keep your books close but your Netflix password closer? Whether you like to curl up with a novel or binge-watch an entire season until dawn, there’s a slew of book-to-web adaptations coming your way, giving you the best of both worlds. And helping bring them to you is a clique of companies that specialise in just …

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Where angels fear to tread

Karan Thapar Oh dear, what a frightful kerfuffle! Donald Trump’s comments claiming Narendra Modi asked him to “mediate” or “arbitrate” over Kashmir are a huge embarrassment, and a significant setback to the bilateral relationship, but also utterly unbelievable. Except for the fact that we have all heard and seen him, you could legitimately ask if Trump made it up, or …

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The intelligence of crows

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi A few days ago, I was on my early morning walk when a crow sitting on my gate started cawing to me. He was very agitated and I stood there trying to understand what he wanted. After two minutes I turned my back and started walking off. Immediately he flew at my head and pulled my hair. …

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Building India’s healthcare services

Sanchita Sharma When India rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) in September 2018 to provide cashless annual hospitalisation cover of up to `5 lakh to at least 107.4 million families, it was building on the experience of the country’s first nationwide social health insurance scheme, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), which used public-private partnerships (PPP) to …

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Goa-ing strong

Frederick Noronha If you’d want to run into a Goan sometime in end-July or early August, where would you head to? Cuncolim? Agonda? Or Mandrem? You may have guessed differently, but I think the answer could as well be Streetsville, Ontario, or in Hounslow. This is the time of year when a Goan village – and more – comes to …

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Remembering Kamal Joshi

Ramachandra Guha Back in 1983, when Arvind Kejriwal was a little schoolboy in short pants, a friend and I founded an organisation called AAP. This stood for the Association of Asthma Patients. My co-founder was a Garhwali scientist named Kamal Joshi, and we discovered our common ailment while huffing and puffing on a hill outside the town of Pithoragarh. Kamal …

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Were there Sumerians in Komkan?

TENSING RODRIGUES Thapar’s location of Meluhha [Thapar, 1975: A Possible Identification Of Meluhha, Dilmun And Makan, in Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Volume 18, Number 1] could give us a lot of insight into what we are looking for: how important trade was in the formation of the kathiyavadi ksatriya identity, and how this trade …

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New capitalists on the block

Sujoy Gupta This book has a promising title and describes itself on the cover rather grandly as “the first serious study of Indian business in the period since Independence.” The title page carries a subtitle: Caste, Business and Industry in a Modern Nation that doesn’t appear on the cover. The first word, ‘caste’ is the subaltern giveaway. The author has …

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