Monday , 18 December 2017


Indian economy: The worst is not over, yet

Rajesh Mahapatra Finally, we have the numbers we have been waiting for. The latest GDP estimates are out, showing how the Indian economy steadily decelerated through the past year – a slide that got only worse with demonetisation. For the full year ended March 31, economic growth slowed to 7.1 per cent from 8 per cent a year earlier, and ... Read More »

The closing of the Hindu mind

Ramachandra Guha One of my heroes is Marathi writer and reformer Hamid Dalwai. Born in 1932 on the Konkan coast, Dalwai wrote some well regarded short stories and novellas; then, appalled by the reactionary tendencies in his faith, he abandoned writing for activism. Through the 1960s and 1970s, he campaigned relentlessly against the stranglehold over the Muslim community exercised by ... Read More »

Reality of the village life

Frederick Noronha “When did you get back?” That’s a question I sometimes face, from people in my own village. To me, this is undeniably an embarrassing question. More so, because I’ve never ever left, apart from at best a short few days sojourn somewhere nearby, or a travel for work for maybe three or four days. So what makes my ... Read More »

The heady rise of inspiration tech

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Is there someone, anyone, anyone at all, we can look up to in India today? Someone we can draw inspiration from? There are those who have their heroes and heroines – living figures – in politics. Our Prime Minister inspires many. The yogi of Gorakhpur appeals to his voters’ political as well as religious imagination. If wall posters ... Read More »

The Vadukar, the Kshatriya and the Bramhana

By Tensing Rodrigues By now the vague contours of the Konkani landscape are clearly visible – in terms of its three dominant components: the vadukar, the kshatriya and the bramhana. As we have said before, the vadukar were the earliest inhabitants of the trans-Sahyadri Konkan; I am using the name given to them by the tamil, in absence of a ... Read More »

Rushdian Matters

Jugneeta Sudan Do you know why the characters in Salman Rushdie’s novels are monstrous, handicapped, grotesque and sometimes lovely bastards? It’s because his stories deal with issues of identity crisis in an environment of multiculturalism, post-colonialism hybridity, multiplicity, dogmatic power of religions and economic disfiguration. Another interesting paradox is that he straddles a multicultural space – born in India in ... Read More »

The Battler of Men: A Parable for our Times

Luis Dias Had you visited our house until the mid-1990s, you might have noticed, while walking up the winding stone stairway, a black-and-white print of a painting on the wall above you. This was just one of the artworks that were on display in the entrance stairwell, until the thefts began. First the beautiful Japanese porcelain face masks over each ... Read More »

Asus ZenFone Live: A treat for Facebook Live buffs

Abhijit Ahaskar Asus is trying to cash in on the growing popularity of Facebook Live with a new smartphone which offers built-in beautification tools designed to make you look good during your Facebook Live sessions. Dubbed the ZenFone Live, the smartphone is priced at `9,999 and will be competing against the likes of Moto G5, priced at `11,999, and Xiaomi ... Read More »

New smartphones on the block

By Prajyot Mainkar OPPO announced R11 and R11 plus at an event in China earlier this week. OPPO R11 has a 5.5 inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels x 1920 pixels. The screen is full HD AMOLED and has up to 98.50 per cent NTSC color gamut. Powered by Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform, the phone ... Read More »

The Mysterious Eroded Caldera of Tiswadi

Nandkumar Kamat Tiswadi is a geologically, geochemically and ecologically mysterious island with exceptional composite natural and anthropogenic landscape mosaic having 50 per cent land reclaimed from the low lying paleo floodplain of Mandovi-Zuari estuarine complex. It means 50 per cent area of the island is artificial. It’s a massive geoengineering feat. This article makes a novel claim on basis of ... Read More »

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