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Unsporting behaviour: Animals and races

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi  If there are two prominent genes wired into the human body, it is their love for betting and an indifference to the suffering of others. Both these genes combine when it comes to forcibly racing animals. The rich go to horse races. Horses are bred to run faster. Many have drugs and hormones injected into them. Many …

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Women in the army

Karan Thapar A lot has been written about the Supreme Court (SC)’s recent ruling on women in the Indian Army, but I wonder how many people have a clear idea of the full picture? The assumption that, hereafter, the Army will treat women officers as the equal of men is only partially correct. In critical areas it is, in fact, …

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Ola lessons from Chennai

Frederick Noronha Over the past few days, this columnist spent considerable time taking Ola trips in the city of Chennai. It was more time than one would have liked to spend, but sometimes that’s just how life shapes up. The old journalist “trick” is to try and get a feel of what’s happening in the city by talking to the …

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Undemocratic and unwise decisions

Barkha Dutt We live in an age of dwindling attention spans and shrinking public memory. So, we may have already forgotten that moment from August in 2018 when Farooq Abdullah, the patriarch of Jammu and Kashmir politics, raised both his arms and invited the audience to chant with him: “Bharat Mata ki Jai”. He was speaking at a memorial to …

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Applauding the works of two national treasures

Ramachandra Guha Last month, the educational research and advocacy organisation, Pratham, completed 25 years of existence. Late last year, the environmental research and advocacy organisation, Kalpavriksh, completed 40 years of existence. Both anniversaries went unnoticed by the media, whether mainstream or alternative, digital or print. This was unfortunate for Pratham and Kalpavriksh are both remarkable institutions, while the fields they …

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Rice cultivation in the Deccan

TENSING RODRIGUES The attempt to unravel the mystery of Parsuram’s axe is not driven by sheer novelty of the idea. In the absence of any direct sources on the identity of the founders of the gamvkaris, we are looking for circumstantial evidence that could help us understand those ancient institutions. If our hypothesis that Parsuram was a pioneer, who led …

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Dance in music: The contradanse

Luis Dias During my London years, before the NHS (National Health Service) in its wisdom posted me further and further away into the countryside, I signed up for dancing lessons. It was an impulsive decision. I came across a flyer while returning home from orchestra rehearsal. The venue was virtually next-door to where we rehearsed, the timings were convenient, and …

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Unrestrictive fiction at your fingertips

Saudamini Jain The reviews for Paul Zacharia’s A Secret History of Compassion are overwhelmingly deferential. Some reviewers imply they were just a bit befuddled by the text. Some praise its heavyweight intellectualism but warn readers against density, as if to say, “I chuckled at every single esoteric reference in the 431 pages of this novel, all of which I instantaneously …

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How emerging technologies help to combat coronavirus

Nitin Upadhyay On January 9, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its first notification regarding the outbreak of epidemic in China, named as coronavirus or COVID-19. As coronavirus continues to spread and claim victims, it is of utmost importance to understand the role of emerging technologies to combat its outbreak. Several researchers, scholars and practitioners are experimenting with the …

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Here for the drama

Aires d’Souza popular as Aires de Arambol, has made a mark on the Konkani stage, especially at the competition shows. He has also rendered some beautiful songs JP Pereira There is a tradition in Arambol where the villagers get together and perform a tiatr every year in January for the feast. Only people from this village are involved and this …

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