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The India we’ve created

Karan Thapar   It’s only to be expected in a democracy that a country will be divided between those who passionately support the ruling party and others who are firmly loyal to the opposition. However, a recent survey by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) suggests two further divisions in India that are deeply disturbing.

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Question Modi’s election promises

Rupa Subramanya   Five years after Narendra Modi swept to power in a landslide election victory, and as he again faces the voters, we should ask: has he delivered on his campaign promises of Acche Din and “minimum government, maximum governance”?

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Insects that heal

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi   Human beings have used insects as medicine in different human cultures throughout the world, but very little research was done to convert local use into proven, standardised medicine.

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Kick the quota to the curb

Lalita Panicker   The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress take great pride in pointing out to the electorate how they are like chalk and cheese, with totally different views on just about every issue.

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A second term for Modi?

Rajeev Mantri   Of all the governance breakthroughs achieved by the Modi government, its record in improving welfare delivery has been discussed widely. Under the NDA government’s direct benefit transfer initiative which was launched after Modi entered office, `3 trillion in welfare has been disbursed to over 50 crore identified beneficiaries in the 2018 to 2019 financial year, according to …

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Studying Lotli Pai Kaundinya

TENSING RODRIGUES   The study by Mascarenhas et al is about some kaundinya gotra bramhan families from Lotli bearing the surname Pai (Lotli Pai Kaundinya= LPK) [Mascarenhas et al, 2015 : Genetic and Cultural Reconstruction of the Migration of an Ancient Lineage, BioMed Research International,

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Unmasking America’s whiteness

Avantika Mehta   Sharmila Sen was born in Calcutta, India. Amid the spectrum of brown visages she grew up seeing, the young Sen never used race to identify herself. This changed when, in 1982, her family migrated to the United States. Her memoir Not Quite, Not White chronicles her metamorphosis from a fresh-off-the-boat girl in White America to a Non-White …

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Lessons from Notre-Dame de Paris

Luis Dias   In 1831, the great French poet, novelist and dramatist of the Romantic movement Victor Hugo wrote his epic ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’, better known to us by its title in English, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’

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Instagram to conceal likes

It is exciting to see when your post receives likes on Instagram. However, as part of a limited test aimed at promoting the well-being of the users, the Facebook-owned company is looking at hiding the count from the audience.

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