Friday , 24 February 2017


Whatever happens in Kashmir affects the rest of the country – Farooq Abdullah


A veteran politician who has served as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on several occasions besides being the union minster for New and Renewable Energy from May 28, 2009 to May 26, 2014, Farooq Abdullah was in Goa not too long ago as part of the annual event ‘Difficult Dialogues’. While interacting with NT NETWORK he highlighted various ... Read More »

Reinventing the ‘gamchha’

Jaya Jaitly and Ankit Kumar at their office in New Delhi (photo) Ramesh Pathania

Pooja Singh Ask a porter, a rickshaw puller or a construction labourer about the reassuring importance of a gamchha. Thrown on the shoulder, wrapped around the head or waist, the two metre long cotton cloth with a mix of checks and stripes, mostly in red and white, works as a towel, a shield against the sun, even as a bed-sheet. ... Read More »

Arun Jaitley has diminished transparency in poll funding


Karan Thapar I guess it was bound to happen. Arun Jaitley’s steps to clean up political funding have met with a sharply polarised response. His admirers claim they are a far-reaching first step worthy of praise. His critics believe he is effectively pulling the wool over our eyes. So where does the truth lie? Perhaps it’s easier to answer that ... Read More »

Who’s afraid of the Naga Mothers?


Namita Bhandare For a state that prides itself as amongst the safest for women, Nagaland’s record in electing them to office is an embarrassment. There has never, in the 53 years since it became a state, been a woman MLA and only one woman, the late Rano Mese Shaiza, has ever made it to Parliament, back in 1977. Nagaland’s tribal ... Read More »

Can the low-key Akhilesh Yadav win the high-stakes UP battle?

Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and the son of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, waves at his supporters during a Rath Yatra, or a chariot journey, as part of an election campaign in Lucknow, India November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

Barkha Dutt For an election that could transform national politics the decibel levels in Uttar Pradesh are oddly low. This is – so far- a rather low-key election campaign despite the high stakes and coarse swipes exchanged by either side. In some ways its mellowness matches that of the state’s incumbent chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav. In the Age of Trump ... Read More »

Trumping up the media


From Frederick Noronha Nobody is above reproach and criticism, more so the press. But the newly-elected US President, Donald Trump, has taken media-bashing to a new high. What is alarming is not that the real estate tycoon-turned-politician spares no occasion to blast the press and questions the credibility of the Fourth Estate. But that he does so with the obvious ... Read More »

‘U’ in UP stands for ungovernable


Ramachandra Guha It was the late professor Ashish Bose of the Institute of Economic Growth who came up with the acronym BIMARU for those massively under-performing states of the Union: Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In the three decades since professor Bose’s inspired coinage Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have made moderate progress. These states are by no ... Read More »

Further Inquiry into Chaadd’ddi

Tensing Rodrigues “Bhandayana – Out of deference to the scriptures that prescribe meat as a part of the welcome-offering, upon the arrival of a learned brahman, pious householders offer him either a heifer or a bull or a goat. And this same practice the authors of the Dharma-sutras also enjoin.” Saudhataki– “There now, I have caught you!” Bhandayana – “How, ... Read More »

Is Fusion Music Just Noise?


Jugneeta Sudan Syncretism is an important part of ethnomusicology – the study of music in a cultural context. But syncretism is conceived and interpreted in different ways by musicians, cultures and various music schools. In dialogue with Vasco Negreiros (resident composer from Portugal for the Ketevan Music Festival), the term has a different connotation. He says: “For a composer, creating ... Read More »

The Baggage of Culture – II


Luis Dias When I attend a concert by a reputed orchestra either when they are on tour or when I happen to be overseas, I find myself scanning their ranks for people of ‘my’ (by which I mean South Asian) background. Unsurprisingly, the numbers are small, in stark contrast to those of South-East Asian (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) origin. I was ... Read More »

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