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Journalism in the time of a pandemic

FREDERICK NORONHA Every once in a while, we come across a serious issue which is complex and so very difficult to understand. We are not specialists; at best, we are generalists. Yet, we are expected to read and understand technical matters, including sensitive medical issues. Can we get it wrong? Could we be off-target? Of course, we could. One thing …

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Preparing India for a deeper crisis

Barkha Dutt There are no two ways about it: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is preparing us for the worst, while obviously trying to avoid panic. Listening to his address to the nation, I was grateful for one thing. There was no attempt to play down the gravity of what the coronavirus could mean for India. This was in stark contrast …

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Surviving the coronavirus

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi By now you must be fed up with reading or listening to things about the coronavirus. It has taken everyone’s attention away from what they do, to whether they want to live or not. Economy, foreign affairs, shops closed, a potential food rationing coming up, unseasonal rains, global warming, a rise in cancer cases – every worry …

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The relevance of Akbar

Karan Thapar It was “Zeeks” Sinha at Doon School who taught me there are two Indian monarchs we can legitimately consider “Great”, Ashoka in the third century BC and, 18 centuries later, Akbar. I took his word for it. As I grew older and read more widely I realised he was right. But now a biography of Akbar has revealed …

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How to fall in love with pre-loved fashion

Entrepreneurs and influencers are thinking up creative ways to make thrift-shopping as enjoyable as buying new outfits Cherylann Mollan It’s eco-friendly, cost-effective and looks great on Instagram. And as thrifting — buying pre-owned clothes, shoes and accessories — catches on, the hush hush sense of doing something almost embarrassing is fading. Instead, young urban Indians are celebrating their thrift finds …

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Life in the time of coronavirus

As COVID-19 pushes us to a life of social seclusion, a look at what this lifestyle change means for us POULOMI BANERJEE AND NATASHA REGO It would seem like a dream come true. Weeks of family time, with no office or school to disrupt the togetherness. Except that 39-year-old Gurgaon-based techie, Niranjan Singh Manohar and his wife, Shalini, are running …

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The Iranian connection of the Kumlbi

TENSING RODRIGUES We seem to be leading to a sharp bend in our story. Up to now we have held that the kumlbi along with similar communities spread across the Indian peninsula, which we have collectively called the kur group of communities, could be the descendants of the Out of Africa dispersals, and therefore adivasi (ab-origine) in the true sense. …

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Democracy in descent

Ramachandra Guha These past few weeks have been bad, if not disastrous, for Indian democracy. Three public institutions that were not in rude health to begin with have further declined in capability and credibility. First, the police. The misdoings of the Delhi Police in Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University were trifling compared to the riots that it enabled …

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The way we were

How queer people lived, loved, and found companionship in the 1990s Dhrubo Jyoti and Dhamini Ratnam In the winter of 1987, two policewomen in Madhya Pradesh hit the headlines for the unlikeliest of reasons: They were in love. Leela Ramdeo and Urmila Srivastava met on the job, fell for each other, and decided to get married. They gathered a few …

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Assam’s tiny Mising community finds its voice on YouTube

Artists are posting music videos in the Mising language on a unique channel called Miriwood that’s racked up 38,000 subscribers Dipanjan Sinha When Binod Pegu was recording his self-composed song, ‘Bersa Bersala’ for MiriWood, in April 2018, he did not expect much. The work, a romantic ghazal about the first glimpses of love, was his first song for the new …

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