Monday , 24 September 2018


40 years of IVF: how fertility tech has changed the world, and India

Sanchita Sharma & Anonna Dutt It’s a remarkable thing — two people struggling to have a child start a family in a petri dish, implant the embryo in the mother-to-be, and have a baby. But many couples opting for IVF in India don’t know that success rates range from 30 per cent to 35 per cent. Since the birth of ... Read More »

Democracies guarantee press freedoms

Karan Thapar Bad or outdated rules and laws should be allowed to fall into disuse or, better still, repealed. That would be the sensible thing to do. Alas, we have an example of a bad rule, which has been ignored for years, but is now to be strictly enforced. It’s a terrible mistake and one that is likely to prove ... Read More »

Penchant for the exotic?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi A restaurant in Lokhandwala, Mumbai has a large cage bearing two pygmy monkeys. When I sent a member of the State Animal Welfare Board to arrest the owners, we were told by the forest department that there was no law to confiscate foreign monkeys or arrest the owners. These smugglers will continue to display these severely endangered ... Read More »

Hunger is India’s worst-kept secret

Shashi Shekhar The history of the nation won’t record the names of Shikha, Manasi or Parul in its pages. Why should it be bothered about them? It is used to chronicling only the affairs of heroes, villains and court jesters. The joys and sorrows of ordinary people don’t usually find a place in our historical tomes. You may be wondering ... Read More »

Re-searching Goa

Frederick Noronha Serendipity has been defined as ‘the fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance.’ When we look back on life, that happens so many times to us all. Leslie de Noronha, the under-acknowledged Goan writer of another generation and no relation of this columnist, has said somewhere that the person you met ‘accidentally’ over breakfast can change ... Read More »

Ranga Shankara: The virtuoso’s stage

Ramachandra Guha Once, when some of his fellow Hindus were glorifying the practice of sati, Mahatma Gandhi remarked that “self-immolation at the death of the husband is not a sign of enlightenment but of gross ignorance”. If she truly loved her deceased husband, said Gandhi, the wife would not commit sati but dedicate her life to the fulfilment of his ... Read More »

The Story That Kalinadi Wrote

Tensing Rodrigues Today, we read the story of our ancestors as recounted by Kalinadi river at Karwar. Caratini and his colleagues pulled out a vertical core of river sediments, about 5 metre long, from a depth of 22 metres at the mouth of the river. The different layers of the core were dated based on radiocarbon dating; the lowermost sediment ... Read More »

Gojri: The language that’s spoken but rarely read

Hilal Mir Until a month ago, cars in Kashmir had to navigate through the occasional herd of sheep and goat driven by Bakarwal goatherds to pastures and forest land in the hills. The animals and their masters will spend the next six to seven months there in the company of nature. These nomads have spent the winter in the relatively ... Read More »

What would Jesus do?

Luis Dias How many of you remember the WWJD fad back in the 1990s? I certainly remember meeting a young American visitor and asking her what those letters on her bracelet meant. It stands for “What Would Jesus Do?” The slogan was coined by some adherents of Christianity “as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act ... Read More »