Saturday , 20 April 2019


Indians need to wakeup

Karan Thapar I view India as a democracy whose people are free to do what they want provided it’s within the confines of the law. Alas, as its term draws to a close, the Narendra Modi government seems to disagree. Last week it made strenuous attempts to stop Indian citizens invited to Pakistan’s National Day reception from attending. This wasn’t ... Read More »

The ball flows best with a simple kick

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES As Goa starts its campaign to bring back the glory of Santosh trophy for the sixth time on Monday, the team will be guided on the sidelines by a man who epitomises rewards that flow with hardwork – Samir Subash Naik. Samir Naik started his playing career with Dempo SC in 1999 and has never seen the colours ... Read More »

Health for everyone, everywhere

Nandkumar M Kamat April 7 is celebrated world over among the members of the World Health Organization (WHO) as World Health Day (WHD). This year the theme of WHD is ‘Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Everyone, Everywhere’. In 1948, the World Health Assembly met at Geneva and resolved to celebrate April 7 as WHD. The first WHD was observed on April ... Read More »

Portugal wonder kids take over Premier League

DHIMAN SARKAR The winning start at home notwithstanding, how Mauricio Pochettino deals with last Sunday’s curveball could influence where Tottenham Hotspur finish this season, in the Premiership and in Europe. But what is beyond doubt is his influence on the resurgence of the England team. From his time at Southampton to now, an England side can be made comprising only ... Read More »

Railways’ golden girl

When the Rajdhani Express had its first run in March 1969, its speed and amenities made it a wonder on wheels. Fifty years on, the journey may not be as luxurious, but it’s still a favourite for many Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times It was sometime in November last year that 38-year-old Souroshankha Maji checked the availability of tickets in ... Read More »

Martin Luther King’s Dalit connection

This correspondence between a forgotten Indian and a famous American makes for moving reading. Sending such a letter showed exceptional bravery; but then MK Achutan had showed courage all his life, in overcoming his disadvantaged family background to study engineering, in combating the upper-caste prejudice he must surely have faced in school, college, and the workplace Ramachandra Guha In February ... Read More »

Knowing is important; getting to know is better

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES Two finals.Two losses. And, FC Goa had been undone, on both occasions, in the final minutes. Before we get into what went wrong ; what should have been done; and what should not have been done , a snapshot of the fans of FC Goa attending the first FC Goa final out of Goa. The Mumbai Football Arena ... Read More »

Certificate, please!

Luis Dias My ten-year-old is obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip by American cartoonist Bill Watterson. He reads and re-reads them, chuckling quietly (or not so quietly) to himself, and finds it so funny that he reads it aloud to anyone within earshot, taking on the roles of Calvin, Hobbes, Calvin’s long-suffering parents, and anyone else in the ... Read More »

Could the elections be affected by Balakot?

Karan Thapar With the election dates announced I would reckon there’s one question that’s probably on everyone’s lips: have the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot airstrike that followed it changed the political landscape and altered electoral calculations or is that just a passing impression which will fade with time? My initial answer was to agree with the first half ... Read More »

Mysteries of Benares

A short story collection that contemplates the inevitable with an unwavering gaze Manjula Narayan K Madavane’s stories are unlike anything you’ve read in a long time. They recall the supernatural horror of Poe and Angela Carter, the revulsion that rises at the end of The Visitor from Roald Dahl’s Switch Bitch, the sickening sudden lurch towards death in RK Narayan’s ... Read More »