Saturday , 17 November 2018
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Once Congress had lawyers like Gandhi

Ramachandra Guha On an April evening in 1917, a lawyer named Vallabhbhai Patel was playing bridge at the Gujarat Club in Ahmedabad. This was, for him, a routine affair; every day, after his work at the Bar ended, he headed straight for the card table. This evening in April 1917 was different. Earlier in the day, in distant Bihar, another ... Read More »

The psychopathology of hate

Luis Dias “They’re all like that!” Are we all guilty of, at some point in our lives, having made such a sweeping generalisation? It could be something somewhat playful and seemingly harmless, like the endless memes on social media about gender differences. “Men are like this, women are like that.” It gets much more sinister when opinions get entrenched about ... Read More »

Fighting pancreatic cancer

Nandkumar Kamat Having lost two uncles aged 60 and 67 to carcinoma of stomach or gastric cancer, I have always dreaded cancer. In both cases from detection, treatment and death everything was over within three years. But there is lot of hope ahead with better surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Immune therapy is advancing fast. It has many challenges in ... Read More »

The other side of football

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES FC Goa’s reliance on foreign players and lack of progressive Indian strikers were two aspects that emanated from the last Indian Super league (ISL) match between FC Goa and Delhi Dynamos last Thursday. The home side won but football in India is yet to start improving; five years after millions have been spent on a tournament that is ... Read More »

How soccer clubs, players and advisers play the tax game

Take Manchester City and the French player Gael Clichy, recruited by the club in 2011 for more than 4 million pounds ($5.2 million) a year. Man City recorded that soccer agent Darren Dein represented it in the negotiations. Yet British press reports identified Dein as Clichy’s agent starting in 2010. And in two emails to officials at a European club ... Read More »

When East Merges with West

THE BENGALIS WHO MADE GOA THEIR HOME Although many Bengalis have moved to Goa in recent times to escape the mayhem of the big cities or for work purposes, the two regions appear to also share a lot of common history. NT Network finds out more   CHRISTINE MACHADO | NT NETWORK Ten years ago, to escape the bustle of ... Read More »

The time dengue had the gall to get me

Karan Thapar I used to think of dengue as a funny-sounding, weirdly-spelt and peculiarly-pronounced disease. Several people I know have had it and I was aware of the fact that it’s a terrible affliction. But no mosquito I had encountered had the gall to transmit it to me! I’d been bitten galore but beyond the scratchy itch that this produces, ... Read More »

A jellyfish takeover in the offing?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi I have just spent a week in monsoon washed Goa without going to the beach.  The reason for this sacrilege? Jellyfish. The Goa government has issued a warning to beachgoers that the beaches and coastal waters have swarms of live and dead jellyfish. These long tentacled gelatinous marine creatures are beautiful and deadly. There are over 1200 ... Read More »

MJ Akbar is accused of rape. Can we stop talking about his ‘legacy’?

Barkha Dutt Now that MJ Akbar, former external affairs minister (and bizarrely still a Member of Parliament), has been charged with rape by US-based journalist, Pallavi Gogoi, will the apologists in our fraternity finally zip up? I have spent the last few weeks dismayed by the responses of several senior colleagues. I have argued publicly with the women among them ... Read More »

Dad’s day out

Frederick Noronha As a one-time supporter of feminism, these days my feelings are rather mixed. One finds that it’s the more extreme voices of feminism which dominate. The issue tends to often get overstated. There can be a mix between politics and ‘feminism’. At times, it also seems like two powerful sets of men settling their own scores and using ... Read More »