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Indian football in 2019

From national team set-up to domestic tournaments, there have been changes galore in recent years but the so-called ‘sleeping giant’ has not managed to find a permanent place in the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings Sayan Ghosh Back in 2006, then FIFA president Sepp Blatter described India as a ‘sleeping giant’ in the world of football. Thirteen years …

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The rise of climate fiction

Planet Earth’s in trouble and everyone’s affected. But somewhere between denial and doomsday, a new genre of fiction has exploded, hoping to help make sense of it all, perhaps even offer hope Rachel Lopez In October 2016, Amitav Ghosh wrote an essay in The Guardian that hinged on a pertinent question: Where is the fiction about climate change? Scientists were …

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The world of Luke Skywalker

As the Star Wars series wraps up the Skywalker saga, a look back at its extraordinary hero Rohan Naahar “I hate what you’ve done with my character,” actor Mark Hamill told director Rian Johnson when they were making ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ together in 2017. On the publicity tour for that film, the eighth chapter in the epic space …

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Ignorance of lawmakers

Karan Thapar I spent last week doing something I’ve rarely done before – thinking about our Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs). You can’t have missed what prompted this: their outrageous comments. So, as my heart sank and dismay rose, I asked myself what are the qualities we have a right to expect of our legislators? …

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Dissent cannot be contained by greater force

On Thursday, those opposed to the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act planned protests across the country. This was in accordance with the constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens within the Indian democratic framework. The government’s response should have been simple. Ensure police presence to maintain order, while enabling citizens to exercise their rights. This is easier said than done, especially …

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Veganism : A call to action

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI Vegan festivals are probably good, in that they create a climate for you to turn into a non meat/milk/egg person. But these are events meant to peddle goods, not to advocate for the rights and freedom of other animals, or inspire political and social activism. Instead of advising people to consume less, they push people to buy …

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Changing the idea of India

Barkha Dutt The government insists that the amended new law on citizenship (the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA) is not anti-Muslim. In fact, it claims that Indian Muslims are not even impacted by the legislation. Its storm troopers on social media have been deployed to vociferously argue that those criticising the revamped rules – I am among them – are …

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Bring back the spirit of giving

Mark Tully With Diwali not far behind, and Christmas almost upon us, this is a time to think about giving – an essential part of both festivals. But in my last column before Christmas, I am not going to write about personal giving – the gifts we give to our family and friends; to those, also, who depend on us …

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India is a civilisational-state

The nation-state is a modern construct, comprising a single nation as its dominant constituency, and nations are based on a common language, religion, ethnicity, history and myths. A modern nation-state is bound by a defined geographical area under a sovereign power. Whereas a state-nation is said to comprise several imagined communities or nations where multiple identities can coexist. Does India …

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Coming full circle Ramachandra Guha

On January 26, 2006, The New York Times ran a story headlined “India Everywhere in the Alps”. The story began: “Delhi swept into Davos on Wednesday, with an extravagant public relations campaign by India intended to promote the country as the world’s next economic superstar, and as a democratic alternative to China for the affections of foreign investors. There were …

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