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Modi: Personification of Indianness

Karan Thapar He took a couple of days to ring but when he did, Pertie sounded concerned. “What do you make of this election result?” There was something in his voice that suggested he had already worked out the answer. Nonetheless, I still chose to reply. “What’s absolutely clear is that this is a personal endorsement of Narendra Modi. The …

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Wild animals and strange jobs

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi “Mama, what does Papa do in office?” “He scares monkeys, darling.” What are the strangest jobs that involve wild animals? *Every morning when I get to Shastri Bhavan, my office, I hear the sound of a man hooting. He hoots off and on the entire day. His job is to scare away monkeys. The monkeys run when …

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The makers of Kathiyavad

TENSING RODRIGUES Let us now get back to the question we left unanswered last time: who could be the people who developed Kathiyavad? On the Harappan Timeline we see the early signs of Kathiyavad urbanisation by 4,000 BCE. The picture remains almost unchanged for the next 300 years. But by 3,200 BCE it almost vanishes from the map. And then …

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Mixed feelings: Subsidies and grants

Frederick Noronha Goa Government’s Directorate of Arts and Culture (DoAC), located at one end of the better known Central Library in Panaji, has just announced a range of its annual grants. These were delayed awhile because of the election-related ‘code of conduct’. While the DoAC has publicised it through the media, you can never be sure how many of those …

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Move over part-time politicians

Barkha Dutt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega mandate will be deconstructed for weeks and months before we understand how Indian politics has fundamentally changed. But there is one conclusion that is self-evident, and it is an especially instructive one for the beleaguered Congress. The age of the part time politician is over. How the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has responded …

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When Godse reached the Parliament

Ramachandra Guha In the early 1990s, the veteran Gandhian, Sushila Nayar, was in the temple town of Ayodhya on a mission to promote communal harmony. At an inter-faith prayer meeting, she led the singing of a hymn much beloved of the Mahatma, Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram. When she came to the line Ishwar Allah Tero Naam, a group of protesters …

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Yes, India rules ICC! So what?

Mahavir Rawat Just before India’s inaugural match against South Africa in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup in England, there was an uproar when the official twitter handle of the International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted an artwork of Virat Kohli adorned in royal attire with bat and ball in respective hands and seated on a throne. Had ICC created posts …

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The struggles of Indian women athletes

The status of women in India has been evolving through the ages. In medieval times, girls were married off at an early age and they played the role of a typical ‘housewife’, which confined them to cater to all the needs of the family, bringing up of children, etc. Post-Independence women have taken major strides in all spheres of life. …

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Nipah virus strikes Kerala again

Nandkumar M Kamat Nipah is an airborne virus, like SARS or Swine Flu. Its name is derived from Sungai Nipah, a village in Malaysia where it was first identified. It is virulent but not as fatal as Ebola. Accurate differential diagnosis is required to distinguish the cases of Nipah seropositivity. Would it be possible to detect a patient of Nipah …

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World’s first humanoid artist ‘Ai-Da’

Ai-Da is the brainchild of Aidan Meller, who claims she is the world’s first ultra-realistic humanoid artist, able to draw creatively thanks to in-built artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Billed as “one of the most exciting artists of our time”, Ai-Da differs from generations of past masters in one inescapable way: she is a robot. Ai-Da is the brainchild of Aidan …

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