Sunday , 20 January 2019


Your chicken is killing you

Maneka Gandhi A study conducted by Princeton University reports a 36 per cent rise in antibiotic use globally in the last 10 years – except in India, which shows a rise of 62 per cent and is now the largest consumer of antibiotics in the world. If these antibiotics were being consumed directly by people, a public campaign could curtail ... Read More »

Why Vajpayee’s death leaves us all poorer

Karan Thapar Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a most engaging smile. It seemed to cover his entire face and, at the same time, made his eyes twinkle. That gave him an appearance of playful mischief. And he didn’t hesitate to smile frequently. In fact, I always assumed he enjoyed smiling. Consequently his smile is my enduring memory of this incomparable man. ... Read More »

Time to gracefully call it a day

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES Few people are capable of calling a spade, a spade; though it is one of the easiest things to do. Many prefer to beat around the bush and in such times, the spade does not change its shape. The obvious cannot be hidden. This is the story of former Goa Ranji trophy and IPL player Shadab Jakati -– ... Read More »

With Imran as Pak PM, India can give Vajpayee’s cricket diplomacy another chance

AYAZ MEMON Brouhaha over former cricketer and current politician Navjot Singh Sidhu hugging Pakistan’s army chief at Imran Khan’s swearing in ceremony as Prime Minister is not just manufactured and funny, it is quite frankly senseless. The rancorous coverage that has followed shows immense silliness in sections of the media (and even more, social media) about foreign affairs and human ... Read More »

Search for salvation

Danish Raza| Hindustan Times   The rain has died down. Like the rest of Varanasi, Mukti Bhavan, the lodge for salvation seekers, is also fragrant with an overpowering earthy scent. Drops of water trickle down pipes. The sound of traffic is audible again in the bustling street where the Bhavan, a more than 60-year-old structure, with its wrought iron gate, ... Read More »

Time to embrace a well-established convention

Karan Thapar   ‘I say,’ began Pertie, with the air of someone who has an important question to ask, “How should television interviewers address their guests? Our lot do so in a variety of different ways. It all seems a bit of a mess. Is there a well-established convention they’re overlooking?” Please like & share: Read More »

Formalin in fish: Not a new issue

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi   Formaldehyde is a chemical which, when mixed with water and turned into a paste, is used for embalming dead bodies and preventing the decay of dead cells. Please like & share: Read More »

The shrinking of St Stephen’s

Ramachandra Guha   The lawn in front of the main building of St Stephen’s College is called Andrews Court. It is named for an Englishman who was greatly beloved of India and Indians. Please like & share: Read More »

Is being poor in this country a sin?

Shashi Shekhar   As I write these lines, the anguished cries of innocent girls in Muzaffarpur and Deoria are weighing heavy on my heart and my mind. Why don’t those eager to celebrate India’s Independence Day pause and think about this: Please like & share: Read More »

Joel’s Goa

Frederick Noronha   It must have happened four or more years ago. We were seated at this restaurant just alongside the Porvorim water-tank, a prominent landmark midway along the Panjim-Mapusa road. Casually digging into a tasty bhaji-chapati on a hungry evening after an enlightening session at the nearby XCHR historical centre, Joel and me got talking. Please like & share: Read More »