Friday , 16 November 2018


Is animal testing required?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Millions of animals are torn open every year in laboratories because people – and governments – feel safer knowing that almost everything that reaches us has been tested on an animal. The point is – does it make you safer? Imagine inventing a medicine for a bird. It is only tested on birds. Could it be given ... Read More »

When RSS praised and flattered Nehru

Ramachandra Guha Long before the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh invited Pranab Mukherjee to Nagpur, they had sought to build bridges with a far greater Congressman. On August 30, 1949, the head of the RSS, MS Golwalkar, and Jawaharlal Nehru had a 20-minute meeting at Teen Murti House. This prompted a lead story in the RSS mouthpiece, Organiser (issue of September 6, ... Read More »

How (not) to promote the book

Frederick Noronha For a small state like Goa, which long had to depend on the outside world for its intellectual products, books are a crucial vehicle for a more informed future. Books offer pathways to life. From children to scholars, for entertainment or knowledge, these weapons of mass information can indeed play a crucial role. Goa, as a region, has ... Read More »

Honouring Our Elders

Patricia Pereira Sethi With the number of senior citizens projected to reach 20 crore by 2030, ageing will soon emerge as a major social challenge for our nation. The number of Indians over the age of 60 has already hit an all-time high, accounting for 8.6 per cent of the country’s 121 crore population, according to official figures released in ... Read More »

The Vadukar Country

Tensing Rodrigues The vadukar country is where the roots of most of us lie. But before we return to that land of our ancestors, we need to set right a few misconceptions. The first is the false relationship between the occupation and the group tag that we carry. We have already made it clear, on the basis of irrefutable evidence, ... Read More »

Chandni Begum

Lamat R Hasan Chandni Begum was Qurratulain Hyder’s last novel. Written in 1989, almost two decades before her demise, it centres around the lives of two aristocratic families living across the Gomti river in Lucknow and a controversial estate with a mosque and a temple in its compound. As the story unfolds over a period of four decades or so ... Read More »

If it’s Russia, it must be Tchaikovsky

Luis Dias Most of you will have watched the live coverage of the opening ceremony of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Moscow. As the camera swooped down upon the stadium, passing by a volley of footballs, what did we see and hear? With the magic of digital technology, we saw pianist Denis Matsuev and a Yamaha concert grand suspended ... Read More »

Vivo launches latest mid-range smartphone

Prajyot Mainkar Vivo has launched the company’s latest mid-range smartphone called the Y81. The device comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS 2.5D curved glass display that has a screen resolution of 1520 pixels x 720 pixels. It is powered by 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 processor with PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The phone comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory ... Read More »

Ecology of three creeks of Panaji

Nandkumar Kamat Panaji’s ecological future is tied to lentic and lotic hydrography of Tiswadi. Three critically endangered creeks – estuary of Calapur-Fontainhas (originating at Alto de Calapur-St Cruz, behind present Kenkre Estate) wrongly known as Ourem creek; Merces-Chimbel creek (originating at forested Merces hill) and the Nagali river system (originating as a fountain near Santeri temple, Nagali, Taleigao) ending as ... Read More »

Neymar’s insistence on taking centre stage is not good for Brazil

IAN LADYMAN The lasting image of Neymar here will be that of Brazilian’s golden child sobbing on the field at full-time. It was – according to his wonderfully garrulous coach Tite – a release of pressure, symbolic of a three-and-a-half-month battle with injury that had finally ended with a victory and a goal. It seemed a totally understandable explanation. But ... Read More »