Saturday , 17 November 2018


Three things Marx got mostly right

Ramachandra Guha In the course of doing two degrees in economics I was taught to regard Karl Marx as, in the words of the Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson, a ‘minor post-Ricardian’. His labour theory of value was rejected by my teachers; and his predictions about the immiserization of the proletariat and the imminent death of capitalism appeared to have been ... Read More »

The Silahara Story

Tensing Rodrigues Today we seek to unravel the yet to be deciphered ethnic story in the Silahara inscriptions. The three Silahara families – North Konkan (800 CE), South Konkan (765 CE) and Kolhapur (940 CE) – have claimed descent from the vidyadhara prince Jimutavahana. For instance, the Kharepatana plates of Rattaraja dated 1008 CE proclaim: “There was the lord of ... Read More »

Visa Wives

Lamat R Hasan A lucrative offer for the man of the house from a top US tech company, the sudden elevation in social status with parents’ eyes shining with pride, and colleagues and neighbours pretending to not be jealous… all this is far too tempting for the individual to worry about the legendary rigidity of US immigration law. The wife, ... Read More »

A Star is Born!

Luis Dias I first met Anthea Luna-Marie Dias in the months running up to our 2016 Child’s Play Christmas concert. We were being visited by Juilliard-trained cellist-conductor Avery Waite, and our Camerata Child’s Play rehearsals were underway. Anthea was just ten-years-old, but already playing to a level that she could handle the demands (the Christmas medley needed a few shifts ... Read More »

25 years of Kushavati Labyrinth

Nandkumar Kamat Twenty-five years have lapsed since the discovery of Kushavati riverbank rock art gallery spread over 3000 square meters comprising more than 150 petroglyphs at Pansaimal, Kevan Dhandode, Kolamb, Rivona. The team which discovered these petroglyphs on May 9, 1993 and identified the site as important archaeological treasure comprised besides myself, archaeologists Prakashchandra Shirodkar, Mangesh Deshpande, horticulturist Kalidas Sawaikar ... Read More »

The gun, flashgun and the viewfinder

Photographers are the latest fall guys in Kashmir. They are often harassed, yet carry the burden of being impartial witnesses of the conflict. And then one of them, Kamran Yousuf, was arrested Paramita Ghosh Almost all days are good days for photography in Kashmir. The sky is always clear, and is, in fact, powder blue. You can literally see the ... Read More »

Don’t leave the apex court under a cloud

Karan Thapar I intend to avoid the impeachment controversy and instead focus on what is arguably the most important issue of substance raised by the four senior most puisne judges of the Supreme Court. It’s contained in this sentence of their letter made public in January: “There have been instances where cases having far reaching consequences for the nation and ... Read More »

The colourful life of frogs

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi While frog populations are disappearing, we discover new species just in time to see what magical creatures we are losing. Nothing makes me more excited than learning of the strange and wondrous creatures that we have on this planet. What can you do if pellets from a shotgun stick in your chest, or you have a radio ... Read More »

BJP-PDP alliance in J&K may not end, but it should

Barkha Dutt There was only one reason that the otherwise ideologically dissonant alliance between the BJP and the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir – what former chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed called the “meeting of the north and south pole” – made any sense. And that was because the election results in 2014 had thrown up a fractured verdict that ... Read More »

The University of WhatsApp

Frederick Noronha On year back at roughly this time, I was only a very reluctant user of WhatsApp. In fact, I would hardly access it. Friends who sent me messages through this online messaging service would quickly realise that I was not even reading the same. Today, I’ve turned over a new leaf. While there indeed are some serious problems ... Read More »