Monday , 22 October 2018


TheTwo Waves

Tensing Rodrigues Based on the work done by Cavalli-Sforza and others, [Cavalli-Sforza et al, 1994: The History and Geography of Human Genes] Gadgil concludes that there were most probably two major phases of migration of ‘Indo-Europeans’ into the Indian subcontinent from Central Asia, across the northwestern frontier: the first around 8,000 BCE and the second around 2,000 BCE; the first ... Read More »

Mothering a Muslim by Nazia Erum

Kushalrani Gulab It’s easy to judge this book by its cover. After all, the title couldn’t be more direct – Mothering a Muslim: The Dark Secret in Our Schools and Playgrounds. So either you’re driven to read the book because your values will not allow you to escape another sad reality of life. Or you ignore it because you’re feeling ... Read More »

Victoria and Giacomo

By Luis Dias Much has been written about the 2017 British biographical comedy-drama ‘Victoria and Abdul’ and the multiple contrasts between the two protagonists: Queen and subject; geriatric frailty and youth; Christianity (and the head of the church of England, no less) and Islam; the violation of Victorian taboos of race and class and protocol, a tale of love and ... Read More »

Patna overtakes bangalore and Hyderabad in the 4G Availability in India

By Prajyot Mainkar As per the reports by OpenSignal, Patna has been spotted to be the top city in terms of 4G availability beating some of the major tech hubs such as Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune. Patna marked 4G availability of 92.61 per cent while Kanpur stood at second position with a share of 91.33 per cent. At the third ... Read More »

Some Natural Wonders of Goa

Nandkumar Kamat There is something exceptional and interesting, exciting about land, water resources, flora and fauna of Goa. If a systematic catalogue of natural wonders of Goa is compiled it would exceed 1000 such wonders. Some are well known but many are lesser known. The lesser known need to be given less publicity because then their pristine nature is lost ... Read More »

Tendulkar batting to end open defecation

SACHIN TENDULKAR Getting to the top in cricket takes years of training, natural skill, hours of daily practice and lots of good wishes from the audience. Every cricketer knows that it is hard work that can make a game as it can mean batting a century. And in addition to all the perseverance, there is also a lucky charm that ... Read More »

When Monte Cruz made climbing a mountain look easy

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES This has been a week in which humans beat all odds to reach to the top through sports. It was a week wherein people who are supposed to be marginalised by society showed that hard work thins the margin between the have and have not. And, even better, this was defined in Gold Coast. The stories coming in ... Read More »

Setting the nation to rights: From prison reforms to refugee rights, 25 years of the NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission completes 25 years this year. As an advisory body, the Commission has acted as a moral force on the State and seen some successes, even as it has faced failures. What needs to be done to make it a truly effective agency? Poulomi Banerjee “When I started visiting prisons in the 1990s as the special ... Read More »

To apologise and yet not say sorry

Karan Thapar Believe it or not, I’m starting to admire Arvind Kejriwal! His apologies to a series of people he’s obviously libelled and defamed are a remarkable development and one that I, at least, thought he would not be capable of. Yet he has done it. Not once, not even twice, but multiple times. For most of us, saying sorry ... Read More »

What the Mosul Killings teach us

Shashi Shekhar At the outset, here’s a disclaimer. These lines haven’t been written to favour or oppose any politician, person or organisation. These are an expression of the emotions evoked in an average Indian based on what he saw on TV. I felt tearful when I saw visuals of clothes and skeletal remains on TV. Thousands of kilometres away from ... Read More »