Tuesday , 18 September 2018


States must preserve freedom of expression

Karan Thapar I wonder if the six state governments (all BJP ones) that decided to ban ‘Padmaavat’ are feeling chastened after the Supreme Court struck down their decisions. They had either announced or proposed a total ban. The Supreme Court deemed this unconstitutional and ordered them to show the film. The Court also warned any other state government from attempting ... Read More »

Milk and meat – bane to masculinity

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi In today’s newspapers I read that doctors in the US have advised that men who want children should freeze their sperm before they are 25, as one in 6 men become infertile very quickly. I have previously discussed that studies have proved that animal fats are related to decline in semen quantity and quality. While this may ... Read More »

Bollywood, and not just the political class, has let down Padmaavat

Barkha Dutt Much has already been said on the sins of omission and commission by the state governments of Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat that made it possible for mobs to assault a bus carrying school children and openly instigate violence against the actors of Padmaavat. Nor has the Opposition been unequivocal in criticising the frenzied bigotry of the self-appointed Karni ... Read More »

Taxi, taxi…

Frederick Noronha If you go by what’s said in cyberspace, you would quickly conclude that our taxi drivers in Goa are a foul-mouthed, lazy, cheating and unreliable lot. They deserve little sympathy, and if they overcharge us the consumers it’s obvious that they are earning a huge stash for themselves, concealed somewhere. To be truthful, I have myself often felt ... Read More »

Why is Pravin Togadia so angry?

Shashi Shekhar There’s more to this than meets the eye. The allegation that the police attempted an encounter on VHP leader Pravin Togadia, who has been extended Z-Plus security cover, sounds farfetched. Togadia claims he will go public with evidence to back his allegations at the right time. If you so desire, you could keep waiting for the right time. ... Read More »

Revisiting Hwen Thsang’s Konkan

Tensing Rodrigues Hwen Thsang was a 7th century Chinese Buddhist monk who made seventeen-year overland journey to India in search of the original Buddhist texts. His travels have been recorded by Si-Yu-Ki in Buddhist Records Of The Western World and by Shaman Hwui Li in The Life Of Hiuen Tsiang, both translated into English by Samuel Beal, and extensively discussed ... Read More »

There is an inbuilt survival toughness that women have and men don’t: Angela Saini

On the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Angela Saini, author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and The New Research That’s Rewriting The Story, spoke of the feminist perspective changing attitudes within scientific research Supriya Sharma When English biologist Charles Darwin published his seminal On the Origin of Species (1859), he was widely criticised and ridiculed for ... Read More »

Apple iOS 11.3: Here are the top features of the latest OS update for iPhones

Marcia Sekhose Apple announced iOS 11.3, the new update to its mobile operating system. The latest iOS iteration comes with a range of new features including the ability to disable Apple’s processor throttle that allegedly slows down older iPhones with worn out batteries. Apart from the processor throttle, iOS 11.3 brings updates to Augmented Reality platform (ARKit) and iMessages as ... Read More »

WhatsApp Business launched in India

Prajyot Mainkar WhatsApp Business, an exclusive business chat app based on Whatsapp Client, has been released in India. This app helps small businesses easily connect with customers. It packs features like Smart Messaging tools and Auto replies, and most importantly it allows one to manage personal and business Whatsapp accounts separately. One must note that Whatsapp Business and Whatsapp Client ... Read More »

Hydrogeography of Mahadayi River – II

Nandkumar Kamat In the previous article (January 21) hydrogeography of Mahadayi upto ‘Bhonvar Kond’ near Bhironda was described. In this article the hydrogeography of rest of freshwater course past Bhironda is included followed by the tidally influenced course of Mandovi River/estuary. Past ‘Bhonvar kond’, there is a crossing called ‘bandar’. Mahadayi was once navigable from here to Ganjem. Mahadayi forms ... Read More »