Tuesday , 13 November 2018


Why ‘paneer’ has gone missing in Punjab

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi In the last two months there has been a major crisis in Punjab. Paneer, the state dish, has disappeared from the market. An un-aged, fresh, non-melting cheese made by curdling milk with a vegetable-derived acid like lemon juice/lactic acid/citric acid/tartaric acid/alum or sour whey, paneer is eaten all over North India (and now in the south too). ... Read More »

Guardians of our ecological galaxies

Ramachandra Guha Richard Attenborough’s film on Gandhi made famous the story of Madeleine Slade, the British admiral’s daughter who came to India and attached herself to the Mahatma, changing her name to Mira Behn and courting arrest several times during the freedom struggle. This exemplary tale of a rich, white woman taking the side of coloured/colonised Indians even became the ... Read More »

Promoting Goa in Wiki-space

Frederick Noronha In the past few weeks, a set of lucky circumstances once again saw a growth of local interest in Goa-related content on the Wikipedia. “Goa-related” means both content in Konkani, as well as material related directly to Goa in any other language, including English. The Konkani Wikipedia, in particular, has been fighting against all odds to build and ... Read More »

Sabarimala is not merely about faith

Shashi Shekhar The Inspector General of Police in Kerala was looking into the TV camera and boasting “We’ve deployed the requisite police force. Our personnel won’t allow anybody to take the law into their own hands. The honourable Supreme Court’s verdict will be implemented in entirety. We’ll ensure that no faithful person is prevented from having the darshan of Lord ... Read More »

Through The Dudhsagar Valley

Tensing Rodrigues The Anmod Ghat seems to have been one of the preferred passes to cross the Sahyadri in the prehistoric as well as historic times; it continues to be so even today. It is also referred to as the Tinay Ghat, Tambdi Surla Pass, Mhaday Pass or Dudhsagar Pass in different sources; railways call it the Braganza Ghat. This ... Read More »

Exploring nationalism

A fascinating volume examines a particular era in the history of Punjab to show the crisscrossing of multiple currents of nationalism Shaikh Mujibur Rehman The concept of nationalism, as a political idea, continues to enthuse scholars. This is partly because the idea of nationalism is seen as sacred, uplifting and desirable and also because attempting to make sense of it ... Read More »

Colonel Bogey!

Luis Dias When was the first time you ever heard the Colonel Bogey march? If you’re a Don Bosco past pupil and from around my generation, it almost certainly was at the school march-past, played by the school brass band. Whenever I think of a “march-past”, as if on cue, this tune starts playing in my head like a Pavlovian ... Read More »

First impressions of Apple iPhone XR

Kul Bhushan Apple’s new iPhone XR is the talk of the town. While it is a far more intriguing smartphone than iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the Apple iPhone XR makes the right kind of trade-offs to deliver the premium experience one expects, but at much cheaper price. At first glance, iPhone XR looks identical to Apple iPhone XS ... Read More »

Micromax launches Spark Go

Prajyot Mainkar Micromax has launched Spark Go, its latest Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone in India. The phone comes with a 5-inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 854 pixels x 480 pixels. While the phone runs on 1.3GHz Quad-core processor with Mali-T720 GPU, it also has 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB ... Read More »

ISRO ignores Goa as research centre

Nandkumar Kamat Why does India’s wealthiest, most literate, most urbanised, technologically advanced state Goa miss the bus when the central government declares some major regional initiatives? More than 100 Goan NRIs are working abroad in different areas of space research. Several are employed at NASA. There are Goan oceanographers like Joaquim Goes and Helga Gomes abroad who make effective use ... Read More »