Sunday , 24 March 2019


70 Years of Science in India

Nandkumar Kamat Indian science’s defining moment came in 1991 when India shocked US media by building worlds’ second fastest supercomputer PARAM 8000. A US newspaper exclaimed in its headline: “Denied Supercomputer, Angry India Does It”. Publishable, peer reviewed science fired by patriotism and aimed at universal human welfare hasn’t been much successful in post independent India because a majority of ... Read More »

Bolt- The only man in Ali’s league

MARTIN SAMUEL We’re missing him already, obviously. Now Usain Bolt has surrendered his place at the summit of athletics to a drugs cheat in the sprint, and a runner whose nationality went on sale to the highest bidder in the 200 meters, the sport already knows what it has lost. When he stepped  off the track for the final time ... Read More »

Eunice de Souza – In Her Own Voice

Eunice de Souza was a prolific poet in the English language and has contributed tremendously to the development of Indian English literature. She passed away on July 29 2017, and here is a tribute from a former educationist Marie Raj “Tell me Mr Death Date, Time, Place…” Ominous words from ‘Learn from the “Almond Leaf” (2016). An appointment made on ... Read More »

Beating the drums of patriotism too loudly

Karan Thapar There are times when I despair for my country. One such is when intellectuals, sporting heroes and senior ministers say the silliest things in the belief they’re making good sense and, even, expressing profound sentiments. Last Sunday at a function in Jawaharlal Nehru University, the vice chancellor called for a tank to be parked on the campus to ... Read More »

Victims of sexual violence need more than funds

Indira Jaising Laws relating to social justice often express the pious hope, in the form of non-mandatory timelines for completion of trails. For example, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, lays down a timeline of three months for the completion of the case. Any lawyer will tell you that it is difficult to see conclusion in three ... Read More »

Rescue Nehru from his descendants

Ramachandra Guha In his first speech after being sworn in as our new President, Ram Nath Kovind praised Patel, Ambedkar, Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, but did not take the name of Jawaharlal Nehru. This provoked outrage in Congress circles, with the senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad terming it ‘unfortunate’ and ‘partisan’ that the President ‘did not mention Nehru ... Read More »

Understanding those who left

Frederick Noronha Last week, in a typically Goan (online) debate which started around one theme and ended quite somewhere else, the issue of the Goan expat came up for discussion once more. There’s nothing new about this. Like the never ending BJP versus Congress, medium of instruction or my religion is better than yours debates, this topic too has been ... Read More »

A poetess, a king and a message for us all: Shebaba

Renuka Narayanan In these lawless days of atrocities all over the land, the return of the protesting Tamil farmers to Delhi has a touching angle of goodness to it. In an apolitical humanitarian gesture, the Sikhs of the historic Bangla Sahib Gurdwara in Delhi are reportedly giving these farmers a share of the langar, including rice, which shows such consideration ... Read More »

Revisiting The Chaadd’ddi

Tensing Rodrigues We have already attempted to unravel the enigma of the community called chaadd’ddi found among the Christians of Goa. [Who Are Chaadd’ddi?, January 1, 2017; Who Are Kshatriya?, February 12, 2017; Further Inquiry Into Chaadd’ddi, February 19, 2017] We have established with fair credibility that chaadd’ddi are but the kshatriya. We have also convincingly proved that why there ... Read More »

Indira Gandhi: Linking forests to welfare

Jairam Ramesh’s meticulously-researched book reveals Indira Gandhi’s love for nature, her anguish at its destruction, and her efforts to conserve it. It is a sound testimony of Gandhi’s globally unparalleled environment leadership Prerna Singh Bindra A few years ago, while interviewing Jairam Ramesh, who had just been appointed minister for environment, he told me that former prime minister Indira Gandhi ... Read More »