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The story of Goa’s ‘Bhai’

‘An Extraordinary Life: A biography of Manohar Parrikar’ penned by veteran journalists Sadguru Patil and Mayabhushan Nagvenkar takes you through the life and times of Goa’s ‘Nayak’. The authors share more with NT NETWORK DANUSKA DA GAMA | NT NETWORK Former Chief Minister and Defence Minister of India, Late Manohar Parrikar continues to live in the hearts and minds of …

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Ergonomic ecotechnology of the Goan broom

Nandkumar M Kamat Goa needs to revive its coconut based economy and one area is the mass production of high quality standard Goan brooms made from cheaply available coconut leaflets. The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) technically gives 200 products. Nothing goes to waste. The most fascinating product of this tree is the traditional, ethnic broom locally known as ‘saran’, ‘vhirachi …

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The Maratha-Kunbi cluster

Tensing Rodrigues There is no escaping from the fact that most of the time the maratha category includes both the Deccan ksatriya and the kunbi; though by and large, the users of the label recognise and accept that the two are indeed distinct ‘castes’; Karve calls such an arrangement a ‘caste cluster’. [Karve, 1961: Hindu Society – An Interpretation, 19] …

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The interdependence of species

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi The Kerala government has brought in sharp shooters to kill a tiger in Pathanamthitta. The tiger has allegedly killed one person, a person who tried to stop it from killing the cattle tied up near the human settlement. By the time this article comes out, the young tiger will probably have been shot dead. For no fault …

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Is the media above criticism?

Frederick Noronha Many moons ago, as a middle-aged journalist then, I was shunted to Bombay (as it was still called) for a short while. Apparently, someone from the newspaper where I was working then had applied for long leave. So, one had to fill in. My colleague there, Asha Gulrajani – whom I recently ran into again via Facebook – …

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Cracking corona in Goa

As we try to coexist with COVID-19 now, could the ‘susegad’ attitude to life, good literacy rate, eating and drinking habits, and general hygiene, among other factors, be the reason for Goans being seemingly more resilient to the virus? NT NETWORK tries to understand if there’s some basis to this theory DANUSKA DA GAMA  | NT NETWORK In early days …

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Extra or ordinary, how would you judge this biography?

Frederick Noronha Goa’s larger-than-life politician, who held the chief minister’s post for as many as four (even if uncompleted) stints, and held the exalted post as the defence minister of India (though the jury could debate how successful he was in that slot), is getting his first biography in the English language, that is. Even as the pre-launch publicity of …

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The tragedy of the diminishing elephants

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi The recent deaths of elephants in Kerala by homemade bombs, and in Chhattisgarh by poisoning their waterholes, have brought this gentle, useful creature into focus. There is no doubt that elephants in India are dying rapidly and they have no saviours. The case that has been lying unheard before Supreme Court for seven years would have saved …

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A Mother’s Might

Patricia Pereira-Sethi Even as George Floyd’s life ebbed away, his neck pinned under the knee of an indifferent and cruel Minneapolis cop, he cried out to his deceased mother to help him. It struck a chord in many. Why would a 46-year-old man, who stood almost two metres tall and tipped the scales at 110 kilograms, turn to his Mama …

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Using ankur to fight diseases

Nandkumar M Kamat Land use changes and reclamation of swamps are destroying some very ancient wild edible resources in Goa. Many of these have provided local people powerful protection against several ailments such as chronicconstipation and viral diseases. This is the month when one can see bunches of fiddleheads of handpicked greenish yellow local wild edible fern ‘ankor’ or ‘ankur’ …

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