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The age of crowdsourced archives

Half-remembered anecdotes, photos from fading family albums, treasured tales and half-preserved keepsakes. In India, personal memory is finally becoming part of public record with crowd sourced archives, oral-history projects, and online initiatives Danish Raza A collage of faded pictures shows an Anglo-Indian girl, Margurite Mumford, happily posing for the camera. In the only black-and-white image among them, she is seen …

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The other Bronte

Overshadowed by her sisters’ literary fame, Anne Bronte is now regarded as a feminist writer by many Poulomi Banerjee Anne Bronte wanted to write the truth, about people and society. It was a risky thing to do in the 1840s, especially for a woman, when Victorian-era respectability established a strict code of social conduct. Anything which challenged the morality and …

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Future lies in young India’s hands

Karan Thapar I was 13 when “In the year 2525” was top of the pops. It was 1969. At the time, 2525 felt light years away. The lyrics “if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find – ain’t gonna need to tell the truth” seemed like clever words. I did not realise they might also carry …

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How milk could be carcinogenic

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Some years ago a Not-for profit Government Organisation (NGO) was asked by the state government to run a ‘gaushala’ in Patiala. They did, on condition that the food would be supplied to the cows by the municipality. The municipality gave the contract for ‘chara’ (green fodder) to a person. He bought it from farmers and gave it …

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An illogical and ill-timed piece of legislation

Ramachandra Guha Why the Narendra Modi government has invested so much political capital in the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) beggars the imagination. The Act is plainly illogical, not least because it leaves out of its purview the largest group of Stateless refugees currently living on Indian soil – Tamils from Sri Lanka – many of whom are in fact Hindus. …

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The mango’s days of glory

Frederick Noronha The mango season is not yet on us. We haven’t even started thinking about it properly. The only hint we get about the fruit is the discussion in the media that the lack of the seasonal wintry chill could adversely affect the upcoming crop. Some part of the winter is finally here, even as we write these words. …

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Farewell, TN Chaturvedi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi It was sunset time on November 14, 2019. Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary was being observed at what had been his official residence for 17 years – Teen Murti House, New Delhi. Now home to the Memorial Museum and Library that bears his name, its gracious auditorium was filled to capacity for a lecture to be given by the …

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The transformation of the Gamvkari

TENSING RODRIGUES Filippe Nery Xavier makes a very pertinent point in his ‘Bosquejo Historico das Comunidades das Aldeas dos Concelhos das Ilhas, Salcete e Bardez’, Volume 2 : “All the  villages had their respective gancarias, and it was with these that great Albuquerque signed a pact that they shall continue to possess the village lands as before, paying to the …

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Analysing animal relationships

Radhika Govindrajan’s Animal Intimacies looks at the distinct fellowship between humans and animals in the mountain villages of Uttarakhand Sudhirendar Sharma Radhika Govindrajan’s Animal Intimacies looks at the distinct fellowship between humans and animals in the mountain villages of Uttarakhand It is unlikely that anyone would now value a pigeon as a pet since the ubiquitous bird has become a …

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At what age should one begin learning to play an instrument?

Luis Dias In the first week of this year, The Violin Channel, to which I am subscribed, featured a video of Hirami Yoshimura, winner of the 2019 International Grumiaux Violin Competition Category A Grand Prize, playing Paganini Violin Concerto no 1 in D major. This in itself isn’t surprising; South-East Asia has stormed the citadels of western classical music for …

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