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The scientific curiosity of Lokmanya Tilak

Nandkumar M Kamat It was raining heavily on August 1, 1920 in Mumbai when one of the greatest stalwarts of India’s freedom struggle, Lokmanya Bal (Keshav) Gangadhar Tilak (July 23, 1856 (Ratnagiri) – August 1, 1920 (Mumbai)) succumbed to pneumonia. He was suspected to have contracted malaria two weeks before death. The nation is observing his death centenary from August …

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For the love and dignity of Konkani

Whether one speaks Konkani that’s Antruzi, Bardezi, Sashti, or of Pedne, Sattari, Kunabi, Chitpavani, etc, the language of Goa has continues to attract debate, and is still a language that is slowly emerging as a medium for authors, both young and old to write in.The first woman president of Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Anwesha Singbal takes NT NETWORK through their plans …

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The fight should continue

In 2002, Damodar Mauzo took over the reins of KBM with firebrand members like Purnanand Chari, Walter Menezes, and Vincy Quadros on the team. “Though I headed the team, every member of my team was a leader in his own right. And the earlier committee led by Raju Naik had, to their credit, completed the dream project, Konkani Bhavan, that …

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Linking people and interests… through cyberspace

Frederick Noronha It has been called the WhatsApp University. Without a doubt, this term is almost always used negatively. It is a way of pouring scorn on information emerging from WhatsApp. It is seen as always unreliable, misleading, and manipulating. But, is that really the case? Cyberspace is like a knife. It can be mischievously used, to spread false news. …

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The Holocaust and its aftermath

Tensing Rodrigues The temple at Yellamma Gudi near Savadatti (Saundatti) could have been built by a king who belonged to the same clan as Renuka. Given the facts that Savadatti was the home of the Ratt clan and that Jamadagni had his asram there, the odds are very much in favour of the hypothesis that the ‘king’ who attacked Jamadagni …

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Stepping away from leather car seats

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI Many years ago I spoke to the Mercedes people in India and told them to stop using leather for their car seats. They didn’t ban it, but they made it optional. Now, the responsibility is on the buyers. Unfortunately, very few rich people use their money judiciously. The more they make, the more they want to show …

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Lobo, a man of power and politics

A politician who doesn’t shy away from talking about his rags to riches story, Minister of Waste Management, Science and Technology, Port and Rural Development of Goa, Michael Lobo talks to NT NETWORK after having completed a year as a cabinet minister DANUSKA DA GAMA  NT NETWORK Unperturbed by what his political foes have to say about him, or what …

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A Neoteric New Normal

Patricia Pereira-Sethi The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly be the defining moment of our generation and of our lives. Pundits have been sifting through history to draw parallels to other momentous events on record,  astrologers are juxta-positioning the stars to seek the way forward, and all and sundry have been involved in predicting what the strange future and the ensuing economic …

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Renuka: Beyond the Mother of Parsuram

Tensing Rodrigues Today we veer on a queer quest: to explore the persona of Renuka, beyond being the mother of Parsuram. She is worshipped as a tutelary deity across northern Karnataka, western Andhra Pradesh and southern Maharashtra – what could be called the core of Brhatkomkan; she is the gramdevata (protector of the village) of Ratnagiri. [Kale, 2015: Beyond Parshuramaʹs …

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Pigeons and the city

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi A month ago I received distress calls from people in Mumbai that the municipal commissioner had swooped down on a 20-year-old feeding platform (chabutra) for pigeons, which was on the side of the road in Khar, had covered it with plastic sheets and posted police people so that no one could feed the birds. The pigeons left …

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