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The generation born in 2000 will turn 20 next year. As these Gen Z youngsters leave their teenage years behind, a look at 20 ways in which the world around them has changed Poulomi Banerjee What writer Vivek Menezes from Goa, remembers of the year that his eldest son, Rohan, was born in is that it was a much friendlier …

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Gobble gobble: The Christmas bird

While most of us think of turkey as imported meat, there are farms breeding it in India HT MEDIA  “… And grandpapa always will toddle down, all the way to Newgate Market, to buy the turkey, which he engages a porter to bring home behind him in triumph” – Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Dinner’, 1836 A few years later, in …

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Questions about the Citizenship Act

Karan Thapar I wonder if the government really understands why the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has provoked so much anger? It’s because how a country defines its citizens also defines the sort of country it is. Citizenship is the right to have rights. Everything flows from it. Now the constitutionality of CAA will turn on two key questions. First, does …

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How we are raising vicious children

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi All of us want peace on earth but, as we grow in size, we humans have become more distressed and more apart from each other. While we live together like lemmings, unfortunately we do not behave like lemmings who live in harmony. We have split the world into small pools of hatred and not only do we …

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Need of the hour: Police initiatives involving communities

Lalita Panicker The police response to rape, the latest one being the violation and murder of a young Hyderabad veterinarian, has been most often inappropriate or inadequate. In the Hyderabad case, the police gunned down the alleged accused, an incident which was lauded by many, but raises worrying questions about due process. In other cases, the response is usually indifference. …

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Goa’s citizenship woes

Frederick Noronha Goa’s BJP unit was quick to reassure the “Christian community” in the state that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) would not have any adverse impact on them; they criticised the Congress for “misleading” people on this issue. Likewise, NRI Commissioner and former MP Narendra Sawaikar held out a similar assurance, regarding the CAA. Both the CAA and the …

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Implications of the CAA-NRC issue

Chanakya The Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) has led to a fierce political contest. While the government has staunchly defended its passage, the Opposition – as well as a wider set of civil society organisations, university students, minority groups, and citizens in the Northeast – have taken to the streets to oppose the Act. This has made the CAA – and …

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The contested authenticity

TENSING RODRIGUES The Berber that we need to look for in North Africa is perhaps not the Berber Coast, but the port of Berbera, located on the northwestern Somali coast directly south from Yemen across the Gulf of Aden; it was called Malao by ancient Greek. Periplus (60 Common Era) confirms that it served as a transshipment point for trade …

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No twists in these tales

Bombay Brides strings together the stories of some of the people who pass through a fictional Bene Israel enclave in Ahmedabad Kushalrani Gulab Because life is like this only, I started reading Flora, the 13th story in Esther David’s collection Bombay Brides, immediately after I returned from my first consultation with a dietician to whom my sister had hauled me …

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‘Knives Out’ for Immigrants and ‘Others’

Luis Dias I first heard about ‘Knives Out’, the just-released American ‘whodunit’ murder-mystery film via social media. Musician friends in the UK were raving about the fabulous string-quartet playing and the delectable plot-line. We were in the midst of preparations for our Christmas concert, and although the film had come to Goa, it was, inconveniently for me, showing at Porvorim, …

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