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Patronage, philanthropy, and music

Luis Dias The ‘Ode to Joy’ theme from the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is arguably the most recognisable western classical music tune in the world. Young children taking up an instrument will soon learn to pick out its notes. It has snuck into elevators, hotel lobbies, ringtones and ‘your-call-is-important-to-us’ music. Its music is synonymous with the fall of the …

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The Jaina Paradox

TENSING RODRIGUES We have said earlier that the entire ‘belt’ of ports in Komkan, which replaced Kathiyavad, is strewn with Jaina, Buddhist, and Siva related archaeological remains and cultural influence. And we have taken that as a strong evidence of the movement of kathiyavadi ksatriya into Komkan. The logic behind it may not be immediately obvious. It helps if we …

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Weakening of federalism

Mark Tully The manner in which the changes in the status of Kashmir have been brought about raises questions about Indian federalism. What should the relationship be between states and the Union? In establishing that relationship, the Constituent Assembly had to balance between creating a Union with the power to hold the country together in uncertain times, and providing diverse …

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Emulating the past

Ramachandra Guha There are three incontrovertible facts about the modern history of Kashmir. First, Pakistan has consistently promoted violence and terror in the Valley, and in other parts of India as well (using Kashmir as an excuse). Second, those who presume to lead the Kashmiris have shown no sign of remorse or atonement for the ethnic cleansing of the Pandits …

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Goa: the lay of the land

Frederick Noronha When something goes drastically wrong with the weather, when our towns and villages start to get flooded at unprecedented levels, and when our ecology comes under pressure, it’s clearly time to rethink our priorities and approaches. Statistics tell us Goa has improved by leaps and bounds over the past six or so decades. But there is another side …

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An arbitrary language

Karan Thapar “What is the meaning of a word?” Ludwig Wittgenstein once asked Karl Popper. He must have had English in mind because in that wondrous language, not only can words mean the opposite of what you thought they did, but the same word can be used to mean several different things. This is what makes English so delightful, but …

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When meat meets meth

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI Some time ago I wrote an article about the cocktail of drugs in meat in India. One of the drugs that I mentioned was Ractopamine. Ractopamine is a feed additive, to promote muscle growth and less fat in animals raised for their meat. It increases the weight in spite of giving 10 per cent less food. Ractopamine …

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The Indians on the Woodstock stage

HT MEDIA On August 14, 1969, a girl sat at the back of an SUV driving out of New York. The highway was jammed and the destination for everyone on that road seemed to be a farm in Bethel Woods. Thirty-two bands from around the world were about to participate in the three-day Woodstock festival, which the youth had decided …

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From the farm to the chef’s table

The farm-to-table movement seems to have converted city chefs to endorse local produce in a big way Paramita Ghosh When is a chef more than just a chef? When he can look at a basket of fresh vegetables and know who is responsible. There is indeed, an increasing tribe of chefs that is literally sourcing from the farm to serve …

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Living in a former Harrapan city

Haryana’s Rakhigarhi is much like any other Indian village. Except that its residents share space with the remains of one of India’s ancient cities Poulomi Banerjee Many of the streets of Rakhigarhi, Haryana, are cobbled or bricked. But it’s often difficult to see the road surface, so covered is it with dried animal dung. But beneath the waste lie the …

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