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Dissent cannot be contained by greater force

On Thursday, those opposed to the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act planned protests across the country. This was in accordance with the constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens within the Indian democratic framework. The government’s response should have been simple. Ensure police presence to maintain order, while enabling citizens to exercise their rights. This is easier said than done, especially …

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Veganism : A call to action

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI Vegan festivals are probably good, in that they create a climate for you to turn into a non meat/milk/egg person. But these are events meant to peddle goods, not to advocate for the rights and freedom of other animals, or inspire political and social activism. Instead of advising people to consume less, they push people to buy …

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Changing the idea of India

Barkha Dutt The government insists that the amended new law on citizenship (the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA) is not anti-Muslim. In fact, it claims that Indian Muslims are not even impacted by the legislation. Its storm troopers on social media have been deployed to vociferously argue that those criticising the revamped rules – I am among them – are …

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Bring back the spirit of giving

Mark Tully With Diwali not far behind, and Christmas almost upon us, this is a time to think about giving – an essential part of both festivals. But in my last column before Christmas, I am not going to write about personal giving – the gifts we give to our family and friends; to those, also, who depend on us …

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India is a civilisational-state

The nation-state is a modern construct, comprising a single nation as its dominant constituency, and nations are based on a common language, religion, ethnicity, history and myths. A modern nation-state is bound by a defined geographical area under a sovereign power. Whereas a state-nation is said to comprise several imagined communities or nations where multiple identities can coexist. Does India …

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Coming full circle Ramachandra Guha

On January 26, 2006, The New York Times ran a story headlined “India Everywhere in the Alps”. The story began: “Delhi swept into Davos on Wednesday, with an extravagant public relations campaign by India intended to promote the country as the world’s next economic superstar, and as a democratic alternative to China for the affections of foreign investors. There were …

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In search of Berber

TENSING RODRIGUES Joshi’s hypothesis about Greek origin of the citpavan is based on two premises; we have seen the first: a flourishing trade between the ports on the west coast of India and the island of Socotra. The second premise is a region called Berber or Berbera in North Africa and a region with the same or a similar name …

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A father’s guilt

In Mirza Waheed’s new novel a physician grapples with dark memories and the guilt that overwhelms him In Mirza Waheed’s delicately layered new novel, a retired doctor recounts his life’s circumstances and choices, presenting a desperate portrait of unrelenting guilt. “You know, Urdu has perhaps the finest word for autobiography. Two words, as a matter of fact. Savanah-e-Umri – the …

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The Little Drummer Boy

Luis Dias A few columns ago, I wrote about the Toy Symphony we performed at our Child’s Play tenth anniversary Christmas concert on December 7. The work calls for an assortment of instruments and sounds not ordinarily used in a chamber ensemble: a rattle, bird call whistle, triangle, toy drum, toy trumpet. We got together as many of them as …

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Battle of under Rs 10,000 smartphones

Nokia 2.3 will go on sale in India on December 27. Here’s a specifications comparison with Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5. HMD Global’s Nokia 2.3 has come to India. Priced at `8,199, Nokia 2.3 is scheduled to go on sale starting December 27. The smartphone will be competing against a range of under `10,000 smartphones in India, especially the …

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