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Shooting for the stars

In 2010, Tejaswini Sawant became a world champion in prone with a world record score. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Melbourne she won two gold medals in 10m air rifle. She added two silvers and a bronze in the 2010 New Delhi CWG. But the Olympics continued to elude her Avishek Roy Tejaswini Sawant blitzed through her 120-shot …

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A verdict of contradictions

Karan Thapar Supreme Court judgments should be intelligible and convincing. Those are two qualities I would stress above any other. In their absence, judgments could amount to sophistry. Now, to what extent does this apply to the recent judgment on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute? In paragraph 796, the court sets out how it came to its verdict. “The dispute …

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Truth about trees

Prerna Bindra Some of my fondest childhood memories are associated with trees — reading in the crook of an old peepul, stealing guavas from neighbourhood gardens, then sheltering in the fold of my mother’s saree to escape their wrath, hot afternoons spent with cousins under the dense canopy of a mango in our darjee’s (grandfather’s) home. Trees also played a …

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Understanding the Goan village… in print

Frederick Noronha Village loyalties run deep. That’s true in Goa, and it is probably true in many other parts of the globe too. I once met a techie from Lebanon who was trying to get expatriates to support development initiatives in their villages through an online initiative called Baldati. Like the Goans, the Lebanese too have migrated in great numbers. Some villages in …

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Does India need tuna on its plate?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Yellow fin tuna products sold in the US are being recalled, through an order by the Food and Drug Administration, because they can cause a type of food poisoning called scombroid fish poisoning. This happens when people eat fish that’s contaminated with high levels of histamine, a compound that causes allergy like symptoms. The contamination occurs when …

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Complimentary with negative connotations

Shashi Tharoor Nerd (noun), a wonk or geek, obsessively immersed in and knowledgeable about a narrow subject, but lacking social skills. Usage: That nerd is not someone I enjoy talking to, but he knows more about computers than you or I do, so I need him. The word nerd became a fixture of US student slang in the 1960s. The …

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Hazards of spilt verdicts

Chanakya When Maharashtra, and the rest of the country, slept on the night of November 22, it appeared certain that Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena would become the state’s next chief minister (CM). He, it seemed then, had the clear support of both the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and the Congress, which had come around after initial ambivalence. When …

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In IPL’s pick-and-discard routine, India players still winners

IPL is a test for every cricketer in the true sense and November is that time of the year when players are on the edge. Transfers and release announcements make them behave like students worrying about exams and results Amrit Mathur Cricket is uncertain but its Sensex—IPL’s auction bazaar—works in a manner more baffling. Mayank Agarwal, India’s latest sensation, is …

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The critical effects of eco-anxiety

SANCHITA SHARMA Oxford Dictionaries declared ‘climate emergency’ as the 2019 word of the year, following a hundred-fold increase in its usage. Another term that made the shortlist but not the cut was ‘eco-anxiety’, which is defined as a feeling of chronic helplessness, depression, fear, fatalism, and resignation to the impending environmental catastrophe. Unlike the documented mental health fallout of disasters …

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The Trikarmi Brahman

TENSING RODRIGUES If we accept that the karhade brahman are but a geographically differentiated sub-group of the desasth, the brahman map of Brhatkomkan is populated by just three classes of brahman: desasth, citpavan, and sarasvat. The remaining part of the Padmapuran story as quoted in the supposed verdict of Shivaji’s court of pundits and in the Syenavijatidharmanirnaya can help us …

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