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Thakur fails on every count

Barkha Dutt One of the many shifts the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has brought to contemporary politics is the primacy of nationalism. The party has rooted itself in a strident, machismo-fuelled, with-us-or-against-us nationalism. And this self-proclaimed distinction has worked for them electorally. I have often disagreed with my liberal compatriots on this issue. The failure of progressives to understand the …

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Getting taken in by fake news

Frederick Noronha We hear so much about it. Donald Trump is constantly screaming against the press he doesn’t like, and dismisses it as “fake news”. But when it strikes home and appears uncannily believably, that’s when it turns scary. I’ve been fooled too. We feel sheepish once we realise that. But fake news can strike anytime, and at anyone. It …

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India has a long way to go

Chanakya When India marked the 70th anniversary of the Constituent Assembly ratifying the Constitution, it was a moment to reflect on all that the country has achieved. The founders took the bold step of introducing universal adult franchise and trusting and empowering Indian citizens to choose their representatives. This democratic structure persists till today. It has only got deeper, with …

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The story of the Citpavan Brahman

TENSING RODRIGUES If the battle between the karhade and the sarasvat was fought in the court of Shivaji, the battle between the citpavan and the sarasvat was fought in Bombay, the seat of British administration and the emerging centre of trade and industry. In the beginning, the western education, the liberal ideas and the growing opportunities in trade and administration …

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Re-creating the world of western exploration of Tibet

Thubten Samphel The 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries were the age of exploration and discovery. It was a time when the West ‘discovered’ the unknown world. ‘Dark Africa’ was mapped. So were the two poles. But the largest, unknown and unexplored space on the face of the Earth was Tibet, the world’s largest and highest plateau, the Roof of …

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The Boy and the Piano

Luis Dias The John Lewis & Partners (a chain of high-end department stores in the UK) Christmas advert has become something of an annual tradition in British popular culture ever since the first advert was launched in 2007, and is one of the signs that the countdown to Christmas has begun. Of all the adverts, last year’s offering, ‘The Boy …

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HMD Global launches Nokia 2.3

Prajyot Mainkar HMD Global has announced its new budget Android One smartphone – Nokia 2.3. Titled as the successor of Nokia 2.2, this phone comes with a 6.2-inch HD+ screen that has a 2.5D curved glass feature. It has a 2GHz Quad-Core MediaTek Helio A22 12nm processor with IMG PowerVR GE-class GPU. It runs on Android v9.0 Pie edition which …

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The road to ending AIDS in India

SANCHITA SHARMA Through the ‘80s and ‘90s after it was first detected in India in Chennai in 1986, HIV diagnosis meant certain death, sooner than later. Once people were infected with HIV, it steadily whittled away their body’s defence against opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis and pneumonia, making them sicker and weaker till it killed them. A few got diagnosed, …

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Bang, bang and the medals keep coming in

Tennis ball cricket and cricket are not the same, though they share the name of cricket. Tennis ball cricket has planted the name of Goa at the national level with aplomb since the past many years, discovers SUSHANT CHIMULKAR of THE NAVHIND TIMES NT NETWORK Think about tennis ball cricket and what comes to mind is bang, bang – see …

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Cricket is my passion: Sharmila Naik

“Cricket is my passion and I will continue to play the game till I find myself fit both mentally and physically,” says Sharmila Naik, a woman tennis ball cricket player who has been representing Goa for the last 17 years. Sharmila, an all-rounder, first played for Goa at junior level in 2002 and since then she has represented the state …

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