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India’s messsage to the world

Chanakya With Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the United States (US), it has been a busy period for Indian foreign policy. It has also been revealing, for various strands of India’s international outlook, its strategic and economic priorities, its key relationships, and its message to the world have emerged over this period. To get a comprehensive sense of how India …

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Odd-even plan will not work

Karan Thapar “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”, John Maynard Keynes is, perhaps apocryphally, reported to have asked. This is a question I would like to hear Arvind Kejriwal answer, now that he has announced a third spell of the odd-even scheme for 10 days in November. Citing studies by Chicago and Harvard …

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Investing in the US

After the showmanship of Houston, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump returned to the more nuanced world of diplomacy. At their press conference there was continued bonhomie but also hints of traditional bilateral concerns. Ending the most substantial concern, avoiding a guerrilla trade war, remained elusive though India and the United States appear to be on track to …

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How your dog can be your matchmaker Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

We always knew that dogs were good for our mental health. Many studies, like the one conducted by professor of psychology and director of the Canine Cognition Center at Yale University, Laurie Santos, have shown how even brief interactions with dogs can significantly alleviate our mood and reduce our anxiety levels. Research shows their positive effect on their guardians’ health, …

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Diminishing Gandhi

Ramachandra Guha Last month, a row broke out in my alma mater, the University of Delhi, when the students’ organisation, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), sought to install a bust of their Hindutva icon, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, alongside the busts of Subhas Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh. Those who – unlike the statue-installers – were aware of essential historical …

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When books make news… out of Goa

Frederick Noronha It’s that time of the year when we need to look at one of Goa’s most successful secret, a conference being held mostly in Goa itself. Publishing Next was held last weekend, over four days, at Miramar, greeted with only a little attention in the media and elsewhere. Yet, for the book publishing fraternity nationwide, this event has …

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Society divided by hate

Shashi Shekhar Have you heard about Saeid Mollaei? The world judo champion is in a crisis today. The Tehran regime asked him to stay away from the World Judo Championship on the grounds that there was a chance of him facing an Israeli judoka during the competition. The logic is that a country which gave the world its first-ever Islamic …

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Sahyadrikhand: The story of the Bramhan

The story of the bramhan is an enigma. As per tradition, they arrived in the ‘graveyard’ of the Sarasvati valley civilisation after being driven out of their Central Asian steppes. What really happened? Let’s trace their footsteps TENSING RODRIGUES The story of the bramhan is an enigma indeed. Going by the best of the traditions, the bramhan chose to arrive …

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Of gender politics

Shaikh Mujibur Rehman The decision by Odisha’s chief minister, Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), and the West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to introduce 33 per cent reservation for women candidates in their respective political parties would go down as a major positive development in the 2019 parliamentary election. By doing this, …

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The never-ending quest for better intonation

Luis Dias I’m so pleased that our Child’s Play India Foundation tenth anniversary concert was so well-attended, and by an unprecedented number of parents and relatives of the children from the project. Building new audiences is also an integral part of our raison d’être, alongside providing music education to the highest possible standard. Those of you who were at the …

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