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Sonali Mujumdar Growing up in the 1980s and 90s, family outings were usually focussed on eating Chinese food, which was at once exotic and homey. Chinese food in India is the story of a cuisine that has its roots in 18th century Calcutta under the stewardship of the British East India Company, and the influx of Chinese workers who brought …

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Tribute to the Shaheen Bagh women protestors

These women have become a symbol for resistance and women’s empowerment for the entire country Nandita Haksar This year International Women’s Day will be 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action which aimed at removing the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life, whether in public or in private. Women have made …

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All in one

In a country where lifestyles are being transformed by capitalism and aspiration, this new family format is both a reflection and a harbinger of change Rachel Lopez It used to be a criticism. In every previous generation, a family with only one child was met with disapproval: What’s the matter? Can’t have more? Can’t afford more? There was a stereotype …

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Road map for the Congress

Karan Thapar At last I can see signs of life in the Congress! Having lain inert for months, it’s starting to twitch. Unless I’m horribly mistaken, the dormant giant is stirring itself out of slumber. If it actually stretches, raises its head and attempts to stand up, that can only be good news. Now, you can’t have failed to notice …

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In good shape

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Mimicry, by changing form, shape and colour, is unique to animals. Imagine if you went into a Chinese or African neighbourhood and had to blend in. Or become shorter, fatter, change the shape of your nose, increase the number of arms, the odour your body emits. We can’t do any of these things even if our lives …

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Counter Criticism

Chanakya The vast majority of Indians have no idea who Roger Waters is. The vast majority of Indians have no clue what Pink Floyd is. And even some who have heard of Pink Floyd probably think it is a who, not a what, and do not know that Roger Waters was a co-founder of the band. Ditto for John Cusack, …

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Young Goa’s serious reading crisis

Frederick Noronha It struck like a bolt from the blue. The other day, the mother of a schoolgirl from Mapusa rode quite a distance, on a scooter. She was on a specific search to find printed material in Konkani about Goan freedom fighters. It was needed for her daughter’s school assignment. Why would a parent take a scooter ride and …

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Lawlessness in Delhi

Mark Tully The recent riots in Delhi were the latest in a series of the police failures to uphold the law during the demonstrations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or the CAA. These failures do not come as a surprise. They are the inevitable consequences of something I have written about in this column several times before – the relentless …

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Fighting Coronovirus in India

India must rapidly escalate preparedness in anticipation of a cluster of infection after two new novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, one each in Delhi and Hyderabad, were confirmed. Both individuals interacted unprotected with their families, friends, colleagues and their children’s classmates. The highly contagious Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets from, and from close contact with, …

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Peopling the Komkan Coast

TENSING RODRIGUES It seems quite obvious that both the vadukar – the aborigines – and the Deccan caddi migrated to the coast from trans-Sahyadri Komkan; most probably the former had settled on the available land on the coast very early. In fact, the movement seems to have been first within the Deccan, from the rain deficient plateau in the east …

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