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Good fight must be fought equally

Lalita Panicker This election, as with elections before, has seen the usual sniping at the women in the fray by their male counterparts. So, we had ugly references to the feisty Smriti Irani’s marital status to Priyanka Gandhi’s change of attire from skirts and trousers to sarees with the aim of getting votes. Film actresses in the arena seem to …

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News conferences… in all their hues

Frederick Noronha Everyone and their dog seems to be discussing news conferences these days. This is not surprising after Prime Minister Modi sat on, largely speechless, for the first press conference even in his five-year term. In the meanwhile, the BJP president went on with his long lecture, even as the Prime Minister’s body language appeared untypical. In today’s day …

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Maintaining a reputation

Gopalkrishna Gandhi This election has been the most competitive, divisive and verbally abusive in India’s history. One gift has however come from it. Hearing the “Chowkidar chor hai” matter in the Supreme Court, Justice SK Kaul gave us the gift of a classic observation: “Any person can make a mistake, but having made it, you should go ahead and admit …

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From the Zagros Mountains

TENSING RODRIGUES Could the farmers and herders of Mehrgadh have come from across the Bolan Pass, from the foothills of the Zagros Mountains, carrying the wheat and barley domestication ‘technologies’ developed in the Fertile Crescent ? There is more than one reason to believe so. Comparing with the forces that would have driven the farmers from Gangetic plain into the …

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Italian mappillai in India

Saaz Aggarwal Carlo Pizzati came to India as a ‘yoga-person’, and stayed on. He married a woman who proposed to him in the course of their relationship. “I think you should marry me. Hello? I’m a caaatch!” she said, and he agreed. Many locals thought he wouldn’t last but, so far so good, he has. It can’t be easy because …

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Remembering Sanya

Luis Dias When you think of French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918), his vast oeuvre of music for the piano will inevitably come to mind, and perhaps his reputation as arguably the first ‘impressionistic’ composer (although he himself hated the term). But in terms of chamber music, he did gift the bowed stringed instrument family one solitary but exquisite string quartet …

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How gold connects humans to cosmos

Nandkumar Kamat Is it not an exciting thought that the gold that people use is 4600 million years old and had its origin somewhere else in the galaxy? If we run the clock of our solar system back then we can see that 5000 million years ago it was just a spinning disc of gas and dust bombarded by radiation. …

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When archery provides another shot at life

Ajai Masand Sitting upright in a wheel chair, wearing a blue blazer that fit snugly across his broad shoulders, Rakesh Kumar smiles reticently as he shows his bronze medal, won in the mixed team event at the Fazza Para Archery World Rankings International in Dubai in April. It was the only medal India got at the event, and Kumar, 34, …

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Gearing up for victory

The 2018-19 Geno First Division League though delayed for various reasons, has finally gained momentum. Sesa Football Academy with 34 points has topped the table after winning all their matches. Displaying great performance and skills they have re-entered Goa Football Associations professional league. As part of the preparations for the upcoming football season, the academy is gearing up to upgrade …

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The progressive desertification of Goa

Nandkumar M Kamat First Goa will be tormented by water supply crisis lasting till middle of June. And when the rains arrive there will be unprecedented stagnation of water and heavy flooding. For the next one month there will be very severe drinking water supply crisis mainly on account of a deficient monsoon, inadequate post monsoon rains, and negligible pre …

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