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In times of crisis, the role of the opposition

CHANAKYA At a press conference on April 16, Congress Member of Parliament, and former party president, Rahul Gandhi spoke about the coronavirus pandemic – and India’s efforts to tackle it. Keeping aside the substance of his intervention for now, the most important point that Gandhi made was this was not a moment to fight. He underlined that he had many …

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The vetuvan, the irula, and the kurumbar

TENSING RODRIGUES Last time we said that three other communities seem to be sharing the aborigine character with the vedar: the vetuvan, the irula and the kurumbar. According to Thurston, vetuvan were found mainly in Salem, Coimbatore and Madura districts of erstwhile Madras Presidency; and to a smaller extent also in Malabar and South Kanara. [Thurston, 1909: Castes And Tribes …

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Future of fashion in the wake of COVID-19

Designers discuss the impact of the pandemic on the business of fashion, buying behaviour and consumer categories Manish Mishra The world overcame the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, which was followed by the arrival of the roaring 20s. In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, will we see a return to the exuberance and excess remotely reminiscent of the …

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Shayari goes live in the time of corona

Urdu poets across India are conducting live ‘mushairas’ on Facebook to help cope with the crisis Shara Ashraf Prayag ‘Yun hi besabab na phira karo, koi shaam ghar mein raha karo, Woh ghazal ki sachchi kitab hai, use chupke chukpe parha karo, Koi haath bhi na milayega, jo gale miloge tapaak se, Yeh naye mejaaz ka shahar hai zara faaslon …

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Humour in the time of coronavirus

KARAN THAPAR Nancy Mitford’s thoughts turned to love in a cold climate. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s went in a very similar direction except it was a time of cholera. Mine, I’m afraid, are more prosaic. It’s not amour that I’ve turned to but humour. Let’s see if I can make you laugh in this time of the coronavirus! Fear of the …

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Caring for our horses

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi In Pilibhit, as in most districts of the Tarai, a large number of vehicles are still horse drawn. This is not just true of this area, but over most northern states. There are horses being used in Delhi as well – even though we have had them banned from most parts of the city. I have a …

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PM’s speech: A mixed bag

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the national lockdown for 19 more days, till May 3. This means India will have a lockdown of 40 days – the longest any country, especially of India’s size, population and complexity, has had in the world so far. To be sure, there is a caveat. Depending on the spread of the …

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What would Gandhi have done today?

GOPALKRISHNA GANDHI Gandhi is unlikely to have known the word pandemic. For that matter, he never used the word “ecology”. And yet, there are few who knew the core of those words, the heart of their meaning, better than him. Gandhi’s experience of epidemics went back to his days in South Africa when, as he records, the plague hit an …

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The North-South Cline

TENSING RODRIGUES Finding the contours of the kur and Deccan ksatriya inhabitation is the task that we have set before ourselves. Let us first reiterate the similarity and difference between these two communities, both produced by the fusion of native Indian and Near Eastern (Iranian) ancestries. Kur is an almost pan-Indian community to which kumlbi, kunbi, kurmi, kudubi, kurni, kanbi, …

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Goa’s love affair with fish undeterred

Lockdown or inflation, fish is essential for Goans. And in Baga, anglers, traditional fishermen, and mechanised trawlers can be seen busy at work everyday Danuska Da Gama | NT NETWORK For a fish-eating population like Goa, their staple is a necessity; even if it means the prices have sky-rocketed during the lockdown due to scare supply and increased demand. And …

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