THE chief minister of Kerala had a reputation for being pithy. But he seems to have changed, showing an inclination to dwell at length on the policies of his coalition, which has secured another term in the recent Assembly election. This historic victory makes Pinarayi Vijayan the first chief minister of Kerala to return to … Continue reading ‘The relevance of the Left in India cannot be measured by poll victories alone’
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (centre) meets party workers in Kannur, May 2 (Photo: AP) THE MORNING of May 3rd, the day after a stunning electoral victory for Kerala’s Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM)-led coalition of which he is the spearhead, Pinarayi Vijayan was seated inside a Bombardier flying him from his hometown Kannur in … Continue reading Pinarayi Vijayan makes history. What makes him India’s most powerful communist leader?
An interview with Gautam I. Menon, Professor, Departments of Physics and Biology, Ashoka University Gautam I. Menon FOR SOMEONE whose key interest in the past was mostly related to superconductors, Menon is now focused on building models of infectious diseases. While his intellectual pursuits are eclectic, and includes statistical physics, soft condensed matter physics, mechanobiology … Continue reading ‘Indian super model to predict Covid spread lacked clarity’
No other Kerala politician, with the probable exception of the late Congress patriarch K Karunakaran, has been as loved and hated in equal measure and embroiled in as many controversies. Within the CPM, no other leader, not even icons as legendary as EMS Namboodiripad or AK Gopalan or P Krishna Pillai or the indefatigable and … Continue reading Pinarayi Vijayan: The Leader as Survivor
Rahul Gandhi at a roadshow at Sulthan Bathery, Kerala, April 1, 2021 Rebel Congress leaders of the G-23 are expected to revive their calls for an organisational rejig That Congress saw Kerala as an island of hope for its first family, the Gandhis, was evident in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Sensing a huge setback … Continue reading A Setback for the Gandhis
Emboldened by its victory, the Kerala CPM will resist any bid by its central leadership to align with Congress anywhere Pinarayi Vijayan addressing after the election results, May 2, 2021 Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has made history by becoming the first incumbent in the state to return to power. The Left Democratic Front (LDF), … Continue reading Pinarayi Vijayan in the Driver’s Seat
These days, as people run out of breath while scrambling for oxygen cylinders and hospital beds with ventilators to save their acutely Covid-19-infected kin and friends in panic and dread, Neha Alawadhi routinely tweets and retweets online appeals for help that attract her attention. I am always ready to help, she says. Alawadhi is in … Continue reading Covid: No Last Goodbyes in India
“I don’t give a damn,” asserts Dr Ajayita Chanana, Chandigarh-based celebrity ayurvedic doctor and yoga coach, about the unsavoury comments she receives on her social-media accounts for promoting her aphrodisiac oil for both sexes. Branded I-Red, she says it is prepared based on texts by ancient masters of traditional Indian medicine. “I have no time for those who leave … Continue reading Can This New Aphrodisiac Beat Covid Blues?
Memoirs of a man who was born into affluence but chose a life of struggle
Mariana Mazzucato MARIANA MAZZUCATO has written a few stellar books since the economic meltdown of 2008, such as The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector (2013) and The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018). This innovation-focused economist has busted notions of cutting-edge technology emerging from the mind of an entrepreneurial genius who then … Continue reading Book Review: Mariana Mazzucato’s Mission Economy – A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism