‘The relevance of the Left in India cannot be measured by poll victories alone’

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’

Pinarayi Vijayan makes history. What makes him India’s most powerful communist leader?

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?

‘Indian super model to predict Covid spread lacked clarity’

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’

Can This New Aphrodisiac Beat Covid Blues?

“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?

Book Review: Mariana Mazzucato’s Mission Economy – A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

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