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

Suez Crisis: A tragedy of 21st century ships having to rely on 19th century engineering

The Ever Given stranded in the Suez Canal NOVELIST AND SEAFARER Joseph Conrad had sailed through the Suez Canal more than once in his lifetime. A lover of the deep seas, he had called the ocean “a thing to love, a thing to fear”. He had a quibble over this greatest maritime project of the … Continue reading Suez Crisis: A tragedy of 21st century ships having to rely on 19th century engineering

Women-run home kitchens that popped up during lockdown show no signs of going away

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) THE IC in IC Colony in Mumbai’s Borivali stands for immaculate conception. Chisy Das, who resides there, wants to believe that her new venture, a home kitchen, was conceived similarly, with patience, passion and perfection. This former MNC professional and her husband, who was in the construction field, considered several options before … Continue reading Women-run home kitchens that popped up during lockdown show no signs of going away

The Modi Government Is a Regime of Low-Intensity Terror

Stanford University anthropologist Thomas Blom Hansen discusses the rise of anger, brutality, and violence in Indian public life. Thomas Blom Hansen is a Stanford University anthropologist and author of The Law of Force: The Violent Heart of Indian Politics. (Thomas Blom Hansen) Not many academics have studied Hindu nationalism with the intensity of Stanford University anthropologist Thomas … Continue reading The Modi Government Is a Regime of Low-Intensity Terror

User Tracking on News Websites Most Intense in India

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) PRIVACY AND DATA protection laws in India are not as stringent as those elsewhere, especially in the West. Indian citizens on the whole don’t appear too concerned about their data footprint being accessed by those looking to make a profit from it. This collective disregard is taken for granted by even social … Continue reading User Tracking on News Websites Most Intense in India

Vietnam looks to boost educational ties with India, signs MoUs with private universities

Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau (in blue) at the MoU signing ceremony in New Delhi on May 17, 2021 New Delhi, March 17, 2021: Vietnam, which enjoys robust diplomatic and defence ties with India, now wants to send more of its students to colleges here as part of a long-term commitment to enhance relations on the education … Continue reading Vietnam looks to boost educational ties with India, signs MoUs with private universities

Thomas Blom Hansen’s new book looks at RSS goals vs Constitutional rights

THOMAS BLOM HANSEN is one of the world’s foremost scholars of Hindu nationalism. Which is why his books continue to generate tremendous interest among academics and non-academics alike. His latest one, The Law of Force: The Violent Heart of Indian Politics (Aleph; 176 pages; Rs 499), which released recently and traces the chequered history of political violence … Continue reading Thomas Blom Hansen’s new book looks at RSS goals vs Constitutional rights

Meet the forester whose video of dancing in the rain went viral

Exclusive interview with 33-year-old Snehalata Dhal of Odisha’s Simlipal National Park Snehalata Dhal WHEN her assistant Lal Mohan took a 23-second video of her dancing uninhibitedly and appealing euphorically to the rain gods to not go away before dousing the forest fires, Snehalata Dhal, a young forester at Pithabata range in Simlipal National Park in … Continue reading Meet the forester whose video of dancing in the rain went viral

Can the Left in Bengal expect a rainmaker in Abbas Siddiqui, the brash cleric and its new ally?

ABBAS SIDDIQUI HAS changed. Abbas Siddiqui is changing. Abbas Siddiqui will change. These are the unlikely but general statements churned out by Left leaders in West Bengal, mostly privately, justifying their collaboration with a new and untested party floated on January 21st by this 34-year-old pirzada, a cleric, of the shrine of Furfura Sharif in West … Continue reading Can the Left in Bengal expect a rainmaker in Abbas Siddiqui, the brash cleric and its new ally?