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

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?

Every Gandhi-sceptic and Gandhi-adherent must bear in mind that he was human: Grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi (Photo: Wikipedia) Restless as Mercury is an outcome of Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s extensive research into the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi and books and accounts of him written and recollected by those close to him under his guidance besides An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Which is why Gopalkrishna, an alumnus of St Stephen’s College, writes as if … Continue reading Every Gandhi-sceptic and Gandhi-adherent must bear in mind that he was human: Grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi

UP’s ‘One District One Product’ Project Employs 1 Million, Exports Rise 38%

The scheme was launched three years ago on January 24 covering 75 districts in India's most populous state THREE YEARS after it was launched, the Uttar Pradesh government’s ambitious ‘one district one product’ (ODOP) scheme has spurred an overall rise of 38% in the exports of these products in the first two years as the … Continue reading UP’s ‘One District One Product’ Project Employs 1 Million, Exports Rise 38%

Tracking the links between Liberalisation and cultural nationalism in India

Professor Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark In Professor Ravinder Kaur’s latest book, she peels off layers and layers of contemporary Indian history to prove, on her own terms, that the ‘manifestation of Hindu cultural nationalism and market liberalisation’ owe their dominance to each other. Her narrative is akin to the solving … Continue reading Tracking the links between Liberalisation and cultural nationalism in India