Pinarayi Vijayan in the Driver’s Seat

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

Covid: No Last Goodbyes in India

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

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

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