In post-Congress avatar, actress and former social media head Divya Spandana launches film production house

Popularly known by her screen name 'Ramya', the 39-year-old had quit the party after the 2019 poll loss and has lately been highly critical of former colleagues Actress Divya Spandana, popularly known as Ramya, is a former CWC member and social media head of the Congress party until she quit in 2019 Celebrated Kannada actress … Continue reading In post-Congress avatar, actress and former social media head Divya Spandana launches film production house

In a relief to Indian students, Ukraine holds convocation in Delhi, awards more than 500 MD certificates

 One of the students, Siddharth Nambiar from VN Karazin Kharkiv National University, at the Delhi convocation n what comes as a major relief amidst uncertainty, Ukrainian authorities have held a convocation in New Delhi where they awarded MD certificates to more than 500 medical students who had finished their final-year exams before fleeing from their respective universities … Continue reading In a relief to Indian students, Ukraine holds convocation in Delhi, awards more than 500 MD certificates

Non-alcoholic liver diseases in teens and hardworking villagers portend a crisis for India

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) SONAM SHENOY, a techie-turned-homemaker based in Lower Parel, Mumbai, had always frowned upon her 15-year-old son’s incorrigible habits, which included avoiding his evening tennis sessions with friends and gorging on sweets like there is no tomorrow. That was her pre-Covid complaint. It got worse during Covid when the teen began taking classes … Continue reading Non-alcoholic liver diseases in teens and hardworking villagers portend a crisis for India

‘Inside Big Tech, privileged caste members use filters to keep others out of jobs, promotions’

Marilyn Fernandez, professor emerita in the Sociology department at Santa Clara University, California, in conversation with the author Marilyn Fernandez, professor emerita in the Sociology department at Santa Clara University, California, has for long closely investigated caste discrimination in the IT sector. In the wake of accusations mounting against Silicon Valley tech giants from a section … Continue reading ‘Inside Big Tech, privileged caste members use filters to keep others out of jobs, promotions’

Why Nobody, Not Even a Ruthless Murderer, Can Surprise Salman Rushdie

Ullekh NP recalls his meeting with the celebrated and charming author over a decade ago, his wit, scholarship and tremendous willpower Salman Rushdie, who is now recovering from a murder attempt on him in New York by a Lebanese-origin 24-year-old probable religious zealot, has been a larger-than-life figure ever since most of us have heard … Continue reading Why Nobody, Not Even a Ruthless Murderer, Can Surprise Salman Rushdie

Bihar’s Left Sees No Ideological Obstacle in Backing ‘Opportunist’ Nitish

Dipankar Bhattacharya of CPI(ML) Liberation The Left parties in Bihar – which had sharply criticised chief minister Nitish Kumar over his party’s alliance with BJP in the 2020 assembly election and his opportunistic ways – say that there is nothing ideologically incongruent about backing the leader known to have shifted loyalties and aligned with rival … Continue reading Bihar’s Left Sees No Ideological Obstacle in Backing ‘Opportunist’ Nitish

Bihar’s Left Sees No Ideological Obstacle in Backing ‘Opportunist’ Nitish

Our fight is against the BJP, says Dipankar Bhattacharya of CPI(ML) Liberation, which has 12 MLAs in the state assembly The Left parties in Bihar – which had sharply criticised chief minister Nitish Kumar over his party’s alliance with BJP in the 2020 assembly election and his opportunistic ways – say that there is nothing … Continue reading Bihar’s Left Sees No Ideological Obstacle in Backing ‘Opportunist’ Nitish

Simon Kuper’s new book uncovers the ‘Oxford flaws’. And why Brexit’s origins lie in the elite British institution

Simon Kuper (Photo Courtesy: Joan Cortadellas) LAST SUNDAY, THE city of Oxford—often synony­mous with the University of Oxford since the campus is spread across the town of around 1,50,000 residents—was abuzz with the fanfare of the annual gradua­tion ceremony. Composed young men and women of all nationalities dressed in graduation gowns and hats posed proudly … Continue reading Simon Kuper’s new book uncovers the ‘Oxford flaws’. And why Brexit’s origins lie in the elite British institution

Lockdowns can lock down endemic infections. For a new pandemic, they have little effect, says Sunetra Gupta

Sunetra Gupta, Epidemiologist, in Open conversation with Ullekh NP Theoretical epidemiologist and decorated Oxford academic Sunetra Gupta earned international fame in October 2020 after she co-authored the Great Barrington Declara­tion which disfavoured lockdowns as a means to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. She and her collaborators were attacked by people in academia as well as in governments. … Continue reading Lockdowns can lock down endemic infections. For a new pandemic, they have little effect, says Sunetra Gupta

Indian Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) TRIDIP SUHRUD, INDIA’S FOREMOST GANDHI SCHOLAR, is provost at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He says that the goal of his institution, one of India’s premier ones in several streams, especially architecture, is to make students “practice-worthy apprentices”. Each college or university that finds prominent mention in this issue shares such lofty targets, although … Continue reading Indian Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges