Indian Farmers Versus Narendra Modi’s Propaganda Machine

Hundreds of thousands of India’s farmers have been camping on the roads leading to New Delhi in an unprecedented protest that has lasted more than two months but has not been given its proportional share of attention, either from the media or the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for its merit and legitimacy. The … Continue reading Indian Farmers Versus Narendra Modi’s Propaganda Machine

MN Deshpande: The Public Archaeologist

In her book on the late iconic chief of the Archaeological Survey of India, author and historian Nayanjot Lahiri surpasses her own high standards in history writing For a person who played a pivotal role in shaping and giving direction to archaeological explorations and the building and sustaining of a nodal institution for that purpose … Continue reading MN Deshpande: The Public Archaeologist

Watching Christopher Nolan’s Tenet: First Day First Show in India

In this sci-fi movie, forces from the future seek revenge on past generations for what they had done to the planet WATCHING Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on December 4, the day it was released in India, was thrilling for more reasons than the movie itself. It was the first film I watched in a cinema hall in over … Continue reading Watching Christopher Nolan’s Tenet: First Day First Show in India

China Critic and Historian Olsi Jazexhi Says He is Worried About Anti-Muslim Campaigns in India

Olsi Jazexhi is an Albanian-Canadian historian and journalist who shot to fame following his controversial visit to China’s Xinjiang province last year as a guest of the Chinese government. While on a guided tour of the region, he uploaded videos from what China describes as vocational centres for Muslim minority Uighurs and claimed that they were more … Continue reading China Critic and Historian Olsi Jazexhi Says He is Worried About Anti-Muslim Campaigns in India

India must look for ways to acquire influence in areas where China is vulnerable, says Bruno Maçães

Bruno Maçães (pronounced as Maseyes) is a renowned political scientist and a former minister of Portugal. An alumnus of Harvard University, this 46-year-old author and business strategist has lived and worked in China and closely follows the country’s politics and culture. Now a senior fellow at the prestigious Hudson Institute, Washington DC, Maçães is a widely travelled … Continue reading India must look for ways to acquire influence in areas where China is vulnerable, says Bruno Maçães

Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West, says ICMR study

A first-of-its-kind study funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), involving over 10,000 people, has concluded that Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West due to a raft of factors, including inordinate delays in hospitalisation soon after the heart attack, that finally result in premature heart failure and … Continue reading Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West, says ICMR study

India vs China: Shed Muscular Politics and Tread The Path of Peace

THE SAVAGE KILLINGS of Indian soldiers by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the freezing cold of Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15th—with iron rods, clubs and other improvised weapons rarely used in modern combat—raise enormous concerns about the likelihood of an escalation of armed conflict, especially because tempers are high following weeks of … Continue reading India vs China: Shed Muscular Politics and Tread The Path of Peace

Indian Society is Too Interdependent for a Long Lockdown: Nobel Economist and Poverty Expert Angus Deaton

Angus S. Deaton is a Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. The 74-year-old, who was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare in … Continue reading Indian Society is Too Interdependent for a Long Lockdown: Nobel Economist and Poverty Expert Angus Deaton

Stranded Nephew, Grounded Uncle: Two Indians in Covid-Hit Germany

Pratap Pillai is an Indian-origin engineer who has sailed the seven seas for decades, starting as a trainee engineer to finally being the chief engineer of merchant ships. He has always been trained to be ready for the worst-case scenario in the deep sea, even a shipwreck. For the past nine years, though, his propinquity … Continue reading Stranded Nephew, Grounded Uncle: Two Indians in Covid-Hit Germany

Domestic Abuse Sees a Sharp Rise in the Time of the Covid-19 Lockdown

Kolkata-based women’s rights activist Anuradha Kapoor speaks with a mix of compassion and passion. She founded the women’s rights organisation Swayam 25 years ago and it now covers the entire state of West Bengal. “Domestic abuse has gone up at least 20-30 per cent since the lockdown,” she says bluntly, doing some mental calculation of … Continue reading Domestic Abuse Sees a Sharp Rise in the Time of the Covid-19 Lockdown