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Why We Need More N-tests

With evidence emerging of Pakistan modifying missiles and working overtime on nuclear weapons, India must reserve its right to test new nukes I have become death, the destroyer of worlds This…

Merchants of Excess

It is possible, extremely easy even, to eat poorly in France. Even in the country that inspired Julia Child to discover the art of cooking, in the ‘native place’ of Cordon Bleu, Michelin stars and La…

Business Briefing 05/09

Exports Remain in Deep Trouble Despite all the hoopla surrounding the new exim policy, Indian exports remain bogged down. The reason is simple: the global economy has just not generated enough…

A Hotel for Change

Nineteen-year old Meena had made peace with destiny while earning a living as a labourer in an agarbatti unit. As a poor Dalit, there was little more she could aspire to. As it happens, she’s in a…

The Tiger’s Healthy Stripes

Come election time, even ailing politicians come out of their dens to flaunt their blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The Shiv Sena, which got a beating in the Lok Sabha election, is showing its…

Telgi’s book

Multi-crore fake stamp paper scamster Abdul Karim Telgi is writing a tell-all autobiography, and going by the size of it, it might have a lot to tell. “The book is around 1,600 pages. It is in the…

Obituary of an Indian Spacecraft

The benefits of inferiority complex are immense. Without that, male nationalism is not possible. And there would be no Indian space programme. A nation whose children die of starvation every day but…

Exporting Ganpati

The Shiv Sena’s been trying to drum up some enthusiasm for Lord Ganesha in Kerala, with amusing results. For the past two years, residents of state capital Thiruvananthapuram have been perplexed by…

Aapro Facebook

Whatever it takes. For Parsis to procreate. With a population that’s 120,000 and dipping due to a dwindling birth rate, the Parsis may soon be extinct. In the old days, there were the socials, the…

Hilsa Hits the Roof

Hilsa is slowly getting out of reach for most Bengalis. Their beloved sea fish, which migrates upstream through various rivers of the Gangetic delta to spawn, is getting rarer and dearer. This season…