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A Rebuke from Rani

The actress talks about No One Killed Jessica and frets about journalists jumping to conclusions about the real-life inspiration for her TV-anchor role in the movie. Rani Mukherjee taps a finger on…

The IIC Symbolism

It is raining autonomy reports in Kashmir. In a bid to make themselves relevant in the current turmoil, the three interlocutors ap­pointed by New Delhi are meeting any political leader who is willing…

Bengal’s Bloody Politics

Politics in West Bengal has always been violent. But till recently, it was generally a one-sided affair with the CPM beating and bruising the opposition. Now, with the political tide turning, the…

The Bones of Amelia Earhart

Finally, the mystery of  Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator who went missing 73 years ago, seems to be getting solved. Three bone fragments found on Nikumaroo, a deserted South Pacific island, are…

When Larry Got No Love

With numbers like these, this would have been a problem. Larry King who has just finished the broadcast of his final show, has said in an interview that while he had been married seven times, he was…

Facebook’s Oldest

If you thought Facebook was the exclusive abode of the young, look up Lilian Lowe. At 103, the Briton is the oldest person on Facebook, and she uses it intensively to stay in touch with her extended…

The Science and Stupidity of Homeopathy

A week ago, the front page of the country’s larg­est selling English newspaper, The Times of India, announced ‘IIT-B team shows how homeopathy works.’ The article then rather credulously went on to…

Whose India Is It Anyway?

I am thankful to the editor of Open for publishing my article on the idea of State and Nation (‘People Are the Nation’, 22 November 2010) and the rejoinder from Hartosh Singh Bal. I appreciated the…

Red Hot Chilli Armour

A group of medicos has come up with a novel way of fighting the rising crime against women in the capital. As part of its Red Chilli campaign, the group encourages people to carry a pack of red…

Southern Discomfort

As the sun sinks down over 2010, Lake Pulicat in Tamil Nadu has just been declared the threatened lake of the year by the Global Nature Fund. This posting comes after the livelihoods of 50,000…