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Yoga not as old or Hindu as you think

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... nor very Hindu either. There is telling evidence to debunk this nationalistic myth

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Tenderbox Not Tinderbox

MJ Akbar’s Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan was reviewed in London’s The Economist within days of its publication in India. It is difficult enough for British authors and publishers to worm…

The Greatest Virus Ever Written

In September 2010, Eric Byres started noticing an interesting trend at work. Byres runs Byres Security from a small island near Vancouver, Canada. His flagship product Tofino is a security suite…

The Curious Case of Vedanta University

It takes just a cursory browse of the proposed Vedanta University’s website to marvel at its promoter Anil Agarwal’s confidence in getting every clearance needed from the Orissa government to get it…

The Weaver Waiver

Three years after the mega loan waiver for farmers, the UPA Government is planning a comprehensive relief package for crisis-stricken handloom weavers.  Like farmers, India’s weavers too have…

The Fragile Future of Egypt

I am prompted to write this piece after reading ‘The ‘Regime’ They Really Want’ in Open (14 February). The article reports that a majority of Egyptian Muslims said that democracy was preferable to…

Red Light Banking

Women in prostitution wage a continuous private battle against the ‘dirty money’ tag that comes with their earnings. A large portion of it goes to pimps, brothel owners and the police, leading to a…

Aditya Thackeray’s V-Day plans

The Shiv Sena, arch enemy of Valentine’s Day, is in some confusion over what to do on 14 February this year. Any protest will need to be undertaken by the youth wing, whose newly-anointed chief is…

Sonaar Sound Waves

Rabindrasangeet enthusiasts have a treat in store when India’s first online digital radio dedicated to Tagore songs and traditional Bengali music launches later this month. Titled Tara Radio, this…

The Mt Everest Jam

Mount Everest might acquire an Indian accent in 2011. A record number of Indians, as many as eight (for the highest point on earth, it’s definitely a crowd), are attempting the summit this year. The…

The Middle East Social Network

The social network is now the revolutionary network in the Arab world. According to a report released by the Dubai School of Government, a research institution that focuses on public policy in the…