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New Year 2016 Issue

New Year Issue: Editor’s Note ~ S Prasannarajan A celebration of storytelling   Being a Conservative ~ Swapan Dasgupta Reconciling the eternal India with the changing India   Reading the Lives of…

Being a Conservative

And the Ploughman settled the share More deep in the sun-dried clod: “Mogul, Mahratta, and Mlech from the North, And White Queen over the Seas— God raiseth them up and driveth them forth As the dust…

DNA Is Destiny

For someone who started off interested in fruit flies in Varanasi, Gyaneshwer Chaubey, now with the University of Tartu in Estonia, has travelled some distance, both literally and metaphorically.…

India Through Slogans

History is replete with the tragedy that overtakes a democracy when a leader who has risen to power on the crest of a popular wave or with the support of a democratic organisation becomes a victim of…

New Year Issue: Editor’s Note

News is no big deal. It is the cheapest item around. Most of us navigate through the maze of newsbreaks with our sensibilities intact. They are a visual blur. They are sounds and accents. They are…

Reading the Lives of Others

My God, how does one write a biography?” asked Virginia Woolf when tasked with writing the life of her friend Roger Fry. This question has occasionally crossed my mind. More often, though, I have…

The Learning Curve

An apocryphal story goes that an enthusiastic Palestinian student who came to study Hindu Philosophy at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) returned home a few months later because he was convinced he had…

Out of Africa

I wouldn’t walk there if I were you,” advised my companion, pointing to a disturbed patch of sand, as he squinted against the early morning light, sparkling off the Atlantic waves. It was where, a…

A Political History of Hygiene

Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad is the starting point of many an Indian legend. Mahatma Gandhi began his famous march to Dandi in 1930 to break British India’s salt law from here. Less known are Gandhi…

The First Indian

About 74,000 years ago, a major event occurred on earth. A deafening noise ran across the planet as a super-volcano, Toba, erupted on the modern-day island of Sumatra in Indonesia, considered by…