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Questioning an iconic number

Accurately estimating the numbers of those dead in any conflict is notoriously difficult. In Bangladesh, these practical difficulties are exacerbated by the partisan nature of the politics »
April 24, 2014

BCCI and a credibility deficit

Once again, the credibility deficit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India stands underlined. A three-member committee recommended by the BCCI to hold an investigation into charges concernin... »
April 24, 2014

A virus to watch out for

In September 2012, an alert Egyptian doctor working in a Saudi Arabian hospital isolated a new human virus in samples taken from a man who had died of pneumonia and kidney failure. The virus came... »
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Photo: V. Sudershan Exclusive

`BJP’s politics is one of hubris and anger'

On Wednesday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandh... »

In praise of walking

My father loved to walk. It was his great ritual, his idea of prayer and work. Every morning at four, the house would echo with the thump of his shoes, the tumbler of coffee, as he hurried out. My... »
TRANSITION: Pervez Musharraf's indictment reveals that the Pakistani military's undisputed dominance may be eroding, but transition to complete civilian supremacy may take a while. Photo:AP

What Pakistan wants from India

Pakistanis have been watching the election scene in India with considerable trepidation. The intellectual elite and some sections of the media are aware that détente has progressed better whenever... »

When words fail

Innumerable requiems to the magical wordsmith Gabriel García Márquez have brought out his mastery over the language and the craft of storytelling. As a journalist, my personal debt to him comes fro... »
DAVID SHARIATMADARI

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Why your brain wants to swear

A recent study shows that children are adept at absorbing swearwords. That's the power of linguistic taboos »

When words fail

Innumerable requiems to the magical wordsmith Gabriel García Márquez have brought out his mastery over the language and the craft of storytelling. As a journalist, my personal debt to him comes fro... »
April 24, 2014

In praise of walking

I am quite impressed with the thought-provoking article “In praise of walking” (April 23). It won’t be out of place to also add that one of the greatest walks by mankind was from Africa, some 1,50... »
April 24, 2014

Priyanka’s claim

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said that the charges against her husband, Robert Vadra are not only “false” but also aimed at humiliating her family (Apr.23). She must be confident that the people “hav... »
April 24, 2014

Speeches of hate

Hate speeches during election campaigns are made just to grab the headlines (“Modi in damage control mode,” April 23). The “punishment” awarded by the Election Commission to such offenders can har... »
April 24, 2014

Temple treasures

It is distressing to note that the gold reserves/other treasures at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram (“Troubling questions on temple treasure’s safety,” April 23) is under the... »
April 24, 2014

Serving democracy?

Anand Teltumbde has pulled no punches in pointing out the seamy side of our electoral system based on the principle of FPTP (“By the ruling class, for the ruling class,” April 23). It cannot be sa... »
April 23, 2014

Mining in Goa

The judgment of the Supreme Court lifting the ban on iron ore mining in Goa, with some riders, needs to be welcomed (April 22). Let us hope that adequate safeguards are in place including checks u... »
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Photo: V. Sudershan
April 24, 2014
Exclusive

`BJP’s politics is one of hubris and anger'

On Wednesday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandh... »
RAY OF HOPE: Politics is the only way to change things in Bastar, to empower people, says Soni Sori.
March 17, 2014

“I fear that the more I speak the truth, the more I’ll subject myself to danger”

The Indian state’s war against Maoists has resulted in the incarceration of thousands of Adivasis in Chhattisgarh and elsewhere, many of them on flimsy charges. They continue languishing in state... » 13 comments
Samia Nkrumah is clearly Ghana’s face of the future and the person of whom The Huffington Post said “The new Mandela is a woman.”
April 2, 2014

‘If women play a greater role in conflict resolution, you would have more peace’

She walks into the room with sinuous grace in a striking gown of African weave. Forceful, articulate and ambitious, Samia Nkrumah is clearly Ghana’s face of the future and the per... » 1 comment
NO STOPPING: '...we have two demands. We want the missing persons to be recovered and we want a separate Balochistan.' Qadeer Baloch leading the Long March for Baloch Missing Persons in Islamabad.
March 10, 2014

‘If there is a referendum in Balochistan, people will vote for independence’

At 72, Qadeer Baloch or “Mama” Baloch walks the talk. After covering 3,300 km from Quetta, a journey that began on October 27, 2013, he and his fellow marchers reached Islamabad o... » 15 comments
April 20, 2014

46, Male, Single. And no less fraught

I’ve always wondered why married people lose no opportunity to litter their conversations with marriage problems, woefully pitying one another. But at the same time, they will do everything... »
April 20, 2014

Promise of democracy

I am twenty-five.High on hopes and dreams.Yet never spared ofMy share in pains and rains.I now wish not for wings,»
Stress. Photo: S R Raghunathan
April 20, 2014

Examinations, placements and other sundry challenges

The increasing numbers of suicides among students at India’s premier technology institutes and schools, especially after or during the process of placements or examinations, are saddening indeed. T... »
April 20, 2014

31, Male, and not yet there...

My regular day doesn’t start with my mom worrying for my marriage, because I am not with them, but in Delhi, a thousand kilometres from home in Patna. But yes, thanks to the mobile phone and Skype,... »