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Of decline, gentrification, and a young girl's coming of age (Book Review)

It was once home to some 130 textile mills employing 300,000 workers but then came the Great Bombay Textile Strike of 1982 over salary increases and wages that prolonged for 18 months and triggered the end of the once-thriving industry

Unravelling the India Covid story

When WHO first declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020, there was a great deal of apprehension about how India -- the country with the highest TB cases and diabetes, inadequate health infrastructure and a population of 1.3 billion -- would fare

'Presenting the true history of India a torturous process'

Ever since I began taking a serious interest in history from the time I was in the eighth grade and had yet to turn a teenager, I wondered why the focus was only on two 'eras' - the Mughal and the British

China's new Great Game in the Himalayas (Book Review)

Some weeks ago, while reviewing a book on Sino-Indian relations, a question was asked whether India was missing the wood for the trees in its response to the Chinese incursions in Ladakh that had begun last May

I dream of India-Pakistan becoming good friends: Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai

The concluding day of the 14th Jaipur Literature Festival witnessed Nobel Prize recipient, author, and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai talking about a range of subjects including education, human rights, and her hopes for India-Pakistan relationship

An engaging travel diary of a solo female traveler

An engaging travel diary, ‘Story of a Lone Lady Traveller in India’, by Shyamali Datta (Sen) fulfils the popular adage “Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell.”

'Bhuttos believed Kashmir can't be left in the hands of the generals'

Benazir Bhutto and her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto were both firm believers that intricate issues such as Kashmir cannot be left in the hands of generals, says retired Pakistani Ambassador Shamsul Hassan in his book, "Life with the Bhuttos."

Rekindling a forgotten Himalayan story: Did the CIA plant a spy device on Nanda Devi?

Did the CIA, in association with India's Intelligence Bureau, clandestinely plant nuclear devices on Nanda Devi, the second-highest mountain in India, in the 1950s to spy on China's nuclear programme and which are said to have led to a glacier break and triggered the devastating floods in Uttarakhand earlier this month?

The race to create a world-class ventilator to combat COVID-19

A raging pandemic, a dearth of life-saving equipment, and 90 days to manufacture a world-class ventilator

Timely focus on Balochistan situation (Review)

The year began on a subdued note with the assassination of journalist and activist Karima Baloch, one of Balochistan's few, fiery and brilliant women freedom fighters

'Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Power' a grim wake-up call for India (Book Review)

With Artificial Intelligence helping "biological materialism sneak in through the back door", the world is witnessing a real clash of civilisations with "the battle between algorithm and being" writes Rajiv Malhotra, one of the most respected venture capitalists of Silicon Valley and a former chairman of the powerful TiE Global, in this seminal deep dive into a phenomenon that is only partially visible, like an iceberg

'Restless As Mercury' a perfect complement to Gandhi's 'The Story of My Experiments With Truth' (Book Review)

'Original footage might be grainy and jerky but has a ring of truth because it is the 'thing itself and not an image of it,' Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes in the Preface of "Restless as Mercury - My Life As A Young Man" that knits together the autobiographical observations scattered over several pages of the "Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi" and seamlessly complements "The Story of My Experiments With Truth" to bring into focus the Father of the Nations descriptions of his life in its familial aspect

Developing Northeast India as a gateway to Southeast Asia

(Act East Policy and Northeast India by Sreeradha Datta, publisher Vitasta Publishing, pages 315; cost Rs. 850)

The 'dodgy' working of India's cash-rich cricket board (Book Review)

Ramachandra Guha is one of India's most respected contemporary historians and has been a cricket fanatic since his formative years - he is now 62 - and a harsh critic of the BCCI (Board of Control of Cricket in India) for the "shady nature if its financial operations" accentuated by the IPL

Romancing the rich, ancient weaponry of Jodhpur

He holds a DPhil from Oxford in Indian Anthropology, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Society; he ran an antique picture gallery in Sussex and restored a 15th-century villa and garden in Florence before he found his true calling in chronicling the world of ancient arms and ammunition

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