Arundhuti Dasgupta Singhal
Two of everything
There is a Chinese saying that says, ‘Be careful what you wish for’. An Indian folktale embodies the same principle, gently reminding us what happens when greed gets the better of common sense. There was a poor couple in a village who lived within their means, they gathered firewood and
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Students have borne the brunt of the brute force of power over the ongoing countrywide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Be it the attack at Jamia Milia, Aligarh Muslim University or JNU. It is their opposition to the Act that has riled the leaders of the ruling party
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In politics as in business, it is the age of subterfuge. Be it grand promises made by industrialists who offer investors a chance to spin gold from air or ride the next shuttle to space, or politicians who cloak authoritarianism in the garb of national interest, the art of the
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In Egyptian myth, Ra is the creator sun god. He ruled over earth and lived among its people but as he aged, humans began to plot against him. Angry, Ra summoned a retinue of gods to his assistance. One god advisedRa to send his divine eye, goddess Hathor, to destroy
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Labelled variously as a gathering of fat cats in the snow to an ‘annualbunfight’ (Robots rub up with Davos delegates, Guardian), the Davos show is one of the grandest displays of power by the world’s wealthiest, most famous and most influential leaders. It is a show of clout by some
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What happens when industrialists renege on loans, politicians play dirty with the people who elect them and real estate companies dupe home buyers who trust them? They are all breaking one of the founding principles of all civilisations, apart from breaking the law, of course. They are in breach of
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He Jiankui, the Chinese doctor having set the world aflutter with his announcement that he has created the first genetically edited babies, has disappeared. He braved it out for the first few days, but skipped town when the outcry over his behavior grew too loud. He was initially surprised at
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Who would have thought that sorry would emerge as the most powerful word in Indian politics? Politicians, usually not a remorseful bunch, have been quick to apologise for their misdemeanours in recent months and the results have been quite remarkable. Arvind Kejriwal swept the Delhi assembly polls while Nitish Kumar
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One prime minister exhorted us to unleash our animal spirits in the stock market and another has been recently likened to a gorilla by an opponent.The Congress party and its heir apparent have been compared to fat cats (sauchuhekhakebilli haj kochali) and many other four-legged creatures.The Make-in-India campaign has a
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The first month of the year still has a few days to go but it has already been singed by a spate of protests. In Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra mobs have vandalized the streets overcaste and a 200-year-old battle.More recently, the revolt by four Supreme Court judges against the
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