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How a Shakespear’s Rs 400 project saved Calcutta’s drainage system

In ‘The Shaping of Modern Calcutta’, Ranabir Choudhury writes about how the city’s drains were in shambles in the early 19th century and started affecting public health.

Kalam didn’t want to be called ‘power-hungry’. He refused a second term without consensus

In 'Kalam: The Untold Story', R.K. Prasad, who was the former president's private secretary from 1993 to 2015, shows us a vulnerable Kalam.

Technicians in villages to ophthalmologists in cities—Deep-tech startups can help them all

In 'Against All Odds: IT Story of India', S. Kris Gopalakrishnan, N. Dayasindhu, Krishnan Narayanan write about the history of India's IT sector over the last six years.

‘Sit down, write your resignation’—Manmohan Singh’s guru said before he swore in as PM

In 'When Ideas Matter', Bilal A. Baloch argues that elite ideas like concepts of the nation or technical diagnoses of socioeconomic development dominate policymaking.

Unafraid to oppose Ambedkar, Congress—Dakshayani Velayudhan was India’s 1st Dalit woman MLA

Achyut Chetan's 'Founding Mothers of the Indian Republic' explores the contributions of women leaders in the making of our Constitution.

‘Gandhiji, I have no homeland’—When Ambedkar said Dalits can’t depend on Congress

In ‘Ambedkar: A Life’, Shashi Tharoor writes that it was important for Ambedkar to stand apart from Gandhi on caste because he didn’t want ‘pious blessings and hollow platitudes’.

We conducted US’ 1st caste survey. Got slurs, saw Dalit silence, 1 group had existential crisis

In 'Trauma of Caste', Thenmozhi Soundarajan talks about the history of caste discrimination in the US and Equality Labs' experience of conducting the first caste survey.

Why some leopards become ‘crooked’ man-eaters—the conspiracies

In Crooked Cats, Nayanika Mathur says the intentionality behind the appearance of dangerous animals is often assumed, with the state accused of conspiracy to murder.

How the NDA charmed the Hindi belt through sympathisers in Hindi media

In Discovery’s show Man vs. Wild, PM Modi spoke only in Hindi. It received wide coverage in the Hindi media, despite the fact that host Grylls spoke only English.

‘Hillary, Tenzing followed my footsteps’ — Sherpa who paved the way to Everest with 25kg load

In ‘Sherpa,’ Pradeep Bashyal and Ankit Babu Adhikari write how the Sherpa community exists at the edge of life and death in Nepal.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...


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In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.