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Stone age tools raise questions on migration

VERY old and sophisticated tools excavated from Attirampakkam, 60 kilometres from Chennai, have thrown up a major puzzle in the story of human evolution. In a significant archaeological finding,...

14 Feb 2018 1:04 pm
Low level of alcohol intake potentially beneficial for brain

LOW to moderate drinking helps keep not only the heart but also the brain in shape. A study by a team of researchers in the United States showed that apart from suppressing inflammation of the br...

14 Feb 2018 1:03 pm
‘Meditation has no role in reducing aggression'

EVER thought that meditation would turn someone into a less aggressive and more compassionate social animal? Probably not, as a meta-analysis of 20-odd studies done in the past demonstrates. ...

14 Feb 2018 12:58 pm
Indians produce boron nanosheets as thin as graphene

RESEARCHERS at Indian Instituteof Technology Gandhinagar have produced one of thinnest materials ever known to humankind. Kabeer Jasuja, an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, al...

14 Feb 2018 12:52 pm
Palanquin Bearer

Short story by P. SATHYAVATHI. Translated by the author.

14 Feb 2018 12:48 pm
‘Fit example of deceptive articulation’

Interview with Tapan Sen, Rajya Sabha member and general secretary of the CITU. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

14 Feb 2018 12:46 pm
Spectacle sans substance

Union Budget 2018-19 turns out to be an exercise that carries forward the use of hyperbole on which the Narendra Modi regime rests. Two major welfare measures, minimum support price for farmers and health care for the poor, have been announced with fanfare but with no plan to implement them as policy. By V. SRIDHAR

14 Feb 2018 12:38 pm
Looking South-East

By hosting a two-day ASEAN-India summit in New Delhi, India underscored its strategic partnership with the grouping. But it is still China that has the upper hand in investments and trade in the ASEAN member states. By JOHN CHERIAN

14 Feb 2018 12:31 pm
Too clever by half?

Despite its deeply flawed neoliberal perspective, Economic Survey 2017-18 is rich in detail, has many useful analytical discussions at different levels of aggregation, and would serve as a useful resource for students and scholars. By VENKATESH ATHREYA

14 Feb 2018 12:30 pm
Trump waves his magic wand

In his first State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump spoke slowly and at length but said little; it was vintage Trump. By VIJAY PRASHAD

14 Feb 2018 12:30 pm
A battlefront in the south

The Sri Guru Dattatreya Bababudan Swamy Dargah in Karnataka, a symbol of syncretic culture venerated by both Hindus and Muslims, is caught in a legal tangle with Hindutva activists seeking to convert it into a Hindu temple. By VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED

14 Feb 2018 11:37 am
‘This is a different kind of battle’

Interview with Gautam Das, Left Front spokesperson and CPI(M) Central Committee member. By SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

14 Feb 2018 11:34 am
Threats to Constitution

The exhibition of tyrannical street power by those agitating against the film “Padmaavat” underscores the importance of insulating the Constitution from the tempestuous moods of challenging times.

14 Feb 2018 11:33 am
‘A lot of doublespeak by Prime Minister’

Interview with Praveen Khandelwal of the Confederation of All India Traders. By PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI

14 Feb 2018 11:25 am
Muslims today

Seventy years after Independence, the Muslims of India have very real grievances. No political party, secular or ”communal”, has made a sincere effort to address them or simultaneously draw Muslims into the political mainstream and enlist the support of non-Muslims. By A.G. NOORANI

13 Feb 2018 6:10 pm
Shaheed Suhrawardy’s letter to Chaudhri Khaliquzzaman

40, Theatre Road, Calcutta,The 10th September, 1947My dear Khaliquzzaman Sahib,We are now all thinking very hard as to what should be the position of the minorities, particular...

13 Feb 2018 6:10 pm
‘I follow the Quran’

Interview with Jamida, the first woman to lead mixed-gender Friday prayers in India. By ZIYA US SALAM

13 Feb 2018 6:09 pm
Pride and prejudice

Bollywood abounds with examples of politically expedient films, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is yet another—a casteist and communal saga that reinforces stereotypes of female submission and the male ego. By ZIYA US SALAM

13 Feb 2018 6:08 pm
Script gone awry

The political content of the protests around the film Padmaavat cannot be ruled out in a State where caste leaders pick issues that stoke communal sentiments rather than problems that affectpeople’s lives. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

13 Feb 2018 6:07 pm
Shonku on big screen

Professor Shonku, the scientist-inventor who went on to become one of Satyajit Ray’s most popular fictional creations, will for the first time appear on the big screen in a film directed by Sandip Ray. By SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

13 Feb 2018 6:06 pm
Gathering storm

A state of emergency has been declared in the Maldives, which is now the focus of new superpower rivalry in the Indian Ocean region. By R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

13 Feb 2018 5:34 pm
Homeward bound

It is estimated that over the next few years a large number of Indian labourers will head back home because of economic downturn and political upheavals in West Asian countries. Rehabilitating them will be a big challenge for the Central and State governments. By R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN

13 Feb 2018 5:33 pm
Judicial coup

A Brazilian court’s judgment upholding a corruption conviction against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is most likely to win the upcoming presidential election if he is allowed to contest, is widely believed to be politically motivated. By JOHN CHERIAN

13 Feb 2018 5:20 pm
Seeds of hatred

Mobs go on a rampage in the Uttar Pradesh town of Kasganj, where the minority community is targeted by right-wing elements using the familiar ploy of dividing society along communal lines. By DIVYA TRIVEDI

13 Feb 2018 5:12 pm
Intense battle

Meghalaya is all set to witness a close contest between the ruling Congress and a BJP-regional parties combine. By SUSHANTA TALUKDAR in Guwahati

13 Feb 2018 5:00 pm
Back to ballot

Nagaland is poised for a fight between the NPF and the NDPP-BJP as the political parties go back on their decision to boycott elections until a solution to the Naga issue was found. By SUSHANTA TALUKDAR

13 Feb 2018 4:58 pm
Surprise adversary

The Left Front is likely to face its toughest elections in Tripura in recent times, against a new opponent, the BJP. By SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

13 Feb 2018 4:44 pm
‘We want full political power’

Interview with N.C. Debbarma, president of the IPFT. By SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

13 Feb 2018 4:43 pm
Train of neglect

Jaitley’s Budget offers little to railway passengers or businesses and is marked by a singular failure to address the deep faults in the system that have a critical bearing on safety. By R. ELANGOVAN

13 Feb 2018 3:30 pm
Failing the education sector

The overarching theme of Budget 2018-19 is that of privatisation, and the budget for higher education is no different, with substantial cuts in allocations to the University Grants Commission and Central universities as well as outlays for the IITs and IIMs. By JAYATI GHOSH

13 Feb 2018 3:25 pm
Health care hoax

While increased spending on health care is essential, the new health insurance scheme announced in the Union Budget with the grandiose plan of universal coverage fails to take into account the mixed experiences with similar schemes envisaged in the past. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

13 Feb 2018 3:23 pm
‘They are trying to eliminate unions’

Interview with Virjesh Upadhyay, general secretary, BMS. By T.K. RAJALAKSHMI

13 Feb 2018 3:20 pm
Pakodas & promises

Provisions in the latest Budget may neither address the problem of widespread unemployment nor help the Modi government win a losing battle of perception over its track record in job creation. By AKSHAY DESHMANE

13 Feb 2018 3:17 pm
Telugu Desam anger out in the open

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s last full Budget may well have triggered the unravelling of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The first to sound the alarm has...

13 Feb 2018 3:15 pm
Illusions of bounty

Unveiled in the context of a spectacular collapse of agricultural commodity prices last year, the Budget adds insult to injury. By VIJOO KRISHNAN

13 Feb 2018 3:09 pm
Falling stock

Elections in recent times have shown that the BJP is losing ground steadily, and Sangh Parivar constituents believe that Budget 2018 will help advance the Narendra Modi government’s political cause. By VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN

13 Feb 2018 2:31 pm
Sleight of hand

The striking aspect of the NDA government’s last full Budget is a lack of clarity on policy measures and the absence of commitment of resources to back them up. By C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR

13 Feb 2018 2:18 pm
Memories of Mudukulathur

A well-researched chronicle of one of the worst caste riots Tamil Nadu has seen, the book talks about the politics behind the incidents and their long-term implications. By ILANGOVAN RAJASEKARAN

13 Feb 2018 2:11 pm
Capitalism and its many crises

In an era when capitalism championed by corporates is the global order, the author’s analysis of contemporary America deserves attention. By C.T. KURIEN

13 Feb 2018 2:10 pm
Fiscal fundamentalism

The Union Budget for 2018-19, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on February 1, is the fifth Budget of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre. It is als...

13 Feb 2018 2:09 pm
The Jaina way of dying

The two volumes are about the unique Jaina tradition that sanctions self-killing for spiritual ends. By SHONALEEKA KAUL

13 Feb 2018 2:07 pm
Freediving in the Palk Bay

A vignette of the economic, cultural and cognitive world of breath-hold divers from the Palk Bay in India. Text by AARTHI SRIDHAR and photographs by UMEED MISTRY

13 Feb 2018 1:07 pm
Amphibious lives

A vignette of the economic, cultural and cognitive world of breath-hold divers from the Palk Bay in India. Text by AARTHI SRIDHAR and photographs by UMEED MISTRY

13 Feb 2018 1:03 pm