06 Nov

Long Road to Fiefdom

I grew up in difficult times, the seventies. My grandmother had coined the famous slogan – Garib Hatao. It pained me as a kid to have to watch garibs being hataoed from our zones, LBZ in particular.

Recently I read a scholarly article in my favourite newspaper Hindustan Times.… Read more

06 Nov

A Mellow Ray of Hope

JP thinks the answer to bad politics is good politics, not no politics

A few minutes into Satyajit Ray’s Jalsaghar and there comes a moment that defines JP, Jayaprakash Narayan of the Lok Satta Party. The genial bhadralok, the sole audience, is enraptured by the raag being rendered to perfection by the sitarist sitting opposite.… Read more

06 Nov

Et tu, Evolution?

Fifty years ago, roughly 30 babies in 1000 found it physically impossible to emerge from the birth canal. Today that figure stands at 36. We are therefore stuck in a compromise, and C-section babies are living proof of this.

Life has no purpose.… Read more

23 Oct

Gujarat’s health has not met ‘Vikas’

The state’s health indicators have been abysmal from Narendra Modi’s CM tenure.

Four years ago, this author had scrutinised Gujarat’s health and found it in a sorry state. At the time, its sitting Chief Minister had left no stone unturned in projecting Gujarat as a model for the rest of India to follow – a prosperous state populated by uncomplaining, hard-working people, backed by an able, hands-on administration, scaling heights the other states could only dream of.

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29 Apr

Farook And The Art of Selectivity

The Left and the Right are two sides of the same coin – emotional, impulsive, hypocritical, entrenched.

 

You believe what you see, but unfortunately what you see is written by those who see what they believe.

A recent article by columnist Sadanand Dhume is proof if ever it was needed, that Objectivity is a metallic object that must be left behind before the writer passes through the op-ed threshold.… Read more

13 Dec

Babies, Brains And The Pelvis: A Story Of Evolution

Caesarean-section deliveries are changing the way our bodies and brains are evolving. No, this is not sci-fi. It’s the present.

Life has no purpose. We are a conspiracy hatched by thunder and lightning and water and ammonia and hydrogen and methane and dust, as demonstrated by Stanley Miller in 1953, the same year Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA and Elizabeth II became the queen of England.

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29 Nov

Castro Is Dead: Viva La Hypocrisy

Cuba’s Communist revolutionary was a bigot, a tyrant and a murderer. But if eulogies are to be believed, he was none of the above

Hypocrisy may not yet have a gene cluster associated with it unlike homosexuality but it runs the world, providing charlatans an element of self-respect, allowing them to grow their tribe.

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04 Nov

Kolkata: City of Sorrow

The great outdoors stink, meanwhile the Bengalis are happy excelling indoors

India wallows in shit and Kolkata is still its capital. It is a city best suited for the metamorphosed Gregor Samsa, a million crumbling horrors to emerge from and hide in, and an equal number of gutters to call home.

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07 Oct

Of Molecular Machines and Merchants of Dreams

This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry is a testament to the romance of Science.

This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to

Jean-Pierre Sauvage (University of Strasbourg, France), James Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University, USA), and Bernard Lucas Feringa (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), for their pioneering work in constructing Molecular Machines.

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