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Wages of wrath – the city migrant in search of dignity

Wages of wrath – the city migrant in search of dignity

Amongst migratory fishes, the Atlantic Salmon is peculiar. After roaming thousands of miles in the ocean all its life, it travels upstream on a river - literally leaping above water to scale waterfalls - to spawn and die, often never reaching their target as they are caught and eaten by bears.That i...

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The role of the Indian Armed Forces in the Covid-19 battle

The role of the Indian Armed Forces in the Covid-19 battle

The ongoing struggle against novel Coronavirus has brought to the fore the herculean task that the Covid-19 fighters are facing. Healthcare providers, essential services providers, sanitation workers etc. are central to this struggle and it is only fit that the country paused for a few minutes on 22...

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I hope the coronavirus ends our fascination with ‘bullshit jobs’

I hope the coronavirus ends our fascination with ‘bullshit jobs’

A few years ago, an influential book by American anthropologist Graeber spoke of the phenomenon of what the author called “bullshit jobs”, lamenting that “it’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working” – often in various service sectors. ...

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Is the coronavirus the enemy the world needs right now?

Is the coronavirus the enemy the world needs right now?

Some strange things are happening.Americans are tuning out the presidents and listening to doctors.Uncles on Whatsapp groups in India are realising that banging pots and pans is not going to send “vibes”.World over, people are realising the importance of cheap and universal healthcare.There is renew...

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The coronavirus shows us why UBI is more important than ever before

The coronavirus shows us why UBI is more important than ever before

By the time the coronavirus has finished its unprecedented testing of the human race, it would have left the world changed. Whatever the time period involved, economies will be left devastated, thousands will die, millions will lose jobs and the repair will take years.As always, the poor will be hit...

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Tribute: What would Chef Floyd Cardoz do?

Tribute: What would Chef Floyd Cardoz do?

Floyd Cardoz, who died of Coronavirus in New York, was one of India’s finest culinary ambassadors to the world, says Madhulika DashThere are only two kinds of professionals that have an ability to touch your soul: doctors and chefs. Many who knew the late Chef Floyd Cardoz – the gentle gamechanger o...

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Death penalty: How do we handle psychopaths?

Death penalty: How do we handle psychopaths?

The hanging to death of the convicts in the Delhi bus rape case—with the exception of the “juvenile” who could be anyone you meet, and one convict who committed suicide in prison—has raised the question of capital punishment yet again.Over the last several months, the convicts took turns appealing t...

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India under lockdown: what's chess got to do with it?

India under lockdown: what's chess got to do with it?

Emperor Akbar was faced with a peculiar problem. The ruler of a neighboring kingdom had felt slighted by the emperor’s actions and wanted war at any cost. Akbar, a warrior-king who had fought enough battles to know its price, wanted to avoid one at any cost. So, he turned to his most trusted ministe...

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COVID19: 'Work from home' could benefit India massively

COVID19: 'Work from home' could benefit India massively

Some facts, before I dive in:Four of the top ten most traffic-congested cities in the world are in India (with Bangalore topping the list, each losing 243 hours per year).21 of the top 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India, with Ghaziabad taking top honours.A new term, ‘super dense crush...

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I'm anything but a fan of Modi's, but I thought his coronavirus speech was spot on

I'm anything but a fan of Modi's, but I thought his coronavirus speech was spot on

On March 19 at 8 PM, the nation was rife with anticipation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to deliver an address on the horrid coronavirus that’s spreading around the globe – claiming lives, livelihoods and economies. Devotees and critics – both sizable camps when it comes to Modi – were specula...

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