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Honesty and truth are not merely ideals. They form the survival kit of many: Ashok Lavasa

In ‘An Ordinary Life’, former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa writes about his father Udai Singh and the moral compass that guided him in a rapidly changing India.
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Google to McKinsey — The story of how ‘employee activism’ rose

In ‘Brand Activism’ Christian Sarkar and Philip Kotler write that if talent is rebelling, companies need to listen and establish a response protocol.
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How scientists built one of the world’s largest steerable telescopes in Ooty

In ‘Space Life Matter’, Hari Pulakkat writes that the Ooty Radio Telescope was built to prove the Big Bang model, but it really came in handy to study the sun.
P.V. Sindhu during her quarter-final women's singles match against Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying during 2019 Badminton World Championships | ANI

Where are India’s badminton coaches? We need more names than Padukone and Gopichand

In ‘Smash—The Rise of Indian Badminton’, Benedict Paramanand writes that aging players are setting up academies, but few take coaching seriously.
Representational image | A view of illuminated Parliament House, New Delhi | ANI

Covid has exposed our comorbidities. Divide between Bharat and India now stark

In ‘Securing India’s Rise’, edited by Lt Gen Kamal Davar (retd), Mohan Guruswamy writes that 2010-20 is the lost decade, and recovering from it will take time.
Dilip Kumar in a still from 'Mughal-e-Azam' | K Asif |Sterling Investment Corporation

Why Dilip Kumar initially said ‘no’ to Mughal-e-Azam

In ‘Dilip Kumar: Peerless Icon Inspiring Generations’, Trinetra and Anshula Bajpai write that Sapru was first chosen to play Prince Salim, but the shooting got shelved due to Partition.
Chinese president Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Press junkets, ads in foreign newspapers — China wants to build ‘new world media order’

In ‘Smokeless War’, Manoj Kewalramani writes that public opinion has been Xi Jinping’s highest priority, with special focus on online media.
An artist's rendition of Harappan civilisation | Wikimedia Commons

Aryans or Harappans—Who drove the creation of caste system? DNA holds a clue

In ‘Indians’, Namit Arora writes that scientists trace the earliest instances of endogamy in the subcontinent to the first millennium BCE.
Muharrum procession in Pulwama, Kashmir | Sajid Ali | ThePrint

How Kashmiri Islam, tolerant and love-based religion, changed to hardened Sharia version

In ‘A Kashmiri Century’, Khem Lata Wakhlu writes about the human side of living in the Valley, something missed by cold political treatises on Kashmir.
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If Phelps and Usain Bolt can play, so can Dutee Chand. How the sprinter defied hormone ban

In ‘Fiercely Female’, Sundeep Misra writes how Chand challenged the ban on her for having too much testosterone in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

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Bioweapons research is banned by international treaty – but no one is checking for violations

Biological weapons programs are more difficult to detect than nuclear or chemical ones, which typically require large facilities and numerous personnel.
The closed coal-fired NTPC Badarpur Thermal Power Station in Badarpur, Delhi | Bloomberg File

India can save almost Rs 9,000 cr a year by shutting old thermal power plants, study says

According to New Delhi-based CEEW, closing down old plants, which consume more coal than new ones, can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, clean up air and reduce soil & water pollution.

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‘Courage is to hold on’: How Kargil fighting turned 3 Army doctors into frontline soldiers

Vijay Kumar, Rajesh W. Adhau & V.V. Sharma were among doctors who won Sena Medal for Gallantry for playing pivotal role in reducing Indian casualties in the Kargil war.
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Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.