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Songs from Border, love letters and near-death experiences — Captain Vijyant Thapar’s army life

In a new book 'Vijayant at Kargil', Col V.N. Thapar writes about his son Vijyant, who was killed when he was 22 during the Kargil War's Knoll assault.

Dadabhai Naoroji believed the Indian civil service was the reason for India’s poverty

In Naoroji, Dinyar Patel writes about the Parsi politician’s theory of how a lack of Indians in the administrative corps caused Indian impoverishment.
People rush to fill their vessels from a water tanker in Chennai | File photo: PTI

Pune to Bengaluru: Indians opt for pay-and-plug solutions when govt fails

In The Gated Republic, Shankkar Aiyar writes about why Indians don’t want to depend on the government and 'babudom' for the most basic of necessities.
Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, his son and Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray acknowledge their supporters, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. | PTI

‘Baba, you have to accept the challenge’: Aaditya Thackeray said after Pawar wanted Uddhav as CM

In Checkmate: How BJP Won and Lost Maharashtra, Sudhir Suryawanshi writes about why Uddhav Thackeray took it upon himself to secure the future of his family and his party.
Krishnadeva Raya was born to his father from an inferior wife, whereas his predecessor and half-brother emerged from a purer vessel

Vijayanagara was more magnificent than Rome, and Krishnadevaraya India’s first global leader

In Raya, Srinivas Reddy writes about how Vijayanagara in the Deccan was a sprawling city of traders, poets and centre of literary revival.
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Harvard-rejected Indian, old physiologist & Black surgeon made US’ ‘most versatile antibiotic’

In Pharma, Gerald Posner writes about how an unlikely trio working for a small US company called Lederle discovered Aureomycin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic in 1948.
Representational Image | People working at an office | Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Working all day and 107 kg. A health check-up was a wake-up call for this ‘corporate slave’

In Stress Diaries, Rachna Khanna Singh writes about self-realisation, which can make us seek help when we feel that something within us is changing.
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Nehru told Raja Rao: Enough of Rama, Krishna — 3,000 yrs of deities got us slavery, poverty

In an essay, compiled in the book The Meaning of India, Raja Rao wrote about meeting Nehru in Germany, taking Evian bottles for his wife and talking about gods.
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Women use emojis the most, but world’s fastest-growing language was all male until recently

In Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez writes about how we still read most things as ‘male’ — from emojis to TV to language.
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Karunanidhi failed board exams thrice. Annadurai told him to study, not write on revolution

In Karunanidhi: The Definitive Biography, Vaasanthi writes about Karunanidhi’s reaction when Annadurai told him to stop sending articles on youth revolution.

On Camera

Yogi Adityanath said ‘gunda raj’ over and people bought it. But UP crime still the worst

The Yogi Adityanath govt’s brazen touting of encounter killings has gained popular support, but has failed to curb crime on the ground in Uttar Pradesh.
Workers at a metro construction site in Mumbai (representational image) | Photo: ANI

India added 7 crore jobs in June — mostly daily wagers, farmers and small businesses

About 12 crore jobs were lost due to the lockdown in April, but things are gradually improving. However, only 39 lakh new salaried jobs have been created.

Defence

Pangong lake area and its eight fingers marked out, near LAC | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | Twitter

Indian and Chinese troops begin disengagement in Ladakh, Army to remain very cautious

The Indian Army will carry out a verification process in a 72-hour window to ensure China's PLA soldiers have adhered to the agreement arrived at the Corps Commander-level meetings.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.