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The world is growing enough crops. But they’re being used for fuel, not food

In ‘The World in 2050’, Hamish McRae looks at the changing face of demography, finance, technology and the environment.

Reimagining the role of bonds and loans in financing a nature-positive future

In 'The Case for Nature', Siddarth Shrikanth says embracing regrowth might seem like the only option. But the 'market' is a social construct.

Indian elections have evolved a lot like arranged marriages. Technology is the disruptor

Technology has enabled voters today to share notes and build a consensus on who is ‘deserving’.

19th-century blue glaze pottery defines Jaipur’s art scene. This is how it’s made

Blue glaze pottery was promoted primarily under the aegis of the Jaipur School of Art, founded in 1866. It received a Geographical Indication, or GI tag, in 2008.

Historians forget that Partition cut through Assam, Tripura as well. It went on for 24 years

Kishalay Bhattacharjee's 'Where the Madness Lies' examines what it means to be an 'other' in one’s own country.

How the circus became an anti-colonial symbol in British Bengal

Ecological Entanglements: Affect, Embodiment and Ethics of Care explores how ecology provides a sense of how one can not only understand, but also care for the other.

Even with all the nobility at her feet, Begum Akhtar desired what her mother never had – respect

In Courting Hindustan, Madhur Gupta recounts the remarkable lives of India’s most intriguing female entertainers.

A secret note — how Indira Gandhi won the battle with Morarji Desai on nationalisation of banks

In 'Untold Story of India's Finance Ministers’, AK Bhattacharya looks back at major economic policy shifts, a stock market scandal, devaluation of the rupee and more.

How a pragmatist Ambedkar persuaded and convinced Dalits to convert to Buddhism

In his book 'The Evolution of Pragmatism in India', Prof Scott Stroud writes that Ambedkar's pragmatist philosophy reached its culmination in the conversion movement.

CIA tortured, falsely accused Abu Zubaydah of being ‘no 3’ in 9/11. Then hid proof of abuse

In 'The Forever Prisoner', Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy unearth the story of 9/11-accused Abu Zubaydah, who never hated America nor was a member of al-Qaeda.

On Camera


A worker grinds a metal gate inside a household furniture manufacturing factory in Ahmedabad/Reuters

India’s economic indicators telling a story—of growth, recovery, robustness

A 7.2 per cent growth coming on top of a base of 9.1 per cent is a creditable performance, and a deeper look at the data revealed this to be true.
A woman shops inside the Big Bazaar retail store in Mumbai | Reuters/Niharika Kulkarni

GST collection rises 12% to Rs 1.57 lakh crore in May

The government collected 1.41 trillion rupees as GST in May 2022 and a record 1.87 trillion rupees in April.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Manipur CM N. Biren Singh chairs a meeting with senior officials of the Manipur Police, CAPFs and the India Army to review the security situation in Manipur, in Imphal | ANI

Manipur unrest: Army defends itself against social media attacks, says its...

Statement follows social media posts giving out names of 21 officers belonging to one of two Manipur communities locked in violence — Kukis and Meiteis — and alleges favouritism.
Illustration by Prajna Ghosh | ThePrint

Manipur saw ‘free’ India’s 1st flag hoisted. Now it’s BJP’s biggest...

There are 3 things you never do in a small northeastern state: undermine local leaders, divide and rule, push homogenisation.