Friday, 3 December, 2021

Book Excerpts

A plaque of J.B. Mangharam biscuits | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Indian biscuit company that made migration of the Sindhi population to Gwalior possible

In ‘Branded in History’, Ramya Ramamurthy explores how colonial Indian brands — both home-grown and foreign — were produced, distributed and marketed.
An RSS shakha in the pre-lockdown days | Representational image | ANI

RSS ‘Seva’ mixing religion and patriotic duty wrong: Jagat Narain

In ‘Competing Nationalisms’, Rajshree Chandra shows how Jagat Narain was a Hindu nationalist, but not a violent one.

How Shah Rukh Khan ‘romantically ruined’ women – married, working, mothers

In ‘Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh’, Shrayana Bhattacharya writes about talking to the women fans who made SRK a superstar in the 1990s and their domestic hardships.
Jawaharlal Nehru and Syama Prasad Mookerjee | Photo Credits: Commons

The ghosts of Nehru and Syama Prasad Mookerjee are back. Modi’s India is reliving 1951

In 'Nehru: The Debates that Defined India', Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain highlight the former PM's encounters with his contemporaries.

‘This govt is of Ram bhakts, and Gita is above the Constitution’—Inside Modi’s India

In 'Modi's India', Christophe Jaffrelot takes a panoramic, yet detailed view of Modi's politics that transformed India.

How Hinduism incorporated Buddha and then distanced the religion

In ‘Ancient India’, Upinder Singh tells readers to abandon simplistic stereotypes and instead think of ancient India in terms of coexistence of contradictions.
Chairman of the SST, Venu Srinivasan | YouTube

Revolutions aren’t silent, but TVS’s is. Giver of India’s 1st two-wheeler is shaping legacy

In 'A Silent Revolution', Snigdha Parupudi talks about how the social arm of the TVS Motor Company transformed lives.
A child holds up Indian flag during Eid al-Adha celebrations at Bandra station, Mumbai | PTI

Some clerics think they are above Quran. It’s making Indian Muslims sectarian and backward

In ‘Indian Muslims’, K. Rahman Khan writes that more Muslim religious leaders, especially younger ones, need to promote the message of genuine spirituality.
A Mughal painting depicting women celebrating Diwali with sparklers | Commons

How Mughal India celebrated Diwali — from ‘Akash diya’ to Red Fort

In ‘Shahjahanabad’, Rana Safvi writes about how the ‘Rang Mahal’ in Delhi’s Red Fort was lit up to celebrate Diwali.
Ganges river bank in Varanasi | Commons

A British scientist’s quest to scientifically explain the ‘mythical powers of the Ganges’

In 'Invisible Empire: The Natural History of Viruses’, Pranay Lal tells the story of viruses as major actors across human civilisation.

On Camera


A healthy diet consists of quality foods | Representative image | Wikimedia commons

Calorie count model is passe. Obesity is about what you eat, not how much

Good nutrition is beyond weight loss or theories. Obesity needs whole, practical, and sustainable diet planning.
Residents wait in line to receive bags of rice and cooking oil at a World Food Programme distribution site in Port-Salut, Haiti | Bloomberg

IMF warns of ‘economic collapse’ in some low-income countries without debt fix

Afghanistan and Ethiopia are among the 30 nations at high risk of debt distress while while Grenada, Mozambique, Republic of Congo and Somalia are already experiencing it.


Ministry of Defence building

Armed forces get breather from negative list, can import items in ‘immediate’ cases

A committee chaired by Gen. Bipin Rawat will oversee indigenisation efforts, and recommend the removal of items from the negative import list if needed.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.