Friday, 3 December, 2021

Book Excerpts

Despite Tatva, municipality’s promises, Mumbai’s Deonar hills diseased the city for decades

In 'Mountain Tales', Saumya Roy narrates the stories of rag-pickers and Mumbai's Deonar dwellers in shocking detail.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, 1938 | Wikimedia Commons

‘Please smoke to keep me company’ – What a tired Mao told Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit in China

In ‘The Fractured Himalaya’, former foreign secretary Nirupama Rao writes how in the India-China relationship, the past shadows the present.

From Kamala Harris to Kal Penn: How racists mispronounced names as a deliberate tactic

In 'Kamala Harris: Phenomenal Woman', columnist Chidanand Rajghatta outlines the US Vice President's life and legacy.
Hindu men celebrating the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya on 5 August 2020 (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

‘If you can’t beat them, join them’ can’t be our response to Hindu Rashtra: Salman Khurshid

In ‘Sunrise Over Ayodhya’, Congress’ Salman Khurshid writes that on Hindu Rashtra, the BJP must know what it intends, but its leaders skirt issue to secure world recognition.

There was a premonition surrounding Sanjeev Kumar’s death. His friends and family knew

'An Actor’s Actor' by Hanif Zaveri and Sumant Batra provides a glimpse of Sanjeev Kumar's personal and professional life from his birth to death.

How McKinsey & Co. created ‘The War for Talent’ in 1998 to propagate a ‘myth of brilliance’

In 'Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time', anthropologist James Suzman traces a new history of humankind through the prism of work.
Illustration of Sonia Gandhi (L), Veer Savarkar (C) and Indira Gandhi (R) by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Choose 1, Congress or conscience said Savarkar. 50 years on, congress’s bias still showing

In 'Veer Savarkar', Mahurkar and Pandit say Savarkar's unalloyed nationalism could prevent Partition. Sadly, no one knows.
BJP supporters clash with police during a protest in Kolkata. | ANI Photos

Nehru called Kolkata ‘nightmare city’. Now, Bengal worships freedom with inter-party violence

From Gandhi to Jyoti Basu to Didi, Bengal's back is broken by political violence, says Sugato Hazra in 'Losing the Plot'.
Rajnish Kumar, chairman of State Bank of India Ltd., speaks during a panel session on day three of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. | Photographer: Jason Alden | Bloomberg

How I guided SBI through demonetisation, IBC, Jet Airways crisis and Covid: Rajnish Kumar

In ‘The Custodian of Trust’, former SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar writes about telling his 2.6 lakh employees to maintain ethics in banking and a work-life balance.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar | File photo: ANI

‘Come with a plan and not as a plaintiff’ – What Jaishankar told me before ICJ elections

In ‘India vs UK’, former diplomat Syed Akbaruddin writes that India was prompted to enter the ICJ election ring in the wake of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

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.