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India is becoming welfare state before developed state. But even welfare it does badly

In ‘Unshackling India’, Ajay Chhibber and Salman Anees Soz write that India needs to free the economic system from State controls, reduce the footprint of the State.

When Nehru was asked what India’s stance towards tribals should be, he said ‘humility’

In ‘Being Adivasi’, Meenakshi Natarajan writes that Nehru believed we should neither consider tribal beliefs inferior nor impose our rituals and thoughts on them.

Everyone was at risk during lockdown. But women were real superheroes in Covaxin’s journey

In 'Going Viral: Making of Covaxin', Dr Balram Bhargava unpacks the story of India's indigenous Covid-19 vaccine.

When you lose a game, you don’t storm out or abuse: Pullela Gopichand

In ‘Shuttler’s Flick’, Pullela Gopichand writes that losing badminton games for him is almost academic, you break down areas of improvement and work on them.

Many Indian men are okay with their partners’ sexual history as long as they don’t know details

In 'Dear Men', Prachi Gangwani looks at how Indian men across ages navigate romantic relationships in a country that is trying to be equal parts modern and traditional.

Benares brocades wove Hindu-Muslim peace for centuries. But those old ways changed

In 'Crafting a Future,' Archana Shah talks about the ground realities of Indian textiles and their histories.

No guns or knives but binoculars and notebook—we need to know how birds live, not die

In his radio broadcasts 'Words for Birds' edited by Tara Gandhi, India's Birdman takes a deep dive into the 'world of birds.'

My father’s UK trial felt like I was at the zoo, watching an animal in a cage: Sid Mallya

In 'If I'm Honest', Sidhartha Mallya opens up about his mental health journey — from depression and OCD to the effects of his family matters.

How did Laxmikant-Pyarelal end Shankar-Jaikishan era in Bollywood? Happier, cheaper music

In 'Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal', Rajiv Vijayakar traces the journey of the composer duo in their musical universe.

Many say they can’t cook to save their lives. I don’t believe them: Abhijit Banerjee

In ‘Cooking To Save Your Life’, Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit Banerjee writes that it’s a lot safer to trust a cookbook than your instincts.

On Camera

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How England’s dying industrial towns became the West’s largest jihad factory

Malik Faisal Akram had no known affiliation with jihadist groups. Ideas that led him to take hostages in a Texas synagogue seeped into his mind almost by osmosis.

NTPC looks to coal imports to avoid new power crunch

India’s largest electricity producer is aiming to secure cargoes starting from April, when power consumption in India typically surges on summer cooling demand.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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