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A file photo of Bengaluru's Premier Book Shop owner T.S. Shanbhag. | Photo: Twitter/@sugataraju/Mahesh Bhat

‘Shanbhag Uncle’, the bookseller of Bengaluru who made generations read

On Tuesday, T.S. Shanbhag , the owner of the quaint yet popular bookstore Premier Book Shop, succumbed to Covid. He leaves behind city’s bibliophiles in grief.
A file photo of Ramachandra Guha |Twitter

Ecology, cricket, Marx, history — The many Rams in Ramachandra Guha

In ‘A Functional Anarchy?’, historian David Gilmour writes about Ram Guha, the essayist and political journalist, whose articles reveal the most about his mind.
File photo | Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | PTI

Chorus grows from Congress-mukt Bharat to Gandhi-mukt Congress. But where will the family go?

Gandhis will be judged by how well they facilitate the end of their own dynastic hold on the party, while remaining on call should the need to step back in arise again.

When Rahul Dravid told Ram Guha to ‘shut up’ about cricket strategy, write history books

In ‘The Commonwealth of Cricket’, Ramachandra Guha writes about his admiration for Rahul Dravid, whom he once emailed some cricketing tips.
File photo | Ramachandra Guha | Wikimedia Commons

Guha-Sitharaman-Rupani cultural war, KRK-Shoojit Sircar Gulabo exchange & gentleman Sammy

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
British Communist and writer Philip Spratt died in 1971 in what was then Madras | Image: Wikipedia | ThePrint Team

Philip Spratt, the late British Communist at the centre of Ram Guha’s tweet controversy

Ramachandra Guha had tweeted a 1939 quote by Spratt that drew criticism from Finance Minister Sitharaman, Gujarat CM Rupani and Congress leader Ahmed Patel.
Ramachandra Guha | Twitter/@Ram_Guha

Ram Guha’s tweet about ‘culturally backward’ Gujarat unites BJP and Congress

Historian Ramchandra Guha put out a tweet Thursday, quoting British writer Philip Spratt from 1939, that compared state of economy and culture between Bengal and Gujarat.

Kapil Mishra to Payal Rohatgi, India’s new ‘intellectuals’ are dethroning one Guha at a time

The 'neo-intellectuals' have made Indians read more 'history and science' in a year than the likes of Pratap Bhanu Mehta or Arundhati Roy could do in their lifetime.
Medics attend to patients at a government hospital, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown in New Delhi | PTI

Mission Jai Hind, and why some of its key points are a bad idea for India

In episode 478 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta analyses the seven-point agenda liberal economists have put together as a roadmap to recover from the Covid crisis.
Yogendra Yadav (L) and Ramachandra Guha

Activists dump ‘property nationalisation’ after Ram Guha says that wasn’t what he endorsed

The controversial suggestion was deleted after Ramachandra Guha, one of the signatories, claimed he wasn't shown it in this form.

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Why Prashant Kishor’s lunch meet is giving Modi rivals a taste of 2024

An anti-BJP Mahagathbandhan minus Congress for 2024 isn’t a bad idea. But a pre-poll umbrella of parties with influence over 300 seats can be a formidable entity, theoretically.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File Photo

India’s retail inflation spikes to 6.3% in May from 4.23% in April

Centre has asked the RBI to keep the retail inflation at 4% with a margin of 2% on either side. The central bank had left the key interest rate unchanged earlier this month.

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Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

India sets eyes on Russian Sprut light tanks to counter China, gets rare access to trials

The 18-tonne amphibious Sprut-SDM1 is capable of being airlifted, parachuted with crew inside and can even disembark from a ship.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.