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  • There is now a better understanding of how the Chinese achieved one of the most mysterious triumphs in disaster foretelling
  • Delhi Metro
    May 03, 2015 22:13 IST

    What the hell is a smart city anyway?

    We the people of Gurgaon heard great laughter fill its haze. The sounds were coming from all directions, and from men, women and camels. It was probably desert delirium that made us hear these sounds, but our enquiries revealed there was indeed an occurrence that could cause such behaviour: A cabinet minister had stated, “Gurgaon will become a smart city in the next one year.”

  • Net neutrality
    Apr 19, 2015 21:43 IST

    If Internet.org is a corporate plot of Facebook, then it's a good one

    The alleged comedians of All India Bakchod have tried to explain ‘net neutrality’, and it is charming that they have done so without expressing a desire to fornicate with someone’s mother, or whatever it is that they say in the name of humour

  • Greenpeace
    Apr 12, 2015 22:08 IST

    Govt vs activists: A conflict that must be allowed

    To eliminate dengue, some scientists suggest, release a lot of mosquitoes in the air. They would be the males of the genetically modified Aedes aegypti, the species that causes the disease. The feral females that mate with the modified males would produce offspring that will die before they can fly. In time the species will be exterminated.

  • Olympics
    Apr 05, 2015 22:04 IST

    Olympic 2024 bid: The Modi way of digging a ditch

    It is nations that do not have pride and need a theatre to pretend that are most likely to host the games. India is a good candidate.

  • 3
    Mar 22, 2015 21:58 IST

    The revenge of the larks: Early risers take on night owls

    That ‘sleeping with someone’ should mean sex, which is in reality an alert aerobic activity, is an underserving tribute to the night. It was probably invented by late-risers, who have always exerted significant cultural influence.

  • Couple
    Mar 15, 2015 21:37 IST

    End game: Making every moment of your life count

    Give me your days, at least those moments you would squander. This could have been the longing of the young neurosurgeon who ran out of time. This is probably the final good-natured plea of almost all who are on the brink of life. All deaths are untimely, including the deaths of the old if we listen carefully to what they say.

  • Aam Aadmi Party
    Mar 08, 2015 21:28 IST

    Arvind Kejriwal vs the next best idea

    The paradox of AAP is that even though it is a political party in a democracy, as an organisation it is best run without the weight of consensus

  • Mumbai nightlife
    Feb 22, 2015 22:30 IST

    Why the Shiv Sena is suddenly promoting fun

    Aditya Thackeray, in proposing to revive Mumbai’s nightlife, is catering to a vast number of young people who don’t have access to entertainment, writes Manu Joseph.

  • Kapil Dev
    Feb 15, 2015 23:53 IST

    Why nostalgia for cricket does not run deep

    Who we are is the first generation of Indians whose parents heeded the nation’s call for family planning, the generation with a mob of uncles and aunts but just one sibling. We were born in hospitals, in cities, extracted by male doctors.

  • Delhi polls
    Feb 08, 2015 17:09 IST

    Never a bore: How Arvind Kejriwal kept us hooked to his politics

    For long, activists thought it was cheap to enter politics, or that it was futile to contest because of what it required. The AAP leader has shown how to do it.

  • Barack Obama, Rajghat
    Jan 26, 2015 01:37 IST

    A warning against privileged lot for the great Indian republic

    Obama will search for parallels between India and the US. He will find the phenomenon of the ‘inheritance of privilege’ is one of them, writes Manu Joseph.

  • Charlie Hebdo attack - People gather in NYC
    Jan 19, 2015 00:32 IST

    Charlie Hebdo was brave because it knew fear

    The massacre in Paris is consecrated every time good people use the word ‘but’ and refer to limits on the freedom of expression, writes Manu Joseph.

  • Aamir Khan dressed as a cop in PK's motion poster
    Jan 11, 2015 23:05 IST

    PK succeeded as makers had high stake in ensuring its right to exist

    PK succeeded as its makers had a high stake in ensuring its right to exist. Doniger’s book failed to survive as the stake for the publisher was low, writes Manu Joseph.

  • Food items
    Dec 28, 2014 21:38 IST

    Artists vs merchants: A friction that society needs

    In situations where the artists and the merchants are clearly defined, they have contempt for each other. Both sides claim superiority, even moral superiority. But what matters is the conflict, the friction, which often leads to something useful.

  • Kishtwar violence
    Dec 21, 2014 22:36 IST

    A tale of two Right wings

    Hindu extremism is benign — unlike Islamic extremism — because it does not have a reason to be more potent than it already is, writes Manu Joseph.