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December 3, 2021
The Myth of the Meritorious Doctor
Reservations are — wrongly — blamed for encouraging mediocrity in the medical profession. The historical record shows that the floundering foundations of the profession were laid by doctors who came…
The Need for An Agreement on Climate Justice
The primary goal of environmental activists campaigning on climate change should be for an equitable global sharing of the required level of greenhouse gas emissions, which is a precondition for an…
Do We Know Enough to Vaccinate Children against Covid-19 Now?
We need more information on the safety, immunogenicity and effectiveness of vaccines among children to be able to formulate a proper evidence-based policy; and we do not as yet know enough about the…
‘Dear Mr. Gandhi’
The first two volumes of 'Letters to Gandhi', covering 1889-1910, trace a fine-grained texture of Gandhi’s life in the initial decades of public life. They offer vignettes of a rapid rise…
Venu Madhav Govindu
Violating Freedoms and Criminalising Labour in Proposed Law on Trafficking
A new law on trafficking is to be enacted in the winter session of Parliament, but the July 2021 version of the bill fails to recognise Indian realities where trafficking is a problem of extreme…
Ye Olde Cold War Story
A homage by a disciple to John le Carre', the Master of spy fiction, in the form of a beginning of a new novel ‘The Spy Without a Country’. Readers can complete the novel and share the royalties…
Guru, Spy, or Lost Archduke?
Was John Orth a self-proclaimed ‘guru’ in the US in the early 20th century, or a one-time rug-dealer suspected of being a Russian spy, or perhaps the Austro-Hungarian archduke Johann Salvator himself…
A ‘Licence’ to Kill in the Sundarbans
A regime of fishing licences in the Sundarbans, unchanged since colonial times, might be the single biggest everyday hazard to the lives of the fishers: on par with tigers, cyclones, and rising seas.
Which Way the Stock Market Now?
While the economic outlook is less than robust, corporate profits — driven by tax cuts and decimation of the informal sector — will continue to rise for at least another two years, giving share…
Digital Currency: Fog Beyond the Hype
What are digital and cryptocurrencies? Why is there so much hype about this new form of digital money? Will it threaten the hegemony of paper money? A detailed explainer in the context of recent…