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In search of the real ‘Indo-Pacific’, amid its sudden popularity in political discourse

Narendra Modi says its a ‘natural region’ and not a ‘grouping that seeks to dominate’. But the US disagrees.<p>The 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore …

China

Why the world is going ‘APES**T’ over Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new music video

Teeming with references to African culture and experience, the couple's latest work places 'blackness'at the heart of the Western canon.<p>Anyone who is …

Music Videos

Behind US surgeon Atul Gawande’s success is the incredible journey of his Indian immigrant parents

The multifaceted doctor has been named CEO of a new non-profit health care venture launched by Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway.<p>The …

Bill Clinton

A meditation: Han Kang’s ‘White Book’ truly deserves a description that is overused for fiction now

Prepare to be extremely disturbed as you read this genre-defying work from the author of ‘The Vegetarian’.<p>Han Kang writes excruciatingly disturbing …

Books

India’s colonial legacy almost caused Bengaluru to run out of water

Bengaluru’s forgotten water wells are being revived, to help the city overcome centuries-old supply issues.<p>On hot summer days in Bengaluru, India, it …

Water

Pride month: Seven poems to remind us of desire in all its forms

Section 377 in still in place. The poets are still writing poetry.<p><b>Geography</b><p><b>Aditi Angiras</b><p>I always got<br>good grades<br>in geography<br>lessons, …

Literature

Viral photo of students weeping at TN teacher’s transfer shows what’s wrong with education in India

India needs to think about its schools and teachers differently if its intention is to educate its massive school-going population.<p>On Wednesday …

Education

In Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley, the citizenship bill has opened old Assamese-Bengali fissures

Linguistic identity, once a cornerstone of Assamese sub-nationalism, has come to the fore again.<p>Swapnaneel Baruah, the owner of a popular eatery in …

India

Interview: Why an American journalist has written a book about three marriages in Mumbai

Elizabeth Flock’s book holds up a troubling mirror to this social institution in India.<p>What can Elizabeth Flock, a white American journalist, tell us …

India

The TM Krishna column: I regret to say that by visiting RSS in Nagpur Pranab Mukherjee failed us

The former president’s very presence gave legitimacy to Sangh Parivar’s idea of India that is the antithesis of our Constitution.<p>Pranab Mukherjee’s …

Hinduism

AAP standoff with Delhi lieutenant governor: How did the IAS end up becoming politically partisan?

Arvind Kejriwal accuses the BJP of instigating the Capital’s bureaucrats to strike work while the Congress party fears ‘saffronisation’ of the civil …

India

This novel of nested narratives chronicles the battles of two women (or three, including the author)

Chandramathi’s Malayalam novel has been translated by the author with her real name, Chandrika Balan, into English.<p>Translations to the English from …

Books

Assam’s National Register of Citizens may discriminate against Bengali Muslims, warn UN officials

Four special rapporteurs raise concerns in a letter addressed to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.<p>In a letter to External Affairs Minister …

India

Lankadahan Saarang: Listen to Vilayat Hussein Khan and other maestros perform the afternoon raag

It is the komal Gandhaar that gives the raag its characteristic flavour.<p>We discussed Saamant Saarang last week as one of the rare varieties in the …

Flute

China and the US are racing to develop AI weapons

Disruptive technology is fundamentally reshaping global security, and potentially laying the ground for a US-China conflict.<p>When Google’s AlphaGo …

Artificial Intelligence

In the rains, plastic bags are worsening the flooding in Bangladesh’s cities

The government is likely to pass a law reducing the price gap between polythene and biodegradable plastics to help solve the problem.<p>Historically, …

Pollution

The eugenics and white supremacy link to America’s policy of criminalising immigration

The history of the statute that can make it a felony to illegally enter the country involves some dark corners of U.S. history.<p>Amid a bipartisan …

Immigration

Explainer: What is the Amit Shah-linked bank controversy all about?

NABARD issued a clarification but it is neither a denial nor a ‘clean chit’ to allegations that are themselves incomplete.<p>On Friday, a story that had …

India

Opinion: The Madras High Court should not expect the police to act where it has failed

Judges recently asked the police what action had been taken against people who had posted alleged derogatory remarks about the chief justice on …

Judiciary

A domestic worker versus India’s Aadhaar system: Who will win this unequal battle?

‘Karno’s Daughter’ explores the life of a maid in Kolkata, a trapeze act with no safety net beneath her.<p>Because her voter card was at her village …

Aadhaar

Why did news sites take down story on Amit Shah-linked bank getting huge sum of demonetised notes?

News18, Firstpost and Times Now among those that took down the story about the cooperative bank in which the BJP president is director.<p>A few hours …

India

A fish species in Lakshadweep is tweaking its feeding behaviour to deal with climate change

The melon butterflyfish has found a way to cope with coral bleaching – but that could be a cause for concern.<p>Bright blue-and-yellow melon …

Global Warming

With Pakistan’s rivers dying, are its ancient cities running out of time?

The mighty rivers of Punjab are the reason why civilisation exists – and has existed for thousands of years – in this region.<p>When I was a child, …

Pakistan

The Daily Fix: As Mamata Banerjee accuses the BJP of intolerance, she may be held guilty of the same

Everything you need to know for the day (and a little more).<p>The Big Story: Battle of Bengal<p>The political rivalry between the Bharatiya Janata Party …

India

In Assam’s Barak Valley, Muslims fear the new citizenship bill will disempower them politically

The region is home to a large population of Bengali Hindus who have been a vote base for the BJP.<p>On a foggy morning in January 2009, a small group …

India

Punta Arenas: Did you know of the Chilean town where a Sindhi man set up a business outpost in 1905?

An excerpt from Nandita Haksar’s book on travels around Antarctica.<p>The flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas takes nearly four hours. Because of the …

South America

Bailout or not, the sugar industry’s boom-bust cycle will continue to crush Indian farmers

State governments set procurement prices for cane. But these have much more to do with keeping farmers happy than with market reality.<p>About 25 years …

Forestry

Will Arvind Subramanian ever tell us what he actually feels about demonetisation?

The departing chief economic advisor has chosen not to say anything about the note ban decision. But his silence speaks volumes.<p>Arvind Subramanian, …

India

After police officer’s daughter assaults constable, Kerala may finally end Raj-era orderly system

The chief minister said they have already begun the process to dismantle the system, which lets senior police officials use constables as house …

India

Africa’s ancient baobab trees are being killed by climate change

These trees – which can live for up to 2,500 years – are not only useful to humans but are also a key ecosystem element in the dry African …

Ecology