Vivek Vaidyanathan

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The definitive Ayodhya chronicle

There are very few publications giving a factual account of historical facts underlying the Ayodhya controversy. Yet this controversy has played a …

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

The government's financial inclusion has the mighty backing of the PM. The early success in getting in 1.5 crore accounts on the first day is no …

Buying land for India’s smart cities

India is very rapidly urbanising and the pressure on its physical and social infrastructure is palpable. Urban population has increased from 285 …

Socialcops: An ongoing census

<b>Socialcops (</b> www.Socialcops.org)<p><b>Past life</b><p>A bus ride across Singapore and a “random 8pm call” for a dinner date is what got Prukalpa Sankar and Varun …

Narendra Modi’s 100 days in office—Hits, misses and promises to be kept

<b>New Delhi:</b> Far-right economists, some of whom appear on <i>Mint</i>’s opinion pages, had one view. Subsidies would go. State-owned firms would be sold to the …

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Life’s Work: An Interview with Salman Khan

Photography: Jonathan Sprague<p>Salman Khan was working as a hedge fund analyst when he started using online tools to tutor his cousins in math. Nine years later, his nonprofit organization, Khan Academy, draws on the same approach to offer more than 5,000 free, web-based video lessons to millions of …

McKinsey: losing the plot?

To author Duff McDonald, the story of consulting firm McKinsey is “also about the rise and reach of American business in the 20th century”. In his …

Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet

How one of the most notorious alleged hustlers in the history of e-commerce made a fortune on the Web<p>If you want to get a sense of Jesse Willms at his absolute peak—the wealth, the lifestyle, the aura of swaggering invincibility—then the weekend of November 12, 2010, is where we want to begin. That …

The 6 Basic Building Blocks Of The Things In The 'Internet Of Things'

This shift to connectivity in once-inert things — the logical next step in the growing ubiquity of the Internet — will force companies large and small to transform dramatically.<p>But how are the "things" in the Internet of Things actually put together? What elevates an object or device from normal …

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Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

Learning to code? EngineHere can connect you with devs in a virtual classroom

Want to learn to code? You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, with dozens of providers promising to teach you computer programming skills in no time.<p>But Benjamin Plesser, founder of EngineHere, believes he’s found the optimal “learn to code” model. Plesser is a software developer who …