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Armed with facts | Book review

Armed with facts | Book review

GDP and other government statistics are problematic, worldwide. They go through revisions and often lead to surprises, but malpractice was never an issue. Except in 2015, and with every data set released thereafter. Why did it happen in India, and only after 2014? “If you have a better explanation than ...

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Wing commanders, Sri Lanka | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

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Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl Islands are and have always been extremely important locations for the study of natural history. Both the iconic naturalists, Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin, independently arrived at their theories of evolution after studying the natural history of islands: Wallace in the Malay archipelago and Darwin ...

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I’m not averse to risk, I write to break stereotypes: Meghana Pant | books

I’m not averse to risk, I write to break stereotypes: Meghana Pant | books

Meghna Pant harboured no dreams of being a writer when she was young, though she did dabble with writing. She wrote her first short story when she was 19. It was called Aberration, and was published online. The plot and characters stayed with her for months before she gathered the ...

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10 most heartwarming quotes by Charlie Chaplin on his birth anniversary | books

10 most heartwarming quotes by Charlie Chaplin on his birth anniversary | books

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, popularly known as Charlie Chaplin was born this day in 1889. His prolific acting and filmmaking skills helped him rise to stardom in the silent film era in the early twentieth century. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, The Tramp, and is considered ...

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A problem called Israel | Business Standard News

The Lions’ Den Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky Susie Linfield Yale University Press; $32.50; 389 pages As discouraging as these times may be for fans of liberal democracy, the mood among liberal friends of Israel ...

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Wealth of the Nation | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

Wealth of the Nation | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

K Brahmananda Reddy (centre) presiding over the first meeting of the Finance Commission in New Delhi on July 14, 1972 (Express archive) In recent years, studying fiscal federalism issues has become the preserve of reformists advocating austerity and consolidation. Not so for Dr YV Reddy. He is a development economist ...

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Review: I Have Become the Tide by Githa Hariharan | books | reviews

Review: I Have Become the Tide by Githa Hariharan | books | reviews

Rs 499, Simon & Schuster In the acknowledgements section of her latest novel, Githa Hariharan writes, “No privileged person in terms of caste or class can, despite choices made as an adult, really ‘know’ the lived experience of those who have been historically oppressed.” But, she argues, “no writer can ...

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Review: A Night in the Hills by Manav Kaul | books | reviews

Review: A Night in the Hills by Manav Kaul | books | reviews

214pp, Rs 299; Westland I first came across Manav Kaul’s work as a student when the college theatre society staged his play, Park, during a festival on campus. The story of three strangers fighting each other for space in a park, the play turns on discussions that eventually touch on ...

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Broken Toys At Baisakhi Fair

Broken Toys At Baisakhi Fair

Jallianwala Bagh: Literary Responses In Prose & Poetry Introduced and Edited by Rakshanda Jalil Published by Niyogi Books That afternoon Ananta brought the rum­our that the Commissioner Sahib of the Division had handed over the charge of sarkari administration to Jarnel Dyer Sahib, who was the big jarnel of the ...

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People and the planet | Business Standard News

THE HUMAN TIDE: How Population Shaped the Modern World Paul Morland Hachette India; Pages 344, Rs 599 The Human Tide is a demographer’s take on questions such as why the industrial revolution first took place in Britain; why the ...

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