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The inevitability of MeToo

The inevitability of MeToo

The global movement is the unfinished business of the 21st century

By: RaminJahanbegloo The #MeToo revolution is on the way. It is certainly a revolution, not only because it is changing structural habits in a male-dominated world, but it is also, as Hannah Arendt says, the only political event which confronts us directly and inevitably with the problem of beginning. Thus, according to Arendt, acting precisely […]

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Book Review: A Big New Biography Treats Frederick Douglass as Man, Not Myth

Book Review: A Big New Biography Treats Frederick Douglass as Man, Not Myth

By: Jennifer Szalai Time has a way of sanding off the rough edges of historical memory, turning even the most convulsive, contentious lives into opportunities for national triumphalism and self-congratulation. With “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” the historian David W. Blight wants to enrich our understanding of an American in full who, for more than […]

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Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years

Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years

Mr. Spinney’s remarkable run as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, two of the most beloved characters on television, will end this week.

By Dave Itzkoff WOODSTOCK, Conn. — The friendly, bearded face of Caroll Spinney may not be one you recognize immediately. But if you have watched TV at any point in the past 50 years or so, you are almost certainly familiar with his work. Since 1969, he has played the parts of the gentle, inquisitive […]

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The great smog of 2018

The great smog of 2018

Natural and man-made factors are well on their way to making the prevalence of cancer a dystopic reality for India. Urgent interventions are needed.

BY: Manish Kohli Dateline, September 2018: After a heavy monsoon season, which dumped over 4,000 billion cubic millimetres of precipitation, civic authorities were severely stretched with treating flood victims and the increased cases of acute gastroenteritis, Japanese encephalitis, dengue and malaria. While some parts of the country experienced a bumper harvest, others recorded heavy flooding. […]

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Journalism after #MeToo

By: Ananth Krishnan,  Meera Srinivasan Over the last week, Indian journalism has finally been forced to confront what has long been its dirty secret. Going by the numerous agonising accounts of women journalists, about some male colleagues and editors abusing power and crossing the line, it appears that sexual harassment is no media outlet’s exclusive […]

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Stephen King Reviews Tana French’s ‘Extraordinary’ New Novel

Stephen King Reviews Tana French’s ‘Extraordinary’ New Novel

BY Stephen King “I’ve always considered myself to be, basically, a lucky person.” That’s the first line of Tana French’s extraordinary new novel, “The Witch Elm,” and much of what follows is a meditation on luck — the good, the bad and the extremely ugly. Here’s a things-go-bad story Thomas Hardy could have written in […]

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Guy Gunaratne’s novel shows that not just London, the world is Mad and Furious right now

Guy Gunaratne’s novel shows that not just London, the world is Mad and Furious right now

This debut novel, about race and rift, is on the Booker longlist for 2018

By: Nayantara Mazumder London, according to one of the narrators of In Our Mad and Furious City, “taints its young”. The author of this debut novel, Guy Gunaratne, imagines a city in which war cries by racists and fascists after an off-duty, white soldier is murdered by a black, Muslim youth have spread like wildfire […]

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How old are our emotions?

How old are our emotions?

A professor of neuroscience traces them within the context of life and evolution

By: Deeptanil Ray Where do feelings originate in life? Or, if the question can be rephrased: why do feelings happen, or seem to happen, in the inner mental worlds of humans and other creatures, especially when we are not looking for them? Do bacteria “feel”? For ancient Stoics like Chrysippus, as well as for the […]

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY : LET US END MENTAL HEALTH DISCRIMINATION

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY : LET US END MENTAL HEALTH DISCRIMINATION

A society that respects and protects basic, civil, political, and cultural rights is needed to also promote mental health.

By: Dr. Tasaduk Hussain Itoo Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his/ her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. World Mental Health Day established by World Federation for Mental Health […]

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Stories from across the border

Stories from across the border

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By: Jatin Desai Sarvat Hasin’s second book You Can’t Go Home Again is unique in many ways. She was born in London and grew up in Karachi. Through seven short interlinked stories she narrates in detail the lives of a group of teenagers of Karachi. Through them, she talks about the lives and aspirations of […]

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