Late last year, Karnataka’s celebration of Tipu Jayanti (the birthday of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1783 to 1799) was widely protested by Sangh Parivar activists. In the course of an altercation, one VHP activist was killed. The controversy over Tipu Sultan is not simply a pet cause for Hindu nationalists: Kodavas were subject to ethnic cleansing by Tipu in the 18th century and have conveyed their anger and hurt, as have Christian communities in areas subject to forced conversions and killings. The willingness of politicians and historians to venerate such figures sends a very ambiguous message to members of communities – whether Kodava, Christian, Sikh, Muslim, or Hindu – who were victim to their acts. What is the best way to overcome the feelings of grievance that these figures inspire?
“Thus, the general theory of relativity as a logical edifice has finally been completed”—Albert Einstein, November 25, 1915 These words were spoken by Albert Einstein one hundred years ago.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley sounded more than a little exasperated this weekend, when he was asked — as he has been so often — about “big bang”, or transformational, reform. “The last two years,” said Jaitley, “I was being asked where...
By setting fire to the land, all unwanted plants and shrubs are removed in a quick, easy and cheap manner. Some even say that the fire returns nutrients to the land.
Almost everybody who has fallen sick and accessed health care in India in recent times has similar stories to share. Overreach in the medical profession has become rampant, like a gnawing itch one learns to live with.
The government’s demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is a contentious issue, but is understandable. Such schemes may have not worked in the past, but a political commitment had to be honoured. The question is not whether the government...
This is the last part of a three-part series examining the history, science and implications of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The present revolution of scientific thought follows in natural sequence on the great revolutions at earlier epochs in the history of science. -Arthur Eddington, 1922
File to: “Obviously. What kind of idiot do you take me for?” The world’s biggest bottled water brand is going to start admitting that it comes from the exact same source as the tap water disdained by snobs. USA Today...
The United Nations is the foremost international organization with 193 member countries in its fold. The UN is funded by its member countries and the contribution of each member country is determined based on an assessment done every three years. The assessment takes into account the GNP, per capita income & external debt of countries for fixing the quantum of contribution. The USA contributes the most to the UN regular budget with 22% while India contributes the 25th highest with 0.666%.
Although our mind never ceases to amaze us, and is amazingly advanced, it's remarkably easy to trick it. Take the concept of 'phantom limbs' for example. Making your brain believe that an amputated limb is still attached to your...

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