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Is Xi Scared of Tiananmen 1989?

Why omit the Tiananmen massacre from the history of China's Communist party? asks Claude Arpi. IMAGE: The most famous image from the crushing of the Tiananmen Square uprising: A Chinese citizen......

'Why and how did science in India stagnate?'

'The debate between mythology and "rational" science in India is at least as old as Aryabhata and Brahmagupta and, to this day, has not been resolved in the Indian popular thinking on science.'......

'For 1,400 years India led the world in science'

'Indian science was perhaps more rational than the European science of the time.''Nobody tried or convicted Aryabhata just because he said Rahu-Ketu is nonsense.''Some Indians take the extreme view......

Did the liberals lose the elections?

'No, the liberals haven't lost because there weren't any liberals in the fray to begin with.''What has happened is that left-wing orthodoxy has lost to right-wing orthodoxy.''That is at best a......

What we need for India to become truly great

Unless Indians learn to speak freely and fearlessly, 'true greatness will elude this nation, no matter how brilliant the individual at the helm may be,' says Aakar Patel.Illustration: Dominic......

Adi Godrej: 'There's no dearth of jobs in India'

'What exists instead is a clear gap between skilled people and the work at hand.' 'Employers on most occasions find it difficult to find a match between the two,' Adi Godrej tells Viveat Susan......

Big question from the Greece crisis: Do history and geography trump economics?

How did Greece, the country of Archimedes and Socrates and Plato and Pythagoras, come to such dire straits, asks Ajit Balakrishnan. Like any Indian schoolboy, or should I say any schoolboy......

Happiness, growth and capitalism

In the late 1980s I received an impressive missive from the Crown Prince of Bhutan inviting me to a conference, which would seek to provide measures of a country's level of happiness to replace the......

Do we need laptops?

Spent a week in stunning Udaipur (Liz and Arun were in Jaipur at the same time) armed as always with sufficient clothes, toiletries and of course my laptop and mobile phone. So, while I was away......

Calculate your tax, in 5 minutes flat!

Part I: Calculate your income in 10 minutes! Part II: How to pay LESS tax on your income! "When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of......

Class of '83 review

Class of '83 is no Ardh Satya and Bobby Deol is no Om Puri, notes Sukanya Verma. Atul Sabharwal's stories let on a fascination for the role of environment and experiences in shaping a man's......

Team India go trekking after Pune stumble

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin and Abhinav Mukund pose for a selfie. Photograph: R Ashwin/Instagram The 333-run loss against to Australia in......

Ancient Games marked by violence

Spectacle, violence and myth mingled every fourth summer for more than 1,000 years in the ancient Olympic Games to celebrate the Greek passion for competitive sport.Controversies and dramas......

Athens has to live up to romantic past

Sigmund Freud was astonished that it just existed.Henry Miller, Mark Twain, John Milton and Lord Byron were equally awe-struck.The Olympic spotlight falling on Athens in August will be the latest......
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