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Make English Compulsory, Mandarin Second Language

Anybody who's plugged in to the modern, globalised world will understand why, says Kanika Datta. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   The debate over whether Hindi should be an official......

What Indian Music Should Airlines Play?

So should airlines play the keening, trance-like Siddi folk music from the Kutch peninsula? The Sufiana Kalam of Kashmir? Carnatic music? Rabindra Sangeet? Bihu melodies? Classical music from the......

10 years later, Mamata discovers different Nandigram

She faced off against former disciple-turned-defector Suvendu Adhikari in a very different contest.It's not land acquisition, but an ego clash that has acquired, tragically, communal overtones,......

Modi's big opportunity in Bihar

Over the next five years, it will be Narendra not Nitish who will be under pressure to deliver vikas and atmanirbharta in Bihar, notes Kanika Datta. IMAGE: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with......

Covid & festive politics

Shifting positions on religiosity and Covid may confuse the Hindutva citizenry, but you can rely on Bengal to turn a non-arguable issue into a raging controversy, notes Kanika Datta. IMAGE: Home......

India Inc's missing whistle-blowers

Domestic corporate scandals of recent vintage, such as Global Trust, Satyam, IL&FS or YES Bank, to name a few, have all been the result of implosions rather than employee revelations, says Kanika......

Is Gurugram going the Kolkata way?

Militant labour policies compounded a poor security environment for capital in West Bengal and encouraged the business community to relocate. constraining the private sector’s right to hire......

Ministers Still CONTROL Business!

Indian businesses' weak ability to compete overseas says much about the infirmities imposed by the intensity of government dominance of economic policy and the nature of this dominance, observes......

Why a flop called SEZ remains attractive to politicians

SEZs account for just about a third of India's merchandise exports (and roughly the same proportion of services exports). Yet, the notion of creating global manufacturing centres of the kind that......

How India Inc is making the most of PM-CARES

'As long as there is PM-CARES, it's money that will do the talking,' notes Kanika Datta. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com< Corporate India may be wallowing in forced inactivity, but its......

Shweta, Sehrish: BIG WINNERS of Zee Rishtey awards

It was a busy weekend for film and television stars. While Bollywood stepped out for the Star Screen awards, telly folk attended the Zee Rishtey awards. Pictures from the red carpet:  ......

We won't see the likes of Aretha Franklin again

'To say Aretha ticked all the boxes when it came to voice technique is like calling Cristiano Ronaldo an efficient footballer,' says Kanika Datta. IMAGE: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul,......

Of Serena, Rafa and tennis' dress sense and sensibility

'The conventional view is that it's the women who are being provocative and drawing attention to themselves. Has anyone considered the alternative view?' asks Kanika Datta. Tennis is considered one......

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