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'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......

Aide and abet: From Manthara to Shakuni

'Manthara wants Kaikeyi to make her son Bharat king of Ayodhya, instead of Rama.''She fuels hate and mistrust in her queen, much like what many modern-day viziers are doing, whipping up venom and......

In the name of Rama

'Politicians have long appropriated the hero turned god as their totem, but never before with the ferocious intensity of the present regime,' notes Arundhuti Dasgupta.Illustration: Dominic......

Indian-Australian Akshay Venkatesh wins 'Nobel of mathematics' Fields medal

Akshay Venkatesh, a renowned Indian-Australian mathematician, is one of four winners of mathematics’ prestigious Fields medal, known as the Nobel prize for math. The Fields medals are awarded......

Why time ran out for HMT

HMT, the iconic watch brand that was a sought-after gift till the nineties, will no longer keep time to the nation. Last week, the Department of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises decided to......

Govt to reverse brain drain, bring back NRI scientists

To reverse the brain drain of the past few decades and to bring back scientific talent, the Narendra Modi government has initiated talks with many eminent non-resident Indian scientists, who left......

IIT-GN takes up research on alternate source of gasoline

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar has undertaken a research to develop a commercially viable and cost effective process to produce Syngas, an alternative source for making gasoline, a top......

Tatas to promote IT SEZ in Chennai

Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Tata Sons Ltd, will invest Rs 3,500 crore (Rs 35 billion) in setting up an information technology Special Economic Zone at Taramani,......

Post offices may sell cars, in talks with Maruti

The department of posts may soon start selling cars. The department has initiated talks with car majors, including Maruti Suzuki, to promote their vehicles in the rural parts of the country. DoP is......

'I will never have the joy of sitting with Girish again'

Economist and author Devaki Jain counted Girish Karnad among her good friends.Naturally, the 86-year-old Padma Shri awardee is coping with a deep sense of loss after Karnad passed into the ages on......

Why Fanney Khan will be screened for Lataji

'It is nice to know I am remembered even now,' Lataji tells Subhash K Jha. Fanney Khan is about Lata Sharma who wants to be a singer like her legendary namesake. "It was always meant to be a......

The American prof who's made a movie about India

Meet Srihari Sathe. Producer. Director. Professor. Shrihari Sathe is an Indian- American film producer based in New York City. He has worked on a range of films: Producing Dukhtar, Pakistan's......

Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity is worth a watch!

The Man Who Knew Infinity is without a doubt worth a watch because of the nuanced performances by the lead stars and how Brown has shown the heart-warming relationship of Ramanujan and his......

'I go to India and every time people go 'Ah Diee Haard''

Jeremy Irons considered maths 'very boring' till he read G H Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology. The actor, who plays the British mathematician in The Man Who Knew Infinity, talks numbers, acting......

'The broadest bat in the world'

K N Prabhu, the doyen of cricket writers, salutes Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, who appeared for the first time in Test cricket 50 years ago today, March 6, 1971. IMAGE: Sunil Gavskar flicks to leg......

Can we please have our cricket back?

'Time was when a giant-economy sized tub of popcorn and an XL-sized bottle of cola was all I needed to enjoy a game of cricket.' 'Today I need popcorn and cola from the 'official' suppliers, plus......

1964 - India's first tyrst with the Olympic flame

As the capital gears to receive the Olympic torch with much fanfare on June 10, some old timers recollect the flame's first journey through India in 1964."There were no TV channels and no live......

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