Swallow it or vomit it: The conundrum around using data-driven technology
In the case of America, there are stricter laws like the Anti-Trust Law and various other mechanisms like summoning the chief of Facebook or Google and asking them to explain their position concerning breach of Privacy or else. But, in the case of India, such action against corporates seems unlikely
Ukraine: how an armed conflict could play out
Julien Théron, Sciences Po Talks between Russia and the west have failed. Moscow has described the situation in Ukraine as “intolerable” and “a matter of life or death”. The US president, Joe Biden, has predicted the Kremlin “will move in” to Ukraine. The impasse was reached when the Russian president,
Kerala's Cyanide Killer: How a Woman Nearly Got Away with Six Murders
Jolly’s arrest came as a shock for many as she had carefully cultivated the image of an ‘ideal woman and daughter-in-law’. She would take good care of her in-laws, maintain cordial relations with her neighbors and relatives, go to church, take her sons to Sunday schools, and gift cakes at Christmas
History of Nissin Noodles: How Momofuku Ando's Instant Noodles Took the World by Storm
Successful businesses manufacture products for the markets, but the extraordinary ones create markets for their products. For all intents and purposes, Momofuku Ando was neither successful nor remarkable till the first half of the 20thcentury. When he built a makeshift shed outside his house in 1957, he was 47, broke,
C/o Kancharapalem: A collage of broken dreams made whole by a gripping tale
Life is a series of accidents stitched together by an observer’s memories. And what better example of this could be made available than maverick auteur Maha Venkatesh’s C/o Kancharapalem. The cinema cements the suggestion that we are a product of accidents, which we carelessly call experience. Understated
Should India Host the Olympics? A Cautionary Tale
At the onset, this discussion does not aim to demean the achievements India has made over the past few decades, but seeks to build a cautionary tale by highlighting that the side-effects of organising the extravaganza far outweigh any perceived gains.
Population Explosion and New Zealand's Experiment in Zealandia
Our universe is fast expanding, but our earth is not. By rough estimates, we add over 2,00,000 people to the world population every day, but the resources to support this spurt is limited. According to a UN estimate, by 2050, the world would add 2.5 billion more
The Forgotten Classic That Took The World By Storm
It was in protest of this partisan selection that French bureaucrats and ministers decided to start their own festival. Cannes was selected as the venue and September 1, 1939 was set as the date of inauguration. However, on that very day Nazi Germany invaded Poland to start the Second World War.
The Best Movie on Extraterrestrials Was Nearly an Indian's Oeuvre
Columbia Pictures was deeply interested in the script, and is believed to have even roped in actors like Peter Sellers, Marlon Brando and Steven McQueen. In 1968, Peter Sellers backed out citing a lack of a meaty role; Brando and McQueen followed suit.
Zimbabwe and their magical Cricket World Cup exploits (1983 to 1996)
The Zimbabwean cricket team made its World Cup debut in 1983 under Duncan Fletcher, who would later go on to become the England team coach. The African country's finest moment came when it defeated a strong Australian line-up in the league stage
The curious case of the Czar’s missing jewels and Roy’s Communist baptism by fire
With all the diplomatic aveneues shut for them, the Bolsheviks decided to sell the Czarist jewels they had appropriated during the revolution. To sell the jewels and fund the trade delegation, the jewels first had to be smuggled into America.
MN Roy: How Rasgolla Delivered India Its First Communist
Odisha and Bengal's fight for Rasgolla rights is legendary. Now, who would have thought that a sweet dish would leave such a bitter aftertaste! But, did you know that Rasgolla played an important role in shaping India's revolutionary movement, and also transforming Naren into an ardent communist?
M N Roy: The Making of a Revolutionary Freedom Fighter
The year is 1920. The winter is harsh. The people of Russia are searching for the last vestige of humanity, and warmth, in vain. The situation is tolerable in this plush office, where an old man is closely observing a 27-year-old. What he says next is going to break the
Jallikattu, an interpretation
Man by nature is an animal. Despite the forcible conversion to a relatively peaceful mode of existence, man's propensity to violence manifests in myriad ways, sometimes nuanced, sometimes blunt. It's this bluntness of character that Liju Jose Pellissery carves out from beneath the veneer of sophistication we pass off as