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Books  /  Published 22.10.20

Myopic vision: India's central bank and ministry of finance

Historically, the RBI had been closely controlled by the government. Since the mid-1990s, there had been a global trend of making central banks independent. Until the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget ...
By Anup Sinha in

Books  /  Published 22.10.20

The most troublesome of all four letter words

Rakhshanda Jalil’s brief but masterly account of the Barahmasa poetic form engages with the ways in which nature, culture and oral traditions intermingle with the pining female lover’s voi...
By Debapriya Basu  in

Books  /  Published 15.10.20

Message in a bottle: Bengal and Homoeopathy

Chapter five situates local legislative movements in Bengal within the context of broader nationalist health agendas, with shifting arguments for and against official recognition of homoeopathy. Das d...
By Gary Hausman in

Books  /  Published 15.10.20

Howdy POTUS

Yet, policy howlers — Covid, China, Iran and North Korea — are not enough to comprehend the quixotic architecture of the POTUS’s mind. This knowledge is predicated upon Woodward&rsqu...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Books  /  Published 08.10.20

Infinite tales

Any semblance of monotony is broken by McCann’s experiments with chronology — the narrative jumps back and forth in time in a wink, and, at other times, stretches out a moment to its break...
By Kamalika Basu in

Books  /  Published 08.10.20

An enduring appeal that they kept through their lives

Manchester, of course, plays a vital part in this story. It does mirror the histories of many British cities through the post-industrial 1970s, but it was interesting to learn in detail about this one...
By Nayantara Mazumder in

Books  /  Published 08.10.20

Visceral grief

The author must be commended for succeeding in an area where many others have failed — fictionalized childhood, with a child as the narrator, is prone to embellishment, presenting the world as a...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 01.10.20

Streets have secrets

Given Enlightenment’s historical complicity with colonialism, Mask does appropriately open with the present-day Chetla slums in Calcutta as she narrates State-directed introduction of addresses ...
By Prasanta Ray in

Books  /  Published 01.10.20

Room with a view

Bolton’s disclosures reveal the shocking vacuity and moral bankruptcy in the upper echelons of global power. The list of disclosures is long: the failure to oust Nicolás Maduro in Venezue...
By Argha Kr Banerjee in

Books  /  Published 01.10.20

Bit too perfect

Krishnaswamy insists that no other player has performed as consistently at big sporting events: Sindhu reached the finals eight times in 10 such events since the Rio Olympics. Yet Shuttling to th...
By Sohini Chakraborty in


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