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Chethan Kumar

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Democracy is the rule of law, not rule by law

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Chethan Kumar India is simmering in parts, burning in a few others and quiet in some other places. The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has spread across the map of the country, reiterating that Indian democracy is not just made up of Conscr... More »

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Tipu Sultan. 1750-1799. May Die Again!

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Chethan Kumar 220 years after he was killed in a war with the British — the fourth Anglo-Mysore War — Tipu Sultan may die again. Only this time, his death is being orchestrated by the Karnataka government, which is actively considering removing chapters on the... More »

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Vikram’s quiet because it can’t talk! But Isro?

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Chethan Kumar The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), easily India’s flag-bearer of research and cutting-edge technologies, hasn’t had a dearth of two things: Success, and goodwill. The goodwill it enjoys comes from all the successful missions it has co... More »

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Modi’s XI & Rest of India

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Chethan Kumar In 2014, captain Narendra Modi and his vice captain Amit Shah took their team—the BJP—to a spectacular victory as excellent performances from 11 players propelled them to the top of the podium. Four other players too put up decent scores, but the... More »

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Best way to predict the future is to invent it

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Chethan Kumar Five weeks ago, Nobel Laureate Ben L Feringa was in Bangalore (read Bengaluru). Among many things he said, a quote he attributed to US computer scientist Alan Kay has remained in my memory: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Yo... More »

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The Snoop Bloop…

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Chethan Kumar In a democracy, the government is like Caesar’s wife. It should not be allaying fears after acting in a certain manner, but be careful that its actions never give rise to negative perceptions. At a time political finger-pointing has the Centre in... More »

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Gagged! But Why?

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Chethan Kumar “Please understand, I have clear instructions from the government not to talk,” a very senior scientist with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told me on Friday. I was chatting with this scientist—even revealing… via TOI Bl... More »

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‘Brand Karnataka’ must keep its farmers happy

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Chethan Kumar The state has received 25% of all new investment proposals attracted in the country so far in 2018, its FDI accumulation prevented India from registering a negative in 2017-18, tens of innovations have given it the moniker ‘knowledge capital of I... More »

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Science friction!

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Chethan Kumar February 14, 1996: My sister was yet to turn 5, and I was just about 9 years old and half-a-decade before I heard of Saint Valentine! I still remember that night. I had heard the most fascinating bedtime story. The skill my grandmother lacked in ... More »