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Best Books of 2019, picked by The New York Times critics

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Image: Shutterstock In the literary world, it has been a year of big, bold ambition. Novelists have stretched their canvases — writing a sentence that runs for a thousand pages; charting the fate of three families in Africa across four generations. Nonfiction ... More »

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Onion tears: A symptom of larger malaise

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For storing vegetables and fruits, an efficient and connected cold storage system is a prerequisite, which, alas, figures in the government calculus only at the time of annual Budget presentation by way of tax sops for setting up and operating this infrastruct... More »

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Scaling up Indian agri-tech start-ups

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Digital technology start-ups have unleashed their potential in improving crop production systems, optimising utilisation of critical resources, enhancing traceability in food supply chains, and improving transparency in transactions. By Kushankur Dey The year ... More »

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As the worldwide protest song goes: The rapist is you

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Two weeks after the horrific rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in December 2012, news anchors announced with outrage that Delhi still wasn’t safe for women. Despite the protests, security cameras, a ban on blacked-out vehicle windows, two weeks later, not... More »

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Human trafficking: Forced rescues are not the answer

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Today, 10 December, is International Human Rights day. Among the issues crying out for our attention is the scourge of human trafficking. Regarded as one of the ugliest crimes on planet, it is also an enormously lucrative business, and there are significant ch... More »

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How to make society safe for women

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There was supposed to be a one-stop facility for rape survivors, to be created from the Nirbhaya Fund—but funds for only 151 out of 660 such centres have been allocated, and a shocking amount of Rs 3,409 crore remains unused. (IE photo) By Pradeep Bhandari & A... More »

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Will the mother of all asset price bubbles burst in 2020?

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I begin with a confession. I am a broken clock when it comes to predicting the outlook for financial markets, and especially the outlook for the US stock market. A broken clock shows the same time. However, in one respect, I am worse than a broken clock. With ... More »

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Behind Netflix India’s audacious plans

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Team Netflix India (from left): Abhishek Nag, director for business development and partnerships; Monika Shergill, director (international originals); Srishti Arya, director (films); Aashish Singh, director (films)Image: Mexy Xavier October 2019; Los  Gatos, C... More »