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Jiby J Kattakayam

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The Pandava syndrome: of nephews and uncles

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Jiby J Kattakayam The Mahabharata, perhaps the greatest story ever to come out of India, tells us how the blind king, Dhritharashtra, favourably disposed to his nephews, the Pandavas, initially, begins to sideline them to ensure that this son, Duryodhana, succ... More »

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Shiv Sena’s now-or-never strategy

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Jiby J Kattakayam The BJP decision to not stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra is quite out of character. Short of the halfway mark by nearly 40, it appears to be a case of a bridge too far. Yet the fact that Shiv Sena and Congress have moved thei... More »

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Sea level rise: prepare for 2050, not 2100

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Jiby J Kattakayam A new report based on new projections of coastal elevations that indicates a seven-fold rise in populations that will be displaced by sea level rises and consequent flooding by 2050 should force world nations to… via TOI Blog More »

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Saving Test Cricket, one innovation at a time

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Jiby J Kattakayam Poor crowd turnouts at cricket test matches have been quite a letdown in recent years. Clearly, Indian cricketers used to crazed adulation and playing before roaring crowds are rankled by the lack of enthusiasm for the longer version of the g... More »

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Are we a rules averse or a change averse society?

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Jiby J Kattakayam Air quality data for Delhi and Noida conclusively shows a spike in particulate matter levels after the Diwali cracker bursting spree began around 8 pm on Sunday night. In fact the air quality still isn’t quite improving, nearly three days lat... More »

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The lure of autocrats

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Jiby J Kattakayam What draws the masses towards strongmen? The actions of Jagan Mohan Reddy merit asking this question. In Andhra Pradesh, Jagan has undertaken a demonetisation of sorts by scrapping the state’s sand mining regime because he believed it benefit... More »