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Renuka Bisht

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It’s a food fight, let there be many winners

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Renuka Bisht Fans say aggregators like Foodpanda and Swiggy have transformed the food habits of urban India. From experimenting with more cuisines to ordering in up to thrice a day (!) the culture is really changing. But when on the eve of Independence Day, th... More »

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The Kargil variant

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Renuka Bisht When he spoke in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on nullification of Article 370 and bifurcation of J&K on August 6, BJP Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal made quite a mark. Not only did that particular speech go viral, he has become the charm... More »

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From her body to the country’s population

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Renuka Bisht To what extent is the difficulty of governing India worsened by the oversize dimensions of India’s population? Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech has really lit the fire under this conversation. However, there is no cause for a... More »

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Monsoon has changed, so must we

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Renuka Bisht In a Q&A with TOI a month ago, secretary of ministry of earth sciences Madhavan Nair Rajeevan had discussed the changing nature of the Indian monsoon, where while the total quantum of the rainfall is not changing much the length of the dry spells ... More »

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Dilli, cry me a river

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Renuka Bisht As monsoon fury has hit state after state hard across India, from the east to the west, south to north, a proportionate flood of self-flagellation has spilled over. And rightly so, because whatever Nature wreaks has been exponentially worsened by ... More »

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The CSR albatross

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Renuka Bisht Business should be socially responsible. You and I should give more to charity. You and I should also do volunteer work. Government should steer the economy well. Political parties should not use underhand means to… via TOI Blog More »

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Presentism, while being stuck in the past

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Renuka Bisht Presentism is the tendency to evaluate the people and events of the past by the values and realities of the present. It manifests in a variety of ways. In the US it has energized demands for memorialization revisions, such as a demand to take down... More »

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Trojan horses

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Renuka Bisht Even as the second round of India-Pakistan talks over finalizing the modalities of the Karatpur corridor take place in Wagah, things are not going very well for the man who claimed a significant chunk of… via TOI Blog More »

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Junk the anti-defection law

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Renuka Bisht Chakshu Roy, who heads the legislative and civic engagement initiatives at PRS, persuasively argues that the fundamental flaw in the anti-defection law is that it tries to solve a political issue through a legal solution, and the Band-Aid has abso... More »