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Renuka Bisht

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A contested image of the Bihar floods

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Renuka Bisht The aesthetics of tragedy are fractious. Photographers often get asked why they did not help the victims they shoot instead of shooting them. A tragedy of this week is the Bihar floods. Heavy rainfall has paralyzed several districts. In Patna wate... More »

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Superstitious onion politics is so misguided and unjust

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Renuka Bisht India is hardly alone in experiencing seasonal fluctuations in the prices of fresh vegetables. In more modernised societies this volatility is offset by the consumption of processed vegetables, like flash frozen spinach that is super convenient, s... More »

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Why is she in jail but he is not?

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Renuka Bisht Anyone with the misapprehension that India’s anti-rape laws are now so severe and lopsided that a woman’s mere accusation will land a man in jail, would be disabused by the Chinmayanand case. One day after a law student of Shahjahanpur’s SS Law Co... More »

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Huawei CEO offers to level the 5G playing field

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Renuka Bisht It may or may not materialise, but the founder and CEO of  has suggested the US-China trade war could actually sire an unanticipatedly glittering future where the Chinese company licenses its entire 5G stack to an American company, the threat of a... More »

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In defence of Nitin Gadkari

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Renuka Bisht Beginning with Gujarat states seem to be tumbling over each other to cut the fines for traffic offences that have been steeply increased by the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, which has revised the 1988 law. A huge outcry has been raised over... More »

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Millennials vs finance minister

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Renuka Bisht According to SIAM, the automotive industry accounts for almost 50% of manufacturing GDP plus 15% of GST, directly or indirectly employing 37 million people. Given this scale, it is a matter of enormous worry for the entire nation that this industr... More »

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Facebook Dating and love alarm

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Renuka Bisht Twenty countries have gotten lucky, India is not one of them, the US is the twentieth. Facebook Dating began rolling out across the world last year, and five days ago it went live in the US, an opt-in service where people will be suggested to you ... More »

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Shehla Rashids shouldn’t be silenced by sedition law

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Renuka Bisht More than a month after communication restrictions were put in place, people continue to live without internet in the Kashmir Valley, mobile phone service is scarce, and there are many complaints even about landlines not working. Government positi... More »

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Supermodels, they fascinate us

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Renuka Bisht Only connect, can be nonsense. Somethings are super attractive precisely because they bear no link whatsoever to our own lived reality. The Cannes red carpet. The Oscar de la Renta fashion show. The Balmain runway cum concert. The royal reality TV... More »

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Thank you Boris Johnson, because schadenfreude

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Renuka Bisht Mess in my country is no fun. When my legislators are boorish, their policymaking lacking in intelligence or common sense, it is very worrying. It even has me fighting with family and friends. The deeper I have to bury my twentieth century dreams ... More »