Sarthak Ray

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India’s fertiliser drain: Urea of darkness

A study by Icrier researchers Ashok Gulati and Pritha Banerjee shows how problematic the fertiliser policy is—for farmers, industry, the environment and the government.

With falling farm yields, exacerbated by climate effects, doubling farmers’ real income by FY23 will be difficult, which means continuing to subsidise fertiliser will work against the government’s stated goal for the agriculture sector. (Illustration: rohnit phore) News

Many Rivers, One Sea: This book is perhaps the most powerful examination of rising Islamic militancy in Bangladesh

Bangladesh was founded on four pillars, one of which was secularism. Under Ziaur Rahman, in 1977, the country founded by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would lose faith in secularism and assert instead ‘absolute trust and faith in A

File photo of people at a prayer meet, mourning for the victims of Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery terror attack (photo: Express Archives) News

There’s utter confusion on plastic waste regulation in the country

Take the case of Sweden, which is considered to have one of the best plastic waste management systems. Its plastic recycling rate is meagre, as it burns most of its plastic waste to generate electricity.

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This Land is Our Land | A forceful argument for immigration

Suketu Mehta offers a personal account as well as a forceful argument for immigration

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How flawed the Hindutva imagination of the Indian Muslim is – Two books show

At the same time, there are those who, like Jalil, argue that it remains an instrument of oppression that has no sanction in the holy texts of the religion.

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Book Review: The RSS – Icons of the Indian Right by Nilanjan Mukhopadhya

The stories of 11 leaders reveal what underlies the carefully constructed Hindutva mask

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Budget 2019: High on prescriptions to bolster rural livelihoods, but outlays not encouraging enough

Budget 2019 India: The fisheries sector has grown from 4.9% in FY13 to 11.9% in FY18 and fish, and fish products exports accounted forRs 47,620 crore in FY19.

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Budget 2019 gives village infra some fillip with Rs 80, 250 crore allocation for PMGSY-III

Budget 2019 India: The outlay for PMGSY in FY20 is up by Rs 3,500 crore, to Rs 19,000 crore, from FY19’s rS 15,500 crore (RE).

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Judges must be independent, but must also be accountable

The fear of judicial independence getting eroded holds so firm that it has helped the judiciary tide over whatever crises of faith the masses may have had. Arghya Sengupta of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy examines the contriv

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Ganga| The book is a partial atlas of the river

The Many Pasts of a River by Sudipta Sen, professor of history at UC Davis, is a book like the river itself—it is many things at the same time. The river is also a goddess, a gateway to salvation, the mainstay of cities, a

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Book Review: Arabia- A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East by Levison Wood

There seems to have been an attempt by the writer, a former officer in the British airborne infantry, to style it as some sort of insightful travelogue.

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The story of a $7-bn heist – How Jho Low pulled off 1MDB scam

WSJ journalists Tom Wright and Bradley Hope present a gripping account of how Jho Low, the mastermind of the 1MDB scam, managed to pull off one of the biggest heists in history.

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Book review – The RSS: A View to the Inside

Walter K Andersen and Shridhar D Damle attempt explaining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS’s) rise in the last couple of decades in The RSS: A View to the Inside.

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Book Review- ‘For Reasons of State: Delhi Under Emergency’ is a handy tool to judge Indian political reality

For Reasons of State, thus, becomes a handy tool to judge the political reality today, even though ideological differences between Indira Gandhi's and Modi's politics are all too apparent.

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The Climate Solution by Mridula Ramesh: A message for the masses

The Climate Solution may not be masterful in an academic sense, and perhaps was also not intended to be, or may lack new insights, but it touches upon nearly all climate-change related topics, from the Paris Agreement to GM c

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AI on the future: Artificial Intelligence add ~$1 billion to India’s GVA by 2035, says NITI Aayog

Against such a backdrop, the NITI Aayog’s recently published working paper, National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence #AIforAll, presents a comprehensive AI vision for India.

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Budget 2018: How Arun Jaitley got the diagnosis right?

… but with just Rs 2,000 cr for the new health spend buffer, this is nowhere close to what is needed to improve healthcare access.

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Budget 2018: Education get a fillip, and a rethink

Budget gives a big push to research. Treatment of school education gets a fundamental rethink.

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Dark future: Climate change could mean Chocoholics Anonymous soon

Climate change could mean no more chocolate in 40 years, unless ongoing gene-editing efforts are able to make the cacao plant resistant to climate change effects.

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Marriage, memory link: Dementia risk higher for single people

That towering philosopher of ancient Greece, Socrates, had this to say of marriage: By all means marry. If you get a good partner, you will be happy; if you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher.

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How to control mood: Shock those blues away via AI-controlled brain implants

Most would baulk at the idea of having a machine reset what they are feeling, especially if it is embedded in the brain.

How to control mood: Shock those blues away via AI-controlled brain implants

From Railways safety, Ganga cleaning to NPA resolution, here is what grabbed infra spotlight recently

The recent derailing incidents put the focus on ensuring track safety.some that arenft past even 25% of their lifespan are showing fractures. But after the Elphinstone Road tragedy in Mumbai, the focus must be widened to en

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Fight against malaria; the question is whether to ACT or not to ACT

A decade ago, the malaria research community was stung by the discovery that a strain of the malaria parasite found in western Cambodia had developed resistance to artemisinin.

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Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR: Not just Diwali, what’s SC plan for other periods?

Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR: Pollution does spike in Diwali but it is very high at other times as well and, as yet, little action has been taken on this.

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A climate change opportunity

After all the doomsday talk on climate change, what if someone told you that the situation is still gloomy but not bleak as we have believed for some years now?

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Petrol, diesel prices: Yes, Arun Jaitley has kept oil taxes high, but he did this to stimulate GDP

Between central government excise duties and state VATs, taxes in Delhi comprise around 52% of the retail price of petrol and around 44% in the case of diesel.

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Cars of the future to be made of wood? THIS peek into future will leave you wonder-struck

One of the plot points in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is the invention of an alloy far stronger, durable and lighter than steel called “Rearden metal”, named after Hank Rearden, the fictional industrialist who invents it

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