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The talking thali - Devdutt Pattanaik
The best way to destroy a culture is to destroy the kitchen. For it is in the kitchen that a language is spoken that addresses the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue and even the skin, all five senses, something that all of us are exposed to since childhood but few of us realize. By cooking Chinese food in the Chinese way,the Chinese mother makes her child Chinese. By cooking Zulu food in the Zulu way, the Zulu mother makes her child Zulu.
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Reusable rockets: Up and down and up again - Economist
Another Indian-American bites the dust - Chidanand Rajghatta, Economic Times
ASI hopes to unravel Mahabharata link at Purana Qila - Mansi Tewari, Mail Today
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The circus won’t die - Rahul Chandran, Mint
The underbelly - Mayank Austen Soofi, Mint
Buzzing with ideas - Malavika Murali & Krithika Krishnamurthy, Economic Times
Weaving a success story - Sushila Ravindranath, Financial Express
‘Flash Boys’: Michael Lewis does it again - Steven Pearlstein, WashingtonPost
Check the fine print - Arun Katiyar, Mint
One country, two time zones - Kushan Mitra, Pioneer
Different strokes: Bush paints Singh's portrait - Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
Political dynasties - Anil Padmanabhan, Mint
Smart tech helps them see - Parakram Rautela, Times of India
From TV's ideal bahu to RaGa rival - Piyush Srivastava, Mail Today
The man who knows how to plot a comeback - Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard
The smaller, smarter bank of tomorrow - Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Economic Times
This Namo in Hong Kong doesn't serve Dhokla - Palak Shah, Economic Times
The little marketplace that couldn’t - Jaya Jaitly, Indian Express
Asha Parekh remembers Nanda, and the good times their ‘girl gang’ shared - Harneet Singh, IndianExpress
This is what the world's largest solar plant looks like when it's catching rays - Jacob Kastrenakes, Verge
First step for grand Krishna temple - Telegraph India
Flights of mystery - Financial Express
Glories of a historic garden - Raju Mukherji, Telegraph India
Bhaskara’s questions to Lilavati still dazzle - Jayant V Narlikar, Asian Age
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2014 Election LensOnNews Pitch Report Phase 3


Clearly, Indian democracy is veering towards the Western model; elections have become a verdict on the suitability of different teams from the political class, and voters are increasingly uncommitted to parties but are exercising their democratic right to "throw the rascals out". Against this backdrop, good governance while maintaining liberty is likely to be the future of Indian democracy. This is no bad thing; as long as liberty is preserved, in Alexander Pope's words, "For forms of government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best" (An Essay on Man).
Deepak Lal

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