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Smriti Irani leads the pack. The BJP Mahila Morcha (women’s wing) President and the youngest-ever woman member of Rajya Sabha is already a pro when it comes to television debates. She is, incidentally, also a much-in-demand “star campaigner” for the party.
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For the next five billion users - Sudhir Chowdhary, Financial Express
The Nehru jacket, now Modi style - Times of India
Soft power, hard battles - Nalin Mehta and Boria Majumdar, Times of India
What India watches on TV - Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, Business Standard
HMT & times of the watch - Santosh Desai, Times of India
Process obsession - Shombit Sengupta, Indian Express
Enlightenment, lost and found - Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Business Standard
To walk is to reach out - Namita Bhandare, Hindustan Times
Amul: Utterly self-sufficient - Sohini Das, Business Standard
The God of big things - Madhavankutty Pillai, Open
Along the hills with Nanda Devi - Sanjay Singh, Indian Express
Burning man blues - Nick Bilton, New York Times
The next-generation greenhouse - Esther Dyson, Mint
Saying hello in Japan is easier now - Ravi Neelakantan, Hindu
A revolution shaped by denim? - Santosh Desai, Times of India
Kill for the IAS - Nandini Nair & Priyanka Kotamraju, Business Line
Happy Birthday Chennai - Nimi Kurian, Hindu
The BKS Iyengar legacy - Sanjukta Sharma, Mint
The Himalayan Kumbh begins - Raju Gusain, India Today
All we hear is Radio Taxi - Business Line
$900 and a battery life of one hour: the first ever smartphone - IrishTimes
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An Englishman's description of “Hindoo” society, as he saw it in the early 1790s, when colonial system had not begun to extract and ravish the land and its indigenous frameworks, makes a fascinating reading of our collective self and capacities. In his “Sketches of the Hindoos” (1790, 1792), Q Craufurd, for example, noted that where the “destructive hand of the conqueror” had not fallen, the Hindoos, under their “native sovereigns” were “governed on principles of the most just and benevolent policy. In those countries (local principalities) the lands were highly cultivated; the towns and their manufacture flourish; the villages were composed of neat and commodious habitations, and filled with cheerful inhabitants; and wherever the eye turned, it beheld marks of the mild protection of the Government, and of ease and industry of the people.” Craufurd saw this especially in the southern parts, a region which had remained relatively insulated from invading hordes.
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