Vishnu Makhijani

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Of decline, gentrification, and a young girl's coming of age

It was once home to some 130 textile mills employing 300,000 workers but then came the Great Bombay Textile Strike of 1982 over salary increases and wages that prolonged for 18 months and triggered the end of the once-thriving industry

'Presenting the true history of India a torturous process'

Ever since I began taking a serious interest in history from the time I was in the eighth grade and had yet to turn a teenager, I wondered why the focus was only on two 'eras' - the Mughal and the British

'Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Power' a grim wake-up call for India

With Artificial Intelligence helping "biological materialism sneak in through the back door", the world is witnessing a real clash of civilisations with "the battle between algorithm and being" writes Rajiv Malhotra, one of the most respected venture capitalists of Silicon Valley and a former chairman of the powerful TiE Global, in this seminal…

'Restless As Mercury' a perfect complement to Gandhi's 'The Story of My Experiments With Truth'

'Original footage might be grainy and jerky but has a ring of truth because it is the 'thing itself and not an image of it,' Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes in the Preface of "Restless as Mercury - My Life As A Young Man" that knits together the autobiographical observations scattered over several pages of the "Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi" and…

Romancing the rich, ancient weaponry of Jodhpur

He holds a DPhil from Oxford in Indian Anthropology, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Society; he ran an antique picture gallery in Sussex and restored a 15th-century villa and garden in Florence before he found his true calling in chronicling the world of ancient arms and ammunition

'India 2030' charts an optimistic decade ahead

As the new decade begins, India stands at the crossroads of several simultaneous disruptions, writes Gautam Chikermane, an author who tracks the world of money, power and faith, in "India 2030 - The Rise of a Rajasic Nation", a compendium of 20 scholarly essays by thought leaders from diverse fields ranging from politics, economics and foreign…

'Imaginative policymaking': 12-point agenda to restore economy post-pandemic

Indias revival in a post-pandemic world is not just about getting the economic policy right, but also about getting governance and national priorities right, political commentator and policy analyst Sanjaya Baru writes in "Beyond Coronaviruss Shadow - Mapping Indias Economic Resurgence"

'Soumitra Chatterjee disdained stardom'

Soumitra Chatterjee, the doyen of Bengali cinema who passed away on November 15, 2020 aged 85, leaving behind an oeuvre of over 250 films – a staggering 14 of them directed by Satyajit Ray - five books, four poetry collections, three dramas and an array of paintings, had once remarked that he would have become a carpenter had he not become an…

'Unbridled competition has raised costs for India, China'

The irony couldn't be more apt. The Sino-American rapprochement saw the once bitter enemies establishing diplomatic relations in 1979

Writing 'The Lost Homestead' was cathartic: Marina Wheeler

A film on India's last Viceroy triggered a series of journeys to the sub-continent as Marina Wheeler attempted to come to terms with its partition in 1947 and the trauma that it caused to her mother