Dravidian Identity Or Mere Tamil Pride?
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Dravidian Century: A Paradox

Why did the greatest movement of the south fail to redeem its emancipatory promise?

Ajay Sukumaran
The Non-Brahmin Manifesto attacked injustice; the Justice Party sought a remedy by the earliest adoption of reservation and secularisation by law.
A.R. Venkatachalapathy
This is also the bicentennial of the event that made the Dravidian identity possible: the publishing of proof, in 1816, that this was a distinct language family
Thomas R. Trautmann
The centrality of Tamil culture within the Dravidian space may have been an error of the imagination.Even history reflected chauvinistic trends...
Pranay Sharma, Sunil Menon Interviews Kathleen D. Morrison
A century failed to give us any Dalit Tamil CM, sustain a single Dalit ­academic institution, or bring Dalit castes into the Dravidian fold
K.S. Chalam
Baby Trafficking
A nationwide ‘adoption’ market flourishes with illegal buyers and sellers, even a whiff of global networks and organ trade
Dola Mitra, Arushi Bedi
Baby Trafficking
A probe into a baby-snatching case unravels a racket in Mysore
Arushi Bedi
How to show patriotism? Have a swollen chest and stand up when the drums roll. The longer you stand the better the soldier would feel...
Rajesh Ramachandran
West Coast
AAP banks on issues close to Goa’s heart, but the BJP is confident the newbie’s Catholic focus would be its ruin
Bula Devi

US: After The Polls
Ironclad conservatives of the darkest shades, with a collective net worth of $35 billion, will fill up the Trump cabinet
Saif Shahin
Post-unrest, the Kashmiri ‘mainstream’ is ­courting Pakistan to recover lost ground
Naseer Ganai
Why Gen Bajwa at the helm will change nothing on the ground
Syed Ata Hasnain
Now that the builder of the Trump Tower is on his way to Washington, the ­architecture of New York City will have some reason to celebrate.
Gautam Bhatia
The PM is all set to turn the budget into a mere accounting statement, starting 2017
Zia Haq
Weavers’ looms have fallen silent in Etawah. They now await the death blow from a cashless economy.
Pragya Singh
Up for grabs is another offer for cash hoarders to change the colour of their money
Lola Nayar
The Regional Connectivity Scheme may see Capt Gopinath’s return
Arindam Mukherjee
I Drive
Honda’s brilliant Hybrid avatar is a bit slower than expected, with a squeaky voice
Anoop George Philip
I Drive
Some car companies plan to go for driverless cars by 2020. Volvo and Uber are collaborating to bring out a fully self-driven vehicle by the end of the year. Ford and Tesla plan to launch autonomous vehicles by 2021.
I Drive
An easy drive in the city, but some parts may rattle in the long run
Anoop George Philip
User’s Manual
Beyond the car’s elegance, what scared him was the after-sales service
Sheril V. Vaidhyan
I Drive
Srinagar-Delhi-Srinagar ­repeat. A trucker’s routine.
Siddhartha Mishra
Virat Kohli’s captaincy mixes brazen aggression, bold tactics, luck and great form
Qaiser Mohammad Ali
The autobiography of one of our top scientists avoids scientific matters, or even the state of Indian scientific research. It’s just a roster of his many accomplishments.
Shobhit Mahajan
Taslima’s solipsistic atomism jars, but one must admire her spirit in the face of slimy intolerance
Sayandeb Chowdhury
The Insider
A regular column on the essential buzz
Cafe Mercara Express at ITC Chola has one mantra: 'Carefully selected. Mindfully prepared.'
Geeta Doctor
In no small way, Marathi films have caught the ­mainstream’s attention, and are sprinkling it with nuance
Prachi Pinglay-Plumber
The painter talks about his latest exhibition and the gradual evolution of his artistic credo
Stuti Agarwal Interviews Paresh Maity
An honourable Svengali and his Mujib-speaking protege ply their trade in liberated Bangladesh. Imam weaves a hyper-realistic tale of tragedy, farce, idealism and power.
Outlook in Rewind
10 Years Ago
Even in the still and serene surroundings of his 2,000-acre estate on the Sahayadri slopes in Chikmagalur in the Western Ghats, Ashok Kuriyan can feel the hustle-and-bustle and the pace of the Indian economy. At Balanoor Plantations, the "feelgood" factor has gripped every worker, including its MD Kuriyan. After all, despite a huge rise in input costs, it netted a cool profit of Rs 30 lakh this season, compared to a "no-profit, no-loss situation" in the previous one. "If we had not got the Rs 25 lakh subsidy last year, we would've been in serious trouble," says Kuriyan.