A MOMENTOUS DECISION ON BABRI MASJID. Did India’s Supreme Court cave in to right-wing sentiments, or make the right decision, with its verdict on the long-drawn-out, emotionally charged case of the Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya? Two opinion pieces revisit the dispute and tell us what the ruling bodes for the nation. In Part 1, A Proficient Verdict amidst Inflamed Sentiments, K. M. VENKAT NARAYAN (professor of global health and medicine at Emory University) argues that the Supreme Court’s process was open and inclusive, and invoked secularism; he suggests that Prime Minister Modi should reassure the country’s nearly 200-million-strong Muslim minority that they are “part and parcel” of India’s rich composite culture, equal citizens of the Republic, with nothing to fear. Part 2, Hail the Hindu Rashtra! By ZAFAR ANJUM (writer, filmmaker, founder of Kitaab) feels that the perpetrators got what they wanted and fears that the verdict paved the way for a Hindu state. Read more »

Books: Making Sense of a Senseless Society

Just as Tulsidas’ Hindi made Valmiki’s Sanskrit accessible to fans of the Ramayana, Salman Rushdie’s pop-infused latest novel, Quichotte, pays homage to Don Quixote, the Spanish classic. Read more »

Youth: How Writing Cured My Anxiety

Many immigrant children experience racial discrimination and stereotyping. An aspiring young writer describes how she used her skill to fight social anxiety and discover her calling in life. Read more »

Nostalgia: Warm Memories of Cold Winters in Nagpur

WINTER HOLIDAYS: A TRIP BACK IN TIME. The sounds, smells, sights, and flavors of India come alive in these vivid recollections of some quality cousin-time and slices of life in a Nagpur home. Read more »

The Kashmir Conundrum Is Now a Hornet’s Nest

When it comes to India’s approach towards Kashmir, what matters is, where do Kashmiris themselves stand? A forceful occupation would prove India’s democracy a sham, and may ensnare for decades. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Memories of Mumbai Railways / Cinema: 3 Idiots and beyond / Kashmir: Repealing article 370 Read more »

End-of-the-Year Money Moves

Here are some things you might consider before saying goodbye to 2019. Little year-end moves might help you with your taxes, improving your short-term and long-term financial situation. Read more »

Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business Owners

Cyberattacks in 2018 probably cost the U.S. over $2.7B in damages. Small companies are especially vulnerable, and large companies expect their vendors and service providers to take precautions. Read more »

Health: Fad diets aren’t the solution— what’s better?

HOW TO BE SLIM AND TRIM THIS SUMMER: Faddish diets are not the solution for losing weight and staying fit, but there are other ways to do it. Why Keto, Paleo, and other fad diets are not magic pills. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

Health insurance rule blocked while lawsuit challenging its constitutionality makes its way through courts / Processing fee increased for some employment-based petitions / Fee for H-1B visa registration Read more »

Katrina, Vicky Kaushal spark rumors on Diwali!

Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal went to a Diwali party together. Are they dating? The Bachchans held a grand Diwali party. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh spent Diwali with family. Read more »


Mumbai-born Smriti Mandhana, 23, became the third-fastest woman and the second-fastest Indian to reach 2,000 ODI runs. She scored 74 runs in her 51st match, clinching the series for India. Read more »

Atlanta Business Chronicle picks Karan Ishwar for ‘40 under 40’

Karan Ishwar, CFO at SecurAmerica, was selected by Atlanta Business Chronicle for its 40 Under 40 awards, which recognize young people making career achievements and showing social responsibility. Read more »


As the year winds down, the holidays allow us to hit pause to relax, reflect, and remember. We offer an appreciation of some individuals who died in the first eleven months of 2019. Read more »

AI Star Focuses on Heart and Soul

Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, named by Forbes as one of ‘Five Who are Shaping AI,’ is Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence. She gives importance to ethics and transparency. Read more »

Unhappy With Compulsions?

Remember every unpleasant experience you have had—without resentment or anger—so that you never get into the same situations again. Karma is not the problem; how you carry it is the only problem. Read more »






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