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Shiv Visvanathan: Mandsaur, the farmers’ story
I remember years ago the Delhi School of Economics had many great scholars visit the campus. They talked passionately and knowledgeably not just about the subject but about knowledge as a vocation. One of the most memorable of these performances was by Teodor Shanin, the economic historian who also edited “Peasants and Peasant Societies”. He talked quietly about his love for his subject and confessed, “I have been studying the
 
 
Lee Williams: Corbyn chose Glastonbury over Armed Forces Day
Jeremy Corbyn has been slammed in the right-wing press for choosing to appear at Glastonbury rather than Armed Forces Day events. Nothing sums up more neatly than this the longstanding preoccupation of our country’s majority right-wing press with Corbyn’s refusal to sanction war and violence. And nothing sums up better how out-of-kilter that thinking is. It has never failed to astound me how people can get so up in arms about a
   
Ann McFeatters: GOP health care plans will worsen drugs scourge
It’s true. This feels like the centre of the opioid crisis in America. But so do West Virginia and Maryland and Massachusetts and hamlets with such names as Pleasantville, Welch and Delray Beach. It is foolish to deny this is a catastrophe; ridiculous to think it is not affecting every American family. Believing that overdosing and addiction only happen to the poor and disadvantaged or celebrities such as Prince and Carrie
 
 
Eleanor Ford: Like Otto Warmbier, I too was detained in North Korea
An element of danger to travel often heightens its appeal. There are those who seek their thrills from climbing mountains or running marathons through deserts. I chose a different type of adventure holiday – one to North Korea. With the promise of “budget travel to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from”, Young Pioneer Tours seemed like the perfect choice. It combined a visit to somewhere intriguing with an
   
BRP Bhaskar: Lynch mobs on the loose
On the night of Laylat al-Qadr, while the devout were listening to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s words in Srinagar’s Juma Masjid, a few metres away a group of youths lynched to death Mohammed Ayub Pandith, a deputy superintendent of police. Six hours earlier Junaid, a teenager from Ballabhgarh in Haryana, who was returning home with his brothers after a shopping trip to Delhi, was stabbed to death in a train. The two incidents are
 
 
Gina Barreca: Improve life, stop doing these 12 things
In these days of turmoil and strife, there are things we can stop doing to make life better for ourselves and those around us. You will find a dozen items (plus a bonus) conveniently detailed in the list below. Stop making your family miserable by insisting that they be more like other happy families. Stop asking people to do you a favour when that favour involves requesting them to apply their professional expertise for free.
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