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by Dr B. Ashok

The author is an IAS officer.

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Is Mollywood reaping what they sowed?

The exponential growth of the market and production of Malayalam cinema, which has far crossed the carrying capacity offered by its native audience, is remarkable.

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by Amoolya Rajappa

Amoolya Rajappa is a Bangalore-based journalist, trekker, traveler, and a tea lover.

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by Dr Robin Mathew

Behavioral Psychologist

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jijo

by Jijo Kuriakose

Founder member, Queerala - An organization for Kerala LGBTIQ

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Josy Joseph

by Josy Joseph

Associate professor, department of English at St Berchmans' College, Changanassery. His areas of expertise include Shakespeare Studies, Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. A bilingual writer, public speaker and translator, he is an active presence in the academic circles of Kerala

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The optics of justice

Will a dalit ever become the supreme leader of either the Congress or the BJP? Will India ever get a dalit prime minister? If and when that happens, perhaps we can claim that we, as a nation, are serious about social justice.

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The mother of all inequalities

Of the many gendered spaces around, none is so prominent and explicit as the Indian film industry, particularly in the southern states.

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His master's game

It's interesting to reflect on cricket's colonial history as well as what the game means to the people of the subcontinent.

Ravi Shanker

by Ravi Shanker

Poet, translator and columnist. He is the author of 'Architecture of Flesh', a collection of poetry.

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Waiting for ache din

When we sit back in comforts of our living room and pass judgments on who is an anti-national, who is a patriot and who all are not, we should remember that all these terminologies have a history behind them.

Ram Nath Kovind: a crusader for the rights of weaker sections

The rise of the saffron dalit

There's no doubt about the fact that Modi and co. had sprung such a surprise on the opposition that they were shocked into inaction for some time.

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Jai jawan, mar kisan

The government doesn’t think twice before honoring a fallen soldier in Kashmir or Arunachal Pradesh or gunning down agitating farmers.

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by Gopikrishnan Kottoor

An award-winning poet. He has novels, plays, transcreations, and personality studies to his credit. He was a senior banker with the Reserve Bank of India.

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The living and the dead

The living and the dead

Wherever we are, wherever we go, we as a people do not give away an opportunity to boost our ego and selfishness.

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Inflation, my little one

Inflation is not just an ice cream, my little one. It is the iceberg we ourselves built irresponsibly over time, thinking it'll give us ice cream in the end.

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In the beginning was the word

I learned that poetry was not just a fairy dream song. It was a world where memories laughed and sang and cried out in pain.

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by Aardra Chandra Mouli

The founder and managing director of Aeka Biochemicals.

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Startup

Observations of a homegrown entrepreneur

A major perk of being a rare, local breed of entrepreneur (young, woman, biotech, green) is the many opportunities that one gets to interact with a large number of lovely people.

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by Robin Alex Panicker

An investor in multiple tech startups across Kerala and outside, Robin Alex Panicker is a software engineer-cum-entrepreneur.

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Dr K

by Dr K N Raghavan

The author is a former international umpire and a senior bureaucrat.

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A tricky test awaits Shastri

The success of Shastri as Team India coach would hinge on how effective he is in making the transition to fit into a supportive role.

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The rare breed of wicketkeeper-captains

The success of Dhoni, and to a smaller measure, that of Sangakkara, along with the emergence of Sarfraz should hopefully lead to rewriting the erroneous wisdom about wicketkeepers not being suited to captain the side.

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Top 10 Test knocks by Indians

India has produced some of the all-time great batsmen in cricket history besides being home to brilliant willow wielders who rubbed shoulders with the best in international cricket and emerged with enhanced reputations.

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An all-time Indian fielding XI

Even now it is only the exception rather than the rule for a player to be selected or rewarded for his merits as a fielder alone.

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Reality check for BCCI

The BCCI should accept the new measures as the pressing need of the times and take up the offer of $400 million made by the ICC in good grace.

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by TP Sreenivasan

The writer is a former diplomat and the deputy chief of the council for higher education in Kerala.

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Pravasi jamboree loses luster

As the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is about to begin at the end of this week, indications are that it is not likely to attract the kind of participation it used to receive in its early years.

Straight Talk

by Guest Columnists

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Now on, women will speak out

Like in all other segments of life, male domination is reigning supreme in filmdom with all its fierce manifestations.

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Who is the real winner in the battle of Munnar?

Sriram has reasons to be happy. He could consider the promotion as a recognition for his good work, like Sreshta Thakur IPS, who was transferred for taking action against several BJP leaders in UP.

How elder-friendly is Kerala?

How elder-friendly is Kerala?

Senior citizens are an ignored lot in Kerala, despite spending a lifetime struggling to keep their family and society affluent.

Block the screen, for your child's sake

Block the screen, for your child's sake

In Kerala, in spite of the fact that we stand first in terms of literacy and education, we do not seem to be so uncomfortable with the fact that our children are getting addicted to internet and electronic gadgets.

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by Onmanorama Staff

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Alice in a deeply flawed wonderland

To indulge in moral policing by insisting that all film-makers stick to a particular school of thought on portrayal of characters is unacceptable.

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OPS, aka a lesson in politics

The SC verdict has put an end to the days of political buffoonery in Tamil Nadu, which was showing faces at the saner sensibilities of citizenry, civic discipline and constitutional order.

Saikat Basu

by Saikat Kumar Basu

A freelance journalist based in Canada and India.

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Call of the Wild | Biodiversity challenges

The global biodiversity around the green planet is facing monumental challenges to survive and thrive in spite of serious conservation efforts initiated at an international level.

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Call of the Wild: killing wildlife, buying trouble

Unless appropriate steps are taken, poaching can transform into one of the most dominant factor of our time wiping off precious wildlife species from various global biomes and ecosystems within next two decades.

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Call of the Wild | A ‘buzz’ on our insect pollinators

Pollination is the natural process of transfer of pollen grains from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another flower either by biological vectors (different species of animals) or non-biological agents (such as wind, air and water).

India’s forest guards a forgotten lot

India’s forest guards a forgotten lot

Most unfortunately, the ground force that is responsible for the protection of India’s vast natural forests are the most poorly paid, trained, treated and taken care of – forest guards.

A lesson on sustainability from Cuba

A lesson on sustainability from Cuba

Make in India initiative is undoubtedly a great idea, but a ‘clean India’ and ‘green India’ is as important as an economically emergent India, more so because India has such a huge population.

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by Sachidananda Murthy

Resident Editor @ Malayala Manorama

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Can Modi strike a chord with Trump?

Since 1976, no first meeting of a new US president with an Indian PM has been fraught with low expectation as the meeting between Trump and Modi.

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The go-betweens in international relations

Both PM Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif have used Sajjan Jindal as the back channel when formal contacts between the two governments have broken down.

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Playing the Trump card right

An assessment by the external affairs ministry is that no unfavorable policy decision against India has been taken during the first 100 days of the president.

Assam court issues bailable arrest warrant against Kejriwal

The fault in Kejriwal’s stars

Kejriwal should focus on making the AAP significant by ensuring that the party is not cut away from the doctrines established at the time of its inception.

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Muzzling the voices of dissent

Amit Shah has taken the election to the largest state as a personal challenge, and has spent the last one year on different regions of the state.

Rakesh Asthana

A battle for supremacy

It was for the first time in 10 years that none was named to succeed an incumbent CBI chief.

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People's money, KCR's luxury

The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are pretty much united when it comes to their love for luxury.

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Of Modi, Trump and India-US ties

A meeting between Trump and Modi will be of great significance for India as the country has both high hopes and deep fears regarding the policies of Trump.

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Fiddling with the rupee

The BJP has defended Modi's foreign trip saying he had made all arrangements to deal with the aftermath of demonetization, and had told banks to work on weekends.

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by P Kishore

Special Correspondent @ Malayala Manorama

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Making gold from scrap

Established scrap dealers lead a lifestyle that matches the rich and powerful in India.

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The economics of 'Kabali'

Kabali's turnover could raise awe and envy: Even before its release, the film collected Rs 223 crore.

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The call of the print

P. Kishore writes about how Self Publishing has become a boom and how publishers are minting good money out of it.

Startup

Startups begin to sit down

Ventures that are started without much fanfare, in modest surroundings, would see a steady flow of customers, while those launched in prime areas with lots of advertisements could soon wind up.

Net Release

A lowdown on net release

There are some businesses that carry fancy names, but hardly make money. One of them is net release, something that film makers have been clamouring for a long time now.

Traditional Online

The digital threat to traditional business models

Uber, which owns no vehicles, becoming the world’s largest taxi company, and Alibaba emerging as the largest retailer without possessing any inventory, are two good examples of the latest trend.

 Zuckerberg seeks peace with telcos on Web-for-all push

A shift to minimalistic settings

Big businesses have now condescended to the level of new generation business leaders because it is ultimately the deal that matters.

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Nandan Nilekani and ‘governpreneurship’

The profile of people entering government service is changing in a big way. Compared to people who joined government service because they were good for nothing else, new entrants know IT, have new ideas and are keen to work. The reason for...

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Luddites' own Kerala

Even though Kerala is touted as God's own country, we are actually Luddites’ own country. Even though they originated in England in the 19th century, their descendents are now in Kerala more than anywhere else. During the industrial revolution in...

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Dwindling workshops and mechanics

When I went to a car workshop recently, it had only a chief mechanic and his assistant. I heard the sound of only small repairs there, which was once a famous service centre in the city. The mechanic is old, and he complained that it was hard to...

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Getting the most out of Indian 'elephant' economy

Those preparing for a government employment need to learn a lot. To perform well in PSC and UPSC exams, one has to learn about a host of government programmes and with the Centre announcing new schemes at the drop of a hat, it is becoming tough to...

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Gopi Kallayil’s secret mantra for success

Kochi: Of all living beings in this planet, man is different. Unlike other living beings, who don’t have any obligation towards life, man is eternally in search for a meaning to his life. He is not just satisfied with having just food and drink and...

Lakshmanan's tea shop, a wonder in Kannur

Nothing to stall booming tea stalls

Standing bars became popular in Kerala, when bars had their heydays in the state. People could go into a standing bar, buy a quick drink, gulp it on one go and then leave, neat and ‘fit’; it hardly took five minutes for the whole process to...

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The taxi app revolution

Revolutions in taxi segments are either very quiet and or associated with a lot of sound and fury. From a few years ago when people were afraid to hire a taxi for even going to the hospital to the modern times when apps are ruling the business, the...

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Branding it right

Even though some would like to believe that Apple has lost some of its sweetness, the brand is the top name in the world in terms of brand value. In fact, four of the top brands are names that are based in Silicon Valley and they are: Apple, Google,...

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Buffaloes are the new cash cows

A business entrepreneur in the Gulf happens to be an infamous baddie at home. He has earned quite a lot in the Gulf and goes around with his henchmen in luxurious cars. Of course, he is a good boy in the Gulf and would not dare to bare his dark side...

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Snob Tiffin, health tiffin

Tiffin companies make a killing by pampering the rich ones who think the sky will fall down if they miss one helping of protein or dietary fibre.

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by Shalini Anna Dominic

Writer based in Kochi

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No room for compromise, no shades of gray

If our goal is to find a solution to the many problems that we face in the public and private sphere, a degree of flexibility, openness to the views of others, civility in debate, and a willingness to negotiate might garner us better results than...

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The great Indian election circus

Every trick in the book is being employed by the ringmasters to convince a jaded audience to give the show another chance to impress.

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by K Roy Paul

The author is a former Civil Aviation Secretary and former member, Union Public Service Commission

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Government files

Time for governance

The government will have to reach out not only to apolitical social forces but also to political opponents and recognize ground realities.

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The crisis of democracy

A vibrant democracy requires that the people should have the option of choosing one or the other of at least two national parties.

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Coalition politics: Kerala's sorrow

What is unique about the Kerala coalition firmament is that people like R Balakrishna Pillai, TM Jacob and Baby John have been hailed as state-level leaders though their parties would not be able to come to power even in a panchayat on their own.

Lauding 'Leader', Chennithala's veiled attack on Chandy

Between Tweedledum and Tweedledee

In the run-up to another assembly election, Keralites have the unenviable task of choosing between two fronts with only marginal differences in their programmes.

Sitaram Yechury

by Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury is the General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist)

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Let flowers bloom and ideas clash

Dialogues are debate of ideas and it is only through clash of ideas that civilizations advanced, it is this process that is under threat, writes Sitaram Yechury.

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An elevated expression of humanism

Sree Narayana Guru used spirituality as a propelling force for upward social mobility of the people, says CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

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