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The Times of India has to be congratulated for trying to divert its readers’ attention away from the horror that the earthquake-triggered tsunami wreaked in northeastern Japan. The paper excitedly assured its readers that the tsunami would not affect the, uh, sushi supply in India because the restaurants have stocks to last for another six months. Chhetria Patrakar wants to scream, ‘Insensitive twats!’ With the post-tsunami devastation and ongoing worries about a nuclear disaster, Japan is headed towards an economic crisis; by trying to arouse and sustain Indian interest in sushi, the Times might be bolstering the Japanese food-export economy. Right! CP’s suggestion: There is a right time for everything, and this isn’t it.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
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An early monsoon
On June 16 2013, the India Meteorological Department confirmed the early arrival of monsoon rains across the whole of India. Full coverage was not expected until the middle of July, making farmers hopeful for a bumper crop.
From our archive:
C K Lal discusses the fixation of Southasia's political leaders with 'monumental waterworks.' (September 2007)
Somnath Mukherji explores the sights, sounds, smells and feelings that monsoon evokes. (June 2007)
Venu Madhav Govindu notes the 'fundamental importance' of a good monsoon for both city and rural dwellers. (August 2003)