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Vol XXIX No. 7, July 16-31, 2019

Featured Articles

Then and Now

Our Then is a picture of Sir R.K. Shanmukham Chetty (from the RKS Commemoration Volume, 1952) first Union Finance Minister of India getting ready to present the budget. Our Now, is of Nirmala Seetharaman, the present Finance Minister arriving in Parliament to present the latest budget (from The Hindu). Both are people with Madras connects. […]

The Implications of One Nation, One Poll

by A Special Correspondent

Leaving aside the debate on the political and constitutional implications of the One Nation One Poll idea, synchronising 32 State assembly elections with that of the Lok Sabha in 2024, in such a manner that the combined cycle is kept rolling in the future, is an interesting exercise in itself. It calls for the transition […]

Pavithra’s Perspective

Pavithra Srinivasan is a writer, journalist, artist, translator, columnist, an editor and is fascinated with History.

The Lonely Gate

Lost Landmarks of Chennai

Sriram V

The first Ayurveda Hospital in Madras The history of most of the famous hospitals of the city that follow the allopathic discipline is well documented. But what of the institutions that provided healthcare the Indian way through the three principal streams of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani? Not much is known about these and their histories […]

A painless surgery on a mesmerised patient

by Ramya Raman and Anantanarayanan Raman

Very little is known about the life of Joseph William Turner Johnstone in Madras. What instigated him to come to Madras to practise medicine is not clear. He lived and practised at ‘23 Pantheon Road, Madras’ in the 1840s for less than four years and died due to liver abscess in Madras in 1848 (Anonymous, […]

Tamil Journalism – A flavour of distinct political leanings

by Mrinal Chatterjee

G. Subramania Aiyer. Compared to many other Indian languages, journalism in the Tamil language was rather slow in growth initially. There were not many Tamil newspapers till the end of the 19th Century. The early Tamil journals were non-political and mostly promoted by missionaries who used them as vehicles for proselytising. The first Tamil journal […]

Falling in love with Chennai

by Shreesh Chaudhary, GLA University

Friends said, ‘Don’t go to Chennai. It is hot, humid and anti-Hindi. An engineering college is not the place for an English teacher.’ My village is hot & humid. We are all anti-Hindi, except when we watch a Hindi film, hum Bollywood songs, or talk to fellow passengers on transnational trains. An engineering college may […]

Memories of an early win at Lord’s stadium

– Vasanth Manickam

Indian team led by Kapil Dev during a reception given to the victorious team that won the World Cup. Picture courtesy: The Hindu. “Thatha,” my 7 year old cricket-crazy grandson said, “Tell me the story of how you saw the WC 1983. (this was the umpteenth time!) . Everybody, just hear this !” he said […]

Back to harvesting, but no rain

by The Editor

And so in a case of going back to basics, our city’s Corporation has instructed its officers to go on an inspection drive – each ward has been asked to inspect at least 1,000 buildings, thereby bringing the total to 200,000. The idea behind this is that the city will have a clear picture of […]

Implications of language formula on Tamil Nadu’s progress

by A Special Correspondent

The draft National Education Policy 2019 has brought the vexed question of language in education once again to the fore. The initial draft recommended the three-language formula that was rejected fifty years ago. The resistance has prevailed over the years – on seeing the outcry to the initial draft, the Central Government rephrased the report […]