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Manmohan at 80: Is it time for a retirement age for politicians?
Politics

Manmohan at 80: Is it time for a retirement age for politicians?

On our Prime Minister's 80th birthday, two Firspost editors, Lakshmi Chaudhry and Sandip Roy, face off on the pressing question of the day: will democracy be better served by a mandatory retirement age for politicians?

Hitler's Mein Kampf may return to Bavarian schools
World

Hitler's Mein Kampf may return to Bavarian schools

Critics of the German ban say it is anachronistic in an age when the book's contents are easily available over the Internet and when it is also readily available in other countries.

Silicon Valley's new rockstars — experience designers
Tech

Silicon Valley's new rockstars — experience designers

Inspired by the legacy of Steve Jobs and lured by the promise of the current tech boom, young designers are shaking up a scene long dominated by engineers and programmers.

Silicon Valley's new rockstars - experience designers
News & Analysis

Silicon Valley's new rockstars - experience designers

Inspired by the legacy of Steve Jobs and lured by the promise of the current tech boom, young designers are shaking up a scene long dominated by engineers and programmers.<br />

In post-Mubarak Egypt, it's one giant conversation
World

In post-Mubarak Egypt, it's one giant conversation

As the countdown to the country's first real presidential elections in history begins, no one can stop talking about the race, who to vote for and how it will impact their future.

Augusta still the old boys club of yore
Sports

Augusta still the old boys club of yore

For feminists, the debate has never been focused on the right of women to play rounds of golf on a particular course; it's about the acceptance of women in the informal old-boy network of CEOs.

Ahmedabad: A tale of two newspapers and two cities
India

Ahmedabad: A tale of two newspapers and two cities

In Ahmedabad, it’ll be difficult for readers of Times of India and DNA to have an easy conversation immediately after they read the papers in the morning.

Vote over, now get on with reforms: SL activists
World

Vote over, now get on with reforms: SL activists

The director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka has welcomed the passage of the US sponsored resolution calling on Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of a government commission to promote reconciliation.

In Israel, the 'Iranian threat' is a running joke
World

In Israel, the 'Iranian threat' is a running joke

On top of the fatalism of a people inured to war, there is scepticism about the resolve of a prime minister who, despite his veiled threats, is not famous for risk-taking.

How German history is helping modern spies
World

How German history is helping modern spies

Given their visceral distrust of spy agencies, many small and mid-sized German firms give little thought to corporate spying, a hang-up that has been exploited by Chinese and Russian spies.

In Hebrew's revival, a Nordic people see hope
World

In Hebrew's revival, a Nordic people see hope

A Sami delegation spent five days in Israel recently, hoping the Jewish state's experience reviving the once-dormant ancient Hebrew language can provide a blueprint for them.

Everest hero highlights flood threat in Himalayas
World

Everest hero highlights flood threat in Himalayas

In Nepal alone, at least 20 of the more than 2,300 glacial lakes are in danger of bursting banks made mostly of rock and scree held together by little more than gravity.

In Israel, hockey breaks ice for Arab and Jewish teens
World

In Israel, hockey breaks ice for Arab and Jewish teens

Thanks to an accidental combination of generous philanthropy, a local hockey enthusiast and a sports-mad Arab mayor, the mixed team of Arab and Israeli teens and preteens is thriving.

Don't make Gods of our hockey players
Sports

Don't make Gods of our hockey players

Let’s give these hockey players a break. Do not make them Gods, do not put them on a pedestal, do not pressurise them with our expectations.

Qatar: When the world's richest country has an identity crisis
World

Qatar: When the world's richest country has an identity crisis

A mix of rapid reform, incalculable wealth and a pious Islamic tradition leaves the Gulf emirate sorting out an uncertain future.

Sister act: Three nuns silently live the gospel in a Muslim ghetto
World

Sister act: Three nuns silently live the gospel in a Muslim ghetto

On the southern outskirts of Paris, Grigny-2 is an often desolate, and dangerous, place. Three Catholic nuns have chosen to move into the vast housing project and spread the gospel by, first of all, being good neighbours.

Welcome to tamasha-stan: Literature festivals, writers and the state
Life

Welcome to tamasha-stan: Literature festivals, writers and the state

Are literature festivals becoming tamasha-stan? In the wake of Jaipur, Amitav Ghosh wonders what happens when literature becomes spectacle. Should a writer even insert himself between the book and the reader?

Dhanush viral: But where's Boost in all this song-and-dance?
Business

Dhanush viral: But where's Boost in all this song-and-dance?

The Dhanush ad for Boost brown beverage has been all about celebrating a song without the product getting much of a look-in. There are no kids either.

The Shard: UK's tallest building adds drama to London's sky
World

The Shard: UK's tallest building adds drama to London's sky

The ambitious project speaks of now faded boom times, but it is being completed as Britain and Europe totter on the brink of recession — and the Shard will loom over a city in decline.

'Axing' not the answer, seniors must be phased out: Ayaz Memon
Sports

'Axing' not the answer, seniors must be phased out: Ayaz Memon

Senior journalist Ayaz Memon says the BCCI should initiate a phasing out strategy, keeping in mind the need to blood youngsters who can carry the team forward in the next 10 - 12 years.