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From An Historian’s Notebook: Imperialism in One Country?

For one brief, shining moment, the United States seemed to really be the beast its enemies made it out to be – the centre of world power, an unchallenged superpower in a unipolar world, capable of fulfilling its imperialist destiny and imperial fantasies without let or hindrance.

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Raja Rammohun: A Look Back in Wonder

When the first poster came out before the film’s release in October 1965, there was little to choose between Chowdhury and H.P. Briggs’ famous portrait of the Raja made in 1832. As the sestercentennial (250th) birth anniversary celebrations of Raja Rammohun Roy pick up pace in India and Great Britain, one can only look back in wonder at the film.

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Surviving in Summer

Some simple yet efficient time-tested methods like use of blinds, shades, insulation and blackout curtains that considerably lower the room temperature during the sunniest periods of the day…

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From an Historian’s Notebook: Putin & Bengali Cold War Nostalgia

In 1991, when the Soviet Union officially came to an end, the Indian left was bereft. The Bengali branches of the left were particularly upset: Who would take the place of Stalinda as the embodiment of Bangali second-hand machismo and martial vigour? Who would stand up to the American imperialists in their place?

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Adoor Ajar

The legendary director pays little heed to the brouhaha over the Rs 100-crore or Rs 500-crore box office collections of the present crop of movies. He said, “The public is easily swayed by the publicity blitz. They feel, if a film has made Rs 200 crore, it must be good. My first film ‘Swayamvaram’ (1972) cost only a few lakhs, won four national awards and did pretty well at the theatres.”

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Mysteries of Manihara

After several nights of waiting, Manimalika’s ghost, a bejeweled skeleton, showed herself and signaled him to follow her to the riverbank.

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