The significance of this transition of the cow to a creature both animal and divine, needing protection and veneration, was explored by the sociologist Louis Dumont in his seminal work, Homo Hierarchicus
In September 1918, the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers won one of the most celebrated battles of World War I, capturing the present-day Israeli city of Haifa from the Ottoman Army. A century on, neither the Indian Army nor the children of Haifa have forgotten the bravery of the ‘Teen Murti’.
On April 11, Gujarat HC observed that the Centre should consider merging the Union Territory of Daman with Gujarat for better implementation of the state’s prohibition law.
Eco Task Force mobilised to cull, experiment to give monkeys oral contraceptives under discussion.
El Niño events have a 3-5 year cycle. But if one does develop later this year — even if weak phenomenon — we could see another warm winter.
In his meetings with Pranab Mukherjee and Narendra Modi, President Nicos Anastasiades could seek India’s help on the ‘Cyprus question’. The Indian Express summarises the situation in that country.
Wickremesinghe in Delhi; long dormant agreement to develop Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm likely to be revived today.
To destroy ‘VIP culture’, the government has decided to ban lal battis for everyone. What exactly does the order say? Which high officials does it affect? The Indian Express gives the details and background.
While the government aims to ensure every citizen has a home by 2022, the number of families that live on the streets of urban India has grown
If the 10 million or so cattle that possibly end up at the abattoir every year are not culled, farmers will simply stop caring for them and let them loose in towns and cities.
The dominant narratives of Tamil politics, with its legacy of anti-Brahmin ideology, regional and linguistic (read anti-Hindi) subnationalism, make it difficult for the BJP to grow on its own in the state.
On Sunday, Delhi votes in civic elections with enormous stakes for BJP, Congress and AAP. NAVEED IQBAL lists what they have promised to voters, issue by issue.
It seems to have got exceptionally hot across the country rather early this year. What is the reason? Does the data show it’s extra hot this year to begin with?
The astronomical interferometer of radio telescopes in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile provided new insights on how normal spiral galaxies, like the Milky Way, looked in their very nascent stages, 12 billion years ago.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants doctors to prescribe generic medicines over branded ones. KAUNAIN SHERIFF M answers key questions on the pricing of drugs and beyond.
On Monday, the Navy’s new, indigenously designed guided missile destroyer INS Chennai was dedicated to the city whose name it bears. How did the warship come to be called Chennai? On what basis does the Indian Navy give names to its vessels?
Commemoration of 200 years of the rebellion of the Paikas
What is the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017?
Understanding the Turkish president’s moment of triumph
What is this weapon, and how does it work?
The Dalai Lama’s visit has turned the spotlight on a region beset by the lack of basic amenities. The Indian Express explains the gaps in infrastructure, from poor connectivity, shoddy healthcare to power woes, and the way ahead
A Rs 240 crore budget deficit, no money to pay salaries, hand-to-mouth on bare essentials — The Indian Express tells the story of a proud institution’s crippling cash crunch, which burst forth in an unprecedented explosion of student frustration on campus this week.
The government of Amarinder Singh is under tremendous pressure to announce a waiver.
Urjit Patel has voiced concern publicly over the latest loan waiver — saying it engendered a moral hazard and undermined the honest credit culture.
Vietnam is by far the largest importer, data show; it is likely, however, that the bulk of the over 6 lakh tonnes of carabeef shipped to Vietnam finds its way unofficially to China
Champaran was the first of 3 movements during 1917-18 that marked the entry of Gandhi — and civil disobedience — in Indian politics.
Jammu and Kashmir bypoll: Delhi has interpreted high turnouts as rejection of azadi sentiment; Kashmiris, by contrast, have seen voting as a way to negotiate for basic necessities.
Toyota has recalled the Altis in India over faulty airbags made by Japan’s Takata. Worldwide, 19 carmakers have ordered ‘largest, most complex safety recall in history’ over airbags.
Rising cow vigilantism will impact not just the meat trade. These could even hurt the dairy industry.
From Defence to Space, Teesta to Indira, Indian Express tracks continuity and change in the concerns expressed and issues addressed together by New Delhi and Dhaka
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board was set up in 1973, the trigger being a fear that Muslim identities were being scrubbed
SC order banning sale, consumption of liquor near national and state highways has seen attempts by states to reclassify highways as local roads. What qualifies as a ‘highway’ anyway?
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has rejected the Congress allegations, saying the proposed Rules regarding the word limit and application fees remain the same as they were under the UPA government.
States with the largest non-vegetarian populations are mostly ruled by non-BJP parties; those with the largest numbers of vegetarians, mostly by the BJP.
Despite the ‘red line’, a large number of countries have used chemical agents against enemies in conflict. Also, why is killing with chemical weapons taboo, but killing with fearsome conventional weapons okay?
Among the most commonly used chemical weapons are mustard gas, phosgene, chlorine, and the nerve agents Sarin and VX.