Lingayats want the Indian State to affirm their distinctiveness from Hinduism and secure minority status.
When a Pakistani colleague and I met over a cup of coffee and tried discussing politics, it was like putting the very basics of my strongly held beliefs to test. The stories they have heard on their side are just as one-sided as ours. Eventually, we realised that we are all reluctantly loitering in the grey areas here.
Architect Shirish Beri’s constructions pay homage to an union between man and nature.
It was at a retrospective of his works at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in the Netherlands, that Aji resolved that his next step would be to make oil paintings. Mostly drawn with charcoal on coloured paper, with the occasional watercolour on paper, the works are imbued with the contrasting qualities of serenity and churn, longing and quiet contemplation, strength and fragility.
The first such naval team to make such an attempt.
Haryana plan: No place at home, send cow to hostel.
Our notions of masculinity encourage us to hide our vulnerabilities. But who are men really when they are alone? And why it’s alright to break down sometimes.
In May 2014, Ajmeri, who had been sentenced to death in 2006, was one of six men acquitted by the Supreme Court in the 2002 Akshardham temple attack. The court had pulled up the Gujarat police for framing innocents and the then state home minister of “non-application” of mind
What has freedom meant to the residents of a village in Phulpur, the constituency Nehru fought from in independent India’s first election?
Desh Raag attempted to deliver a message of unity in diversity in pre-liberalised India.
At the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, the irrevocable and bloody cleavage of the land, carried out 70 years ago, is a disorienting reality.
Digital freedom remains a goalpost that we must keep moving towards. However, digital freedom, when posited as an adversary to personal freedom, should always lose. Our governments, policymakers and technosocial leaders owe it to us to create a digital India that puts people’s freedom first.
The soldier in Indian social consciousness has evolved — from being looked upon as a member of a colonial army to the last word on patriotism.
Those closet doors that everyone talks about? They are revolving.
Tryst with who? What sort of destiny? Seventy years after Independence, the peculiar dignity and anxiety that freedom bestows on us allows us to make or unmake ourselves.
Seventy moments that defined the journey of the world’s largest democracy.
Through their work, five artists deliberate if we are the India that the founding fathers of our Constitution had envisioned. Read more.
"If I’ve created a character that people feel ambiguous about, I will take that as a compliment." In a candid conversation, the author of the bestselling erotic thrillers Maestra and its sequel, Domina talks about her love for art and how the book was nearly not published.
Engagement with the environment, urbanisation and migration have dominated Scaria's work for over two decades now, ever since he moved to Delhi from his hometown Kothanalloor, a village in Kerala. With layered works that address the past, present and the distant future, Scaria has consistently reflected on the complexities that we live with.
Mohammadpur Umri, a small village in Uttar Pradesh near the Bamrauli Air Force base in Allahabad, is full of stories of mistaken identity. The village, with a population of roughly 700, boasts of over 35 pairs of twins. The world average is 9 to 12 per 1,000 births. Umri’s twin population average clocks up to 60 per 1,000.
The otter is a rare and elusive mammal living in aquatic and semi-aquatic ecosystems and is classified as ‘Near Threatened’ by the IUCN. Mustelid features and playful antics give otters an adorable air, but in a river ecosystem they are the top boss, the apex predator.
The promised empowerment of trans people cannot come in a scenario, where a funder-driven NGO network plays middle-man, and the government refuses to reimagine foundational concepts of gender and sex.
Santa Khurai’s strength now is far removed from the fears that haunted her as a child growing up in a conservative family. Born in Imphal, Khurai says she always had “a sense of who I am and I never identified myself as a boy. Always as a girl.”
A government panel has recognised a trans person’s right to civil union; a university has waived fees for the community. Can these measures lead to empowerment? A trans woman employed by the Kochi Metro talks about a new world, and the old one that still drags her down.
University spaces aren’t welcoming of transgender students.
A beautiful plantation estate in Chikmagalur and mornings that become memories.
Kamila Shamsie reimagines Antigone in her new novel, which is already on the Man Booker longlist. The Pakistani writer on researching Islamic State, the right lessons from history and watching Jhulan Goswami play.
For the lazy birder, even big Indian cities can be a delight.
There’s a tipple for every taste in Belgium but none as good as the Trappist beer.
Srinivas Gokulnath from Nashik touched the finishing line at Annapolis on June 25, he became the first Indian to complete the arduous Race Across America (RAAM), one of the toughest ultramarathon bicycle races in the world.
They nest in our houses and reflect the quirks of family life – the sparrow is Everyman of the bird community.
As the folklore went, the raga Miyan Malhar was known to light oil lamps when sung accurately. Tansen attempted the raga so fervently that the lamps got lit, but soon, the heat began to burn his body and he fell ill.
Tripti Lahiri on what doesn’t surprise her about the class war in Noida and her book on domestic workers in India.
Aditi Mittal is funny, charming, energetic and bold. She jumps from topic to topic, and is one of the few women to display a natural ability for physical comedy.
The distinct sari is now worn exclusively by Missionaries of Charity (MoC) nuns across 749 centres over 120 countries, including the Vatican City.
Shah Rukh Khan on why he can’t not like love stories, imagining the after-life of the characters he plays and why he has no complaints about his stardom. During a chat with The Indian Express, the actor also spoke about his kids Aryan, Suhana and AbRam.