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Ramnath Goenka awards: A celebration of India’s finest journalism of 2017.

At the Lucknow Sainik School: 'They were ready, not us'

Six months after they entered the Uttar Pradesh Sainik School, in Class 9, it’s the girl ‘cadets’ who are more “settled”. They are the first ever girls to be admitted to the school, 58 years after it came up.


The girls march in

Half a century after they were set up in 1961, Sainik Schools have opened doors to girls. The Sunday Express meets the six 12-year-olds making history in a Mizoram village, dreaming to be soldiers, sailors and pilots, and barely sweating about it. The boys, they are catching up.

The river by my home

Assistant Editor Arun Janardhanan goes looking for the stories he has grown up with in Vazhathope, his village in Idukki district that has borne the brunt of the floods, and finds a river at peace amidst the wreckage all around

Footloose in Nallasopara

Long, long ago, the lanes of Virar gave Bollywood its biggest dancing star in Govinda. Now from this region on Mumbai’s fringes are emerging TV dance show stars, YouTube hits, and film debuts. Next up, finds The Sunday Express, is 150 participants facing off in a ‘World Dance League’

Smoke and Mirrors

Skill does not equal taste is the big learning from Khan Market's The Immigrant Cafe


A sugar rush

The result in the Kairana Lok Sabha seat bypoll, where ganna payment was the main issue, brought forth a crisis born of advances in plant breeding and boost in sugarcane production.

This is what it takes to keep the Taj Mahal standing

That’s what it takes every year to keep the Taj Mahal standing, says the ASI. But with the Supreme Court recently pulling up the organisation for failing to protect India’s most treasured monument, Sowmiya Ashok and Divya A travel to Agra and find the Taj a little yellowing, a little bruised, but hopelessly romantic for a 360-year-old.

Stories on a station wall

From the bright red of Cheriyal scrolls at Secunderabad to the story of the Ram-Sita swayamvar told through Mithila paintings at Madhubani, walls of railway stations across the country are sporting local art.

A look at rampant constructions plaguing Himachal

An Assistant Town Planner was recently shot dead while supervising a Supreme Court-mandated demolition of illegal structures in Kasauli.

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Big Picture: Amidst Love Jihad, the story of Zahid and friends

In this season of alleged ‘love jihad’, here's a story of the lone Muslim student to have returned to his school in one of Muzaffarnagar’s worst riot-hit villages and his three Hindu classmates.

Narendra Modi redefines the grammer of political rallies

Narendra Modi rallies have, in recent times, gone on to become full-fledged stage productions.