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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Explained: Why is August 7 called National Handloom Day

August 07, 2020 7:50 pm

National Handloom Day: In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first National Handloom Day. It was a salute to weavers and others in the industry to promote the handmade and the handwoven.

Explained: Centuries after it was written, why the legend of Mulan is still popular

August 07, 2020 7:24 am

The Hua Mulan legend, highly popular in China, has over the years inspired numerous films, dramas, books, and television series.

Explained: From assertive ‘Jai Shri Ram’, a reason to move to gentler 'Jai Siya Ram'

August 07, 2020 8:34 am

The “Jai Shri Ram” slogan had come to symbolise the Ram Janmabhoomi movement; on Wednesday, as the movement culminated in the first step of temple-building, there was, perhaps, no need for a battle cry anymore.

Explained: Who was ‘Black Mozart’, and why was calling him that problematic?

August 04, 2020 8:27 am

French musician Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the first black classical composer in history, is known to have influenced the famed Austrian, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, earning him the sobriquet, ‘Black Mozart’. Saint-Georges is the subject of an upcoming American biopic.

Explained: Why heritage activists are opposing demolition of Osmania General Hospital

August 03, 2020 1:11 pm

The iconic OGH building is over 150 years old and is considered a heritage structure. The last Nizam of Hyderabad Osman Ali Khan had commissioned the hospital built on 26.5 acres of land abutting the river Musi, and it was designed by British architect Vincent Jerome Esch.

Kanye West thinks Harriet Tubman never freed slaves, others place her among the greatest of American heroes. Who was she?

July 23, 2020 1:16 am

Who was Harriet Tubman? Why does her life story resonate with contemporary America?

Explained: Why Netflix cancelled a Turkish drama after row over an LGBTQ character

July 22, 2020 9:39 pm

Although Turkey is more liberal than some of its neighbours when it comes to LGBTQ rights, and homosexuality has been legal in the country’s modern history, activists say the scenario has been changing under the present government.

Explained: What is the #FreeBritney campaign?

July 22, 2020 10:43 pm

Britney Spears has been under a court-ordered conservatorship since 2008 after her alleged mental breakdowns started happening in public soon after her divorce from Kevin Federline in 2007.

Explained: Who is Harriet Tubman whom Kanye West criticised in his first presidential speech?

July 27, 2020 9:06 am

Tubman was born to slave parents Benjamin Ross and Harriet Greene near Cambridge in 1821. While she was named Araminta by her parents, Tubman took her mother’s name after she married John Tubman in 1844.

Explained: What is the row over Pakistani film Zindagi Tamasha?

July 26, 2020 8:39 am

Despite being cleared by the Pakistani censors and a top body of the country’s Senate, the film is stalled by a case in court. What is the film about, and why are protesters including the Islamist Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party upset?