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Explained: What is the Puri Heritage Corridor Project and why has it landed into a controversy?

May 18, 2022 1:16 pm

What is the Puri Heritage Corridor Project? What is the controversy about? What did the ASI affidavit state and how did the High Court respond? How has the state government responded? We explain.

Explained: International Museum Day and its significance

May 18, 2022 12:40 pm

On May 18, as the world celebrates International Museum Day, we look at its significance, and some of the oldest and weirdest museums in the world.

Explained: Vadnagar's ties with Buddhism, and Govt's push to make it a heritage site

May 18, 2022 6:35 am

PM Narendra Modi said in Lumbini that his birthplace Vadnagar was a great centre for Buddhist learning centuries ago. A look at Vadnagar’s ties with Buddhism, and the government's push to highlight the city as a landmark heritage destination.

Explained: The persistent theory that Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple called 'Tejo Mahalaya'

May 15, 2022 7:09 am

Over the years, several BJP leaders have repeated and amplified unhistorical claims that the Taj is in fact a Hindu temple that was built much before the reign of Shah Jahan. A look at the theory of "Tejo Mahalaya".

Iron in Tamil Nadu 4,200 years ago: a new dating and its significance

May 15, 2022 7:27 am

Carbon dating of excavated finds in Tamil Nadu pushes evidence of iron being used in India back to 4,200 years ago. A look at the findings of a new study, and its historical significance.

Explained: The controversy over a diamond necklace, with roots in India, worn at the Met Gala

May 12, 2022 9:51 am

The necklace, worn by popular US YouTuber Emma Chamberlain, originally belonged to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.

Explained: Marilyn, Warhol, and the magic that built the most expensive artwork of the 20th century

May 11, 2022 10:37 am

A painting of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol was auctioned on May 9 for about $195 million, making it the most expensive piece of 20th century art ever sold. What is special about this painting?

Explained: History of Regency romances, and its most popular practitioners

May 06, 2022 2:16 pm

If you have binge-watched season two of Netflix’s Regency saga, Bridgerton, here’s a glimpse into the history of Regency romances and the writers who made it a wildly popular mass-market genre.

Explained: The story of Marilyn Monroe's dress worn by Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

May 05, 2022 8:05 am

The dress was made especially for Monroe, and Kim Kardashian had to make adjustments to her body to fit into it, rather than alter the dress.

Explained: In spat between Ajay Devgn & Kiccha Sudeep, old debate on Hindi as 'national language'

May 04, 2022 11:40 am

Ajay Devgn and Kiccha Sudeep have engaged on Twitter over the status of Hindi as "rashtriya bhasha". The spat has set off reactions in faraway Punjab as well. How does the state fit it?