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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Devyani Onial


Explained: From assertive ‘Jai Shri Ram’, a reason to move to gentler ‘Jai Siya Ram’
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

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.

#BlackLivesMatter: ‘There has never been a reckoning for (American) policing’s slave-patrol origins’
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Hiring more Blacks, Hispanics and women into law enforcement will certainly help, but it’s not the sole fix for systematic racism in policing. A more multi-pronged approach is needed.

Explained: George Floyd’s America in black & white
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Black Rights Matter carries echoes of MLK’s civil rights movement. A look at what is similar, what is different, and what African Americans have faced in between.

Ruskin Bond on simple living in complicated times
Tue, May 19, 2020

"Maybe people will get a chance to discover themselves in this enforced solitude, to become more thoughtful because we can’t rush around as we used to"

From Garm Hava to Naseem: Two Hindi films that captured the predicament of the Indian Muslim
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

Reading new meanings into a film that captured the aftermath of Partition, and one that showed an India leading up to the Babri Masjid demolition.

‘Kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai’: Rahat Indori’s line from three decades ago is rallying call
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

A poet who gets the crowds on his feet at mushairas across the country and abroad with his distinct style of delivery, Rahat Indori’s often deceptively simple words give a hard-hitting message, with the political informing the lyrical.

On that side is Queen, on this is Gandhi: In royal Patiala, it’s the commoners who will decide
Tue, May 14, 2019

With Congress winning the Assembly polls in 2017, Preneet Kaur’s husband Capt Amarinder Singh in the Chief Minister’s chair and with Gandhi dismissed by the AAP, the Congress appears upbeat about its chances in Patiala.

Una: In town of defence forces, job issue jostles with Pulwama
Sun, May 05, 2019

Within Una’s government college campus, jobs and national security are what they discuss when they talk about politics.

Kargil: War is a way of life, now need schools and jobs
Thu, Apr 25, 2019

Two decades after the India-Pak war, it’s in Elections 2019 that nationalism has emerged as a poll issue for the rest of the country. But in Kargil, conflict is far from the idea sold on the mainland. Here, it’s a way of life, felt, not expressed, and definitely not voted upon.

Quota pe Charcha
Sun, Jan 13, 2019

Chunaavi jumla or bold move? Right decision or wrong income cap? Great equaliser or more of the same? From its tea shops and college campuses to its ghats and temples, the 10% quota for general category has the PM’s constituency of Varanasi divided. The Indian Express reports.

‘Everything he wrote was imbued with the people, the art of India’
Sun, Nov 11, 2018

Parvati Sharma on her new book on emperor Jahangir, digging him out of obscurity and why the Mughals continue to be labelled outsiders.

‘A fear of the Other is at the core… This is still relevant in 2018’
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Brothers Chapman and Maclain Way, directors of the Netflix series Wild, Wild Country, on what prompted them to make the docu-series, its relevance today and their meeting with the feisty Ma Anand Sheela.

Farmers, Ponzi victims: Everyone has a cause at Anna Hazare sit-in
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

From Tamil Nadu and Punjab farmers to Jaypee home buyers and employees against the Moser Baer boss, everyone hoped the spotlight on him would also throw a light on them and their troubles.

Padmini’s poet: The man behind the first known narrative of Rani Padmavati is known more as a peer
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

Miles from Chittor, Malik Muhammad Jayasi, the man behind the first known narrative of Padmini, is known more as a peer

Dalhousie to Dara Shukoh: On the road with the ‘good’ Mughal
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Dara Shukoh is said to have been a philosopher, a tolerant and pluralist prince, who found common threads in Islam and Hinduism.

With a little help from my family
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

As in everything else in India, there is scope for diversity in Diwali too.

Ansari’s visit brightens Algeria plant prospects
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

With Algeria’s phosphate reserves standing at over 5 billion tonne, India is looking to set up a joint venture mega fertiliser plant with a possible investment of $5-7 billion.

Secularism bedrock of Indian democracy: V-P Hamid Ansari
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Hamid Ansari said, “The superstructure of a democratic polity and a secular state structure, put in place in modern India, is anchored in the existential reality of a plural society.”

Hungary pledges support to India
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Orban was addressing the media along with Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari at the century-old Parliament building Sunday after the signing of two MoUs between the two countries.

Fight against terrorism is now a universal subject, says VP Hamid Ansari
Sun, Oct 16, 2016

Ansari arrived in Budapest Saturday evening, and over the next two days of his visit, two MoUs will be signed with Hungary, including one on water management — the Cabinet cleared the proposal for which two days ago.

The Patriot Game: Starring Arnab the hero v/s artistes as villains
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

Much has changed in succeeding years but it seems the artist is still the villain.

Shaktiman statue pulled down before inauguration
Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Chief Minister Harish Rawat was supposed to inaugurate the statue but declined to do so, and on Tuesday morning residents woke up to the missing statue.

To Salman: Next time your muscles ache, try ‘painful’
Wed, Jun 22, 2016

Unfortunately, rape is a word tossed around casually, often by men, sometimes by women. And among the stars, Salman Khan isn't the only one. Remember Chatur's speech in 3 Idiots?

Happy days are here again
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

For those who lived in boarding schools, summer holidays came with the promise of late mornings, books and endless food.

Fire on the Mountain
Sat, May 14, 2016

Forest fires are a common occurrence in the hills of Uttarakhand, but this year, the magnitude has been much higher. The story of a village in Tehri Garhwal and the resistance of its women shows why the local community needs to be the first line of defence.