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Sunday, March 29, 2020



The author is a journalist working with The Indian Express

Why you must not take COVID-19 lightly only because a lot of other diseases ‘kill many more people’
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

While panic over the coronavirus outbreak must always be avoided, downplaying concerns over a disease that is spreading fast, and in unpredictable ways, can have serious consequences.

Explained: What is ‘mac-binding’, the condition specified for Internet use in J&K?
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

What is mac-binding? What are the other conditions on internet usage in Jammu and Kashmir?

Unaccustomed Earth: How Afghan refugee women are working on building a new life
Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Back home, most of them had never imagined earning their own keep. In India, they are using exile as an opportunity.

Life, interrupted: Of normalcy, cricket matches and going to school in Kashmir
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Just like you and me, Kashmiris want to study, work, get on with their lives. But the complex realities of the state have made an ‘ordinary life’ out of reach for most ordinary people.

Innovation in times of internet ban: A Kashmiri boy’s journey to the Indian Science Congress
Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Numair Wani and his friends have created an anti-pollution device that makes smoke from Srinagar’s hamams less toxic.

At Srinagar’s Sharika Devi temple: ‘Pandits were driven out, but those who stayed, survived thanks to Muslims’
Sun, Mar 01, 2020

Near Srinagar’s Hari Parbat, both Hindus and Muslims mourn a city changed forever, a home they all lost. Both say “some forces” made ordinary people from the two communities fear each other.

Kashmir’s Pari Mahal: A palace that isn’t, built by a king who wasn’t
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Tucked away on the Zabarwan range in Srinagar is a spiritual retreat – and a story of what Prince Dara Shukoh did one summer.

Shaheen Bagh on results day: Silent protest, loud message
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

At Shaheen Bagh, placards all around announced the results day would see a silent protest. "Our protest is beyond one election. Words can be twisted. We won't allow either the winners or the losers to manipulate us," a protester said.  

Explained: Who was Kaka Hathrasi, the poet PM Modi quoted in Parliament
Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Hathrasi’s humour was “light, bright and sparkling”, but also razor-sharp and unsparing.

Tracing Afghans in Delhi: ‘CAA won’t help. No one wants to settle in India, there are no jobs’
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

The Afghans who have Indian citizenship say their vote will be based on ‘positive action on ground, not emotive issues’.

Explained: A sweet tale of how India imported halwa, and made it its own
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

'Halwa' comes from the Arabic word 'hulw', which means sweet. A dish that came in from Turkey is now served as kada prasad in Gurdwaras, is associated with the Hindu festival of Navratri, and even plays an important role in the Union budget.

Women of Shaheen Bagh have a message for PM Modi: Have Chai pe Charcha, listen to our mann ki baat
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

As part of the Tum Kab Aaoge campaign, Shaheen Bagh women penned thousands of postcards to the Prime Minister, which will be mailed to his office and residence on Monday.

Deepika at JNU: With far more to lose, Bollywood’s women have shown far more spine than its ‘heroes’
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

In Bollywood as in the world, it is the women who are smashing the status quo, at great personal risk. The actors, with far greater appeal and access, remember political causes before their movies, but then retreat to asking questions about mangoes.

Is Nithyananda’s Kailaasa a territory or a state of mind?
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

While our earthly, mundane minds could only think of land and territory, Nithyananda seems to be reviving a grand tradition that can solve the world's problems.

Why the outrage over Dabangg 3 song has hurt my Hindu sentiments
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

Some sections seeking to act as spokespeople of Hinduism seem to know nothing at all about the religion.

Explained: How climate change is reducing women’s agency in Asian, African settings
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Climate change has led to erratic weather behaviour and altered the nature of soil and water, making occupations like farming less sustainable.

Siege of Mecca’s Grand Mosque: What happened in Saudi Arabia 40 years ago, how it affects world today
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

The Saudi royal family realised the only way to cement its authority was to position itself as the foremost protector of the faith, thus minimising the chances of rebellion from within.

Explained: What is the meaning of quid pro quo?
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

Quid pro quo, like many Latin phrases, made its way into legal terminology, where it is now used to imply a mutually beneficial deal between two parties. Why is it being used in the Trump impeachment inquiry?

Explained: Why has China put Uighur Muslims in camps, and what happens inside?
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Around a million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslims have been bundled into ‘de-radicalisation camps’ in China. Those not detained are living under constant surveillance, involving facial recognition cameras and QR codes on homes.

Explained: From alcohol ban to opening pubs, why Kerala is swaying in its liquor policy
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Five years after it started on the path to becoming a dry state, Kerala's government is now considering opening pubs.