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Sunday, January 19, 2020



The author is a journalist working with The Indian Express

Have Chai pe Charcha, listen to our Mann ki Baat: What women of Shaheen Bagh wrote to the PM
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.

Explained: Why are hundreds of Lufthansa flights getting cancelled?
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

Lufthansa strike: For now, the cabin crew union has said their protest is until midnight Friday, but has not ruled out extending it if weekend negotiations fail.

Swara Bhasker cusses at kid: It’s not child abuse, I swear!
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

There are two things to be pointed out in Swara Bhasker’s defence — the nature of the show, and the nature of the joke. And much to be read in the nature of the vitriol being directed at her.

Kartik Aaryan and the Misogynistic Monologue: Dear men, the joke is on you
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Ye good men of the world, no Rajjo nor Chintu should be the standard-bearer of your hopes and dreams and angsts. You deserve better.

Explained: After death of Baghdadi, who is the world’s ‘most wanted’ criminal?
Wed, Nov 06, 2019

After the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the race for the unofficial title of the world's "most wanted" individual is open again.

What’s not to like about the Shah Rukh Khan-David Letterman interview? Plenty
Sun, Nov 03, 2019

Ever since Shah Rukh Khan appeared on American TV host David Letterman’s talk show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix, there has been no stopping the renewed SRK adulation wave.

Explained: Who was Kayla Mueller, after whom the operation to kill al-Baghdadi was named?
Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Kayla Mueller had briefly worked in India, teaching English to Tibetan refugees and to economically underprivileged women and children

Explained: What is Uluru, Australia’s famous desert rock, and why can’t you climb it any more?
Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Uluru, one of Australia's most famous tourist attractions, is considered sacred by the indigenous Anangu people.

The Lord as a juristic person: What legal rights do deities enjoy?
Fri, Oct 04, 2019

How is Lord Ram a litigant in court — that too against His devotees who are claiming the right to worship Him?

Gandhi Jayanti: 5 places in Delhi linked to Mahatma Gandhi you should know about
Thu, Oct 03, 2019

From a temple where he ensured Dalits could enter to a dargah where he held his last public address, memories of Bapu are scattered across Delhi. 

Explained: In US top court, is it legal to fire someone for being gay?
Sat, Sep 28, 2019

The US Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids workplace discrimination on the basis of sex. The Supreme Court will now decide if "sex" can be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity choices.

Explained: Do better-lit streets really make a city safer?
Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Arvind Kejriwal has announced his government will install 2 lakh streetlights across Delhi. What does research say about the link between crime and street illumination?