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Shah Rukh Khan at a summit in New Delhi | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Modi govt plans to use Shah Rukh, Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif to promote Urdu language

Facing tough competition from private players for promotion of Urdu, the Modi govt wants Bollywood stars to mouth a few lines in Urdu and use them in videos.
CDs of Michael Jackson at a shop in Tokyo | Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg News

To-hear-or-not-to-hear conundrum over Michael Jackson has brought out the ‘cancel culture’

Cancel culture is as hotly debated as it is variously defined, but in its essence is the self-ban on works of people who have done terrible things to others.
File photo of Sapna Chaudhary during a performance | Facebook

Fame, fortune & attempted suicide — the story of Haryana pop queen Sapna Chaudhary

In just 4 years, dancer-singer Sapna Chaudhary has become a sex symbol & a cultural icon in Haryana and outside. ThePrint speaks to her about the journey.
A screen grab from one of Usha Devi's YouTube video

Coy and in ‘ghoonghats’, these women are taking over Youtube, TikTok with their rural lives

YouTube channels like Indian Girl Babita's Village and Sidhi Marwadi are helping rural women chart their own paths within the limits of local conventions.
A Cinepax Cinemas theatre in Lahore | cinepax.com

Bollywood films take a hit in Pakistan as tensions with India simmer

Bollywood movies, which account for about 60% of cinema consumption in Pakistan, are no longer being screened amid tensions over the Pulwama attack and IAF strikes in Balakot.
An iPhone XR

Our love affair with smartphones has grown deeper than you think

Many people are making surprising smartphone trade-offs, a survey has found, with most respondents rating their smartphones above dating.
Representational image | Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

#MeToo wasn’t the first: Women-led movements aren’t new, especially in India

Long before #MeToo swept India, women successfully organised movements to protest issues like moral policing, sexist policies and sexual assault.
A painter at work inside the Shiv temple in Achan, Pulwama | Moushumi Das Gupta/ThePrint

A temple, a Kashmiri Pandit family in Pulwama’s Muslim-majority village and a story of hope

Immune to the tension surrounding the Valley, a village in Pulwama pulls together resources to renovate Hindu temple for lone Pandit family.
TV personality Kylie Jenner attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City

At 21, Kylie Jenner is changing the meaning of social media billionaire

Kylie Jenner grew her cosmetics business one Instagram post at a time to become the world's youngest billionaire. Her posts are now valued at $1 million apiece.
A view of the crowd of commuters at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on World Population Day (WPD), in Mumbai | Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI

Why are South Asians more prone to heart disease? MASALA could hold the answer

A US study titled MASALA seeks to understand the high prevalence of heart attacks and strokes among South Asians.

On Camera

Akshay Kumar's interview of PM Modi | Twitter

The ‘apolitical’ interview between PM Modi & Akshay Kumar was more than just about mangoes

Anyone who believes there can be an ‘apolitical’ interview with the PM right in the middle of Lok Sabha elections knows nothing about Modi.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.