Wednesday, 25 May, 2022


‘Zyada secular ho gaye ho’—Indians’ idea of secularism keeps pot boiling for Hindus, Muslims

In 'Unmasking Indian Secularism', Irfanullah Farooqi, assistant professor at South Asian University, mentions how skewed 'secularism' is in India.

1970s India was all about ‘coffee pe charcha’. And it began at Delhi’s Indian Coffee House

In 'Brewing Resistance', Kristin Victoria Magistrelli Plys talks about the integral role of the Indian Coffee house at Connaught Place in shaping the protest of 1975.

Reading to improve language skills? Focus on fiction, not non-fiction

The fact that narrative fiction, not expository non-fiction, helps us develop strong language skills has important implications for education policy.

EDM singer-songwriter Ritviz’s story shows what ‘creative courage’ means—life as a canvas

In 'Unstoppable', Manthan Shah carries out analyses of what makes champions tick—grit, courage, determination, creativity & empathy.

Ads don’t win you elections. Advertising BJP was conscious choice: Piyush Pandey

In the last couple of decades, there have been many debates about the role of advertising and the ethics in advertising. Does advertising manipulate...

Searching for new ways to address climate crisis? African literature has a few answers

African literature that represents and responds to climate and ecological issues in the Congo Basin can serve as a call to action.

When T.N. Seshan praised me after ‘most difficult election in Independent India’ – Punjab 1992

In An Intent to Serve, IAS officer Tejendra Khanna writes about his career as Delhi LG, and as chief secretary of Punjab during the President’s Rule years.

Shiv Kumar Sharma was first musician to play santoor on lap. It wasn’t a background instrument

Shiv Kumar Sharma’s biographer Ina Puri writes that few know he provided tabla accompaniment to Ravi Shankar, Begum Akhtar before turning to the santoor.

‘We are more, we are equal’: Story of Syed Mahmood, colonial India’s first Muslim HC judge

In ‘Syed Mahmood: Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge’, Mohammad Nasir and Samreen Ahmed chronicle how India’s first Muslim judge left an Eastern mark on the Western world.

‘Not all inheritances from Partition are traumatic.’ Some stories are ‘celebrations’ too

Author-historian Aanchal Malhotra's 'In the Language of Remembering' explores the legacy of Partition within Indian families today.

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US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Naval helicopters | Representational image |

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.