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How a Didarganj Yakshi statue discovered by accident near Patna led to a colonial fight

The Didarganj Yakshi has been the focus of much debate on style, valuation, colonial and postcolonial biases and the representation of women in art.

How Kutchi artisans ‘spied’ on Sindhi craftsmen to master exquisite chain stitch embroidery

‘The Shoemaker’s Stitch’ by Shilpa Shah and Rosemary Crill explores the rich history of Mochi embroidery in Gujarat.

‘Jhola-yukt, plastic-mukt’ — How Banda’s DM went plastic-free, from govt meetings to markets

In ‘Dynamic DM’, Heera Lal writes how the Banda DM’s bungalow only had earthenware utensils and in government meetings, tea was served in kulhads.

Impulse, rage, abuse—a nun tells the story of life in Kerala church

A 2019 bestseller in Malayalam, 'In the Name of the Lord' is a harrowing, moving account of Sister Lucy Kalapura's life as a Catholic nun.

IIT, dogfights, internship at Godrej—the humble beginnings of Nrupender Rao’s great life

In ‘Forging Mettle: Nrupender Rao and the Pennar Story,’ Pavan C. Lall traces the remarkable entrepreneurial journey of business mogul Nrupender Rao.

How saving the rhino became as commercial an enterprise in Kaziranga as poaching

In ‘Homeland Insecurities’, Sanjay Barbora writes how a wildlife conservationist’s job in India oscillates between criminal investigation and paralegal aid to forest department.

Sarasa—The Gujarati kalamkari cloth that became a rage in Japan thanks to Dutch traders

One of the earliest uses of Indian sarasa in Japan was in Japanese warrior jackets from the Edo period, known as hoari.

Coins are a window into early Deccan society

In ‘Seeking History through Her Source’, Aloka Parasher Sen digs up Indian history south of the Vindhyas.

India’s first vaccine producers weren’t labs. They were children, cows, buffaloes, goats

In India’s Vaccine Growth Story, Sajjan Singh Yadav writes how the British rulers, concerned about the mounting deaths of their personnel, set up several laboratories across India.

‘My ancestors ruled Hindustan through force & fear. Now others will’ – Bahadur Shah after 1857

‘Tears of the Begums’, the first ever English translation of Hasan Nizami's Begumat ke Aansoo, chronicles the turning of the wheel of fortune after India's first war of independence.

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CDS Lt Gen Anil Chauhan has a lot to do. But first, fast track what Gen Bipin Rawat started

The fact that the Narendra Modi government waited nine months to appoint Gen Anil Chauhan as the second CDS shows that it has complete faith and trust in him.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

Eye on indebted cooperatives, Maharashtra sets up asset reconstruction firm, 1st state to do so

Maha ARC Ltd, incorporated Monday with initial capital of Rs 111 crore, will restructure firms under financial distress that have direct links to state govt. RBI yet to issue licence.


Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the DRDO for the Army | Twitter/@DRDO_India

As tensions rise with Azerbaijan, Armenia buys Pinaka rockets & ammunition from India

The government-to-government contract, valued at about Rs 2,000 cr, is learnt to have been signed earlier this month. Supplies to be fast-tracked according to Armenia's requirement.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.