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A republic can be undemocratic, but Nehru and Ambedkar’s India wasn’t one of them

The essays in ‘Between Hope and Despair’ force us to think about our public, private and political life and question the current state of our political institutions.

When Javed Akhtar met Faiz by pretending to be his friend. It was a close shave

In 'Talking Life' Javed Akhtar speaks to Nasreen Munni Kabir with refreshing honesty about the ups and downs of his extraordinary life.

Gyanvapi in Varanasi to mosque in Mathura—IAS officer’s first-hand account post-Babri riots

In 'Of Giants and Windmills', former IAS officer Moosa Raza reveals about the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition, in his capacity as Advisor to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

What is Pachisi? Ancient Indian board game Mughal emperor Akbar enjoyed

Meant to be played by two or four people, Pachisi is a cross and circle board game that originated in India. While the game...

Gujarat model was development on steroids—Free land, large loans, nearly zero interest rates

A furious Modi dismissed his critics as “pseudo-secularists.” He recast himself as a friend of business and began marketing Gujarat as a prime business location.

Even in defeat in Assam, Rajput general who led the Mughals praised his Ahom adversaries

In ‘The Ahoms: A Reimagined History’, Arup Kumar Dutta explores the Ahom dynasty’s fascinating 600-year rule over the Brahmaputra valley.

Iran to Kashmir, why I set out to find paradise in conflict: Pico Iyer

In 'The Half Known Life', Pico Iyer travels from Iran to North Korea, the Dalai Lama’s Himalayas to the ghostly temples of Japan, to upend our ideas of utopia.

Magic is nothing but manifestation of anything you desire through energy of the cosmos

In 'Wicca: A Magical Journey With Spells and Rituals', Rashme Oberoi candidly reveals interesting information about secrets of the Wiccan tradition.

Ayodhya after SC verdict: Nirmohi Akhara’s Mahant says Ram temple becoming RSS office

In 'Ayodhya: Past and Present', Sutapa Mukherjee delves into Babri Masjid demolition and why Ayodhya still ‘remains a divided city’.

What traditional ‘Theyyam’ ritual means to Dalit community in Kerala

There are over 600 theyyam rituals today, performed primarily by Dalit communities by incorporating transgression from the established caste and social order.

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Pervez Musharraf

Musharraf went from being warmaker, dictator to yelling on Indian TV...

His worldview was shaped by the foundational logic of Pakistan — that its people could preserve its purity only in a separate State achieved by mutilating India.

How Maharashtra plans to make Mumbai & satellite towns a 250...

Maharashtra govt's goal is to eventually make the state a trillion-dollar economy. For this, it’s pushing to boost the economy of its most valued asset — the Mumbai Metropolitan Area.

Defence

India is modernising its armed forces and trying to reduce defence imports | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Budget 2023: Defence gets 13% more than last yr. Pensions &...

Capital budget increased to Rs 1.62 lakh crore from 1.52 lakh crore. Navy, Army see substantial increase but allocation for procuring aircraft, aero engines goes down.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Market has won & now it’s for Adani to decide whether...

If the political establishment responds to a situation like this as if it’s something that must only play out between a corporate & the market, it's coming of age of Indian capitalism.