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Shah Rukh Khan in a still from 'Om Shanti Om' | Red Chillies Entertainment
In ‘Muscular India’, Michiel Baas writes that it took 3 movies and a magazine to popularise a new body ideal among Indian men. And it was very different from the pehlwan body type.
A view of the Bhutanese landscape. | Photo: Pixabay
In ‘The Good Country Equation’, Simon Anholt writes about Bhutan’s dilemma of increasing foreign revenue without losing its socio-cultural and environmental capital.
An activist waves a LGBT pride flag after the Supreme Court verdict | Kamal Kishore/PTI
In ‘Sex and the Supreme Court’, Saurabh Kirpal writes about how marriage equality will fulfil the Constitution makers’ promise to all Indians.
Aadhaar Card
In ‘The Making of Aadhaar’, former UIDAI CEO Ram Sewak Sharma writes about why the counter-intuitive decision to make Aadhaar a digital ID and not a smartcard worked.
Rahul Dravid
The strength of Bombay cricket was built on the shoulders of coaches like Vasoo Paranjape, Rahul Dravid writes in the book 'Cricket Drona' by Jatin Paranjape and Anand Vasu.
In ‘The Sinking Middle Class’, David Roediger writes about how Democrats and Republicans praise the middle-class as America’s heart. But numbers tell a different story.
Instagram app | Omkar Patyane | Pexels
In ‘No filter’, Sarah Frier chronicles Instagram’s rise as a photo-sharing app that competed with Facebook and Snapchat & how it shaped influencer culture.
Representational image | Jahangir Entertains Shah Abbas ca 1620 | Wikimedia Commons
In 'Tasting Difference', Gitanjali Shahani writes about the Mughal foods and traditions that early Western travellers considered 'ugly' and disturbing.
Puja Changoiwala’s book 'Gangster on the Run' is about criminal-turned-marathon runner Rahul Jadhav, whose pseudonym ‘Bhiku’ was inspired by the 1998 film Satya.
In ‘The Fear of the Visual?’, Sasanka Perera decodes why couples usually didn’t smile in old wedding photos, not just in India but all over the world.

On Camera

Muslim wedding in pakistan

Is she 18? How Pakistan’s forced conversion of minors gets legal cover

If your kidnapper-husband says you are 18, or have had your first period, no more questions are asked in Pakistan about abduction-conversions of young girls.

Harley Davidson to discontinue sales and manufacturing operations in India

Harley’s decision comes weeks after Toyota Motor Corp. said it won’t expand further in India due to the country’s high tax regime.

Defence

Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?