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Investing in art & making a fortune is not as easy as it sounds

It is human nature to look only at the big winners, while failing to include the impact of the losers.
High School Students

CBSE makes Arts a compulsory subject from next academic session

Apart from the four major spheres of music, dance, visual arts and theatre, CBSE has recommended introducing culinary art from classes 6 to 8.
Amrita Sher-Gil | Commons

Remembering Amrita Sher-Gil, one who loved sex, art and India, and never said sorry for it

One of India’s most respected pioneers of modern art, Sher-Gil’s story has the makings of a classic French film, including a tragically young death.
An illustration of Hindu god Shiva | YouTube/Indian Monk

Hindu gods like Rama & Shiva have six packs now to kill bad guys, like American superheroes

Amar Chitra Katha comics abandoned Raja Ravi Varma's gentle sensuality to portray hyper-masculine American superhero style Hindu gods
Architecture exhibition of Pakistan

Venice Biennale is an opportunity for Pakistan to recast its ‘terrorist state’ image

Pakistan’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale is a great breakthrough for the designers. It’s also a great feat in reclaiming the identity of Pakistan as a melting pot of art and culture.
Rajput community members burn the effigy oif Padmavati's film director

The Padmavati fracas is also about power and privilege

Free speech is important - but we should first ask whose free speech do we always rush to protect?

Padmavati highlights a need to democratise the freedom of expression

The problem arises when interpretations are established as “ultimate truth”—closing all possibilities of further excavation of a story like Padmavati.
The government has proposed a new antiquities bill that officials say is a cause for worry

Draft antiquities bill triggers jubilation and alarm

Bill seeks to do away with requirement of a licence for selling antiques; some ASI officials claim government buckled under pressure from art dealers

On Camera

Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Not Gandhi dynasty, but a Narasimha Rao-like figure can save the Congress now

The Congress needs someone who can re-build its image and appeal as a credible opposition without totally sidelining the Gandhi family.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

Defence

RFID

RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?