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Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers in protest for Ram temple in Ayodhya | Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

There are 2.9 million atheists in India and it’s been around in Asia for centuries

Atheism is not a modern concept and is a significant cultural force in India, as well as in other Asian countries influenced by Indian religions.
Representational image | Pexel

We need to treat our body the way responsible dog owners treat their dog

Exercise and activity are important parts of living the lives humans are meant to live from an evolutionary standpoint.
Indian kids

How where you’re born influences the person you become

Although genetics certainly matter, the way you behave isn’t hardwired. Parenting too plays a role.
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.
Zeenat Aman in Hare Rama Hare Krishna | YouTube

Hare Rama Hare Krishna – a deeply conservative film that gave Bollywood its ‘boldest’ actor

Dev Anand’s film Hare Rama Hare Krishna, starring Zeenat Aman, gave India both its Rakhi and hippie anthem.
A chakra on display at the exhibition | Manasi Phadke/ThePrint

Taiwan turns to Mahatma Gandhi to cement cultural ties with India

Besides portraying Gandhi’s life and ideology, the Taiwanese govt has also displayed information on India’s cultural and heritage sites in an exhibition.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee | PTI

Asian Academy of Arts to launch award in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name

The Atal Bihari Vajpayee National Award will be given for the promotion of art and culture.

There’s a lot to Pakistan beyond coups and fundamentalists. Raza Rumi chronicles it

Raza Rumi’s book will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in the artistic and cultural landscape of Pakistan.

In growing trade war, EU & Canada deploy ketchup to targets US tariffs

The ubiquitous condiment is anything but American in its origins or in those nationalities that love it the most.

Ghulam Murshid’s book shows Hindus and Muslims are primary stakeholders of Bengali culture

The author gives the perspective of a Bengal where Hindus and Muslims are shown as primary stakeholders of the Bengali culture.

On Camera

Shoppers walk through South City Mall in Kolkata | Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Wrong to raise alarm over slowdown in India’s consumption

Consumption cannot bail out an ailing economy. It is the consequence of a good or bad economic environment, no matter which way we calculate GDP.
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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.