Sunday, 27 November, 2022
TopicCulture

Topic: Culture

‘Window to the states’ — India’s culture council signs MoU with 23 states for ‘cultural diplomacy’

Signed at Azad Bhawan, the MoU aims at promoting traditional artisans and showcasing their heritage to the world. 

Long before Harry Potter, dragons were part of Buddhism, Christianity. Why they’re appealing

When Jesuits reintroduced Christianity in China in the 16th century, dragons became associated with a Westernised explanation–the devil. Why do they appear at all?

Nehru was too modern for India. He suffered from a ‘cultural homelessness’

In ‘Nehru and The Spirit of India', Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee offers an original perspective on Nehru and Indian history—a ‘minoritarian’ approach.

How women break the India-Pakistan wall over WhatsApp, biryani & banoffee pie in Dubai

Through these India-Pakistan friendships we were living our grandmothers’ wildest dreams — the women who had to leave their homes to migrate to lands unknown in 1947.

India created cultural illiteracy in the name of modernity

We are okay with Fabindia clothing. But an encounter with popular culture anywhere outside a museum makes us squeamish.

India predates Constitution. It’s cultural nationalism that makes us Indians

Reducing India to a civic nation, bound only by revered Constitution, disregards our rich heritage.

Gurugram is finally getting what it lacked. A culture Renaissance of sorts

You wouldn't associate Gurugram with William Dalrymple evenings or museum visits. Millennium City is moving beyond pubs.

Do-piyaza, blood-spitting paan, camels — The ‘bizarre’ food of Mughals in Western travelogues

In 'Tasting Difference', Gitanjali Shahani writes about the Mughal foods and traditions that early Western travellers considered 'ugly' and disturbing.

Enfant terrible of Indian art, F.N. Souza was not just a painter but also a brilliant writer

Not a painting, but Souza’s essay ‘Nirvana of a Maggot’ was what first got him acclaim before he became one of India’s most successful artists.

Liberalise culture sector to unlock India’s economic potential: NITI Aayog’s Amitabh Kant

Our heritage is valuable. And there’s a reason why one of the world’s most successful conservation stories is the Humayun’s Tomb project in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.

On Camera

YourTurn

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Apple revolutionised smartwatch. Then came the budget wave and more—AmazFit, Fitbit to Samsung

The Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2 are good options for fitness fiends who want a smartwatch for fitness tracking only, while Garmin is great for extreme sports enthusiasts.
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How India-Australia FTA is set to boost trade that’s already at a record high

While the bulk of the trade between India and Australia is so far in the energy sector, the FTA is expected to broaden this to include other goods and services.

Defence

Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.