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Uttar Pradesh had a thriving literary culture in the 1980s, but proximity to Delhi killed it

Uttar Pradesh's proximity to New Delhi and the elevation of Hindi as an official language killed its literary culture but the sun is yet to set on its revival.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Nandan, the children’s magazine that is more a collectors item for today’s generations

Nandan's appeal lay in the fact that it offered a combination of the traditional and the modern in its stories, poems, interactive columns and educational content.
Tulsi Comics illustration

Tulsi Comics, the labour of love that gave Hindi readers characters like Angara & Jambu

More than two decades after Tulsi Comics had to close down, fans still remember the iconic, unique characters & artwork.

Habib Tanvir, the iconic playwright and director known for his work with tribal artists

Habib Tanvir travelled through the interiors of Chhattisgarh, meeting and working with local village artists, and used folk traditions in his plays.

Sumitranandan Pant, the beloved Hindi poet inspired by Lakshman and Napoleon

The first Hindi poet to be awarded the Jnanpith, he was a poet of nature, influenced by Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi.
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar | Graphic: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, the ‘Rashtrakavi’ whose words spoke to every Indian

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's words evoked a variety of sentiments in people’s hearts. Whether it was the Veer ras or Shringaar ras, the poet had mastered them all.

Dharmyug, a magazine that served as stepping stone for aspiring writers, artists

Hindi weekly magazine Dharmyug was 'read by everyone' and was the place where writers — across languages like Gujarati, Marathi Bengali, Tamil — were given their first break.
Image: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Mohan Rakesh — Hindi writer who unveiled realities of post-Independence middle-class life

On his 95th birth anniversary, ThePrint looks at the legacy of noted Hindi playwright who was an important pillar of the Nayi Kahani movement.
A primary school in New Delhi

ICSE drops famous ‘Jamun ka ped’ satirical story from syllabus months before class 10 boards

Noted poets questioned the ICSE council’s move to drop Hindi writer Krishan Chander's famous story on red tapism. The board didn’t cite a reason for its decision.

Bharatendu Harishchandra: The poet-playwright who sowed the seeds of Hindi nationalism

Father of modern Hindi literature, Bharatendu is best known for his sharp commentary on the social and economic state of colonial India.

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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken | Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

Blinken can clear air on India’s Af-Pak dilemma, but Modi-Jaishankar need the Middle Path

Even if the US is looking at the cases of sedition and infringement of freedoms under Modi govt, it will hardly seek to antagonise India. For the moment, Modi’s China gamble has paid off.

IMF lowers India’s GDP forecast to 9.5% for FY22 in view of ‘severe’ setback caused by 2nd wave

IMF slashes India's growth forecast by 3 percentage points in July World Economic Outlook report from April forecast of 12.5%, but raises 2022-23 forecast to 8.5%.

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File photo | A contingent of the Indian Army showcase their skills on Army Day, in Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India, Russia to hold 13-day mega military drill to counter terror operations in Volgograd

The 12th edition of Indo-Russia joint exercise 'Indra-21' will strengthen bilateral security cooperation & reinforce the longstanding bond between the two nations, Indian Army said.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.