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Yediyurappa’s resignation was inevitable. Hopefully, the focus will now be back on governance

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Imran Khan at a rally in Tarar Khal, 'AJK', July 2021 | Facebook

How elections happen in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Time to take lid off the biggest scam

Thanks to both Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif governments, the ‘AJK’ legislative assembly is completely toothless. Why have an election at all?

Kashmir’s spiritual traditions shaped world modern art, not just GR Santosh and Sohan Qadri

As Kashmir finds itself in prolonged sectarian conflict, it is time to revive the radical art of Tantra whose practice demolishes the very identity constructs that led to these conflicts.
Father Ahmad Patloo and daughter Jannat ask tourists to wear masks and take vaccination. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

How a Srinagar father-daughter team is doing their bit to save Dal Lake

Tariq Ahmad Patloo runs an Ambulance Shikara in Srinagar's Dal lake. Last month, he found a mention on PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat'.
Farooq Ahmed Bhatt (40) is among the porters who offer tourists horse rides around Sonmarg | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

No Amarnath Yatra for 3 yrs: Sonmarg horses are idle, their owners jobless and ‘in huge debt’

In Sonmarg, ghodawallahs offer horse rides through tough terrain to hidden tourist gems. They also help pilgrims chart 15-km trek between Baltal base camp and Amarnath cave shrine.
A team of healthcare workers on their way to a vaccination drive in Kashmir's Naranag village in Ganderbal district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Walking for kilometres, vaccination teams in Kashmir are welcomed by many, but some run away

ThePrint followed teams of healthcare workers in Kashmir's Bandipora and Ganderbal districts, as they trekked for kilometres to vaccinate people.
US Army soldier in the remote Musa Khel district of Khost province, Afghanistan | Photo: Victor J. Blue | Bloomberg File

Why US pullout from Afghanistan has Indian security forces worried about Kashmir

There are concerns that the multiple factions within the Taliban could divert their militants towards Kashmir.
Shahid Nazir Bhatt, 29, is currently out on bail after being arrested for the alleged conversion of a Sikh woman based in Kashmir | Ananya Bhardwaj | ThePrint

‘Will fight to get my wife back’ — Muslim man in Kashmir Sikh ‘conversion’ row won’t back down

Shahid Nazir Bhatt, 29, has been accused of forcefully converting a Sikh woman. But he claims she converted to Islam and married her of her free will.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is based in Jeddah | Twitter | @OIC_OCI

India warns OIC against use by ‘vested interests’ after Muslim nation group’s Kashmir remarks

MEA weighs in on meeting between Indian diplomat Ausaf Sayeed and OIC Secretary-General, says it was held to ‘correct some misperceptions about India’.

India refutes Pakistan’s claim of RAW’s role in blast outside JuD chief Hafiz Saeed’s house

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said it is not new for Pakistan to engage in 'baseless propaganda' against India and the country should set its own house in order instead

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Caste discrimination – an overlooked factor in Indian kids’ stunted growth

Researchers from Ashoka and Heidelberg universities found that the illegal, but widespread, practice of untouchability is positively associated with height gaps between 'upper caste' and Dalit children.
File photo of Nykaa store | Commons

Beauty & fashion startup Nykaa plans to seek $4 billion valuation in IPO

The company, founded by Falguni Nayar, plans to sell just more than 10% of the equity, which could raise $400 million or more.

Defence

Formal induction ceremony of Rafale aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal | Twitter/ANI

IAF inducts second squadron of Rafale aircraft at Hasimara airbase

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said induction of the Rafale jets at Hasimara was carefully planned, keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF’s capability in eastern sector.
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.