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Portable toilets stand and accommodation tents for pilgrims at Tent City during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, 2019 | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

India shouldn’t struggle with Covid-19 lockdown. It organises Kumbh Mela much better

Days into PM Modi’s national lockdown to fight coronavirus, there was chaos in India. Doctors didn’t have gears, people panicked and essential supplies were being stopped.
Sadhus wait in a queue for the registration for Amarnath Yatra | PTI

Akharas’ spirituality was intact, until sadhus began promoting Hindutva politics

The influence of Hindutva, which was consolidated in 1960s, gained unusual pace during 1980s and threw the old monastic orders of Hinduism out of gear.
A tannery in Kanpur

Yogi govt shut down Kanpur tanneries for Kumbh. Three months later, shutters still down

Kanpur's famed leather industry, valued at Rs 9,000 crore, has found itself under siege since the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad this January.
A model of the Ram Mandir at Kumbh Mela's VHP camp in Prayagraj

Ayodhya, ghar wapsi, gau raksha: How BJP, RSS & affiliates used Kumbh Mela to push Hindutva

Ram temple was the rallying cry for the Sangh Parivar and its religious affiliates at the Kumbh Mela, but fissures emanate within ahead of elections.
File photo of PM Modi taking a dip at the Sangam in Prayagraj during the Kumbh Mela | narendramodi/Instagram

Why PM Modi’s visit changed the way I viewed the Kumbh Mela

The 12-crore plus visitors to the Kumbh are voters as well. They can see for themselves what Modi has accomplished.
PM Modi in Prayagraj

This is the test sanitation workers passed to get their feet washed by PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi washed the feet of five sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj this weekend.
PM Modi in Kumbh Mela

PM Modi washes feet of sanitation workers for their efforts in ensuring a clean Kumbh

The Prime Minister said he will carry the memories of washing the feet of safai karamcharis life-long. 
Devotees at Kumbh Mela | PTI

Two crore devotees expected to take Kumbh’s third ‘shahi snaan’ on Sunday

'Shahi snaan' is considered the highlight of Kumbh Mela, which commenced on January 15. The last bathing day will be on Mahashivratri on March 4.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath at the Kumbh Mela

BJP leaders can’t be faulted for rushing to Kumbh Mela, they would be foolish not to

In a deeply religious society, the symbolism of events such as Kumbh Mela can only be discounted at one’s own peril. 
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses saints and seers at VHP's Dharm Sansad during Kumbh Mela 2019 | PTI

India belongs to Hindus, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, bats for BJP in temple row

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat insists that Ram temple will be definitely be built but protests erupt at Kumbh venue over Modi govt's 'inaction' on the issue.

On Camera

Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.