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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

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.