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A woman hugs a child crouched on the floor of the GD Goenka World School bus, as a mob protesting against the film Padmaavat threw stones at their bus in Gurugram on Wednesday.

PM Modi must speak up against Karni Sena’s cowardly attack on a school bus filled with kids

In the past, I have never felt the need for the Prime Minister to speak up and speak out against the fringe. Now I do.
colourful umbrella canopy

Despite Rajasthan’s regressive march, India’s liberals flock to Jaipur Lit Fest

The Raje government has banned the release of ‘Padmaavat’ in the state, claiming that the film shows disrespect to Rajput women.
Screengrabs of films and television shows on Rani Padmini on whom Padmavati is based

Padmavati has been a part of Indian theatre & cinema for 111 years, and nobody protested 

Since 1906, the Rani Padmini-Alauddin Khalji story has been told and retold multiple times in various forms, without people going up in arms.

भाई-भतीजावाद से लेकर इरेक्शन तक, बॉलीवुड के सबसे बोल्ड और कमज़ोर पल- 2017

बॉलीवुड की फिल्मों, किरदारों, कहानियों और गपशप ने अपनी अलग ही छाप छोड़ी है. 2017 में बॉलीवुड के बेहतरीन और बदतरीन, ए से ज़ेड तक

From erection to nepotism: Bollywood’s boldest and weakest moments in 2017

The best and worst of Bollywood in 2017, an A-to-Z guide

Looking up virgin in a dictionary to waging war on Christmas: The A to Z of India’s 2017

India was so weird in 2017, it took an alphabetic guide to understand it.
Priyanka Chopra

Be feisty and fearless, says Priyanka Chopra. Then promptly ducks question on Padmavati.

‘Why aren’t these questions asked to politicians? What can I do as an actor?’ is what Chopra said at the Penguin Annual Lecture in New Delhi.
Salman Khan and Shekhar Gupta at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2017

Censors, SC should take a call on Padmavati release: Salman Khan

Actor also comments on Harvey Weinstein sex allegations, says if something like this happens in India, he himself will take the individual “to the cleaners”
Deepika Padukone in the film Padmavati

Padmavati was the fake news of the medieval world

The cyberspace is now essential to the political management of memory, whether it is dubious historical claims about the Armenian genocide, or Hindu claims about the Taj Mahal.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali at the 2016 National Awards function

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has only himself to blame for the Padmavati controversy

Sanjay Leela Bhansali should have thought about how much liberty he can take with traditions, customs, and people’s sensibilities, writes Professor Makkhan Lal.

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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.


Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.