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The coach in the Kashi-Mahaka l Express

Lord Shiva allotted seat on Kashi-Mahakal Express’ inaugural run for blessings, says IRCTC

The train connects three Jyotirlingas in Indore, Ujjain and Varanasi and will see its first commercial run on 20 February.

Not just by modern-day yoga fans, Patanjali was misunderstood even in history

In his new book, Alistair Shearer traces the origins of Maharishi Patanjali's 'Yoga Sutra' and writes why modern postural yoga is missing the big point.
Annual Kanwar Yatra

For kanwariyas, this is a time for free train rides — the ‘ticket’ is their saffron clothes

Kanwariyas say no one dares question them, and even TTEs don’t ask for tickets. But passengers complain of harassment, want separate coaches for kanwariyas.
Har ki Pauri during Kanwar Mela, Haridwar | Commons

Kanwar Yatra has more Dalits and OBCs but Indian liberals still won’t notice them

Dalit and OBC kanwariyas travelling to Uttar Pradesh from all over India thwart the liberal narrative of institutional oppression within Hinduism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs 'Ganga Arti' at Dashashwamedh Ghat after his mega roadshow in Varanasi | PTI Photo | Manvender Vashis

Narendra Modi is trying to be the new lord of Varanasi. And that’s not good news

Under Modi, Varanasi has become the reigning symbol of a muscular, resurgent neo-Hinduism.
Sabarimala temple | Commons

At the heart of Sabarimala Temple’s bar on women lies a story of unrequited love

Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala Temple, is said to have been born of a union between Shiva and Vishnu, when the latter was in the form of Mohini.
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Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi

This edition of 'Off The Cuff' saw Indian Author, Amish Tripathi in conversation with ThePrint Chairman & Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta and Mahrukh Inayet, Contributing Editor at ThePrint. We saw him speaking about India's culture, pluralism, ancient texts and the knowledge to be derived from them. The event was held in Delhi on 23 August 2017. Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi From Left: Amish Tripathi, author, Mahrukh Inayet, Contributing Editor at ThePrint, and Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of ThePrint Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi From Left: Amish Tripathi, author, Ayaz Memon, sports writer, Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief ThePrint, R. Jagannathan, Editorial Director of Swarajya, Ajit Andhare, CEO Viacom 18, Mahrukh Inayet, Contributing Editor ThePrint Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi Amish Tripathi, author Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi From Left: Kabir Bedi, actor and Ayaz Memon, sports writer Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi Gitikka Ganju Dhar, anchor Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi A full house at OTC    
Katas Raj complex and pond, Pakistan

The Pakistani temple pond where Shiva’s tears fell is now in peril

The pond around the 6th century Katas Raj temple in Pakistan is now slowly drying up because of cement factories and illegal tube wells.

On Camera

File image of Chinese military band (Representational image) | PTI

Despite Covid, China will spend more on defence in 2020 than it did last year

Actual Chinese military spending may be much higher. In 2019, China reported an official defence budget of just under $178 billion, but is estimated to have spent $261 billion.

Does Trump help or harm India’s interests when he offers to mediate with China, Pakistan?

US President Donald Trump Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over the "raging border dispute".

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

Chinese aggression in Ladakh also a message for domestic and external audience: Experts

International experts say the timing is troubling as it comes at ‘a critical phase in India's internal difficulties with the Covid-19 pandemic’.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.