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File photo of PM Modi taking a dip at the Sangam in Prayagraj during the Kumbh Mela | narendramodi/Instagram

Liberals blaming Modi for unscientific India should recall Nehru’s pujas at Independence

Nehru never embraced rationality even when he had the right historical moment to do so. Liberals today must not pretend the problem began in 2014.
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A Wharton graduate marrying a tree in Made in Heaven is no anomaly in India, shows studies

The ‘neoliberal’ Indian middle class does not view superstitions as a hindrance, but as benign interventions that help live a risk-averse life.

#HoaXposed: Video showing severed head of child is a prank, say Rajasthan police

Police have clarified that no human sacrifice took place and it’s a prank played by people in a Rajasthan village annually.

Superstition about Kerala floods: Rule of faith or lack of rationalism in 21st century India?

The Supreme Court recently said the ban on entry of women of menstruating age in Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple is “patriarchal”. Many Twitter users, including RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy, linked the court’s observations with the Kerala floods, and said the devastation was the ‘wrath of Lord Ayyappa’. ThePrint asks: Superstition about Kerala floods shows rule of faith or lack of rationalism in 21st century India? Political use of ecological calamity to push misogynist and communal agenda should be condemned Kavita Krishnan Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) We have no evidence that such superstitions are prevalent on the ground in Kerala. The people of Kerala are working incredibly hard to ensure rescue and relief to those affected. What is appalling is the deliberate manner in which RSS ideologue and RBI board member S. Gurumurthy used the floods as an opportunity to amplify a reactionary RSS agenda. The Sangh is using a huge national calamity to try...
The super blue blood moon during lunar eclipse

Pregnant women shouldn’t have sex tonight: Crazy theories that came with super blood moon

The super blue blood moon made its second appearance in 25 years and brought out astrologers who made some pretty outlandish theories.

On Camera

Lalu’s loyalty to secularism is Tejashwi Yadav’s biggest political test in Modi’s India

In 1990, when then BJP president L.K. Advani was carrying out his rath yatra unbridled, it was Lalu Yadav as CM who had dared to stop him from entering Bihar.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.