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Museum | Exile and the Kingdom
Far from the bustling, big-ticket shows of Dutch Masters or Camp fashion, beyond the high-ceilinged galleries of large American canvases, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is a maze of jewel-box galleries. Hosting exhibitions like Sita and R
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Who Is (Not) a Citizen
The idea of citizenship has become uncertain and insecure. In a strange twist of law and logic, all people living in the territory of India are suddenly on trial to establish their citizenship. This is not what it always was, not even in the tumultuo
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Book launch | An Eternal Light
The Punjab government is pulling out all the stops to make the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev-the founder of the Sikh faith-a memorable event. The government is in the process of completing a number of projects that will ease
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Books | Come to Think of It
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame in the United States, has built on themes dispersed in many of his books to produce Out of Our Minds-a scholarly yet legible journey through history, science, religion,
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Made for India
The auto slump has left most manufacturers worried, but despite the slowdown, if you think this is the right time to pick a new set of hot wheels, we tell you where to go get your fast fix. Volvo XC60 The thing about clichĂŠs is that, ever so often,
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Books | A Glorious Polyphony
When the Booker committee broke its rules to award Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other a joint prize with Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, we knew it had to be a special book. Evaristo has many novels to her credit, and her work is sometimes de
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Wearable Art
Taking the design language of India to the world, Zoya, from the House of Tata, collaborated with Rahul Mishra to showcase its craft at Paris Fashion Week 2019. Themed around nature and architecture, Zoya and Mishra's creations find expression in the
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The New Breed
In 1980, Chopard launched the St Moritza metal bracelet timepiece with a unisex appeal. It was designed and envisioned by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele at 22. The idea was to encapsulate all things dear to the family, especially the Swiss Alps. It ran its
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The Big Break
For the past six weeks, Arif Chaudhary-aka b-boy Flying Machine-has set everything aside for the ultimate goal in a breaker's life: winning the Red Bull BC One World title. Chaudhary is already a three-time champion of the Indian edition of the compe
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Light Years Ahead
Chandeliers are to lights what frosting is to cake; a glamour frill that you could do without, but given the right occasion, it can add that nuanced flavour your room needs. From loud patterns that scream statement to dramatic forms for the art lover
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Decoding 'Hindu Rashtra'
It may surprise many that the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) prayer invokes 'Hindu Rashtra' only once. It says: "vayam Hindu rashtraanga bhoota (we are all part of 'Hindu Rashtra')". The RSS does not say we will create a new Hindu Rashtra. Nor doe
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Dead Writers' Society
Do not miss me as loony if I tell you I want to dig the Black Pool and find what's underneath. Cannot be stout rocks and dreary clay. My wild guess is there are words under it. See, this is no ordinary black pool. It is Dublin (from Gaelic dubh linn'
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Dangerous Knowledge
We live in a time of information abundance, and with explosive growth in mobile internet access, more Indians have access to more information than in any point in history. With an estimated over two billion websites, search engines to find them, bill
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The Journey Within
The exterior spectacle helps intimate grandeur unfold, wrote Gaston Bachelard in Poetics of Space. Perhaps that's why I travel. To become more open, to slow down time, to collapse it as a linear concept, to become someone else. And to collect stories
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Rajasthan | Caste-ing a Spell
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's move to rid the jobs and education quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of riders and consider an annual income of under Rs 8 lakh as the sole eligibility criterion appears to have paid off, with upper-
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Where the Mind Is... Full of Fear
As conversations on everyday issues shift online, people are increasingly sharing their views and opinions on social media. This has also given rise to an unfortunate culture of trolling and spamming. But a far more sinister trend is the increase in
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Interview | Prem Singh Tamang
Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), the new chief minister of Sikkim, has just won the Poklok Kamrang seat in a bypoll, after the Election Commission waived his disqualification from contesting elections, paving the way for his entry into the 32-member state
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The March towards Centralism
The second-term Modi government has signalled its intention to deepen centralisation within India's federal system. This agenda, already seen in outline in its first term in office, seeks to empower the central government to coordinate, finance and i
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Jharkhand | An Opposition Self-Goal?
With less than a month to go for the five-phase assembly election in Jharkhand, scheduled from November 30 to December 20, the anti-BJP opposition alliance in the state has suffered a jolt with the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P), led by
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One Full Vote and Half a Life
In April 2018, more than a dozen Da lits lost their lives when they descended on the streets to protest a Supreme Court order, diluting certain provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. With no credib
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POWER CUT With government departments in Uttar Pradesh running up unpaid electricity dues amounting to Rs 13,583 crore, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the state to cut power supply to departments that have dues over Rs 1 crore. BSNL, with
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Tax Extraction or Tax Terrorism?
According to a 2019 Pew Research, two-thirds of Indians perceive corruption to be as big a problem as terrorism and crime, and rank it just below unemployment and rising prices. This fits in with the popular narrative. Corruption is easily our most p
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Books | Demography Redux
My grandmother had eight siblings, my mother, two, and I, none. This familiar pattern is indicative of the demographic transition that every society on earth has gone or is going through-from a regime of high birth and death rates to low birth and de
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The Enemy Within
Tragedy and absurdity are today the sun and the moon on our mediascape. On Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, India's largest-selling English daily carried a full front-page ad for Bard of Blood, a gory revenge war film streaming on Netflix. It surpri
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Weaponising Data, the New Oil
Pegasus, the iconic white winged horse of Greek mythology, was almost unknown in India. That name has suddenly become famous, as a piece of crafty spyware that snooped on Indian citizens. On November 1, the Indian Express reported that the Israeli sp
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Q & A | Beam him up, Scotty
Q. So what comes after the Star Trek series? I just finished filming India Sweets and Spices, which is set in Atlanta. It's a take on the NRI's dirt, filth, hypocrisy and bigotry. Then there is Pareeksha, Prakash Jha's next directorial venture. I'm i
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Being Hindu in a Hindu Rashtra
On the face of it, being Hindu in a 'Hindu rashtra' might sound good to Hindu ears. You might think you are in a rashtra (nation) that is in sync with your faith, values and way of life. However, closer examination and some reflection on the nature o
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The Guardians of Civil Liberty
On a heritage walk in Delhi a while ago, I was with some friends waiting to get into Humayun's Tomb. Among them was a woman journalist, and as we waited to enter this historical, world heritage monument in central Delhi, she turned to her college-goi
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Lust Of Life
The Konkan coast is where she went on trips as a child, ate food, cooked on wood fires, drew water from a well, bathed in river waters and brought home caterpillars to watch them grow into butterflies. It is special because it is close to how I was b
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Stardust And Wanderlust
Gin ghar gin takht. For the tipplers this may seem a cryptic advertisement for the spirit but please allow me to ramble. This has been the motto of the Baroda Gaekwad Dynasty for 300 years. Simply translated it means: The saddle is my home, the saddl
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