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ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Culture, Us troops, Afghanistan, History

Afghanistan has many superwomen. No, their dreams are not borrowed from the US or Taliban

Afghan women are not scared. They are deeply concerned about negotiations with the Taliban. They fear this could lead to a loss of their liberty, without them even being consulted in any process.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
Terrorism, Politics, Culture, Kashmir

If you ban the pheran, you're banning Kashmir itself

Forbidding the globally-admired traditional attire would have been akin to stripping Kashmir of its cultural identity, forcing Kashmiris to question the idea of unity in diversity.

LIFE

 |  7-minute read
Culture, Cuisine, Cookbooks, Lucknow

5 recipes of Lucknow delicacies to feast on this winter

[Book extract] Chand Sur and Sunita Kohli's book of recipes celebrates the tehzeeb and nazaakat of the city.

POLITICS

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Tourism, Economy, Culture, India

No, Mughals didn't loot India. They made us rich

They remained as Indians, not colonists.

VOICES

 |  7-minute read
Civilisation, Culture, Drugs, Sikhism

I'm an NRI Sikh and it saddens me to see Punjab fall through the cracks

The northern breadbasket of India has today become the narcotics haven of the country.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Culture, Israel, Literature festivals, Palestine

What they talk about when they talk about Palestine

Notes from ten years of the Palestine Festival of Literature.

VARIETY

 |  7-minute read
BBC, Culture, China

World's fastest supercomputer to dragons: Tales from modern China

Lesser-known cultural, economic and technological stories from a rapidly changing nation.

LIFE

 |  4-minute read
Liberals, Culture, Kitty Parties

Why I don't look down on kitty parties — neither should you

Take people for what they are and not what you believe they should be.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Culture, Movies, VHP, Patriarchy

Why a 'pregnant' scene in Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana is giving VHP sickness

The right-wing outfit is demanding to delete the 'objectionable' scene from the movie.

VOICES

 |  4-minute read
India, Untouchability, Culture

Why India remains a 'touchy-feely' society

Because non-consensual, uninvited touch is as much prevalent and practised as consensual, reciprocal touch is censored.