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VARIETY

 |  Wild Ways  |  5-minute read
Environment, Hinduism, Ganga, Irony

Durga Puja is proof our rivers are not fit to carry faith

The fact that most of our Gods are supposed to depart through the conduit of flowing rivers is laced with irony.

LIFE

 |  7-minute read
History, Navratri, Goddess Durga, Durga Puja

The evolution of Goddess Durga and Durga Puja

Here's why the same Durga Puja is celebrated differently in different parts of the country.

HUMOUR

 |  3-minute read
Social Media, Vegetarianism, Navratri, Durga Puja

Why the veg/non-veg debate is exactly what we were waiting for this Durga Puja

Are the non-Bengali residents of West Bengal who are also on Navratri fast supposed to be more tolerant?

VARIETY

 |  3-minute read
Women Empowerment, Durga Puja, Period taboo, Menstruation taboo

Why we find a ‘menstruating’ Durga so offensive

Some of us want to see only the 'diva' in the goddess and real women, not the blood running through their veins or flowing out of their body.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Bjp it cell, West Bengal, Durga Puja, Mamata Banerjee

Didi's Durga Puja diplomacy: Mamata Banerjee is scaling up her Hindu reach-out

With her Muslim vote bank intact, Mamata is focused on not losing out on the goodwill of her Hindu voters.

POLITICS

 |  9-minute read
Pollution, Religion, Durga Puja

Durga and Ganesha idol immersions are poisoning India's rivers and lakes

Our traditional festival celebrations were once in sync with nature, reinforcing the eco-friendly practices.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |  4-minute read
Manu Parekh, Kolkata, Durga, Durga Puja

A Durga with no weapons who evoked fear and reverence

Artist Manu Parekh remembers the idol he made as a tribute to the goddess and Bengali women.

LIFE

 |  Wild Ways  |  4-minute read
Pandals, Bengalis, Delhi, Durga Puja

Durga Puja also signifies what we would like India to be

It isn’t a platitude to say that people of all faiths regularly visit the puja pandals.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
BJP, Muharram, Durga Puja, Mamata Banerjee

Durga Puja versus Muharram: No, this is not my Calcutta

The original texture of Bengal's biggest social and religious carnival has been given an ugly spin.

VOICES

 |  5-minute read
Muharram, Jawed Habib, Egg roll video, Durga Puja

Leave Durga Maa alone: An angry Bengali woman hits out at hatemongers

What Pujo will never signify is bigotry and intolerance over egg rolls and salon ads.