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LIFE

 |  9-minute read
Sangam, Prayagraj, Kumbh Mela 2019, Kumbh

How, in the course of discovering the Kumbh, I discovered humanity

The Kumbh Mela made me realise so much about my faith, my self, my fellow travellers in this strange and wondrous journey that we call life.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
RSS, BJP, Yogi Aditayanth, Kumbh Mela 2019

Sangam of faith and ideology: Why the Kumbh Mela is so different this time

From being a facilitator, this time, the state administration is visibly 'hosting' the Kumbh. The RSS and Yogi Adityanath have their imprint firmly on the event, while Congress et al are missing from the scene.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
UNESCO, Spiritual diplomacy, Soft Power, Prayagraj

How the Kumbh Mela is enhancing India’s 'spiritual diplomacy' and global 'soft power'

To envision that the Kumbh can be branded as an enabling tool for India’s diplomacy must be acknowledged as an out-of-the-box idea. The current political will, and cultural warmth, greeting foreign visitors at the Kumbh is highly significant.

HUMOUR

 |  4-minute read
Prayagraj, Kumbh Mela 2019, Bollywood, Kumbh mela

How Bollywood ruined the Kumbh Mela for me

What ended up becoming one of Bollywood's most iconic phrases — "Kumbh ke Mele mein bichde huye bhai" — was actually a very real fear I lived with all my childhood.

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
UNESCO, Makar Sankranti, Yogi Adityanath, Kumbh Mela 2019

How Yogi Adityanath is messing with Kumbh Mela

The UP government should persuade the central government to initiate action to restore precision to Vikrami calendar.