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Ganga, Prayagraj, Allahabad, Kumbh mela

Ode to Allahabad: Kumbh is grand and gorgeous. But the city needs salvation

The city cannot live without either of its identities — religious or historical, Nehruvian or dharmic.


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Terrorism, Republic Day, Kumbh mela, Maharashtra ats

Maharashtra ATS unearths ‘plot to poison food, water at Kumbh’: A look at some of the deadliest terror attacks on India

Terrorists have targeted defenceless Indians going about their lives — exposing their deadliness, and cowardice.


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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.


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Ram mandir, Congress, Pollution, Narendra Modi

Why the Ganga must become a political issue like Ram Mandir

As millions descend upon the Kumbh Mela, sadhus, activists and opposition leaders are raising questions over the government’s claims of a cleaner Ganga.


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BJP, Yogi Adityanath, Prayagraj, Kumbh mela

Cornered over Ram temple, how the BJP is hoping for salvation in the Kumbh Mela

Arrangements are on in Prayaraj at a hectic, impressive pace. The message seems to be that the party cares for Hindu sentiments, and can also deliver on infrastructure.


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Ganga, Dying rivers, Kumbh logo, Kumbh 2019

Why UP government's mega PR drive for Kumbh Mela is misplaced

It is the conservation of the river that needs to be the talking point.


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Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO, Kumbh mela

Why Kumbh Mela on UNESCO list is matter of pride

The festival sees the largest peaceful gathering of pilgrims on earth.


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India, Thrissur Pooram, ISIS, Kumbh mela

How seriously should India take ISIS warning to attack Kumbh Mela, Thrissur Pooram?

After the rout in Mosul and Raqqa, the terror group is desperately sending out messages that it is still alive and kicking.


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Airlift, Sonu Nigam, Narendra Modi, Kumbh mela

Everything wrong with India and why you can't help not love it

Our country seems a place where the sublime and the ridiculous combine together.


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Kumbh mela, Trimbakeshwar, Nasik

[Photo blog] Why Nashik Kumbh Mela leaves us mystified

Mandar Deodhar captures Shahi Peshwai, a traditional parade of the Naga sanyasis.