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VARIETY

 |  21-minute read
BJP-RSS, Mythology, Ram mandir, Lord Rama

How did Lord Rama become a Hindu god?

Epic tales and poems become our culture, they start to govern our politics as well, like Ramayana and Ramcharitmanas.

LIFE

 |  5-minute read
Durga, Mythology, Goddess Durga, Navratri

Why we worship Durga during Navratri

The conch in her hand symbolises the divine cosmic sound, Om.

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
Mythology, BJP, History, RSS

India belongs to Hindus, Ramayana is not a myth: BJP govt is making (up) history

A Centre-appointed panel has already been given conclusions, and is to work backwards to find evidence to support them.

ART & CULTURE

 |  12-minute read
Mythology, Manusmriti, Sex, Kamasutra

How sex became frowned upon in India of Kamasutra

[Book extract] Manusmriti stuck with the British because Manu’s prudish values resonated with the Victorian culture.

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
Mythology, Bollywood, South India, North India

Why is Holi celebrated more in north India than south India?

Keep calm (about Hinduism) and ask Devdutt.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Lord Ram, Parliament, Mythology, BJP

Lord Ram, lord Krishna: Modi can play any role but that of PM

The prime minister's swipe at Renuka Chowdhury in Parliament is only the latest in his long series of mythology-obsessed populist rhetoric.

VOICES

 |  3-minute read
Lord Ayyappa, Mythology, Section 377, Homosexuality

Homosexuality was accepted by Hindu gods. So what is your problem?

Our traditions entrench the belief that anything that gives pleasure to the body is lousy and lustful and should be treated as a crime.

VOICES

 |  6-minute read
Mythology, Jayasi, Deepika Padukone, Padmavati controversy

Indian politicians lack the courage to say Padmavati is based on a myth

No matter which side of the divide leaders are on, no one is saying the queen was a figment of poet Jayasi's imagination.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
BJP, Mythology, History, Padmavati

Padmavati row: We choose our history to suit our narrative

Even as Gujarat goes to polls and the nation battles the aftermath of GST and demonetisation, we choose to focus our energies on a movie.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
Marriage, God, Mythology, Serials

How films and TV serials became our guide to Indian culture

The way we dress, eat, pray, live and die are so reflective of popular movies.