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VARIETY

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Raavan, Right wing populism, Left vs right wing, Left-wing liberals

Amish: 'Rooted Indians are now economically powerful, and they want to hear their own stories'

Amish Tripathi speaks with Srijana Mitra Das about his new book 'Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta', the importance of knowing India and why we must understand our glorious heritage in full.

VARIETY

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Sonal Mansingh, India-indonesia relations, Indonesia, Ramayana

Ramayana of India, Loved in Indonesia: How the great Indian epic ties India to Asia and ASEAN in an unbreakable bond

Being a Muslim-majority country has not prevented Indonesia from embracing the Ramayana fully. India should leverage the great love Asia has for this epic through creative diplomatic and strategic ways.

ART & CULTURE

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Mahabharata, Ramayana, Draupadi, Sita

Sita and Draupadi: What their similarities and differences tell us

Even today, every woman reader can find a bit of herself in both these heroines.

POLITICS

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Ramayana, Ravana, Nathuram Godse, RSS

Hindu Mahasabha is scripting Mahatma Gandhi as a modern-day Ravana. Is Nathuram Godse the new Ram?

Hindu Mahasabha leaders recently 'shot' an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi and celebrated his 'death'. None of their senior leaders rejected such behaviour. It is with exactly such propaganda that they wish to change the moral fabric of India.

HUMOUR

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Time capsule, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Narendra modi wave

5 key takeaways from the 106th Indian Science Congress, and why they should be buried in the Time Capsule for 100 years!

Perhaps in 2019, we are not ready for such radical theories. Perhaps in a 100 years, we will be.

ART & CULTURE

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Ramayana, Dalit, Hanuman, Yogi Adityanath

Was Lord Hanuman a Dalit? Here's what fables and facts say

The caste of this janeu-wearing, weapon-wielding Vanar is not easy to decode. But Yogi Adityanath seems to have made an epic fail.

VOICES

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Ramayana, Pushpak viman, Lord Rama, Ancient India

Did Rama and Pushpak Viman even exist?

Many people have asked me whether Rama really existed; whether there was a Pushpak Viman (a kind of an aeroplane), guided missiles, atom bombs, etc., in ancient India? Here is my response.

ART & CULTURE

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Ramayana, Lahore, Pakistan, Pakistani independence day

'To see Lahore is to be born': A view of Pakistan's famed cultural heart

On Pak Independence Day, an edited excerpt from Haroon Khalid's book 'Imagining Lahore: The City That Is, The City That Was'.

VARIETY

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Hindutva, Lord Ram, Hindu nationalists, Audrey Truschke

Outrage over Audrey Truschke's controversial Ramayana tweet is a case of poor English

Misogynist pig is as much about being a pig as rogue elephant is about either rogue as in rascal or an elephant.

VARIETY

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Kerala, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Caste system

How Hindus got the caste system wrong

Lineage did not matter in those times. It should not now.