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POLITICS

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British Raj, British India, Shimla, Independence day 2019

Shimla,the Raj & Bharat: Raising the Indian tricolour at the Viceregal Lodge made me realise the true meaning of Bharat Parv

After centuries of slavery, our freedom does not merely confer on us a cluster of rights, but a huge constellation of responsibilities.

LIFE

 |  5-minute read
Yogi Adityanath, BJP government, Shimla, Prayagraj

Allahabad to Prayagraj, Shimla to Shyamala — are we missing the real point here?

Renaming cities is a futile exercise, fixing them should be the focus

ART & CULTURE

 |  15-minute read
Rudyard kipling, Shimla, Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond on retracing the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling in the hills of India

[Book extract] Mussoorie does not really figure in the prose or poetry. The Simla Hills were his beat.

POLITICS

 |  7-minute read
Protests, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Rape

How gang rape and murder of a minor girl destroyed the sanctity of a beautiful Shimla hamlet

The heinous crime ​has ​spilled public anger on the roads and ​shaken the​ ​election-bound Himachal.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Books, Shimla, Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond on the novels he loved most as a young boy

[Book Extract] My winter holidays lasted three months, and I spent most of my time reading, listening to the radio, or going for lonely bicycle rides.

POLITICS

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VHP, Shimla

Murder of a boy has broken the idyllic spell of Shimla

Unauthorised construction and the VHP are also to blame.

POLITICS

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Gurgaon, Shyamla Mata, Gurugram, Shimla

Why Shimla can never be Shyamala

Since Gurgaon has made the transition to Gurugram, the VHP wants the capital of Himachal to get a new name.

POLITICS

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Himachal Pradesh high court, Tourism, Shimla

Why other cities must follow Shimla's new ban on buying cars

By making it mandatory for a buyer to prove he has parking space for his vehicle, the order aims to unclog the city traffic.