Rana Safvi

OPEN TO OPINION

The writer is the author of 'Where Stones Speak' and other books.

ART & CULTURE

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ART & CULTURE

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What history can and can't tell you about Alauddin Khilji and legend of Padmavati

Sufism tells us to control nafs, or ego. Those protesting against the film should perhaps read Jayasi's epic and draw lessons from it.

ART & CULTURE

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Descendants of Last Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah, are still alive

Their lineage goes beyond 'Prince' Ali Raza, who died a few days ago in the heart of Delhi.

LIFE

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Behind eating vadas during festivals lies the story of India's rich culture

This mung dal dish is as much a highlight of Diwali as it is of the formal ending of Muharram.

POLITICS

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The real story of how Taj Mahal was built

When Mumtaz Mahal died, a decision was taken to bury her in Akbarabad as Agra was known at that time.

VARIETY

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In the Mughal era, Diwali stood for Hindu-Muslim solidarity

People, who had lived in the Red Fort before 1857, tell stories of how members of the two communities brought about an amalgamation of customs.

VARIETY

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Credit for letting women travel alone for haj goes to Saudi Arabia, not India

Since this government does not believe in appeasements and vote banks we look to them to remove the haj subsidy.

ART & CULTURE

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Taj Mahal: What we stand to lose

'There's a paradise of stone in Agra for all to witness.'

ART & CULTURE

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ART & CULTURE

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Why Mughal-e-Azam's legacy remains evergreen in the age of shunning Nehru, Akbar and Urdu

The film bears testimony to a belief in India’s pluralistic past, its syncretic culture and a future full of hope.