Beyond Unilever's cosmetic renaming of Fair & Lovely, brand must redress years of profiting off India's dark skin stigma
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Beyond Unilever's cosmetic renaming of Fair & Lovely, brand must redress years of profiting off India's dark skin stigma

Let’s seize the opportunity to get Fair & Lovely to repair the damage it has caused, writes Anuradha SenGupta

In Pakistan, artists reinvent contemporary art canon as galleries negotiate virtual experiences amid a pandemic
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In Pakistan, artists reinvent contemporary art canon as galleries negotiate virtual experiences amid a pandemic

As Pakistan looks to reimpose a locality-based lockdown, what has the COVID-19 pandemic meant for the country’s art scene, which had put years of political mayhem and curbs on artistic freedom behind itself?

Hindi cinema's depiction of mental health vilifies single women. It's a trope we can no longer overlook
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Hindi cinema's depiction of mental health vilifies single women. It's a trope we can no longer overlook

The representation of single women with depression in popular culture has been largely unidimensional: failure is depicted as the main cause of the mental illness, and characters are shown being self-destructive and suffering heartbreaks

Broadway stories from Bengal: Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee's new documentary, Spotlight, explores the vibrant theatre culture of Kolkata
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Broadway stories from Bengal: Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee's new documentary, Spotlight, explores the vibrant theatre culture of Kolkata

Public theatre used to be an all-inclusive entertainment and cultural space for those not just in the city but also those in the hinterlands, says Chatterjee, recalling the spirited theatrical tradition of northern Kolkata.

In conversation with Fauda director Rotem Shamir: 'The show portrays the circle of violence that doesn't end'
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In conversation with Fauda director Rotem Shamir: 'The show portrays the circle of violence that doesn't end'

With a successful third season of Fauda behind him, director Rotem Shamir speaks about his experiences helming “the Narcos of the Middle East” and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which serves as the setting for the series.

From Zadie Smith to Kevin Kwan, 2020 has exciting new titles by bestselling international authors lined up
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From Zadie Smith to Kevin Kwan, 2020 has exciting new titles by bestselling international authors lined up

With a slew of bestselling international authors announcing new titles for late 2020 or the first half of 2021, there will at least be a few good books to keep us company in our socially distanced lives.

Milton Glaser, groundbreaking graphic designer who created the 'I ❤ NY' logo, passes away at 91
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Milton Glaser, groundbreaking graphic designer who created the 'I ❤ NY' logo, passes away at 91

Milton Glaser's pictorial sense was so profound, and his designs so influential, that his works in later years were preserved by collectors and studied as fine art.

In translating Chandrasekhara Kambar's Two Plays, Krishna Manavalli performs commendable service to Kannada writing
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In translating Chandrasekhara Kambar's Two Plays, Krishna Manavalli performs commendable service to Kannada writing

In her recent translation of Chandrasekhara Kambar’s Two Plays, Krishna Manavalli has carefully selected two representative works: Rishyshringa and Mahmoud Gawan.

45 years later, how Indira Gandhi's 1975 Emergency appears through the lens of the Films Division of India 
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45 years later, how Indira Gandhi's 1975 Emergency appears through the lens of the Films Division of India 

When the Emergency was declared on 25 June 1975, the Films Division's resources were marshalled to defend the clampdown and sing the praises of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her Twenty Point Programme.

The Friday List: From environmental storytelling to Kathakali recital, your weekly calendar of virtual events
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The Friday List: From environmental storytelling to Kathakali recital, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

As initiatives kick off to address racism in fashion, will ideological differences diffuse their long-term effectiveness?
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As initiatives kick off to address racism in fashion, will ideological differences diffuse their long-term effectiveness?

The emergence of these disparate racial justice initiatives is both an acknowledgment of the perceived ineffectiveness of the CFDA and a response to the various ways in which racial inequities pervade the fashion industry.

Why the defacement of Winston Churchill's statue in London stirs Bengalis 77 years since the famine
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Why the defacement of Winston Churchill's statue in London stirs Bengalis 77 years since the famine

While there are massive statues of Winston Churchill commemorating his 'historical significance', acknowledgment of the Bengal Famine, let alone any memorialisation of it, has been ostentatiously forgone

George RR Martin updates fans on upcoming Game of Thrones book; says he has made 'steady progress' writing Winds of Winter during lockdown
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George RR Martin updates fans on upcoming Game of Thrones book; says he has made 'steady progress' writing Winds of Winter during lockdown

The epic fantasy book series, which served as the basis for HBO's multiple award winning show Game of Thrones, awaits the final two books – The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring – that the author had announced long back but has not yet penned.

In China's eastern Zhejiang province, a database to provide details of domestic violence for those getting married
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In China's eastern Zhejiang province, a database to provide details of domestic violence for those getting married

A survey conducted by the All-China Women’s Federation in 2011 showed that about 1 in 4 women had suffered beatings or verbal abuse or had their freedoms restricted by their partners.

Kapil's Devils' Day of Glory: Read a comic on Team India's historic 1983 Cricket World Cup win
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Kapil's Devils' Day of Glory: Read a comic on Team India's historic 1983 Cricket World Cup win

On 25 June 1983, the Indian cricket team led by captain Kapil Dev faced off against West Indies at Lord's, for the final of the Prudential Cup. That match marked India's first-ever Cricket World Cup win. On its 37th anniversary, sports writer and caricaturist Austin Coutinho looks back on the highlights of India's victory.

In COVID-19 crisis, an opportunity to reboot, revitalise rural economies with Youth Migrant Entrepreneurs
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In COVID-19 crisis, an opportunity to reboot, revitalise rural economies with Youth Migrant Entrepreneurs

As the migrant crisis slowly subsides and India crawls its way back to normalcy, this is the right time to ask: isn’t there a way to avoid forcing these individuals out of their homes?

A robust caste discourse in Indian diaspora's classical dance practices is vital — and overdue
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A robust caste discourse in Indian diaspora's classical dance practices is vital — and overdue

The Black Lives Matter movement must spark a reckoning within the diaspora Indian classical dance world with its own race and caste issues

For people living with trauma, the coronavirus outbreak can be a trigger, or familiar psychological territory
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For people living with trauma, the coronavirus outbreak can be a trigger, or familiar psychological territory

Trauma tampers with our ability to make sense of the world with the help of previously acquired templates. This is similar to living through a pandemic, where no one knows what events will transpire and what their outcomes will be.

Campaigns against fake news tackle its supply, but more vital work perhaps lies in addressing the demand for it
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Campaigns against fake news tackle its supply, but more vital work perhaps lies in addressing the demand for it

If moral sense is innate in humans, just as a sense of language is, then it follows that fake news is appealing to the moral sensibilities of many in a way that more factual reporting is not. Without understanding and tackling this, we are unlikely to succeed in tackling the global information crisis.