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Shashi Tharoor explores idea of nation in new book; says 'Hindutva's ethno-religious nationalism will deny India to many Indians'
Arts & Culture

Shashi Tharoor explores idea of nation in new book; says 'Hindutva's ethno-religious nationalism will deny India to many Indians'

Are some Indians more Indian than others? Dr Shashi Tharoor examines the ideas of nationalism, patriotism, and what it means to be Indian in 'The Battle of Belonging'.

At Kerala's Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple, devotees pray to be rid of their 'demons'
Life

At Kerala's Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple, devotees pray to be rid of their 'demons'

The Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple, situated in Ernakulam, Kerala, is not merely a Hindu shrine of worship, but a place of 'exorcism' and healing

Mother Teresa's life and legacy are celebrated in new collection of Raghu Rai's photos
Life

Mother Teresa's life and legacy are celebrated in new collection of Raghu Rai's photos

A new volume published by the Aleph Book Company brings together Raghu Rai's photographs of Mother Teresa. Titled Saint Teresa of Calcutta: A Celebration of Her Life and Legacy, the book features gorgeous black and white photographs that detail Mother Teresa's work, the Missionaries of Charity, her funeral, and canonisation by the Vatican.

MS Subbulakshmi's mystique is decoded in a comprehensive biography by TJS George
Life

MS Subbulakshmi's mystique is decoded in a comprehensive biography by TJS George

TJS George’s narrative decodes the mystique of Madurai Shanmugavidivu Subbulakshmi about whom Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said, “Who am I? A mere Prime Minister before this Queen of songs”.

Mountbatten showered praise on Nehru for his restraint on Kashmir : 'Being the Other'
India

Mountbatten showered praise on Nehru for his restraint on Kashmir : 'Being the Other'

In this excerpt from the book 'Being the Other: The Muslim in India' veteran journalist Saeed Naqvi follows Ian Stephens, editor of The Statesman, as he records events while trying to report on the Kashmir issue in its making, days after the nation had gained independence.

Nationalism cannot be without its limits: 'On Nationalism'
India

Nationalism cannot be without its limits: 'On Nationalism'

In this excerpt from her essay titled 'Reflections on Nationalism and History' historian Romila Thapar considers the fraught definitions of nationalism.

Emotions or opinions cannot be stifled by legislation: ‘On Nationalism’
India

Emotions or opinions cannot be stifled by legislation: ‘On Nationalism’

In this extract from his essay ‘Nationalism and its contemporary discontents in India’ lawyer and historian AG Noorani talks about the roots of sedition

RSS’ effort has been to reach out to an ‘authentic’ India of the hoary past: 'On Nationalism'
Politics

RSS’ effort has been to reach out to an ‘authentic’ India of the hoary past: 'On Nationalism'

In this excerpt from his book ‘On Nationalism’, Sadanand Menon explores the cultural ideas behind the nation state

Aleph co-publisher quits over decision to withdraw Doniger's 'The Hindus'
Politics

Aleph co-publisher quits over decision to withdraw Doniger's 'The Hindus'

Ravi Singh was reportedly uncomfortable with the way the decision to withdraw the book was taken.