In Bishwanath Ghosh's Aimless in Banaras: Wanderings in India's Holiest City, the lesser-talked about darker aspects of the town comes to the fore, albeit at the cost of poorly-researched, error-ridden stories, and tired old clichés.
Kabir, the 15th century Bhakti poet-saint, is now facing a crisis in his legacy and ownership. Believed to have belonged to a community of weavers, the man who preached secularism, has been banished by his own people, the weavers' community comprising a large section of Muslims, who refuse to even visit his Math in Varanasi.
A potpourri of contestants to fight Narendra Modi in Varanasi: Ex-judge, former jawan, a Kashi high priest, and a PM lookalike
Former Madras High Court judge, Justice CS Karnan also said he will contest elections against Modi from Varanasi.
Congress picks Ajai Rai for Varanasi constituency: Did prospect of losing to Narendra Modi spook Priyanka Gandhi?
Four days ago, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made a public declaration that she would be "happy to contest from Banaras" and the onus was on his brother Rahul Gandhi to give her the opportunity to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home constituency
It does not have the tag of "the biggest" or "the music festival in town" because the town is only Varanasi. The ‘Dhrupad Mela’, however, is among the most joyous celebrations of Dhrupad.
In The Twice-Born, Aatish Taseer goes beyond Ganga, Varanasi to explore India's socio-political landscape
Aatish Taseer explores the questions a young democracy located within an ancient civilisation faces, but his attempt is weakened by his unwilling to get out of his comfort zone
Varanasi is a strange city; one foot in the past, one in the present. The word ‘future’ feels out of place here, things just have been and continue to be
Narendra Modi accuses previous govts of neglecting Varanasi, says positive change visible in last four years
In a symbolic inauguration in Varanasi, Narendra Modi launched development projects worth nearly Rs 1,000 crore for the city and the region around it.
As Varanasi's ghats come alive with music, the city could stake its claim to being India's cultural capital
Music events at Varanasi's Ghats have much to offer to attendees — performances by veterans, views of the Ganga and beautiful venues
A BHU undergraduate was allegedly attacked by a group of students with hockey sticks and a knife in the university campus over old enmity
Varanasi's Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh celebrates the city, and the Indian classical music tradition
'Banarasi' is the term which best describes the Sankat Mochan Music Festival — like the town, it is difficult to comprehend, thrives on chaos and defies logic.
Anjali Agarwal, 42, and her daughter Manikarnika, 11, were found bludgeoned to death, likely with a cricket bat, in a bedroom of their Greater Noida flat
UGC wants AMU to drop 'Muslim', BHU to drop 'Hindu' from name: Knee-jerk recommendation ignores history
However the UGC recommendations overlooks the reason why AMU and BHU came into existence, which precedes the secular narrative of the post-Independent India.
Facing flak, BHU V-C GC Tripathi to go on indefinite leave; students hail move, call it their 'victory'
BHU students, who have been protesting against the lathicharge on girls at the campus last month, hailed the vice chancellor's move as a "victory" for them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have spoken to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the police action against students agitating on the BHU campus
BHU protests: Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik says committee headed by chief secretary to probe incident
Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik Monday said a committee headed by the chief secretary has been constituted to go into the protest in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus over an alleged eve-teasing incident
Though BHU lacks many facilities and needs improvement in its infrastructure. the campus is still one of the safest ones for female students in India.