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.
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Sheila Dikshit, three-time chief minister of Delhi, who is credited with the 'all-round' development of the national capital was cremated with full state honours.
Perched between the realm of god and men is Benaras or the ‘City of Light and Lore’ by the river Ganges, archaically known as ‘Kashi’. Its ghats shine blindingly with unwavering faith in something greater than the self, but now, spiritual corruption abounds in its lanes.
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.
Narendra Modi in Varanasi: Close on the heels of LS polls, PM announces projects worth Rs 550 cr in his constituency
All in all, Modi inaugurated projects worth Rs 55o crores in Varanasi on Tuesday, signalling a desire to strengthen his position in his home turf before the general elections. Whereas, on Monday, on the occasion of his 68th birthday, Modi had interacted with schoolchildren and students of Kashi Vidyapeeth.
Indian government to expand atomic-sync clock system at regional level to ensure uniform time across the country
We have standard atomic-sync clock at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that matches with the standard Paris time.
BHU students' protests take a violent turn as police lathicharge women; Yogi Adityanath orders inquiry
Students' protest at Benaras Hindu University (BHU) against the increasing incidents of eve-teasing inside the campus turned violent on Saturday
UP Election 2017: All is not well for BJP in Varanasi as locals notice credibility gap between promise and delivery
Discussions with a variety of people in Varanasi, some of them close to the BJP were dominated by self-goals committed by the party leadership ahead of the election.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, you didn’t go to watch hockey. You went to watch magic; created by a man called Mohammed Shahid, who is now ailing at Gurgaon's Medanta hospital.
Aamir Khan revealed that his biggest wish now is to gift his mother’s ancestral home to her — the house where she was born and brought up in Benaras
Masaan shows the feisty struggle of youngsters in small-town India — familiar with computers and mobile phones — to find love and dignity
Richa Chadha has termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "selfie with daughter" campaign as sweet, but feels problems faced by women cannot be solved by "selfie or anything like that."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today received a presentation from Kyoto Mayor Daisaka Kadokawa on how the ancient tradition of Japan's cultural capital has been preserved while building it into a modern city, a day India signed a pact to develop Varanasi on the pattern of Kyoto.
Black ink was thrown at AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal during a road show here Tuesday after he reached Varanasi to take on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.