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Varanasi's weavers disown poet-saint Kabir, as his legacy stands threatened over communal tension
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Varanasi's weavers disown poet-saint Kabir, as his legacy stands threatened over communal tension

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.

Priyanka Gandhi heads back to Delhi from UP, says those who 'arrested' her were now saying she was free to leave
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Priyanka Gandhi heads back to Delhi from UP, says those who 'arrested' her were now saying she was free to leave

The standoff between Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and the Uttar Pradesh government ended on Saturday, a day after she was detained.

Allahabad HC issues notice to Narendra Modi on ex-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur's plea challenging his election to Lok Sabha
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Allahabad HC issues notice to Narendra Modi on ex-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur's plea challenging his election to Lok Sabha

Allahabad High Court issued a notice to Narendra Modi on plea challenging his election from Varanasi constituency in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Trinamool Congress MPs to visit families of Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra clash victims on Saturday
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Trinamool Congress MPs to visit families of Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra clash victims on Saturday

A team of Trinamool Congress MPs will visit on Saturday the families of the Sonbhadra clash victims in Uttar Pradesh, party sources said on Friday.

Allahabad High Court adjourns hearing on plea challenging Narendra Modi's election from Varanasi; next hearing on 19 July
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Allahabad High Court adjourns hearing on plea challenging Narendra Modi's election from Varanasi; next hearing on 19 July

Tej Bahadur Yadav alleged that his nomination paper was wrongly rejected by the returning officer and requested the court to declare null and void Narendra Modi's election as Varanasi MP.

Ten killed, 8.5 lakh affected in Assam floods; heavy monsoon triggers landslides in Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh
India

Ten killed, 8.5 lakh affected in Assam floods; heavy monsoon triggers landslides in Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh

Heavy monsoon showers triggered landslides and house collapse in parts of the North East, claiming at least 10 lives and leaving over 8.5 lakh in Assam.

Narendra Modi's vision for a $5 trillion economy will see the poor play as big a role as the rich
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Narendra Modi's vision for a $5 trillion economy will see the poor play as big a role as the rich

In Modi’s new India, the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid will have as much role in the ambitious march to a $5 trillion economy as the top.

Narendra Modi backs rural India to achieve target of $5 tn economy; Chhattisgarh's Chitloor has been exemplary with use of solar power in fields
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Narendra Modi backs rural India to achieve target of $5 tn economy; Chhattisgarh's Chitloor has been exemplary with use of solar power in fields

A nondescript village in Chhattisgarh, Chitloor has been following the path laid out by Modi for ‘annadatas’ since 2016. Nearly 2,000 tribal villagers residing in the Bakavand tehsil of the 'Maoist-hotbed' Bastar district have been using solar power in their fields.

Narendra Modi in Varanasi Updates: 'Professional pessimists question $5 trillion economy goal,' PM urges everyone to put in effort to achieve target
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Narendra Modi in Varanasi Updates: 'Professional pessimists question $5 trillion economy goal,' PM urges everyone to put in effort to achieve target

Narendra Modi in Varanasi Updates|Urging every party worker to put in collective effort to achieve the goal of making India a $5 trillion economy, Narendra Modi asked them to be wary of "professional pessimistic", who think the target is unattainable.

Narendra Modi's Kashi-Viswanath Temple Corridor gets boost as SC clears demolition of shops hindering progress in Varanasi project
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Narendra Modi's Kashi-Viswanath Temple Corridor gets boost as SC clears demolition of shops hindering progress in Varanasi project

The Supreme Court cleared the demolition of six shops in Varanasi that were seen as a thorn in the side of the Rs 600-crore Kashi-Viswanath Temple Corridor project, which would create an open 50-feet wide corridor between the Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple complex and the adjacent Ganges’ Manikarnika and Lalita ghats

Narendra Modi holds first public meeting in Kerala's Guruvayur since poll win, says BJP drew zilch here but state as dear to me as Varanasi
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Narendra Modi holds first public meeting in Kerala's Guruvayur since poll win, says BJP drew zilch here but state as dear to me as Varanasi

Having won a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said political parties and pundits failed to gauge the public mood ahead of the polls and thanked the electorate for reposing confidence in the saffron party.

Varanasi priest Mahant Balak Das sends copy of Shri Ramcharitmanas to Mamata Banerjee to 'purify her mind'
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Varanasi priest Mahant Balak Das sends copy of Shri Ramcharitmanas to Mamata Banerjee to 'purify her mind'

With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee going hammer and tongs against those who allegedly bid to vilify her by chanting "Jai Shri Ram", Mahant Balak Das of Varanasi has sent a copy of Shri Ramcharitmanas to her asserting that reading the revered Hindu scripture will definitely purify her mind.

Railways to conduct trial runs of Vande Bharat-type trains from Mumbai to Pune, Nashik, Vadodara; travel time could be reduced to two hours
India

Railways to conduct trial runs of Vande Bharat-type trains from Mumbai to Pune, Nashik, Vadodara; travel time could be reduced to two hours

Buoyed by the success of the Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Varanasi, the Railways is planning to explore the possibility of running such semi-high speed trains between Mumbai to Pune, Nashik and Vadodara

Amit Shah takes charge as Union home minister; holds meeting to familiarise himself with issues, says official
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Amit Shah takes charge as Union home minister; holds meeting to familiarise himself with issues, says official

Amit Shah was received at the North Block office of the home ministry by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials.

Amit Shah, anchor of Modi's brace in Lok Sabha polls, gets Cabinet berth but influence in party unlikely to lessen
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Amit Shah, anchor of Modi's brace in Lok Sabha polls, gets Cabinet berth but influence in party unlikely to lessen

By inducting Shah in the Union Cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet again publicly displayed the kind of trust and confidence he has in him.

Nakkash movie review: Hindutva hate and Muslim bigotry get a tongue lashing in a touching Varanasi saga
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Nakkash movie review: Hindutva hate and Muslim bigotry get a tongue lashing in a touching Varanasi saga

Nakkash is not designed as a thriller meant to dazzle us with its twists and turns. It is instead a believable slice-of-life saga in a toxic setting.

Firstpost Campaign Trails: To Varanasi & Ghazipur
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Firstpost Campaign Trails: To Varanasi & Ghazipur

Firstpost took 8 of its readers to play the role of journalists in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Manoj Sinha’s Varanasi and Ghazipur Lok Sabha constituencies, respectively, in early May.

Narendra Modi's Varanasi speech rebuffed 'liberals' who consider cultural pride and modernity to be contradictory
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Narendra Modi's Varanasi speech rebuffed 'liberals' who consider cultural pride and modernity to be contradictory

Modi's speech in Varanasi aimed to give a sense to people that Hindu cultural traditions and civilisational heritage, and the path of a new India are complementary to each other.

In Varanasi speech, PM-elect Narendra Modi sets agenda for new India, need to take along modern vision and legacy together
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In Varanasi speech, PM-elect Narendra Modi sets agenda for new India, need to take along modern vision and legacy together

In his Varanasi speech, Narendra Modi, while pointing out that he is proud of the Indian tradition and 'not embarrassed about it like others' said that he wants India to take along both its 'great legacy' and'modern vision' together

People have rejected caste-based politics in Uttar Pradesh, development only way to win elections, says Amit Shah in Varanasi
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People have rejected caste-based politics in Uttar Pradesh, development only way to win elections, says Amit Shah in Varanasi

Amit Shah was in Varanasi for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to his constituency after registering a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha election.