HERITAGE

HERITAGE

In the midst of malls, coffee shops, the pedlar’s cries can still...


Let me count the ways in which the pheriwala calls out. Yes, in this good old new city of Calcutta, where malls, coffee shops, nail salons threaten to beat down all oddities into a global sameness, these... More

Magnificent mausoleum


A milestone in Indo-Islamic architecture, Humayun’s Tomb introduced several architectural innovations in the tradition of tomb and garden landscape in India. Located on the banks of the Yamuna, as it flowed then, close to the shrine of one of... More

Murshidabad can teach the rest of India how to restore heritage and...


In the eighteenth century, it accounted for 5% of the world’s gross domestic product. Legendary for its opulence and Nawabi culture, it was once renowned for fine muslin, ivory carvings, silk, trade and banking opportunities, and rich agricultural... More

Hanging by a thread: The dying art of Kashmir weaving


The art of weaving was introduced in the Kashmir Valley in the late 15th century by the King Zain-ul-Abidin, who had imported the art from Persia. Kashmir carpets and shawls still follow that tradition of intricate geometric and calligraphic motifs;... More

Supreme Court rejects plea to bring back Kohinoor


The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition asking it to bring back the Kohinoor diamond to India or stop it from being auctioned, ANI reported. An apex court bench, led by Chief Justice JS Khehar, said... More

New Delhi’s iconic Regal cinema shuts down after 85 years to make...


From Bollywood superstars to political heavyweights, the Regal cinema hosted some of India’s biggest names over more than eight decades. But with nostalgic cinema-goers singing their way to the exits after a final showing of a Bollywood classic,... More

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Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season

Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset people when faced with such situations doesn’t affect him much. For starters, both the Awami League and the BNP are in total disagreement over how an election should be conducted. It’s so fundamental... More

Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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