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Bitter home truths from a chaiwala

'People like me worry about our next meal, not about what meat we eat... and we certainly don't have the luxury that you have, of holding vigils for faceless people we've never known,' a chaiwala......

None of us want to be 'tolerated', we want to be ourselves

I love India and intend to live and die here, but I also want to be able to freely question its imperfections. Just as I have the freedom to say that Islam has been hijacked by a gang of demonic......

The lessons of 1984

The Justice Nanavati Commission submitted its report on the anti-Sikh riots that followed Indira Gandhi's assassination to Home Minister Shivraj Patil last week. Poonam Muttreja is one of the......

When Delhi burnt

The Justice Nanavati Commission submitted its report on the anti-Sikh riots that followed Indira Gandhi's assassination to Home Minister Shivraj Patil last week. Poonam Muttreja is one of the......

'It was not guilt; it was shame'

The Justice Nanavati Commission submitted its report on the anti-Sikh riots that followed Indira Gandhi's assassination to Home Minister Shivraj Patil last week.Poonam Muttreja is one of the......

Strange case of why the handloom board was abolished

The Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto in 2014 announced it would set up a separate ministry for handlooms and handicraft. Instead of doing that, the BJP government has abolished the only institution......

Why Mr Jaitley needs to listen to Mr Gehlot

'I don't know how long the small-scale handmade sector can survive,' a shoemaker from Hisar tells Geetanjali Krishna.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com The government would have us believe that......

Celebrity speak: What is the best thing about Budget?

'With a larger focus on providing rural reform, there seems to be some impact of Rahul Gandhi's "suit-boot ki sarkar" comment. '  Here's what celebrities had to say about Arun Jaitley's......

Re-inventing Khadi, the independent label way

The appeal of the natural fabric, which now comes in a variety of beautiful colours has seen an upsurge Khadi is attracting small upcoming fashion labels who are exploring possibilities to reinvent......

No Achche Din for Varanasi's traditional handloom weavers

As India's top designers including Tarun Tahiliani, Vikram Phadnis, David Abraham, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Wendell Rodricks gather in Varanasi today to try and give a boost to the......

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