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What poking fun at army over Yeti signifies

The venom and contemptuous sarcasm evident on the army's tweet on the Yeti and my reply has something to do with the intrinsic hatred that a section of the media nurses against the right wing, says......

Sita decides to live or die on her own terms

'On as many as two occasions, Sita is called upon to take a test to establish her integrity and loyalty to Rama and on both the occasions she opts for a course of action on her own terms,' points......

Let the Padmavati story be told

'Padmavati represents the voice of thousands of Rajput women who lived and died not by their own choice.' 'Let their story be heard,' says Kishore Singh. The Rajput is quick to anger (but also......

Ramdev wants a ban; will he succeed?

'The wonderful thing about being a journalist is that when someone tries to muzzle your work, it's a badge of honour.''You know you've done something right,' Priyanka Pathak-Narain, the author of......

'Dharmashastras are the most vocal defenders of caste'

'Hindus are proud of what the Dharmashastras symbolise, but they don't want to do any work to preserve it!,' Sanskrit scholar Donald Davis tells Kanika Dutta.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com......

Shiv Nadar biography shelved before publication

Another Penguin book, a biography of HCL’s billionaire founder Shiv Nadar, has been put in cold storage, even as the intelligentsia has spoken up for freedom of expression following the......

Why is Amazon betting big on self publishing in India?

US e-commerce company Amazon says it is betting highly on self-publishing in India. This was a medium termed ‘vanity publishing’ till now. However, says Amazon’s New York-based......

Can the Kamasutra be patented?

Love, as the saying goes, knows no boundaries. And neither do books on love, as we are about to find out.Kamasutra, the fourth century ancient Indian work, compiled by sage Vatsyayana, is an......

A new Sanskrit wave

A cow that speaks, a question on patriarchy and the story of a 17th-century poet -- Sanskrit filmmakers are finding new ways to revive the 'dying' language. IMAGE: Rajesh Hebbar and Pratheeksha......

All India Banality: The republic of taking offence

'A few people have begun to dictate what the country should wear, think, see, go about its lives. That is the real Indian bak***di, says Mango Indian. I haven't watched the roast that's put its......

'Hinduism is much bigger than a book'

Here's what your favourite Bollywood celebrities are tweeting. Following a court-backed settlement with a Delhi-based Hindutva group, publisher Penguin Books India has withdrawn American author......

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