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Arabic Calligraphy: Art in alphabets

Arabic Calligraphy: Art in alphabets

February 26, 2021

As beautiful as pearls, his works attract the attention even of those who are not familiar with the Arabic language. According to him, aesthetics and refinement are the specialities of Islamic art. Arabic calligraphy is ‘worship’ for Muqtar Ahmed, a Bengaluru-based calligraph...

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Islamogauchisme: French education minister fans Islamophobia

Islamogauchisme: French education minister fans Islamophobia

February 26, 2021

At first appearance, the drama could very well be playing out in India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Ruling party members and none less than the education minister accuses campuses across the nation, especially the most prestigious ones, of being ‘infested’ by schola...

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Low budgets & no imagination: Lifeless Indian animation films

Low budgets & no imagination: Lifeless Indian animation films

February 25, 2021

Much of the painstakingly detailed animation for the global-hit Disney film The Jungle Book (2016) was done in the Bengaluru offices of the Soho-headquartered Moving Picture Company. The film won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2017. A lot of the advanced computer graphics...

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Caravans: Tourism on wheels drives ahead in India

Caravans: Tourism on wheels drives ahead in India

February 24, 2021

The Covid19 pandemic has given birth to or boosted several niche segments of tourism across the world and here in India. The latest buzzwords of tourism to have emerged from the pandemic range from staycation or workation to virtual tourism. One of the lesser heard forms of touri...

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Lyon school canteens going vegetarian: The meat of the matter

Lyon school canteens going vegetarian: The meat of the matter

February 23, 2021

Barely back in France from a visit to India, French ecological transition minister Barbara Pompili plunged headlong into one of the hottest discussions going on across France today – meatless meals in school canteens. “I regret a lot that on this issue we are falling into a p...

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Pink Shirt Day: Battling bullying

Pink Shirt Day: Battling bullying

February 23, 2021

Twelve-year-old Radha was often patronised by her seniors in the convent school for being a quota student and also manhandled by them. Her worst nightmare turned real when she was cornered in the school bathroom and bullied for being poor and unhygienic. She and her family were c...

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Poaching for power in Puducherry

Poaching for power in Puducherry

February 22, 2021

Less than two months before Assembly elections are scheduled, the tiny union territory of Puducherry joins a long and ever-increasing list of state governments that have been toppled by the Bharatiya Janata Party ever since it won the Parliamentary elections in 2014. Ironically, ...

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Can India feel ripples of British Supreme Court ruling on Uber

Can India feel ripples of British Supreme Court ruling on Uber

February 21, 2021

Ride hailing app Uber faces an existential challenge in the United Kingdom following a landmark order by the Supreme Court which upheld the orders of lower courts that its drivers were its employees, not independent contractors as the company calls them. The court said as the wor...

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After New START extension, time for Russia & US to look at other arms

After New START extension, time for Russia & US to look at other arms

February 20, 2021

The Doomsday Clock ought to be set back, for the first time in several years, when the time for its review comes at the end of 2021, much to the relief of watchers of nuclear weapons scenario globally. The clock is maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, an association o...

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Pretty & plucky but not ‘plus size’ models

Pretty & plucky but not ‘plus size’ models

February 19, 2021

“What does it even mean when you say plus size? What is ‘plus’ here? Is there a ‘minus’ too? What is the neutral size model? Is there a need to use such terms,” asks 32-year-old Niharika Achalkar, a Delhi-based model and Instagram influencer. “People laughed at me t...

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Bhima Koregaon: Justice delayed & denied

Bhima Koregaon: Justice delayed & denied

February 19, 2021

Nothing, it seems, can make a difference to the judiciary in the infamous Bhima Koregaon case in which 16 eminent Indian scholars and activists have been locked up for two years on the flimsiest of legal grounds. Last week, a report in Washington Post revealed that an American di...

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Supreme Court ruling upsets Shaheen Bagh protestors

Supreme Court ruling upsets Shaheen Bagh protestors

February 18, 2021

“The right to protest cannot be any time and everywhere. There may be some spontaneous protests but in case of prolonged dissent or protest, there cannot be continued occupation of public place affecting rights of others,” a three-judge Bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul...

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