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Technical education in colonial India ignored Dalit dreams. It trapped them in labour

The attempt to bring the lowest castes into the fold of education — and at the same time contain them within the labouring fold — is a theme across India’s history.

‘16 Hindu sanskaars can sustain economy.' Indian culture is recession-proof

The Maitri Cultural Economy Summit explored the linkages between India's Sanskriti and its economy. It was attended by Nitin Gadkari, Shamika Ravi, and Arjun Ram Meghwal among others.

Dilip Kumar's father didn't know about his career for 4 yrs. Then he saw the poster of ‘Jugnu'

Dilip Kumar’s father wanted him to enrol in the civil services and earn the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a high honour during the British Raj. He saw cinema as a degeneration of social values.

British journalist wants Bengal Famine focus to shift from accountability to memory

Focus on accountability for the Bengal Famine often obscures all other questions. What’s also required is dignifying the victims by unearthing names and stories.

Nobel winner Esther Duflo has a new poverty book for kids. She’s hoping parents learn too

Esther Duflo’s ‘Poor Economics for Kids’ looks at questions surrounding poverty through the stories of the character Nilou and her friends.

4 Indian artists set to debut at Santa Fe festival—inspired by Warli, Madhubani, local roots

‘As many as 265 Chinese visual artists participate at Santa Fe. Even small countries like Kenya send 32 people. And we’re going there for the first time,’ said Amrinder Kathua.

In new show, Divya Prakash Dubey narrates a heartwarming story about his neighbour Kitty Bhaiya

After a successful show in Mumbai, Dubey brought ‘Storybaazi’ to Delhi. A 90-minute storytelling session, the show is an attempt to promote books more creatively.

Nur Jahan gave Talat Mahmood a blank cheque. She wanted him to build a career in Pakistan

The show titled Talat Mahmood – Reluctant Hero, Superstar Singer saw a seven-member troupe perform on stage at India Habitat Centre. It was a reading of Mahmood's grandniece Sahar Zaman's book.

Gandhi's horoscope to Mountbatten Partition papers: Race to digitise National Archives

An estimated 15% (4.5 crore pages) of the archives are in fragile condition and have turned black due to moisture and fungus, making it necessary to digitise them.

Madras artists were latecomers to Indian modern art. A Bengal painter & a critic pushed them

A new exhibition at the DAG in New Delhi titled ‘Madras Modern: Regionalism and Identity’ chronicles the journey of 'Late Moderns'. They were largely under-represented in Indian art.

On Camera

Zomato has become the brand ambassador for food cheating between couples

Zomato’s new ‘order delete’ feature is teaching young people to pull off a nearly perfect lie in front of their parents and handing spouses the perfect weapon for food infidelity.

‘Robot tax' for AI-induced job loss & ‘wealth tax' on vacant land — RSS-affiliate SJM's Budget wish list

In pre-budget meeting held in June with Finance Minister Sitharaman, Swadeshi Jagran Manch suggested incentivising those generating more employment & measures to control food inflation.

BrahMos a wonderful symbol but Philippines lacks capability to operate, says Ashley Tellis

If a country did not have C4ISR capability, having a missile was a wonderful symbol but not of much operational use, says former senior adviser to US state department.

Modi's new universe: the normal irritants of democracy & awkward chai with Rahul Gandhi

Changed reality for Modi govt in its 3rd innings is by no means rise of a new phenomenon. It's a return to old normal where even majorities had to routinely wrestle with storied million mutinies.