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"India 2030: The Rise of a Rajasic Nation" is a collection of essays by the likes of Bibek Debroy, Vikram Sood, Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, Ram Madhav and David Frawley, among others.(Amazon)

Book tells what rise of India in the 2020s looks like

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:51 PM IST
A new book captures the many aspects of a future that will culminate in India becoming the world's third-largest economy and a regional power before the decade gets over.
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A bathing scene in Muscat, Oman, from the Codex.(Wikimedia Commons)
A bathing scene in Muscat, Oman, from the Codex.(Wikimedia Commons)

Essay: On the Codex that features scenes from the Maritime Silk Road

By Peter Gordon & Juan José Morales | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 05:55 PM IST
Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales, authors of a new book on the Códice Casanatense, an album of 76 striking water colours made in Goa around 1540 by an anonymous Indian painter for an unknown Portuguese patron, believe it was the first example of intellectual fusion between Asia and Europe
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Sholay, a blockbuster 45 years on.(HT Photo)
Sholay, a blockbuster 45 years on.(HT Photo)

Essay: Viewing Sholay as a road movie on its 45th anniversary

By Shoma A Chatterji | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 05:49 PM IST
Looking afresh at one of mainstream Hindi cinema’s iconic films as it approaches a milestone anniversary on August 15
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Celebrating the laying of the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on August 5, 2020.(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Celebrating the laying of the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on August 5, 2020.(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

Essay: Why is politics always personal?

By Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 02:24 PM IST
“They’re making a temple so if anything goes wrong, God help you. If your salaries don’t come, pray. If you can’t get a hospital bed, appeal the divine.”
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Priyanka Chopra: That powerful pout.(Shutterstock)
Priyanka Chopra: That powerful pout.(Shutterstock)

Essay: No lipstick, only masks

By Shoma A. Chatterji | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 05:11 PM IST
Lipstick is not just a cosmetic; it is an object with emotional, cultural and political resonance. So what do we do in an era when lipstick has been rendered redundant?
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A scene from Kaala.
A scene from Kaala.

Essay: On Kaala, a film on racism against black people in India

By Shoma A Chatterji | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2020 05:36 PM IST
A crowd-funded film explores Indian prejudice
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LGBT activists celebrate at the Town Hall in Bengaluru on September 6, 2018, after the verdict by the Supreme Court of India which stuck down section 377 of the penal code that penalised people for their sexual orientation and ordered that gay sex among consenting adults is not an offence.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
LGBT activists celebrate at the Town Hall in Bengaluru on September 6, 2018, after the verdict by the Supreme Court of India which stuck down section 377 of the penal code that penalised people for their sexual orientation and ordered that gay sex among consenting adults is not an offence.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Essay: The art and law of love

By Saikat Majumdar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 04:46 PM IST
In this essay to commemorate Pride month, Saikat Majumdar writes that Indian society will have truly ‘arrived’ only when same-sex romance is treated no differently from heteronormative romance
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The plague of Ashdod by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665).(De Agostini via Getty Images)
The plague of Ashdod by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665).(De Agostini via Getty Images)

Essay: On the need for a people’s history of the pandemic

By Sankar Ray | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 06:52 PM IST
It is imperative to have an oral historical narrative of Covid-19, the first global pandemic being documented on social media, writes Sankar Ray
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A traditional poster of Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman.(Shalini Saran/Getty Images)
A traditional poster of Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman.(Shalini Saran/Getty Images)

Essay: Lord Ram, the role model of the perfect human being, by Pavan K Varma

By Pavan K Varma | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 03:14 PM IST
Pavan K Varma, author of a new book on the Ramcharitmanas, writes that in the face of the distortion of the image of Ram, it is imperative to understand what he stands for
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Publicity still for Paatallok.
Publicity still for Paatallok.

Essay: The Story of Paatallok and Tarun Tejpal

By Manjula Narayan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 11:44 PM IST
An examination of why the hit show has not acknowledged its source material
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A man reads a book at a railway station in Mumbai.(Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man reads a book at a railway station in Mumbai.(Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Essay: On essential reading

By Kunal Ray | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 12:45 PM IST
Kerala included books on its list of essentials. This is wonderful even if it is difficult to focus during the lockdown, writes Kunal Ray
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Alex Cohen, Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan attend the American Cinematheque Screening Q&A of Columbia Pictures'(Getty Images)
Alex Cohen, Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan attend the American Cinematheque Screening Q&A of Columbia Pictures'(Getty Images)

Essay: On Greta Gerwig’s movie adaptation of Little Women

By Vrinda Nabar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2020 05:54 PM IST
The sixth movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (first published in 1868), which released commercially on 25 December, incorporates contemporary feminist terms and expressions
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Paying tribute to Bhagat Singh on the eve of his 110th birth anniversary in 2017.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Paying tribute to Bhagat Singh on the eve of his 110th birth anniversary in 2017.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Essay: Bhagat Singh and the idea of revolution

By Chaman Lal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 11:58 PM IST
In time for Bhagat Singh’s 112th birth anniversary on 28th Sept, Chaman Lal, editor of The Bhagat Singh Reader, writes exclusively for HT on the range of the writing of the young revolutionary who was executed at age 23 by the colonial British government
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Curating ourselves to perfection can be soul-depleting (Model: Yenifer. On Yenifer: Pants, Rajesh Pratap Singh; ganji, Zara; jacket, NorBlack NorWhite; jewellery, En Inde; shoes, Adidas Originals)(Photo shot exclusively for HT Brunch by Hari Nair)
Curating ourselves to perfection can be soul-depleting (Model: Yenifer. On Yenifer: Pants, Rajesh Pratap Singh; ganji, Zara; jacket, NorBlack NorWhite; jewellery, En Inde; shoes, Adidas Originals)(Photo shot exclusively for HT Brunch by Hari Nair)

“Clothes don’t define us, we define them”: Bandana Tewari writes an exclusive essay on fashion in times of social media

By Bandana Tewari | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 11:54 PM IST
Bandana talks about fashion and it’s changing scenario with the onset of social media trends
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The shrine of Sufi saint Shah Noorani in Balochistan, Pakistan. Seven days after Annie Ali Khan visited the shrine, on November 13, 2016, a blast during the(Getty Images)
The shrine of Sufi saint Shah Noorani in Balochistan, Pakistan. Seven days after Annie Ali Khan visited the shrine, on November 13, 2016, a blast during the(Getty Images)

Essay: On Sita Under the Crescent Moon by Annie Ali Khan

By Manan Ahmed Asif | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 09:13 AM IST
A remarkable testimony to the resilience of women, Sita Under the Crescent Moon by Annie Ali Khan, who died tragically last year, follows women on pilgrimages to Sufi shrines at Mango Pir, Hinglaj, Thatta, and Sehwan Sharif in Pakistan to show how, under the shadow of militant majoritarianism, women are keeping alive the memories of Sita’s exile, and her ultimate sacrifice
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Kamala Das reading from her work on 19 July, 1990.(Arun Jetlie/HT Photo)
Kamala Das reading from her work on 19 July, 1990.(Arun Jetlie/HT Photo)

Essay: Demolishing the women’s ghetto

By Mita Kapur | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 03:07 PM IST
Mita Kapur writes of the need to do away with categorizing writers according to their gender
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Make-up and hair: Mehak Oberoi; Location: Diva Yoga Studio, Mumbai; Oufit: Reebok(Subi Samuel)
Make-up and hair: Mehak Oberoi; Location: Diva Yoga Studio, Mumbai; Oufit: Reebok(Subi Samuel)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Malaika Arora on fitness, finding love in her forties and her soon-to-be-husband Arjun Kapoor

By Malaika Arora | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 03:56 PM IST
In an exclusive story for HT Brunch, the actor shows how age should not stop you from doing whatever you want.
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Kalki Koechlin is of the view that the main reasons behind the rape culture is this victim shaming.Styling and sari, Avantika Ganguly(Chitrangada Chakraborty)
Kalki Koechlin is of the view that the main reasons behind the rape culture is this victim shaming.Styling and sari, Avantika Ganguly(Chitrangada Chakraborty)

Exclusive year-end essay by Kalki Koechlin: “No is important, but it’s also important to teach our girls to say Yes when they want to!”

By Kalki Koechlin | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2018 01:09 AM IST
The actor implores us to stop making sex holy or dirty
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According to Nandita Das, at a time when the Internet provides an open space with no real censorship, censoring films seems, at the very least, futile. Stylist: Tanya Sharma; Make-up: Deepti Jitani for Artistry by Deejay; Hair: Mona Marak; Outfit, Urvashi Kaur(Prabhat Shetty)
According to Nandita Das, at a time when the Internet provides an open space with no real censorship, censoring films seems, at the very least, futile. Stylist: Tanya Sharma; Make-up: Deepti Jitani for Artistry by Deejay; Hair: Mona Marak; Outfit, Urvashi Kaur(Prabhat Shetty)

Exclusive year-end essay by Nandita Das: “Art can trigger conversations, challenge prejudices… that’s why conservatives are threatened by it!”

By Nandita Das | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 06:15 PM IST
The actor and filmmaker makes a case for unconditional creative freedom
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