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This Dussehra, pioneers from different realms hope for goodness to prevail

Be it gratitude for Covid-19 warriors, or the eradication of hatred, these celebs hope to reinstate faith in goodness.
Celebrating the victory of good over evil.
Celebrating the victory of good over evil.
Published on Oct 26, 2020 02:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByEtti Bali and Sanchita Kalra, New Delhi

HT Picks: New Reads

On this week’s list of good reads is a Kannada litterateur’s look at Sita’s story, a book that tells you that the negative emotion of spite can have healthy outcomes, and one woman’s repudiation of the Hindu faith
This week’s reading list includes a translation of a Kannada literary figure’s work, a book that combines psychology, economics and genetics to show you the positive side of a negative emotion, and one woman’s rejection of Hinduism and Hindutva.(HT Team)
This week’s reading list includes a translation of a Kannada literary figure’s work, a book that combines psychology, economics and genetics to show you the positive side of a negative emotion, and one woman’s rejection of Hinduism and Hindutva.(HT Team)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 05:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Team

Roundabout: Unlocking the lockdown with stories

Young author Gayatri Gill makes an electric debut with The Day Before Today, a collection of Lockdown stories in the times of Covid-19
Gayatri Gill with her book.(Courtesy: The author)
Gayatri Gill with her book.(Courtesy: The author)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 02:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByNirupama Dutt

HT Brunch Celebrating Simplicity Series: How drapes are the forever style statement

The Indian style of dressing has remained unchanged over millennia for very good reasons
Even today there are almost 18 different styles of sari-draping still in use all over India
Even today there are almost 18 different styles of sari-draping still in use all over India
Updated on Aug 02, 2020 08:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPrasad Bidapa

Grand temple dedicated to Sita to be built in Sri Lanka: Kamal Nath

The CM apprised the delegation that the president of Maha Bodhi Society and several companies of Japan and other countries as well as other institutions had offered financial assistance for the construction of various structures in Sanchi, the Buddhist tourism centre in Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath’s announcement came during a meeting with a delegation of the Maha Bodhi Society led by minister for public relations PC Sharma at the state secretariat.(HT PHOTO.)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath’s announcement came during a meeting with a delegation of the Maha Bodhi Society led by minister for public relations PC Sharma at the state secretariat.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jan 28, 2020 12:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByHT Correspondent

Epic catharsis: Mahmood Farooqui on staging the Ramleela in Tihar jail

Inmates of the country’s largest prison, drawn to Ram’s infinitely forgiving self, participate enthusiastically in the enactment of his life and struggles
The popular digital Ramlila at Kavi Nagar ground, Ghaziabad on October 02, 2019.(Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
The popular digital Ramlila at Kavi Nagar ground, Ghaziabad on October 02, 2019.(Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 18, 2019 08:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMahmood Farooqui

#Dussehra2019: Meet the ‘Dream girl’ only this one is for real

Like actor Ayushmann Khurrana in his recent film, Govind Maurya is also famous for playing Sita, and people seek his blessings even when he’s not in makeup.
Govind Maurya, a popular Ramlila actor in Gurugram, speaks about playing Sita for 17 years in a row.
Govind Maurya, a popular Ramlila actor in Gurugram, speaks about playing Sita for 17 years in a row.
Updated on Oct 08, 2019 02:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMedha Shri Dahiya and Naina Arora, New Delhi

Mahesh Babu shares secret to his successful marriage with Namrata Shirodkar, says ‘We let each other be’

Mahesh Babu says him and his wife Namrata Shirodkar understand each other well. She says he can balance work-life very well.
Mahesh Babu with wife Namrata Shirodkar and kids Gautham and Sitara.
Mahesh Babu with wife Namrata Shirodkar and kids Gautham and Sitara.
Updated on Oct 06, 2019 04:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Epic show: Three generations of Ram’s family celebrate 50 years of Ramlila

Bhagwati Prashad Gaur, who was born in Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand, came to Chandigarh in 1969
BP Gaur helping his son Deepak Gaur to prepare for the role of Ram in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on September 1.(RAVI KUMAR/HT)
BP Gaur helping his son Deepak Gaur to prepare for the role of Ram in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on September 1.(RAVI KUMAR/HT)
Published on Oct 03, 2019 01:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByRajanbir Singh, Chandigarh

Sonakshi Sinha schooled by Amitabh Bachchan on KBC, trolled for not knowing about Ramayana. See funny memes

When asked for whom did Hanuman bring Sanjeevani booti in the Ramayana, Sonakshi Sinha first guessed Sita and then Ram on Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Sonakshi Sinha is the new target of trolls after she made two wrong guesses for a question on Ramayana during her appearance on Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Sonakshi Sinha is the new target of trolls after she made two wrong guesses for a question on Ramayana during her appearance on Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Updated on Sep 21, 2019 02:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

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

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
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)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 09:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByManan Ahmed Asif

Excerpt: Sita Under the Crescent Moon by Annie Ali Khan

In Sita Under the Crescent Moon, Annie Ali Khan travels with women pilgrims to Sufi shrines across Pakistan to see how they worship Sita. In this particularly powerful excerpt, the author ponders on the pain of womanhood
The author with devotees, who keep alive the folklore, songs and legends of Sati or Sita, that embodiment of the pain and suffering of womankind. Annie Ali Khan, who died tragically last year, accompanied these women and others like them on pilgrimages to shrines across Pakistan.(Annie Ali Khan)
The author with devotees, who keep alive the folklore, songs and legends of Sati or Sita, that embodiment of the pain and suffering of womankind. Annie Ali Khan, who died tragically last year, accompanied these women and others like them on pilgrimages to shrines across Pakistan.(Annie Ali Khan)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 09:12 AM IST
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Amish on the complexity of the central character of his new book Raavan; Enemy of Aryavarta

Ahead of the release of the third book in his Ram Chandra Series on July 1, Amish writes exclusively for Hindustan Times on the character of Raavan, who is often described as the quintessential villain
Ravana at a parade in Jember, East Java, Indonesia, on August 29, 2015.(Getty Images)
Ravana at a parade in Jember, East Java, Indonesia, on August 29, 2015.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 28, 2019 06:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAmish

Woman attacked, killed by relative in south Delhi

The incident took place around 1.30am on Thursday, when a “drunk” Ratiram was walking towards his jhuggi. “He happened to step on a live wire and receive an electric shock.
The alleged killer, Ratiram, also suspected the couple of trying to electrocute him, which prompted him to attack the couple with a baton, said Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (South East).(HT Photo)
The alleged killer, Ratiram, also suspected the couple of trying to electrocute him, which prompted him to attack the couple with a baton, said Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (South East).(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2019 07:57 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Statue of Kodamb Ram to be installed in Ayodhya

Director of Shodh Sansthan, Ayodhya, Y.P. Singh, said that though the museum has over 2,500 artifacts related to Lord Ram and his life, it did not have any piece depicting Kodamb Ram.
According to him, the life of Lord Ram is divided into five stages -- Baal Ram, Raja Ram, Dulha Ram, Banvasi Ram and Kodamb Ram.(HT Photo)
According to him, the life of Lord Ram is divided into five stages -- Baal Ram, Raja Ram, Dulha Ram, Banvasi Ram and Kodamb Ram.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2019 10:02 AM IST
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Ayodhya | ByIndo Asian News Service

DMK temporarily suspends actor Radha Ravi over derogatory remarks

The DMK said Radha Ravi was acting in a manner that brought disrepute to the party, defying the party discipline and was temporarily suspended from the party.
Actor Radha Ravi was speaking at the trailer launch of Nayanthara’s Kolayuthir Kaalam when he made the remarks.(YouTube)
Actor Radha Ravi was speaking at the trailer launch of Nayanthara’s Kolayuthir Kaalam when he made the remarks.(YouTube)
Updated on Mar 25, 2019 12:12 PM IST
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Chennai | ByIndo Asian News Service

My feminism means... Five women on their definition of the F word

Five distinct point of views of the much-used word by five strong women of strength
Feminism and its interpretations described by five strong women this Women’s Day
Feminism and its interpretations described by five strong women this Women’s Day
Updated on Mar 02, 2019 09:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySamreen Tungekar

Saints welcome suggestion of Sita statue, but want Ram temple first

“No one will oppose statue of Janaki Mata (Goddess Sita). It is a good suggestion. But we want the Ram Mandir issue to be resolved at the earliest,” said Mahant Kanahiya Das,
Supporters of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) at
Supporters of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) at"Dharma Sabha" at Ramlila Ground to press their demand for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya(HT File)
Updated on Dec 14, 2018 11:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByHT Correspondent, Lucknow

Yogi Adityanath to represent PM Narendra Modi at religious event in Nepal

PM Narendra Modi is sending UP CM Yogi Adityanath to participate on his behalf at Bibaha Panchami ceremony in Nepal’s Janakpur on December 12. Janakpur is the birthplace of Sita and thousands of Hindus from Nepal and India are expected to take part in the function.
PM Modi had reportedly sent a message to his Nepalese counterpart KP Oli that Yogi Adityanath would represent him at the Bibaha Panchami ceremony, which marks the marriage of Lord Ram of Ayodhya and Sita of Janakpur.(PTI/File Photo)
PM Modi had reportedly sent a message to his Nepalese counterpart KP Oli that Yogi Adityanath would represent him at the Bibaha Panchami ceremony, which marks the marriage of Lord Ram of Ayodhya and Sita of Janakpur.(PTI/File Photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2018 07:16 AM IST
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Kathmandu | ByHT Correspondent

Monday Musings: Ayodhya dispute needs a creative, inclusive solution

Construct a university at Ayodhya with the consent of Hindus and Muslims, said Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a TV show recently
Construct a university at Ayodhya with the consent of Hindus and Muslims, said Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a TV show recently.(HT PHOTO)
Construct a university at Ayodhya with the consent of Hindus and Muslims, said Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a TV show recently.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 03, 2018 02:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByAbhay Vaidya

This Bihar Ramlila has prominent characters, from Sita to Shiva, played by Muslims

The Ramlila at Sato Awanti village, situated 190 km from Patna in Kaimur district, is a long-standing exemplification of the region’s composite culture.
The stage is set for the Ramlila — the dramatic re-enactment of the life of Hindu god Lord Ram performed in the run-up to Dussehra — in this small Bihar village, with Muslims plentiful among the performers, organisers and the audience.(HT Photo)
The stage is set for the Ramlila — the dramatic re-enactment of the life of Hindu god Lord Ram performed in the run-up to Dussehra — in this small Bihar village, with Muslims plentiful among the performers, organisers and the audience.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2018 08:45 AM IST
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ByPrasun K Mishra

Chhattisgarh CM to be elected like Sita’s ‘swayamvar’, Cong to return after ‘vanvaas’:T S Deo

Polls for 90 Assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh are slated to be held in November-December this year.
TS Deo said the Congress party, which has been out of power in the state for the past 15 years, will form the government in the state in the same way lord Ram ended ‘vanvaas’ (exile) after 14 long years.(Arun Mondhe/ Hindustan Times)
TS Deo said the Congress party, which has been out of power in the state for the past 15 years, will form the government in the state in the same way lord Ram ended ‘vanvaas’ (exile) after 14 long years.(Arun Mondhe/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 12, 2018 03:02 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, Chhatisgarh | ByHT Correspondent

Couple in MP threatens self-immolation if kidnapped daughter is not traced

Prabhu Lal said his minor daughter was kidnapped in broad day light by some musclemen of the village on March 13.
The couple alleges that the police have failed to trace their daughter and are not showing interest in their complaint.(HT File Photo)
The couple alleges that the police have failed to trace their daughter and are not showing interest in their complaint.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2018 05:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByHT Correspondent

Sita’s birth from earthen pot shows test tube baby concept existed during Ramayana, says UP deputy CM Dinesh Sharma

Uttar Pradesh’s deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma had earlier said that journalism started during Mahabharata and Narad Muni was like Google.
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT File Photo)
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 01:52 PM IST
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