The Tiwas, a colourful tribe living in the plains and hills of Central Assam and in Meghalaya, have kept this ancient system of trade alive.
An important lesson from the return of the three idols is that unless India vastly improves protective measures and investigative infrastructure, it can neither control trafficking nor recover lost antiquities.
“Trade balance has increased manifold in favour of India ... we have been talking to the Indian government to say, let’s call it non-discriminatory access. It is a more useful and workable term.”
The ‘Partition’ was swift and vicious in the Punjabs and Sindh where religious minorities have ceased to exist for all practical purposes. This is not so in the Bengals, where many still live on their ancestral land.
All of this is a tribute to the average middle class family’s tenacity and dedication to go the extra mile to inculcate among the younger generations a taste for, and sensitivity towards, the fine arts.
The need for state intervention in temple management was realised during the temple entry movement, which stressed the importance of treating temples as public spaces.
Instead of wielding a partnership with the people of Kashmir by addressing their grievances and assuaging their fears, India put in place a system of extended patronage pivoted on select individuals.
Outdated national policies and legislative measures have been rightly criticised for their inability to curb illicit trade … But, the slack practices of museums and auction houses have escaped attention.
Enduring battles over whether any public servant can wear a head scarf also underscore the persistent gap between non-Muslim Germans and Muslims who are nonetheless an ever larger part of each other’s lives.
With Osama bin Laden dead and al-Qaeda in disarray, moderate Muslims were set to reclaim political Islam from extremists. But two years later, the Islam projected by extremists is back with a vengeance.
Buddha’s birthplace was lost and overgrown by jungle before its rediscovery in 1896, when the presence of a third century BC pillar bearing inscriptions allowed historians to identify it as Lumbini.
Traditional grammar classes should be replaced by tutoring in language awareness and analysis guided primarily by languages already known in the classroom.
Excerpts from A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story by acclaimed vocalist T.M. Krishna.
While the Election Commission should not allow the perception of its being an eroded authority that would make enforcing discipline among contesting parties difficult, it should also not lay itself open to ridicule by raising objections to clever wordplay by campaigners.
Women’s empowerment in films is a comforting fantasy even though it lasts only a few hours.An interview with Sanjay Subrahmanyam , historian.
Accommodative politics, combined with political incentives, helped pave the way for the Mizo National Front to turn into a mainstream political party.
The most important achievement of India’s 50-year space programme is the establishment of R&D facilities.
Sardar Patel persuaded the Constituent Assembly to guarantee payment of Privy Purses and preserve the rights of the erstwhile rulers. But the Congress betrayed him 20 years later by abolishing the Privy Purses.
The High Court’s order underlines the urgent need to reconsider the film certification process, and indeed, the archaic Cinematograph Act of 1952
By taking the moral high ground on the Sardar Patel statue issue, the Congress has conveniently forgotten that it was among the earliest to take to statues in a big way.