History

Reading Elie Wiesel in Auschwitz

Wiesel’s intervention was instrumental in entrenching the Holocaust as the pre-eminent morality tale of the 20th century


Scientists find evidence of new Stone Age farmers

“There was this idea that there’d been one group of genius inventors who developed agriculture,” said Joachim Burger, one of the authors of the study published online in the journal.


A new kind of purification

Sobering, even disturbing, were reports that a recent visit of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar to the statue of Bihar poet Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’


Memories of a living saint

Asked why he picked up Christians and Hindus in his ambulances, he replied: ‘Because the ambulance is more Muslim than you.’


Back to blaming the movies?

At least for a while, the case that shocked Chennai played out like a Tamil movie. A dark-skinned boy (P. Ramkumar) from a small town set eyes on a fair-skinned, upper-class girl (S. Swathi).


The mat goes mainstream

There scarcely is one protocol for yoga postures or techniques, and this lacuna renders scientific validation difficult, if not impossible


Excavation in Gujarat uncovers monastic cells

The structures could be part of a Buddhist site in Vadnagar, says Archaeological Survey of India official


DNA study on Koragas to find out cause of drop in population

To study the reasons behind this alarming decline in numbers, the Directorate of Tribal Welfare has asked Karnatak University’s DNA Centre to do DNA analysis of the community.


Cracking down on idol-looters

Thethriving trade in illicitly procured temple idols was exposed yet again after officers of the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu Police raided the premises of the Chennai-based businessman Deenadayalan on


The humanist face of religion

A variety of religious discourses emphasise interfaith harmony, of overcoming difference through compassion and service to others


The new non-performing assets

It is clear that for the CBFC and its chief, any State under the BJP or its allies cannot be portrayed negatively in films These are impeccable zones


The general drift of society

Artistic expression does not have to be gagged by the state if there are self-appointed vigilantes to bully it into silence


The censor is snipped

The Bombay High Court has handed out a lesson to the scissor-happy members of the Central Board of Film Certification, one that they, especially its overzealous chairman Pahlaj Nihalani


The hidden cities of Angkor Wat

Unprecedented new details of medieval cities hidden under jungle in Cambodia near Angkor Wat have been revealed using lasers, archaeologists said on Sunday, shedding new light on the civilisation behi


Cycles of Gond life

, a collaboration between the artist, Venkat Raman Singh Shyam, and the writer, S. Anand, eludes easy definition, much like Pardhan Gond art itself.


DRI tip-off puts $100m booty in Modi’s hands

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-lauded success in getting the United States to return over 200 cultural artefacts has its genesis in a single tip-off emanating from the Directorate of Revenue


Never in Punjab

is not the first film that the Central Board of Film Certification has sought changes in. And as in several previous instances of censorship, its demand has no rational basis


Reviving folk tradition through stories

Experts in the history of Indian folk tradition like Kala Ratna award winner and Kala Ashram founder Guru Ravinder Sharma see a lot of potential in revitalsing the folk tradition by projecting


Everybody loves Vincent

Van Gogh believed that his paintings communicated with the world. Now the world has turned to his paintings to tell his story


Canvases on celluloid

Most films on art romanticise the artist and explore his or her struggles. The art is “objectified”; its subversive potential is not explored