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When Breath Becomes a Burden

A silent epidemic, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is preventable but, worryingly, under-diagnosed
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Gandhi's Appeal To Hitler For World Peace

At the end of 1940, at the height of the Nazi empire, 71-year-old Gandhi wrote a letter to Hitler appealing to his better nature and asking him to stop the war. The letter is as futile as it is admirable. Hitler never replies

(Left) Students of Akshar Forum with their ‘fees’; (right) founders Sarma and Mukhtar (Image credit: Akshar Foundation)
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Plastics as Fees, A Citizen Legislator, The Tiger Guardian and a Man on a Mission

From a unique school in Assam to a man distributing saplings and a common man's legislator, we have uplifting news from across the country

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Freedom, She Ruled

The Rani of Bilehra was an unlikely champion of emancipation

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How My Interaction With A Naxal Leader Changed The Way I Looked At Naxalites

Between 2008 and 2010, anthropologist Alpa Shah spent 18 months in Jharkhand trying to understand what drove the Naxalite movement in India. Her immersive experience of living amongst tribal people, adivasis and Naxal leaders and cadres led her to write Nightmarch, a sensitive and balanced account of the Naxalites in India.

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Rana Safvi Brings Alive Stories Of Love, Loss and Betrayal From Within The Red Fort

The monument today is the crumbling remains of an imperious Mughal paradise waiting to be conserved

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The Future of Vacations: Go Explore The World, Before It Changes

The climate crisis will transform travel destinations, so tick off your bucket list before it’s too late

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Sandip Roy's All-Time Favourite Reads

Sandip Roy is a lapsed software engineer turned writer. His debut novel, Don’t Let Him Know, was longlisted for the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. A long-time radio commentator in the US, he hosts The Sandip Roy Show on Audio Express, is a columnist for Mint Lounge and The Hindu and has written for various anthologies.

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Odds and Ends

12 Amazing Facts About Salt

Facts about salt from the days of old

Gun Island Review: A New Awakening
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Gun Island Review: A New Awakening

Despite his shortcomings in crafting dialogues, Amitav Ghosh's latest climate fiction Gun Island is another surprisingly exhilarating read that evokes wonder in the reader

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How Finance Ministers Over The Years Ended Their Budget Speeches

Budget speeches may be long and boring affairs, but India's finance ministers have often ended them in interesting ways

The Women Who Ruled India: Five Tales of Bravery, Resilience and Defiance
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The Women Who Ruled India: Five Tales of Bravery, Resilience and Defiance

A look at five courageous Indian women who have, over the centuries, overcome the greatest odds to become rulers and administrators

The Disquieting Art of Ganesh Pyne
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The Disquieting Art of Ganesh Pyne

Ganesh Pyne, an exponent of the Bengal School of Art, created a disquieting style of art representative of the complicated world he was brought up in