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Taj-ul-Masajid, an architectural wonder in Bhopal built by a woman

Bhopal’s 153-year-old Taj-ul-Masajid or Jama Masjid where thousands gather every Eid to offer prayers is an architectural wonder that was built by a woman

Spread across a built-up area of 4,30,000 square feet, Taj-ul-Masajid is known to accommodate as many as 90,000 people in its courtyard.
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 04:42 PM IST
ByRiddhi Doshi

Decoding deepfakes: A look at Indian judiciary’s stance

Regulating deepfakes is not a simple black and white issue but requires deliberation not only on the legal aspects but technological advancement

The last few years have seen several petitions before courts on issues emanating from deepfakes and artificial intelligence (AI).(FILE/Pexels)
Published on Jun 15, 2024 02:49 PM IST

Know strings attached: Simran Mangharam, on familiarity in love

Familiarity in a relationship can be a double-edged sword. It brings comfort. But it can also make one feel unseen and unheard.

Familiarity can also lead to one person over-accommodating the other. That can strain a relationship over time, as it does with Amy Lau (Ali Wong) and George Nakai (Joseph Lee) in the 2023 Netflix series Beef.
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 02:56 PM IST
BySimran Mangharam

Teeming with flavour: Swetha Sivakumar on insects as food

You don’t have to swallow a cicada. Foods such as ground cricket flour are becoming popular as a source of protein, in some smoothies, protein bars.

If you do like a bit of crunch with your protein, stalls in countries such as China offer snacks like the skewered scorpions above. (Pexels)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 02:55 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Karsandas Mulji's battle against religious orthodoxy echoes through time

Karsandas Mulji founded 'The Satya Prakash', a Gujarati newspaper to spread his message of social reform in 1855

Karsandas Mulji (25 July 1832 – 28 August 1875)(Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 02:30 PM IST

With love, from Chennai: An ode to the city through art, verse, postcards

Dr Nirosha Shanmugam’s work captures the city through her eyes. This year, for Madras Day, her plans include songs too.

The Marina Beach postcard that Dr Shanmugam created. Last year, about 500 people around the world received her postcards of mornings at the beach. (Dr Nirosha Shanmugam)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 02:51 PM IST
BySukanya Datta

It’s ’bout time: Rudraneil Sengupta writes on Puja Tomar’s UFC win

The 28-year-old has become the first Indian to win such a bout. It’s not her win, she said, through tears, but a statement ‘for all Indian fans and fighters’.

With great flurries of punch combinations and explosive kicks, Puja Tomar beat Rayanne Amanda dos Santos of Brazil at the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Louisville. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 02:49 PM IST
ByRudraneil Sengupta

On the banned wagon: An exhibition reimagines covers of forbidden books

Photographer Rohit Chawla’s project includes the usual suspects (Animal Farm, Perspepolis) and more innocuous titles such as Black Beauty.

Thirty book covers feature in Chawla’s exhibition, titled Banned. (Shaswat Kakkar)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 02:53 PM IST

Rights of dead persons: What courts have said in the past

Article 21 of the Constitution has played an evident role in ensuring the right to fair treatment & dignity irrespective of whether the person is alive or dead

Representative file photo
Published on Jun 15, 2024 01:12 PM IST

Kerala's fading red and the blooming lotus

In the Lok Sabha election, the BJP opened its account for the first time through actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi, who contested from Thrissur

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in this file photo.
Published on Jun 15, 2024 11:38 AM IST

The meaning of the hysteria over Taylor Swift

It reflects the overlap of politics, conspiracy and celebrity

Singer Taylor Swift
Published on Jun 15, 2024 08:12 AM IST
The Economist

The better deal: Watching cricket on TV or the in-stadia experience

It is not an easy call to make and eventually boils down to personal preference

Fans during the Group A match between India and USA in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York(Surjeet Yadav)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 06:56 PM IST
ByAmrit Mathur

Tracing the United Nations’ and India’s commitment to disability rights

With a global disabled population of 70 million, constituting the world’s largest minority, the NDA’s third term presents a unique opportunity

The past eight years of working with the Rights of Persons with Disability Act have established that merely having a law is not enough (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT FILE PHOTO))
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 06:57 PM IST

Balodabazar protests: Satnami community's historical, political dynamics

The incident shines a light on the Satnami community, which constitutes nearly 12% of the SC population in Chhattisgarh

Over 150 vehicles were set ablaze in Chhattisgarh’s Balodabazar city during violence on Monday(File 'photo)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 04:07 PM IST

India's Andaman & Nicobar Islands show the way to all-electric buses future

The A&N administration’s electric bus operational model could serve as a blueprint for the rest of India, for deploying electric buses and using clean energy

Andaman & Nicobar Tourism
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 06:36 PM IST

Vroom in: Check out images captured by India’s bus, train and plane spotters

Rare routes, dramatic cityscapes, treks around a waterfall - one never knows where the search for the perfect public-transit image may lead. Take a look.

A drone shot of the Marudhar Express as it passes Sambhar Lake, en route to Varanasi from Jodhpur. The EMD (electro-motive diesel) class engine is one of train spotter Dhanush Chandan’s favourites, for its look and the sweet chugging sound it makes. (Dhanush Chandan)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 04:00 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Terms of Trade: The knowns and unknowns about Modi 3.0

The BJP is down from its 2019 tally, but it is much closer to political power even after the 2024 losses than it used to be in the Vajpayee years

ANI Photo(MEA X)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 02:38 PM IST

Along for the ride: Meet India’s train and plane spotters

They stare at the sky, trek miles, befriend drivers, all to get that perfect shot. Who needs a ticket, when you know exactly what’s whooshing past next?

A Boeing 787-8 flies over Dombivli in Thane district, in an image captured by Roshan Rajeev.
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 04:05 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Everest, everywhere, all at once: Lessons in attitudes and altitudes

From the world’s tallest mountain to its highest garbage dump, a lot has changed since the mountain was first summited in 1953. A view from the top.

Everest as seen from Gokyo valley. Today, climbers get endless oxygen supply, are airlifted beyond Base Camp, hire Sherpas to do the heavy lifting. The result: alarming numbers of climbers this spring. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 04:45 PM IST
ByShail Desai

How the World Was Born: Read an excerpt from a book on Indian creation myths

Who protects boats in Odisha’s Chilika Lake from the vagaries of the weather? Through the unfortunate tale of a new bride, see how Kalijai Island got its name.

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Updated on Jun 14, 2024 01:25 PM IST
ByLopamudra Maitra

And so it began...: A new book offers insight into rich Indian creation legends

Lopamudra Maitra’s collection draws from little-known communities and forgotten myths. Starting points matter, she says, as do the journeys our tales take.

A historian, ethnographer and author, Maitra, 46, became interested in such lore while studying Ancient Indian history at Kolkata’s Presidency College. (HT Photo: Samir Jana)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 01:20 PM IST

The two conflicts in Northeast India that the new NDA govt should prioritise

The diverse region has many problems, but the new NDA government must prioritise two: the raging ethnic conflict in Manipur and the Naga peace talks.

Army personnel patrol an area in Manipur(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Amaravati: A brief history of city that Chandrababu Naidu wants to build again

The layered history of Amaravati, which lies on the right bank of the Krishna river, begins more than 2300 years ago around the 2nd century BC.

Depiction of the Amaravati Stupa (Gryffindor/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Karnataka’s “Shakti” scheme is allowing women to travel free and with freedom

Shakti was the first scheme to be rolled out by the state government; the scheme has been a runaway success.

The scheme gives free rides to women, who are domiciled in Karnataka, in all KSRTC's non-luxury and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses by showing a government identity card. (PTI)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” cuts the emperor down to size

His epic new film shows how hard it is to make a good biopic

Joaquin Phoenix plays Napoleon Bonaparte in Ridley Scott's new historical
Published on Jun 14, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Odisha's tryst with tribal CMs and the road ahead for Mohan Charan Majhi

Though tribals constitute 22% of the state's population, it is the numerically inferior upper caste who have had an iron grip over its polity and bureaucracy

Odisha CM Mohan Charan Majhi greets former state chief minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas on June 12.(ANI)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 07:30 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty

The science behind freshwater fish kills in Kerala

Freshwater fish kills are far too common in Kerala. Reduced oxygen levels are the most common cause but this is triggered by factors such as rising temperatures

Ernakulam: Dead fish float in the Periyar river following the suspected release of industrial effluents in the in the Eloor-Edayar industrial area, in Ernakulam, Kerala, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_21_2024_000137B)(PTI)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 07:00 AM IST
ByNandita Jayaraj

Bonn talks fail to rise up to escalating climate crisis

HT reported on June 12 that the rich countries or the Annex 1 nations were reluctant to acknowledge that their emissions are rising instead of declining rapidly

Delegates walk at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 8, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 11:25 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Developed country ambitions need deep structural reforms

The most important reform is to reduce the borrowing costs of businesses by reducing public borrowing

To achieve developed country status, India’s GDP has to grow by an average of ~9% annually over the next 25 years
Published on Jun 13, 2024 09:23 PM IST

Time to fix NEET, build confidence

Allegations about irregularities must be probed and NTA held accountable. The careers of young people are at stake

New Delhi, Jun 12 (ANI): NEET aspirants protest against the alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG examination at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo/Ritik Jain) (Ritik Jain)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 09:22 PM IST
ByHT Editorial
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