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How Shashi Tharoor beat the Modi wave and Sabarimala anger for a third straight victory

How Shashi Tharoor beat the Modi wave and Sabarimala anger for a third straight victory

Will his impressive performance propel him to a leadership position in his party?
For the first time, an Indian state has kept the elections clean and green

For the first time, an Indian state has kept the elections clean and green

In 2017, the Aattukal Pongala festival generated 200 tonnes of waste; in 2019, only 65 tonnes, due to a new protocol.
Shashi Tharoor is astonished at how effectively the BJP is eating into his voter base
This candidate from Modi’s BJP faces over 200 criminal cases and says all politics is communal

This candidate from Modi’s BJP faces over 200 criminal cases and says all politics is communal

Equality means coexistence of multiple forms, not uniformity, says a Kerala candidate.
Congress has a problem with Modi using religion for polls, yet will raise Sabarimala in Kerala

Congress has a problem with Modi using religion for polls, yet will raise Sabarimala in Kerala

The Congress is opposed to allowing women in the south Indian temple.
Facebook takes down an Iran-based influence campaign that targeted Indians

Facebook takes down an Iran-based influence campaign that targeted Indians

Facebook has removed 783 pages, groups, and accounts tied to Iran for their “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” aimed at influencing public opinion in several countries, including…
Surveys and data are key weapons in the great Indian political battle of 2019

Surveys and data are key weapons in the great Indian political battle of 2019

Ahead of India’s general election, slated for this spring, top political parties are pulling out all the stops to gauge the national temperature on various…
In photos: Kerala erupts over women entering the Sabarimala temple

In photos: Kerala erupts over women entering the Sabarimala temple

A southern Indian state is in deep turmoil over women of menstruating age. Earlier this week, two persons entered Kerala’s revered Sabarimala temple, the first…
An Indian temple’s ban on women of menstruating age is finally breached

An Indian temple’s ban on women of menstruating age is finally breached

Two persons in India made history today (Jan. 01) by entering a temple long forbidden for women of menstruating age. Their entry came around three…
India’s obsession with renaming cities will tear its society apart

India’s obsession with renaming cities will tear its society apart

When I began writing this column, Mughalsarai had become Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar, Allahabad had become Prayagraj, and Faizabad district had become Ayodhya. When I was…
How technology can empower Indian women in the age of #MeToo

How technology can empower Indian women in the age of #MeToo

Spin the globe to India and you’ll see it’s lit up like Diwali: the #MeToo movement is rising, and—like its US predecessor—is largely being played…
The Sabarimala controversy hides a much deeper problem: untouchability

The Sabarimala controversy hides a much deeper problem: untouchability

I’ve been to Sabarimala a number of times as a teen in the 1990s. The revered jungle shrine of lord Ayyappa, the naishtika brahmachari, or…
A popular south Indian temple can’t keep women out anymore

A popular south Indian temple can’t keep women out anymore

India’s supreme court has scrapped a centuries-old practice that prevented women of menstruating age from entering a revered temple in the southern state of Kerala.…