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Modi’s Varanasi

The making and the meaning

10 Dec, 2021 - 17 Dec, 2021
Vol 11 | Issue 111

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE

Safe Distance?

Jayanta Ghosal

There is now speculation that Nitish Kumar is again planning to change his political alignment and laying the ground to distance himself from BJP for the 2024 General Election.

We Won’t Cry for You 2021

Dipankar Gupta

A poem

Kashi Vishwanath Temple: The Grand Makeover

Ullekh NP

One no longer has to crane one’s neck to see the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It now has ample breathing space and can be viewed from afar. The ₹ 900 crore Kashi Vishwanath Dham project is being executed against great odds

The Re-Hinduisation of India

PR Ramesh

The Kashi Vishwanath Dham project is the biggest attempt at India’s civilisational restoration since the rebuilding of the Somnath temple. It seeks to reconnect ordinary Hindus with their spiritual roots

Editor’s Note

S Prasannarajan

It was a year that made us wiser—and modest

The Appeal of Varanasi

Swapan Dasgupta

For the first time, pilgrims will be able to see the simple grandeur of the Kashi Vishwanath temple and its gold-topped dome

World Heritage Puja

Kaveree Bamzai

It is now officially recognised as part of UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage

Don’t You Vote at 18?

Madhavankutty Pillai

The irrationality of raising the minimum age of marriage for women to 21

Anti-Covid Pills: Magic Bullet

Lhendup G Bhutia

Will the first oral antivirals change the course of the pandemic?

Is Democracy a Vaccine?

MJ Akbar

Covid and the poligarchy of India

It Could Have Been Worse

Bibek Debroy

Lessons from John Dryden in how to look back at 2021

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