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Varanasi

Shiva First

Lakshmi Bayi

All divinities revel in love and peace - and not on pieces of dead bodies, heaped up to reach a tantalizing heaven

Varanasi: The City of Flickering Light

In the 2014 elections, Shylashri Shankar found Varanasi under the spell of Narendra Modi. Revisiting it in the current campaign, she finds some change is evident but the fault lines underneath remain the same

In Thrall to Our Man of Deliverance

The many variations of the idea of Narendra Modi as seen from the ghats of Varanasi

Framing the Fable

This study on the evolution of photography in the subcontinent strikes a fine balance between the medium’s formal and aesthetic aspirations

Intimately Priyanka

Aditya Iyer finds out how the Gandhi mystique plays out on a campaign trail

A View from the Wild East

From Varanasi to Gorakhpur, from Modi's constituency to Yogi's fief, the combined might of SP and BSP and the charisma of Priyanka Gandhi hope to make a dent in the BJP bastion. Ullekh NP travels through a volatile stretch of Indian politics

Among the Brahmins

It is the tension between cultural memory and current political anxieties about change that gives this riverside saga by Aatish Taseer the kind of literary urgency we hardly see in the writings on India

The Conqueror of Destiny

A search in Benares for Brahmins, the twice-born, leads to an encounter with a young member of the aristocracy of the mind

The Legacy of Madan Mohan Malaviya

It varies even within his family

Reclaiming Varanasi

Why is it that there is no effort to retrieve the original Shivalinga?

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