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Varanasi

Reclaiming Varanasi

Lakshmi Bayi

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

Varanasi and Anuradhapura: Sacred Geographies

Politics, power and faith in the holy cities of Varanasi and Anuradhapura

Open Diary

Jerusalem is the point of convergence of all three Abrahamic religions

Varanasi Stampede: 24 Deaths in 20 Minutes

The gross negligence and unpreparedness of the local administration resulted in a tragedy that will haunt Varanasi for years to come

Varanasi: A pause in eternity

A year in the life of Varanasi, the prime ministerial constituency

On a magic carpet in Varanasi

Now that the election is done and dusted, hot flushes will give way to quieter thoughts. Some will ask: “Have we chosen wisely?”

The runaway messiah

Arvind Kejriwal is the most dangerous of all political animals: the messiah. The man for whom any existing reality is too impure to be corrected

The Comfort of Masks

The masks are a celebration of sameness from which many people feel shut out. They convey both the euphoria of this election and its air of mutual distrust

Mogambo in the Sacred City

The wait is over. The Congress Party has found a man to fight Modi from Benares.

It Was a Faith Accompli

Varanasi for Modi was chosen nine months ago. The inside story of how the House of Saffron took its boldest decision.

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