Besides creating jobs, the tourism industry can build a positive image for the country, leading to a ‘virtuous circle’ of benefits.
The India Club has connections to many anti-colonial activists and was established by V.K. Krishna Menon, India’s first high commissioner to Britain.
Organising Durga Pujas has become more popular because there is less financial investment involved, people in the city say.
Many attempts have been made to modernise the Mahalaya, but Bengalis still retain their love for the first one recorded for Akashvani in 1932.
Any celebration of Ahmedabad’s heritage as an icon of peace and unity (of Hindu, Muslim and Jain traditions) must be understood in light of the city’s profound anti-Dalit and anti-Muslim violence.
Founded in 1911, the Baron Hotel played host to adventurers, writers, kings, aviators, Bedouin chiefs and presidents until the war forced it to close down.
Nagi Shiva, a domestic worker from Lokkere village, lets us into her remote world on the edge of Bandipur National Park in Karnataka.
For years, the nomadic tribespeople of FATA have been living lives without identities, depriving them of basic and vital socio-economic opportunities.
Italy has erected a “museum of fascism” in Mussolini’s hometown in hopes of facing the demons of its past. Historians however are sceptical of the move.
In 1879, an Australian expert’s report sent at least 50 British and Indian companies to the Pandalur-Devala region of the Nilgiris and sparked a frenzied gold mining rush that eventually destroyed the local coffee industry.
During the late 1800s, Kolkata (then Calcutta) was a migrant hub. Among the Chinese, Greeks, Burmese, Armenians and Parsis were the Baghdadi Jews. This unique community is striving to keep its culture alive and food is playing a major role.
By ‘finding’ a lost city from the air, archaeologists fail to understand the depth of knowledge that communities have of their place and their past.
Western Odisha’s bauxite-rich Niyamgiri mountains are the sole home of the state’s Dongria Kondh tribe, a community numbering a few thousand. The mountains, streams and forests are integrated into their lives and cultural traditions.
Toy-makers in Kondapalli village of Andhra Pradesh have been making wooden toys for generations, but now fear that their signature craft may not survive beyond the decade.
While the Odia Wikipedia community has made great strides, translating it to a digital language of knowledge will require solving technical challenges and enlisting a more diverse set of contributors and editors.
Perched on the mountains of Karakoram, this indigenous community is trying to balance modernity with heritage.
Made up of just a few dozen people, the world’s largest community of Vods lives near St. Petersburg, and there are only a handful among them who can still speak their native language fluently.
The Koshur now spoken is a hodgepodge of words from Urdu and Hindi, and to some extent corrupted English, and is thus not Kashmiri at all.
Much before iPhones and YouTube, a gaudy machine on our railway platforms provided entertainment and information. It’s all but gone, but a fortuitous meeting makes Pallavi Aiyar’s childhood spring to life.
While the Qutb Minar is celebrated as a historic and architectural icon, the Quwwat ul-Islam is seen as haunting evidence of destruction, trauma and fanaticism.
The report warns of risks from climate change and tourism but neglects threats posed by resource extraction.
The museum had been gifted to the country in 1972 by the then-PM Indira Gandhi, on India’s 25th anniversary of gaining independence.
Coffee has transformed wild mountainsides into plantations at the expense of their natural diversity. At the same time, it’s established itself in the last millennium as the companion of the thinking soul.
In a single generation, snakes have become more valuable to the Irula alive than dead.
Edited excerpts from a speech delivered by mathematician and Fields medallist Manjul Bhargava on January 2, 2016 at the Madras Sanskrit College
The climactic scene of ‘The Force Awakens’ is situated on a distant island on a distant planet – scenes that were actually filmed on the visually stunning World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael.
In the darkest hour of partition, when the whole of East Punjab was engulfed in a frenzy of communal violence, the town remained calm. And has stayed that way ever since.
Getting a godna, a tattoo on her forehead and cheeks, is an initiation for young tribal women in Jharkhand. It’s a vanishing practice, however, described in this excerpt from Nidhi Dugar’s new book.
The Satpura narrow-gauge network used to be the longest of its kind in India, stretching more than 1,000km. But it is now facing closure
President Pranab Mukherjee has rightly reminded us about the plurality and diversity that are embedded in India’s soul. His words echo what several others said centuries ago
Regenerating its heritage could go a long way towards restoring its lost glory that Kolkata so ardently desires