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On 16 November, Ritu will make her mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at the One Championship: Age of Dragons event in Beijing
On 16 November, Ritu will make her mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at the One Championship: Age of Dragons event in Beijing

Ritu Phogat learns to punch

In a startling career shift, India’s big Olympic hope, Ritu Phogat, gives up wrestling for mixed martial arts

The Devil Next Door.
Gopinath Marappan has assembled drones, a standing desk, smart lighting for his home and more on his own.  (Photo: Raj Sam/Mint)
Bharat Kumar (second from left) of TheVerb Studio with his teammates
Bharat Kumar (second from left) of TheVerb Studio with his teammates

When a college idea becomes a startup

Turning a side project started in college into a full-fledged venture requires a combination of the right guidance from mentors, a faithful team, enough planning, money, hard work and some plain luck

Photo: Mint
Photo: Mint

Opinion | What tech has to do with inclusion

Technology has emerged as the most potent tool for creating social inclusion across the world

Aatish Taseer came to live in India with his mother in 1982 and never met his father till 2002. Photo: Platform Magazine
Aatish Taseer came to live in India with his mother in 1982 and never met his father till 2002. Photo: Platform Magazine

‘I was especially galled that govt cancelled my OCI on Twitter’: Aatish Taseer

  • New York-based writer Aatish Taseer speaks about the revocation of his OCI status, facing online trolling, and the way ahead
  • The plurality of India, he says, has been replaced by a muscular wish for purity and for the past to be cleansed of its mixtures

Writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen died on 7 November at the age of 81 (Photo: Wikipedia Commons )
Writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen died on 7 November at the age of 81 (Photo: Wikipedia Commons )

Nabaneeta Dev Sen (1938-2019): Writer and fighter till the end

  • The acclaimed Bengali poet, writer and scholar, who died last week, leaves behind a larger-than-life legacy
  • It was typical of Dev Sen’s feminist convictions to be clear-eyed, feisty, and unsentimental about her strengths and vulnerabilities

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Umesh Ghude set up his telescope on city streets to help generate interest in astronomy.
Umesh Ghude set up his telescope on city streets to help generate interest in astronomy.

The IT analyst who’s reaching for the stars to weed out superstition

In India we have these fears about astronomical events, like if a comet comes close to the Earth, or if there is a solar or lunar eclipse, people are afraid. We’re looking to bring them out of this superstitious thinking

Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock

Opinion | We are data rich, let’s use it right

In India, social applications that build on data are limited only by imagination

The title makes what to expect fairly obvious: a clear-eyed look at what’s wrong with the system that governs India
The title makes what to expect fairly obvious: a clear-eyed look at what’s wrong with the system that governs India

Bookmark: The many dilemmas of an IAS officer

Former IAS officer Naresh Chandra Saxena takes a hard look at the service he spent nearly four decades with and comes up with valuable ideas for administrative reform

The open-source application Mastodon has taken a section of Indian Twitter users by storm.
The open-source application Mastodon has taken a section of Indian Twitter users by storm.

Must we now muster up courage for Mastodon?

Mastodon could become something that you can't live without, or it will be a fleeting moment, like a grown-up fidget-spinner

The Cheraman Juma Masjid in Methala, Thrissur district. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons )
The Cheraman Juma Masjid in Methala, Thrissur district. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons )

A mosque celebrating a Hindu king

  • The oldest mosque in Kerala, Cheraman Juma Masjid, is believed to date to 629 AD
  • The mosque is linked to the tale of a mythical Hindu ruler who set sail to meet the Prophet

Umar Khalid (in the forefront) at a United Against Hate protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi against the lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand. (Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times)
Umar Khalid (in the forefront) at a United Against Hate protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi against the lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand. (Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times)

Hello, can you help me fight hate?

For the past two and a half years, members of UAH have hurtled through the heartland of hateful India trying to fulfil their vision of being a rapid response team against hate

A photo of steering of BMW.
One-size-fits-all won’t fix banking in India
Dharini Pradhan, who started by designing and making furniture for her new home in Mumbai, says woodworking is now like her second job.  (Photo: S. Kumar/Mint)
Blue Sky Analytics’ Abhilasha Purwar carries an oxygen can with her to fight shortness of breath. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Blue Sky Analytics’ Abhilasha Purwar carries an oxygen can with her to fight shortness of breath. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

When a toxic place pushes you to quit

Concerned about the rising air pollution in Delhi-NCR and its effect on health, a number of startup founders and millennials are moving out—either for a few weeks or shifting base permanently

V.S. Gaitonde’s ‘Untitled’, a previously unseen work from 1974, is being auctioned by Sotheby’s next week.  (Photo Courtesy: Sotheby’s)
V.S. Gaitonde’s ‘Untitled’, a previously unseen work from 1974, is being auctioned by Sotheby’s next week. (Photo Courtesy: Sotheby’s)

Art at the dawn of the space age

  • Auctions and exhibitions are revisiting works from the 1970s that reflect on India’s advances in science
  • This intersection between science and art can be seen in an untitled work by V.S. Gaitonde, which is being auctioned by Sotheby’s in Mumbai next week

Some of the tunnels at Cu Chi have been modified for tourists to crawl through.  (Photo: Alamy)