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‘A sweet breeze amid a heatwave’: liberals feel hope again following Narendra Modi’s loss of his majority

Fears for the future of democracy and tolerance recede after authoritarian PM left reliant on coalition partnersIn the leafy surrounds of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a pocket of students sat beneath a banyan tree engaged in impassio…

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Kabul: Final Call by Laurie Bristow; The Afghans by Åsne Seierstad reviews – how the west abandoned Afghanistan… and what happened next

An ex-UK envoy’s compelling account of the chaotic military withdrawal from the country is full of telling details, while Seierstad’s latest work drives home the cruel reality of women’s lives after the return of Taliban ruleIn August 2021, Britain’s l…

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‘It is worse now’: The Bookseller of Kabul author Åsne Seierstad on returning to Afghanistan 20 years on

The Norwegian writer on meeting the Taliban, her fears for girls’ education, and the legal battle that ensued after the publication of her bestselling bookThe author Åsne Seierstad’s cool, shaded garden, within walking distance from the centre of Oslo,…

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All We Imagine As Light review – dreamlike and gentle modern Mumbai tale is a triumph

Cannes film festivalPayal Kapadia’s glorious Cannes competition selection is an absorbing story of three nurses that is full of humanityThere is a freshness and emotional clarity in Payal Kapadia’s Cannes competition selection, an enriching humanity an…

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Rapunzel reimagined: the women retelling fairytales to challenge notions of perfection

And They Lived … Ever After is a south Asian book of reworked European classics written by women with disabilities A deaf Snow White, a blind Cinderella, a neurodivergent ugly duckling and a wheelchair-using Rapunzel: classic European fairytales have b…

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