August 30, 2016When Amitav Ghosh issues a warning, it's time to listen
'We know many things are going to happen.'
Bihar's midday lunches: You may find cockroaches, lizards, rats, even snakes!
On Monday, August 29, a court in Saran, Bihar, sentenced the headmistress of the school where 23 children died after eating a mid-day meal to 17 years in prison.
August 26, 2016The Spell of Sylvia Dyer
Sylvia Dyer's life began nearly 90 years ago in a forgotten, untamed land. She spent her childhood on a plantation on the Bihar-Nepal border in pre-Independent India, lived through the '65 war as the wife of a decorated army officer and saw an era grow and fade in front of her eyes.
August 19, 2016The night Rajiv Gandhi died: An eyewitness account
Rajiv Gandhi would have turned 72 on August 20. Had he lived.
August 17, 2016Sweeping success: Meet the PhD student who's a garbage collector
36-year-old Sunil Yadav, who works as a garbage collector for the civic body in Mumbai is an inspiration. He chronicles the arduous journey he took to secure his MPhil degree and why he refuses to give up his job despite his education.
August 16, 2016All the Prime Minister's officers
The Modi PMO is like none other: It is staffed by people who are so low profile that the only dominant personality is the Prime Minister's.
August 12, 2016Ping! How Nawaz Sharif & Co were exposed!
When Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier shone a light on the Pandora's Box that became famous as the Panama Papers, even they didn't know how it would shake up the murky world of finance, indeed the world itself.
August 11, 2016The Englishman who was more Indian than Indians
Buried in a Kolkata cemetery is an Englishman who served India well during her struggle for freedom.
August 10, 2016Anger in Manipur over Irom Sharmila's decision
The woman whose lone fight against the establishment all these long years has only the state machinery to keep her safe from the public whose cause she championed all this while.
August 09, 2016The American who fought for India's freedom
Samuel Stokes made India his home and participated in the freedom struggle.
August 05, 2016Shocking! How children are sold into sexual slavery
Each story is sadder than the next, but what is most heartbreaking is to see the indifference shown towards these children by the police.
July 30, 2016'World needs people like Mahasweta Devi'
'The world will miss Mahasweta Devi and I will miss my second mother.'
July 29, 2016'Souls like her define eternity'
'People like Mahaswetadi can never die. They live in our hearts and minds,' says writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
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'Mahasweta built and rebuilt her life with bricks of pain'
'She never desisted from calling a spade a spade and that's what made her such a unique character.'
That inept 'Saint Antony'
'It was almost as though there was widespread relief that the defence bureaucracy, and the minister, could find someone willing to shoulder the blame for everything that had gone wrong with the services under Antony's charge -- the poor preparedness of the forces, slow acquisitions caused by indecision, cancellation of contracts and whimsical blacklisting of defence contractors over the tiniest suspicion that they may have paid speed money or kickbacks.'
July 25, 2016Don't look at him with pity; look up to him for his grit
Dhruv Shirpurkar's parents never let go of their faith in God while standing with him in his battle against a rare disorder that left him 85 per cent disabled and bound to a wheelchair.
July 23, 2016'What we leave behind of ourselves through work is most important'
In an interview to HarmonyIndia.org, the artist, who had famously said that he lived to paint and painted to live, spoke of what the 'bindu' meant to him, about his friend M F Husain and the legacy that he will leave behind.
Will Mumbai drown?
Mumbai is not prepared for a natural disaster, warns Amitav Ghosh.
July 22, 2016What Donald Trump is in love with
'Trump said the Republicans had 'moved too far toward the extreme right' and that he was capable of capturing more than the 'really staunch-right wacko vote' by reaching middle-of-the-road Americans.'
July 21, 2016The good and bad news about India's nuclear programme
While nuclear engineers cheer KNPP's first full operation, on nine other sites which house atomic reactors, scientists spend sleepless nights.
July 20, 2016For Ayodhya litigant Hashim Ansari, the case meant everything
Though Mohammed Hashim Ansari was the oldest litigant in the case and was against the Ram temple coming up at the site, he never spoke ill of his neighbours who were Hindus.
July 18, 2016'They have not gone to fight a war'
'These young men have become religious fundamentalists and gone to lead the life of Salafis somewhere.'
July 14, 2016Nimisha became 'Fathima' and disappeared
'She won the first prize in the state for chanting shlokas from the Gita.'
July 08, 2016What connects Nehru, Modi and Kanhaiya Kumar?
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's poems speak to every Indian, uniting them across political, social, religious and caste divides. They elevate; they inspire; they stir the soul and goose-bump the flesh.
What connects Nehru, Modi, Kanhaiya Kumar?
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's poems speak to every Indian, uniting them across political, social, religious and caste divides.
Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com pays tribute to one of Mumbai's unforgettable landmarks.
July 06, 2016Can such people be doctors you would trust?
Two medical students, who hurled a dog from a terrace, and filmed the incident, were on Wednesday arrested after the shocking video went viral drawing outrage. But they got bail in less than five minutes because the law lacks bite, says T S Sudhir
July 05, 2016How Chennai identified the dog-thrower
The video was reportedly shot two weeks ago. How it got leaked is still a mystery. The police has requested the parents of the two students to ask them to surrender.
July 01, 2016Ex-IAF officer creates plane to conquer fear of flying
'It's like your own private Boeing 747 which you can fly yourself. This concept brings the aeroplane closer to passengers and opens the cockpit to everyone.'
June 30, 2016'India has never lacked for ideas'
'Soft power is the power really to win friends and influence people with the strength of your ideas.'
June 27, 2016'India is like a soft-shell crab'
'India stands on the broad shoulders of an extraordinary civilisation. In some ways it is quite surprising that it hasn't fully embraced the power of that.'
June 26, 2016Brahmos-fitted Sukhoi-30 takes IAF to a new high
IAF pilots would no longer have to fly deep into heavily defended airspace to strike enemy bases, they can launch a Brahmos from as far away as 295 km.
June 23, 2016'Bollywood saved my life'
'Today if you look at the way India is growing many people are saying the sleeping elephant has finally woken up, is dancing!'
June 21, 2016The crime no one wants to talk about
'Poverty-stricken and drought-affected families in Bundelkhand and Marathawada are selling their children for as little as a few hundred rupees.'
June 20, 2016Fleeing Bundelkhand's drought, seeking refuge in Delhi
'These people are living on the edge of starvation and governments need to show much greater compassion towards them.'
Bihar topper scam: A well-oiled network
The reputation of Bihar's schools has taken a knock.
June 15, 2016Modi rolls out red carpet for Jaya in RCR, will she reciprocate in RS?
The bonhomie between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was once again in evidence on Tuesday, but the question remains if it will translate into supporting the BJP in the Rajya Sabha. Senior journalist R Rajagopalan reports.
To Gandhiji, wherever he is
At Sabarmati Ashram that very hot summer evening, some had come to see and feel the place where Bapu lived. Some had come to be alone on the lawns after a disappointing Class 12 result...
June 13, 2016The life and times of a modern princess
Princess Shivranjani of Jodhpur is breathing new life into dead forts and quietly changing the house of Marwar.
June 10, 2016The 'Indiana Jones' who is returning our past to India
A group of concerned individuals as the India Pride Project and the support of one man dubbed America's Indiana Jones has resulted in the return of India's heritage back to the country, says Vijay Kumar.
'This was a week I will not soon forget'
'We use the word "historic" perhaps too much, but the prime minister's visit certainly was historic in so many ways.'
June 09, 2016'Modi hit the ball out of the park'
'The speech he delivered had a profound impact on my colleagues,' US Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, tells Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com in an exclusive interview.
June 08, 2016Special Series: Modi comes to Washington
To mark Prime Minister Modi's seventh meeting with Obama and his historic joint address to US Congress -- the sixth Indian PM to do so -- India Abroad, the newspaper published from New York and owned by rediff.com, reached out to diplomats and strategic thinkers in New Delhi and Washington, DC, to assess the current state of the US-India relationship and suggest a road map for the future.
A cow hospital with a cancer ward and ICU
India's largest cow hospital provides care for 1,600 cows, bulls, oxen, that are sick, diseased, injured or deformed.
June 06, 2016Where have the dhabas gone?
True Indian scenes most often lie on less travelled routes, along roads that have fallen off the map, after modern highways have come up.
Did 300 to 500 people die in Mathura battle?
Why did the district magistrate take over an hour to order retaliatory firing on the murderous SBVS mob?
June 03, 2016How Bihar colleges 'manufacture' toppers
All of V R College's 1,007 students secured a first class in the Class 12 exam! 222 of them got identical marks!
Rising Bathinda takes on Udta Punjab
Bathinda is the only district in Punjab to start a movement to find out what the actual drug situation on the ground is and aims to address it.
June 02, 2016'If Modi had taken timely action my father would have not died'
Tanveer Jafri -- son of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the massacre -- speaks to Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf on how the carnage was a conspiracy against the community and their continuous fight for justice.
June 01, 2016This girl is going to grow vegetables after a PhD
"We, Indians have forgotten what is good for us. Foreigners say oats are good so we say the same, arrey, we have oats since ages!" Meet Preeti Virkar, a believer of a different kind.
May 31, 2016A wedding you'll never forget
Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com brings you glimpses of the grand affair.
'We need to plant trees in our head'
'Today it is not about seeking blessings, but seeking selfies.'
May 30, 20167 States. 6 Days. 2,148 km and a journey of a lifetime
When Rediff.com's Archana Masih and Rajesh Karkera set course from the foothills of the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea, they could not think of a better place to begin their journey than the stately campus that has given India some of its greatest military heroes.
Renaming Akbar Road: History's latest battle
'I have only this to say to those who talk about Mewar rulers and Akbar's brutality -- do you expect a king to not expand his kingdom?'
May 26, 2016Mussoorie Diary: 42°C, tidy tourists and stingy loo users
Syed Firdaus Ashraf tries to escape the Mumbai heat in the hills of Uttarakhand and discovers the aftermath of climate change and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
May 25, 2016Mamata is more Left than the Left!
With her trademark cotton sari and rubber slippers and her generous doles in rural Bengal, many describe Mamata Banerjee as "ultra left."
Modi@2: The platinum frequent flyer
From Central Asia to Ireland, from UK to Saudi Arabia, the prime minister has seen it all in his second year of office.
May 19, 2016Kerala: Victorious Left worries about the BJP's rise
With Pinarayi Vijayan set to be chief minister, what will be the role for party patriarch V S Achuthanandan? And what are the key takeways from the election results in Kerala?
Elections: What you don't always see
A Ganesh Nadar shares interesting vignettes that usually get lost in the heat-and-dust of election coverage.
May 18, 2016The plight of farmers in drought-affected Beed
Peasants from Maharashtra's drought-affected Beed district feel the government machinery and politicians are indifferent to their plight.
May 17, 2016How We Won The 1971 War!
The 1971 war reaffirmed the importance of inspirational senior leadership in battle and heralded the emergence of a new fighting class amongst officers and men of India's armed forces.
The woman who kicked up a storm
Their next plan is to launch a campaign to ensure only women priests change the clothes of goddess idols.
May 16, 2016Drought Tales: Humanity triumphs in parched times
Drought or no drought... life goes in the water-starved Beed district in Maharashtra's Marathwada region
May 14, 2016After Lehman Brothers and StanChart, it's DMK time!
Why is an NRI banker with an MBA from MIT canvassing votes in Madurai?
'In Kerala, people do not vote for the same party again'
'Once I went to meet an MLA with a complaint, but he refused to even listen to me.'
May 13, 2016The mantra that handed the Indian Army victory in 1971
Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam lists the major operational takeaways from the 1971 War in his new book 'India's Wars, A Military History, 1947-1971'.
How money and manpower fuel TN's election rallies
The costs involved in putting together a successful rally are bizarre.
Yamuna on their minds
Through its programmes, Swechha tries to ensure Delhiites don't forget their dying river.
May 11, 2016PICS: The children of Maharashtra's drought
Undaunted by Sachin Kengar and Yogita Desai's deaths, scores of small children in Maharashtra brave the scorching, unbearable, heat to draw water from unguarded wells.
May 10, 2016Why bhakts are thrilled about this book
Her book is less of a Hindutva-loving diatribe against the Dynasty than its detractors suggest, but it is still hard to agree with much of what she writes, says Vir Sanghvi on Tavleen Singh's latest book.
Celebrating azaadi: Listening for the concern behind the complaint
'We live in a time when hideous anger easily flares up, particularly on identity-related issues.'
May 09, 2016Sachin, 9, died fetching water in the drought
'What will we drink if we start fearing these wells?'
May 06, 2016The child who died fetching water
Yogita Ashok Desai, 12, died of 'cardio pulmonary arrest', after she collapsed on her way home after fetching water.
May 05, 2016'Address to US Congress big opportunity for Modi'
'This is going to be an opportunity to hear from the prime minister of the new India and the progress made in the last two years of the growing cooperation between the US and India in several areas, including areas that would have seemed implausible a few years ago.'
May 04, 2016'I will go as a proud Indian, not as some half citizen'
Ninong Ering, the MP from Arunachal East, wants to meet his tribesfolk across the border in China. But he is not going to make that trip on a stapled visa, unlike the 'backdoor entry to China' made by some BJP MPs in the past.
May 03, 2016The lengths this MP is going to preserve a piece of history
Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar is underwriting the revival of a vintage Dakota as a gift to the Indian Air Force.
May 02, 2016Did the timber mafia cause the forest fires?
Fires are blazing across Jammu and Kashmir, the state of Uttarakhand and have reached the doorstep of Himachal Pradesh's capital city Shimla.
On his 90th birth anniversary, Goa plans to celebrate Mario Miranda's life.
April 28, 2016'Sometimes we wonder if they are human beings'
'They don't just kill their enemies, they chop off limbs, sever heads.'
April 27, 2016India's Shakespearean love affair
When it comes to celebrating William Shakespeare, can India be far behind?
April 26, 2016ISRO's rocket technology to help heart patients
It offers a lease of life to terminally ill patients since heart transplant still remains out of reach for most.
Why 9 Manipuri mothers refuse to bury their sons
Nine young men killed in police firing last August have become symbols of oppression of the tribals of Manipur.
April 23, 2016Red Star over Saffron Mumbai!
Kanhaiyya Kumar is India's latest political rockstar. More so in Mumbai, where his address this evening gave Mumbaikars a glimpse of the heydays of the Communist movement in the city of textiles mills and mill workers.
April 22, 2016'Kohinoor, a symbol of British loot'
Though it would be wonderful for Indians to have the Kohinoor and Peacock Throne displayed in all its glory at the Red Fort, it seems unlikely that the British will part with the Kohinoor in a hurry.
The Lonely Man of China
What was the need for Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, President of the People's Republic of China and Chairman, Central Military Commission, to don the new role of Commander in-Chief?
April 19, 2016Month after Kakrapar N-plant leak, questions arise on AERB role
'When the cause of the leak is identified, is the AERB going to order a shutdown of all the other pressurised heavy water reactors in the country to fix the underlying problem?'
April 18, 2016Crores of illegal money flows into poll-bound states
The Election Commission has a fight on its hand as candidates use ingenious methods to smuggle in money to Voters.
Will Bihar, Kerala and Tamil Nadu do a U-turn on prohibition?
State after state has imposed an alcohol ban, and has had to retreat, unable to address the financial and administrative fallout.
April 13, 2016Why we shouldn't ban elephants in Kerala temples
Our focus should rather be on strengthening security measures to prevent Kollam-like tragedies, says Sanjeev Nayyar.
April 12, 2016'A temple is a place to pray, not for fireworks'
'You can understand the ignorance and passion of people, but how can we forgive the authorities and police when they very well knew the dangers?'
Fleeing thirst, they find uneasy refuge in Mumbai
Thousands of villages in Maharashtra's Marathwada region have been devastated by the worst drought in a century.
When the Royals came marching in
Prince William and Princess Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, collected quite a few Mumbai hearts on a hot two days in April.
April 11, 2016Temple fire eyewitness: 'People disappeared without a trace'
'I lost several of my friends, a lot of people I know are severely injured and in hospital. It will take time for all of us to recover.'
'India must be prepared for a 100-year war with Pakistan'
'Pakistan has responded with appropriate contempt -- hrowing our national dignity into the waste paper basket.'
April 09, 2016US Cyber Command ready for war
Cyberspace is a battleground as important as the traditional domains of air, land, sea and space, says US Defence Secretary Ash Carter, who visits India next week.
NIT ruckus is Mehbooba's first challenge
Mehbooba Mufti is running an alliance that is unnatural -- and one she instinctively militates against.
April 06, 2016'I want to see BJP evolve into a secular party'
'We must delink religion from politics'
April 02, 2016Remembering a forgotten princess
Princess Jahanara, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's daughter, was a paragon of virtues: well-educated, well-versed in statecraft, even-tempered, beautiful. Although she was on the side of Dara Shikoh in the succession battle, it says much for her stature that after Shah Jahan's death, she was made the chief lady of the court by Aurangzeb and accorded every respect.
March 30, 2016Saving the girl child, one village at a time
Sarpanch leaders are changing Rajasthan for the girl child, says Rashme Sehgal.
March 28, 2016An editor and a gentleman
It is actually quite remarkable that EPW has survived for so long. "I see it as a journal of dissent," says Rammanohar Reddy and is thankful to the EPW community for keeping it relevant.
March 23, 2016Army opposed building bridges for Sri Sri event
Army gave three good reasons why it could not build the bridges for Ravi Shankar's event.
He donated EVERY rupee he earned to the poor
What began as a challenge ended up a way of life for 'Paalam' Kalyanasundaram, whom the United Nations adjudged one of the most outstanding people of the 20th century.
March 22, 2016'He just disappeared'
Seven years after he disappeared from the heart of Srinagar, Mehran Latief's family has not let go of Hope.
Will the IAF not get its Rafales?
With the Rafale fighter deal stuck over price negotiations, can the prime minister step in and find a way out for both countries?
March 18, 2016Photos: Dharavi, Redesigned!
Amsterdam-based artists Jorge Mañes Rubio and Amanda Pinatih attempt to give traditional products created in Dharavi a design spin.
March 17, 2016Meet India's centenarian WWII hero
During the World War, Singh fought alongside the Allied Forces in North West Frontier province, Eritrea, Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), Libya, Egypt and Italy.
March 15, 2016The rise and fall of Chhagan Bhujbal
Chhagan Bhujbal, son of a vegetable vendor, rose through the political ranks by hard work, determination and political opportunism. Now past ghosts have come to haunt him.
The Red Earth that made Kanhaiya Kumar
'The blood that runs in the veins of our family can never be anti-national.'
March 13, 2016How the tide turned for the BJP in Ishrat case
'Amid the different versions of truth on the Ishrat case, what is certain is that Ishrat's mother Shamima Kausar, who has continued to maintain that Headley's confession was nothing but an attempt by powerful people to save themselves in the case, is unlikely to find a closure anytime soon.'
March 11, 2016Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The New Age guru
From reaching out to the Jat community and requesting them to not harm the country's assets to trying to mediate on behalf of the women protesting against Shani Shingnapur temple authorities, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has made his presence felt. Nikita Puri examines the rise of the New Age guru.
March 08, 2016Is Art of Living damaging the Yamuna floodplains?
'Does the government help ordinary citizens like you and me with our marriages, birthdays and anniversaries?'
March 05, 2016The MP who gave the best speech on the JNU row
'It is extremely important to take back the domain of both religion from the religious bigots and nationalism from the chauvinists, who are spreading hatred.'
March 04, 2016A dying lake's open letter for help!
Once a bountiful water body, years of neglect, rampant encroachment and dumping of untreated sewage and industrial waster has virtually turned Bellandur lake into a large septic tank.
March 03, 2016'What was wrong was the bland version of Indian history'
'Even apart from the Bengal famine, there was a great deal more bloodshed and deceit than I was prepared for.'
March 02, 2016'We will lose millions of girls', Maneka Gandhi!
'The minister is not concerned about our daughters' well-being.'
The 27-year-old lawyer fighting for Adivasis
'In the districts of Jagdalpur and Dantewada, the only time the accused walked out of jail was when they were acquitted. There is no concept of bail.'
February 27, 2016'Some slogans were juvenile and senseless, but had context'
"Slogans are a subset of freedom of expression. You express your politics through it. I can chant any slogan, you can differ or agree. But you can't slap sedition charges," Aparajitha Raja, the 25-year-old president of the JNU unit of AISF and daughter of CPI leader D Raja, tells Shivam Saini.
February 26, 2016The many shades of Left and Right in JNU
The perception about JNU being 'radical' is one that is as old as JNU itself.
February 24, 2016Is Kannur, India's political murder capital?
Why does this Kerala district see so many political murders and revenge killings?
'No idea can be anti-national'
'Not allowing people to speak or listen is the biggest act of anti-nationalism,' says Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, one of India's finest poets.
February 23, 2016Jat agitation does not mean well for India
Unprecedented violence... Mobs determined to teach Delhi a lesson... An incompetent chief minister... Losses of over Rs 200 billion.
Make In India Artists: From Srinagar to Thiruvananthapuram
Rediff.com speaks with performers to know their views about Make In India.
February 22, 2016A flight to Pakistan: Old world charm in a modernising State
'The Pakistan government, we were told, has a plan to renovate several Hindu temples and Buddhist sites, which over the years have fallen into disrepair. The aim is to create a pilgrimage circuit to attract visitors from all over the subcontinent.'
'My name is Umar Khalid, but I'm not a terrorist'
In dramatic scenes, Umar Khalid, the Jawaharlal Nehru University student who had been untraceable after being accused of sedition, returned to the campus late on Sunday evening.
With pride and humility: Made in India @MakeInIndia
Pride is all ours and of those who made a beeline to Halls 3 and 5 that showcased indigenous defence technologies at the Make In India Week.
February 19, 2016Why we must join Bhanwari Devi in her fight for justice
For more than 23 years, Bhanwari Devi, who was gang-raped for speaking out against the marriage of two babies, has been fighting a lonely battle for justice.
February 16, 2016'Will the BJP call everyone traitors and send us to jail?'
'O P Sharma pulled me down to the ground and started punching and kicking me.'
Is he Obama's nominee for the US Supreme Court?
Judge Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan is the front-runner to replace the late Justice Anthony Scalia on the US Supreme Court.
What fell from the sky in Tamil Nadu?
Two mysterious objects seem to have fallen from the sky -- one in a paddy field and one in an engineering college, killing one person.
February 11, 2016How the Bose family discovered Netaji had a child
'Our daughter's name is ANITA-BRIGITTE. She should actually bear the name of AMITA, but the German authorities would have certainly objected to such an unusual name so we chose the name Anita which is almost sounding like Amita.'
The hero who won a Param Vir Chakra on Siachen
Honorary Captain Bana Singh won the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest ranking gallantry award, for recapturing a Pakistani post on the Siachen Glacier.
He said he would kill 10 terrorists before he died and he did
Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami met a hero's end battling Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists in the jungles of Kashmir. His valour earned him the nation's highest gallantry award in peacetime this Republic Day.
February 10, 2016Siachen: Toughest call of duty for the Indian soldier
'At an altitude of 5,000 metres, the levels of oxygen in the blood of a healthy soldier would be similar to that of a patient with a severe lung disorder at sea level.'
February 05, 2016Terror attacks: 'India can be restrained for only so long'
'Pakistan has to take responsibility and start cracking down on terrorists.'
February 03, 2016Here all in silence, let them sleep their sleep
Right in the midst of bustling Kolkata lies what might be the most prominent population of Britons in India.
Pakistan knows India is on a different level with the US
'Both India and Pakistan are now, for the first time in history, very closely allied and connected with the US -- economically and politically.'
February 02, 2016No putting India, Pak in same basket: US
'The US-India relationship is in a different league altogether,' Obama administration officials tell Aziz Haniffa/Rediff.com in Washington, DC.
February 01, 2016Modi open to DNA test on Netaji's ashes
'The extended Bose family is insisting that the Japanese government must release all the information they have on Bose's ashes. It cannot be forgotten that Bose was in Japanese care when his 'death' occurred. Ultimately, it is the Japanese who hold the secret about what happened to him.'
January 30, 2016The MLA Jaya expelled speaks
'Last night someone threw stones at my house at 11 pm. My car was also smashed.'
January 27, 2016'If you don't have courage, you can't ride our Bullets'
Captain Manpreet Singh led his band of 130 men on Rajpath, perched on a ladder 10 feet high, rising precariously from the handle-bar of his motorcycle.
'She was Amma to all of us'
'Mrinalini Sarabhai was gracious, well-read, liberal, very secular, and very well informed,' recalls film historian S Theodore Baskaran of the celebrated dancer who passed into the ages last week.
'India does not hide from its reality'
A former US military lieutenant travels to India to fight a battle of another kind. Archana Masih/Rediff.com met Robin Chaurasiya and the girls whose lives she is changing -- one day at a time.
January 26, 2016Revealed: $4 bn is holding up the Rafale deal
India won't pay more than $7 billion for 36 Rafale aircraft. The French want $11 billion.
January 25, 2016164 people have died of cold in Delhi so far
In the 66th year of the Indian Republic, eight people died of cold every night in the nation's capital.
'Teachers should rise above caste'
'Teachers discriminate among students based on caste, religion and gender,' says Dr Rajesh Paswan, an associate professor at JNU.
January 21, 2016'She took a stand in Gujarat when few had the courage'
'Though she was deeply religious, she was against communalism. Whenever she got the chance, she did speak out against the communalisation of society.'
'Dancing breathes new life into me every day'
'My age? It keeps changing every year. I can't remember it. I don't like ageing at all,' dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai, who passed into the ages on Thursday, told Jasmine Shah Verma in October 2004.
January 20, 2016Druggies in Punjab spend Rs 2.5 crore a day on drugs!
2.3 million people are opioid-dependent. 860,000 people are opioid users. 123,000 people are heroin-dependent.
January 18, 2016Ghaziabad's lone lady auto driver battles apathy, bad fortune
Ruby Singhal is the only woman autorickshaw driver in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Her husband also drives an auto. Last week both their autos were set on fire by a drunken man, who is not known to them. The poor couple has not received any compensation for their loss. A lesser soul would have given up but Ruby is determined to buy a new rickshaw. How she does not know but she is sure she will.
January 16, 2016'Arthur could tell Hrithik, Kajol they made him feel old...'
P Rajendran looks back on the 11 plus years he worked with Arthur J Pais, the India Abroad and Rediff.com editor, who passed into the ages on January 8.
January 14, 2016'In death, Arthur's own story was the most life affirming'
Arthur J Pais charmed her and exasperated her. But, says Vaihayasi Pande Daniel as she bids him goodbye, it is the 'irrevocability' of death that 'stingingly puts into focus what you never realised you would miss terribly.'
India needs to salute this hero
The terrorists were armed with AK-47s, grenades, pistols, knives, many rounds of ammunition. Sepoy Jagdish Chand's weapons were his bare hands and enormous courage. He died, but not before he felled one of them.
January 13, 2016Gen Jacob masterminded Pakistan's surrender in '71
Lieutenant General J F R Jacob, Chief of Staff, Eastern Army Command during the 1971 war, revealed how, armed with only a draft surrender document and an aide, he made the Pakistani army led by Lieutenant General A A K Niazi surrender.
January 12, 2016The Man Who Lived for the Story
Generations of Indian Americans have had Arthur first note their feats and recount it to the world. And that is why so many desis across America have been saddened by his passing.
January 11, 2016I have never met anyone like Arthur Pais
'Arthur was a charming, quirky, funny, smart journalist who loved all things about films. And he would change my life forever.'
'Does Islam teach you to hurt your parents?'
'The path you were planning to choose was wrong. The safest place in this world is India. Why do you want to waste your life?'
January 09, 2016Bollywood, the new political battleground?
A string of episodes including the latest removal of Aamir Khan as brand ambassador of the Incredible India campaign point in this direction, say experts
January 07, 2016Blow by blow: How swift action saved the day in Pathankot
Nitin Gokhale reports on how quick decisions saved a repeat of a Mumbai-like carnage at the key Punjab air force base.
Mufti Sahab was an embodiment of fragrant Kashmiriyat
'What made him so adored even among those who didn't agree with him? It was his sincerity and a clear heart that throbbed for Indian unity which won him admiration across the faults of the political divide,' says Tarun Vijay, MP.
December 31, 2015Farewell, Rest Well in Eternity
The notables we lost in 2015.
December 29, 2015News Stories That Gripped You in 2015
The best news specials that rediff readers loved reading and sharing.
Delhi's odd-even formula: The challenges ahead
Similar traffic restrictions in other cities did not see a significant improvement in air quality only because car owners begin making more trips during their unrestricted periods.
December 26, 2015Being Sambit Patra
At a time when the BJP is facing a perception battle, is Sambit Patra, its national spokesperson, helping the party's image?
December 24, 2015Prescription from Pakistan: How one hospital is a model for Asia
Pakistan's dismal public health system is rife with mismanagement and a paucity of resources.
December 22, 2015Will new Juvenile law reduce crime?
'Given that 95 per cent of rapes are committed by adults and only 5 per cent by juveniles, these 95 per cent of rapes will continue to take place, so what women's safety are we talking about?'
December 21, 2015The doctor who delivers girl children free of cost
Dr Ganesh Rakh has delivered 436 baby girls free of charge. The son of a coolie and housemaid, the good doctor wants to change the mindset of a 'boy- obsessed' society.
The MP who wants cannabis legalised in India
The Biju Janata Dal MP from Dhenkanal says crime will come down if cannabis is legalised.
Hepatitis: India's silent killer
The silent epidemic is playing havoc with the lives of millions of Indians. But those suffering from this chronic disease remain in the dark about their infection.
December 17, 2015Why this Kashmiri Pandit is hugging everyone
Sandeep Mawa is a Kashmiri Pandit married to a Kashmiri Muslim, intent upon spreading the message of love and Kashmiriyat through his campaign.
December 16, 2015How Pakistan surrendered in 1971
Lieutenant General J F R Jacob, Chief of Staff, Eastern Army Command during the 1971 war, reveals how, armed with only a draft surrender document and an aide, he made the Pakistani army led by Lieutenant General A A K Niazi surrender.
December 15, 2015#ChennaiFloods: 'Our teakwood sofa and fridge were floating in water'
Priya Ramesh, a psychoanalyst and life coach, recounts how she, her husband and neighbours braved the floods by sheltering on the first floor of their villas in Chennai's Sholinganallur suburb.
The Man Who Helped End The Kargil War
'In his eulogy at Sandy's memorial service, President Clinton recounted the unusually hot US Independence Day, July 4, 1999, when most of official Washington was more interested in watching fireworks than international diplomacy. Sandy insisted that Clinton confront Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in no uncertain terms.'
December 11, 2015Chennai's Saviour, Mohamed Yunus
'I did not ask their religion when I rescued them and they did not ask my religion when I helped them get onto the boat.'
December 10, 2015#ChennaiFloods: When Vishy Anand's home became a safe harbour
Viswanathan Anand's wife Aruna was not able to step out to help those affected by the floods in Chennai. So here's what she did.
How two IAF pilots saved the day
In a precarious mission, Wing Commander Charles Simon and Squadron Leader S Venkatramanan and crew rescued a woman in labour from atop a water tank in Chennai. She delivered twins! Archana Masih/Rediff.com spoke to the pilots about that dramatic day.
The amazing women who donated Rs 1 lakh for Chennai
'We are poor, so we understand the pain of those who need help.'
December 09, 2015Chennai: Seven days cut off from the world
'After three days, most people resigned to the idea of living with minimum facilities. By then, they had stopped getting angry, irritated and worried. As days passed by, one heard less and less complaints.'
December 07, 2015Will Railways' ChildLine scheme make runaway children safer?
Are the ChildLine booths for runaway children an attempt to sanitise Indian railway stations or a genuine effort for the protection of 'railway kids'?
December 01, 2015Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi loves these Muslims
The three humble Muslim entrepreneurs that the prime minister is mightily impressed by.
November 24, 2015Conversations with Dawood Ibrahim
Former Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar is one of the few Indian police officers to speak to Dawood Ibrahim at length after the fugitive gangster fled India.
November 23, 2015'I was happier when I was earning Rs 15 a day'
In a special series, Rediff.com looks at India through the lives of her people.
November 11, 2015What The World Needs: A Fellowship of Minds
'They don't always agree with our governments, their teachers or their parents, but it is the conviction of their ideas, and their determination to share them with the world that, I believe, is one of the greatest sources of hope for our planet.'
The faces that made Nitish the Vikas Purush
'I am a labourer's wife, the mother of labourers. But I won't be a labourer's grandmother for sure,' she says in the hope that her grandchildren will have a bright future in the Bihar that will unfold in the next decade.
November 09, 2015Meet the go-getters of Dharavi
Even as plans to redevelop Dharavi continue to gather dust in government files, its young residents have chalked their own course and chosen to fly high. Hepzi Anthony recounts a few inspiring tales.
When Rakesh Sharma found himself in a different kind of space
Though this time India's first astronaut remained earth bound, P Rajendran/Rediff.com finds out more about his journey off the beaten track along America's East Coast.
How Bihar changed under Nitish Kumar
What is Change really like in Bihar? Once seen as India's basket-case, what is its turnaround story like?
November 02, 2015'Intolerance is part of democracy'
'The darkest days of Indian democracy were (during) the Emergency when basic democratic rights were suspended. For a time it seemed as though India would move along the East Asian model -- everybody works hard, nobody asks questions, certainly not of the government.' 'There are people who say we are headed that way, but I am not persuaded by the evidence,' says Mahesh Rangarajan who recently resigned as director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi.
October 29, 2015Can Kejriwal soften Modi and Jung?
With the tide of public disillusionment rising against his government, Arvind Kejriwal is trying at least publicly to extend the olive branch to both Narendra Modi and Najeeb Jung.
October 28, 2015A miracle called Chumki
'Would Chumki ever get to lead a normal life? How could we reinstate her in a family? Questions like these haunted me.'
Looking for JP
JP was a People's Hero unmatched in Independent India.
October 27, 2015Zubin Mehta: When a maestro performs...
Whether it's a full-fledged concert or the launch of his autobiography in India, the incomparable Zubin Mehta is always on song.
'The farmer is the most stubborn of men'
'A drought is like a fire. It licks everything in its wake - crop, trees, animals, humans...' The plains of the Ganga in Bihar have a raw, unmatched, beauty, but also bear the anguish of its farmers.
October 26, 2015'Once someone fired a gun at my show'
Vicky Toppo is a young man who transforms into a woman each time he takes to the stage to dance to Bhojpuri or Bollywood songs. He tells Archana Masih about life as an entertainer in the interiors of Bihar's villages.
October 23, 2015'No one in my family knows what IIT is'
Their families are poor and do not know what IIT is but their sons dream of IIT and working for ISRO and NASA one day. One man is helping them towards their dream.
'Breaking news on television is a joke'
'There is too much news about film stars. There is too much fawning over wealth and power. There is a grey area between seriousness and triviality in news reporting now.'
October 21, 2015Of gullaks, bansuris and vanishing memories
India is celebrating one of its biggest festivals commemorating the victory of good over evil. In Bihar, which is in the middle of its biggest election campaign, festivities are in full swing.
'He didn't deserve such a death...'
As the Hindu Mahasabha shockingly threatens to celebrate the death anniversary of the man who murdered the Mahatma, we need to remember Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and the ideals he stood for.
'Why is Ma Durga not showering Her blessings on me?'
As a child, Sufal Das used to dream of becoming a dhaki. But a life full of adversities, and dwindling popularity of the dhak, has made him regret his dream.
October 20, 2015One last push to save the Yamuna
Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharati recently reiterated her commitment towards making the Yamuna Shuddikaran Abhiyan a success but said little else. It is obvious that in comparison to the Ganga about which she waxes eloquent at the drop of a hat, her treatment towards Yamuna can at best be described as step-motherly. Rashme Sehgal reports on efforts to save the river.
The Heroines of Dighwara
From the humble boxing ring of Dighwara village comes the amazing story of girl boxers who have started a revolution of sorts in Bihar's rural hinterland.
October 19, 2015'I would prefer to die serving the country'
'So what if the enemies take us as prisoners of war? So what of they kill us? I would feel proud that I could sacrifice my life for the country,' say these proud lady officers of the Indian Navy.
'It's a boy!'
Among the better painted buildings in rural Bihar are hospitals run by the state government. Archana Masih travels to a village in north Bihar to find out what lies within.
October 16, 2015Meet the Hindu who lets Muslims use his shop as a mosque, for free
'Kalesaab could have easily earned Rs 1 lakh per month as rent from this place but he gave it to Muslims for free. Secularism in India is alive only because of people like him.'
A midday meal with Kareena
Two years after a midday meal took the lives of 23 children in Gandaman, Archana Masih sits down to have lunch at the same government school and discovers that much has changed and much remains the same.
October 15, 2015'They shoo the poor as if they are dogs'
Rai Mamta Kumari's first shot at politics ended before it could begin. She had gone to file her nomination with a procession of 56 four wheelers and distributed 1,800 food packets. But then something went wrong.
October 14, 2015How Subhash Kapoor was caught: A Timeline
The art dealer flees India, but is detained at Frankfurt airport.
Mobile phone has reached her, but bijli hasn't
'Some people petitioned the adhikari (government official) and a electricity pole was unloaded here, but because we were not here at that time, some people from a neighbouring village took it to their village instead.'
October 13, 2015'They built 20 toilets. Not one is fit to be used now'
'Since we don't have toilets, we go in the fields. It is worse for the women. Men and women have demarcated different area for themselves. But it is most difficult for us during the monsoon.'
October 12, 2015I Am Bihar: A don't miss series!
Sarmesh Kumar is the first in his family, that comes from the community of rat eaters, to go to college.
October 08, 2015'I flew every day of the war'
An old fighter pilot remembers the best days of his life.
October 02, 2015Exclusive! UP riots: Report absolves govt, blames others
Sharat Pradhan secures exclusive access to the Justice Vishnu Sahai report and discovers it blames two BJP MLAs, a former BSP MP and his cohorts, local intelligence officials and the media for the horrific Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, but attributes no blame to the Samajwadi Party government in the state.
October 01, 2015Ooooo, that's scary!
Would you have the guts to walk down this bridge?
Gandhi in a Metro
Had he been alive today, the Mahatma would likely travel by metro, as hundreds of women and men do each day.
September 30, 2015Why did 65 infants die in Odisha?
'I kept begging the doctors to put my three year old on the ventilator. But the doctors and nurses kept saying no ventilator was available. When the breathing apparatus ultimately became available, it was too late.'
September 29, 2015Sridhar Srinivasan: A life dedicated to the working class struggle
'Sridhar had the ability to paint a vision, for an activist faced with the toughest personal problems so as to see a way out by combining one's personal desires with the needs of the movement.'
September 28, 2015Ayub Khan, the war hero who became an MP
Decorated with a Vir Chakra for leading an attack that destroyed four tanks, Risaldar Ayub Khan shared a name with the Pakistani president who ordered the invasion of India in 1965. India's Ayub came from a family of soldiers and made his country proud.
September 23, 2015Why did India give back the Haji Pir Pass to Pakistan?
'We don't know what the reasons were that we gave back the Haji Pir Pass which was strategically very important. Today the entire infiltration into Kashmir takes place from that area. If we had retained that post that we had captured, things could have been different.'
September 22, 2015'I hate these Pakistanis'
Glimpses of the final days of the 1965 War, as seen from the diary then defence minister Y B Chavan maintained during the war.
September 21, 2015The man who works for India, seven days a week
'Serving as the AG is one way of giving back to society or to the profession from which you have earned your name, fame, money and reputation. A lawyer practises for only about 50 years. I have already put in 35 years. If I put in 40 or 50 years, out of which if I take five or 10 years to give back to the profession, it's not a big deal.'
A martyr's family remembers
'A man dies and it's over for him. But we're right here, it isn't over for us,' she says cryptically. She talks about the "poverty" in which she had to raise her sons and daughter, the responsibility of today's youth to its country and how war widows should cope with their loss.
September 18, 2015Why HAF wants international probe into Sri Lankan war crimes
Hindu American Foundation: 'As an organisation that works on issues affecting Hindu minorities... in the civil war although all groups were affected, Hindu temples and Hindu institutions were disproportionately affected, and Hindus continue to be affected.'
September 16, 2015'When we fight a war we forget the danger'
'The Indian Air Force wanted to fight. My squadron leaders and flight lieutenants, all of us were eager to fight. Unless they are keen I can't have confidence.'
September 15, 2015A grateful nation and a proud school
'It was not surprising that joining the armed forces was one of the priority professions that the students strived for. Probably, the training in school helped adjusting to the regimentalised life of the fauj.'
September 14, 2015'Modi can learn much from Narasimha Rao'
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh interacts with readers on Rediff Chat as he discusses the period that changed India's history, forever.
Have you seen her?
Four-year-old Santoshi has been missing since July 26, 2015. A Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com meets a family, desperately searching for their daughter.
The Hero of the Battle of Dograi
Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Hayde was awarded the Mahavir Chakra, the second highest honour in battle, for winning an epic battle in Pakistan.
September 11, 2015The lady behind one of Time's 100 influential people
Sheela Bhatt meets Bharti Patel, a truly exceptional mother of our times whose son Dr Vikram Patel was recently ranked among Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015, to find out her recipe for a remarkable upbringing.
Missile show of strength marks China's coming out party
'Extending the range of the DF-21D could challenge Indian aircraft carriers if the missiles are launched from southwest China. Also, if Pakistan acquires these systems, these missiles could directly challenge India's aircraft carriers.'
'As one gets older, one is drawn towards home'
Mohammed Taufiq has been a waiter at Kolkata's famous Coffee House for 36 years. After encountering at least 50, 100 new faces every day -- including Satyajit Ray once -- all he wants now is to return to his village after retirement.
September 10, 2015Asal Uttar, The Battle That Changed The 1965 War
'News is rife that Pakistan will attack the next day. They have no idea that this is where they will take on the might of 1 Armoured Division of Pakistan in a three-day bloody battle that will be remembered in military history as the Battle of Asal Uttar.' Rachna Bisht Rawat salutes the brave men turned the tide of the '65 war.
'We have put our lives on the line for the country and feel cheated now'
"The pension they give us is not sufficient. I get Rs 5,500 per month. I have no family since I didn't marry, but even then I'm struggling to make ends meet," Naik Uday Singh Rawat (retired) tells Insiyah Vahanvaty.
September 09, 2015The daredevil fighter pilot who survived a Pakistani bullet
'We were firing at Patton tanks that were moving towards India.'
September 08, 2015'After retiring from the army, the offers you get are so demoralising'
We're not asking for anything new; we're only demanding what has already been promised to us,' Colonel Sanjay Arya (retd) -- one of the many ex-servicemen who protested at Jantar Mantar against the government's delay in implementing One Rank, One Pension -- tells Insiyah Vahanvaty.
Param Vir Chakra Abdul Hamid, a Hero's Hero
'Both Abdul Hamid and the enemy tank place each other in their sights and shoot. Both shells hit their targets. There is a loud blast, fire and smoke.'
September 07, 2015The general who saved Punjab in the 1965 War
Lieutenant General Harbakhsh Singh, GOC, Western Command, disobeyed the then army chief and took on a superior Pakistani armoured column. The Indian Centurion tanks outgunned the more modern Pakistani Patton tanks in the battle at Khem Karan, that proved the turning point of the 1965 War.
800 plus attacks on refugee shelters in Germany
As German makes provisions to accept 800,000 refugees this year, the nation is split vertically on the crisis with refugee shelters attacked with Molotov cocktails and swastika signs painted outside many refugee homes.
September 05, 2015'The years in service were the best days of my life... until now'
Insiyah Vahanvaty continues our special series on the ex-servicemen agitating for One Rank One Pension at Delhi's Jantar Mantar.
September 04, 2015'Don't call OROP stir an agitation; this is our satyagraha'
'We waited patiently for 17 months, which is enough time for any government to implement a policy. If they can't do it in 17 months, they are either incompetent or they simply don't want to do it.'
'The strike has made us realise the power that youth has'
Reema Kaur is one of the students on strike for nearly three months at the FTII. The Delhi resident feels the campus that had been a cocoon for her in the last three years has turned into a revolution ground demanding change -- and she is happy to be a part of it.
My father, the Param Vir Chakra Hero
In spite of being wounded in battle, Lieutenant Colonel A B Tarapore fought for six days before meeting a hero's death on the battlefield in the 1965 war.
September 03, 2015Two Wars and a Romance
'On June 15, 1965, Major A K Afridi of the Pakistan army was captured by Papa's 1 Mahar unit near Vigokot, when he accidently walked into Indian territory.'
August 31, 2015The Courageous Professor M M Kalburgi: A Tribute
'In today's India very few would, of course, stand Basavanna's test. This led Professor Kalburgi to not only take on casteist and conservative forces in general, but also some powerful conservatives among Lingayats.'
August 28, 2015The truths about Kathmandu
The real Kathmandu is different from the Kathmandu of the news stories, writes Patrick Ward.
August 27, 2015'President Kalam was a very courageous person'
'President Kalam would always say -- this was one of his pet sentences -- that "If you don't do anything, there will be no difficulties but if you do things, there will be difficulties. You have to overcome them. Don't be afraid of difficulties".'
'Hardik is being misused by a mastermind'
'In the last ten days a mastermind has emerged who is misleading him and using him like a pawn. We made Hardik the face of this agitation. Hardik was the smallest mohra in this agitation.'
'All work has some danger'
Natesan Kathiresan, a village painter, who loves the colour of sandalwood, but does not want his boys to pick up the paintbrush like him.
August 26, 2015The war that helped India regain its military confidence
'India was in no position to wage another war in 1965, having suffered a morale-shattering defeat in 1962. The three services were in the middle of a modernisation and expansion phase and therefore not fully trained or battle-ready.'
August 24, 2015'I get to see my wife only twice or thrice a year'
Tapeshwar Ram, has hand-pulled a rickshaw on the streets of Kolkata for 30 years. He works 7 days a week and plans to call it a day soon - and that's when he plans to take his wife for her first-ever holiday.
August 19, 2015He could be working at a dhaba, but is now at IIT!
Brijesh Kumar Saroj, the son of a poor weaver, overcame every hardship, to make it to IIT-Bombay. When he cleared the IIT entrance exam, villagers threw stones at his home because he is Dalit. This has only hardened his resolve to 'make it in life'.
August 18, 2015The bus driver who saved his passengers from terrorists
Nanak Chand Sharma did not lose his nerve when terrorists attacked his bus and drove 76 passengers to safety.
August 17, 2015'They were determined to strangle Pakistan at birth'
'Patel was more in tune with the popular mood than Jawaharlal Nehru. While the principle that Hindus and Muslims should be able to live together remained central to Nehru's vision for India, the Sardar was less sentimental.'
An Indian diplomat's gift to the people of the UAE
Dr Tiju Joseph, a foreign service officer who studied medicine, has set up the first public online blood donors registry in the UAE.
August 14, 2015Victoria No 57
Kamlesh R Prajapati, a Victoria horse carriage driver, is anguished about losing his livelihood.
August 13, 2015'My dream is to fly the 747 one day'
Captain Indu Nair, joined a private airline after her tenure as a pilot in the Indian Air Force ended five years ago. Among the first batches of women pilots in the IAF, she flew during the Kargil conflict.
August 12, 2015He spent 4 days in a Sri Lankan jail
Muthayya Fernandes, a fisherman from Rameswaram, was imprisoned in Sri Lanka for crossing the International Boundary in search of fish.
August 11, 2015'When the tri-colour is painted on my body, I feel I can even die for my country'
Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, a one-of-a-kind cricket fan, who worships Sachin Tendulkar and follows the Indian team wherever it goes. For the upcoming India-Sri Lanka series, he has bought three litres of saffron, white, green and blue paint and is looking for the cheapest ticket to Colombo!
August 06, 2015'The State should go to any end to protect the nation's interest'
'There cannot be any compromise on that. After all, all instrumentalities of the State have been made to serve it. Why was the Constitution made? It was made to serve the cause of India.'
Meet the 1st Muslim dancer with a PhD in Mohiniyattam
A Muslim man taking a PhD in a dance form is not unusual, but it becomes interesting when the dance happens to be Mohiniyattam, says Shobha Warrier
Manipur faces crisis after floods ravage countryside
At these 'relief camps' people had nothing to sleep on except for a piece of cloth and men and women, boys and girls all cramped together.
August 05, 2015'I'll keep trying to be an actor till I succeed. I will not go back'
Lalit Sathyarthi, an aspiring actor, left his home in Agra to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a Bollywood hero. He is still struggling to succeed but he's not giving up yet.
Aarushi's murder trial and a tale about India
'If the State does want to come after you, in India, it can do pretty much anything. And often it isn't as though the orders are coming from the President or prime minister, no, the systems have been built in a way -- or we have allowed them to be built in a way -- that almost encourages crushing of liberties.'
August 04, 2015You could tell Dr Kalam was unhappy when he said...
Dr P K Menon, Chief Scientist and CEO, Optimal Synthesis Inc, who worked with Dr A P J Abdul Kalam early on in his career, recalls what it was like working for his first boss.
'Why do we need to be in a mad rush all the time?'
In our special series on A Day in the Life of India, Ashok Kumar Mondol, a Kolkata tram driver, speaks about the joys of driving a city institution.
August 03, 2015Meet the first Kashmiri woman IPS officer and where she's headed next
In an Independence Day Special series, Rediff.com celebrates India through the lives of her people.
July 30, 2015Exclusive excerpt from A P J Abdul Kalam's latest book!
'This can lift us out of confusion, misery, melancholy and failure, and indeed guide us when it is contacted.'
Yakub Memon, Mir Baqi and the dance of death
Syed Firdaus Ashraf walks the streets of Mahim, where Yakub Memon grew up and lived till the day before the serial blasts in 1993, on the day Yakub was hanged and discovers an undercurrent of unease and restrained anger.
July 29, 2015Did President Kalam have a premonition of his death?
'When I read page number 50 of Transcendence, second paragraph, there he writes, "No more manoeuvres are required any more, as I am placed in my final position in eternity".'
My childhood memories of Kalam Uncle
'I still remember back in 1971, the night they both got the news that Dr Vikram Sarabhai had died at his hotel in Kovalam, and rushing off with tears in their eyes.'
'Every time you met him, you went back with your batteries charged'
To think that in this day and age, there can be a man like Dr Kalam reinforces your strength in humanity and all that is good in it, says Meera Johri.
July 28, 2015WATCH: When President Kalam doubled up as an IAF pilot
On June 8, 2006, President APJ Abdul Kalam became the first Head of State to fly a fighter plane, when he flew the Sukhoi-30 MKI at the Lohegaon Air Force Base in Pune.
India was his Gurukul and its people, his shishyas
'He was one of us. He was a perfect Indian. He breathed India, he wore India's core values. His faith was India. We will miss you sir.'
They indicated the Missile Man had flown away, forever
Srijan Pal Singh, advisor to President A P J Abdul Kalam, recalls his final journey to IIM-Shillong.
Committee wants MoD to look upon private industry as an ally
Stressing on the 'Make in India' initiative, a Ministry of Defence appointed committee has recommended enhanced private sector involvement by granting manufacturers tax and import concessions.
When Comes Such Another
'Let us celebrate the fact of his having lived amongst us, and our having lived in his time.'
July 27, 2015It is important to know the truth in the Yakub Memon case
'B Raman knew that Yakub Memon should not be given the capital punishment but at the same time he harboured too much anger against Dawood Ibrahim and 'Tiger' Memon, and wanted to see that they do not stand to gain in the legal process in any manner whatsoever.'
July 24, 2015Discovering the universe, one particle at a time
The world's largest and most respected centre for scientific research has shown how collaborative effort in the acrimonious field of particle physics can prove of enormous benefit to mankind.
July 18, 2015DRDO's new assault rifle will be a disaster for the army
The Indian Army rejected DRDO's INSAS assault rifle in 2010 due to its all-round inefficiency. Now the army is being forced to accept DRDO's Excalibur rifle, which is basically an ungraded variant of the INSAS, to make up for a severe shortage of small arms.
July 17, 2015'Why can't the government do justice to us?'
Two families grieve the death of Pradeep Maruti Gade, one of the 104 victims of the Mumbai hooch tragedy.
July 14, 2015Pakistan has not even made a turn, leave alone a U-turn
'India has to judge what Pakistan says to us, not what they say to a domestic audience,' a government source tells Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com, explaining why India-Pakistan talks remain on track despite discordant noises from across the border.
Modi Sarkar has a 'strong pro-West tilt'
'If you look at the relationship with Pakistan, or the relationship with China, both are today, more uncertain than they were when this government came into power.'
'They were so happy, but the Almighty had something else in mind'
'How will we pay for their education now?' asks a grandmother about her two grandchildren who lost their father in Mumbai's liquor tragedy.
July 13, 2015Whistleblower: '2,500 people involved in Vyapam scam'
'Out of 45 deaths so far about eight are very suspicious. Every case should be re-investigated.'
July 10, 2015'If we hadn't done the rites, he would not have got salvation'
Soon, she says, she will repay the Rs 50,000 she owes her debtors and start life afresh. "Without my husband."
July 09, 2015Indian diplomats' domestic trouble
Contracts with India-based domestic assistants for officials abroad have become a headache for the Indian government.
July 08, 2015The watchman who left his family that night
Rediff.com meets a family that longs for "a very nice man" who, alas, will never return.
The soldier who became a legend
A fortnight after he became the face of the Indian soldier in the Kargil war, on July 8, 1999, Vikram Batra died.
July 06, 2015In a dark, dingy, slum, families cope with Mumbai's hooch tragedy
Families, torn apart by the Malvani hooch tragedy, where 104 people lost their lives confront a dark and hopeless future.
The Walk of Hope from Kanyakumari to Kashmir
'Lives are lost and the social fabric is torn. The progress of the nation comes to a grinding halt.'
#SelfieWithDaughter: The man who started it all
Last month, Sunil Jaglan launched the "selfie with daughter campaign", asking parents from all across the country to send in selfies clicked with their daughters. Much to Jaglan's astonishment, his selfie initiative found mention in Modi's Mann Ki Baat radio address. his phone hasn't stopped ringing ever since
June 26, 2015Bobby's Jindals: The family back in Malerkotla
In October 2007 Raja Sen visited Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal's village in Punjab to find out how its residents, and relatives, feel about their oddest export. His report was published in India Abroad, a weekly newspaper published in the US and owned by Rediff.com.
June 24, 2015'Sister Nirmala was a truly loving soul'
Kolkata-based artist and co-worker of the Missionaries of Charity, Ritu Singh, who has had a long association with the order, fondly remembers the gentle Sister Nirmala, who passed away on Tuesday, sharing anecdotes that truly uplift the spirit.
River experts miffed at being ignored on Ganga revival plan
Were river experts excluded from IIT consortium on the Ganga River Basin Management Plan? Rashme Sehgal reports.
June 23, 2015The changing fortunes of Lalit Modi
Prakash Bhandari chalks the journey of Lalit Modi from his troubled adolescent days to his mid-life crisis, from his grand success at the India Premier League to his dramatic exit from it
These students from a UP village did yoga for the first time on Sunday
On International Yoga Day, South Delhi-based yoga teacher Saudamini Chandra found herself shepherding the young girl students to their first taste of India's heritage that was being celebrated across the world. This is her experience.
June 18, 2015Why Vasundhara Raje finds herself in a mess today
Lalit Modi's interview with television news channel explaining how Vasundhara Raje took his wife to Portugal for cancer treatment shows that he is seeking revenge against the Rajasthan chief minister.
June 16, 2015L'affaire Sushma Swaraj marks end of Modi Sarkar's honeymoon
Right now, in Modi's Cabinet and in the BJP, there is no challenge whatsoever to Modi's leadership but even those leaders who have some potential, who the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh can think of backing in an unforeseen circumstance, are fast turning into damaged goods, reports Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com.
June 12, 2015Finding peace, lessons learnt, in Texas
Though Texas was very much a work related stop, I received my opportunity for something similar to peace during my stay there, says N N S Chandra.
'Will anyone invite a waste-picker inside their home and give him chai?'
Social activist Nalini Sekhar has worked to improve the working conditions of the waste-pickers of Bengaluru for the last four years and describes the her work as being rife with "occupational hazards which energises her to work with more vigour".
June 10, 2015Myanmar 'hot pursuit' was planned before Manipur ambush
The counter-insurgency operation on the Indo-Myanmar was under planning for the last three months. The June 4 ambush that killed 18 Indian soldiers only hastened the attack. Sheela Bhatt provides exclusive details of the planning for the operation.
June 09, 2015Why did Lalu Yadav surrender to Nitish Kumar?
Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com explains the compulsions that forced Bihar strongman Lalu Yadav to play second fiddle to Nitish Kumar.
June 05, 2015A mosque, polls, social boycott, then riots
'It was a deliberate conspiracy. The mob targeted large houses, burning down ACs, fridges, almirahs and furniture.'
Army launches huge operation against North-East terrorists
Although India has sought inputs from the Myanmar army since most of those involved in Thursday's ambush would have sneaked across into Myanmar, the fresh operations would smoke out insurgents based in hideouts on the Indian side along the border.
May 28, 2015'Scaling Everest was like a pilgrimage'
Exactly 50 years ago, the first Indian team, led by Manmohan Singh Kohli, reached the summit of Mount Everest. As Kohli and his team are felicitated to mark the anniversary, he reminisces on the event that continues to inspire generations of Indian mountaineers. Payal Mohanka reports
'Modi is not entirely free of the RSS, but he is not dictated to'
'Modi's victory is his own victory. Now what he has done thereafter, it seems to me, leads us to believe that he was a bit too prolific with his promises.'
May 27, 2015The 'nowhere people' of Myanmar
As Myanmar refuses to accept that the boat-loads of refugees abandoned at mid-sea are its people, claiming instead that they are from Bangladesh, the plight of the Rohingyas has worsened, reports Prakash Bhandari from Dhaka.
'What will someone do within a year?'
Why this non-BJP MP became a Modi bhakt.
May 26, 2015Why India is getting hotter by the year
Scientists at the India Meteorological Department warn that not only has India turned hotter in the last two decades, but that heat waves are projected to become more intense, have longer durations and greater frequency, thereby resulting in more deaths.
A letter for Modiji... in emoji!
As Narendra Modi completes a year in office, it only seemed fair to voice the concerns of young Indians in a language we speak most fluently: emojispeak!
May 25, 2015A death-defying romance!
Their love story began under the bright arc lights, where they performed dangerous stunts for a living. And culminated in a beautiful wedding under the Big Top. Hitesh Harisinghani was there to chronicle the event.
May 22, 2015How these men and women are selflessly helping rebuild Nepal
Anusha Subramanian talks to some of these volunteers, who are helping out in far-flung Nepal villages.
May 21, 2015VOTE: Your favourite Modi LOOK!
Presenting NaMo's various avatars. Vote and tell us which one is your favourite!
May 19, 2015Modi@1: Is this what our armed forces were promised?
'The government has belied the hope that many harboured of change, efficiency and dismantling old practices as the defence ministry continues to pursue the same well trodden and wasteful path.'
PM of firsts! How well do you know NaMo?
Take our quiz on PM Modi's first year in power and find out how well you know him.
May 18, 2015Serving the living through the dead
Ashraf Palarakunnummal has one mission in life -- to ensure the dignity of the dead. This he does by seeing to it that expats who die in the Gulf are transported back to their home countries without too many hassles for the bereaved families.
May 15, 2015Beyond great 'optics', no great push in Indo-China ties
Modi's arrival has changed the optics of the visit. There is a different demonstration of the confidence level in the Indian leadership, but not much has changed beyond that, reports Sheela Bhatt/Rediff.com.
May 14, 2015Modi@1: Pulse of the Nation Poll
Dear Reader, what do you think of Narendra Modi and his government's performance?
Why Modi means business with China
Nationalism and a sense of pride will push Prime Minister Narendra Modi for harder negotiations on security issues, but his craving for faster development, investments and harmony with India's neighbours will ensure that his China visit is successful.
May 13, 2015'The Nepalese are a courageous people'
Despite the devastation that has struck this tiny mountain nation, Dr Vani Kori - who volunteered her service in Nepal for 10 days - believes it will soon rebuild itself.
Aftershocks haunt Nepal's villages, relief out of reach
Quake after quake continue to jolt the Himalayan nation. Aid is arriving in Nepal, but its far flung villages remain cut off, two weeks after the April 25 horror
May 12, 2015Mr Modi, be wary of the Chinese!
'Chinese leaders rarely receive their foreign guests in cities other than Beijing. Such respect for India!'
May 08, 2015Indian nurses at Yemen-Saudi border: 'Are we safe here?'
'In my hospital, there must be at least 150, 200 Indian nurses. There are other hospitals nearby, and my calculation is that there may be at least 600, 700 Indian nurses working there.'
The war that changed the world
'The Russians? had risen to great heights of sacrifice and heroism and won a victory against Hitler and Nazism at such a tremendous cost in spite of being weighed down by the tyranny and oppression of Stalin.'
May 05, 2015Inside Nepal: Escaping the avalanche to feed puri-bhaji to survivors
Three mountaineers escape the avalanche at Everest Base Camp, come back to Nepal and decide to get involved in the earthquake relief work, serving puris and vegetables to the affected families, reports Anusha Subramanian for Rediff.com.
April 29, 201540 years on, lessons from the US defeat in Vietnam
'Vietnam has become an adjective as well as a verb -- the Americans, for instance, were driven by the passion to do a 'Vietnam' on the Soviet Union when that country invaded Afghanistan in 1979.'
Survivor: 'I thought the summit was crashing; it all happened in 10 seconds'
For over two decades, Breeze Sharma dreamt of conquering the Everest. And when it did come true, he was staring at a life and death situation.
The king who made his own calendar
Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Awadh, was not just a poet, playwright, dancer and patron of the arts, says Payal Mohanka. He was a royal who hand-created his personal calendar.
Earthquake in Delhi may claim 8 million lives, warns expert
Indian cities will go down like a pack of cards if hit by a powerful earthquake, seismologists tell Rashme Sehgal.
April 28, 2015Court battle lays bare inner intrigues of Bohras' priestly family
The uncle versus nephew fight for the spiritual leadership of the Dawoodi Bohras enters the court-room, spilling family secrets and exposing the divide in the community. Jyoti Punwani reports.
April 27, 2015'India is full of mysteries'
'We are dealing with a size of the world that equaled England and France combined. We are talking about 250 years of history.'
Lalgarh: Once a Naxal hotbed, today riding towards development
Lalgarh, once a nerve centre of Naxal insurgency in West Bengal, now represents a different place.
April 26, 2015Saving a legacy: Gaothans and Koliwadas
Categorising the original settlements of gaothans and koliwadas as slums, the authorities in Mumbai are keen to develop them into commercial complexes. The residents are unwilling to cede their rights. Ranjita Ganesan reports
The 40-year journey of India's space programmes
From relying on Russia for its first satellite launch, India is fast becoming a global hub to launch satellites, says T E Narasimhan
April 24, 2015The Scholar who loved India
'Professor C Y Bayly was undoubtedly the tallest of his generation. For so many of his students who were privileged to be taught by him he was much more than the rarest of rare scholar.' Professor Seema Alavi remembers a teacher who left an indelible imprint on India history.
Netaji... a leader we'll never forget
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com recalls the many ways in which he has been influenced by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
April 23, 2015'Mera Naam Tera Naam, Vietnam-Vietnam!'
'America's withdrawal from Vietnam was an inspiring moment for all of us. We believed that it was a glorious victory of ideology and spirit and as historic as the defeat of the Nazis exactly 30 years ago,' remembers Kumar Ketkar 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War.
April 20, 2015Is environment paying the price for development?
Rediff Labs investigates the link between environment and economy in countries around the world.
Meet the Dashavatar
Glimpses of the Dashavatar, a popular art form from Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district.
'Cops fired the bullets, but the brain was somebody else'
'This is not the handiwork of ordinary sub inspectors and constables.'
April 18, 2015How India brought over 5,000 evacuees back from war-torn Yemen
The evacuation mission mounted by the government helped more than 5,000 Indians leave war-torn Yemen. The author goes behind the scenes to find out how this was achieved
April 17, 2015David Davidar remembers a master chronicler of India's history
'His genius lay in taking his books of history to another level altogether.'
April 16, 2015'Police wanted to hide their mistakes, so they gunned them down'
'Every Muslim is painted with the same brush. We are one day linked to SIMI, the next day to Al Qaeda, to Pakistan-based terrorists and now ISIS.'
April 15, 2015Will Mother Sonia prevail over Politician Sonia?
'Sonia is trying to become a politician again. Will she succeed?'
April 14, 2015Truly, an outstanding soldier
'He was unlike anyone else I had met until then or ever since.' Lt Gen Ashok Joshi (retd) remembers one of India's most famous soldiers who passed away on Sunday.
The good samaritans of Hashimpura
The families of the Muslim youth from Hashimpura who were shot dead 28 years ago had some committed supporters in their long struggle for justice.
April 12, 2015Modi's Jayapur: Adarsh yes, but work's far from over
Jayapur, adopted by the prime minister, is reaping the benefits of his endorsement, causing resentment in villages nearby, says Manavi Kapur.
April 10, 2015Where in the World is Rahul!!!
Uttam Ghosh's tongue-in-cheek look at what Rahul Gandhi may have been up to the last few weeks.
The Air Chief Moolgavkar I knew
'He was an embodiment of old school courtesy and grace. It was embarrassing when he would insist on receiving and seeing off guests at the gate of his house! A trait he shared with another of great soldiers of India, Sam Manekshaw!' remembers Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).
Hashimpura killings: The trial to nowhere
Right from the beginning, the State abdicated its responsibility in fixing the blame for the Hashimpura massacres or getting justice for the victims.
From Rediff Archives: The strange case of Yakub Memon
Back in 2007, Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt had profiled Yakub after he was sentenced to death by the Terrorist and Disruptive Actives (Prevention) Act court for criminal conspiracy and financing air tickets to send co-conspirators for arms and RDX training to Pakistan.
April 08, 2015The Top Editor who's also a Fine Novelist
'In the newsroom, the thought process is about understanding the story and trying to look beyond the obvious. The fiction-writing process is similar in many ways but more internal.'
'To wait for justice for 28 years, and to see them walk away...'
It's difficult to say who suffered more these 28 years: The men who survived the PAC shooting and the assaults in jail; or the women who lost their men in these custodial killings.
April 07, 2015'All we could hear were gunshots and bombs exploding'
'If we were willing to go to Yemen, one can only imagine our condition. Only those who are desperate will go there.'
April 06, 2015In Meerut, no cry of justice for Hashimpura victims
Twenty-eight years ago almost to the day, 37 unarmed Muslims were killed in cold blood, an act of wanton violence for which no one has so far been held guilty. Jyoti Punwani and photographer Uttam Ghosh visited the Meerut locality after the trial court recently acquitted the security personnel charged with the killings, and found a town untouched by its grim past.
Yemen returnee: 'Government did a wonderful job'
'We could not sleep for many days. We kept hearing gunshots and blasts throughout the night.'
April 04, 2015The man and the editor
Friends of Vinod Mehta came together to remember the man and his legacy.
Poor Giriraj Singh, condemned for speaking the ugly truth
The Bharatiya Janata Party minister was merely voicing what we already know -- that most Indians are an inherently racist people, says Indulekha Aravind
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