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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