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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, 2015
Saving 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, 2015
The 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/ 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, 2015
Is 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, 2015
How 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, 2015
David 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, 2015
Will Mother Sonia prevail over Politician Sonia?
'Sonia is trying to become a politician again. Will she succeed?'
April 14, 2015
Truly, 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, 2015
Modi'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, 2015
Where 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,'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, 2015
The 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, 2015
In 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, 2015
The 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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