|November 18, 2010|
10 ways to fight the disease of corruption |
Former Supreme Court Justice N Santhosh Hegde, the current Lokayukta of Karnataka, outlines ten ways to stem the rot of corruption before it corrodes the very foundation of our nation.
Fallen Indians remembered in South Africa
Mahatma Gandhi was remembered by South Africans as they marked the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban.
|November 17, 2010|
2G scam: Why Dr Singh's credibility is at stake|
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is heading for the most crucial time of his political career. On Tuesday, no less than the Supreme Court dragged Prime Minister's Office in the massive telecom scam and that gives the hint of forming of the political storm which has the potential to damage PM Dr Singh.
|November 15, 2010|
Congress devoid of ideas in Bihar|
Mere communal-secular binary of political rhetoric will hardly help the Congress to attract enough votes to get power.
|November 08, 2010|
Why Indians are angry with Obama's stand on Pakistan|
'India has always maintained that most of the money the US sends to Pakistan is used to bolster Pakistan's defences along the Indian border. This got conclusive proof when then Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf admitted that Islamabad has indeed been using aid money from the US on its eastern border.'
|November 04, 2010|
'Crying before Obama is not the solution'|
'We need to fight our own battles and stop riding piggyback on the US,' C D Sahay, former chief, Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency, tells Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa.
|November 01, 2010|
Which church will Obama visit in Mumbai?|
This Sunday morning the American President will find himself in Mumbai.
Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel visits the Mumbai churches where America's leader and First Lady could pray.
|October 27, 2010|
The Return of India's Lost State|
It is not in the improved roads or in being able to visit the cinema and restaurants without fear or in the increased spending on education. The biggest change in Bihar is the distinct feeling of optimism -- that something good is finally happening in the state.
Mumbai's yellow-black cabs still most wanted
60,338 Mumbai taxis in 1997 had permits to cater to a population of 8 million. In 2010, only 40,298 cabs have permits and Mumbai's population has shot up to 12.5 million.
|October 25, 2010|
Bihar polls: How will the Muslims vote?
The community constitutes about 16.5 percent of the total electorate. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, aware of the figure, has been vocal in his opposition to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi campaigning in the state... For all its backward mien, Bihar has a very high political consciousness and a reason for the paradox is politics is the sole arbiter of fate in this state. And Muslims are no exception.
India's future lies in its hands, not in America's
Noting that the United States can only contribute marginally to India's success or failure, a report prepared by the Washington-based think- tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says it is in fact the actions of Indians at home and abroad that will determine which path India takes.
Waiting for President Obama, and the baby
Sheela Bhatt finds out how the India-US relationship's initial zing has been replaced by a calmer, matured relationship.
|October 20, 2010|
How Rs 2,000 brought Bihar's most heartening change
After 10 years of inaction where no new schools were opened and no teachers recruited, one of the best indicators of a changing Bihar is a group of girls cycling to a government-run school.
|October 15, 2010|
'Time ripe for Obama to back India's UNSC bid'
"I believe it would a great thing if the president were to do this during his visit," Karl Inderfurth, professor of international relations at George Washington University, told Rediff India Abroad.
|October 14, 2010|
Obama visit: India may offer deals, US strategic help
In return for Washington removing strategic hurdles (withdrawing entities like the DRDO from the US Entities List; easing the curbs on US high-tech exports to India), India could open up some of its lucrative markets to American companies.
|September 24, 2010|
Why Ratlam was in Indian Mujahideen mail|
Rediff.com's Krishnakumar Padmanabhan travels to Ratlam to find out why the Madhya Pradesh town features in the mail the Indian Mujahideen sent out after Sunday's attack in New Delhi.
|September 23, 2010|
Indian scientist finds virus link to obesity|
'Indians have more body fat, less muscle mass...Obesity is more prevalent among vegetarians....' advises Dr Nikhil Dhurandhar.
Next to the train wreck, she sang 'My heart will go on'
Shreya Sen, a survivor of the horrific Gyneshwari train mishap, has not let that traumatic incident rob her of her passion for life or her charming smile
US thumbs up for China is 'dangerously naive'
Experts in Washington, DC warn about the potential hazards of a State Department official's recent assertion on a greater Chinese role in South Asia.
Prof Joseph: Dismissal more painful than attack
Professor T J Joseph, whose hand was chopped off on July 4, allegedly by activists of an Islamic organisation, says his dismissal from Newman College, Thodupuzha, Kerala, was more painful than the attack.
|September 14, 2010|
No violence, but Ram temple will be built: RSS|
Sheela Bhatt meets RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at a media interaction in New Delhi. She says that while he was rigid on his stand on the Ayodhya issue, he impressed with his simplicity and clarity of thought.
|September 09, 2010|
Why Ayodhya verdict makes people nervous|
Sheela Bhatt explains why the judgment in the title suit in the Ayodhya case -- despite a delay of over half a century -- still comes at the wrong time for the Centre and several state governments.
The strange case of the missing child
Seven-year-old Mohammed Fazlu's life abruptly went off the rails when he stumbled into a train compartment in search of his missing ball. Abhishek Mande follows the trail.
Give India a chance... it is a happy place!|
Vaihayasi Pande Daniel believes that as chaotic as India is, one never ceases to wonder how the country endures, survives, gets better and eventually glitters even as its heart does!
The love and lament of the Raja of Mahmoodabad
Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan, who finds himself at the centre of the Enemy Property Act controversy, speaks about the demise of an old heritage, his dreams of its revival and his controversial patrimony.
|August 31, 2010|
'Rahul Gandhi's heart is in the right place'|
Sam Pitroda says Rahul Gandhi's support for the tribals is correct and while he backs development he says it must be done by preserving the rights and culture of the tribals.
|August 25, 2010|
Ten pointers to a new India|
From the humble cycle to reality television, Archana Masih points out the signs of a new Indian mindset.
|August 24, 2010|
Hostage crises in public places|
Monday's bus hostage crisis in Manila was the most recent of hostage situations that have occurred in public places.
|August 23, 2010|
Post-mortem indicates Azad shot from close range |
'Even dead bodies tell a lot of stories. In Azad's case, the entry wounds are all narrow in diameter, meaning he was fired at from point blank range. Had he been involved in the gun-battle and the police had fired from the distance that they claim, the wounds would have been bigger in diameter.'
|August 13, 2010|
Ladakh: Paradise shattered|
It will take at least a year for for Leh to return to some semblance of normalcy.
Meet Srinagar's young stone-throwers
There's something different about the protests in the Kashmir valley this time round. Children and women are the ones hurling stones at the security forces. Sahim Salim went into the bylanes of Maisuma to meet the school-going protestors.
|August 12, 2010|
The school that posed a threat to the CWG|
On July 7, the Delhi Development Authority 'brutally' demolished a structure that acted as a school for children from a juggi jhonpri cluster nearby, leaving 180 kids without a place to study.
|August 10, 2010|
Azad's killing: Some unanswered questions|
At the Trinamool Congress rally in Lalgarh on Monday Union Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned Maoist leader Azad's death in a police encounter, embarrassing her government which has resisted calls for an investigation into the incident. Some questions
|July 29, 2010|
Let these men not remain numbers|
Young men who are injured or martyred in the line of duty have been reduced to statistics in news reports. Archana Masih reports on the injured security personnel recovering from a deadly Naxalite ambush in Chhattisgarh and looks at the lives behind those numbers.
|July 26, 2010|
3,000 terrorists for India battle: Pak Taliban|
'India is our jageer,' Taliban spokesperson Azam Tariq said, 'and we will attack to take possession of it. We are training lots of fighters and suicide bombers who will be used for this purpose.'
|July 19, 2010|
'There's no difference between police and Naxals'|
'Both of them want to cow down people who are daring them, demanding justice for the tribals and are not following their agendas in Chhattisgarh,' says Lingaram Kodopi, who the state police has branded a Maoist.
|July 16, 2010|
Fighting Naxals: Cops, CRPF don't trust each other|
The Centre and the states decided this week to set up a unified command to fight the Maoists. But as Rediff.com's Krishnakumar Padmanbhan discovered recently in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, the hostility and rivalry between the central and state police forces will not make such a initiative easy to execute.
|July 13, 2010|
'The mining scandal is the biggest in India'|
The mining scam in Karnataka could easily be worth Rs 2,500 crore says Justice Santosh Hegde, the state's Lokayukta. An exclusive first person account to Rediff.com.
|July 12, 2010|
Hindu terror: The Malwa Connection|
Most names figuring in the investigations of the 2007 bomb blasts in Ajmer, at Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid, and in Malegaon hail from Madhya Pradesh's Malwa region. Rediff.com's Krishnakumar Padmanabhan traces the common thread that could have brought these men together.
|June 30, 2010|
The teacher who has become an icon|
I learnt how he brought hope into the lives of many poor children, making them believe everyday that in merit and hard work lie life's endless opportunities.
|June 28, 2010|
'Mrs Gandhi was not inclined to declare Emergency'|
R K Dhawan was considered Mrs Indira Gandhi's Man Friday, her shadow, and was witness to the highs and lows in her life. Here he gives his ringside view of the events leading up to the Emergency.
|June 25, 2010|
'Power corrupts and nobody wants to let go of it'|
'No political office anywhere in the world holds as much clout and influence over society as it does in India. I say that because the political office holder is the only person in the country whose influence is far more than his or her innate merit,' says L K Advani.
Why Indira Gandhi withdrew the Emergency
'In the world she was being described as a dictator and she wanted to prove she wasn't,' says Mohan Dharia, the former minister who she jailed during the Emergency.
'The bristles of the CM's beard stood on end'
'When All India Radio asked to stand by for an important broadcast, the minister of food and civil supplies in a knee-jerk reflex fell from his chair,' B S Raghavan remembers the Emergency.
|June 24, 2010|
The man who defied Indira Gandhi|
'Dialogue is the soul of democracy which should not be denied, but it was by Mrs Gandhi,' says Mohan Dharia who resigned as a Union minister in protest against her policies.
Exclusive: L K Advani on the Emergency
'It was amazing to see that just to undo a court order, the ruling party could go to this length to put all Opposition leaders in prison, arrest 100,000 people and completely destroy the freedom of the press.'
|June 23, 2010|
What Indira Gandhi's Emergency proved for India|
'If Indira Gandhi's Emergency proved anything at all, it established that India would be governed, to the extent it can be governed, democratically or not at all,' says Inder Malhotra.
|June 16, 2010|
Setting a new agenda for Bhopal|
A nation angered may spur the the Bhopal gas victims in their seemingly endless battle to get justce, writes Sheela Bhatt.
|June 15, 2010|
How 1984 changed the lives of women in Bhopal|
The Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984 changed an entire generation of women in Bhopal to shed their social inhibitions and fight for a righteous cause. Despite opposition from a conservative society.
|May 26, 2010|
Mourning the death of a tigress|
Jhurjhura was found dead at the Tala range of the reserve in Umaria district. The post-mortem on the tigress was done only after we (nature lovers and conservationists) sent letters to the President, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and the MP chief minister.
|May 25, 2010|
China's dams on the Brahmaputra|
One can understand what is going to happen to India and Bangladesh when one looks at the fate of the Mekong river.
|May 24, 2010|
Message from PM's press meet: I am here to stay|
Although Dr Manmohan Singh readily answered questions during his press conference, he gave the feeling that he is a secretive politician who doesn't reveal the story easily. More than 80 minutes of questioning failed to provoke him. He played a defensive game and didn't convey through anything new, writes Sheela Bhatt.
|May 19, 2010|
What it will take to change the Indian Police
As far as the states are concerned, the acceptance of the seven directives of the Supreme Court to reform policing has been uneven at best or, at worst, ignored completely.
|April 26, 2010|
The school dropout with a PhD|
V Kathiresan had to drop out of school to support his family. Today he has a PhD and is a college lecturer. Continuing our series on Extraordinary Indians.
|April 20, 2010|
'I have enemies on both sides'
Caught between the Naxals and forsaken by her villagers, a young girl tries to come to grips with a new life after she left the Naxals.
|March 19, 2010|
Headley's guilty plea: 'Good deal'|
Law enforcement sources rubbished allegations that Headley was a double agent for US intelligence and that this was why he was not being made available for interrogation by Indian intelligence.
|February 22, 2010|
Haqqani network: Chasing the shadows|
The Haqqani Network -- the 'good Taliban' for Pakistan and the 'bad Taliban' for the Americans and its allies -- is considered to be one of the most dangerous terror origination of world. Tahir Ali gives an insight:
|January 29, 2010|
Exclusive: Confessions of a terrorist|
T Naseer was a prized catch for the Indian security agencies. The man the intelligence agencies claim is Lashkar-e-Tayiba's chief of southern India was picked up from the Bangladesh border a month ago. A dossier on him prepared by the Bengaluru city police provides more information on Naseer.
|December 18, 2009|
'The army is not above the Constitution'|
Prathap Kumar Rath, Lieutenant General Rath's brother who faces an army inquiry in the Sukna land controversy, believs the case against his sibling has been engineered.
|December 11, 2009|
For the Pentagon, the Pakistan Army can do no wrong|
Let's face it. When it comes to the Pentagon, the Pakistani military can do no wrong. Even if it's going after only the Pakistani Taliban and not the Afghan Taliban, which it apparently continues to promote for strategic depth against India and as a hedge in case the US decides to cut and run.
|December 09, 2009|
FBI says two serving Pak officers had ties with Headley|
According to a senior source in the Union home ministry, Federal Bureau of Investigation officers who visited New Delhi shared vital information about two Pakistani serving army officers connected to Lashkar-a-Tayiba operative David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani-American arrested in Chicago in October, now accused of criminal conspiracy in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
|November 26, 2009|
'There's a karmic logic to 26/11'|
The 26/11 attacks helped meditation guru Master Charles find the strong core of inner peace.
The courage and triumph of a 26/11 survivor
Less than a year after he was shot in the chest and both his legs in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Harnish Patel pulled out a personal miracle by completing the London Duathlon.
The cop who cheated death and Kasab
'The 20 minutes that they drove around was the worst in my life. I spent each of those minutes thinking that I could be killed any moment.'
The orphans of 26/11
Two families struggle to make ends meet and face a harsh life after losing their breadwinners.
Images: Mumbai police march displays power, might
Vaihayasi P Daniel watched the Mumbai police force display its might through a parade of its security forces, accompanied by the latest, armoured high-tech vehicles, marching to honour the victims of the 26/11 terror attack.
How police searched for Karkare's missing jacket
The Mumbai police was aware of its mistake much before it came to light. They knew that it was a highly sensitive issue so they made a tremendous effort to locate the jacket.
'Kasab killed my family, he has no right to live'
"There is no need to delay Kasab's execution, he should be shot dead publicly in Mumbai.'
He walked hundreds of miles barefoot to mark 26/11
Manohar Anand Patil, a former soldier, has walked hundreds of miles barefoot "to offer my gratitude to all the brave policemen and soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect this city."
Leopold attack stirred up their relationship
For Dara Huang and John Fesko, the terrorist attacks of a year ago triggered a re-examination of the nature of their relationship.
26/11 victim almost died twice on operating table
'Two of my friends are gone. I miss their voices and their company. I can't hug them. I can't joke with them any more but I have the gift of the experience of what life is. A lot of people don't understand this.' Canadian actor Michael Rudder was shot three times at the Oberoi hotel.
They treated & consoled hundreds of 26/11 victims
On the night of November 26, 2008, as Mumbai reeled under a series of terror attacks, doctors, nurses, ward boys and others at the JJ Hospital worked frantically to save as many lives as they could.
26/11: 'We should unite. It's the need of the day'
'Hate is a big, bad emotion. It's got to be eradicated. Religion is not the be all and end all. I say all the internal religious problems in our enchanting, multi-faceted India too should be thrown in the back seat,' says actor Ashish Chowdhury who lost his sister and brother-in-law in the attacks.
26/11 case investigating officer speaks out
Senior Police Inspector Ramesh Mahale tells Sheela Bhatt that the Headley-Rana angle will not affect his case.
|November 25, 2009|
'The attack seemed like shade on a sunny day'|
'My whole family has been reshaped and refined by the experience. Gratitude is my daily companion for the magic and mystery of life," says Helen Connolly, a Canadian yoga teacher who survived the 26/11 horror.
'Karkare's team had no reinforcements'
Vinita Kamte, slain Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte's wife, reveals her struggle to unravel the truth about her husband's death on the night of November 26, 2008.
26/11 carnage ended a 25-year-old dream
Juergen and Daphne Schmidt had planned their trip to India for over 25 years -- an exciting, hectic trip that was to end with a dinner at the ill-fated Leopold cafe on the night of November 26, 2008.
Images: In memory of the Holtzbergs
'We can't say that a year has gone by and it doesn't hurt. But that they didn't succeed, that we can say!' Voices from a memorial ceremony in New York for Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivika who were killed in the terror attacks.
'The real experience of terror is a story seldom heard by anyone'
'Whether the person who was held a hostage and was not harmed or it was a person who had lost a friend or were made to watch the murder of others, there was no call for revenge,' says Victoria Pitt, the writer and director of Secrets of the Dead: Mumbai Massacre.
|November 24, 2009|
How India can prevent another 26/11|
In his new book Mumbai 26/11: A Day of Infamy, B Raman takes a typically incisive look at last November's terror carnage in Mumbai, which he believes was truly an attack by Pakistan on India, and suggests ways we can prevent a recurrence of such attacks.
Exclusive: 'After 26/11 I think good deeds pay'
Taj star Chef Hemant Oberoi looks back on that horrific night.
'I don't want Kasab to be given a death sentence'
A year ago, Kia Scherr lost her husband and 13-year-old daughter in the Mumbai terror attacks. Yet, reports Arthur J Pais from Virginia, USA, they remain a constant presence in her life, as she channels grief into service.
Can this lead to another 26/11 attack?
Will lax coastal security, corruption among the Customs, Fisheries department and the local police lead to another 26/11 kind of terrorist attack on India?
|November 20, 2009|
Headley revelations may embarrass Mumbai police |
The Union home ministry believes the newly-formed National Investigation Agency will have to reinvestigate the 26/11 case if the David Headley-Tahawwur Rana probe produces unexpected links with the Mumbai terror attacks. This will be a serious matter and hit the Mumbai police's credibility.
Averting another Kuber: Protecting Gujarat's coast
How the Border Security Force, the Coast Guard, the Navy and the marine police in Gujarat is maintaining a day-night vigil to protect India's western coast.
In 26/11 horror, some brilliant humanity stood out
A year after 26/11, Helen Connolly, a yoga instructor from Canada, remembers her friends who died, describes her own healing and chronicles the light that shone through that horror.
No compensation for 26/11 cab owners
'I am glad my driver's wife got compensation, but am I not entitled to anything? I have been running around for succour but have not received even sympathy.'
US: Expert who infuriated India offered key post
Christine Fair, who infuriated New Delhi when she alleged that India was meddling in Balochistan, has been offered the India portfolio in the Obama administration.
|November 19, 2009|
Jews begin long road to recovery in Mumbai|
A year after terror ripped apart Chabad House, Matthew Schneeberger walks down the lanes of Nariman House to gauge the mood at the Jewish centre.
'In the short term, Naxalism won't go'
Mahendra Kumawat has a lifetime experience of dealing with Maoists, terrorists and other militancy. He explains why the fight against the Maoists will be a long and arduous one.
'People just don't care about 26/11'
'The day after the attack, people were roaming this area, dressed like they were going to a party!' says an angry man who lost his brother that day.
|November 13, 2009|
Why Lankan war hero Fonseka and Rajapaksa broke up|
According to General Sarath Fonseka's retirement letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, it all boils down to the government's fears of a military coup and its mistrust of Sri Lanka's first and only serving four-star general.
|November 11, 2009|
The unsung cops of 26/11|
A Ganesh Nadar tracks down four Mumbai police officers who confronted the terrorists on 26/11, but whose bravery that night has gone unnoticed or unrewarded.
|November 06, 2009|
'Why did I have to sacrifice my life for the cause of justice?'|
'It is not that neighbours turned around and killed the Sikhs one fine night. It was a systematic massacre carried out with the help of voters's lists. There were public meetings in places like Yamuna Park and Paharganj to plot and plan the killings. The police, instead of protecting people, killed them,' alleges Jarnail Singh.
|November 05, 2009|
Why is the Dalai Lama going to Tawang?|
'His presence in Tawang is a silent reiteration that the McMahon Line was and is the border between Tibet and India,' says Claude Arpi.
9 terrorists’ bodies at 4 degrees Centigrade
A Ganesh Nadar visits the mortuary in Mumbai, where the bodies of the terrorists killed in the 26/11 attacks are kept.
'We're possibly the most corrupt society in the world'
Ravi Gulati left a corporate job and took to teaching children of drivers, barbers and maids near his home in Delhi's Khan Market. 'I don't expect the kids to pay me back but pay it forward," he says.
26/11: 'Local angle needed greater attention'
'I do feel even today that the local angle has not received the attention it deserved. I find it difficult to accept that only two Indians were involved. There has been very strong evidence of their involvement, but the possible involvement of others should be looked into,' says B Raman.
How Rahul Gandhi's clout is growing
Sheela Bhatt explores and explains the phenomenon and what it means for the Congress party and the nation's politics.
|October 30, 2009|
'Sonia carries the Indira legacy'|
'Indira Gandhi was a great influence on Sonia Gandhi. Like her mother-in-law, Sonia is a very good listener.
She dresses very much like her mother-in-law. She maintains her figure.' K Natwar Singh pays tribute to Indira Gandhi.
'Indira took the bull by the horns fearlessly'
B S Raghavan, West Bengal's former chief secretary, worked with Indira Gandhi for many years. He remembers the late leader on her 25th death anniversary.
Mrs Gandhi: Fearlessness in the national interest
'Fearlessness, courtesy, humour, wide interests and wisdom, deep commitment to science and technology, passion for the environment, objectivity and the ability to see many things through not only a national but also an international prism -- these were some aspects of her life and personality.' R Rajamani fondly remembers Indira Gandhi on her 25th death anniversary.
|October 22, 2009|
Analysis: Why Cong-NCP won despite poor governance|
The Maharashtra results are not a win for the Congress' strengths but represent the voters desire for stability. In Maharahstra, the Congress has won due to the minimalist nature of hope of its voters.
|October 15, 2009|
Pakistan's merchants of terror|
Tahir Ali profiles the Amjad Farooqi and Ilyas Kashmiri groups, responsible for the recent surge of terrorism in Pakistan.
|October 08, 2009|
Why Venky Ramakrishnan is a great scientist|
'A very rare trait that Venky has is he not only speaks of his own work, but also integrates the work of other scientists. This is what makes Venky a perfect and a very great scientist.'
'Without Gandhi, there would be no Obama'
'The teachings of Gandhi, the philosophy of passive resistance and nonviolence, and also taught by Martin Luther King Jr, inspired hundreds and thousands and millions of citizens in America, and helped to free and liberate not just a people, but a nation,' says US Congressman John Lewis, a close friend of Dr King.
How India missed another Nobel Prize
How Narinder Kapany, the Father of Fibre Optics, joins a very long list of Indians who, though richly deserving of the Nobel Prize, have been mysteriously passed over by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
|October 01, 2009|
China: A full circle 60 years later|
As Chinese celebrate the People's Republic of China's 60th anniversary, Claude Arpi explores the rise of the dragon from the days of the Cultural Revolution to its projection of itself as a soft superpower in the modern world.
|September 25, 2009|
Local help is a must to defeat Maoists|
A traumatised 'villager' led forces to the Maoist weapons manufacturing factory inside the forests of Chhattisgarh.
The way forward for the US-India story
'India and US relations move forward on the basis of potential and opportunities in the context of our bilateral relations,' says India's ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar.
Men behind the space mission
The successful launch of seven satellites on Wednesday has placed India among the best in the field of space research. And, behind the success story of the launch is a team that has been silently working for five long years.
|September 24, 2009|
Many more battles to be won against Maoists|
The most significant aspect of the anti-Maoist offensive in Chhattisgarh is the destruction of the rebels's arms manufacturing factory.
The pilot who is a fighter
M P Anil Kumar was a dashing MiG-21 pilot in the Indian Air Force when a road accident left him paralaysed below the neck. He was just 24. For the past 19 years he has lived in the military's Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune and has become an inspiration to many in the manner in which he has picked up the threads of his life. Continuing out series on Extraordinary Indians.
|September 23, 2009|
New war against the Maoists|
Having lost six of their men -- including two high-ranking officers -- the security forces, who restarted their battle against the Maoist insurgency with renewed vigour, are buoyant for one particular reason. Operation Red Hunt in Chattisgarh is a psychological victory for the forces that were till recently firmly on the backfoot in their fight against red terror.
Kobad Ghandy: The gentle revolutionary
His arrest has created a sensation, given his affluent origins in Mumbai and his elite Doon School -- where he was Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi's classmate -- and London education. Ghandy is an intellectual supporting the Maoists in various ways, and has no criminal record whatsoever.
|September 20, 2009|
How a former Pakistani commando became a terrorist|
He was once General Pervez Musharraf's blue eyed boy, receiving a cash award of Rs 100,000 in 2000 from Pakistan's then president for killing an Indian Army officer. Eighteen months later, after 9/11, Musharraf declared him a terrorist.
|September 16, 2009|
'By fasting, I am paying for my life after death'|
By fasting during Ramzan, Kader Mohideen carries forward the faith of his forefathers. His knowledge of computers has not dimmed his belief in the Quran. In that there is a lesson for this materialistic world.
|September 14, 2009|
A soldier remembers|
On the 70th anniversary of World War II, Major General Eustace D'Souza, a young soldier in those battles, looks back at the war that changed the world.
|September 11, 2009|
Lashkar funded Mumbai attacks with fake currency|
Some of the money used to finance the terror attacks in Mumbai last November and the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru in December 2005 came via a fake currency racket, sources from the Intelligence Bureau and Central Bureau of Investigation have revealed.
|September 08, 2009|
How ISI masterminds fake currency racket in India|
Vicky Nanjappa reveals how thieves working for Pakistan's ISI stole the template for Rs 500 and 1,000 currency notes, to improve the quality of fake currency being printed across the border.
|September 07, 2009|
'Dr YSR was a very devoted Christian'|
'There is no doubt he is with the Lord in heaven. He loved people and people poured their love on him. It was the people's love that got him elected as chief minister for a second term.'
|September 04, 2009|
Why India can't ask Interpol to trace Bhatkal|
Riyaz Bhatkal's name crops up in almost every terror investigation in India, but Indian security agencies are yet to issue an Interpol red corner notice against the terrorist because of a legal loophole.
The Iron Lady of Manipur
Irom Sharmila, has been fasting for 9 years against a controversial law.
|August 31, 2009|
The importance of the Dalai Lama's Taiwan visit|
The Dalai Lama is right to reach out to ordinary Chinese; in the long run, it could only pay rich dividends, but the results won't probably be seen in the immediate future, says Claude Arpi.
|August 25, 2009|
Watch out Dr Singh, Sonia's coming|
Sheela Bhatt reveals how Sonia Gandhi has decided to take an active role in governance with the resurrection of the National Advisory Council. A rediff exclusive!
|August 20, 2009|
How India secretly helped Lanka destroy the LTTE|
Publicly, India maintained it would not give Sri Lanka any offensive weapons. The Congress party obviously did not want the shadow of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict to fall on the politics of Tamil Nadu and needlessly complicate matters during the election campaign. A fascinating exclusive excerpt from Nitin Gokhale's new book, Sri Lanka: From War to Peace.
'Almost every Muslim was with Gandhi, not Jinnah'
History might be better understood if we did not treat it as a heroes-and-villains movie, says eminent journalist and author M J Akbar, elucidating on the Jinnah factor in pre-Independent India.
Jaswant's expulsion is the BJP's gift to the RSS
Sheela Bhatt on whay India's main Opposition party expelled one of its founding members.
|August 19, 2009|
Who was Jinnah?|
Jaswant Singh's biography of M A Jinnah has cost him his place in the BJP. Syed Firdaus Ashraf looks at Jinnah and his controversial place in India's history.
Afghanistan: Ballot versus bullets
Afghanistan elects a new president on August 20 against the background of horrific violence.
|August 18, 2009|
The case for and against Jinnah|
What several eminent intellectuals said at the launch of Jaswant controversial book, Jinnah India, Partition, Independence.
|August 17, 2009|
Death from 30,000 feet above|
What are these drones? How do they work? And most importantly, why have they killed only 15 terrorists and 687 civilians?
The doctor who charges only Rs 2
Not only is he a doctor and social worker, Dr R Koelhe has also taken the government to court for having failed in its duty to protect the Korku tribals of the region.
|August 13, 2009|
'India has designs to destabilise Pakistan'|
Former Inter Services Intelligence chief Lieutenant General. Hamid Gul responds to charges that he supports terrorism, discusses 9/11 and ulterior motives for the war on Afghanistan, claims that the US, Israel, and India are behind efforts to destabilise Pakistan.
|August 12, 2009|
The chinks in India's armour|
The CAG's 2008 audit report points out several irregularities in defence deals, ranging from procurement of arms to cost incurred for wasteful research and development.
|August 11, 2009|
'India can't be indifferent on any global issue'|
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sureesh Mehta, who retires from the Indian Navy at the month-end, delivered a powerful speech on 'National Security Challenges' at a conference organised by the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi on Monday. Not surprisingly, for an admiral known for speaking his mind, it was a speech marked by characteristic candour.
|August 10, 2009|
The death of a 'bad Taliban' |
Pakistani Taliban elements can be broadly divided into two groups, the 'good Taliban' and the 'bad Taliban'.'Good Taliban' are those who never target Pakistani armies and their focus remains on Afghanistan, while the 'bad Taliban' mainly attack Pakistani government installations and often seek refuge across the border.
China should break up the Indian Union, suggests Chinese strategist
China, Zhan Lue argues, should join forces with different nationalities like the Assamese, Tamils, and Kashmiris and support the latter in establishing independent nation-States of their own out of India.
|August 05, 2009|
Cyber security threat to India is real|
The attackers are not confined to information infrastructures and geographical boundaries. They exploit network interconnections and navigate easily through the infrastructure. More worryingly, these cyber criminals are becoming more skilled at masking their behaviour.
|July 24, 2009|
Confessions of a bomb maker|
The conspiracy behind the 2008 terror attacks in Bengaluru and Surat has been revealed following the confession of 57-year-old Edapana Thodika Zainuddin alias Abdul Sattar, a resident of Malappuram in Kerala, who was arrested by the Hyderabad police for alleged links with the Indian Mujahideen.
|July 23, 2009|
Mr Antony, what's your agenda for India's defence?|
'With the Chinese behemoth having revved up into a menacing juggernaut, with the US administration indulging Pakistan with billions to buy choicest weapons, our haemorrhaging armed forces are crying to be outfitted with lethal weaponry. Antony has to find ways to bridle red tape and to fast-track acquisitions and upgrades before it is too late.'
|July 22, 2009|
End-Use Monitoring Agreement: A Factsheet|
'The government ought to have taken Parliament into confidence on the EUMA rather than place on record just the two sentences on the agreement found in Krishna's statement on Clinton's visit.'
Retracing my father's footsteps in Sharm-el-Sheikh
'The India he represented in 1961 was a fledgling democracy; it was struggling to establish itself in the world polity. The India I represent rubs shoulders with the rich nations of the world.'
People's President is treated badly in India too
'We as citizens should be bothered about how a former President is treated. It is about the institution of the Presidency and not about any individual.'
|June 23, 2009|
Injured 26/11 NSG commando speaks out|
Captain A K Singh, who lost his eye during the 26/11 operations, is bitter at his fate, but hopeful that something good is round the corner.
|June 22, 2009|
Knowing Mumbai's new top cop better|
The Tamil Nadu-born Sivanandan taught economics for three years and shot to fame -- almost literally -- during his momentous tenure as head of the Mumbai Crime Branch during the late nineties. During his two-year stint as joint commissioner (crime), over 250 members of the Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan gangs were shot dead in police encounters.
|June 04, 2009|
Kamala Das, The Muse, stilled forever|
No Malayalam writer -- living or dead -- wrote as beautifully as she did. Beautiful was it in every sense of the word. Another prolific writer M T Vasudevan Nair paid rich tributes to her when he said if someone made him jealous by the mastery over language, it was Madhavikutty. Such tributes hardly came in her way for the last few years. It was rather tribulation all the way.
'Now is the time for Indian industry to be bold'
'Each society has its wisdom. We remember these values at home, but forget about them when we go to work,' says Indian School of Business Dean Ajit Rangnekar.
|June 03, 2009|
20 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre|
China's reigning party killed thousands of its own children on Tiananmen Square at dawn on June 4, 1989. Today, the regime in Beijing is not ready to admit to any wrong doing or consider changes in its policies.
|June 01, 2009|
Pakistan army still calls the shots|
There is little or no evidence that the return to representative rule in Pakistan last year means the supremacy of civilian government. The so-called permanent establishment remains in place -- the military, top echelons of bureaucracy and the intelligence agencies. The army continues to be in the driving seat with regard to foreign and defence policy, internal security and nuclear policy.