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A Phenomenon Called Pranab Mukherjee

Ambassador Venu Rajamony, who served as press secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee during his tenure, salutes the statesman and political legend, who passed into the ages on Monday. IMAGE:......

Modi becomes India's 4th longest-serving prime minister

Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, all from the Congress, are the three longest serving Indian prime minister in that order. Photograph: Press Information Bureau Narendra Modi has......

From raja to praja:Jyotiraditya's likely role in BJP

They will fawn over a prize catch who has brought a rich dowry of Gwalior-Chambal politicians.But in the end, all BJP members are prajas of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi, notes Sunanda K Datta-Ray.......

Style or substance? Which way will Trump's visit go?

With a decelerating economy that weakens India's hands on geopolitical issues, it will be interesting to know which way this trip will go, notes T R Vivek. IMAGE: Workers carry a hoarding with......

When US Presidents visited India

United States President Donald Trump will visit India -- Ahmedabad and Delhi -- on February 24 and 25. Rediff.com travels down memory lane when previous POTUSes booked a passage to India.  ......

Why India's healthcare system is near collapse today

An analysis of Budget speeches made by finance ministers over 75 years also offers a glimpse of how low on the priority list healthcare has featured for the political class and policy-makers, which......

Modi needs to listen to our economists

We have a government with an extremely weak economic team advising a PM who hardly pays attention to their thoughts, says Jayanta Roy. Photograph: Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com   I......

We must have just 2 rates of income tax

10 per cent for those who earn up to Rs 30 lakh a year and 25 per cent for those who earn more, suggests T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com Business Standard's Budget......

When Pranab clashed with Manmohan, twice

Pranab Mukherjee's stewardship of the economy will stand out as much for the manner in which he managed controversies as for creating quite a few of them, says A K Bhattacharya. IMAGE: Then prime......

Sitharaman delivers 2.17 hr-long Budget speech, earns praises

Nirmala Sitharaman, the country's first full-time woman finance minister, on Friday delivered one of the longest Budget speeches which was peppered with Urdu, Hindi and Tamil couplets. IMAGE:......

The Magic of Raamlaxman

IMAGE: Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun.   Composer Raamlaxman, who passed into the ages on Saturday, May 22, was best known for his stupendous chartbusters in Sooraj......

'An Indian film without songs is meaningless'

Vanraj Bhatia, the creator of unforgettable music, hated the fact that the 'New Wave' directors did not respect Hindi cinema's multi-song format.Jyoti Punwani draws memories from her interviews......

Lata Sang, Nehru Cried: The Real Story

Photograph: Kind courtesy Lata Mangeshkar/Instagram Lata Mangeshkar has so many interesting stories to tell about the movies, her long career and from her own life. Many of these are recorded in......

REVEALED: How Sholay was made

Dharmendra was fascinated by Gabbar's role, then he said he would like to play Thakur.'I told him he won't get Hema Malini.''He laughed and said okay (to play Veeru).' Sholay was initially set to......

Remember Bollywood's TERRACE moments?

Action, romance, drama, comedy, celebration, horror -- the terrace is a setting for a zillion scenarios in Hindi movies. After drawing your attention to the wonders a chandelier, a jhoola or a......
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