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Why Great Men Worship Light of Asia

Count among The Light of Asia's many, many admirers over 132 years: Gandhi, Tagore, Vivekananda, Nehru and Ambedkar, Tolstoy and Kipling, Yeats and Eliot, Alfred Nobel, Dmitri Mendeleev and C V......

Fake news has been around from Mahabharat times

The ultimate was surely Yudhishthira's immortal "Aswathama hatha...", followed by a whispered "iti narova kunjarova..."," says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com  ......

Why the British Museum won't return the Harihara

'It is vital that objects such as the Harihara -- and collections from South Asia generally -- remain here,' the British Museum tells Vaihayasi Pande Daniel. PART I: Give us our gods back! PART......

He Makes History Speak

'We like to tell the rest of the world that we did it better, that we were stronger, that we had larger cities, that we taught them science,' Naman Ahuja tells Anjali Puri. 'This exhibition is an......

Political slugfest erupts as President praises Tipu in speech

IMAGE: President Ram Nath Kovind welcomed in Karnataka by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala. Photograph: Courtesy @rashtrapatibhvn/Twitter......

'Every farmer in India will oppose the BJP'

'Four years into his tenure and Modi still has no idea what is wrong with the agriculture sector!' IMAGE: Farmers plant saplings in a paddy field in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Photograph: Jitendra......

COLUMN: India's love affair with gold

India does not regard gold merely as an investment, it is also the preferred form of hoarding tax-evaded wealth, writes Shreekant Sambrani. I had recently recounted in this space stories of Arjun......

Of global crisis and geo-political consequences

The downward global economic spiral continues apace. Meanwhile, governments have promised to spend unimaginable sums in stimulus packages. Billions have been replaced by trillions. To put these......

Dynasties of the billionaires

Albert von Thurn und Taxis has a fortune of $2.3 billion. His holdings include miles of German forest, a tech company and the family castle. And the 24-year-old has a royal title to go along with......

What Paris Hilton can teach you about branding

Alex Bogusky often touts a maxim: "Our basic philosophy is we're going to take a brand and make it famous." Bogusky is chief creative officer of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, a Miami- and Boulder,......

Three movies you must watch!

Indira Kannan picks Made in Bangladesh, Greed, Moothon. IMAGE: A scene from Moothon.   The labels are a common sight on the racks of most fast fashion stores in the West -- Made in Sri Lanka,......

Read this before you watch Elizabeth

Before the British Raj, before hill-stations and the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, before Gandhi and an empire on which 'the sun never set' -- there was Queen Elizabeth I of England. She ruled for......

Ash is fun to watch in Last Legion

Towards the end of director Doug Lefler's The Last Legion, Aishwarya Rai is fighting a mean looking bald, heavyweight Goth, who has scary tattoos on his face.The Romans are in Britain having been......

Want to know more about the Crusades?

Ridley Scott is probably wondering why he didn't opt for a sequel to Gladiator. Picking Kingdom of Heaven has, apparently, led some critics to label his work 'complete fiction', and others to......

Nicholas regrets, apologises to Sammy for 'Short of Brains' comment

IMAGE: West Indies captain Darren Sammy celebrates with the ICC World Twenty20 trophy after beating England in the final at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan......

Nine years of managerial Blues under Roman

Following the sacking of manager Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday, we present a list of Chelsea managers and the trophies won since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the Premier League......

Chelsea not ready to crumble

The talk has been of a crumbling empire at Stamford Bridge this season but the Chelsea old guard showed they are not ready to be consigned to the scrapheap after a thrilling win over Napoli in the......

The axed emperors of Chelsea's Roman empire

Chelsea sacked Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday after less than nine months in charge. Speculation over the 34-year-old's future had been doing the rounds in the British media for weeks following a......

BCCI questioned about role of cheer girls

How do cheer girls promote the cause of cricket? Why are players auctioned like "gladiators" in IPL system of cricket? These were some of the questions members of the Parliamentary Standing......

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