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What led the British to Leave India?

Attlee said Great Britain had concluded that the Indian element of the army was no longer reliable and that Netaji's Indian National Army had demonstrated that.That had shaken the foundation on......

The Gandhi march is an astonishing sight

With a staff in one hand and the other on his granddaughter's shoulder, the old man briskly takes the lead as the sun breaks over the horizon. IMAGE: Mahatma Gandhi arrives at Simla to discuss the......

Remembering India's struggle for Freedom

Seventy-three years ago, at the stroke of the midnight hour, a nation was born.India's struggle for freedom is one of the most unique and compelling stories of the 20th century.As we celebrate this......

Ideology vs governance: How BJP plans to win Bengal

'The Shaheen Bagh model of bullets and biryani won’t work. The RSS looked at a template that would play to Bengali pride and harp on the state’s development. Mamata’s slogan to......

The 92-year-old civic warrior

Kamakshi Paatti, a sprightly nonagenarian, has the Chennai civic corporation on its toes. IMAGE: Kamakshi Paatti. Photograph: A Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com   Kamakshi Paatti (grandma in Tamil),......

Modi's dream team to transform Indian economy

India’s new policy commission has received a makeover and a dream team has been formed to head the Think Tank, NITI Aayog. Arvind Panagariya, a free-market economist will be first Vice......

Inclusive growth: Why Lohia's legacy is alive

Professing a commitment to equity is now a political necessity -- something that Ram Manohar Lohia advocated years ago, says Rajni Bakshi. An overwhelming majority of people who pass by the Lohia......

Steel amid adversity: Tata after Mumbai

Ratan Tata was at home in south Mumbai late on November 26 when the call came. On the line was a frantic R K Krishna Kumar, head of the Tata group unit that owns the city's luxury Taj Mahal Palace......

KK babu: Doyen of Indian industry

Krishna Kumar Birla, popularly known as K K Babu, was a builder of modern institutions, ranging from industry to education, one of the famous symbols of which is the Birla Institute of Technology......

How M S Oberoi became India's greatest hotelier

I was researching India's Industrialists when I met Mohan Singh Oberoi (1900-2002) for the first time. It was 1982, he was no longer a young man. Courtly as always, he offered to make my job......

Mrinal Sen: 'I wish I could start from scratch'

'How do you expect me to tone down my anger when the most prominent culture in India today is the culture of corruption, in every sphere of life?'Mrinal Sen, who passed into the ages on December 30......

'A film is like a one-night stand'

'I'm a rascal, I'm going to play a paramahansa?!' IMAGE: Victor Banerjee was in Mumbai to promote the film, The Answer. On the second half of a day of back-to-back interviews, the actor changed......

When Om Puri deserved an Oscar

'I started learning to pull a rickshaw from two regular rickshaw-pullers.' 'Once I stopped at a roadside tea-stall to have a cup of tea.''It was early morning and two elderly customers were......

Don't push the Indians too far: Sobers

Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, the greatest all-rounder in cricket history, has made numerous startling observations about Indian cricket and society in his latest book, Garry Sobers: My......

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