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How the Rane-Uddhav War Began

Narayan Rane -- a recent entrant to the BJP -- was the first Cabinet minister sworn in last week.Clearly, the BJP hopes Rane, who has a long standing feud with Uddhav Thackeray, will marginalise......

Is Modi copying Indira's Emergency textbook?

'Consider Mrs Gandhi's view of her opponents: Traitors, anti-nationals, rumour-mongers.'Does the spirit of the Emergency-era Indira Gandhi still rule India? asks Vir Sanghvi. IMAGE: Then prime......

Emergency was a windfall for the RSS

The Emergency greatly influenced the RSS' makeover from a fringe force in the Indian political imagination to one that could have its own man sworn in as prime minister in two decades' time.A......

'Rajiv Gandhi's legacy is quite inspirational'

'Some of his decisions were not so good, but his intentions were always guided by a deep national interest.' IMAGE: Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated 30 years ago today, May 21, 1991, during a......

'Real power comes not from the barrel of a gun'

'...but from those who control the narrative.'Powerful nations have mastered this art of narrative building.Those nations who aspire to become global powers must do so, observes Shanthie Mariet......

Revealed: Why Urjit Patel quit as RBI governor

Patel, who headed the RBI from September 2016 till his sudden resignation in December 2018, says in his book thta the government seemed to lose enthusiasm for the new bankruptcy law in the......

How COVID is changing the game plan for booksellers, publishers

In the future, publishers will need to think of digital immersive marketing just like marketing a movie or show on Netflix is an immersive experience. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com After......

How Palanpur's diamond merchants conquered the world

'We did not know we would one day dominate nearly 70 per cent of the market.''Today, of 100 diamonds available for trade in Antwerp, 93 are cut and polished in India.'A fascinating excerpt from......

'We try to pull the other person down'

'Had liberalisation not taken place, I may have gone back to the US,' Ratan Tata tells Girish Kuber.An exclusive excerpt from The Tatas: How A Family Built A Business And A Nation. IMAGE: J R D......

Why is Raghuram Rajan talking about Taylor Swift?

At the Mumbai launch of his book, The Third Pillar: How Markets And States Leave The Community Behind some weeks ago, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan served up an interesting mix that included......

BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES of Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray would have been a hundred years old on May 2.To mark the legendary film-maker's birth centenary, Rediff.com brings you a treasure trove of features from our archives. A lot has been......

How Bollywood's Best Costumes Were Made

Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passed into the ages on Thursday.We pay homage to a true legend by celebrating her best creations. Some of the biggest movies in Hindi cinema -- Gandhi, Lekin, Guide,......

India's first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passes away

Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India's first Oscar winner, died at her home on Thursday after prolonged illness, her daughter said. She was 91.   Athaiya, who won an Oscar for her work in......

Want to know Saif's secrets? Wait until next year!*

Saif Ali Khan will open up about 'family, home, successes and failures' in an autobiography that is slated to hit the shelves in October 2021, publisher HarperCollins India announced. In a......

Tere Sur Aur Mere Geet: When Music was King

Film music flourished in the 1970s. Some old masters did some great work, but it was also the decade of new composers.A fascinating excerpt from Amit Khanna's Words. Sounds. Images: A History Of......

Windies recall Hetmyer, Cottrell for Aus ODIs; Sohail to return

IMAGE: West Indies' Sheldon Cottrell. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel on Wednesday announced the squad for the ODI series......

WI recall Hope against South Africa, injured Gabriel out

IMAGE: 'Shai Hope has performed very well in the red ball matches he has played, following on the back of his highly successful One-Day International series against Sri Lanka, so he has forced his......

Shastri's ability to infuse confidence in youngsters is unbelievable: Gavaskar

'He will scold you, tell you off but at the same time, he will tell you what you can do to get better, he will actually demonstrate to you.' IMAGE: India head coach Ravi Shastri speaks to the......

Mithali to retire after 2022 World Cup in New Zealand

'It's been 21 years of international cricket and I know 2022 is my swansong -- the World Cup.' IMAGE: Mithali Raj, the only women batter with 7000 plus ODI runs, also spoke about how she had to......

Brathwaite replaces Holder as West Indies Test captain

IMAGE: Kraigg Brathwaite led a second-string West Indies to a 2-0 series sweep in Bangladesh last month. Photograph: Jon Super /Reuters West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite will replace......
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