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Don't mock India's scientific past!

It is important to approach the belief of people in ancient India's achievements with a sense of proportion, balance and empathy, argues B S Raghavan, the distinguished civil servant.Illustration:......

Nuke deal: Indian hero who defeated the Americans

'Dr Singh, visibly relieved, said, 'Yesterday night I couldn't sleep. I stayed awake, praying throughout. You have saved the country'.'A fascinating excerpt from former Atomic Energy chief Dr Anil......

'Oh, you are Kakodkar!', President Bush exclaimed

Dr Kakodkar's strategic stubbornness ultimately got India what it wanted though the negotiations with the US went to the wire, notes Shivanand Kanavi. IMAGE: Then India's Atomic Energy Commission......

Maha govt sets up panel to probe killing of tigress Avni

IMAGE: The killing of T1, as the tigress was officially known, led to an outrage among animal lovers and wildlife organisations. Photograph: PTI Photo The Maharashtra government on......

'We have enough thermonuclear bombs'

Were the May 1988 nuclear tests a success?20 years after Pokharan, a look back at those decisive atomic tests through the eyes of someone who knew. IMAGE: From right, A P J Abdul Kalam, then......

The curious case of the SBI chairman

What makes the SBI case even more curious is that the government didn't insist on a similar procedure when it extended the tenure of another public sector bank head just last month, observes......

Will the railways change to safer LHB coaches?

Two high-level railway safety commissions came down heavily on ICF coaches, recommending their replacement by LHBs, says Bibek Debroy. ICF stands for the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai......

Rajan's 'resignation' letter to RBI staff

"I am an academic and I have always made it clear that my ultimate home is in the realm of ideas," Rajan said in a letter to staff. Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, who has faced......

A wish-list for the Railway Budget

That the financial health of Indian Railways is precarious, is well-known. In his second Budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu must bite the bullet and attempt brave stuff, says S Pushpavanam.......

A white elephant called the Bullet train

The Bullet train is a childish desire of the government to join an elite club at the cost of 99.9 per cent of rail passengers, says S Pushpavanam. Image: Japan's bullet train, or the shinkansen,......

'People know me for my films; nobody knows me beyond that'

'Ajay Devgn is a very good person. It was rumoured that he was upset with me because of his role in Raajneeti. That is not true.' 'My marriage to Deepti (Naval) did not work out. I have no idea......

Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi to receive Padma Bhushan

The list of recipients of this year's Padma Bhushan -- India's third highest civilian award --  set to be announced later today, includes three heavyweights of Hindi cinema. According to......

Padma Bhushan row: Now, Saina Nehwal gets special consideration

Saina Nehwal. Photograph: PTI Photos The possibility of conferring Padma Bhushan to ace shuttler Saina Nehwal continues to remain uncertain notwithstanding the Sports Ministry's nomination as the......
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