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The Collegium has not entirely freed judges from dependence on the government

'There is one weapon in the government's armoury which impacts the independence of the judiciary, and which has not been affected by the collegium system.''It is post-retirement employment with the......

When Modi staged a 'coup' against Vajpayee

'Modi took to the dais and said he would like to step down as chief minister over the riots.''Immediately, people from several sides got up and said there was no need to do so.''Whether it was......

The night Rajiv Gandhi died: An eyewitness account

Rajiv Gandhi would have turned 72 on August 20. Had he lived.On a humid night 25 years ago, the former prime minister of India was murdered in cold blood by an LTTE suicide bomber.Neena Gopal was......

The canary and the deep State

'A close look at the time-lines tells you that exactly as the back-channel negotiations were in their most crucial stage, "somebody" was planning the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai,' says Shekhar Gupta.......

Asal Uttar, The Battle That Changed The 1965 War

'News is rife that Pakistan will attack the next day. They have no idea that this is where they will take on the might of 1 Armoured Division of Pakistan in a three-day bloody battle that will be......

'Why has India learnt nothing from China?'

All the teaching at Harvard Business School is done through examples, case studies, so we expose people to real business decisions," says Tarun Khanna, professor at Harvard Business School and......

Business books you must read

It has been a good year for business books. Spoilt for choice, readers have had a tough time making up their minds. Should they find out why Nassim Nicholas Taleb is urging everybody to imagine the......

Globalisation dates back centuries, says book

The journey of an iPod music player designed in California, assembled in China and delivered at the doorstep of an Indian living in New Haven via an American courier company probably exemplifies......

Which is the world's first printed book?

Books and publishing Books are your best friends. How many times have your parents told you when you were kids? Many, we bet and some of you have become book worms. Take the Rediff......

How Shivaji became Rajinikanth

How a bus conductor named Shivaji Gaekwad became the mega-phenomenon called Rajinikanth.A fascinating excerpt from Naman Ramachandran's Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. Vanivilas Hospital......

Thank God, Amitabh couldn't say no to Hrishi-da

'Hrishi-da often voiced his disenchantment with Bachchan's Angry Young Man persona -- the 'maara-maari', the growth of sidelocks; he even said directors were killing Amitabh the actor and turning......

How Shivaji became Rajinikanth

This fascinating excerpt from Naman Ramachandran's new book, Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography, charts the rise of a bus conductor named Shivaji Gaekwad to the mega-phenomenon called......

Dev Anand, The Die-Hard Romantic

Life, in all its glory, was a celebration for Dev Anand, who lived it at a pace that would have rendered most other mortals breathless. His love life was nothing short of an epic story. He may......

Dev Anand, The Die-Hard Romantic

Life, in all its glory, was a celebration for Dev Anand, who lived it at a pace that would have rendered most other mortals breathless. His love life was nothing short of an epic story. He may......

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