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Would ancient India have supported Section 377?

Devdutt Pattanaik, who has simplified ancient Indian scriptures for millions of readers, highlights what our scriptures have to say about homosexuals and transgenders.Illustration: Uttam......

PM's speech: Passing off WhatsApp forwards as facts

'Those who have followed politics even when there was no Twitter know what the word 'jumlebaaz' means,' says Utkarsh Mishra. IMAGE: Mahatma Gandhi flanked by his closest disciples, Jawaharlal Nehru......

Aadhaar is based on unscientific thinking, fallible biometric data

Biometric authentication is based on the unscientific and questionable assumption that there are parts of human body that do not age, wither and decay with the passage of time, says Gopal Krishna.......

Hawkers' eviction uncovers a piece of Mumbai history

Unaware of the historical marker outside Bandra railway station, hawkers used it to display their wares, reports Anil Singh. Just like a British-era milestone was discovered earlier this year when......

How the British stole the Kohinoor from a child

'I can tell you the case that hurts me the most is the one in which the little boy is forced to sign the Kohinoor over.''You take a mother away from a child, you surround him with grown ups......

From Washington to Rome, technocrats are rescuing economies

Privatisation in Russia was endorsed by technocrats. It led to the rise of Vladimir Putin. We are living in the age of the technocrats. In business, Big Data, and the Big Brains who can parse it,......

Refineries: No reduction in custom duty

Budget provisions The following changes in the duties have been proposed in the Union budget 2011-12: Direct Taxes Code (DTC) to be finalized for enactment during 2011-12. DTC proposed to be......

Budget: Here's what the FM has proposed!

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presented the Union Budget 2010-11 in parliament on Monday.Has he lived up to the expectations of the taxpayers? Is it a populist Budget? Will it also help India......

Why the Sensex fell by about 450 points

Markets erased all of Monday's gains as global markets trembled on rate hike worries. The Sensex opened at 20,372 and dropped below the 20K mark. The index touched a low of 19,832......

Hyderabad Metro to be ready in 5 years

The foundation stone for the prestigious Hyderabad Metro Rail Project will be laid in January 2011. Union Minister for Urban Development S Jaipal Reddy said in Hyderabad on Wednesday that for the......

Review: PM Narendra Modi is a work of fiction

The movie presents a version of Modi that the bhakts want the rest of us to see, feels Utkarsh Mishra. When the trailer of Omung Kumar’s PM Narendra Modi was released, a......

365 days. 319 films

How many of the 319 films Aseem Chhabra watched in 2018 have you seen? IMAGE: Deepika Padukone in Padmaavat. I watch many films in a year -- for work and pleasure, and I keep a record of them. In......

'It is a very tough time to be a film-maker in this country'

'What is happening is worse than Talibanisation.''There is no way a film-maker can fight these fringe groups, these extra-constitutional authorities.' IMAGE: 'Imagine what kind of negotiation you......

Victoria & Abdul trailer: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and a rare friendship

Victoria & Abdul tells the true story of the unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and her young Indian servant.Monali Sarkar reports. IMAGE: Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal......

V V S Laxman on the Magic of Cricket

'If fame, money and comfort are the only factors that drive us, then we are playing cricket for entirely the wrong reasons.' IMAGE: V V S Laxman celebrates his double century in the memorable Eden......

Topalov beats Anand in first game of title match

Viswanathan Anand's title defence got off to the worst possible start as he was shocked by challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the first game of the World Chess Championship, at the Central......

Euro 2008: Spain squad

Penpix of Spain's 23-man squad for Euro 2008: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid). Goalkeeper. Born 20.5.81. Caps 75. Goals 0. The undisputed first choice, Casillas is the Spain captain and one of the......

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