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How BJP's Chanakya met his waterloo in Bengal

The BJP could win only 16 out of the 57 seats in Bengal where Amit Shah campaigned, reports Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com. IMAGE: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Amit Anilchandra Shah on a roadshow......

Farewell, Rest Well in Eternity

Murali Kamma remembers the notables we lost in 2015. IMAGE: President A P J Abdul Kalam, who India and the world lost this year. As another year winds down and the revelry begins, one naturally......

Jana Gana Mana was NOT sung in praise of the English king!

'Tagore wrote a song, not for George V, but a song devoted to the "dispenser of human destiny -- Bharat bhagya vidhata" -- God.' 'Tagore relinquished his knighthood after the Jallianwalla Bagh......

People's magic, says Mamata after Trinamool wins bypolls

Trinamool Congress on Monday retained both Bongaon Lok Sabha and Krishnaganj assembly seats with huge margins in the bypolls seen as a litmus test for its popularity in the wake of CBI arresting......

Meet our 45 Bharat Ratnas

Educationist Madan Mohan Malviya and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee are the 44th and 45th distinguished personalities who have been conferred with the country's highest civilian award......

Is Darjeeling Tea Losing its Fizz?

Scanty rainfall, last year's lockdown, growing competition from Nepal and the disaster of the 2017 Gorkhaland agitation are steadily weakening exports and sales of Darjeeling tea. IMAGE: A worker......

'Except foodgrains-related essentials, nothing is moving'

At the height of the agitation against Tata Motors and after, the decibel level at Singur has always been high. The coronavirus scare, however, appears to have tempered it.  The lockdown has......

The interview Narendra Modi MUST read!

'Narendra Modi has had very good luck. Firstly, the fall of oil prices. You don't get that very often in your life and you certainly don't get that often when you are in government.' 'Secondly, the......

Raghuram Rajan, SBI chief among most influential policy makers

Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan took charge of India's central bank when the rupee seemed to be in a tailspin while the country was facing runaway inflation.  He stabilised the......

Microfinance industry coming back to life

After more than three years, the microfinance industry is attracting new players. In six-eight months, at least six new microfinance institutions (MFIs) have got membership of industry body MFIN......

'India is changing. I am part of that change'

'One has to move with the times to stay relevant.' IMAGE: Aparna Sen. Photograph: Kind courtesy Konkona Sensharma/Instagram The timeless Aparna Sen is ready with yet another thought-provoking film......

The BEST of my father, 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. 'I don't need......

Bengalis feel we have lost a family member

'He always seemed one of us, part of the great aspiring middle class -- his values, his simplicity, even the intellectual snobbery which he could barely hide,' observes Mousumi Sengupta.......

Monsoon Wedding Revisited

'What guides Monsoon Wedding through and through is Mira Nair's openness as a film-maker,' observes Sreehari Nair. IMAGE: Shefali Shetty (now Shefali Shah) in Monsoon Wedding He walks through the......

Vat 69 to Coke: What Bollywood drinks in the movies

'In the early years of this century, barely 10 years after liberalisation, drinking Coke was still cool,' notes Uttaran Das Gupta. Contemplating a future in crime -- to be more specific, smuggling......

Ranji roundup: J&K enter quarter-finals despite loss

IMAGE: Madhya Pradesh batsman Mihir Hirwani raises his bat after scoring half-century against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Photograph: PTI Jammu......

Ranji Roundup: Bengal, Karnataka make quarters; Delhi knocked out

IMAGE: Axar Patel scalps five against Andhra. Photograph: BCCI Domestic/Twitter Bengal and Karnataka scripted contrasting wins over Punjab and Baroda respectively to qualify for the Ranji......

Ranji: Jagadeesan hoists TN; Sarfaraz misses double ton

Goa top table with unassailable 50 points to secure the lone knock-out berth from Plate Group. IMAGE: Madhya Pradesh batsman Venkatesh Iyer plays a shot during his unbeaten 87 in the Ranji Trophy......

Ranji Trophy: Punjab salvage a draw against Mumbai

Riding on a 103-run second wicket partnership between Ravi Inder Singh (58) and Uday T Kaul (62), Punjab salvaged a draw against Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy Super League group A match in......

Ranji Trophy Round-up: Day Two

A round-up of the second day's play of the Ranji Trophy Super League matches on Friday. Day I wrap Muzumdar slams ton to pilot Mumbai to big lead Riding on contributions from top order batsmen and......

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