What was the last straw that broke the camel’s back, leading to the proclamation of an internal Emergency on the night of June 25, 1975? What were Indira Gandhi’s dark fears, and was the Emergency the result of a conspiracy against her?
THE GENESIS: There are two schools of thought on who was behind The Emergency. One section believes that Indira Gandhi - then Prime Minister - was advised by senior Congressmen such as Siddhartha Shankar Ray to order a clampdown on civil and other... | Read»
Composer Rahul Dev Burman, who would have turned 76 this week, was a witty man who enjoyed a practical joke. But he was an unhappy man as well, says a new book on one of Bollywood’s most popular musicians
RD. [Burman] was left an unhappy prince. Sachin Bhowmick, a close friend of R.D.'s, wrote in his book, Light Sound Action Camera: | Read»
Relatives and friends of people who have passed on are paying tribute to them on Facebook pages — with birthday wishes, virtual flowers and poems. Kavitha Shanmugam tracks the online requiem for the dead
It was his birthday, and friends jostled for space on Bollywood actor Akshat Trivedi's Facebook page to wish him. A friend marked the occasion with a video of the soundtrack See You Again from the... | Read»
Amit Roy visits an exhibition of photographs, many of them of south Indian temples, taken by a British army officer between 1852 and 1860
Some 60 photographs taken in south India, many of temples, and in Burma (now Myanmar), between 1852 and 1860, are included in an exhibition which has just opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum... | Read»