- In its desperation to win the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP sheds its distinctive character, strike alliances of convenience and makes political deals to acquire a national spread like other political parties.
Undeterred by the political transition taking place in India, a galaxy of foreign leaders is coming to the country in search of markets and investment opportunities.
In the first half, The Frighteners looks like a film undecided about whether to be funny or frightening.Riten Mozumdar lends a rhythm to the scripts he uses, giving a whole new meaning to the word calligraphy.Alliance Francaise and ICCR to promote Indo-French cultural dialogue.Inspired by the return of peace to his native Kashmir, Bhajan Sopori has composed seven pieces for the santoor - a musical instrument of the state-corresponding to the colours of the rainbow.
With elections not far, politics predictably has become our weekly bread. Last week our cover story dealt with the Congress and its continuing quest for a charismatic leader.Cricket selectors could yet make their best choice: the exit door, for themselves.Now the CBI and the ED need to justify the Supreme Court's faith in them.
With news of killings pouring in from across the country, authorities wake up to the fact that the population of the tigers is dwindling at the rate of one a day.
Mahesh Bhatt, noted filmmaker, resigned as chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India governing council, following protest by the students against "mismanagement" of the institute.
"You are a caretaker prime minister. Please continue to take care of us." - Laloo Yadav, RJD leader, thanking I.K. Gujral for his support.
Once the family hub, the drawing and dining rooms have been abandoned for individual territories. Today each member leads a separate life, every room is an island.
Naveen Patnaik, the newly-appointed president of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) spoke to Special Correspondent Ruben Banerjee.
Collecting vintage automobile lights is the driving passion in a mechanic's life.
It's all in the family now. When it comes to the various Nehru-Gandhi trusts and foundations, Sonia Gandhi is neither silent nor enigmatic. She handpicks the powerful and the mighty to head these institutions.Rajasthan Police and the state Government have only themselves to blame for the fallout of clashes between two Muslim groups in a Jaipur locality - the "unprovoked" firing by the police left six persons dead and 74, including 34 policemen, injured. Indian politics is littered with stories of friends turning foes. The latest is being scripted in Gujarat.Indian Govt fails to reform itself to meet today's challenges. At this particular board meeting, the sparring went beyond the verbal. First, the chairman slapped his managing director. Then the MD attacked the chairman with shoes. The 54-year-old Maldivian woman, an accused in the ISRO espionage case, was recently released from Viyyur central prison following the expiry of her one-year detention under the National Security Act.Maneka's preliminary findings show that animal care is the last thing on the SPCA's agenda. Half-a-dozen officials are under suspension. About five animal sheds are occupied by retired officials. Sons and Politicians.Former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda is getting better with his one-liners. In Mumbai recently, he tried to make the best of a tight schedule, wearing his trademark bored look most of the time.At a recent bash in Delhi, where Finance Minister P. Chidambaram gave away the Businessman of the Year Award to Mukesh and Anil Ambani, the most unlikely people rubbed shoulders with each other.During a rather monotonous debate on the Excise Amendment Bill, Congress legislator M.A. Kuttappan took everyone by surprise when he pulled out two beer bottles from his handbag.To the casual visitor, Raisina Hill may seem like an extension of Parliament House these days: in this fluid climate, the most unlikely political rendezvous take place under the high-roofed corridors of the President's house.Politicking with disaster (Dec 31, 1977)
The current political realignments mean that it's getting difficult to tell back from Front. Laloo Yadav's release has put the bail in the other court, so even the Front partners don't know which front to back. To make sense of the alphabet soup most parties are in, the CV (Confused Voters) sought the advice of an LPG (Leading Political Guru).Tendulkar should refuse to lead the new Indian team.Without its moral influence, the BJP is nothing.Laloo misrules, faces embezzlement charges but expects to rule India; amazing.Tribute to Rabri Devi: 103 days of Bihar's best in years.Gujral wants to be remembered in his native state.
Calcutta could earn a prominent place on India's art map.A niche opens up as military books sell well.Television becomes a breeding ground for star politicians.Gods, folklore, festivals anything is grist for the music mill as audio companies do brisk business selling them.Pubs in Mumbai get an image makeover as they target specific groups like teenagers and the lucrative 30-plus segment to stay ahead of the rest.Shahbaz Khan impresses director Kalpana Lajmi, to star in her next teleserial, The Dawn - commissioned by Star Plus and to be telecast in April. India's most famous citizen - R.K. Laxman's Common Man - could soon be making a television debut if Doordarshan (DD) Chief Executive Officer S.S. Gill has his way.Mukesh Khanna is on a roll. Flush with the success of Shaktimaan - the desi version of Superman, on DD - he's now ready to launch his next serial, Deewar, which will be aired on the same channel.A detailed though not very accurate study of Coorg, its traditions and its people.
The apex court sets down new rules for the CBI and ED to break the criminal-bureaucrat-politician nexus.Krishnamurthy clashes with Gill over the Shiv Sena - and ends up the loser.If the Congress ever wants to convert itself into a drama troupe - some feel it is already one - it has a cast ready for at least one play: Julius Caesar.Who's joining hands with whom?When Election Commissioner G.V.G. Krishnamurthy issued a notice to the Shiv Sena threatening action if it failed to hold organisational polls by December 24, he believed he was cracking the whip.In Jyoti Basu country, it is best to paraphrase Stalin: one phantom vote is an aberration, a million phantom votes is "scientific rigging".The Rashtriya Janata Dal chief is the unlikely spearhead of a proposed alliance that will take on the BJP and its allies in Bihar and elsewhere in the country.
Indian designers vie with the best in the world to provide catchy outfits as looking good becomes the trend in the one-day variety of the game.India were dismal in Sharjah. And if they are to improve - and by that I mean take some big strides forward rather than just accept the odd success - then things have to change. Not necessarily the team but the entire system.
Blood and gore have become the norm these days. But is it really okay?
No more "accompanying" daddy or being labelled "his father's son". Come Christmas, Mumbai's music aficionados will get a whiff of Generationext at Santoor Viraasat, a unique jugalbandi between 25-year-old Rahul Sharma and his proud parent.Kitu Gidwani has bagged the Best Actress Award for her role in the film Dance of the Wind at the prestigious Festival of Three Continents in Nantes, France. It's a rare honour, it's also her first international award.He may have written frothy songs like Eena meena deeka, but Majrooh Sultanpuri is not to be taken lightly.Ismail Merchant has said yes at last. The renowned filmmaker, also cookbook writer, has finally allowed a restaurant to use his recipes.
Even as the raids jolted the television software industry - which has been hitherto untapped by taxmen - those targeted, according to IT officials, admitted concealing incomes.Faced with a real possibility of failure, the IT Department goes all out to net new targets.Not content with India's promise on foreign banks, economic superpowers push for concessions in the insurance sector. Political opposition may not let that happen.
The irrepressible Congress MP from Bengal is too independent to be cast in a mould.
"Political bankruptcy has ensured that elections are meaningless. Indian democracy desperately needs to acquire a healthy cultural base."