- A measure of the universal sympathy and concern aroused for the ravaged victims of the cyclone in Andhra Pradesh is the massive and spontaneous influx of aid that is still pouring in from all over the world.
Filmotsav 78 is scheduled to take place in Madras from January 3-17 next year. A non-competitive international film festival, it follows in the line of the International Film Festival of the Other Cinema held in Calcutta and the Festival of Films International presented in Bombay in the past.
Journalism was thrust upon Savitri Bajaj by the veteran leader, Acharya Kripalani well over a decade ago. And though not particularly enthusiastic at first, later Savitri entered the profession in a modest way. Her recent book, I Write As I Feel, is a collection of her articles on the men who ruled the country and the problems they had to contend with.Dr Promilla Kapur, a leading Indian behavioural scientist, in her new book The Life and World of Call Girls in India (Rs 60; 350 pages), to be published by Vikas Publishing House early next year, provides new material on the lifestyle and modus operandi of these fleshpotsIt is a little disconcerting that after three decades of independence, India is still faced with the problem of effectively ensuring a better deal for its minorities.
For Michael Ferreira who won the World Amateur Billiards title at Melbourne last fortnight, the road to the top has been frustrating in the extreme: eight trips to the world championships, including four finals, during which he knew that if only he could come to grips with himself he could be world champion.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt seems to have parted far more than the Red Sea during the staging of his recent earth-shaking political spectacular in Israel.
Jayaprakash Narayan's "blessings" notwithstanding, Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur has been forced to send an urgent SOS to the Centre to help him win the crucial by-election in order to be able to continue as chief minister.Chief ministers in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Kashmir - are busy fighting off mounting political attacks with varied levels of success. Besides Jammu and Kashmir, the chief ministers in the other four states are themselves struggling for political survival. India Today correspondents report on the personalities and problem raised.Beyond a small circle of Janata Party members and the members of his family, nobody suspected that Kailash Joshi had suffered a nervous breakdown and for three days had been laid up in bed.Chief ministers in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Kashmir - are busy fighting off mounting political attacks with varied levels of success. Besides Jammu and Kashmir, the chief ministers in the other four states are themselves struggling for political survival. India Today correspondents report on the personalities and problem raised.Chief ministers in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Kashmir - are busy fighting off mounting political attacks with varied levels of success. Besides Jammu and Kashmir, the chief ministers in the other four states are themselves struggling for political survival. India Today correspondents report on the personalities and problem raised.
In a grim parody of the wave of terrorism that has convulsed the world, a swift succession of sabotage attempts directed at' strategic Government installations spread like wildfire across the country last month.With Asia and the world now free of variola major, the chances of total eradication of smallpox are much brighter.Exploiting Home Minister Charan Singh's rather indiscreet statement in Bombay - almost speaking on behalf of Justice Shah - Mrs Gandhi's three dare-devil supporters, Devraj Urs, A.P. Sharma and B.P. Maurya demanded that the Congress Working Committee must put a total ban on any Congressmen appearing before the Shah Commission.The cabinet had decided on the break-up on August 2, in a manner that does very little credit to the functioning of the Janata administration. Although the matter concerned the CSIR, neither its governing body nor the directors of its 47 laboratories were consulted.The facts of the history disputed by members of the Janata Government had become controversial. The capsule was dug out in the presence of Union Education Minister, P.C. Chunder, among other politicians and officials.The Government's decision to transfer the bulk of the Railway Protection Force personnel from guarding railway property to guarding the tracks against possible acts of sabotage has raised fears of more losses due to theft without in any way lessening the fear of more rail accidents through sabotage.India is today the ninth or tenth largest industrial power in the world, with capacity and resources to produce almost anything from nuclear power plants to satellites but... and all discussions on Indian planning seem to end with a but.The Haryana government is likely to register cases in the near future against Bansi Lal, his son Surinder Singh and his brother Raghubir Singh under Sections 427 and 436 of the Indian Penal Code, as a follow-up to the interim report of the Jagmohan Reddy Commission which was laid on the table of the Lok Sabha on December 6.Blatant rejection of legal procedures and proprieties were projected as discipline. Open demolition of constitutional provisions were pompously proclaimed in terms of national interest.Whatever differences the political parties and personalities in West Bengal may have on other issues, they are all united in their bitter criticism of the recently signed Indo-Bangladesh Farakka accord.
"Mrs Gandhi's visit to Madras was no setback. In fact people would have turned out in large numbers, as in the past, but for the intimidation of the DMK."
A year ago today the country was heading towards a bleak winter with no certain prospect of an early spring. The Gauhati session had recently concluded.The "island city" of West Berlin in which every 11th inhabitant is a foreigner, is confronted with a new wave of influx, this time of Pakistanis, nearly 20,000 of whom have already sought political asylum.In a heavily-charged factional moment. Home Minister Charan Singh, vitriolic and impulsive, gave us a pointer to the future when he spoke of dividing sprawling Uttar Pradesh - that's a hundred million people, the sixth largest conglomerate in the world - into three states.Raj Narain - that tireless entertainer - has been going around the country telling us to plan our families the way our ancients did.
John Lobo, 56, appointed as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation. He replaces C.V. Narasimhan, who has been promoted to secretary level. Lobo, former Joint Director of Intelligence Bureau, was head of security to the Prime Minister, before taking up his new appointment.
Are the sons of the prime ministers alike? If the days of Sanjay Gandhi are over, is Kantibhai Desai, son of Prime Minister Morarji Desai, a likely successor? Stories about Morarji Desai's son, in circulation sine his father came into power, have only been quelled by the deliberately low profile he has succeeded in keeping. That is perhaps one reason why they still persist. In an exclusive interview with India Today Kantibhai candidly answered all questions that have been asked about him, his business interests, and his political affiliations.Bal Thackeray, the fiery Shiv Sena leader, has been one of the most controversial and also the most colourful personalities in Indian politics. A masterly orator, who is protected constantly bypersonal bodyguards and Dobermann Pinschers, Thackeray built up the militant Shiv Sena into a powerful, cohesive movement whose rallying cry was "Maharashtra for the Maharashtrians". Although the Shiv Sena is now largely disbanded and disorganized, Thackeray has lost none of his ambitions or his charisma. In a highly vocal and provocative interview with India Today, Thackeray defends his largely self-contradictory philosophy on life and politics, and discusses the future of his movement.
Husna Sheikh remained away from the public eye until Bhutto lost power on July 5. Now she is the most publicized woman in Pakistan. Newspapers are full of her activities and the great influence she had wielded over the former prime minister.
Was it Confucius or Mao who lovingly advised that if you are being raped and can do nothing about it, just lie down and enjoy it? This is precisely what the stock markets are apparently doing on the entirely convincing principle that there is no pleasure without pain.A trade unionist who is now a cabinet minister is said to have suggested at a recent cabinet meeting that strikes in industries where the workers are receiving fair wages should be banned as anti-social.Has Mrs Gandhi sold the rights for her autobiography to a foreign publisher? Market rumours are that some American and British publishers have offered her an advance running into several lakhs of rupees for exclusive rights.It never rains but it pours. The Oil and Natural Gas Commission which has been exploring the Bombay High basin for the last six years is suddenly faced with an embarrassment of riches in the form of a gusher - not of oil, but gas.The moneybags in Washington - belonging to the same tribe as the famous gnomes of Zurich - are once again flashing green signals to New Delhi. Their message is: come and help yourself.While President Sadat has risked his neck and his country's security by going to Jerusalem, his so called friends in New Delhi have been content with issuing only a lukewarm note of support for the Egyptian initiative.
Ravi Shankar gave the impression of being somewhat casual and of taking his reputation in India for granted. He seemed to many at that moment, far from being a great sitari.Shakti Burman, for two decades, painter resident in Paris, is currently showing a set of twelve lithographs and water colours at the Gallery Chanakya in New Delhi.
Spotless complexion, tiny diamond studs in her ears, petite Nadezda Pavlova, 21, stole the show when the Bolshoi Ballet came to New Delhi.