Actor Anupam Kher who was recently awarded Padma Bhushan, revealed through a series of tweets that Pakistani authorities had denied him a visa to attend a literature festival. He suggested that this decision by Pakistan may have been prompted by his stand on the issue of Kashmiri Pandits and hisRead More →

Who says Santa is a Western phenomenon..! Noted sand artist Sudarsan celebrated Christmas eve by creating a 45-feet-high sand Santa Claus with a “World Peace” message at Puri beach in Orissa. Patnaik’s sand statue came to be recognised as the world’s tallest Santa made of sand. Sudarsan used more thanRead More →

A State in Denial – Pakistan’s Misguided and Dangerous Crusade by B. G. Verghese What lies at the root of Pakistan’s persistent animus against its larger, eastern neighbour? Was it rancour over the process of Partition and the territorial division, over Kashmir, the division of river waters, the loss ofRead More →

Is Congress promoting national interest? The Lok Sabha speaker may have withdrawn her remarks about the Congress being indifferent towards “national interest” on the last day of parliament’s winter session on December 23, but to the people at large, the grandmotherly Sumitra Mahajan had a valid point. The virtual washingRead More →

Widows are abused in rural India London, December 17: India’s 48 million widows need a government-appointed commission that will help them and protect them from abuse, says Raj Loomba, an Indian-origin member of Britain’s House of Lords and a campaigner for the rights of widows. “For extending financial and securityRead More →