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LIC-Mundhra Scam: Independent India’s First Mega Financial Scandal
Cover Story

LIC-Mundhra Scam: Independent India’s First Mega Financial Scandal

by Ashok K. Singh

Did you know that the MP who took on the mighty Nehru government and exposed Independent India’s first financial scam was Feroze Gandhi? Here is the story of the LIC-Mundhra scam that rocked India in the 1950s.

Cover Story

Nehru Checkmates Congress Right Turn

After the first flush of Independence, the Indian National Congress plunged into an intense but decisive battle for control of the party – and India’s future.  Battle lines were drawn in August 1950, when Purushottam Das Tandon was elected Congress President. The message of his election was loud and clear. The liberal and secular ideas…

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Ram Manohar Lohia: The Great Disruptor

Few shook up India’s politics in the way Ram Manohar Lohia did. He turned from a proto-Gandhian and a Nehru protégé to one of the fiercest critics of both Nehru and the post-Independence Congress party. In that, he was joined by several colleagues of the socialist caucus that had taken root within the Congress in…

Milestones

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Operation Flood: India’s Milk Revolution

Operation Flood or the White Revolution, launched in 1970, changed India from a milk deficient nation into a leading milk producer in the world. Turning the tide was a farmers’ cooperative in Gujarat and a prime minister with great foresight.

Perspectives

1991: A Year That Defined India’s Future
Perspectives

1991: A Year That Defined India’s Future

by Sanjaya Baru

When a US Air Force plane landed at Mumbai in January 1991, ahead of Operation Desert Storm, Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar was faced with a dilemma. Author Sanjaya Baru tells us in this excerpt how the PM’s decision tied in with India’s economic fortunes

Perspectives

Three Lives in History

A professor, a tutor and a prince met on the road to becoming historians, befriended one another, collaborated and shared scores of letters that now form a ‘historical bridge’ connecting us with them and our shared heritage. Their letters reveal their passion for history, their thirst for accuracy and the unique expertise each brought to…

Perspectives

Ékushé: How Language Trumped Politics to Birth a Nation

Blame Bengali as a cause for the war in 1971, and you wouldn’t be off the mark. Ékushé, Twenty-first, is the day Bangladesh celebrates as one of its spiritual birth, when the country that wanted to speak Bengali as much as be Bengali, was born in the minds and hearts of its people. On the…

Interviews

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India’s Strides in Science | Raghunath Mashelkar

India has produced some of the finest scientists of our times. But how was it that a colony and then a young nation built such a formidable scientific base? Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, one of India’s most famous scientists, tells us and takes us through his own journey in our series the ‘Making of Modern India.’

Snapshort Histories

Britannia: Rising to the Occasion
Snapshort Histories

Britannia: Rising to the Occasion

by Carol Lobo

What do biscuits and sliced bread have in common with cement and concrete? We bet you weren’t expecting us to say ‘Britannia’. Here are some crunchy facts about one of India’s leading biscuit makers

Snapshort Histories

Mihir Sen: Swimming To Greatness

Mihir Sen, it seems, was destined to swim against the tide. From humble beginnings in Purulia in West Bengal, where he created opportunities where there appeared to be none, to studying law at London’s Lincoln’s Inn, to becoming the first Asian to swim across the English Channel in 1958, Sen had to overcome grave odds…

Snapshort Histories

Individual Satyagraha: The Power of One

“Not a pie, not a man for the war effort.” This pithy but powerful slogan played a part in an important but largely forgotten civil disobedience movement during India’s march to freedom. It was the crux of the ‘Individual Satyagraha’, a non-violent protest movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1940, when Britain dragged India into…

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