Cover Story

Keshav Chandra Datt: India Forsakes A Legend
Cover Story

Keshav Chandra Datt: India Forsakes A Legend

by Sudipta Biswas

When former hockey great Keshav Datt died on 7th July 2021, his death snapped a link to India’s glorious past – he was in the hockey team that won independent India’s first Olympic gold medal in 1948. Catch the story of an Olympic star who was forgotten by his country.

Cover Story

Biju Patnaik : Lord of the Skies

In July 1947, a young Indian pilot flew a death-defying mission into Indonesian airspace with a grim message for the colonial Dutch. He famously said: “Resurgent India does not recognize Dutch colonial sovereignty over the Indonesian people. If my aircraft is shot down, every Dutch plane flying across the Indian skies will be shot down…

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Nehru’s First Cabinet: An Ideal that Failed

“Freedom comes to India, not to the Congress.” This is what  Mahatma Gandhi said to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru when India was standing at one of the most defining crossroads. Freedom was India’s at last, but after her heady tryst with destiny, a sobering reality was beginning to set in for all those…

Milestones

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Era of Planned Growth: The First Five Year Plan

After winning the battle for Independence, India’s leaders had to start rebuilding an economy that was in tatters. The First Five Year Plan led the way, starting 1951, and it exceeded its targets. This was the start of planned development. Take a look.

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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Reimagining India with Nandan Nilekani | The Making of Indian IT

He has not only been one of the co-founders of Infosys but also made a mark in the social sector and tech startups. But very few know that he has been the man behind the digital transformation that India is seeing today, with his brainchild 'Aadhar'. We speak to Nandan Nilekani about his journey at Infosys and the future digital transformation in India...

Snapshort Histories

India’s First IIT Started Life in a Prison Camp
Snapshort Histories

India’s First IIT Started Life in a Prison Camp

by Carol Lobo

From jailing Indian revolutionaries to a cradle of the country's best technical minds – IIT-Kharagpur is a symbol of excellence as well as patriotism. Get inspired by its origin story.

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Faridabad: A City that Built Itself

On the edge of Delhi is a city built by the bare hands of the people who founded it. Not many believed it was possible but the ‘Faridabad Miracle’ showed that a bunch of refugees could build an entire city from a stretch of wasteland if they had a stake in it. And it took…

Snapshort Histories

Flowers For These Scientists, Please

The early and mid-20th centuries were challenging times for women who wanted to chart a career, especially in the male-dominated world of scientific research. Here are two plucky Indian women scientists who broke the glass ceiling and whose work we benefit from even today. Asima Chatterjee: Finding Cures Being inspired by the best teachers is…

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