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When a genius thrives in isolation

What happens when a happily married middle-aged man decides to abandon his family and pursue his passion to become a painter? In W. Somerset Maugham’s famous novel, The Moon and Sixpence, the central protagonist, forty-year-old...

How Rajiv Gandhi stood up against public opinion, and eventually bowed to it

Rajiv Gandhi was a gentleman, without any experience of statecraft and uninitiated in political roguery. But the same cannot be said about those who had become his close advisers when he became Prime Minister following...

Bhopal Gas Leak survivors have particular reason to remember Motilal Vora

Motilal Vora who died on December 21, a day after he had turned 93, had a humanitarian quality not so common among the political class. Survivors of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Leak Disaster have a...

Modi’s farm laws will mean death of fair price shops

An inevitable consequence of Modi’s farm laws will be the gradual death of public distribution system (PDS). Through PDS, an estimated 75 crore people, belonging to the economically weaker sections, are provided essential commodities such...

Kalidas Samaroh, once a pride of India, reduced to a minor government function by Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Annual Kalidas Samaroh (reduced from usual seven days to three days ‘because of coronavirus’) was jointly inaugurated by Usha Thakur and Mohan Yadav in Ujjain on Devotthayini Ekadashi (November 25). Usha Thakur is Madhya Pradesh...

अहमद पटेल: गांधी परिवार के बाद कांग्रेस का सबसे ताक़तवर शख़्स

अहमद पटेल कांग्रेस में हमेशा संगठन के आदमी माने गए. वे पहली बार चर्चा में तब आए थे जब 1985 में राजीव गांधी ने उन्हें ऑस्कर फ़र्नांडीस और अरुण सिंह के साथ अपना संसदीय सचिव...