Bhagat Singh was barely 23 when he was hanged by the British in a case which symbolizes total miscarriage of justice. He and his two associates—Sukhdev and Rajguru-became martyrs and symbols of India’s freedom struggle on March 23, 1931. It was Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary on September 27/28 and yet the media virtually blacked him out. Read more

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I watched with great interest, a special two-part programme on legendary singer Asha Bhonsle on Times Now. I must concede that the effort by this news channel to pay tributes to some of our musicians and singers is indeed commendable. At last there is someone who is trying to recapture the great musical moments of the Indian film industry. Read more

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For more than a week now, newspapers and TV networks have been going hoarse over the so-called austerity drive by the Central government and the Congress party. While it is good to create a perception that the ruling party and its government were keen to identify themselves with the common man (aam aadmi), the present drive has assumed farcical dimensions. Read more

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The demand for a fresh probe into the death of former Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq by his son, Ejaz-ul-Haq in a plane crash in August, 1988 has given rise to speculation as to whether the Americans were involved in eliminating him. Read more

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I was passing by Gurdwara Rakabganj today and thoughts of what happened many many years ago came back to me. To be precise it was October 12, 1982 and I was barely one month old as a reporter in the Times of India. I had been assigned the Crime beat along with my late friend Ravi Bhatia and my chief Yoginder Bali had instructed me to keep a watch on the Akalis agitation, which was going on in the capital. Every day, a Jatha of Akalis would court arrest at Parliament Street as part of their ongoing agitation. Read more

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