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Doordarshan’s Buniyaad, a family drama that masterfully captured the pangs of Partition

Buniyaad was put together by stellar performances, writing that relied on realism and authentic production design that brought pre-Partition Hindustan to the small screen.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Cricket Samrat, the magazine that religiously spread the gospel of cricket for 42 years

The Hindi-language cricket magazine was the top-selling sports publication for years has been forced to shut in the wake of the Covid pandemic & lockdown.
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Tulsi Comics, the labour of love that gave Hindi readers characters like Angara & Jambu

More than two decades after Tulsi Comics had to close down, fans still remember the iconic, unique characters & artwork.
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Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, the middle-class comedy that gave Doordarshan loyal fans for life

Directed by Kundan Shah, Manjul Sinha & Raman Kumar, the show was based on the stories of Hindi writer Sharad Joshi.

Atlas Cycles, the wheels of Indian childhood, has put the brakes on a glorious ride

The bicycle maker was forced to layoff staff & shut its last manufacturing unit on 3 June after it ran out of funds during the Covid lockdown.

Bharat Ek Khoj: Shyam Benegal’s adaption of Nehru’s Discovery of India was a Sunday staple

The show covered a range of topics, from the Harappan Civilisation to the freedom struggle, along with mythological epics.

The Rasna girl who stole hearts one ’80s ad at a time

In the 1980s, juice concentrate brand Rasna's ads starred Ankita Jhaveri and a simple, effective tag line — 'I love you, Rasna'.

Big Babol, India’s beloved bubblegum that came with the quirkiest commercials

Launched in India in 1994, Big Babol, the 'bade kaam ki cheez', became a hit with its wacky commercials and gifts slipped into packaging.

Dhara’s ‘jalebi’ ad from the 1990s still means home and family

In 2018, UberEats recreated the classic ad with the same actor, the little boy from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, but with a biryani twist.

Chandamama, the magazine that taught generations about ethics and India for six decades

First published in 1947, the magazine survived for six decades and now loyal fans have taken to preserving its comics online.

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Nambi Narayanan

Justice for ISRO’s Nambi Narayanan — how fake ‘spy scandal’ ruined India’s interest

In episode 548 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta elaborates on the ISRO ‘spy scandal’ of the 1990s, a fake plot concocted by IB & Kerala Police.
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RBI to transfer Rs 57,128 crore surplus, but govt’s fiscal woes unlikely to ease

RBI’s transfer is slightly less than the Rs 60,000 cr estimated in Budget 2020-21, and is unlikely to plug the hole in revenues due to Covid and the lockdown.

Defence

Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

‘Multiple’ India-China clashes occurred along LAC in May and June, some lasted all night

These clashes and brawls led to injuries on both sides. ITBP, which guards LAC, has recommended 21 for gallantry awards. 
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.