Thursday, 26 May, 2022
TopicBiography

Topic: Biography

Behramji Malabari—Parsi activist who fought widowhood, child marriage in Hindu society

Shedding scrutiny on his 'anglicised' Parsi roots, Malabari emerged as the force behind the Age of Consent Bill that helped end ‘matrimonial slavery’.

There was a premonition surrounding Sanjeev Kumar’s death. His friends and family knew

'An Actor’s Actor' by Hanif Zaveri and Sumant Batra provides a glimpse of Sanjeev Kumar's personal and professional life from his birth to death.

India’s first naval aviator Yaduvansh Narayan Singh remained in shadows. It can change now

From being the first Indian carrier pilot to being the first to command an Indian naval air squadron, the man ticked all the boxes over half a century ago.

The story of Jaswant Singh, the only Indian to have ever commanded a foreign Air Force

From becoming the only Indian to have ever commanded a foreign Air Force to being called 'the father of sports' in the IAF, Jaswant Singh always packed a punch.

Meet M. Nagloo, India’s first Dalit hotelier who was famous among British, US travellers

M. Nagloo rose from obscurity to become a prominent figure in late 19th century. His biography, written by his son, is perhaps the first Dalit biography written in English.

Karunanidhi failed board exams thrice. Annadurai told him to study, not write on revolution

In Karunanidhi: The Definitive Biography, Vaasanthi writes about Karunanidhi’s reaction when Annadurai told him to stop sending articles on youth revolution.

‘If you can’t cook, stop eating’: what husband of India’s airline hero Neerja told her

Aneesh Bhanot, Neerja's brother, reveals his sister's plight in marriage that left her starving of both finances and food.

On Camera

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Representational image of dal and roti | Photo Pixahive/CC0

Feeding world must take backseat, Modi govt should deal with India’s ‘chapati’ crisis first

German agriculture minister Cem Ozdemir said imposing export restrictions or closing markets would worsen the crisis. Actually, the opposite might be true.
A petrol pump staffer refills fuel in a two-wheeler in New Delhi, on 29 March 2022 | ANI photo

Modi govt won’t borrow extra this year to fund tax cuts, inflation target to stay at 4%

The cut in excise duty last week, coupled with an increase in fertiliser and food subsidies, is expected to cost the exchequer around Rs 3 lakh crore in the current financial year.

Defence

Naval helicopters | Representational image | indiannavy.nic.in

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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