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Roti and Rajesh Khanna: When a Bollywood film took melodrama to new heights

Hindi films have an unceasing connection to mythological tales. But in the hands of someone like Manmohan Desai, they turn into great entertainment.

Not about numbers: Why Abu Dhabi labour court chose Hindi over Malayalam

Hindi has emerged as a medium of communication among the workforce not only from India but also from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in UAE.
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Hindi is now third official language in Abu Dhabi courts

The move aims at helping Hindi speakers to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier.
Mallika Sherawat in 'Mayya Mayya', Guru | YouTube

Waqt, chaawal and Bollywood — the deep relationship between Indians and Arabs

Contact between nations is not only wrapped in history books, but celebrated every moment by people through words and expressions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event | PIB

When it comes to family, if only Karan Johar and Narendra Modi saw eye to eye

Modi needs to watch Indian TV serials to know that ‘family’ isn’t a dirty word.
Algu Rai Shastri

Algu Rai Shastri: The socialist who vociferously denounced English as a foreign language

Algu Rai Shastri, a member of the Constituent Assembly, was against forced religious conversions and known for denouncing views of religious minorities.
Mughal-e-Azam | YouTube

Urdu sounds are disappearing from Bollywood songs

The gradual decline of Urdu diction in Bollywood songs from Mughal-e-Azam to My Name is Khan
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Mohd Rafi was the voice that would soothe our broken hearts

Shammi Kapoor, possibly Bollywood’s first dancing star, might not have been able to woo Sharmila Tagore without Rafi’s songs.
Munshi Premchand | Commons

Munshi Premchand’s ‘Godaan’ featured Hindi fiction’s first live-in relationship

Premchand's women characters are definitely stronger than his male ones and fight battles to liberate their sexuality. If there is one day in the calendar that people in the 'Hindi belt' remember after Shrawan Shukla Saptami, which is the birthday of Tulsi Das, it has to be 31 July— the birthday of Munshi Premchand. He was a people’s writer. And yet during his last days, the ailing Premchand was resourceless and helplessly waiting for his death. Sitting by his bedside, his contemporary Nirala lamented the lack of awareness about the significance of a cultural master who gave a society its tongue. “Whenever I see Rajendra Prasad or Jawaharlal Nehru, I remember Premchand and my heart is filled with joy and devotion,” Nirala writes. The respect he commanded as a writer in his lifetime and in posteriority is exceptional. In libraries, the copies of his books bear the impressions of the fingers of generations. Also read: Munshi for millennials:...
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Hindi is not dead. Long live English!

About 46 per cent of Indian rural teens can now understand simple English, and this triumph of the language needs to be welcomed.

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Imran Khan

India’s Balakot strikes were long time coming, but only Pakistan can end terrorism

Trump must focus on ensuring that Pakistani terrorism against India (and Afghanistan) is defeated for the larger success of US geopolitical interests in Asia.
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Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

Defence

Tricolor draped coffins of the CRPF personnel, who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack

India has not and will not forget sacrifice of CRPF personnel in Pulwama, says Ajit Doval

At CRPF's 80th Raising Day event, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval says country’s leadership capable of determining "what should be done ahead".
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China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?