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Shyam Benegal’s DD show Yatra heroed the train in 1986, long before SRK and Kajol in DDLJ

The 15-part series came to life thanks to the Indian Railways, which provided Benegal with a 10-bogey train for 50 days at the cost of Rs 30 lakhs.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Manthan ad from the 90s, with which Amul joins TV nostalgia trip after Ramayan, Mahabharat

Amul’s 1996 ad titled Manthan tells the story of India's White Revolution using footage from Smita Patil's iconic film of the same name.
Poster of Shyam Benegal's Junoon | Wikipedia

Shashi Kapoor in Junoon is a masterclass in how to humanise an unlikeable man

Shyam Benegal’s historical drama based on a Ruskin Bond story brings together the very best of Hindi cinema.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Mujibur biopic offers Modi govt another chance to mend ties with Bangladesh

Ties between India and Bangladesh have been strained over the Modi government’s decision to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act.
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Smita Patil — the ‘real’ woman Indian women could relate to

Intelligent, talented, and strong, Smita Patil proved to be a shining star in an industry that shames darkness.
Shyam Bengal, Ramachandra Guha, Konkona Sen Sharma

185 personalities condemn FIR against celebrities who wrote open letter to PM

In a different open letter, 185 people from 'cultural community' have questioned the FIR, asking if it was a ploy to misuse courts to silence citizen's voices.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Forhan’s, the toothpaste that took care of a generation’s pearly whites

A bitter toothpaste that left a generation of Indians with sweet memories.
Girish Karnad in a still from Manthan | Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd.

In Manthan, Girish Karnad showed why change matters through the Amul story

Manthan is not a simplistic do-gooder story about rescuing a village with new ideas. The film is beautifully layered and had an outstanding cast.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

India will fund 40% of joint venture film on Bangladesh founder Mujibur Rahman

India will also co-produce with Bangladesh a documentary and radio show on the 1971 Liberation War, highlighting India’s role in Bangladesh’s freedom struggle.

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India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

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Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.