Bringing Urdu ghazal into the modern age: Lucknow's 'pure' poet (Column: Bookends)

Every poetic tradition has one great exponent, traditionally and popularly embodying and representing its identity and characteristics. Most are historic figures, though relatively new, or revived languages may see those from recent past or even contemporary times. As vital but considerably less-celebrated or even remembered are those who enable…

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Why small farmers in Tamil Nadu borrow money at 60% interest

New Delhi : In October 2014 Karuppasamy (name changed), a farmer in Tamil Nadu’s western district of Pudukkottai, had no choice but to rent a pump-set to irrigate his farm when the rains were delayed and insufficient.

To pay for the pump, Karuppasamy took a loan from the local…

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Brexit offers Challenge & opportunity to India

New Delhi : Finally, the long, tortious wait is over. Brexit has happened. Britain decided by a slender majority vote to leave the European Economic Union in the referendum held last week.  In a globalised economy it is inevitable the development will have consequences for the rest of the world including…

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Jan Dhan deposits up 118% over 21 months

New Delhi, June 28, 2016 : The average deposit per account under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) – a financial inclusion programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2014 – increased 118 per cent from Rs 795 in September 2014 to Rs 1,735 in May 2016, according to…

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INDIA SHOULD HANDLE MALDIVES CAUTIOUSLY

New Delhi, June 27, 2016 : In the last two years the Narendra Modi Government has messed up relations with neighbours, except Bangladesh, in which case it wisely implemented the Land Boundary Agreement signed by the predecessor UPA Government, even after having vehemently opposed it in parliament when it was in…

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