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Book Review : From behind the steel frame

THE British East India Company came to this subcontinent to trade and provide lucrative returns to its shareholders in London. In the process, the company came to be known as “Company Bahadur”; it assumed the role of governance, ultimately making … Continue reading

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Classified reality

IN the era of star whistleblowers such as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden and massive leaks or releases of classified, often highly disturbing information, it is difficult to surprise the public with disclosures about clandestine activities, past and present of … Continue reading

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Spies who came in from the cold

THE book, jointly authored by India’s former Indian Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Amarjit Singh Dulat and the Pakistan’s former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Asad Durrani, was released amidst fanfare by a galaxy of Indian … Continue reading

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A miserable failure

It’s ironical that a book that aims to create a myth and living legend of an individual itself has seedlings, even large plants, which ultimately destroy the person. This is the tragedy, and also the crucial insight that a reader … Continue reading

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Challenges of old age care

The  sinister shadow of urbanisation, industrialisation, and atomisation of families has  not only deprived the elders of the  societal reverence, traditional family love and care but they are being increasingly neglected and abused. The problem would exacerbate and reach gargantuan … Continue reading

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Decriminalising the victims

The facts contained in the book may have faded out of the memory of most since it is based on the events that author revisited after a gap of more than a decade of his 20 years (1983-2003) association at … Continue reading

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Rs. 17 to billionaire : A saga of determination

He set off for Delhi from his home in Hissar with Rs. 17 in his pocket at the age of 17. The flourishing family business in the grains trade had gone bankrupt. Debt made his functioning as a trader difficult … Continue reading

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Indian values, English sensibilities

Caught by the Police, a biography of Anandswarup Gupta, a 1939-batch Indian police officer who served as the Founder-Director of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in 1970, has many firsts to its credit.This, arguably, is the first … Continue reading

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Making of a mass leader

“I had my first brush with administration when I was barely three days old, cradled in the arms of my mother.  Sharadabai Govindrao Pawar had a meeting to attend at the Pune Local Board, of which she was a member, … Continue reading

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Roles and responsibilities

At the Service of a Billion Plus is a recently published, very insightful and interesting book on Group ‘A’ Civil Services (CS), particularly for those contemplating entering these services. The book is a collection of 20 articles of retired officers … Continue reading

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