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Startup founders must imitate ideas rather than waste time on innovation, says Rajesh Jain

In Startup to Proficorn, Rajesh Jain says that the problem is that we are all taught from early days that copying is a bad idea.

How pro-BJP & pro-BSP Dalits differ: One embraces Bhakti-era Ravidas, another the Buddha

The collapse of the BSP in UP is visible along three interrelated axis: sub-caste, ideological and sub-regional.

Women were equal to men in early Aryan culture. It changed when they settled on Ganga plains

In ‘The Future in The Past’, historian Romila Thapar revisits Indian history and expands the narrative beyond kings, battles and territories won and lost.

Who is Bahubali? ‘Strong-armed’ mythological figure Jains hold sacred

Bahubali is mentioned in the religious literature of both the Svetambara and Digambara sects of Jainism, although his worship is more prominent among Digambaras.

Indira Gandhi, Ronald Reagan exchanged polite letters for show. Neither’s heart was in it

In 'Centres of Power', Chinmaya R. Gharekhan recalls his years working in former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's office.

Vivekananda wanted to wash Jesus’ feet with his blood. Even invited Christian missionaries to India

In ‘Vivekananda: The Philosopher of Freedom', Govind Krishnan V talks about the monk's deep interest in Christian theology, topics that are arcane for lay Christians.

Sabira Merchant gave Mumbai its first nightclub in the 80s. Disco fever took over the city

Studio29 came out of a chance meeting of two strangers at a hair salon on a rainy afternoon. It was nothing less than sleight...

Nizam of Hyderabad wanted to buy Goa from Portuguese—this betrayal of trust infuriated Nehru

In ‘Goa, 1961’, Valmiki Faleiro provides a detailed account of the political climate and events leading up to Goa's liberation from the Portuguese in 1961.

The Muslim warrior class can never match a Jat Sikh, said this Indian photographer in Pakistan

A great proportion of Indians look at Pakistan with loathing and contempt, an imbalance that exposes the futility of a policy of terror.

Aditya Puri was top performer at Citibank. At HDFC, he was dismissed as a flash in the pan

In ‘Adityanama’, Smiley Puri offers an insight into the remarkable life of her husband, the legendary Indian banker Aditya Puri.

On Camera


GDP to IIP—Indian statistical systems have bigger problems than ‘underestimating’ population

It is always a good idea to see if survey results are consistent with other indicators of the economy. The problems of measurement make it difficult to do this in India.

Oil eases on higher US stockpiles, caution ahead of likely Fed...

By Yuka Obayashi and Trixie Yap (Reuters) -Oil prices eased on Wednesday off three-month highs as industry data showed a stock build in U.S. crude inventories and investors remained cautious ahead of


File photo of Ajit Doval with Wang Yi | ANI

LAC tensions eroded trust says Ajit Doval, as China pushes for...

China's Wang Yi met NSA Ajit Doval in Johannesburg. Both sides agreed that the India-China bilateral relationship is significant not only for the two countries but also for the region and world.
Illustration: Soham Sen

New BJP govt, old divisive ways. Biren’s rule shows party never...

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, and by implication, the BJP nationally and the Modi government are all under attack over anarchy in the...