Even though she was one of the planet's best known people, Mother Teresa remained an enigma all her life. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com spoke to some of those who knew her best to discover the human being behind the legend. On Sunday, Mother Teresa was declared a saint by Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church in a canonisation ceremony in Vatican City in the presence of over a million followers from all over the world. We republish this September 1997 feature ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
"We know many things are going to happen. People should be preparing for sea level rise, for increased cyclonic activity, for drought. One reason I wrote the book is to alert people to the dangers that they face. For example, Mumbai faces enormous threat."Amitav Ghosh, one of India's finest writers, discusses climate change, with Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel. Do ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'I would like to believe that out of this struggle (to effect climate change) will be born a generation that will be able to look upon the world with clearer eyes than those that preceded it;that they will be able to transcend the isolation in which humanity was entrapped in the time of its derangement;that they will rediscover their kinship with other beings,and that this vision, at once new and ancient, will find expression in a transformed and renewed art and literature.' IMAGE: A child ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'Cultural property crimes have been linked by the United Nations and others to terrorism.''These links show the perpetrators to be associated with major criminal and terrorist networks like ISIS.' For an excited five-year-old boy, perched on the edge of his seat in a New England theatre, nothing could be more thrilling than watching the exploits of an archaeologist-professor, played by Harrison Ford, who escapes his university classroom to heroically assist North Indian villagers recover the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'... and all of the symbolism, history, the colours of his motherland, the earth, the sky, all of that is there and it always remains with him.' IMAGE: S H Raza's interest in the form and subtext that dictated much of his later work did not wane with age. Photograph: Sheela Bhatt It was Hugo Weihe who triumphantly slammed down the auctioneer hammer June 10, 2010, in Christie's South Kensington auction house, London, declaring Syed Haider Raza's Saurashtra sold for a whopping Rs 16.42 crore ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Why S H Raza is one of India's greatest painters Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'If the radical Islamic movement had been largely peaceful, Headley would have probably found another way to ensure real life excitement.''But I really do believe that his relationship with radical Islam is real. Very real.''It was a match for his desires.' IMAGE: Smoke and fire billows out of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, November 27, 2008. Photograph: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters. On November 26, 2008, David Coleman Headley was glued to a television set in Lahore, Pakistan. He was probably filled ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'India simply wasn't prepared for the fact that a natural-born American could be organising a major terror plot in their country. And they didn't look for people like him.''Headley is one of the most complex and interesting terrorists of the last many years.' Danish investigative journalist Kaare Sørensen has covered international affairs, Islamic terrorism, surveillance, intelligence agencies and subsequently the foiled Copenhagen/Aarhus 2009-2010 attack. The journalist journeyed to ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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