Akhilesh Yadav, the amiable crown prince, has emerged from his father's shadow and has signalled to his subjects that he is ready to become the king. Every day when Akhilesh returns after a joust with political adversaries to his Camelot, which is Lucknow's 5, Kalidas Marg, it is time to hold court with advisors and loyalists. A motley lot, they include his trusted bureaucrats, father Mulayam Singh Yadav's Socialist associates, an uncle, cousins and the knights from his Samajwadi 'Youth ... Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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During a war, there are just four possibilities a soldier faces.One: Victorious and safe.Two: Wounded.Three: Killed in action.Four: Prisoner of War.It was my fate to face the fourth, says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) on the year spent as a prisoner of war in Pakistan during the 1971 War.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com December 5, 1971. Six Gorkha soldiers and I were on a reconnaissance patrol on the western border in Punjab, along the Ravi river, when the Pakistani army launched a ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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