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March 8: International Women’s Day

March 8: International Women’s Day

 By Krishan Gupta International Women’s Day has been observed since 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Women demanded that they should be given the right to vote, to hold public office and against employment sex discrimination. On May […]

Changing Face of U.S. Spurs Insurance Brokerage to Focus on Asian Market

Changing Face of U.S. Spurs Insurance Brokerage to Focus on Asian Market

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: America’s populaton is becoming more diverse. Nowhere is this trend more visible than in Houston. The latest insurance group to act on this demographic trend is The Producers Group, one of the largest national privately held life insurance brokerage agencies in the U.S. The Producers Group venture into the multicultural market […]

Need to overhaul India’s defense procurement procedure – A Chopper at Rs. 300 Crore for VVIPs

Need to overhaul India’s defense procurement procedure – A Chopper at Rs. 300 Crore for VVIPs

By Raj Kanwar IAN India Correspondent Scandals and defense purchases seem to be made for each other. Thus the latest to hit the headlines globally about the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from Augusta Westland, an Italian conglomerate, has not come even with wee bit of a surprise. The deal valued at rupees 3,600 crore […]

The Story of Mahatma Gandhi

The Story of Mahatma Gandhi

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi The story thus far…After the defeat of Japan in August 1945, Britain agreed to a planned withdrawal from India. All through his life Gandhi had worked for unity between Hindus and Muslims, without much success. There was a large section of nationalist Muslim in the Congress but […]

Wheels of Independence are Set in Motion

Wheels of Independence are Set in Motion

The story thus far…. The war in Europe was having an impact in India. The Congress Working Committee found itself unable to accept in its entirety Gandhi’s attitude to the war. In particular, they would not accept his view that the defense of India should not depend on the armed forces. Congress leaders met on […]

Gandhi Fights British Attempt to Divide Hindus

Gandhi Fights British Attempt to Divide Hindus

The story thus far…Early in 1932 Gandhi wanted to meet the new Viceroy, Lord Willlingdon, but the Viceroy made it clear that the days of negotiations were over. Gandhi informed the authorities that he was again starting a civil disobedience movement. The Viceroy thought it was a threat and had Gandhi arrested and lodged in […]

Gandhi’s Arrest Creates Sensation Worldwide

Gandhi’s Arrest Creates Sensation Worldwide

The story thus far…Newspaper reporters from all over the world were there to report the progress of the Gandhi’s satyagraha. The march ended on April 5 at Dandi village. Gandhi and his selected followers went to the sea shore and broke the salt law by picking up salt left on the shore by the sea. […]

Gandhi Leads Boycott of 1920 Prince of Wales’ Visit to India

Gandhi Leads Boycott of  1920 Prince of Wales’ Visit to India

The story thus far…During the latter part of 1920 Gandhi advocated a triple boycott. He wanted an absolute boycott of the Government and all government institutions, including schools, colleges, and courts. If the people were free of these they could easily have their own schools, colleges, and courts, and the power of the British would […]

India’s Dour Mood Makes British Nervous

India’s Dour Mood Makes British Nervous

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi The story thus far…It was announced that a meeting was to be held in a garden called Jallianwala Bagh, to protest against the government’s actions. General Dyer took no measures to prevent the meeting. He reached the place soon after the meeting began and he took with […]

Anti-Rowlatt Stir and Jalianwala Bagh Carnage

Anti-Rowlatt Stir and Jalianwala Bagh Carnage

The Story thus far…A separate institution named Satyagraha Sabha was formed with headquarters in Bombay. There were agitations everywhere against the Rowlatt Committee’s report. But the government was determined to implement the Rowlatt recommendations and in 1919, the Rowlatt Bill was introduced. When the bill was debated in India’s Legislative Chamber, Gandhi attended as a […]

Gandhi Backs Resolution on War Recruiting

Gandhi Backs Resolution on War Recruiting

The story thus far…For two years Gandhi traveled extensively in India and had talked at different places. His interest first centered on the problem of indentured labor where poor, ignorant laborers were enticed away from India to work in the British colonies. He disapproved of this system in South Africa, fought it there, and he […]

In Champaran, “ Face-to-Face with God, Ahimsa, Truth”

In Champaran, “ Face-to-Face  with God, Ahimsa, Truth”

The story thus far….Gandhi permitted a lower caste family to reside at the ashram that he established at Ahmedabad. He met with much opposition. He also amazed and angered the British officers, upper-class Indians, and friends gathered at a foundation stone laying ceremony at Banaras University by speaking out against usage of the English language […]

Gandhi Invites Untouchable Family to Ashram

Gandhi Invites Untouchable Family to Ashram

The story thus far….Gandhi went to Rajkot and Porbandar to meet his relatives and then went on to Shantiniketan. There Gandhi met poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore for the first time, as well as C. F. Andrews. Andrews, who came to India as an Anglican priest in 1904, was one of the very few people respected […]

First Victory for the Satyagraha Experiment

First Victory for the Satyagraha Experiment

The story thus far… a recent court decision in South Africa held that the law did not recognize Indian marriages. The women were suitably offended by this and found it an attack on their basic family values. They openly broke the law and were imprisoned in large numbers. In the coal-mines at Newcastle, in Natal, […]

The Beginning of Gandhi’s Spartan Life-style

The Beginning of Gandhi’s Spartan Life-style

The story thus far… Gandhi realizes that he could be more effective at supporting the cause of the Indians in South Africa if he returned to India. Once in Calcutta, he drew attention to the plight of the South African Indians to the Indian government and media, where there was widespread support. But he was […]

Gandhi Sets Up Ambulance Corps to Help British

Gandhi Sets Up Ambulance Corps to Help British

The story thus far…Gandhi’s activism on behalf of the Indians in South Africa, brought him much strife. The local Afrikaners and the British considered him as a troublemaker. He was attacked by angry mobs. With his calm demeanor, he wins over the people, and even gets to help create an ambulance corps. The Durban police […]

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Gandhi Returns Home, Meets Tilak, Gokhale

Gandhi Returns Home, Meets Tilak, Gokhale

The story thus far…In South Africa, Gandhi saw how the Indians were treated as inferiors, only allowed to work the soil but not permitted to own land. Under the law enacted in the Orange Free State in 1888, Indians had been deprived of their rights. In Transvaal, they had to pay a poll tax of […]

Gandhi’s Impact in South Africa

Gandhi’s Impact in South Africa

The story thus far… Gandhi arrives in South Africa and is rudely made aware of the rampant racism in that country when has to visit Pretoria on work. He is unceremoniously thrown off a 1st class compartment on a train to Johannesburg. He manages to board another train where his white fellow traveler is quite […]

Gandhi Suffers Racial Insults in South Africa

Gandhi Suffers Racial Insults in South Africa

The story thus far: Gandhi, having studied well and completed his law degree in England, returns to India. He misses England but is happy to be reunited with his family. He begins practicing law in Rajkot. Upon return to India, Gandhi started to practice law in Rajkot, but he was soon deeply disgusted at the […]

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