With the British
deciding to display a replica of the Kohinoor in a London museum, the
spotlight is again on India’s lost relic. Kuldip
Nayar, former High Commissioner to the UK, recalls why his
request for the return of the jewel went unheeded.
from amongst us, off and on, will continue to ask the British for its
return. It is ours but I do not think India will ever get back the
Kohinoor. At the common level, it is an emotional problem. Lord
Dalhousie took it from Dalip Singh, the eight-year-old son of Maharaja
Besides India and Pakistan,
many descendants of Maharaja Dalip Singh have staked their claim to
the Kohinoor, reports K.R.N.Swamy
recent move of the British government to display a replica of the
original uncut Kohinoor, as it was taken from its last Indian owner
Maharaja Dalip Singh, in the Natural History Museum in London, again
brings back controversies surrounding this historic treasure.
down on creation
Standing amid the vast
silvery expanse of Rohtang Pass is a dream come true for every tourist
to Himachal Pradesh, reports Usha Bande after
13,400 feet, the pass commands a breathtaking view of the valleys on
either side and as one gasps for breath one wonders why it is called a
pass at all for it does not have that narrowness associated with one.
It spans a kilometre in width and overlooks the gigantic meadows that
accentuate the sense of height.
A peacock displays its feathers to impress a peahen in a zoo in New Delhi
Joshi on the Air-India Maharaja who entered his 60th year this
now familiar lovable figure, the Maharaja, first made his appearance
way back in 1946, when Bobby Kooka, then A-I’s Commercial Director,
and Umesh Rao, an artist with the advertising agency J. Walter
Thompson Ltd, Mumbai, together created the Maharaja.
Cinefan, New Delhi’s own
festival of Asian cinema, launched in 1999, has today evolved into a
full-on celebration of films made in the world’s most populous
continent, reports Saibal Chatterjee
seventh edition of the 10-day Osian Cinefan Film Festival, underway in
the national Capital’s sprawling Siri Fort complex from July 15,
promises to be bigger, brighter and better than ever before.
Long after a Hindi film has
been watched, the one-liners that draw whistles remain etched in
public memory. Surendra Miglani scans a
range of films over the past few decades to pick out the memorable
happened sometime in the 1970s. Actor Prem Chopra’s car had to make
a halt at a railway crossing. Some passersby, on spotting the actor,
mobbed him and insisted that he speak his famous one-liner, Prem...naam
hai mera...Prem Chopra (from the film Bobby).
Just don’t visit
A thin plot, tired acting and dull lines render Just
all started with H.G. Wells’ Time Machine, this thing about
travelling back and forth in time and the idea was well exploited by
Robert Zemeckis in Back to the Future. The two sequels may have
lost their freshness but they were still quite watchable and sort of
gave Michael J. Fox’s career a head start in the late 1980s.