Symbol of courage & patriotism

Bhagat Singh, whose birth centenary is being celebrated this year, was hanged in Central Jail, Lahore, on March 23, 1931. Historian V.N. Datta analyses Bhagat Singh’s political ideology and action and tries to answer why he adopted the creed of militant nationalism.

Broadly speaking, in the early twentieth century politics two approaches were adopted for promoting India’s cause of freedom. The first approach was constitutional, which political leaders like B.G. Gokhale and his supporters chose to advance India’s cause of self-rule. The other course was Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement which was planned with the object of paralysing the British government.

The Bhagat Singh story
Unveiling the martyr
Aditi Tandon
Somewhere in an obscure mansion at Saketri village, located in the foothills of lower Shivaliks, Bhagat Singh’s life is being visited all over again. From the martyr’s voracious interest in the ideology and trials of Gharadites to the mighty spirit behind his death wish, the minutest detail of his life is being reconstructed.

Sukhdev’s house picture of neglect
Kanchan Vasdev
Martyr Sukhdev took first lessons of patriotism while playing in the streets of Nau Ghara area in Ludhiana, where he was born and brought up, and finally kissed the gallows for the sake of the country along with Bhagat Singh and Rajguru on March 23, 1931.

Flirting with the Bard
A number of classics, including plays by Shakespeare, were showcased at the Bharat Rang Mahotsava 2007. Chaman Ahuja reviews the Shakespearean ‘revisits’
Declaring its graduation into ‘a major international happening’, Bharat Rang Mahotsava 2007 at Delhi laid claim to ‘special emphasis on the classics, both Asian and European, in new manifestations’.

Samvatsara 2064
What says the country’s varsh phal
Sansar Chandra looks at the new Samvatsara spread over 384 days and predicts what lies ahead
HE new Samvatsara year-2064 will commence its journey at 8.10 am tomorrow. The first spring Navaratra also falls on this day. It is mandatory for the first lunar day (Paratipada) of Chaitra to begin at sunrise to be designated as Samvatsara day.

Yesterday’s whizkids, today’s moguls
Ervell E. Menezes
HEN veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese received his much deserved but long delayed Best Director Oscar for The Departed, the Academy couldn’t have chosen a better set of presenters. That Terrific Trio of Yesteryear’s Whiz Kids — Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. How three decades later they have become Hollywood moguls.

Nishabd is Ramu’s most sensitive story’
It’s all in the air," feels the 19-year-old Jiah Khan, when asked about Amitabh Bachchan’s presence during the shooting of Nishabd. And the hottest new entrant in Bollywood wanted all to take this statement quite literally. Because, according to Jiah (who was earlier working with a perfume factory), she can smell the Big B coming in from a distance.

Watch out for TinTin on screen
Dreamworks Pictures is reportedly set to make a movie on the famous cartoon character Tintin, which is expected to be released in 2009. According to SneakPeek.CA, Tintin’s Belgian creator Herge Studios has handed over its film rights to director Steven Spielberg.

New Tower of Babel
S researchers are developing a device called "Tower of Babel" that will make it possible for users to silently mouth a word in their own language and have it translated and said in another. The researchers said the effect was like watching a television programme that had been dubbed.


'ART & SOUL: The world of craftswomen
by B.N. Goswamy

television: Grimm exploits

GARDEN LIFE: Useful perennials
by Kiran Narain

FOOD TALK: Refreshing paalak
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Drug firms under scanner
Pushpa Girimaji

Hollywood Hues: Monster called war
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAWeak invention
by Jaspal Bhatti


Spearheading with R&D
Chandra Mohan
Technology at the Core: Science & Technology with Indira Gandhi
by Ashok Parthasarathi. Pearson Longman. Pages 327. Rs 695.

Books received: PUNJABI

Colours of a cultural canvas
Archana Shastri
Indian Painting, The Great Mural Tradition
by Mira Seth Mapin Publications. Pages 464. Rs 3500

Iraq revisited
Rumina Sethi
Baghdad Burning: A Young Woman’s Diary from a War Zone
by Riverbend. Women Unlimited, New Delhi. Pages 286. Rs 350.

Master of imagery
Ramesh Luthra
Jibanananda Das: Selected poems
Penguin. Pages 82. Rs 150.

Census facts and figures
Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
Population of India in the New Millennium: Census 2001
by Mahendra K. Premi. National Book Trust. Pages 303. Rs 300.

Spirit of adventure
Kanchan Mehta
The Leopard’s Call: An Anglo-Indian Love Story
by Reginald Shires. Author House. Page 178. $ 17.75.

children’s bestseller
Not many of today’s readers may have heard of When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne but, in its time, it had a mesmerising effect on kids, writes Lt-Gen Baljit Singh (retd)

A boom rooted in misery
It’s dominating the bestseller lists and is worth £24m a year. Literature of misery has become the book world’s biggest boom sector, writes Anthony Barnes

Valley of sorrows
Randeep Wadehra

  • Demystifying Kashmir
    by Navnita Chadha Behera Pearson Longman. Pages: ix+359. Rs 425.

  • Groundwater management in India
    by M. Dinesh Kumar Sage. Pages 354. Rs 480

  • Pedestals of Clay
    by Subodh Lal Parity Paperbacks. Pages 224. Rs 250.