Waheeda Rahman remembers Guru Dutt and Devanand


Recently, the legendary Bollywood actress Waheeda Rahman  came to London to publicise the cause of her favourite Mumbai based charity Pratham and in her busy schedule she found time to talk to the History editor Vijay Rana. She talked about her debut in Guru Dutt’s film CID, the rumours…

Adoor honoured in London by SACF


India’s legendary film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan was honoured by UK’s South Asian Cinema Foundation. As one of the greatest exponent of Malayalam cinema Adoor has received India’s highest cinema award Dada Saheb Falke Award. At this occasion a book – ‘A Door to Adoor’ – celebrating his life and work…


‘Jhansi ki Rani’ sung by the BBC veteran Kailash Budhwar

Jhansi ki rani

Read ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi Subhadra Kumari Chauhan became the first woman Satyagrahi to court arrest in Nagpur. She later wrote the highly inspiring patriotic poem ‘Jhansi ki Rani’. During India’s freedom struggle against the British Raj it became one of the most recited and sung poems…

आजादी के गीत हिन्दी साहित्य के श्रेष्ठतम राष्ट्रवादी गीत

15 अगस्त 1947 सुमित्रानन्दन पंत स्वरः नरेश भारतीय अरुण यह मधुमय देश हमारा जयशंकर प्रसाद स्वरः ललित मोहन जोशी प्रयाण गीतः वीर तुम बढ़े चलो सोहन लाल द्विवेदी स्वरः निखिल कौशिक खूब लडी मरदानी वो तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान स्वरः कैलाश बुधवार यह भारतवर्ष हमारा है,…

Indian Politics

I saw Netaji alive after his alleged plane crash: Capt Abbas Ali


The remarkable story of an old INA freedom fighter Captain Abbas Ali, a commissioned officer in the British army, was sent to South-East Asia in 1940 to fight against Japan. But in  1944, after hearing an inspiring speech of Netaji  Subhash Chandra Bose in Singapore, he joined the Indian National…

When Netaji asked students to serve India


In this rare and inspiring  speech Netaji Subhash Bose asks Indian students to emulate the example of youth  in Russia, France and Italy to take part in freedom struggle and serve their country. The speech seems to be of the early 1940s when he was still a member of the…

Mahatma Gandhi

बाबा नागार्जुन की कविता

तीनो बन्दर बापू के बापू के भी ताऊ निकले तीनों बन्दर बापू के ! सरल सूत्र उलझाऊ निकले तीनों बन्दर बापू के ! सचमुच जीवनदानी निकले तीनों बन्दर बापू के ! ग्यानी निकले, ध्यानी निकले तीनों बन्दर बापू के ! जल-थल-गगन-बिहारी निकले तीनों बन्दर बापू के ! लीला के गिरधारी…

Last Day in the Life of Mahatma Gandhi

Radio drama: last day MKG

Radio Drama On the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi Radio NRI editor Vijay Rana recreates the events of that fateful day in this radio docu-drama. Gandhi’s day begins at 3.30 am, followed by his morning meeting. He then gives final touches to a new draft constitution for…


Remembering Maulana Azad in London

Maulana Azad

Nehru Center in association with Indian Muslim Federation, UK organised a remarkable tribute to the freedom fighter, Congress leader and India’s first education minister, Maulana Azad. What came out so vividly was his unshaken faith in India’s inherent cultural unity and his deep commitment to secular values. Yet he was…

A rare interview and recitation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Faiz Ahmed Faiz

NRIfm presents a rare tribute to one of Urdu’s greatest poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The programme was produced by BBC TV’s veteran journalist, now late Krishan Gould as a tribute to Faiz soon after his death in November 1984. It includes excerpts of a rare interview with Faiz in which…


British Raj

How much Asians love their children

One of Peter Chitsy’s old family friend had retired from India. He was very brutal and had a very poor opinion of India. Later on in the seventies he realised how much Indian immigrants love their children. He met an Asian businessman who was mortified because his son had gone off the…

Knowing India through Sabu, Forster and Southall


Judith Cunningham was introduced to India through the movie ‘Sabu the Jungle Boy’, EM Foster and Bhawani Junction. Her family lived in Southall. But unlike other white families one of her cousins refused to move out of Southall and the old man is still cared for by his Sikh neighbours.  …

Doctor's In UK

How Indian doctors saved the NHS


In 1963 the Conservative Health Minister Enoch Powell launched a campaign to recruit Indian doctors to save the NHS from an impending staffing crisis. Ironically, a few years later Powell warned Britain of the “rivers of blood” caused by the influx of foreign workers.  By the mid-sixties more than 18,000…

True story of a lucky escape from the silent killer

SD Bhardwaj

SD Bhardwaj is a hardworking London businessman, always active and smart. One evening after a slight pain in his chest he was taken to hospital, where to his great astonishment the doctors found massive blockages in all the four arteries. A quick quadruple-bypass, done by an Indian doctor in UK…


Sri Sri Ravishakar’s message to NRIs


Help us to make a healthy and happy world During his recent visit to the UK Sri Sri Ravishakar taught the Art of Living to thousands of NRIs. His speech and yoga demonstrations were a great source of inspiration to lead a happy and healthy life and to spread world…

Aamir Khan:- My struggle to quit smoking

aamir khan

“Nothing is more dangerous than cigarette smoking.” We all know him as a great Bollywood star, but here in an off beat interview Aamir Khan talks about his struggle to quit smoking. He candidly talks about how he reluctantly got into smoking and the disastrous impact of cigarette smoking on…

Hindi Poetry

पुष्प की अभिलाषा -पंडित माखन लाल चतुर्वेदी


…मुझे तोड़ लेना वनमाली उस पथ पर तुम देना फेंक मातृभूमि पर शीश चढा़ने जिस पथ जाऐं वीर अनेकउमेश चतुर्वेदी के स्वर में सुनिए यह प्रसिद्ध कविता     Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi (1889-1968) was one of the leading poets and journalists of the Indian freedom movement. Though a true disciple…

नर हो न निराश करो मन को -मैथली शरण गुप्त


जब प्राप्त तुम्हें सब तत्त्व यहाँ फिर जा सकता वह सत्त्व कहाँ तुम स्वत्त्व सुधा रस पान करो उठके अमरत्व विधान करो दवरूप रहो भव कानन को नर हो न निराश करो मन को सुनिए यह प्रसिद्ध कविता   Maithili Sharan Gupt (1886-1964) was one of the pioneers nationalist poetry…

Indian Classical

Birju Maharaj on his early life and times


Kathak Maestro Birju Maharaj in a rare interview tells the story of his early life, his legendry father Achchan Maharaj and mother Mahadev. He also talks about a concert in Jhansi where disruptive audience were in no mood to listen to a classical artist, but the mood changed when he…

Pandit Jasraj: My most memorable concert


Pandit Jasraj, one to the giants of Indian classical music began his career as a percussionist, mainly focusing on Tabla, but then he turned his attention to singing. In a rare interview he talks about why he changed the track. He also talks about his most memorable concert that concert…


Fauja Singh: World’s oldest Marathon runner


93 year-oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh completed this year’s London Marathon in less than six hours. Last year year he took part in London, New York and Toronto Marathons and for every race he practices for at least four months, run ning a minimum of 7 to 10 miles a…

My slanging match with John MacEnroe

tennis umpire Raghubir Singh Mahajan

For more then two decades tennis umpire Raghubir Singh Mahajan was a permanent fixture in Wimbledon and he fought many battles against the raging John MacEnroe.


Booker Prize after seven yrs of toil and torments

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai became the youngest woman writer to win the 2006  Man Booker Prize. In this remarkably candid interview she talks about her struggle in New York while writing her second novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’. She pays her tribute to her mother Anita Desai who was nominated for Booker…

UR Ananthmurthy on his life and literature

UR Ananthmurthy

Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, born December 21, 1932, is a leading contemporary writer in the Kannada language. He is counted among the most eminent Indian authors. A winner of India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, he was also honoured with Padma Bhushan by the Government of…

UK Asian MP's

UK Minister who loves Gandhi, Ganesh and Bollywood’s ‘Mother India’


Britain’s first black cabinet minister Paul Boateng was taught by Mrs Prakash when he was growing up in Ghana. He and his parents were inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. He grew up watching the classic Indian film ‘Mother India’ and he is fond of Hindu God Ganesh. As Chief Secretary to…

Southall MP: I get a lot of racist hate mail


Piara Khabra, born in the Indian Punjab, came to England in 1959. He started working in a bread factory. Then he became a teacher, a trade unionist and rose to become an MP in 1992. Here the MP from the predominantly Asian Southall talks about his early life and his…


Melody King Manna Day passes away at 94


Manna Dey was in and out of hospital in the last five months for respiratory and renal problems. He died of cardiac arrest at 3:50 AM in Bangalore on 24th October 2013. He was 94. Dey sang more than 3,500 songs, including romantic ballads, intricate raga-based songs, Qawwalis and fast-paced…


A unique Ganesha symphony


Pranamya Shirsa Devam; Gauri putram Vinayakam.. Music directors Ajay-Atul, who have composed music in films like Viruddh and Ghayab, present a unique experience for the devotees of Ganapati Bappa in the magical voice of SP Balasubranaiam. Never before the devotees of Ganapati have heard such a soulful Ganapati vandana.  …

Editor's Blog

Jinnah’s Communalism: Sieving Facts from Fiction

Vijay Rana

Dr Vijay Rana, 20 August 2009, London How can Jinnah, the lifelong campaigner for separate communal electorate, the advocate of two-nations theory, the opponent of  ’Hindu Tyranny’ and the initiator of India’s first mass violence campaign, the Direct Action Day, be described as a secular leader? Dr Vijay Rana tells the true story of Jinnah….