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Give dual Indian citizenship to NRI investors: Swraj Paul

Swraj Paul

For too long India has been burdened with an old, cosy, family-and- favourites, under-the-table style of doing and managing business. “For the first time I now have confidence that that is going to change.   London, 29 October 2014, NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has called for granting Indian passports…

RPBD London 2014 Photo Gallery

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This was the biggest assembly of NRIs in London. The Indian diaspora has huge expectations from a resurgent India. And at the same time the NRI community was very enthusiastic to contribute and have a share in India’s growth story. Here are some of the images from RPBD London 2014.

Indian Politics

Bande Mataram sung by Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

This is an extraordinary find Bande Mataram sung by India’s greatest poet Rabindranath Tagore. Hemendra Mohan Bose (1864-1916) opened the Talking Machine Hall in Kolkata, a shop where one could get one’s voice recorded. Bose was a sound recording expert and also had an agency to sell Edison and Pathe…

When Netaji asked students to serve India

Subhash Chandra Bose

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…

Indians Abroad

Modi takes 2015 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to Gujarat

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The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat in January 2015. As the year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the return of the greatest ‘Pravasi’ of all, Mahatma Gandhi, from South Africa, PBD 2015…

SH Raza: My childhood around beautiful Narmada river

Sayed Haider Raza

Sayed Haider Raza, one of India’s greatest painters, remembers his early childhood in and around the beautiful forests of Narmada river. Syed Haider Raza was born on 22 February, 1922 in Babaria, Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. His father  Sayed Mohammed Razi was the Deputy Forest Ranger of the district and his mother was…

Mahatma Gandhi

हिंदी दिवस पर बापू से मुलाकात; राकेश पाण्डेय

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आज मुंबई एयरपोर्ट पर बापू और मैंने एक साथ अख़बार बांचा। बापू से देश के हालात पर चर्चा हुई। बापू ने कहा हिंदी अख़बार लाओ, मैंने उन्हें बताया कि एयरपोर्ट पर हिंदी अख़बार बमुश्किल मिलते है।यंहा किताब की दुकान पर केवल अंग्रेजी की किताबे दिखाई देती है, हिंदी की किताब…

Gandhi statue to be installed in UK Parliament Square

Gandhi Statue in Tavistock Square, London

New Delhi, Tuesday, July 08, 2014: A statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be installed by early next year in Parliament Square in Britain, the country he took on for India’s freedom. British Foreign Minister William Hague and Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne, who are on a visit to India, announced…

Hindi

हिमालय का सन्देश : रामधारी सिंह दिनकर के स्वर में

रामधारी सिंह दिनकर

प्रस्तुत है राष्ट्रकवि रामधारी सिंह दिनकर की रचना ‘हिमालय का सन्देश’ उन्ही के स्वर में.

सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन अज्ञेय: कविता पाठ

Agyeya

सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन “अज्ञेय”  (१९११-१९८७) का जन्म ७ मार्च १९११ को उत्तर प्रदेश के देवरिया जिले के कुशीनगर नामक ऐतिहासिक स्थान में हुआ था। प्रारंभिक शिक्षा-दीक्षा पिता की देख रेख में घर पर ही संस्कृत, फारसी, अंग्रेजी, और बांग्ला भाषा व साहित्य के अध्ययन के साथ। १९२५ में पंजाब से…

Urdu

गुलज़ार: ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़ुबां का

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                  ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़ुबां का आँखों को वीसा नहीं लगता, सपनों की सरहद कोई नहीं  

Freedom movement in Urdu poetry

Freedom movement, Simon Commission, Urdu poetry

तहरीक़े आज़ादी और उर्दू शायरी : One of NRIfm.com listeners has sent this extraordinary radio feature about how India’s freedom movement was reflected in Urdu shayari. Recording seems to begin half way. Courtesy AIR Urdu service. अब दौरे मसर्रत आने दो, क़ौमी परचम लहराने दो जाती है ग़ुलामी जाने दो,…

Indian Classical

Pt Kishan Maharaj: Ganesh Paran on tabla सुनिए पंडित किशन महाराज का जादुई तबला जो हमारी और आपकी तरह बोलता है

Pandit Kishan Maharaj

 Ganesh Paran  Invocation of Lord Ganesha. It’s a famous  traditional composition, which refers to Ganesha (the elephant-headed god, son of Shiva). The first part describes a scene where Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh sing Dhrupada, accompanied by Ganesha on the Mŗdańga. This Paran was one of Kishan Maharaj-ji’s favourites. सुनिए पंडित…

Sarod maestro Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan: Video Interview

Hafiz Ali Khan

Even before Ustad Haafiz Ali (1888–1972) Khan gave Sarod his magic touch at a public performance, the atmosphere used to become electric. Tall, massive fair with a neatly trimmed beard, Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan was more than handsome. He was overwhelming with his charming manners and large eyes, as eloquent as…

Writers

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…

History

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

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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.  …

Health

HEALTH & HAPPINESS 4 YOU, Issue No. 13

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Narayan Hrudayalaya wins the 2013 FT ArcelorMittal Business award

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Bangalore based hospital group Narayana Hrudayalaya was given the 2013 FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business award for ‘Corporate Responsibility’ to create an ‘innovative financial model for helping ordinary Indians access vital medical services’. NRIfm presents an exclusive interview with Dr Devi Shetty who set up this remarkable national institution.      

Sports

Minister Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore vows to work for farmers and youth

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Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has found a place in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Minister of State. Immediately after he was elected as MP for Rural Jaipur constituency, in an interview with the NRIFM editor Vijay Rana, Rathore said his priority would be farmers and the youth….

Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ coming soon

Playing It My Way

‘I knew that agreeing to write my story would need me to be completely honest, as that’s the way I have always played the game. It would require talking about a number of aspects I have not shared in public before… So here I am, at the end of my…

Religion

कबीर : ना जाने तेरा साहिब कैसा है

Shafi Faqir

                  प्रस्तुत है  पाकिस्तान के प्रसिद्ध  सिन्धी गायक शफी फ़क़ीर के स्वर में कबीर की ये प्रसिद्द रचना – ना जाने तेरा साहिब कैसा है… Kabīr (c. 1440 – c. 1518) was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly…

A unique Ganesha symphony

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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.  …

Videos

2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi: Interview

Kailash Satyrathi

“A great moment for all those children”, Said Kailash Satyarthi  to Adam Smith, Chief Scientific Officer at Nobel Media, after he got the news that he has been awarded the world’s most prestigious award. Kailash Satyarthi said he felt “very honoured” to be awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize together with Malala…

Afghan KL Saigal Nashenas sings Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya in unique Bhairavi mode

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Nashenas was born as Sadiq Fitrat Habibi is one of the oldest surviving musicians from Afghanistan. His fame began in the 1970s, and since then he has produced many albums consisting of Dari, Pashto and some Urdu songs. He is sometimes called “the Afghan Saigal”. Nashenas was born in Kandahar…

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Bodhgaya Temple

Buddha at Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhigaya, Bihar, India

Buddha was born 563 BC in Lumbini, Nepal. As Siddhartha, he renounced his family at the age of 29 his gaining enlightenment in 534 BC and travelled and meditated in search of truth. After meditating for six years at Urubela (Buddhagaya) in Gaya, he attained Buddhatva or enlightenment. Enlightenment is a…

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