Nihal Bagwan, 27, and Kalpana Das, 49, died along with another Austrian climber above the high camp of 8,848-meter Mount Everest, while descending the summit.
First person account from the journalist who, 60 years ago, became the first to take and publish a photo of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay after their ascent of Everest
No Bharat Ratna as expected, but as many as 13 Padma Vibhushans, including many contenders for the top civilian award including Sachin Tendulkar, Vishy Anand, Ratan Tata, E. Sreedharan, while Pranab Mukherjee is the sole politician to have sneaked in
Mallory and Irvine: the men who first took on the Everest, may have died in the process but they live on in history.
The first ascent of Everest means much more to India than merely recalling the triumph. It was the beginning of serious and organised mountaineering in India. But 'if God had not made the Sherpas, Everest might yet be unclimbed.'
He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.
They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.
Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.
The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.
Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.
Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.
The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.