1857 – If Only the South & West had….

India would most likely be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its Independence not the anniversary of a failed mutiny if only the South and West had joined in instead of watching from the sidelines. Writing in the Oxford History of Modern India, Percival Spears observes that: The Madras and Bombay Presidencies were hardly touched by […]

Mayawati Makes Mincemeat Out of Mulayam, BJP, Rahul

Mayawati’s Bahujan Samajan Party made mincemeat out of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, BJP and Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections of April/May 2007. The BSP won 207 seats, large enough to form a government on its own. Following the defeat of his Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh […]

Hilton Hotels To Invest $143m in India

Hotel chain Hilton is expanding its committment to the Indian market and plans to invest as much as $143 million over the next seven years through a joint venture with DLF Properties. The joint venture, DLF-Hilton Hotels, plans to develop 75 mid-range hotels in different Indian cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Goa and Mysore, reports […]

Nodamma Hudugi – Oh, What a Song!

The year was 1987. A year of many momentous events: * Dow Jones Index closed over 2,000 for the first time. * Perl programming language came into being. * One of my favorite British writers Alistair Maclean passed away. * Work on the Channel Tunnel began. * We had our first glimpse of a very […]

India Business Headlines – May 10, 2007

Iconic American motorbike company Harley Davidson is still keen on entering India despite the trade barriers, says LiveMint, Hindustan Times‘ new business daily. C-DOT hangs up on 3-G, reports the Hindu Businessline. IBM VC group eyes India, according to the Economic Times. Shiromani Akali Dal working president Sukhbir Badal has rolled out a Rs 350 billion economic […]

And You Thought the Nigerian E-mail Scam Was New?

By now, virtually all of us have received an e-mail from someone in Nigeria offering to share his millions with us if only we would send him some details – ideally a Western Union money transfer or other forms of payment “to cover some local processing fees.” But scam artists from Nigeria are not new. They’ve […]