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A paradox revealed through portraiture

A photograph taken seven years before her passing says much about the life, times and character of the trailblazing Meherbai Tata The much-loved wife of Dorabji Tata and daughter in-law of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata group, Meherbai Tata was a woman of personality. A participant in the ornamental theatrics of being imperial within Empire, one finds her name regularly among the maharajas, nawabs and begums in royal chronicles. And deservedly so. Meherbai was honoured with the ‘Comm...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, History, Heritage, Paris, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, Lafayette, Rembrandt, Mumbai, Queen Victoria, Tata, Reed, George V

Haringey Lib Dems lead calls for First Indian MP to be commemorated in Muswell Hill

Haringey should honour Sir Dadabhai Naoroji MP, generally considered to be the first Indian and non-white person elected to the House of Commons, according to opposition Lib Dem councillors. Article in the London Post Naoroji was born in Gujarat and educated in Mumbai. In 1892, he was elected as Liberal MP for the Central Finsbury constituency (which included Muswell Hill) despite a public prediction from the then Conservative Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, that he doubted “a British constitue...
Tags: London, Life, India, House Of Commons, Parliament, Mumbai, Diaspora, Islington, Rhodes, Cape, Gujarat, Cecil Rhodes, Salisbury, Haringey, Muswell Hill, Jawaharlal Nehru

Feroze Gandhi’s grave lies forgotten

Feroze Gandhi may be the patriarch of the Congress’s first family, but the party as well as his family members seem to have neglected his cemetery in Allahabad, now rechristened as Prayagraj. As per records available with DNA, Congress president Rahul Gandhi last visited the grave of his grandfather way back in 2011. Inviting Rahul Gandhi to attend the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma recently said that the leader should also visit the tombstone of his...
Tags: Congress, Life, India, Parliament, Delhi, Kumbh Mela, Gandhi, Rahul, Indira, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Sangam, Rahul Gandhi, Nehru, Sonia Gandhi, Haridwar

What Connects Vivekananda and Jamsetji Tata? A Sea Voyage That Changed India!

“Rooted in the past, full of pride in India’s prestige, Vivekananda was yet modern in his approach to life’s problems, and was a kind of bridge between the past of India and her present.” – Jawaharlal Nehru The year was 1893. On May 31, aboard a steamer that sailed from Yokohama to Vancouver, two great Indians met for the first time. One was an industrialist who would go on to become one of India’s greatest visionaries, Jamsetji Tata. The other was a monk who would take India’s spiritual tradit...
Tags: Japan, Life, China, India, History, Chicago, Vancouver, Bangalore, Buddhist, Institute, Yokohama, Jawaharlal Nehru, Swami Vivekananda, Tata Group, Vivekananda, Jamsetji Tata

Remembering an Indian Prometheus: Homi J. Bhabha

On 12 March 1944, a proposal was despatched from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bangalore to the Sir Dorab Tata Trust in Bombay. The letter read ‘I have for some time past nurtured the idea of founding a first class school of research in the most advanced branches of physics in Bombay… when nuclear energy has been successfully applied for power production in say a couple of decades from now, India will not have to look abroad for its experts but will find them ready at hand’. The lett...
Tags: Europe, France, Life, India, United States, Cambridge, Einstein, Bangalore, Bombay, Russia Germany, Jawaharlal Nehru, Parsi, Gonville, Atomic Energy Commission, Sankar, Individuals

Nehru’s son-in-law Feroze, a crusader, who exposed corruption in his party’s government

It is because of a private member’s bill introduced by Feroze Gandhi in 1956 that it is possible for media to report Parliament proceedings. New Delhi: He was just 48 when he passed away on 8 September 1960. But the inscription on Feroze Jehangir Gandhi’s gravestone at the Parsi cemetery in Allahabad best describes how full and glorious a life he led: “He is not dead who lifts Thy glorious mind on high. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” To those who don’t know much about him, Fer...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Life, India, History, House, Parliament, Delhi, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bombay, Lausanne, Rajya Sabha, LIC, Gandhi, Rahul

Shapurji Saklatvala: The British MP who was ‘the most important Indian nationalist’ outside India

The third Indian to be elected to the British Parliament, his support for the independence movement would get him labelled the unofficial ‘Member for India’. Courtesy: National Portrait Gallery In November 1905, a ship docked at London, which was the centre of an Empire that was witnessing a growing independence movement in its most valuable colony – India. On board was S Saklatvala, a member of the influential Tata family, fresh from Bombay and in Blightly ostensibly to run the family’s ve...
Tags: Politics, London, Congress, Life, India, Britain, Labour, House Of Commons, Manchester, South London, Karl Marx, Parliament, Derbyshire, Ratan Tata, Bombay, Ahmedabad

Shapurji Saklatvala: Labour Against Empire

In 1922 card-carrying communist Shapurji Saklatvala was elected on a Labour Party ticket, becoming the first MP of color in the party’s history. Article by  Matt Myers | Jacobimag Shapurji Saklatvala was the Labour Party’s first MP of color. A largely forgotten figure today, he was a card-carrying member of the British Communist Party and champion of both colonized peoples and the global working class. Sitting awkwardly in the history of the British left, Saklatvala offers an example of an anti-...
Tags: Europe, Politics, England, London, Navy, Life, China, India, Africa, Afghanistan, Britain, Ireland, Labour, House Of Commons, Dundee, Army

Obituary: Maneck Dalal

Maneck Dalal, the man responsible for expanding Air India into an international operation, began his career with the airline looking after celebrity passengers. In the late 1940s, when the Hollywood star Errol Flynn was thrown off a BOAC plane in London for being drunk, it was Dalal who arranged for him to be transferred to an Air India flight. “By then he had sobered up and was charming,” Dalal recalled. “He said ‘Call me Errol’ and he asked me to make sure that his girlfriend left for Europe i...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Hollywood, London, Life, India, Rome, Pakistan, Heathrow, Cambridge, Fiat, Edinburgh, Errol Flynn, Delhi, Mumbai

30 Photos Of Jackie O. From The Early Days Of American Street Style

If ever there were a more iconic and stylish first lady than Michelle Obama, it was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Always one to dissociate the politics from her fashion, she was legendary for her approach to dressing under an entire nation's magnifying glass. Simply: If she liked it, she had to have it. And so it'd go that, despite being scrutinized for her spending habits, Onassis and her style were emulated in retailers and magazines across the country.While Onassis was given a budget of $50,00...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Florida, New York, France, White House, Massachusetts, India, America, Michelle Obama, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Ralph Lauren, Kylie Jenner, Chanel, Bobby Brown

Kawas M Nanavati Case: How An Affair Turned Friends Into Foes

This is a story involving an extra-marital affair that resulted in a murder. The trial of the murderer generated unprecedented media coverage and the circumstances in which the murder took place resulted in huge public sympathy for him. This is also one of the first cases through which the maverick lawyer, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, came into the limelight for the first time. Article by Maninder Dabas | Times of India Kawas Maneckshaw Nanavati was an Indian Naval Officer who had settled in Mumbai with ...
Tags: News, Life, Canada, Mumbai, Bombay, Akshay Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sylvia, Parsi, Ahuja, Sunil Dutt, Vinod Khanna, Neeraj Pandey, Pandit, Rustom, Nanavati

Ancient links, modern lessons

The recently concluded exhibitions in New Delhi on Zoroastrianism and the story of the Parsis in India were eye openers on many fronts. Sadly, these excellent collections of what can be called Parsiana—including the pre-Indian Zoroastrian heritage—will not be travelling to other cities. Mumbai and Kolkata, both have a considerable Parsi history. Article by Reshmi R. Dasgupta | Ecoomic Times Probably every Parsi resident in Delhi—and any who were in the Capital while the exhibition was on—had a d...
Tags: Life, India, Events, Iran, Delhi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Jawaharlal Nehru, Parsi, Indira Gandhi National Centre, Zarathustra, Avesta

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