Rising India

  • March through history: 10 moments that defined India August 17, 2008

    Historian Ramachandra Guha selects 10 events that individually "radically" altered the history of the nation. From the accession of Kashmir to India, framing of the Constitution to economic liberalisation, Guha and CNN-IBN’s Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai go on a march through history. ...
  • A coach who put orphans in Maharashtra on the right track September 27, 2007

    Nanded (Maharashtra): At Sainik School, Sagroli in Eastern Maharashtra, they are adding another truism. It's 5 am and young boys and girls collect at the school playground. A few quick warm up exercises and time for action — running a seven kilometre route as Coach Nagarkoche checks their timings. There is no...
  • Honoured to be clubbed among the greats: Gavaskar August 23, 2007

    As part of CNN-IBN's Rising India campaign, we ran a poll on IBNLive.com asking you to vote for your choice of Indian Sportsperson of the last 60 years. The poll was won by the Little Master Sunil Gavaskar who spoke exclusively to Roma Khanna in Southampton. Sunil Gavaskar: I have retired...
  • Kolkata man has a pill for City of Joy's ailments April 12, 2008

    Kolkata: Kolkata, the City of Joy, is also the city that houses the sick, the starved and the homeless. But they aren't the only ones scouring the slums and shanties of this metropolis. At least twice a week you might just bump into D Ashish and his troupe of volunteers...
  • Kaziranga's real hero, Boro is sentinel of the wild August 30, 2007

    Kaziranga: Dharnidhar Boro is a forest ranger in Kaziranga who often goes beyond the call of duty in his passion to save the wildlife. He and his fellow rangers at the Kaziranga National Park fight a day-to-day battle to save the Indian one-horned rhino. And though it's clearly an uphill battle,...
  • WB activist turns destitute kids into filmmakers April 12, 2008

    Madhyamgram (West Bengal): In North 24 Parganas of West Bengal lives a homegrown social worker Swapan Mukhopadhay. Mama to the children in his destitute home, Swapan is a real hero. Swapan started Centre for Communication and Development (CCD) in 1994 after he saved 365 Indian children from Saudi Arabia who were used...
  • 'Glacier man' solves Ladakh's water problems August 31, 2007

    Ladakh: To a traveler, Ladakh is a place of immense natural beauty. But to the people who live in the place, it is a cold desert where survival depends on careful use of sparse natural resources including water. However, a man is making a huge difference in the lives of the...
  • Special: India and the next 60 years August 16, 2007

    The country should be at the head-table among the nations of the world in next 60 years. ...
  • Meet independent India's greatest sports icon August 15, 2007

    New Delhi: As India celebrates the 60th year of its independence, it's time to reveal the results of the greatest sportsperson of independent India. The nominees The Flying Sikh—Milkha Singh The Little Master—Sunil Gavaskar The Bangalore Tornado—Prakash Padukone The Haryana Hurricane—Kapil Dev The Payolli Express—PT Usha The Master of the Green Baize—Geet Sethi The darling of the crowds—Leander...
  • It's rocking! India celebrates 60 years of freedom May 29, 2008

    As India turns 60, CNN-IBN celebrates the spirit of freedom and the taste of success after decades of hard work, struggle and sacrifice. Tune in to the music and the rhythm that echoes a new, confidant, rising India. ...
  • It happens only in India | Pics: India uncut August 15, 2007

    A unique, musical journey through India's many surprises. ...
  • What is freedom? Indians speak their mind August 14, 2007

    On the 60th year of independence, CNN-IBN hits the streets to find out the spirit of freedom. ...
  • Man revives old grain miller, produces electricity August 24, 2007

    Fatehgram (Uttaranchal): This story starts in 1986 when a 29-year-old botany professor decided to revive a dying traditional device - the gharaat that had once been used way back in the seventh century for grinding grain. With a few simple changes Anil Joshi used the old grain miller for producing...
  • Freedom Blog: India speaks out | Write your blog August 13, 2007

    The perception of freedom among common Indian citizens is as diverse as India itself. ...
  • Sports 360: Indian sports climb new heights August 13, 2007

    New Delhi: Indian sports has reached new heights in the recent years. Shooter Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore and weightlifter Karnam Malleswari won Olympic medals. Anil Kumble became only the second bowler ever to take 10 wicket in a Test innings. Kumble achieved the feat against Pakistan at the Ferozshah Kotla on...
  • Man battles timber mafia, govt to save 90,000 trees August 30, 2007

    Rudraprayag (Uttaranchal): Environmentalist Jai Prakash Dabral waged one of the biggest environmental battles at ground zero by motivating people in Tadkeshwar at Rudraprayag to start a Chipko-style campaign which he called the Raksha Sutra. But Dabral knew that the villager’s peaceful protest would only provide for a temporary solution. And therefore...
  • Story of superheroes in the land of myth and magic August 13, 2007

    Whether through magic or myth Indians films have always made the superhero a uniquely Indian product. Here’s a looks at the abracadabra in our special series Only in India. Mumbai: Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur says in a few years when Spiderman takes off his mask, the face might well be Indian. But...
  • Ten moments in the making of modern India August 12, 2007

    Ten moments which define the making of modern India. CNN-IBN editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai and historian Ramachandra Guha discuss the defining moments of India since 1947. ...
  • Exclusive: Rich Indians trickling down the poor? August 11, 2007

    Over the last two months, CNN-IBN has brought you 60 moments that we believe have defined India in the last 60 years. Now, with your help, we have chosen 10 of those moments and here's the tenth: the beginning of economic liberalisation. New Delhi: Once there was the planned economy,...
  • India returns with sporting glory: World Cup 1983 August 10, 2007

    New Delhi: Over the last two months, CNN-IBN has brought 60 moments that we believe have defined India in the last 60 years. Now, we have chosen the top 10 moments, with the help of views posted on www.ibnlive.com. Here's the ninth in the series—how India beat the West Indians...
  • Exclusive: Babri Masjid demolition, India's dark age August 10, 2007

    Over the last two months, CNN-IBN has brought you 60 moments that we believe have defined India in the last 60 years. Now, we have chosen the top 10 moments, based on the views you've posted on IBNLive.com, we have chosen 10 Defining Moments. Here's the eighth in the series:...
  • Caste-ing a shadow on India’s progress August 8, 2007

    Over the last two months, CNN-IBN has brought you 60 moments that we believe have defined India in the last 60 years. Now, we have chosen the top 10 moments, based on the views you've posted on IBNLive.com, we have chosen 10 Defining Moments. Here’s the seventh in the series:...
  • Forget the car, rural India gets hotwheels in jugaar August 9, 2007

    Moradabad (UP): In the West, a car means a Honda or a Mercedes, and in India too, the urban automobile has moved beyond the Morris Minors and the Fiats. But these cars have always found the going tough when it comes to the roads of rural India. For those rugged...
  • Are small towns India's ticket to the big league? August 8, 2007

    New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the 26-year-old, long-haired poster boy of Indian cricket has been named the captain of India's Twenty20 team for the inaugural World Cup in South Africa in September. Dhoni is from Ranchi and is the first captain in Indian cricket who does not come from any...
  • Tea lovers! Raise a toast to chai, 'double' roti August 7, 2007

    New Delhi/Mumbai: Tea in the hands of British facilitated trade, triggered tax regimes, even sparked revolutions. The brew may have originated in China, but there's still nothing more English than a cuppa tea. But while the British introduced tea and crumpets with jam to India, the post-colonial nation found its...
  • 60 Defining Moments: Emergency, India's dark age August 7, 2007

    Over the last two months, CNN-IBN has brought you 60 moments that we believe have defined India in the last 60 years. Now, based on your views posted on ibnlive.com, we have chosen 10 Defining Moments. Here’s the sixth in the series: the story of one of the darkest moments...
  • Kerala man arm wrestles odds to scale new heights August 6, 2007

    Kochi: A wrestler in Kochi is fighting his disability by aiming higher. He is eyeing the trophy of the forthcoming arm wrestling World Championships in Egypt this September. Locking arms is not only his hobby but also his way to fame. For 30-year-old Joby Mathew, arm wrestling is child's play...
  • Galli cricket: as Indian as it can be August 6, 2007

    New Delhi: One of the most British things India is obsessed with is cricket. But there's nothing English about the street game—galli cricket. It's Hindustani through and through. Once upon a time, the English game of cricket had a stiff upper lip. Rules were sacrosanct. But, when the national sport of...
  • He gave up a 5-star job to feed Madurai's homeless August 25, 2007

    Madurai: Thousands of homeless people in India live on the streets, search food in garbage, sleep hungry every night and in fact live a life worst than stray animals. These are invisible to most of us. But Krishnan, once a chef in a 5-star hotel, realized five-years back that he...
  • 60 Defining Moments: How states shaped up August 5, 2007

    New Delhi: Over the last two months, CNN IBN has brought you 60 moments that have perhaps best defined India in the last 60 years. Now, we have chosen the top 10 moments, based on the views you've posted on www.ibnlive.com and the opinions of our editorial team and eminent...