POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 08, 2015 AT 00:02 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 08, 2015 00:02 IST

In 1982, veteran Bollywood composer Charanjit Singh got his hands on a Roland 303, 808, and Jupiter 8 and used them to compose the core of acid house and arguably the precursor to electronica as we know it today, albeit unintentionally.

But he did it four years before the clubs of Detroit, Chicago, and Manchester started doing it.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 08, 2015 AT 00:02 IST, Edited At: Jul 08, 2015 00:02 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jun 10, 2015 AT 16:11 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 10, 2015 16:11 IST

Vincent Musetto, former editor at The New York Post who is widely known for his 'Headless Body in Topless Bar' headline that is considered the most famous in the history of American newspapers, died today at the age of 74. He was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The headline that grabbed eyeballs appeared on the front page of the Post on 15 April 1983, after a gruesome incident when a man killed a Queens strip club owner... and then forced another to cut off the victim's head.

Musetto also claimed credit for many of the Post's sensational front page headlines: 'Khadafy goes Daffy', 'Granny Executed in Her Pink Pajamas', '500lb Sex Maniac Goes Free', and 'I Slept With a Trumpet', each as distinctive as can be.

Musetto's signature headline went on to inspire books and even had movies based on it.

He is survived by his wife, Claire, and daughter, Carly.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jun 10, 2015 AT 16:11 IST, Edited At: Jun 10, 2015 16:11 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 22, 2015 AT 22:41 IST ,  Edited At: May 22, 2015 22:41 IST

Noted academician and eminent economist, Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri, popularly called MDC by the generations students he taught at the Delhi School of Economics where he a professor died on May 19 at his residence in Pune. He was 81 years old. 

According to his family sources, he died of a cardiac arrest. He had moved to Pune post retirement because he was suffering chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and the weather is Delhi was not conducive to his health. 

Professor Chaudhuri studied with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen at Shantiniketan before moving to Presidency College and then the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from where he did his PhD. 

Many of his former students and colleagues have condoled Professor Chaudhuri's death:

Omkar Goswami, a well-known economist himself, who has been both a student and colleague to the late professor wrote an obituary which was published in the Business Standard:

For us students, everything about MDC was larger than life. In a place that enjoyed an abundance of superb teachers, he was an outstanding expositor. Even without his sense of drama in the classroom, I suspect that none who studied growth theory, planning or transport economics under MDC can claim otherwise. Every class was a masterly act. Armed with an English accent that was a perfect cross between Sylhet and Cambridge, Massachusetts, he tickled the intellect of over-achievers, took the rank and file along and regaled his first and second row women's fan club with smiles, witticisms and a bon mot or two.

He also shares an anecdote or two:

In our last term at D'School, Mooli (Vinay Sheel Oberoi) got his hands on a pad with the head of the department's letterhead. We typed a 'To All Concerned' note, imitated MDC's initials and posted it on the main notice board. It read: "After a great deal of consideration and months of soul searching, I have come to the inescapable conclusion that I am a total cat". At first, MDC thought we had written 'total cad'. But when explained otherwise, he was chuffed for days on end. For that's what he was. And how we will remember him as - a total cat.

Many paid their tributes on Twitter:

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 22, 2015 AT 22:41 IST, Edited At: May 22, 2015 22:41 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 19, 2015 AT 23:43 IST ,  Edited At: May 19, 2015 23:43 IST

S V Raju. the executive secertary of the Swatantra Party died on May 19. Raju is known for his tireless efforts against Indian Socialism, especially at a time when Indira Gandhi was using the attractive slogans of socialism to consolidate her personal power. 

In an obituary published in the Mint, Niranjan Rajadhyaksha writes:

The Swatantra Party was the second largest party in Parliament after the 1967 elections. It then collapsed in a sorry heap after Indira Gandhi was swept to power in 1971 with the promise of abolishing poverty with socialism, and acrimonious internal battles hastened its end. One part of the party combined with Charan Singh. Another part eventually ended up in the Janata Party.

Raju did not give up. He kept a whole range of institutions going: the Indian Liberal Group, Freedom First magazine, the Forum of Free Enterprise, the Project for Economic Education; that wonderful journal from the culture wars of the 1950s, Quest, unfortunately folded up. He filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court in 1996 that challenged the law that no group can get registered as a political party unless it swears by socialism. He sometimes wistfully wondered whether the Swatantra Party could be revived.

On the party's 40 the anniversary in 2014, Outlook did a piece called 'A Case for Swatantra':

It is unlikely that the Swatantra Party can be revived. Raju tried but he found he couldn’t because of the requirement that political parties must swear allegiance to the principles enshrined in the preamble to the Constitution, one of which is socialism. He challenged this in the Bombay High Court in 1996, but the writ has not been heard till date


In the 2014, the Open magazine too carried a piece on Raju's relentless efforts for revival of the party and his undying spirit:

It is 1996. Post-liberalisation, the Maharashtra unit still exists in some fashion—it has an office, a telephone, and holds occasional meetings. But it hardly has any members. Raju and its general secretary, LR Sampat, decide to revive the Swatantra Party. For this, they need to register it again and reclaim the party symbol, the star. They approach the Election Commission for registration papers. But these demand that the party swears that it is ‘Socialist’, in accordance with a 1989 amendment of India’s Representation of People’s Act. They refuse. They cannot vow to uphold an ideology they have been fighting all their lives. They file a writ petition in the High Court challenging this provision.

It is 2014. The party has not been reactivated. The High Court is yet to have even a single hearing on their petition. Sampat has passed away. Raju is 80 now. In a small office in Fort, Mumbai, he sits and says he is still hoping to revive the party. “I am the only member now. I have kept it going because the idea is important. And now I am preparing a case of why we need to continue.”

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 19, 2015 AT 23:43 IST, Edited At: May 19, 2015 23:43 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 25, 2015 AT 15:00 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 25, 2015 15:00 IST

Christopher Alan Bayly, an eminent historian who refused to recognise traditional boundaries to his discipline and once described as the "guru" of global historians died of a heart attack in Chicago. He was 69 years old.

Professor Bayly began his career as a historian of India while a graduate student at Oxford under Professor Jack Gallagher. In his DPhil, later published as The Local Roots of Indian Politics: Allahabad, 1880-1920 (1975), he described two emerging schools of nationalism which would come to dominate Indian politics – the Hindu nationalism of Madan Mohan Malaviya and Nehru’s western-style nationalism.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 25, 2015 AT 15:00 IST, Edited At: Apr 25, 2015 15:00 IST
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