POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 27, 2015 AT 22:43 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 27, 2015 22:43 IST

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam died after he collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. 

The 84 year old Kalam was rushed to Bethany hospital in a critical condition where he died. 

From the Outlook archives, we bring to you articles to reminisce a life well lived. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 27, 2015 AT 22:43 IST, Edited At: Jul 27, 2015 22:43 IST
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 Rama Dwivedi ON May 10, 2015 AT 15:56 IST ,  Edited At: May 10, 2015 15:56 IST

Koi to sood chukaaye, koi to zimma le
Is inqualaab ka, jo aaj tak udhaar saa hai…

(Let someone take responsibility for the revolution
And pay off the interest to this pending loan)

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POSTED BY Rama Dwivedi ON May 10, 2015 AT 15:56 IST, Edited At: May 10, 2015 15:56 IST
POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON May 07, 2015 AT 20:19 IST ,  Edited At: May 07, 2015 20:19 IST

Rabindranath Tagore would have turned 154 today. 

Much has been said and written about the poet. The Nobel Laureate himself wrote and published three autobiographical works — Jibansmriti (My Reminiscences), Chhelebela (My Boyhood Days) and Atmaparichay (Knowing Oneself). There is also a collection of letters that he wrote to his brother's daughter Indira between September 1887 and December 1895, which were put together in Indira's own hardbound exercise books in which she copied them out. A selection of these letters were revised and edited by Tagore himself before he published them as Chinnapatra in 1912. 

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON May 07, 2015 AT 20:19 IST, Edited At: May 07, 2015 20:19 IST
POSTED BY Landing Lights ON Apr 14, 2015 AT 23:21 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 14, 2015 23:21 IST

Most newspapers all over the country have large advertisements marking the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, the politician-jurist who helped draft the Indian constitution and became an iconic figure for the country's Dalits. These ads proclaim, in a matter of fact manner, that this is the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar's.

They are wrong. Actually, they've just skipped a year. Just like that.

According to this article in the Telegraph, this is Ambedkar's 124th birth anniversary. His official date of birth is April 14, 1891, you see. Bureaucrats in government are aware of this numerical jugglery.

"They said the drive was the brainchild of a few prominent Dalit faces in the BJP, who wanted the hoardings and ads on the anniversary to mark it as Ambedkar's 125th — a more "rounded" figure and a standard subject of year-long celebrations. Dalit activists said the government's purported willingness to discuss the point in itself betrayed the BJP's desperation to co-opt the Ambedkar legacy."

The paper then contacted numerous Dalit politicians and activists. All of them agreed that this wasn't the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar's, and that this was just an indication of the desperation of the BJP to ingratiate themselves with the Dalits.

"There's also no doubt that this level of (government) celebrations for Dr Ambedkar is unprecedented in the history of India."

Ilaiah said: "Compared with the Congress, the BJP has had no history with Dalits. It's trying to build that history from scratch."

He suggested the alleged attempt to co-opt Ambedkar was part of the Sangh's idea of "consolidating Hinduism".

So, after leaping from 123rd to 125th year, what will the government do next April 14?

So while Delhi government totally fell for it, the Haryana government and the Dr. Ambedkar foundation, managed to keep out of the controversy by simply going neutral.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government got it absolutely right.

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POSTED BY Landing Lights ON Apr 14, 2015 AT 23:21 IST, Edited At: Apr 14, 2015 23:21 IST
     
 
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