October 4, 2009 |
An incongruous billboard has appeared high above Mumbai's slums: A thin Mohandas Gandhi, the ascetic father of India's independence, sits wrapped in simple white cloth above the image of a fat Montblanc pen. German luxury penmaker Montblanc International GMBH launched a limited-edition commemorative fountain pen in honor of Gandhi this week, just in time for the 140th anniversary of the birth of the Mahatma -- or "Great Soul" -- on Friday. The price? $24,763. The decision to turn a man who shunned foreign-made products and pushed simple living to new extremes into a "brand ambassador" -- as one local website put it -- for a global luxury goods maker has left some Indians puzzled and others angry.
April 9, 2006 |
Its sleek contours are ringed by etched filigree. Its design was inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece. Handmade in Italy, it is available in only a handful of high-end boutiques and costs more than many Indians earn in a year. It's a ballpoint pen -- unless you happen to be the guy selling it. "What we are using here is not a pen. It is a jewel ... a masterpiece," said Juzar Zaveri, the sales manager overseeing the Indian launch of Omas pens.
August 30, 2001 |
Two Oscar-winning best films--1982's "Gandhi" and 1994's "Forrest Gump"--make their DVD debuts this week with mixed results. "Gandhi" (Columbia TriStar, $25), which was directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, is a lengthy, literate and traditional biopic about the famed Indian leader. Winner of numerous Academy Awards, the film is brilliantly acted by best actor winner Ben Kingsley as the pacifist. The digital edition, though, is a disappointment.
February 19, 2000 |
India seized 3,000 copies of Time magazine's upcoming edition in order to black out an interview with the brother of Mohandas K. Gandhi's assassin because it could hurt national prestige and cause riots, a senior customs official said Friday. The article "contains a lot of derogatory and defamatory remarks on Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, which is injurious to national prestige," said Sumit Dutta Mazumdar, commissioner of customs in Calcutta.
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September 26, 1999 |
Within an hour of his ride-along with the Los Angeles Police Department, Harish Amar decided the world needed Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi now more than ever. Ten minutes into Amar's eye-opening jaunt near downtown Los Angeles, police escorted a rape victim to the hospital. A half-hour later, a dispatcher alerted authorities about four armed gang members lurking on a roof in a neighborhood where prostitutes and the homeless wandered.
January 30, 1998 |
With one of the century's great freedom struggles nearly behind him, Mohandas K. Gandhi looked to India's future and glimpsed his own irrelevance. "Everybody is eager to garland my photos and statues," the Hindu leader said seven months before his assassination on Jan. 30, 1948. "But nobody wants to follow my advice." The frail, bespectacled prophet of nonviolent revolution still dominates India's consciousness.