Sunanda Mehta


Ajmal Kasab’s hanging felt like a stone on my head for two, three days: Meeran Borwankar
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Meeran Chadha Borwankar retired on Saturday after 36 years of police service. The former Inspector General (Prisons), Maharashtra, oversaw the hangings of Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon.

In Ajmal Kasab hanging, secrecy was priority. In Yakub Memon case, entire country was watching: Meeran Chadha Borwankar
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

Meeran Chadha Borwankar, former Maharashtra IG (Prisons), oversaw the hangings of Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon.

Riders on the storm: Six women get ready to sail the world
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The first such naval team to make such an attempt.

Make road to root searches hurdle-free
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Every year, thousands of adopted individuals begin and end their journey to find their biological parents in Pune and other cities of Maharashtra that have traditionally been adoption hubs of the country.

Ghettoisation not in my name either
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Pune cannot take for granted its reputation of being a safe and secular city. #NotInMyName has given it the opportunity to look within

Hey politicians, leave those kids alone
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

A few days ago BJP led government, which may or may not win award for promoting free speech, reviewed through Niti Ayog and rime Minister’s Office, as many as 114 autonomous institutes as part of first phase of the planned review of 679 institutions.

Was Prisoner No 16656, once at Yerawada, given special treatment?
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The Bombay High Court wants to know why Sanjay Dutt was let off early for good behavior, but Pune wants closure from the high-profile case

Yours Truly, Aai: A Swedish woman, adopted from India, on a search that led her to her birth mother
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

“I hugged her and felt her bone structure. As we spoke, I spotted our similarities — both of us are very sure of what we want and don’t want," Liselotte, says of her biological mother.

Heads up for Pune bikers: City has least helmet compliance rate, most fatalities
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Pune comes up severely short in enforcing the helmet rule, which makes it a city with the highest number of two-wheeler accidents in the country

Bail to Pragya Thakur no surprise, says NIA’s ex-prosecutor
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

“After the NIA said they have no objection, what is there to be surprised about? It was to be expected,” said Salian

Rewrite the gender chapter: It’s time to bring sensibility into mainstream education
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

While deep set prejudices and gender biases are a disturbing fact of the society we live in, they become particularly dangerous when they are nurtured and propagated by people who guide and shape young minds.

Not Just a Pretty Face: Reita Faria, the first Asian to win Miss World
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Before “beauty with a purpose” became the motto of the Miss World contest, a 23-year-old medical student from Bombay became the first Asian to win the pageant. Fifty years after her win, Reita Faria looks back at the night that changed her life, and the love it brought her way.

Hidden in plain sight
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

Home to the largest monk population in the world, Mundgod in Karnataka remains a relatively undiscovered world.

Ring In The Old
Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Doing away with retirement age has social benefits and makes economic sense.

Wife of colonel Santosh Mahadik, who died fighting terrorists in Kashmir, set to join Army
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

Colonel Mahadik’s death not just changed her life but also her professional goals.

Solace and the deep blue sea
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Goa is not just about fun, food and feni. It also heals those trying to get over a difficult time in their lives.

Coming of Age
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Actor and co-producer Mohan Agashe recounts the tumultuous journey of his film Astu, which deals with ageing and dementia.

Minders Of The Cinema
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Gajendra Chauhan and Pahlaj Nihalani seem to be acting out a common script

The Sum of All Misery: Holiday homework is the bane of the vacation
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

Who cares about Aurangzeb's sieges, or why Alexander wanted to conquer India - why can't we just live in the present?

Over to the court: Salian, who raised first red flag
Sat, May 14, 2016

In the second supplementary chargesheet, the NIA dropped charges against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and five other accused.

Malegaon blasts case: Salian speaks up again after NIA’s U-turn
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Salian was reacting to The Indian Express report on how the NIA did a U-turn on Tuesday to oppose the discharge of the nine Muslim men facing terror charges in the case.

Shani Shingnapur: Meet activist Vidya Bal, who fought the other battle — in court
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

The activist, however, said that she was disappointed by CM Devendra Fadnavis’s “absolute indifference” to her attempts to seek his intervention.

East comes to Osho: Chinese, Koreans, Japanese are new visitors
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

While the ashram was earlier known to attract Americans and Europeans (mostly Germans and Italians), it is now playing host to a significant number of visitors from the East, including China, Japan and Korea.

Out of sight: How the visually impaired in Vangani got caught up in a political rivalry
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

Vangani is a small town in Maharashtra that is home to an unusually large number of visually impaired people who came looking for a new life but had to settle for much less.

Cloud clears, Underworld don Chhota Rajan deported to India on a special plane
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto said Nikalje was handed over to officers from India's Central Bureau of Investigation and was flown Thursday to India on a special plane

With deportation delayed, Chhota Rajan has Bali bemused
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

Chhota Rajan appealed to the Indian Government to do justice with him while asserting that all 'cases' against him are false and baseless.

Rohini Salian names NIA officer who told her to ‘go soft’ against Malegaon blasts accused
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

In an affidavit she filed in a matter relating to initiation of contempt proceedings against NIA for “tending to hamper the judicial process,” resulting in “weakening of the prosecution’s case”.

SC seeks response from Centre, Maharashtra govt, NIA on petitions in 2008 Malegaon blasts case
Sat, Sep 12, 2015

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising sought an immediate intervention, contending accused were being granted bail either in the absence of the prosecution or with its consent.

The quality of mercy: Restorative justice has started to make its impact in India
Mon, Aug 24, 2015

What does it take to forgive someone who has done a grievous harm? And does it really help one forget? Even though the idea of restorative justice is yet to find a firm foothold in India, those who have experienced it say the act is twice blessed.

No strings attached: Why elderly Indians are getting into live-in relationships
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

What compels elderly to get into live-in relationships and what are the new rules of engagement?

Yakub Memon hanging: For neighbours, a prison that will never look the same again
Fri, Jul 31, 2015

The men are in fact prisoners and the fields part of the open jail that led to the Nagpur jail.

NIA ‘asking’ Salian to go soft: I am a criminal lawyer, not stupid to say this without proof
Fri, Jul 10, 2015

Says she wanted 9 Muslims (in Malegaon 2006) to be freed but NIA silent.

Since this new govt came, I have been told to go soft on accused (Hindu extremists): Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian
Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Rohini Salian said she wants the NIA to officially denotify her from the case to which she was appointed in 2008, 'so that I am free to take up other cases, against the NIA, if need be'.

EXCLUSIVE | The meaning very clearly was, don’t get us favourable orders: Malegaon SPP Rohini Salian
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Rohini Salian, special public prosecutor in the Malegaon 2008 case, talks to Sunanda Mehta about how she got the case from Hemant Karkare, the NIA’s message from higher-ups and her despair.

At Pune’s FTII, one more in a long line of controversies
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

India's top film institute has too many students, too few teachers and, allegedly, too little freedom.

Sun, Sand and Art: Goa is transforming into a hub for contemporary art and culture
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

The metamorphosis from tourist to art hub has come about through a combination of local interest and an influx of creative minds.