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Angadi, Ayana Deva (1903–1993), journalist and arts promoter, was born on 12 March 1903 in the village of Jakanur, in the south Indian state of Mysore, the son of Veerayya Angadi and his wife, Kotawa. Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, was a progressive princely state where education was highly valued. ...

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Desani, Govindas Vishnoodas (1909–2000), journalist and author, was born on 8 July 1909 in Nairobi, Kenya, the son of Vishnoodas Manghirmal and his wife, Rukmani Chabria Desani. In 1913 his father, an Indian merchant who had migrated to Kenya in the late nineteenth century, decided to repatriate the family to their ancestral home in ...

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856–1920) by unknown engraver, pubd 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tilak, Bal Gangadhar (1856–1920), Indian nationalist and journalist, was born on 23 July 1856 in Ratnagiri district, the last of the four children and only son of (Pandit) Gangadharpant Ramchandra Tilak (1820–1872), deputy inspector of primary schools, author, and small landowner, and his wife, ...