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Consumer goods giant Unilever today made a €4.1 billion (£3.4 billion) long-term bet on soaring growth in India, as it unveiled plans to raise its stake in its Indian subsidiary.

Searching for Schindler, By Thomas Keneally

Clichéd chronicle of the novelist and his famous tale of a heroic saviour

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/wild-wild-web-m.html" target="_blank">Wild Wild Web: Minor threats from Ben Kingsley</a>

First Ben Kingsley grew a goatee, smoked some weed and kissed Mary-Kate Olsen, now he's rocking out to 80s Washington DC hardcore punk heroes, Minor Threat.

The 5-minute Interview: Sir Ben Kingsley, actor

'I'm still a storyteller. It's what I wanted to be as a child'

Father of the nation laid to rest: the afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

After 60 years, the ashes of India's most iconic leader were scattered at sea yesterday. It marked the end of an extraordinary journey, literal and metaphorical. Andrew Buncombe reports

Regime change: Fergie's 20 years

In the first of a two-part series marking Sir Alex Ferguson's 20 years as manager of Manchester United, Sam Wallace recreates the scene at Old Trafford two decades ago - and explains how a driven young firebrand from Scotland imposed his will on a wayward group of stars with a fondness for fast living

Director convicted of sex charge revisits his downfall in new film

A French film director convicted of sexual harassment of two actresses has presented his own version of events in an explicit, and occasionally surreal, movie at the Cannes film festival.

Gandhi stakes claim to India builds power base

THE SHAPE of India's new government, led by Sonia Gandhi's Congress party, will become clear by this evening, according to one of the key powerbrokers in the political wrangling.

Theatre review: A nourishing stew of best Beckett

Krapp's Last Tape, The Pit, Barbican; Waiting for Godot, Piccadilly Theatre

Letter: Rush to stage Gandhi's funeral

Sir: I was interested to read in John Walsh's interview (29 March) what the five-year-old Gita Mehta remembered of Gandhi's funeral and how it compared with his funeral as portrayed in the film Gandhi.

Film: The rain it raineth in every frame

The critics: Darkest 'Night': Trevor Nunn takes all the fun out of Shakespeare's comedy; meanwhile, Keanu's getting fat in 'Chain Reaction'

Kingsley points the way to fame

The actor Ben Kingsley returned to his roots yesterday to set young hopefuls on the road to Hollywood.

Perfect love on the night train

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Brimming with konfidenz

The play that made his name has now been filmed by Roman Polanski. But there is more to Ariel Dorfman than Death and the Maiden. Clare Bayley reports
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