The Shivadham Temple in Saharanpur, India, where construction was halted because of investigations into the Gupta family, which financed it. By Norimitsu Onishi and Selam Gebrekidan. It was a glorious day for its builders, the Gupta brothers, the sons of a local shopkeeper who had risen, almost magically, to become one of the richest families a world away in South Africa. The three brothers had flown back on their private jet to start work on the temple, a foot monument of pink sandstone and white marble that would tower over the tiny place where their father used to ride his bicycle to pray every day. The rise and fall of the Gupta brothers is so improbable that in Saharanpur their story is told like a parable. The early ones succeeded through ties with rich white South Africans.
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The dramatic story of Mehdi Hasan and Ellen Donnelly, whose marriage convulsed high society in nineteenth-century India and whose notorious trial and fall reverberated throughout the British Empire, setting the benchmark for Victorian scandals. In April , a damning pamphlet circulated in the south Indian city of Hyderabad, the capital of the largest and wealthiest princely state in the British Raj. An anonymous writer charged Mehdi Hasan, an aspiring Muslim lawyer from the north, and Ellen Donnelly, his Indian-born British wife, with gross sexual misconduct and deception. The scandal that ensued sent shock waves from Calcutta to London. Who wrote this pamphlet, and was it true?
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