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May 24, 2004

Some politically incorrect questions
'In 1962 when China attacked India, these very Communists supported it and blamed Nehru and India. Do the Marxists want to play the same game again, now on the economic front?'

May 19, 2004

Why is Dr Singh Sonia's choice?
'Sonia greatly values his integrity and loyalty. She knows he would willingly step aside if she ever asked him to, for her children or for anyone else.'

May 18, 2004

What's wrong with Sonia?
'For the saffron brigade that constantly harps back to the epics to prove a point, the exclusion of Sonia reminds one of Karna who was kept out of authority by the clique of Bhishma, Dronacharya and Arjuna,' says R Swaminathan.

May 17, 2004

Indians have lost our nationalistic pride
'I had hoped this election whould be an election for the security of our nation. I didn't know then that it would mean handing over the code for our nuclear button to an Italian.'

Why am I disturbed about Sonia as PM?
'I cannot explain why. It's an emotional thing, a sensation I can't quite put my finger onto -- like an itch I cannot scratch, like religious faith.'

May 6, 2004

Cricket's over, what about Kashmir?
'That question is being ignored for a while, it is resting in the pavilion of Indo-Pak politics, but may emerge Yuvraj-style and pose the question again: Well, what about me? Where do I fit in?'

April 30, 2004

China & India: What next?
Joint administration of the disputed Aksai Chin region could be a Great Leap Forward.

April 29, 2004

Panchsheel, 50 years after
'Will the 50th anniversary of Panchsheel finally witness a breakthrough in India-China relations?'

River link project: lies, damned lies & statistics
The many discrepancies in governmentspeak about the much ballyhooed river link project.

April 23, 2004

Democracy, bureaucracy and armed forces
George Fernandes is the darling of the defence forces. He took the initiative to push the bill for proxy voting.

April 19, 2004

Cricket Diplomacy and Ceasefires
'The Indian team's wins do not bring peace of mind to thousands of Indian parents who continue to lose loved ones to Pak-sponsored terrorism.'

March 12, 2004

Bush & Blair for Nobel? You must be joking!
'What the wise men of the Nobel Committee are saying is: All factors being equal, both sets of people are the same and deserve the best in the world,' argues R Swaminathan.

March 8, 2004

Nehru responsible for India's success? Or failure?
'If India succeeds, it must acknowledge that he laid the foundation for such a success; if India fails, it will find in Nehru many of the seeds of its failure.'

March 3, 2004

Young men at the barricades
'Several screams later, it hit me. It wasn't an effigy. It was a flesh and blood human being. It was Rajiv Goswami.' R Swaminathan remembers the anti-Mandal agitation

February 27, 2004

Pauper or sovereign?
'What India needs from its government is oversight through the rule of law and not control and planning.' says Vijay Dandapani

February 26, 2004

Don't you just love happy endings?
'I recently heard about Barbie and Ken splitting up. Unlike its phirang counterpart, my Barbie and her desi Ken live happily ever after in the confines of my dusty jute bag,' says Sukanya Verma

February 20, 2004

In the gender street fight, there are new rules of engagement
'Choice is everything for the new woman... If men are loath to change to fit the new mould, women can do without them,' says Bijoy Venugopal

February 19, 2004

Auditing India's Strategic Sector
'DRDO and the DAE are placed on the high pedestal of patriotism and questioning their capabilities is considered tantamount to undermining India's technical competence,' says Sundara Vadlamudi.

February 9, 2004

I am not against marriage, but..
'How many more people and how many more times do I really need to say that 'single' is a state of mind? That, for me, single does not mean alone. It does not mean lonely. And it sure as hell does not mean desperate,' says Anjana Nair

February 7, 2004

'Rajiv Gandhi lost his life because of Bofors'
'Mudslinging will eventually destroy the administrative system of this great country,' says Rajiv Shukla.

February 5, 2004

Inzy's Story: A Cautionary Tale
'If perceptions were to be formed only on serials, movies and music videos beamed across countries one would think the world is made up of bulging biceps, washboard tummies and firm derriere,' says R Swaminathan.

February 2, 2004

Don't be afraid to dream big
'Kalpana Chawla made it to space on her own, after overcoming several hurdles, with the support of her family and well-wishers, not for India but solely to fulfil her desire to fly to space. That's as pure and personal as one can get,' says Dhiraj Shetty.

January 30, 2004

'US will throw Musharraf in the dustbin'
'Musharraf will be forced to say that this institution was involved in selling enriched uranium to Iran. Then the US will try to use Pakistan against Iran,' says General Aslam Beg.

January 22, 2004

Is Musharraf lucky for the BJP?
'Someone in New Delhi must do something concrete, not to facilitate Musharraf but to facilitate peace.'

January 21, 2004

Can a man be raped?
'At the WSF, where voices defending virtually every stratum of society nearly drown out each other, there is not a single whisper for the cause of men. Can't a man be just as aggrieved as a woman?'

January 17, 2004

What if Musharraf loses power or dies?
'From India's point of view, it is very important Musharraf stay alive, continue to back moderates and keep Pakistan firmly on the path to real democracy.'


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