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April 30, 2003

Life at 14,000 feet
Soldiers battle high altitude, loneliness and boredom in order to maintain the constant vigil required at India's Nathula border post, reports G Vinayak.

April 28, 2003

'The message shows Parsis to be exclusionary and racist'
'If the community is as proud of its ancient and influential religion as it professes to be, then it should be inclusive rather than exclusive.'

April 26, 2003

Spats apart, future's rosy
Controversies notwithstanding US policymakers have identified cooperation with the Indian Navy as an important cog in the Indo-US defence ties. An exclusive series from rediff.com.

April 25, 2003

Tango's closer, but shop talk's taboo
There are serious concerns on the American side that the Indians are not focussed on improving the economic relationship. An exclusive rediff.com series.

A tough act to follow
Lt Gen (retd) S K Sinha, possibly J&K's next governor, has by far been Assam's most proactive governor, says G Vinayak

April 24, 2003

'I remember his total commitment to the Palestinian cause'
Tarek Ayub, the Al Jazeera journalist killed in Baghdad, has left an indelible impression on his classmates in Bangalore, says M D Riti.

Drawn out, but not ready to fire
"The deep-seated suspicion in India of America can be attributed to no one issue, but grows out of past US policies, specific events, and actions taken by specific institutions," a classified US defence department report says.

April 23, 2003

Of insults, obsessions and distrust
A classified US defence department in possession of rediff.com document says Indian military planners see the world through their 'perennial distrust of Pakistan'.

'No bomb can harm the eternal King of Baghdad'
Their devotion to the Iraqi saint, Dastgeer Sahib, gave Kashmiris a reason to protest the war against Iraq, says Basharat Peer.

April 22, 2003

Music for the spirit
During the week, Sreekanth Devarajan is a software professional. Come weekends, he's busy recording songs by amateur musicians and compiling them into albums, says M D Riti.

US tech holds the key to Indian bases
A classified US Department of Defence report says that Indians are unhappy with the quality of Russian equipment and have experienced problems in their deal with Israel and France and as result the US is the preferred alternative.

April 21, 2003

China-India: A cautious handshake
Defence Minister George Fernandes' visit to China is considered crucial, but relations between the two neighbours will remain tentative until issues and doubts on both sides are put to rest, says Ramananda Sengupta.

Target next: Indian military bases
A classified US department of defence report available with rediff.com says that the USAF wants to establish airbases in India.

April 19, 2003

Living in Harmony
Harmony, Tina Ambani's annual art exhibition, not only encourages new artists, it also supports an able cause, discovers Kirti Pandey.

Remembering Ashok Pillai (1968-2002)
The AIDS activist died fighting the disease a year ago. Shobha Warrier, who knew him well, pays tribute to an extraordinary human being.

April 18, 2003

The Adyar Cancer Institute: A Labour of Love
For nearly half-a-century, the Adyar Cancer Institute has been providing state-of the art care to poverty-stricken cancer patients, says Shobha Warrier.

'Sometimes we hate the people we love'
Mumbai More than 150 pages into his second novel, Ardashir Vakil decided it wasn't going well. He had been putting pressure on himself to find a right voice -- and he suddenly realized it wasn't working.

April 17, 2003

What ails the MiG?
India is yet to acquire Advanced Jet Trainers despite the fact that IAF planes are crashing with alarming frequency, says Josy Joseph.

April 11, 2003

'I want the people in Iraq to talk, speak and breathe'
'Without American help, we would not have had this opportunity in 100 years.'

April 10, 2003

'Hindustan is very bad'
"Their military killed my papa," says Ali, 9, who dreams of revenge... The 10th part of Lost Generation, a series on the children of Kashmir.

April 9, 2003

'We know the killers. We will kill them'
Exposed to unending violence and the killing of family members, many children in Kashmir see gun as the absolute solution, the ultimate source of power.

April 8, 2003

The Pakistan-North Korea nexus
Pakistan's arms supply relationship with North Korea is an example of how it systematically violates all regulations relating to nuclear and missile proliferation, says B Raman.

What is SARS? An FAQ
Information about the dreaded disease, courtesy the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

April 7, 2003

Pakistan: America's blind spot
The US imposed sanctions against North Korea for having a clandestine missile supply relationship with Pakistan. The latter was, however, not similarly penalised, says B Raman.

April 5, 2003

India's counter-terrorism strategy
India's continued focus on economic development and democratic freedom has been an effective counter to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, says B Raman.

April 4, 2003

Al Qaeda in India
Most Indian Muslims are loyal, law-abiding citizens who refuse to be instigated by terrorist organisations, say B Raman.

A legend turns 90
The field marshal, his legendary wit and charm intact, cut his birthday cake with a silver khukri as the large gathering sang Happy Birthday to You.

April 03, 2003

The courage to say NO!
Had India attacked East Pakistan in June 1971, it would have been an unmitigated disaster. But Sam Manekshaw stood his ground and led India to a spectacular victory in December.

Terrorism: India's unending war
India remains a progressive despite Pakistan's attempts to bog it down with acts of terrorism, says B Raman.

Sam Bahadur
The charisma that surrounds the man had preceded him and soldier and officer alike knew the 'chosen one' had arrived and henceforth all would be well.


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