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January 31, 2005

The Killing fields of Bihar
For the residents of village Laxmanpur-Bathe in the newly carved out Arwal district of Bihar, elections are a meaningless exercise..

'Stability will not come soon'
After the capture of Baghdad, Iraqis should have been treated as their own people, feels former army Chief Ved Prakash Malik.

January 28, 2005

'The patients need warmth, the dead dignity'
Meet Dr James Premkumar, another of our Republic Day heroes.

A true friend of India
Steve Solarz's standing in the community and his general reputation as a friend of India helped advance our cause in Washington. He was not expected to be objective when it came to India, but his presentations were compelling and absorbing.

January 26, 2005

Threats to the Republic
K Subrahmanyam, the nation's leading thinker on national security issues, reflects on what lies ahead for the Republic in its 55th year.

January 25, 2005

AP Maoists: The party is over!
The peace talks between the Andhra government and the Naxals were never meant to succeed.

In Orissa, father is Indian, children Bangladeshis
'We were all born here and my father has been working here since long. We are Indian citizens and nobody can tell us to vacate India.'

January 24, 2005

The Heroes By the Sea
In a special Republic Day feature, celebrates the men and women who set an example of public good when the tsunami struck Tamil Nadu. The true heroes of our 55th Republic Day.

January 21, 2005

Musharraf's hour of reckoning
'Any military operation in Balochistan has to be fast and surgical. Prolonged conflict would make the situation intractable.'

Is Balochistan burning?
Will it be Musharraf's Waterloo?

What's behind the DRDO bashing?
It is time the Indian media reported defence issues objectively, rather than using old shibboleths to tarnish local defence R&D efforts.

January 18, 2005

Does India need a National Security Advisor?
Should the National Security Adviser focus only on national security issues or should s/he also be involved in issues relating to diplomacy?

DRDO: A stellar success
DRDO designed and developed products have saved the exchequer many crores of rupees.

January 17, 2005

DRDO: Media's whipping boy?
'DRDO's annual budget is around $800 million. That may seem a lot, but compare that to China's, which is close to $10 billion.'

January 12, 2005

Another Bhopal in Tamil Nadu?
'Most people, below the age of 20, have respiratory problems, and, in many cases, stunted growth.'

The story of a great escape
'There was a stampede and people nearly killed each other trying to board the ship.'

Why does Modi look invincible?
'Because senior BJP leaders in Delhi are ageing and his opponents in Gujarat are in disarray.'

The Talented Mr Modi
Gujarati Muslims understand Modi's communal politics better than the secular activists of New Delhi or Mumbai.

January 11, 2005

Elvis lives!
No, Elvis isn't dead. He's probably somewhere in Tamil Nadu.

January 10, 2005

Dixit was short, his presence was gigantic
'He had no false modesty either about India or about himself and he had nothing to be modest about.'

Uncivil war
'They dump nuclear waste, toxic waste and the city's shit into the rivers, and they're worried about fish that have eaten people? It's ridiculous.'

January 06, 2005

The government can work
I have heard from various accounts that the collector of Cuddalore, Gagandeep Singh Bedi, is doing a fantastic job.

January 05, 2005

The host at the battered coast
"Would you like some cold drinks?" he asks. We say no. We shake his hand, wish him luck, and then we're on our way again.

Clamour to adopt orphans of tsunami
Relief camps in Tamil Nadu are being inundated with adoption requests.

January 03, 2005

'This will also slip away from public memory'
'As time passes -- after the immediate emergency needs of the survivors are taken care of -- most people will go away.'

When time stopped on the coast
The people's belief in god gives them one humans are failing to provide: hope.

They are not beggars, they don't like handouts
'The really needy people are not getting any of this.'


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