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December 28, 2007
The men in Benazir's life
Her beloved father, her doomed brothers, her husband, and, of course, those generals...

A caring wife, loving mother and courageous leader
A few days before her assassination, Benazir Bhutto told journalist Hamid Mir that she was aware of the threats to her life but she believed that 'there is a difference between a politician and a leader. A politician always asks for sacrifices and a leader always sacrifices.' She said she was ready to sacrifice her life for Pakistan.

Why Sonia and the Congress lost Gujarat
The Congress's commander-in-chief in Gujarat was as much out of sync with her foot soldiers as her soldiers were with her.

December 27, 2007
'Benazir was ready to fight the extremists'
'I believe one of the pro-Taliban groups could be behind her killing. The fact that she created the Taliban now seems like an irony.'

'A people inspired by democracy ... will turn their back decisively on extremism'
What Benazir Bhutto told the Council for Foreign Relations in New York before her return to Pakistan.

December 26, 2007
The second coming of soldier Perumal
'Why did Mother Sea do this to her children? He could not rationalise it.'

The tsunami warriors deserve our salute
On this third anniversary of the tsunami, let us remember and salute the Indian armed forces for their admirable devotion to duty and for flying the Indian tricolour high.

December 23, 2007
Understanding the alchemy of Modi's victory
It is a people's mandate for his personality.

December 20, 2007
The youngest Ashok Chakra winner
'Amma, look at the names of the soldiers who have laid down their lives... You should also be a proud mother if my name appears here...'

December 19, 2007
A hero who goes unnoticed
'I don't want to change the institutions of this country; I want to change people's hearts.'

December 18, 2007
The courage of Farzana Ahmad
‘She jumped into the river without wasting time, after she heard them cry for help.’

December 17, 2007
He gave his life so we would be safe
'I go where my men go,' Colonel Vasanth Venugopal told his mother when she asked him if a colonel should participate in all operations conducted by his men.

December 14, 2007
The Year Mobs Ruled
The message being sent out is simple: If you burn a bus, if you loot and burn and molest and rape, you are on your own. But if you do it as a group, concocting reasons so you can hide personal interest under the cloak of public indignation, you can always find some politician or political party to hide your sins behind, to confer on you the cover of immunity.

December 13, 2007
The fashion trends of 2007
It's been revolutionary, with literally dozens of new styles taking root, both for men and for women.

December 11, 2007
'For Modi, Muslims don't exist'
Muslims may hate Modi, dislike him or hope to see him being sidelined, but in their hearts they know he is not going anywhere; he is here to stay.

Murder Most Foul
Decent politics was given a noisy burial in Karnataka this year.

December 10, 2007
Lesson from Gujarat: Development alone won't get votes
There is more at stake on the outcome of the two-phased election than the state of Gujarat. Only after the polls, the Left parties and the Congress party will decide their future strategy and the fate of the India-United States nuclear deal. Also, on the basis of the election results, the Congress will assess the advantages of going in for parliamentary elections around April 2008, a year before schedule.

December 07, 2007
A ray of light for the landless
When 25,000 people from 18 states walked 325 kilometres to New Delhi and demanded the restoration of their lands, it seemed Gandhigiri had returned to India once again.

The slaughter of democracy
Fear speaks only one language: helplessness, and the people of Nandigram are too scared to speak.

December 06, 2007
Analysis: Modi's gambit and the battles within
The fight in the BJP is about conservative RSS thinking versus Modi's marketing of his Hindutva image. During elections, every vote is important and in spite of his dislike of the RSS old-timers, Modi is returning to his favourite rhetoric. Modi needs Sohrabuddin to take the hardliners to the polling booths.

2007: Justice, delivered
The law pronounced judgment on some of India's longest running cases.

A city torn by terror
The land of the Nizam was attacked thrice by faceless cowards in three months.

December 04, 2007
Revisiting Anita Desai
Arthur J Pais has interviewed Anita Desai many times over the years. Here, he shares impressions and anecdotes about the celebrated author.

BJP in Gujarat: For Modi, by Modi, of Modi
In five years of Modi-centric rule, the BJP's central leadership -- people like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani -- its parent body the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and close associates the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal have become inconsequential in Gujarat.

November 30, 2007
Meet retired General Musharraf
Uttam Ghosh presents the likely avatars of Pakistan's new civilian president.

November 27, 2007
How the pro-Musharraf PML-Q will fare in polls
Umar Mushtaq dissects the prospects of the pro-Musharraf party and says even if it wins the January elections, it will only have a razor thin majority.

November 26, 2007
In Modi land, Congress decides to fight fire with fire
While the BJP is trying to dwell on the twin issues of development and national security to project Modi as a super administrator and a hardline Hindu leader, to the surprise of many, the Congress is not shying away from issues either -- perhaps for the first time.

November 19, 2007
What if Indira Gandhi was alive today? asked experts, analysts and some people who knew her well for their views on what kind of a prime minister she would have been in 2007. The result is a very inspiring picture with a touch of mystique.

'Tears were streaming down Nehru's face'
A tribute to James W Michaels, the long time Forbes editor who broke the story of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.

28 Hours in Moscow
'Just think what may have happened had the skinheads turned up and attacked us.'

November 16, 2007
Saturday's AICC session is Rahul's day out
For the Congress's PR managers, Rahul Gandhi is a 'work in progress' and Saturday is an important day to show off some initial results.

November 13, 2007
A school that opens minds
In one of India's poorest regions where female literacy is remarkably low, this group between the ages of 15 and 22 is learning to read and write -- for the first time.

November 08, 2007
Yeddyurappa: BJP's man of the moment
Whether this will be the first of many inroads the BJP will make in south India, or whether it will be a flash in the pan, will depend on how Yedduyrappa handles the post of chief minister... and the tricky task of dealing with Deve Gowda's fickle clan.

BJP battles its communal reputation in Karnataka
With the BJP likely to form a government in the state of Karnataka, its first in south India, will the minorities face problems? Or will the BJP, which is dependent on the JD (S)'s support, push good governance as its USP?

November 06, 2007
Kolkata, Delhi face environment crisis
Experts find it hard to convince government and sometimes even people about the dangers of pollution because those who want to dodge the issue say that people are dying "for thousands of reasons."

November 05, 2007
Rizwanur's mother speaks out-II
In the first part of an exclusive interview to's Managing Editor Sheela Bhatt, Rizwanur mother Kishwar Jehan spoke of how Ashok Todi came to their humble home and desperately tried to persuade his daughter to return. She says he even offered the family a blank cheque if they let Priyanka return to her home In the second and final part, she speaks how the Todi family aided by the police and goons pressured the newlyweds and 'forced' Priyanka to return home.

November 01, 2007
'A woman helping a woman! I love it!'
Dr Nayna Patel is a ray of hope for infertile couples wanting their own child, and for poor women looking to improve their lives. Oprah featured the Gujarat doctor and her work on her show last month..

A road wakes up after 60 years
As India and China outdo each other in extending their relationships with Myanamar, re-paving the historic Stilwell Road makes tremendous sense.

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