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April 30, 2008
The lobbies that matter in Karnataka
It is election time in Karnataka and even as the political parties are trying to sort out their differences regarding the distribution of tickets, the various lobbies in Karnataka have already sprung into action.

April 28, 2008
'We adjust and the Ganga flows on'
Shobhaa De feels India is going through a Golden Era better and more glorious than the days India saw under Emperor Ashoka.

April 21, 2008
In Karnataka politics, caste matters
At present in Karnataka, if one takes a close look at the manner in which the tickets are being distributed it is clear that caste is being considered while handing out tickets. The Lingayats and the Vokkaligas have been dominant in Karnataka since time immemorial and the tussle for power between these two communities is no secret.

March 13, 2008
The agony and the ecstasy of politics
What makes a person expose his life to intense public scrutiny and contest an election, wonders Shobhan Bantwal.

March 11, 2008
Rahul's mantra for Congress' revival. Any buyers?
Rahul openly said he did not favour the 'high command' system in his party. Undoubtedly the Congress would have hounded any other partyman for such a brutally honest and politically-incorrect statement. But when Rahul Gandhi -- the rising force of Congress party -- speaks, you are forced to listen.

March 10, 2008
Sharif, Zardari will 'request' Musharraf to step down
Although Sharif wanted Musharraf to be arrested and tried in a court of law on charges of treason, Zardari has convinced his new political partner to allow Musharraf an honourable exit by requesting him to step down. The new allies, however. decided that if Musharraf refused to step down, they would seek his impeachment.

February 28, 2008
It's frightening... what people think of India!
India is poor. All Indians are Hindu. These are just some of the things Dhruv Goel has heard in America.

February 26, 2008
An Indian gypsy & her 'Sound Of Language'
Amulya Malladi's new book, The Sound Of Language, has a strong woman, in this case an Afghan refugee in Denmark, at its center.

The world through the eyes of a gay person
Sunil Menon, a well known fashion designer, the man who started Sahodaran (an organisation for MSM [men having sex with men]) and an HIV/AIDS activist, speaks of his world.

February 25, 2008
One day without technology in US
That's what happened to our columnist when technology decided to abandon him one weekend.

Barack Obama, in his own words
Shortly before undertaking his campaign for the crucial March 4 Democratic primaries in Ohio and Texas, Barack Obama wrote this exclusive article for India Abroad, the oldest and largest circulated Indian-American newsweekly, which is owned by rediff.com

February 18, 2008
Inside Karachi: "Election won't change anything'
Chandio Munir Ahmad is an activist of All Pakistan Trade Union Organisation. He has been a grassroots' worker for many years. He, like the overwhelming number of grassroots activists in Pakistan, is upset with the Indian government for giving tacit support to President Musharraf's regime and America's gameplan in the region.

February 16, 2008
Pakistan faces the mother of all polls
The Feb 18 polls will be a crucial test for Pakistan, say experts.

February 14, 2008
Why Bangalore is India's suicide capital
Experts point out that most cases of suicide are related to stress and people's inability to cope up with the city's rapid growth.

February 04, 2008
N-E assembly elections: Issues at stake
With the Election Commission's announcement of the schedule for elections to the legislative assemblies of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, the heat has once again taken a good track. While the stage for the political battle is being set, authorities seem more concerned of the security aspects.

January 28, 2008
Sarko steals the show
The French leader brought a Gallic joie de vivre that enhanced the otherwise somber drama of manners enacted at the Presidential At Home on Republic Day.

January 25, 2008
Advance booking: What to read in 2008
From Amitav Ghosh to Jhumpa Lahiri and Nandan Nilekani, there are some interesting books on the anvil.

President Kalamís Republic Day agenda
When Rediff.com requested former President A P J Abdul Kalam to compose a Republic Day message for our readers, he promptly sent us this, which we are honoured to publish.

January 24, 2008
Moments from a martyr's life
Last July, Colonel Vasant Venugopal made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. On Republic Day, his wife Subhashini Vasant will receive the Ashok Chakra, the highest award for valour in peacetime, from a grateful nation. She shares her memories of her brave husband.

'One day my men will be ready to die for me'
'In a country bankrupt of heroes and an army of youngsters focused on campus placements and pay packages, the conviction of the young cadets at NDA is truly heartening. Rediff.com met some NDA cadets this week. Men who will become leaders of men and of whom great things will be expected of one day.

January 23, 2008
Amazing courage
Meet the children whose bravery makes them true heroes.

India needs Heroes like Harshan
Captain R Harshan, a member of the Indian Army's elite Special Forces unit who lost his life fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in March 2007, will be awarded the Ashok Chakra, the nation's highest honour for valour in peacetime, on Republic Day. Archana Masih spoke to the hero's family and friends in Thiruvanathapuram. A Republic Day Special feature saluting India's Bravehearts.

January 18, 2008
'There is no trust deficit!'
Clearly the prime minister achieved what may have once thought improbable -- a warm India-China relationship.

January 15, 2008
Rahul Gandhi's next foray: Bundelkhand
Be it Rahul Gandhi or Rajnath Singh, it would do either of them a lot of good to read this report about the situation in the backward region of Uttar Pradesh.

January 11, 2008
'Absolute poverty has been wiped out in China'
'Young Chinese have ended up being a socially-conservative group; that believes India is the reason why China should not be a democratic country.'

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