|August 28, 2008|
Biden for VP: Why India should breathe easy|
>"In terms of India, in terms of South Asia, you cannot find a more knowledgeable person than Joe Biden. And indeed, right now, the Biden-Lugar legislation on Pakistan is the most important piece of legislation in terms of foreign policy on the Hill. It's trying to reorient our foreign policy toward that country to make it more comprehensive -- not just one that was individual-based and transactional as it was before."
|August 22, 2008|
Gujarat cops hope they have an airtight case|
So far, conclusive evidence has not been obtained but in any terrorism case the turning points in investigations always come only after the confessional statements of the accused," a senior officer said
Saving a tribal child
Just as Dr Khan was about to put the infant in the incubator, the electricity failed. This is Melghat where 117 children have died of malnutrition this year.
|August 20, 2008|
'Musharraf's exit is an opportunity for India'|
India and Pakistan have a real opportunity to take relations forward after the exit of President Pervez Musharraf, feels Adrian Levy, co-author of Deception: Pakistan, the United States and the Global Nuclear Weapons Conspiracy.
'Indian writers are quite adventurous'
Three Indian authors are on the 2008 Booker Prize long-list. Will any of them win the feted prize?
|August 19, 2008|
How Modi's police cracked the blasts case|
How did the Gujarat police manage what the police in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Bengaluru could not do in the last two years? Sheela Bhatt finds out.
|India, 61: The Independence Day Special|
The icons that define contemporary India
August 20, 2008|
'I cannot imagine an India without Bollywood'
Our unofficial anthem: 'We are like this only'
'He has defined Indian cinema'
Shaan on Lata | Kailash Kher on Asha
Chetan Bhagat on IIMs
'The quality of writing is always better when one writes in the regional language'
'RTI is a powerful tool in the hands of ordinary citizens'
Ayurveda: A National Treasure
August 18, 2008
The reason why Indian democracy has flourished
'They are the fathers of the nation in a new avatar'
'Sholay's effect cannot be explained'
'It will be difficult to match their contribution to India'
The magic of the Indian bazaar
August 15, 2008
L C Jain on the quiet army of political servants of Mother India
Abbas Tyrewala: 'In my country I can be as Muslim as I like, and I'm still welcome to be a Hindu'
August 14, 2008
Exclusive Independence Day Interview/A P J Abdul Kalam
Vande Mataram!: Celebrating the true spirit of India
Claude Arpi: We do not belong to past dawns, but to the noons of the future
August 13, 2008
'For Indians, the flag is life'
'Sania and Leander have done a fantastic job for Indian tennis'
'All these great writers are situated in the Indian bhasha'
'Rajnikanth is Asia's biggest actor'
'Disability is in the mind of society'
August 12, 2008
A P J Abdul Kalam: What India's youth needs to do.
'Farmers are not given adequate recognition'
'We must feel lucky Sachin played for our country'
'In terms of artistic achievement, it stands alone even today'
'The train is a great leveler'
August 11, 2008
Omar Abdullah on the meaning of democracy
Vishy Anand on how India has come of age
'Getting through to the IIT is like a dream'
'Rahman's greatest foray is the patriotic song'
'I hope now the govt will do more for tribals'
|August 07, 2008|
Remembering diplomat Venkat Rao|
August 7 marks a month since the Indian embassy in Kabul was attacked. Aziz Haniffa mourns the death of Venkat Rao, a star of the Indian Foreign Service, in that attack.
|July 29, 2008|
The Walk of Life|
If you didn't know that Lakshmi once had eight limbs and had a headless conjoined twin, you would disbelieve she was the same child. Unless, of course, you recognised those eyes -- bright enough to light up a million lives.
|July 28, 2008|
'Terrorists sent a message that the claim of security is hollow'|
"The terrorists have served twin goals. By hitting BJP-dominated areas, they have sent the message to the chief minister that his claim of security is hollow. In spite of a red alert in the city, they have shown their capacity to strike at places they want. Second, by hitting hospitals in a cruel and dastardly manner they have caused the maximum damage."
|July 22, 2008|
'Mayawati is coming'!|
'She is a spunky lady. Other leaders would think twice before being projected as prime minister with 17 MPs.' Ajoy Bose, the author of Behenji, a political biography of Mayawati, on the Bahujan Samaj Party leader's gameplan.
|July 21, 2008|
What does the man or woman on the street think of the political drama?
|July 19, 2008|
Is Manmohan still the 'weakest PM' since 1947?|
Regardless of what happens on Tuesday -- or maybe even Monday -- can anybody ever accuse Manmohan Singh of being "India's weakest PM since independence" again, as L K Advani so effortlessly did eight months ago?
|July 17, 2008|
Is an MP's loyalty worth only Rs 25 crore?|
The fact that to save both, criminals have had to be hauled out of jails, the sick and ailing have to be brought in on stretchers, that truant film stars have to be dragged away from overseas locations kicking and screaming, and that lawmakers have to be purchased like this, tells its own story.
|July 10, 2008|
Afghans have named their daughters after Tulsi|
The Afghan people are not too fond of the Pakistani government as a lot of terrorism is harboured across the border. Astad Deboo, the first dancer to perform in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, looks back
|July 08, 2008|
'It is sad the N-deal is smeared in murky politics'|
'If the US withdraws, where do we stand with all the starved costly reactors? We will be left with only the hazardous waste to deal with. The way the terms of the deal are structured, it is clear that we have only the legal right to test which cannot be implemented due to tremendous consequences,' says nuclear scientist A N Prasad, a known critic of the nuclear deal.
|June 27, 2008|
'Here's my pistol, come on shoot me' |
'He deserved to be field marshal because he carried the air force and navy with him in '71. Remember we were fighting on two fronts -- east and west. He stood out.'
|June 26, 2008|
Sonia, Karat ready with exit plan
It is a matter of time before the Left parties severe its ties with the UPA or the UPA gears up for a confrontation with its Left supporters by going ahead with the nuclear deal.
What's the price for the eye of a child?
Sudali has lost vision in an eye, allegedly beause her teacher threw a glass at her. Her parents want money to withdraw their complaint.
|June 20, 2008|
Will Shilpa Shetty's yoga transform your life?|
Is this DVD really a showcase for Shilpa or Shilpa's yoga?
Abode of the Gods
If there is one place on this planet where God can be touched and felt, it has to be the Kailas Manasarovar region -- it is indescribable, beyond the power of words to capture; it is perhaps the one experience that defines the state of being.
|June 5, 2008|
Revealed: How SIMI works|
An IB dossier on the organisation indicates that SIMI split in 2006. The IB says SIMI provides logistical support to the Laskhar-e-Tayiba and Harkat-ul-Jihadi.
DRDO's secret technology wish list
The new outreach from a traditionally inward-focused DRDO is rooted in a realistic assessment that the international sanctions regimes have loosened; global arms majors are eager to provide technologies that can fill in gaps in the DRDO's own technology bank.
|June 4, 2008|
China diary: A Bangalorean in awe|
The Chinese do everything on the grand scale, planning for a hundred years ahead. The new Pudong international airport will be good enough for virtually a century. It is about 40 kilometres from the city and the magnetic levitation train covers the distance in eight minutes. Compare that with Bangalore's agonising access problems over the new airport!
Akbar's Jodha a happy myth: Rushdie
'All the Mughals were alcoholic.'
DRDO's plan for an eye in the sky
The UAV project will be an important test for the DRDO's new thinking, it will, equally be a test for the concept of bringing a private sector company into a major project as the DRDO's industry partner.
The Wound of History
The events at Tiananmen Square 19 years ago this day have an uncanny resemblance to this year's events in Tibet.
|June 3, 2008|
New DRDO: Technology first, weapons later|
The DRDO has clearly decided that developing technologies is at least as important as developing weapons systems. V K Aatre, DRDO chief from 2000-04, had said, "Weapons programmes and technologies have to maintain equal pace." Only now is the DRDO heeding his advice.
|May 30, 2008|
How India Lives: For the love of Billo|
It is summer and the markets of Shimla sell cherries and strawberries, but Sonu says it is wheat and vegetables that are of relevance to him. The prices are too high for him to get by.
The political colours of India
What will India look like if the colours of the parties ruling the various states were to be plotted on a map?
|May 27, 2008|
The waiter who will be an IAS officer|
Jayaganesh's story is inspiring because he comes from a very poor background in a village in Tamil Nadu, and though he studied to be an engineer, he worked at odd jobs, even as a waiter for a short while, to realise his dream of becoming an IAS officer.
|May 26, 2008|
McCain's invitation to Jindal 'strategic'|
By fueling speculation that the Louisiana governor could be a candidate for vice-president, John McCain is reaching out to the far right of the Republican party that is enamoured with Jindal.
|May 25, 2008|
16th loss for Congress since 2004|
The defeat in Karnataka is the Congress party's 16th loss in the four years that it returned to power at the Centre. India has seen 24 assembly elections since 2004.
SEC fingers Bush's Indian pa
Dr Zachariah P Zachariah, arguably the most influential Indian- American Republican and a major fund-raiser for the party for more than two decades and a close friend of the Bush family, has been charged with insider trading by the United States's Securities and Exchange Commission.
|May 21, 2008|
The mind of a terrorist|
The people who are grooming him psyche him so much continuously till he is fully committed and convinced and says 'Yes I will do it!'
|May 20, 2008|
Tribute: 'Tendulkar used violence as a metaphor'|
'I always maintained that for Vijay Tendulkar violence did not mean merely physical violence or torture. It also meant interpersonal relationship between dominance and violence -- not only male dominance over females but also vice versa. Sometimes it is the powerful vs the weak, sometimes the weak acquires power out of that very same weakness as happens in Sakharam Binder. For him human relationships were power relationships. And power relationships are based on violence.'
|May 14, 2008|
Why terrorists attack soft targets|
'The ease with which the terrorists have been operating in different parts of the country is also due to deterioration in the quality of policing in the urban as well as rural areas.'
|May 13, 2008|
A year on, Mayawati bulldozes opponents|
The 52-year-old Dalit woman created history by rising to occupy the highest political office of India's most populous state on her own strength. Raised and nurtured by her political mentor and BSP founder -- the late Kanshi Ram, she has created another history of sorts over these 12 months -- of demolitions and constructions.
|May 12, 2008|
How India Lives|
What is the real India? How do ordinary Indians live? Launching a new series.
|May 09, 2008|
Scoop: What India gets under the IAEA agreement|
It is paradoxical that even those members who are most crucial in the decision-making process, leave alone the public, are denied access to scrutinise the full text of the IAEA agreement while many in the international community, particularly those from the NSG countries, must be scanning it with a microscope!
|May 05, 2008|
In China's wild, wild west|
The Uighurs are China's Turkic Muslims in a volatile region where unrest sits on a keg of cultural alienation.
Lunch with India's Tiger Man
'The first tiger crisis was in 1992. 16 years later, we are back where we started. It doesn't give one much hope,' says Valmik Thapar.
Exclusive: Lhasa, A Paradise Lost
The Chinese takeover of Tibet is only superficially about force. Less noticed, Tarun Vijay notes, is the subtle, almost unnoticed cultural makeover that has transformed Lhasa into a shadow of its former spiritual self.