|December 29, 2008|
Dad wouldn’t like me crying |
His mother, wife and daughter recall Inspector Vijay Salaskar, the son, husband and doting father.
'India's patience is not infinite'
At a seminar in Washington, DC, a group of former diplomats, military leaders, politicians, businessmen and others said the minimum requirement from Pakistan is 'an irrevocable disbandment of the infrastructure of terrorism… This time we are not going to be satisfied with games. We want this seriously done.'
|December 28, 2008|
Supreme Court grapples with corruption issue|
The image of the third pillar of democracy came under a cloud with the names of judges coming up in the Uttar Pradesh provident fund scam and cash-at-judge door scam in Chandigarh.
|December 26, 2008|
PM ensured it is still advantage India|
He may have been cautious in reacting to the Mumbai attacks. But one month on, his approach has suited both the government and the country.
The couple that evaded terror, twice!
Dara Huang and John Fesko had just asked for the check in Leopold's when they heard the first shots. As they made their way out of the cafe and back to the Taj Mahal hotel, little did they know that they were walking into a far more serious and dangerous situation.
How the Cama nurses saved all their patients
On the horrific night of November 26, the nurses, doctors and other staff at the Cama hospital took a sequence of life-saving decisions. Brave decisions that saved the lives of every one of the 180 patients, their relatives and a few others who had sought refuge there.
26/11: Why did the commando operations take 60 hours?
A former Special Forces commando candidly assesses the Mumbai operations.
|December 19, 2008|
How fake currency funds terror|
Investigating agencies estimate the amount of fake currency as Rs 170,000 crore. RBI officials dispute the figure and say this mean 28% of Indian currency is fake.
'The jihadists are dragging us into the Middle Ages'
The jihadists tap into 'the resentment the Pakistani elite feels for the success of India.'
Heroes: He held off terrorists for four hours
The doctors have told Inspector Deepak Dole of the Colaba police station in south Mumbai to avoid sunlight and dust for at least three months. The reason: Large swathes of his skin, burnt by the fire started by terrorists in the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, are peeling off.
'The mental trauma of the attacks was enormous'
Psychiatrist Ashit Sheth provides an insight into the current state of mind of Mumbai residents, especially those who survived the terrible tragedy at the Taj and Oberoi hotels.
|December 17, 2008|
'Talk of war, surgical strikes is ill-advised'|
'The priority at the moment should be to strengthen our internal security arrangements and improve coordination among the intelligence agencies, state governments and military authorities,' says Naresh Chandra, India's former ambassador to Washington.
ISI not involved in Mumbai attacks: US expert
'This is something the ISI would have wanted to prevent. There was no direct ISI involvement whatsoever,' claims American national security expert Harlan Ullman, who has close links with the Pakistani government and military.
'I saw a policeman slumped to the ground'
Eyewitnesses recall the encounter which captured the terrorist.
Tackle terrorism or else, US Congressman warns Pak
If Pakistan continues to dilly-dally in bringing the perpetrators to justice and closing down the terrorist camps that operate within its borders, influential US lawmaker Ed Royce says he will lead the fight in the United States Congress to cut the massive military and security assistance to Pakistan.
Our MPs blocked the NIA 8 months ago
'Under pressure from corporate houses, this government will certainly work faster, but Home Minister Chidambaram will have to ensure that intelligence gathering would form an integral part of the other inter-related operational and investigative functions of the agency.'
From the terrorist's bullets to the altar
'I did not want to go to the wedding without hair. I didn't want my wedding to be postponed.'
|December 09, 2008|
How we caught the terrorist alive|
The terrorist lay down on the road as if in surrender. Tukaram Omble tried to disarm him by grabbing his gun. But the man fired. Omble did not let go. He was killed, but he saved his colleagues.
India must develop ties with Pakistan army
The Pak military is as concerned about terrorism as anybody else. ‘Frankly, they have created a Frankenstein. They want to control it, but cannot.’
How unsafe are our seas?
What needs to be done to protect our maritime defences against the enemy.
|December 04, 2008|
'We want to celebrate what's right in India'|
Anjali and Michael Pollack relive that horrific night at the Taj during the terror attacks.
'Absolute perversion of Islam'
'The terrorists intended to provoke a 'clash of civilisations', pitting Hindu against Muslim, India against Pakistan. The best way to honour those killed and injured in these attacks, and the best way to show solidarity with the people of Mumbai, is to work to defuse the crisis that these terrorists seek to advance.'
'Three armed men in black'
Beyond the refrigerator, we hear an Indian woman crying for help.
The NRI who saved 150 lives
"The gunshots were getting louder and louder and the floor and ceiling were actually shaking from the blasts. I knew if we stayed put that, eventually, they'd find us. As an entrepreneur, you learn to think that nothing is impossible. The word 'No' doesn't register. So I asked myself, 'How do we do this?' and 'What would Richard Branson do?'" says British businessman Deepak Kuntawala.
|November 28, 2008|
Bloomberg mourns for Mumbai|
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses the Indian-American community at the Hindu Temple Society of North America in Queens, New York City, during a prayer service for victims of the Mumbai terror attacks on November 27, 2008.
|November 20, 2008|
The King of Bhutan and I|
Exclusive: Astad Deboo danced at the coronation of the world’s youngest monarch.
|November 06, 2008|
The Man Who Wasn’t There|
For the preacher from Atlanta, murdered by hate 40 years ago, Barack Obama's triumph was his finest hour.
|November 05, 2008|
A phenomenon, and a commitment|
Aziz Haniffa on the next POTUS.
'America, we have come so far'
Stirring excerpts from Barack Obama's victory speech:
Birth of a new nation
Millions of African Americans wept and rejoiced at Obama's triumph, an event that they could never have anticipated would happen in their lifetime.
Truly, History will be made
If he wins the White House, Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan scholar and a White American social activist, will be America's first African American president.
'Unilateral US policy does not work in the present world'
'Unlike Bush and the Republicans Obama has a vision'
'This election is important because of the economy'
Indian Americans, who arrived early to cast their votes in Edison, New Jersey, were concerned about the economy, along with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|October 17, 2008|
'Am I better off than eight years ago? No!'|
Theresa Thanjan, the New York Coordinator of South Asians for Obama, says she joined the campaign out of conviction and support for all that Obama stands for. She plans to return to the media world once the elections are over, and says she did not join the campaign expecting to springboard into political office later.
|October 16, 2008|
Is the Eelam dream over?|
The Sri Lankan army is merely 1.2 miles away from Kilinochchi, the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam's headquarters in Northern Sri Lanka. The Lankan government believes that the quarter-century old militant movement of the LTTE is in its last phase.
|October 09, 2008|
Stars favour Obama, says US astrologer|
The stars are with Barack Obama, says an Indian astrologer in the United States. "Whatever the polls may convey, the cosmic timetable and the karmic events all seem to point in favor of Barack Obama to occupy the Presidential seat in January 2009," Malini Parthasarathy, a former senior management specialist at the World Bank, and an astrologer, says.
|October 06, 2008|
Meet the teen who fasted for 34 days|
Eva Mehta fasted for 34 days to observe the Jain holy season of Paryushan Parva. She just had boiled water during that time.
Kayani clears the decks ahead of battle
Much is being made of Kayani's attempt to surround himself with his own men. That is only partially true and in many ways legitimate too. However, it does not seem that he would have unnecessarily pushed Lt-Gen Taj out of the ISI in less than a year of the latter's having taken charge of the agency if internal and external actors had not begun to cast doubts over the agency's internal and external conduct.
|September 22, 2008|
How Veerappa Moily wants to fight terror|
The Second Admnistrative Reforms Commission headed by Veerappa Moily has submitted its report on tackling terrorism to the Union government. The report titled Combating Terrorism - Protecting by Righteousness states that a comprehensive and effective legal framework to deal with all aspects of terrorism needs to be enacted.
|September 18, 2008|
India sidelined in Lankan war|
Perhaps the Indian establishment do not subscribe to the thesis that un-exhibited power is more potent. Innovative diplomacy and statesmanship with no nonsense approach is the need of the hour.
|September 11, 2008|
Why China did what it did at NSG|
'Procedural procrastination' was Chinese strategy to delay India waiver, NSG diplomats say.
Why Melghat's children are dying
117 children died of malnutrition in the Melghat region in Maharashtra from April to June 2008. The condition of Amravati's remaining children is also grim.