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A martyr's family remembers

'A man dies and it's over for him. But we're right here, it isn't over for us,' she says cryptically. She talks about the "poverty" in which she had to raise her sons and daughter, the......

Param Vir Chakra Abdul Hamid, a Hero's Hero

'Both Abdul Hamid and the enemy tank place each other in their sights and shoot. Both shells hit their targets. There is a loud blast, fire and smoke.' 'Abdul Hamid is dead. He has destroyed a......

My salute to arguably India's greatest military hero

In super-human actions of valour, Havildar Abdul Hamid personally knocked out five tanks over two days, effectively derailing the enemy offensive in the 1965 Indo-Pak War. 'Decades later, I......

'Many in US feel Pakistan playing a double game'

Pakistan's deteriorating security situation, its connection with Islamist militancy, and the implications for the United States and India relations came under focus during a lecture by American......

India most privatised country for education

For most parents in urban India there is no issue that commands their undivided attention as much as choosing which school to send their children to. While it may come as a surprise to some that......

Indian hoteliers make it big in America

Sant Singh Chatwal did not exactly bootstrap his way up America's lodging industry by starting at a modest roadside motel, as have so many immigrants. His first fixer-upper hotel was in Manhattan,......

What can India offer the US?

Billed as a foreign policy debate, the first face off between President George Bush and Senator John Kerry was notable for its narrow geographical focus. Apart from the Arab-Israeli conflict not......

Lessons for India's new rulers

Last week's election results in India caught virtually everyone unawares.Nearly as surprising was the dramatic drop of 11% in India's leading stock market index, the Bombay Stock Exchange......

Pauper or sovereign?

Among the many heartening changes that caught my attention during a recent trip home was the apparent sovereignty of the consumer. That aspect was underlined and, indeed, blown-up in billboards in......

Economic growth is the best contraceptive

India's billion-strong population never fails to elicit a schizophrenic response from the ruling class. Seen from the economic perspective, there is a general consensus that population growth is a......

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