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Antony,Defense Minister

A K Antony, kerala’s perennial Mr Clean is India’s Defense Minister. Kerala has had its own share of men in the national cabinet – but its a different feeling when one of the state’s most respected leaders has the responsibility thrust upon him by the sheer strength of his character. It is a different feeling […]

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Has India lost Gujarat ?

When this reporter, with his longish beard, walked into an elite government colony in Ahmedabad to meet a senior official, three children suddenly got off their bicycles.One screamed aloud, “Terrorist!” Why?“Because you are a Mussalman,” he responded. So?“All Muslims are terrorists. My father is a judge. He will call you terrorist in court.” Really?“Yes. Now […]

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The Blanket of freedom

Nineteen-year old Mahammad Maqbool Dar was taken away by troops from his home near Charar-e-Sharief on Friday, his mother Hanifa Begum said. A day later, the boy, a daily wage labourer, was brought dead to a hospital sparking two days of protests in Charar-e-Sharief as anger continues in other parts of Kashmir.The government, concerned at […]

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Dead man Walking – Afzal Guru

If the collective conscience of a nation becomes satisfied when one of us gets hanged without a chance to defend himself , it speaks a lot about ourselves. Afzal Guru Will Afzal Guru be hanged today ? He should be – says the great Indian middle class and its drum beater the Indian media. The […]

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The Inheritance of loss

“In India you get up in the morning and there are ten people there to greet you and to discuss how you slept. Or you can call up someone and tell them how you’re feeling and what you dreamt about.” “You miss out on knowing one culture profoundly and deeply and this does mean you’re […]

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In the line of fire

Pakistan’s self appointed Head of state and erstwhile coup leader Pervez Musharraf has released his autobiography ‘In the Line of Fire’.Key excerpts from the book has been published by BBC, Khaleej Times,NDTV,Pakistani Dawn,Jang and Guardian. I feel a few things he has said might be funny – like toppling a democratically elected government or mowing […]

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A Secular Rethink

A picture History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again – Maya Angelou A video A few years back we faced our worst fears as a nation , today we are again a smug faced crowd hiding behind globalised cliches like Islamic terrorism and a […]

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