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May 29, 2009
The prime minister's SCO dilemma
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is still a developing entity and it is essentially due to Russian and Chinese efforts. The moot question is can India benefit by attending it?

Where heart surgeries are done for free
'We are proud of our waiting list. We meet every patient and we never promise what we can't deliver.'

May 28, 2009
AWACS will revolutionise the IAF
The AWACS is set to redefine battlefield surveillance.

May 25, 2009
Why Phalcon AWACS matter to India
The AWACS, mounted on a Russian Ilyushin-76 airframe, will look deep into our neighbouring countries and detect incoming missiles and aircrafts from hundreds of kilometres away in all-weather conditions. It will also help detect troop build-up in territories around us.

May 22, 2009
My brother, the Prime Minister
Gobind Kaur, Dr Manmohan Singh's sister, travels down memory lane.

'His heart is in the right place'
Exclusive: Sam Pitroda on the Rahul Gandhi he knows.

May 21, 2009
In the name of the father & grandfather...
Twenty-one of the 30 MPs below the age of 35 belong to families who are in Indian politics or have been MPs or legislators in the past.

May 20, 2009
My brother, the Prime Minister
Gobind Kaur, Dr Manmohan Singh's sister, travels down memory lane.

The youngest MP is 26
There are 60 MPs below 39 in the current Parliament of 543 elected members.

How the Lankan army crushed the LTTE
A fascinating account of how three decades of conflict came to an end.

May 19, 2009
Raj Thackeray's sudden impact
Party cadres credit him for bagging a four per cent vote share in Maharashtra and a whopping 21 per cent vote share in Mumbai.

Dr Singh knows how to get his way
'Dr Manmohan Singh's contribution is to end the strategic isolationism of India.' K Subrahmanyam, the doyen of India's national security experts, on the prime minister.

May 18, 2009
Why UP is the biggest surprise of this election
Disaster Mayawati must be a warning signal to the ever growing queue of prime ministerial aspirants.

'An event never seen in the world'
Election Commissioner S Y Quarishi on Election 2009 and the many challenges the Election Commission faced.

May 17, 2009
'Fantastic validation of Indian democracy'
'It is indeed remarkable that the Indian electorate has simultaneously clipped the wings of Advani, Karat, Mayavati, Laloo, Mulayam, Jayalalithaa and while rewarding better governance in Bihar, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.'

May 16, 2009
Verdict 2009: Rahul UP and rising
'He believes he has time on his side. He wants to fight the battle in the long term.'

May 15, 2009
Afpak flu and India
The time is ripe for a reduction of troops in a phased manner and moving the rest of the army units on internal security remit to the Line of Control, to eliminate infiltrators.

Jeffrey Archer wants to be India's transport minister
'I love you on the road. This is the only nation on earth where cars run with the white line under them.' The evening was about Jeffrey Archer the charming raconteur, the astute salesman.

May 14, 2009
ISI's rogue child has turned its gun on Pakistan
'Hoist now with its own petard, Pakistan has hopelessly snared itself in this vortex of jihad-inspired violence. You reap what you sow.'

May 13, 2009
'It is no longer a feudal democracy. It is a middle-class democracy'
'I think the biggest danger to our democracy comes from huge widening divide between those who are on the trajectory of growth and those who are been left behind in this period of accelerated growth,' says Mani Shankar Aiyar.

US erred in blindly trusting the Pak army
Instead of summoning President Zardari to Washington to read the Riot Act, President Obama should have visited Pakistan, conversed directly with the people of Pakistan.

May 12, 2009
'They are marketing me like Miss Universe'
Lack of development has not deterred Mani Shankar Aiyar from embarking on a flamboyant campaign.

Deceit comes naturally to Pak military!
Pakistan pocketed a cool $953 million cheque while the American establishment still appears to be dim-witted about perceiving the Pakistan army's skullduggery.
In a four-part series, M P Anil Kumar,, a former Indian Air Force fighter pilot, looks at the lawless Afghan-Pak region.

'There is no Bengal line or Delhi line'
The Left party workers are keenly aware that the election for the 15th Lok Sabha is the severest test for the party ever since it took power in Bengal 32 years ago.

'Muslim factor' in Bengal may surprise complacent CPI-M
There's more to being elected from Calcutta North than the ability to turn a phrase around different consonants at the same time, and Mohammed Salim is keenly aware of this fact.

May 11, 2009
Don't dismiss Laloo just yet
While it is true that the overall situation worsened and the state got deeper into the quagmire of backwardness during the RJD regime, yet the party bags many credits for bringing about a fundamental change in Bihar's society and politics as well.

Rajiv Gandhi, Arun Shourie plot Chidambaram's fall
Rajiv Gandhi is very angry with P Chidambaram for not having done anything for the Eelam cause. Backing him up with facts and figures and helping him in the campaign is Arun Shourie.

Do the politicial parties care about Punjab's farmers?
At the start of the election process in Punjab it was expected that the farmers's suicides and the problems they faced would be a major issue during the campaign. However, few leaders have spoken strongly about this issue.

May 08, 2009
Weavers in Kancheepuram disillusioned on poll eve
Still, the AIADMK may coast through.

'The US is making a mistake in Pakistan'
An acute equipment shortage and an army that has only been trained to fight against India has left the Pakistani army highly ineffectual in its counter-insurgency efforts against the Taliban, said South Asia expert Stephen Cohen.

Will Sidhu manage a hat-trick in Amritsar?
The charismatic BJP MP is pitted against a candidate who has never lost an election.

Sikh PM is a big Congress draw in Punjab
The PM's popularity in Amritsar, where he arrived with his family as a refugee from Gah in the Chakwal district of Pakistan's West Punjab during partition in 1947, is high not only because he is a Sikh. He is also seen as a man of immense integrity who is devoted to the country, has given India a global reputation in several ways, including the nuclear deal, and has ensured significant and sustained economic growth.

May 07, 2009
India must come out of its cocoon: Dalai Lama
As he travels around the world, the Dalai Lama talks about two major issues -- both of which he learned from India, he said. The first is a commitment to human values, compassion and non-violence, which he believes are the essentials to build a happy family, county and world. The second is his belief in building bridges of harmony on the basis of mutual respect and understanding.

Disgruntled voters and a pale election
Polls in Tamil Nadu have lights, fireworks, music, dance… But this election is muted.

The constituency where waste is the biggest issue
Disposing effluents from the dyeing units is the biggest issue here, as the untreated waste threatens to contaminate the ground water. Tirupur needs the sea link to discard its industrial wastage.

May 06, 2009
Why Barmer's Muslims love this BJP MP
'Manvendra Singh has made a home in the hearts of the Muslims here by striving for their development as well as that of the madarssas in this district.'

Betting hard for Badal bahu in Bhatinda
Bookies in Bhatinda are the only ones who have refused to hedge their bets, and that's probably because they are paid not to do so.

Why Punjab is Rahul's political lab
Rahul Gandhi's message to Congressmen and women across the country is clear: In future elections youth will get preference in the party. The Congress general secretary has chosen Punjab as the role model state to introduce youth into the fray.

'In Bihar people don't cast their vote but vote their caste'
Bihar's first true movie star, Shatrughan Sinha, fighting the first Lok Sabha election in his political career, is confident that Patna will choose him over his star opponent.

May 05, 2009
'Is asking for clean drinking water a crime?'
'I am moved to tears when I see small children drinking dirty water. I walk down to Chandigarh every day and with the help of my son, I get around 5 litres of water in few bottles so that we can drink clean water.'

'Politics has been ruined'
Shekhar Suman woos Patna in style.

May 04, 2009
Caste battle in Pilot territory
Dausa, represented by the Pilot family for 25 years, sees a complicated contest with no Pilot around.

May 02, 2009
Glamour vs glamour in Ajmer
Both candidates are natty dressers. Both are well educated and speak polished English. Both add much needed glamour to the dull proceedings.

'In UP, Brahmins do tactical voting, not Muslims'
'Muslim voters are under compulsion and know that the secular parties for whom they cast their votes have not done anything for them.'

May 01, 2009
'Tamil or Lankan bullets don't matter'
Some of them have been here for so long that they can't remember how their homes in Sri Lanka looked. Some have been born here and know only of the homes that their parents describe.

April 30, 2009
Is this the dream state the BJP is building?
MP: Grim poverty, government apathy.

Not BJP or Congress, the palace wins here
No prizes for guess the constituency.

Mayawati's pillars of strength
The 6 most influential people in India's largest state.

April 29, 2009
'Muslims are the next Dalits of India
Mumbai's Muslims on how they will vote this election.

'I can never be a politician because I'm emotional'
Meet the beautiful, charismatic and outspoken MP from Gwalior, Yashodhara Raje.

In BJP bastion, Congress makes inroads
The recent attacks on churches and women in a pub may backfire on the BJP.

The Great Indian Political festival
Our American reporter gets his first glimpse of Elections 2009.

'Deve Gowda should become PM 100 times'
But the son of the soil has failed farmers in the village where he was born.

'Here, glamour is politics'
Politicians discover the power of radio.

April 27, 2009
'Won't mind Priyanka'
Surprising responses to our question: Kaun banega PM.

'We are facing the worst-ever economic crisis'
Banker Meera Sanyal explains why she is contesting the election.

Resurgence of the Congress & BJP in UP
'Congress efforts to retrieve its rainbow character by bringing together Muslims, Dalits and upper castes could change UP's political climate'.

India's diversity in diversity
The central issue in these elections is: how will India's power structure accommodate the nation's key diversities? Second, though the overall political prognosis is confusing, some of the basic policies that will emerge are easily predictable.

April 24, 2009
A new kind of politics
This movement is about truly serving the citizens, not politicians themselves.

Sensing Muslim angst
Muslims in UP want the BJP defeated.

The steel behind the Gandhi smile
Sonia's children have come to terms with the rough-and-dirty-tumble of Indian politics.

April 23, 2009
Sugar belt may turn sour for Congress-NCP
The parties's traditional bastion may dirft away.

Who will clean up Pratapgarh?
'It is a fight not between candidates and how good they are, or how much development the Congress or anyone else promises to bring, but between goonda and goonda. The fact is, the Muslims will vote for Atiq Ahmed because he promises to protect them, Raja Bhaiyya and Gopalji are gods for the local Thakur Rajputs, and the local Congress strongman is Pramod Tiwari.'

Tracking an election
Images from polling day.

Exclusive: 'My father is the toughest person I know'
Daman Singh on the prime minister.

'We don't bother about the Sensex'
An exclusive encounter with Satish Chandra Mishra, Mayawati's top adviser.

April 22, 2009
Rahul's quiet mission: Capture UP
Meet his Aam Aadmi Ka Sipahi.

'We were promised Rs 70 lakhs per acre, not a penny has come'
Voices from the Bangalore North battle.

Congress battles Sena in Malvan
Can Uddhav Thackeray outwit an old enemy?

'Sharad Pawar is a dictator'
A 3-time MP turns against his mentor.

From World Cup to Parliament
He helped India won its first World Cup. Can he win a difficult election?

April 21, 2009
In Khajuraho, CM could carry day for BJP
One observer feels at least 50 percent of the BJP vote can be linked to Shivraj Chauhan's bond with voters.

Complacency bothers BJP in Vidisha
'Our fear is that people may stay away from the polling booth, thinking that their votes will not make a difference since Sushmaji is unopposed.'

Satara's royalty does the hard miles
Udayanraje Bhosale says the soles of his feet have frayed as a result of extensive campaigning for the last ten days.

'I am an apolitical chief minister'
Narendra Modi, truly unplugged.

Cong's self goal in Arjun's stronghold
Bad decisions may wreck party's chances.

Meet the raja of Ayodhya
Bimlendra Pratap Mohan Misra is the BSP candidate from Faizabad.

Will this daughter better her father?
A fascinating conversation with Baramati's new candidate.

Priyanka floors Amethi
Braving the searing April sun, she attended as many as 17 poll meetings.

April 20, 2009
Shivaji's descendant dares Uddhav to a one-on-one
Udayanraje Bhosale, the 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, is in a tough battle in Satara.

Date rape: 'You can't be too careful'
Much as we might like to believe that date rape is a curse of the Western world, we have to open our eyes to the fact that the crime is much closer to home than we realise.

No power & no jobs; Will Amethi still vote for Rahul?
Rahul Gandhi's Amethi still lives in the dark ages, literally so.

The battle for Bangalore South
Is Ananth Kumar for a nasty surprise?

DMK vs AIADMK: It's advantage Jayalalithaa
The lady wins the first round.

'The nuclear deal has assured us jobs'
Four students on why the India-US nuclear deal has brought them hope.

Nobody comes asking for votes
Situated on the busy Vidisha-Bhopal road, the 400-odd residents of Ankheda village are starved for water and electricity.

April 17, 2009
The Songs of Mayawati
Chartbusters composed in honour of UP's empress.

'Tamil Nadu will decide India's next PM'
Jayalalithaa launches her poll campaign.

In Bihar, caste is the deciding factor
It is unfortunate that even the youngsters of Bihar have not been able to rise above the parochialism of caste. From ticket distribution to appointments to government and university posts are decided on the basis of caste.

Poll tales of a thirsty town
A few hours outside Bangalore, just a few kilometres off the Golden Quadrilateral highway, in Karnataka's Chitradurga district, sits a small town called Shira.

Bickering netas ignore Bellary's health
Neglect, poverty and health woes in the mining heartland of Karnataka.

In the city of statues, Mayawati's word is law
What Mayawati wants, she gets.

How Maoists stunned India on polling day
The attacks revealed the Maoists have far better military training and superior firepower than believed earlier.

April 16, 2009
Why all roads lead to Saran
Saran is where Laloo Prasad Yadav is facing perhaps the toughest electoral battle in his eventful career..

Will Sahu's gamble pay off in Orissa?
He knows that if he wins on the back of this emotive issue then he will emerge as the face of hardline Hindutva in Orissa's political landscape.

April 15, 2009
Elections in the time of fear and loathing
Prasanna D Zore and Uttam Ghosh report on how an election is conducted in Kandhamal where the Christian community confronts Hindu anger eight months after a VHP activist's murder.

Shashi Tharoor's day out
Jay Mandal captures the candidate on his final rounds of the constituency.

Why these Chhattisgarh tribals will not vote
Krishnakumar P travels to Kunkuri, Chhattisgarh, to discover an electorate in ferment.

Why suicide is a way out for Vidarbha farmers
Trapped in an endless spiral of debt, driven remorselessly to suicide, the people of Vidarbha have lost all hope. Sheela Bhatt reports from Ground Zero.

Andhra Pradesh: Caste to the fore again
State politics, which revolved around two major politically dominant castes for almost five decades, is now witnessing muscle-flexing by another caste group which seeks to get a bigger slice of the political cake. The traditional rival castes -- Reddys and Kammas -- now have to contend with another rival -- the Kapus.

'We've been treated as animals in polls'
'If you're sent to a sensitive booth, it scares not only you but your family. My mother has been praying for our safe return.' The travails of government staff deployed for election duty in Bihar.

April 14, 2009
Political ploys in the heart of UP
In Rohillkhand, people have survived the centuries with canny grace. If 1947 was an aberration that twisted the life-blood out of history, the mix-and-match heartiness of the 2009 election immeasurably reinforces the region's diversity.

The lady with the toughest job in Bihar
'We have to strike fear in the hearts of those who think they can resort to violence or break the law on polling day,' Bandana Preyashi tells

April 13, 2009
Coastal Andhra looks to Chiru for change
Will the Telugu movie star's magic hold in an area that reels under power cuts and lack of drinking water?

Will Rudy stun Laloo?
The railways minister could be in for a nasty shock.

4 farmers die every day in Chhattisgarh
In the villages of India, the cycle of exploitation continues without respite.

AP may decide who rules the country
All is not lost for the Congress with very weak signs of anti-incumbency, while the Grand Alliance and the PRP will have to strive very hard to pose a formidable challenge.

The refugees of Kandhamal can't go home
Prasanna D Zore and Uttam Ghosh travel to Raikia in Orissa's Kandhamal district, the scene of horrific violence last August, to discover that life continues to be scary and traumatic for the refugees of those riots.

In controversial Siwan, women run election call centre
In the Bihar constituency, one of the most controversial in the state and in the country, the district administration is working hard to ensure that local residents have faith in the electoral process.

April 10, 2009
'BJP won't oppose Pawar as PM'
Ashok Sahu, the BJP candidate from Kandhamal constituency, in a frank interview.

In Kandhamal, authorities battle heavy odds
The Lok Sabha constituency is in the international limelight and there are reasons for it.

April 09, 2009
16 candidates in ‘nursery of terror' contest
The Ulema Council candidate will play a decisive role in Azamgarh.

April 08, 2009
In UP heartland, waived farm loans matter
On the campiagn trail with Congress candidate Salim Shervani in Badaiyon, UP.

Shashi Tharoor sparkles despite attacks
Since the frontrunner is immune to charges of inefficiency and corruption innovative brains in the Opposition are inventing issues to combat him.

April 07, 2009
Meeting India's Muslim vote bank
Financial crisis, recession are non-issues.

March 26, 2009
For 4 LS seats, Modi stakes his reputation
It is imperative for Modi to win more than 18 seats out of 26 to make an impression outside Gujarat. There is no doubt that by giving tickets to these four tainted candidates who have 'cleared' themselves through a treacherous legal process, Modi has succumbed to realpolitik.

March 25, 2009
The Indian voter has become more demanding
Their expectation levels have risen. It is not just the basic necessities (roti, kapda and makaan) that matter to them. Equally important are the basic infrastructure services (bijli, paani and sadak) that a political party should promise to offer if elected to form the government.

March 23, 2009
Karat - Cong, BJP are the source of corruption
A nuanced understanding of current political affairs of CPI-M leader Prakash Karat in this exclusive interview.

March 21, 2009
Fareed Zakaria is India Abroad Person of Year
Even in a banner year marked by achievements of the highest order across a wide variety of fields, it was inevitable that Dr Zakaria would be named India Abroad Person of the Year 2008. Filmmaker Mira Nair, who won the award last year, was on hand to honour her successor with the award that, over the seven years of its existence, has become one of the most sought after accolades in the community space.

March 17, 2009
The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay-II
An excerpt from Mumbai novelist Siddharth Dhanvant Shangvhi's second offering, The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay.

Not much may change in India post election
One will be disappointed by the BJP's IT-restricted vision or Mayawati's lack of it because they give the feeling that not much is going to change in India.

The tentwallah who divided the BJP
Sudhanshu Mittal, a close aide of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan and the bete noir of party general secretary Arun Jaitley, is no stranger to controversies.

March 11, 2009
Naveen Patnaik's master stroke in Orissa
Politically, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik has grown so amazingly fast that today he is on steady ground to give a hard punch to the BJP.

March 09, 2009
Give Madame Mayawati credit
Mayawati comes to the battle field armed with a Dalit-Brahmin-Muslim combination once again. She has given around 10 seats to Other Backward Classes and three each to the Baniya and Thakur communities. If she wins impressively, it will be because of her "inclusive politics".

February 27, 2009
Meera Shankar, only India's 2nd lady envoy to US
She will also be the first serving diplomat to be posted in Washington in more than two decades after K Shankar Bajpai.

February 26, 2009
Three months on, the loss that is Hemant Karkare
A brother, a friend and colleague remember a hero.

February 25, 2009
Siddharth Shanghvi on sex and his city
Finally, and perhaps foremost, it's not just a love story set in Mumbai. It's a love letter to Mumbai, a name, incidentally, that the author himself refuses to use.

February 20, 2009
'He saved me, but I could not save him'
I am leaving Swat today. I am committed to return to Swat but I cannot come back if there is no peace. I can only use my pen and camera to report the truth if there is peace. Otherwise, I will become another Musa Khankhel and my pen will be silenced.

26/11: Why Sulochana cannot go back home
Sulochana Lokhande is the last victim of 26/11 terror attack still in hospital. While every minute as she lies there looking at the fans which do not spin, there is only one thought that revolves in her mind --'Why did this happen?'.

February 19, 2009
'Pakistan had no choice but make a deal in Swat'
The ground reality is that the government of Pakistan has no choice but make the not-so-fine distinction to save their people getting killed as collateral damage when they fight the Taliban.

February 12, 2009
The unrivalled Hindustani vocalist of our time
Mohan Nadkarni, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's biographer, recalls his long association with the legend in this special tribute.

February 11, 2009
In Swat, Pakistan army faces 1971-like situation
A furious Taliban leadership has decided to send their fighters to Islamabad as a reaction to the army operations in the Swat valley on the troubled border with Afghanistan.

February 09, 2009
How IT revolutionised politics
As Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami says, 'When one vote is cast, the machine takes twelve seconds to reactivate. So the "productivity" of the fraudsters goes down, since you can't just stuff bunches of paper into a box.' The time delay has also helped the Commission figure out when 'stuffing' has happened with a machine. 'If we spot a series where votes were cast every twelve seconds, we simply cancel that result.'

February 05, 2009
Salute these brave children!
Meet Prachi Sen and Saumik Sen, winners of this year's top bravery awards.

February 04, 2009
Navin Chawla: An authority by himself
If Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami lives by the rulebook, so does his colleague Navin Chawla. Only that the book is written by him and the rules are his own.

He lives by the give-nothing-take-nothing principle
Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami is a stickler. For rules. For details. For discipline. For principles. For values. For him, there is only one way of doing things: The right way. He is known to make copious notes about how every hour of his day passes. "He jots down details in a tiny diary. Even if you speak to him on the phone for a few minutes, your name and details of the conversation go into that tiny diary," revealed a friend who has known the CEC for 20 years.

'Banning pubs is not the solution'
'Pub culture? What is that? Don't call it pub culture. Going to a pub is a habit and it can never be part of a culture. Like some people like gambling, some like hanging out in pubs,' says National Commission for Women member Nirmala Venkatesh.

February 02, 2009
Can its new chief turn R&AW around?
The induction of Verma, who has never served in the RAW before, reflects the government's anxiety to set right the relapse in the organisation. It will be Verma's job to ensure that the staff works hand in hand in removing deficiencies in the organisation.

History occurred in front of our eyes
'How could any Indian-American heart not have skipped a beat to hear President Barack Obama speak of a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers, shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth?'

January 30, 2009
Nine factors which make a Lashkar terrorist
The most important factor is commitment to the Lashkar's ideology. When the Lashkar recruits youth the latter are told they will undertake a military operation and there is absolute need to be committed to the organisation's ideology in order to succeed.

Can Pakistan meet India halfway on 26/11?
Is America in a position to help the Indian government get something substantial and real from Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks?'

January 29, 2009
'How dare these people terrorise young girls!'
'Only the youth can do something now. The government hasn't done anything'

January 28, 2009
CPM girds up to defeat BJP and Congress in LS poll
The anti-Congress feeling is so sharp that when General Secretary Prakash Karat proposed to the all-powerful Politburo that for the 2009 election the party's policy should be 'Defeat BJP, Reject Congress', the Politburo sent back the revised slogan of 'Defeat BJP, Defeat Congress.'

January 27, 2009
Tukaram Omble, the Lionheart
'Nowhere will you find such an act of bravery'

January 23, 2009
Why the Congress will miss Dr Singh
Dr Singh's services are not going to be asked for in the electoral battle of 2009 as it wasn't used in the last five years. His presence in the Congress scheme of things was more of symbolic value than political. But, all said and done, he was a stable symbol that has now been shaken due to his absence from office.

A Miracle in a thirsty Indian village
'You don't need a Tata or Birla to help a village,' says NRI Ram Krishnan who has helped one of the driest regions in the country get abundant water today.
January 20, 2009
Opinions differ on Obama plan for South Asia envoy
Some South Asian experts in Washington, DC argue that such an envoy should concentrate only on Afghanistan and Pakistan; another section holds that India should be included and that a discussion on Kashmir is inevitable; and a third section of opinion contends that the whole idea is misguided.

Krupali's fairytale Obama journey
From Oprah to CNN to front row seats for Obama's inauguration, Dr Krupali Tejura has had an amazing ride.

January 16, 2009
Neighbour confirms eyewitness's US story
K Madhusudhan Nair is a neighbour to Anita Rajendra Udiyar, who is in the news for her alleged trip to the US to give evidence as a 26/11 witness.

January 15, 2009
Priyanka not to contest, Rahul face of aam-aadmi
Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra will not contest in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, a senior and influential Congress leader told Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra will not contest in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, a senior and influential Congress leader told Rahul spending time with Dalit families is also part of the Congress's poll strategy to link the future face of the Congress with the common man.

January 14, 2009
Kavita Karkare's courage is truly remarkable
'On 26/11 he paid back,' she said and could not say more. Tears were almost invisible in her wide eyes and her voice was firm and clear as she spoke.

January 13, 2009
'A strike against training camps is certainly viable'
'India and Pakistan can engage in low-level conflict without crossing the nuclear threshold,' feels Dr Gary Samore from the New York-based think-tank Council on Foreign Relations and a survivor of the 26/11 attacks.

January 12, 2009
'The so-called surgical strikes are not easy'
A senior source involved with the Government of India's policy-making machinery told "If, for some reason, the military reaction was not successful, then it would have been a greater humiliation than Mumbai. These so-called surgical strikes are not easy."

26/11 Hero: 'We will never lower our guard'
'There is something called duty. I had to keep the respect of my uniform. Looking after the public is our duty. That was what I was doing,' says Jillu Yadav.

January 09, 2009
Indian-American task force to push US to act on Pak
It will impress upon Barack Obama and the US Congress of the need to make changes to American policy towards Pakistan. Its members plan to meet the Obama-Biden transition team shortly and with US Senators and Representatives at a January 27 conference in Washington, DC.

January 08, 2009
Alas, 9/11 led to Bush's cowboy foreign policy
'The Bush doctrine has since provided the intellectual framework for war in Afghanistan and later in Iraq. It has since legitimised rhetoric like 'axis of evil' when describing North Korea and Iran. It has since been called the clearest manifestation of America's irrational turn to unilateralism over international cooperation.'

January 07, 2009
26/11 Hero: He helped the NSG at Nariman House
We have held operations all over India, but the help we got in Colaba from you people and the public, we have not got anywhere else.' How a Shiv Sena leader aided the National Security Guard and kept his neighbourhood safe.

30 years on, will China keep its promises?
Will 'killing some chickens to frighten the monkeys' work?

After 9/11, Bush suddenly had political capital
But how would he spend it? Bush and his administration clearly believed in unilateralism, and didn't mind flexing muscle to show America means business, even to its allies.

January 06, 2009
Bush: Inauspicious beginning, inglorious end
How did we get to this point, where the US president -- the ostensible leader of the free world -- is disrespected in a most serious manner and the incident is considered funny and deserving? What happened?

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