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The Beginning of the End?

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At every step, senior Congress leaders have been outmanoeuvred by Anna’s aides

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The Unsung Anthem

As India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, his greatest gift to India—the national anthem—was relaunched last week in its complete five verses. The song was first sung at…

Tea as Our National Drink

Tea growers of Assam have urged the Centre to declare the beverage India’s national drink. No surprise, considering that India has the largest tea-drinking population in the world. The demand was…

The Scene at Tihar

“See what I don’t understand,” said Suresh Kalmadi, “is why the man won’t go out?” We were in Tihar jail and Kalmadi looked a little under the weather despite the bright blue polo T-shirt with ‘Champ…

God’s Will Not Be Done

KOCHI ~ When God spoke in Kerala, it was on a serious issue—the fear of losing His property. Astrologers who had a three-day consultation with Him to find out whether he wanted the last of the six…

The Rare Earth Scare

The world is facing a supply crunch of rare earths. A family of 17 minerals with such exotic names as scandium, neodymium and (the irresistibly suggestive) europium, they play a vital role in the…

The Reddys and Their Sushma Thaayi

BANGALORE ~ A day before counting began for the 1999 Lok Sabha election in Bellary, Sushma Swaraj, the BJP’s candidate fighting Sonia Gandhi on the ‘foreign origin’ issue in this dusty outback…

The Changing Colour of Red

A flurry of security manoeuvres at a Hong Kong hotel. A dying ex-President. A rich criminal extradited to Beijing from Canada. A bullet-train crash in China. An open letter to a little girl in a…

China Plumbs Indian Depths

China has done it again. Alarmed the Indian security establishment. This time round, it has secured a deep sea mining approval from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to explore an Indian Ocean…

Rahul’s New Role

Rahul Gandhi is a somewhat changed man, and a busy one at that. Events of the last few weeks show that he is less reluctant to shed his reluctance to take charge of affairs of the Congress party.…

The Israeli Summer

“Man, this is better than the 60s,” comes the excited voice of Adi Green over the phone, “This is the real thing!” Before she can continue, someone else at ‘Tent City’ grabs the phone from her and…