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Inside the World of Arms Dealers

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...at least according to Defence Minister AK Antony

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Postcards from Sindhis on Edge

MUMBAI ~ For some time now, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be receiving a stream of postcards from India’s Sindhi community with a rather unusual demand—a 24-hour Doordarshan television channel…

Mahi Way

Bangalore’s civic body has resolved to name a street after Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for winning the World Cup. This is the third time a cricketer has been honoured this way. After…

‘Reliable Sources’

There is nothing as abused in journalism as the use of the ‘source’. There are journalists who—out of corruption or desperation—write outright lies and put it down to sources. Then there are lazy…

Confusion at the Pump

Ever since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke of his government’s readiness to “bite the bullet” on oil subsidies, it has been a question of when (not if) Indian fuel prices will be raised. “It has…

Bardhan Makes a Reluctant Exit

A cynical attempt to give the Communist Party of India’s (CPI’s) ageing patriarch AB Bardhan an exalted position in the party turned out to be a damp squib. Nonetheless, it was the main talking point…

Something Is Rotten in Punjab

The image of a police officer stooping to touch the feet of Jagir Kaur as she drove into Kapurthala jail is an apt summary for the current state of Punjab.  A state cabinet minister, she has been…

The Mind of a Self-Immolator

“It was like any other demonstration. We had gathered at Jantar Mantar. We were shouting slogans and raising banners. And then, right in front of me, I saw a burning man, running and screaming…

The Winning Habit

On a bright and windy day last April, a statuesque lady sporting a graduation cap and golden sari, with matching bangles and dangly earrings, swept up the dais outside the Madras Theological Seminary…

Freeze! It’s the Police!

It is five in the evening, and the air in the room is heavy. With the windows covered by sheets of newspaper to keep out the dust and fumes of Delhi’s traffic, the only illumination is that of a…

Refusing to Melt

In the middle of March, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team were trying to salvage their reputation as world beaters in Dhaka, the Indian ice hockey team won its first international match ever.…