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October 28, 2005

As bodies rot, they steal kidneys
Hundreds of brokers are stalking the penniless victims of the quake to buy their kidneys.

October 26, 2005

On a wing and a prayer
'Parulkar was lucky. He was crouching to peer thru the gunsight when the bullet went through his headrest, otherwise his head would have been in the path of the bullet.'

'Bush, Blair will lick your boots'
'Donate money and sons for jihad and your glorious days will return,' exhorts the popular jihadi leader Abdur Rehman Makki.

October 21, 2005

Of Sania and Shah Rukh in Brunei
India is not on the radar. But Bollywood, SRK, Kajol and 'Amita Bashan' are most popular.

Six Beacons of Hope
Far from the superficial shine of cellphones and shopping malls, some people quietly usher in revolutions.

October 20, 2005

The dancers' gurudakshina
Nothing, not even a calamity, has any effect on their dreams.

Information is your right, you shall have it
The Right to Information Act may change India as we know it.

October 19, 2005

When Seth left Aamir open-mouthed
What happens when a famous author meets a famous actor?

Meet Vikram Seth, the actor
The launch of Two Lives in the city of his birth stirs the writer's Kolkata chromosome.

October 18, 2005

Inside India's newest missile project
The Surya is an intercontinental ballistic missile.

PoK: With schools destroyed, the madrassas beckon
The destruction of the education infrastructure may force parents to enroll their children in madrassas run by jIhadi groups.

October 17, 2005

In pursuit of Vikram Seth
'I didn't know what to do after Suitable Boy,' he said.

The 1965 war: A reality check
What became a real source of contention was the Indian counter-offensive on September 6, into Pakistan -- without informing the air force!

Quake diary: Of tents, politics and greed
A superpower that can't provide instant relief and shelters for its quake-hit citizens? A superpower that doesn't have a disaster management plan in place?

A Legend Comes to New York
Asked about his daily five-hour yoga routine, especially at his age, B K S Iyengar smiled and answered: 'My friend, if the body collapses, the mind cannot hold on. I am doing with sheer willpower to maintain both body and mind.'

October 16, 2005

Indians in Sudan: Of potluck and cultural bonding
‘We are a close-knit community where every festival, be it Diwali, Eid or Onam, is celebrated with great gusto in the traditional manner with everyone participating,’ says Rupen Parekh.

Human trafficking in the quake's aftermath
A lot of people want to adopt orphan children. Some of them out of genuine reason, but a majority of them are looking for domestic helpers, in particular babysitters, says Mohammad Shehzad

Death ruled the beautiful mountains
If we can't accept help from India during a natural disaster, then we can't have genuine friendship during normal times.

October 14, 2005

'The quake has strengthened jehad'
The stench of rotting bodies and the lopsided approach of the Pakistan government has given a fresh lease of life to the jehadi movement.

Muzaffarabad is no more
'We have not received any help or aid from the government. We are doing everything on self-help basis,' says a resident of the ruined capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

October 13, 2005

The man who lived on a train
The noise outside sometimes makes the chaos inside you more bearable.

The day Rajiv sacked me
'All these Bengal MPs say you're Jyoti Basu's man,' Rajiv said and laughed in that very contagious way he had.

October 11, 2005

'Dharma of emerging woman'
'The dream of poet Subramaniya Bharati for emerging women aptly suits the women journalists i in our country,' says the President of India.

When Rajiv was attacked...
Former Doordarshan boss Bhaskar Ghose recounts his run-in with T N Seshan after the attack.

An unforgettable journey to Kashmir
We parted ways with a silent prayer for the land of fear to emerge as the land of peace and opportunity.

Post-tsunami, fashion to the rescue
In a unique project, NIFT helps women affected by the disaster.

October 10, 2005

'Musharraf, please leave'
'I saw jihadi outfits actively involved in rescue work. Jamat ud Dawa was the most active. Dawa workers didn't have good equipment, but were using a heavy hammer to rescue people from the debris.'

Making maths fun, worldwide
Chennai-based HeyMaths! is revolutionising the way mathematics is taught.

The 1965 war: The wrong lessons
There has been a lot written about the intelligence failures in 1962, but little attention has been paid to those of 1965.

The prime minister and the fly
Rajiv ripped off the lapel mike, his face dark with anger. He strode out of the studio, and turning to the wretched director, told him what he thought of his standards of cleanliness in very explicit language.

Still missing, not forgotten
For the families of the missing soldiers, who have long been Prisoners of War in Pakistan, hope is not an option.

October 05, 2005

The 1965 War: A view from the east
'The war shattered martial myths; highlighted societal contradictions and fatally exacerbated inter-wing tensions. The crack became a chasm.'

October 04, 2005

The real danger the world faces
'The idea is to have Iran declared a threat to international peace, and then keep the military option open.'

October 03, 2005

Revealed: What Iran did for India and why it hurts
Teheran saved India 11 years ago. But Delhi had an unexplained memory lapse last week.


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