I was watching the international TV news the other day when I realized something huge was missing: there was no mention of the Eastern half of the world, home of 60 percent of the world's population.
Described by English writer-editor Ian Jack as the Jane Austen of India, award-winning novelist and screenplay writer Ruth Prawar Jhabvala was renowned for her evocative novels of the rainbow societies of 19-20th century India - two of which became successful films.
For nearly 37 years, Jammu and Kashmir's regional National Conference
(NC) has been criticizing the central government for not implementing
the terms of the 1975 Indira-Abdullah accord. All of a sudden, some
elements of the NC leadership now say there was no accord.
Is it time for India to rethink the death penalty and join the majority
of the countries that have abolished it? Rights activists say executions
serve no purpose and it is the state's duty to treat mercy petitions,
including of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, with compassion and
commute the sentences.
In the midst of the grim bleakness that seems to suffuse every facet of
our national existence today, a tiny ray of sunshine seems to have
emanated from South Block. The stoic ministry of defence issued a
statement Friday morning that the defence minister and three service
chiefs would honour the memory of Indian soldiers who had fallen on the
battlefield during the 1962 Sino-Indian clash.
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