Now that the anniversary of 26/11 is upon us, expect to hear the usual debates and discussions about the need to urgently hang Ajmal Kasab, about problems involved in dealing with Pakistan, and the consistent terrorist threat that India faces. Read more

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A week or so ago, just before the new Steven Spielberg Tintin film was released in India, I spoke to a top fashion photographer about the movie. Tintin had been a favourite of mine for many decades, I said, and I couldn’t wait for the film to be released. Read more

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Why do you suppose Prime Minister Manmohan Singh picked this time to launch a new initiative to repair ties with Pakistan? Speaking to reporters at the SAARC Summit in the Maldives, the Foreign Secretary said that the Prime Minister’s tacit agreement to resume the composite dialogue (halted after the 26/11 attacks) came after an emotional appeal from Yusuf Raza Gilani, the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Read more

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It is now almost an article of faith within the media that a) this is a very corrupt government and that b) its leaders lack the will or the inclination to fight corruption. Read more

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