The Yamuna Expressway, a 165-km, six-lane glistening north Indian motorway, which a newspaper aptly described as the Yamunabahn, has cut by half the travel time between Delhi and Agra, the Taj Mahal city. Read more

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Many Indians still feel that we should not relent on Pakistan, use our diplomatic and economic clout to make it pay a nasty price for the Mumbai attacks. Maybe we can. Pakistan lacks the money without which wars can neither be fought nor won and has few international backers for a conflict against India today. Read more

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My singular mission during an extensive trip to Pakistan was to get under the skin of the people I met, know what they thought about India and the current raft of India-Pak bonhomie. Read more

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A proposed law to deal with communal violence is being called biased and seen as totally tilted towards minorities. Correct. That’s my impression too. Read more

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The Ayodhya verdict, in the heat of hasty analysis, came across as a no-winner-no-loser sanitary judgement. Read more

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Sania Mirza’s decision to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik could not have been plain easy. Nor could she have taken it without courage, scruples and a clean conscience. Read more

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Israel evokes varying degrees of hostility in the Muslim world because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, a sea change in India’s relations with Israel has taken place, as we become Israel’s closest ally in Asia. What Indian Muslims should make of this, I thought, as I saw fenced-off Palestinian homes just outside Jerusalem? Read more

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I had no consternation that, as one of the many hosts and facilitators of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, I would be attending to guests at a gala dinner where President George W. Bush would be the star attraction.

Here was a man who I think had wrecked much of the Muslim world. Read more

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If Muslim-perpetrated terror creates Islamophobia; smart counter-insurgency should be able to purge it (by eliminating terrorism). Abusive counter-terrorism on the other hand fuels more terror and, therefore, more Islamophobia. Muslims clearly have more at stake in the war on terror than others do. Read more

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Stating the obvious and explaining what needs no explanation are not always avoidable. Nor can we escape familiarity, though it may only breed contempt. This is especially true of Hindu-Muslim relations in India, largely defined by differences. A correction of perception one has of the other has to be emphasized; but the more this is attempted, the more it results in the two communities going round in circles again. Read more

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