Amid a late afternoon pitter-patter of a monsoon downpour, which came after a long, bewildering summer wait, I reached for an Oxford Classics copy of War and Peace by Tolstoy, whose doctrine of non-resistance is said to have influenced Gandhi. The characters of Pierre, Andrew, Natasha, Nicholas and Mary hadn’t changed – they can’t – from my previous reading years ago, but my appreciation of them had. How would Tolstoy have shaped them had War and Peace been set in contemporary today? 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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Kashmir is biding its time. Its streets are frozen. People hibernating. Winter is for lying low and drawing comfort from the kangri, a local warming device. During the summer months, angry, young Kashmiris will be seeking heat on edgy streets, taunting policemen with bricks again. Read more

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Pakistan ranks 151 and just below Yemen on the UN’s human-development indicators. On schooling, it has found a place just below Sudan. “Growth and investment will continue to be constrained…,” Pakistan’s budget-eve Economic Survey said on June 4. Its economy is expected to grow 4.5% in the year starting July 1. India expects to grow 8.5%. Read more

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