BJP prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi kicked off his election bid from Varanasi, an ancient seat of Hinduism, with a blog beholden to city’s multicultural traditions. Read more

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At an important speech last Thursday since winning a second term, Obama ran into a heckler. Yet again. Read more

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Obama, as is often said, will always be more popular than his policies. It is impossible not to pay attention to what he says; he’s still viewed as the well-meaning guy who broke some real barriers to get where he did. Read more

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No part of Gandhi’s life has escaped scholarly attention in a corpus of a little over a century. Literature on him is abundant. 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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What could be the single-most profound fallout of the September 2001 attacks, or 9/11, ten years on? It is the surreal state of permanent war, intermittent peace. In a way, the events wiped out the last remaining vestiges of universal innocence. Read more

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Before the first word of this essay is written, let a prophecy be made: Blinkered nationalists may accuse me of writing a puff piece on Pakistan, something far from the truth. 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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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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