wrong may be right
Dussehra and Vijayadashmi are defining elements of popular Hinduism. Both Ram's triumph over Ravana and Durga's victory of the demon Mahishasura symbolise
the triumph of good over evil. Yet, the distinction is never black and white. Neither Ravana nor Mahishasura were outright
scoundrels, writes SWAPAN DASGUPTA
Stereotypes can't confine her anymore as the urban woman redefines her place in the family,
says SOMA WADHWA
Asia Times Pact to expand India's Lanka role
A far-reaching bilateral defence agreement between New Delhi and Colombo - now in its final stages - is likely to pave the way for India's return as a major player in Sri Lanka. This will end New Delhi's policy of aloofness toward island affairs, leaving India poised to play a significant role in the peace process, too.
By SUDHA RAMACHANDRAN
Indian Express The idea of Pakistan
The number of jehadis is growing. Attacks on mosques are common. Terrorism, once encouraged by the state, is now threatening the civil and military establishment, writes KULDIP NAYYAR
Together Citizen Lakshmi
She lives in a six feet by eight feet hut in Mumbai and pays a whopping Rs.400 per month to light one bulb and a table fan. She is a leader of her community, and yet some better off want her disenfranchised.
KALPANA SHARMA rebuts a new divisive cry in Mumbai.