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June 30, 2004

Full of surprises
Nine years later, I stood before my father with the woman I wanted to marry. She was from another state and belonged to another religion.

June 29, 2004

The first man in my life
No matter how old I am, I will always be his little princess. There will always be a place on Daddy's knee that belongs to me.

June 25, 2004

'US should look at India and Pakistan separately'
Senator John Kerry on Indo-US relations.

June 24, 2004

No more MiG crashes, hopefully
A four-year programme to train IAF pilots on British Hawks will kick off in Wales on July 5.

Imran & Jemima: End of a Fairy Tale
Is she seeing Hugh Grant?

June 23, 2004

My Papa Daddy
Papa Daddy says Bhagwanji came to his dream and told him Aditi is the best and most beautiful girl in the whole world, so I should never say I cannot do this thing or that.

June 22, 2004

Dad was always there
'Most of my childhood and adolescence was spent fretting over the huge communication gap that existed between us. It took me 20 years to realise my dad is the best.'

From darkness, to spread light
'When you yourself need the help of others, what social work are you going to do?' Murali Padmanabhan was told. But he refused to be discouraged.

Joining hands to explore the unknown
The four-day India-US Conference on Space Science, Applications and Commerce, which began in Bangalore on Monday, opens exciting opportunities for both countries.

June 21, 2004

'I don't want to be called the father of a traitor'
'Can my son become a terrorist because he married a Muslim girl and converted to Islam?'

Why Modi is pleased with Vajpayee's attack
'The anti-Modi campaign was on and we were sure of success,' said a former BJP minister in Gujarat. 'Now, the issue has got diverted. Vajpayee has made our task difficult.'

My father, my friend
'If God gave me one wish, I would ask for a chance to talk to Dad one last time.'

June 19, 2004

'Papa, please come back'
Readers tell us what their dad means to them.

June 17, 2004

He conducts India's death census
Dr Prabhat Jha and his team is interviewing a million household on causes of death in India.

National Security: External Challenges
'We should build up a 'peace lobby' in Pakistan... The best way to marginalise a repressive regime is by opening the doors of escape,' feels V Balachandran.

June 16, 2004

The blunder of the Pandit
Nehru's sentimental attachment to the Mountbattens deeply vitiated the Kashmir issue. It was certainly the most important factor for the failure to find a solution in the first years of the conflict.

Needed: An effective National Security Council
This 'can be done only if it is vested with full powers of intelligence oversight, coordination, arbitration, implementation and performance review to ensure accountability,' says V Balachandran.

All the PM's Men
Meet Dr Singh's A Team.

June 15, 2004

Dr Singh's Troubleshooter
Why Prithviraj Chavan was the obvious choice for Manmohan Singh in the PMO.

National Security: The Domestic Challenge
V Balachandran, one of the most respected intelligence officials in the country, assesses the national security challenges confronting the Manmohan Singh government in a three-part series exclusive to

June 10, 2004

'You will be a great man one day'
Special: Dr Singh's family remembers.

Why is the US spying on India?
The Rabinder Singh case has focused attention on the CIA's attempts to penetrate Indian intelligence services.

Why Osama resembles Bhindranwale
Why did Punjab erupt in the 1980s? Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) attempts to find some answers.

June 09, 2004

'The stench of death was overpowering'
'Bhindranwale's face was swollen and blood was oozing from the wounds in his bullet-riddled body.' A former Punjab police officer recounts the scene on June 6, 1984.

Pass the Flame, Unite the World
From sportspersons to physically challenged individuals to achievers and role models -- people from all walks of life will spread the message when the Olympic Flame comes to Delhi on June 10.

June 08, 2004

Kargil: Ex-air marshal returns army fire
Rubbishing the Indian Army's claims that delayed air strikes led to high casualties in Kargil, the man who was in charge of air operations during the 1999 conflict says the blame lies with the army's poor leadership.

June 07, 2004

The Rs 200 crore wedding!
The venues for the occasion? No less than the awesome Palace of Versailles, where the French 'Sun King' Louis XIV held court in the 17th century, and the 17th-century Vaux le Vicomte, acknowledged as 'the finest chateau and garden' in France.

Kargil's First Hero
The Kargil War gave India many young heroes who died fighting for a country they loved and swore to protect. Five years after that war, we salute them.

June 04, 2004

A Muse Passes Into The Ages
Only about 40 odd people turned up at the Sewree cemetry to pay homage to one of the finest poets India has known.

'I hope Dr Singh will rewrite India's political history'
Readers hope Dr Manmohan Singh will take India to new heights during his tenure as prime minister.

I never met Dom Moraes
'But I can't say I don't know him at all. No one who spends time with his work can claim not to.' Lindsay Pereira pays tribute to one of India's greatest poets.

June 03, 2004

'India is in for better days'
India will achieve new heights and gain new respect across the world because of leaders like Dr Manmohan Singh.

Operation Bluestar, 20 Years On
20 years ago almost to the day an event occurred in Punjab that shook the Republic of India to its very foundations. takes a fresh look at the events of June 1984 and the circumstances leading up to them.

June 02, 2004

From cleaning drains to junior engineer
Hard word, dedication, persistence are all essential for success. Some people get it easy, others have to struggle for it. Santosh Ghavre comes in the second category.

An officer and a gentleman
One of the Indian Foreign Service's stars retired last week at the end of a 37-year illustrious career.

'A humble Indian has achieved the highest office'
'People say he lacks the 'political' shrewdness that is necessary for someone to success in this field. These people should remember the Vedic hymn -- Kriyah sidhi satve bhavati mahatannopakaraneh.'

India, the lamb state
'Until India fully absorbs the fundamentals of international relations, it will continue to get evil for good,' says Brahma Chellaney.

June 01, 2004

Dr Singh's track record
'Our prime minister is highly educated, humble and has a great track record.'

Sunny Days Are Here Again
For more fortunate Indians, summer can be fun. Drinking multicoloured sherbets, gobbling up immensely tempting barf golas, wearing ultracool cottons and jumping into rivers and streams...


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