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An Angst in Saffron

No government in power has shown any of my films voluntarily,” claimed Anand Patwardhan with a wry smile. One of India’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers, he is used to controversy—like going to court to get his films screened, even if they have won national...

Middle-East should not be our example

Indian-Americans have used the Jewish concerns and Jewish success in the U.S. as an example to pursue and emulate. Indian-American immigrants in the U.S., like the Jews, are mostly of non-Christian faith such as Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, etc. First cohort of Indians have...

Oceans Apart

Padman Menon was about to go to a job that paid better and did not require him to live in tents in the desert. But his tone was wistful as he remembered his retirement ceremony in January. “Leaving the uniform is kind of sad, the navy is part of our family for...

Thewa: Ancient art for modern times

The jewelry is beautifully laid out on Neelam Bhalla’s dining table. The late morning sun enhances the vivid blues and greens in the pendants and picks out the delicate filigree of the 23-karat gold that is worked into them. Each piece is a work of art and one can...

Something about Mira

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Sign or Illusion?

After the attack on the Indian Parliament on Dec. 13, the Indian public was roused to anger, the nation mobilized half-a-million troops along the Pakistan border, America and other powers deferred to India’s right of self-defense, and Pakistan vowed to stop what it...