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Indian Chic is Causing Angst

The Miss Universe contest this year will no doubt bring a new bout of anxiety in the Indian press. When Bill Gates declared India to be a technological superpower, few Indians protested. When prime minister Vajpayee pitched India as a nuclear giant, most Indians...

Mongrels at the Drive-Thru

It’s a question I hear in India all the time. “Oh, you lived in the U.S.?” someone will ask. “Must have faced a lot of racism, eh?” And I have to say no, because that’s the truth. I hardly did. Except for that one curious incident...

Compassionate Conservatism?

Is there any proof of George Bush Jr.’s connection to royalty besides tenuous links to the house of Windsor? Well, in terms of reaction to the Gujarat earthquake, we glimpse an attitude not unlike Empress Marie Antoinette, whose lack of sympathy for the suffering of...

Alienation in a Cliquish Society

Coming home from school the other day, my fifth-grader son asked me, “Mom, why are certain people popular in school?” There were tears in the corners of his eyes. “I don’t know,” I said. “Mom, are you popular at work?” he...

It Is Long Past the Time for the Clintons to Say Adieu

I don’t know what it is about the Clintons that fuels their love-hate relationship with the American public, but the country continues to be obsessed with them even though Bill Clinton is out of the office and should have long become a “has been.”...

Relief that Isn’t

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen and heard enough about the destruction to life and property in Gujarat. I don’t want to tell you about it all over again; for various reasons, I think that is a futile exercise. But I know that what happened there is on a lot of minds: I...