Editorial

Dubya’s War

Dubya finally got what he wanted: his own Iraq war. He went through the motions all right; he asked the United Nations nicely (and not so nicely). In the end, he did exactly what he wanted at the outset: go to war to effect regime change. I am not naïve enough to buy...

It’s Still Osama, Stupid!

George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq may well be under way by the time you read this. From Kolkata, where I am on a family visit, it seems war is inevitable. The vast majority of people of the world haven’t bought into Bush’s rhetoric, though, and are taking to the...

A Class Reunion

I almost didn’t go. Several key friends had excused themselves, citing conflicts. The dates weren’t the best. But I had some time off, and my father was in India. I had been vacillating: should I or shouldn’t I? The pivotal moment came during lunch with a friend who...

A Traditional Family

My family is as traditional as any I know. We come from Bhojpur, an area of North India that is at present divided between Bihar and Uttar Pradesh state. We identify as Bihari, and speak Bhojpuri, a language earthier and sweeter than Hindi, India’s official language....

The Freedom to Dissent

Some readers took exception to last month’s editorial that criticized President George Bush’s performance (see Letters). I admit it; I am not a fan. I did credit him for strong leadership during a critical period, but not enough to please all. In the months following...

Bush’s Record

In the months following the 9/11 attacks, President George Bush rallied the country together masterfully, infusing Americans with confidence and conviction. For a candidate who had squeaked into office with the barest of margins, it was his finest hour in office. But...