BBC interview with Sania Mirza

Sania ready for Wimbledon By Piers Newbery She may only be ranked 46 in the world but Sania Mirza will be one of the most scrutinised performers at this year’s Wimbledon. India has had its fair share of tennis stars in the past but until the 20-year-old from Hyderabad arrived […]

1977-2007 : Road to revolution 30 YEARS OF LEFT IN BENGAL

Land reform to industrialisation By Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya THE LEFT Front government’s 30 years in power is a record, not just on the slippery ground of Indian politics but also in electoral politics anywhere in the world. Change and evolution are constants in politics and the CPI(M)-led coalition is no stranger […]

Fiji ‘may hold elections in 2009

Fiji’s military ruler has indicated that he might hold elections a year earlier than planned, to restore parliamentary democracy. Commodore Frank Bainimarama said his Cabinet agreed “in principle” to hold elections by March 2009, revising a previous timetable of mid-2010. His comments follow a report by the Pacific Islands Forum, […]

Living in a material world

India is see-sawing between its appetite for spirituality and hunger for consumerist pleasures By Mark Tully SCHIZOPHRENIA IS defined in my dictionary as “a medical condition marked by discon nection between thoughts, feelings, and actions.” There certainly seems to be a disconnection between India’s conversion to market capitalism and its […]

N Zealand sanctions against Fiji soon

New Zealand says it has begun planning tough sanctions against Fiji, in response to the military government’s expulsion of its top diplomat. Prime Minister Helen Clark described the expulsion of High Commissioner Michael Green as a “provocative act”. She said that new measures, which could be imposed as early as […]