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October 27, 2008 12:10 PM

Indian Smoking Ban: One Man's 'Fancy' and Likely To Fail

The Current Discussion: India recently passed a national smoking ban. Should the rest of the world follow, or is that stepping over the line?

India did pass a really strong law banning smoking in almost all public and work places, but it is being seen not so much as a great expression of national or political will to end a public health scourge so much as the obsession of one man: Health Minister S. Ramadoss.

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June 5, 2007 11:33 AM

Judiciary Was So Wonderfully Compliant For So Long

I am not sure this question has been worded correctly, though I do understand that that is entirely intentional. The implication here is that the problems Musharraf has today are mostly because he has been such a "stalwart" ally of the U.S. It would then follow that if he moderated, or nuanced his pro-U.S. policy, or even made a complete turnaround --which is not so impossible -- things would change for him. The protesting mobs would disappear and the current mood of anger and revulsion that cuts such a wide swathe in Pakistani society, from the Islamist clergy to Karachi's corporate aristocracy and Lahore's intellectual left chic, would return to appreciation of Musharraf's honeymoon years.

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April 21, 2007 11:59 AM

India’s With Pakistan: Rich Must Fix This

While awareness and concern about the effects of climate change has increased dramatically in the past few months in India, there is no real support for what’s seen as a rich-driven agenda to reverse this. In fact, in an intellectual establishment with old paradigms of rich versus poor and developing versus developed well entrenched, there is remarkable – sometimes-scary – unanimity on this issue. People in India acknowledge that a monsoon-dependent (and still largely agrarian) society is severely threatened by the effects of climate change. But there is also near unanimity that the causes of the problem, as well its remedy, lie elsewhere.

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February 2, 2007 6:53 AM

India Can't Handle This Heat

It is a particularly sobering time to join the climate change debate from New Delhi. The winter seems to have disappeared overnight. Temperatures increased by more than five degrees all of a sudden, and while a sharp but short thunderstorm gave the hope that temperatures will dip again, they did not.

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October 31, 2006 5:00 AM

Republicans Link Gays With Terror

New Delhi, India - In an ideal world, certainly homosexuals should marry. But the world isn't what you want it to be, the world is what it is. This issue is political and Republicans use it.

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August 25, 2006 5:26 AM

A Vote of No Confidence?

New Delhi, India - I'm afraid the record of the UN, either in peace-making, or peace-keeping does not inspire a great deal of confidence. It is becuse of this history as well as some factors peculiar to the current middle-east sitution that the proposed new UN peace keeping force in Lebanon is unlikely to be any more successful than the present UNIFIL in bringing stability to southern Lebanon.

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July 12, 2006 6:18 AM

China Won't Punch Below Its Class

New Delhi, India - China probably thinks it is still an intermediate power, but rapidly on its way up. If you start with that presumption, any unqualified participating in efforts to enhance international security, necessarily dominated by the U.S., would amount to punching below what you think should be your weight on international stage.

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June 21, 2006 2:54 AM

What About Cricket?

New Delhi, India -- In a way, I agree that football is the great globalizer, and also the destroyer of nationalism -- though the World Cup month is the wrong time to say so. In more normal times, during the intervening four years, the multinational clubs arouse greater passions than the encounters between two nations.

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June 21, 2006 2:51 AM

America overstated the importance of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq. True or false?"

Yes, the US has exaggerated the importance of Zarwqawi, but that is always

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