When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.
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Monday 13 July 2009
No more than half-an-hour before the taxi arrived to take me to the airport for the flight to Srinagar, a Fed-Ex courier knocked on the door with a new book about Kashmir. In the Valley of the Mist, published by Random House, is written by Justine Hardy, a writer and journalist who has dedicated a large chunk of her life to the sub-continent. One of her previous books, Scoopwallah, was about her time as a reporter on an Indian newspaper here in Delhi.
Monday 29 June 2009
Wednesday 24 June 2009
Saturday 23 May 2009
Some conflicts – Kashmir and Israel-Palestine, to name the most obvious – feel as if they will never end, as if the burden of violence and suffering and hatred must be handed down from generation to generation, like the blood feuds of Calabria. For many years the Sri Lankan civil war seemed to be like that. The authorities in Colombo never seemed able to summon the resolve to finish it.
Thursday 14 May 2009
Pakistani authorities have ordered a fresh crackdown on a banned charity linked to militants blamed for the Mumbai attacks after dozens of its volunteers were discovered at the centre of Pakistan's emergency aid operation.
Saturday 02 May 2009
Thursday 30 April 2009
Terrorism was on the top of the agenda today as the people of Mumbai voted in India's monthlong elections under the shadow of the deadly attack that rocked the country's financial capital.
Saturday 18 April 2009
The trial of the only surviving suspected gunman in the bloody Mumbai siege began yesterday, with the prosecutor calling the assault a conspiracy "hatched in Pakistan" and the defence lawyer saying his client, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, was tortured in custody.
Friday 17 April 2009
The trial of the only surviving suspected gunman in the bloody Mumbai siege began today with the prosecutor calling the attacks "a criminal conspiracy hatched in Pakistan to attack India."
Wednesday 25 February 2009
A passenger bus plunged into a river in the Indian part of Kashmir, killing at least 33 people.
Sunday 25 January 2009
The interview by Robert Chalmers with the controller of Radio 4, Mark Damazer, was depressing in its assumption that the former BBC received pronunciation was elitist ("Listen to this", The New Review, 18 January). On the contrary, it was the one tongue that everyone understood. Language is tribal, and in a country like our own with any number of local speech habits, it is foolish to imagine that we all understand or appreciate each other's speech. How many regional accents will it take to satisfy Mark Damazer that he is not being elitist? And when he does achieve his target, who will still be listening?
Wednesday 21 January 2009
Britain and India have become embroiled in a simmering diplomatic row over comments the Foreign Secretary David Miliband made about the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Sunday 18 January 2009
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