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FAITH & REASON: How to turn religious beliefs into a nuclear explosion

Indarjit Singh, editor of the Sikh Messenger, examines the role of faith in the Indian sub-continent's atomic arms race

They can't ignore India now

The nuclear tests shot the subcontinent to the centre of world attention. That might have been the point of the whole exercise

Gandhi's legacy is blown away

THE events of the past week have been a shock to those who associate India with Mahatma Gandhi and the principle of ahimsa, or non-violence, and like to think of India as a great spiritual civilisation, dwelling on a higher plane than our own crassly materialistic societies.

Hollywood star gives hope to Tibetans

Peter Popham sees Richard Gere lend a sympathetic ear at Delhi's Speaker's Corner

Rivals woo President to become India's PM

WITH most results from India's general election declared, the nation is once again confronted by monumental uncertainty, from which only criminals and opportunists will profit.

India's Great White Hope

How did the daughter of an Italian builder come to be the most powerful woman in India? And what will she do with a power she never courted, and doesn't even want? Peter Popham reports on the rise and rise of Sonia Gandhi

India's Election: Sonia reels in the crowds for Congress

In the software city of Bangalore, Sonia Gandhi launched her campaign for India's Congress Party in earnest yesterday. And for the first time she demonstrated her power as a crowd puller.

Strong woman? Chances are you'll have a boy

Assertive mums mean more men. Roger Dobson reports

Sonia Gandhi keeps India guessing

With an election looming, all eyes are on the Italian-born wife of a former prime minister, writes Peter Popham

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Obituary: Richard Vernon

Richard Evelyn Vernon, actor: born Reading, Berkshire 7 March 1925; married 1955 Benedicta Hoskyns (one son, one daughter; marriage dissolved 1989); died London 4 December 1997.

Photography: The camera reveals the essence of India

India: A Celebration of Independence 1947-1997

Books: An Indian Mutiny

It might go against current cultural pieties, but British rule in India wasn't all that bad, according to David Gilmour

Exhibition: Images of India

India: A Celebration of Independence, 1947-1997 Royal Festival Hall, London

India: Mollywood in focus

All human life is here - and more. James Rampton explores the heaving heart of India's most dynamic city.
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