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Carry on in Colombo: Tamils have high expectations from the Prime Minister

Lone suicide bomber kills Tamil chief

PROSPECTS FOR a settlement of the 16-year war between the Sri Lankan government and the island's Tamil insurgents suffered a new blow yesterday with the murder in Colombo of Neelan Thiruchelvam, the moderate Tamil leader and rights activist.

Pilgrims with a mortgage

The last time that Martin Symington and his wife travelled in India, they did it on a shoestring. Nearly 20 years later, they decided to do Tamil Nadu in an Ambassador

Leading Article: A new chance for Indian democracy

INDIA'S CONGRESS party is facing a prodigious task if it is to win enough parliamentary backing to form the country's next government. Having led the country to independence and ruled it for most of the past 50 years, Congress is the most likely successor to the 13-month-old coalition government led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The coalition lost a confidence motion earlier this week by one vote.

India's coalition felled by first lady of misrule

THE 13-MONTH-OLD Indian government led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fell by a single vote yesterday, and all because of an almost spherical lady politician named Jayalalitha.

`Untouchables' still India's outcasts

DESPITE A substantially reformed economy and a swelling middle class, India's permanent victims, the so-called Untouchables, remain as despised and ill-treated as ever.

Obituary: Professor Louis Dumont

IT FALLS to few academics to dominate their entire disciplinary field, yet the seminal influence of Louis Dumont, the French ethnographer and historian of ideas, on the anthropology of India by no means exhausts his contribution.

Popham the Improver

Peter Popham's 18th-century ancestor had a dream: to transform the squalid 'Black Town' of old Madras into a model Georgian suburb. Today he is virtually forgotten, but some traces of his grand works remain

Creme caramel amidst the rickshaws

There is a corner of India which will be forever France. Jeremy Atiyah joined the hippies and sadhus in Pondicherry

India's future may hang on whim of a screen goddess

India's national politics is not dead. If you take the gravely magnificent Sikh who heads the Election Commission, Dr MS Gill, at his word, it has never been in better shape. But regional politics, like a horde of maggots, is eating it alive.

Spare time: Follow your nose to India

The taste of ... cardamom, that sweet and suddenly fashionable spice.

Deaths cast shadow over Indian election

STILL IN shock after bombing atrocities in the south left more than 50 people dead over the weekend, Indians began voting in their 12th general election today.

Car bombs kill 26 as polling day nears

AT least 26 people died and 32 were wounded yesterday by a series of powerful car bombs in southern India as the first phase of election campaigning ended.

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

Blair spins royal tour into success

The accident-prone royal tour of India took a further turn for the worse yesterday after Tony Blair urged colleagues to tell the "success stories of the visit". Anthony Bevins, Political Editor, reports on a storm in an Indian tea-cup.

Anniversaries of evil in a war without end

Sri Lankan military bogged down in bid to end 14 years of ethnic slaughter
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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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