1857 – If Only the South & West had….

India would most likely be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its Independence not the anniversary of a failed mutiny if only the South and West had joined in instead of watching from the sidelines. Writing in the Oxford History of Modern India, Percival Spears observes that: The Madras and Bombay Presidencies were hardly touched by […]

Mayawati Makes Mincemeat Out of Mulayam, BJP, Rahul

Mayawati’s Bahujan Samajan Party made mincemeat out of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, BJP and Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections of April/May 2007. The BSP won 207 seats, large enough to form a government on its own. Following the defeat of his Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh […]

And You Thought the Nigerian E-mail Scam Was New?

By now, virtually all of us have received an e-mail from someone in Nigeria offering to share his millions with us if only we would send him some details – ideally a Western Union money transfer or other forms of payment “to cover some local processing fees.” But scam artists from Nigeria are not new. They’ve […]

Bihar’s Digital Divide Shrinking

At least that’s the conclusion of a Tehelka.com story on the reach and use of the Internet in Bihar’s hinterlands, far from the state capital Patna. Nineteen-year-old Swati Jha is in her final year of BSc, and is an ardent Internet user. “It’s a wonderful world, and life without the Internet would just be dark, […]

Buffett Not to Rescue Wall Street Journal

Our second favorite Newspaper Wall Street Journal (NYT is our first love) is in deep waters Those of us looking for famed investor Warren Buffett to save the Dow Jones publishing group, which includes the fine Wall Street Journal (subscription required), from Rupert Murdoch’s grubby hands must now turn our sights elsewhere. At the annual […]

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