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September-October, 1998  (Issue no. 66)

A man of destiny

     Intimate glimpses of the life of Dr. A. P. J. Kalam by Prof. K. A. V. Pandalai

Lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis

     Ted Sorensen sees parallels between the 1962 nuclear crisis and recent developments on the subcontinent.

A friendship across frontiers

     Sayeed Shahabuddin narrates the story of his abiding friendship
transcending political boundaries

Unity in diversity

     Accepting the ethos of diversity can help India realise its
potential by Shashi Tharoor

A Valley Asset

     Indian software professionals, according to Prof. AnnaLee Saxenian, are an asset to the US economy.

Success Story

     The secrets of the phenomenal success of an Indian software
company by Sandhya Mendonca

Scaffolds and tigers and dacoits, oh my!

The unique Indian experiences of Prof. Tom Temple Tuttle

Indian Spices - IX

     The age-old curative powers of turmeric by Hugh and Colleen Gantzer

Journey with an artist

     Rajiv Bhatia talks to Canadian-Indian artist Mansaram.

November-December, 1998 (Issue no. 67)

On going nuclear

     Noted defence analyst K. Subrahmanyam responds to frequently asked questions about India's nuclear tests.

A man of destiny - II

     Dedication and team spirit enabled Dr. Abdul Kalam to launch India's first satellite in orbit, by Prof. K. A. V. Pandalai

Windows of opportunity

     An exclusive interview with Remala Rao who helped put together the original Windows programme.

India's problem is not politics

     Democracy in India is sound and mature but needs to be supplemented by vigorous economic reform, says the Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Marshall M. Bouton

New and Old

     The editor of Business Standard, T. N. Ninan, talks of the factors that assure India of a promising future.

Revolution in the India bazaar

     How technology has and could make an impact on the life of the common man in India by Gurcharan Das

Scaffold and tigers and dacoits oh my! - II

     Prof. Tom Tuttle concludes his unusual reminiscences of his visits to India.

Indian Christian art

     Fr. Bertie Rozario analyses the attempt to blend Christianity and Indian art forms.

January-February 1999 (Issue no. 68)

India's energy security

     The head of India's atomic research centre, Dr. P Rodriguez, explains how nuclear power can help meet the nation's long-term energy requirements.

On going nuclear-II

     Defence analyst K. Subrahmanyam replies to frequently asked questions about India's nuclear tests.

Windows of opportunity - II

     He helped produce the original Windows programme. Remala Rao talks of his continuing links with India.

A man of destiny - II

     The concluding installment of the life and work of A.P.J.Kalam, and in particular, his role in building five different defence missiles, by Prof. K. A. V. Pandalai

What is a global person?

     Globalism is essentially tolerance, argues Stephen Espie, and therefore rooted in India's ancient traditions.

India's Pride

     Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen brings to the forefront the need to give development a human face, by Anupam Goswami.

India's problem is not politics- II

     India has an enviable record of maintaining political unity through democracy, but economic reforms must be accelerated, according to Marshall M. Bouton.

March-April, 1999 (Issue no. 69)

India in the twenty-first century

     A galaxy of eminent individuals in all walks of life respond to
questions on where India has succeeded and failed in the last century
and their concerns for the future:

S. Arunachalam
Pramod Chandra
A. K. Damodaran
Chinmaya R. Gharekhan
Hari N. Harilela
M. V. Kamath
T. N. Kaul
B. K. Nehru
T. Temple Tuttle
Dharma Vira

India's energy security - II

     Dr. Placid Rodriguez, head of India's atomic research centre in
Kalpakkam, explains why nuclear power is the only way to meet the
Nation's energy needs.

Biographer par excellence

     A. R. Deo's portrait of a man who began life in the railways and is today well-known for his scholarly biographies of Gandhi and Nehru.

A non-partisan leader

     A profile of P. M. Sayeed, who was recently elected Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha with the unanimous approval of the House, by Avijit Ghose

Welcome to the global gaon

     Nadine Milo of Belgium has visited India every year since 1985. Some impressions of her latest visit.

Indian spices - X

     Though a native of India, mustard seems to be more appreciated by the French who believe that "meat without mustard is like love without....", by Hugh and Colleen Gantzer.

May-June, 1999 (Issue no. 70)

Eroding stereotypes

     Former U. S. diplomat, Stephen Espie, discusses how images of India can be quite misleading.

India in the twenty-first century - II

     Continuing our survey of the views of distinguished individuals on the successes and failures of India in the last century and their concerns for the future:

Jagdish Bhagwati
M. N. Buch
Stanislaw J. Czuma
K. Kasturirangan
Ramesh Krishnan
V. Kurien
Inder Malhotra
Ram Sathe
Justice P. B. Sawant

An Indian in the United Nations

     Former Chef de Cabinet to three UN Secretaries-General, C. V. Narasimhan, takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Hasrat Jaipuri: the romantic poet

     A first-person account of the life and times of a legendary writer of film lyrics: an interview with Hasrat Jaipuri.

The multi faceted playwright

     A profile of the life and work of Girish Karnad , this year's Jnanpith Awardee by Parvathi Menon.

Facts about India

     A compilation of little-known facts about the remarkable heritage of India, compiled from the internet by Maxwell Pereira.

The brown revolution

     The Indian leather industry is making a mark on the international stage, says Shanti Karuna.

July-August, 1999 (Issue no. 71)

The frozen continent

     Shanti Karuna talks to the leader of the latest expedition to the land of ice and snow and explains the rationale of India's presence in Antarctica.

India in the twenty-first century-III

     A third installment of the views of eminent individuals on the
achievements and failures of India in the last century:

K. P. S. Menon
Jayant Narlikar
Lord Paul of Marylebone
Late Indrani Rahman
M. S. Swaminathan

Hasrat Jaipuri: the romantic poet - II

     A well-known writer of Hindi film lyrics talks about his life and times. An interview with Hasrat Jaipuri.

The spirit of April 21

     The unanimous approval of the Union budget indicates a maturing of the country's political mind, says Shekhar Gupta.

India's twelve elections

     Significant trends emerging from an analyses of all the twelve general elections to the Lok Sabha, by V. K. Srinivasan

The brown revolution - II

     Continuing our assessment of the phenomenal strides made by the Indian leather Industry and its future prospects, by Shanti Karuna
The personality of Indian postage stamps

Indian Philately

     V. Sadasivam delineates the special role of India philately in
increasing awareness of the nation's culture.

Chariot of fire

     A profile of the first Indian to win a Formula Three race, by Anand Philar.

September-October, 1999 (Issue no. 72)

Gaja Gamani - A vision in celluloid

     M. F. Husain and Madhuri Dixit muse on their maiden film Gaja Gamini - its vision and message - in an interview with Shanti Karuna.

Bringing joy to people

     Natasha Volodin, a Russian settled in Belgium, explains how - and why - she became a consummate exponent and teacher of Indian classical dance.

India in the 21st century - IV

     Another set of thought-provoking views of Indians and friends of India abroad, on India's prospects ahead in the light of its achievements and failures so far:

V. N. Gadgil
Sir David Goodall
R. A. Mashelkar
Rajni Kothari

Technology with a human face

     Science and technology should not be an end in itself, but have
relevance to social and economic needs, says Dr. T. Ramasami, Director
of the Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai.

Living their dreams

     Leander Peas and Mahesh Bhupathi see their dreams - and those of millions of Indians - come true by winning the Wimbledon doubles title, by Kamesh Srinivasan.

Indian Spices - XI

     Coriander has over the years, been used not only in cooking and
medicine, but also as an aphrodisiac, according to Hugh and Colleen Gantzer.

Crossing over

     What photography means to Jagdish Agarwal, professional photographer and head of Asia's largest picture agency.

November 1999 - February 2000 (Issue no. 73-74)


- change , challenge and response

     Eminent academic Professor Ralph Buultjens identifies the major
challenges ahead against the backdrop of past achievements.

Political instability - the bane of India

     Former Indian President R. Venkataraman, suggests concrete measures to overcome India's seemingly chronic political malaise.

Managing change in India

     Indian civilisation has been at its best when responding to challenges, its holistic approach to life will, according to Dr. Karan Singh, make for a creative regeneration as ancient values collapse.

Mobilising technology for social and gender equity

     According to Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, modern information technology can and should be harnessed to empower the less privileged sections of society.

Wealth creation through knowledge

     With its enormous latent intellectual energy, India could work miracles in the coming century - the century of the mind - asserts Dr. R.A. Mashelkar

Guarding the nation

     Former Chief of the Indian Navy, Admiral J. G. Nadkarni, feels that the armed forces will continue to have a vital role in meeting internal and external threats.

Morality versus realpolitik

     Though India's foreign policy has in the past, met national interests, it will have to be - according to former Foreign Secretary, J. N. Dixit - less idealistic in its approach.

United Nations peackeeping

     A distinguished soldier, General Indar Jit Rikhye, discusses the possible role for India in UN peacekeeping operations.


     A galaxy of eminent Indians and friends of India indicate their choice of the outstanding Indian of the century:

V. S. Arunachalam
Shyam Benegal
Jagdish Bhagwati
M. N. Buch
Pramod Chandra
Stanislaw J. Czuma
A. K. Damodaran
J. N. Dixit
V. N. Gadgil
Chinmaya R. Gharekhan
Sir David Goodall
Hari N. Harilela
M. V. Kamath
K. Kasturirangan
T. N. Kaul
Rajni Kothari
Ramesh Krishnan
V. Kurien
Inder Malhotra
R. A. Mashelkar
K. P. S. Menon
C. V. Narasimhan
Jayant Narlikar
B. K. Nehru
Lord Paul of Marylebone
H. Y. Sharada Prasad
Vernon Ram
Late Indrani Rehman
A. M. Rosenthal
R. D. Sathe
Jitendra Shah
Syed Shahabuddin
Justice P. B. Sawant
M. S. Swaminathan
R. K. Trivedi
Mark Tully
T. Temple Tuttle
Dharma Vira


     Concluding our series of views on what lies ahead for India in terms of its achievements and failures:

Shyam Benegal
J. N. Dixit
K. Kasturiragan
C. V. Narasimhan
H. Y. Sharada Prasad
Vernon Ram
A. M. Rosenthal
Dr. Jitendra Shah
Syed Shahabuddin
R. K. Trivedi
Mark Tully


     High School students from around the country and abroad speak of the wellsprings of their patriotism.


Philatelic Quiz
First in the World Quiz

B. Prabha - the woman and artist

     A portrait of one of India's well-known artists by Malini Bisen

March-April, 2000 (Issue no. 75)

How I made it to the IAS

     Bhawna Garg stood first in the last Indian Administration Service Examination - a first-person account.

Open and distance learning

     The Indira Gandhi National Open University is bringing education to the masses. Vice-Chancellor Dr. A. W. Khan explains how.

India through Western eyes

     An interview with Dr. W. Callewaert of the University of Leuven on stereotypes of India.

Aayi Mandapam - the Pondicherry monument

     Maxwell Pereira digs into the curious history of a famous edifice in a former French enclave.

The 2001 census

     The Indian Census Commissioner explains the thrust of the coming census of a billion people in India. An interview by M. Vijaynunni

The elephant stirs

     Change in India is the gait of an elephant - sedate and deliberate, says Gurcharan Das

Don't grumble, learn to get angry

     Despite all its problems , India will slowly find that its angry people will force change, argue Anil Agarwal and Sunit Narain

The anarchy functions

     India's innate strengths have helped it overcome many crises, asserts V. N. Narayanan

Indian Spices - XII

     The medicinal properties of fenugreek have been known in many lands, explain Hugh and Colleen Gantzer

May - June,  2000 (Issue No. 76)

Science and Society

     Paul Ratnasamy traces the evolution of India's premier chemical research laboratory and calls for an element of idealism in professional life.

Culture and development

     Culture, according to B. P. Singh is a vital determinant of a country's status.

Following one's head and heart

     Umang Gupta, a successful Indian entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley, explains how and why he moved to the U.S. and how NRIs can help back home.

The man who saw tomorrow

     How N.R. Narayana Murthy built a world class software company from scratch. By Lakshmi Vishwanathan

Making waves with a music wand

     Popular composer - singer A. .R. Rehman's music has swayed millions in India by Savitha Padmanabhan

Tamil tongue-twisters

     Indian names that are difficult to pronounce by R. S. Gopalan

Indian Spices - XIII

     Some unusual facts about khus khus by Hugh and Colleen Gantzer

Braving new challenges

     The Indian leather industry has made spectacular progress despite recurrent odds, by Shanti Karuna

July - August, 2000 (Issue No. 77)

·         an exclusive interview with N. Chandrababu Naidu, the computer-savvy Chief Minister who has made e-governance a reality in the State of Andhra Pradesh

·         one of the first Asians to enter the European Parliament, Claude Moraes, shares with readers of NEW INDIA DIGEST his thoughts on the relevance of the European experience to India

·         the CEO of Cognizant Technologies Solutions in the USA says that the contribution of Indian software professionals to the success of the Silicon Valley is "the stuff of legends".

·         Professor S. M. Singru assesses the achievements and future of Indian railways, the largest single railway network in the world under a single management.\

·         CMD of HUDCO, V. Suresh, examines the scenario for the future of water resources in India and describes innovative ways in which it has been so far harvested.

·         a young Indian student abroad, Amit Garg, talks of his vision of India of the future - a prize-winning essay.

·         a former Secretary of the Culture Department of the Government of India and now with the IMF, Dr. B. P. Singh, concludes his perceptive article on the nexus between culture and the development process.

·         Kishore Singh talks, tongue-in-cheek, of his unusual travails when his wife is away for a couple of days.

·         plus all the usual features including a stunning cover painting by Kenya-based Indian artist Vijaya Kalyan, and a colour supplement of photographs by R. L. Kothari.

September - October, 2000 (Issue #78)

Special Issue on Mahatma Gandhi's Relevance Today

  • Guest editorial by Professor Ralph Buultjens, Toynbee Prize winner.

Special articles by:

  • Shri R. Venkataraman, former President of India

  • Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, Magsaysay Award winner

  • Professor Harold Gould, Professor of South Asian Studies, University of Virginia,  USA.

Other articles by:

  • Professor Hilda Chen-Apuy, Professor Emeritus, University of Costa Rica, Central America.

  • Srimati Kamala, Director, Gandhi Center, Washington DC, USA.

Miscellaneous articles:

  • Gandhiji's broadcast to Americans in 1931

  • An eye-witness account of the assassination of Gandhiji

  • How Gandhiji came to be known as "Mahatma".

November-December 2000

Reviving a dance tradition

An interview with Bharati Shivaji on her passion for Mohiniatam.

Resuming a tradition – I

Renowned scientist Raja Ramanna talks of the key role of three Indian scientists in India after independence.

Miracle food or “frankenfood”?

A discussion on the pros and cons of genetically modified crops by Maria Figueroa.

Genetically modified crops

P.K. Ghose says due care should be taken before accepting genetically modified foods.

A foreign correspondent remembers

Veteran journalist A. Balu’s memories of his life abroad.

Cruelty to animals

An exclusive interview with M. M. Hashim on the alleged ill-treatment of cattle in India.

Godfather of the homeless

A profile of Magsaysay Award winner Jockin Arputham, and his work with slum dwellers.

A first for India

How Karnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal

Coronation of a young star

The career of India’s first woman chess grandmaster.

Wise elephant – or tiger

India’s progress will be slow and steady.

January-February 2001

India and the U.K.

An exclusive interview with Keith Vaz, British Minister for Europe.

An American “tilt” toward South Asia

Karl Inderfurth signifies America’s new interest in the sub-continent.

A dream come true

How Saurabh Babu topped the civil services examination.

A foreign correspondent remembers – II

A. Balu concludes reminiscences of his life as a journalist abroad.

Perceptions of India abroad

The problems of a foreign correspondent in India.

Resuming a scientific tradition – II

Scientific research in India, says Dr. Raja Ramanna, has blossomed in many new areas after independence.

Ultimately, what is India?

An insight into the ingredients that make an Indian.


An introduction to an ancient Indian healing tradition.

Indian spices – XIV

Chillies are the ideal spice for India.

March - April 2001

Reaching for the moon

In an exclusive interview, the Chairman of India’s space organisation, K. Kasturirangan, talks of future plans and the benefits to society.

India and the UK – II

Britain’s Minister for Europe, Keith Vaz, allays fears that Indo-British relations will suffer as the UK gets closer to Europe.

Now and then

A poignant short story by Cecil Parker.

Shaping India’s agricultural destiny

A tribute to the late C. Subramaniam on his pioneering contribution to India’s green revolution.

India in a new perspective

A foreign journalist talks of the remarkable changes in India in recent years.

Perceptions of India –II

After four years in India – as correspondent of The Times of London – Christopher Thomas begins to see the country in a different light.

Pizza, paratha, leftovers or me?

A light-hearted look at the younger generation’s preference for foreign cuisine.

Crowning moment at Mt. Kailas

A cherished dream comes true for Vernon Ram as he sets foot on Mt. Kailas as he turns 75.

May - June 2001

The Man behind the Green Revolution
An exclusive interview with renowned agricultural scientist Dr. M. S. Swaminathan

Why Bush needs South Asia
Maria Figueroa assesses the future of India-US relations

India and the UK -- III
The concluding instalment of an exclusive interview with Keith Vaz, British minister for Europe

Planning in perspective
Does planning have a role in a market economy? K.C. Pant gives his views

The one billion question
Why India’s latest census will be unique

She held on amid a heap of despair
A dramatic first-person account of how a woman survived the Gujarat earthquake

Keeping one’s cool
Badminton champion P. Gopichand talks of his life and ideals

The Indian identity
A thoughtful assessment of what constitutes Indianness by H.Y. Sharada Prasad

New vistas for Indian leather
Have Indian leather exports finally turned the corner? An appraisal by Shanti Karuna

July-August, 2001

Trinidad and Tobago and India
An exclusive interview with Winston Dookeran, Governor, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

He walks into the sunset, gently…
Reminiscences of well-known novelist, R.K. Narayan, by a close friend, H.Y. Sharada Prasad

Writing from the heart
A profile by Frederick Noronha of Anthony Gomes, a leading Indian cardiologist in the U.S.A, and now a budding poet

Back in time
A poem by Anthony Gomes

Freedom of the press
An interview with Soli Sorabjee, India's Attorney General

The man behind the Green Revolution
The final instalment of an exclusive interview with M.S. Swaminathan, India's leading agricultural scientist

Festivals of democracy
Well-known political commentator, Inder Malhotra, reviews India's general elections since independence

Lessons from a winner
WIPRO CEO, Aziz Premji, lists the ingredients for success in life

September-October, 2001

Fighting insurgency in India

In an exclusive article, Chief of the Indian Army Staff, Gen. S. Padmanabhan, examines the origins of insurgency and means to overcome it.

My son, a hero

A mother mourns the loss of her son in battle.

A living legend

Former U.N. Under- Secretary General, C. V. Narasimhan, profiles the life of the legendary M. S. Subbulakshmi.

Freedom of the press –II

Attorney General, Soli Sorabjee, responds to concerns about the role of the press in India.

An era of reforms

An assessment of the achievements of ten years of economic reforms in India.

Anatomy of the Silicon Valley success story

How Indians have been able to make good in the Silicon Valley.

Blind date in the chat room

A father tries to keep up with his son in surfing the internet.

Vanilla: the orchid spice

The unusual stories surrounding an unusual spice.

November-December, 2001

Inter-religious dialogue

Eminent Church dignitary, Cardinal Simon Pimenta, sketches a blue print for dialogue between religious communities

Fighting insurgency in India – II

Chief of the Indian Army Staff, General S. Padmanabhan, outlines methods to cope with insurgency

Believing in perfection

An inside look at the life of J. R. D. Tata by R. M. Lala

The Battle for Water

This year’s Magsaysay Award winner, Rajendra Singh, talks of his work in mobilising villagers to harvest rain water.

Ready to take on the world

Indian teenager chess prodigies are re-writing the record books

Waiting for a big push

The Indian economy today, in the perspective of the last decade.

Put faith in trust

How the Indian army is succeeding in winning the confidence of people in Kashmir.

The Jewels in India’s Crown

Some thoughts on Indian monuments, by Sir David Goodall, former British High Commissioner.

January-February 2002

Edifice of a New India

Well-known scientist, Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, re-interprets the ideals and principles of Lokmanya Tilak in the context of the situation today 

Believing in Perfection II

J. R. D. Tata’s vision “made giants out of men and organisations”, according to R. M. Lala                                                               

Journey to the Civil Services

Vijayalakshmi Bidari headed the list of successful candidates for the Indian Administrative Service this year. A first-person account of how she made it to the top…

India and Terrorism

India will have a leading role to play if the new challenges in the region are to bring about lasting peace in the subcontinent, says Maria Figueroa.

Keeping fit

At 86, former UN Under Secretary General, C. V. Narasimhan, speaks of what has kept him going – physically, intellectually and spiritually.

Bravery on Board

Recalling the exceptional bravery of an Indian flight purser who defied four hijackers and saved some 300 lives

Experience in the Air

An account of how Manju Sharma became the first Indian woman to fly an Indian Air Force combat aircraft.

Making a difference

Communal harmony can be restored if sober individuals remain true to the essential spirit of their religion.

Islam, the Indian Way

Muslims in a democratic India are showing the way to their co-religionists in other parts of the world.

Indian Paradoxes

Why does India remain a vibrant democracy despite poverty, low literacy and sporadic violence?

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