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These are the masters of war

08 June 2002
OVER 1.2 billion people in India and Pakistan are living under the shadow of all-out war between the two nuclear-armed states. An outbreak of full scale fighting would be catastrophic. Yet the threat remains, despite attempts at getting talks between the two regimes.

This insane system threatens all of us

08 June 2002
NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE hung over the world throughout the years of the Cold War. It now threatens to become a reality of almost unimaginable horror. Those who target the missiles and run the Indian and Pakistani governments are horrifying. But all the major Western powers share the responsibility.

1.2bn people face nightmare of war

01 June 2002
THOUSANDS OF civilians are fleeing their homes in Kashmir. The death toll is mounting as shelling by Indian and Pakistani troops escalates. India and Pakistan were teetering on the brink of all-out war at the beginning of this week. Both states have nuclear weapons. Even a war using conventional arms will inflict slaughter in Kashmir and along the India-Pakistan border.

Kashmir: roots of the Pakistan/India conflict

01 June 2002
THE CYNICAL territorial ambitions of the rulers of India and Pakistan lie behind the threat of war between them. Their conflicting claims over Kashmir and its 12 million people have sparked hostilities since the end of British rule in 1947.

An Indian journey

18 May 2002
THE WARRIOR is a surprise hit movie. It is a low budget independent film directed by Hackney-born Asif Kapadia, and was filmed in India with an international crew and a few professional actors. It is set in the past somewhere in India.

The Queen Mother: The nation's best granny?

06 April 2002
The Queen Mother was a racist snob who excelled in extravagant living. Amid all the grovelling, hypocritical tributes paid to her this week, here are some facts to remember. The Queen Mother referred to black people as "nig-nogs" or "blackamoors". She backed white minority rule in Rhodesia. She criticised Lord Mountbatten, viceroy of India, "for giving away the empire" and his wife because "her mother was half-Jewish".

India: Blair's friends aid massacres

09 March 2002
The Indian government, which Tony Blair praised recently, has stood by while a section of its supporters carry out horrific massacres. Hundreds of people have been killed in communal violence centred on the Gujarat region.

BJP loses out in Indian elections

02 March 2002
The Hindu fundamentalist BJP party did badly in three key state elections last weekend. The very good news is that the BJP's attempt to whip up chauvinism over Kashmir has failed to deliver votes.

Defexpo 2002 arms fair in India: arms for the poor

23 February 2002
The British government is promoting a new way to help the 500 million Indian people in poverty-sell them weapons. Defexpo 2002, an arms fair, opened in New Delhi on Monday.

David Blunkett wants to arrange YOUR marriage

16 February 2002
Home Secretary David Blunkett unveiled New Labour's latest crackdown on immigration, asylum and British citizenship last week. He won rapturous praise from Tory MPs for attacks on the ability of immigrants to speak English and on British people marrying partners from the Indian subcontinent.

Blessed are the bomb makers

19 January 2002
TONY BLAIR may have tried to present himself as a peacemaker on his recent trip to India and Pakistan. But two forthcoming official events in the region, supported by Blair's government, will fuel the conflict.

Edge of an abyss

12 January 2002
TONY BLAIR cast himself in the role of peacemaker as he embarked on a tour of India and Pakistan to defuse recent tensions over Kashmir. The two nuclear powers stand dangerously close to war. Thousands of Kashmiris have been forced to flee their homes.

Kashmir: what lies behind the fighting?

05 January 2002
KASHMIR IS at the centre of the conflict between India and Pakistan. Its total population is 12 million. Roughly nine million are in Indian- administered Jammu and Kashmir, and three million are in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Nuclear powers go to the brink of new war

05 January 2002
THE GOVERNMENTS of India and Pakistan brought their countries to the brink of war at the beginning of this week. Such a war, between states armed with nuclear weapons, would directly involve over one billion people and could affect many more.

Injustice outrage from Straw

15 September 2001
JACK STRAW, as home secretary in the last government, personally stepped in to ensure that Satpal Ram, an innocent man, remained behind bars. Satpal was racially attacked in an Indian restaurant in 1986. Satpal defended himself, and his attacker later died.

Deepa Mehta: Fire and Earth

24 February 2001
Two excellent films by the Indian film-maker Deepa Mehta are now available on video. Fire and Earth are part of Deepa Mehta's trilogy of films set in India. They challenge many of the accepted ideas in Indian society. Cinemas in India showing Fire were targeted by the extreme right wing Hindu organisation Shiv Shena because the story includes a relationship between two women.

Asylum briefs

05 February 2000
£10,000 to visit your relatives The government is to demand a bond of up to £10,000 from people from the Indian subcontinent who want to visit relatives in Britain. This will effectively bar people from visiting their families or attending funerals and weddings.

Deportations

06 November 1999
ZUBER LATIF from India has won his battle against deportation. He has lived in Britain for 12 years and is married to a British citizen. The Home Office had claimed that their marriage was "ill timed" and was not grounds for Zuber staying in Britain, despite the fact that the couple had a child.

India's poor suffer from West's hot air

06 November 1999
THE INDIAN cyclone has caused complete devastation to one of the poorest areas of India. Ten million people's lives have been ruined and thousands are dead.

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