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             Music - The ancient musical instruments of India

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A wide variety of Indian musical instruments have gone silent and are found only in museums. Professor Shiv Shankar Prasad has taken upon himself to revive the glory of ancient organology. Old temple paintings and sculptures show that the ancient Indian musicians used almost the same kind of instruments prevalent these days. The only change is the inclusion of many newer instruments  in the modern Indian repertoire - a result of the Muslim and later the British influence.  


            People - Ambassador Blackwill - 'What India means to me'

Ambassador Blackwill is returning to the US after a two year tenure  in India.  His Luncheon Speech in New Delhi came from the heart. "Someone once said, "the most sublime purpose of religion is to teach how to know God." India has been working on that challenge from a variety of perspectives for several millennia. It has been my immense privilege during these two years to experience, and to profit from, these profound wellsprings of Indian spirituality.

I will return to India. How could it be otherwise?

...And, thank you India for every single thing that I have discovered here. Mother India has changed my life -- forever."

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             Real Issues - Hindutva is not Hinduism

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Swami Agnivesh explains why Hindutva is not Hinduism

Hinduism is a way of life. It is a distinct culture, marked by politeness, hospitality, an intricate web of social courtesies, values, and relationships. The sound and fury of Hindutva are at stark contrast to all this. To assume that Hindutva has any kinship with Hinduism is to insult our religion and common sense. Hinduism stayed safe and steady despite every imaginable threat from outsiders. But this is the first time it is facing a massively organized and determined attack from within. When enemies put on the masks of saviours there is a need to wake up and resist them, lest by default a great spiritual tradition is degraded .


             Wildlife - Snehal Bhatt's mission to save cobras

For over a decade animal activist Snehal Bhatt has championed the cause of snakes. But in doing so she’s been threatened and physically attacked several times by poachers. In a rare tribute, the National Geographic Channel has produced a stunning film on her amazing mission. " I know snakes cannot speak. But the gratitude in their eyes when they’re saved, when they’re released, is something that I live for."

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              Other articles:

             Letter from Pakistan

             Reviews of books published in India and Pakistan

             Eggs, meat and ghee - villains or not?

             Government 2 citizen service delivery models

              Coffee Break - what's happening around us

              and much more



               Highlight of next issue

               Ila Behan - is she the Indian woman of the century?


              Winners in International Sports Events last month

               Sania Mirza - Wimbledon Junior Champion (Doubles)

               Leander Paes - Wimbledon Champion (M/Doubles)

               Vijay Singh - placed second in British Open (Golf)

                East Bengal football club, led by Baichung Bhutia, won 
                the ASEAN Cup in Football in Jakarta

Special Sections 

the-south-asian data bank

Anniversary Issue

South Asian Woman


Silk Road on Wheels

The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in Bangladesh



August  2003 



 Ancient musical
 instruments of India

 Robert Blackwill &
 What India means to 


 Karun Chandok - the 
 'Formula' of wins



 Government 2 citizen
 service delivery
 models - case studies
 from India


 Snehal Bhatt 
 - saviour of cobras

 Book Reviews - India

 Bunker - 13

 Book Reviews 
 - Pakistan

 Where they dream in


 Emigre Journeys


 Letter from Pakistan


 New research on
 eggs, meat & ghee


 Tarun Thakral & his
 vintage garage

 Real Issues

 Hindutva is not 

 Coffee Break

 Coke's toxic fertiliser 
 in Kerala

 Oldest planet sighted

 Bobby Jindal - the 1st
 Governor in USA?



 the craft shop

 Lehngas - a limited collection

 the print gallery


 Silk Road on Wheels

 The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

 Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in


From the past issues

The First People of south Asia

The Jews of India

The Parsi Community of India

Modern Art in Pakistan

Elephant polo in Nepal

... and many more



Tibetan medicine

Ayurvedic spas of Kerala


Optical networks

B2B - Efficiency & Profits

Reinventing India

Internet in South Asian Development