May / June 2006
South Asian issues -
Getting to know the past better
Over fifty years ago, at the
time of independence and just after, we inherited a long tradition of
historical writing. There were two perspectives on history that constituted
our heritage: one was the colonial view of Indian history, and the other was
the nationalist view.
News from elsewhere
A wildlife expedition (funded in
part by the National Geographic Society) uncovered a treasure trove of
animal species never documented before, in the Foja Mountains on the island
of New Guinea in Indonesia.
- Bhera - the town that time forgot - Part II
The town of Bhera is spread over a 3 square miles oval area.
A circular road goes around the town around its six crumbling gates. The very
imposing [still used as a muslim Imambarah] Sikh Gurdwara stands almost in
the centre of the town.
- South Asian billionaires
Twenty six South Asians - all from India or of
Indian origin - have figured in the Forbes list of billionaires. Top among
them - Lakshmi Mittal - is also the fifth richest man in the world. Indu
Jain is the only woman among the South Asian billionaire club.