here for the Special Anniversary Issue (August 2001)
interviews Roy on issues close to her heart. She's not working as an architect or even a novelist
these days. She's thrown herself into political activism. Her devastating essay on dams,
and searing denunciation of India's nuclear
testing, have literally kindled
bonfires. She takes
on Enron, the Houston-based energy corporation that is a large
financial backer of George W. Bush. In India, Enron is trying
to take over Maharashtra's energy sector. The scale of what
is happening, she says, makes California's power woes
like child's play. Read
1914 - 1944
story of the decorated World War II spy, killed by the Nazis in
Dachau on 13 September 1944.
Khan was the great-great-grand-daughter of the legendary Tipu Sultan. Her father was a leader of
the Sufi mystic community. She was born in Kremlin, educated in Paris,
studied music for six years, earned a degree in Child Psychology
from Sorbonne, wrote a children's book 'Jataka Tales Retold',
joined the elite Special Operations Executive (SOE) in England,
was captured in France by the nazis and shot to death in Dachau
in September 1944. She was thirty.
study of this Indo-African population offers a realistic
portrayal of Africans who settled in India as traders, warriors, and sailors.
Most were from Abyssinia, and were referred to interchangeably
as Habshis or Sidis. Habsh was the Arabic term for
larger than life screen image gradually transcends to real life
roles. India's top film heroines have a second passion too!