By T. Rees Shapiro Oct. 6 (Washington Post) -- Phillips Talbot, 95, who as a young reporter provided firsthand accounts of India's independence from England and the founding of Pakistan and decades later used his expertise on South Asia as an assistant secretary of state, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 1 at his home in Manhattan. Dr. Talbot took a roundabout path to diplomatic service that included work in journalism and at an academic foundation. He finished his career at the Asia Society, a nonprofit educational group in New York founded by John D. Rockefeller III. Dr. Talbot served as its president from 1970 to 1981. He was a respected scholar and trusted adviser on South Asian and Near Eastern relations, and served in the mid-1960s as personal envoy for President Lyndon B. Johnson during private meetings with Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. While he was primarily known for his work in Asian affairs,
Propped up by cushions and protected from the summer sun by a white tent, 71-year-old social activist Anna Hazare has vowed to fast to the death to rid India of the corruption he says is its biggest curse.