Indian minister and former United Nations official Shashi Tharoor has asked for a rapid probe into the death of his wife in an upscale New Delhi hotel last week, two days after she accused him of having an affair.
India’s cricket chiefs will meet next week to consider action over a franchise scandal that has forced the resignation of a minister, as the government probes the funding of the game’s most lucrative competition.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh overhauled his cabinet six weeks after unveiling the biggest policy changes in a decade as he bids to invigorate an embattled minority government in what may be his last reshuffle ahead of elections due within 18 months.
India’s junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor quit after a week of opposition claims that he influenced the award of a cricket franchise to his benefit, a controversy that last week stalled Parliament.
In July 1995, an Islamic fundamentalist group called Al Faran kidnapped six foreign tourists, including two Americans, in Kashmir. For a few weeks, the world’s attention was fixed on the Himalayan valley as the allegedly Pakistan-backed militants negotiated with Indian security officials and foreign diplomats.
Are India and Pakistan likely to stumble into nuclear war? This appalling possibility has long been kept alive by conflicts between the two historical enemies, but it may have been pushed closer to fulfillment by a catastrophic failure of U.S. foreign policy in South Asia.
Last month, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh became the first Indian head of state in 25 years to make a visit to Myanmar (formerly Burma), the eastern neighbor that has for 50 years been ruled by a repressive military junta. The visit was both a welcome gesture of reconnection and a reminder of a wasted half-century in relations between two newly independent states (Burma was decolonized in 1948, a year after India) that share a border of more 1,500 kilometers (900 miles).