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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Week of March 27, 1998

Sikhs were forbidden from getting married in hotels and private halls after their highest religious body declared such costly events blasphemous. The Akal Takht, Sikhdom's ultimate authority, said Sikhs could only marry in temples or at homes, warning violators they would be punished.


Week of March 6, 1998

The right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party should win the most seats in the ongoing national polls but will be short of a majority. Congress and the United Front - whose falling out sparked the vote - could launch a reshuffled alliance to keep the nationalists out of power.


Week of February 6, 1998

"They are all rumors," Congress Party leader Sitaram Kesri said of reports that Sonia Gandhi might run for political office. The Italian-born Gandhi, widow of assassinated prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, hit the campaign trail for Congress in an effort to revive its flagging political fortunes in elections starting Feb. 16.


Week of January 23, 1998

THREE-NATION SUMMIT Bangladesh, India and Pakistan were scheduled to begin a tripartite summit in Dhaka on Jan. 15. Political chaos in India and Pakistan stalled the talks in November 1997. Trade relations are at the top of the agenda for the one-day meeting, but the issue of Kashmir was expected to take up much of the time in side sessions between the Indian and Pakistani delegations.


Week of January 16, 1998

An alliance of centrist Indian political parties wants to stop right-wing Hindu nationalists from winning upcoming elections. "Our objective is to defeat religious intolerance and sectarianism and to bring about social justice," opposition leader Laloo Prasad Yadav says.


Week of January 9, 1998

Sonia Gandhi, widow of assassinated former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, agreed to campaign for the ailing Congress (I) party in the upcoming national elections. Congress president Sitaram Kesri, who has offered to stand down in favor of Sonia Gandhi, greeted the decision "with all gratitude."


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