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Editorials
Test cricket’s changing balance
South Africa, led magnificently by Graeme Smith, couldn’t quite complete the coup: it fell a Test win short of officially displacing Australia as the world’s best cricket team. But there’s little doubt that the sun has set on ...

Kasab and Pakistan’s honour
The official acknowledgment by Islamabad that Ajmal Amir ‘Kasab’ is its citizen is a positive development. It can serve as a new starting point for the Pakistan government to begin investigations on the leads provided by Kasab, the ...

Leader Page Articles
Why the caste system is on its last legs
By Markandey Katju

This institution did good to India in feudal times but today it is a curse that should be eradicated. Indeed it will stand effaced in a decade or two, for its basis has been destroyed.

News Analysis
The ride to Kilinochchi and beyond
By B. Muralidhar Reddy

Kilinochchi proved to be the one of the toughest targets so far for the Sri Lanka troops. Colombo now has the unenviable task of ensuring the basic needs and safety of the internally displaced people while targeting the Tigers in their remaining base s.

OUT OF LONDON
Guantanamo Bay: whose mess is it anyway? out of london
By Hasan Suroor

Finally, it seems, the American government is serious about closing its notorious detention centre at Guantanamo Bay which has become a shorthand for all the excesses of the Bush administration’s war on terror. Barack Obama, the incoming ...

Gaza: medics find ‘unbelievable’ horror
By Rory McCarthy and Hazem Balousha

“There’s nowhere safe in Gaza. Everyone here is terrorised and traumatised.”

Corrections and clarifications
* * The heading of an item (“Briefly”, January 8, 2009) was “Officers’ strike hits 13 oil refineries ”, which was incorrect. As the text said, officers of 13 oil PSUs are on ...

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