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EDITORIAL:
IN MEMORY OF MUMBAI

Outrage. What conceivable ideology or grievance can justify the mindless, indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people? The killers have served no cause, furthered no agenda, and helped nobody.
Even more reprehensible are their facilitators, almost certainly non-Indians, who continue to hide behind the façade of civilized behavior while conniving to wage a dishonorable, disgraceful surreptitious battle to undermine civilized society.

Anguish. Words cannot suffice to describe the pain felt by all people of goodwill for the heartbreak caused to the loved ones of those who were either victims of the mindless attacks or who died to save and protect the innocent. Death is painful enough, but death that is unexpected, sudden and without reason is many times more difficult to come to terms with. Out hearts go out to those who have suffered the loss of near and dear ones.

Hope. Despite the provocation, Mumbaikars have behaved in a way that is dignified, compassionate and humane. Understandable outrage has not led to indiscriminate fury, and here, notwithstanding their terrible attacks, the terrorists have been dealt a resolute defeat. There is cause for hope that ultimately while the culprits will be pursued and punished under the full extent of the law, calm and sanity will prevail, and in the end, reason. There is no choice in this matter. Otherwise, the terrorists win.

Readers, we are sure, will understand our break with convention at Siliconeer as we take a special moment in this editorial to reflect upon the terrible terror attacks in Mumbai. By the time the attacks happened this issue was almost ready for press in its entirety. We hope to carry a reflective article in the next month’s issue.

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COVER STORY
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POLITICS
Saffron Connection?
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SUBCONTINENT
Meltdown Blues:
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ENTERTAINMENT
IIFA Awards 2008
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: In Memory of Mumbai
NEWS DIARY: November
HUMAN RIGHTS: Fighting for Dalits
SUBCONTINENT: Asian Gas Pipeline
RESEARCH: The BIJLEE Program
TRIBUTE: Mumbai Meri Jaan
SUBCONTINENT: Wind, Solar Power
SUBCONTINENT: A Passage to Honesty
COMMUNITY: Tracing Roots in India
TRAVEL: Skiing at Mt Rose, NV
AUTO REVIEW: 2008 Honda Pilot 4WD
RECIPE: Eggless Cake
PHILANTHROPY: A Heart of Gold
BOLLYWOOD: Film Review: Yuvvraaj
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL CINEMA: Aegan
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
INFOTECH INDIA: Tech Briefs
HOROSCOPE: December

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