DECEMBER  2001
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DECEMBER 2001 Contents


 Joseph Allen Stein
 A tribute by Ram Rahman

A Spiritual Activist
 Rozalia Radhika Priya


 Ghulam Ali

 Prem Joshua
 (Listen to the track
 'Lahore Connection')

 (Listen to the track
 'Moria Badnawa')


 Telecoms & Software
 - Trends in south Asia

 Value/Wealth Creators

 Narayana Murthy - Infosys

 Sam Pitroda - C-DOT

 Aziz Premji - Wipro

 Sunil Mittal - Bharti Mittal

 Ambanis - Reliance

 Safi Qureshi

 Hassan Ahmed - Sonus

 Atiq Raza - Raza Foundries



 'It was five past midnight
 in Bhopal' - Lapierre

Performing Arts

 Simplifying Ramayana
 - Bharatiya Kala Kendra


 Islam's middle-path


 Sakti - Mother Goddess


 Nandita Das


 Wharton India Economic
 Forum Conference

 Editor's Note


the craft shop

the print gallery


Silk Road on Wheels

The Road to Freedom

Enduring Spirit

Parsis-Zoroastrians of

The Moonlight Garden

Contemporary Art in Bangladesh





Editor's Note


Joseph Stein passed away from this world - but his life remains an inspiration for those who value the merits of a global community and  cultural harmony. His work in India has enriched the architectural layers of Delhi. Ram Rahman's tribute to this very noble individual comes from the heart. 

India has been home to many people from many countries. They have all added  to its rich cultural heritage - and the tradition continues. This issue also covers the story of Rozalia Radhika Priya - a Hungarian who paints and lives in Udaipur, is a devotee of Lord Krishna and is also a devout Christian. There is no either /or , no moral dilemma about faith - this is what freedom is all about - the choice and the freedom to believe in as many faiths as one wants to and to carry on with one's life peacefully. Mahatma Gandhi professed 'Sarvadharma' (One Universal Faith) and said he belonged to all faiths.

Music is a secular language. The notes remain the same for all - no matter who is singing or playing. George Harrison, and many others after him, have used Indian musical instruments in their music. German born Prem Joshua spent many years in India and is a pioneer of what is today called 'World Music' - so is the Algerian born Californian dj Cheb i Sabbah - they have blended the world cultures in their music. Maybe this 'World Music' will also lead us to a 'World Religion'.

the-south-asian wishes all its readers and everybody else a peaceful Christmas and a positive New Year.


Roopa Bakshi



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