Ron Moreau

The Last Word: Aitzaz Ahsan

Pakistani lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan, 62, scored what he calls "the greatest victory of my life" when he successfully defended the Supreme Court's Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and won his reinstatement in July after President Pervez Musharraf had summarily dismissed him four months earlier.

Sharif Returns From Exile

In 1999, during his scandal-plagued second term as prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tried to sack his Army chief, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Instead, Musharraf had Sharif arrested, allowing him to leave the country only on the condition that he not set foot in Pakistan for 10 years.

'A Double-Edged Sword'

Benazir Bhutto, the exiled, two-time Pakistani prime minister, is now negotiating a political comeback with President Pervez Musharraf. Last week they reportedly met face to face in Abu Dhabi after months of back-channel talks.

Indian Wine Comes of Age

Local farmers supplying grapes to Sham Chougule, owner of India's Chateau Indage Estate Vineyards, call him "the Wine King," and with good reason. The 72-year-old entrepreneur owns a whopping 70 percent of the small but rapidly growing Indian wine market.

The New Generation

India's rise as an economic power is known the world over, thanks largely to the global ambitions of its biggest corporations. But names like Infosys, Tata and Reliance aren't necessarily as important to India's future as modest firms like Acme Tele Power Ltd.

The Rise of Jihadistan

In Ghazni province's Andar district, just over a two-hour trip from the capital on the main southern highway, a thin young man, dressed in brown and wearing a white prayer cap, stands by the roadside waiting for two NEWSWEEK correspondents.

Cover: India's Mr. Big

Mukesh Ambani has been India's Mr. Big for a long time. By all accounts, he is the country's most influential private citizen, and the businessman who thinks bigger than the rest in this rising economic superpower.

Taking On the President

After nearly seven years in power, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is suddenly running into heavy political flak. His two main political rivals--former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, who are both in exile--have begun cooperating and are pledging to return in time to campaign for general elections scheduled for late next year.

Border Backlash

Just over three years ago, under pressure from Washington to stop Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters from crossing the porous border into Afghanistan, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf began dispatching tens of thousands of Pakistani troops to the country's tribal regions.

Terror on The Tracks

They seem to have drawn little notice as they squeezed aboard the packed first-class carriages. Most passengers were concentrating on getting home from a long, rainy Tuesday at the office in India's financial center, Mumbai.

More Terror on the Tracks

They seem to have drawn little notice as they squeezed aboard the packed first-class carriages. Most passengers were concentrating on getting home from a long, rainy Tuesday at the office in India's financial center, Mumbai.

Bigger, Faster, Better

Mukesh Ambani has been India's Mr. Big for a long time. By all accounts, he is the country's most influential private citizen, and the businessman who thinks bigger than the rest in this rising economic superpower.

Promise in Pakistan

In the late 1990s Lahore-based businessman Iqbal Ahmed was depressed. Pakistan was isolated internationally and in the grip of a deep recession, and his modest, liquefied-petroleum-gas operation didn't seem to be going anywhere. "I used to get up and say, 'What the hell, it's another day'," he recalls. "Now I can't wait for the day to begin.

The Last Word: Praful Patel

One of the most obvious differences between Asia's two giants, China and India, has long been the state of their infrastructure. Whereas Beijing has laid thousands of kilometers of gleaming road and spread futuristic airports across the country, visitors to India are still greeted by airport terminals that look held together by glue and string.

Urban Renewal?

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has a lot invested in Bangalore, the mecca of southern India's new economy. She was born in the city--and in 1978, as a young chemist, she started the biotechnology company Biocon, which, over the past decade, has grown spectacularly.

Treasure Island

Back in the 1960s, Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew said that he hoped his island nation could one day emulate the success of Sri Lanka. In those days, the former Ceylon had a lot going for it: its per capita income exceeded Thailand's and was roughly equal to South Korea's.

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