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Cover C O V E R   S T O R Y
INTRACTABLE DIVIDE Six months after the subcontinent's two testy powers flexed their nuclear muscles, the explosions have given not stability but a new bitterness to the economically battered region


C O V E R   S T O R Y
VALE OF TEARS
Half a century after partition, the beautiful land of Kashmir continues to haunt the subcontinent

FATHERS OF THE BOMB
Two men share more than a name

PROFILE
A pacifist defense minister defends the Bomb

LOST GENERATION
Youth turn against the tests

Q&A
Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif on the nuclear era

ESSAY
A skewed sense of security

E N D   P A G E S
SPOTLIGHT

MILESTONES

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

TRAVEL WATCH
Cyber-Spacious Rooms for Road Warriors





A S I A
WAITING IN THE WINGS
Indonesia: Almost obscured by the recent violence, the Muslim vigilantes who roamed through Jakarta say their time has come

RIVAL ON THE RISE
Japan: Behind the pomp of this week's visit by Jiang Zemin lies the question of who will lead Asia in the 21st century

NEXT DOOR
Japanese know oddly little about China

HYUNDAI SAILS ON
South Korea: Fresh from its purchase of a troubled carmaker, the chaebol that won't quit makes a daring voyage into North Korea

M E D I C I N E
A GINKGO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY?
In a new display of flower power, open-minded patients around the world have turned to herbal and alternative remedies to cure what ails them

THE EVIDENCE
Herbs can hurt as well as heal




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