Today’s Headlines

Indian PM Singh defends nuclear deal, says negotiations have not been put on hold ToI, DH, TheH 

BJP leader says the party’s view on the deal remains consistent TheH  Parliamentary debate tentatively scheduled for Sept 10,11 TheH 

Police search three Hyderabad madrasas, Muslim leaders complain of discrimination to Chief Minister ToI

Suspected ISI agent arrested in connection to Hyderabad blasts DH

Nawaz Sharif says he will return to Pakistan on Sept 10 TheH

Actor Salman Khan (bio) released from jail  Link 


Sania Mirza advances to the third round of the US Open

Sania Mirza defeated Laura Granville 6-3, 7-5 today to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open.  The NY Times details the controversies that Mirza has endured since 2005– she was criticized by a number of Muslim clerics for wearing allegedly revealing tennis outfits on the court and for playing with an Israeli doubles partner (Shahar Pe’er). 

Mirza handled both controversies with grace, stressing that she wanted people to focus on her tennis and asking reporters not to ask her questions about her religion.  When I was traveling in India earlier this summer, I was struck by the glowing press coverage Mirza received win or lose. 

Mirza has a difficult challenge ahead against Anna Chakvetadke.  She hasn’t beaten her once this year.

Update:  Mirza lost to Chakvetadke 6-2,6-3.  More calls for Mirza to dress more modestly can be found here. (Thanks, Ultrabrown.)