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A journalist for thirty-eight years, Neena Gopal began her career in a Bangalore that was the hotbed of post-Emergency politics. Moving to the UAE in the 1980s, she worked for the Dubai-based Gulf News, where as foreign editor, she travelled in the Middle East during and after the first Gulf War in 1990, and Operation Desert Storm, covering war-torn Iraq and its neighbours through the Second Gulf War in 2003. Gopal’s other news-hunting ground has been India and its immediate neighbourhood, both as a foreign affairs journalist and as a close observer of the life and times of many leaders in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. She currently edits the Bangalore edition of Deccan Chronicle.