COVER STORY

22-06-2001

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Briefing

Panja's revolt

EVEN while criticising Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and her supporters within the party, Ajit Kumar Panja, one of the ...

BEHIND A FAMOUS VICTORY

The Left Front in West Bengal returns to power for a record sixth time, riding the crest of an impressive pro-incumbency wave, and gets down to ...

A Ministry of promise

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SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY in Kolkata ADDRESSING a press conference soon after taking over as Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee ...

The Opposition in disarray

DESPITE the defeat of the Trinamul Congress-Congress(I) alliance, Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee remains the most significant ...

Land of the displaced

V. SURYANARAYAN World Affairs
An estimated 6.57 lakh people in Sri Lanka have been uprooted from their homes owing to the ongoing ethnic conflict and are undergoing the ...

Iraq's struggle

Despite the sufferings of the past 11 years, Iraq seems undaunted by the sanctions imposed on it. ELEVEN years after the Gulf war ...

The half life of painting

Grasping these as works of art seems to require a very different set of reflexes than viewers of paintings have hitherto had.

Shooting stars

Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War by Frances Fitzgerald; Simon and Schuster, New York, 2001; ...

MUD

A Tamil story by La. Sa. Ramamirtham. I sat down on the front porch, my head hitting against the sunken-in roof of a hut. He ...

A vital chapter from the past

Remembering Dr. Gangadhar Adhikari: Selections from Writings, Part II; edited by Amar Farooqui; People's Publishing House, New Delhi, ...

The theatre and class contradictions

The Mirror of Class: Essays on Bengali Theatre by Himani Bannerji; Papyrus, Calcutta; Rs.200. IT is a pity that this remarkable ...

The genetics of caste

R. RAMACHANDRAN Science & Technology
New genetic evidence for the origins of castes indicates that the upper castes are more European than Asian. THE caste-based ...

An Act on paper

In the context of a declining sex ratio, the Supreme Court directive to the Central and State governments to implement strictly the Pre-Natal ...

A Bhopal a month

Social Issues
Accidents at workplaces and occupational diseases, together with other work-related factors, claim tens of thousands of lives in India, but ...

For a united struggle

The 37th Indian Labour Conference sharply projects the united opposition of central trade unions to labour reforms and the government's ...

'The NDA government is anti-labour'

Social Issues
Given its Sangh Parivar loyalties, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has always been a little wary of taking sides with the rest of the central ...

'We are united on five major issues'

Social Issues
At the 37th Indian Labour Conference, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), alongwith the other central trade unions, rejected a major item ...

Astrology and the law

The Nation
ALLADI KUPPUSWAMI DR. P.M. BHARGAVA, noted molecular biologist, and two others filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court ...

A judicial blow

T. JAYARAMAN The Nation
The Andhra Pradesh High Court's dismissal of a writ petition against the UGC's move to introduce the study of astrology in the universities ...

The nuclear guarantee episode

More than three decades after India began its quest for a guarantee against nuclear attack, there is no clarity in its policy with regard to ...

What is the Left Front?

PARVATHI MENON Cover Story
THE Left Front that assumed office for the first time in 1977 comprised six parties. They were: the Communist Party of India (Marxist), ...

Of continuity and change

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Interview with Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee met Frontline at Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan, the ...

The significance of the victory

Each of the six successive victories of the Left Front is premised upon a positive record of accomplishments rather than on the negative images ...

The great transformation

VENKATESH ATHREYA Cover Story
The improvement in industrial growth in the 1990s, aided by the sustained growth in agriculture, has made West Bengal one of the fastest ...

A healthy record

VENKATESH ATHREYA Cover Story
WHEN the Left Front assumed office in West Bengal in 1977, its priorities were land reforms, rural development and democratic ...

On the education front

VENKATESH ATHREYA Cover Story
WHILE the work done by the Left Front government in the areas of land reforms and panchayati raj in West Bengal has received a fair ...

'The people must formulate plans'

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Interview with Surjya Kanta Mishra. Dr. Surjya Kanta Mishra holds two key portfolios, Panchayats and Rural Development, and Health and ...

The road of change

A view from a West Bengal village. "THIRTY days ago you would have been welcomed by green fields, 15 days ago by golden fields," ...

A tale of development

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SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY in Maita ABOUT 55 km from Medinipur town and 12 km from Garbeta police station is Maita, one of the 26 ...

Give peace a chance

AIJAZ AHMAD The Nation
One can only welcome the prospect of an India-Pakistan dialogue at the highest level with a peculiar combination of exhilaration and ...

Iraq's struggle

Despite the sufferings of the past 11 years, Iraq seems undaunted by the sanctions imposed on it. ELEVEN years after the Gulf war ...

Power games in Indonesia

AMIT BARUAH in Jakarta World Affairs
In a desperate frame of mind, Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid may resort to extraordinary measures to stay in power.

AFTER THE MASSACRE

The violent death of King Birendra and the rest of Nepal's royal family leaves a serious political vacuum and even raises fears about the ...

The nuclear guarantee episode

More than three decades after India began its quest for a guarantee against nuclear attack, there is no clarity in its policy with regard to ...

The revised Russian draft

TAKING into consideration the wishes of the non-nuclear states that in conjunction with the renunciation by these states of the manufacture or ...

A fair job with a gaping hole

S. DINAKAR Sport
The Sir Paul Condon report on match-fixing in cricket makes a sincere evaluation of the corruption that has spoiled the game but falls short of ...

The Governor's prerogative

Was Tamil Nadu Governor Fathima Beevi's action in appointing Jayalalitha Chief Minister justified in law? A BENCH of the Supreme ...

CEASEFIRE AND AFTER

Gen. Musharraf's visit to New Delhi and India's decision to talk to Pakistan are in themselves unexceptionable. The problem is the Bharatiya ...

The message from Musharraf

Gen. Musharraf, who readily accepted Vajpayee's invitation, appears to be the winner in the first round, but he is sure to face problems from ...

Engaging politically

The political initiative of Prime Minister Vajpayee raises expectations and also doubts in India and Pakistan. THE surprise ...

A tale of two letters

IF the invitation from India itself came as a major surprise, the wait for the actual letter was filled with tension. If the military ...

Pointless exercises

The GoM Report on reforming the national security system offers hardly any hope of the real problems the security apparatus faces being ...

An uphill task

The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies will find the next Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh a very difficult battle. "UTTAR ...

Attack on a mahant

THERE is much more to Ayodhya than mandir-masjid politics. The city has come to symbolise much of what has gone wrong with Hinduism. It ...

Telengana's turn

After more than three decades, the movement for statehood gains ground in the Telengana region of Andhra Pradesh. THE movement for ...

Bitter memories

EVER since Hyderabad became the capital of Andhra Pradesh in 1956, a number of professionals, film personalities, traders and ...

Procurement problems

The Central government's moves to create a new model in the management of the food economy by transferring the responsibility for food ...

Dealing with drought

Drought stalks Gujarat once again but the government relies on short-term crisis management measures instead of evolving a long-term, ...