COVER STORY

01-03-2002

Ominous March

Briefing

AYODHYA OFFENSIVE

As the renewed Hindutva build-up towards a temple in Ayodhya escalates, the distant echoes from a period of lawlessness that the Bharatiya ...

'We cannot control the VHP'

Cover Story
Interview with Jana Krishnamurthy. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is evidently on the defensive over the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's (VHP) ...

The real agenda on test

The conflicting signals from the Sangh Parivar on the Ayodhya issue point to a deliberate design to blunt the opposition from within the ruling ...

Advani and Ayodhya

PRAVEEN SWAMI Cover Story
An estranged daughter-in-law makes some charges before the Liberhan Commission of Inquiry and then backs off. THOSE who tuned in ...

A creditable record

Other
The experience of Kerala and West Bengal in the matter of land reforms, as discussed at an international conference in Kolkata. VENKATESH ...

Towards responsible tourism

Other
A conference on ecotourism in South Asia discusses ways towards a balanced tourism policy that will help protect biodiversity and distribute ...

The truth about the Lahore Summit

When Atal Behari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif went as far as discussing the need to go beyond stated positions and devise a solution that would ...

The bottleneck

THE problems associated with running a compressed natural gas-driven bus fleet are plenty in Delhi, as was revealed at a recent seminar ...

The driving policy

The Mashelkar Committee Report on Auto Fuel Policy is seen as contradicting the Supreme Court directives on vehicular emission norms and fuel ...

Questions over electoral rolls

ON January 15, the Election Commission (E.C.) ordered the postponement of byelections in the Saidapet and Vaniyambadi Assembly ...

For clean campaigns

The Election Commission directs political parties to submit specific details of election expenditure so as to place them in the public domain.

The directives

THE Supreme Court order of July 28, 1998, issued to the Delhi government in order to reduce vehicular pollution in the National Capital ...

Enron's network of influence

V. SRIDHAR The Nation
DURING his 15-year tenure at Enron, Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Lay cultivated a set of allies, lobbyists and friends in high places ...

Power games

V. SRIDHAR The Nation
Investigations into the collapse of Enron reveal the involvement of the U.S. political and policy-crafting establishment and the ...

The DPC chronicle

"The Dabhol dispute feeds a chronic perception among the overseas community that India may not be ready for big-time international ...

Human rights and human development

Education
Although the 93rd Constitution Amendment proposes to give constitutional sanctity to the legally enforceable right to free elementary ...

The other Enrons

Columns
It just will not do to pretend that Reform Stage-II or the sanctity of the Dabhol contract should prevail over the public interest. A ...

Mapping crime

Columns
Police forces in various cities of the United States have successfully adopted crime mapping as a new tool in crime busting. IT is our ...

Irrationality as reform

Columns
Why the manner in which divestment is occurring is clearly distorted. IN an effort to convey the message that it is a government ...

People's carnival at Porto Alegre

Columns
The Second World Social Forum at Porto Alegre, Brazil, was not just a rejection of undemocratic globalisation but even more, a celebration of ...

Land and legality

A. G. NOORANI Cover Story
The award of any part of the land adjoining the site of the Babri Masjid to a Vishwa Hindu Parishad-controlled body will amount to flouting the ...

The agreement

Cover Story
The following is the text of the agreement reached on 27 September 1989 at a meeting held in Lucknow convened by the Chief Minister of Uttar ...

Construction and calculations

JUDGING from the amount of work done in workshops at Ayodhya and at different places in Rajasthan, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's rhetoric ...

Against the law

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The provisions of the Ayodhya Act, as interpreted by a majority judgment of the Supreme Court in 1994, constitute a solid defence against the ...

Delta farmers in distress

S. VISWANATHAN The Nation
Farmers suffer heavy losses owing to a delay in the procurement of the crop and unseasonal rain. THE month of Thai in the Tamil ...

A cover-up game

JOHN CHERIAN The Nation
Defence Minister George Fernandes denies the Public Accounts Committee access to a CVC report that possibly points to irregular defence deals, ...

From terror to politics

Usman Majid, once a key member of the Jammu and Kashmir Students' Liberation Front, talks of his experiences with the ISI and his relationship ...

The arrest of Aftab Ansari

PRAVEEN SWAMI The Nation
A DAY after claiming credit for the January 22 attack on the American Centre building in central Kolkata, Aftab Ansari had booked ...

The tiger of snows

Columns
Tenzing and the Sherpas of Everest by Judy and Tashi Tenzing; HarperCollins Publishers, New Delhi, 2002; pages 211, Rs.395. NINETEEN ...

Central Asian ambitions

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The Bush administration's military and diplomatic blueprint for Central Asia alarms even some of its allies. BEFORE the United ...

Peace moves in Cyprus

Economic interests and a desire for European Union membership force the ethnic Greeks and Turks in Cyprus to start negotiations for a peaceful ...
Afghanistan

The opacity of Camp X-Ray

VIJAY PRASHAD World Affairs
The prisoners of the Fifth Afghan War at Guantanamo Bay represent yet another example of violation of international norms by the United States in its own interests.

A creditable record

Other
The experience of Kerala and West Bengal in the matter of land reforms, as discussed at an international conference in Kolkata. VENKATESH ...

Towards responsible tourism

Other
A conference on ecotourism in South Asia discusses ways towards a balanced tourism policy that will help protect biodiversity and distribute ...

The truth about the Lahore Summit

When Atal Behari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif went as far as discussing the need to go beyond stated positions and devise a solution that would ...

The bottleneck

THE problems associated with running a compressed natural gas-driven bus fleet are plenty in Delhi, as was revealed at a recent seminar ...

The driving policy

The Mashelkar Committee Report on Auto Fuel Policy is seen as contradicting the Supreme Court directives on vehicular emission norms and fuel ...

Questions over electoral rolls

ON January 15, the Election Commission (E.C.) ordered the postponement of byelections in the Saidapet and Vaniyambadi Assembly ...

For clean campaigns

The Election Commission directs political parties to submit specific details of election expenditure so as to place them in the public domain.

The directives

THE Supreme Court order of July 28, 1998, issued to the Delhi government in order to reduce vehicular pollution in the National Capital ...

A winter of fear

The trauma of the residents of the border villages in Rajasthan caused by a war not fought. IT has been the agony of wartime for ...

A teenaged champion

Chess has its youngest world champion in 18-year-old Ruslan Ponomariov. RUSLAN PONOMARIOV'S unexpected victory in the FIDE (World ...

Life and death in Salem

From being killed, to being abandoned, to being surrendered to the government, girl babies of Salem district still remain unwanted.

'A merely legal approach cannot root out female infanticide'

Other
Interview with Salem Collector J. Radhakrishnan. Having set a trend, even if unwittingly, Salem District Collector Dr. J. Radhakrishnan ...

Politics of an eviction

Other
ON February 5, in a move that can only be construed as political vendetta, personnel of the Directorate of Estates, Ministry of Urban ...

A question of confidence

India insists that Pakistan act convincingly to check the infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir before asking it to ease the ...

A Governor's exit

Prabhat Kumar is forced to resign as the Governor of Jharkhand following certain revelations by an accused in a bribery case.

A study in contrast

GUJARAT'S cooperative model, better known as the Anand model, is a big success. Maharashtra tried to emulate it, but the effort was ...

The Andipatti roadshow

The AIADMK exudes confidence, having pampered Andipatti voters enough to get them to elect party supremo Jayalalithaa. IT is ...