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COVER STORY

15-03-2002

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Briefing

The fallout in the alliance

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
INDIA'S federal scheme has a built-in insurance provision against electoral verdicts in the States being treated as people's judgment on ...

BJP IN BIG TROUBLE

In the February 2002 round of Assembly elections, the electorate has put paid to the BJP-led government's gamble of stoking a new nationalist ...

The drubbing of its life

Uttar Pradesh votes out the BJP government but a fractured verdict spells another round of uncertainty. UTTAR PRADESH has once ...

A clear win in Uttaranchal

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover Story
The Congress(I) secures a clear majority in Uttaranchal, defying exit poll projections. THE Congress(I) stormed to power in the ...

For progressive internationalism

PETER HAIN Other
A call for a New World Order, in tune with changing times, which promotes new global partnerships, crossing ideological frontiers and burying ...

Questionable claims

Archaeologists debunk the claim that underwater structures in the Gulf of Khambat point to the existence of a pre-Harappan civilisation.

Weak premises, flawed arguments

The Coming Collapse of China by Gordon G. Chang; Random House, 2001; $26.95. AT a time when many people predict for China the ...

A witch-hunt in the U.S.

My Country Versus Me by Wen Ho Lee with Helen Zia; Hyperion, 2002; pages 332, $23.95. A Convenient Spy: Wen Ho Lee and the ...

Of an institution-builder

Columns
The Partial Memoirs of V.K.R.V. Rao, edited by S. L. Rao; Oxford University Press; Rs.445. SOME people called Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao, Alphabet ...

Conservation priorities

Will the National Wildlife Action Plan 2002-2016 be able to counter the forces of ecological destruction and protect India's natural ecosystems ...

Unhealthy policy

R. RAMACHANDRAN Public Health
Pharmaceutical Policy 2002 reduces to the minimum all controls on drug pricing, thus putting the health of the people at the mercy of ...

Human rights and human development

Other
The integration of human rights and human development policies can result in significant improvements in human society, facilitating the ...

For effective IT education

The course structure and teaching methods have to be overhauled in such a way that students develop into autonomous learners and acquire core ...

Questionable proposals

The JNU's proposals to the UGC on new academic disciplines draw flak from students and teachers of the university. IT is the ...

The skeletons from the scam

The JPC report on the stock market scandal of 2001 would constitute the basis for a comprehensive clean-up of the financial system to shore up ...

A business model of the times

V. SRIDHAR Other
The Enron bubble was a prime example of the dominance of speculative finance in business. MORE than two months after Enron, the ...

In Enron's wake

Other
Under the banner of the Enron Virodhi Andolan, project-affected people demand that the land acquired from them for the Dabhol power plant, now ...

Development directions

Fundamentally flawed as a concept as it is, the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme has been witnessing numerous instances of ...

Marketing the Mahatma

A U.S.-based company's bid to capitalise on the name of Mahatma Gandhi with the aid of his grandson is scuttled. 'MARKET forces' ...

Privatisation of Andhra Pradesh

Columns
The disposal of state assets in Andhra Pradesh is not only based on unsound economics but also suggests that the State government now wishes to ...

A fractured verdict in Manipur

KALYAN CHAUDHURI Cover Story
With no political party winning a clear majority, the State is once again headed for political instability. THE elections held on ...

A BJP wipe-out

Punjab's verdict illustrates how little mass support Far Right enterprises now wield in the State. HAD there been an award for ...

Jayalalithaa's victory

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN Cover Story
ON March 2, Jayalalithaa will be sworn in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister by Governor P.S. Rama Mohan Rao at the Madras University centenary ...

A surprise in Jammu

PRAVEEN SWAMI Cover Story
LITTLE noticed outside the State, the byelection to the Jammu Lok Sabha seat saw intense drama. A surprise victory for the National ...

The return of Deve Gowda

PARVATHI MENON Cover Story
THE election of Janata Dal(Secular) candidate and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda from the Kanakapura Lok Sabha constituency in ...

A victory and many pointers

V.VENKATESAN Cover Story
NARENDRA MODI'S victory in the byelection for the Rajkot-II Assembly seat in Gujarat gave legitimacy to his chief ministership but it ...

Marketing the Mahatma

A U.S.-based company's bid to capitalise on the name of Mahatma Gandhi with the aid of his grandson is scuttled. 'MARKET forces' ...

The history project

The reconstitution of the Indian Council of Historical Research points to a continuing drive to project a certain ideological agenda.

The foreign threat in banking

Columns
The clearance granted for a major expansion of foreign bank presence in India will hit priority sector lending overall, reduce the Reserve Bank ...

Emergency and a crisis

Nepal runs out of military options to face the latest Maoist challenge, and prepares to extend the state of Emergency. ON November ...

The law and delays

The judiciary and parliamentarians blame each other for the inordinate delays in the justice delivery system. IF a phenomenal ...

Upping the ante

Even as the Prime Minister's position on the temple project in Ayodhya remains ambiguous, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad steps up the heat with ...

Volte-face in Kashmir

Massacres executed by Kashmir-based militants continue as APHC leaders move on the idea of conducting elections as the first step towards a ...

Unheeded warnings

BUBONIC and pneumonic plague occurred in the Rohru area in November 1966, killing eight people in Bhaunda and Larot villages. In 1957, ...

Coping with plague

The latest incidence of plague, in Himachal Pradesh, raises serious questions about the authorities' preparedness to deal with such epidemics ...

In aid of unorganised workers

A proposed piece of legislation that seeks to regulate the employment of Karnataka's more than one crore workers in the unorganised sector is ...

A new tack

THE principal parties in the Cauvery water dispute appear to have surrendered some long and firmly held positions. Karnataka, whose ...

An award in sight

The Cauvery water dispute enters the last phase of arguments, and the Tribunal's final verdict is expected early next year. THE ...

Politics in a demolition

The Delhi Municipal Corporation's court-driven demolitions of unauthorised constructions in South Delhi leave some questions unanswered.

A struggle in Bangalore

UNCLEARED garbage is piling up in Bangalore city as the 6,000 contract powrakarmikas (municipal workers) of the Bangalore Mahanagara ...

In a state of struggle

Other
The government machinery comes to a halt in Kerala as government employees oppose austerity measures that target their allowances and benefits.

Maharashtra in the red

The working class in Maharashtra is hit the hardest as the NCP-Congress(I) government resorts to tough measures to fill a depleted treasury and ...

A saffron triumph

The strained relationship between the Congress(I) and the NCP turns out to be a boon for the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra.

For progressive internationalism

PETER HAIN Other
A call for a New World Order, in tune with changing times, which promotes new global partnerships, crossing ideological frontiers and burying ...

Weak premises, flawed arguments

The Coming Collapse of China by Gordon G. Chang; Random House, 2001; $26.95. AT a time when many people predict for China the ...

A witch-hunt in the U.S.

My Country Versus Me by Wen Ho Lee with Helen Zia; Hyperion, 2002; pages 332, $23.95. A Convenient Spy: Wen Ho Lee and the ...

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