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COVER STORY

29-03-2002

Communal Fascism in Gujarat

Briefing

APPEASING THE HINDU RIGHT

With the political power gained by whipping up majoritarian hysteria over Ayodhya slowly slipping out of its hold, the Hindutva fraternity is ...

Godhra questions

PRAVEEN SWAMI Cover Story
There are only questions, and no definitive answers, with regard to the facts of the Godhra killings. A FORTNIGHT after the ...

Rural trauma

Cover Story
The communal 'cleansing' process extends to Gujarat's villages, and the tribal districts erupt in anti-Muslim violence for the first time.

The wounds of civilisation

DIONNE BUNSHA Cover Story
WHEN Fatima (not her real name) went to celebrate Id at her mother's house in Randhikpur village, Patan district, she never imagined she ...

Passages remembered

Columns
THIS time I am not writing about a particular book. I have over the decades kept notebooks in which I put down excerpts, memorable, stirring ...

Light and shadow

On photography, a quarter of a century on. "HUMANKIND lingers unregenerately in Plato's cave," Susan Sontag's book On Photography ...

Towards Johannesburg

The Sustainable Development Summit 2002 held in Delhi draws the world's attention to poverty alleviation as the means to a sustainable future.

A record of achievements

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN Science & Technology
IT is not without reason that Dr. Chaitanyamoy Ganguly, Chairman, Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) Board, brims with confidence about its ...

Fuelling power

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN in Hyderabad Science & Technology
The Nuclear Fuel Complex in Hyderabad is all set to expand its operations to cater to the increasing needs of the country's nuclear electricity ...

Programmes and pitfalls

The National AIDS Control Organisation's programme to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV fails to take into account the serious ...

The Doha-Delhi odyssey

The fact that the Doha Declaration on TRIPS allows member-states the flexibility to address issues related to public health and providing ...

GMOs and the future

Other
Interview with Dr. William James Peacock. Dr. William James Peacock, an expert in plant molecular biology, heads the Commonwealth ...

The great power robbery

SUDHA MAHALINGAM The Nation
A study by a Pune-based organisation exposes the culpability of industrial units availing themselves of high-tension and extra high-tension ...

A lack of perspective

Budget 2002 misses an opportunity to spur growth in a slowing economy, and imposes new burdens on those sections most affected by the global ...

The poverty of economic policy

Instead of giving a thrust to the economy by initiating programmes for rural development, the Budget opts for the problem-ridden way of public ...

No reprieve from stagnation

Other
FINANCE Minister Yashwant Sinha's fifth successive Budget is in essence a continuation of the policies of liberalisation, privatisation and ...

A balancing act

The Railway Budget imposes major burdens on users but fails to augment the Railways' financial reserves in any significant manner.

Blind, on purpose?

Economic Survey 2002 turns a blind eye to the actual problems confronting the Indian economy and advocates a set of discredited neoliberal ...

Foreign investment illusions

Columns
Governments with over-optimistic expectations from foreign direct investment should be aware that it does not necessarily increase employment ...

Incompetence or connivance?

Columns
The Gujarat Police have not distinguished themselves in recent weeks, but the question is whether they alone are blameworthy.

Talks and obstacles

The Ayodhya-related negotiations enter another delicate phase. THE Ayodhya issue is once again poised for a decisive turn, as it ...

Condemning a carnage

THE attacks on the Muslim community in Gujarat and the passive role the State and Central governments played have evoked protest not ...

Friends indeed

The muted response of its 'secular' allies to the developments in Ayodhya and Gujarat emboldens the BJP to dismiss the Opposition's demand for ...

Fear in the air

Ayodhya is in the grip of fear and confusion as Union Ministers and Uttar Pradesh administration speak in different voices about the security ...

SAFFRON TERROR

Political direction and police support enable the death squads of the Hindu Right to run riot in Muslim neighbourhoods in Gujarat.

Concerns about the subcontinent

ON February 7, the European Parliament passed a resolution titled "Terrorist attacks in India, in particular against the Parliament", ...

The European quest

BISWAJIT CHOUDHURY World Affairs
The European Union undertakes a sweeping assessment of its functioning and its institutions in order to prepare a blueprint for Europe.

The Doha-Delhi odyssey

The fact that the Doha Declaration on TRIPS allows member-states the flexibility to address issues related to public health and providing ...

GMOs and the future

Other
Interview with Dr. William James Peacock. Dr. William James Peacock, an expert in plant molecular biology, heads the Commonwealth ...

A lack of perspective

Budget 2002 misses an opportunity to spur growth in a slowing economy, and imposes new burdens on those sections most affected by the global ...

The poverty of economic policy

Instead of giving a thrust to the economy by initiating programmes for rural development, the Budget opts for the problem-ridden way of public ...

No reprieve from stagnation

Other
FINANCE Minister Yashwant Sinha's fifth successive Budget is in essence a continuation of the policies of liberalisation, privatisation and ...

The nuclear menace

ON February 16, 1994, Indian, Pakistani and American soldiers and diplomats who had been involved in the Indo-Pakistan crisis in 1990 ...

The Speaker from Amalapuram

Obituary
G.M.C. Balayogi, 1951 -2002. PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI DASU KESAVA RAO WHEN Ganti Mohana Chandra Balayogi died in a helicopter crash on ...

Makings of a trade war

The U.S. curbs on import of steel into the country constitute the first major threat to the World Trade Organisation regime. The move, coupled ...

A strike and beyond

Other
State government employees in Kerala call off their month-long strike even as the Congress(I)-led United Democratic Front government decides to ...

The tale of a proud pair of macaws

Balasubramanian is also known for his serious hobbies. Known for his 'green fingers', he is an expert farmer with a special interest in ...

Echoes of a demolition

In their depositions before the Liberhan Commission of Inquiry, former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and Home Minister L.K. Advani present some ...

A disturbing judgment

This is yet another case of arbitrary use of the contempt power by the Supreme Court. SOLON, the Athenian statesman of the sixth ...

Of judicial power

IN its judgment sentencing Arundhati Roy to a day's imprisonment and a fine of Rs.2,000, with a default clause of three months, the ...

Arundhati Roy's statement

Other
The following is the statement issued by Arundhati Roy after her release from Tihar Jail on March 7, 2002: I stand by what I have said in ...

Of criticism and contempt

The significance of the Supreme Court's highly illiberal judgment convicting Arundhati Roy lies in the enhanced threat freedom of expression ...

From the judgment

Excerpts from the judgment and comments thereon: ''After more than half a century of independence, the judiciary in the country is ...