COVER STORY

07-06-2002

War Clouds

Briefing

The Hizbul meltdown

The emergence of deep fissures within the Hizbul Mujahideen is likely to aid efforts at building a credible opposition in Jammu and Kashmir.

BUILDING CONFRONTATION

India is talking war, and there is an ominous military build-up on the border. But a full-scale war seems unlikely at this point.

Lacking in strategy

India's actions so far, which include the stationing of military units on the border, have indicated the lack of a clear strategic position ...

Standing together

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover Story
THE May 14 massacre at Kalu Chak evoked an unprecedented level of unanimity of opinion across the political spectrum. In a rare show of ...

A brief journey

Columns
The saga of Sushila's struggle with AIDS captures the essence of the untold stories of scores of women whose voices have perhaps been lost ...

A vision for Sikkim

Other
Interview with Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling. Sikkim has made rapid strides after its integration with India as a State in 1975.

The Indian judicature

There is a strong case to consider constitutional changes in the judicial appointment process in India if disappointment is not to visit ...

Not just another scam

Columns
The episode involving the high-profile, Internet-based broker Home Trade and a few cooperative banks, among others, is not just another scam ...

Between crime and punishment

Columns
Is the criminal justice system in India beleaguered beyond rescue? DRIVING along Marine Drive in Mumbai, I was struck by an imaginative ...

Consumerism as patriotism

Columns
American capitalism is now completely dependent upon continued consumer spending, at rates of increase which are likely to prove unsustainable ...

Four years after Pokhran

Columns
On the fourth anniversary of the Pokhran-Chagai tests, India and Pakistan are at each other's throats, ready to strike, at the risk of a ...

An indefatigable poet-activist

VISHNU KHARE Obituary
Kaifi Azmi, 1919-2002. THE last of the titans of progressive Urdu poetry has fallen. Kaifi Azmi, who died on May 10, 2002 at the ...

Diversionary tactics

"STORIES are being told about [the] Gujarat violence as if it was happening for the first time. Did it not happen in 1984 on the roads ...

Contortions in Delhi

The acts and articulations by government leaders in New Delhi speak of a Central government that has disregarded its constitutional obligations ...

Usurping a mandate

A Sri Lankan Tamil leader refutes LTTE supremo V. Prabakaran's claim that he has the people's mandate to fight for a Tamil Eelam.

OVER TO SEOUL

A. VINOD Sport
The final round of the World Cup in football, played for the first time in Asia, opens on May 31 in the capital of South Korea, which co-hosts ...

The Internet telephony alternative

With the government deregulating Internet telephony, cheaper international calls are in prospect. CHANDRASEKHAR RAO says that he ...

Waiting for WiLL

POLICY-MAKERS rarely have the gift of clairvoyance. And the directions that technology can take are often unpredictable. Keeping pace ...

A higher Sardar Sarovar

Other
THE controversial Sardar Sarovar dam, on the Narmada river, has hit another high with the decision of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement ...

Snapshots of the universe

Four newly-released images of the universe as captured by an overhauled and upgraded Hubble Space Telescope, provide some cosmic surprises.

'Indian people's patience has run out'

Cover Story
Union Minister of State for External Affairs Omar Abdullah has been paying more attention than most to recent events in Jammu and Kashmir. He ...

Rhetoric and reality

The India-Pakistan blame game reaches a new high after the Jammu incident, but the United States gives the Musharraf regime the benefit of the ...

A U.S. role and agenda

JOHN CHERIAN Cover Story
Visiting Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca condemns the May 14 attack, but the United States may not go beyond that to make Pakistan ...

A new right for the poor

Education
In a milieu of increasing deprivation, the absence of clarity on the questions of legal liability and quality renders meaningless the ...

Four years after Pokhran

Columns
On the fourth anniversary of the Pokhran-Chagai tests, India and Pakistan are at each other's throats, ready to strike, at the risk of a ...

A celebration of grit

World Affairs
People in Iraq celebrate Saddam Hussein's birthday as never before, even as the Bush administration's "regime change" talk continues.

The Internet telephony alternative

With the government deregulating Internet telephony, cheaper international calls are in prospect. CHANDRASEKHAR RAO says that he ...

Waiting for WiLL

POLICY-MAKERS rarely have the gift of clairvoyance. And the directions that technology can take are often unpredictable. Keeping pace ...

A higher Sardar Sarovar

Other
THE controversial Sardar Sarovar dam, on the Narmada river, has hit another high with the decision of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement ...

Snapshots of the universe

Four newly-released images of the universe as captured by an overhauled and upgraded Hubble Space Telescope, provide some cosmic surprises.

AN UNQUIET PEACE

Ten weeks after, Gujarat remains on the edge. And K.P.S. Gill's efforts to revive the State's coercive apparatus represent at best a holding ...

Towards cessation of violence

Other
K.P.S. Gill is best known as the architect of the decisive counter-terrorist campaign that crushed the Khalistan movement when he was Punjab's ...

The dilemmas of a war

The global war on terror is today in a phase of incoherence and confusion. THE opening chapter of the global war on terror has ...

A surprise Speaker

The election of the Shiv Sena's Manohar Joshi as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha seems to indicate that irrespective of its allies' reservations, ...

A convincing vote

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati blunts Opposition criticism and wins the vote of confidence in style, but there has been little ...

The offensive in Jharkhand

EVEN as the People's War Group (PWG) in Andhra Pradesh came forward with a unilateral ceasefire offer, two ultra-Left extremist groups ...

A chance for peace

The ceasefire offer by the People's War Group has revived the prospects of negotiations to find a lasting solution to the naxalite menace in ...

Death of a mine

Other
With the closure of Bharat Gold Mines Limited now a reality, the livelihood concerns of its 3,800-strong workforce come to the fore.

A law against workers

The Essential Services Maintenance Bill, 2002, which has been passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly, robs the working class of its right to ...

'People's participation is more important'

Other
Interview with Sheela Rani Chunkath. Over the last two years the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has conducted a sustained ...

Plastic hazards

V. SRIDHAR Other
The Tamil Nadu government makes a pioneering legislative move to curb the menace of plastic waste. But the absence of cheap and convenient ...

Talking points

Another round of talks between the Central government and the NSCN(I-M) give cause for optimism, albeit of the cautious kind.