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COVER STORY

02-08-2002

Chariots of fear

Briefing

CHARIOTS OF FEAR

The Jagannath rath yatra passes without incident, but for Gujarat's Muslims it is life on the edge, for the fifth month running. A ...

To reap a bitter harvest

DIONNE BUNSHA Cover Story
Narendra Modi and Co. are all set to try and take advantage of the Hindutva wave to gain power again in Assembly elections. ON ...

Sequence of events

Cover Story
Godhra, February 27, 2002. 7-42 a.m.: The train arrives at Godhra station. 7-42 to 7.47 a.m.: During the five-minute halt there is ...

The facts from Godhra

DIONNE BUNSHA Cover Story
Investigations into the burning of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra on February 27 seem to be directed to prove the Narendra Modi government's ...

The war that never ends

AIJAZ AHMAD The Nation
David Ben-Gurion's words of some 65 years ago were prophetic: "A people which fights against the usurpation of its land will not tire so ...

To nowhere land

The revival of a religious event in Kachchatheevu after two decades brings hordes of pilgrims and others from both sides of the Palk Straits to ...

In defence of development economics

Development Economics - Nature and Significance by Syed Nawab Haider Naqvi; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2002; pages 269, Rs.450.

A community in flux

The Colour of Dawn by Janaki Murali; HarperCollins India, 2002; pages 198, Rs.195. THE Palakkad Iyer Community is no stranger to ...

A fraught relationship

Conflict Unending, India-Pakistan Tensions Since 1947 by Sumit Ganguly; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2002; pages 187, Rs.395.

The Lutyens' story

Columns
The Architect And His Wife: A Life of Edwin Lutyens by Jane Ridley; Chatto and Windus, London, &pound25. FOR half a day on June 30, ...

'A scary situation'

Anand Patwardhan has been making politically and socially charged documentaries for about three decades now. His films have invariably dealt ...

A tale of two Bhagat Singhs

Two recent films on the legendary revolutionary draw attention - one for its inaccurate rendering of history and another for its largely ...

For climate justice

C.E. KARUNAKARAN Environment
If the world is to be saved from an environmental catastrophe, it is essential for the civil society in Third World countries to take an active ...

VSNL's worries

ACCOUNTING frauds are surfacing with alarming regularity in multinational corporations in the West. In almost every case, a part of the ...

Companies under a cloud

V. SRIDHAR Other
Xerox Corp. : On June 28, Xerox announced that it would restate its financial results for five years, reclassifying more than $6 billion ...

The WorldCom collapse

V. SRIDHAR Other
The meltdown of WorldCom, one of the biggest telecom companies in the United States, has rekindled the debate on corporate accountability and ...

Cripps and India's Partition

ALLEN CLARKE'S work is in the fine tradition of English biographies. It fits into the classic mould; objective, thorough, elegant in ...

Restraint on talaq

A Bombay High Court verdict requiring the husband to satisfy all legal preconditions before exercising his right for talaq comes as a great ...

To ensure equitable development

NAUNIDHI KAUR The Nation
THE head of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation that went to Argentina - which is facing a severe debt crisis - was some ...

Ringing in a revolution

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited not only triggers a telecom revolution in the national capital but successfully meets the challenges posed by ...

Peddling hate

DIONNE BUNSHA Cover Story
The role of the dominant Gujarati language media during the genocidal anti-Muslim pogrom was chillingly communal and provocative.

Women's initiative for peace

BELA BHATIA Cover Story
Notwithstanding their personal loss and trauma, several riot-affected women from Gujarat converged at a women's meet in Rajasthan to express ...

Zones of contention

A major round of organisational changes in the Indian Railways initiated by Minister Nitish Kumar brings forth a spectrum of political ...

Danger signals for the economy

Columns
The current pattern in the Indian economy, of large inflows of relatively 'hot' money, accompanied by domestic economic recession or ...

A promising deal

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The India-Sudan oil pact is, among other things, a significant step towards ensuring India's long-term oil security. THE bold ...

The BJP's choice

THE stage seems set for the Bharatiya Janata Party to have its own candidate elected Vice-President without much of a contest. Senior ...

A new President

Although the numbers were on A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's side, the presence of Lakshmi Sahgal in the presidential race served to bring crucial issues ...

The Xerox confession

V. SRIDHAR Other
Xerox Corporation's Indian subsidiary is to be investigated for "improper payments" to government officials for procuring contracts to supply ...

A Governor's exit

P.C. ALEXANDER, whose career ambitions received a setback as a consequence of the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) flip-flop on the ...

Bofors case trial on

Other
THE Supreme Court's stay of the Delhi High Court judgment quashing the charge-sheet against the three Hinduja brothers in the Bofors pay-offs ...

MARKET, MORALS AND THE MEDIA

The media scene in India is best likened to a bazaar. The Great Indian Media Bazaar has many streams, components and players (and is set soon ...

Nailed at last

A Special Court convicts and awards jail sentences to former Minister of State for Communications Sukh Ram and two others in the corruption ...

The tussle over animals

What will happen to the debate on animal testing in scientific laboratories in India, with the exit of Maneka Gandhi and C.P. Thakur from the ...

Judges in the dock

The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court strips three Judges of the court of work for their alleged role in the scandal involving ...

An award controversy

The Barefoot Architects of Tilonia decides to return the Aga Khan Award in protest against the revision of the citation by the Aga Khan ...

Flood fury in Thane

The monsoon wreaks havoc in Maharashtra's Thane district, but the response of the local administration has been inadequate. THE ...

A step towards peace

A reshuffle within the parallel, underground government run by the NSCN(I-M) in Nagaland is likely to aid the process of dialogue with the ...

In a vicious circle

Despite the efforts of several NGOs, Manipur continues to be in the grip of an AIDS epidemic, whose spread is aided by widespread poverty and a ...

The Bodo question

Over six years after its signing, the Bodoland Accord is yet to usher in substantive changes on the ground. ON February 20, 1993, ...

A controversial eviction drive

The Assam government's move, as mandated by a Supreme Court order, to evict those who have encroached on forest land raises some green hopes ...

Cautious optimism

As Sri Lankan Minister Jayalath Jayawardena finds out, the mood among Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu in the post-ceasefire period is ...

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