COVER STORY

30-08-2002

Drought Challenges

Briefing

DROUGHT CHALLENGES

The capricious monsoon of 2002 acquires the contours of a human tragedy of vast proportions, possibly the worst in three decades.

Of relief and preparedness

Cover Story
Interview with Union Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh. Union Minister for Agriculture Ajit Singh represents the Baghpat constituency in ...

The ground realities

A FRONTLINE TEAM Cover Story
A first-round study of the drought situation in some of the badly affected States, in the north and the west: Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, ...

The forecasting failure

R. RAMACHANDRAN Cover Story
The behaviour of the monsoon this year has been so peculiar that not one of the groups around the world that do monsoon forecasting, including ...

Coping with threats

SUNEET CHOPRA World Affairs
Even five decades after it first waged a war on the people of North Korea, the U.S' hand is visible behind every plan to hinder North Korea's ...

'The world in a grain of sand'

An exhibition of monotype prints reveals how pictorial space lends itself to the exploration of both the visual language and the content in ...

Chronicle of mill murders not foretold

Other
I think I am the only foolish trade union leader fighting for the workers' rights and I know I am going to die an unsung hero. - Union ...

The routes of Partition

Pangs of Partition, Volume I: The Parting of Ways and Volume II: The Human Dimension, edited by S. Settar and Indira B. Gupta; Manohar ...

Of power and Pax Americana

Columns
Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World by Margaret Thatcher. HarperCollins Publishers, London; 25. THE late Isaiah Berlin ...

A hidden agenda for recolonisation

Burma: The Curse of Independence by Shelby Tucker; Penguin Books, Delhi, 2002; pages xx + 282, Rs.295. WHY do people write books? ...

Honouring Alice Thorner

Thinking Social Science in India: Essays in Honour of Alice Thorner, edited by Sujatha Patel, Jasodhara Bagchi and Krishna Raj; Sage ...

Restoration techniques

V. SRIDHAR Other
WET paper is ideal for the growth of mould. The high humidity levels and the heat provide an even more fertile ground for mould in ...

A salvaging feat

At the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad, a priceless collection of Telugu and Urdu books which was submerged following flash floods two ...

Libraries in the global village

V. SRIDHAR Other
NO library - not even the best, having the widest range of material in their areas of specialisation - can claim to have a "complete" ...

India's young hopes

S. DINAKAR Sport
The infusion of talented young players to support the old warriors is expected to give India the right blend to ascend once again the heights ...

The commonsense politician

Remembering K. Kamaraj, the man, his characteristic political and administrative style and his contributions, on the occasion of the leader's ...

Fishermen's fears

FISHERMEN belonging to Koodankulam in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu fear that their catch will be depleted once the two reactors of ...

Nuclear energy thrust

Nuclear Power Corporation is poised for a leap in its generation capacity. HAVING consolidated its generation programme in the ...

Towards Johannesburg

On the agenda and the imponderables before the World Summit for Sustainable Development scheduled to be held in Johannesburg from August 26.

A Bill and its flaws

The Nation
The Biological Diversity Bill, 2001, pending before Parliament, is inadequate to serve the interests of indigenous and local communities, the ...

Coping strategies, short-term and long-term

Cover Story
Interview with Dr. M.S. Swaminathan. "India is one of the few countries with over two centuries of recorded experience in managing the ...

Tasks on the grain policy front

MADHURA SWAMINATHAN Cover Story
The High Level Committee on Long-Term Grain Policy recommends the reintroduction of a universal public distribution system with uniform central ...

Leaders and dealers

The Bharatiya Janata Party's claim of being the 'party with a difference' takes a beating again in the wake of revelations regarding the ...

Coping with threats

SUNEET CHOPRA World Affairs
Even five decades after it first waged a war on the people of North Korea, the U.S' hand is visible behind every plan to hinder North Korea's ...

A U.S.-dictated agenda

The ASEAN Regional Forum's annual plenary held in Brunei concludes with a call to support the U.S.' global "war against terrorism" even as ...

Addressing Indian concerns

P.S. SURYANARAYANA World Affairs
WHY should Pakistan, which is not a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), cast a shadow over the international concerns that India ...

The Bushehr conundrum

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Russia is resisting U.S. pressure on the issue of helping Iran construct its first nuclear reactor. WHEN the Russian government ...

The E.C.'s options

IN the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of the Gujarat Assembly by Governor Sunder Singh Bhandari on the advice of Chief Minister ...

A rough ride ahead

Haunted by the long shadows of the communal pogrom, dogged by faction feuds within and confronted by a rejuvenated Congress(I) under ...

Politics and privileges

Even as the impasse over legal rights and privileges between the legislature and the judiciary in Manipur continues, the State witnesses ...

The stars and the dons

The Sanjay Dutt-Chhota Shakeel tapes strengthen the theory that the actor has maintained close links with the mafia gang charged with playing a ...

The arrest of Nedumaran

As the Jayalalithaa government jails fringe figure P. Nedumaran under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, pro-LTTE elements find themselves ...

The Vanniyar separatism

Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S. Ramadoss' demand for carving out the Vanniyar-dominated districts of Tamil Nadu into a new state is based on a ...

Mis-oriented textbooks

Of school textbooks in Karnataka that are replete with examples of communal bias and errors of fact. ON May 26, 16 Education ...

Alamatti concerns

Even as questions about the rehabilitation and resettlement of project displaced people remain unanswered, the Karnataka government initiates ...

Problematic proposals

Gen. Musharraf's proposals for the establishment of sustainable federal democracy fail to win public support, and their complicated features ...

Chronicle of mill murders not foretold

Other
I think I am the only foolish trade union leader fighting for the workers' rights and I know I am going to die an unsung hero. - Union ...

The routes of Partition

Pangs of Partition, Volume I: The Parting of Ways and Volume II: The Human Dimension, edited by S. Settar and Indira B. Gupta; Manohar ...

A hidden agenda for recolonisation

Burma: The Curse of Independence by Shelby Tucker; Penguin Books, Delhi, 2002; pages xx + 282, Rs.295. WHY do people write books? ...

Honouring Alice Thorner

Thinking Social Science in India: Essays in Honour of Alice Thorner, edited by Sujatha Patel, Jasodhara Bagchi and Krishna Raj; Sage ...

Restoration techniques

V. SRIDHAR Other
WET paper is ideal for the growth of mould. The high humidity levels and the heat provide an even more fertile ground for mould in ...

A salvaging feat

At the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad, a priceless collection of Telugu and Urdu books which was submerged following flash floods two ...

Libraries in the global village

V. SRIDHAR Other
NO library - not even the best, having the widest range of material in their areas of specialisation - can claim to have a "complete" ...