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COVER STORY

26-03-2004

Hindutva at Work

Briefing

Organised intolerance

DIONNE BUNSHA Cover Story
Two years after the post-Godhra pogrom, Gujarat continues to be a communally polarised State, thanks to the systematic work done by Hindutva ...

Saffronising the tribal heartland

Cover Story
The Sangh Parivar's strategy to establish Hindutva in the tribal belt across central India is apparently succeeding, and the political ...

Polarised State

The seeds of hatred have been sowed deeply in Maharashtra and even the non-Hindutva governments have done little to check the fundamentalist ...

The spread in the South

Cover Story
Hindutva has percolated to the nooks and corners of South India, and the routes taken have often been socio-cultural and educational rather ...

In the valley of fear

VAIJU NARAVANE Social Issues
JULIA RIOS is a petite brunette. Born in Brazil, she qualified as a microbiologist and it was in Rio de Janeiro, near her parents' home, that ...

The Spanish silence

VAIJU NARAVANE Social Issues
IN 1997, a singularly brutal murder shocked Spanish society. Ana Orantes, a 60-year-old woman who had been beaten by her husband throughout ...

WITHIN FOUR WALLS

Social Issues
Domestic violence is widespread in Europe and cuts across barriers of wealth, educational levels and social status; it is not just a bane of ...

Delay, flawed strategy

In Maharashtra, at the core of the problem of recurring drought is the decreasing expenditure on water management, mismanagement of funds, and ...

Beneath the gloss

VAIJU NARAVANE Social Issues
IT could be a sprawling suburban home on the outskirts of Paris with children's swings and a slide in the back garden. There is no sign outside ...

Terror on Muharram day

ATUL ANEJA World Affairs
The Muharram day bomb attacks in Iraq, which seem to have been carried out with the intention of sparking a Shia-Sunni war, have only deepened ...

To the market this March

The government's decision to divest public sector equity before the end of the financial year has put it at the mercy of large investors, ...

Karnataka's woes

in Bangalore THE three-year drought that Karnataka has been facing, brought on primarily by the ...

A man of distinction

H.Y. SHARADA PRASAD will be 80 on April 15, 2004. He is a national treasure - serene, self-aware, sensitive, scholarly, supremely wise, ...

Cartels at work

V. SRIDHAR The Nation
The inability of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to prevent mobile phone operators from raising prices in unison has reinforced fears ...

The flip side of privatisation

BHASKAR GHOSE Columns
Recent experiences prove that privatisation is not always the panacea for the ills of the public service system and that public institutions do ...

DROUGHT AND DESPAIR

Tamil Nadu reels under a third successive year of drought, and the rural economy is fast drying up as a sixth straight crop failure stares ...

Chennai's thirst

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN The Nation
MENTION Chennai and the first thing people want to know about is the availability of water, besides the heat of course. This summer the ...

Fees and fears

IN an order seen widely as vindicating Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Murli Manohar Joshi's decision to slash the fees charged ...

Model code and actual conduct

V. VENKATESAN The Nation
DEPUTY Prime Minister L.K. Advani appears to have made a virtue of the compulsion to observe the Model Code of Conduct during elections, by ...

Advani's yatra and others' fears

V. VENKATESAN The Nation
There is a case for the Election Commission to verify independently the genuineness of the Opposition's fears that Advani's rath yatra may ...

Hijacking a festival

in Kumbakonam THE Mahamaham in the temple town of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu took on a saffron hue this ...

Hindutva, not Hinduism

A.G. NOORANI Cover Story
Although Advani tries to increase the level of his acceptability as a national leader by defining Hindutva as a way of life, the difference ...

Non-resident nationalism

ARVIND RAJAGOPAL Cover Story
Members of Hindu nationalist organisations in the United States often subdue their political rhetoric, and concentrate on issues of cultural ...

Moral police at work

The Bajrang Dal targets an organisation dedicated to the conservation and promotion of folk art and culture in Rajasthan for using posters that ...

IN THE NAME OF NATIONALISM

K.N. PANIKKAR Cover Story
The rise of Hindutva was neither sudden nor spontaneous. It owes much to the slow transformation in social consciousness as a result of ...

Cartels at work

V. SRIDHAR The Nation
The inability of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to prevent mobile phone operators from raising prices in unison has reinforced fears ...

DROUGHT AND DESPAIR

Tamil Nadu reels under a third successive year of drought, and the rural economy is fast drying up as a sixth straight crop failure stares ...

Chennai's thirst

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN The Nation
MENTION Chennai and the first thing people want to know about is the availability of water, besides the heat of course. This summer the ...

Fees and fears

IN an order seen widely as vindicating Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Murli Manohar Joshi's decision to slash the fees charged ...

Model code and actual conduct

V. VENKATESAN The Nation
DEPUTY Prime Minister L.K. Advani appears to have made a virtue of the compulsion to observe the Model Code of Conduct during elections, by ...

Advani's yatra and others' fears

V. VENKATESAN The Nation
There is a case for the Election Commission to verify independently the genuineness of the Opposition's fears that Advani's rath yatra may ...

Warning bells

R. RAMACHANDRAN Education
The U.R. Rao Committee, which has reviewed the performance of the All India Council for Technical Education, draws attention to the ...

The AICTE accreditation

The Nation
ACCREDITATION by the AICTE is a process carried out through the autonomous statutory body called the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) ...

Now, the countdown

Polling will be held in four phases in this round of general elections, which will for the first time see electronic voting machines being used ...

'Research on to ensure graft survival'

The Nation
Interview with Dr Hiroshi Toma and Dr. Kazunari Tanabe. Dr. Hiroshi Toma, Director of the Tokyo Women's Medical University, and Dr.

Haitian tragedy and imperial farce

AIJAZ AHMAD The Nation
The latest intervention by the United States in Haiti brings to the fore a centuries-old confrontation: between the imperial savagery of the ...

Romantics and the real world

JAYATI GHOSH Columns
The word `Romantic' has some very contemporary resonances, not just in music but in attitudes to life. In its true sense, it is idealistic, ...

The BJP's second mascot

PRAFUL BIDWAI Columns
L.K. Advani's Bharat Uday Yatra is an attempt to legitimise him as Vajpayee's `natural' successor and mobilise RSS support for the BJP's ...

Church versus Church

CHARU SINGH World Affairs
A RECENT high-profile visit by a cardinal from Rome, as a papal emissary, brought to Moscow a taste of centuries-old Church battles and ...

Remembering Dien Bien Phu

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Vietnam celebrates the 50th anniversary of its victory over France in the battle of Dien Bien Phu, a victory that provided tremendous impetus ...

In God We Trust

VIJAY PRASHAD World Affairs
Evangelism and American politics. IN October 2003, the United States news media reported that the new Deputy Undersecretary of Defence ...

A surprise from Putin

CHARU SINGH in Moscow World Affairs
President Vladimir Putin effects a complete change of government on the eve of the presidential election in a move that has rekindled voter ...

A massacre in Quetta

The violence in the Baluchistan capital on Muharram day highlights the deep-rooted nature of the sectarian strife in Pakistan and points to the ...

A setback for reformists

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
More than the triumph of the conservatives, which was not unexpected, the voter turnout disappoints the Iranian reformists, who had given a ...

Consensus on dialogue

The second round of the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear programme ends in Beijing on a positive note, with the parties involved ...

Is India shining?

Other
The Cover Story ("Is India shining?" March 12) was virtually a review of the performance of the Indian economy during the post-liberalisation ...

Hindutva and history

Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History by Romila Thapar; Viking; pages 260, Rs.375. IN 1989 when Lal Krishna Advani, as the Bharatiya ...

Raj constructs of women

Woman and Empire: Representations in the Writings of British India (1858-1900) (New Perspectives in South Asian History) by Indrani Sen; Orient ...

Unipolar, bipolar and multipolar

JACQUES "CHIRAC had stopped using the expression `multipolar world'," Elaine Sciolino of The New York Times wrote from Paris, reporting that ...