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COVER STORY

21-05-2004

Battle for Bihar

Briefing

Oppressed and marginalised

in Rohtak and Jhajjar THE lack of a movement of Dalits is one aspect that distinguishes Haryana from some of its neighbouring States. The ...

Communities without leadership

DALITS in Maharashtra are in a bind. Despite their numerical strength and political consciousness, the absence of a constructive leadership has ...

Silenced into submission

DIONNE BUNSHA Cover Story
THE sun is setting on Gomtipur, an industrial area of Ahmedabad. Walking down the lanes, one comes across groups of men passing time with idle ...

Fragmented vote

in Bangalore THE notion of a "Dalit vote" or a "Muslim vote" - and in Karnataka, even the "Lingayat vote" - informs much journalistic ...

An elixir of logic

The Retreat to Unfreedom: Essays on the Emerging World Order by Prabhat Patnaik; Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2003; pages XIV + 302, Rs.525.

Polls, pollsters and politics

Eating words has never given me indigestion. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) THE Prime Minister and his colleagues are going round ...

Blair's volte-face

MICHAEL HINDLEY World Affairs
The credibility crisis that the British Prime Minister faces on the question of European Constitution is likely to be a short-term price he is ...

Wedded words

IS there any kind of gall other than unmitigated gall? Have you ever met a hussy who wasn't brazen? Have you ever applied blithering to any ...

The North Korean train blast

Even as the cause of the tragedy remains unclear, the rest of the world rushes aid to the affected country despite political differences.

The disinvestment debate

Disinvestment in India Policies, Procedures, Practices by Sudhir Naib; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2004; pages 478, Rs.700. AFTER a ...

Vanunu's freedom

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Mordechai Vanunu, the whistle-blower who made public Israel's clandestine nuclear programme, is freed after 18 years in prison. THE ...

Sedna swirls in

The discovery of Sedna, the coldest and the most distant object known to orbit the sun, sparks off a debate on whether it is a planet or a ...

Bt cotton, again

ASHA KRISHNAKUMAR Science & Technology
The Genetic Engineering Approval Committee approves a fourth Bt cotton variety for commercial cultivation even as crops raised earlier using ...

Murder as state policy

NANDAGOPAL R. MENON World Affairs
The right-wing Likud regime of Ariel Sharon has intensified and openly justified the policy of "targeted killings" in blatant violation of all ...

`India needs a biotechnology policy'

Science & Technology
Interview with Dr. Suman Sahai. The prestigious Borlaug Award this year went to Dr. Suman Sahai of the Delhi-based think tank Gene ...

As refugees forever

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
President George Bush's stance that the new realities on the ground in West Asia make a return to the situation as it existed before 1967 ...

Losing resistance

ASHA KRISHNAKUMAR Science & Technology
THE Bt cotton varieties, which have the transgene Bacillus thuringiensis, are claimed to be resistant to the deadly American bollworm. But a ...

Now, at the receiving end

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
As the Shias and Sunnis of Iraq apparently unite in resisting the occupation, the tide is turning against the U.S. and U.K. forces which are ...

IMF and manufacture of consent

The economic realities are so complex that the orderly adjustment that the IMF seeks to construct in its latest World Economic Outlook could ...

The resistance and its impact

WALDEN BELLO World Affairs
While the rise of the Iraqi resistance has not yet altered the correlation of forces within Iraq, it has contributed mightily to transforming ...

A bastion of secularism

SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY in Murshidabad ROBERT CLIVE, the founder of the British empire in India, recorded in his diary: "Murshidabad ...

Advantage SDF

in Gangtok THE Himalayan State of Sikkim will go to the polls on May 10 to elect a new government and a Member of Parliament. The main ...

A minority power crisis

In Kerala, political parties claiming to represent minority interests face the challenge of retaining their base even as the growth of the BJP ...

A new social alliance

in Patna ON April 27, a day after the second phase of polling was concluded in Bihar, Railway Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader ...

A sudden change of preference

"ALL parties contesting the elections are exploitative. Casting votes does not change lives." So claims a Naxalite pamphlet in Jagdalpur, in ...

Mixed feelings about the BSP

in Rewa DEEP blue posters of Mayawati and Kanshi Ram smiling among a row of leaders including B.R. Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule and Birsa ...

Defying vote-bank stereotypes

in Jaipur THE most significant "other" in Rajasthan, as elsewhere in the country, has become a focus of attention in the context of the ...

Social boycotts, segregation

NAUNIDHI KAUR in Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur IT is not uncommon to come across people of the lower castes living in well-furnished houses or ...

Strategic voting

Notwithstanding the election-eve tactics of the BJP and a handful of "community" organisations, Muslims in the State will yet again vote ...

Isolated in Tamil Nadu

S. VISWANATHAN Cover Story
Shunned by the two major political alliances, the Dalit parties form a third front in Tamil Nadu. A NOTABLE feature of Elections 2004 in ...

Amethi decides

in Amethi WILL Rahul Gandhi's margin of victory surpass that of his mother? That is the only point of discussion in Amethi now. The ...

Signs of a revival

The Congress(I) is likely to come up with a better performance in Uttar Pradesh, thanks to a decisive shift in the Muslim community's electoral ...

Hoping against hope

R. KRISHNAKUMAR Cover Story
THE most interesting aspect of the 2004 elections in Kerala, where the BJP is yet to gain a foothold, is that in all the 20 constituencies in ...

Seeking alternatives

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover Story
Muslims and Dalits, who together form a large chunk of India's population, are targets of atrocities, live in subhuman conditions, suffer ...

Victims as voters in Tamil Nadu

THE election campaign in Tamil Nadu, which in its initial stages was highly personalised and led the rivals to rush to the Election Commission ...

THE BATTLE FOR U.P.

The Bharatiya Janata Party could meet with an electoral disaster in the country's most populous State as Muslims resort to `strategic voting', ...

An unprecedented act

The en masse leave by 25 Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has raised important ethical and constitutional issues. in ...

Voices against communalism

in Bangalore SOME of Karnataka's most celebrated writers have decided to come together for an explicitly political purpose. The growing ...

The largest democracy at work

The Nation
As voting begins in phases for the 14th Lok Sabha, images, collected from across the country, of the democratic process.

The killing of Rajiv Gandhi

R.K. RAGHAVAN Columns
Criminal investigation at its best. IT is difficult to write with precision and poise on a traumatic incident that took place more than a ...

The North Korean train blast

Even as the cause of the tragedy remains unclear, the rest of the world rushes aid to the affected country despite political differences.

Vanunu's freedom

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Mordechai Vanunu, the whistle-blower who made public Israel's clandestine nuclear programme, is freed after 18 years in prison. THE ...

Murder as state policy

NANDAGOPAL R. MENON World Affairs
The right-wing Likud regime of Ariel Sharon has intensified and openly justified the policy of "targeted killings" in blatant violation of all ...

As refugees forever

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
President George Bush's stance that the new realities on the ground in West Asia make a return to the situation as it existed before 1967 ...

Now, at the receiving end

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
As the Shias and Sunnis of Iraq apparently unite in resisting the occupation, the tide is turning against the U.S. and U.K. forces which are ...

The resistance and its impact

WALDEN BELLO World Affairs
While the rise of the Iraqi resistance has not yet altered the correlation of forces within Iraq, it has contributed mightily to transforming ...

Privatising a war

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Mercenaries from around the world, especially those supplied by private security firms based in the United States and United Kingdom, are ...

`We must give the Tamils of North and East a future'

World Affairs
Interview with Lakshman Kadirgamar. As Sri Lanka starts another attempt at reviving the peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil ...

A parliamentary battle

The defeat of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance in the election to the post of Parliament Speaker is an indication of the political ...

Faith, fact and fiction

The controversial Mel Gibson film on Christ's last hours opens in India, even as a best-selling novel challenges orthodox Christianity's ...

Brewing trouble

Residents of villages around a distillery near Mysore allege that effluents discharged by the unit have contaminated groundwater and rendered ...

Viable alternatives

V. SRIDHAR Other
CHENNAI'S four main water storage reservoirs - Poondi, Red Hills, Chembarambakkam and Cholavaram - have a combined storage capacity of a little ...

A pipe dream?

The Veeranam project, conceived to deliver water to the parched metropolis of Chennai, nears completion, but questions about its viability and ...

Water and votes

The reasons given by the Gujarat government for the urgent need to raise the Sardar Sarovar dam's height form a facade; the fact is that the ...

Voter's dilemma

Other
The Cover Story ("Voter's dilemma", May 7) was analytical and informative. No political party is genuinely interested in fighting the elections ...

Enron's ownership

Other
IN early April, General Electric Corp (GE) and Bechtel Corporation won approval from a United States bankruptcy court to buy 66 per cent of ...

Naga ceasefire

Other
THE Centre's decision to extend the ceasefire with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Khaplang) by another year with effect from April ...