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COVER STORY

27-08-2004

BJP's Dilemma

Briefing

`My concern is the people of India'

Cover Story
Interview with Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, has been one of the most ...

`We are sure that justice will be done to us'

Cover Story
Interview with Shibu Soren. There is a kind of buoyancy about former Union Coal Minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu ...

Between the parivar and political allies

In spite of the rhetoric about Integral Humanism, development and so on, it is clear that the BJP's exposition of its ideology does not rule ...

`Tainted' battle

The Lok Sabha witnesses ugly scenes as the Opposition National Democratic Alliance obstructs parliamentary proceedings over the issue of ...

Progress and challenges

VENKATESH ATHREYA The Nation
ONE of the most remarkable features of Indian politics over the past three decades is the uninterrupted tenure in office of the Left ...

`The struggle for more freedom and justice is always an uphill task'

Other
Interview with Noam Chomsky. In most oppositional writings, any challenge to the conventional wisdom about recent developments in ...

The Sino-Indian equation

The India-China relationship: Rivalry and engagement edited by Francine R. Frankel and Harry Harding; Oxford University Press; pages 377, ...

Delhi's power woes

The private power distribution companies of the National Capital Territory of Delhi have made the supply situation pitiable, with their ...

The people's poet

Remembering Pablo Neruda, on his birth centenary, for the power of his poetry, for his struggles against fascism and oppression and for the ...

Hunger and death

Death stalks Orissa's backward Nawrangpur district, where healthcare and food security systems are virtually absent in the Adivasi-inhabited ...

An apology to Tamils

V.S. SAMBANDAN World Affairs
ON the eve of the 21st anniversary of Sri Lanka's worst anti-Tamil pogrom, President Chandrika Kumaratunga extended a state apology to the ...

Prisoners of prejudice

SIDDHARTH NARRAIN The Nation
"When I went to school, I sat separately from the other children, in the last mat. I sat alone. The other children wanted to be with me, but ...

Striking terror, again

With successful strikes against its adversaries in Colombo, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam tries to place itself in a strong position and ...

For a policy against discrimination

The Nation
Interview with Zama Coursen-Neff. Zama Coursen-Neff, a researcher with the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, is the author of the ...

A neglected lot

in Bhubaneswar THE malnutrition-related deaths in Dongiriguda in Nawrangpur district of Orissa have ...

With a political instinct

Literature
PABLO NERUDA became a trade union activist after joining the Communist Party of Chile in 1945, and is known as much for his political ...

Quota for Muslims

The Andhra Pradesh government's decision to introduce 5 per cent reservation for Muslims in educational institutions and government jobs ...

The hawks strike back

The readmission of Syed Ali Shah Geelani into the Jamaat-e-Islami signifies the ascendancy of the hawks in the organisation and the fragility ...

An image problem

Opposition parties in Orissa force Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to remove a Minister with an arrest warrant pending against her. But with ...

Growing concerns

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Social Issues
The special population stabilisation programme envisaged in the Common Minimum Programme of the United Progressive Alliance government raises ...

The Jharkhand boomerang

The BJP's plans to corner Shibu Soren by campaigning against his alleged involvement in a 30-year-old case seem to have backfired, with support ...

A PARTY'S PREDICAMENT

The Bharatiya Janata Party's confused attempts to recapture the political space it lost with the electoral debacle are weakened further by its ...

Progress and challenges

VENKATESH ATHREYA The Nation
ONE of the most remarkable features of Indian politics over the past three decades is the uninterrupted tenure in office of the Left ...

Prisoners of prejudice

SIDDHARTH NARRAIN The Nation
"When I went to school, I sat separately from the other children, in the last mat. I sat alone. The other children wanted to be with me, but ...

For a policy against discrimination

The Nation
Interview with Zama Coursen-Neff. Zama Coursen-Neff, a researcher with the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, is the author of the ...

Quota for Muslims

The Andhra Pradesh government's decision to introduce 5 per cent reservation for Muslims in educational institutions and government jobs ...

Kumbakonam tragedy

World Affairs
The Cover Story ("Tragedy at school", August 13) gave us a graphic picture of the cruel commissions and omissions that led to the tragedy at a ...

Hunger and death

Death stalks Orissa's backward Nawrangpur district, where healthcare and food security systems are virtually absent in the Adivasi-inhabited ...

A neglected lot

in Bhubaneswar THE malnutrition-related deaths in Dongiriguda in Nawrangpur district of Orissa have ...

The hawks strike back

The readmission of Syed Ali Shah Geelani into the Jamaat-e-Islami signifies the ascendancy of the hawks in the organisation and the fragility ...

An image problem

Opposition parties in Orissa force Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to remove a Minister with an arrest warrant pending against her. But with ...

Admission muddle

The future of thousands of students hangs in the balance as the Karnataka government's new law regulating admissions to private professional ...

Hard way to learn

Unauthorised, ill-equipped private schools and the very poor infrastructure of many government schools together present a miserable picture of ...

Manipur's protest

The alleged rape and killing of a woman in Manipur by Assam Rifles personnel sparks protests against the security forces and the demand for the ...

A man and a movement

The story of P. Krishna Pillai, who died young, but not before sowing seeds of a revolutionary movement in Kerala. in Thiruvananthapuram ...

Discord over an accord

The prospects of a compromise between the People's War and the Andhra Pradesh government seem bleak as the naxalite group refuses to disarm ...

Celebrating 150 years

ON August 16, 2003, Eastern Railway started a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary. The event began with the launch of a heritage ...

On the growth track

The Eastern Railway, 150 years old now, continues to create history. THE railways first came to eastern India in 1854 with the objective ...

`It was a momentous occasion'

Advertorial
Interview with Shyam Kumar, General Manager, Eastern Railway. Shyam Kumar took over as General Manager, Eastern Railway, in December ...

Painter of modern biology

R. RAMACHANDRAN Obituary
THE understatement in the opening and the concluding sentences of that 1,000-word communication entitled "Molecular Structure of Nucleic ...

A passionate revolutionary

MARCUS DAM Other
SOME time ago at Dakshineshwar, near Kolkata, recalls West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, some "poor" people who were gathering ...

Between death and freedom

The fate of seven truck drivers, including three Indians, of a Kuwaiti company remains uncertain with the twists and turns in the negotiations ...

The advent of Arjun

Other
AS the five formidable-looking Arjun battle tanks thundered into life and rolled out on the vast campus of the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) at ...