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COVER STORY

22-02-2013

Vol:30 Iss:03 Magazine Feb 09-22

Vol:30 Iss:03 Magazine Feb 09-22

Briefing

Trouble spot

Cover Story
FOR the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Karnataka, which was to have been its political springboard to conquer the south, has turned out to be a script ...

Two parties, one vision

C.P. Chandrasekhar Cover Story
The difference between the Congress and the BJP is getting blurred on the matter of economic policy. Will Rahul Gandhi give the Congress a new distinction?

Rhetoric and reality

Can Rahul Gandhi transform the Congress by making it an open system that encourages initiative and talent? His track record as Youth Congress general secretary is no cause for such optimism.

Leader by chance

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
The BJP needs a big makeover to present an effective challenge to the Congress. Is Rajnath Singh, the new party president, equal to the task?

Record-setting p-type transistor

Science & Technology
Almost all electronic chips use two types of transistors: p-type, which have positive charge carriers, and n-type, which have negative charge ...

Literary Festival: Lit for Life is back

The Nation
THE HINDU Lit for Life is back, this time in February 2013. It began on a small note in 2010 as a curtain-raiser to the 20th anniversary of The ...

Data storage in DNA

Science & Technology
RESEARCHERS at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), United Kingdom, have created a way to store ...

An ozone destroyer

Science & Technology
Researchers have detected the presence of a pollutant-destroying compound, iodine monoxide (IO), in surprisingly high levels high above the tropical ...

Pioneering reformer

A concise, informative and lucid account of Rammohun Roy’s life and times.

Trouble spot

Cover Story
FOR the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Karnataka, which was to have been its political springboard to conquer the south, has turned out to be a script ...

Two parties, one vision

C.P. Chandrasekhar Cover Story
The difference between the Congress and the BJP is getting blurred on the matter of economic policy. Will Rahul Gandhi give the Congress a new distinction?

In focus, the human being

Arts & Culture
THE camera has taken Pablo Bartholomew places—from the fringes of society to colossal tragedies such as the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, and to accolades ...
Photography

A city held by time

Pablo Bartholomew’s photographs in the recent exhibition in New Delhi, The Calcutta Diaries, create an imagination of a city living its history and its present simultaneously.

How not to urbanise

Jayati Ghosh Jayati Ghosh
The model of urban development that has been adopted recently in China takes little from the preserving and conserving approaches found in Europe that provide aesthetic value, pleasant public spaces for residents and varying and mixed use of urban locations.

Fighting the stereotype

K. Satchidanandan K.Satchidanandan
About novels that deal directly or obliquely with Muslim life and ultimately about life in general but yet have something specific about them that connects them to a great literary tradition.

A milestone in a campaign

Social Issues
THE report of the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law has been welcomed by nine leading women’s organisations in the country. Over the last 15 ...
Archaeology

Unearthing a culture

Recent excavations at the Moghalmari site in West Bengal’s Pashchim Medinipur district have yielded extensive evidence of an ancient Buddhist culture.

In harmony with the past

Heritage
PERCHED on a mound just above the point where the latest excavation project lies, overlooking the central part of Moghalmari village, stands the ...

Rhetoric and reality

Can Rahul Gandhi transform the Congress by making it an open system that encourages initiative and talent? His track record as Youth Congress general secretary is no cause for such optimism.

Parivar’s predicament

Politics
Internal divisions have produced a chaotic leadership situation for the Congress’ main rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party, ahead of the 2014 elections. In addition, there is no clarity in the party on what its core electoral issues should be.

Political window-dressing

Bereft of a comprehensive political vision that can capture the popular imagination, the two mainstream national parties resort to cosmetic image reconstruction with leadership changes ahead of an election year.

Things fall apart

Zoya Hasan Cover Story
The UPA-II’s perceived lack of direction and a clear policy framework has meant that the centre does not hold. The absence of cohesion in the Congress on key policy issues aggravates the problem.
Oil sector

Austerity’s pain

SAGNIK DUTTA General Issues
The introduction of a dual pricing mechanism for diesel will compel bulk consumers to buy the fuel at market prices, and the overall impact of this on inflation cannot be underestimated. Reducing fiscal deficit cannot be an end in itself.

In harmony with the past

Heritage
PERCHED on a mound just above the point where the latest excavation project lies, overlooking the central part of Moghalmari village, stands the ...
Cinema

Distorted vision

The farcical Hindi comedy Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is a terrible attempt to Indianise Bertolt Brecht.

Ethics matter

Vikram Kapur Literature
It was his unwavering devotion to his craft that won Yeats a place in literary immortality. As a man, however, his legacy is far less unequivocal.

'Significant for its stucco decorations'

Heritage
"The findings in the latest phase of the excavations in Moghalmari are particularly significant because here, for the first time, we find a large ...
Israel

Jewish spring?

Disenchanted with Netanyahu’s neoliberal economic policies, an assertive Israeli middle class votes for change, giving the centrist Yesh Atid party a greater say in shaping the national agenda.
Space

Launching a change?

Science & Technology
A recent law passed in the U.S. that will ease the export controls on commercial satellites has the potential to make it simpler for ISRO to exploit the international market for launch services.

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