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08-03-2013

Vol:30 Iss:04 Magazine Feb 23-Mar 8

Vol:30 Iss:04 Magazine Feb 23-Mar 8

Briefing

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A bold fatwa

Books
The book holds terrorism and suicide bombings as totally un-Islamic acts.
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Moral policing

The Lakshman rekha

General Issues
The attack on a homestay in Mangalore clearly shows that Hindutva ideologues define the moral and cultural boundaries in coastal Karnataka.
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Hype and hard facts

India
The spate of suicides by farmers in Saurashtra and continuing agrarian distress give the lie to Narendra Modi’s assertions of Gujarat being a develope
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In search of a dream

World Affairs
A debate in China about what vision should guide the country’s politics in the next decade has shed some light on how the new leader Xi Jinping plans
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Distress and death

General Issues
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Cauvery water dispute

Delta’s anguish

General Issues
Tamil Nadu announces a relief package for farmers in the Cauvery delta even as their leaders criticise the Centre for not finding a distress-sharing f
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No standards, not poor

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The rising tide of litigation in the U.S. against ratings agencies could force an end to, if not lead to an overhaul of, a system that makes scores pr
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Politics

How a mosque became a temple

Books
A timely and revealing book on the takeover of the Babri Masjid on the night of December 22-23, 1949. The authors’ political sophistication emerges fr
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Pranab’s record

Lead Story
The spotlight is now on the mercy pleas of 13 convicts.
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‘Serious dialogue need of the hour’

Lead Story
Interview with Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, CPI(M) MLA, Jammu and Kashmir.

Piecemeal approach

General Issues
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Making of a ‘hero’

Lead Story
For Kashmiris, Afzal Guru is a martyr. For them he is one “who was condemned unheard”.
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Wildlife

Living with lions

Other
While the continued growth of the lion population in the Gir Protected Area and the dispersal of lions bring cheer, issues relating to human-carnivore
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American Archipelago

World Affairs
The U.S. has roped in many countries in Africa, Asia and Europe for its programme of torture in its War on Terror. Such widespread complicity will mak

Dangers of austerity

Jayati Ghosh
The widespread acceptance of the goal of fiscal austerity is bad news for macroeconomic rebalancing that would allow recovery in the currently defici
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Space

Black holes growing faster

Science & Technology
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Colonial legacy

Lead Story
Retribution as a basis for criminal punishment is a legacy of the past. It has no place in an enlightened future.
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‘Only fringe elements wanted him hanged’

Lead Story
Interview with S.A.R. Geelani.
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Back to the brink

Lead Story
The rise of militancy and the alienation of people in Kashmir can be traced back to the hanging of JKLF leader Maqbool Butt in 1984. Although an uneas
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Of life and death

Books
The books in review dwell on state arbitrariness in criminal justice and the subject of an effective alternative to capital punishment.
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Cinema

Jingoism as history

Cinema
Argo, despite pretending to be historically accurate, is only an action film in drag in which the Iranians are, for the most part, dangerous and anti-
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Suryanelli case

A rehearing in Kerala

India
A highly sensitive political issue comes to the fore again in the State with the Supreme Court setting aside a High Court order acquitting all except
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Playing ‘hard state’

Lead Story
The Congress’ calculation is clear: it wants to appropriate the “hard on terror” image that the BJP and its prime ministerial aspirant, Narendra Modi,
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Communalism

Living in fear

General Issues
Muslims are at the receiving end of Hindu Gujjar highhandedness in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district.
Agriculture

Low-arsenic rice

Science & Technology
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Hanged by stealth

Lead Story
The secret execution of Afzal Guru, convicted in the Parliament House attack case, makes a mockery of the constitutional principles of the rule of law
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Life and art

Art
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India’s first such show, provides a much-needed platform for a vital inquiry into today’s art by bringing together artists
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Gujarat's growth

Hype and hard facts

India
The spate of suicides by farmers in Saurashtra and continuing agrarian distress give the lie to Narendra Modi’s assertions of Gujarat being a develope
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Controversy

Caste is in the air

Social Justice
Ashis Nandy offers a supreme example of how attitudes generated by one’s position in the caste system do not change.
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Mitigated sentence

World Affairs
David Headley, a key conspirator in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, gets a 35-year prison term in the U.S., a much lighter sentence than what India wa
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Momentous journey

World Affairs
The fact that an Iranian President was in Cairo after 34 acrimonious years imparts a sense of history and drama to Ahmadinejad’s visit.

Cotton crisis

Data Stories
Is King Cotton likely to lose its hold over growers in India? While the jury is out, signs from the farm and the market are not too encouraging.
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Art

Amrita’s village

Arts & Culture
Saraya, a little-known village in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district, will always be remembered for Amrita Sher-Gil’s masterpieces. A tribute on her 1
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Mirage of development

India
Social development indicators in Gujarat are poor, proving that development in the State is lopsided.