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COVER STORY

08-03-2013

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

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

Briefing

Pranab’s record

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The spotlight is now on the mercy pleas of 13 convicts.

‘Serious dialogue need of the hour’

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
Interview with Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, CPI(M) MLA, Jammu and Kashmir.

Unanswered questions

Cover Story

Making of a ‘hero’

SHUJAAT BUKHARI Cover Story
For Kashmiris, Afzal Guru is a martyr. For them he is one “who was condemned unheard”.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale

K. SATCHIDANANDAN Arts & Culture
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, curators, critics and the general public in a new form of sociality and productive interrelationship.
Mars Rover

Curiosity drills rock for sample

Science & Technology
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill to bore into a flat, veiny rock on ...
Biochemistry

Unfolding of protein ‘filmed’

Science & Technology
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s chorea are all diseases caused by misfolded proteins that form insoluble clumps in the brains of affected ...

A bold fatwa

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

The Lakshman rekha

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

Hype and hard facts

The spate of suicides by farmers in Saurashtra and continuing agrarian distress give the lie to Narendra Modi’s assertions of Gujarat being a developed State. Text & photographs

In search of a dream

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 to govern.

Distress and death

General Issues
A VISIBLY shattered Devi could not control her tears when she started narrating the circumstances that pushed her husband, T. Rajanagam, to end his ...
Cauvery water dispute

Delta’s anguish

S. DORAIRAJ 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 formula to end the water dispute with Karnataka.

No standards, not poor

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR 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 provided by a paid examiner the basis for financial regulation.
Politics

How a mosque became a temple

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 from the pointed questions they raise about a divide in our polity.

Pranab’s record

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The spotlight is now on the mercy pleas of 13 convicts.

‘Serious dialogue need of the hour’

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
Interview with Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, CPI(M) MLA, Jammu and Kashmir.

Unanswered questions

Cover Story

Acid horror

The Nation
THE face of J. Vinothini, a 23-year-old software engineer who died in Chennai on February 12 following an acid attack on her three months earlier, ...

Piecemeal approach

General Issues
THE commitment of the United Progressive Alliance government to women’s issues has come under scrutiny notwithstanding the lofty announcements at the ...

Back to the brink

SHUJAAT BUKHARI Cover 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 uneasy peace prevailed in the valley in the past two years, the hanging of Afzal Guru has reopened old wounds.

‘Only fringe elements wanted him hanged’

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
Interview with S.A.R. Geelani.

Colonial legacy

G. MOHAN GOPAL Cover Story
Retribution as a basis for criminal punishment is a legacy of the past. It has no place in an enlightened future.

Playing ‘hard state’

SEEMA MUSTAFA Cover 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, swear by.

Hanged by stealth

V. VENKATESAN Cover 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 and due process.

Acid horror

The Nation
THE face of J. Vinothini, a 23-year-old software engineer who died in Chennai on February 12 following an acid attack on her three months earlier, ...

Violence and then biases

The Nation
EVER since the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, came into force, the Lawyers’ Collective has been bringing out regular evaluation ...

Orphaned infants

The Nation
SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD Hadhabhai Ahir can barely walk. He slowly shuffles into his home in Viramdad village in Jamnagar district and brings out a huge sheaf ...

Official indifference

The Nation
WHEN the residents of Kichdad village in Jamnagar district's Jamkhampalia taluk found Anirudhsinh Togaji Jadeja’s body, they also found a battered ...
Suryanelli case

A rehearing in Kerala

R. KRISHNAKUMAR The Nation
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 one of the 35 accused in the Suryanelli sex racket case.
Communalism

Living in fear

Muslims are at the receiving end of Hindu Gujjar highhandedness in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district.
Gujarat's growth

Hype and hard facts

The spate of suicides by farmers in Saurashtra and continuing agrarian distress give the lie to Narendra Modi’s assertions of Gujarat being a developed State. Text & photographs
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.

Tamil Nadu: Swayamvaram for a cause

The Nation
THE Chennai-based Leucoderma Awareness Movement (LAM)-India has been engaged in a relentless battle to drive away the despair and inferiority complex ...

Mirage of development

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
Social development indicators in Gujarat are poor, proving that development in the State is lopsided.
Communalism

Living in fear

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

Living in fear

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

Amrita’s village

J.N. SINHA 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 100th birth anniversary.

Mitigated sentence

JOHN CHERIAN 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 wanted.

Momentous journey

ATUL ANEJA 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.

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