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04-10-2013

Superstition

Superstition cover

Briefing

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Brinda Karat, CPI(M) leader.

‘Fewer rational thinkers today’

Lead Story
Interview with Brinda Karat, CPI(M) leader.
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Politicians & godmen

Political patrons

Lead Story
The Asaram controversy has caused acute embarrassment to both the Congress and the BJP as leaders of both the parties have been close to the godman.
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Unmediated

The ehsaas and the haqeeqat

Sashi Kumar
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Killing the messenger

Books
On the fate of envoys who speak the truth at the risk of blighting their future.
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Media role

Suspension of disbelief

Lead Story
New facets of irrationalism, in particular a culture of anti-science, are taking root in society, aided by the media and a faulty educational system.
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Ordinance against black magic

Legal challenge

Lead Story
The Maharashtra ordinance against black magic has the potential to curb the evil practice even as it draws attention to the absence of similar legisla
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Muzaffarnagar

The riot route

India
The riots in Muzaffarnagar following the killing of two Jats and a Muslim sharpen the communal polarisation in western Uttar Pradesh.
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Interview: G. Vijayam

‘Promote scientific temper’

Lead Story
Interview with G. Vijayam of Atheist Centre, Vijayawada.
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Southern scene

Thriving business

Lead Story
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Interview: Narendra Nayak.

‘Religion is a stumbling block to progress’

Lead Story
Interview with the rationalist Narendra Nayak.
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Legislation

Veneer of fairness

India
The government pushes through the Land Acquisition Bill, but critics say it will take away more than what it purports to give.
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Syria

Drums of war

World Affairs
Barack Obama and his Secretary of State are trying to drum up support from allies and a reluctant American public for a war against Syria.
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Interview: Jairam Ramesh

‘This is not the best, but it is progressive’

India
Interview with Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Rural Development.

A pat on the back

World Affairs
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Interview

For a dispossessed population

World Affairs
Interview with Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
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Cover Story

In the name of faith

Lead Story
Asaram Bapu’s alleged sexual assault on a young girl offers an opportunity to throw light on India’s superstition industry and lift the veil on the st
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The Maldives

For a few votes more

World Affairs
Mohamed Nasheed leads in the first round in the presidential election but will find it tough to reach the halfway mark in the run-off, given his reluc

A second Sai

Lead Story
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Greatness on a hill

Books
Fatehpur Sikri, “where Akbar’s spirit still pervades the air”.
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A habitat in danger

Books
A guide to wildlife conservation in north-eastern India in the midst of insurgency, increasing immigration, and encroachment.
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The United States

Nosy neighbour

World Affairs
Angry reactions from Brazil and Mexico to revelations that personal communications of their Presidents were intercepted by U.S. intelligence put the
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G20 Summit

The Russian grandmaster

World Affairs
Vladimir Putin ensured that the G20 summit delivered a stinging blow to the U.S. President who pushed for a “punitive” strike against Syria and left h
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Corporate overview

Books
The book is a compendium of laws for corporates and businesses but does not engage with some of the critical debates of the times.
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Fiji

Hope and home

World Affairs
Fiji’s fourth Constitution offers the country a road map to lasting democracy and raises hopes of erasing the racial divisions that have marred the mu
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Fr. Nigel Barrett, Archdiocese of Bombay.

‘We can’t claim this to be a miracle’

Lead Story
Interview with Fr. Nigel Barrett, spokesperson, Archdiocese of Bombay.
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Interview: Sanal Edamaruku

‘Reason for optimism’

Lead Story
Interview with Sanal Edamaruku, president of the IRA.
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Asaram Bapu

Asaram’s empire

Lead Story
That the godman Asaram Bapu did not practise what he preached was evident from the many cases of assault and land grab against him.
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The Armed Forces

A soldier’s worth

India
The government continues to deny both serving and retired soldiers their rightful pay and perks and has quietly buried a Fifth Pay Commission study wh