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COVER STORY

04-10-2013

Superstition

Superstition cover

Briefing

Brinda Karat, CPI(M) leader.

‘Fewer rational thinkers today’

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
Interview with Brinda Karat, CPI(M) leader.
Politicians & godmen

Political patrons

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover 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.

A second Sai

Cover Story
MODELLING himself on Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, Balasai Baba has been attracting huge crowds of followers, including overseas disciples. Hailing ...

Dabholkar’s legacy

Cover Story
For Sugat Dabholkar, the murder of his grand-uncle, the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was a rude shock. He had kindled his passion to pursue science ...
Brinda Karat, CPI(M) leader.

‘Fewer rational thinkers today’

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
Interview with Brinda Karat, CPI(M) leader.
Politicians & godmen

Political patrons

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover 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.
Unmediated

The ehsaas and the haqeeqat

Sashi Kumar
WAS it necessary to hold the musical event “Ehsaas-e-Kashmir” at the Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar with the Bavarian State Orchestra conducted by the ...

Killing the messenger

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

LARR Bill: salient features

The Nation
The Bill provides for land acquisition as well as rehabilitation and resettlement. The process of acquisition involves a Social Impact ...
G20 Summit

The Russian grandmaster

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 him with little room for manoeuvre.
The United States

Nosy neighbour

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Angry reactions from Brazil and Mexico to revelations that personal communications of their Presidents were intercepted by U.S. intelligence put the Obama administration on the back foot.

A second Sai

Cover Story
MODELLING himself on Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, Balasai Baba has been attracting huge crowds of followers, including overseas disciples. Hailing ...
Fiji

Hope and home

SATENDRA NANDAN 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 multicultural country’s 43-year post-independence history which has seen four coups.

Dabholkar’s legacy

Cover Story
For Sugat Dabholkar, the murder of his grand-uncle, the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was a rude shock. He had kindled his passion to pursue science ...

A pat on the back

World Affairs
THE venue of the first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit held in Male, the Maldivian capital, in 1990 was almost empty ...
Interview

For a dispossessed population

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

For a few votes more

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 reluctance to form an alliance.
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.
Cover Story

In the name of faith

MEERA NANDA Cover 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 state-temple-corporate complex.
Cover Story

In the name of faith

MEERA NANDA Cover 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 state-temple-corporate complex.
Media role

Suspension of disbelief

R. Ramachandran Cover 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.
Southern scene

Thriving business

Cover Story
Kerala Going backward R. Krishnakumar in Thiruvananthapuram IT has only been a few years since the Kerala Police arrested “Swami Amrita ...
Interview: Narendra Nayak.

‘Religion is a stumbling block to progress’

RAVI SHARMA Cover Story
Interview with the rationalist Narendra Nayak.
Interview: G. Vijayam

‘Promote scientific temper’

RAMESH SUSARLA Cover Story
Interview with G. Vijayam of Atheist Centre, Vijayawada.
Ordinance against black magic

Legal challenge

The Maharashtra ordinance against black magic has the potential to curb the evil practice even as it draws attention to the absence of similar legislation in other States.
Asaram Bapu

Asaram’s empire

Cover 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.
Interview: Sanal Edamaruku

‘Reason for optimism’

Cover Story
Interview with Sanal Edamaruku, president of the IRA.
Fr. Nigel Barrett, Archdiocese of Bombay.

‘We can’t claim this to be a miracle’

Cover Story
Interview with Fr. Nigel Barrett, spokesperson, Archdiocese of Bombay.
The Armed Forces

A soldier’s worth

The government continues to deny both serving and retired soldiers their rightful pay and perks and has quietly buried a Fifth Pay Commission study which found that they had a much lower life expectancy than their civilian counterparts.
G20 Summit

The Russian grandmaster

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 him with little room for manoeuvre.
The United States

Nosy neighbour

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Angry reactions from Brazil and Mexico to revelations that personal communications of their Presidents were intercepted by U.S. intelligence put the Obama administration on the back foot.
Fiji

Hope and home

SATENDRA NANDAN 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 multicultural country’s 43-year post-independence history which has seen four coups.

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