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COVER STORY

09-01-2015

Hounds of hell

Taliban's terror attack in Peshawar

Briefing

Feeding terror

Roots of terror

JOHN CHERIAN Cover Story
The terrorist violence in Pakistan can be traced to the tight U.S. security embrace of the Cold War days, which gave birth to several “mujahideen” groups that have turned into Frankenstein’s monsters post-9/11.
Cover Story

Massacre of the innocents

John Cherian Cover Story
The Peshawar school carnage apparently forces a change in the Pakistani establishment’s approach to Islamist militancy. But the Pakistani Taliban threatens to carry out such attacks until its demands are conceded.
Perspective

Peshawar: The inside story

Cover Story
All religions are vulnerable to gross misrepresentation, mythification and mayhem. Perhaps Pakistan over the next two decades or so can demonstrate that religion, as one element of identity, can also catalyse profound transformation inside the human mind.
Health

Conquering fear

Science & Technology
The research findings of Sumantra Chattarji and Supriya Ghosh may lead to a potential therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The list of castes given in the order for Tamil Nadu (Part XVI)

Social Issues
1. Adi Andhra 2. Adi Dravida 3. Adi Karnataka 4. Ajila 5. Arunthathiyar 6. Ayyanavar (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli ...
Indian Prisons

State of Indian prisons

Data Card
Judicial delays are among the main reasons for the overcrowding in Indian prisons, where undertrials constitute more than 60 per cent of the prisoners.
Maldives

State of crisis

R. K. Radhakrishnan World Affairs
The government, the People’s Majlis and the judiciary are together trying to undermine Maldives’ Constitution of 2008. Their latest undemocratic act is the removal of two judges of the Supreme Court.
History

Destroying shrines

The Nation
Religious faith has never been the sole reason for the destruction of places of worship; greed and a desire to assert power are also at play. The Babri Masjid’s demolition was motivated more by the desire for political supremacy than by religious animosity.
India & Russia

Like days of yore

John Cherian The Nation
The 2014 India-Russia summit in New Delhi yields a raft of substantive agreements between the two countries.
Essay

Persecution of Chinese Indians

A. G. NOORANI The Nation
The least the Indian state can do is offer an apology for sending about 3,000 people of Chinese descent to a detention camp in the Rajasthan desert after India’s war with China in 1962 and take effective ameliorative measures to improve the lot of the Chinese Indians in the country.
Literature

The mortals of Devdas

Arts & Culture
An actual relationship in the writer’s youth may have produced the protagonists of Devdas, but they are, in the end, a metaphor for the human self stumbling through life.

Storytelling and social science

Arts & Culture
Interview with Shiv Vishwanathan, social scientist.

Playtime

Arts & Culture
THE Shivarama Karanth Rangamandira was packed and overflowing for the plays in the evening. Of the four plays that were performed during the week, two ...
Events

Culture and identity

Scholars and writers engage in a discussion on the Indian way of thinking at the culture course at Ninasam in Heggodu, Karnataka.

Construction of tradition

Arts & Culture
KRISHNAMURTHY HANUR, a folklore scholar from Mysore, was A.K. Ramanujan’s friend and fellow traveller during all his research expeditions in the ...

Engaging with culture

Arts & Culture
Interview with K.V. Akshara, theatre director, playwright, translator and essayist, who heads Ninasam.
Perspective

Peshawar: The inside story

Cover Story
All religions are vulnerable to gross misrepresentation, mythification and mayhem. Perhaps Pakistan over the next two decades or so can demonstrate that religion, as one element of identity, can also catalyse profound transformation inside the human mind.
Ambedkar's critique

Return to which home?

The Nation
B.R. Ambedkar’s critique of Hinduism before he embraced Buddhism remains valid even today.
Interview: Dr Abraham Mar Poulos

‘The government’s intention is suspicious’

SAGNIK DUTTA The Nation
Interview with Dr Abraham Mar Paulos, Diocesan Bishop of Delhi for the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar.
Meenakshipuram conversion

The shocker

The Nation
The Meenakshipuram conversions three decades ago came as a spontaneous response to upper-caste oppression in Tamil Nadu.
Cultural hegemony

Conversion to Hindu Raj

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
The ghar wapsi campaign, which follows from the purification theories propounded by Golwalkar and Savarkar, implies a clear rejection of Muslims and Christians as equal citizens unless they become Hindus.
Legacy of colonialism

Foreign swadeshi

Goldie Osuri The Nation
The ghar wapsi campaign illustrates how the Sangh Parivar continues a legacy of colonialism in calling for a demographically “Hindutva” nation. In reality, the theocratic notion of India as Hindutva is a very recent pardesi, or foreign, intervention.
History

Destroying shrines

The Nation
Religious faith has never been the sole reason for the destruction of places of worship; greed and a desire to assert power are also at play. The Babri Masjid’s demolition was motivated more by the desire for political supremacy than by religious animosity.
India & Russia

Like days of yore

John Cherian The Nation
The 2014 India-Russia summit in New Delhi yields a raft of substantive agreements between the two countries.
Essay

Persecution of Chinese Indians

A. G. NOORANI The Nation
The least the Indian state can do is offer an apology for sending about 3,000 people of Chinese descent to a detention camp in the Rajasthan desert after India’s war with China in 1962 and take effective ameliorative measures to improve the lot of the Chinese Indians in the country.
Ambedkar's critique

Return to which home?

The Nation
B.R. Ambedkar’s critique of Hinduism before he embraced Buddhism remains valid even today.
Interview: Dr Abraham Mar Poulos

‘The government’s intention is suspicious’

SAGNIK DUTTA The Nation
Interview with Dr Abraham Mar Paulos, Diocesan Bishop of Delhi for the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar.
Interview: Asaduddin Owaisi

‘Hindutva elements feel emboldened by power’

SAGNIK DUTTA The Nation
Interview with Asaduddin Owaisi, MP and leader of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen.

Construction of tradition

Arts & Culture
KRISHNAMURTHY HANUR, a folklore scholar from Mysore, was A.K. Ramanujan’s friend and fellow traveller during all his research expeditions in the ...

Engaging with culture

Arts & Culture
Interview with K.V. Akshara, theatre director, playwright, translator and essayist, who heads Ninasam.