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Behind the veil of oppression
It is hard to believe that barely six years ago, most professionals in Kabul, Afghanistan, were women. Under the Taliban, their oppression has been systematic and has official sanction. Now faceless, anonymous and invisible, a range of edicts has se verely restricted their mobility and access to healthcare, education and employment. Afghan women, says SUDHA RAMACHANDRAN, will tell you that they are the `living dead', targets of gender-specific abuse in the name of `honour', tradition and re ligion. More


PERSPECTIVE
Testifying from the front
The media's role is essentially to act as messengers. Yet journalists today, more than ever before, have the power to swing public opinion and thereby change the course of conflicts with their writing. Is truth the first casualty, asks SHIRAZ SID HVA. More

COLUMNS
RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
Threat of errorism
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Good news from Ireland

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
World without colours
BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
Stimulating criticism

ON SECOND THOUGHT
By Shari Caudron
Brainstorming alone
ASTRAL FRONTIERS
By Laurie Baum
Cosmic drama

PEOPLE
The last liberal
In the moral and intellectual world in which Dharma Kumar was raised, an individual's caste and religion were completely irrelevant. RAMACHANDRA GUHA remembers not only a brilliant historian but also a distinguished liberal who passed away on Octo ber 19. More
Architect of the green revolution
On the event of the first death anniversary of C. Subramaniam on November 7, it is appropriate to remember his contribution to Indian agriculture. The introduction of a scientific and industrial outlook has to a large extent shaped the growth and de velopment of agriculture over the years. More

LIFESTYLE
ART
Encounter with the Reichstag
Rm. Palaniappan's works can be spoken in terms of a preoccupation with various kinds of representational sign systems, and their combining to achieve an exact `density' of expression depending on the kind of subject ma tter he was dealing with. SHANKAR NATARAJAN looks at the artist's work, `Berlin on process', currently on display at the Apparao Galleries in Chennai. More

BOOKS
FICTION
Half a novel
In the year he has got the Nobel Prize, and nobody deserves it more, V.S. Naipaul has also produced his worst book, says DOM MORAES. More
REVIEW
The politics of conversions
Culture has always played an integral role in religious conversions in India. ALBAN COUTO reviews a book that addresses the complexity of the issues involved. More

ASTROLOGY
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What is Soola Yoga, what are its effects, and what remedies are possible?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena



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