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ISSUES
Eleven steps to excellence
While pointers to measure good governance such as accountability, freedom from corruption, efficiency and transparency are universal, there is a need to develop indicators to rank States in terms of the well-being of their people. Proposing 11 grou ps of such markers to address the issue, noted agricultural scientist M.S. SWAMINATHAN says that measurement and ranking will have a positive impact on priorities in public policies and investment. More
HISTORY
Survival attempts
Very few Jews survived to tell the tale of their horrific experiences at concentration camps across Germany. P. SUBRAMANYAM meets one such survivor on his tour across Poland. More
COMMENT
Counter-revolution in soaps
Prime-time soap operas have undone the efforts of the feminist movement. NEERA CHANDHOKE writes about the enthusiastic audience reception of serials that present women as happily domesticated, though research has shown the traditionally patriarcha l household as a structure of power where women are denied even their basic rights. More
PERSPECTIVE
A people still hurt
The demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, and the communal riots in Mumbai that followed — the worst in its history — shook the faith of Muslims in the secular fabric of the country. In the light of the ninth anniversary o f the events in Ayodhya, poet and columnist DOM MORAES spoke to eminent Islamic scholar Rafiq Zakaria and a cross-section of the community. More

COLUMNS
BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
Shooting an elephant
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Powerless, veil or otherwise

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Teaching teachers to teach
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Pep talk in Parliament

RURAL DIARY
By Pushpa Surendra
Fear in the air
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Official or not, it's cricket

RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
The man who waited for images
STYLE
By Diane Sustendal
Silent poetry


SIGHTINGS
LIFESTYLE
CINEMA
Beyond the Golden Elephant
The recently concluded International Children's Film Festival in Hyderabad brought into sharp focus several questions regarding this genre of film-making. K. HARIHARAN writes on the event and the future of children's films. More
GARDENING
Cup and saucer plant
A BEAUTIFUL scrambling shrub, native to the sub-tropical Himalayas, the Parasol, (umbrella) plant (or Rusty shield or Chinese hat plant). Holmskioldia sanguinea, is a large shrub that belongs to the family Verbenaceae that includes ... More
WELL BEING
Harmony lies in the direction
Feng shui, a combination of science and art, is a practice that believes that the environment influences almost everything in our lives, says NEELAM MATHEWS after a visit to Singapore. More
CUISINE
Nutritious and delicious
FENUGREEK (Methi/Vendya keerai) is an excellent leafy vegetable, well known for its medicinal properties. Eating it regularly reduces problems like stomach and digestive disorders, anaemia, respiratory infections and diabetes. The caloric ... More

HEALTH
EXPERIENCE
Against all odds
Her facial deformity did not come in the way of a successful career or her family life. DR. THARA SRINIVASAN describes how she got over her problems — physical and mental. More

BOOKS
REVIEW
Blame it on Pound
The contents of New Writing 10 — released recently — are fresh but not new in any significant sense. The best piece, `The Leviathan', dates from the 1930s. There is even a supermarket story, with an American flavour, which the editors put right up front to lure you in, but the collection is British, says ALLAN SEALY. More

ASTROLOGY
Reviewing unresolved issues
A SOLAR Eclipse at mid-month and a Lunar Eclipse at the end of December will reinvigorate unresolved issues from 19 years ago and make December a month of reversals. More

SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What benefits can be expected from Lagna Adhi Yoga?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

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