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Essay

Are we creating an anarchic society?
While the inclination to revel in random and wanton acts of terror and destruction is disturbing, perhaps the most dramatic aspect of this liturgy of growing social anarchy is its increasing State patronage, which has been compounded further by a k eenness to erode faith in public institutions. It is a mentality that is crippling and fast obscuring the need for a shared vision for the country. Can we hope for better times? Where are the saner voices, ask SWAMI AGNIVESH and Rev. VALSON THAMPU .

Issues
Death by choice
Though unemployment and poverty are cited as reasons for suicide, stress, depression, emotional neglect and abuse are the other factors that cannot be overruled. VISA RAVINDRAN on the need for counselling and reinforcing values of self worth to help combat rising suicide rates.

Focus
Path of enlightenment
The Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth — Institute of Philosophy and Religion — has for decades been training priests within the multi-religious and socio-economic context of India. V. GANGADHAR writes on the work done by the alumni of the institute , on the occasion of its platinum jubilee celebrations.


HERITAGE
The state of heritage
Pondicherry has a long history and thereby a lot to conserve — the flip-side of which is that it makes economic sense. R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN on the Heritage Summit held there in February.

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Rewriting Indian history
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
The original little master

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
The second freedom
MEDIA PULSE
Media and civil society

OUT OF MY MIND
By Dom Moraes
Friend of the forest
CREATIVE QUEST
By Rajni Bakshi
A global mission

GREEN TALK
By Usha Rai
Reprieve for the tiger?

People
IN MEMORIAM/SPECIAL TRIBUTES TO A VALUED CONTIBUTOR
TGV
As a teacher, T.G. Vaidyanathan showed batches of grateful students how enjoyable studying literature could be. But his greatness lay in the way he threw himself into their lives, says PRADEEP SEBASTIAN paying tribute to his professor who passed away in Bangalore earlier this week.
IN MEMORIAM
Intellectual charmer
T.G.Vaidyanathan was that rare man who was never satisfied with the surface of whatever interested him but always sought its depths. Renowned psychoanalyst SUDHIR KAKKAR remembers a friend and guide.
IN MEMORIAM
Enlightened scholar
T.G. Vaidyanathan represented traits that have become suspect in today's intellectual culture — a total disregard for contemporary fashions and trends, a pride in one's simplicity and cultivated poverty and the tendency to give priority to a li fe of the mind over demands of career, fame, media exposure and, even, public acceptance. ASHIS and UMA NANDY write.
IN CONVERSATION
Bollywood calling
Justine Hardy's book Bollywood Boys is the outcome of the West's interest in Indian films. SUCHITRA BEHAL speaks to the author.

Lifestyle
OSCAR WATCH
Glamour and glory
"Lagaan" losing out to Bosnia's `No Man's Land' may have come as a disappointment to Indian viewers, but the Oscars this year made the day for African-Americans. GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN analyses why the aura that surrounds the Academy Awards is considered special.
ART
Souza: In communion with Goa
The artist F.N. Souza, who passed away recently, referred to Goa as `his country'. His work was rooted in a landscape, religion and a rural way of life. His most recent works that were organised and sponsored by Saffronart and the Apparao Galleries , Chennai, and exhibited at the Kala Ghoda festival in Mumbai, reveal a vibrant palette. They were the result of Souza having spent a month at an intellectual/painting workshop along with Baiju Parthan in Los Angeles. MARIA AURORA COUTO looks at Sou za and Goa in the first of a two-part article.

Health
HEALTHWATCH
Not just flawed skin
Acne should not be dismissed as a normal part of growing up. It is important to handle teenagers carefully as the emotional scars are sometimes deeper and more permanent than the blemishes on the skin, says DR. SUSIE SAMUEL.
LIFESTYLE DISEASES
Serving the community
Sudarshan Devanesan was awarded the `Order of Canada' recently in recognition of his work in community health. GEETA DOCTOR talks to him.
FITNESS MATTERS
Clean up, to heal
A simple way to keep oneself healthy is to detoxify and revitalise the body. Noted fitness expert PEG JORDAN explains how and why.

Books
REVIEW
History period
History texts, both in India and in Pakistan, serve as morality tales for the young, building a national pantheon. Prejudice and Pride is a refreshing call to apply a historical method to write and teach narratives of the nation, says SHAHID AMIN.
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 Shastashtaka Dosham? Can it affect marital prospects?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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