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An ounce of image, a pound of performance
Media ethics is an evolving field but in a country like ours, where the media — especially electronic — is still young and regulations are still in the pipeline, a lot has to be done to catch up with the more developed countries which are far ahead of us. However, while their ethical dilemmas are more conventional, ours defy imagination. SEVANTI NINAN examines the issue.
Issues
A new social contract
A village in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, has successfully experimented with a scheme of directly giving financial and administrative control of small engineering works to beneficiaries in villages and towns. ADITI KAPOOR on people's parti cipation in ensuring accountability and development.


VOICES
Journalism as a public trust
Media organisations face a new challenge: that of globalisation, which has brought with it business conglomerates that control the Press. The result — profits are given more importance than journalistic ethics and people are losing faith in th e Fourth Estate. A recent conference in Salzburg, Austria, brought together journalists and supporters of press freedom to address the issue.

Focus
LIFE
Know what?
CAN any of us say with confidence that we know what is what? I had opened the cap of a mineral water bottle while travelling in a train when a person seated opposite me asked provokingly: "How do you know the bottled water is pure?" "Generally, ...
The tradition of Ahmedabad
Though its image has taken a beating due to the riots, Ahmedabad still has its cultural attractions, says SRIMATI KRISHNAKUMAR.

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Malady to melody
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Another cricketing family

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Unflinching and moving
THE SHASHI TAHROOR COLUMN
India for Indians

OUT OF MY MIND
Which is the real India?
SCRIBBLING PAD
By Sudhanshu Ranade
Black and white

People
TRIBUTE
A liberal voice
Sarvepalli Gopal belonged to free India's first community of professional historians committed to a secular and liberal vision, both for the country and its historical tradition. With his death, the cause of history has suffered a great loss, says V. N. DATTA.

Lifestyle
TRENDS
Farm fresh
In India, while supermarkets and malls are regarded as the barometers of progress, in the West, the bazaar concept is rapidly gaining in popularity and clientele, says RANJIT LAL.
GARDENING
Eye-catching genus
I LOOK forward to the beginning of warm weather in the hills. For, among the many trees and shrubs, which, with their range and vibrancy of colour, burst into bloom after the long hard winter, I particularly delight in the rich golden yellow of ...

Health
Save a life
Why is there always a better time to donate blood than now? Why is there a general feeling of apathy towards blood donation? Dr. SARANYA clears misconceptions and myths.

Books
ISSUES
Positive criticism
THE book, Positive Lives is a scathing and critical account of the state of the Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic in India. After reading Kalpana Jain's truly moving account of her experiences while researching for this book, it ...
REVIEW
Bond of blessing
Dreams, Seasons & Promises and A Poem to Courage recount the true life story of Manohar and Mahema Devadoss. Their life together, though touched by tragedy, is a tribute to courage and love, writes PADMINI DEVARAJAN.
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 Indu Lagna? How is it used in predictive astrology?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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