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The dilemmas of teaching history
Differing interpretations of history sometimes begin early in school and fester for long, creating hatred and animosity spanning generations, partly because every country reads its history differently. While the `truth' about history needs sustained attempts at understanding, it is equally important to establish how much of the past needs to be taught, says ANURADHA KUMAR.


Reviving the past
In the light of the controversy in India over revision of syllabi, SARAH JOHN examines the German experience of teaching history and its repercussions.
DEBATE
Harappa and Vedic Civilisation
Lazy historians prefer `hard facts'. But bricks and bones, howsoever abundant, can never reconstruct Herodotus's History or Aristotle's Politics. Thanks to our many well-wishers, the Vedas, Epics and Puranas are now Greek. But so was Aristotle; once upon a time.

Focus
COMMUNITIES
In the wild woods
Talking of progress, there are certain regions in Chhattisgarh where development is an alien word. Community programmes, family-oriented schemes and revenue surveys are some measures initiated by the Government to offer a better future to the tribals , writes AARTI DHAR.
VOICES
Triumph of labour
The right to life and livelihood is the central issue with unorganised workers as closures and retrenchments have become the order of the day. R. GEETHA writes on a march by such workers, earlier this year.

Environment
ECO-TALK
Ecological treasures ... unlimited
Two recent surveys have uncovered globally significant new information from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. PANKAJ SEKHSARIA writes.
CONSERVATION
Sanctuary under threat
G. ANANTHAKRISHNAN talks to wildlife expert Dr. Ullas Karanth on the conservation efforts at the Nagarhole National Park.

Columns
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Princely patrons
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
A free press?

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
By Shashi Tharoor
Violence and its manifestations
AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Our next President

ASTRAL FRONTIERS
By Laurie Baum
Shift in consciousness



People
PROFILE
The sage-man
Ramesh Balsekar is being recognised by a growing tribe of spiritual aspirants as a contemporary master of advaita. ARUNDHATHI SUBRAMANIAM on the man and his philosophy.

Lifestyle
ART
Breadth of lifescapes
In tracing the art of noted painter Ram Kumar, one is looking at a heroic generation of Indian artists. Apocalypse and renewal, nostalgia and hope are the themes of his idiom, says RANJIT HOSKOTE.
HERITAGE
A mystic journey
In the heart of the jungles of northern Kerala lies the Tirunelli Perumal temple. It is, says REMA DEVI R. TONDAIMAN, a sanctuary familiar to Keralites, but little known to the commercial world.

Health
Helmets do save lives
PROTECTIVE headgear does not really prevent a head injury. But it certainly reduces the severity of the impact on the brain . A 30-year-old, seeing the message on the advantages of wearing protective headgear in a waiting room near the ...
HERBAL EXPLORATIONS
Hibiscus — hair tonic
THE value of something common is not always recognised. An apt case in point is the pretty, but common, red hibiscus (Semparuthi in Tamil). Many of us may not be aware that it has been extensively used in traditional medicine. The ...

Cuisine
Beat the heat
AS the summer sun continues to scorch the earth, it is important to ensure that one doesn't get dehydrated. Everyone wants something that is cool, yet tasty. So here are new ways to quench the summer thirst. Carrot Lassi (Serves ...
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
How do planetary periods and sub-periods affect people? Is it true that Sukra Dasa will give a lot of benefit?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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