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Race, class and crime no bar: In fetters, they toil
In the U.S., a number of states have passed laws that allow commercial organisations to use convict labour. Prisoners get much less than the minimum wage. Retrenchments are not a problem, there is no sick leave, vacation or overtime, and unions are n on-existent. The result, says noted journalist P. SAINATH, is that American corporations are on to a good thing.
Issues
COMMENT
The human bomb
Persistent poverty, lack of opportunities for work with dignity, inequality, injustice and persecution can help explain the increasing occurrence of suicide bombers, says DEVAKI JAIN.

Focus
GENDER ISSUES
The price of blowing the whistle
Often, women who bring issues in the workplace out in the open, face harassment and discrimination. ELAYNE CLIFT on the problem faced by an increasing number of working women.


SOCIETY
Waking up to death
AIDS is part of our human condition today, urging us to be more supportive and thoughtful to those who suffer from it, says SIDDHARTHA.
REFLECTIONS
A homage to fading sensibilities
Life does not merely bloom, but it also fades. And in its waning, there is as much, if not more, to behold, says LATA MANI.

Columns
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
Princely players

By Shashi Tharoor
Bernie, Lucy and Yusuf

BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
The trauma of friendship
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Do-gooders on the Net

ETIQUETTE
By Hilka Klinkenberg
Wining and dining

Rejoinder: The long road ahead

HEALTH ALPHABET
Common problem



People
Enduring roots
VATSALA VEDANTHAM talks to Peter Bhatia, president elect of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Lifestyle
EXTRACTS
A Zoroastrian Tapestry
The Zoroastrians are the followers of the Iranian Prophet Spitaman Zarathustra, who lived in the Iranian homeland of Airyanem Vaejah c.1200 BCE. In the Tenth Century CE, a small group of Zoroastrians originally from the province of Khorasan landed on the western coast of India and were given sanctuary by the Hindu king Jadi Rana. In time, the Parsis, as they came to be known, settled in enclaves along the western coast of India. They migrated to Bombay in the 17th Century at the invitation of th e East India Company, where they prospered as agents of social change. Exclusive extracts from a volume just published that gives a glimpse of the life and times of the Zoroastrian people in Iran and India as manifested in their art, religion and cul
Sojourn in Tibet
C.V. KARTHIK NARAYANAN on a spectacular two-week holiday in the Himalayas.

Health
HEALTHWATCH
The truth behind your mane
Hair loss is a source of much worry and tension. Not many know that it is normal to lose some hair every day. DR. MURALIDHAR RAJAGOPALAN looks at common causes of hair loss and its probable treatment.
A pain in the head
Migraine, a debilitating disease that can affect almost any age group, can be tackled using acupuncture therapy, says DR. M. MUTHUKKUMAR.

Books
REVIEW
The fibroid truth
A look at two books that examine core issues that affect women's health.

Cuisine
Savoury pancakes
THE hot aroma of pancakes can whet one's appetite. They are enjoyable at any time. Some recipes are quick and easy to make while some need preparation and can be made for special occasions. Zucchini pancakes (Makes 12 ...
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 "Gaja Kesari Yoga" and what are its effects?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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