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The voice of India
With a choice of perky, private FM radio stations peppering and pepping up the metros, and then non-stop satellite television, Indians are not as enamoured of stodgy AIR as they used to be. Right? No, says SEVANTI NINAN. Stocktaking shows that while there are problems that include monetary and recruitment issues, the behemoth isn't exactly fading out.
Issues
REFLECTIONS
Living in a posthumous nation
WE can safely consign Independence Day to the graveyard reserved for commemorations that have lost their significance and continue merely as perfunctory rituals. What sense does it make to celebrate our deliverance from colonial rule, when we are ...


SOCIETY
Faces of violence
Violence may not be just physical; there are various aspects to it — one being the oppression of women in a patriarchal set up. VIKRAM SURA looks at a play on the culture of violence in Palestinian society.

Focus
EARTH WATCH
A case for the South
In a world that is polarised, when it comes to environmental management, it is clear that the North's indifference is becoming genocidal for the South. GOUTAM GHOSH on the issue of the `survival of the human race' that will come up for hearing at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg tomorrow.
PEOPLE
Africa leads the way
Images of death and starvation from Africa are common but they draw attention away from the many initiatives to affirm the African identity. DEVAKI JAIN looks at the various ways in which the continent is trying to pull itself together.
ISSUES
Fighting for their rights
The 10th State Conference of the All India Democratic Women's Association earlier this month deliberated on a wide range of subjects — from food security to female infanticide. MYTHILI SIVARAMAN reports.
A big issue
A BILLION people lack clean water and two billion more lack safe sanitation, affecting their health, dignity, environment, children and quality of life. It is an issue that is being neglected because it is of concern mainly to the very poor, ...

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
From editing to shop shelf
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Two worlds

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
No august month
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Violated, by indifference

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Censor the bite
SCRIBBLING PAD
By Sudhanshu Ranade
Counting chickens

Sightings
Lifestyle
CINEMA
Journey to self-discovery
The story of man's struggle between the sensual and the spiritual is an old one. `Samsara' by Pan Nalin translates this essentially philosophical argument into stunning cinematic images. MADHU JAIN writes.
FASHION
Stamp of creativity
The inception of `India Fashion Week' is a step towards a more organised industry where the opportunities for trade and development will be immense in the years to come, says UPASANA ASRANI.
GARDENING
Tropical bloom
CHINESE hibiscus, Chinese Rose, Rose mallow — the hibiscus goes by these exotic names in the many areas it graces. A genus of herbs, shrubs and small trees belonging to the mallow family called Malvaceae, the hibiscus is native to ...
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 remedies are available to appease Rahu and Kethu placed unfavourably in a horoscope?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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