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Little pani, less panchayat
In Orissa's `model' pani panchayats — a scheme of the World Bank — powerful landlords and contractors are in control of what was once a public resource. It's privatisation of water through the back door with the use of a term that gives a democratic veneer to what is a truly arbitrary process, and one that is consciously depriving small farmers of access to water, says award-winning journalist P. SAINATH.
Issues
IMAGES
Picturing disaster
`Why dig up old corpses,' noted photographer Raghu Rai was asked, when he set off to track down victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy. But Rai, says ANURADHA ROY, wanted to take pictures to show that Bhopal is always a current issue. An exhibition of this work opens in Delhi today.


COMMENT
Just a war or a `just war'
The `war on terrorism' is only marginally about fighting terrorism. Instead, it is mostly a cover for a largely pre-existing agenda of extending the American empire into central Asia, with its implications felt globally and domestically, say RAHUL MAHAJAN and ROBERT JENSEN.

Focus
SPOT LIGHT
Candid Kashmir
The attitude of ordinary Kashmiris towards India does not come as a surprise. While some aspects of it may be unjustified and contradictory, a great deal of the alienation could have been obviated with a sound policy towards the State, says KALPANA SHARMA.
REFLECTIONS
The feminisation of politics
Social systems that are deeply entrenched in notions of patriarchy need to undergo fundamental transformation. But this is not an easy task since the existing order has served the male power establishment well. If men learn to honour their differences with women, and could accept the traits they contemptuously assign to the latter, peace and harmonious co-existence can flourish, writes NIGHAT GANDHI.
ISSUES
Untying the knot
Contrary to common belief, Muslim women need not remain trapped in an undesirable marriage. Islam gives the woman inalienable right to divorce her husband. ZIYA US SALAM reports.

Columns
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
A duck in Yankeeland
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Factor of unity

MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Reliving 9/11
RURAL DIARY
By Pushpa Surendra
Waiting for the rain



People
CLOSE-UP
Adventurer through life
Five decades of observation, of training the warm gaze of his camera upon life and the world around him and his zest for his favourite subject — people — are undiminished. JUNE GAUR on T.S. Satyan.
TRIBUTE
The genius of Karanth
For him the play was like a toy; he would try to bend and break it to make it work his way. The playwright merely provided the material for his creativity. Noted writer VIJAY TENDULKAR remembers B.V. Karanth.

Lifestyle
CRAFT
Embroidered elegance
At `Vastrakala', a textile-based export house in Chennai, Jean-Francois Lesage and Patrick Savouret turn out creations fit for royalty. Social welfare is a priority for them, writes KAUSALYA SANTHANAM.
CUISINE
Apple delight
THE apple, is one of the first fruits to have been cultivated. There are around 7,000-8,000 named varieties, although only a few are commercially produced and available in the market. Apples have various tastes, insipid, sweet, very sour and ...

Health
HEALTH WATCH
Keeping an eye on the worker
In industry, eye problems not only affect the worker concerned but also the company as a whole.
Stomach trouble
Dyspepsia is a symptom and not a disease. J. JAYALAKSHMI looks at its causes and prevention.
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What is "Pancha Malika Graha Yogam", and what can be expected from it?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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