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Foot soldiers of freedom
Countless and ordinary Indians fought for the country's freedom, but once it was won, have often remained unacknowledged. A few went on to become ministers, prime ministers and even presidents, but the rest carried on living, neither seeking nor receiving reward — selfless; their lives and spirit, their sacrifice, hardships and heroism, unknown to millions of their fellow citizens. Those still alive, now in their 80s and 90s, live in poverty. This occasional series, by award-winning journalist P. SAINATH, tells the stories of some of these veterans still with us, and from diverse parts of the country. The first of a two-part article.
Issues
GLOBESCAN
Ecological deficits: An economic toll
Some of the record economic prosperity of recent decades has come from the overexploitation of Nature, says LESTER R. BROWN.


IDEAS
Parenting: A balancing act
Children don't just grow up anymore. Parenting has become an exacting science, which one has to learn anew. Dr. PUSHPA LAKSHMAN looks at the tightrope that parents need to walk.

Focus
PERSPECTIVE
Gujarat: Of dark clouds and silver linings
While terrorist attacks and gaurav yatras hog the headlines, a number of processes are currently under way in Gujarat, signifying both good news and bad about the situation in the State today, says AMMU JOSEPH.

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Major's Currie stains
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Leaving it to them

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
A tale of three women
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Wake up Zee

AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Interlinking rivers will be a disaster
OUT OF MY MIND
By Dom Moraes
Vicar of Odcombe

ETIQUETTE
By Hilka Klinkenburg
Seating arrangements

Sightings
People
PERSONALITY
The healing touch
Dr. Sarada Menon has laboured for over 50 years to rehabilitate and reintegrate the mentally-ill into society. A profile by Dr. RADHA SHANKAR.
IN MEMORIUM
A forgotten patriot
Feroze Gandhi made a mark in politics at a comparatively young age. He was only 48 when he died on September 8, 1960. SATYA PRAKASH MALAVIYA pays tribute.

Lifestyle
CINEMA
A language of visuals
`Ooruku Noor Per' is a stunning indictment of the death penalty. In translating the Tamil novel onto the screen, director Lenin has made an intense and powerful film, says S. THEODORE BASKARAN.
EVENT
Rare gems
There were a few good movies at the New Delhi Festival, though the search was often arduous, writes GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN.
Royal vignettes: Jaipur: In touch with reality
The titles may be gone, the privileges no longer there, but to family members and staff, the scion of Jaipur is still His Royal Highness and very much a figure to be treated with awe. KAUSALYA SANTHANAM writes.
TIMEOUT
Crisp and clean Oslo
S. SATHYAMOORTHY visits a country that offers peace, tranquillity and serenity amidst modernity.

Health
WELL-BEING
Wishing away the blues
It's time to take depression out of the closet of shame and embarrassment and explore the expanded number of treatment options available, writes noted fitness expert PEG JORDAN.
HEALTH WATCH
Baby by appointment
Though delivery by Caesarean section makes it safer and easier, it is still fraught with risks. It should not be performed for the surgeon's convenience or compensation or the patient's fancy or superstitions, says Dr. R. VEDAVALLI.
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
Will a person born at midnight suffer the ill-effects of combustion of planets though the sun was not shining there at that time?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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