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Don't look for silver linings
The events of December 6, 1992, conceived, encouraged and cheered on by people who went on to become the ruling elite of this country, were clearly illegal. The consequences — a trail of violence in its wake and making minority bashing and the expression of religious prejudice respectable, even in educated middle-class society — are something we are living with now, and will have to continue to do so. What happened has nothing to do with the concept of secularism, says ANIL DHARKER. It's got to do with the way civilised society is structured and runs itself, irrespective of who you are or what your motivation might be.
Issues
SPOTLIGHT
In a world of violence
Gender insensitive police and judiciary, antiquated laws and prevalent social attitudes make life hell for a victim of rape. SUCHITRA BEHAL looks at reactions to a recent incident in the capital.

Focus
COMMENT
An open letter to Mr. Lyngdoh
FARAH NAQVI makes a fervent appeal to the Chief Election Commissioner to ensure free and safe elections in Gujarat on December 12 so that the battered minorities can exercise their franchise.


GENDER ISSUES
Power to the women
Though micro-financing is in its infancy in India, it has helped many change their lives. SOMA BASU looks at its impact on the villages of Andhra Pradesh.

Columns
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The darling of the dispossessed
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Two weeks in Paris

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Not telling it like it is
ETIQUETTE
By Hilka Klinkenburg
Asking questions

Urban Edge
People
PERSONALITY
Living a full life
Undaunted by illness, Ellis Mensinghe tries to make life special for others. A profile by V.R. DEVIKA.

Lifestyle
ART
New images ... colours
Faith, fantasy and fun make up the world of Manjit Bawa, who tells UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA among other things, what it's like being an artist especially when no one seems to have time for the calming presence of art.
NOSTALGIA
On departure
WHILE roaming the house in Madras in recent months I would find bits of memories stuck in books, in drawers, on the walls. I found them as I tried to assemble my life, put it in order in case of a hasty departure. Outside in the garden roamed our ...
EVENT
Role model for intimate theatre
The fare at this year's annual Prithvi Theatre Festival was uneven but the response of the audience made it special, writes GOWRI RAMNARAYAN.
CUISINE
Macaroni wonders
MACARONI is a pasta of wheat flour in the form of hollow tubes or other shapes, dried, and prepared for eating by boiling. It is derived from the Greek word makaria, or food made from barley. Here are a few recipes for you to ...
DESTINATION
Mammoth extravaganza
Conceived of as only a retail exercise, at first, with the idea of revitalising trade, the Dubai Shopping Festival has since grown into an annual mega event that tourists look forward to. SABITA RADHAKRISHNA on what to expect next year.
TIME OUT
Retreat by the sea
If you enjoy the sun, sea and cliffs, then Varkala is the place for you, says P. KARR.

Health
HEALTH WATCH
Laser's healing touch
Dr. J. RAJENDRAN on a unique case study of the rehabilitation of a cardiac patient using low-level laser therapy.

Books
REVIEW
A lesson or two
Charts have been mass-produced since the 1950s to meet the need for inexpensive educational aids for government and other schools teaching less privileged children. Perhaps the authors are right when they say that the charts are pointers to the defects in an education system which is still far too close to the colonial original for comfort.
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
I was born on 6.5.1967 at 1.20 p.m. My husband was born on 22.4.1959 at 3.45 p.m. We were married in December 1997. When are we likely to have a child?


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Rishabha

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Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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