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Safety? ... doesn't fit this bill
Despite the apparent neutrality of the term, domestic violence is nearly always a gender-specific crime, perpetrated by men against women, and, most often, also intended to cut off all the victim's support structures. In an analysis of the Protection from Domestic Violence Bill, 2001, INDIRA JAISING says the present law is a sell-out of the rights of women. Complex as its implications are, this law, if enacted, will turn out to be extremely dangerous for those abused.
Focus
ISSUES
Restoring children's rights
Children form a vulnerable section of society. And all the world's children are the future of the earth. In accepting responsibility for their well being, we are investing in their future. The world will be a better or worse place depending on how we treat our children, says NIGHAT GANDHI.


Memories of a different Gujarat
LAKSHMI SUNDARAM recalls the time she spent in Gujarat and wonders what went wrong.
PERSPECTIVE
Is a dewdrop sacred or is it secular?
For a person with a spiritual outlook there is no line, either conceptual or experiential, that definitively demarcates the sacred from the secular. There is, as yet, no place in the current debate for such a perspective, says LATA MANI.

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
... in their hands
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
What they want

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Making students pay
SCRIBBLING PAD
By Sudhanshu Ranade
The third 'R'

ROUND ABOUT
By Hugh And Colleen Gantzer
Enchanted by the view



Urban Edge


People
CLOSE-UP
Tully-speak
Long before the British recognised his exemplary work as a media correspondent, Mark Tully, formerly with the BBC, was known more than anything else for his sense of fairness in his reports over the radio and for his incredible understanding and ...
IN FIRST PERSON
Understanding culture
To the western eye, The Other Festival was largely about learning to perceive what the value is in each other's culture.

Lifestyle
ART
Amalgam of text and image
The question that haunts all of Baiju Parthan's work is one of how the self is to be located in such an epoch, when self and world have begun to shade into each other, across a spectrum of choices and situations. He memorialised this predicament in the title of his recent suite of paintings and translite works, `BLUR', exhibited this season in Mumbai and New Delhi, says RANJIT HOSKOTE.
CANVAS
Value art
Today's contemporary art scene encircles a cross-section of professionals and art lovers who see the art market as a haven for investment. Perhaps `Tomorrow's Blue-Chip', an art show being held in coordination with the Apparao Galleries in Chennai on December 20, looks towards ensuring this, writes ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT.
EVENT
Celebrating diversity
The annual Other Festival in Chennai has become synonymous with experimentation and change. GEETA DOCTOR looks at this year's fare.
CINEMA
Leitmotif of a journey
"Mr. and Mrs. Iyer" uses a love story as a backdrop to the horrors of intolerance, while also showing how love sensitises one to human values, writes GOWRI RAMNARAYAN.
The '10' star
HER poise and panache belie her age. At 10, Shweta Prasad is already a quick learner and an established name in a big industry. This child star, who shot into the limelight with her double act in "Makdee", refuses to let anything or ...
What's here?
HER writing is usually about women and their lives and relationships. If some brand her writing women centric it doesn't quite ruffle her feathers. Prior to the publication of her new book, A Married Woman, writer Manju ...
Kareena's concerns
THERE is a certain arrogance that cannot be denied, but whether it is cultivated or natural is difficult to tell. But to Kareena Kapoor this was hardly a matter to lose sleep over. The current favourite among the newer generation of ...
The USP
NO matter the controversy that follows its every publication, each interpretation of the oldest love manual on earth, the Kama Sutra, is always a subject of interest to not only the author but also people at large. And perhaps the ...

Health
HEALTHWATCH
Pinning down dengue?
DEEPTI G. SCHARF looks at a new vaccine strategy being developed for dengue fever and related diseases.

Literature
Conservation ecology crossing borders
Inventing Global Ecology constructs the history of conservation-oriented ecology in India, the context in which it has arisen, and the role of U.S. scientists, ideas and funding in this process. A well-researched and documented study of the policies, prospects and pragmatics of ecological and ethical decisions that ought to determine our future, it casts the U.S. in roles seldom seen — as partner and proprietor of global environmental projects. Exclusive extracts from this just released book.
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 factors in a horoscope can indicate scope for the native's attaining Moksha?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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