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A twist in destiny?
In the first year of Independence, what was striking was a fervour and willingness to build India: a strange mixture of exuberance, over-confidence and over-expectation that was bound to change — and which did — into disillusionment ... Making out a case for preserving the fundamental values of democracy, KULDIP NAYAR looks at how subsequent years of misrule have destroyed once-cherished attitudes and institutions.
Spotlight
COMMENT
An open letter to the Prime Minister
RANJIT HOSKOTE on the political situation and emerging Indian post-modernity.

Focus
Enchanted people
India's strength lies in its people ... if we stop to think about it, says TIMERI N. MURARI.


ISSUES
The pride of a nation
Regional politics and identity has always been an important factor on the national scene but the new interpretation given by people like Narendra Modi could portend trouble for the country, writes V. GANGADHAR.

History
LOOOKING BACK
When Gandhi visited Madras
Gandhi, along with his wife, Kasturba, was in Chennai in 1915. It was at this time that a correspondence began between V.O. Chidambaram Pillai and Gandhi which continued for about six months. VOC seems to have preserved the letters, which A.R. VENKATACHALAPATHY sheds light on.

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Who are these women?
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
NRI pie in the sky

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Taking a stand
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
A gift from Sri Lanka

BOOK TALK
By David Davidar
Magnificent obsessions



Urban Edge
Sightings
Lifestyle
IMAGES
Human angle to history
A group of Zoroastrians from the West visits Iran, the birthplace of their ancient religion. The journey, recorded as a documentary film, shifts between the past and the present and raises questions that need to be explored, says CHITRA CHANDU.
DESTINATION
Gorge of the giants
People come to this mysterious Eden to gape, muse and pay homage. The majestic Taroko National Park in northeastern Taiwan is the ultimate wide-open space in the world's second most densely populated country, write GUSTASP and JEROO IRANI ... .
WILDLIFE
Otters on Mt. Kailash
This animal has never been a priority species. So, is the otter doomed, asks ANIRUDDHA MOOKERJEE.
Assorted Bilimbi
AVERRHOA Bilimbi, or Vilimbipuli or Irumpanpuli (in Malayalam), is a fruit seen in the backyard of most homes in Kerala. Unlike other fruits, it has not found a place in the market or been used in the food preservation industry. ...

Health
A safe pilgrimage
Contagious diseases can spread in a large gathering of people. HAJI Dr. M. ABDUL KAREEM gives tips for a problem-free Hajj.

Books
REVIEW
Canvas of cricketing history
Impressionistic and inspiring, the book invokes the mood and memories of an era that helped shape cricket in Tamil Nadu, writes S. THYAGARAJAN.
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 are the indications and remedies of Mangalya Dosha?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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