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Confronting the Empire
The U.S. is preparing for a war in Iraq that virtually the entire world opposes. No matter how brutal the regime of Saddam Hussein is, everyone appears to understand that even more threatening is an America unleashed and unrestrained, says ROBERT JENSEN.
Issues
IN THE NEWS
Suicidal strategy?
The forcible occupation of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala by adivasis raises fundamental questions of survival. M. SUCHITRA looks at the issues involved.


COMMENT
Baggage of hate
Almost a year after Gujarat burned, we need to reflect on why we do what we do. Close encounters with real people give us the answer, says BINA SARKAR ELLIAS.

Focus
Modernities of the Islamic world
It is tragic that vibrant alternative discourses on modernity, founded and being elaborated within the Islamic world, are never acknowledged in the discussion of the West's turbulent relationship with countries like Iraq. RANJIT HOSKOTE comments.
LENS VIEW
Twilight city
Dharavi is not a place for the squeamish, the lazy or the apathetic. This throbbing heart of Mumbai is also symbolic of India — showing you what India could be, inextricably entangled with what's holding it back, writes DILIP D' SOUZA.
GENDER ISSUES
Educate her
Shyam Benegal's "Hari Bhari" suggests that one way of alleviating the misery of Indian women is through education. Allow a girl to study, and you have enlightened a generation, writes GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN.
GENDER ISSUES
In a man's world
The changing roles and images of women in society were the focus of the Round Table of Women Achievers, writes V. GANGADHAR.

Environment
ECO-WATCH
Life on a lotus
Waterfowl are symbols of the well-being of our environment, particularly the fast disappearing waterbodies, says S. THEODORE BASKARAN. World Wetlands Day was observed on February 2.

Columns

By Ramachandra Guha
The gentleman scholar
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
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THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Interrogating Indianness



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People
REMINISCENCES
When Everest fell
The world celebrates 50 years of the conquest of the Mt. Everest (May 29, 1953) this year. Sir Edmund Hillary and late Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first persons to set foot on the summit of the world's highest peak. Sir Edmund ...
TRIBUTE
Sublime guide
MANOJ DAS pays tribute to The Mother of Aurobindo Ashram on her 125th birth anniversary on February 21.

Lifestyle
ART
Dialogues on representation
A recent exhibition of wood and bell-metal sculptures by craftspersons from Kondagaon, Bastar — and facilitated by Navjot, the installation artist — was boldly presented as contemporary art at Mumbai's Sakshi art gallery. NANCY ADAJANIA looks at what `Self-Exploration' was all about.
DESTINATION
Hong Kong: Vibrant metropolis
Smooth flyovers, wide pathways, enormous shopping malls ... Hong Kong's quality can stun. The range is amazing and can meet even the demands of a shoestring budget, says GOUTAM GHOSH.
Steering tradition
HONG KONG's magical metamorphosis - from a British colony to a throbbing city with cloud-hugging high rises, a result of a space-constrained city that can only grow vertically - has spared the core of Chinese tradition. Though hovercrafts ...

Health
WELL-BEING
Are you `Soukya'?
A homeopath's dream of establishing a holistic healing centre in keeping with international standards for a mind-body-soul programme, fructified recently. Called `Soukya', it offers a range of rejuvenative therapies. SABITA RADHAKRISHNA on the complete package.

Books
REVIEW
Nothing but dismay
Instead of being based on sensational headlines and unsubstantiated conjuctures, Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy is the product of painstaking research, says SOHAIL HASHMI.
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
Born on Saturday July 9,1949 at 8.30 p.m., I am not getting my promotion for the last 10years. Will wearing a diamond ring help?


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Mithuna

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