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Battle for the soul of India
Mahatma Gandhi wondered what the bombing of Hiroshima would do to the soul of the U.S. India's decision half-a-century later to acquire nuclear weapons threatens to transform the soul of the Mahatma's country. A new collection of essays, edited by M.V. RAMANA and C. RAMMANOHAR REDDY, critiques what they describe as India's dangerous tryst with nuclear weapons. Exclusive extracts from the volume whose contributors include Kanti Bajpai, L. Ramdas, Amartya Sen and Amulya K.N. Reddy.
Issues
Is this globalisation?
In the face of evidence of resistance to the `benefits' of globalisation across the globe, G. SUNDARAM examines whether we have to give up on it.


ECOWATCH
Can this save the forests?
The Revised Forest Strategy for the World Bank Group, which was released recently, aims to contribute to forest protection, sustainable economic development and poverty alleviation. `Does it have what it takes to succeed,' asks PANKAJ SEKHSARIA, looking at some of the key issues that have implications in the Indian context.

Focus
REFLECTIONS
Celebrating differences
Unity in Diversity, as expressed in the International Zone of Auroville, is not meant to be a melting pot for a great homogenous soup, but an exploration of the differences and understanding the truth behind them, writes ANNE GILBERT.

Columns
LOOSE CANON
By Rukun Advani
Dial-a-mantra
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Candid experiences

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Saying no to war
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Zimbabwe came first



Urban Edge


Sightings


Lifestyle
ART
Space, sensibility and a canvas
A retrospective of S.G. Vasudev's copper works opened at Mumbai's Jehangir Art Gallery on February 11, after being on show in Bangalore. As `Copper Extracts: Soliloquies in Sheet Metal' testifies, he continues to carry forward his creativity through the space of Indian mythologies, legends, poetry and folklore, says ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT.
CINEMA
The Oscar's political script
Often, Oscar nominees and winners are selected on the basis of considerations other than strictly artistic merit. This means, good cinema suffers, writes GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN.
DANCE
A question of identity
Exploring the idea of multiple identities and the concept of body as architecture, "Trans Avatar" draws heavily on the diasporic experience. ADITI DE talks to Jayachandran Palazhy, the man behind the show.
EXPRESSIONS
Classic protest theatre
Kulavai 2003 (organised by the Voicing Silence project of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai) was an experiment in creative expression and open-minded dialogues on disturbing socio-political and cultural questions. V.R. DEVIKA reviews the proceedings.
TIME OUT
Southern Africa: Afire with Nature
Forget Hemingway. Today, a safari is a getaway that can be done in just under a week in total luxury and without losing a bit of the sense of adventure. In addition to game watching, one can have a tour of diamond mines, and even gourmet dining among bountiful vineyards. Most safari camps are based in southern Africa, which was where DIANE SUSTENDAL began her trips, flying in and out of three units.The first of a two-part article.

Health
MENTAL HEALTH
The highs and lows
Dr. S. MOHAN RAJ looks at the problem of mood swings and ways to treat it.
HERBAL EXPLORATIONS
Wonder healer
ALOE VERA — called Kumari (the maiden) in Sanskrit because it imparts the energy of youth and tones the female organs. Aloe vera also has a history of being a skin lotion of repute — Cleopatra is said to have attributed ...

Books
REVIEW
Nano-villains
EVERYONE has a favourite airport-thriller writer. At the outset, this reviewer must declare his partiality for Michael Crichton, a bias that manifests itself in seemingly eccentric views. Example: the book versions of "Jurassic Park" and "The ...
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What benefits come from reciting Ganesa Atharva Seersham?


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Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena


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