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New roads, but a long way to go
The Biological Diversity Act, though a significant piece of legislation of recent origin, faces difficulties in its attempts to assert our rights over biodiversity resources and our claims for a share of benefits from their commercial utilisation. On the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, MADHAV GADGIL looks at the challenges of documenting biodiversity and associated knowledge systems.
Issues
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Losing more than freedom
Imprisonment of women not only leaves a mark on the prisoner but also on her children. Why are there no non-custodial options that allow the offender to reform, asks ANINDITA RAMASWAMY.

Focus
COMMENT
Death of personal cinema
Consensus and peer pressure are powerful psychological forces that discourage, sometimes prevent, rational and independent thought in creative minds. Propelled by the establishment of a consumerist society, writes AJIT DUARA, this has led to the ...


NOSTALGIA
Out of circulation
On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, PRADEEP SEBASTIAN remembers how most of us have grown up with the local lending library.

Columns
FIRST STAKE
By Anil Dharker
Sinha flies a kite
RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
The descent of statues

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Another kind of war
CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Reality caught up with it

AGAINST THE GRAIN
By C. Rammanohar Reddy
Voices of people from a war against people
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
The Ellery Queen mystery

ON SECOND THOUGHT
By Shari Caudron
Communication or the lack of it
WORDSPEAK
By Anand
Saddam, Saddam Hussein or Mr. Hussein?



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    Life in Iraq
    Independent Iraq is a young country, founded just 80 years ago. Yet its history has been an exceptionally troubled one, at times supported by the West, at others vilified. DILIP HIRO, a leading expert on West Asia, goes beyond the Western politician's spin to investigate first hand the hard realities of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Exclusive extracts from chapter one of his new book.
    REVIEW
    In the name of biography
    The involvement of C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar in a variety of political and administrative positions during a decisive era in the history of India makes him not only a challenging subject but also a possible focus to illumine a variety of issues, which shaped modern Indian politics. But the biography under review seems more reminiscent of medieval hagiographies and is unlikely to carry conviction, writes K.N.PANIKKAR.
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