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Creating the instruments for A knowledge revolution in rural India
Rural India is in urgent need of knowledge empowerment and the challenge before us now is to enlist technology as an ally in the movement for economic, social and gender equity. A national grid of virtual universities/colleges devoted to harnessing communication technologies and the vernacular press can play a critical role in triggering such a knowledge revolution. M.S. SWAMINATHAN on one such venture, the soon-to-be inaugurated MSSRF-Tata Virtual Academy for Food Security and Rural Prosperity, designed to serve as a resource centre for all such initiatives.
Book Review

ART HISTORY
Artists in the limelight
The book under review looks at the work of artistes of pre-Independence India, hitherto neglected.


From the land of the Yaal Padi
REGIONAL cooking is unique as it blends the distinctive features of the land and its people together, making the experience of eating an enriching one. And so does this book too — Recipes of the Jaffna Tamils — written mainly ...

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EXPERIENCE
Buchenwald: Why we should never forget
The Holocaust, as exemplified by the Buchenwald concentration camp, is a way in which everyone can examine the darkness within, waiting for outbursts of hatred that cause death and destruction in the name of country, family, community, race or, tragically, god, writes GEETA DOCTOR.

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PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Ecological patriot
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Star under attack

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
The things Indians knew first
REFLECTIONS IN JAZZ
By Madhav Chari
Methods behind the apparent madness

FITNESS MATTERS
The lost art of napping



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    TRIBUTE
    An ardent conservationist
    He was a pioneer in designing programmes for captive elephant care, and in the capture and control of problematic animals. ARUN VENKATARAMAN remembers Dr. V. Krishnamurthy .

    Lifestyle

    ART
    The colours of introspection
    `Solitude', an on-going art show in New Delhi, explores philosophies, ideas and concepts of solitude expressed through a palette of white.
    MYSTERY
    Case of the missing writer
    Was the brief disappearance of the `Queen of Crime' the result of some form of amnesia or was it just a publicity stunt? RANDOR GUY probes Agatha Christie's as-yet unsolved case ...
    TRENDS
    A vegetarian lifestyle
    In China, there are not too many vegetarian restaurants. One reason is that spectacular economic growth has meant that more people, especially in the cities, can afford to buy meat. SHILPA PAI MIZAR charts the cause of vegetarianism and its valiant proponents.
    DESTINATION
    Kashmir: back to Paradise
    The great, tranquil Dal, tall rustling trees, ancient houseboats. And then, beyond them all, the mountains. When there is Kashmir to come to, why go anywhere else, asks UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA.

    Miscellany


  • Remembering conflict

    Astrology

    SUN SIGNS
    By Laurie Baum
    The week ahead


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    MOON SIGNS
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    What is thyajyam?


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