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The strained silence of fear
In India, the teacher has been venerated and elevated to a position of power. No price that he or she asks for is too big. Part of that power has been to assume the right to punish the student, to ask favours as a matter of right, or to demand servility. Looking at the issue of corporal punishment in schools, G. GAUTAMA says he has often felt that the `dismal system of education' as we know it in India is because children `manage' and endure — they cope with the drudgery, sadism, meaninglessness and indignity. Till there is an Abhinav, a cheerful child who ended his life, we do not sit up to take note.
Focus

SPOTLIGHT
An experiment in peace
A community where Jews and Muslims live, work and study together may seem like a dream but it has come true at the Neve Shalom Wahat-al-Shalam in Israel, writes ANANTA KUMAR GIRI.

Environment

ECO-WATCH
Okinawa, the dugong's last hope
The waters off Okinawa, Japan, are the northern most home of the dugong. PANKAJ SEKHSARIA details how a plan of the American military poses the biggest threat to its survival.

Columns

RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
Weapons of mass deceit
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
A salute to this bookstore

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Sharp, witty and original
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Regulation, anyone?

HEALTH ALPHABET
Jaded by jaundice?

Urban Edge


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    People

    TIRBUTE
    Changing lives
    As a pioneering surgeon, he brought new life to those afflicted by leprosy. And while most doctors were taught not to get too involved with their patients, his life was irrevocably intertwined with their lives. USHA JESUDASAN remembers Paul Brand.

    Lifestyle

    ART
    Abstraction and the figurative
    Senior artists K.M. Adimoolam and C. Dakshinamoorthy held a joint show of their works at the Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, recently. ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT looks at the contrast in their medium and art language.
    CINEMA
    No twists in this tale
    Where have all the intelligent, well-written films gone? While SUNIL D'MONTE examines the seeming lack of creativity in Hollywood, KANCHANA BANERJEE looks at the phenomenon of remakes in Bollywood.
    CINEMA
    Cloning Hollywood
    Despite the occasional original script, most Hindi films borrow heavily from Hollywood flicks. KANCHANA BANERJEE wonders why.
    LIFESTYLE
    Royal vignettes: Pataudi: The Afghan connection
    They embody the dream of gracious living and togetherness. And you realise why when you meet them, says KAUSALYA SANTHANAM, about her tete-a-tete with Sharmila Tagore and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.

    Health

    HEALTHWATCH
    Paediatric dentistry: The need for early care
    To the general public, the concept of a child dental specialist is new and surprising. For years, most parents have taken their children to their own dentist, or chosen not to worry about a problem until an emergency arises. Dr. SAVITHRI SIVAKUMAR and Dr. T.P. SIVAKUMAR on why this branch of dentistry is important.

    Books

    REVIEW
    Emblematic narrative
    THE work of translation is perhaps just as important as the other `original' writings of Indian writers in English, though sadly less celebrated. Apart from the Rushdies and Arundhati Roys that the world celebrates, there is another, shyer and ...
    Astrology

    SUN SIGNS
    By Laurie Baum
    The week ahead


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    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    I was born on November 30, 1960 in Mesha Rasi and Mesha Lagna. Mars is in the third, Rahu in the fifth, Mercury in the seventh, Sun in the eighth, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in the ninth, and Kethu in the eleventh. When will I see a proper standard life? Should I change my name?


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