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'No war': a full throated cry
The U.S. `liberation' of Iraq has given way to a guerilla war against an `occupation army' that grows increasingly unpopular at home, while at the same time the `distortions and disinformation' that were used to justify going to war are beginning to unravel. Americans haven't taken to the streets as they did before the event, but anti-war organisers are making progress both on long-term movement-building and planning for actions this fall. ROBERT JENSEN looks at what lies ahead.
Book Review

ENCOUNTERS
World of witchcraft
WHAT'S the first image that comes to mind when you hear "witch"? Macbeth? Broomsticks? Cauldrons and smelly potions? Perish the thought. Meet Ipsita Roy Chakraverti, a Shoba De look alike, India's first initiate into Wicca and a practising ...

Focus

EXPRESSIONS
The `art ... of politics'
The murals hit you in the face the moment you turn the corner ... a constant reminder of the divide. They will not win any prizes for brushwork, but the message is unmistakable, with no room for subtlety. But the larger picture is also about a story of all our societies as people cope with conflict and division, says KALPANA SHARMA.


ISSUES
Unresponsive university
GOUTAM GHOSH takes a look at the movement against vivisection in the light of a demonstration at Cambridge University.

Environment

ECO-WATCH
A damming controversy
Despite growing international criticism of Burma's military government for human rights violations, Thailand is proceeding with plans to build a series of hydropower dams on the Salween. NOEL RAJESH comments on the controversy.

Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Five Indian heroes
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Quizzers everywhere

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Off track, decades later
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Framing impact



People

IN CONVERSATION
Past, present ... and the future
Goutam Ghose's "Abar Aranye", which won the Audience Award for the Best Indian Film at the Cinefan Festival 2003, takes off from where Satyajit Ray's "Aranyer Din Ratri" ended. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN talks to the filmmaker.

Lifestyle

CINEMA
The visual and the aural
Ram Madhwani's "Let's Talk" is making waves in the film world. S. THEODORE BASKARAN looks at what's behind its success.
DESTINATION
Only footprints here
Switzerland's efficient transport system can take a person virtually every where ... except to one great mountain, says MAHESH VIJAPURKAR.
TIME-OUT
Following the Roman trail
The members of the group worked their way just as carefully as the ancient traders had done before them. A journey across South India, it was packed with surprises, says USHA KRIS.

Health

HEALTHWATCH
Don't treat yourself
By `experimenting' with medication in an attempt to treat oneself, the danger lies in having to deal with side-effects and developing resistance to a disease, says Dr. K.P. PARTHASARATHY.

Books

EXTRACTS
Patriotic fervour
At the end of the 19th Century, a printing industry devoted to the production of pictures of deities and mythological themes was established. Being mass produced, they were the most visually influential medium of visual communication of the then socially and culturally fragmented Indian society, subsequently becoming a vehicle for political propaganda as well. Exclusive extracts from a book that looks at the pictured social reality of India, appropriate for the 56th anniversary of independence.
Astrology

SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What is the role of Gulika (Mandi) in a horoscope? Is it true that the aspect of Gulika upon the 7th house or its Lord can obstruct marriage?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena


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