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The loneliness of Noam Chomsky
After September 11, the mainstream media's blatant performance as the U.S Government's propaganda machine has only served to highlight the business of `managing' public opinion. The resultant `mistrust of the mass media' would at best be a political hunch or at worst a loose accusation, if it were not for the relentless and unswerving media analysis of one of the world's greatest minds. And this is only one of the ways in which Noam Chomsky has radically altered our understanding of the society in which we live. Rationally and empirically, he has unmasked the ugly, manipulative, ruthless American universe that exists behind the word `freedom', says ARUNDHATI ROY, in an essay written as an introduction for the new edition of Noam Chomsk
Book Review

TECHNOLOGY
An eye on history, facing the future
Sarai has made an invaluable contribution to radicalising our understanding of contemporary urban public culture, as articulated through the interweave of prior and emerging media practices, and the political, social and economic accretions and ruptures that this brings about. NANCY ADAJANIA on the concerns of the latest in its Reader series.

Issues

URBAN SPACE
Is Delhi dying?
If our cities are to be ecologically sustainable, there has to be a change of mindset in the way cities are designed, says PRABHAKAR RAO, in the context of the urban development of Delhi and the use of concrete.

Focus

GENDER ISSUES
Development with dignity
The Working Women's Forum has unleashed an empowerment process at the grassroots, liberating poor women from different forms of exploitation. As the organisation completes 25 years, U. KALPAGAM profiles a success story.


A lost innocence
Commercial sex workers are exploited at every step. Their rights are ignored and they undergo worst forms of physical and mental torment. Given a chance, they would like to start a new life, writes SAFIA SIRCAR.
OPINION
A brand called dowry
In the fuss over the Nisha Sharmas and Farzanas, no one seems to remember that these girls did not object to dowry per se. CHITRA PADMANABHAN surveys how the concept of dowry has been deeply ingrained in the Indian psyche.
TRENDS
Bollywood's secular image
In the past, Hindu films projected a world without communal or casteist tensions. But the recent spate of Muslim-bashing films leads V. GANGADHAR to wonder what happened to...
PARENTING
Angry outbursts, unreasoned rage
Parents and teachers are so concerned with a child's future that they often lose sight of the present. S. ANANDALAKSHMY writes of the need to train adults to avoid the flashpoints of trouble at home and in school.

Environment

ECO-WATCH
It's responsible tourism
India, with its range of natural wealth and rich culture, has potential for sustainable ecotourism, says P.J. SANJEEVA RAJ.

Columns

FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Tasting our thunder
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
In the name of servitude

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Beauty and the beast
ROUNDABOUT
By Hugh And Colleen Gantzer
Fortress of the gods



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    People

    CENTENARY TRIBUTE
    A true professional
    Upright, generous and considerate, he stood up for individual rights and for the freedom of the press. UMA BALAKRISHNAN remembers veteran journalist S.A. Govindarajan.

    Lifestyle

    Understated, yet enchanting
    No matter where you are, you keep looking out on pools of water bodies ... Yes, water, the life-blood of Bengal, has been made into the main design statement at this hotel, says GEETA DOCTOR.
    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
    A native, born on January 25, 1970, has Simha Lagna, and Simha Rasi (Star Poorvabhalguni), with Moon and Kethu in Lagna; Guru in 3rd; Budha in 5th; Sun and Sukra in 6th; Rahu in 7th; Kuja in 8th; and Saturn in 9th. Balance Sukra Dasa at birth 17 years, 2 months and 12 days. What are marriage prospects?


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    Kataka

    Simha

    Kanya

    Thula

    Vrischika

    Dhanus

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    Kumbha

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