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When the saints go marching out
In an age when everything's up for sale, why not icons? Can they stage a getaway? In an essay for radio, ARUNDHATI ROY examines how the elites of the very societies and peoples in whose name the battles for freedom were waged use Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. as mascots to entice new masters.
Health & Medicine

HEALTHWATCH
Save a sight
Eye donation campaigns need to be highlighted given the number of visually handicapped people in India, says M. VEERASAMY. The eye donation fortnight is now being observed.

Issues

GENDER ISSUES
In whose interest?
Population control requires investments in health, education and employment and not counter-productive punitive measures like the recent attempt to bar people with more than two children from contesting panchayat elections, writes MOHAN RAO.


GENDER ISSUES
Men without women
The recent imposition of the two-child norm as eligibility criterion for panchayat members may lead to a skewed sex ratio, argues MANIPADMA JENA, comparing this to China's one-child norm.
ECO-WATCH
Killing the Ganga
VANDANA SHIVA comments on the ecological and social consequences of the proposed move to privatise the Ganga by a multi-national company.

Focus

For that exclusive cuppa
A few of the older plantations in the Western Ghats and the Eastern Himalayas, are now yielding some of the most distinct single origin speciality teas and coffees, says APARNA DATTA. What's their secret?
OPINION
No doubts about his genius
How could Shakespeare wind up as a `runner up' in any poll to select the greatest Briton, asks V.S.RAVI.

Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The locality and the nation
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Hijacking radio


By Shashi Tharoor
He swept us off our feet



Lifestyle

ART
Images from Dr. Faust's combat zone
T.V. Santhosh's first, and on-going, solo exhibition at Mumbai's Jehangir Art Gallery, makes an impact on the viewer because of the artist's grasp of global crises, says RANJIT HOSKOTE. A review of `One Hand Clapping/Siren'.
DESTINATION
Namaste Shanghai
`City on the Sea', `Paris of China', and `Queen of the Orient'; city of quick riches, ill-gotten gains and fortunes lost on the tumble of dice; the domain of adventurers, the city that plots revolutions ... Shanghai is no longer a dark memory. Now, history is returning to haunt this city, and, at the same time, to put it squarely back on the map, says THOMAS E. KING.
Astrology

SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


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Capricorn

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Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
A native of Kataka Lagna, Makara Rasi, has Kethu in 2nd; Saturn in 3rd; Budha in 7th; and Sukra, Mars Jupiter and Rahu in 8th. Angaraka's sub-period in Sani Maha Dasa is running. The balance of Angaraka Maha Dasa at birth was five years, and 27 days. What prospects for employment and marriage?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena


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