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No girls, please, we're Indian
India now has the dubious distinction of being known as the country that likes to ensure that girls are never born. We are facing a national emergency, an `epidemic' that will have far-reaching social consequences, says KALPANA SHARMA.
Reflections

Fading drumbeats of dissent
Why isn't there much protest music in India, while there is so much to protest about, wonders SHIVANI CHAUDHRY.

Interview

IN CONVERSATION
Feel for the times
Filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta has been consistently producing something new for the last three decades. His soon-to-be released "Swapner Din" looks at the fallout of the Gujarat violence. He talks to RANJITA BISWAS about his films and filmmaking. A poet, sometime professor of Economics, and a prolific film maker with a knack for sweeping the awards at the National Awards and film festivals abroad, Buddhadeb Dasgupta is one of the most important filmmakers in the post-Ray era, Excerp ts from an interview:


FACE TO FACE
Constant dialogue
`There is a dialogue between the material in the magazine as well as between reader, writer and critic.'

Culture

THEATRE
Light and sound ... in Greece
`It is a dream for any performer to be able to perform here, an experience that transports one to another era.'

Issues

Harvesting for the future?
Gone are the days of plenty in this part of Kerala. The story of Palakkad is an example of what is happening to the once water-rich State, says SREEDEVI MOHAN.
Affront to humanity
Does the death penalty act as a deterrent to other criminals? When studies disprove this, why aren't we moving towards abolition of the death sentence, asks MOHINI GIRI.

Focus

COMMENT
Can men be the allies of feminism?
Yes they can, argues NIGHAT GANDHI, because feminism is a philosophy and a movement for ending all forms of oppression, including that which is gender-based. In fact, gender-sensitive men should very much feel a part of this movement, she says.

Columns

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Outfoxed?
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Where have all the bowlers gone?

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Diplomats as litterateurs

Ask the Doc...

ROUNDABOUT
Schilthorn 007 — Bond's Peak



Sightings


  • Brett Lee in India
  • Khushwant writes again
  • Picture perfect

    People

    Translating the world
    UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA listens as Homi Bhabha and Amitav Ghosh talk about translation and language at a reading of Ghosh's latest work.

    Lifestyle

    MUSIC
    Jazz jubilee
    In 1980, one could not possibly have imagined over 1.9 million people would come to this festival in 2004. And, that it would make it to the Guinness Book, says ANAND.

    Health

    MEDICARE
    Question of ethics
    Live operative workshops have now become a popular teaching tool in medicine. B.S. PADMANABHAN takes a look at the pros and cons of this method.
    Astrology


    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    Queries Answered


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