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Ayodhyas of the heart
On the eve of the 12th anniversary of the destruction of the Babri Masjid, RANJIT HOSKOTE reflects on the travels of the Ramayana through South-East Asia, as a text resonant with the themes of compassion, honour and human vulnerability. At home, sadly, this great epic has been reduced to the bludgeon of a sectarian ideology, he says.
Extracts

REFLECTIONS
At the doors of the Divine
No pilgrim can ever forget his first sight of the Kaaba, writes ILIJA TROJANOW, as he recounts his experience of making the Haj, discovering both the beatitude and the kinship that unites seekers in the midst of this churning mass of humanity.

Comment

COMMENT
Has America spoken?
Exit polls reveal that `moral values' were the determining factor in the recent American Presidential election. But was it really an expression of the exercise of the free will of America's citizens to choose the best one, asks Fr. JOSE M. KOCHUPARAMPIL.

Extracts

EXCERPTS
Sangati
Sangati is a book about a community's identity and not about the single self. Exclusive extracts from chapter three of the publication, Tamil writer Bama's second work, which is to be released shortly.

Reflections

LOOKING BACK
From Naxalbari to Nalgonda
The word Naxalite came into use four decades ago. Kanu Sanyal and Nagabhushan Patnaik were household names — feared or adored, but never ignored. H. BALAKRISHNAN, who interviewed Patnaik in 1981, goes down memory lane.

Culture

In the guru's footsteps
BHIBUTI MISHRA on the 10th Kelucharan Mohapatra Award festival that took place after the guru's death this year.

Issues

LIFE
A Bhopal in the making?
The 20th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster may have passed on December 3, but it shouldn't make us forget the emergence of potential Bhopals, says MURALI N. KRISHNASWAMY, focussing on the `SIPCOT story' in Cuddalore.

Focus

INITIATIVE
Child's democracy
As children in rural Karnataka become active participants in governance, ADITI DE wonders if this will usher in a new political order, one that truly involves the young.

Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The education of a Philistine
THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Partner in the anti-AIDS battle

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Shaky empire



Sightings


  • On her terms
  • Photoman Lord Snowdon
  • Shashi on Prithvi

    People

    PERSONALITY
    Master storyteller
    Kalki R. Krishnamurthy gave Tamil journalism a new direction and left his mark on Tamil literature too. A tribute by R. SAMPATH.
    SOCIETY
    Cast away the shadow
    How does a teacher or parent deal with a case of child abuse? SHALINI UMACHANDRAN talks to Dennis Larkin, who has formulated a policy to deal with such cases.

    Lifestyle

    CINEMA
    Whither Indian films?
    MARCUS DAM takes a look at the happenings during the 10th Kolkata Film Festival.
    DESTINATION
    Silhouettes in sand
    Oman is slowly emerging from its hermit shell, revealing a land of friendly people and dramatic natural beauty, says NEELAM MATHEWS.
    TIME-OUT
    Retreats in the hills
    Travel to Himachal Pradesh to experience the quaint world of its rest houses, says RAJNISH WATTAS.
    ART
    Another departure
    Viswanadhan's show, `The Five Elements', is a micro-mini retrospective of the artist who increasingly divides his time between Paris and Chennai. It is as well an intriguing amalgam of the old and new, says MADHU JAIN.
    GARDENING
    The magnificent Torch ginger
    TORCH gingers also known as `Wax flowers' or `Porcelain flowers' are most striking for their brilliantly hued sparkling inflorescence. As the name indicates, the plant has a stout, curious torch-like inflorescence with several flowers amidst ...
    West view
    IN his article, Playing second fiddle, (October 24, 2004, The Hindu, Sunday Magazine) artist Shakti Maira raises interesting questions about the influence of the West on Indian art. As he rightly points out, the cultural exchange appears ...

    Health

    HEALTH
    After the sneeze, the wheeze
    The growing incidence of allergic rhinitis is a cause for concern, Dr. Ruby Pawankar tells KALPANA SHARMA.
    Ask the Doc...
    Our panel of doctors responds to readers' queries.
    Astrology


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