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Ideological heresy?
Lal Krishna Advani's remarks on Mohammad Ali Jinnah, during his recent visit to Pakistan, are merely an instance of interpolating a contemporary debate on secularism and communalism to a period where these terms did not have the same fraught connotations as today.
Reflections

MUSINGS
A life beyond the mark list
ANKIT blames his mediocre results on his parents. "But there is no need for you to feel so bad, Ankit, 78 per cent in CBSE Std. XII is not bad at all," says his mother Anusha. "I'm not going to get a good engineering seat," points out the ...

Focus

REFLECTIONS
Crossfire zone
Caught between rival visions of identity, nationalism and the future, Kashmir's people hold on to their fragile hopes against the onslaught of despair.


TOURISM
Back on track
If the increasing of visiting tourists is anything to go by, then it can be said that Kashmir is once again becoming a coveted destination.
COMMUNITIES
Difficult defences
While the fence along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir may have reduced infiltration by militants, it has made life difficult for the villagers living along the border.
SOCIETY
Take out the trash
Why doesn't the sight of garbage strewn around the city incense us? Why do we live with it?

Cinema

CINEMA
On the verge of extinction
With the redefinition of the Hindi film heroine by the actresses themselves, the vamp has become a memory of yesteryear.

Columns

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
`Under-reported'? The Top 10
PAST & PRESENT
By By Ramachandra Guha
Churchill and Gandhi

MEDIA MATTERS
By By Sevanti Ninan
The Plachimada saga
ASK THE DOC
Skin trouble



People

PROFILE
Living by Gandhian values
Sidhraj Dhadda still aims to fulfil Gandhi's dream of a self- sufficient India.
FACE TO FACE
Metaphor for a universal search
Aparna Sen has always brought the unseen and the overlooked on screen. A freewheeling chat with the director about her latest venture.
IN CONVERSATION
Speaking of dance
Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan talk about their dance and the arts scene in India.

Lifestyle

ART
The painting as mooring place
In his recent acrylic works on paper, 81-year-old Ram Kumar coaxes frenzy and drama from the strokes of the knife, marking exquisite passages of colour. It is a world whose forms are riding at anchor.
TIME-OUT
Glass palace
The Aina Mahal, which now serves as a museum, now stands as a repository of the culture and history of Kutch.
Rampart by the Arabian Sea
Soaring observation towers lend Bekal Fort a majesty quite becoming of its former role as a military station. These will be your vantage points to take in the splendours of the west coast.

Health

HEALTHWATCH
A fitness revolution
Emphasising Health Related Fitness right from school will help kids be active, stress-free and promote lifelong fitness.

Mail Bag

Liberate women
Kalpana Sharma rightly points out a contemporary Indian woman's helplessness in preventing herself from AIDS from a promiscuous as well as careless and ignorant husband, in her article "Blaming women" (Magazine, June 12). If things are to change, ...
Absorbing story
The short story by S. Ramchander (Magazine, June 12) was quite absorbing and interesting.The concluding sentence really touched my heart. It is also heartening that The Hindu which is considered a serious newspaper, has a good sense of ...
Another Silicon Valley
"IT is Destination Pune" (Magazine, June 12) is home to all major IT companies. It has an infrastructure advantage and is a strong contender to be another "Silicon Valley" of India. Another emerging contender in the South is Coimbatore. A. ...
Public spaces
C.S. Lakshmi's piece on "Planning Public Places" (Literary Review, June 5) tells it like it is. The author makes a lot of sense with what she chooses to write about. I feel she is someone I can relate to finally about such pressing matters. ...
Glimpses of Sikkim
"Heaven on Earth" by A.K. Pradeep (Magazine, June 5) was exhilarating and interesting. His botanical expedition to Sikkim gave readers like me a glimpse of India's unpolluted forests. M. ...
Good short story
I am a regular reader of The Hindu though it comes to my town five or six days late. Sometimes I get three or four days paper after six or seven days. The short story "A Prodigy Circus" by Dr. Mohan Raj (Magazine, May 15) is one of the ...
Literary criticism
This has reference to the article "Bringing History Back" (Literary Review, June 5). I prefer to call the new discipline in the field of literary criticism "cultural poetics" instead of "New Historicism" since the latter is arguably loaded with ...
Astrology


MOON SIGNS
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