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The tenable patriot
As we approach the 60th anniversary of our independence, it appears that some Indians can claim to be born citizens by virtue of belonging to the Hindu majority, while others must remain citizens-on-probation all their lives. Despite legal equality, members of minority communities are repeatedly subjected to a cricket-match or a national-song test of loyalty. Is the idea of India to be reduced to such a war of backward-looking symbolisms? What is the true measure of patriotism?
Reflections

REFLECTIONS
Strength to forgive
It takes courage, as the Amish recently demonstrated, to show grace in the face of tremendous pain and grief.

Personality

PROFILE
Ready for any fight
Nancy Pelosi does not hide the family values that influence her political career.

Travel

TOURISM
Full house
After the tsunami of 2004, tourism is thriving again in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Can the islands cope?

Eating Out

FINE DINING
Medieval mystique
Lyon, with its medieval Gallo-Roman settlements in the Old Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Issues

COMMENT
Creeping chaos
The Bush administration's policies have made even conservative States in the U.S. lean towards the democrats.

Environment

CONSERVATION
Preserving the grassy knolls
Grass Hills in Tamil Nadu is a remnant of the unique shola grasslands found only in the higher reaches of the Western Ghats.

Cinema

KOLKATA FILM FESTIVAL
Transforming society
Two filmmakers, one from Chile and the other from Sri Lanka, try to send out a message of humanism through their works.


Across cultures
A crossover film in which culture is villain? Tom George Kolath on the making of "Gandhi Park".

Columns

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By Mike Marqusee
Beyond polarities
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Ray of hope

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Changing with the times

Ask the doc...

INDIA BEATS
By Pankaja Srinivasan
Eco vision
POST CARD FROM RUSSIA
By Sudha Mahalingam
In a faraway land



Health

HEALTHWATCH
An eye on stem cells
Transplant of limbal stem cells offers hope to patients with corneal disorders.
Do away with squints
Botox has been in vogue from the 1980s and is a fairly safe drug.

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