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Whither creative freedom?
The recent uproar over the paintings of eminent artist M.F. Husain and student Chandramohan only reaffirm that answers must be sought not by judgemental, political and religious sentiments, but by debate and discourse.



REACTIONS
Why we spoke up
A self-confident and strong society does not fear its own diversity.
Arts & Crafts

Life on the corner
Murali Nagapuzha’s artistic motifs are drawn from a landscape that is now part of every tourist brochure that celebrates God’s Own Country. ANITA NAIR


Interview

Targeting the girl
Gita Aravamudan talks about how Disappearing Daughters, her book on female foeticide, happened.


Heritage

Majestic heights
Constructed atop a plateau, the Kumbalgarh fort has the world’s second longest wall. ASHISH KOTHARI


Travel


TIME OUT
Magic Tess
From Van Diemen’s Island to Tasmania, it’s been a breathtaking transition from penal hellhole to tourist paradise. TANUSHREE PODDER


Focus


TRENDS
The written space
Increasingly, more Omani women are taking to writing, traditional and electronic, to make themselves and their concerns heard. PRIYANKA SACHETI

Muted voices
An independent and vocal media is one of the rare success stories of Afghanistan. A new bill and dwindling sponsorship, however, threaten its functioning and survival. AUNOHITA MOJUMDAR


SOCIETY\
Transforming lives
Women’s self-help groups in Dakshina Kannada are helping people take charge of their own lives. RAGAMALIKA KARTHIKEYAN ASHIMA SHENOY


Environment


NATURE
Threatened messengers
The plight of cranes the world over has become a metaphor for vanishing wildlife. S. THEODORE BASKARAN


Columns

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Ambiguous role

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Getting ready for the information age

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Reconciling the Nagas

POSTCARD FROM SRILANKA
By Sandhya Soman
Simply Serendip

INDIA BEATS
Soaring high



Tribute

Quintessential cowboy
If John Wayne had been alive, he’d have been 100 on May 26. In his absence, a grateful movie-world is celebrating his birth centenary in a host of ways. JANARDHAN ROYE

God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut
Remembering the anti-establishment and outspoken Kurt Vonnegut.


Health


HEALTHWATCH
Beat the summer heat
Keep cool during the hot days. Dr. V. R. RANJITH

Great disabler
World Schizophrenia Day passed on May 24 but comprehensive care for patients remains a dream. Dr. R. THARA



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