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Essentially Gandhi
Looking beyond the traditional image of the Mahatma, The Oxford India Gandhi tells Gandhi’s story in his own words. Exclusive excerpts from the Introduction to the book compiled and edited by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, to be published in October.



MUSINGS
African connections
Gandhi’s association with Johannesburg continues to be celebrated even today.
Spotlight

An exercise in futility
The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University may have been an invaluable academic exercise, but it did nothing to change the already frozen opinions of the day, on either side of a growing divide.


Interview


IN CONVERSATION
‘Ismat never minced words’
Author and translator Tahira Naqvi on Ismat Chugtai’s works and her impact on South Asian literature.


Personality


PERSONALITY
Constant exploration
Hindustani vocalist Prabha Atre has no final answers: about herself or her music.


Events


LOOKING BACK
Unrest in Nilambur valley
Family documents set Al McLeod on the trail of a tragic incident that occurred during the 1921 Malabar Rebellion.


Travel


TIME OUT
Ireland un-Corked
To see Ireland is to let it quietly enter and occupy the nooks and crannies of one’s soul.


Focus

In search of an elusive cure
Handigodu Syndrome, a painful and crippling affliction affecting a particular section of society in the villages around Shimoga and Chikmagalur, still evades understanding by medical experts.


Musings


EXPERIENCE
Ancient rhythms
Kashgar, once at the intersection of inter-continental trade routes, still retains its peculiar bazaar culture despite the onslaught of modernity in China.


Columns

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
The day Edwina died

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
New clichés

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Myths about terrorism

INDIA BEATS
By Hussain Kodinhi
Moving force



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