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The making of the eternal Guru
It was in October 1708 that the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, elevated the Adi Granth as the eternal Guru in Nanded, Maharashtra and discontinued the tradition of the succession of human Gurus. While the tercentenary of the Gurta Gaddi is being celebrated on a grand scale nation-wide on October 30, a look at the Holy Book and how it came to be what it is now. S. HARPAL SINGH
Land & People


SOCIETY
The invisible 83 million
The recently concluded Paralympic Games in Beijing have brought some much needed attention to China’s disabled community, whose members lead largely invisible lives on the margins of a society where strong negative attitudes towards disability persist. ANANTH KRISHNAN


Personality


NOSTALGIA
Justice through the movies
It was an epic film in more ways than one. “Spartacus”, released 48 years ago this week, saw actor Kirk Douglas stand up against the Communist witch-hunt then on in the U.S.


Travel


OFF  THE  BEATEN  TRACK
Ancient cascades
The rocky landscape of Hadoti and Mewar regions of Rajasthan comes alive during the monsoon with seasonal rivers emptying into narrow gorges. Alongside, you will find ancient Shiva temples dating from the 10th and 11th centuries, making for an ideal rendezvous with nature and architecture.


Issues


THE  WATER  CRISIS
Needed, a paradigm shift
Water is a part of the global commons. Only new initiatives between the State and the citizen, based on transparency, can ensure fair access to water for everyone.



COMMENT
The bogey of forced conversions
The right of a person to convert from one religion to another has to be viewed against the duality of constitutional rights and historical religious mobility in India.

When the Third Shivaji speaks
Mavericks like Bal Thackeray create no dynasties; worse, they leave behind a greater chaos than they were able to create.


Cinema


MOVING  IMAGES
Tales of terror...
Why are films on terrorism bombing at the B.O.?


Columns

IN PASSING
By Suchitra Behalsuchitra Behal
Stories to tell

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Camus and America

MEDIA  MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Changing fortunes

THE  SHRINKING  UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
Don’t ask; wont’ tell

FISCALLY  FIT
By Shyam P.
Connecting the dots

TINSEL TOWN
Asin’s attitude



Health


HEALTH SCOUT
A bulge in the artery
How much do you know about aortic aneurysms?


HEALTHWATCH
The aging eye
AMD is not painful and does not lead to complete loss of vision. So one can learn to cope with the loss of the central vision.

For a safe festival of lights
How to avoid burns and what to do if an accident occurs.


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