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PAST FORWORD 2008
Rethinking the State
As another year comes to a close, there is a feeling that this one is not just another in a parade of years. The Wall Street meltdownat one end of the spectrum highlighted the excesses of an unregulated system. For us in India, the tragedy in Mumbai brought with itthe complex issues of tackling terrorism without creating our own little Guantanamo Bays. At another end, the Beijing Olympicsshowcased a country's growing power and momentum. Our columnists look back at a year of momentous changes.



PAST FORWORD 2008
With fear and hope
While the politics of hate ran amok causing communal violence across the country, there were also a few signs of hope…
Theatre


STAGECRAFT
A Bausch dreamscape
Inspired by her love for India and her friendship with the late Chandralekha, Pina Bausch’s “Bamboo Blues”, which opened at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious Next Wave Festival, teases viewers into figure out the meaning for themselves.


Interview


IN CONVERSATION
‘Human emotions are universal’
Adoor Gopalakrishnan traces his journey in films beginning with “Swayamvaram”, three decades ago, and reaching a new landmark with the recent “Orum Pennum Randaanum”.


Issues


VALLEY VIGNETTES
In the shadow of violence
Will the elections in J&K help deal with the crucial issue of human rights violations?


Essay


REFLECTIONS
Room at the inn
It took a homecoming 28 years ago to realise that the spirit in which a gift is given is more important than the gift itself. That spirit is very much alive today in India…


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Woman of steel

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Is this the way a life should be?

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By Mike Marqusee
No end in sight

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
It’s the season of cheer

THE AHIMSA WAY
By Usha Jesudasan
Building bridges

AFFLUENZA
By Hindol Sengupta
Bouncing back, Bollywood style

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Unexpected guests? Just chill...



Health


MENTAL HEALTH
Fear, rage and anger
As Mumbai comes to terms with the losses of 26/11, educationists and psychologists are worrying more about the effects of unrestrained telecast on young minds.


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