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Conversations about history
As the media representations of the Mumbai terror attacks demonstrated, we can’t do justice to contemporary events unless we understand our own history better. Renowned historian and winner of the prestigious Kluge Prize in 2008, Romila Thapar says heritage is too important a matter to be left to those with partisan political agendas. Excerpts from a conversation…
Culture


LOOKING INWARD
(Imagi)nation without the subaltern
This Republic Day the iconic song, Mere Desh ki Dharti, will be heard yet again. But take a look at the unbalanced choice of icons the song celebrates and the sweeping erasures it nonchalantly effects.


Fitness


FITNESS MATTERS
Lose weight the right way
Healthy eating, physical activity and dealing with stress are the A,B,C of a sensible and realistic weight loss programme.


Issues


FAULTLINE BETWEEN BORDERS
What about “Never again”?
Israel’s ‘security’ agenda has seen the country come close to a tragic re-enactment of the policies of ethnic hatred and extermination that accounted for the suffering of its own people.


Friends and enemies
Why a Muslim cannot simply condemn Israel...


SAFE SKIES
Aviation’s silly symphonies
Four years ago, Indian aviation was booming while China had just ended three decades of state monopoly. Today, China has left India far behind in both infrastructural and operational terms. Continuing the series on aviation safety by aviation expert


Focus


SPACES
Between the earth and sky
Goan architect Dean D’Cruz creates a riot of colour, bends steel bars to make unfathomable shapes and uses materials sumptuously in his designs.


Cinema


IN THE NEWS
A billion stories now
Is “Slumdog Millionaire” a put-down of a country with pretensions to rising power or is it a back-handed celebration of all things Indian? Or simply, a celebration of perseverance and success against incredible odds? It is, in some measure, all of these...


Columns

BAREFOOT
By By Harsh Mander
The war against begging

THE  OTHER  HALF
By By Kalpana Sharma
Mothers and “motherhood”

LEVEL  PLAYING  FIELD
By By Mike Marqusee
Life-changing experience

CAMBRIDGE  LETTER
By By Bill Kirkman
Gift of knowledge

THE  AHIMSA  WAY
By By Usha Jesudasan
Give them hope

GOURMET FILES
By By Vasundhara Chauhan
Home-grown herb garden

TINSEL TOWN
Wedding bells



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