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MAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT
On a collision course
As agriculture expands, it encroaches more and more into spaces that were rightfully the elephant’s, leading to increasing incidents of human-elephant conflicts. How do we balance our needs with the survival of a species?


Growing animosity
The inter-linked sanctuaries and reserves of the Western Ghats from Mysore to the Nilgiris and beyond, host to the largest single elephant population in Asia, is seething with trouble spots… R. KRISHNA KUMAR in Mysore and V.S. PALANIAPPAN in Coimbatore

On the prowl
Indiscriminate poaching, leading to a drastic reduction of tuskers, may be responsible for a young tusker turning a killer in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Personality


ELECTION BEATS
Battle for Rampur
In the midst of campaigning, actor and MP Jayaprada takes time off to talk about how she’s dealing with the challenges of this election season and her plans for her constituency.


Education


DEVELOPMENT
Incentives that work
The 2006 Public Report on Basic Education (PROBE) reveals that though incentives like free textbooks and mid-day meal schemes are often disparaged in public debates as ‘populist’, they help at a fundamental level: they do bring children to school. A look at how they are changing primary education…

Learning from the Venezuelan experience
Developing countries, with their shared colonial legacy and derivative problems, have a lot to share with and learn from each other when it comes to education.


Personality


SNAPSHOTS
Shooting India
Tabrez Noorani, the line producer for “Slumdog Millionaire”, on his work and the differences in working in the West and in India.


Travel


TIME OUT
Serenely Serena
A pristine ocean and a Spa just across the soft white sand is a traveller’s dream. Chill out at Mombasa’s luxurious Serena Beach Hotel and Spa.


FOOTLOOSE
A tradition of conservation
The arrival of Buddhism from India 2,500 years ago brought with it a reverence for all living beings — and a royal decree establishing the world’s first wildlife sanctuary. A quick guide to the popular wildlife reserves today…


Columns

IN PASSING
By Suchitra Behal
Comeback trail

PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Cities within a city

MEDIA & MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
No displacing the wheel yet

THE AHIMSA WAY
By Usha Jesudasan
Say ‘no’ to ragging

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
For a violence-free world

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
The ‘D’ word



Tribute


IN MEMORIAM
In love with the word
Jaiboy Joseph, the well-known writer who passed away recently, had a capability to see both the ludicrous and the sublime sides of life…


Lifestyle


MOTHER’S DAY
Glam-mum’s the word
Can motherhood and glamour go together? ‘Yes,’ says the new generation of glamorous moms this Mother’s Day.


Health


WELL BEING
Fit despite challenges
People with disabilities need to pay as much attention to their fitness levels as do others.


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