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Power symbols of a new era?
In the hands of the State, architecture becomes iconic, a symbol for larger political ideas, as seen in the three Legislative Assemblies built after independence: the Vidhan Soudha, the Capitol Complex and the Vidhan Bhawan. The new Secretariat in Chennai, in a clear break from the past, makes startling design departures…
Interview


IN CONVERSATION
Talking of Assam…
Poet and author Aruni Kashyap on why he dislikes being called “writer from the North East” and how his home state Assam influences his writing.



FACE TO FACE
High on the writing curve
Author Dilip Hiro, whose After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World was out recently, talks about how he got into the world of writing, research methods and his latest book.


IN THE NEWS
RTE Act: Private schools as catalysts?
The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, to be notified on April 1, could alter the educational landscape. But can private institutions contribute to its application? Dr. A.Kumaraswamy and Alok Mathur give some pointers…


SOCIETY
An endless loop
“Delayed Justice” poignantly captures how the Forest Rights Act, in spite of being a radical one on paper, is seriously flawed in implementation… Filmmaker Shriprakash talks about his documentary to Meena Menon.


Land & People


FUTURE ON TRACK
There's hope for the Gujjars
The dwindling Gujjars in Jammu and Kashmir are poised for change after the inauguration of the Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust, says Shujaat Bhukari


Travel


DESTINATIONS
Heady cocktail
South Africa is all set to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup in June. With the added attraction of a temperate climate, the beaches, mountains and the vineyards, it makes an ideal getaway this summer…


JOURNEYS
Discovering cultures
Beyond visiting places, travel becomes discovery when you get to know the local cultures and customs. Welcome to Kotagiri and the world of Badagas...


Columns

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
For the wretched of our earth

MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Paid news for dummies

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Anomalies in a democracy?

GOURMETFILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
High on Thai food



Lifestyle


INDULGE
Summer radiance
Here's how you can keep your skin beautiful even in the scorching heat.


Health


DOCTALK
Never in vein
Many who suffer from varicose veins think there is no cure for this problem. But this is a misconception.


FITNESS MATTERS
Why are you losing weight?
Does society influence your decision to lose weight? DR. SHEELA NAMBIAR looks at the social implications of weight loss.


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