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End of a sordid political chapter
All its incarnations put together, the Bharatiya Janata Party took close to five decades to come to power at the Centre; and when it did, in 1996, the government headed by A.B. Vajpayee lasted for a mere 13 days. But Karnataka’s B.S. ...

Reorienting plan priorities
Both in terms of commitment and allocation of resources across sectors, the draft eleventh five year plan represents a significant shift from the tenth. Total expenditure out of public resources is estimated at Rs.14.2 lakh crore, which is 75 per ...

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Two faces of educational development
By Shalini Advani

A trajectory of vocationalised, instrumentalist education arises out of an increasing need for trained, skilled labourin the marketplace. In contrast, there is a broadly humanist, liberal vision ofeducation which is deeply suspicious of the marketpla ce as the inevitable end-product.

News Analysis
Don’t imperil reforms, Belgrade tells West
By Simon Tisdall

Vilified by Western powers in the 1990s as the bad boy of Europe, Serbia says the boot is on the other foot these days. According to Belgrade, it is the United States, Britain, and France that endanger stability in the western Balkans by rashly ...

An ambitious Russia-India fighter plane project
By Yury Zaitsev

The fifth-generation warplane will probably outmanoeuvre any other similar aircraft.

Folly of perfume for dogs
By Michele Hanson

Sometimes, very rarely, something so pointless and barmy turns up, that I wonder whether there is any point to human life, and here comes one of those things: perfume for dogs, at $76 a bottle, a melange of “sweet vanilla bourbon, with ...

Corrections and clarifications
The accompanying infobox in a cricket report “Thilak Naidu hits century” (“Sport”, November 17, 2007) — on the Ranji Trophy Elite Group “A” league at Bangalore — said that “ ...

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A conversation with Carlo Ginzburg
Carlo Ginzburg is one of the best-known historians working in the world today, and will visit India in December 2007 to deliver the first Indian Economic and Social History Review Lecture at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on the evening of December 21, 2007. Here he responds to questions and remarks from the Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam.




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