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Cloning gods, reading bar codes: Discontinuity in India today
India today is a series of paradoxes — a discontinuous system, yet complex; a country on the edge of being dysfunctional, but one that functions nevertheless; an entity on the verge of being incomprehensible but which still defines and refines its identity every day. From all this emerges the central issue of discontinuity, highlighted in public discourse and in political combat, and instrumentalised by people with an archaic mindset ... ILIJA TROJANOW on the reality that is modern India.
Issues
LEGISLATION
Intimate enemy
The Protection from Domestic Violence Bill suffers from a number of defects. One of them is that it does not provide a clear and comprehensive definition of domestic violence, and leaves much to the discretion of individual judges. AMMU JOSEPH analys es the Bill.


FOCUS
Changing the security environ
The Centre for Security Analysis will be inaugurated on August 7 in Chennai, to bring the region's security needs in military and non-traditional spheres into the national and global mainstream, writes VISA RAVINDRAN.
VOICES
Barcelona blues
The 14th International AIDS Conference held last month was the forum for a number of activists, medical workers, and those closely involved with the epidemic to engage in a dialogue to address the issue. Dr. JAYA SHREEDHAR and SHREEDHAR RAJAN write.

Focus
REFLECTIONS
Where was God?
God should have come up with a better way of shaking us up, says RAJMOHAN GANDHI, reflecting on the suffering of those innocent ones.
ENTERPRISE
Making hay when it rains
The technique of collecting rain water from the roof for use during droughts could prove effective in handling the crisis. SHREE PADRE writes.
VIEWPOINT
No shades of grey
Earlier it was considered impolite to speak of the religion of public personalities. Today, it is the done thing, says ZIYA US SALAM.

Columns
CRICKET LORE
By Ramachandra Guha
An NRI eleven
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Matchmaking show

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
For all things South
ASTRAL FRONTIERS
By Laurie Baum
Fierce and fiery

ROUND ABOUT
By Hugh And Colleen Gantzer
Airborne and `Alp'ping it up



Lifestyle
ART
Ajanta: An artist's perspective
For SHAKTI MAIRA, the reason why the Ajanta paintings are so great is that they have not got bogged down in the formalism of any text or manual of art making.
CANVAS
Votary of the abstract
An exhibition of abstract art, with its focus on Achuthan Kudallur was held at the Vinyasa Gallery in Chennai recently.
CUISINE
Drumstick delight
MOORINGA OLIFERA or drumstick leaves, as it is commonly known, is rich in vitamins A and D, iron and calcium. It helps in the stable functioning of the digestive system apart from strengthening the bones. Drumstick leaf ...

Health
HEALTH WATCH
Stents - a reality check
The advent of stents has revolutionised the practice of interventional cardiology, says Dr. B. CHANDRASEKAR.
HERBAL EXPLORATIONS
The rejuvenator
ACCORDING to Charaka, foremost exponent of Ayurveda, Centella asiatica belongs to the group of herbs that help maintain youthful vigour and strength. Called Vallarai in Tamil, it improves the mind's receptive capacity. It is capable ...

Books
TRAVELOGUE
Loss of innocence
Stephen Alter pulls his punches when it comes to social commentary but sparks begin to fly when he becomes one with the trees and the birds, says BILL AITKEN.
EXTRACTS
HIV: the lingering risk
`... there was this red hot flaming fire, this overpowering smell of incense and this overwhelming sound of chanting.I was not sure what was going on and then I realized, she was going through the marriage rituals...'
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
What is Badhakadhipathi? Is he reckoned from Lagna or Rasi? For Meena Lagna, Kanya Rasi, who is the Badhakadhipathi?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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