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The wrestling-pit of public debate
The Indian mediascape seems to give its subscribers a sense of collective identity and participation in the public affairs of the day, but it also reduces the discussion of vital issues to caricature and sensationalism, leaving us interconnected but dangerously uninformed, argues RANJIT HOSKOTE.
Spotlight
PERSPECTIVE
Foreign direct investment in hatred
Pro-Hindutva organisations have come to rely on the moral and material support of the Indian diaspora. The key to this is the fostering of strong idealogical roots in these communities, especially in the U.K., and favourable State multi-cultural policies there, says KALPANA WILSON.


REFLECTIONS
Should I stop watching cricket?
I WAS born in Madras. Never mind the year, just suffice it to say the city was called Madras in those days. I played cricket (rather indifferently) for my league team and my college. Notwithstanding my dubious cricketing ability, I am certain ...
COMMENT
Sukhdev: A martyr or not?
Bhagat Singh and his associates, Sukhdev and Rajguru, were hanged this day in 1931. But there was a suspicion that Sukhdev had betrayed his colleagues. In the light of the correspondence between Hansraj Vohra, whose testimony led to the hanging, and Mathurdas Thapar, Sukhdev's brother, noted journalist KULDIP NAYAR examines the case.
EVENT
Flower power
"It is the Mecca for horticulturists, especially floriculturists. If you want an insight into the global horticultural development in trade, in general, and the flower business, in particular, you should be at the International Horti Fair at ...

Issues
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Food for the hungry
Using a public hearing to secure the right to information and to ensure that the drought-stricken villagers get their due from the public distribution system, activists are trying to redress the grievances of the marginalised, writes AJIT BHATTACHARJEA, in the first of a fortnightly column.

Focus
The question of Indianness
Is `being Indian' uncritically applauding our nuclear muscle? Or is it metamorphosing from wearing miniskirts to saris and banning Valentine's Day? Or is it secretly believing that we must write about earthquakes in Bhuj and pot-bellied children on pavements? ARUNDHATHI SUBRAMANIAM airs her views.
WORLD TB DAY
TB control in Tamil Nadu: Scope for improvement
TRADITIONALLY, Tamil Nadu has had a well deserved reputation for excellence in health care. Political commitment, administrative drive and a sound health infrastructure and delivery system have ensured that the performance of this State is far ...

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Dictating terms
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Why we will say `no'

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Realities of isolationism
ETIQUETTE
By Hilka Klinkenburg
Say 'thank you'



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    Missionary of culture
    The birth centenary of the prima donna of culture, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay will be an occasion for her creation, the Crafts Council of India to organise year-long celebrations and, particularly, a show in Bangalore from April 3 - 8. SABITA RADHAKRISHNA previews `Looking Ahead'. The birth centenary of culture prima donna Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay will be an occasion for her creation, the Crafts Council of India to organise year-long celebrations and a show in Bangalore from April 3 - 8. SABITA RADHAKRISHNA previews `Looking Ahead'.
    IN CONVERSATION
    A voice of reason
    Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is always outspoken. In a free wheeling talk with V. GANGADHAR, he expresses his anguish over the current war clouds.

    Sport
    CRICKET
    Mantle of greatness
    Who is the greatest batsman of all time? Sachin Tendulkar or Donald Bradman? The debate continues with R.F. LAMBERT adding his share.

    Lifestyle
    ART
    Abstract trajectories
    `Seven', an exhibition of seven abstract artists, looks at their `language' and the realities of negotiating space. ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT on the show, currently on at the Apparao Galleries, Chennai.
    TIME-OUT
    By the rivers of Kota
    A look at the two strikingly different worlds of Kota, Rajasthan's fifth largest city.
    Astrology
    SUN SIGNS
    By Laurie Baum
    The week ahead


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    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    Born on October 12, 1941 (Sunday) at 3.00 p.m. with Thiruvadirai star, I suffer from diabetes, white spots, orthopaedic disorders and nervous weakens. When can I expect relief?


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