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A movement to value water
This drought, for the fifth consecutive year in succession, must be used as an opportunity to effect changes in practices for the management of our water resources. There must be a policy that involves communities and households. In other words, we need a water movement that values every drop of rain, says SUNITA NARAIN on the observance of World Environment Day on June 5.
Issues

LIFESCAPE
The wrong route out?
Mahbubnagar's problems go far beyond water shortage. The complex contractor-maistry system involving the huge outflow of labour it oversees is one major issue. The devastation of agriculture here is another. Add to this an ineffective food-for-work programme, social backwardness, debt and debilitating mass migrations and you have an explosive mix. Continuing the village visits and bus journey, P. SAINATH analyses these in the conclusion of a two-part article.


CONVERSATION
What ails the Ridley?
Said to be on the verge of extinction, the Olive Ridley turtle attracts a great deal of attention from conservationists and the media. But, argues KARTIK SHANKER, while a large number is dying, the `war' between turtlers and trawlers is not helping the Ridleys. Instead, he urges objective monitoring, dialogue between stakeholders and long-term conservation actions involving local communities.

Focus

SPOTLIGHT
Drought and despair
Drought is wreaking havoc in the Thanjavur belt of Tamil Nadu. MYTHILY SIVARAMAN investigates reports of distress deaths in the region.
ECOWATCH
Paradise lost
Kodaikanal is no longer the sylvan summer getaway that it once was. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN reports on the current chaos endemic in the hilltown.

Columns

RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
Poet's nightmare
PAST & PRESENT
By Ramachandra Guha
Gandhi, the journalist

THE SHASHI THAROOR COLUMN
Why Indian science scores
MEDIA MATTERS
By Sevanti Ninan
Tracking the real India



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    People

    MILESTONE
    Eternal Hope
    For over 75 years he entertained millions of Americans. V. GANGADHAR profiles Bob Hope, a true representative of the American age of comedy, who turned 100 recently.

    Lifestyle

    CRAFT
    A right royal hand
    Ganjifa today is a craft in a crisis. Its only hope of survival, not merely as an art, but as an everyday Indian game, lies in someone's finding a trump in its fraying pack, says ADITI DE.
    REFLECTIONS ON JAZZ
    Challenging the perceptions
    How does the India connection impact his music? MADHAV CHARI, in the first of a monthly column, reflects on what it means to be an Indian and a jazz pianist in New York.
    JOURNEYS
    The gold toothed kitty party
    Historic and beautiful ... SHARAN APPARAO explores the cities of Bukhara and Samarkhand in Uzbekistan.
    TIME-OUT
    Yercaud: Holiday unusual
    Nothing to do? The holiday C.K. MEENA is about to describe should be taken annually ... and off-season.

    Health

    HEALTH WATCH
    Diabetic retinopathy: Reducing the risks
    The control of diabetes, blood pressure, and anaemia is important in halting the progression of diabetic retinopathy. Dr. TARUN SHARMA looks at a preventable form of blindness.
    EAT SMART
    A raw food diet
    THERE is no reason to be afraid of including healthy fats in your diet. This includes raw nuts and seeds like almonds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds and avocados. Most raw foodists enjoy the taste of high fat foods, ...
    Astrology

    SUN SIGNS
    By Laurie Baum
    The week ahead


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    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    Born on Wednesday October 14, 1953 at 5.35 hours at Kurnool in A. P., I will complete 50 this year. On what date should I celebrate my birthday by Telugu calendar?


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