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Snakes and ladders
The findings of a recent study to explore the factors that facilitate or impede successful primary school completion among the poorest households in three States, by VIMALA RAMACHANDRAN and her team, have been revealing. The first is the undeniable importance of the government school in the lives of poor children. The second is the gender division of work, she says, looking at the larger issue of why first generation schoolgoers in particular require an extraordinary amount of care and attention.
Interview

ART
Once again ...
Interviewing M.F. Husain has always been a bit of an adventure. You never know if he will turn up for the appointment. He may be miles away at the appointed hour. And even if he does materialise, he may decide to play the public performer: ...

Drawing

ART
... the `Master' speaks
This year has seen two small, but important, exhibitions of M.F. Husain's new work. Both shows were on display recently, in succession, at Mumbai's Pundole Art Gallery. A review by UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA.

Arts & Crafts

SCULPTURE
Splendour in metal
ZERIN ANKLESARIA looks at a significant addition to the literature on the exquisite temple bronzes produced during the Chola period, a time of unparalleled creativity in history.

Issues

MEDICARE
A healthy change
In the absence of civic or infrastructure development, people in Sittilingi, Tamil Nadu, fell prey to numerous preventable diseases. But the vision of one doctor couple changed everything. SOMA BASU recounts Sittilingi's journey to good health.

Focus

ISSUES
Grassroots democrats
JAGAT S. MEHTA writes of a workshop in Rajasthan to empower women officials elected under the Panchayati Raj system.


Redefining brutality
The Vittukkatti incident not only brings to the fore the primitive state of investigative methods, but also the dehumanisation of policemen and unconcern for the human rights of those belonging to depressed sections in society. MYTHILY SIVARAMAN comments.

Columns

FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
Strangely, it's empowerment
THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Are people a problem?

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Partnership to policing



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    FASHION
    Moving style across stormy seas
    Black coats, chiffon and satin dresses ... the picture of perfect style. But, come 2004, these fabulous fashion fits may not be shown in and introduced to the world from Paris, the `citadel of fad and chic'. GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN on Chanel's plans to hop across the Atlantic.

    Health

    HEALTHWATCH
    Detect glaucoma early
    There is no cure for glaucoma, the second most common cause of blindness in the world. The objective of treatment, therefore, is to preserve visual function, which makes it imperative to detect the disease at the earliest.

    Literature

    Experiences of war
    James Jones, whose novels vividly depict war and military life, was the Angry Young Man of American Literature in the post-World War II era. RANDOR GUY takes a look at Jones' works.

    Miscellany


  • Avian affairs

    Astrology

    SUN SIGNS
    By Laurie Baum
    The week ahead


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    Pisces


    MOON SIGNS
    By Khousikan
    Will the birth horoscope cast as per Date, Day, and Sun rise in a foreign land differ from another cast as per corresponding values in an Indian city, for the same person?


    Mesha

    Rishabha

    Mithuna

    Kataka

    Simha

    Kanya

    Thula

    Vrischika

    Dhanus

    Makara

    Kumbha

    Meena


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