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Another disaster in the making

New Delhi's grandiose water projects fail because they ignore the basic laws of nature and the interests of India's villagers. The revival of plans to 'interlink' the rivers of India can only be brushed aside …

| Dec 01, 2002

Ayodhya’s anniversary: Donations for barbarism

A US-based scholar concludes that overseas Hindutva is using pretence to raise the cash that funds mayhem at home.

| Dec 01, 2002

Diasporic dispositions

'Coolies' and 'Asiatics' no more, the Indians of South Africa recoil from India even as they reach out for Indian-ness. Attempts to sublimate the experiences of people of Indian origin – from descendents of indentured …

| Dec 01, 2002

The ‘Madrasi’ in Malaysia

Indian Tamils, Ceylonese Tamils, working class Tamils, middle class Tamils... the 'Indians' in Malaysia live in a divided house. Many are poor and will remain so.

| Dec 01, 2002

Starvation amidst surplus

For predominantly agrarian societies, importing food is equivalent to importing unemployment. The Subcontinent needs to aspire to self-sufficiency through protecting its genetic inheritance and distributing the 'excess' foodgrain that curiously fails to reach those in …

| Dec 01, 2002

Ved Mehta’s tempest of self-revelation

The Subcontinent is woefully short on good biographers. But one author from the region sets the standards for telling the story like it is, with élan.

| Dec 01, 2002

The oligarchs of Islamabad and Kathmandu

Nepal has been following the authoritarian lead of Pakistan since the 1960s. It is time to stop doing so.

| Dec 01, 2002

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