Special Essay

Thirty years of progressive, upstanding journalism

Terrorism

The deadly phenomenon

Pakistani militant Mohammed Ajmal Kasab at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai during the November 2008 terrorist attack. A trial court convicted him in 2010 and he was hanged on November 21, 2012.

Sculpture

Splendour in stone

Parvati, Chola bronze, Tamil Nadu, 14th century. Collection: Saraswati Mahal Art Gallery, Thanjavur. The bronzes of Tamil Nadu are among the masterpieces of Indian art. The depiction of the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum), such as a Siva linga, was made closest to the formless divine, Images of deities in human form were also made so that devotees could respond to the eternal concepts, through shapes with which they were familiar. Im South India, there developed a tradition of Utsava murtis, in which these deities came out of the garbha griha and even the temple to give darshan to the devotee. This resulted in portable images of the divine, made out of bronze, such as this Parvati.

Social Work

The epitome of mercy

March 1, 1984: Mother Teresa blessing slum children in Ashoknagar.

Editor's Note

Journey of Memories

Communalism

Polarising expeditions

December 6, 1992: The demolition of the Babri Masjid in progress.

Judiciary

A case against the death penalty

The gallows at the Central Jail in Kannur, Kerala. A file photograph.

Education

Getting children into school

MYRON WEINER

History

Hindutva and history

Romila Thapar. She says history as projected by Hindutva ideologues, which is being introduced to children through textbooks and is being thrust upon research institutes, precludes an open discussion of evidence and interpretation.

Art

Undying art

M.F. Husain.
Volume: 32
Issue: 02
Issue Date: 06-02-2015
A Commemorative Issue

Columns

ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES

C.P. Chandrasekhar

Revisiting rural indebtedness

The problem in rural India is not one of too much credit to poor households that leads to debt waive»

PREOCCUPATIONS

Jayati Ghosh

Skills and ills

There is more to skill development than just training and an emphasis on private sector participatio»

UNMEDIATED

Sashi Kumar

Beyond the moralising screen

Of intrusive health advisories on cinema screens and the suspicion of many a sip between the shot a»

Constructing Heritage

The Second Rukmini Devi Memorial Lecture delivered by Romila Thapar from Jawaharlal Nehru University, on Dec. 20, 2014, at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. Updated with video. Read more »

Rights in Review - The Supreme Court in 2014

The Supreme Court of India is the foremost guardian of fundamental rights and the spirit of the Constitution. While a lot of attention is paid to the pendency of cases and media coverage of high-profile litigation, less attention has been paid to the Supreme Court’s protection of fundamental rights. This Rights Review aims to do this with a careful analysis of key Supreme Court cases on fundamental rights. This Review is the first of an annual series to be released each December. Read more »


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