MARCH 2012

March 2012

Cover Story and Featured Stories

Editor’s Note: Justice Markandey Katju, former Judge in the Supreme Court, is not really off the mark on Narendra Modi, especially on his role in the Gujarat carnage of 2002

The Syrian story has been hijacked by Arab and western media, misleading us by giving the dirty, geo-political game that's afoot in the Middle East, the false aura of a 'just' war
Sanjay Kapoor Damascus

They never ask their own mirrors, how can you love and respect your own daughter, wife, sister and mother when you have raped and murdered someone else's mother, sister, wife, daughter? How can you face your own god and religion, when you have violated all that stands for godliness and purity in your religion?
Amit Sengupta Delhi 

War-mongering in the Middle East is basically driven by Israel's sinister agenda, backed by the West, to remain the region's sole superpower supported by sectarian Arab leaders. Like ravaged Iraq and Libya, where thousands have died, this deadly game can become bloody explosive
Sanjay Kapoor Damascus (Syria)

Where a mere illustration in a textbook makes the State paranoid, is it possible for academics to remain aloof from politics?
Wasim Khalid Srinagar

How liberating is the freedom of women in Bollywood?
Aakshi Magazine Delhi 

Where have all the Hindi writers gone, buried in which page of Page 3?
Panini Anand Delhi

Polls for India's richest municipal corporation exclude a huge section of the city's residents – the 'outsiders'
Gajanan Khergamker Mumbai

On elections, coalitions and politics in India
Akash Bisht Delhi

To make sense of our possible futures, we must learn ways of story-telling from our pre-colonial past
Sailen Routray Bangalore

The quest for a virtuous order, free of all the irksome burdens of democracy, is likely to inflict lasting damage on our polity
Sukumar Muralidharan Delhi

An excellent study whereby many holy myths are exploded, especially the bogus, media-manufactured myth of Anna Hazare
Akash Bisht Delhi