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A Wave-kissed Biennale

As a large-scale contemporary art expo that sought global attraction and transboundary presence, the second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale was a felicitous winner.

Takeaway, Giveaway or Stowaway?

The coverage by Indian television channels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the us smacked of frenzied veneration and falling victim to snake-charming guile.

Temple Treasures, Claimant Pressures: Heritage and the Commons

The ongoing hullabaloo over the discovery of an unimaginably huge cache of treasure - in the form of precious stones, gold and silver jewellery, supposedly worth tens of thousands of crores of rupees - in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram throws up questions of cultural heritage and archaeological conservation for the common good of the people.

Kerala: A Left Turn

The resounding victory of the Left Democratic Front in Kerala was more than an expression of disgust at the corrupt misrule and otiose performance of the shamed United Democratic Front. It was also a call to arms for the LDF constituents to lift Kerala out of its development dilemma. Yet the early manoeuvres of and within the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the LDF's leading member, have left the electorate with more than a sense of dismay.

Beyond the Market, Freedom Matters

By basing itself on moral rectitude and ethical resoluteness, the Free Software Movement seeks to focus on the importance of 'freedom' as in 'free speech' or 'free elections', and not gratis, as in 'free beer'. In the process, it has invited the wrath of the likes of Microsoft.

EXPORTS-Romancing Rubber

yadav grandeur has for the moment got the better of more mundane economic realities. But how long will this apparently har monious relationship between the yadav rich farmer and the farmhand under the Janata Dal flag last? The answer largely depends on the ability of the present regime to provide some tangible material benefits to the less-privileged sections of the community. So far, Laloo Prasad's government has roused tremendous expec tations among the poor backward castes in general and yadavs in particular without doing much to fulfil them. While fully recognising the cohesive strength of the caste factor, it is therefore difficult to predict an indefinite continuation of the present arrangements in the absence of any concrete gains accruing to the poorer yadavs. The change may not occur in the immediate future, but the material basis for it nevertheless exists in the unsatisfied aspirations of the vadav masses.

Dilemmas of Measuring Human Freedom

awareness included. The important thing, then, is to use language with vigour which comes from an understanding of the need to create. The need to create is also the need to act. There are persons among us who can speak and write English grammatically and fluently, but grammar and fluency is not all that there is to language. Questions of what and how are closely related to the question of why: without some creative urge there cannot be any praxis. Those writers who deny any knowledge of telos while engaged in the act of writing are only denying the traditional way of separating creativity and purpose. Writing becomes a creative act only when it can impinge on the world: in writing, telos and praxis constantly rediscover each other.

Open Skies over Heathrow

K G Kumar While the Gulf war may have dealt a body blow to some international airlines, the industry worldwide is now on the upswing, with more flights, fare cuts, better and flashier service and all-round unabashed wooing of passengers in the offing, especially across the Atlantic FOR the airline industry worldwide, the Gulf war wava cash-crunching nightmare. That scary period is now past and in Europe and the US air travel shows signs of picking up. But for trans-Atlantic air travel in general and British aviation in particular, the immediate post-war months seem to have blown up gusty winds of change. These have made some airlines gleeful, while one big name, British Airways (BA), is none too happy.

New God or Old Devil

Inside the Biorevolution by Henk Hobbelink, Renee Vellve and Martin Abraham; IOCU and GRAIN, Malaysia and Spain, 1990; pp 145. AS the world hurtles towards a brave new century, for many, today's presiding deity in the pantheon of science gods is biotechnology. Some view it as an omniscient remedy, a technological band-aid that will quickly heal humanity of sores like low agricultural productivity and inadequate food supply. Others go glassy-eyed when confronted with buzz phrases like 'gene splicing', 'tissue culture' and 'enzyme technology'. They assume that any science which generates such impressive sounding disciplines can only be powerful

Police Brutality Besieges Ecology-National Fishermen s March

Newly conscious, many Tamil Nadu fishermen have been recently protesting against the proposed Soviet-aided 2000 MW nuclear power plant at Koodangulam, a village in Kanyakumari district. They fear that the plant's effluents will pollute their seas and destroy their fish. The police action at Kanyakumari on May Day could have been meant to teach the Tamil Nadu fisherfolk the hazards of opposing Koodangulam

Kerala s Plea for Special Consideration

K G Kumar In its memorandum to the Ninth Finance Commission, the government of Kerala Has drawn attention to certain special features of the state's economy and finances. Some of these are offshoots of Kerala's natural endowments, white others derive from the path of social development pursued by successive state governments.

Electronics Industry World Bank s Prescriptions

In a confidential report the World Bank has made a series of recommendations for the development of the electronics industry in India, The prescription is, of course, familiar

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