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By Soutik Biswas
The page 3 people, the chatterati and those in the news for being in the news
Random notes, gossip, bitching, angles, conspiracy theories, spoofs, essential fundas
Weekly cartoon by Sorit
Published feedback from our readers: rants, raves, bouquets, brickbats
Gossip
Nirad Babu and Laxness? Where's the heat, and where the dust? O tempora! O mores! Bookers sell but not Family Matters?
Opinion
The government's half-hearted moves against the vhp will make things worse. The prime minister underestimates the VHP. On March 18, this column said: ...
Showtime
Plenty of prurience to keep dirty minds busy while plot and character are jettisoned and the good plot goes splat.
Making A Difference
10 Questions
on American rappers Truth Hurts’ rendition of her ’70s song Thoda Resham Lagta Hai in their album and also contemporary Bollywood music
Cover Story
cover story
Statesman or artful dodger, consummate actor or harried politician.... Is Vajpayee any one or all of these?
National
OPINION
If the BJP wins in Gujarat, it'll not simply be because of Hindu anger over Godhra, but due to a deeper, darker chauvinism.
the communists
China's pro-capitalist tilt yields a split opinion in the Left here
gujarat
Freed—if temporarily—from the Modi regime's Orwellian ways, bureaucrats and police take a breather in borrowed oxygen More Coverage
STATES OF THE NATION
X and Y didn't make the news, Zee did it; The bomb that blew on their face; When the script got botched; Weighing a deadly anchor; Which side are the conservatives?; And a shotgun wedding.
gujarat riots
A citizens' panel confirms the post-Godhra riots were planned More Coverage
International
profile
Hu?
He has a 'keen intellect', is 'cautious but articulate' and has a terrific memory. But for all that, China's new chief remains an unknown quantity. More Coverage
pakistan
A Balochi dark horse squeaks through, but a one-vote majority ties his fate to Musharraf's pleasure More Coverage
us
The counter to terror is 'racial profiling'. And South Asians get the brunt of this inversion of plain old American freedom.
sri lanka
Legal and political propriety force Delhi to downplay the Oslo do More Coverage
Business
ISPs
Time was when everyone wanted to go ISP. But shaky revenue models, exaggerated projections meant there was hell to pay.
maharashtra
A disastrous blend of profligacy and populism brings a once-showpiece state to its fiscal knees
takeovers
The oldest rule in the book comes into force—especially since the rules are not made clear
Society
controversy
A $100 mn grant goes a long way, but the Microsoft boss' big stakes in Big Pharma also raise a few uneasy questions
Down Town
Dining at Tendulkar's; Mirrors of the East; Awesome threesome; High eco logic; Of ordinary men; The road to Nepal and A coup of sorts.
Madhu Jain dines M.A.K. Pataudi
Gossip
Delhi bids adieu to French envoy Bernard de Montferrand and his wife, M.F. Husain's heartburn and Manisha Koirala to play Indira Gandhi.
New delhi
Another rape in broad daylight, and fear grips capital's campuses
Sports
EXCLUSIVE
Random drug-testing awaits players at the 2003 World Cup as the ICC formulates its anti-doping code
Exide Cup
With the matches being more or less a run feast, the two teams have shared the honours evenly, no matter who wins the series
Arts & Entertainment
"I'd have loved to be..." A new column on the alternate aspirations of celebrities
Music
Few have had the kind of success music director A.R. Rahman has become accustomed to. He now wants to 'push the limits', in India and abroad.
Books
Review
A straight-laced book, augmented by its vivid imagery and solidity
Sanjay Suri on India In Slow Motion By Mark Tully By Gillian Wright
Review
Some essays are entirely based on newspaper reports; others are hardly held together by a single theme ... the idealisation of Vallabhbhai Patel does not carry conviction.
Mushirul Hasan on Communal Rage In Secular India By Rafiq Zakaria
Review
However disarmingly displayed, the author and the protagonist's political naivete are embarrassing.
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