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A Social Front Against Maoists

BY TARUN DUTTA
IN the tribal belts where Maoists are fighting security forces, Adivasis who were animists have embraced Christianity. This trend stretches across all the states where Naxalites have established their “independent zones”.

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De-Stigmatising Muslims

WRITER-activist Arundhati Roy describes the Ayodhya verdict as a “political judgement”. A group of left historians and intellectuals led by Ms Romila Thapar sees the order as a “blow to secularism”– even worse, a “legitimisation of violence and muscle power (demolition of the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992).”

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Whom to Patronise

BEACH shacks, instead of being a tourist facility, have turned into a tourist sore. The idea of creating self-employment for Goans through award of shacks every year no more looks as pious as it was made out to be.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Cancer of Corruption
GIVEN the sordid levels of corruption, incompetence and disgrace which the CWG organisation committee has forced upon us, we do not need terrorists to destroy the nation.

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Post-Verdict Muslims must Move On

BY FIROZ BAKHT AHMED
AFTER the Allahabad High Court judgment, I was shocked to see the same old faces, the so called–Muslim leaders (or rabble rousers)–on various television channels claiming to represent Indian Muslims.

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Devolution in Real Sense

The differing opinions expressed by the Panchayat Minister Mr Babu Azgaonkar and Mr Shantaram Naik, MP, at last week’s meeting of the South Goa Zilla Panchayat reflect the old battle between the government and ZP for transfer of powers.

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Tale of Two Generals

Given a chance would you prefer to walk in the shoes of Mr Pervez Musharraf or Mr Sarath Fonseca? Both were former generals, one in the Pakistani army and the other, a war hero who led his troops to victory over the LTTE.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Inauguration Par Excellence
AMIDST all odds and controversies that entangled the Commonwealth Games, the inaugural ceremony got off to a flying start and was outstanding by any world standard.

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Centenary of Portuguese Republic

BY NANDKUMAR KAMAT

WHEN the news of first republic in Portugal reached Panaji in 1910, there were spontaneous jubilations and processions in the streets. An eyewitness local resident, one of Goa’s foremost, progressive social reformists, Yeshawantarao Suryarao alias Bhai Sardessai would later write of that day in his Marathi essay "Loksatta’ (People’s rule)–

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The Holy Grail

NOT to admit it’s getting better. A little better all the time (It can’t get no worse).’ This verse from a Beatles hit sums up the mood of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa which recently predicted a 10 to 15 per cent increase in charter tourists in the coming season.

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