APRIL 2010

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Anticipating Dalit support for Rahul Gandhi and Congress in the next assembly polls, Mayawati is returning to her pro-Dalit agenda with a vengeance
Pradeep Kapoor Lucknow

Hardnews sent some critical questions to Monsanto regarding safety of GM food. This is full text of an exclusive e-mail interview with Monsanto-India’s spokesperson.

Full text of an e-mail interview with Dr KK Narayanan, MD, Metahelix Life Sciences (P) Ltd. He has led the ‘Crop Transformation and Functional Genomics’ programme at the Monsanto Research Centre, Bangalore.

Gigantic, greedy and powerful multinational companies are using muscle and media power to push through genetically modified food products, backed by parasitic lobbies in India peddling unscientific evidence.In the wake of PM's interview to journal Science, we reproduce the old debate
Shaweta Anand Delhi

After poachers, it is sustained official insensitivity, and the human-animal conflict that threatens the endangered species of the great Indian tiger
Akash Bisht Ramnagar/Dhikala

It was under his guidance that Aircel has become a household name with their thought-provoking advertisments on the pessimistic status of the majestic wild tigers in India. The impact of this successful endeavour of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has spread across the nation, from schools to power corridors. Sandip Das, Director Incharge of Indian Operations at Aircel Limited, spoke to Hardnews in an e-mail interview

Women’s reservation can radically change the character and essence of Indian politics and civil society for all times to come. Backed by Rahul Gandhi, that is Sonia Gandhi’s trump card, for both the party and a soulless UPA regime
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi

Editorial: April
Hardnews Bureau

From a class nine drop-out to security guard to massage parlour pimp to fraudulent spiritual guru to sex baba: Shiv Murti Dwivedi is a classic case of how totally corrupt multi-million holy empires are flourishing in India
Prateek Chauhan Delhi

With interest groups demanding minority status for Jamia Millia Islamia, will sectarian politics take over the university’s academic culture?
Sadiq Naqvi Delhi

The women’s bill not only seeks to reverse 63 years of women’s exclusion from the national polity, Its introduction will provide a challenge to patriarchal practises whose roots stretch deep into our cultural psyche
Ratna Raman Delhi

So why are they ravaging the pristine landscape of fruits, crops, springs and waterfalls in the Western Ghats, violating every law of the land? And who will smash this perverse nexus of politicians, administrators and mining companies?
Hartman de Souza Asniye (Maharashtra) and Margao (Goa)