SEPTEMBER 2009

September 2009
If fifty minutes of rain can immobilise the capital of a potential economic superpower with a nuclear bomb, why are we forever pumping our chests with megalomania and patriotic pride? Is there something intrinsically wrong in the systems we flaunt? If we are so powerful, why are we so powerless?
From rivers and epidemics, to terror, mass murders and hunger: what's wrong with India?

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Or is it that billionaire celebrities and overnight ad-icons help us hide the transparent truth that we are basically a battered nation of infinite, all-round failures...

Food prices are rising not due to a delayed monsoon. It is because of massive hoarding, black market and speculation. Yet, the government takes refuge behind the excuse: markets driven by sentiments Devinder Sharma Delhi

Both home and world prices greeted the news of drought by moving up. Will the government rein in the profiteering market forces and ‘relief bureaucracy’ that loves every drought as a boon? Kamal Nayan Kabra Delhi

The Mayawati regime approved of Rs 556 crore for construction of parks and statues, but allocated only Rs 250 crore for drought relief. Even that money is not reaching as helpless people starve in drought-hit UP Pradeep Kapoor Lucknow

Even while people in Marathwada and Vidarbha crave for rains and relief, politicians not only hate rains, they are declaring normal rainfall zones as drought-hit. Clearly, financial bounties of drought relief are too high Aritra Bhattacharya Aurangabad (Maharashtra)

It is especially the way contraception is advertised that makes us think, how little it has to do with women’s liberation and is more a way of upholding status-quoist ideas on sex, gender, family, class
Pallavi Paul Delhi

The issues Jinnah outlined still haunt India and Pakistan today Beena Sarwar Karachi

Dr Rachel Dwyer grew up on the films of Satyajit Ray but today she cannot have enough of Bollywood. The professor of Indian studies and cinema at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is already the author of nearly a dozen books on Indian cinema and has written the biography of Yash Chopra. Mehru Jaffer