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Vol. XXVIII No. 6, July 1-15, 2018

Featured Articles

Water starvation faces us

By The Editor

Queuing to supply water to the City. (Photo: R. Raja Pandiyan.) Earlier this year, Cape Town acquired the dubious distinction of becoming the first city in the world to face the prospect of forcibly closing off all taps and get its population to get water from 200 collection points across the city. That catastrophe got […]

Is new MSP good for TN farmers?

* The writer is an Agricultural Economist and a former Consultant with the FAO. Agriculture supports about 40 per cent of the population for livelihood. How it is impacted by the Centre’s proposal to introduce a Margin Guarantee Scheme to farmers is of importance. The present Minimum Support Price (MSP) scheme has been only moderately […]

From India’s Digital Archives

The Digital Library of India (DLI) project, an initiative of the Central Government, aims at digitising significant artistic, literary and scientific works and making them available over the Internet for education and research. Begun in 2000 by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India and later taken over by the […]

Corporate houses and contemporary art

by Geetha Doctor

A 20-year old article that’s still relevant. Walking through the Peugeot Talbot factory near Coventry, U.K., recently, what struck me were the posters – pin-ups really – of lavishly endowed women that the assembly line crew had stuck near their work stations. Even in the most technologically perfect environment, where the workers hardly have the […]

Lost Landmarks of Chennai


The tower that vanished Today there is no sign of a tower at the Government Museum, Egmore. Yet, in its time the absence of such a structure would have been completely out of character for the architects who designed the public buildings of Madras. Chisholm, Irwin, Pogson, Brassington – almost all of them believed in […]

Rethinking Indo-Saracenic architecture

The Indo-Saracenic style. A look at the Indo-Gothic style of architecture which drew elements from native Indian styles and the Gothic revival style. Colonial architecture is an important chapter in the modernisation of India. British architecture started with governmental and public buildings in the European classical styles in India. Three remarkable styles adopted in the […]

Twelve women’s groups, one dream, total sanitation

Ever since the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) was launched in India, there have been many innovative ways in which communities have taken ownership of Mission Sanitation that aims to eradicate open defecation by 2019. In select blocks of Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul District, village councils, local women and technology have come together seamlessly to […]

Working together on pet film projects

by R.V. Rajan

A biography that became an autobiography (Continued from last fortnight) The Krishnaswamys today. (Picture: R. Raja Pandiyan.) With her proficiency in Hindi, Mohana was helping her husband in producing some of the films in Hindi. So when Babu offered her the key role at Krishnaswamy Associates, she accepted it without hesitation. Babu’s film on Indian […]

Once tree-rich

Ficus krishnae. How not to maintain educational campuses (MM, June 16th, 2018) offered depressing reading. As an alumnus of Madras Presidency College, I felt all the more dejected. While I deliberately restrict myself from making any comments, I wish to bring to the attention of the authorities of Madras Presidency College that the late G. […]

How (not to) maintain educational campuses!

By The Editor

For all the talk about Swacch Bharath and the necessity for cleanliness in public spaces, we appear to be doing very little by way of addressing the most impressionable target audience – students. Most college campuses, in particular the ones run by the Government, present a sorry picture of neglect and bad maintenance. Given the […]