March 30, 2003
cost of conflict
DEFENCE analysts say
at least a quarter of the world’s countries are devastated by
armed conflict, including sporadic but long-drawn battles against
terrorists and guerrillas, posing a great threat to stability
everywhere. Sub-Saharan Africa and West Asia remain prone to more
wars. The war in Afghanistan has spread to other South Central
Asian countries to unsettle an entire region. And Iraq is
considered the most dangerous of all sites because of the threat
from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
and turbulent times ahead
I FEEL elated to extend my
heartiest felicitation and good wishes to the readers while hailing the
new Vikrama Year 2060, traditionally known as samvatsara.
Although the first lunar day of Chaitra commenced at 00 : 48 a m
on the night between April 1 and 2, but according to the norms governing
the Vikrama calendar it must coincide with the sun rise to be
designated as samvatsara. The point worth noting here is that Vaar-pravritti
— the start of the day concludes with — sunrise and not with
midnight, as we find in the Christian calendar.
Warli artists turn market savvy
Balu Mashya returned home after a three-month trip to Japan, neighbours
were shocked to hear him mouth words like "home decor" and
"lifestyle products" in the course of normal conversation.
They knew he could manage a smattering of English, but applying
marketing jargon to art was unheard of.
Lessons from life
precious possession in the world
THE story goes that some
time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of
golden wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the
child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.
Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next
morning and said "This is for you, Daddy." He was embarrassed
by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found
the box was empty. He yelled at her, "Don’t you know that when
you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside