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Interview

Model approach

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
What do you work on? In practical scenarios, there is often a need to separate objects, or categorise them into groups, based on their characteristics. The characteristics vary from discipline to discipline, and so do the objectives (behind the need to categorise).

Boost for global polio eradication campaign

Issue Date: Mar 27, 2014
After huge struggles, India has finally become entitled to polio-free certification from the World Health Organization. What lessons does the country offer to the world, especially in struggles against communicable diseases?

‘South-East Asia must remain polio-free after certification’

Issue Date: Mar 27, 2014
India is going to be certified a polio-free nation. How do you see this achievement? What is the meaning of this certificate? To be clear, India is not being certified polio-free, but the entire region, which WHO designates as the South East Asia Region, is being certified. No single country can be certified polio-free.

‘Focus of leprosy control programmes has to shift to address new challenges’

Issue Date: Mar 22, 2014
Your comments on the current status of leprosy control

Village protesting Kundankulam bans poll campaigning by any party

Issue Date: Mar 19, 2014
Idinthakarai recently banned campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in the village. How will the decision impact elections?

I was dropped because I stood for Western Ghats conservation: P T Thomas

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Mar 19, 2014
Q: You won the elections in 2009 with a good majority. Then why did your party drop you? A: It could be because of my stand on the conservation of the Western Ghats. I don’t see any other reason. Q: What was your stand?

GM crop benefits are all in future

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2014
Your piece on the irrational fear of GM food after you won the WFP seems dismissive of the opinion of scientists who find GM feed problematic.

‘Mass media campaigns can curb tobacco consumption significantly’

Issue Date: Mar 6, 2014
How prevalent is smoking among Indians? Are more young Indians (below 40 years of age) smoking now?

'Biodiversity authority needs autonomy'

Issue Date: Mar 5, 2014
Indian institutions work in a bureaucratic set up and it is said you tried to defy it. Was that the reason for your resignation from the post of chairperson of National Biodiversity Authority (NBA)?

'Let us internalise the relation we need to have with nature'

Author(s): Pradip Saha
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2014
What’s the difference between writing an essay about 2050 sitting in the present while pretending you have lived through nearly forty years in future, and a more usual narrative?
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