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Monday Madness

Outlook reports

Monday 25 August 2003

S?rie d’articles paru dans Outlook India, ?dition du 25 ao?t 2003.

Two blasts rip the heart of Mumbai. Mayawati’s government falls. The controversial ASI report on Ayodhya is made public. Can there be any more madness on a Monday?

Lightning striking thrice? It was that sort of a week. The news tickers rattled to life, went into hyperdrive, spilling out updates by the minute on events whose consequences are yet to be apprehended fully. Three seemingly unrelated occurrences, tied together by more than the date they share. First, by their scale. A shocker of a twin terror attack in Bombay. An alliance government’s fall in distant UP, a state that is still India’s largest electorally. And a 574-page document from the asi on the mandir imbroglio that might prove the least innocuous of them all. In the swirl let loose by this strange coalition of events, there also were threads-of political motives and repercussions-that looped into one another.

- Dark Room Tactics: Bhavdeep Kang and Sutapa Mukerjee in Lucknow on Mulayam’s return to power in UP after eight years

- Adventures In Wonderland : Stock-taking time for the BJP

- The Mirror Cracked: Priyanka Kakodkar, Manu Joseph and Saumya Roy on the Mumbai twin blasts

- When The Quiet One Weaves A Web: Manu Joseph on the profile of terror’s new cells

- The Bulls Don’t Hear The Noise: Charubala Annuncio on the never-say-die spirit of Mumbai

- Are ’They’ Different?: Manu Joseph on the reaction of the city’s Muslim community

- The Genesis Of Terror: Prem Shankar Jha on the alienated post-Godhra Muslim turning into a terror machine

- Phantom Of The Fossils: Poornima Joshi on the fallout of the ASI report

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