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December 22, 2007 - Annual Number 2007


- VOL XLVI No 1 New Delhi December 22, 2007

This leprous daybreak, dawn night’s fangs have mangled,
- This is not that long-looked-for break of day,
- Not that clear dawn in quest of which our comrades
- Set out, believing that in heaven’s wide void
- Somewhere must be the stars’ last halting-place,
- Somewhere the verge of night’s slow-washing tide,
- Somewhere the anchorage of the ship of sorrow.

When they set out, those friends, taking youth’s secret
- Pathways, how many hands plucked at their sleeves!
- From panting casements of the land of beauty
- Soft arms invoked them, flesh cried out to them;
- But dearer was the lure of dawn’s bright cheek,
- More precious shone her robe of shimmering rays;
- Light-winged their longing, feather-light their toil.
- But now, word goes, the birth of day from darkness
- Is finished, wandering feet stand at their goal;
- Our leaders’ ways are altering, festive looks
- Are all the fashion, discontent reproved.
- Yet still no physic works on unslaked eye
- Or heart fevered by absence, any cure:
- Where did that fine breeze, that the wayside lamp
- Has not once felt, blow from—where has it fled?
- Night’s heaviness is unlessened still, the hour
- Of mind and spirit’s ransom has not struck;
- Let us go on, our goal is not reached yet.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz


Mainstream Annual 2007


8 EDITORIAL : Ray of hope
- 10 Urgent Need to Mend Fences with Iran
-Mansoor Ali
- 11 Swaraj—Unto the Last : A Patriotic Thought
-V.R. Krishna Iyer
-From N.C.’s Writings
- 13 The Road Ahead
- 15 Nuclear Deal : USA’s Game Plan and GOI’s Abject Surrender
-Sailendra Nath Ghosh
-From Mainstream Files
- 19 Remembering S.V. Ghate
-P.C. Joshi
- 21 Violence and Our Youth
-Hiren Mukerjee
- 24 WOMEN’S WORLD : Re-imagining Women in Islam
-Syeda Hameed
- 29 Taslima Nasreen’s Agony Must Come to an End
-Muchkund Dubey
- 33 Abduction Simpliciter!
-D. Bandyopadhyay
- 36 Taslima Issue in Perspective
-Amitava Mukherjee
- 37 P.C. Joshi : A Political Journey
-Bipan Chandra
- 49 Pakistan : Re-emergence of Nawaz Sharif
-M.K. Bhadrakumar
- 53 MUSINGS : Please, No Ecstasy for Pakistan’s Agony
-Som Benegal
- 54 Nandigram : Another Symbol of Challenge to Democracy in India
-Arun Kumar
- 59 Questions that beg Answers from the CPI-M
-Surendra Mohan
- 61 In the Wake of Nandigram
-Sunanda Sanyal
- 63 Nandigram : The Gujarat of Sonar Bangla
-Suvrokamal Dutta
- 65 Bihar’s Manmade Woes
-Shree Shankar Sharan
- 67 Is the Cult of Non-Violence opposed to the Fight against the Culture of Tyranny, Injustice, Oppression and Exploitation?
-Lakshmidhar Mishra
- 77 BOOK REVIEW : On Socialism and its Version as Practised in China Today
-Priyadarshi Mukherji
- 79 US Exaggeration of Iran’s Ballistic Missile Threat
-Neha Kumar
- 81 DISCUSSION : Need to Redefine Socialism after the Collapse of the Soviet Union
-Chaturanan Mishra
- 84 The Centenarian Alvas
-G.S. Bhargava
- 85 National AIDS Control Programme-Phase III : A Socio-Political Disaster in the Making
-Rami Chhabra
- 99 Implications of Plutonomy
-Girish Mishra
- 101 Bundelkhand: Is the Journey from Despair to Hope Possible?
-Bharat Dogra
- 105 On 150th Anniversary of 1857 Revolt : Sepoy Mutiny and Indian Patriotism
-A.K. Biswas
- 109 Did India let down Aung San Suu Kyi?
-Urvashi Dhamija
- 110 IMPRESSIONS: We are Politically Correct—for What?
- 111 Barriers to Historical Research—Restrictive Accessibility to Public Records
-A.K. Dasgupta
- 114 COMMUNICATION: On Rabindranath’s Prasna and Nandigram Events

Readers, Please Note...
- This Annual Number being more than three times the size of an ordinary number, the next issue of Mainstream will appear on January 26, 2008 as the Republic Day Special. —Editor