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March 01, 2009

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Vol. LX, No. 34, New Delhi, March 01, 2009

Can 2009 election bring genuine Hind Swaraj?
Time has come to define true secularism, freedom

By MD Nalapat

ALTHOUGH the UPA got the benefit of liberalisa-tion carried out by the NDA during 1998-2002 (before fear of the ballot led to a policy slowdown) and saw high rates of growth till 2006, as warned, the period since 2007 has been marked by a return to the Nehru rate of growth, accompanied by harsh taxation,...    more >

Pranab has resorted to fudging figures on agricultural growth
Foodgrains production did not increase at ten million tonnes a year

By Arabinda Ghose

PRESENTING what the media called a ?flat? interim budget for the year 2009-10, the External Affairs Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee rightly paid tributes to farmers of India as the ?real heroes? of India?s success story since it were they who with hard work had ensured food security for the country.    more >

?Farming will become a profitable business?
Agriculture Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat has introduced a new concept of Special Agriculture Zone (SAZ) to make farming a business of profit.    more >

The UPA government is withering away

THE UPA government has already become a lame duck. That is the image it has been giving ever since the Mumbai terror attack on November 26, 2008, but the interim budget it presented in the Lok Sabha on February 14, confirmed it.    more >

Make BJP win to make India win: LK Advani
From Subhash Singh in Gorakhpur

THE BJP formally launched its mega and electrifying campaign in Uttar Pradesh from Gorakhpur on February 15 for the upcoming Lok Sabha election. The Rashtra Raksha Vijay Sankalp Rally was organised by Yogi Adityanath, sitting MP from Gorakhpur Sadar seat and heir of Baba Gorakshanath Peeth.    more >

Railway ?miracle? comes a cropper
By Shivaji Sarkar

RAILWAYS hardly have any surplus. Manipulations of figures present a ?miracle?. Lalu?s budget is away from truth. His statement that fares and freight have not been raised is definitely not the fact. Tariff on foodgrain and essential commodities was raised on February 1, just 12 days before the presentation of the budget    more >

Sangh Samachar

Unguarded Coastline: Unsafe Orissa
From Debasis Tripathy in Bhubaneswar

THE 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai jolted the entire country. It exposed our country?s vulnerability to Islamic terror transported from Pakistan and its fanatic cohorts.    more >

Dharma Raksha Vedika to protect Hindu Samaj
Awakening programmes from February 1 to March 15, 2009, in Andhra Pradesh.

TO destroy the Hindu dharma throughout the country, a conspiracy is going on a large scale. Its result is arrest of Swamy Jayendra Saraswathi who is working to protect the Hindu dharma and that of Sadhvi Pragna Singh and killing of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.    more >

PIL against scholarships for religious minorities

Mumbai : A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court against a scholarship scheme for religious minorities. The scheme, launched by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs last year, provides for 20,000 scholarships on merit and income basis for students from Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Parsi communities.    more >

Vote-on-account: It's nothing but vague hyperbole
By Shivaji Sarkar

INTERIM budget has certain ethical restrictions. But even within limitation, the government could have made announcement of programmes for creation of jobs, raise purchasing power and boost the economy.    more >

Lalu's Bhagalpur trick
By Arabinda Ghose

BHAGALPUR town in Bihar has been known for certain types of silk textiles, ?jardalu? mangoes and a large presence of Bengali-speaking people including the well known writer ?Banaphul? (Dr. Balaichand Mukhopdhyaya).    more >

Pro-LTTE lawyers attack Subramanian Swamy in court hall

JANATA Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy was assaulted by a group of advocates in Madras High Court, in the presence of judges of a Division Bench on February 17. Around 11.45 a.m., the advocates entered Court Hall No. 3 and shouted slogans in support of Sri Lankan Tamils.    more >

Politburo surrenders to Pinarayi blackmail
Defiant CM says fight against corruption has to continue

By S Chandrasekhar

AS expected, the CPM Politburo, which met on February 14 at AKG Bhavan in New Delhi, gave a clean chit to Pinarayi Vijayan in the Rs 390 crore SNC- Lavalin scam.    more >

Kerala is the new terror factory of South
Congress, CPM patronage makes it easy


THE arrest of nine jehadis by Karnataka Police who had rocked the Bangaluru on July 25, 2008, is another feather in Karnataka Police?s cap.    more >

Ideology alone should guide nationalist politics and public life?Suresh Soni

DR Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation organised a two-day workshop to mark the 41st death anniversary of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya, in New Delhi.    more >

Health service is a sham
By Dr Indira Satyanarayan

THE motto of Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) Yato Dharmastato Jaya i.e., ?where there is righteousness there shall be victory?, was busted in the Nerurkar baby kidnapping case in the Sion Hospital, Mumbai.    more >

Islamic fantasies that make religious fanatics
By Dr S P Gupta

TAKFIR is a doctrine that permits the murder of whoever is judged guilty of having renounced faith in God.    more >

Symposium on the role of students in national reconstruction

SHIKSHA Sanskriti Utthan Nyas organised a two-day symposium in Delhi University on the role of students in education and national reconstruction from February 9 to 10.    more >


The Moving Finger Writes

Teaching Pak children how to hate India
By M.V. Kamath

HOW is it that there is so much hatred of India, and more especially Hindus, among segments of Pakistan society? Who is responsible for creating such downright hatred? The answer should be obvious. The responsibility lies heavily on the educational system in the country. And information on this is provided by an independent body set up in Pakistan known as Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) with headquarters in Islamabad, in a lengthy report.    more >

Kids Org

Single mindedness is integral to devotion
By Ratnadeep Banerji

A man was angling in a lake while remaining all absorbed in himself. It took quite a while for his float to show any movement till it?s tip finally touched water indicating some fish was tugging at the bait. At this critical juncture, when the angler was on the verge of sensing the fish caught securely and pull up the rod, a passerby sauntered up and asked, ?Sir, can you tell me where Shri Banerji lives?? There was no reply from the angler, who was anticipating a fish getting caught remained all agog holding the rod tightly clenched in his hands.    more >


Patanjali Yoga has the cure for hypertension
By Pramod Kumar

YOGA has immense power to cure not only hypertension but also various critical diseases related to heart, kidney, spine and intestine, which cannot be fully cured by allopathy. Apart from this, yoga gives deep physical and mental relaxation if performed properly, said renowned Yogacharya Padma Bhushan Dr BKS Iyengar...    more >


Democracy and development in South Asia
By Manju Gupta
Towards Freedom in South Asia, VA Pai Panandiker & Rahul Tripathi (eds.), Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd, 383 Pp, Rs 750.00

TODAY South Asia is in the midst of a difficult transformation within and outside which will determine the future of a quarter of the humanity. The legacy of the 1947 Partition still haunts the bulk of South Asia.

India: Decline and revival
By Dr CA Priyesh
The Indian Renaissance: India?s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline, Sanjeev Sanyal, Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd, Pp 230, Rs 499.00

THIS book is by a very young distinguished teacher and researcher of economics who has specialised in studying Asia?s rapidly changing societies, their economies, financial markets, cities and demographics.

Understanding Indian Muslims through media
By Ratnadeep Banerji
Muslims And Media Images: News versus Views; edited by Ather Farouqui; Oxford; Pp 354; Rs. 695.00

THIS book is a personal testimony of the editor Ather Farouqui who belches out his pent-up feelings about Indian Muslims that finds unequivocal support from denizens of society turning into his contributor for this book.

A reading of Ramacharitamanas
By Manju Gupta
The Spirit of Ramcharitmanas, Aruna Sitesh, Akshaya Prakashan, Pp 282, Rs 300.00

Ramcharitmanas, written in Awadhi dialect of Uttar Pradesh, occupies a place in literary works which can at best be given to the epic Mahabharata. Surviving the test of some five centuries, this unique epic has not become any less important over the years.

Cow is national wealth
Gauraksha-Rashtra Raksha, Gauseva-Janseva (Hindi), Gaurishankar Bharadwaj, Suruchi Prakashan, Pp 75, Rs 38.00

INDIA is an agrarian country where the majority of population is brought up in the villages. The farmer?s prime source of livelihood is agriculture, which has been responsible for the nation?s growth and development.

News Analysis

Hasina can tame terrorists perched in Bangladesh
By Shyam Khosla

SHEIKH Hasina-led Awami League?s surprising landslide victory in December 2008 parliamentary elections ? that were largely fair and free because unlike earlier elections military remained neutral?has opened a window of hope about return of sanity in Dhaka and improvement in Indo-Bangladesh relations.    more >


India is bogged down by its inept government
By Vasant Kulkarni

AS I heard the news of Mumbai attack by terrorists or earlier to that the Assam bombing and the bombings at Bangaluru, Ahmadabad and Delhi, a question kept haunting me all the time and kept resurfacing again and again. What is it that is holding us from becoming a peaceful, prosperous, clean, ethical, tolerant and ...    more >

Readers? Forum

Arjun tussi great ho:
?SACHIN PUROHIT, Somerset, New Jersey

This is regarding the latest poor joke from Arjun Singh. The much-touted Rs. 500 laptop that was inaugurated with much fanfare by Arjun Singh, as it turns out, is anything but a laptop. While India is making great scientific and technological progress, it is events like these that project India in bad light.    more >

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