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June 28, 2009




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Vol. LX, No. 51, New Delhi, JUNE 28, 2009

Oppose the visit of United States
Commission for International Religious
Freedom to India—Ashok Singhal


UNITED States Commission for International Religious Freedom is a self-appointed committee as an expression of the big brother attitude of USA to enquire into the status of religious freedom in other countries. It was set up in 1998.    more >

Congress still playing games with 26/11 tragedy
Inquiry report conceals more than revealing

By Aditya Pradhan

THOUGH the Ram Pradhan Committee report on the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, has become a rallying point for the Opposition parties in Maharashtra to take the government to task, there are some incredibly valid points which could question the lackadaisical attitude of the establishment as well as private star hotels in Mumbai, and some preposterous claims on national security.    more >

Thinking Aloud
Rulers now are managers not leaders
By Dr Jay Dubashi

IT’S all over bar the shouting. They say that a week is a long time in politics, but even a day is enough to change the fate of nations, what to speak of political parties, particularly those who lead a hand-to-mouth existence, as in India. The poll played havoc with them and has sent many of them packing.    more >

Editorial
Maoists are enemies of the nation. Crush them.

THE recent spurt of Maoist violence in Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal is a matter of great alarm. This violence has taken a heavy toll on the lives and morale of the security forces operating in these areas. With counter-insurgency measures taken by Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh governments inflicting a...    more >

Before talk, ensure Pak acts on terror
By MD Nalapat

FOR decades, India’s attention has been diverted by Pakistan. That country had begun its descent into extremism in the 1970, when the Pakistan army began to be rid of the moderate, largely secular officer corps, and infiltrated by Wahabbis promoted by Zia-ul-Haq.    more >

Need for genuine devolution of power to Tamils in Sri Lanka
By V Shanmuganathan

THERE are roofless homes and abandoned street dogs. The Tamil areas in the north and eastern sides of Sri Lanka are silent and serious. These areas are awaiting normalcy. More than 2,50,000 Tamil refugees live in the so-called rehabilitation camps without proper food, water, sanitation and medication.    more >

Sangh Samachar

UPA failed to protect Indian students
By Vijay Jolly

AUSTRALIA has emerged as a lucrative preferred destination for foreign students in the current year. Last year there were 5 lakh foreign students in Australia. The Indians numbered 90,000. Rs. 10 to 12 lakhs is spent by each Indian student for his education, boarding, lodging & food expenses in Australia.    more >

Bangla link in cow trafficking
‘Gomata’ butchered openly in Aila-hit areas of WB

By Asim Kumar Mitra

WHEN the whole of India is preparing for a grand programme called “Vishwa Mangal Gogram Yatra”, the Aila-storm hit West Bengal is tuning to a completely different music as more than 1,500 cows were washed away into the high sea with the Aila fury and another thousand cows died on ground during the storm.    more >

A section of media playing double standard, alleges Puri Seer
By Golakha Chandra Das

BHUBANESWAR (Visakeo)- Sankaracharya of Puri Gobardan Pitha, Jagadaguru Swami Nischalanand Saraswati has alleged that a section of media, particularly the electronic media is playing double standards on various sensitive issues.    more >

Indian politics a lucrative business: Survey
Courtesy: The Pioneer

MORE than half of India’s lawmakers running for re-election to Parliament reported a 300 per cent increase in their assets since the last ballot five years ago, a survey conducted by a corruption watchdog said.    more >

Shailaja Acharya, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal is ailing
By Arabinda Ghose

THOSE who have followed the political and personal life of Shailaja Acharya, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, cannot but feel extremely upset at news that her condition in a Kathmandu hospital is very serious.    more >

Naga warrior Ganching Konyak remembered
FOC

JANJATI Vikas Samiti Nagaland organised a function at village Chui on May 27 to pay tribute to Sepoy Ganching Konyak of first Naga Regiment who was sacrificed in Kargil War in 1999. Chui is the native village of Konyak.    more >

Some lessons learnt unlearnt
By Dr Shridhar Pant

THE 15th Lok Sabha election is important in many respects. It has taught many lessons for the nation. Most politicians see in it the emergence of the two-party Parliament. The era of regionalism as also the castist wars is seen as over. Obviously this augurs well for the future. The Congress is buoyant.    more >

The debate on BJP
By Jatindernath Joshi

AFTER sixty years of freedom, Indian democracy seems to be falling apart. The BJP was once a cadre based party, having the RSS as their friend, philosopher and guide. At that time even a cycle repairer (e.g. Bodh Raj of south Delhi) could become a member of the DMC.    more >

BJP ideology has not failed¬—II
The BJP has to learn from Congress strategy

By Dr Arya K Bhattacharya

THE media manipulation to describe Shri Narendra Modi as a mass murderer while simultaneously painting Shri Rajiv Gandhi as a secular hero has only one parallel in recent human history – the painting of Saddam Hussein as a beast by the Western media followed by the American invasion and capture of Iraq.    more >

Crimes against India: And the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition

THIS is an extremely revealing and important book for protecting, preserving, and promoting the profound and ancient Vedic tradition of India. India is a most resilient country, and is presently becoming a great economic power in the world.    more >

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Economy Watch

Generating employment in the era of global meltdown
By Bharat Jhunjhunwala

THE new Congress Government is working on a two-point agenda of pushing economic reforms and expanding pro-poor welfare programmes. The developed countries have implemented precisely such a policy in the last 50 years.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

The changing face of India
By MV Kamath

IT is over sixty years since India became independent and 1947 onwards we have had fifteen national elections. In these sixty odd years the mindset of the people has changed drastically. Ideological concepts have given way to more prosaic ones like caste and creed and people now vote not on issues of merit but whether the candidate belongs to one’s caste.    more >

Think It Over

Blacks and Whites: Can they ever be brothers?
By MSN Menon

NO. Not in a long long while. Look at what is going on in Australia. Australia, like the USA, is a violent country. It was a country of criminal convicts. Is there any wonder in what they are doing today? Then, why do our students go to Australia?    more >

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

Our mantra is development, service to the needy—BS Yeddyurappa
The one-year performance of BJP government in Karnataka boosted the confidence of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. During this short span he not only secured full majority in the Assembly, but also won the heart of the people by taking many people-friendly initiatives.    more >

Kids’ Org

The minor incarnations of Vishnu
By Ratnadeep Banerji

'VIVESHTI-vyapnoti characharatmakam jagat iti Vishnu’, means one who exists in each and every particle of matter and non-matter, living and non-living things of the world.    more >

Bookmark

A historic fiction
By Vaidehi Nathan, Nothing is Blue, Biman Nath, HarperCollins, Pp 242, Rs. 295.00

A Pakistani family tangle
By Vaidehi Nathan, Loves’s Fury; Qaisra Shahraz, Penguin Books, Pp 224, Rs 299.00

Merging meditation and physics
By Ratnadeep Banerji,
Meditation, Oneness & Physics; Dr Glen P Kezwer Phd; Sterling Paperbacks; Pp 192; Rs. 250.00


To understand terrorism
By Manju Gupta, The Roots of Terrorism, Anand Shankar, Shraddha Prakashan, Pp 98, Rs 50.00

A life in a village
By Manju Gupta, Through the Glass Walls, Alok Krishna Gupta: Genesis Publishing, Pp 295, Rs 175.00

A son’s letter to his mother
By Manju Gupta
Where Nothing Happens, Padmanabh Vijay Pillai, Seagull Books, Pp 176, Rs 495.00


Verbatim

This is what Kanchi Shankaracharya spoke at the inter-faith dialogue
By Radha Rajan

We have it on excellent authority of Kanchi Shankaracharya that the inter-faith dialogue did not go as planned by the Vatican.    more >

News Analysis

Death of LTTE opens a window of hope in Sri Lanka
By Shyam Khosla

WHO could have imagined that a small band of rebels led by Velupillai Prabhakaran that founded LTTE in 1972 to fight discrimination against Tamils would grow into one of the most powerful and dangerous terrorist outfits in the world.    more >

Media Watch

New trends in publishing

MEDIA Critique is a relatively new magazine. It is three years old but is probably the only journal of its kind that is a true critique of the media. Its latest issue has some bad news for journalists. Time was, as the journal writes, when struggle and poverty were synonymous with a journalist’s life. Landlords would refuse to rent out their premises to scribes and what was even worse, “a mediaperson as a prospective son-in-law was ...    more >

Feedback

On Election 2009
BJP should stick to the time-tested ideology

By Anand Mishra ‘Abhay’

ONE is rather shocked to see that the BJP an all India only nationalist party appears to be demoralised to such an extent that so-called stalwarts are gone berserk. One is writing an article and getting published in an English newspaper having a super deluxe secularist image. The fellow is said to be a culprit of Advani’s Jinnah episode.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Difference between Indian government and US (Organiser, 14-6-2009);
—SUBRAMANIAM LASKHMI NARASIMHAN, 78 Union Avenue, Edison, NJ 08820, USA

The writer Dr Jay Dubashi has struck the right chord and sought to warn the readers and the public about how we have been callous about national interests and the primacy of the rule of law.    more >




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