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December 13, 2009

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Vol. LXI, No. 23, New Delhi, December 13, 2009

Liberhan Report vindicates VHP contention
Temple was destroyed to build the Babri structure
A threadbare analysis of the Report by VHP experts

THE Liberhan Commission took seventeen long years to present its final report. The Commission has cost the nation tens of crores of rupees. It has failed to come up to the expectations of the people. It has failed to dig out facts and serve the purpose for which it was constituted. more >

Mumbai outrage anniversary
Inept, soft state, hard facts

By Dr Gautam Sen

THE deadly assault on Mumbai and slaughter of innocent civilians, directed by serving officers of the Pakistani armed forces, will not be the last outrage against India. more >

Thinking Aloud
Cleanliness like charity should begin at home
By Dr Jay Dubashi

MY friend Jairam Ramesh, who happens to be environment minister at the centre, which means he is in charge of all the dirt in the country, said recently that if there was a Nobel Prize for dirt or filth, India would undoubtedly get it. more >

Time to move on, nurture unity

AT a time when Indians were trying to remember and forget the gory carnage of 26/11, the leaders of the Muslim community were discussing a silly issue that calls for all-round condemnation. more >

An AAHF venture
Now, a textbook on ancient history of Indian agriculture

By Arabinda Ghose

ON an eminently laudable effort to dispel the notion that scientific agriculture emanated only from the West, the Asian Agri History Foundation, Secunderabad, which has been publishing valuable material on the glory of agriculture in all its myriad aspects, has now come out with a book titled, A Textbook on Ancient History of Indian Agriculture. more >

Swiss ban mosque minarets in surprise vote
By Alexander G Higgins

GENEVA—Recently Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on minarets, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population. more >

Sangh Samachar

Thousands of students participate in impressive Gita Jayanti celebrations by BVK

PADMASRI P Parameswaran, an RSS ideologue and Director, Bharateeya Vichar Kendram, was the brain behind observing Ramayana Month during the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. Now Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan’s Adyatma Ramayana is being read in lakhs of Hindu houses and temples throughout Kerala and in NRI pockets in Gulf, US and Europe. more >

Vivekananda International Foundation inaugurated in New Delhi
The Foundation should try to live up to Vivekananda's vision of resurgent India—Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

By Pramod Kumar

"TODAY we need to pay special attention to the starving and illiterate people from the lower strata of the society. For this we need to go into society and act. Swami Vivekananda also stressed the importance of educating women and giving them their proper place in society,” said Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. more >

Kerala high on jehadi radar
Left Front is unwilling to act

By S Chandrasekhar

FOR a small state, yet to recover from the “export of jehadis to Kashmir” and loss of 4000 girls due to “Love Jehad”, comes another bombshell, the visit of Tahawwur Rana and David Headley to Kochi for scouting terror targets, including Guruvayur Temple and Sabarimala. more >

Kerala witnessed one of the biggest welcomes to Gou Gram Yatra
Protect cow, save ecology—Dr Pravin Togadia

A Report by S Chandrasekhar from Thiruvananthapuram

THE mood was festive at Thiruvananthapuram on November 27. The whole city was decked in saffron flags, traditional coconut leaf festoons, etc. Thousands of old, men, women and children were moving to the fort area adjacent to Ananthapad-manabha Swami Temple to welcome the Gou Gram Rath, which entered Kerala from Tamil Nadu. more >


A revealing peep into Maugham's literary life
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan - The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, Selina Hastings, John Murray, Pp 614, £ 25

To understand current Nepali writing read this
By Manju Gupta - The Country is Yours: Contemporary Nepali Literature (tr.), Manjushree Thapa, Penguin Books, Pp 189, Rs 250.00

A simple, highly readable narrative of an Indian love
By Lokesh Kumar - 2 States, Chetan Bhagat, Rupa & Co., Pp 269, Rs 95.00

To kill or get killed: An insight to calculate the cost of war
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan - On Killing, the Psychological Cost Of Learning To Kill In War And Society, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, third revised edition, Hachette, Pp 377, Rs 595.00

An indepth study of emerging Indian polity
—MG - Women Key to Successful Democracy, Varalakshmi Janapathy, Kalpaz Publications, Pp 370, Rs 750.00

A gripping corporate guidebook
By Manju Gupta - 7 Deadly Sins of Corporate Mismanagement: What They Don’t Teach in Business Schools, Dr Udai Vir Singh, Pentagon Press, Pp 217, Rs 250.00

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Economic Watch

Globalisation of bad practices
By Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala

THE country that produces goods cheapest wins in the global markets. But the market looks only at short term costs incurred by the businesses. It ignores the long term consequences of cheap production. more >


Growing popularity of the Ayyappa Cult
By VN Gopalakrishnan

PILGRIMAGE to Sabarimala, the forest abode of Lord Ayyappa in Kerala begins during the Mandalam period commencing from the 1st day of the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (November 16). more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Politics and the art of making money
By MV Kamath

LAWLESSNESS at the highest political circles seems to be the order of the day for some years now with no questions asked. more >

Media Watch

We are Indians first, last and always

WHERE is nothing more sickening that to hear Shiv Sena goons proclaiming that no criticism of Bal Thackeray, their Chief, will be tolerated. more >


Ready for any sacrifice for Ram Temple, but demolition was not planned

Full text of the press statement issued by VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal in New Delhi on November 27. more >

Kids’ Org

Krishnadeva Raya and his Rajguru
By Manju Gupta

KING Krishnadeva Raya celebrated Dussehra with pomp and splendour every year as it is a very important festival which has been celebrated in the erstwhile Mysore state since ages. more >


A Priestly Clan Under Siege
By Rajiv Malik

The legendary dikshitars face a government takeover of Chidambaram Temple, but their profuse trials extend far in time and complexity more >


Linguistic integration of India
By Dr AN Banerjee Ph.D (Criminal Justice)

INDIA is a multilingual country. Despite constitutional safeguards to all languages linguistic discord is rampant. In large number of cases the linguistic discord is due to an imagined grievances. more >


Enough is enough. They want to Islamise all
Speech by Geert Wilders, MP from Netherlands, at the Columbia University in New York City on October 21, 2009.

[THIS interesting speech by Dutch MP Geert Wilders gives an insight into the European fight back against an Islamic onslaught to demographically dominate the White Continent. We carry this in full for generating a debate on the Islamic-Christian conflict for harnest of the souls across the globe. Netherlands is one of the European countries facing a major conflict of religions—Ed.] more >


Babri to Mumbai attack: One conspiracy
Dr Pravin Togadia

WHEN we all travel to various parts of Bharat and meet people from all walks of life, age, strata and professions, almost 99 per cent of them automatically fold their hands, close their eyes and pray... more >


National Pride, Vote Bank and TRP
Needed nation-first approach

By Madhav Ghangurde

THE last one month saw three unfortunate incidents wherein national pride was placed at a lower pedestal. Narrow, sectarian, communal, regional, linguistic pride was given primacy. The first incident took place at the Deoband Ulema Conference, where Muslim clerics issued a fatwa banning recital of Vande Mataram by Muslims. more >


Political meddling leads to price rise
Sugar muddle: A regular feature of Indian agriculture

By Arabinda Ghose

FOR people born even before Independence in 1947,sugar issue has not been too sweet in the last 63 years. During the Second World War period and after the war too, people used to take tea with gud (jaggery) rather than sugar several times during the year because sugar used to disappear from the markets somewhat mysteriously. more >

Readers’ Forum

Maoists are killers (Organiser, 15-11-2009);

It is really saddening to see that opinion-makers and journalists are defending and promoting Maoists. What is more depressing and unfortunate is the fact that the Congress too defends the Maoists by blaming the states for the growth of Maoists. more >

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