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April 17, 2011

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Vol. LXI, No. 41, New Delhi, April 17, 2011

Dream of a Bold New Bengal
By Asim Kumar Mitra

THE state of West Bengal is going to polls in the third week of April along with four other states including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry and Assam. Among these states, elections in Left-ruled states Kerala and West Bengal have assumed a special position so far as their implication to the national polity is concerned.    more >

Strong presence of BJP in several seats
CPM, Congress fronts on neck and neck race

By S Chandrasekhar

THERE is a popular saying in Malayalam of a mother-in-law who prayed to see her daughter-in-law cry, even if it is due to death of her son. Similar is the situation of Pinarayi-led CPM. It wanted to deny seat to Chief Minister Atchudanandan, even if it leads to rout of the CPM.    more >

Thinking Aloud
You kill your people your people kill you
By Dr Jay Dubashi

OUR old friend Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is gasping for life. After lording it over his hapless people for over 40 years, he is wondering why they have let him down. They are not the only ones who have deserted him.    more >

Let’s celebrate the victory but not go overboard

THE UPA government is trying to use cricket mania as opium on the masses, attempting to obscure its utter failure in governance and the resultant despair in the society.    more >

Raja Deen Dayal: Earliest Indian Photographer
Images etched eternal, history flicked in glass plates

By Dr Vaidehi Nathan

WHEN photography was at its nascent stages, Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905) was wielding his camera with skill in India, delighting the rulers and recording images of the world around him for posterity. The first permanent photography was made in 1826 by a Frenchman.    more >

Swamy Ramdev's campaign against corruption
Govindacharya to head anti-corruption front


AN Anti-corruption front was created under the patronship of Baba Ramdev in New Delhi on April 2. The convenor of the initiative will be noted Swadeshi thinker and ideologue Shri KN Govindacharya. Prof R Vaidyanathan of IIM Bangalore and Shri Bhure Lal, Shri S Gurumurthy, Shri Ajit Doval, Shri Ved Pratap Vaidik and Shri Bhishm Agnihotri will be co-convenors.    more >

Sangh Samachar

A march for enactment of anti-conversion law in Karnataka
From Rajesh Padmar in Bengaluru

CITIZENS for Harmony, a forum to create awareness among all walks of social life, demanded the enactment of an anti-conversion law in Karnataka. The forum organised a march from Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue at MG Road to Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on March 25 to press upon this demand.    more >

Unaccounted Rs 64 lakh seized in poll-bound TN

UNACCOUNTED cash to the tune of Rs 64 lakh was seized in two different places during intensified vehicle checks in poll-bound Tamil Nadu on March 11, officials said.    more >

Bihar leading the way
By Shivaji Sarkar

BIHAR, not so long ago supposed to be a laggard, most uninnovative, lacking will to take a new initiative, may become leader in setting new trends in agriculture and create food safety for the country that Centre has failed to do.    more >

CBI's move to implicate
BJP leaders in an encounter case

By Lokpal Sethi in Jaipur

AFTER witch hunting to implicate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and then Home Minister of State Amit Shah in post-Godhara riots in the state, CBI, on behest of Congress leaders, is trying to do the same thing in Rajasthan.    more >

Arriving as pregnant tourists, leaving with American babies
By Jennifer Medina

SAN GABRIEL, Calif.: The building inspectors and police officers walked into the small row of connected town houses here knowing something was amiss. Neighbours had complained about noise and a lot of pregnant women coming and going.    more >

A tribute to Dr Ambedkar on his 120th birth anniversary
RSS is successful in bringing social equality and harmony

By V Shanmuganathan

WE, as a team of karyakartas, went to a village called Madappally in North Arcot district of Tamil Nadu years ago. During that time I was Prant Pracharak of Tamil Nadu. The local Dravida Kazhagam leader was invited to preside over the annual celebration of the shakha.    more >

What is Chacko protesting?

By Shivaji Sarkar

IT is an unseemly and undesirable war. Parliament is not a forum to play war over turfs. The Constitution has envisioned Indian Parliament as the apex body and has endowed it with wide powers and wisdom to chart out a course that suits the nation best.    more >

Tamil Nadu Politics-II
Dravidian! Promoting a divisive agenda

By Radha Rajan

PERIYAR’ travelled extensively abroad for two years between 1929-1931 through countries as diverse as Russia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, England, France and Germany.    more >

Implement Freedom of Religions Act —Pratik Potom

SHRI Pratik Potom, president of Arunachal Vikas Parishad, appealed to the State Government to implement the Freedom of Religion Act 1978 to protect the indigenous religions of Arunachal Pradesh in letter and spirit.    more >

RR Jayaram wins Southern Naval Command Military Photo Award

SRI RR Jayaram, Senior Photographer at the Kochi Unit of Janmabhumi newspaper won the Southern Naval Command Press Photo Award.    more >


The Moving Finger Writes

A land without leaders

ARE we a nation corrupt to the core? Or can we seek some consolation that we are not as bad as many conceive us to be? Prior to the British take-over of India, we had a splendid reputation of people with high moral values, but over the centuries Indian moral standards have continued to fall at an alarming degree.    more >

Media Watch

Bribing MPs: Old story new packaging

WHAT is often not realised are the revelations frequently made by columnists which, sadly, often go unnoticed. Writing in The Times of India (March 20) Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar (SWASAA) reminds us how, former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao survived a confidence vote by acquiring the support of three MPs of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.    more >


Gujral's memoirs make a compelling read
By MV Kamath
Matters of Discretion: An Autobiography; IK Gujral; Hey House India; Pp 519 (HB); Rs 795.00

Moulding young mind

By Manju Gupta
Please Mom! It’s My Life, Dr Jaideep Singh Chadha, Diamond Books, Pp 168 (PB), Rs 125.00

Understanding relationships

By Tej N Dhar
All and Nothing, Raksha Bharadia, Rupa & Co, Pp 223 (PB), Rs 95.00

Many facets of poverty

By Jayant Patel
Challenging the Injustice of Poverty, Rehman Sobhan, Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd, Pp 486

America hopes to win the race with Asian giants

By Dr R Balashankar
Advantage: How American Innovation can Overcome the Asian Challenge, Adam Segal, WW Norton & Company, Inc. pp 294 (HB), $26.95

The pleasure of reading Bankim

Durgeshnandini, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Random House India Pvt Ltd., Pp 190, Rs. 299

Recollecting Kamala Das

By Manju Gupta
Tonight, This Savage Rite: The Love Poems of Kamala Das and Pritish Nandy, HarperCollins Publishers, Pp 108 (HB)

Kids’ Org

Parent's love has no match
By MV Kolhatkar

HARIHARA was a boy of 10 studying in the 5th standard. Once late at night he was solving some examples over a paper with a lead-pencil. He solved many exercises and later on he started feeling dizzy. So Harihara went to his bedroom and he slept there quietly.    more >

News Analysis

Irrational demands for banning books must be resisted
By Shyam Khosla

ONE received with mixed feelings Union Minister for Law and Justice Veerapa Moily’s announcement that the Government of India had no reason to ban Joseph Lelyveld’s book Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India since the author had clarified that he has not written what had been attributed to the book.    more >

Sports News

Dhoni's men end 28-year wait, win World Cup
By RBL Nigam

GAUTAM Gambhir and MS Dhoni's stellar partnership paved the way for India to end its 28-year wait for a World Cup title even as Mahela Jayawardene's century and Muttiah Muralitharan's swansong ended in hurt and despair.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Congress leaders involved in terror (Organiser, 13.3.2011);
—ANAND PRAKASH, 72/Sector-8, Panchkula-134 109

The writer has rightly given detailed list of the Congressmen involved in terrorism in various forms. They are faithfully following Mahatma Gandhi, who supported Muslims involved in killing the Hindus and even helped them most shamelessly.    more >

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