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August 02, 2009

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Vol. LXI, No. 4, New Delhi, August 02, 2009

VHP Governing Council Meet
Rebuild temples, rehabilitate Hindus
Plea to Sri Lankan government

From Our Correspondent

THE Central Governing Council of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which met in Banswara, Rajasthan, from July 19 to 20, urged the Government of Sri Lanka to make proper arrangements for the resettlement of internally-displaced persons, reconstruct the damaged temples and places of worship.    more >

Veteran VHP leader Omkar Bhaway is no more

VETERAN Sangh Pracharak and vice president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Omkar Bhaway passed away in New Delhi on July 23 following severe breathing problems and chest congestion. He was 85. He was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat in the evening. His nephew Shri Govind Bhaway performed the last rites.    more >

Thinking Aloud
India is top on corruption chart
By Dr Jay Dubashi

ACCORDING to Transparency International(TI), a think tank based in Germany, which keeps tabs on corruption across the world, India is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and there are only three or four more corrupt countries than India, all of them in Africa.    more >

The business of education

THERE is too much talk of late, on education reform. Again the same Prof Yashpal has submitted yet another report on reform in education—this must be the umpteenth, the learned professor must have lost count, but he has been working on reports since Smt Indira Gandhi’s time.    more >

Complete ban on cow-slaughter
Rajnath's demand, Pawar's response

THE BJP president Shri Rajnath Singh while speaking in the Lok Sabha demanded the complete ban on cow-slaughter. Talking about people’s increasing attraction to bio-fertilizer and organic farming on the global level, Shri Singh raised the issue of increasing the use of compost fertilizer made of cow’s manure.    more >

Memorandum to Prime Minister by JFCPF
Provide security to the violence-hit people in NE


JANJATI Faith and Culture Protection Forum (JFCPF) appealed to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to provide safety and security to the affected people in NC Hills of Assam where many people have died in violent clashes.    more >

Sangh Samachar

Is Bangladesh cracking the whip on north-east rebels?
From Jyoti Lal Chowdhury

SILCHAR: That there had been deeper conspiracy to upset Sheikh Hasina’s government and destabilise Bangladesh by fundamentalist, terrorist and extremist groups was more than clear with the findings of the investigation agencies linking these forces with the mutiny of Bangladesh Rifles in February last.    more >

International Festival of Films on Tribal Art & Culture-2009
MP government's new initiative a grand success


SECOND International Festival of Films on Tribal Art & Culture concluded in Bhopal on June 21. The festival was organised to understand the tribal culture and to showcase Indian culture to the world community. It witnessed more than 65 films from 40 countries.    more >

Assam: The tragedy of North Cachar Hills
By Jagdamba Mall

NORTH Cachar Hills district of Assam is one of the two hill districts which divides Brahmaputra Valley from Barak Valley. Formed in 1970 it comes under the 6th schedule of the Constitution under which it has an Autonomous District Council that governs it except for law and order.    more >


A study of e-evolution
By Manju Gupta

Rahman, wizard of modern music
AR Rahman: The Musical Storm,Kamini Mathai: Penguin Viking, Pp 265, Rs 499.00

Rebels as rulers
When Rebels Become Stakeholders: Democracy, Agency and Social Change in India, Subrata K Mitra and VB Singh, Sage Publications, Pp 320, Rs 750.00

A rich volume on imperatives in national security scene
By Ashish Joshi
Fault Lines, Bharat Verma, Lancer Publishers, Pp 336, Price not mentioned

A moving narrative on destitution
The Middleman, Sankar Penguin Books Pvt Ltd, Pp 192, Rs 200.00

A tender story of adolescence
By Manju Gupta
The Strike, Anand Mahadevan, Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd., Pp 273, Rs 299.00

Media Watch
A sickening sight of Indian PM in the back row

ON July 10, The Times of India published an interesting picture that speaks for itself. Whenever international leaders meet, it is almost mandatory for them to gather for a group photograph.    more >



How does China handle its Kashmir?
By S Gurumurthy

THAT China too has its Kashmir and problem with Islamist separatists identical to India's Kashmir is not widely known. “Xinjiang”, actually pronounced as “Sinkiang” for postal purposes, is China's Kashmir.    more >


New Rajasthan BJP chief
To revive the party grass roots

On July 13, when Rajasthan’s new State BJP president Arun Chaturvedi, took over the office, almost all the former State party presidents and other senior leaders of the party were present.    more >


CPM feud pushing Kerala to anarchy
By S Chandrasekhar

FINALLY the ‘Communist Jagadguru!’ of Politburo (PB), Prakash Karat, has succumbed to another PB—“Pinarayi Blackmail’.    more >


EVM and electoral reforms
By Nishitendu Chaudhury

FREE and fair election is the basic foundation of a democratic polity. In our system of democracy, people elect members of the legislatures both at the Centre as well as at the State by universal adult suffrage.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Coming to terms with the past

WHAT is the matter with us? Why do we constantly take pride in beating our breasts and admitting to imaginary wrong-doings when there is no earthly reason for doing either?    more >

Think It Over

The truth about our military prowess
By MSN Menon

DEAR Reader, are you ashamed of the fact that you were under foreign subjection for a thousand years? You are.    more >

Special Feature

Indus-Sarasvati civilisation: No Aryan conquest
By Prof Nick Gier

AT least three different ethnic types: Austro-Asians, earliest peoples related to Australian aborigines; Dravidians, the people that the Aryans encountered; and the Aryans themselves.    more >

Kids’ Org

How Ocean came into existence
By Manju Gupta

KING Sagar lived peacefully with his family. Gradually, as his sons became older, the king saw that they were turning out to be rather wild and unruly.    more >


No human rights for Hindus abroad?

By Dr Pravin Togadia

GOVERNMENT has not sent Indian students to Australia or to Canada or to UK; they went there themselves by their own choice.    more >

News Analysis

The Sharm el-Sheikh fiasco
Dr Singh Taken For A Ride

By Shyam Khosla

FLUSH with the glory that he was the only non-dynasty person to be re-elected Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has done in haste that he is regretting at leisure.    more >


Martyrdom centenary of Madan Lal Dhingra (1883-1909)
By Dr Shreerang Godbole

INDIA won freedom due to the blood and tears shed by hundreds of nameless revolutionaries and their families who braved British barbarity and faced death, deportation, imprisonment and forfeiture of property.    more >


Results of the 15th Parliamentary Elections
A mischief of the EVMs!

By KG Acharya

RESULTS of the 15th Lok Sabha elections are extremely shocking and unexpected. The exit poll results were all wrong without exception. Even the results of the last parliamentary elections held in 2004 were wrong.    more >

Readers’ Forum

BJP is proud of its ideology (Organiser, 19-7-2009);
—PCK RAJA, Calicut-16, Govindapuram, Kerala

In the interview, Shri Rajnath Singh said: “We should not measure our ideology on the basis of percentage of votes our party got. We derive inspiration from our ideology. Hindutva and cultural nationalism are the source of inspiration for all the party men.”    more >

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