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May 22, 2011

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Vol. LXII, No. 46, New Delhi, MAY 22, 2011

It’s Revolution
Mamata typhoon uproots
34-year Communist tyranny
Sonia’s corrupt, communal politics doom Congress in Kerala
BJP fails to take advantage of favourable conditions in Kerala, Assam
Shady Karuna family consigned to the dustbin
Assam only Congress solace

By Shivaji Sarkar

IT is a tornado in Bengal as expected and Tamil Nadu belying all exit poll predictions.

Bengal votes for a change after 34 years of Left Front misrule. It sets the tone for future. The victory of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul Congress in West Bengal signifies the exasperation of the people of Bengal with the CPI-M-led Left Front’s misrule, hobnobbing with corporate lobbies and anti-people cadre-mafia moves.    more >

UDF wins Kerala assembly polls by wafer thin margin
By Arun Lakshman inThiruvananthapuram

THE Congress led UDF which was expecting a landslide victory in the Kerala assembly polls had to be satisfied with a wafer thin margin of four seats in the one hundred and fourty member state assembly.    more >

The Moving Finger writes
UPA has no right to stay in power
By MV Kamath

THERE is just no other alternative. After the behaviour of the Congress-led members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that sought to discredit and dump the entire draft report on the 2G Spectrum allocation scandal through disreputable means, it is time for the people of India to ....    more >

We are proud to be Indians
But the ruling party heir-apparent is not

Rahul Gandhi says he is ashamed to be an Indian. Every Indian is expected to be proud of his motherland. It is strange that a person who is the No. 2 in the ruling party and aspires to rule the country one day has said this about his country. It brings into question his level of commitment to the country, his patriotism.    more >

UP Farmers’ protest
Mayawati’s Singur in the making
Congress perfidy; with Maya in Delhi, opposing her in UP

By K G Suresh

A wave of unrest is once again sweeping across Western Uttar Pradesh over the land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway project.    more >

Land Acquisition Bill
Games a corrupt Centre and brazen Mayawati play

By Aditya Pradhan

THERE are three ways to look at the land acquisition for Yamuna Expressway which has now snowballed into a full-fledged political movement.    more >

Osama's hidden supporters in India
UPA protecting the culprits of terror on India

By M D Nalapat

DAYS after the terror attack on Mumbai that took place on 26-28 November 2008, this columnist was informed by elements in the intelligence community that the operation had been conducted by the ISI, and that serving—in addition to retired—officers of the ISI and other military formations in Pakistan had provided the training and logistics for the youths recruited to carry out the attack.    more >

Gujarat is the least corrupt, best governed
By GVL Narasimha Rao

NATIONWIDE there is a buzz that Narendra Modi’s Gujarat has achieved a lot of progress and has made rapid strides in development and industrial progress largely on account of Modi’s inspiring leadership, unquestioned integrity and good governance.    more >

Kerala: Another Kashmir in the making

KERALA is another Kashmir in the making. A booklet, Kerala’s Radical Turn, published by India Foundation, New Delhi, has highlighted the similarities between present day Kashmir valley and Kerala in detail.    more >

To fight corruption
A provision empowering people to recall legislators will help

By Adhitya Srinivasen

LAST week, Shri Prabhat Jha, Madhya Pradesh BJP president identified the right of recalling elected representatives as an essential requirement to wiping out corruption in the country.    more >

Shankaracharya Jayanti
He revived Hindutva

By VN Gopalakrishnan

JAGADGURU Adi Shankaracharya was one of the greatest philosophers and savants of India.    more >

Sangh Shiksha Varg in Karnataka
By Rajesh Padmar in Bengaluru

SANGH Shiksha Varg, the annual summer training camp for select RSS swayamsevaks, was held in Karnataka from mid April to first week of May.    more >

Indresh Kumar dares UPA for public debate on saffron terror
From Virag Pachpore

NAGPUR: Throwing a gauntlet at the investigating agencies and the UPA Government senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Shri Indresh Kumar on April 26, dared the NIA and the CBI to face a public trial on the issue of alleged involvement of Hindutva organisations in the recent acts of terror and to make public the reports and evidences related to them.    more >

Pope warns of falling belief in West

POPE Benedict lamented the widespread abandonment of religion in Western countries at a Holy Thursday ceremony, saying the heartlands of Christianity were turning away from their faith.    more >

Chidambaram stands exposed
By Adhitya Srinivasan

THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by senior BJP leader, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, prepared a draft report on the 2G Scam which indicted a number of persons serving in the government including the then Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram.    more >

Eco-friendly new Karnataka BJP office ‘Jagannatha Bhavan’
By R Guru Prasad

THE BJP in Karnataka will now function from an ultra modern office.    more >

Janajati Dharm Sanskriti Suraksha Manch condoles the death of Dorji Khandu
By Jagdamba Mall

JANAJATI Dharm Sanskriti Suraksha Manch—a premier organisation of the janajatis of all the eight states of north-eastern region including Sikkim has condoled the tragic demise of Dorji Khandu, ...    more >

450 government schemes named after Nehru-Gandhi clan
By Pallavi Ghosh , CNN-IBN

PRESIDENT Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders paid homage to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth.    more >

Book on Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh organised a function in Jaipur on May 7 to release a book, Rabindranath Ka Shiksha Darshan, written by Shri Vishnu Prasad Chaturvedi.    more >

A long-drawn poll campaign
Everywhere a clamour for change, CPM sticks to mayhem, intimidation

By Asim Kumar Mitra

FOUR phases of six-phase West Bengal Assembly election is already over.    more >

Over 6,000 palm leaf manuscripts are archived in Melkote, a temple town in Karnataka

RAGHURAM Ashok and his cousin Sreenivasa SL, both Bangalore-based photographers, were intrigued by the thought of a 16th century transcription of the Sampoorna Ramayana resting just 130 km from their city.    more >

Ridiculous opposition to Gita Saar
By Adhitya Srinivasan

EFFULGENCE, forgiveness, fortitude, sanctity, freedom from rancour and vanity.    more >


Economy watch

Mahatma’s ideas alien to Manmohan
By Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala

A consensus has been reached among the leaders of the nation that the welfare role of the government is limited to meeting the basic needs of the poorest people. There is no need to examine the pro- or anti-people nature of the larger economy as long as food, education and health facilities are made available to the BPL households.    more >

Thinking Aloud

Religion is still a big factor in West as the royal wedding revealed
By Dr Jay Dubashi

THE British may have lost their empire – on which the sun was never supposed to set – but they have still not lost their imperial itch. This happens to people who continue to live in the past. They have therefore retained all the bad habits of their imperial past, particularly at wedding and birthday parties, where they serve stale cucumber sandwiches and flat champagne, and turn the whole thing into a tourist jamboree, as they did last month.    more >

Kid Org

Greed Never Pays
By Manju Gupta

THE Sun God or Surya Bhagavan was worshipped regularly by an old woman. Every morning she would get up, clean her house, plaster it with cow dung, take a bath, offer water to Surya and then have her meal. She used to collect the cow dung from her neighbour’s shed which was built outside the house.    more >


A guide to Hindu Succession Act
By Manju Gupta
(Handbook on Hindu Succession Act: Property Rights of Women and Daughters, PK Das, Universal Law Publishing Co., Pp 317, Rs 295.00)

Inpraise of Indian tea
By Manju Gupta
(The Saga of Indian Tea, Prafulla Goradia & Kalyan Sircar, Contemporary Targett Pvt Ltd, Pp 688, Rs 1800.00)

Science of enrichment of staple food crops
Rice Biofortification: Lessons for Global Science and Development, Sally Brooks, Earthscan, Pp 178 (PB), £ 19.99

Cinemaya of Indian cinema
(Asian Film Journeys: Selections from Cinemaya, Rashmi Doraiswamy & Latika Padgaonkar (eds.), Wisdom Tree, Pp 640, Rs 1495.00)

Collected essays of a debut writer
(Peace-Loving Nations, Nilanjana Sanyal, Kalpaz Publications, Pp 362, Rs 850.00)

An MBA dream turned sour
By Tej N Dhar
(Touching Distance: The Great Indian MBA Dream, Shiva Prakash; Amaryllis, Pp 275(PB), Rs 195.00 )

Irressistable: Live on Paris metros
By Dr R Balashankar
(Paris Metro Tales, Translated by Helen Constantine, Oxford University Press, Pp 256 (PB), £ 9.95)

Fascinating quotations galore
By Dr R Balashankar
(Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Edited Susan Ratcliff, Oxford University Press, Pp 608 (PB), £ 10.99)

A moving narrative
By Dr R Balashankar
(Anatomy of a Disappearance, Hisham Matar, Penguin books, Pp 256 (PB), £ 16.99)

A companion to history
By Dr R Balashankar
(A Concise Companion to History; (ED.) Ulinka Rublack, Oxford University Press, Pp 480 (HB), £ 25.00)

Dracula returns gutsy
By Dr R Balashankar
Dracula, Bram Stoker, Oxford World’s Classics, Pp 480 (PB), £ 95.00

Innovations and conservative consumer
(Innovation: Myths and Mythstakes: The Real Truth behind Popular Beliefs, Tim Coffey, Dave Siegel and Mark Smith, Macmillan, Pp 251 (PB), Rs 295.00 )


Centre discriminating Uttarakhand — Bishan Singh Chufal, State BJP Chief
ALTHOUGH there are about 8 months to go for assembly polls in Uttarakhand, the state BJP unit has put in place a sound election strategy. BJP’s main poll plank of development is not going to be a mere slogan.    more >

Media watch

Congress rowdyism at PAC

THE Congress has come for very severe condemnation for its behaviour at the last meeting of the Public Accounts Committee and the party, if it has any sense of shame and decency must apologise for its crudeness. The Asian Age (April 30) was unsparing in its criticism.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Pakistan stands exposed!
(Organiser, 15.5.2011)

MAYA MISHRA, C-403, Anandlok Society, Mayur Vihar —1, Delhi- 91

Dr Pravin Togadia has rightly said in his article that “ US is a sovereign state and so is Bharat. If US has every right to go after the country it believes attacked it, then so does Bharat.    more >

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