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May 24, 2009

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Vol. LX, No. 46, New Delhi, May 24, 2009

UPA barters national economic interests
By Naresh Minocha

THE UPA government?s list of compromises on the national strategic issues is lengthening by the day. This leaves aam aadmi wondering whether he is stepping towards illusionary progress or the marshy land.

The latest addition to the list is its decision to reject recommendations of a statutory authority to immediately protect six domestic industries against surge in imports especially from China following the global meltdown.    more >

Secularism degenerating into political untouchability?A threat to democracy
By Justice (Retd) Dr M Rama Jois

IT is strange that some political leaders who claim monopoly to secularism have critised that by touching or sitting by the side of Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party, Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar, has become polluted and lost his secular credentials, knowing full well that there is JD(U)-BJP coalition government in Bihar and Sushil Modi is the Deputy Chief Minister.    more >

Thinking Aloud
Pakistan is a perplexing state

By Dr Jay DubashiA few years from now, may be in about six months? time, according to the Pakistani President himself, there may not be a country called Pakistan. It will not make much difference to me, because I have always believed there is no such country called Pakistan, whatever others might say, and whatever the maps may indicate.    more >

To reclaim the fun and frolic of electioneering

FOR many years national election used to be an utsav in India. Times have changed. It is no more playful. It has even ceased to be a time to debate issues. Election Commission has imposed many restrictions on free speech. We have suddenly become too serious, very business like.    more >

Digvijayi ho Bharat released
Read this book, get it read by many?Suresh Soni

Digvijayi ho Bharat, a book published by Suruchi Prakashan, was released in New Delhi by RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Suresh Soni on May 14.    more >

President?s role crucial in a hung Parliament
By Shyam Khosla

VOTER?S verdict on the 2009 parliamentary elections will be known by the time this write-up reaches your hands.    more >

Sangh Samachar

Chartered Accountants Cell of BJP
Appoint a Nodal Agency to bring back black money?Arun Shourie


CHARTERED Accountants Cell of the BJP along with Commodity Participants and the Depositary Participants Associations of India organised a seminar, Exposing Nexus of Corruption, Swiss Banks and Tax Havens, in Delhi at Shri Satya Sai Auditorium.    more >

General Elections 2009 in Mumbai
A nightmare for women polling staff

By Dr Indira Satyanarayan

ON May 4 the headlines of two leading newspapers caught my attention. The Indian Express headline said, ?Election Commission eye now on candidates poll expenses? the news which followed the headline stated that the Election Commission was scanning the accounts submitted by candidates for poll expenditure.    more >

Left anger over Gorkhas? support to BJP
Violence by infiltrators in Jaigaon

BANGLADESHI Muslim infiltrators settled in border area of Jaigaon in West Bengal resorted to violence on May 2 and damaged the houses of Nepali people. A Nepali youth was killed in the violence and many vehicles were set afire.    more >

Controlling Mind for Success and Uplift
By Mithun Dey

IT is said that mind is the inner psyche of a person that makes him think, feel and respond in a particular way?best suited to his needs, interests and aspirations. A typical characteristic of human mind is that it is never static?different kinds of thoughts keep running through the mind all the time.    more >

Banabhatta: Litt?rateur of yore?II
The grandeur of Harshacharita

By Ratnadeep Banerji

THE pithy Banocchistam Jagat Sarvam lauds that there is nothing on this earth that has not felt the touch of Bana?s facile pen. He remains unrivalled for his prolific imagination and extensive experience leaving aside none untouched by the effulgence of his genius.    more >

Global meltdown and Indian retail
By Priyank Azad

DISRUPTED consumer sentiments, a tumbling growth, falling footfalls and a sliding demand have shattered the dreams of the Indian retailers. In India, retail is one of the victims of the slowdown. According to a recent report by KPMG, ?Falling footfalls and a poor conversion ratio have led to a decline in the sales growth to 11 per cent in December 2008 as compared to 34 per cent in December 2007?.    more >

Appreciating Sangh from an outsider?s perspective-II
To know Sangh, know about India

By Dr Vijay Rajiva

THE most ancient of the names of our country of which we have a record is Sapta Sindhu or Sindhu. Even Bharatvarsha is and must necessarily be a later designation besides being personal in its appeal. The glories of a person however magnificent, lose their glamour as time passes on.    more >

Madhya Pradesh: On the road to prosperity
Polls over, Chouhan takes up development

By Sangeet Verma

MADHYA Pradesh is the heartland of India. This land of Narmada has forever been a heaven for culture and religion. However, excessive militarisation during the British rule ensured the people were suppressed and the development was limited to cantonments.    more >

Pinarayi plotting VS overthrow
By S Chandrasekhar

THE CPM, which is bragging of creating an anti-BJP front to prevent NDA from coming to power at the Centre, is on the verge of collapse in Kerala, with the state committee dominated by secretary Pinarayi Vijayan calling for the removal of Chief Minister VS Atchudanandan.    more >


Media Watch

Psephology and propaganda

ALL political parties are keeping their fingers crossed. The mud-slinging is over, so has name-calling, come to an end. The results of the elections will now be awaited with bated breath. The Times of India (April 11) gave its own assessment of what the results could be.    more >


Left economic thinking seems closer to BJP than Congress
By Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala

THE Congress Party was established by British officer Alan Octavian Hume. He was worried that native Indian people might take to armed resistance against British rule.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Needed: A leader to confront and command history

THE electioneering for the 15th Lok Sabha polls has been thoroughly disgraceful. Not in the last sixty odd years has one witnessed so such mud-slinging, so much hatred openly exhibited as in these insufferably tormented weeks of national elections.    more >

Think it Over

On Parables, Symbols, Allegories
By MSN Menon

THE Hindus were the first to use parables to explain complex moral and spiritual truths. It is their contribution to mankind. Buddha spoke in parables almost always. So did Jesus Christ. The inspiration came from his Buddhist teachers.    more >

Health Watch

Swine Flu: Can We Fight It?
By Dr Vandana Sood

THE world is reeling under the fear of a new disease? swine flu or influenza A (H1N1) virus as now officially named. After the initial outbreak in Mexico the virus is spreading rapidly around the world leading to fears of a pandemic.    more >

Kids? Org

Sri Ramanujacharya?propounder of Vishishtadvaita system
By Ratnadeep Banerji

SRI Ramanujacharya expounded the Vishistadvaita system of philosophy. Acharyas like Adi Shankara, Vallabhacharya, Madhavacharya systemically explicated philosophical truths while the Alwars being saints and poets became the fountain-heads of bhakti or devotion.    more >

Interview of the Week

A campaign for happy family, traditional values

SHRI Gani Rajendra Vijay is a Jain monk and spiritual leader. He runs a project called Sukhi Parivar Abhiyan to promote ahimsa, peace and brotherhood. He is a votary of joint family system, as it contains stability and freedom from anxiety.    more >


Sinister plot of ISI
By Ratnadeep Banerji
The ISI Game Plan, Brig YPS Mohan, VSM; Manas Publications, Pp 316, Rs 495.00

Book Reviews by Manju Gupta

Enough of life
I?ve had Enough, God!, Tejeshwar Singh, Rupa & Co., Pp 428, Rs 295.00

What to do with life. A search
Nine by Nine, Daman Singh, HarperCollins Publishers India, Pp 249, Rs 250.00

Indian perspective on economic models
By Dr Priyesh CA
Indian Models of Economy, Business and Management, P. Kanagasabapathi, Prentice-Hall of India Pvt.Ltd, Pp 318, Rs.275.00

Career change, outsourcing and migration
By Manju Gupta

The subtlety and profundity of Aum
By Ratnadeep Banerji
The Essence of AUM, KA Francis; Konark Publishers, Pp 104, Rs 125.00

Pravasi Bharatiya

First New Zealand Hindu Youth Conference
Modern living with traditional values


THE Hindu Youth Foundation, a division of Hindu Council, New Zealand, organised the first New Zealand Hindu Youth Conference at Hindu Heritage Centre, Mangere, Auckland on May 2. The theme of the conference was ?Living in Modern New Zealand with Traditional Values?.    more >

Special Article

Indian music is the language of universal harmony
By Achyut Railkar

FROM evolution to contemporary times, the one sound that has pervaded our life is that of music. Hindu ancient texts declare that the first sound that reverberated in the universe was that of the Nadbrahma or Aum (Om) that inspired musicians to continue in their pursuit.    more >

Readers? Forum

For media Varun is guilty, Lalu is pass? (Organiser, 26-4-2009);
?Dr RAKESH KUMAR PANDEY, Reader in Physics Department, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, Delhi

I am surprised to see the likes of Javed Akhtar and others who on one issue are always visibly vocal in support of ?freedom of expression? but on another incident are now strangely advocating to curb the freedom of speech.    more >

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