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March 13, 2011

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Vol. LXII, No. 36, New Delhi, MARCH 13, 2011

Union Budget 2011
Unjust, inequitable, morally wrong

Special Budget Analysis By S Gurumurthy

‘I have spent more, yet, I have brought down the fiscal deficit for 2010-11 from 5.5 percent to 5.1 percent’, claims the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The amount of fiscal deficit has actually gone up by Rs 20000 crores. How then could the percentage of fiscal deficit come down? It defies the logic of numbers. more >

Triple setback for Govt in SC
Order makes PM’s position indefensible


THE Supreme Court’s decision to quash PJ Thomas’ appointment as CVC has come as a personal indictment for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose Government has, of late, been blundering on every step. more >

Thinking Aloud
Manmohan speaks like a typical babu
By Dr Jay Dubashi

I switched off Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s TV press conference half-way through. I just couldn’t stand the punishment he was receiving. more >

Why is Congress afraid of Swami Ramdev?

YOGA guru Swami Ramdev sounded the conch, in his battle against corruption, at a rally in Delhi last week. more >

Historic rally in Delhi against corruption and black money
Crusade against corruption will continue—Baba Ramdev

By Pramod Kumar

CONTINUING his tirade against corruption and black money stashed in foreign banks, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev alleged that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is heading the most corrupt government since Independence. more >

Jammu-Kashmir People’s Forum Seminar in Delhi
Expose the terrorists and their harbingers. Clarify that Kashmir is inseparable from India — Mohan Bhagwat


“THERE is a need to conduct an extensive awareness drive all over the country on Jammu & Kashmir. The whole country needs to be united on this issue.... more >

Vande Mataram in Karnataka Assembly
By Rudrapratap Markandeya

Bengaluru:Karnataka Legislative Council created the history when Vande Mataram was played on the opening day of the budget session on February 24. more >

Shri Guruji remembered on his 105th birth anniversary
By R Guru Prasad

SWAYAMSEVAKS and RSS well-wishers assembled at Madhav Sangh in Bengaluru on February 28 to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Shri Guruji, the second Sarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. more >

A flawed decision
Granting minority status to Jamia Milia
Opening of another den of Islamic politics

By Ram Gopal

THE recent decision of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) granting minority status to the Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi, is unfortunate and satisfies only the fissiparous and secessionist elements of India. more >

Condolence meeting to pay tribute to Satyanarain Bansal
Bansalji was an ideal Sanghachalak —Mohan Bhagwat


“SATYANARAIN Bansalji was a swayamsevak. It is the word that describes his whole personality and there is no need to prefix an adjective with it,” said RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat while paying tribute to former Delhi Prant Sanghachalak Satyanarain Bansal at a condolence meeting organised at Keshav Kunj in New Delhi on February 27. more >

Mammoth rally of BJP Mahila Morcha in Karimganj
Digvijay Singh criticised for anti-Hindu canard, calling Hindu refugees infiltrators

By Jyoti Lal Chowdhury

SILCHAR: Nilambazar mammoth meet of BJP Mahila Morcha bordering Bangladesh in the Karimganj district of Barak Valley was well-timed and well-placed and was significant in more than one way. more >

Congress patronising Islamic terrorism—Ashok Singhal

VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal alleged the Congress of patronising Islamic terrorism in the country. more >

Govt must appeal against acquittals in Godhra train carnage—Dr Pravin Togadia

VHP general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia expressed satisfaction over the death punishment awarded by the Court under the supervision of Supreme Court to 11 convicts in Godhra train burning case. more >

18-day Sampark Yajna of RSS concludes in Kerala
25 lakh houses visited, CM, Ministers, Bishops and Islamic leaders contacted

By S Chandrasekhar

WITH the Congress-led UPA bent upon attaching a terrorist label to nationalist RSS and coining a new word ‘Saffron Terror’, the RSS conducted a massive Sampark Yajna throughout the country, presenting its point of view, its role in various calamities and tragedies and the two lakh odd service projects run by it throughout the country. more >

VHP Sewa Pramukh Arvind
Chauthaiwale is no more

By Vijay Kumar

SENIOR Sangh Pracharak and Sewa Pramukh of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Arvind Chauthaiwale passed away at Safdarjang Hospital in New Delhi on March 3. more >

Ancient inscription throws light on Chera history
By Mallikarjun Janardan

MALAPPURAM: An inscription that could prove to be a landmark in the history of Chera rule in South India has been found at a temple in Kurumathur, near Areekode here. more >

Tribute to Anant Pai, the creator of Indian comic Amar Chitra Katha
Rajesh Padmar in Bengaluru

THE creator and founder of Indian comic series Amar Chitra Katha, Anant Pai popularly known as Uncle Pai, passed away in Mumbai on February 24. more >

Arunachal Pradesh needs better governance
Wrong policy stymieing state’s progress

By Dr Sunil Mohanty

UNDER the Sangh’s ‘Experience Expansion’ programme, I had an opportunity to stay in Arunachal Pradesh for three months i.e. from November 9, 2010 to February 9, 2011. more >

Cover Page

The Moving Finger Writes

A nation badly let –down
By MV Kamath

Nothing in recent times has there been a more disappointing press conference than the one given by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh which was carried live by Doordarshan. Perhaps one has to blame the senior mediamen – TV editors – who were chosen to participate in the event. more >

Special Reports

Congress leaders involved in terror
By Manmath Deshpande

CONGRESS attacking RSS on terrorism is like a fox criticising the lion. Irrespective of whether RSS members were ever involved in few small incidents anywhere or not, the Congress record on terrorism is much worse. more >

Kerala poll scene
No cake-walk for Congress, VS corners Pinarayi UDF, LDF placating NSS, SNDP

By S Chandrasekhar

IF by winning 16 of the 20 seats in 2009 Lok Sabha polls and making substantial gains in the just concluded local body polls, the Congress thinks it can sweep Assembly polls in May 2011, it is living in a fool’s paradise. more >

Kids’ Org

Dharma is higher to friendship
By Manju Gupta

KING Shantanu, one day, left his palace to go for a walk. So engrossed was he in his thoughts that he reached a forest and there came across a pair of twins – a boy and a girl – lying on tiger skin and a trident and a pot placed nearby. Evidently the children belong to a sage, he thought. more >

Price of making fun

MANY people wonder why Duryodhana humiliated Draupadi by disrobing her in view of the entire court! Some believe that the reason was a very minor one because he had felt embarrassed on being humiliated by Draupadi and for which he never forgave her. more >


Obama’s Pak fixation lucidly exposed
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
Obama’s wars: The Inside Story, Bob Woodward, Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, Pp 441(HB), £20

A remarkable study on growing Indo-US bonhomie
By MV Kamath
India and the United States in the 21st Century: Re-inventing Partnership, Teresita C Schaffer, India Research Press, Pp 254 (PB), $ 22.95

Crime plot in Botswana
A Deadly Trade: In Deepest Botswana Death Stalks its Prey, Michael Stanley, Hachette India, Pp 530 (PB), Rs 295.00

The puzzle that inspires many tomes
China’s economy: firm or fragile?

By Dr R Balashankar
Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise, Carl E Walter and Fraser JT Howie, John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., PP 234 (HB), $ 29.95

Himalayas, where gods fought and reconciled
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
Where Gods Dwell: Central Himalayan Folktales and Legends, Kusum Budhwar, Penguin Books, Pp 271(PB), Rs 299.00

Trust quotient a victim of economic bust
By Dr R Balashankar
Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters, Diane Coyle, Princeton University Press, Pp 346 (HB), £16.95

News Analysis

Surrender to Naxals is a big setback
By Shyam Khosla

IT is not a cliché but a stark reality that we are a soft state. Isn’t it painful that a nation that resisted global pressures to emerge as a credible nuclear power and is perceived to be one of the emerging world powers has, time and again, failed to handle hostage situations. more >


Hindus not tandoori chicken to be relished!
By Dr Pravin Togadia

GENERALLY, restraint in language is expected in the civilized society. Generally Hindus abide by this social norm. Generally, Hindus abide by not only all social norms but also the legal processes set up in a democracy named Bharat. more >

Readers’ Forum

Manmohan Singh directly responsible for government’s mistakes (Organiser, 6.3.11)
—SHANTA DYUTHIKAR, 39, 15th Cross Malleshwaram, Bengaluru-3

Like Rip Van Winkle waking up from his long sleep our Prime Minister woke up to confront a plethora of scams, corruption cases, policy muddles, inflation, etc and decided to go on TV to explain his position but unfortunately he tied himself up in knots. more >

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