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May 08, 2011

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Vol. LXII, No. 44, New Delhi, MAY 08, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba
A spiritual Guru, social emancipator

By N Nagaraja Rao

Sathya Sai Baba, revered by millions across the globe as an incarnation of God breathed his last on Sunday the April 24, 2011, after battling for life for 28 days at the Super Speciality Hospital at Puttaparthi. He was 84.    more >

Tribute to Sathya Sai Baba by Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat and Sarkaryavah Bhaiyaji Joshi

RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat and Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi jointly paid tribute to Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who passed away on April 24 morning due to cardio-pulmonary failure. In their tribute they said: “The news of most revered Sri Sathya Sai Baba attaining moksha has been received by millions of his devotees and lovers of our Dharma with profound grief and a sense of personal loss.    more >

Thinking Aloud
We have had virtually no government in Delhi
By Dr Jay Dubashi

THE more things change, the more they remain the same. I do not know who said this, but he must have been a very wise man. Look at what is happening in the Middle East where nothing less than a revolution is said to be sweeping that part of the world. Revolutions don’t come easy.    more >

Sri Sathya Sai Baba A Tribute

GOD manifests in many ways and forms. For the devotees of Sai Baba, he is god-incarnate. His spiritual aura spilled across continents and oceans, attracting people from all sections of life. While he had the heads of state bowing to him in obeisance, the commonest of common man felt his presence, cuddled up to the warmth and received unending blessings from Sai Baba.    more >

Sathya Sai Baba will be amongst us—Dr Pravin Togadia

IN his tribute to Sri Sathya Sai Baba VHP general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia said, “It is the greatest miracle that Bhagwan Sathya Sai Baba left His worldly body exactly after the Dev Graha Bruhaspati (Guru) had udaya today at 07.29 am which was asta for some time. This means He will be there with all of us through His spiritual powers all the time.    more >

Tribute by VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal

VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal described the passing away of Sri Sathya Sai Baba as a very painful news.    more >

Combating corruption is not UPA’s priority
Promise to fight sounds bogus

By Shyam Khosla

RATTLED by public outrage against prevailing corruption and the failure of the UPA Government to take timely action to prevent the loot of public funds, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is now talking about his Government’s pledge to take “swift and exemplary” action against wrong doers.    more >

The unending canard against Modi
By V Shanmuganathan

THERE are deliberately circulated news-items appearing in Newspapers to create confusion about the progress of Gujarat State under the leadership of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Bhatt an IPS officer has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, stating that “Modi wanted Muslims are taught a lesson.”    more >

Census Report – 2011
The shades of another UPA corruption


PROVISIONAL census figures for 2001-2011 decade have been submitted to the UPA Government on March 31, 2011. These figures are called “unadjusted figures” i.e. real figures and final figures are called “adjusted figures” i.e. cooked figures, as was done in the case of last decade (1991-2001) figures.    more >

Black money comes mainly from India—Julian Assange, WikiLeaks

AT a stage where governments around the world have tried to hide away from the embarrassment caused by WikiLeaks expose on black money , founder Julian Assange speaks exclusively to Times Now’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami on the Swiss bank data and Indian names features in the same.    more >

Ved Vijnana Gurukulam
A project for producing modern seers

By Shreesh Deopujari

BHARAT is the land where sacred Vedic spiritual knowledge originated and is being practised, preserved and propagated from time immemorial. As children of this holy land, it is our duty to transmit this vast treasure of knowledge to future generations.    more >

Sangh Shiksha Varga of Uttar Tamil Nadu begins

WITH a view to groom swayamsevaks for expanding Sangh work and to discover their latent talent, RSS organises residential training camps all over Bharat in summer. Almost 50 camps are held every year spanning over a period of three months from April to June.    more >

RSS’s Sewa activities applauded

IN its latest issue, Tehelka news magazine has come up with a report referring the Sangh as owning one of the fastest growing educational projects that too in the Maoist-affected regions.    more >

VHP stopped 50 lakh Hindus from conversion: Dr Togadia

VHP general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia said the VHP successfully stopped over 50 lakh Hindus from switching over to other faiths during the last ten years.    more >

Akhand path of Shri Guru Grantha Saheb for Sri Ram Temple

RASHTRIYA Sikh Sangat in association with Gurudwara Brahmkunda conducted three-day Akhand Path of Shri Guru Grantha Saheb in Ayodhya from April 23 to 25 for reconstruction of Sri Ram Temple.    more >

Dr Krishna Behari Mishra to get Dr Hedgewar Pragya Samman

NOTED Hindi writer Dr Krishna Behari Mishra will be honoured with 22nd Dr Hedgewar Pragya Samman for the year 2011. The Samman, which consists of a cheque of Rs 51,000, a citation and a memento, will be presented at a function in Kolkata on May 8.    more >

Kerala BJP vice president BK Sekhar passes away
By S Chandrasekhar

ADVOCATE BK Sekhar (51), BJP state vice-president and candidate from Thiruvananthapuram Constituency, in the recently concluded assembly polls, died of liver cancer on April 20. He fainted during campaigning and was rushed to hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. The end came at Amrita Hospital in Kochi.    more >

Organised religion ‘will be driven toward extinction’ in 9 countries, experts predict
By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

ORGANISED religion will all but vanish eventually from nine Western-style democracies, a team of mathematicians predict in a new paper based on census data stretching back 100 years. It won’t die out completely, but “religion will be driven toward extinction” in countries including Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, they say.    more >

Assam: After polling both BJP, AGP confident
BJP hopes to play crucial role in forming government.

From Jyoti Lal Chowdhury in Silchar

SILCHAR: Two phase elections in Assam are over. May 13 will decide who wins the race for Dispur. Assam too set a record of sort by registering the highest voter turn out of 76.03 per cent, an indication of people’ faith and conviction in exercising their franchise to elect their representatives.    more >

Pejawar Swami Sri Vishvesh Teertha Maharaj turns 81
Role of sannyasis is more challenging today—Baba Ramdev


SWAMI Sri Vishvesh Teertha Maharaj of Pejawar Mutt, Udupi, turned 81 on April 27.    more >


The Moving Finger Writes

Can India ever be at peace with Pakistan?
By MV Kamath

SOME time back, a 12-member delegation of Indians – including the Pakistan- friendly senior journalist Kuldip Nayar – went to Pakistan “to promote people-to-people contact” and returned home.    more >

Kids’ Org

No point lamenting after committing wrongs
By KK Shanmukhan

VICHITRAVIRYA, son of Shantanu had a son named Dhritarashtra to his wife Ambika and another son named Pandu to Ambalika. Since the elder, Dhritarashtra was born blind, Pandu, the second son, became king. Dhritarashtra had hundred sons and Pandu had five. Duryodhana was the first of the hundred sons of Dhritarashtra.    more >

World of Women

Unsafe both at home and outside
Women safety should get high priority

By Sunita Vakil

IT is absurd to wax eloquent on the need for making women independent when they are wary of even stepping out on the streets.    more >


A history o crimes against India
By MV Kamath
Crimes Against India: And the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Tradition: Stephen Knapp; i. Universe, Inc., New York; Pp 358 (PB), $24.95

Many tales woven into a fantastic page-turner
By Manju Gupta
One Amazing Thing, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Hamish Hamilton, Pp 209

The successful entrepreneur tips
The High Performance Entrepreneur: Golden Rules for Success in Today’s World, Subroto Bagchi, Penguin Books, Pp 246, Rs 299.00

US power play: Manage India, checkmate China
By Dr R Balashankar
The Future of Power, Joseph S Nye, Jr., PublicAffairs, Pp 300 (HB), $27.99.

The amazing journey of a book: From Sikkim to become a world best seller
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography, Donald S Lopez, Jr., Princeton University Press, Pp 173(HB), $19.95

Terror psychology fictionalized
By Manju Gupta
Jimmy the Terrorist, Omair Ahmad, Hamish Hamilton, Pp 184 (HB), Rs 350.00


Communist double speak
By Chander Pal Singh

“BHAGAT SINGH is not only one more martyr. For thousands today he is the martyr”, wrote The People (English weekly from Lahore founded by Lala Lajpat Rai) soon after his execution. Subash Chandra Bose summed up Bhagat Singh as someone who is “not a person, but a symbol.    more >

A Page From History

Ponnambalam Ramanathan's 160th birth anniversary
A 19th cenutry Hindu renaissance in Sri Lanka

By Priyadarshi Dutta

ON April 16, 1851 Gate Mudaliyar Arumuganatha-pillai Coomaraswamy, the first occupant of ‘Tamil seat’ in the Legislative Council of British Ceylon (estd 1833), was blessed with a grandson.    more >

Media Watch

Haunting memory of the man who made Indian classics popular with youngsters

IT is good to know that Anant Pai, who passed away recently continues to be remembered. Anant Pai is the ‘Uncle Pai’, originator or Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, not to speak of Indrajaal Comics and to whom Hitavada’s magazine for children, Twinkle Star (March 5) paid handsome tribute.    more >

In Focus

Proselytising in the name of social service
How it repels against Indian tradition

By Anirban Ganguly

NATURAL calamities in any age and clime have always been periods of great distress which materially and emotionally dislocate and unsettle large number of people.    more >


SubbaRow: The biochemical prodigy
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan

“I F god granted me one more year of life, we can conquer another disease,” said Dr Yellapragada SubbaRow to his colleagues. That sums up the man and mission. He wanted to live so that his fight against diseases could continue.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Congress did bungling in DDA also:
—RAVINDER SINGH, B-19, Sector-64, Noida

Congress will never stop doing malpractices, howsoever strong is the public protest. Corruption is in its blood. The recent scandal is that of allotment of DDA houses.    more >

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