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July 17, 2011

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Vol. LXIII, No. 02, New Delhi, JULY 17, 2011

Why Huawei-IISc MoU must be scrapped
Ownership issues pose a security threat to India

By Dr Rashmi Singh

SECURITY alerts about Huawei notwithstanding, the Communications Minister Kapil Sibal has chosen it to partner the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for setting up a security certification lab for telecom gear in India! The National Security Council(NSC) of India in its report on threat perceptions from Foreign Direct Investment has noted, “Huawei’s expanded footprint is not in our national security interest. The company had also tried to procure software clandestinely.” more >

Special Report
Sri Padmanabhaswamy: The wealthy God get wealthier
Only devout Hindus have a right to speak on the temple wealth

By Pushpanjali

SRI Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala is among the oldest and most respected temples of the known world. The rich and the poor pray there and ask for a boon or blessing for self and society. Indeed the biggest batch of temple priests that graduated after rigorous training is from Kerala, God’s own country. more >

Lord Padmanabha’s wealth belongs to Him only
Let’s not meddle with it

By Ram Madhav

Goddess Lakshmi resides where Lord Padmanabha is. For, the Lord is an aspect of Lord Vishnu himself, whose consort is Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. more >

Paralysed government, pro-active judiciary

These days it seems, it is the judiciary that is running the country. There are certain sections, mostly inspired by vested interests who criticise judicial activism and caution the courts not to cross the Lakshman Rekha. more >

Temple property belongs to the deity alone; government has no right over it—Ashok Singhal

“THE whole treasure found from the secret cellars of the famed Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram belongs to deity alone and the government has no right over it. This money has to be utilised only for the Hindu society,” said VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal in New Delhi on July 7. more >

At Liberty
Food Security Bill: Recipe for disaster

By Ravi

A short but extremely significant statement that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made during his interaction with newspaper editors went largely unnoticed. more >

News Round-Up

UP land war and Congress
Can Rahul Gandhi talk about Jaitapur and Bhatta Parsaul in the same breath?

By Aditya Pradhan

If Rahul Gandhi thinks he has set the right note for starting the agitation against land acquisition in Bhatta Parsaul in Uttar Pradesh just because the Supreme Court has ordered the return of the 156 hectares to the farmers in Greater Noida’s Shahberi village acquired by Mayawati government, then he has another think coming. more >

Lessons from Jabera
BJP makes a dent in the Congress pocket borough

By Adhitya Srinivasan

ON June 29, Dashrath Singh Lodhi of BJP emerged victorious in the Jabera by-election in Madhya Pradesh and defeated his closest rival Dr Tanya Solomon of the Congress by a comfortable margin of over 11,000 votes. more >

Special Report
Telangana violence exposes the feud in Congress

By KG Suresh

TELANGANA is back in the headlines with a bang once again with MPs and legislators, belonging to the region, from virtually all political parties including the ruling Congress Party, tendering their resignation in what seems to be a desperate bid to force the Centre to bring in a law for the creation of a separate state in the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament. more >

India Foundation Study
Incidents of alleged violence on religious places in Karnataka
A tale of three reports

By Pramod Kumar

IN September-October 2008, there were reports of attacks on churches in eight districts of Karnataka. After the attacks, there were attempts to blame some Hindu organisations as well as the state’s BJP government for it. more >

Sri Sri becomes the first Indian recipient of the Crans Montana Forum Award
From Gautam Vig

IN an impressive ceremony organised on June 24 in Brussels and attended by several Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ambassadors, the Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar became the first Indian to receive Crans Montana Forum Award. more >

Radha and Radhiya
Two faces of modern education

By Mridula Sinha

THERE was a news in leading newspapers that a Collector Anand Kumar’s daughter Gopika is studying in a village primary school at Erode district of Tamil Nadu. The photograph shows the girl sitting on a wooden plank and learning the alphabets. more >

Cannot ignore politics, power: To protect Hindus

By Dr Rabin Dev Choudhury

EVERYBODY knows that Sangh Parivar is a big family having many sister organisations numbering more than 80, fighting for the cause of Hindutva. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) are directly involved in propagation of Hinduism in the country, if I am not wrong. more >

Dorjee Khandu, Bharatmata’s beloved son
The irreparable loss in the tragic demise of a true nationalist

By Jagdamba Mall

WHILE in the office of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, late Dorjee Khandu had raised strong objections to Beijing’s “Concern” over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the State on October 3, 2009 and had said that China has no business to meddle with the internal affairs of the Arunachal Pradesh which is an integral part of Bharat. more >

Vivekananda Express in Kerala
By S Chandrasekhar

VIVEKANANDA Express, the train on wheels and a tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his 150th birth anniversary, which was flagged off from Howrah by Mamata Banerjee on January 12th, reached Thiruvananthapuram on July 3rd after covering several states. It will end its journey on January 12, 2013 at Kanyakumari after doing rounds in stations all over the country. more >

Rath yatras bring an ocean of overwhelming happiness
By V Shanmuganathan

THE rath yatras or temple car festivals are the oldest and continuously celebrated spiritual events in India. Temple cars are basically chariots used to carry idols of Gods and Godesses. more >

Cover Page

The Moving Finger Writes

Who will be the next Prime Minister?
By MV Kamath

WHEN, following celebration of his 41st birthday early in June, Rahul Gandhi was felicitated and the Congress Party’s secretary, Digvijay Singh publicly announced that Rahul was now fit to be the Prime Minister, one could hear the loud gasp of the public at large. more >

Media Watch

Crime: Mumbai police in the dock

THE assassination of Jyotirmoy Dey, editor, Special Investigation, Midday has naturally roused the anger of the media. Journalists in Mumbai assembled in large numbers to express their feelings and more importantly to demand that justice be done. more >

Thinking Aloud

Blame UPA’s poor credibility quotient for economic misery
By Dr Jay Dubashi

FOR the umpteenth time, the Reserve Bank has raised its interest rate to almost 8 per cent, hoping that this will slow down inflation, and hopefully give a boost to growth. The bank, of course, does what it is told, and all its attempt so far to curb inflation and boost growth have come to nothing. more >

Pravasi Bharatiya

Hinduism Summit in Durga Mandir highlights Hindu issues

A Hinduism Summit held on June 18 by Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) and Durga Mandir of Virginia brought to attention the issues faced by Hindus in America and provided unique, practical solutions to the Hindu community. more >


An academic biography of Shaheed Bhagat Singh
By Tej N Dhar
Bhagat Singh Revisited: Historiography, Biography and Ideology of the Great Martyr, Chander Pal Singh, Originals, Pp 368 (PB), Rs 295.00

The lure of Simla
Simla: The Summer Capital of British India, Raaja Bhasin, Rupa Publications , Pp 459 (PB), Rs 395.00

In praise of lord Ganesha
By Ashish Joshi
99 Thoughts on Ganesha, Devdutt Pattanaik, Jaico Books, Pp 223 (PB), Rs 195.00

A focus on black money
By Manju Gupta
The Darker Side of Black Money: An Insight into the World of Financial Secrecy & Tax Havens, BV Kumar, Konark Publishers, Pp 225, Rs 295.00

An objective guide to Indian diplomacy
By MV Kamath
Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy; David M Malone, Oxford University Press, Pp 425 (HB), Rs 695.00

Mind of the Indian tycoon
By Preeti Mathur
Inside the Indian Business Mind: A Tactical Guide for Managers, Zubko & Sahay, Jaico books, Pp 182 (PB), Rs 250.00

Funny and serious: Life experiences
By Manju Gupta
Life as I See: An Interesting Saga of Funny and Sad Experiences of a Curious Writer, Joginder Singh, Diamond Books, Pp 208 (PB), Rs 95.00

A study of life
The Call Eternal: The Thrill in Living, BP Singhal, Selective & Scientific Books, Pp 388 (PB), Rs 395.00

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Kids’ Org

Brain wins over Brawn
By Manju Gupta

IT is said in the Mahabharata that some of the Yadavas, who were followers of Kritavarma, decided to fight on the side of the Kauravas while the others, who followed Satyaki, chose to side with the Pandavas. more >

In Focus

Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (access to justice and reparations) Bill 2011
Promoting communalism in the facade of fighting it

By Dr TH Chowdary

THE UPA-II government is planning to introduce a Bill titled ‘Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill’ in the Parliament. more >

Readers’ Forum

The demonic midnight raid - As Congress pushes panic button (Organiser, 19.6.2011):
—VIJAYALAKSHMI G [email protected]

The corrupt, treacherous and brutal Congress party has no right to continue in office after the Jallianwala Bagh like crackdown on innocent, peaceful people at midnight when they were asleep. more >

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