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July 31, 2011

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Vol. LXIII, No. 4, New Delhi, JULY 31, 2011

UPA contrives for FDI in shopping malls

By Naresh Minocha

THE UPA Government is cashing in on media criticism over its failure to tame food inflation and economic reforms slowdown. The criticism is being used as an opportunity to lift the ban on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Multi-Brand or Multi-Product Retail (MBR/MPR), which is an euphemism for swanky shopping malls.    more >

Special Report
Kapil Sibal's pack of lies rebutted
NDA took telephones to the masses UPA made it a medium of loot

By Dr Rashmi Singh

NDA’s migration package led to higher revenues for the government, growth for the industry and cheap tariffs for the consumer. Wild allegations have been levelled by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) under Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal that the erstwhile NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee caused a loss of Rs 43,000 crore to the exchequer while granting “migration package” to the existing telecom operators in 1999.    more >

Lessons from Mumbai
By Arun Jaitley

The three serial blasts in Mumbai are a grim reminder to the Indian people that we are extremely high on the terrorists’ radar. We cannot afford to lower our guard nor take any satisfaction in reeling out statistics that Mumbai has been attacked by terrorists after a gap of thirty one months.    more >

UPA again tries to derail Mumbai blast probe

MUMBAI. The city has been attacked ten times in the past decade. So the media and the politicians have well-rehearsed stories and statements. The resilience of the city has been parroted ad nauseum, as if people have a choice.    more >

Sarsanghachalak’s itinerary in Bihar
People responsible with administration have failed to arrest corruption and price rise—Mohan Bhagwat

By Sanjeev Kumar in Patna

PEOPLE sitting on top have failed to curb corruption and price rise in the country. Those who have been entrusted the task of protecting the treasury are stashing it away in aboard.    more >

News Round-up

Expel Dilip Padgaonkar from J&K interlocutors team, dissolve the panel, demands Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch

JAMMU Kashmir Vichar Manch Delhi demanded immediate expulsion of Dilip Padgaonkar from the team of J&K interlocutors. In a press statement issued on July 21 the Manch said that in case Padgaonkar refuses to step down, the Prime Minister must force him out.    more >

Bad economics, worse politics

By Adhitya Srinivasan

A few weeks ago, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Jaipal Reddy had announced that fuel prices would be increased.Subsequently diesel price was increased by Rs 3; kerosene by Rs 2 and LPG by Rs 50.    more >

An eyewitness account
Mumbai under attack again

By Rajan Khanna

ONCE again the helplessness and the compulsions of the Mumbaikar, is going to be construed as his resilience; once again the failure of the intelligence and the law enforcing agencies to prevent the acts of terror, is going to be camouflaged with various excuses and once again the unwillingness of the political establishment to sanitise the terrorist breeding grounds, is going to be covered up by flimsy arguments.    more >

Akhil Bharatiya Prant Pracharak meeting in Tinsukia, Assam
Some changes in responsibility

RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi announced the following change in designations of some of the Pracharaks at the recently concluded Akhil Bharatiya Prant Pracharak meeting organised in Tinsukia, Assam:    more >

Black cash probe now on 2G lines
SC orders special inquiry team to be set up, asks government to reveal names of show caused persons

By S Kalyanaraman

THE Supreme Court has virtually taken into its own hands the probe into black money stashed in foreign banks, slamming the Centre’s “evasive, confused and laggardly” investigations.    more >

Turkish Mogul aims to buy at least three Greek islands
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THE chairman of a leading Turkish construction company has said he wants to buy at least three Greek islands that the debt-ridden nation plans to sell, in what may be termed a fire sale, because of the latest agreement it made with its international lenders, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).    more >

Etymology of kumkum
From G Gangadharan Nair

SANSKRIT grammarians try their best to explain every word by showing the derivation and connecting the meaning of the w ords to the meanings of the component parts in derivations. For many words they may be convincing, while in some cases they may be arbitrary, ...    more >

Product Launch
Denver launches two new fragrances

DENVER, a new leader in deodorant body spray from Vanesa Inc unveils two new fragrances in deodorants body spray for men namely ‘Winston and Hamilton’. They have a soothing and impudent smell which provides you a pleasure of satisfaction and freshness.    more >

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: The richest Hindu shrine
By VN Gopalakrishnan

TREASURE worth approximately rupees one lakh crore have been found in the Nilavaras (secret chambers) of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple recently.    more >

Petitioner in Kerala temple vault case dies
Sunderrajan was also a member of panel


TWO weeks after a panel appointed by the Supreme Court unearthed a treasure trove worth Rs 1 lakh crore in the vaults of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple here, the person instrumental behind the discovery died in the wee hours of July 17, 2011.    more >

Matri shakti to save the Ganga
By Mridula Sinha

RECENTLY, there was the National Executive Committee meeting of BJP’s women wing in Rishikesh. While discussing two resolutions, it was felt that the political situation in the country is not comfortable for the people, especially for women.    more >

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The Moving Finger Writes

Indian education system needs drastic overhaul
By MV Kamath

THERE must be something wrong with our educational system, even as there is something self-destructive in the mind-set of our people. Admittedly not all our universities are world class.    more >

Media Watch

Speak the truth, but never utter an unpleasant truth

ONE of former Prime Minister Morarji Desai’s favourite quotes ran as follows: Satyam bruyat priyam brutat na bruyat sat samapriyam. Speak the truth; speak what is pleasant but never utter an unpleasant truth.    more >


Three different incidents, the same mentality
Detect and defeat this danger

By Dr Manmohan Vaidya

THE midnight crackdown on non-violent, peaceful and sleeping satyagrahis by Delhi Police at the instance of Central Government at Ramlila Maidan on the night of June 4 was condemned by one and all.    more >

Think Aloud

A regime of flunkeys like Singh, clowns like Kapil
By Dr Jay Dubashi

THERE was a time when this country was ruled by real leaders, not flunkeys like Manmohan Singh and clowns like Kapil Sibal. There was only one power centre, and that was the Cabinet.    more >

A Report

CPM rocked by scandals
By S Chandrasekhar

IT is an irony, for the CPM that fought violent battles against Self-Financing Engg/Medical Colleges, to be itself, mired in a scandal involving a Self Financing College (SFC) owned by it.    more >


Know Your Terrorist
By Ram Madhav

ALL indications are that this Mumbai blast too would end up at the bottom of the list of countless such attacks in the past, which have not seen the conclusion of the investigation and punishment to the perpetrators.    more >


Puttaparthi must be developed as a centre of excellence for Hindu devotion
By K Shyam Prasad

FOR over 60 years, Puttaparthi in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh has been synonymous with Saibaba.    more >


Inside the mind of empires
By Manju Gupta
Empire and Beyond, Antonio Negri, Polity Press, Pp 239

What’s cooking inside CBI!
By MV Kamath
CBI: Top Cop Recalls; SK Datta, Manas Publications, New Delhi, Pp 270, Rs 695.00

A close encounter with Rafi Ahmed Kidwai
Rafi Ahmad Kidwai: A Memoir of His Life and Times, Ajit Prasad Jain, National Book Trust, Pp 158, Rs 65.00

Woods are lovely, dark and deep
By Jayant Patel
Trees Incredible: Life Sustaining Lives, Madan Mohan Pant, Rupa Publications, Pp 216, Rs 395.00

Jerusalem, holy, and hot spot of powerplay
By Dr R Balashankar
Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, James Carroll, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pp 432 (HB), $28.00.

Cohen, hard nut, stirs posthumously!
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
GA Cohen: On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy, Michael Otsuka, Princeton University Press, Pp 268 (PB), $16.95

A gripping narrative of norms gone astray
By Manju Gupta
When Faith Turned Red (tr.): Sharad Pagare, Rupa & Co, Pp 300 (PB), Rs 295.00

Messing with human psyche
By Sarthak Shankar
The Redemption, William Peter Blatty, Hachette India, Pp 313 (PB), Rs 350.00

Kids’ Org

Ganesha: The mascot of success
By KK Shanmukhan

GANESHA is considered and worshipped as the mascot of success and benefactor of all goods. His worship, it is believed, will alleviate all obstructions. He has a very great appetite and whatever he swallows will digest instantly.    more >


Modern Day Invaders!
By Dr Pravin Togadia

RECENTLY there was much ho-hoopla about Bhagwan Padmanabhaswamy Temple’s wealth stored in the basement. Media was exhibiting it and passing loose comments like – Why not use all that wealth to clear debt on Bharat etc.    more >

A Report

Post blast, political blame game begins in Maharashtra
By Virag Pachpore

NERO was fiddling when Rome was in flames. That is now history. We have very much in our own country the modern avatars of Nero who are not only playing their fiddles but also rubbing salt on the wounds of countless victims of the blast caused by unknown terrorists in the financial capital of India.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Minorityism: A reflection of national disunity (Organiser, 10.7.11);
—ANAND PRAKASH, 72/Sectors-8, Panchkula-134 109

This refers to the letter by Syed Shahabuddin in the ‘Reader’s Forum’ page of Organiser. He has written that “ I recall my own experience, when I first came to Delhi in 1966. I found it impossible to get an apartment on rent form Hindu landlords.    more >

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