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July 26, 2009

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Vol. LXI, No. 3, New Delhi, July 26, 2009

“Tamils are safe; their rights will be protected”
Sri Lanka seeks to reassure India

By R Balashankar

"THERE will not be any suppression of Tamil rights in Sri Lanka. The Tamils who constitute 16 per cent of the population will enjoy equal rights with the 70 per cent majority Sinhalese and devolution of power to the Tamil-dominated areas is a priority of the Rajapaksa government, which is now engaged in a massive rehabilitation effort following the elimination of the terrorist outfit LTTE.”    more >

UPA to borrow and spend on poll benefit
Highest-ever public borrowing in history, Rs 15,000 crore a week

By Naresh Minocha

THE Union Budget for 2009-10 has driven home the adage: “The law is an ass.” Yes, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBMA), 2003 has been reduced to an ass by the UPA government. It is not worth the paper it is printed on.    more >

Special Report
Breeding vultures for the Parsis’ sake
The missing birds a worry for last rites

By Nava Thakuria

AS the vultures in the Indian sky are missing, the Parsi people living in the country are worried, of course, for a religious reason. The Parsis, who fled Persia—the present-day Iran—centuries back after Islamic uprising practise the religion of Zoroastrianism.    more >

Time to rethink on EVMs

FINALLY, the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) controversy has reached the apex court.
It is not surprising considering the plethora of doubts expressed by almost all political parties and many highly-placed social activists and experts on the reliability of this wonder machine.    more >

Professor Sabharwal Case
ABVP leaders vindicated in Madhav College poll violence case

By Sangeet Verma

IT was on August 26, 2006, when Professor H.S. Sabharwal had a heart attack during the college elections at Madhav College Ujjain, and was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead.    more >

Special Report
Making a Kashmir in Murshidabad, W. Bengal!
Fanatics plan to make Murshidabad and South 24 Parganas all Muslim districts

By Ranjit Roy

EMBOLDENED by unprecedented Muslim appeasements by three major political parties in West Bengal, the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the CPM to get their votes during the last panchayat and parliamentary elections, fanatic Muslims are now planning to drive out Hindus from two Muslim dominated districts Murshidabad and South 24 Parganas.    more >

Sangh Samachar

Vitta Salahakar Samiti discussion on Budget-2009

PHD Chamber, in association with Bharatiya Vitta Salahakar Samiti (BVSS) organised an Interactive Session on ‘Implications of Union Budget Proposals’ with focus on Capital Market on July 7, 2009 at PHD House, New Delhi.    more >

All India workshop of BMS
A search for Indian alternative

By Virag Pachpore

WITH capitalist countries like the USA, UK, and Japan experiencing unprecedented economic downslide, India should not remain aloof from its international financial implications, and start thinking in order to provide a viable alternative to bring the world economic order back on rails.    more >

Where are Lalu’s 150-km fast trains?

By Arabinda Ghose

IF wishes were Indian Railways under the tutelage of Lalu Prasad, 150-kilometre an hour express trains would have been running by now between New Delhi and Howrah (via Patna, the route longer than the Dhanbad route) by 2007-08.    more >

Special on Raksha Bandhan Day, August 5
Observe Raksha Bandhan as ‘World Brother-Sister Day’

By Indresh Kumar

THOUSANDS of years back the Indian social scientists, the rishis, evolved a practical system of conduct known as Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (World is a family) to put a check on exploitation, conflict, tension, violence and crime then existed in various sects, castes, linguistic and regional groups and also for welfare of all living creatures. It is necessary to go deeper into this unique system.    more >

An appeal by Justice (Retd) M Rama Jois to celebrate Raksha Bandhan as a national festival

AS indicated in the opening words of the Constitution of India, “We the People of India” in its Preamble, all the citizens of India together constitute one nation. Every citizen constitutes part and parcel of the nation.    more >

Kashmiri Hindus organise protests, observe July 13 as black day
By Khajuria S Kant in Jammu

MASSIVE protest demonstrations were organised by Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu on July 13 to observe this day as a black day. July 13, 1931 marks the beginning of the first organised genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir.    more >

History of black day

‘MARTYRS day’ is the first organised violence against the Kashmiri Pandits by the then Muslim Conference of Kashmir.    more >

Media Watch
UPA’s whimsical foreign policy

IT speaks for the tremendous sense of guilt that upper caste Hindus have in the matter of casteism and untouchability that anything that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati says or does is met with discreet silence.    more >

Cover Page


Our leaders are innocent—Vishnu Datt Sharma, National General Secretary, ABVP

Budget Talk

They want to oppose, but afraid to tell the truth
Business chambers and media are afraid to slam a patently bad Budget, writes Ravi Shanker Kapoor

FINANCE Minister Pranab Mukherjee has squandered an excellent opportunity to re-energise the economy, speed up liberalisation, and embark on the gigantic task of fiscal consolidation.    more >

Thinking Aloud

India is a Hindu country, in trying to please Muslims, don’t deny it
By Dr. Jay Dubashi

THE results of the recent elections to the Lok Sabha have come as a great surprise all round, both for the victors who think they have won a lottery and hit the jackpot, as well as others who feel they have been let down.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

US perfidy and Manmohan
By M.V. Kamath

HOW much trust can we place in the United States? And who speaks authoritatively for the country?    more >

Think it over

How religions have misguided mankind!
By MSN Menon

RELIGIONS have tamed man in the wild. But they have also misguided men.    more >

Special Feature

Relevance of Ramayana Month
By VN Gopalakrishnan Nair

THE Ramayana Month will be celebrated at Shree Ayyappa-Vishnu Temple, Powai (Mumbai) from July 17 to August 16 this year.    more >

Kids’ Org

Purging the mind of ego
By Rajesh Pathak

A great saint and a social reformer, Ramanujacharya was the one to generate an intense wave of bhakti in 12th century.    more >

Play and Learn
Frooti Filter

By Manju Gupta

Health Watch

Human resources for health management
By Dr SS Agarwal

HUMAN resources are the key factors in managing and delivering health care services.    more >


Sufism in India
By Manju Gupta
Sufism: The Heart of Islam, Sadia Dehlvi, HarperCollins Publishers India, Pp 384, Rs 695.00

Understanding Bhakti
Puntanam and Melpattur: Two Measures of Bhakti, Vijay Nambisan (translator), Penguin Books, Pp 95, Rs 150.00

A drama of religion and passion
Fated to Love, Qaisra Shahraz, Penguin Books, Pp 386, Rs 299.00

A rich volume on electoral politics
By Manju Gupta
Electoral Politics in Indian States, Sandeep Shastri, K.C. Suri & Yogendra Yadav (eds.), Oxford University Press, Pp 453, Rs 795.00

e-imagining Mahabharata
By Ratnadeep Banerji
The Mahabharata: Reimagined, Trisha Das, Rupa & Co, Pp 115, Rs 95.00

Economics in numbers
Pocket World in Figures, The Economist, Profile Books and distributed by Viva Boook Pvt Ltd, Pp 256, Rs 250.00

News Analysis

Unrest in Xinjiang
Victims of Chinese expansionism

By Shyam Khosla

ETHNIC riots between the Uighur Muslims and the Han Chinese in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, far western region of China, are the worst in recent history of communist China. Labour trouble in toy factories that has been badly hit by global recession provided the spark to the half-a-century-old tension between the two communities ...    more >


Vegetarianism: A Vedic way of life-II
Advantages of vegetarianism

By Stephen Knapp

THE earlier texts, such as the Rig-veda (10.87.16), also proclaim the need to give up the eating of slaughtered animals. “One who partakes of human flesh, the flesh of a horse or of another animal, and deprives others of milk by slaughtering cows, O King, if such a friend does not desist by other means, then you should not hesitate to cut off his head.”    more >

Readers’ Forum

BJP’s mantra for survival (Organiser, 5-7-2009);
—DK KOTHARI, 203, FC Road, Meghmallar, Uzanbazar, Guwahati

BJP’s dream of coming to power remains unfulfilled. Now the time is ripe to introspect the result outrightly. The question is why has the BJP not done well? Does the party have the courage to accept some ground realities? As per my little understanding following are the causes for the party’s dismal performance:    more >

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