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June 26, 2011

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Vol. LXII, No. 51, New Delhi, JUNE 26, 2011

UPA sabotages India’s thorium energy quest

By M D Nalapat

THORIUM is found in abundance in India, and has the potential to serve as feedstock for an ambitious nuclear power programme that can lift hundreds of millions out of poverty. At least 225,000 tonnes of thorium exist in India, much more than the estimated 60,000 tonnes of natural uranium.    more >

War against corruption only half done
Wage it as second freedom struggle

By Naresh Minocha

THE Civil Society groups (CSGs) have already lost more than half the battle against corruption against to the UPA Government. This harsh conclusion becomes crystal clear if one takes into the fact the UPA Government has either rejected or is dragging its feet on the anti-bribery recommendations of two commissions and other committees that it appointed.    more >

In Focus
Husain and the assault against Hindu India
By Dr Gautam Sen

IT is amusing to observe so many ardent nationalists, who once made modest professional careers by proclaiming sympathy for Hindu interests, lining up to celebrate the departed Maqbool Fida Husain’s highly provocative depiction of venerated Hindu goddesses.    more >

Civil society, uncivil government

The Congress-led UPA government is rattled by the rising voices against corruption. Having lost credibility completely, floundering for explanations to mounting charges of accumulating sleaze, the Congress Party has unleashed its foul-mouthing spokespersons to defend itself. From the government too, the people who speak for it hardly have any credential worth mentioning.    more >

Trust gone, UPA’s doom in next poll is inevitable

By GVL Narasimha Rao

IN the life cycle of elected governments, a time comes when the public support decisively swings from one of enjoying inherent trust to one in which people have lost implicit trust. In case of some governments, this happens very rapidly and in some others, it takes a very long time as was the case with the Left Front in West Bengal which had an uninterrupted reign of 34 years.    more >

Sangh Samachar

Chinese dam on Brahmaputra
India outraged. But the government reacts meekly

By Saurabh Dubey

A vast and densely populated region of North-east India that depends on water from Brahmaputra and its tributaries is feeling agitated over China’s ambitious efforts to redraw its water map.    more >

Special Review
History, a propellant in China’s spurt
Revenge for past humiliations as a driver of national assertion

By Dr R Balashankar
The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914, Robert Bickers, Allen Lane, Penguin Books Ltd, Pp 496 (HB), £30.00.

MUCH of Asia was under colonial rule during the late 19th and early 20th century with Britain dominating the global scene. South and South East Asia were under direct rule of the Crown. Japan had broken from the shackles of the foreign manoeuvers and raised the call ‘Asia for Asians.’    more >

J Dey’s killers at large
State government’s role seems suspect

By Aditya Pradhan

THE brutal and daylight murder of Mumbai’s most popular tabloid’s star crime reporter at Hiranandani Gardens has opened a can of worms for the police and the political establishment in this metropolitan city which has been historically ridden by underworld activities.    more >

Poll finds crackdown on Ramdev unwarranted
Overwhelming support for Black money-Corruption agenda

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UPA Government ministers and Congress party spokesmen have been coming up with a variety of justifications for the midnight assault on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters in Ramlila Maidan in Delhi on June 4. But an outraged public which saw it all play out on television is having none of it.    more >

National conference on Sanskrit literature
Sanskrit literature as guide to natural disasters

By Ravindra Saini

UTTARANCHAL Sanskrit Academy organised a three-day national conference on ‘Solution to natural disasters as mentioned in Sanskrit literature’ in Haridwar. The conference concluded on May 29.    more >

Recruitment of Indians by ISI
By Lokpal Sethi in Jaipur

PAKISTAN’S notorious ISI, with the assistance of local police has set-up six police stations in the areas close to Indian border, where Indian nationals, visiting their relatives in Pakistan, are being lured in the name of questioning, to work as spy after their return to India.    more >

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The Moving Finger Writes

UPA mastery over corruption
By MV Kamath

SO the United Progressive Alliance has completed two years of its second term.    more >


Baba Ramdev’s mass appeal frightens Congress
By Rajan Khanna

IT has become quite apparent that the government is jittered by the mass appeal generated by Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare.    more >

Thinking Aloud

Singh and his many clowns
By Dr Jay Dubashi

INDIAN newspapers and magazines are getting bigger and bigger – some as many as 50 pages thick – and more numerous.    more >

At Liberty

NAC: Sonia’s own cronies
By Ravi

RASHTRIYA Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat hit the nail on its head when he recently questioned the Constitutional validity of the National Advisory Council (NAC).    more >

Book Review

Hard statements, soft options
By MV Kamath
Pakistan: A Hard Country, Anatol Lieven; Allen Lane, Pp 560 (HB), Rs 599.00

Edge of the seat page turner from Wilber Smith
By Sarthak Shankar
Those in Peril, Wilber Smith, Pan Macmillan, Pp 386 (PB), Rs 325.00

Mata Amritanandamayi: A saint for egalitarianism
By Tej N Dhar
Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi: A Biography, Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri; Amrita Books, Pp 269 (PB) Rs 100.00

Taliban with the US; against US, like a wounded bear
By MV Kamath
Taliban: The True Story of the World’s Most Feared Guerilla Fighters; James Fergusson, Corgi Books, Pp 416, Rs. 425.00

Kashmiri Hindus’ search for homeland
Homeland after Eighteen Years, K L Chowdhury, UBS Publishers, Pp xv+133(PB), Rs 170.00
By Tej N Dhar

Horrid tales of families caught in partition trauma
What the Body Remembers, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Rupa & Co, Pp 608(PB), Rs 395.00

Economy Watch

Honestly corrupt!
By Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala

PERSONAL integrity of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unquestioned.    more >


Mischief and notoriety
By Pravin Togadia

SCHOOL kids play jolly pranks on classmates and youth send teasing SMSs to friends. Such activities generally make the person on the other side chuckle with joy and fun.    more >

Kids’ Org

Kali and Nala
By KK Shanmukhan

WHEN the gods were returning after attending the wedding of Nala with Damayanti, they met Kali, the most dangerous of demons and Dwapara, his friend on their way. Indra asked: “Oh, Kali, where are you to?”    more >

News Analysis

UPA’s arrogance and subterfuge
By Shyam Khosla

CONGRESS-led Government’s arrogance and subterfuge is limitless. It claimed it has accepted “almost all demands” raised by Yoga Guru Ram Dev and asked him to call off his hunger strike immediately.    more >

Readers’ Forum

The demonic midnight raid (Organiser, 19.6.2011);
RAMINDER SINGH, B-224, Naraina Industrial Area, Phase:1

We can say that what happened on Sunday morning, i.e. 5.6.11 at the Ramlila Maidan was equivalent to Jalianwala Bagh incident.    more >

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