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August 09, 2009

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Vol. LXI, No. 5, New Delhi, AUGUST 09, 2009

Shame Singh
National interest has no place in UPA’s “out-of-the-box” diplomacy

By OP Gupta, IFS [Retd]

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh again betrayed the Indian people at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in pious hope of trying to buy peace from Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani who is known to have no real control over the Pakistan military and its Inter Services Intelligence [ISI].    more >

AIADMK boycott of by-elections
EVMs are not fair, not transparent, have no voter verifiable audit trails

By MG Devasahayam

THE decision of the opposition parties in Tamil Nadu to boycott the by-elections to five assembly constituencies is an expression of no-confidence in the electoral process in general and the Election Commission in particular, rather being aimed at the ruling DMK-Congress combine.    more >

Thinking Aloud
Have the Marxists any future?
By Dr Jay Dubashi

OUR good friend, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, is in trouble, deep trouble. The farmers are up in arms against his murderous party, industrialists like Tatas have walked out on him, the voters have given him thumbs down and the Maos are after his blood.    more >

Some explanation for Congress exuberance?

THE pyrrhic victory in the 2009 Lok Sabha poll has turned the Congress Party on its head. The victory is not as convincing as those won by Rajiv Gandhi in 1984 or Indira Gandhi in 1971 and 1980, but the sheer audacity of the win has made the party brazen and it is scouting for trouble everywhere as if it has no challenge.    more >

EVM and electoral reforms–II
EVM: The credibility factor

By Nishitendu Chaudhury

THE inflow of black money in electoral process is a great menace. The Hon’ble Supreme Court has observed after discussing various issues in this regard based on real incidents as brought on record that the political parties and candidates collect money from undisclosed and doubtful sources for the purpose of fostering their electoral prospect.    more >

Sangh Samachar

Andhra High Court stays State funding of Christian pilgrimage
Author Name Comes here

THE Andhra Pradesh High Court recently stayed a State government’s order providing financial assistance to Christians for pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other places connected with the life of Jesus Christ.    more >

Beware of China
It wants to stop India growing

By Bharat Verma

THERE are multiple reasons for a desperate Beijing to teach India the final lesson, thereby ensuring Chinese supremacy in Asia in this century. The recession that shut the Chinese exports shop is creating an unprecedented internal social unrest.    more >

Part II
Fight for freedom! A violent phase

By Dr Shreerang Godbole

ON July 1, 1909, Dhingra went as planned to the meeting at Imperial Institute. As luck would have it he had forgotten to take the invitation pass. However, as he was an Associate Member, he gained entry after signing in the visitors’ book. Koregankar also arrived armed with a pistol. After the meeting was over, Curzone Wyllie seemed ready to leave    more >

Madrasas: A monstrous experiment
By Nasir Abbas Mirza

REMOTE madrassas may be turning boys into drones but then there are thousands of madrasas spread all over Pakistan’s urban centres that are producing millions of neo-drones who may not become suicide bombers but are totally unfit to live in this world. These kids need to be rescued    more >

Turmoil in NC Hills, Assam
NC Hills Mahila Suraksha Manch delegation meets Union Home Minister

By Pramod Kumar

A high-level delegation of NC Hills Mahila Suraksha Manch met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi on July 23 and demanded to nab the insurgent groups that are indulging in the killing and burning of houses of Dimasas and Jeme Nagas in NC Hills of Assam.    more >


A gripping biography of Rash Bihari Bose
By Manju Gupta
Bose of Nakamuraya: An Indian Revolutionary in Japan, Takeshi Nakajima: Promilla & Co. Publishers, Pp 323, Rs 700.00

To judge the people you meet
Read People Deeper, Rose Rosetree: Macmillan Publishers India Ltd, Pp 276, Rs 295.00 —MG

A striking fiction on man’s folly
My Friend Sancho, Amit Varma: Hachette India, Pp 217, Rs 195.00

Shape your success, learn how to talk
By Vaidehi Nathan
How To Talk To Anyone, Leil Lowndes, Thorsons (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., Delhi), Pp 336, Rs 195.00

By Manju Gupta
Concise Encyclopedia of United States-South Asia Relations, Rajesh Kadian:Vision Books, Pp 352 Rs 595.00

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To retain the child within
I will Bell the Cat, Potharaju Ravindra: Macmillan Publishers India Ltd, Pp 115, Rs 145.00



Threat to Multiculturalism in Australia
By Amit Singh

THE recent incidents of racial discrimination are not the first evidence of Australian racial mentality. Several other instances in the past highlight racial hatred of Australians against the overseas communities.    more >


Indian Railways is in debt “in perpetuity”
By Arabinda Ghose

AN interesting debate between the former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and the present one Mamata Bannerjee has ensued on the quantum of “profit” Indian Railway (IR) has earned during the five years of Lalu’s rule.    more >


‘This’ youth. And ‘the other’
Happy Young Indian

The writer can be contacted at [email protected]

“EDUCATED youths in the East are more likely to be happy than the educated young in the West.” So concluded Bertrand Russel in his famous essay “Is happiness still possible?” comparing educated youths in the West with their counterpart in the East.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Trouble with China
By MV Kamath

CHINA is in trouble. It is in trouble both on the economic and political front. To begin with, a word on the former. For years, China started accumulating foreign exchange reserves.    more >

Think it Over

Church and Monks
By MSN Menon

A word to clear up my stand. I have nothing against Jesus, but everything against the church. It has been the source of hatred in the world ever since its inception. It wants to convert the Hindus.    more >

Kids’ Org

Generosity endures
By Manju Gupta

IN the north-west of India, near the Hindu Kush, there lived King Sivi of Usinara who had his kingdom near Gandhara.    more >

Health Watch

Voluntary Blood Donation: Let us make it a drive
By Dr SS Agarwal

THE ultimate goal for every country is to achieve 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation.    more >

A Report

Swami Laxmanananda murder rocks Parliament
BJP MPs clash with Home Minister
Chidambaram tries to cover up missionary mischief

SWAMI Laxmanananda Saraswati along with other people including a Sadhvi were brutally killed on August 23, 2008.    more >

News Analysis

In J&K fanatics and Rights Industry spreading lies
By Shyam Khosla

CANARDS spread by Islamists and separatists accusing the Army of human rights violations provoked most of the street protests and violence, including destruction of public and private property, in the Kashmir Valley in recent years.    more >

Media Watch

Editorials should reflect scholarship

FOR the journalist there are so many thing that are unpredictable like terrorist attacks, earthquakes and floods, plane crashes, even political somersaults.    more >

Economic Watch

Will fiscal deficit deliver?
By Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala

THE reader will agree that loss cannot be the path to profit except in special circumstances. Companies, for example, come out with introductory offers and sell their goods at a loss for a short time in order to capture the market. They soon increase the price and try to make profits.    more >

A Page from History

A study of Tipu: His religion and politics
By S Aravindan Neelakandan 'Skanthem'

FATEH Ali Tipu (1750 –1799) had been hailed by a section of historians and politicians as not just another earliest of freedom fighters but as a pioneer in modernisation and as a visionary.    more >

Readers’ Forum

The reconstruction of Nalanda (Organiser, 12-7-2009);
—BHARAT SONKAR, Civil Lines, Allahabad

Tanvir Fatima’s rebuttal that Islamic marauders were not responsible for the destruction of Nalanda and Takshashila universities is only ridiculous and not out of worldwide Islamic line of thought however.    more >

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