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September 27, 2009

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Vol. LXI, No. 12, New Delhi, September 27, 2009

Austerity gimmick in times of crazy splurge
UPA indulges in farce; shuns expenditure reforms

By Naresh Minocha

THE austerity drive is Finance Ministry’s annual ritual. It has had no impact on the government expenditure especially wasteful expenditure that keeps ballooning year after year. This is because the Congress Party, which has held the reins at the Centre for maximum number of years, has cleverly avoided taking a call on hard-core expenditure reforms recommended by numerous committees and commissions, the latest one being Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC). more >

Live telecast of Sarsanghachalak’s Vijayadashami speech

RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat’s Vijayadashami speech will be telecast live on Sadhana channel from Nagpur. Shri Bhagwat will deliver his speech at 6.30 pm on September 27. more >

A Matter Of Economics
Austerity is a good idea. But the Congress is faking it
By R. Balashankar

AUSTERITY is a good idea in economics. But the Congress is faking it. The brazen ostentation of two Congress ministers in enjoying their first ... more >

UPA silence on Chinese intrusions

IF there is an SMS poll on ‘who is running the country?’ the way TV channels do, the maximum replies would be ‘it runs by itself’. Nobody would accuse Manmohan Singh of doing it, in any case. more >

Entire Himalayan region under Chinese threat
UPA compromising with national security: Dhumal

By Ajai Srivastava in Shimla

THE Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal has cautioned the Central Government and the people against the nefarious designs of China in the entire Himalayan region. more >

25th National Conference and Karyakari Mandal meeting of Kalyan Ashram in Kolkata
Demand for independent inquiry commission on violence in NC Hills


KENDRIYA Karyakari Mandal of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, which met in Kolkata on September 10, demanded the constitution of an independent inquiry commission to look into the reasons and solutions of the violent incidents taking place in NC Hills region of Assam for last six months. more >

Sangh Samachar

Vishwa Mangal Gou Gram Yatra begins in Himachal Pradesh
Biggest ever effort to save the cow, village and nature—Thakur Ram Singh


A sub-yatra under the aegis of Vishwa Mangal Gou Gram Yatra Samiti began in Himachal Pradesh on September 11 from Manu Maharaj Temple, Manali. Despite heavy rains and cold, hundreds of people turned to perform goupuja and extend their support to the yajna of cow and village protection. more >

The real danger of water scarcity in India and water harvesting

By Dr Ballabhbhai Kathiria

GIVEN the importance of groundwater for life and livelihood and rising conflicts between diverse users, focused interventions are required to address complex issues of quality, access, governance and policy. These interventions need to be specifically targeted to ensure equity and a pro-poor focus. more >

O. Rajagopal turns 80
By S Chandrasekhar

WHEN in 1962, responding to the call of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya to educated men to quit their jobs and strengthen Bharatiya Jan Sangh, leading lawyer of Palakkad O Rajagopal quit his profession and joined the BJS, citizens and fellow lawyers mocked at him. more >

Applications through Nanotechnology
By Achyut Railkar

NANOTECHNOLOGY is the branch of technology in which manipulation of nano (tiny) materials at atomic or molecular scale is done due to which its properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. more >

Commonwealth games preparation
Author Name Comes here

THE Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation Mr. Michael Fennel has expressed his serious concern over the slow progress and sought the intervention of the Prime Minister for expedition of the work. more >

Indian professionals abroad: Can they empower young India?
By MD Kini

RECENTLY, China appointed Yi Gang, a former Indian university professor, as the head of an institution which manages the country's vast foreign exchange reserves. The appointment of expatriate Chinese experts is a part of a new initiative called “Thousand Person Plan” which seeks to lure Chinese experts under the age of 55 with doctorates from foreign universities. more >


Babur bewitchingly repackaged
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North; Alex Rutherford, Headline Review, Pp 437, Rs. 495.00

The saga of tracking the wanted terrorist
By Manju Gupta
Hunting Bin Laden: How al-Qaeda is Winning the War on Terror, Rob Schultheis, Jaico Books, Pp 231, Rs 295.00

NRI nostalgia for India
American Khichdi, Sunil Lala, Macmillan Publishers India Ltd, Pp 111, Rs 125.00

A book that explains Bhakti
By Ratnadeep Banerji
The Secrets of Bhakti As narrated by sage Narad, Taoshobuddha, Sterling Paperbakes, Pp 198, Rs 350.00

In quest of planned family
By Manju Gupta
Family Planning, Karan Mahajan: Rupa & Co., Pp 218, Rs 395.00

A delightful dream comes true tale
Arzee the Dwarf, Chandrahas Choudhury, HarperCollins Publishers, Pp 184, Rs 325.00

An approach to image making
Issues not Tissues: A Fresh Approach to Personal Development,Ann Marie MacMahon, Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd, Pp 86, Rs 99.00

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Thinking Aloud

These are days of history made to order
By Dr Jay Dubashi

HISTORY repeats itself, first as a tragedy, then as a farce. We are now in the midst of the tragedy, but soon shall be overtaken by farce. But the men who are going to be hit have no idea who are behind the show and are pulling the strings. more >


The use of Samskrit in modern world
By Chamu Krishna Shastry

SAMSKRIT has been the vehicle of our culture and thought from time immemorial. Samskrit is the fountainhead of the Dharma, Sanskriti and Darshan of the land that is Bharat. Culture and language are inseparable. more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Governance and need for transparency
By MV Kamath

SHOULDN’T Judges of the High Court and Supreme Court declare their assets and liabilities on a regular basis? For that matter, shouldn’t anybody authorised to deliver justice from a sub-magistrate upwards be accountable to the public? more >


Highest good is hidden in BJP
By V Shanmugamnathan

IN the recent times there is media propaganda that everything is bad in BJP. A scenario has been created that top rank leaders are fighting among themselves. There is a war of letters and accusations. more >


Why civilisations collapse
A lesson for climate change

By Prof Peter Saunders

AS the world faces the challenge of climate change, it is instructive to recall that this is by no means the first time humans have had to cope with similar problems. Many societies have found themselves in serious trouble because of an unwelcome change in their environment. more >

Kids’ Org

Kichaka falls prey to his lust
By Manju Gupta

THE Kauravas sent the Pandavas into exile on the condition that in the 13th and the final year they would pass their life as non-entities, without revealing their true identity. more >

Interview of the Week

Some defeats are more honourable than victories—Shanta Kumar
SHRI Shanta Kumar is a veteran of Himachal politics. Jumping into politics with high ideals at the raw age of 19, he has seen many ups and downs in his political career.... more >

Health Watch

Swine flue: A monster with media's head
By Dr SS Agarwal

FOR the last four months we are being constantly hammered about the deadly swine flu and how it is going to 120 million lives across the world by the media in all possible forms, be it print media or radio or television. more >


Dating the era of Sri Ram
Discover the actual dates of the lifetime of Sri Ram

By Pushkar Bhatnagar

THE story of Sri Ram’s life was first narrated by Maharishi Valmiki in the Ramayana, which was written after Sri Ram was crowned as the king of Ayodhya. more >

News Analysis

A coherent strategy to fight ultras
By Shyam Khosla

REALISING that Maoist menace poses a grave threat to India’s security and territorial integrity, the government has, at long last, decided to sternly deal with the insurgents, who are waging a war against the country. more >

Media Watch

Reporting on Islamic subversions

NO one would ever charge the Kerala paper Malayala Manorama with communalism. And no one would charge The Indian Express either. more >


Learn from Yedi’s Law and Order
By Deepak Kumar Rath

THE very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision; you can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. And this was witnessed at the India Today Chief Ministers’ Conference in New Delhi, where Senior Congress leader and Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee, ... more >


A war against 'Saffron' devotees
By Girish Chandra Mishra

THE English print media particularly with a few exceptions and electronic channels have been carrying on vilification campaign against the BJP and the RSS associates. In condemning them, they often use the terms ‘Saffron Brigades’ and ‘militant outfits’. more >

Readers’ Forum

Statues script different stories (Organiser, 23-8-2009);
—MM KOTIAN, 105, 4th Main, AG’s Colony, Anandanagar, Hebbal, Bengaluru

You have rightly mentioned in the editorial that the UP Chief Minister Mayawati’s statue politics has become reprehensible, ... more >

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