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September 04, 2011

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Vol. LXIII, No. 10, New Delhi, September 04, 2011

Manmohan not serious about exposing corruption
Just bidding time, trying to stem Anna tide

By Naresh Minocha

"JUST kick-start anti-corruption movement and it will gather momentum,” says the first initiative of an obscure 15-steps strategy for combating corruption. The strategy ends with same advice: “Just kick-start anti-corruption movement and it will gather momentum.”    more >

Special Report
Public Accounts Committee Makes Government Accountable
Joshi turns PAC into an effective instrument to expose corruption

By Pramod Kumar

PEOPLE are today on the streets against corruption all over the country. They want an effective mechanism, which can truly arrest corruption and punish the corrupt. The two major institutions which exposed corruption in the government and also exhorted people to take such a revolutionary step today are the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).    more >

The Moving Finger Writes
A nation in a self-destructive mood
By MV Kamath

SO it is finally out. According to the CNN-IBN & CNBC-TV-18 “State of The Nation Poll”, the ruling UPA coalition’s popularity is a couple of points higher that what it was two years ago and “despite all the negatives associated with the current context, the ruling coalition has maintained its 12 percentage point lead over its main rival”.    more >

Criminal UPA profligacy
Squandering national wealth to earn personal goodwill

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THE UPA government has gifted away Rs 9003 crore ($ two billion) of the tax payers’ money to foot the bills of the European countries. The money is being given to New Arrangement to Borrow (NAB) fund of the International Monetary Fund, set up in March this year to bailout the European Union economies which are in the grip of a huge cash crunch.    more >

UPA may not survive another mass onslaught
By Aditya Pradhan

WHEN the government agreed to bring the Prime Minister within the ambit of the Lokpal Bill during the August 24 meeting with Team Anna there was an absolute sense of disbelief across the country.    more >

Congress tries to fight Anna spreading canard
By Ravi

THIS is not to say that Anna, his colleagues, and the Jan Lokpal Bill that he is promoting cannot or should not be criticised, but the manner in which theGrand Old Party (GOP) and the government led by it have tried to malign the movement is disgraceful.    more >

News Round-up

Anand Sharma’s new Manufacturing Policy
Populism as bane of manufacturing

By Sukhwant Kapoor

COMMERCE & Industry Minister Anand Sharma recently announced that the country would soon get a National Manufacturing Policy, adding that his ministry has cleared the Cabinet note on the proposed policy.    more >

Jayalalithaa's crusade against land grabbers
Over 500 persons jailed in 100 days. A promise fulfilled

By V Shanmuganathan

AIADMK in its election manifesto had vowed to take strong action against powerful DMK men who were involved in land grabbing.    more >

British more democratic than UPA
Congress undermining Mahatma’s legacy

By Amba Charan Vashishth

DECREEING Anna’s fast as “unconstitutional” Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has denounced Anna for undermining the institution of the Parliament.    more >

Interesting People
A doyen of Indian Industry

By Ranjan Khanna

HE saw the dream of witnessing the “M” of the total export turnover of the IT industry converted into “B” and he is proud to reveal that after twenty years, the paltry sum of fifty million dollars worth of IT exports, has been catapulted to the staggering figure of fifty billion dollars.    more >

National Sample Survey Organisation 66 Round Report
Casualisation of Labour

By Dr Ashwani Mahajan

SOME time back National Sample Survey Organisation released report of its 66th Round. The report highlights a very serious issue and that is, deteriorating situation of labour or in other words casualisation of labour.    more >

Farmers are still angry
By Virag Pachpore

EVEN as the Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil announced to institute judicial probe into the firing incident at Mawal near Pune and Mowad near Nagpur, the Opposition BJP and other parties tried to derive political mileage out of it. And that was quite obvious.    more >

Ten thousand senior citizens felicitated in Delhi
BJP will constitute a national commission for senior citizens—Nitin Gadkari


"BJP is very much serious to the problems of senior citizens. It will constitute a national commission for the welfare of these people if comes to power at the Centre,” announ-ced BJP national president Shri Nitin Gadkari.    more >

Third martyrdom anniversary of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati
Govt is protecting the killers of Swami Laxmanananda

By Samanwaya Nanda

"SWAMI Laxmanananda Saraswati dedicated his whole life for the empowerment of Vanvasis. The forces which were exploiting them and those who were opposed to the empowerment of the Vanvasis killed Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.    more >

Statement issued by RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi in Ujjain
RSS will continue to support any move against corruption—Bhaiyaji Joshi

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AFTER the Akhil Bharatiya Samanvya meeting organised in Ujjain from August 17 to 19, the RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi released a press statement on August 20. Following is the full text of the statement:    more >

Tremendous support to Anna Hazare agitation in Uttarakhand
By Ravindra Saini in Dehradun

THE agitation by Anna Hazare against corruption received tremendous support from the hill state of Uttarakhand. People are in the streets in favour of a strong Jan Lokpal. The agitation is growing stronger day-by-day and is also spreading in remote areas of the state.    more >

The fight against jihadi terror
Is the government serious?

By Dr Manmohan Vaidya

July 13, 2011. Three consecutive blasts in the heart of Mumbai shook the nation. Twenty-four innocent lives were lost bringing the nation’s security preparedness and the effectiveness of intelligence agencies under the scanner once again.    more >


Thinking Aloud

The decline and fall of the West
By Dr Jay Dubashi

HISTORY may not repeat itself, but some historic dates do. One such date is 6th August. On that day in 1945, the Americans made history by dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the first such bomb in history, terminating at one drop Japan’s dreams of political and economic supremacy in Asia.    more >

A Report

Uttarakhand initiative
Sanskrit as career option

By Ravindra Saini in Dehradun

THOSE days have gone when students in Uttarakhand used to think thrice before reading Sanskrit in schools and colleges. The Uttarakhand Government’s efforts to make Sanskrit employment-oriented have started bearing fruits and the number of Sanskrit schools and colleges is reaching near 100 in the state.    more >


An unending engagement with middle India
By Tej N Dhar
Custody, Manju Kapur, Random House, Pp 415 (HB), Rs 450.00

A haunting account of the menace of drug trafficking
By Jayant Patel
Murder City, Charles Bowden, Nation Books, Pp 328 (PB), $ 27.50

Market-mainstream disconnect
By Manju Gupta
Niche: Why the Market No Longer Favours the Mainstream, James Harkin, Hachette India, Pp 250 (HB), Rs 595.00

A journey in the history of ideas
By Tej N Dhar
Modalities of Otherness, Margaret Chatterjee, Promilla & Co/Bibliophile South Asia, Pp 237 (HB), Rs 600.00

A narrative of cloistered life of orthodoxy
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
Antharjanam: Memoirs of a Namboodri Woman, translated from Malayalam by Indira Menon and Radhika Menon, Oxford University Press, Pp 169 (HB), Rs 395.00

Inquiring the dragon’s trademark
By Manju Gupta
Inside the Chinese Business Mind: A Tactical Guide for Managers, Ted Sun, Jaico Publishing House, Pp 192 (HB), Rs 250.00

Anatomy of a terror outfit
The Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within, Shishir Gupta, Hachette India, Pp 314 (PB), Rs 550.00

A thought stimulant
By Tej N Dhar
The Final Summit, Andy Andrews, Jaico Publishing House, Pp 243 (PB), Rs 250.00


A historical perspective
Pope, church and Christianity

By Brij Kishore Sharma

OLD and New Testaments From 597 BC onwards the Old Testament was regarded by the Jews as a religious document. The Christians till about 150 CE continued to hold the Old Testament as their religious book.    more >


The only effective measure to save cow
By Mulkh Raj Virmani

SAFETY of cows of Bharatiya breed has all along been a matter of concern. Lovers of cow have run several movements culminating in supreme sacrifices made on November 7, 1966 agitation at the Parliament Street in New Delhi ...    more >

Kids .Org

Jayadhrata’s five tufts of hair
By Manju Gupta

WHEN the Pandavas lost their empire to the Kauravas and were forced to wander in the forest, often they were forced to leave Draupadi alone in the hut while they went out in search of food.    more >

At Liberty

Regulating Corporate Social Responsibility
UPA’s own anti-Industry NAC lobbyists

By Ravi

OF all pathologies afflicting the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) leaders, the most ludicrous one is their desire to control corporate social responsibility (CSR). Only a rabidly anti-business regime, like the one whose titular is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, could have come up with the suggestion that part of a company’s profit should be statutorily earmarked for CSR activities.    more >


Hunger kills
By Dr Pravin Togadia

WHILE travelling through various parts of Bharat – villages, small muddy paths connecting tiny villages and even around urban and semi urban hutments – I always noticed kids and old people who were so thin and malnourished that my heart shivered and as a medical doctor, I could very well see the dehydrated wrinkles skins stuck to their bones with no flesh anywhere, their eyes lost in the dark circles and their feet trembling…    more >

Readers’ Forum

Is ‘Hindu Rashtra’ blasphemous? :
—RAM GOPAL, A-2B/94-A, Ekta Apartments, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi 63

This is with reference to various press reports regarding pro-Congress hoodlums attacking Subramanian Swamy’s house. The cause of attack on Swamy’s New Delhi residence on Sunday, August 7, was his article, “How to wipe out Islamic terror”, published in the Daily News and Analysis on July 16. In it, Shri Swamy had suggested that India should be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra’.    more >

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