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May 03, 2009

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Vol. LX, No. 43, New Delhi, May 03, 2009

UPA created food scarcity by promoting whisky
Guess why they market pub culture

By Naresh Minocha

THE UPA government has back-stabbed the aam aadami in the area of food security. It has done so by granting approvals to setting up about two dozen grain-based distilleries over the last three years. Several more approvals are in the pipeline.

These projects are likely to gobble up a few million tonnes of wheat, rice, corn and other grain every year. An aam aadami can check the authenticity of these approvals from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (see table). more >

Laluji: Why not the whole truth on Ayodhya?
By KS Sudarshan

WHY not tell the whole truth? In your speech, which was published in the media, you said that firstly it was Advaniji and secondly the Congress that were responsible for the demolition of the disputed Babri structure. more >

BJP will win majority of seats in Delhi?Prof. OP Kohli

seats. In the outgoing Lok Sabha the party had only one seat from Delhi. This time it is going to win a majority of seats. Organiser correspondent Pramod Kumar spoke to Prof. Kohli to know the preparations and agenda of the party for forthcoming elections. Excerpts: more >

Congress haunted by Swiss bank money

THE Congress has a poor sense of humour. Look at the paranoid response of the Congress to the NDA Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani?s promise, if voted to power, to unearth the black money siphoned off in foreign tax havens within the first 100 days of his government. more >

Congress on back foot in Delhi
By Pramod Kumar

AFTER withdrawing tickets of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, the two accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Congress finds itself in a very ridiculous situation in Delhi. The party thought that it would appease the Sikhs, rather they got angry and termed it a ?stage managed? to allow the ?guilty? take a high moral ground. more >

Petitions Committee rejects sex education plan
By Pramod Kumar

THE Union HRD Ministry?s move to introduce sex education in schools received a severe jolt when the Rajya Sabha Committee on Petitions clearly said no to sex education in schools. more >

In UP, BJP will improve on 2004
By Subhash Singh from Lucknow

FOUR parties are in the fray in Uttar Pradesh elections?Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party(SP), Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) and Congress but the fight is triangular with only BSP, SP and BJP as the chief contenders. more >

Assam Congress minister's poll time faux pas
By Nava Thakuria

THIS is how a young Health Minister in Tarun Gogoi?s cabinet Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma and the State government?s spokesperson is controversial for his reckless talk. more >

CD of Sai ki Jadugari presented to Dr Abdul Kalam

Sai ki Jadugari, a video CD containing the bhajans of Sai Baba, was presented to former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in New Delhi by Ms Charvi Virmani, a class X student of Bhatnagar International School, Vasant Kunj. more >

?Devotion to dharma key to Hindu rejuvenation?

A grand celebration of Hindu new year was organised by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) in Bangkok on April 3, 2009. Shri Tarun Vijay, Director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation was the chief guest. Shri Chintamani Tripathi, Sanghachalak, HSS, Thailand, and President, VHP, Thailand presided over while Shri Ashok Bajaj, President of the largest Hindu temple Dev Mandir was guest of honour. more >

Second Australian Hindu Conference by VHP

THE second Australian Hindu Conference with the theme ?Sustaining Australia through strengthening bonds amongst communities? was organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Australia. more >

First anniversary of Sydney Veda Pathshala

THE first anniversary of Sydney Veda Pathshala was celebrated at Scout Hall, North Carlingford, Sydney. More than 150 people attended the unique Veda chanting programme. more >

BJP wave surging despite an unofficial understanding between Congress and JD(S)
From R Guru Prasad, Bengaluru

IT seems JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda has done lot of homework before finalising the list of his party candidates to the present Lok Sabha elections. Not to gain more seats for his party but to help Congress win. more >

Dharma Sanskriti Sangam in Varanasi
Coordination among all faiths is must for world peace?Swami Avimukteshwaranand

By Loknath in Varanasi

NOTED saint Swami Avimukteshwaranand stressed the need for coordination among all ways of worship for ensuring peace in the world. He was inaugurating the Buddhist-Vaidik Mahasammelan at Nivedita Girls School in Varanasi on April 19. more >

Ugadi celebration by Sanskar Bharati with jail inmates

KARNATAKA unit of Sanskar Bharati organised Ugadi celebration at Central Jail in Bengaluru. Swami Tyageshwarananda of Ramakrishna Mutt presided over the function. He distributed 600 sarees to female inmates and more than 5000 laddus to the jail inmates. more >

VHP protest the film Challange Nibi Na Sala

WEST Bengal unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad along with various social and religious organisations of West Bengal strongly protested against the Bangla film, Challange Nibi Na Sala, which shows a keertan Bhaj Gourango Laha Gouranga in very objectionable way. more >

Sikh Sangat criticises imposition of jazia on Sikhs

RASHTRIYA Sikh Sangat criticised the imposition of jazia on the Sikhs in Pakistan by Taliban. In a press statement issued in New Delhi Sikh Sangat international president Sardar Gurcharan Singh Gill demanded immediate withdrawal of the tax and warned the Government of Pakistan of stronger protests world over. more >

Sangh Shiksha Varga begins in Kerala
By S Chandrasekhar

THE first Sangh Siksha Varga of RSS in Kerala began at G Ramachandran Public School at Neyyattinkara in Thiruvanantha-puram on April 20. The School is situated in a large 10 acre compound, which is the residential property of the Gandhian Sri G Ramachandran. more >

BJP offers vision; Congress only alibis
By Shyam Khosla

THE Congress party is so scared to seek votes on the basis of its performance during the past five years?and its earlier tenures?that it devised a negative strategy to shift the focus on the personality of the NDA?s prime ministerial candidate LK Advani and his performance during the NDA rule. more >


North-east Newsletter

Record 90.21 per cent turnout in peaceful Nagaland polls
By Jagdamba Mall

AN estimated 90.21 per cent out of 13,17,729 voters (total population 19,88,636) on April 16 exercised their franchise at 1790 polling stations across Nagaland including those in inaccessible villages in districts of Mon and Tuensang bordering Myanmar ... more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Politics without principles
By MV Kamath

AND now, with the elections barely a whisper away, it has been no-holds-barred fight among the contending parties, with decency, honesty, truthfulness being thrown overboard like dead carcasses into a turbulent sea. To say the least, it is sickening. more >

Think it Over

Ajanta: How do we explain its long neglect
By MSN Menon

ART is a product of the senses, literature of the mind. Together they make up a civilisation. If Hindu civilisation is the richest, it is because the Hindus were wise to let the senses and mind free. more >

Poll Scene

BJP confident of winning Darjeeling and Alipurduar seats in WB
By Ranjit Roy

THE weather is synonymous with two different kinds of mood and aspirations of the people in the plains and in the hills. Gorkhas in Darjeeling hills demand separate homeland within Indian federal structure like Vanvasis have their Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. more >

Kids? Org

Doctor of spirit: Swami Sivananda
By Ratnadeep Banerji

KUPPUSWAMI was born on September 8, 1887 in a small hamlet in South India (Tamil Nadu). While still a child, he exuded exemplary care and compassion towards the downtrodden and the pariah section of the society. more >

Book Reviews by Ratnadeep Banerji

A General Recollects
Guarding India's Integrity: A Proactive Governor Speaks, Lt. Gen. (Retd.), S.K. Sinha, PVSM; Manas Publications, Pp 420; Rs. 595.00

Islam: Not only about jehad and mayhem
The World Wakes-Up To Islam! The time to get up from the slumber, Moid Siddiqui, Adam Publishers & Distributors; Pp 448, Rs 450.00

Enlightened life of Jesus
By M V Kamath
Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment, Deepak Chopra; HarperCollins; Pp 273, Rs 395.00

Book Reviews by Manju Gupta

A consultancy start-up
Starting and Running a Successful Consultancy, Susan Nash, Macmillan India Ltd, Pp 239, Rs 375.00

Customs and credit practices
All About UCP 600: Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, Rupnarayan Bose, Macmillan India Ltd, 224 pp, Rs 350.00


Western duplicity-II
An Indian response

By Kunal Ghosh, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur

BY 1190 AD Kosovo had become the administrative and cultural center of the medieval Serbian state ruled by the powerful Nemanjic dynasty. more >


Religious conversion and interfaith dialogue-II
By Dr Gautam Sen

THE scale of the Christian evangelical operations in India has grown hugely in recent decades. more >

Media Watch

Columnists sans sense of restraint

IN an excess of excitement, Vir Sanghvi, former editor of Hindustan Times, called Narendra Modi a ?mass murderer?. more >

Poll Scene

A BJP wave in MP for second time in three months
By Sangeet Verma

MADHYA Pradesh is facing its second elections in less than six months. It has been a long journey for the State in the last five years from getting out of the list of ?sick states? to a promising, peaceful and developing state that leads the way in ... more >


Many facets of bribing the voter
By V Shanmuganathan

ALMOST all the political parties compete with each other to touch the heart of common man to get his support with various promises, proposals and pledges. There are idealogical motivations and populist slogans. more >

Readers? Forum

Opportunistic alliance:
?MANOHAR M KAMATH, B2-1001, Saraswati Society, NG Acharya Marg, Chembur, Mumbai

This is in reference to the insinuation that Shri Sharad Pawar of the NCP and his partner Congress are making about Gujarat being home to communal carnage, which is truly despairing given... more >

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