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August 28, 2011

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Vol. LXIII, No. 8, New Delhi, AUGUST 28, 2011

India Against Corruption
Anna Makes Corrupt Congress Crawl
Unites Nation Against Graft As Never Before

By Pramod Kumar

SEVENTY-four year old Gandhian Anna Hazare shook the entire nation. Incensed at the massive scale of corruption and denial of right to protest, millions of people took to streets across the country on August 16. The public response in Delhi was so spontaneous that a large number of people, who left home for office or college in the morning, joined Anna’s agitation instead of reaching their destination.    more >

Nation against corruption
Can media polls bolster crashing UPA fortunes?

By GVL Narasimha Rao

TWO polls, one styled as the “State of the Nation” Poll by the CNN-IBN and another titled as the “Mood of the Nation” poll by the India Today over the past week have left everyone confused, if not about the real mood of the nation, then certainly about the ability of pollsters to gauge it correctly.    more >

Pravasi Bharatiya
Overseas Friends of BJP conference in Chicago
By V Shanmuganathan

MANY expatriate Indians with strong national feelings felt impelled to contribute and work towards projecting a positive and correct image of India and its people in the US.    more >

Anna Arrests Congress
No escape from credible Lokpal

ANNA Hazare has united the nation against corruption. And cornered the Congress. The Manmohan-Sonia nautanki has been exposed with a deafening declaration that the people are the sovereign in a democratic polity.    more >

India on the radar of Anglo-American imperialism

By Dr Gautam Sen

THE collapse of a country often occurs suddenly though warning signs will be visible to careful observers. Almost no one expected the mighty USSR to implode in 1989 and become marginalised rapidly, virtually overnight.    more >

Mi Vaastu Ahalya Mandir Chi a documentation of nostalgic memories
By Virag Pachpore

“IT is not just a story of a building named ‘Devi Ahalya Mandir’. It is documentation of multifaceted activities of the ‘Rashtra Sevika Samiti’, witnessed by this building over a period of 45 years. It is a brief account of the selfless service and achievements of the countless activists of the Samiti,” remarked senior journalist, writer and former editor of Tarun Bharat, D B alias Mamasaheb Ghumre while releasing a book here recently.    more >

NDA laid the foundation for India’s growth— Gadkari
By Ashok Tandon

THE BJP President Nitin Gadkari’s visit to Britain at the invitation of the UK unit of the Overseas Friends of BJP to address their first ever political convention in London turned out to be a high profile event.    more >

To fight terror learn from the US !
By Ashok Tandon
America And The Imperialism Of Ignorance: US Foreign Policy Since 1945, Andrew Alexander, Biteback, £20

THE American approach to “war on terror” and Washington’s intervention into Iraq and Afghanistan has served only as a recruiting sergeant for jihadists from all parts of Islam, according to a recently published book America And The Imperialism Of Ignorance: US Foreign Policy Since 1945 authored by Andrew Alexander, a veteran journalists and political commentator at London’s The Daily Mail.    more >

6.36 lakh devotees perform darshan at Amarnath Shrine
From Khajuria S Kant in Jammu

WITH a record number of 6.36 lakh yatris forty-six days long annual pilgrimage to holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnath ji, located at a height of 13,500 feet from the sea level in South Kashmir Himalayas, concluded on the occasion of Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan, the final day of annual yatra with Mahant Deependera Giri carr ying holy mace (Chhari Mubarak) of Lord Shiva, joined by devotees, performing darshan in the shrine.    more >

Death and rebirth

AFTER the Mahabharata war and following Bhishma’s death, all the kings from all corners of the country attended his cremation ceremony. It was a sad occasion because he was not only the elder of the Kuru clan but also the last representative of the old order. For the Pandavas, Bhishma’s death was a personal tragedy as he was the only father they had known.    more >

Saving the family, serving the nation

By Mridula Sinha

WHILE talking about our family we always talk about its size, shape, unity and samskar. We come to the conclusion that the old joint families were better than the nuclear one’s of today’s. It’s a fact that India has been known for her joint family system.    more >

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Special Focus

Lessons from Karnataka
By MG Vaidya

First the facts :
1) B S Yeddyurappa, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, though squarely indicted by the Lokayukta, dithered to put in his resignation papers.    more >

Thinking Aloud

The survival instinct of the Hindu
By Dr Jay Dubashi

INDIANS are going places. They seem to be everywhere, as if they have grown wheels on their feet, and cannot be stopped.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Does the Indian mind accept dynasticism?
MV Kamath

SINCE the first week of August, The Hindu has been publishing a series of revelations about the Indian mind that calls for introspection.    more >


Thoreau : Quote unquote
By Dr R Balashankar
The Quotable Thoreau, edited by Jeffrey S: Cramer, Princeton University Press, Pp 492(HB), $19.95.

A fictional Ashoka, the great king
Ashoka The Great, Wytze Keuning, translated into English by J E Steur, Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., Pp 1058(HB), Rs 995.00

Tune into Saigal’s life
KL Saigal: The Definitive Biography, Pran Nevile, Penguin Books, Pp 218(PB), Rs 299.00

The pleasure of reading about music
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
A Very Short Introduction on Early Music, Thomas Forrest Kelly, Oxford University Press, Pp 130(PB), £7.99.

Can Indian techies bewitch the world?
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
Geek nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World , Angela Saini, published by Hachette India, Pp 280 (HB), £20

A celebrity, dead or alive!
The Stranger’s Child, Alan Hollinghurst, Picador, Pp 564(HB), £20.

Edith Sitwell never got her due
Edith Sitwell: Avant Garde Poet, English Genius, Richard Greene, Virago, Pp 532, £25

An engrossing story
By Taj N Dhar
Murder in the Ashram, Kathleen McCaul; London: Piatkus; Pp 311(PB), Rs 299.00

Origin and growth of science fiction
A Very Short Introduction on Science Fiction, David Seed, Oxford University Press, Pp 147 (PB), £7.99

Kids’ Org

Peace at home is of supreme concern
By Manju Gupta

KING Krishnadeva Raya and Tenali Raman were taking a stroll in the palace garden of Vijayanagar Empire and got so carried away by their discussion that they stepped out of the palace gates. While walking on the street, they heard a wife screaming at her husband for being a no-gooder. They went to the veranda of the house and peeped in through the window and saw the woman telling her husband, “You never do a piece of work,    more >

Media Watch

Media: Circulation and ad. Revenue

SO the watchdog is being watched. It is important, in this connection, to be mindful of what Frontline (August 12) has to say about “Murdo chisation” of the Indian media. A powerful article in the journal written by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Alice Seabright Sharply points out that the STAR Group’s channels have been leading the way in developing media content that is “sensationalist”, emphasising on sex and celebrity as well as the three Cs—crime, cricket and cinema.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Promoting communalism in the facade of fighting it (Organiser, 17.7.2011)
—Dr SURESH DHAYAGUDE, 4, Milap Society, Pune: 411 004

The proposed ‘Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill-2011’ fully exposes the double standards and divisive vote-bank politics of the Congress party and the UPA government. This very government had annulled some years ago TADA and POTA Acts passed by the earlier NDA government led by the BJP on the ground that these Acts were being misused.    more >

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