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June 17, 2007
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June 17, 2007

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Vol. LVIII, No. 49, New Delhi, June 17, 2007

N-deal stuck on US obstinacy
By M.D. Nalapat

AFTER having promised India an equitable deal, the country is being pressured to settle for a killer agreement. With the Bush administration moving away from its initial position on the core issue of fuel supply and re-processing even before the 1-2-3 agreement is inked, clearly hoping for a dilution of the several killer conditions set by the Hyde Act would be foolish.    more >

Heavy influx from Pakistan
Kashmir population doubles in two decades

By Gopal Sachar

THE population of terrorist?infected Valley of Kashmir has been almost doubled during the past 25 years. This has happened despite migration of over five lakh people, mostly Kashmiri Pandits and others who in Jammu also include about six thousand Muslim families who have been registered as political migrants    more >

Insinuations on Kalakshetra wrong, biased
By Vrnda Devi

RESPONSE to ?Demolishing a tradition at Kalakshetra? by P. Deivamuthu dated April 29, 2007. I WOULD like to address this letter not to P. Deivamuthu but to those who might have believed his allegations    more >

Pakistan is at it again

THE Army Chief General J.J. Singh has said that the ISI and elements of the Pakistani Army are pushing terrorists into India. The General?s revelation is no scoop. But it is alarming in the context in which it was made. Over the last fortnight there was a three fold increase in infiltration bids across the Line of Control.    more >

ABVP National seminar on minority rights
By S. Chandrasekhar

IN the context of Christian, Muslim population becoming the dominant force in Kerala controlling the education sector, shielded on the armour of minority right guaranteed under Articles 29 and 30 of Constitution, ...    more >

Nation building is not for the faint hearted
By Dr Gautam Sen

NATION building is not for the faint-hearted. Unfortunately, India?s political culture is suffused with farcical vote-bank politics and prodigious nonsense. All sorts of mediocre, corrupt and dangerous people are strutting about the political stage engaged in low theatre.    more >


Guidance of saints necessary for nation?s progress?Narendra Modi

CHIEF Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi said that the total dependence on government for the uplift of society and nation is not fair. Each person should make effort to make a strong nation in his own ways.    more >

Motherly love at Vatsalya Gram
My six weeks with Didi Maa Sadhvi Ritambhara

By Dr Kusum Vyas

IT was a fresh November morning in Vrindavan and over two thousand people had assembled at Vatsalya Gram to participate in the Inauguration Day festivities.    more >

India?s Scientific Heritage-XI
The iron pillar in Delhi: A miracle
By Suresh Soni

THE iron pillar next to the Qutab Minar in Delhi has been the centre of attraction for metallurgists from all over the world. For nearly 1600 years, it has been standing undaunted under the open skies, during all type of weather conditions. In so many years, it has not rusted; this has been a matter of surprise for the world.    more >

Bhaluji Gokhale is no more

SENIOR Sangh Pracharak Bhalchandra Gokhale, popularly known as Bhaluji, passed away in Nagpur on June 3. He was 91. He had been unwell for the last 2-3 years and had stopped eating anything for a few days. As per his wishes, his eyes were donated to Madhav Netrapedhi, Nagpur.    more >

KALA PANI: 1857-2007
By Prem Vaidya

THE history of the Indian Penal Settlement dates back to November 20, l857, when the site at the Andaman on swampy and dense forest was selected by the British officers?Dr. F.J. Mouat, Dr. G.R. Playfare and Lt. Heathcole.    more >

Pre-1957 Left perspective on 1857?II
1857: Reactionary and feudal outburst

By Prof. Devendra Swarup

OBVIOUSLY these Communist intellectuals considered the 1857 Revolt a reactionary movement without any popular support and national character. In their view, those who supported the British government represented the progressive forerunners of nationalism.    more >

The dialogue and the deal
Persuasion and charisma work at last

By Lokpal Sethi in Jaipur

WHEN Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt Vasundhara Raje and her ministerial colleagues decided to initiate dialogue with the leaders of Gurjjar Sangharsh Samiti, under whose umbrella Gurjjar agitation for inclusion of the community in the Scheduled Tribes was launched, there was unanimity that government should offer only such things, which it could implement with all its honesty.    more >

Don't commercialise education: ABVP

THE National Executive Council (NEC) of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) that met in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, from May 28 to 31, has termed the three years? performance of UPA government on education front as ?disappointing?.    more >

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The Moving Finger Writes

Sectarianism and India?s essential unity
By M.V. Kamath

EVERY religion, every country, has its quota of sects. As long as man thinks, so long he will question every thesis presented to him by religious leaders and godmen. This is a fact of life.    more >

Think It Over

India: On the quest of its destiny
By M.S.N. Menon

WHAT has the future in store for India? I am not sure. The future is still hidden from us. But is there a purpose in the life of nations, in the life of the universe? On this, we know even less. But a universe without a purpose makes everything meaningless. Today, we come to the end of our life without knowing why we have lived!    more >

A West Bengal Newsletter

CPM lost Panskura: Will opposition adopt Panskura Model?
By Asim Kumar Mitra

AFTER the results were declared on May 30 in West Bengal?s five municipality elections and byelections in 398 Gram Panchayat, 94 Panchayat Samiti and 24 Zilla Parishad seats, it was found that CPI(M) had lost Panskura municipality to opposition parties.    more >

Kids? Org

The kind hearted animal

ONCE upon a time, there was a hunter. One day he went for hunting with his bow and arrows into a dense forest.The hunter chased a wild pig. The pig ran fast and all of a sudden it disappeared into a deep mountain cave.    more >

Learn & Play
Jolly Joey


The rebellion and British brutality
The Last Mughal: The fall of a dynasty, Delhi 1857; William Dalrymple; Penguine Viking; pp 578, Rs 695.00
By M.V. Kamath

IF you have tears to shed, read this book. It is all about the fall of the last Mughal, Bahadur Shah Zafar, the capture of Delhi by British-led forces and the destruction of an entire culture.    more >

?The onus is on me? : Creating bondages
Through the Eye of a Needle: Transforming Relationships; Ignatius Fernandez; Sterling Paperbacks; pp. 224; Rs. 250
By R. Narayanan

WHILE beginning to read this book, I am reminded of Hal Clement?s famous scientific fiction novel of the same title Through the Eye of a Needle, for the prequel to the book, Needle, broke new ground in the science fiction field by depicting a symbiotic relationship between an alien life form living within the human body without hostility.    more >

Jalan?s political prescriptions
India?s Politics: A view from the backbench; Bimal Jalan; Penguin Viking; pp 244; Rs 350.00
By M.V. Kamath

IF there is one man in India who can tick off all politicians and tell them where to get off, surely it is Bimal Jalan. His qualifications are unchallengeable. He has held top positions in the ministries of Finance and Industry and in the Planning Commission.    more >

News Analysis

Quota for social divide
By Shyam Khosla

THE agitation launched by the Gurjjar Arak-shan San-gharsh Samiti (GASS) went out of hand. Since political parties are scared of opposing demands raised by any caste or community,..    more >


Kargil, Ladakh and Kashmir: Role of Urdu and divisive politics
By Dr Kunal Ghosh

IN India we usually call the Pakistan occupied part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir PoK. Baltistan is that part of PoK that is contiguous with the Kargil region of north western Ladkh.    more >


SEZ: UPA promoting land grab, alien territory

RECENTLY a large number of unarmed poor farmers were slained to death by West Bengal police and CPM cadres in Nandigram. Whether it is Dadri or Mumbai, attempts are being made to crush farmers? movements by the governments concerned, giving a damn to democratic norms.    more >

Readers? Forum

Perverse protest, pornography as art (Organiser, 3-6-2007);

The way the Indian media, especially the English, is defending the outrageous paintings of M.F. Husain and others, including Chandra Mohan of the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, is nothing short of putting India on fire.    more >

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