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May 1, 2011




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Vol. LXII, No. 43, New Delhi, MAY 01, 2011

Special Report
The evangelical overdrive
A disturbing expose of West’s plot to divide India

By Dr Vaidehi Nathan

AFTER successfully converting India’s north-east into a Christian-dominated region the evangelists have now stepped up their work in the south, especially Tamil Nadu, using absolutely unethical methods. The church, with overt and covert political support is attempting to spread their concoction – a theory that the Tamils were a separate race and that a popular Hindu cult there Saiva Siddhantam was an early version of Christianity.    more >

Breaking India: Some Reflections
By Dr Vijaya Rajiva

THE book Breaking India is a landmark event in that it brings together a comprehensive account of the many forces that have in the past undermined and continues to try to undermine the national unity of India.    more >

Thinking Aloud
The nemesis awaiting the Marxists
By Dr Jay Dubashi

MARXISTS in West Bengal, and elsewhere, are going to get the boot in the coming assembly elections, and high time too. There should be some kind of punishment for political parties that promise big things and fail to deliver.    more >

Editorial
Doomed Jaitapur power project

THE motive behind the UPA government’s determination to go ahead with the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project, despite severe opposition from the locals and warnings from a section of the scientific community is questionable to say the least. Why is the government so determined?    more >

First-person
The tragedy that struck Japan and how the brave people faced it

By Dheerna Parmar, Tokyo

An eyewitness account—The writer is involved in the rehabilitation work IT has been almost a month since the big earthquake on March 11 and quite honestly it feels a lot longer. I was in my apartment at 2:46pm when it happened that day.    more >

In focus
Rahul Gandhi fails to click
The shrinking options before Congress

By GVL Narasimha Rao

SIX months ago, Rahul Gandhi was billed as a prime minister-in-waiting who could choose his own timing to take the country’s top job either before or after 2014 elections. As the Congress party-led government is mired in a series of scandals, Rahul Gandhi’s image has suffered a serious setback.    more >

TN Poll
EC’s strict vigil curbs bribe

By V Shanmuganathan

THE Election Commission has enforced stringent measures to curb use of money power in the current round of assembly elections in states, especially in Tamil Nadu, where there has been wide spread attempts to bribe voters by paying them cash.    more >

Aseemanand tells court, he was forced to confess
By Lokpal Sethi in Jaipur

IT was a major blow to National Investigating Agency (NIA), probing the alleged involvement of so-called Hindu outfits in Malegaon, Mecca Masjid, Samjhauta Express and Ajmer blast cases, when Swami Aseemanand, made out a key accuse by NIA, turned hostile in Ajmer court recently, where he said that his, confessional statement was extracted by torturing him mentally and physically by the probing agency.    more >

Sevika Samiti in Limca Book of Records
FOC

RASHTRA Sevika Samiti added another feather to its crown, when the Akhand Suryanamaskar Yajna conducted by it during the birth centenary year celebration of Vandaniya Saraswati Apte, joined the Limca Book of Records.    more >

Mizo conference on Ramnavami Day
FOC

NAUNNA Lalhnam, a Mizo cultural organisation, organised a Mizo conference at Thingsulkhia, about 55 km from Aizwal. The conference was held on April 12, the Ramanavmi day to celebrate the silver jubilee of the Naunna Lalhnam. A total of 633 people participated in the conference.    more >

Interview of The Week
All-round development, corruption-free governance ¬—Dhumal
For Organiser weekly, Amba Charan Vashishth interviewed him last week during his visit to Delhi. Excerpts:

Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal is the only non-Congress Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh going to complete his full second term of five years. He completes 40 months of his present term this April.    more >

Hard-talk
Italian by birth and Roman Catholic by baptism
By John Maclithon

I was surprised when the Congress party gave me a Padma Shri – I am the only foreign journalist to ever get it. For, in my forty years of political reporting in India, I have always been a vocal critic of the Nehru dynasty. Someone even called me recently: “ a vitriolic British journalist, who in his old age chose to live back in the land he never approved.”    more >

Blood donation camp by Samaj Seva Bharati, West Bengal
FOC

BARRACKPUR district unit of Samaj Seva Bharati in association with NRS Hospital of Texmaco Worker’s Club, organised a blood donation camp at Kamarhati, 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, on March 27. A total of 51 donors donated blood.    more >

Medical camp in Ranchi to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti
FOC

AKHIL Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised a medical camp at a village under Kankhe block in Ranchi to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on April 14.    more >

VHP threatens countrywide protests over Amarnath yatra cut
FOC

VISHWA Hindu Parishad (VHP) threatened to launch a countrywide agitation over Jammu & Kashmir Governor NN Vohra’s decision to curtail the Amarnath Yatra by a period of 15 days and asked him to reconsider his decision.    more >

Sonia helped Quattrocchi obtain commission in Bofors deal: Swamy

IN a 206-page petition submitted to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh , Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy sought to prosecute Congress President Sonia Gandhi under the Prevention of Corruption Act in the Bofors case.    more >

Comments
Jan Lokpal
More we analyse, more its limitations

By Rajan Khanna

THE creation of the institution of Lokpal, no doubt, will be of immense help to extricate the country from the cesspool of corruption in which it has been caught at present, ...    more >

Culture Plus
Nanda Raj Jat: A sacred festival of Uttarakhand
By Dr Kailash Kumar Mishra

THE localised customs and practices of Hinduism are the binding link between the people of diverse geographical locations and cultures. One such festival of Uttarakhand — Nanda Raj Jat—is worth to be described. Nanda Raj Jat or the royal journey of Nanda Devi is a great cultural festival of the Mountains state of India.    more >

COVER PAGE

World Watch

NATO takes a backward march
By M D Nalapat

THE 19th century after the crucifixion of Christ saw Europe’s success in finally smothering other continents through forcible occupation.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Are we at the beginning of an Indian renaissance?
By MV Kamath

IS India at the beginning of a renaissance that few are aware of? Are things slowly going the Indian way?    more >

TogadiaSpeak

Solution to Corruption: Uncorruptable Mind
By Dr Pravin Togadia

NO one in one’s sane mind would ever deny that corruption mars any nation’s progress. 63 years in Independent Bharat, if the common people have to worry about and fight against corruption, then it is sure a matter of grave concern.    more >

News Round-up

Sarsanghachalak inaugurates educational project for Paradhis
Yamgarwadi can emerge as a beacon of social change—Mohan Bhagwat

FOC

“MORE than six decades have passed since the country achieved Independence, the Paradhis are still neglected and away from the mainstream development.    more >

Kid’s Org

The tiny squirrel and the big deed
By Manju Gupta

SRI Ram was sent into exile for 14 long years by King Dashrath of Ayodhya. Sri Ram’s wife Sita and brother Lakshman also decided to accompany him to the forest.    more >

Bookmark

Nano: The auto revolution
By Manju Gupta
Nanovation: How a Little Car can Teach the World to Think Big, Kevin & Jackie Freiberg and Dain Dunston, Penguin Books, Pp 351, Rs 450.00


Poetry of satyagraha
By Manju Gupta
A Fire that Blazed in the Ocean: Gandhi and the Poems of Satyagraha in South Africa, 1909-1911, Surendra Bhana & Neelima Shukla Batt (Translators), Promilla & Co., Pp 213 (HB), Rs 600.00


The art of achieving peace
By Jayant Patel
An Eternal Quest for Peace: A Complete Book on the Art of Living, Suvasish Mukhopadhyay, Viva Books, Pp 187 (PB), Rs 250.00


A refreshing narrative on Bhagavatam
-M.G.,
Srimad Bhagavata: The Message Divine, AD Bhattacharya, Akshaya Prakashan, Pp 200 (HB), Rs 250.00


Touch of realism in short stories
-M.G.,
Stories of the Soil, Nirupama Dutt (ed. & tr.), Penguin Books, Pp 313, Rs 350.00


America: Many histories, divergent interpretations
By Dr R Balashankar
The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History, Jill Lepore, Princeton University Press, Pp 207 (HB), $19.95.


An approach to life
By T N Dhar
Mystic Mist: Defining the Purpose of Life, the Submission, Abu Ilham; Other Books; Pp246 (PB), Rs 250.00


The curse of dowry
By Ashish Joshi
Dowry Murder, Veena Talwar Oldenburg, Penguin India, Pp 304, Rs 395.00


From infidelity to ecstasy
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
In Pursuit of Ecstasy, Sujata Parashar, Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd,Pp 237 (PB), Rs 95


Short stories from Pakistan
By Manju Gupta
The Life’s Too Short Literary Review: New Writing from Pakistan, Faiza S. Khan & Aysha Raja (comp.), Hachette, Pp 122, Rs 395.00


In Focus

Church agenda as Dravidian ideology-IV
Foray into media, academia and politics

By Radha Rajan

WHILE the frightening growth of the LTTE gave the Tamil secessionist movement in Sri Lanka a phenomenal impetus, it also caused an equally strong reaction from India and the Sri Lankan government.    more >

Agenda

Text of the Bouddhik delivered by Shri Ranga Hari at Vishwa Sangh Shivir in Pune—II
No full stop on human intelligence in Hinduism


THE Hindu concept of global family did not limit itself to humans and Gods. It got extended to all other living beings also.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Lets celebrate the victory but not go overboard (Organiser, 17.4.2011);
—MAHESH CHANDRA SHARMA, E-198, Panki, Kanpur

It has been rightly said in the editorial that, “The UPA government is trying to use cricket mania as opium on the masses.”    more >




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