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April 27, 2008
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April 27, 2008

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Vol. LIX, No. 42, New Delhi, April 27, 2008

UPA playing down India?s Uranium capability to push Nuke Deal
India poised for a quantum jump in Uranium production

By Naresh Minocha

THE prospects of increasing domestic production of uranium fuel for our nuclear power plants are not bleak as is being made out by lobbyists for Indo-US atomic deal. This fact is evident from recent initiatives for extraction of uranium by public sector undertakings (PSUs). The UPA government, of course, does not want to mention it publicly to avoid annoying Uncle Sam.    more >

A Case Study
What ails Mumbai ?
Shanghai dream turning sour

By Aditya Pradhan

LAST month Forbes magazine came out with a survey which listed Mumbai as the 7th dirtiest city in the world, while Delhi appeared not any better at 24th position in the filth list. Two years ago, the Readers? Digest placed Mumbai at the top of the most rude cities in the world.    more >

A Matter Of Economics
A lesson in micro manipulation
By R. Balashankar

THE rising inflation, food scarcity and fear of a decline in growth rate have created skepticism in some quarters about the efficacy of World Bank-dictated globalisation. Last week we discussed how the Bank is serious, as it emphasises in the Country Strategy for India 2005-08, to operate in a more strategic and integrated fashion.    more >

Arjun makes it difficult for Congress again

MANAGEMENT gurus often tell us, there is always vacancy at the top. But the UPA often reminds us that the top is always crowded. Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh has deliberately set the cat among the pigeons when he raised the UPA leadership issue at a time when the general elections are more than a year away.    more >

Special Article
Indian farmer
Torn apart by loan sharks and globalisation

Dr. A.P. Sharma

THERE is realisation in most of the low-income countries that agricultural credit is an important element in their development efforts. The popularity of credit is partly due to the notion that loans are necessary to accelerate technological change in farming, and that formal credit is required to free farmers from their dependency on the unorganised sector.    more >

Sangh Samachar

Politics in Priyanka?s private prison visit
By Sandhya Jain

THERE is something deeply suspicious about Ms. Priyanka Vadra?s secret visit to Vellore on 19 March 2008 to meet Nalini Sriharan, a member of the LTTE squad that assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 21 May 1991.    more >

PIL against Delhi University in High Court
High Court notice to DU Vice Chancellor


A division bench of Delhi High Court comprising Justice Manmohan Sarin and Justice Manmohan on April 9 issued notices to Delhi University Vice Chancellor Shri Deepak Paintal and the University?s Academic Council on a PIL seeking direction to them to withdraw the alleged...    more >

Mahabharata lessons for British soldiers going to Iraq

LONDON: Sri Krishan Attri, the British army?s first Hindu chaplain, uses extracts from the Mahabharata to counsel British soldiers going to war in Iraq or Afghanistan. Shri Attri was among the first four faith chaplains appointed by the army in November 2005.    more >

Narendra Modi: The most popular politician

A Yahoo India Poll survey conducted by a user of popular website Yahoo, recently, has revealed that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is the most popular politician in India.    more >

Hindu religion and its many Gods
By Vasant Kulkarni

WHY there are so many Gods in Hindu religion? I keep getting this question from several quarters. Actually there is not much complexity involved in explaining this aspect, if we understand some basic principles of Hinduism.    more >

Special issue of Swadesh on Shri Guruji released in New Delhi
Shri Guruji?s approach was inclusive, unity his mission ?L.K. Advani

By Pramod Kumar

THE Hindu brotherhood of the RSS is inclusive. Shri Guruji never advocated a theocratic state, said Leader of the Opposition Shri L.K. Advani.    more >

Bal Shivir in Siliguri
Character, patriotism shape the youth


A three-day Shivir of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was organised at the premises of Birsa Munda Shishu Shiksha Kendra at Salabari near Siliguri, West Bengal.    more >

Rs. 1000 crore allocation in budget for Muslims is unconstitutional
Dr R.V. Reddy

THE allocation of Rs. 1000 crore in budget for Muslims must be opposed tooth and nail as it violates the Constitution and also the RBI Act. It amounts to payment of jaziya by the majority community for the benefit of Muslims.    more >

By Deepak Dasgupta

INDIANISM is a feeling of being an Indian. Irrespective of caste, creed or religion, when we feel ourselves to be the members of a single family, we feel oneness and that is Indianism. It is also part of national integration.    more >

English language affecting mother tongue
By Mithun Dey

IN this modern age, we live on the stage of English language. Here, we find the number of English-medium schools are gradually growing all around.    more >

Dr Jitendra Sukhadia passes away


DR Jitendra Sukhadia, former president of the Staten Island chapter of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, America, passed away on March 21 at the Staten Island Hospital, Staten Island, NY. He was 63.    more >

Sri Jagannath Chetana Mahadhiveshan organised in Bhubaneswar

SRI Jagannath depicts the culture, tradition and heritage of Orissa. Sri Jagannath also continues to be the greatest unifying factor in binding the Oriyas in particular and people from different cults, in general.    more >

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Politics Plus

UPA helping EU and China beat India
By M.D. Nalapat

THE UPA has become the primary engine of inflation and unemployment because of its regressive policies. Bank interest rates have doubled while the RBI is seeking to choke off the quantum credit to any sector which beneficially impacts public welfare.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

The mystery that is Obama
By M.V. Kamath

HAS anyone heard of Ku Klux Klan, a white American legacy and a dark blot on American civilisation? It passed into history a long time ago. Founded in 1866, its purpose was to restore white supremacy in the aftermath of the American Civil War.    more >

Think It Over

Why I write
what I write?

By M.S.N. Menon

IS it because I am a Hindu bigot? Or, because I hate the minorities? More so, the Muslims?
Dear Readers, if ever you thought so, you were mistaken. But I know that you have not seen me in this light.    more >


Bhagwan Mahavira?s creation of a wholesome society
By Acharya Mahaprajna

MAN is imperfect. Because he is imperfect, he tries to complete himself through the acquisition of material objects. He is confronted with many problems such as suffering, unrest, poverty, etc. To come out victorious in his struggle, he wants other people?s support.    more >

Kids? Org

A primer of English words of Sanskrit origin
Compiled by Ratnadeep Banerji

CHILDREN, Sanskrit has for times immemorial made forays in English lexicon. Here?s a compilation of such English words that hardly appear to have Sanskrit etymology. The list is by no means exhaustible and certain entries remain subject of debate.    more >

Book Reviews by Manju Gupta

The impact of 1857
Rethinking 1857, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (Editor), Orient Longman Pvt Ltd, pp 320, Rs 250.00

India and China
India and China, Comparing the Incomparable, Vishnu Saraf, Macmillan, pp 157, Rs 385.00

The agony of Tibet
Lhasa Pukare Kailash Ko (Hindi), Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Bharat-Tibet Sahyog Manch, pp 110, Rs 50.00

The spirit of oneness
The Divine Wisdom of Oneness, Rasha, Jaico Books, pp 403, Rs 295.00

India?s Glorious Scientific Tradition-LIII
Panini's study of Rig Veda

By Suresh Soni

An IPS officials' diary
By Manju Gupta
Maloy Krishna Dhar: We the People of India: A Story of Gangland Democracy, Vitasta Publishing Pvt Ltd, pp 443, Rs 395.00

A compilation of Hindi poems
Maharajkrishan Bharat: Neenv! Tujhe Naman (Hindi), Nirvasan Sahitya Prakashan, pp 133, Rs 150.00


The other side of Sufism
By R.K. Ohri, IPS (Retd)

FOR centuries the Sufi creed and Sufi music have been tom tomed as great symbols of spiritualism and promoters of peace and harmony between the Hindus and the Muslims.    more >

Open Forum

A ?trust? windfall for banks?
Or trouble for the government and the RBI?

By Santosh P. Sangem

THE coming budget session could well see an amendment to the section 20(f) of the Indian Trust Act, 1882 (called Trust Act hereafter) with the objective of providing greater options for registered trusts (called trusts hereafter) to invest their funds.    more >

Media Watch

Jaya Jaitley: The Other Side of reporting

THERE are journals in India we do not see and even more seldom hear of. And they are worth their price. How many readers, for instance, have heard of The Other Side, the chairman of whose Editorial Board is George Fernandes? In its earlier avatara it had gone out of circulation twice, but now it has been resurrected and is eminently readable.    more >

Open Forum

Daily demographic invasion of India
By J.G. Arora

ACCORDING to Barbara W. Tuchman, American historian and author of The March of Folly, ?disasters of history are the result of government?s folly and perverse persistence in pursuing the policies contrary to national interests.? Indian government?s persistent inaction against demographic invasion by ...    more >

Readers? Forum

Double standard:
?MANI CHOWDARY, Plot No.8, P&T Colony, Karkhana, Secunderabad

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) comprising of about fifty Muslim countries, which includes ?friendly? Malaysia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc, once again denounced India at its ministerial Summit in Dakar (Senegal) on March 13, 2008.    more >

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