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February 04, 2007




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Vol. LVIII, No. 30, New Delhi, February 04, 2007

Country-wide Shri Guruji centenary celebrations draw millions
Unite Hindus to save the nation
Social harmony brings unity ?Sarkaryavah Mohan Bhagwat

From Debasis Tripathy in Bhubaneswar & Samachar Bharati in Hyderabad

MANY people have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this nation but the true liberty is yet to be realised, said Shri Mohan Bhagwat, RSS, General Secretary, at Janata Maidan, in Bhubaneswar. He was speaking as part of the Shri Guruji Birth centenary organised by Shri Guruji Janma Satabdi Samaroha Samiti, Orissa.    more >

Media should not destroy social harmony: Dr Suvarna Raval
FOC

THE media is duty bound to maintain social integration. It should be careful and see to it that social tensions do not spill over as a result of their reporting. They should present the true picture like Sanjay did in the Mahabharata,? said Dr Suvarna Raval, Karyavahika, Samajik Samarasata Manch, Kokan Prant.    more >

Realpolitik
Skeletons in Red cupboard
By Balbir K. Punj

JUST a few days before the Supreme Court gave its verdict on the justiciability of laws parked in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution the Kerala High Court dealt a big blow to the state?s Left Front government by virtually invalidating most of the vital provisions of its legislation to control private medical and engineering colleges.    more >

Editorial
Congress frustration and Karnataka violence

THE Congress in Karnataka is behaving like the proverbial mad monkey bitten by the scorpion ever since the formidable BJP-JD(S) government was formed. The intermittent communal eruptions in the state is largely the outcome of this Congress desperation.    more >

Nepal heading for greater civil unrest
By Sandhya Jain

THE once-Hindu kingdom of Nepal is in deep crisis. While it is still unclear what the Western powers led by the United States want to achieve from the present unrest, the contours of an increased Hindu powerlessness in the region are already apparent.    more >

After guns, swords and daggers too
?S.C.

THE next day after ?Makaravilaku? when almost one crore Ayyappa devotees witnessed the celestial light in Sabarimala, 158 swords, daggers and lethal knifes were recovered from Rahim, in Kanjirapally, near Sabarimala on January 15.    more >

Swayamsevaks on path sanchalan arrested
VSK, Chennai

THE Nilgiri district Prathmic Shiksha Varga of RSS was held in Kothagiri between December 14 and 31. Over 200 participants received training in conducting Shakha at the camp.    more >

Annual function of Poorvanchal Kalyan Ashram
FOC

THE 27th annual function of Poorvanchal Kalyan Ashram?s Kolkata-Howrah unit was held at Kalamandir in Kolkata recently. During the last 53 years the Poorvanchal Kalyan Ashram has raised the feeling of self-respect among the Vanvasis through its various schools, dispensaries, Satsangh Kendras and various other projects.    more >

Reception for Pramilatai Medhe in Delhi
FOC

Smt. Pramilatai Medhe, Pramukh Sanchalika of Rashtra Sevika Samiti, was accorded public reception in Delhi recently. She was in Delhi after becoming head of the leading women organisation of the country.    more >

Don't discard values in pursuit of modernity ?Pramilatai Medhe
Organiser correspondent Pramod Kumar spoke to her to know her priorities as the Pramukh Sanchalika. Excerpts:

Pramilatai Medhe, Pramukh Sanchalika of Rashtra Sevika Samiti, took over the reigns of the Samiti on July 22, 2006 in Nagpur. Born in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra, she joined the Samiti during her childhood and learnt the basics of the organisation from Smt Lakhshmibai Kelkar, the founder of the Samiti.    more >

India is for Indians

WHEN the British gradually took over India and formed what were called ?Presidencies?, such as the presidencies of Bengal, Madras and Bombay, it never occurred to them to re-constitute their Indian empire along linguistic or ethnic lines.    more >

Police reforms must for Indian democracy ?Prakash Singh
FOC

EMPHASISING the crucial importance of police reforms for a better democracy and stable economy, former top police official Shri Prakash Singh said without drastic systematic improvement in the police system our state might turn into a criminal state.    more >

K.S. Sudarshan in Kenya
Hindus for peace, noble ideals
FOC

RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan visited Kenya to attend a Hindu Sangam. The Sangam was organised by the Hindu Council of Kenya in Nairobi on January 14 to celebrate the birth centenary of Shri Guruji. Shri Sudarshan was in Kenya from January 13 to 21. He attended a number of functions there.    more >

ABVP?s 52nd National Convention in Hyderabad
Eschew violence in the campus
THE 52nd National Convention of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was held in Hyderabad from December 25 to 28. A total of 3,019 delegates from 445 districts of the country participated in the convention. The theme of the convention was ?social harmony?.    more >

First national Vanvasi students workshop
THE first national level Vanvasi students workshop of ABVP was held on December 29 and 30, 2006. A total of 205 workers from 17 states participated in the workshop. Dr Ram Naresh Singh and Shri Suresh Bhatt addressed the delegates.    more >

Rally and public meeting
A colourful procession with traditional dresses of different states was organised on December 27 from Bison Polo Grounds to Wesley College Grounds. After the procession a huge public meeting was held at Wesley College Grounds.    more >

Welfare Board for village temple priests in TN
VHP succeeds in convincing Chief Minister
VSK, Chennai

HINDU organisations, led by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, have succeeded in getting the demands of lakhs of Grama Koil Poojaris (village temple priests) fulfilled at last. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Shri. M. Karunanidhi cleared on January 13, 2007, the proposal to constitute a welfare board for village priests in the state.    more >

Obituary
Saffron priest passes away
From S. Chandrasekhar

FORMER Catholic Bishops Conference of India President and strong votary of Bharatiya Churches, Major Archbishop and Catholicos of Syrian-Malankara Catholic Church, Cyril Mar Baselious passed away in Thiruvanantha-puram, on January 18, 2007.    more >

Think of the society, common good?Sarsanghachalak
First Lakshmanrao Bhide Memorial Lecture in Mumbai

RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan has exhorted the Hindus to prepare for future challenges in the era of conflicts created by actions of people motivated by individualistic aspirations.    more >

Vivekananda Sewa Samman to Dr Nityanand
FOC

NOTED social activist, thinker, writer and veteran Sangh Pracharak of Uttaranchal Dr Nityanand has been honoured with prestigious Vivekanada Sewa Samman for the year 2007. The award, instituted by Shree Burrabazar Kumarsabha Pustakalaya of Kolkata, will be presented at a function held on January 28 at Mahajati Sadan in Kolkata.    more >

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Kerala Newsletter

Koran in each gun box
Kerala arms haul
By S. Chandrasekhar

LOUDLY proclaiming that they are alive and kicking and that they have graduated from stone age swords and axes to automatic assault weapons, the jehadis of Kerala have once again, marked their presence. In the biggest haul of arms in Kerala, Customs and Police officials seized 35 pistols and 47 air-guns from among a container consignment of 817 boxes on January 8.    more >

Think it over

Vatican marries the pagan inheritances
By M.S.N. Menon

PEOPLE of India, read this carefully: The Bishop of Canada?s Anglican Church says, he wants Christianity to go ?native?. He is the newly appointed national bishop to the native people of Canada.    more >

Defence Matter

Leapfrog the technological gap
By Bharat Verma

INDIA needs to do a China. Beijing has successfully converted China into a low-cost manufacturing hub of the world. Similarly, New Delhi should rapidly strive to transform India into a low-cost, high-end R&D centre of the world without neglecting its manufacturing sector.    more >

Bookmark

Economic diplomacy
By M.V. Kamath
Sanjaya Baru, Strategic Consequences of India?s Economic Performance, Academic Foundation, Delhi; pp 496; Rs 795.00


IF one can forgive Sanjaya Baru for some rather silly letters he recently wrote to some retired government servants-turned columnists for being critical of Dr Manmohan Singh on the grounds that as Press Adviser to the Prime Minister he had to make government views known to its critics, even if couched in impolite language, then one can review with some objectivity the essays and columns he wrote as a journalist himself.    more >

A study on Indian farmer
By R. Narayanan
G.S. Bhalla: Condition of Indian Peasantry, National Book Trust, India, Rs 40, 96 pp


IN order to be able to meet both ends of life, a farmer household has to possess about 4.01 hectares of land. Only a little more than 5 per cent of farmer households owned this much of land. More than 66 per cent of farmers? households had land of area less than one hectare.    more >

Neighbour Watch

Bhutanese Hindu refugees seek Indian help
By Hariprasad Adhikari

BHUTAN is a land of multiethnicity. Since the dawn of its statehood, many languages have been spoken. The major religions practiced in Bhutan are Hinduism and various sects of Buddhism ranging from Nyingmapa, Gelukpa to Drukpa Kargyu.    more >

KIDS? ORG

Life without letters
Gadagebaba of Vidarbha
By M.V. Kolhatkar

GADAGEBABA was a great saint from Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. His family name was Debu. He came from a very poor and downtrodden class. He was born in 1876 and he passed away in 1956. ?Gadage? means an earthen pot. He was so called because an earthen pot and a broom were the significant marks of this great saint. With these he used to travel from place to place, visit Harijan localities, start cleaning the roads of that locality and at night perform the Harikirtan.    more >

Play & Learn
Spinning Disc

Agenda

Assam carnage: Paying for the sins of vote-bank politics?I
By Jagmohan

FOR the ghastly drama enacted during the last few days in Assam, in which about 70 innocent persons were done to death in cold blood, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) is squarely responsible. But no less responsibility rests upon those who, by virtue of their vote-bank politics and acts of misgovernance,...    more >

India That is Bharat

Communal Congress and secular League

THE path of true love never runs smooth, said a poet. Had the poet also been a politician he would have added, neither does the path of true secularism. That is, Indian secularism. For is not the Indian product the only genuine secularism in today?s globalised market?    more >

News Analysis

ISI-aided ULFA targets Indians
Congress liaison with terror outfit backfires
By Jyoti Lal Chowdhury

SILCHAR: Indians are once again the target of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). Compelled by pecuniary conditions, they have preferred to engage themselves in all sorts of hardy manual works in Assam, besides being involved in sundry business.    more >

Readers? Forum

Preposterous act:
?HEMANT HEMMADY,

It is gratifying and heartening to note that the much maligned painter M.F. Husain has been hauled into the court and a criminal case filed against him for offending the sensibilities of the Hindus by portraying our goddess Saraswati in an offending manner.    more >




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