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May 31, 2009




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Vol. LX, No. 47, New Delhi, May 31, 2009

Emergence of a two-party system
By Shyam Khosla

MARK Tully, the veteran British commentator, is not off the mark when he asserts that verdict 2009 is largely an accumulation of regional impulses that don’t have a national or ideological character, at least not the way corporate media would like us to believe.    more >

Thinking Aloud
Disconnect between crime and punishment
By Dr Jay Dubashi

THERE is something called “cause” and “effect”. It means that if you do something wrong, sooner or later, you will pay for it. It also means that if you do something right, you will be paid for it, either in this life or the next one. This is also known as “crime” and “punishment”, on which the entire legal edifice is built.    more >

The Moving Finger Writers
Stop bullying India, Mr Obama
By MV Kamath

IF Mr Robert Blackwill, former US Ambassador to India (2000-2003) is to be believed, India may encounter eventual US pressure on Kashmir issue because of Barack Obama’s focus on Pakistan.    more >

Editorial
Bipolarity and National Mood in Mandate 2009

UNDERSTANDING the 2009 mandate is easy, analysing it is difficult. It is a vote for stability, continuity and evolution of a national polity. The silver lining in this electoral outcome is the unmistakable play of the national psyche and the emergence of a clear two-party system.    more >

Corruption, vote-bank politics, group war shatter CPM fortress
By S Chandrasekhar

WHEN the election results of Lok Sabha poll came out, the happiest man in Kerala was VS Atchudanandan. It was a beaming and gleeing VS who met media, after the CPM was devastated in the poll, just winning four out of the twenty seats.    more >

Opinion
In the sunrise of bipolar politics
BJP has the best chance to be the alternative

By Rajendra Prabhu

THE winner takes all in this election game as in a Russian roulette. And the ifs and buts of history are scattered around for the academicians to analyse like the hidden clues in a forensic investigation.    more >

Elections and after
Never say never again

By Aditya Pradhan in Mumbai

JUST as sub-brokers in Mumbai are known to have their ear to the ground for insider trading, the bookies almost got it right this time round in general election, as far as government formation is concerned.    more >

The party that expands nationally has better chance to rule
By Shivaji Sarkar

AS the election process was on, I mentioned to some friends that I would pity the voter if they prove our assessments correct. Rightfully they have proved every known evaluator, surveyor, self-acclaimed analysts and even political parties wrong.    more >

The challenge before BJP
By Dr Gautam Sen

MANY usually sympathetic to the BJP now privately diagnose that its future is bleak. The persistence of serious internal squabbles in the party, regularly being aired in public, and the absence of a clearly thought-out political and electoral strategy confuse them.    more >

Trend towards two-party system
By Justice (Retd) Dr M Rama Jois

During the election campaign to the 15th Lok Sabha, an impression was created that the election outcome would throw a hung Parliament with innumerable parties, none of which would be anywhere near the required majority of 272 giving scope for unhealthy politics of manipulation by smaller parties, ...    more >

Colloquium on Natyashastra
Lo! The profundity of Natyashastra

By Ratnadeep Banerji

DELHI hosted a five-day long workshop on Bharat Muni’s Natyashastra at Triveni Kala Sangam. Prof Bharat Gupt, a litterateur and an acclaimed historian of comparative cultures delivered the lectures.    more >

Togadia Speak
Whose kursi is it anyway?

By Dr Pravin Togadia

WHEN we were in school and when children would not spend most playtime on computer games, there used to be a very popular game. It was called sangeet kursi (musical chair). There used to be many chairs at the beginning and as the time passed one by one a chair and a player were eliminated.    more >

Third-year Sangh Shiksha Varga begins in Nagpur
By Virag Pachpore

OBLIVIOUS to the recent setback to BJP in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, 936 swayamsevaks drawn from various parts of the country have been currently undergoing the rigorous physical and ideological training at the regular third-year Sangh Shiksha Varga (RSS training camp) at Reshimbag since May 10, 2009.    more >

BJP-AGP tie-up works in Assam
By Nava Thakuria

UNLIKE the national outcome, the Bharatiya Janata Party has performed well in Assam. The rightist party, which had an electoral alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad gained significantly in the state, though the regional party could not show the impressive result.    more >

COVER PAGE

Think It Over

Living by myths and hopes
By MSN Menon

UTOPIA! Ram Rajya! They never cease to rouse the hopes of the poor. And each time, the hope ends in disaster. Do we learn anything from this experience?    more >

Economic Watch

Consumerism: A threat to mankind
By DG Bokare

DEVELOPED nations are in deep troubles due to their ‘don’t care for others’ attitude. Many are presently facing a threat to their lavish and vainglorious living styles.    more >

Kids’ Org

Custodians of the universe—I
Digpals: The rulers of directions

By Ratnadeep Banerji

You are woman, and you are man, You are the youth and the maiden,    more >

Health Watch

Role of doctors in protection of torture victims
By Dr SS Agarwal, MD

FREEDOM from torture is an indisputable human right and prohibition of torture is a basic principle of International Human Rights Law. This prohibition is absolute and allows no exception.    more >

Bookmark

A portrait of a great filmmaker
By MV Kamath
Shyam Benegal: Sangeeta Datta; Roli Books; Pp 275, Rs 285.00.


Global warming and fate of humanity
By Ratnadeep Banerji
2009: State of The World, Into a Warming World, Edited by Linda Starke, Norton & Co. NY, Pp 262, US $ 19.95


An appraisal of past and present India
By Ratnadeep Banerji
India: A Cultural Decline or Revival, Bharat Gupt, D.K.Printworld Pvt. Ltd, Pp 236, Rs 300


A profile in patriotism
By Manju Gupta
Stirring Times: An Autobiography of a Nationalist, Anand Mohan Sahay, Purple Peacock Books & Arts Pvt Ltd, 381 pp, Rs 495.00


100 great books
By Vaidehi Nathan
100 Great Books, Masterpieces of All time, Edited by John Canning, Rupa & Co, Pp 640, Rs. 395.00


Thinkpad

Helpless Hindus of Pakistan and Bangladesh
By JG Arora

IT is tragic that though Sanatan Dharma, commonly known as Hinduism, proclaims universal brotherhood and oneness of humanity, and addresses entire humanity as divine children (Shrunvantu vishve amrutasya putraha - Rig Veda: 10-13-1), most of the Hindus have either been killed or converted or driven out from Pakistan and Bangladesh which used to be Hindu lands.    more >

Perspective

Sanskrit: A global language to be proud of
By Achyut Railkar

SANSKRIT is the oldest and the living language on our planet. We see its wonderful history passing through many millennia. It is the language of the most ancient Indian scriptures belonging to various faiths and it is the language of divinity.    more >

Grievance

Democracy has failed displaced Kashmiri Hindus
By Ajay Bharti

STRANGE, but true. The Election Commission on one hand has involved a number of celebrities and NGOs to persuade voters to participate in the festival of democracy (remember pappu doesn’t vote ha ha ads),...    more >

Readers’ Forum

Real Ratna of Bharat:
—DS VAJRAM, 3 Param, Lakaki Road, Model Colony, Pune

Bharat Ratna awardee Pt. Bhimsen Joshi was staying in one of the flats at Lokmanyanagar in Pune during the 80s. He had by then travelled widely all over the world and performed and thrilled audiences all over.    more >




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