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August 10, 2008

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Vol. LX, No. 5, New Delhi, August 10, 2008

BJP dismayed
Decides to boycott CNN-IBN?Venkaiah

Author Name Comes here

The following is the full text of the statement issued by BJP senior leader Venkaiah Naidu.

THE Bharatiya Janata Party is deeply dismayed by the decision of CNN-IBN not to telecast the ?notes-for-votes? sting operation, which the channel conducted with the cooperation of three BJP MPs. The whole country watched with shock and disbelief when the three MPs produced wads of currency notes on the floor of the Lok Sabha on July 22 shortly before the Trust Vote was taken.    more >

Terror targets Gujarat

By Saroj Sharma

JULY 26, 2008 will probably go down in the country?s gory history of terror as a day when even terrorism stooped to new lows. Not only did 16 blasts rip through several localities of Gujarat?s most populous mega city,    more >

Serial blasts fail to shake IT city resolve
From R. Guru Prasad in Bengaluru

WHEN Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyu-rappa mentioned in the budget speech on July 17 that the first full fledged BJP Government is setting up a well equipped anti-terrorist squad to combat terrorism, terrorists were not deterred. Barely after few days they struck with vengence.    more >

UPA cannot fight terror?Rajnath Singh

THE recent serial bomb blasts in Jaipur, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad have clearly indicated that the life and property of common man is virtually at stake under the UPA rule.    more >

The Rupee-Rouble Scam ? Part 3
What little the government confirmed officially !
By Namit Verma

ON February 26, 1993, a parliamentary question from Shri Srikanta Jena, MP, required the then Minister of Finance, Dr Manmohan Singh, to brief Parliament about the main features of the agreement between Russia and India regarding the settlement of outstanding debt.    more >

A proxy war on India
GUJARAT Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced a reward of Rs 51 lakh for anybody giving a clue to solving the serial blast conspiracy in Ahmedabad. This shows the determination of Modi to reach to the root of the problem, which in his own words has taken the proportions of a proxy war on India.

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Sethu project shelved
By Our Correspondent

THE UPA government has decided to put on hold work on the Sethusamudram project and set up a six-member committee headed by the Energy and Resources Institute Director General R.K. Pachauri to examine alternate alignments. With the Sethu issue triggering a major political row, the government seems unwilling to alienate a sizeable section of the people who revere the Ram Sethu.    more >

Sangh Samachar

Women convention against defiling Hindu Gods
Ram is etched on Indian mind. His insult is insult of every Indian?Dr Najma Heptullah

By Pramod Kumar

"LORD Ram belongs to not any one community, but to the whole Bharat. Whenever there is an attempt to vilify the characters of Ram and Sita, I am as hurt as everyone else. Those who are distorting the history and insulting the faith of the nation cannot be pardoned,? said former Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Dr Najma Heptullah.    more >

Amarnath martyrdom stokes passion
Simmering Hindu anger

From Khajuria S. Kant in Jammu

THE lull that had descended in Jammu after a 10-day-long spell of shutdowns and curfews was broken on July 23 with violent protests after Kuldeep Kumar Dogra allegedly committed suicide to protest the government?s ?inaction? on the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board land row at the place of chain hunger strike.    more >

JKVM says Omar Abdullah was misleading

DISPLACED Kashmiri Pandits under the banner of Jammu-Kashmir Vichar Manch (JKVM) organised a demonstration at Jantar Manter in New Delhi on July 24 to register their protest against the derogatory remarks made by National Conference chief Omar Abdullah in Parliament during the debate on vote of confidence.    more >

Congress inflicting insult on Hindus
?Sethu not a national monument?

IN a fresh twist to the controversy-marred Sethu Samudram Channel Project, the Centre recently said that the Ram Sethu cannot be declared a national monument and backed its stand by relying on an affidavit, which it had withdrawn in the wake of a country-wide furore over its contents doubting the existence of Ramayana, Lord Rama and their link to Ram Sethu.    more >

Bangla infiltrators now kingmakers in Assam: HC judge
By Samudra Gupta Kashyap

GUWAHATI: ?Bangladeshi infiltrators have not only intruded into every nook and corner of Assam, but also have already become kingmakers. And, if this trend is not arrested they will soon intrude upon the corridors of power.? This is not a statement by any BJP or AGP leader, but an observation made by the Guwahati High Court last week.    more >

Secular strategies that help terrorists
By Shivaji Sarkar

A serious threat perception has engulfed the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Minorityism seems create a perception that the majority has little space in this secular nation.    more >

10th Osian?s Cinefan Festival
Genesis of Indian cinema

By Ratnadeep Banerji

OSIAN?S Cinefan Festival at Delhi showcased its tryst with India?s vintage legacy friezed upon a cinematheque tapestry let open to the hoi polloi for ten days. The discernible cineaste fervently gleaned out those nuggets that are otherwise stashed away from their reach.    more >

Hindutva is a secular concept
By D.P. Sinha, IAS (Retd.)

DEFINING Hindutva is formidable. It is beyond definition. Hindutva is neither Hindu religion, nor a political ideology. It cannot be expressed in concrete terms. It is an abstract value system that manifests itself in behaviour and reactions of Hindus in general.    more >

Cover Page
A Matter Of Economics

Reform in times of deal making
More as a ploy than policy

By R. Balashankar

EMANCIPATION from Left ?slavery? has suddenly endowed an unbridled capitalist streak on the Congress. It has started talking as if only the corporates matter.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

The clear message from Kabul
By M.V. Kamath

WHO is responsible for the suicide bomb attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul on July 7? Afghanistan?s Interior Minister has issued an official statement, saying that ?this attack was carried out in co-ordination and consultation with an active intelligence service in the region?.    more >

Think it over

Monologue of a media magnate
By M.S.N. Menon

IS journalism a social mission? Or, is it an economic activity? They say I am on a social mission. I say I am on a selling job.    more >

Special Report

UPA flip-flop on Ram Sethu
By Dr Indulata Das

A few months back there was no Rama for the government of India. The elaborate history of Rama known throughout the world by the name ?Ramayana? was no evidence for Rama?s existence for the government.    more >

Kids? Org

Laughter and frustration
By Manju Gupta

ONE day King Krishnadeva Raya decided to quiz Tenali Raman. He asked, ?Tenali, why is it that I don?t have hair on my palms??    more >

Impatience brings no benefit

A fierce fighting broke out between two rams. Both went charging at each other and locked their horns, pushing and charging every now and then.    more >

Health Watch

CGHS: How government servants see it
By R.K. Bhatnagar

HEALTH care is an ingredient of the most fundamental of all rights. The Indian Constitution has not conferred this right on its citizens but the Central Government employees both in Delhi and outside have an inbuilt structure in this regard.    more >

Book Reviews by Manju Gupta

The Gill doctrine for counterterrorism
Faultlines: Writings on Conflict and Resolution (Vol. 19), K.P.S. Gill & Ajai Sahni (editors), Bulwark Books, pp 156, Rs 250.00

Indian media is sick
The Conflict of Indian Press, Deveriya Unmesh, Media Research Centre (Proposed), pp 143, Rs 160.00

The meaning of dreams
Interpretation of Dreams, P. Khurrana, Rupa & Co., pp 95, Rs 195.00

Doctor, know your patient
Get Well Soon: Start Now, Ramanjit Singh Paik, Rupa & Co., pp 116, Rs 95.00

Politics of conflict in Myanmar
Myanmar: Can the Generals Resist Change?, K. Yhome, Rupa & Co., pp 169, Rs. 395.00

The changing face of Islam
Islam Ke Badte Kadam (Hindi), R.K. Ohri, Manas Publications, 238 pp, Rs 295.00

A Christian at war with his own self
What?s So Great About Christianity, Dinesh D?Souza, Jaico Books, pp 348, Rs 295.00


A Marxist leader evaluates his ideology?VI
Why communism failed?

Translated by Jayapradeep Viswanath

(This article is based on the book written by Marxist leader P. Kesavan Nair. He is frustrated with Marxism and his expose has become a bestseller in Malayalam.)    more >


UPA soft on Islamic terror
By Ravi Shanker Kapoor

WHILE investigators are picking up clues in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and other places, we need to have a look at the environment which fosters and nurtures terror. Needless to say, the environment is remarkably conducive for the growth and development of the ideological progeny of Osama bin Laden; the result is that the scope, reach and barbarity of jihadis is growing at a frightening pace.    more >

Feed back

Is the trust vote strictly under Lok Sabha rules?
By Dr G.V.G. Krishnamurty

ACCORDING to Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, covenanted by the United Nations at the end of World War-II, the contracting nations including India committed at the United Nations that ?the will of the people shall be the basis of authority of a government. This shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be held by universal and ...    more >

Readers? Forum

Contentious observations on forced nunnery (Organiser, 22-6-2008);
?S.K. KANCHAN, 85, Arihant Co-operative Housing Society, Bora Bazar Street, Fort, Mumbai

There is a logic in the article. Papacy in Vatican at a period of science and discovery never believes in birth control and abortion saying it is against the Christian faith, which is purely to increase its number world over.    more >

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