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September 11, 2011




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Vol. LXIII, No. 11, New Delhi, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

Special Report
Mamata in minority trap
Majority community feels slighted

By Asim Kumar Mitra

CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee was invited to attend the largest Id congregation (according to Kolkata Police about four lakhs were present at the venue) on Red Road of Kolkata and she was present there. This is for the first time in the history of West Bengal that any Chief Minister had participated in Id-Namaaz.    more >

‘Saksham’ felicitated with Moropant Smriti Janata Bank Puraskar
Country needs movements like Anna’s at every step in our social life—Mohan Bhagwat

By Virag Pachpore

"THE movement of Anna Hazare proved to be much needed island of faith in the current spate of corruption that virtually wiped out the hopes and shattered the faith of common man in the system. The success and spontaneous popular support the movement received countrywide was an indication of the crisis of ethos and identity confronting the Indian society today,” said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat in Pune on August 30.    more >

EXPOSE
Politics of fuel price rise
Government makes huge profit by taxing the poor consumer

By SS Nair

PRICES of petrol and diesel were increased number of times within a year, that too often steeply. LPG prices were also increased though less often. According to newspaper reports, the central and some state governments claim that they have no role in the price hikes. This is one of the blatant examples of deceiving people.    more >

Editorial
Who will speak for the country?

THE MLAs of the Tamil Nadu assembly by passing a unanimous resolution pleading for clemency for the LTTE terror convicts have sent an extremely dangerous message. With a little political pressure, these murderers—after the finale of a protracted legal battle—can subvert the court verdict, seek to undermine the due process of justice and thereby escape the gallows they deserved.    more >

Evangelical Christianity: Devils in high places
Religion as a tool of strategic hegemony

By Yogesh Pawar

IN his explosive new book The Armies Of God: A Study In Militant Christianity, British-born, Malaysia-based academic Iain Buchanan blows the lid off a subject that most scholars and journalists tend to shy away from: the rise of US evangelism as a force in global affairs.    more >

Reports
FICCI Survey
Business confidence dipping

By Sukhwant Kapoor

THE Business Confidence Survey, carried out by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), has dipped to a two-year low. Though depressing, the results are scarcely surprising, given the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s pathetic governance in the last seven years.    more >

News Round-up

ULFA-ISI nexus spell doom for Assam
By Jyoti Lal Chowdhury

ULFA leaders including their chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa seem to be caught both in retrospection and introspection for their 33 years of senseless violence, claiming 13,000 innocent lives.    more >

FOOD INFLATION ANALYSED
UPA neglect of agriculture leads to persistant scarcity and price rise

By Shivaji Sarkar

IT was a lacklustre debate on price rise. Everyone was talking but none hit the nail. It is a classic example of a talkathon that the people of this country can indulge in.    more >

Sri Krishna Jayanti in Hyderabad
Sri Krishna Jayanti celebrations as Children’s Day—Pejawar Swami Sri Vishvesh Teertha

By Pradeep Nambiaar

BALAGOKULAM celebrated Sri Krishna Jayanti at ECIL. A splendid procession was taken out through ECIL ‘X’ Roads. More than 2000 devotees including children dressed as Krishna, Radha, Sri Ram and other historical characters like Vasudeva were present in the procession.    more >

Sonia stooge or civil rights activist?
Team Anna exposes Agnivesh

By Pramod Kumar

ANNA Hazare has won, but there were people around him who tried their best to ensure that his agitation proves to be a failure. Swami (?) Agnivesh tops the list of such elements.    more >

Intellectuals meet of RSS in Kanpur
Communal Violence Bill is a threat to federal structure of the country—Balbir Punj

FOC

THE jam-packed hall of a local educational institution in Kanpur on August 28 responded in unison to a clarion call by Shri Balbir Punj, Member of Rajya Sabha and incharge of BJP’s Central Intellectual Cell, to fight against proposed ‘Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2011’.    more >

Sudarshan TV
Making its presence on a patriotic format

By Manjulata

THE television boom continues unabated in India. While the government recently cleared dozens of news channels; many more are in the queue, which is increasing by the day. These channels cater to a variety of audience interested among other things in entertainment, politics, religion, business, travel, fashion, lifestyle, and even real estate.    more >

Feelings
By Madhu Ved

WHEN you are not well,
what is the feeling that
wakes her up all the night
to touch your head with love.    more >

RSS demands CBI probe into Marad carnage
By S Chandrasekhar

MAY 2, 2003, is a day written in blood in the Hindu history of Kerala, when eight fishermen were butchered by Jehadi terrorists on Marad Beach near Kozhikode in North Kerala. The Jehadis at the instigation of Muslim League leader Mayin Haji assembled at the Marad mosque and perpetuated the savagery. Several Hindu houses were damaged and women and children attacked.    more >

Kerala Newsletter
A ploy to rewrite Kerala History
Left-Church conspiracy to link Muziris with St.Thomas

By S Chandrasekhar

IN a bid to erase the Hindu heritage of Kerala, the erstwhile CPM regime, with the help of some left historians, tried to re-write Kerala history.    more >

Cover Page

Comment

Let Parliament protect what UPA lost: Credibility
By Amba Charan Vashishth

PARLIAMENT is supreme, sovereign. It is its exclusive prerogative to legislate. It derives its sovereignty from the people —”We, the people” who have given unto themselves the Constitution and thereby delegated their sovereignty to its organs, including the Parliament. Still, the ultimate sovereignty resides with the people.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Who is running this country?
By MV Kamath

WHO is running this country? Sonia Gandhi? Rahul Gandhi? Kapil Sibal? Manish Tiwari? P Chidambaram? Ambika Soni or can it be the Sub-Inspector of Police, Delhi? Events in the last few weeks have shown a remarkable lack of authority in Delhi. Sonia Gandhi has been hospitalised.    more >

Media Watch

Media in the Anna campaign

OVER the Jan Lokpal and Government issue the general opinion of the media is that the latter has made an ass of itself.    more >

Thinking Aloud

Manmohan in wonderland
By Dr Jay Dubashi

Dr Manmohan Singh is the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.    more >

Bookmark

An engaging study of Gandhi’s global legacy
By MV Kamath
The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi, edited by Judith M. Brown and Anthony Parel, Cambridge University Press, Pp 273, Rs 395.00


Unput-downable Japanese romance
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino, Hachette India, Pp 374 (PB), £12.99


Premchand still makes engrossing reading
Premchand Playground: Rangbhoomi, Premchand, Penguin Books Pvt Ltd., Pp 641(PB), Rs 550.00

Shivaji: The great Indian hero hero
By Manju Gupta
Shivajee: The Great Liberator, Aanand Aadeesh, Ocean Books, Pp 172, Rs 250.00


Book Received
Fish in Paneer Soup


Pendulum: More than its swings
By Dr R Balashankar
Seven Tales of the Pendulum, Gregory L.Baker, Oxford University Press, Pp 227(HB), $44.95


Nazi gold prompts a fantastic fiction
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan
The Officer’s Lover, Pam Jenoff, Hachette India, Pp 376 (PB), £ 6.99.


Anthology in ecstatic flourish
By AJ Philip
Ecstacy: Selected Poems, N Kunju, Pancham Publications, Pp 72, Rs 200.00


Business unusual
By Manju Gupta
The Mirror Test: Is Your Business Really Breathing?, Jeffrey W. Hayzlett with Jim Eber, Hachette India, Pp 245, Rs 599.00


Tragedy manifold
One Summer, David Baldacci, Macmillan, Pp 331(PB), Rs 499.00
—VN


A PAGE FROM HISTORY

English translations of Bible
By Brij Kishore Sharma

IT seems that the authors of New Testament followed septuagint—the translation of Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek.    more >

RETROSPECT

Bihar the pivot of all political battles in India
By VK Singh

BIHAR is the epicentre of all great nationalist movements in India.    more >

Kids Org.

The Beautiful World of Children
By Manju Gupta

KING Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar used to take a round of his kingdom every now and then to see for himself if all was well.    more >

PERSPECTIVE

Terror: Alien to Indian ethos
By Brigadier BD Mishra

TERRORISM is a cowardly and senseless act, and also a heinous crime. The Oslo killer used it as a political tool. He wanted to draw world attention and announce his agenda. This incident reinforces the general perception that there is an undercurrent of ethnic prejudice in all acts of terror around the world.    more >

INTERESTING PEOPLE

A new approach to urban development
By Rajan Khanna

SHRI Niranjan Hiranandani can be credited for bringing a revolutionary change in the concepts of the construction industry in India. He has set examples in the development of integrated townships in various cities, which can be emulated to find solutions for the ever increasing demand for quality housing.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Anna Arrests Congress(Organiser, 28.8.11)
—MAYA MISHRA, C-403, Anandlok Society, Mayur Vihar-1, Delhi:110 091

The credit for making Anna Hazare a hero goes to UPA government. It was the government’s ignorance of the voice of the Opposition i.e. the BJP and the general will that Anna who was till recently was unknown outside Maharashtra, attained the status of a national hero.    more >




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