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May 14, 2006
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May 14, 2006

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Vol. LVII, No. 44, New Delhi, May 14, 2006

Mahajan, the Man He Was
Melancholic end to a lustrous life

By R. Balashankar

It is said that every moment one lives is death suspended and every step one takes is a fall averted. It is difficult to fathom that Pramod Mahajan is not with us any more. He was so full of energy. He radiated life. His dynamic presence was so fulfilling that he created a belief that there was nothing impossible with Pramod Mahajan around. He had created so much confidence that party men stopped thinking in his absence. There were many who believed that Pramod Mahajan was the troubleshooter for the BJP. He was the organiser of election campaigns; he was the negotiator for making political tie-ups. He was the fund-raiser for all the major party events. And he was the GenNext of the BJP. more >

A sadness envelops the nation
By Ashutosh Roy

On the morning of April 22, when Pravin Mahajan pumped three bullets into his elder brother, Pramod Mahajan, the nation started bleeding. And when at 4.10 pm on May 3, Mahajan breathed his last, the nation dressed in mourning. Since the show has to go on, BJP will continue to move ahead. more >

Pramod Mahajan: Living in the love of the common people
From Aditya Pradhan in Mumbai

MUMBAI: Pramod Mahajan?s death at the age of 56 has numbed most Indians, some refusing to believe the news that broke on May 3. The scene at the hospital was sombre minutes after Pramod Lele, Chief Executive Officer of P.D. Hinduja Hospital and Research Centre, announced Pramod?s passing away at 4:10 pm. more >

Orissa Newsletter
Orissa: Sanskrit schools facing closure
By Debasis Tripathy

Hundreds of Sanskrit schools are going to be closed in Orissa. In the coming academic session, a large number of Sanskrit teachers will lose their job and thousands of students will be debarred from learning our great traditional language?Sanskrit?due to the faulty academic policy of the government. more >

Heritage Politics

Hampi, the site of grandiose Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagara (1336-1565), is on the verge of losing its World Heritage site status, accorded by UNESCO. And tragically this is not the first time that UNESCO has warned about repealing the privilege. more >

?It pains our heart? - Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan
Shattering all hopes and ignoring all prayers Pramod Mahajan passed away. He had been waging a relentless battle for life for 12 days. All his well-wishers, relatives and countless activists across the country used to anxiously look forward to hearing the latest information about his condition from the doctors. more >

Overlooking the obvious
Don?t soft-pedal on Kashmir, needed a fresh thinking
By Varun Gandhi

A foreign power played on the Hindu-Muslim divide and Partitioned the motherland on religious grounds. But this is no 1947, and India is no longer enslaved. The only truth is that Kashmir is an integral part of India. more >

Special Report

Plans to gift Siachin to Pakistan
Manmohan talks peace over river of Hindu blood
From Prakriiti Gupta in Jammu
Jammu: Thirty-eight-year old Gilo Devi is fighting a battle for survival at Jammu hospital ignorant of the fact that she is a widow and also lost her daughter. Her three-month old son cries bitterly looking for mother piercing the deadly silence of ICU unit of hospital. more >

A calander of major killings of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmri
(excluding attacks at Raghunath Temple, Kaluchak carnage and Qasim Nagar carnage in 2002 in Jammu killing over 70 Hindus)
more >

It?s shocking, Sarsanghachalak - K.S. Sudarshan

Sangh Samachar

Vadodara violence
UPA provoking a Hindu backlash
By Shyam Khosla
UPA Government?s response to Muslim mob violence over the demolition of a Sufi dargah at Vadodra is most disconcerting. Sri Prakash Jaiswal, Union MoS for Home who rushed to the town to garner Muslim votes under the garb of having a first hand assessment of the law and order situation in the disturbed town, had no word to deplore violence against officials and policemen performing their duties, not to talk of innocent Hindus who had nothing to do with the demolition work. more >

Adi Shankaracharya?s 2515th birth anniversary celebrated
The credit for today?s unity and integrity of the country goes to Adi Shankara-charya, who toured the country at the time when there were no means of transport expect walking and bound people in cultural and religious bond. It was the outcome of the two-days function held in New Delhi to celebrate 2515th birth anniversary of Adi Shankara. more >

The river of bliss
(Based on a UNI report in The Hindu, April 24, 2006.)

Kali Bein, is a river flowing in Punjab, in which Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism, is believed to have taken a holy dip and attained enlightenment five centuries ago. The 160-km-long river, which springs from Dhanoa village in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, merges in the confluence of the Beas and the Ravi at Hakike Pattan. more >

Column as a tribute
Mahajan: Man and myth
By Sandhya Jain

Even in his last cogent moments, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pramod Mahajan proved he was made of a different mettle. Far from losing his nerve at the unexpected dastardly attack upon him, Pramod Mahajan kept his wits about him, directing his wife to call close relations and take him to the nearby Hinduja Hospital. Reports say he also wanted her not to involve the police and implicate his younger brother; it is possible he did not understand the seriousness of his injuries and expected to recover and hush up matters within the family. more >

Nation pays homage

Bharat Suraksha Yatra
UPA Undermining Indian security - Rajnath Singh
By Deepak Kumar Rath in Himachal Pradesh

On April 27, 2006, BJP President Shri Rajnath Singh's Bharat Suraksha Yatra entered Devbhommi - Himachala Pradesh. The hilly state accorded a grand reception to Shri Rajnath Singh. Senior leaders of Himachal Pradesh BJP like former Chief Minister Shri Prem Kumar Dhumal, Prof. Shanta Kumar and Dr. Sahib Singh Verma, Incharge of Himachal BJP, welcomed Shri Singh. more >


Communist double-standard
By Balbir K. Punj

The Marxists of India are running with the hare, and hunting with the hounds. At a time the Maoist guerillas are wreaking havoc across central India, a CPI leader, Atul Kumar Anjaan, advises government of India to release 60-70 Nepali Maoists leaders lodged in Indian jails. more >


Diminishing Indian status under UPA
By M.D. Nalapat

While an independent country is respected, even if small, a country that is under the control of another is treated with disdain, no matter what its size. Hamid Karzai, the formal head of government in Afghanistan, has to get clearance from NATO for every major decision he takes, and several minor ones as well. more >


Jehadi terrorism
Ridiculous explanations, complex solutions
By Dr Babu Suseelan

Communists, Nazis and Fascists resorted to terrorism. But they differed from Islamic terrorism?they were motivated by political agenda. more >


Narmada the pride of India!
By Anirban Banerjee

The Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada will be generating 1450 Megawatts of electricity and irrigate 1.8 million hectares of agricultural land. The Narmada project once completed will boost the economy of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra. more >

Kashmir bronzes in focus
In significant find, four ninth century idols unearthed
Srinagar: The Archaeology Department here has unearthed bronze idols dating back to the ninth century A.D., which showcase Kashmir?s elegant bronze art, from Kupwara district of North Kashmir. more >

British did not benefit Hindus
By Ashok Chowgule
It seems to me that the author is not fully versed about the history of India. The Hindus had defeated the core of the Islamic rule - the last Moghul ?emporer? was a pensioner of the Maratha Confederacy. more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Muslims, respect Hindu sentiments
By M.V. Kamath

In the mid-nineteenth century, the United States was still a largely unexplored territory and a columnist of that period, J.B.L. Soule, now long-forgotten, gave a bit of sound advice to young Americans. more >


Portrait of a patriot prime minister
By M.V. Kamath

Indira Gandhi; Inder Malhotra; National Book Trust, India: pp 197, Rs 200.00

Writing biographies is a dangerous pre-occupation. Writing about a celebrity like Indira Gandhi is even more so. It is not that Inder Malhotra, a distinguished journalist and author is not aware of it. Indeed, he was one of the earliest to attempt a biography of India?s first?and so far, only?woman Prime Minister entitled Indira Gandhi: A Personal & Political Biography, published by Hodder & Stoughton, in 1989. more >

Jesus Indianised
By Manju Gupta

Understanding Jesus, R. Rajendra Prabhu; ATC Publications, pp 239, Rs 150.00

Written by a journalist who worked for nearly 47 years and was a Hindu by birth but accepted Jesus after a long internal struggle, the book under review is the author?s response to the queries about Jesus Christ from his large number of non-Christian friends. more >

Kids' Org

The golden goose and Yudhishthira
By M.V. Kolhatkar

The war of Mahabharata was over. Yudhishthira was coronated as a king. Yudhishthira performed ashwamedha yajna as per the custom. Following the tradition he distributed the entire wealth to the poor and needy. The treasure was emptied. more >


Articles of enduring value

Three articles that have appeared in the media in the past one month deserve not only praise but the widest possible circulation in the country. They are on three different subjects and appeared in three different media. The first is Praveen Swami?s article in The Hindu (April 22) dealing with the emergence of Bangladesh... more >

Think it over

Understanding history
By M.S.N. Menon

Doctored history is a hothouse. Should we rear up our children in it? Or should we expose them to heat and cold, to wind and rain? Do we want to reach children what we want them to learn? Or do we want them to learn the truth? And how do we know that what we teach is the truth? Many ?truths? have turned out to be false. more >

Readers? Forum

Hinduism and idol worship (Organiser, 23-4-2006):

I disagree with the way Shri M.S.N. Menon has presented the matter, though he has conceded the reality partially in the end of his article. Irrespective of when and how idolatry started, which is debatable, the fact is that idol worship is not peculiar to Hinduism. more >

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