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Vol. LVIII, No. 11, New Delhi, September 24, 2006

Ashok Singhal turns 80
Grand felicitation function in Chennai
FOC

VISHWA Hindu Parishad president Shri Ashok Singhal has turned 80. A grand felicitation function was held at Kamaraj Memorial Hall in Chennai on September 11 and 12 to celebrate the occasion.    more >

SEASON OF DIPLOMACY
UPA undermines national interest
By M.D. Nalapat

IN Washington, there is an influential ?Think Tank? headed by William Kristol, called the New American Century. The objective of the scholars and activists working with Kristol is to ensure that the US remains the dominant global power into the 21st century. Several of them are associated with the Bush-Cheney administration, although these days their influence has become reduced, because of the growing evidence that their policy prescriptions for Iraq have been?to put it mildly?tragically wrong.    more >

Column
Loreto: Evangelicals must apologize
By Sandhya Jain

CHRISTIAN organisations protesting the breakage of some flower pots by BJP activists at Lucknow?s Loreto Convent owe the Hindu community an apology for the shoddy conspiracy to virtually terrorise 300 school girls into a forced baptism ceremony. more >

Editorial
PM's please Pakistan programme


IT is difficult to decipher the UPA governments' Pakistan policy. In the wake of the serial train blasts in Mumbai, the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh accused Pakistan of being responsible for the terrorist strikes in India.    more >

First Person
Mulayam has a madrasa mindset
By Keshari Nath Tirpathi

IN Indian political horizon Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India, always takes a centre-stage, not because it elects 80 members to the Lok Sabha or has 403 elected members in its Legislative Assembly, but because of varying scenario, which it presents from time to time.    more >

Money trap of terror industry in J&K J&K ultras are filthy rich
From Prakriiti Gupta in Jammu

IN Jammu and Kashmir spreading terrorism has transformed into an industry with an annual inflow of estimated Rs 150 million filling the pockets of terrorist commanders and Kashmiri separatist leaders.    more >

Sangh Samachar

Assault for flying tricolour and scaring children with witchcraft
Minority fanatics in various hues
By Easwaran Nambudiri

FROM literacy to primary health care, the southernmost state of Kerala has over the years been a source of envy for the other states of the Indian Union. But it has been leading the nation in yet another field?the growth of Islamic fundamentalism.    more >

Nepalis living in India celebrate the 93rd birth anniversary of B.P. Koirala
A thrust for democracy
By Arabinda Ghose

ON September 10, hundreds of Nepali-speaking living in Delhi, some of them from Nepal proper as also the State of Sikkim, celebrated the 93rd birth anniversary of the legendary leader Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, known to his numerous friends and admirers simply as ?BP?, at a function organised by the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Nepali Jan Sampark Samiti on the occasion of the concluding session of the two-day Antar-Rashtriya Nepali Sanskriti Sammelan.    more >

Intolerant ?secularists? versus Hindutva
By Shyam Khosla

ARE you a convert to Hinduism if you pray in temples and perform rituals, go to mosques to offer Namaz and celebrate the Eucharist with the same devotion? Can such a person continue to be a priest of the Church of England if he continues with his ?plural religious identity??    more >

Similar story: How differently media treated them!
FOC

EARLIER this week, a mob attacked and ransacked the Christian missionary-run Good Shepherd Convent in Pulwama, in Kashmir over the tearing of a poster by the school authorities, in which the word ?Allah? was written.    more >

Being Hindu is different in US than in India
Courtesy: Associated Press

NEW YORK : It took coming to America for 13-year-old Samyuktha Shivraj to understand what it really meant to her to be Hindu. Since she and her family came here five years ago, they have been more observant about practicing their faith then they were in India.    more >

TOWARDS A NEW FOOD POLICY
By Kamal Wadhwa

IT is indeed a cruel irony that despite India?s advent into the twenty-first century, millions of Indians still do not have access to a proper diet. more >

Vande Mataram
How Nehru torpedoed it?
By Ram Gopal

IT is very well known that, up to 1922, every Congress session commenced with the singing of Vande Mataram. Even during the ?Khilafat Movement? of 1920-21, a religion-political issue of the Muslim world, concerning Sultan of Turkey as the ?Khalifa?, it was sung both by Hindus and Muslims on the streets of India.    more >

Reports
Record crowd at the Parivartan Rally in Dehradun
Political situation in Uttaranchal favours BJP?Atal Behari Vajpayee
By Ravindra Saini

IT was the biggest political rally held in Dehradun after the formation of Uttaranchal State. It was for the first time that so many senior leaders of the BJP addressed the Parivartan Rally in the state. The former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee could not stop himself from commenting on the record crowd.    more >

Who are Jehovah?s Witnesses?
By Danny Haszard

I appreciate the article entitled ?Proselytisation: Is Congress a theological seminary?? by Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Organiser, dt. September 17, 2006) which says: ?...Similarly, a great nation like Russia does not allow even Catholic churches, Solvent Army and Jehovah?s Witness and other religious groups for conversion...?    more >

Thousands celebrate Hindu festival in Orange County
By David Reyes, Los Angeles Times

RARE Kumbha Mela ceremonies are held at UC Irvine to bring ?spiritual peace? to the world.

Thousands of Hindus gathered at UC Irvine during a rare Kumbha Mela, religious festival to help bring spiritual peace to devotees and to the world on the eve of Sept. 11.    more >

US security shock for Indian fliers
The new dress code?
By Arun Joshi, Jammu

AFTER the wrongful arrest of 12 Indians in the Netherlands recently comes the wrongful detention of two Indians in the US for questioning. They were stopped just 15 minutes to take-off and were let off two hours later. Consequently, they missed their flight.    more >

Naxals? claim of swelled up ranks a farce: Surrendered cadres
By Vivek Deshpande

NAXALITES over the past year have been adopting an intelligent redeployment strategy for deceiving the police giving them the impression that more members have joined their party?CPI (Maoists)?despite no additions in their ranks. This was revealed by some of the Naxalites, who surrendered recently.    more >

Media in action to save the ?saviour?
FOC

LUCKNOW: As usual, the whole pseudo-secular media joined their hands together to protect the conversion propaganda going on in Christian-managed schools aiming innocent Hindu kids.    more >

Continuity of shankha culture in Bharat
FOC

WHILE the finds of perforated shell beads in Skhul rock shelter in Israel point to the possible use of shell artifacts as jewellery, there is a remarkable continuity of shell industry of the Saraswati riverine, maritime civilization.    more >

NGOs, Activists and Foreign Funds: Anti-Nation Industry released
Make NGOs accountable?Narendra Modi
By Pramod Kumar

"IT should be mandatory for all NGOs to print their financial resources on their letterheads and the government too should help only those NGOs that generate some percentage of resources from the society.    more >

About the book
THE book is packed with data about some very well-known USA, UK and India-based NGOs and ?social activists? and human rights industrialists who receive extensive foreign support and it convincingly documents their anti-India agenda and their total lack of accountability.    more >

Cover Page

Obituary

Renowned scholar and senior
VHP leader K.K. Shastri is no more
FOC

NOTED educationist, leading literary person, Vedic scholar, founder member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and president of Gujarat VHP, Keshavram Kashiram Shastri passed away in Ahmedabad on September 9, 2006.    more >

Rural Economy

Timeless splendour of Orissa handloom in grave decline
By Sanjaya Jena

ORISSA?S glorious tradition of craftsmanship goes back to several centuries into history. The intricate motifs and the exquisite designs perfected by its master craftsman over generations have earned praise from connoisseurs and customers alike.    more >

Kerala Newsletter

Reports by S. Chandrasekhar

Vande Mataram reverberates in Kerala

The LDF minister quits on misbehaviour with woman co-passenger

Fatwa on Onam

The Moving Finger Writes

Seeing India in a new light
By M.V. Kamath

WHEN Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh released the UPA Government?s Report To The People (2004-2006 ) in the first week of July, hardly any newspaper took note of it. It is a record more of intentions than achievements and while that is fair enough?the Congress-led government at the Centre has hardly been in power for two years?it is unconvincing.    more >

Economy Matters

World-class Cities or Liveable Cities?
By Dr Parakala Prabhakar

URBAN infrastructure is riveting our policy-makers? attention. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has recently said that the Indian ?cities can no longer continue to develop in a haphazard manner?. He exhorted that the cities need to ?invest in world-class public infrastructure and improve quality of living?.    more >

Media Watch

Of takeovers and tie-ups
Narad

HOW many citizens, having their morning breakfast with a cup of coffee in the right hand and the day?s morning newspaper held somewhat precariously in the left, realise that developments in science and technology have changed the contours and colours of mass media and that the emergence of Internet and Blog sites has provided a new space for public opinion? more >

Kids? Org

Fruits of greed
By M.V. Kolhatkar

IN the holy city of Varanasi there lived a Brahmin. He knew a number of mantras. One such mantra was quite miraculous. If that mantra was uttered exactly at a certain moment when three stars attained a specific position, the person uttering the mantra would be showered with golden coins.    more >

World of Women

Missing daughters...
Fight female foeticide and ?son obsession?
By Dr Sharda Jain

INDIA?S total population on March 1, 2001 stood 1.03 billion. With this, India became the second country in the world, after China, to cross the one billion mark. The population of the country rose by 21.34 per cent between 1991 and 2001. What did not rose, but rather declined shockingly, was the child sex ratio.    more >

Focus on Mother Mother : You are finally getting your dues
By Dr Sharda Jain

MOTHERS in India as an individual, we owe a lot to her, but in reality she was daughter of somebody, then became a wife of somebody and finally the mother of somebody.    more >

Bookmark

The backward march
By M.V. Kamath

Falling over Backwards: An Essay Against Reservations and Against Judicial Populism: Arun Shourie; Rupa & Co.; 379 pp, Rs 495.00

ONE thing can be said of the author of this scholarly work: There is no one whether in the field of academia or media who can hold a candle to Arun Shourie when it comes to presenting a point of view, with facts and figures and an unassailable argument.    more >

A matter of attitude
By Manju Gupta

J.P. Vaswani: You can Make a Difference, 176 pp and It?s All a Matter of Attitude, Sterling Paperbacks, 160 pp, Rs 100 each
BOTH these books by J.P. Vaswani are a collection of inspiring stories which touch the heart and encourage us to become the catalyst in bringing about a change ? a change within us and change within others.    more >

A Report

Golden jubilee celebration of Sadhna
Our victory is certain as we are following the path of dharma?Mohan Bhagwat
FOC

Sadhna, the noted Gujarati weekly, has turned 50. Started in 1956 with the blessings of Shri Guruji, the second Sarsanghachalak of RSS, today it has 24,000 dedicated subscribers and lakhs of readers in 225 tehsils and 6,000 villages of Gujarat and other parts of the country.    more >

Newscape

Evangelical tourism in Kerala to promote conversion
From Our Correspondent

NOW the Kerala government takes an initiative to sponsor conversion in the state in the name of evangelical tourism. In order to woo the church and foreign missionaries, the Kerala government decided to list Manarcaud St Mary?s Cathedral in Kottayam as a pilgrim centre.    more >

Feedback

Inability to share means of production leads to poverty
By Amit Bhushan

POVERTY is the state of human subsistence where one finds oneself unable to fully participate in the process of production and fair trade, to earn suitable wages, enough to cover the cost of a healthy & hygienic living in a dignified way.    more >

Readers? Forum

Pyrrhic victory for US Hindus (Organiser, 17-9-2006)
Smt Sandhya Jain in her well intentioned but somewhat uninformed article on the California court ruling over the coverage of India and Hinduism in schools has missed the significance of the court ruling. I was in the United States when battle was raging and made several presentations. My impression of the mood and developments is at variance with Smt Jain?s.    more >




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