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March 18, 2007
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Vol. LVIII, No. 36, New Delhi, March 18, 2007

Hindus in Malaysia approach UN for help
Wanton demolitions of thousands of minority temples traumatize Hindus.

By R. Balashankar

FOR the Hindus in Malaysia, life has become a hell. The local administrations in Malaysia with the covert support of the federal government are systematically demolishing Hindu temples. In the last 20 months the situation has become so intolerable that the Hindu organisations in Malaysia have appealed to the UN and other international agencies for the first time, seeking intervention.

According to a conservative estimate, 10,000 temples have been demolished since 1985. Though the Hindu Tamils form 15 per cent of the population, they do not enjoy and exercise any political right unlike the minorities in India.    more >

A toss between BJP, SP and BSP

By K.G. Suresh

BIG B is a great actor. In fact, the greatest actor of the millennium, according to a BBC poll. And when he waxes eloquently on television channels about Uttar Pradesh being a paradise on earth, even his die-hard fans in his own native state know he is doing what he is best known for?acting.    more >

A CPM face-off with truth
By Udayan Namboodiri

ON Friday, February 23, a Division Bench of Calcutta High Court, comprising Acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice K. K. Prasad, came out with a strongly-worded interim order on a writ petition filed by the All India Legal Aid Forum in the matter of the West Bengal?s acquisition of farmers? land in Singur for the Tata?s small car project.    more >

Stop this communal carnival
Author Name Comes here

CONGRESS and its allies have not learnt any lesson from the drubbing they got in Punjab, Uttarakhand and the civic polls across the country in recent months. They are cynically encouraging the revival of Muslim separatism and segregation of that community from the national mainstream.    more >

Let an expert body explore on finishing project without damaging Ram Setu

RSS Sarsanghachalak, Shri K.S. Sudarshan, and Sarkaryavah, Shri Mohan Bhagwat have jointly appealed to the Government of India to immediately stop the work on Setu Samudram Ship Channel Project near Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and appoint a committee to explore the possibility of finishing the project without destroying the Ram Setu.    more >

Bias of Delhi government on RSS
By Pramod Kumar

GOVERNMENT has different rules for different people or communities. When a Moharram procession, in which processionists carrying open swords and other weapons in hands, is taken out, the government not only grants prior permission but also provides full security.    more >

News With a View

Know America if you want to be a citizen
By Vaidehi Nathan

PEOPLE aspiring to become citizens of America need to brush up their general knowledge on the country. Under the revised citizenship test, aspirants would be asked questions that may stump the person.    more >

NDA takes care, UPA pays lip service
By Lokpal Sethi in Jaipur

THERE is a sharp contrast in approach of NDA and UPA government to take care the interests of farmers. Where as NDA government was out and out to safeguard the interests of the farmer community, the UPA government hardly bothered pay heed to the farmers pligh    more >

Sangh Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha meeting in Lucknow

THE Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (General Council Meeting) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh will meet in Lucknow from March 9 to 11. Besides the Sangh functionaries up to the regional level, this meeting will also be attended by senior functionaries from Sangh-inspired organisations including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharatiya Janata Party, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, etc.    more >

Silence of the Signora
By Sandhya Jain

TRUE to type, Congress president Ms. Sonia Gandhi avoided responsibility for the party?s inadequate performance in the Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand, and even Manipur, where it is leading a motley coalition.    more >

Kerala Passport in court, Hilal in Bahrain; Marad suspect disappears

THE Judicial Commission which probed the brutal and savage massacre of eight Hindu fisher-brethren in Marad on May 2, 2003, had pointed a needle of suspicion on Hilal Mohammed, an NRI, for having funded the carnage. Hilal Mohammed, nicknamed as ?FM? Finance Minister is close to IUML (Muslim League), NDF and other communal outfits.    more >

Army warns of ISI threat

THE Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, IB, RAW and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan have been warning Kerala of ISI backed Islamic militant outfits operating in various places in the state. But unmindful of the fire play both the LDF and UDF have been pampering to the militants? for vote banks.    more >

Conservative Estimates
The myth of empowerment

By Ravi Shanker Kapoor

WITH Leftwing influence spreading like a plague in the country, many dangerous ideals are being ardently promoted by the intellectual class?the ideals whose virtues are imaginary rather than real or even apparent. One such ideal is empowerment.    more >

National conference of AICOSMIA

ALL India Confederation of Small and Micro Industries Associations (AICOSMIA) organised a national conference on SSI growth and competitiveness in New Delhi on February 27.    more >

Lakshmibai Shakti Punj inaugurated in Indirapuram
From Dr Balram Misra

THE rapidly developing township of Indirapuram (district Ghaziabad, U.P.) gets the distinction of being the first place in U. P. to have a branch of Shakti Punj (literally meaning a multitude of prowess) which is an outfit of the Sainya Matri Shakti, an all-India organisation affiliated to the Akhil Bharateeya Poorva Sainik Sewa Parishad (ABPSSP).    more >

Nationalist moorings of Naga society

This is an extract from the speech by Sushri Aning Zeliang at the 3rd World Hindu Conference, Kumbha Mela, Prayag    more >

Hindus under Muslim rule in CPM West Bengal
By Animitra Chakraborty

WHAT is the status of the Hindus in India itself? In Jammu & Kashmir not only the non-Muslims were brutally evicted from Kashmir and forced to live as refugees in their own country, recently Shariat law was about to be implement in the whole of the state.    more >

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PDP demand for demilitarization, a Pak design
From Khajuria S. Kant in Jammu

FOR Mufti and its party PDP, demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir may be an issue to appease a particular section in the State and a part of vote bank politics but Pakistan?s insistenance for troops withdrawal from Kashmir as a pre-condition for talks with India is a well planned design of another Partition of the State on religious lines.    more >


Insult of the wonder language
Modern day mandarins scoff at Sanskrit even as they promote Persian, Urdu and Arabic
By Dr. Indulata Das

"SANSKRIT is the greatest language of the world? said Max Muller. Sri Aurobindo said ?Sanskrit language, as has been universally recognised by those competent to form a judgment, is one of the most magnificent literary instrument developed by the human mind?.    more >

Media Watch

Days and times of great editors

THE Time of India (February 24) did itself proud by devoting the entire editorial page of the day to the life and times of Sham Lal, its longest?serving editor (1967-1978) who passed away a day earlier.    more >

Interview of the Week

Impact of Shri Guruji birth centenary celebrations
RSS mass base strengthened?A. Gopalakrishnan

The Sangh successfully organised mass awareness programmes like Rashtra Raksha Sanchalan of Ghosh Vadaks, national seminars and Hindu Mahamelas, during the birth centenary celebrations of Shri Guruji.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Wanted: A true Gandhian leadership

THERE is something pathetic in the way Mahatma Gandhi is remembered today by a spineless Congress.    more >

Think It Over

Shankara: Why is he India?s greatest philosopher?
By M.S.N. Menon

BECAUSE he reflects, as no other son of India, the quintessence of the Hindu outlook. He was not partisan like Ramanuja and Madhava.    more >


Congress threat to press freedom
Government and ULFA try to muzzle NE Television
By Nava Thakuria in Guwahati

IT may be the first incident in India, where a TV channel faces wrath from two opposite poles, the government and a banned outfit, simultaneously.    more >


Don?t sit under the tree!
By M.V. Kamath
Beware Falling Coconuts: Perspectives of India by a BBC producer; Adam Clapham; Foreword by Mark Tully; Illustrated by Mario Miranda; Rupa & Co, pp 271, Rs 295

Atalji?s selected poems
By Manju Gupta
Atal Behari Vajpayee: Chuni Hui Kavitaein (Hindi), Prabhat Prakashan, pp 134, Rs 150.00


UPA clueless on price rise
By Dr Ashwani Mahajan

COMMON man (Aam aadmi) is crushed by inflation and has shown his anger by turning UPA out of power in Punjab and Uttaranchal.    more >

Kids? Org

Kith and Kin
By M.V. Kolhatkar

SAGE Chidananda had his hermitage in Naimisharanya. Abhijit was one of his disciples. Abhijit completed full term of training in celibacy discipline called brahmacharyashram.    more >

Play & Learn


Pakistan at its old game again?
By Wing Commander (Retd.) Ravindra Parasnis

GENERAL Musharraf is a tough commando and a brilliant tactician, but he appears to be a poor strategist like most Pakistani Generals. During the 1971 Bangladesh war his own performance and that of many a junior officers of that time was high class but Pakistan lost the war in too short a time due to poor strategy.    more >

Open Forum

Stop Setu Project, save South India
Setusamudram Project and impending tsunami devastation
By Dr. S. Kalyanaraman

SETUSAMUDRAM Project has been put on fast track, with little concern for detailed impact analyses on lives of coastal people and the imperative of continuous dredging operations to operate the channel.    more >

Readers? Forum

The Buddha marches on:
?M.S.N. MENON, Mayur Vihar, Delhi

Perhaps nothing fascinates me as the life of the Buddha. So one of the first things I did when I went to Canada in Richmond, Vancouver recently was to study the march of the two religions?Hinduism and Buddhism?in the West. And what did I find? The Buddhists are as divided as ever in their history.    more >

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