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May 07, 2006
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Vol. LVII, No. 43, New Delhi, May 07, 2006

Monarch retreats, Maoists to the fore
By Shyam Khosla

The interim government has clearly articulated its view that renunciation of violence and decommissioning of arms are the pre-requisite of holding a free and fair election to a constitution assembly. That is as it should be. The international community, including the European Union, holds the same view.

The CPM that influences and sometimes dominates UPA Government?s policies is building pressure for the inclusion of Maoists in the interim government. Persuading Maoists to join the democratic stream is one thing, and to allow them to gatecrash into the power structure without giving up arms is quite another. In the event, democratic parties, weak and torn by internecine warfare as they are, may be helpless in the face of the Maoist. more >

Indian Marxists glee over Maoist ascent
Girija Prasad Koirala becomes Prime Minister once again
By Arabinda Ghose

Faced with the fearful prospect of Nepal being engulfed in a virtual civil war, King Gyanendra conceded at midnight on April 24 the demand of the agitating seven-party alliance (SPA) to restore the Pratinidhi Sabha?the lower House of the Parliament of Nepal?which was dissolved on May 22,2002 by him on the recommendation of the then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. more >

Supreme Court to the rescue of hapless Muslim women
Mullahs again confront apex court
By Bharata

Najma Bibi and Sheikh Sher Mohammad of Orissa?s Bhadrak district are the latest victims of the obnoxious and obsolete laws. The couple incurred the wrath of fundamentalist Islamic clerics after the husband pronounced triple talaq in a drunken state in 2003. However, on realising his ?terrible mistake? the very next morning, he decided to live with his wife and three children. more >

Controversy
National health or individual rights
By Bulbul Roy Mishra

Discrimination was found unacceptable by the judges as there was ?no nexus between this classification and object of the Act? i.e. ?to prevent dances which are obscene, vulgar or immoral and hence derogatory to dignity of the women?. more >

Editorial
Marad massacre and conspiracy of silence

The judicial commission set up to probe the Marad massacre (May 2003), has revealed what was till now only an apprehensive whisper. The politicians in Kerala, both the Congress and Communists have for long now been cultivating terrorist organisations, often funded from abroad for the Muslim vote-bank. more >

US-funded NGOs spreading disaffection
By Sandhya Jain

The American Academy for Religion (AAR) has sought data on the number of major Hindu temples in India that are patronized by caste Hindus and have ex-untouchable priests. This is doubly mischievous because if AAR means OBCs when it talks of ?caste Hindus? as opposed to upper caste Hindus. more >

Mafia: Alien and homespun
By Joginder Singh

The Mafia also dabbled in politics from the back door, unlike some Indian criminals, who openly use their clout for getting elected to the Parliament and state legislatures. It was determined by the leadership of the Sicilian Mafia that they would support the Christian Democratic Party and were accepted into the political organisation without any further discussion. These hoodlums won high praise for their actions. more >

Statescan

BJP may open account in Kerala assembly Palakkad and Manjeswaram in focus
By S. Chandrasekhar
BJP has been gaining tremendous strength in Palakkad for the past few years and Shri Rajagopal is Palakkad?s own son. While in the 1999 elections to the Lok Sabha BJP got 90,000 votes, in 2004 it increased to 1.50 lakh, winning 30,500 votes in the Palakkad assembly segment. more >

?I am here to win? ?O. Rajagopal
Interview to Organiser correspondent S. Chandrasekhar
Shri O. Rajagopal has just returned to his place of rest near the BJP district office in Harikkaran street in Palakkad Town after a gruelling campaign in the Kodumbu panchayat area of Palakkad constituency, which began at 6.00 am. more >

Sangh Samachar

SC warns: India is secular, behave
The Supreme Court on April 21 directed the Orissa government to provide police protection to a Muslim couple who were forced to separate after local clerics issued a fatwa that they were divorced even though they wanted to live together. more >

The nation is above religion
By N. Kunju

The impression created by the so-called secularists that the RSS was out to malign Islam and Muslim-baiting is its main occupation, was given the lie by Sarsanghchalak K.S. Sudarshan in his speech at the Sarvapanth Samadar Manch in Ajmer (Organiser, April 16, 2006). more >

Cosumers? protection law not effective
Consumer as victim of globalisation
By Sanjog Maheshwari

Twenty years and three Amending Acts later, the Consumer law has less bite and more cosmetic power. While certain provisions in the Amending Acts of 1991, 1993 and 2002 such as disposal of complaint and appeal within 90 days, establishment of branches and circuit courts,... more >

Indians in US protest Husain
By Narain Kataria

Husain is a Muslim by faith. In that case, what on earth prompts him to choose only Hindu Gods and Goddesses for such disgraceful and ridiculous portrayal. A protest demonstration was staged in front of Christie?s in New York City on March 30th where paintings of Mr. M.F. Husain were to be auctioned. The protesters represented Sanatan Sanstha, Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, Indian American Intellectuals Forum and some other organisations. more >

Journalistic excellence
There is a newspaper which sells news. One can purchase news space in the columns of the paper and the reader would not know whether he or she is reading authentic news or a paid advertisement, posing as news. And that is the tragedy. more >

Muller?s theory not true
BBC admits Aryan Invasion was a myth
By Arabinda Ghose

Ever since the German philosopher Max Muller had propounded the theory that the Aryans were not indigenous Indians and had actually come from outside, probably Central Asia, the whole world believed in it. Even eminent Indian historians had religiously given credence to this theory and Muller?s assertion that the Vedas were composed sometime during 1500 BCE or later. more >

Malaysia demolishes century-old Hindu temple
AFP

Malaysian authorities have demolished a century-old Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur on April 21, while bulldozing the building the devotees cried and begged them to stop. The Malaimel Sri Selva Kaliamman Temple was reduced to rubble after Kuala Lumpur?s city hall sent in bulldozers, said Hindu groups. more >

Oriya swayamsevaks in Delhi celebrate Shri Guruji's birth centenary
A pledge to follow Guruji's ideal
By Shiv Narayan Singh

NEW DELHI: ?Be it assimilation with grand Indian ethos or the message of social harmony, the culture and traditions of Orissa find an echo in RSS ideology.? This assertion was made by Shri Mohini Mohan Mishra, all India Secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, who was speaking as the chief speaker at Shri Guruji Janmashatabdi Samaroh celebrated by Oriya swayamsevaks of Delhi at Saraswati Bal Mandir, Nehru Nagar, on April 22, 2006. more >

At Random

- Rambler

India-centric posture
In recent months, Pakistan?s President General Pervez Musharraf has repeatedly stated that Pakistan?s foreign policy is not India-centric. But does this talk jibe with his actions? more >

Biological resources
Following a decision taken at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Brazil recently, governments around the globe could be forced to make information on biological resources openly available.
more >

Irrelevance of patents
Patents are ?irrelevant? to products needed to address neglected diseases, as they simultaneously increase prices and raise obstacles to innovation. more >

Religion

Adi Shankaracharya?s 2,515th birth anniversary falls on May 2
Adi Shankara and Hindu revival
By Swami Gyananand Saraswati

Adi Shankara provided the divine light of enlightenment to the people of India, especially at a time when they were badly mired in the narrow confines of regionalism, orthodoxy, weakness, sectarianism and excessive ritualism. more >

Man-making religion
By M.D. Kini

Any religion which encourages or ensures every man to be his best self is a religion of man. This religion has to recognise the uniqueness of man and provide him opportunities to grow in every possible way?materially as well as spiritually. more >

Agenda

The response of Hindu organisations to divisive challenge
By Shankar Saran

The bigger picture of anti-Hindu secularism could not emerge out of the protests. On such occasions, immediate conferring with Hindu observers, thinkers and distinguished persons in every sphere would be immensely helpful. more >

Money Matters

Rigging share prices is easy!
By Ashok T. Jaisinghani

The share price index of the Bombay Stock Exchange, SENSEX, has crossed the 12,000 mark. The way the SENSEX is shooting up, it can even be taken to the 20,000 mark in a few months. more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Naxalism and the poor, the lowly and the lost
By M.V. Kamath

The general causes for the fast spread of Naxalism are the failure of land reforms, the plight of poor peasants and Vanvasis, lack of participative development and alienation of Vanvasis towards sarkari development which has dispossessed them of their land and livelihood. more >

Bookmark

Birds of different feather brought together
By Vaidehi Nathan

Amano Samarpan: Birds of India; Wisdom Tree, 4779/23, Ansari Road, Darya Ganj, New Delhil; pp. 160, Rs. 395.00 more >

Tales from Sri Lanka
Manel Ratnatunga: Tales from Sri Lanka, Folk and History; Sterling Paperbacks, A-59, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase II, New Delhi-110 020; pp. 205; Rs 250.00 more >

A good reference book
By Manju Gupta

S.B. Bhattacharje: Encyclopaedia of Indian Events & Dates, Sterling Paperbacks, 153 pp, Rs 300.00  more >

Kids' Org

Yudhishthira?s justice
By M.V. Kolhatkar

Yudhishthira was ruling Hastinapur. Peace prevailed everywhere. One morning a unique suit appeared in the royal court for justice. Yudhishthira was puzzled. He did not know how to do the justice. more >

Think it over

Caste as oppression in India
By M.S.N. Menon

Was oppression of weaker section so terrible? Yes, it was. But not half as terrible as the oppression meted out by Rome and Greece to their peoples, or by Christianity and Islam to humanity. more >

India That is Bharat

To live and unlearn
Satiricus

Reading that defining dogma of communism?Religion is an opiate of the masses. Well, not any more?not for the Chinese communist masses. For not only are growing numbers of Chinese returning to the Buddhist religion, but the first ever officially sponsored religions conference in Communist China, called the World Buddhist Forum, has also been held the other day. more >

Health Watch

Childhood and adolescent anaemia in India
By Dr Sharda Jain
Six decades after national independence, we have yet to free children and adolescents from malnutrition and anaemia. Even the dance bar controversy continues to engage media, public, government and honorable High Court attention, but tragic tale of rampant anaemia of our children and adolescents has gone unnoticed by the Indian media. more >

Opinion

The myth and truth of Godhra
By Arvind Lavakare

Since no ?secularist? or ?liberal? or ?objective? person ever challenged the above sets of figures, some questions arise: Who killed 200-odd Hindus so early in those riots? Was it the police or the Hindus themselves? And what made those 40,000 Hindus rush to relief camps? Was it fear of Hindu mob violence, rape, arson and murder? more >

Readers? Forum

Hindu attributes:

Intolerant, insensitive and communal?a Hindu is all of the three rolled into one. I am a Hindu at that. So far so good! A Hindu is a Hindu only because he or she unequivocally and with full intellectual commitment rejects the notion of ?only my God? of monotheists. Hence, the Hindus exhibit uncompromising religious intolerance in not accepting such exclusive belief systems. more >




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