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May 10, 2009




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Vol. LX, No. 44, New Delhi, May 10, 2009

NDA the front-runner, BJP to emerge the largest party
Congress faces rout in home turf

By R Balashankar

THE Indian voter has always been bountiful to the underdog. He hates to miss an opportunity to punish the haughty establishment that takes him for granted. He is not enticed or misled by propaganda, which money can buy. The Congress and its track-II campaigners in the media predicted an easy win for the incumbents even before the first vote was cast. After three rounds of the Lok Sabha poll it is an entirely different story.

At Rs. 35 for a kilo of rice, Rs. 30 for a kilo of sugar, Rs. 25 for wheat flour, Rs. 80 for pulses, edible oil at Rs. 120 per litre, and vegetable items at Rs 40 to 80 for a kilo, depending on ones taste, it is not easy for the ruling party to win an election. more >

PM has buckled under Sonia Gandhi?s pressure
By LK Advani

I have seen in Indian Express the lead report titled ?In last days of Congress-led government, Ottavio Quattrocchi is off CBI?s wanted list?. It states that the ?Attorney General calls Red Corner Notice against Italian businessman an ?embarrassment?, says ?cannot remain in force forever?.? more >

Thinking Aloud
Indian Multinational Congress
By Dr. Jay Dubashi

THE Congress party is sinking! Long live the Congress! I am, of course, referring to Indian National Congress, the venerable 125-year old institution now on its death-bed. The question, however, remains: did it just collapse, or was it hammered, as you destroy an old beast who refuses to lie down and breathe his last? more >

Editorial
Congress Bureau of Investigation

CONGRESS has built institutions, used them to its advantage whenever it chose and destroyed them whenever it found them inconvenient. But for the interregnum of the Janata Party in 1977, VP Singh government in 1989 and the NDA in 1998, Indian democracy would have taken a different shape, had Congress been in power uninterrupted. Perhaps, we would have been a banana republic. more >

The CBI strategy is to help the Italian?Arun Jaitley

THE CBI under advice from the Attorney General of India has withdrawn the Red Corner Notice against Ottavio Quattrocchi, an accused in the Bofors bribery case. This action of the CBI is clearly at the behest of the political establishment and at the cost of its own credibility. more >

Poll scene in Uttarakhand
BJP will gain in direct fight

By Ravindra Saini

IT is direct fight between the BJP and the Congress in Uttarakhand. Though the SP, BSP and UKD candidates are also in the fray at all the seats, they are not in a position to even register their effective presence. more >

Sangh Samachar

Banabhatta: Litterateur of yore
By Ratnadeep Banerji

THE genre of biography was enunciated by Bana. Harshacharita sprang out to be the first ever biography of its sort in Classical Sanskrit literature at least two thousand years old. This stands out a maiden attempt in Indian literature at historiography. more >

Looking beyond recession:
Strategies for India Inc.

By Priyank Azad

THE adverse effects of the ongoing slowdown have affected all the sectors of the Indian economy. Retail, FMCG, Information technology, Telecommunication, tourism etc, have witnessed terrible times in the recent days. more >

Congress-JD(S) plot to destabilise Karnataka BJP government
By Ramchandra Gowda

THE Congress and the Janata Dal (S) have entered into a diabolical plot to get the BJP government in Karnataka dismissed in the event of a non-BJP government coming to power at the Centre in the elections. Leftists too are co-partners in this sinister design. more >

To define a Hindu
By NK Ramachandran

I say all people on our planet earth are Hindus, irrespective of their desire to be called Hindus. How can that be? Here is the answer. more >

Bookmark
Book Reviews by Manju Gupta

How safe is investing in India
Investing in India?s Emerging Resilience, Sivaprakasam Sivakumar, Macmillan India Ltd, pp 242, Rs 325.00

A conspiracy to divide people
Sachar Committee Report: Conspiracy to Divide the Nation?, Bharateeya Vichar Manch, pp 215, Rs 200.00

A fascinating study of dreams
The Indian Night: Sleep and Dreams in Indian Culture, Claudine Bautze-Picron (ed.), Rupa & Co., pp 661, Rs 395.00

Memoirs of a famous judge
Rule Of The Heart: The Justice of Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari; Sheshrao Chavan; Published by Global Indian Foundation, Singapore, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti and Institute of Gandhian Studies; Pp 363, Rs 595.00

COVER PAGE

INVESTIGATION

UPA?s hoax on job reservations
By Naresh Minocha

Jobs in government are being outsourced even as UPA goes on announcing reservation for fresh categories more >

Opinion

UPA is undermining India
Forget super power they want to enslave India

By MD Nalapat

FROM an emerging superpower, India is slipping back into the period when the inhabitants of this country were under the tutelage of other countries. more >

The Moving Finger Writes

Pakistan: Another historical turn likely
By MV Kamath

PRIME Minister Dr Manmohan Singh assures us that the nuclear weapons in Pakistan are in safe hands. We will have to take him at his word, remembering that Pakistan has over 100 nuclear weapons. more >

Think It Over

Sound in the life of the Hindus
By MSN Menon

SOUND has fascinated the Hindus from times we know. Sound is the child of space and space is the Ultimate Reality in the Universe. And space is God?Shiva. more >

News Analysis

Advani is ahead in race to 7, Race Course
By Shyam Khosla

NATIONAL Democratic Alliance having done better than other alliances in the first three phases of polling, BJP is now set to emerge as the single largest party and NDA as the largest alliance in the 15th Lok Sabha. more >

Media Watch

Scoop and media awards
THE Bengaluru edition of The Times of India (April 15) carried as the second lead on the front page a remarkable scoop for which it deserves to be congratulated. more >

Kids? Org

The blink of an eye
By Manju Gupta

MITHILA was ruled by King Nimi, who was growing on in years and who feared dying out of old age and looking ugly. So he called his priests and asked what he could do to become immortal. more >

Play & Learn
Knife Painting

Health Watch

Overcoming obesity
Guidelines for women and girls

By Dr Sharda Jain

GLOBALLY, there are more than one billion overweight adults and at least 300 million of them are obese. more >

Perspective

People expect permanent cure not painkiller
By V Shanmuganathan

THE noted political analyst, Cho Ramaswami, of Chennai, while replying to a question, as to who can be a better Prime Minister, LK Advani or Dr Manmohan Singh, said, ?My vote is for LK Advani whereas Manmohan Singh can be a good personal assistant to PM.? more >

Open Forum

What they teach in madrasas
By CK Mohan

THE decision of the Congress-UPA government to make madrasa education equivalent to C.B.S.E, was strangely taken just after it was officially reported to it, about the incident in which some Muslim youths of Kerala, who were killed in an encounter with the Indian security forces in Kashmir, actually belonged to a group, that went to the madrasas of Hydrabad and Ahmedabad, for higher studies in religious education. more >

Feedback

Madrasas: CBSE equivalence a ploy
By Nithin Sridhar

THE Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is ready to give recognition to madrasa certificates thus making them equivalent to those issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). This recommendation was made by the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee, appointed by the ministry to review the status of the minorities. more >

Readers? Forum

Western duplicity:
?KEN WESTMORELAND, kmfwestmoreland@gmail.com

An Indian response (Organiser, 26-4-2009); Dear Dr Kunal Ghosh, why don?t you stick to commenting on matters about which you are well informed, such as aeronautics, rather than those about which you are totally ignorant, such as East Timor? I find it utterly pathetic that you should seek to equate support for East Timor?s struggle for self-determination as being ?Western-Christianity-Judaism-Kinship?. more >




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