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February 28, 2010

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Vol. LX, No. 34, New Delhi, FEBRUARY 28, 2010

Gadkari’s clarion call
Country first, forget self and work to make India great

By A Special Representative

THE BJP chief, Nitin Gadkari has “diagnosed” the cause of many ills the party is facing — political aspirations of some senior leaders who have already got a lot from the party.

“The problems in the party are not because of grassroots workers but because of those who had benefited much. They will have to think whether their political career is important or party ideology and expansion of the organisation,” said Gadkari.    more >

Kushabhau Gram a complete village

THE makeshift venue of the conclave in the outskirts of Indore: The Kushabhau Thakre Gram was given a look of real village. Cows, goats, hens were near the Pyarelal Khandelwal auditorium, where national executive was in progress.    more >

Thinking Aloud
Manmohan is like Gerald Ford
By Dr Jay Dubashi

THERE was once a hapless US President, Gerald Ford, who followed Richard Nixon into the White House, of whom it was said that he couldn’t chew gum and walk at the same time. This is what his countrymen said about him. Actually, he was a good man who rarely chewed gum.    more >

Stop this pussy-footing
At least protect the people’s lives

THE gruesome killings of 13 innocent citizens in terror strike in Pune, Maharashtra, is overshadowed by the macabre murder of 25 jawans of Eastern Frontier Rifles and State Armed Forces of West Bengal, at Silda and 11 villagers at Jamuri in Bihar by Maoist terrorists.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes
Poverty leads to migration

By MV Kamath

WHAT the Shiv Sena and its upstart competitor, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena obviously do not realise is what damage they are doing to the good name of India in general and Maharashtra in particular by their obnoxious linguistic parochialism. There is no such thing as a city belonging to one particular community or group.    more >

Neighbour Watch
Beijing's obstinate stand on Tibet
The non-negotiations between Dharamsala and Beijing

By Madhuri Santanam Sondhi

THE intimate and complex relationship between India, China and Tibet has become international with globalisation. In the wake of the pre-Olympic and 60th anniversary of the takeover of Tibet unrest, talks between the Dalai Lama’s envoys and Beijing’s United    more >

Sangh Samachar

A mark of simplicity, devotion to work
From Deepak Kumar Rath in Indore

WHEN Nitin Gadkari entered the sprawling 92-acre Omax City named as Kushabhau Thakre Gram, he was welcomed by enthusiastic party workers in traditional attire.    more >

Protest in Delhi over award to blasphemous novel

THE activists of Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti, Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad, Hindu Manch, Rashtriya Sevika Samiti and many other organisations of Delhi stormed the Kamani Auditorium on February 16 when the Sahitya Academy organised a function to honour the controversial Telugu writer Dr Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad for his novel Draupadi.    more >

Create atmosphere of unity to develop harmony—RSS Sahsarkaryavah Suresh Soni
By Amba Charan Vashishth

Coordination and consensus hold the key to the solution of any problem or issue facing the country. Ekatam vision leads us to evolve a system which ushers in welfare of everyone and this will take the country out of the present conditions of conflict and disharmony, said the RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Suresh Soni.    more >

Our identity is our motherland: Indresh Kumar
From Our Correspondent

NAGPUR: “We are known in this world not by the religion we profess, nor by caste or creed but by our motherland”, said emphatically Shri Indresh Kumar, Member of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Nagpur.    more >

Kashmir’s Unceasing Secessionist Moves
By Dr TH Chowdary

THE Kashmir problem owes its origin to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who under the (sinister as it turned out) advice of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the first Governor General of Independent India (and the spell of Lady Pamela Mountbatten) took the case, much against the warning of Sardar Patel, to the United Nations, complaining that Pakistan committed aggression on India and seeking from the UN, the vacation of that aggression in 1947.    more >

Vishwa Mangal Gou Gram Yatra tours North-East
Makes an impact, gets good response

By Pramod Kumar

A section of the Vishwa Mangal Gou Gram yatra, which parted from the main yatra in Jalpaiguri, toured the north eastern states from December 19 to January 14. It not only visited thousands of villages of the region but also brought the people of various communities and Satradhikars together for the cause of cow and village protection.    more >

UPA to give amnesty for Kashmiri terrorists from PoK
Courtesy: Agencies

THE Centre is willing to grant amnesty to Kashmiri militants in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) who want to denounce militancy and join the mainstream, said Home Minister Shri P Chidambaram.    more >

Legal hurdles on Muslim quota
By Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay

KOLKATA: The State government is set to face a legal hurdle in implementing its decision for reservation of 10 per cent of government jobs for Muslim OBCs with the BJP saying it would move the court against the government’s decision.    more >

Lashkar eyeing Maldives as a base
Courtesy: PTI

AGAINST the backdrop of reports that Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Toiba is eyeing on the isolated islands in Maldives, India will soon ink an agreement with the southern neighbour to combat terror threats jointly.    more >

Rashtrarishi Sri Guruji
A comprehensive reference volume for nationalist thinkers

By Virag Pachpore

About the Book: Rashtrarishi Sri Guruji Shatabdi Visheshank, Publishers: Swadesh-Bhopal Group of Newspaper, Sri Radhika Prakashan Pvt. Ltd., Swadesh Bahvan, 26-A Press Complex,Maharana Pratap Nagar, Bhopal-426 011, Total pages 654, Price- Rs 1,500/- Price for educational institutions and libraries, Rs 1,100/-    more >

A secret secession move in progress?
Jammu leaders oppose Omar’s proposal to invite terrorists from PoK

From Khajuria S Kant in Jammu

AFTER the Union Government put a seal of approval on the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s amnesty to Kashmiri terrorists, who had crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), several Jammu-based political and social groups reacted sharply to the decision, threatening that initiation of such a move would invite massive protests in the region.    more >

Cow slaughter sends shockwave in Himachal
By Ajai Srivastava from Shimla

HIMACHAL Pradesh has always been proud of it age-old traditions of peace and communal harmony. No untoward incidents took place even during the days when fanatics were insisting to stop Hindus to perform karseva at the birthplace of Sri Ram at Ayodhya.    more >

Cover Page

Archaeological Survey of India
Selection of new chief kicks off a row

By Prof Dilip K Chakrabarti

THE websites of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and one of its subordinate offices, the Archaeological Survey of India, cannot be accused of attaching any special significance to archaeological research.    more >

News Analysis

By proxy, Omar is advancing the terrorists’ agenda
By Ajay Bharti

AFTER successfully terminating the practice of hoisting Tri-colour—the national flag—in Lal Chowk Srinagar, the ruling elite of Kashmir has turned its guns towards elimination of all other remaining symbols of resistance that ensured down fall of terrorist movement in Kashmir tagged as “Azadi”.    more >

Think It Over

Dharma and the Hindu State
By MSN Menon

HINDU India was never a great political force in the world. You may ask: why? Because India never gave any importance to the state.    more >

Kids’ Org

The kingdom of happiness
By Manju Gupta

ONE day King Krishnadeva Raya, Tenali Raman and some other courtiers were walking along the beach, enjoying the scenery. It was a pleasant afternoon and the king was savouring the moments spent in the company of his men and nature.    more >

A page from history

340th Shivaji Jayanti
He effectively challenged the foreign rule

By Achyut Railkar

SHIVAJI Jayanti is celebrated all over India, especially in Maharashtra with fervour on February 19. According to lunar calendar, he was born on Falgun Vadya Tritiya of Shaka year 1551 (this year it falls on March 3, 2010).    more >


Ideas to make India a superpower
By Manju Gupta
Superpowering India, Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyaya, Manas Publications, Pp 403, Rs 795.00

An insightful study of business in a connected world
By Ashish Joshi
Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone, Mitch Joel, Business Plus, Pp 288, Rs 450.00

The troubled North-East A good narrative
By Jayant Patel
Troubled Periphery: Crisis of India’s North-East, Subir Bhaumik, Sage Publications, Pp 307, Rs 595.00

A recall of the bloody anti-Sikh pogrom of Congress
By Lokesh Kumar
I Accuse…The Anti-Sikh Violence of 1984, Jarnail Singh, Penguin, Pp 165, Rs 350.00 (HB)

RC Dutt: A research volume
By Manju Gupta
An Indian for All Seasons: The Many Lives of R.C. Dutt, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Penguin Books, Pp 385.00, Rs 399.00 (PB)

A remarkable, engrossing work on the politics of climate change
By M V Kamath
Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic and Political Crises will Redraw the World Map, Cleo Paskal; Key Porter Books, Pp 288, $ 32.95 (HB)

A study of the conversion of Kashmir to Islam
A Muslim Missionary in Mediaeval Kashmir, Kashinath Pandit, Voice of India, Pp 294, Rs 350.00 (PB)

A woman terrorist as vicious and more
The Mother of Mohammed: A Woman’s Extraordinary Journey into Jihad, Sally Neighbour, Jaico Books, Pp 358, Rs 295.00 (PB)

Media Watch

The business of selling news space

THE issue of “paid news” is still very much alive in the media domain though it is The Hindu which has been giving it necessary publicity. The Editors Guild of India has asked the Election Commissioner to take strong action against both politicians and media persons who violate the disclosure norms of election expenditure ...    more >


Not soft, Bharat is the chosen target
By Dr Pravin Togadia

RECENTLY, there was a jehadi attack on Pune and the same cliché word was used to describe places like Pune, Bengaluru, Jaipur etc—that is “soft target”. Who used it? All political parties, governmental spokespersons, officers, pseudo-secular social thinkers and their friendly media. This is the basic blunder being done in tackling jehadi terrorism in Bharat. There is nothing like a soft or hard target here.    more >


Dismantle Devaswom Boards
State has no right to loot temple funds

By Ravi Varma

IT is high time to take up the following for the judicious consideration or rational analysis and sagacious judgment of Honable High Court of Kerala to decide as to whether in the context of the below-explained reasons,    more >

Open Forum

The Ranganath Misra Commission Report
A tool for vote bank politics

By Ram Nath Kovind

THE Ranganath Misra Report is not unanimous. The report recommends, amongst other things, 15 per cent reservation to minorities in education, Central and State Government jobs and social welfare schemes in the OBC quota.    more >

Readers’ Forum

Gujarat: A fascinating success story (Organiser, 6-12-2009);
14/3/1, Sribash Dutta Lane, Howrah

Today Gujarat is in a unique position and is miles ahead in all kinds of development and prosperity. The people are law abiding, disciplined, civilised and very capable to fly the national flag higher.    more >

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