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  • Mystery madrassa evokes awe
    • by Manjari Mishra & Binay Singh
      The tall, stately structure in pristine white with its imposing domes and minarets springing out of paddy fields on Azamgarh - Varanasi highway looks surreal. But the fact is Madrassa Jamia Islamia in Brinda Bazar has always evoked the curiosity of the passersby. In neigbouring village, Thanauli Muzaffarpur, 25 km from the district headquarters, the madrassa inspires awe if not fear. .....
  • Homegrown, yes, but ISI inspired
    • by KPS Gill
      Much is now being made of the 'indigenisation' of Islamist extremism and terrorism in India as purportedly opposed to the earlier Pakistan-backed terrorist activities. It is crucial, at this juncture, to scotch emerging misconceptions on this count. .....
  • Muslim ire puts Congress in fix
    • by The Pioneer
      As major Muslim outfits turn the heat on the Congress for police action against the Delhi blasts accused, a jittery UPA is bending over backwards to convince them of its "secular" credentials. .....
  • Speak out and say yes to unity
    • by Tarun Vijay
      Do we get bad leaders in spite of having good people? If our people are great, why do we have leaders who fail? Where are the people if the leaders are not doing what we think they should be doing? .....
  • Not at all in good faith
    • by Swapan Dasgupta
      It is the avowed intention of "good politics" to separate the individual from the issue. Unfortunately, despite my best endeavours I have been unable to disentangle Professor Mushirul Hasan, the harried vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, from the storm that has engulfed India's Muslims. .....
  • Bishop, mend thyself! - On Dalit Christians
    • by Joseph Pulikkunnel
      Shri Joseph Pulikkunnel, the eminent scholar and Director of Indian Institute of Christian Studies, is known for his maverick views on social issues especially those pertaining to Christianity. He has sent us a copy of his "Open Letter to the Protesting Bishops". In this letter he unveils the duplicity of Bishops and the chemistry behind their demand for reservations for the so-called Dalit Christians. .....
  • An internal battle wages in the Church
    • by Priyanka P. Narain
      When Father William Premdas Chaudhary, the only Dalit priest in the Delhi archdiocese, began highlighting the plight of his community three years ago, his parish was taken away from him. .....
  • 5 Bangla nationals among 9 detained
    • by Jehangir Ali and Rashant Pandey
      The Delhi police has detained nine people, including five suspected Bangladeshi nationals, for questioning in connection with the Mehrauli blast. The five men were picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport by the special staff of south district police, barely a few hours after the blast. .....
  • In India, Lessons on Yoga and on Life
    • by Kyle Jarrard
      The first sound in the morning is crows, right at 5. Then we hear waves off the Bay of Bengal slapping the shore. In the garden, a man meditates while walking quickly over the lawn of the ashram guesthouse in the dark. Along the shore, other men pace the beach in the silver jetty light. Fishing boat lanterns like stars ride the black sea south to north. .....
  • A pastor, a widow and seedy designs
    • by Hemanth Kashyap and M K Ashoka
      The 'sex scam' that rocked the city on Thursday has taken an intriguing twist with the victim charging the pastor with secretly filming her sexual acts and selling the tapes to foreigners. .....
  • Cops had SIMI email intercepts in 2001
    • by Paul John
      The Surat SIMI conference, it is believed, was organized by an assistant professor in Jodhpur University, Abdulhai Abdulsattar Silavat, with two others whose names are still not known. The prime objective of this meet was the recruitment of Muslim youth after the ban was imposed in September 2001. .....
  • Sanskrit boulevard
    • by Aditya Ghosh
      Prem Narayan Chauhan pats his oxen, pushing them to go a little faster. Ziighrataram, ziighrataram chalanti, he urges them. The animals respond to their master's call, picking up pace on the muddy path that leads to his 10-acre cornfield. .....
  • Why Islamisation of Kashmir? J&K will remain part of India
    • by M. V. Kamath
      In an unprecedented development the Jammu & Kashmir Government permitted on July 18 a massive pro-Pakistan meeting in the heart of Srinagar held by known Islamists, ignoring warnings from India's Intelligence Services that such a step could lead to a disempowerment of state authority. .....
  • Insulting Justice Nanavati
    • by The Pioneer
      In rejecting the Justice GT Nanavati Commission report that inquired into the Sabarmati Express fire at Godhra and the violence that followed in Gujarat in February-March 2002, the Congress and its UPA allies, as also the Left, have acted with expected cussedness. The Congress has described the report as a "murder of democracy". .....
  • Amir Reza Khan's fingerprint in terror attacks
    • by Caesar Mandal
      The terror trail has taken a sudden swerve towards Kolkata, with police and intelligence agencies coming across a familiar name - Amir Reza Khan, who is said to have played a key role in the recent serial blasts. Amir - suspected to be a key functionary of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) - may be living in Pakistan now, but he hails from a dingy lane in Kolkata's eastern fringes. .....
  • Indian secularism: Innocent Simi, but a communal VHP
    • by Balbir K. Punj
      The recent serial bomb blasts across the country have got the "secularists" busy in building smoke screens, raising red herrings and finding scapegoats - all to save the real culprits. The terror machine in India has two faces: The "underground" one which plans and executes the violent operations, while the "over ground" face hides behind masks of human rights, social activists and NGOs and operates under a common brand name of "secularism". .....
  • 5 held for distributing provocative pamphlets
    • by The Times of India
      Five staff of a school in Chennai, including its principal, have been arrested for distributing pamphlets "propagating" Christianity and "degrading" Hindu gods in the city following complaints by the BJP and Hindu Makkal activists. .....
  • India 'must not show weakness to China'
    • by David Blair
      India's defence ministry occupies the soaring colonnades of the Secretariat Building, an imposing legacy of the British Raj in the heart of New Delhi. .....
  • The Beam In Your Eye
    • by M. V. Kamath
      I have often wondered whether Christians realise how much offence their missionaries give to non-Christians in India, mainly Hindus, by their activities. .....
  • Muslim leader says 150 plant workers fired
    • by MSNBC.com
      About 150 Muslims were fired from a Grand Island, Neb., meatpacking plant that has been embroiled in a prayer dispute, a Somali-American leader said Friday. .....
  • Jamia hostage to jihad
    • by The Pioneer
      After denying any links with any of the suspected terrorists arrested by the police for the Delhi bombings of September 13, Jamia Milia Islamia, the denominational university that neighbours the Jamia Nagar ghetto where the Indian Mujahideen module was based, has finally been forced to admit it was wrong. .....
  • Advani demands conversion debate
    • by The Telegraph
      Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha L.K. Advani today called for a national debate on religious conversion, even as he rejected the idea of imposing a ban on conversion. .....
  • SIMI man running show from Pak
    • by S Ahmed Ali
      Roshan Khan, who is supposed to be guiding IM operatives from his base in Pakistan, is believed to be the same Riyaz Bhatkal whose name figures in the twin Gateway of India and Kalbadevi blasts of 2003. .....
  • Conversions are religious intolerance
    • by Virendra Parekh
      As anti-missionary (not anti-Christian) violence is reported from some parts of the country, we are once again witnessing the familiar charade of public debate. A government that showed stoic indifference to a series of terrorist acts that killed dozens in several Indian cities; stayed mute when fanatic mobs desecrated the Tricolour on the Independence Day; is alarmed by reported on churches in Orissa, Karnataka, and Kerala. .....
  • SIMI: The Open And Hidden Faces Of Indian Jihad
    • by Maloy Krishna Dhar
      History is not the graveyard of the past. It is the mother of present and womb for the future. Most current event analysers tend to disregard the history and fail to link the present with the past. The same mistakes are being committed by certain section of the media which claims to be the fathers of sting-journalism. Small people attempting to paint a sinner as saint commit colossal mistakes. .....
  • BJP sniffs 'dirty game'
    • by Sanjay K. Jha
      The BJP plans to highlight the "vindictive" Centre's double standards and "dirty game" for its warning to party-ruled Orissa and Karnataka under Article 355. .....
  • Pages From History: The Ruin That Britain Wrought
    • by Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy
      The ruin that Britain wrought' is the title of a book authored by Kulapati K.M. Munshi, the founder of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and a great visionary of pre-and post-independent India. .....
  • Uttar Pradesh biggest terror hub after J&K
    • by Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui
      Every time a deadly bomb goes off in some part of India and the police begin to investigate, the road to suspects invariably leads to Uttar Pradesh, fast emerging as the biggest terror hub in the country after Jammu & Kashmir. Of the 54 major terror strikes in the country since 2000, at least 45 had a direct link with UP, which itself was rattled by 14 blasts. .....
  • Spies Warn That Al Qaeda Aims for October Surprise
    • by Eli Lake
      In the aftermath of two major terrorist attacks on Western targets, America's counterterrorism community is warning that Al Qaeda may launch more overseas operations to influence the presidential elections in November. .....
  • Why are they hurting Hindu sentiments?
    • by Bhavanishankar
      Chief Minister, Shri B.S. Yeddyurappa-a quintessential politician with keen acumen-was quick to realise that it could be the mischief of the Opposition parties and vested interests were trying to engineer a crisis in order to seek his government's dismissal on the grounds of collapse of law and order machinery in the state. .....
  • Indian Mujahideen men nabbed in Mumbai
    • by The Hindu
      The Mumbai police have arrested five suspected members of the Indian Mujahideen. While Afzal Mutalib Usmani (32) was arrested from Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Saddik Shaikh (31), Mohammed Arif Shaikh (38), Mohammed Zakir Shaikh (28) and Mohammed Ansar Shaikh were apprehended from their Mumbai residences on Tuesday night. .....
  • Grim tales
    • by India Today
      Terror strikes across the country leaving a trail of shattered homes, broken spirits and victims floating in a forgotten limbo. They are left to pick up the pieces, long after the spotlights have dimmed and the VIP visitors moved on. .....
  • Madurai Bishop faces flak for 'usurping' college
    • by Sam Daniel
      It is being seen as a coup of sorts by a bishop. The administration of the 128-year-old American College in Madurai has allegedly been taken over illegally by the bishop. .....
  • Jamia University to defend students held on terror charges
    • by Rediff.com
      Within hours of suspending two students who were arrested in connection with the Delhi serial blasts, Jamia Millia Islamia University Vice Chancellor Mushirul Hassan declared on Monday night that the university would defend its students in court. .....
  • Terror strikes Delhi again
    • by Pramod Kumar
      The five serial blasts in Delhi on September 13 left over 25 dead and over 100 injured at three places-Gaffar Market, Greater Kailash Market and two places in Connaught Place including Barakhamba Road and Palika Bazar. Four live bombs were defused in Connaught Place and India Gate areas. .....
  • Life goes on, but Mumbai's gut is uneasy
    • by Mansi Choksi
      Hyderabad. Jaipur. Bangalore. Ahmedabad. Delhi. Mumbai, which has probably been hit harder by terror than any other Indian city, has this time around, watched in silence as bomb blasts killed and maimed ordinary people in other metros. Though the city continues to go to work, college and school, it continues to shop and go to the cinema, the city's gut is uneasy. .....
  • Dawood's Link to A'bad Blasts
    • by Deeptiman Tiwary and Vijay Zala
      In what could be the first indication of an underworld connection to the recent blasts in Ahmedabad and Delhi, suspects have reportedly told Gujarat police that they were in touch with Rasool Parti, prime accused in the 2003 murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in Ahmedabad. .....
  • Godhra maulvi was mastermind, says panel
    • by The Times of India
      The Justice Nanavati panel which investigated the Godhra train fire relied mainly on the investigations of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and headed by IGP Rakesh Asthana. .....
  • Controversy
    • by Organiser
      There is the unique case of the Hindus of India's Kashmir: about 10 per cent of the population in 1947, they have been reduced to a tiny number (5,000). The rest numbering about 4,00,000 have been compelled to abandon their home and hearth and made refugees in their own land. .....
  • The divide widens
    • by Tavleen Singh
      With jihad having got unnervingly close to the 'Z' security boundaries of Lutyens' Delhi, terrorism has finally become the subject of high political concern. This is good. And if our intelligence agencies and policing systems get the overhaul they badly need, it is better still. But meanwhile, a new crisis is developing unnoticed that, in the end, could be as dangerous as jihad. .....
  • Taliban boys and girls ready to bomb Pak
    • by Communalism Combat
      Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban has warned that boys and girls of its suicide squad will launch "massive" strikes across the country, including the commercial hub of Karachi, if military operations in Swat and other tribal areas are not halted immediately. .....
  • No Time to Waste
    • by K Subrahmanyam
      The massive explosion at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, not far from the residence of the Pakistani prime minister, was a clear message to the Pakistani army, civil society and political parties. The message was delivered a few hours after President Asif Ali Zardari talked about his three-pronged strategy to deal with terrorism. After the explosion, Zardari vowed to eliminate the "cancer" of terrorism. .....
  • Bombs were procured by Udupi medico
    • by Rahul Tripathi
      The terror module of Indian Mujahideen (IM) that Delhi police claimed to have busted was helped in procuring bombs by a medical student from Udupi in Karnataka, according to police sources. The town in that state is a hub of commercial and educational activities. .....
  • Via phonetap, 3 held for Hurriyat man's killing
    • by Muzamil Jaleel & Majid Jahangir
      Almost 40 days after the killing of Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz during the massive protest march along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road on August 11 - in which three other protesters were killed in police and CRPF firing - the J&K Police have arrested three neighbours from Baramulla for their alleged role in Aziz's killing. .....
  • Gujarat Police tracked cellphone trail to Atif, shared it with Delhi
    • by Shishir Gupta
      As early as August 20, investigators from the Gujarat Police and the Intelligence Bureau probing the Ahmedabad blasts, handed over a series of cellphone numbers, including the one used by Atif alias Bashir, the alleged mastermind of the Delhi blasts and one of the two men killed in the Jamia encounter last Friday. .....
  • 'Shakeel roped in youths for jihad'
    • by Rahul Tripathi
      'Mastermind' Atiq Ameen alias Bashir, who like many others involved in the IMSIMI operations, hails from UP's Azamgarh, was determined to carry on with his "war" against India and was apparently confident of procuring and assembling the explosives needed to carry out his next terror venture. Along with other bombers, he has come across as revelling in the destruction and death caused by IM-SIMI. .....
  • Terror Is Just A Regular Face
    • by Smruti Koppikar
      The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Mumbai and the Delhi police may be hot on his trail but going by recent records, Abdus Subhan Qureshi or Tauqeer may not really care. Tauqeer has all but severed ties from his work and family life. His mother Zubaida says he hasn't been in touch with her since 2001, and with his wife and two-and-a-half-year-old daughter since 2006. .....
  • IM's inspiration lies in hardline madrassa
    • by Rajeev Deshpande
      The references in Indian Mujahideen's Delhi blasts email, and by its operatives held in connection with Friday's Batla House shootout, to two "original" 18th century martyrs opens a revealing window into the ideological founts that sustain and inspire the jihadi outfit. .....
  • Sleuths zero in on 8 financiers of terror modules
    • by Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui
      In a major breakthrough, investigators probing the recent serial blasts in cities across India, including Delhi, have picked up some important clues to link more than eight well-established but low-profile businessmen to the widespread devastations. .....
  • Killing innocents in cold blood
    • by Medha Chaturvedi
      Mohammed Shakeel, who had allegedly planted the bomb at Ghaffar Market on September 13, was running ahead of "schedule'' on that fateful Saturday. So, investigators claim, he decided to stop at India Gate, go for a stroll and have an ice-cream. Only when the driver of the autorickshaw Shakeel had hired said that he could not wait any longer, did the bomber resume the journey. .....
  • 3 Atiq aides held, say he had planned 20 more bombings
    • by Rahul Tripathi
      With the arrest of three more Indian Mujahideen-SIMI operatives for the September 13 Delhi blasts, the police said the group's 'mastermind', Atiq Ameen alias Bashir, had planned to deliver another deadly blow by carrying out 20 bombings in the business district of Nehru Place. .....
  • Indian Mujahideen, SIMI have 'purist link'
    • by Rajeev Deshpande
      The references in Indian Mujahideen's Delhi blasts email, and by its operatives held in connection with Friday's Batla House shootout, to two "original" 18th century martyrs opens a revealing window into the ideological founts that sustain and inspire the jihadi outfit. .....
  • The business of faith
    • by Amrita Singh
      There was a time the Christian missionary spread the word of god in a simple and direct way. He would step off a boat, make friends with locals and after years of effort, count a sizable flock. .....
  • Karnataka CM accuses Centre of double standard
    • by DNA (Daily News & Analysis)
      Reacting over the advisories sent to the BJP government by the Centre on violence against Christians, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday accused the Congress-led UPA of adopting a policy of double standards. .....
  • Kolkata firm to honour Aparna
    • by The New Indian Express
      Appreciation and recognition for the woman constable from Ollur police station, Aparna, who offered her three gold bangles for releasing a dead body from a hospital, are flowing from other states with one of the leading jewellery shops in Kolkata deciding to present her four gold bangles. .....
  • Conversions: Faith in the closet
    • by Shreerang Godbole
      Post-Kandhamal, post-Mangalore, the issue of conversions has taken centre-stage. "Christians are a persecuted, hapless minority"; "How can a minority that accounts for less than 2.5% of the population pose a threat to the 84% Hindus of the country?" is the general refrain. .....
  • Terror spread in UP under Mulayam: Mayawati
    • by The Times of India
      With the name of Uttar Pradesh surfacing as the breeding ground for terrorists responsible for the attacks across the country, Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday blamed the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government. .....
  • SIMI planned to set up camps near Hyderabad
    • by The Times of India
      Arrested SIMI general secretary Safdar Hussain Nagori was in Hyderabad last year for exploring the possibility of setting up a terrorist training camp in Anantgiri hills forest range in Vikarabad, about 80 km from the city. .....
  • BJD-BJP alliance sweeps civic polls
    • by The Telegraph
      According to the results of 90 local bodies announced by the State Election Commission, the ruling BJD is in a position to form civic councils at 27 urban local bodies independently while its coalition partner was in a position to form councils in eight towns. .....
  • Cong using Sachar report to woo Muslim votes, says Advani
    • by Hindustan Times
      Muslims in India need to see through the inadequacies of the Sachar Committee report, which is being used by Congress to woo the community as part of their vote bank politics, BJP leader L K Advani said in Ahmedabad on Sunday. .....
  • Terror: a form of warfare
    • by N S Malik
      Delhi lived through another horrific evening of jehadi terrorism on Saturday, 13 September. A series of bomb blasts rocked the city from one end to the other. Each location had children, young men, women, elderly people out on a Saturday evening. .....
  • 7/11 accused wrote book on ATS technique
    • by Danish Khan and Zahid Qureshi
      Police have learnt that 7/11 serial blasts accused Ehtesham Siddiqui, who has been lodged in Arthur Road jail since 2006, has used the time to compile a handbook on the interrogation techniques of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). .....
  • Sharma never gave up in life, says father
    • by Hindustan Times
      Delhi police Special Cell officer Mohan Chand Sharma who died battling terrorists in New Delhi was a strong-willed man who pursued his goals since childhood with determination till he achieved them. .....
  • SIMI has various levels, modules: Guj Police
    • by The Pioneer
      In what appears to be contradictory to the claim made by Delhi Police, their Gujarat counterpart on Saturday said that SIMI, which is allegedly behind the recent serial blasts in the country, has various levels and modules. .....
  • A pastor, a widow and seedy designs
    • by Hemanth Kashyap and M K Ashoka
      The 'sex scam' that rocked the city on Thursday has taken an intriguing twist with the victim charging the pastor with secretly filming her sexual acts and selling the tapes to foreigners. .....
  • Two held for conversion bid
    • by The Hindu
      The Ulsoor police have arrested two persons, including a U.S. national, on charges of attempting religious conversion, on Monday night. They have been remanded in judicial custody. .....
  • Jamia trail ends in hitmen cradle
    • by The Telegraph
      Two of the suspected militants involved in today's Delhi shootout are from an eastern Uttar Pradesh town which state police and intelligence had kept under their scanner for the past five weeks. .....
  • Non-Muslim workers protest accommodation of Muslims at Swift plant
    • by JihadWatch.org
      In this we see the inevitable and logical outcome of the allegedly "reasonable" accommodation of Muslim demands in American workplaces: "Somalis are running our plant. They are telling us what to do." The company has "no respect for the Spanish or white people. Many times we are forced to pull extra count... I don't feel that is right." .....
  • Killed Indian Mujahideen men provided terror backbone
    • by Praveen Swami
      Investigators believe that the three terrorists shot in New Delhi's Jamia Nagar on Friday were key actors in an Uttar Pradesh-based network which constituted the logistical backbone of the Indian Mujahideen's nationwide operations. .....
  • Nation mourns gallant cop M C Sharma
    • by The Times of India
      At a time when most fathers would have stayed beside their sick son's hospital bed, tend to his blood transfusion and ensure that the dengue died down, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma rushed to Jamia Nagar from the hospital to raid a house where terrorists were holed up. .....
  • Centre-Gujarat coordination brought Delhi shootout success
    • by Parth Shastri
      The successful operation leading to the gunning down of SIMI operative Bashir alias Atiq who was involved in Ahmedabad and New Delhi blasts has once again underlined the importance of co-ordination between intelligence and investigative agencies at the Centre and in states. .....
  • Delhi encounter exposes SIMI's real face
    • by The Times of India
      Friday's encounter in the Capital left no doubt on SIMI's hardline terrorist character - far from claims of it being a cultural organization - as has been maintained by the Centre and security agencies across the country all along. .....
  • Battle for Kashmiriyat
    • by S K Sinha
      The unfortunate controversy over the 100 acre plot of waste forest land at Baltal, which does not have a single tree and is unapproachable and uninhabitable for seven months a year on account of heavy snow, caused the fall of the State Government and posed a threat to national integrity. .....
  • Govt's mantra: Talk tough, act soft
    • by The Pioneer
      After raising hopes that it was ready to take hard measures to contain terrorism, the Government on Thursday announced a series of token decisions and ruled out bringing in any tough anti-terror POTA-type law. It was also silent on strengthening the existing legislative provisions to strike at the root of terror. .....
  • Muslim leaders should take stock
    • by Swapan Dasgupta
      Consider the social environment of Friday afternoon's raid that culminated in bloodshed. It was pretty apparent that the terrorists chose this part of Jamia Nagar as a safe hideout because it offered two layers of protection: The logistical security of an over-congested locality and, equally important, community protection. .....
  • Mcoca vs Gujcoca debate forces UPA hand on terror
    • by Rajeev Deshpande
      Despite its unease over special anti-terror laws, the Manmohan Singh government is moving to beef up its internal security credentials in the face of a withering attack that it was ''soft on terror' after four episodes of serial blasts in four different cities in the last three months. .....
  • Govt vacillates, speaks in 2 voices on terror laws
    • by IBNLive.com
      Prime Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said he didn't have "inflexible" views on such laws and before that Veerappa Moily, chairperson of the Administrative Reforms Commission, said that he was not averse to the idea. But on Thursday Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said he didn't believe stronger anti-terrorism laws were needed. .....
  • Bangladeshi Infiltration Reaches New Territories
    • by Dr. Anand Kumar
      After returning from the 28th India-Bangladesh Border Coordination Conference in Dhaka, the BSF chief A K Mitra disclosed that nearly 12 lakh Bangladeshis who had entered India on valid papers have disappeared between 1972 to 2005. He was quoting this figure from the intelligence reports of the West Bengal government. .....
  • Christianity growing fast in Mongolia
    • by Michael Kohn
      (09-18) 04:00 PDT Ulan Bator, Mongolia -- Mitch Tillman is an unlikely savior. Six years ago, the Baptist missionary languished in an Alabama jail, facing a prison sentence on drug charges. Today he builds hospitals, feeds street children and saves souls in Mongolia. .....
  • Durga's Arms
    • by Nilanjana Bhowmick
      Overseas Bengalis throughout the Diaspora are feverishly preparing for Dasshera, arguably the world's biggest festival in terms of people participation, in October. But Durga, the goddess at the heart of their festivities, began her journey across the seven seas several months earlier from Kumortuli, the nationally renowned potter's street in North Kolkata, where the vast majority of India's giant Dasshera statues are created. .....
  • Separatism not a passing show
    • by Sunita Vakil
      It would be erroneous to attribute the recent developments that led to a virtual siege of Jammu & Kashmir to the land controversy alone. In fact, the land given to the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board was never the real issue for the Valley separatists. Therefore, the allegation of Kashmiri Muslims, who were egged on by the separatists, that there was some sort of a conspiracy to change the demography of the region is bunkum. .....
  • The holy text and terror
    • by S. Gurumurthy
      Wait only for five minutes from now! Wait for the Mujahideen and Fidayeen of Islam who will make you feel the terror of Jihad. And stop them if you can. Feel the havoc cast into your hearts by Allah, the Almighty, face His Dreadful Punishment, and suffer the results of fighting the Muslims and the Mujahideen. .....
  • Indian police battle Islamic militants in capital
    • by Matthew Rosenberg
      Indian police battled suspected Islamic militants holed up in a house in the country's capital Friday, killing two and arresting one before the others escaped, police said. .....
  • 'Inducements lure poor to convert'
    • by Rishikesh Bahadur Desai
      Raju Gouda of Ucchangi Durga in Davanagere district has changed his religion twice, but not his name. He was born a Veerashaiva and converted to Christianity in his 20s. .....
  • Karnataka: Govt orders probe into flow of foreign funds
    • by The Times of India
      Facing criticism for the recent spate of attacks on churches in Karnataka, the BJP government on Tuesday ordered a probe into the flow of foreign funds to some organisations saying that the money was being used for converting Hindus into Christianity. .....
  • Needed: Vichy deterrent
    • by Swapan Dasgupta
      The conflict between national sovereignty and the 'international architecture' of modern existence has been the source of unending heartburn in the post-War world. Europe was the first to confront it during transition from the Common Market to the European Union. .....
  • When cowards run the State, the nation bleeds
    • by Tarun Vijay
      Again the same old stories, the same threats and same resolve of politicos, like wet, squeezed paper. We told you so, at that date and time, but you didn't listen. We asked for a stringent law. Our intelligence department was warned, yet no one acted. .....
  • Just Like Us! Really?
    • by Robert Satloff
      Gallup says only 7 percent of the world's Muslims are political radicals. Yet 36 percent think the 9/11 attacks were in some way justified. .....
  • SIMI's 'success' is a result of our secular polity
    • by Rediff.com
      The Students Islamic Movement of India, Wikipedia informs us, was formed in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, in April 1977. The stated mission of SIMI -- the 'liberation of India' from Western materialistic cultural influence and to convert it into an Islamic society -- makes it an enemy of the State of India. .....
  • UPA is only passing time in office: Modi (Interview with Narendra Modi)
    • by Mohua Chatterjee
      At BJP's national executive, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been at the centre of action, delivering a much-noticed speech to his colleagues and leading a sharp attack on the government's handling of internal security. TOI asked Modi about the media projecting him as a BJP mascot, a rung below L K Advani. .....
  • Curbs Imposed on Muslims in Western China During Ramadan
    • by Edward Wong
      Local governments in a Muslim desert region in western China have imposed strict limits on religious practices during the traditional Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began last week, according to the Web sites of four of those governments. .....
  • Maya withdraws ordinance on crime control
    • by Anand Raj Singh
      Chief Minister Mayawati announced on Thursday that the state government has decided to withdraw the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Ordinance (UPCOCO) because of the Centre's discriminatory attitude. .....
  • Home ministry rebuffs NSA call for terror law
    • by The Times of India
      In what seems to be a case of one wing of the government proposing and the other disposing, the home ministry has not found any wisdom in national security advisor M K Narayanan's suggestion favouring states having their own anti-terror laws. .....
  • Conversion is terrorism!
    • by News Today
      Recently there has been violence in areas of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka and some places of worship of Christians have come under attack. On the face of it, they will look like concerted attacks on the minority community by the forces of Hindutva. .....
  • We are not behind attacks: Bajrang Dal
    • by Expressbuzz.com
      The Bajrang Dal, which has been in the eye of the storm for their alleged involvement in attacks on churches in Mangalore and neighbouring districts, has denied the charges, saying that they were only supporting those fighting against conversions. .....
  • Terrorism is no crime, it is an act of war
    • by Arif Mohammed Khan
      Human beings are like limbs of one another, as they are created from the same essence. When one limb is hurt the other limbs cannot be but in pain. You who are indifferent to the suffering of others do not deserve to be called a man. .....
  • Virtual citizens, real problems
    • by Sanjoy Hazarika
      A high court judgment on illegal migrants from Bangladesh has once again raised the thorny issue of influx into the Northeast, especially into Assam, where it has always been a sensitive matter. .....
  • Slaughter in Delhi
    • by The Indian Express
      The terrorist strike in Delhi last Saturday was waiting to happen. Intelligence agencies, it transpires, had information about a possible bombing. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had communicated to the Union Government the findings of the investigation into the July 26 terrorist strike in Ahmedabad which clearly highlighted the jihadi plan to attack Delhi. .....
  • Sonia holds meeting on internal security, Patil absent
    • by The Indian Express
      Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday reviewed the country's internal security situation with senior party leaders but significantly Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who is under attack from various quarters over the handling of terrorism, was conspicuous by his absence. .....
  • U.P. authorities stalled action against Delhi suspects
    • by Praveen Swami
      Uttar Pradesh authorities stonewalled efforts to arrest three Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives who are emerging as key suspects in Saturday's serial bombings in New Delhi, highly placed police sources have told The Hindu. .....
  • Kalam, Sheila join tougher law chorus
    • by The Pioneer
      As the nation mourns the dead in Delhi blasts and watches with disbelief TV footages of Home Minister Shivraj Patil changing dresses thrice within three hours after the Saturday tragedy, pressure mounted on the Government to revamp the country's internal security set-up and put in place a tougher anti-terror law. .....
  • Hobbling States
    • by The Pioneer
      In revealing that he had informed the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the National Security Adviser that a terror strike on Delhi was imminent, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, has laid bare the joke that passes for the UPA Government's anti-terror strategy. .....
  • End fraudulent conversions of Dalits and Tribals
    • by R L Francis
      The tragic turn of events in Kandhamal in Orissa once again highlights the urgent need for church authorities to immediately halt the fraudulent conversions of India's Tribal and Dalit populace, which are causing so much heart-burning and cultural anxiety. .....
  • No vivisection of India
    • by Sushant Sareen
      In recent weeks, a seditious assault has been launched on the will of the Indian nation by rootless liberals, "mobile republics", and amoral columnists, who are exhorting India to "think the unthinkable" and concede the demand for Azadi in Kashmir. .....
  • ULFA money in Bangladesh newspaper
    • by Nava Thakuria
      The militants from Assam are not only taking shelter in Bangladesh, but they had also invested money in the local media. It is suspected that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has taken stakes in a popular English daily publication. The Daily Star, a Dhaka based newspaper had reportedly received money from the leaders of ULFA at the initial stage. .....
  • Sangma blames Centre for growing activities of ISI
    • by ZeeNews.com
      Concerned over the growing presence of fundamentalist elements in neighbouring Bangladesh and their intent to sneak into the Northeast, NCP leader P.A.Sangma has blamed the Centre for 'not doing enough' to counter the threat. .....
  • Local factors led to Kandhamal violence
    • by Ram Madhav
      For days, one TV Channel ran visuals of how Christians have been targeted for violence in Orissa's Kandhamal district. Several other so-called national channels too joined the chorus sufficient enough for Mombattiwalas (candlelight activists) to plunge into the ring and declare that 'entire Orissa', if not 'entire India', is in the grip of violence unleashed against 'innocent minorities' by 'Hindu nationalists'. .....
  • The business of faith
    • by Amrita Singh
      There was a time the Christian missionary spread the word of god in a simple and direct way. He would step off a boat, make friends with locals and after years of effort, count a sizable flock. .....
  • Sangh pays homage to slain seer
    • by The Telegraph
      Shodashi Mahotsav, a special programme observed in memory of VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, was performed at Chakapada in Kandhamal, some 270km from Bhubaneswar, amid unprecedented security. .....
  • The ride of their lives
    • by J. Binduraj
      As the managing partner of the Janavedi Transport Corporation (JTC), Somaraj has little time to spare. The 28-year-old, who controls assets worth over Rs 2 crore, oversees two bus terminals and 22 buses which travel most of the main routes in and out of Pooyapilli village of Ernakulam district, Kerala. All this he manages, while doubling up as a driver or a conductor on one of the buses the corporation plies. .....
  • Islam group urges forest fire jihad
    • by Josh Gordon
      Australia has been singled out as a target for "forest jihad" by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror. .....
  • Kashmir issue: the grassroots
    • by K N Pandit
      Accession of Jammu & Kashmir State to the Indian Union on 27 October 1947 came about in abnormal conditions. Tribesmen of the North West Frontier Province swept into the valley on Pakistan's behest, the British and NWFP Governor having drawn a discreet roadmap for the incursion in the early summer of 1947. .....
  • Afghans unearth 19-metre Buddha statue, relics
    • by Sayed Salahuddin
      Archaeologists have discovered a 19-metre (62-foot) Buddha statue along with scores of other historical relics in central Afghanistan near the ruins of giant statues destroyed by the Islamist Taliban seven years ago. .....
  • Curbs Imposed on Muslims in Western China during Ramadan
    • by Edward Wong
      Local governments in a Muslim desert region in western China have imposed strict limits on religious practices during the traditional Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began last week, according to the Web sites of four of those governments. .....
  • In defence of the armed forces
    • by Lieutenant General Ashok Joshi (retired)
      On a cold and dark night somewhere high up in Ladakh, a group of officers and jawans were huddled together in a tent that was made livable by a stove. The mood was a mix of anxiety and humiliation. .....
  • China bans mass prayers during Ramadan in restive province
    • by Yahoo News
      Authorities in China's Muslim-populated far northwest province of Xinjiang are seeking to prevent mass prayers and the distribution of religious material as part of a security crackdown for Ramadan, government notices said. .....
  • BJP MP's convoy attacked, seven injured
    • by Rediff.com
      Seven persons were seriously injured as the convoy of Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament Yogi Adityanath was attacked on Sunday by angry protesters while he was on his way to address an anti-terrorism rally in Azamgargh district of Uttar Pradesh. .....
  • UPA too soft to fight terrorism
    • by Ashok K. Mehta
      Tomorrow starts India's battle for the Nuclear Suppliers' Group waiver for wining the 123 Agreement with the US. Never before has so big a political investment been made for clean energy security. .....
  • Togadia firm on programme to mourn slain swami, says don't need permission
    • by Vivek Deshpande
      Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia today said that the VHP is firm on going ahead with its programme to pay tribute to slain Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda on Septemger7. Charging that the Orissa government was either not going after the culprits behind the murder or hiding them under Christian pressure, he dismissed the claim by the Orissa Archbishop that he was organising the asthikalash (urn)yatra for Laxmanada. Hindu seers take sarnadhi and are not cremated, pointed out Togadia. "So there is no question of an urn procession." .....
  • Yogi carcade attacked, one killed in clashes
    • by The Indian Express
      Exactly four days after Chief Minister Mayawati alerted the UP Police about possible moves to disturb religious harmony in the state before the next Lok Sabha elections, communal tension gripped eastern UP's Azamgarh district following a clash between the supporters of Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath and residents of Azamgarh's communally sensitive Takiya locality on Sunday afternoon. .....
  • 'Untouchable' Hindus in Pak being sexploited
    • by The Times of India
      A new study has found that the Hindus belonging to lower (scheduled) castes are unofficially declared as "untouchables" and are given a second-grade-citizen treatment. Their kids are made to clean the school premises and are forced to sit on back benches. .....
  • Secession Is No Solution
    • by Sumit Ganguly
      Though the situation in Kashmir remains fraught, the immediate crisis has subsided. Amidst calls from otherwise thoughtful and responsible commentators about granting Kashmir the right of self-determination one needs to carefully examine the meaning and the case for self-determination. .....
  • A Week After
    • by Arun Sharma
      Biro Devi is obsessed with the main gate. The frail 70-year-old steps out every few hours to check if the thick iron lock is in place before hobbling back into the bullet-riddled house. That morning on August 27, when three armed militants barged in and held eight members of the family hostage for 17 hours, the gate was left open. .....
  • Kandhamal sealed, Puri seer slams Patnaik
    • by Debabrata Mohanty
      Shankaracharya of Puri Goverdhan Peeth Swami Neeschalananda Saraswati on Friday slammed the Naveen Patnaik Government and leaders of all political parties, calling them enemies of the Hindu religion as the state Government sealed all entry points to Kandhamal district ahead of a prayer meeting held for slain VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. .....
  • Pakistan using US anti-terror funds to prepare for war against India: Obama
    • by The Indian Express
      Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has said that Pakistan is using US aid meant for the war on terror to "prepare for a war against India". He will hold Islamabad accountable for these massive funds and increase pressure to bust terrorist safe havens if he becomes President, Obama said on Fox News. .....
  • Catholic schools have to explain Orissa protest
    • by Johnson T A
      The BJP Government in Karnataka has issued notices to government-aided Catholic schools in the state for staying shut on August 29 to protest the violence against Christians in Orissa. The notices from the state Education Department have asked schools to explain why they declared a holiday without prior permission from the Government, in contravention of the Education Department's rules. The closure disrupted academic process, it further stated. .....
  • Combating terrorism
    • by Jagdeep Dhankhar
      Beyond doubt, India is one of the worst sufferers of terror attacks during the past few decades. On account of the menace of terrorism India's social harmony got disrupted and its integrity challenged. Recent terror attacks in Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad once again brought into sharp focus the urgent need to have zero tolerance on terrorism and an effective counter-terrorism legislation in place. .....
  • UPA too soft to fight terrorism
    • by Ashok K. Mehta
      Tomorrow starts India's battle for the Nuclear Suppliers' Group waiver for wining the 123 Agreement with the US. Never before has so big a political investment been made for clean energy security. .....
  • J & K: Revisiting Partition
    • by Prakash Nanda
      In recent weeks, many "liberals" have argued in leading Indian publications such as The Times of India and The Hindustan Times that if Kashmiris (Muslims naturally) do not want to remain with India, they should be allowed "azadi," i.e., to secede from the Union of India and join the previous breakaway rogue-nation called Pakistan. .....
  • The Common Thread
    • by Swapan Dasgupta
      Like the proverbial bad penny, secularism has re-entered the public discourse with gusto. Concerns over the agitation in Jammu over a land transfer to the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board, the pro-azadi stir in the Kashmir valley, the Hindu-Christian strife in Orissa and the revelations of an Islamist hand in the terrorist strikes in Jaipur and Ahmedabad have coalesced to produce another outcry over India's secular future. .....
  • D's frontman's assets seized
    • by Mid-Day
      The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has given evidence to a British probe agency against an alleged frontman of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, which may result in freezing of Rs 50 crores of the latter's assets. The British agency had sought the CBI's help in the case. .....
  • Missionary or spy? Did someone help Haywood flee?
    • by Josy Joseph
      Was Kenneth Haywood, whose cover was blown by an extremely savvy terrorist group that hacked into his internet connection, an undercover operative? Was his intention in India just to evangelise people on behalf of his radical church group, or was he up to something more sinister? .....
  • Jammu: Rescued hostages recount incident
    • by Anand Bodh
      "Unhone aate hi uncle ko goli maar di. Hum sab dar gaye aur kitchen mein chale gaye. Phir terrorists ne hum sab ko peechhe ke kamre mein bandh kar diya (As soon as they came in, they shot uncle. We panicked and ran into the kitchen. Then we were locked in a room)," recalled Sheetal. .....
  • SIMI and Educated Muslims?
    • by R. Upadhyay
      Going by the account of the educational and economic background of a number of suspects of terror blasts in recent years provided by Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh police it appears that Islamist terrorism in no more only the career of uneducated and economically backward Muslim youths. .....
  • Why is the govt supping with the devils?
    • by P R Ramesh
      In the mid-90's, PV Narasimha Rao chose of all places Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to reiterate that the "sky is the limit" as far as autonomy to Kashmir was concerned. No single statement has done as much damage for the Valley and those four words became the benchmark for negotiations with secessionist mobs for successive Central governments. .....
  • Now it is Assam Versus ULFA
    • by Nava Thakuria
      The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), formed in 1979 to fight for a 'Sovereign Socialist Asom', today faces a peculiar and embracing situation. The civil societies, advocacy groups with political parties and student organizations of Assam have come to the streets raising their voices against the hundred thousand illegal Bangladeshis living in the State. .....
  • Proof of terrorist build-up along J&K border
    • by The Times of India
      It is perhaps the most powerful proof yet of terrorist build up on the International border. TV channel TIMES NOW has accessed security footage that shows terrorists camping along the International Border in Jammu and waiting for the opportune moment to strike. As reported time and again, it is Pakistani troops who are aiding this exercise. .....
  • How CPM ruined W. Bengal
    • by H.S. Mehtani
      In 1960, I joined Durgapur Steel Plant in West Bengal. The educated class of Bengalies was proud to say that 40 per cent of revenue to national exchequer was collected from Kolkata. It was true because of the economic development in the eastern region of the country during British rule. Number of industries like tea, oil, jute and steel plants were established in West Bengal, Assam, Bihar and Orissa. .....
  • The Prophecy of John Dayal: Revelation No: 999
    • by Compreligion.sulekha.com
      Idiotic Indian and State Governments that did not heed to the Prophetic words of John Dayal: John Dayal declared: "The recommendation made by the NCM team that visited Orissa in January, 2008 that the State Government must look into the speeches of Swami Lakshmanananda to determine whether they amount to incitement to violence does not appear to have been acted upon." .....
  • U.S. troops launch helicopter assault in Pakistan
    • by Barbara Starr
      U.S. military forces landed at a compound in Pakistan to battle targets linked to recent attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. official confirmed Wednesday. .....
  • Assam gears to confront Bangladeshis
    • by Jyoti Lal Chowdhury
      The Centre and the state government have their own political expediency to look at the issue. The 'alarming' situation of 1911 today has assumed an 'explosive' and 'volatile' dimension. .....
  • The 'honour' and 'grace' of Indian secularism!
    • by B. R. Haran
      'Secularism' in Indian parlance is farcically unique. 'Secularism' is synonymous with 'anti-Hinduism' in India, that is Barath, which comprises 85% Hindus and 15% others. In this Hindu Barath at present, the most influential section is the 'Secular Brigade', which comprises of almost all political parties (except BJP), all media houses, both print and electronic (except a very few) and most of all intellectuals and artists (again with an exception of very few). .....
  • Deconstructing Arundhati Roy and her tribe
    • by Prof. ND Batra
      Ms Arundhati Roy, writing in The Guardian (UK) about the trouble in Kashmir, makes an interesting self-observation, with an aura of exceptionalism, saying, "For someone like me, who is not a Muslim", the Islamic idea of freedom is hard to accept. Ah! But what if she were Muslim? .....
  • Excessive liberalism
    • by Amulya Ganguli
      As the only open society which has been surrounded for prolonged periods by military juntas, monarchies, communist and feudal regimes, India's uniqueness was reflected not only by its democracy, but also by its constant engagement with concepts of autonomy to reduce tension in its more restive regions. .....
  • The Divide In Kashmir
    • by Kanwal Sibal
      The current turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir began with the blatantly communal reaction in the valley to the decision to transfer a mere 40 hectares of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board for creating temporary structures for the convenience of the pilgrims. That the valley Muslims could at all believe that this decision could have the potential, even remotely, to change the demographics of Jammu and Kashmir, is astonishing. .....
  • J&K: Call for firmness and imagination
    • by G. Parthasarathy
      For the past four years separatist outfits and leaders in the Kashmir Valley have been pampered in the mistaken belief that they can be made to see reason by magnanimous gestures. The country is today paying the price for such misguided beliefs. .....
  • Call the bluff of Kashmiriyat
    • by Sandhya Jain
      Ignited Hindu men, women and children, who sustained a 61-day agitation for the restoration of land allotted to create temporary facilities for pilgrims to Sri Amarnath shrine, and the very thought of a blockade-that-never-was had Jammu & Kashmir's majority population in visible sweat. .....
  • "New alignment unfavourable: Expert"
    • by Kumar Chellappan
      "The new alignment proposed for the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP) is no better in terms of economy and environmental protection. Even after different permutations and combinations, this project is destined to be doomed because it does not make any sense" .....
  • Maoists didn't kill Saraswati, claims VHP
    • by Rediff.com
      Expressing doubts over the Maoists' claim of having killed leader Lakshmananda Saraswati, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday insisted that 'a sect of Christians' was behind the murder that has sparked widespread rioting in Orissa. .....
  • It's Jammu vs Kashmir --- finally
    • by Arvind Lavakare
      When several of our mainline English dailies recently splashed what they thought was the novel headline, "Jammu vs Kashmir", on account of the unprecedented angst and anger in the Jammu region of J & K state over the denial of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board, I was amused. .....
  • Government appeasing separatists: Lt. Gen S.K. Sinha
    • by Murali Krishnan
      Former Jammu and Kashmir governor Lt. Gen. (retd.) S.K. Sinha has accused the government of going out of its way to "appease" separatists in the valley when it should have countered their "absurd propaganda" that land transfer to the Amarnath shrine board was going to change the demographic profile of Kashmir. .....
  • To propagate is not to convert
    • by Kanchan Gupta
      Astonishing ignorance laces the arguments, proffered by bleeding heart lib-left intellectuals and politicians who insist that secularism means denial of Hindu rights, in defence of religious conversions through deceit, allurement and coercion. "The Constitution guarantees Christian missionaries the right to convert people to Christianity," we are told. .....
  • Abusing freedom, falsifying gods
    • by Kanchan Gupta
      On Monday, March 20, Assist News Service, based in Lake Forest, California, USA, which circulates news about the work of evangelists around the world, put out a story by Michael Ireland, its chief correspondent, headlined 'India's Prime Minister launches investigation into arrest and persecution of Indian Christians'. .....
  • Azadi to terrorise India
    • by Wilson John
      The pro-azadi slogans we hear and the Pakistani flags we see in the Kashmir Valley are self-contradictory. Or are they? What Farooq, Malik and Shah dream of is no different from what Geelani hopes for: Kashmir becoming Pakistani territory .....
  • Morality and Enlightment or Fear and Greed?
    • by Barry Rubin
      The Italian government, it has just come to light, let Palestinian terrorist groups operate freely in its country from the 1970s onward as long as they promised not to attack Italians. As former President Francesco Cossiga explained, the agreement with the PLO and PFLP was that if you "don't harm me... I won't harm you." .....
  • The nation and its 40 hectares
    • by V.P. Malik
      On August 8 when Syed Ahmed Shah Geelani was shouting pro-Pakistan and religious slogans in Srinagar, about 100 km to the north, Colonel J. J. Thomas with his quick reaction team was trying to prevent Pakistani terrorists from entering J&K. Thomas and his two colleagues were killed in that encounter. .....
  • Hinduism throbbing high in South East Asia (Part III of III)
    • by Ratnadeep Banerji
      "Even during our short stay, what was more than evident was how deeply the mind of the people of this country has been influenced by the stories of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. We have read in our Geography books how, when fauna and flora migrate to a favourable soil, they multiply and spread more luxuriantly than in their original habitat. In the same way people's minds here have been overlaid by the epic stories. .....
  • Hinduism throbbing high in South East Asia (Part II of III)
    • by Ratnadeep Banerji
      Cambodia or Kambodia is veritably the English transliteration of the French name Kambodge implying for Sanskrit Kamboja. The Funan kingdom existed in the 1st century BC as a pre-Angkor Indianised Khmer kingdom located around the Mekong Delta with its capital at Vyadhapura. Funanese culture was a blend of native beliefs and Indian ideas with Sanskrit as the court language. .....
  • Hinduism throbbing high in South East Asia (Part I of III)
    • by Ratnadeep Banerji
      Agama Hindu Dharma believes in one Supreme Being and that all the gods like Brahma as the creator, Vishnu as the preserver and Shiva as the destroyer are manifestations of this Supreme Being. Lord Shiva is worshipped under different forms such as Batara Guru and Maharaja Dewa and often closely related with the Sun in Kebatinan that is the local form of Hinduism and even in the genie lore of Muslims. .....
  • 'Why does no one question the politician-militant nexus?' (Interview with VK Nayar)
    • by Tehelka
      Q.: Has the AFSPA succeeded in achieving its goals in the past 50 years of its implementation in the Northeast?
      A.: The question is motivated. Don't examine the issue in isolation. There would have been total chaos had the AFSPA not been in place. This is not an ideal situation but it is definitely not the worst situation possible. The law isn't bad, but we need to examine its implementation under these trying circumstances. .....
  • Ground control
    • by Ambreesh Mishra
      He goes boldly where even the able-bodied men fear to tread. For Mukul Gupta, the disability of lower limbs is hardly a handicap when it comes to discharging his official duty-as a tehsildar recovering land illegally being held by the high and mighty. .....
  • Just let me be
    • by Ayesha Khan
      Perhaps it is the times we live in. Tragedies now engender anniversary celebrations. There's a new social class of vocal, visible victims. And publicly parading pain is the new thing. So in Gujarat on August 26, a month after the Ahmedabad blasts, there were functions, official and NGO-sponsored. .....
  • They threatened to kill us, kept slapping to keep us quiet: 4-yr-old survivor
    • by Deepak Khajuria
      Sheetal, Arshil, Kajal and Vipan would like to forget Wednesday as quickly as possible, but they probably never will. Three militants in khaki who locked the children in a room and threatened to put bullets in their heads if they so much as wept have, in 17 blood-soaked hours, scarred them for life. .....
  • When terror came home
    • by Ishfaq Naseem
      Twenty-three-year-old Sanjogita and her mother Asha Devi were inconsolable. A day after the terror attack at Chinore, women had gathered at their house to mourn the death of Sanjogita's father, Naseeb Singh. A retired Subedar Major, Naseeb had just returned home after buying milk when he heard gunshots. He ran out and only a few blocks away from the house, he was shot at. He died grappling with one of the militants. .....
  • CBI has taken U-turn in Lalu DA case: Bihar Govt in SC
    • by The Indian Express
      The Bihar Government on Thursday accused the CBI of having taken a "complete U-turn" in the disproportionate assets case against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi. .....
  • Lalu-RJD ignored threat from Kosi, Nitish tells PM
    • by Shishir Gupta
      Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday declared the Bihar floods a "national calamity" and announced immediate assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for rescue and relief operations and 1.25 lakh tonnes of foodgrains. .....
  • Trauma in ashram, schoolgirls witnessed Swami's murder
    • by Ravik Bhattacharya
      While violence rages across Kandhamal district, in the ashram, where its spark was lit when Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and four others were killed on August 24, the adults are angry, the children traumatised. .....
  • Anti-terror Bill triggers fresh round of conflict between BJP, Congress
    • by Bashir Pathan
      On Friday, as Chief Minister Narendra Modi left for New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and underline the need to have a legislation to curb terrorist activities in the state, particularly in the wake of July 26 blasts, the issue of the Gujarat Control of Organised Crimes (GUJCOC) Bill triggered a fresh spat between the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress in the state. .....
  • Don't fritter away J&K for petty political gains
    • by Balbir K. Punj
      Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's interview to a Delhi newspaper draws the curtains on the real issue in the on-going crisis in Kashmir Valley. "Kashmir can survive as an independent nation," the Hurriyat chief claimed. "Much smaller places are surviving as a nation, why can't we?" he countered all those who doubt that the state can remain economically-viable as an independent entity. .....


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