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Vol. LXI, No. 20, New Delhi, November 22, 2009

The big civil aviation scandal
Air travellers fleeced; Private players reap profit

By Naresh Minocha

THE fleecing of hapless air travellers by private sector-controlled international airports with UPA Government’s stratagem is entering a critical phase.
The private developers are exuding confidence that they would manage to secure authorities’ nod for hike in ad hoc airport financing charges referred to as user development fees (UDF) or as just development fee (DF).
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The ugly face of Marathi only
In MNS, Congress creating another Frankenstein!

By Virag Pachpore

AS Maharashtra enters its golden jubilee year, the newly constituted Maharashtra State Assembly witnessed unprecedented scenes on its very first day on November 9. The four MLAs of maverick Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) virtually took the law in their hands and tried to stop Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Abu Azmi from taking the oath in Hindi in the House.    more >

Thinking Aloud
The unpardonable mistakes of Indira Gandhi
By Dr Jay Dubashi

“HAD she lived on, she would have been 92 years old this year,” wrote an old colleague of Indira Gandhi on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her violent death. He was wrong. Had she not been killed by her bodyguards, she would have been killed by someone else.    more >

Editorial
Vande Mataram. Why the clergy crib?

THE fatwa brigade is out again. This round in the company of the redoubtable Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who has displayed an exceptional expertise in blowing hot and cold in the face of mounting pressure on national security.    more >

Sarsanghachalak in Jabalpur
30,000 swayamsevaks in uniform. Thousands of public also throng to hear Mohanji.
Only village-centric model of development will lead the nation to economic prosperity
—Mohan Bhagwat

FOC

"THE borders of the country are unsafe. There are internal security threats too. The talks of their solutions are going on but there is no solution appears at the surface. The reason is that no effort was made to awaken the national chetna and purusharth of the countrymen,” said RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat.    more >

Sarsanghachalak in Himachal
Hindutva is key to world peace: Mohan Bhagwat
Growing intolerance is threat to humanity

By Ajai Srivastava in Shimla

IT was the first programme of Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat in Shimla after assuming the charge of Sarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The speech and body language of Shri Bhagwat showed his determination and was so impressive that many non sympathisers of RSS had to say, “He came, he saw and he conquered.”    more >

Sangh Samachar

NSS, SNDP, KCBC wake up
Stimulus to war on 'Love Jehad'

By S Chandrasekhar

FACED with grim reality that almost 4000 girls belonging to Hindu and Christian religions have gone missing from their homes during the past three years, Kerala is waking up to the grave threat of ‘Love Jehad’    more >

Obituary
Sitaram Agrawal is no more

FOC

CENTRAL secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh of the Parishad, Sitaram Agrawal passed away at his hometown in Kota on November 3. He was 85. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.    more >

Massive plantation is essential to save the glaciers in Uttarakhand—Sri Sri Ravishankar
By Ravindra Saini

NOTED spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji expressed concern over the depleting glaciers in Uttarakhand. He said local people should be involved in the crusade to save the environment.    more >

Nepal Maoists admit to links with Indian Naxals
From Bishnu Budhathoki in Kathmandu

JUST a day after the Nepalese media revealed about the close nexus and recent secret meetings between the two Red brothers (Maoists) from Nepal and India in an undisclosed location in India, a senior leader of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (UCPN-M) has openly admitted that his party has extended full cooperation and support with Indian Maoists.    more >

Somali man, ‘112’, weds girl, 17

HUNDREDS of people have attended a wedding in Central Somalia between a man who says he is 112 years old, and his teenage wife.    more >

38 jail inmates get baptized

AMRITSAR, November 2: For the first time in Punjab, as many as 38 inmates undergoing imprisonment on an array of charges, ranging from murder to drug trafficking, were baptised today or made to partake ‘Amrit’ in the Amritsar Central Jail by a team of officials of the SGPC with the active assistance of the jail authorities.    more >

Vatican: World Congress to focus on migration

MIGRATION and globalisation will be the theme of the Vatican’s sixth World Congress on migrants and refugees to be held in Rome next week.    more >

A unique Indian art
The ancient art of Nakha Chitra

By Austin R Williams

DRAFTSMEN sometimes cite the immediacy of drawing as one of its core appeals—nothing but a pencil or pen comes between the artist and his or her creation. New York City artist Suhas Tavkar takes the immediacy of drawing a step further.    more >

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Controversy

Protect Sethusamudram ecology
Ecological consequences of canal projects in Ram Sethu area

By Dr S Kalyanaraman

THE national heritage protection movement is also an environmental protection movement.
The national movement for the protection of Ram Sethu as a world heritage monument gained momentum and support from National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), a premier oceanography institution of India.    more >

The Moving Finger Writes

The Chinese mischief
By MV Kamath

WHAT is the matter with China which, for quite some time now, has been behaving like a medieval country led by leaders of the dubious status of Timurlane and Chenghiz Khan? Does it really think that it can get away with armed intervention in neighbouring countries?    more >

Media Watch

Fetters on press freedom

THESE days it seems journalists are finding it hard speak out their minds. They have to be careful with words, least they draw the attention of those charged with maintaining law and order.    more >

Kids’ Org

Are material things more important than life?
By Manju Gupta

KING Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar kingdom organised a large banquet to which kings from adjoining as well as distant kingdoms were invited.    more >

Bookmark

An ex-cop on internal security
By Manju Gupta, India in Turmoil, Ved Marwah, Rupa & Co., Pp 352, Rs. 395.00

A quest to find yourself
The Magic of Awakening: 111 Answers on Life and Living, Sirshree, Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, Pp 165, Rs 199.00

A communication guide
By Ashish Joshi, Speaking English Effectively, Krishna Mohan & NP Singh, Macmillan Publishers India Ltd, Pp 235, Rs 145.00

A motivational technique to teaching
By Lokesh Kumar, Motivating School Kids, Mukhopadhyay Suvasish:, Viva Books, Pp 145, Rs 125.00

The enigma of Ahmedinejad
By Jayant Patel, Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran’s Radical Leader, Kasra Naji, Viva Books Pvt Ltd, Pp 298, Rs 395.00

A follower of Homi Bhabha tells the fascinating nuclear story
By Ashish Joshi, Briefings On Nuclear Technology In India, Dr PK Iyengar, Rupa & Co, Pp 191, Rs. 495

An excellent road-map to success with ethics
By Manju Gupta, The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business, Leigh Hafrey, Maverick Business / Rave India, Pp 257, Rs 295.00

Open Forum

A study of Maharashtra election-II
A final analysis of debacle

By AK Bhattacharya

EXPLOITING emotional content of elections to neutralise media-induced hallucination.
Before getting into the tactics, first a little description of a “benevolent” leader.    more >

Economy Watch

In defence of regulation of markets
By Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala

THE economic growth rate of the country was around three to four per cent in the seventies and eighties.    more >

Youth Forum

A lesson in adjustment
By Dr Devender Kawday and Dini Menon

THE purpose behind writing this article is to make the youths realise the need of the present situation, demand of the time. As “adjustment” can be defined as a process of altering one’s behaviour to reach a harmonious relationship with their environment. This is typically a response brought about by some type of change that has taken place.    more >

Feedback

The injustice heaped on Sangh
By Subramaniam Lakshmi Narasimhan

I happened to read at length the archives of the Organiser articles on the late Guruji by several authors recently. One that simply moved me was by MG Vaidya in which he has written that how Jawaharlal Nehru and his cronies in Delhi and elsewhere harassed Guruji and the RSS on the false premise that the RSS and its leadership were involved in the plotting and assassination of Gandhiji.    more >

Readers’ Forum

The birth of a terrorist (Organiser, 18-10-2009);
—ROSHAN SRIDHAR, Shelton, Connecticut, USA

About 250 years ago, a Scotsman Adam Smith said: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” In the land of Hindus, called Bharat, the guilty are Muslim terrorists and innocents are Hindus. Ever since the present anti-Hindu government came to power, scores of hardcore Islamic terror acts have been inflicted on innocent Hindus, killing and maiming thousands.    more >




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