Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How India must face the Chinese threat : India News

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    • nvited by Islamabad, the Chinese moved into Pakistan occupied Kashmir [ Images ]. With growing irrelevance of Pakistan as a nation State, this area in times to come will become Chinese occupied Kashmir. Similarly, China fabricated its territorial claim on Bhutan and is working to eclipse the prevailing Indian influence there.

      Is New Delhi prepared to defend its strategic frontiers in Bhutan unlike our timid response in Tibet [ Images ]?

    • To power itself out of the largely self-inflicted external-internal encirclement New Delhi should work out a comprehensive counter-strategy with an offensive orientation. For an enduring win against the heavy odds, the national goal should be to emerge as the single most dominant power in Asia by 2020.

      This aim envisages an economically powerful India backed by extraordinary military capabilities and reach, and formation of potent international alliances that help defend multi-cultural democratic values under adverse conditions in Asia.

    • However, to be the pre-eminent Asian power, it is essential that New Delhi first set its own house in order by reclaiming the space lost within to the non-State actors.

      Lack of skills and direction, self-serving gimmicks and dwindling integrity in the civil administration ended up in handing over the control of 40 percent area to the Maoists and ten percent on the borders to the insurgents.

      It is vital that the State recaptures this space in the shortest possible time frame and establishes its authority up to the borders. Otherwise, India will be the next State after Pakistan to be consumed by civil war.

    • Fourth, the Indian Army can select and train a few officer cadets every year for the Indian Police Service at its Officer Training Academy in Chennai on the same tough pattern as the military officer cadets. This will rapidly induct precision of military thinking and sinews that the civil administration urgently requires to fulfill the task at hand.

      The success of expanding Chinese strategic reach in Asia is due to the singular fact that, unlike other Communist parties, the Communist Party of China from its inception has the advantage of precise military thinking in the party, as the People's Liberation Army officers are integral to it. The above suggestions are particularly relevant to pacifist India, as military thinking in most of the other cultures is a natural component.

    • n addition, remove all man made barriers like inner line permits etc to allow inter-mingling of citizenry, and establishment of businesses and industry in the northeast and Kashmir and other states.

      While the terrorist, jihadi and the infiltrator forcibly change the demography, citizens are not allowed to settle and buy land in many areas of the Union. Such contradictions besides being illogical defy national integration, consolidation and fusion of the nation into one entity. However, we should avoid forced settlements like the Han Chinese in Tibet or Pakistan in the Shia-majority Northern Areas.

    • Hence, it is in India's national interest to synergise with the West in Af-Pak to benefit from resource rich Central Asia and deny the centuries's old route of invasion to the adversary.
    • Bharat Verma is the editor, Indian Defence Review

Indian Festival to Celebrate Culture in Indonesia - The Jakarta Globe

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    Bollywood fever will be spreading throughout Indonesia this month as the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Center hosts a series of musical and theater performances. (Photo courtesy of JNICC)
    • Bollywood fever will be spreading throughout Indonesia this month as the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Center hosts a series of musical and theater performances. (Photo courtesy of JNICC)
    • India has a millennia-old link with Indonesia, which people in India know little about. Surprisingly, many Indonesians don’t know much about it either,” says MK Singh, director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Center.

      Thousands of years ago, Java and Sumatra islands welcomed Indians to their land as traders. The Indians left behind a cultural footprint that is still visible today in Indonesia’s theater and wayang performances of Hindu epics, the hand movements of Balinese dancers and the melodies and rhythms of dangdut music.

      To celebrate and strengthen this cultural collaboration, the JNICC and the Indian Embassy are presenting the Festival of India. And to ensure packed houses, all events are free.

Togadia asks Marathis not to oppose Hindi

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    • "The Vishwa Hindu Parishad ferevently appeals to the Marathis, who have fought for the interests of Hindus for four centuries, to refrain from opposing Hindi or any other Indian language, as such acts are detrimental to national integrity", VHP Secretary General Praveen Togadia said in a statement here.

Advani: Petulant Patriarch

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    • Sandhya Jain
    • It detracts from a newspaper’s credibility if a lead writer claims that the BJP rose from two seats in 1984 (after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi) and captured power at the Centre in less than two decades because of AB Vajpayee - LK Advani. Any association of the BJP’s rise with personalities other than Sri Rama Lalla is intellectual dishonesty. It also pours water over the selfless exertions of millions of RSS workers and citizens who threw themselves wholeheartedly into the Janmabhoomi movement – which was cynically used by the Advani type of leaders to come to power.
    • No wonder coterie insider Sushma Swaraj called Rama Janmabhoomi an ‘encashed cheque’ – that is truly all that it meant to her crowd.
    • Today, more than ever before, Hindu society needs a political articulation of Hindu political goals. The persisting political failures of the BJP, particularly small but tenacious men like Advani who have failed to protect Hindus from the predations of Mosque and Church, have compelled Shri Bhagwat to stand alone in the public square, braving the missiles from all quarters. । विस्फोट.कॉम - अदानी महा ठगिनी हम जानी

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    • उमाशंकर मिश्र/चंद्रपुर से लौटकर
    • "यह जंगल हमारे बुजुर्गों का लगाया हुआ है, इसे हम कटने नहीं देंगे! हमने 10 फुट रास्ता सरकार से मांगा था, जो हमें नहीं मिला, जबकि अदानी समूह को पूरा जंगल दिया जा रहा है।" यह कहना है महाराष्ट्र के चंद्रपुर जिले ताड़ोबा अंधेरी बाघ अभ्यारण्य के बफर क्षेत्र के गांव मामला के सरपंच भारत काटवले का। उल्लेखनीय है कि चंद्रपुर शहर से सटे घने जंगल ताडोबा अंधेरी टाइगर रिजर्व के लिए एक ढाल की तरह हैं और ये जंगल इसलिए भी महत्वपूर्ण है क्योंकि यह एक दक्षिणवर्ती कॉरीडोर का हिस्सा है जो बाघों के प्रजनन एवं उनके अस्तित्व के लिए काफी अहम् है।

steps to second partition: conversion in government college in bihar

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    • परसथुआं (रोहतास)
    • स्थानीय गिरीश नारायण मिश्र महाविद्यालय के प्रांगण में मंगलवार को 35 हिन्दुओं को बतीस्मा पिला इसाई धर्म स्वीकार कराया गया। धर्म परिवर्तन करने वालों में दलित व गरीब हैं। सभी को गोरिया नदी में पवित्र स्नान कराया गया।
    • प्राचार्य डा. उमाशंकर द्विवेदी ने कहा कि वे महाविद्यालय कार्य से बाहर थे।

Aren't we all minorities, Mr Chidambaram?: India News

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    • A secular state cannot subscribe to the concept of a majority and a minority for it is that very inequity that a secular state strives to eradicate, argues Vivek Gumaste
    • Although Chidambaram added racial and linguistic qualifications to imbue a sense of political correctness to his remarks, it appears to have been an afterthought. There is little doubt, that the basic thrust of his statement was directed at assuaging Muslim sentiments as evidenced by his redundant resurrection of a near forgotten issue that is nearly 17 years old: the Babri Masjid [ Images ] demolition.
    • The term minority is an oxymoron in a secular setting: the two terms are incompatible. A Hindu state can have a Muslim minority and vice-versa but a secular state cannot subscribe to the concept of a majority and a minority for it is that very inequity that a secular state strives to eradicate.
    • Chidambaram's statement therefore stands out for two infractions both of which perpetuate a malady that we are striving to erase: one, the use of the term minority that stereotypes a section of our society and two, the ill conceived proposition that all minorities are automatically in need of protection or privileged access. These remarks by Chidambaram as well as the oft quoted contention by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [ Images ] that minorities have the first right on the nation's resources violate the spirit of the constitution and are diametrically opposed to the course of action advised by the Supreme Court of India [ Images ] as per the Constitution of India.
    • The Constitution is extremely clear that the ultimate goal should be the creation of an egalitarian society that harbours no division and obviates the need for protection for anyone as indicated in this Supreme Court judgment: