Friday, November 20, 2009

Rightwing Rumblings: YS Jagan for CM , an Christian game plan in Andhra Pradesh

    • YSR and his Son in Law used Andhra Pradesh as
      testing Lab for their Christian conversions
    • The Hindu religious followers in Andhra Pradesh were expressing happiness and confidence after a five-and-half-year-long period when evengalists had a field-day in Andhra Pradesh. A Hindu segment within the state unit is putting pressure on the Congress high command to confirm K Rosaiah as Chief Minister even as the Christian lobby is actively canvassing for Jagan Reddy. An unofficial ginger group in the party, Congress Secular Hindu Forum (CSHF) had rejected the idea that another Christian religious follower will once again occupy the Chief Minister’s office. The Hindu followers in the Congress high command has taken a stand off, with the Congress president Smt Sonia Gandhi on this issue. A section of Hindu-minded leaders in the AICC is backing the Hindu Forum within, say sources.
    • The above two persons, according to the Hindu Forum, had invented a hawkish idea to percolate among the masses, with the objective to YS Rajasekhara Reddy as an incarnation of ‘Jesus Christ’, who took the form of the Chief Minister to alleviate the sufferings of the poor and is destitute.
    • This secret meeting also decided to find out a suitable property for the construction of a church in Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams and to speed up the process of conversion.
    • source: Anjali Prohlod Roy

US: Expert who infuriated India offered key post: India News

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    • South Asia expert Christine Fair has been offered a top position in the Obama [ Images ] administration, and that too to specifically handle the India [ Images ] portfolio. The former Rand Corporation expert on South Asia infuriated New Delhi [ Images ] alleging that India was meddling in Balochistan.

Veteran cop Mahendra Kumawat on the Naxal problem: News

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    • Sheela Bhatt in Delhi

      Mahendra Kumawat, a 1972 batch Indian Police Service officer, has a lifetime experience of dealing with the Maoists, terrorists and other militancy.

      He has contributed in increasing the police and Central Reserve Police Force's operating efficiency in the disturbed areas. He also proposed the establishment of the National Police University, which has been approved by the Union Cabinet.

    • What is needed is a uniform policy in all the states.
    • The top leaders of the country have different views on the problem.
    • Where will we end this cycle of violence, then?

We told the governments that when we put pressure on the Naxals, they take shelter in your area. We told them that when Naxals come to your area, 'please take action against them'. They said that 'Naxals are not committing any crime in our area'.

Now, all these bordering states are facing violence. Unfortunately our predictions have come true. They were not prepared for this kind of violence; their forces are not trained to fight the battle.

How is the Centre helping the states?

They have formed the COBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) on the lines of the Greyhounds. It's a mirror image of the guerrilla. It is said that to fight the guerrilla, you have to be a guerrilla!

You will never find a Naxal who is 40/50 years old, they are agile people. In the police force you will find that 50 percent are above 40. How can you fight them?

So when central forces go to a Naxal-hit area, they will again require training. Now, only the COBRA is exclusively created to tackle the Naxals. Ten battalions have been sanctioned for the COBRAs. It's a good number if trained properly.

The government has made very clear that the air force will not be used. I think the air force should be used for logistic purposes. We should transport our resources and men by helicopters during special operations. It will be a force multiplier.

Nowhere in the world has bombing been successful in guerrilla warfare.

We can learn form Vietnam, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq. Let us not have a Somalia or Iraq within our country.

So you say that Naxalism is an essentially a state problem?

It was, but, now it is a national problem. It should be solved in conjunction with the states and the Centre. The Centre should be a facilitator and keep an overview of the problem.

In some states, the Naxals take shelter, in some they indulge in violence, in some they keep weapons and in others their leadership stays and planning takes shape.

No state will have a complete picture of their activities. The Centre will have to act as the brain and capacity builder for the states.

Why India cannot be an Asian power like China: India News

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    • strategic expert B Raman.
    • In geopolitical matters, there is no futuristic thinking in India. The quality of Indian thinking and analysis -- strategic and tactical -- is poor. What passes for analysis in India is just wishful-thinking.
    • Nobody in India has realised and brought out that for the first time the US, Japan [ Images ] and Australia [ Images ] have a leadership which does not rate highly India's potential as an emerging power.  There is less and less talk of Chindia. Even today, many in India are not aware that the new Japanese government is not as enthusiastic about India as the previous government was. There has been no exercise in India to analyse future scenarios in US-Japan relationship.

      Someone once said that power and influence are not given. They are taken. China has shown how to take it. India does not have the political will and courage to fight for it and take it. It is hoping that the US will give it.

Director Vikram Bhatt's letter to Rahul Gandhi: India News

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    • Anguished by the reinstatement of RR Patil as Maharashtra [ Images ] home minister on the eve of the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai [ Images ] -- following which Patil was asked to quit -- Bollywood director Vikram Bhatt [ Images ] wrote to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi [ Images ], asking him to set things right. We present the letter below:
    Rahul Gandhi
    • I have nothing against R R Patil personally, and he might be the man for the job, but what has hurt me is the attitude behind all this political maneuvering. It goes to say that I am an idiot and what I feel is not important. He said something that hurt us deeply and then was asked to step down and then even before a year is gone he is back again and that means I am supposed to have a weak a memory and I am supposed to forget. It does not matter what I feel and what I have gone through to see my city scared, what matters is that I have been given a pat on the back and the tag of being resilient and R R Patil sits here as the symbol of the impotent rage of a Nation. R R Patil is the government's way of telling us, the citizens, that we and what we feel does not matter. We are cranky children that have to be given a candy when we are complaining to shut us up and then we will wipe our tears and toe the line obediently. It's sad.
    • We watch the balkanisation of our state with silence and we see the MNS play the Marathi card to get the better of the Shiv Sena [ Images ]. We see the violence at the swearing-in ceremony and we are embarrassed and we keep quiet.
    • Is democracy about living in fear? Is that what our forefathers fought the British for? Do you think there is any difference between a man who comes from out of the country to spread terror and the man who stays in this country and spreads terror? Terror is terror, no?
    • Love and Respect,


2 foreigners enter Puri temple, create flutter

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    • There was a lot of hulla-baloo over entry of two non-Hindu devotees into the Sri Jagannath Temple here this morning. The devotees _ Malaysian Lee Chee Sung and an NRI Hindu from Australia J.Raman, both followers of ISKCON _ were found inside the temple. The priests on duty suspecting their nationality and religious bearings as per the tradition questioned them. As they could not explain their `gotra’ and caste, the priests handed them to the temple police. During questioning, it was learnt that the duo had no idea of the restrictions over the entry of non-Hindus into the temple.


      The Australian said he was a Hindu but settled there and an ISKCON devotee. Police after verifying their credentials released them.

Kurbaan quick review: Please, stop this meaningful cinema : First Cut

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    • After watching Kurbaan I now understand why all the posters for the film capitalize on the sexy bronzed skin of the two lead actors—there’s nothing else in this inane, regressive story.

      The movie begins innocuously enough. Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are the trendiest college teachers you’ve ever seen (but at least Khan doesn’t play a student like in Love Aaj Kal). He’s a Muslim, she’s a (badly dressed) Hindu. They fall in love over coffee and Kapoor’s seriously thick eye makeup. He’s aggressive, she’s coy. “Are you afraid of your feelings for me?” he wants to know.

    • The sex scene comes only two hours into the film. Kapoor and Khan compete for the Best Back competition.

      Before this movie I believed that New York was to Karan Johar what Switzerland was to Yash Chopra. Why would he make such an offensive film about his favourite city? Bas karo yeh meaningful cinema. Please give us a Kuch Kuch Hota Hai again.

Milli Council demands reservation in legislature for Muslim, Dalit women |

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    • All India Milli Council reiterated its demand for reservation to Muslim and Dalit women in Parliament by making changes in the draft bill on 33% reservation to women. The organization held a press conference today at Press Club of India in New Delhi to make the demand when the Parliament’s winter session started around talks that the bill may be put to vote in this session.
    • Mr Khan said if the bill is passed in the present form this will further curtail the presence of Muslims in the Parliament.
    • There were seven people – six men and a Hindu Dalit woman – on the dais. When they were asked why these Muslim organizations do not give rightful position to women in their hierarchy – evidence of it that no Muslim woman was there – the leaders again had no satisfying answer.

Forget regionalism, unite as Hindus: Thackeray -

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    • Only a few days ago, he reprimanded Sachin Tendulkar for saying, "Mumbai belongs to Indians." But on Thursday, the Shiv Sena chief himself advocated nationalism. He appealed to the Hindus all over India to set aside their regional differences and unite to combat the "calamity of Islam."
    • Thackeray, who admits to being a "staunch Hindu", had once suggested that a memorial of Mangal Pandey, the hero of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, be erected at the disputed area in Ayodhya. However, on Thursday he said that Sena would complete building the Ram temple in Ayodhya. He claimed credit for the makeshift Ram temple that is there now in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna. "Ayodhya today has a Ram temple just because of the Shiv Sena. The Sena will fulfil its promise of completing the temple by building its dome," he stated.
    • Thackeray came down heavily on Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi for his "desire to rebuild the Babri Masjid". He said, "The Sena still has the guts to shatter his dreams of rebuilding Babri. The country is being crushed by a Muslim python... In this country, there are Marathis, Bengalis, Gujaratis, Kannadigas, Assamese and Hindis. But are there Hindus? Instead of unifying, they have decided to spill the blood of their Hindu brothers in the name of regionalism.
    • "We must stand together as Hindus to fight this Islamic attack. Otherwise, our future generations will be seen offering namaaz instead of celebrating Dussehra and Diwali.

The Revenge Of The Proletariat

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    • The full story of why the CPI(M) is losing Bengal after 40 years
      Illustration: ANAND NAOREM
    • There is a basis to the indignation of both sides. Ever since it came to power in 1977, the CPI(M) has exercised a stranglehold over the state. Its political thrust has not been confined to merely winning electoral battles but in exercising control over civil society. In rural West Bengal, the dreaded Local Committees of the CPI(M) replaced the bureaucracy and police as instruments of governance and law and order. From determining who can farm a particular piece of land and appointing the village school-teacher to imposing social boycotts of an errant “class enemy”, the CPI(M) ensured that its presence impacted on each and every individual in the village. It was impossible for a family to live in a village unless it made peace with the local CPI(M). It naturally followed that it was virtually impossible for an opposition party, be it Congress, TMC or anyone else, to operate freely in rural society. This may explain why almost all competitive politics in West Bengal was invariably centred on cities and other urban clusters; in much of rural Bengal, the CPI(M) and its allies ran a one-party state.
    • However, it would be a travesty to suggest that the CPI(M) hold on rural society stemmed from the exercise of force alone. For more than three decades, the Left prospered on the goodwill generated by Operation Barga and the decentralisation of power to the panchayats. Operation Barga, the Left Front’s most far-reaching achievement, conferred security of tenure to bargadars (sharecroppers). In practice, it made ‘registered’ bargadars de-facto owners of the land they cultivated. The devolution of power to elected panchayats which immediately followed the empowerment of the poor peasantry, together redefined rural power relations. With Left cadres and the elected panchayats taking an active interest in the actual implementation of land reforms, the social and political backbone of the jotedars, the rich farmers who made up the village leadership of the undivided Congress, was broken. For 30 years, the anti-Left opposition could not re-establish their presence in rural West Bengal. The Left would invariably lose seats in Kolkata and Howrah, perhaps even in the border districts of Malda and Murshidabad, but in the vast expanse of the rural hinterland its strongholds were almost impregnable.

Pro-RSS Muslims take anti-terror vow | Top News

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    • Submitted by Sarthak Gupta
    • A group of Muslims from across the country converged on the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday noon to protest against terrorism. This marked the launch of a week-long “Tiranga Yatra” to observe the first anniversary of the November 26 Mumbai terror attack.

      These are pro-Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Muslims, who call themselves Muslim Rashtriya Manch (Muslim National Forum).

    • “We will file a petition for a ban on cow slaughter,” manch convenor Mohammad Afzal told Hindustan Times.
    • The manch, founded in 2002, draws marg darshan (guidance) from RSS pracharak Indresh Kumar.

राम मंदिर बनाकर रहेंगे पर मराठी मानुष पहले: शिवसेना

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    • शिवसेना प्रमुख बाल ठाकरे ने कहा है कि अयोध्या में राम मंदिर हिंदुत्व के लिए शिवसेना के बलिदान का प्रतीक है। पार्टी मंदिर के पूर्ण निर्माण का वादा पूरा करेगी। ठाकरे ने पार्टी के मुखपत्र सामना के ताजा अंक में लिखे अपने संपादकीय में यह संकेत भी दिया कि हिंदुत्व का मसला मराठी मानुष की कीमत पर नहीं उठाया जाएगा।

      ठाकरे ने मस्जिद गिराने का श्रेय शिवसेना को देते हुए लिखा है कि मस्जिद को गिराने वाले और उस पर भगवा झंडा फहराने वाले कोठारी भाई शिव सैनिक थे और मुझे उन पर गर्व है।
    • ठाकरे ने संकेत दिया कि हिंदुत्व का मसला मराठी मानुष की कीमत पर नहीं उठाया जाएगा। उन्होंने कहा कि माटी के बेटों का मसला महाराष्ट्र में रहेगा पर जब देश को इस्लाम से खतरा होगा, हिंदू जरूर उठ खड़े होंगे।