Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tarun Vijay: Barack Obama, us and the US : India News

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    • The US didn't help us in 1962, bullied us in 1971, put hurdles in our way to punish Pakistan post Kargil [ Images ], thus helping Islamabad's dictator, didn't take up our case post 26/11.

      Washington -- or for that matter any superpower -- respects those who have strength and show an unyielding attitude.

      Till we have such rulers who choose a date like 26/11 to be in Washington, rather than being in Mumbai comforting the nation, we can't stop greater powers meddling in our region and affairs.

Eyewitness: How the Babri Masjid was felled: India News

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    • I had reached Ayodhya on the morning of  December 5, 1992 to witness, what was described as 'a rehearsal' of the much publicised kar seva that was to follow 24 hours later. That was meant to mark a token commencement of the construction of the much-debated Ram temple at the spot where a foundation stone had been laid at six years earlier.

      The proposed ritual was incredibly simple -- kar sevaks arriving from different corners of the country were to march down to the banks of the river Sarayu, barely a kilometre away, carry a fistful of sand and drop it in a pit specially dug for the purpose close to the site of the shilaniyas (foundation stone) carried out in 1986 during the Rajiv Gandhi [ Images ] regime. Simultaneously 101 saffron-clad sadhus were to knock their hammers on the specially erected concrete platform overlooking the disputed structure of the Babri Masjid. The fact that this drill was followed quite religiously led everyone to foresee a boring uneventful day ahead.

      The kar sevaks came in their turns and followed the announced programme. That was enough to make everyone believe  that  the saffron forces had come in for a major climbdown by settling for a symbolic kar seva.

      Not only the local authorities but even media persons from  different corners of the globe were willing to actually believe that the saffron brigade comprising the activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ] and its allies, the Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and  their common mastermind, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh -- had given up plans of  undertaking any drastic step.

    • Coming back to the scene on December 5, 1992, the day passed off peacefully. The day's only exciting event was the test drill by smartly turned out men of the then newly raised Rapid Action Force in their colourful gear. They covered the 7 km distance from Faizabad to Ayodhya in barely five minutes -- an unparalleled feat that not only evoked wide applause but also renewed confidence among the masses that nothing untoward would be allowed to happen.

      Officials patted their backs for such a 'high level' of preparedness, for any eventuality on the following day.

    • Even as the countdown began for the final showdown on the morning of December 6, no one suspected the intentions of the kar sevaks.

      Everything appeared to go as per the rehearsal until about 1130 hrs when a batch of kar sevaks, raising passionate Hindutva slogans sought to break through the human chain that was formed by RSS workers, to enclose the entire cemented platform.

      The idea, according to the local organisers, was to keep everybody other than the select band of 101 sadhus from stepping onto the platform. After all, these sadhus alone were detailed to perform the symbolic kar seva by knocking their hammers on the platform.

      However, the insistence of the kar sevaks to break the cordon led to a clash between them and the RSS volunteers on guard. Soon, a few local mahants (priests) led by Gyan Das, the chief priest of Hanuman [ Images ] Garhi  (Ayodhya's oldest temple) also moved in to assist the volunteers in keeping the kar sevaks away. The volunteers got thrashed by the kar sevaks for their trouble.

      What worsened the situation at this juncture was the announcement over the public address system, asking the people to stop beating each other. "Please do not beat up the kar sevaks; after all they are our own people." Far from bringing down tempers, this announcement provoked other batches of  kar sevaks to rush towards the concrete structure.

      Suddenly a huge band of kar sevaks from Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra, reached the spot, ready to teach the volunteers a lesson. A free for all ensued.

    • The clash with mediapersons allowed more bands of kar sevaks to converge on the platform. They headed straight for the mosque. The steel barricading that stood as the barrier proved no hurdle for them. In fact, many of them managed to pull out the steel pipes used in the barricade and charged at the structure. Soon there were thousands of kar sevaks armed with steel pipes or iron rods, swarming across the place and banging at the 16th century structure.
    • Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow

Mossad's ex-chief on the lessons of 26/11: India News

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    Danny Yatom
    • You cannot deter somebody who is ready to die. You need to either catch them before they start their journey and before they start implementation or while they are on their way.

The courageous journey back to life of a 26/11 survivor: News

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    • Less than a year after he was shot in the chest and both legs in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Harnish Patel pulled out a personal miracle. He completed the London Duathlon -- a 34 km running and cycling race -- when six months prior to the event he could hardly put one foot in front of the other whilst recovering in a London hospital.

A new territory falls to radical Islam

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    • Indonesia houses the world’s largest population of Muslims — more than India, more than Pakistan. As much as 90 per cent of the country’s population is made up of Muslims. Many of them still keep Hindu names. Folklores from the Mahabharat are popular. Nobody represents the middle path between traditional belief and Islam better than the people of Java. A Javanese does not even offer a firm handshake — it’s aggressive. A limp handshake is good enough.
    • Yet, all of this is changing. That all is not well first came to light with the Bali bombings, which killed over 200, and then there were the Jakarta hotel blasts. The news is that radical Islam has taken roots in the country. Osama bin Laden is a popular hero. People identify with the Chechen and Afghan wars.
    • Gentle Islam has begun to make way for the hardliner. Sharia laws have gained ground. Tolerance is down. Democratic values are questioned. Can they be any good because they are not Sharia-compliant? Onion domes of mosques can be found all over the landscape. The liberal education system faces serious threat from the madrasas. Artists are under attack. Popular music is frowned upon because it is not Islamic. Women, and even little girls, have taken to the jilbab to veil their faces.

      Deep down in their heart, the hardliners know it doesn’t fit with their traditional way of life.

    • the Islam now on display in Indonesia is of the West Asian variety — women should be stoned to death for adultery and thieves need to have their hands cut off. Jehad, or religious war, is a recurring theme.

      The world of the believer, of course, is split into two: Us and them, the believers and the non-believers. That the rest of the world — Christians, Zionists and Hindus — is out to tarnish the image of Muslims is a constant refrain.

EU team meets separatist Kashmir leaders in Srinagar

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    • Srinagar
    • A five-member European Union (EU) delegation that arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to assess the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, met various separatist leaders on Tuesday.


      Led by Sweden Ambassador to India, Lars Olof Lindgren, the team included Belgian Ambassador Jean M. Deboutte, Spanish Ambassador Ion de la Riva, Second Secretary (Political Affairs) in the Swedish embassy Oscar Schlyter and EU Ambassador Danielle. They discussed issues relating to human rights violation in the state.


      The delegation met Mohammed Yasin Malik, the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

    • The delegation also met with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of the separatist All Parties Hurriyat (freedom) conference.


      Lord Olof Lindgren, the head of the European Union delegation, said they were concerned about the human rights violation in Kashmir. "Well, there are a lot of human rights issue that we are looking into. I cannot go into the details of those but those are of concern to the European Union and we discussed them with the Indian government and we have met the Human Rights Commissioner in the state. So we will follow these things with interest like we follow the situation in all parts of India," added Lord Olof Lindgren.

1857 revolt etched on this temple's walls - The Times of India

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    • The first uprising of 1857 against the British has been immortalized in the walled city of Ahmedabad. Kalupur Swaminarayan Temple, located in the heart of the old city, has wooden carvings and figurines of Hindu deities.
    • Be it a Maratha soldier under the leadership of Goddess Durga or Rani of Jhansi, the relevance of these figures can be found in Chauhan's book Carved Wooden Pillars at Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad: A Testimony to the First War of Indian Independence'.

      The meeting hall was constructed between 1856 and 1871, soon after the revolt of 1857, when Rani of Jhansi had led her army against the British.

Pak channel's blackcomedy on 26/11 - The Times of India

    • Facing international heat over 26/11 attack on Mumbai planned on its soil, Pakistan's response has been to turn it into subject of comedy. Creative minds in Pakistan have produced a satirical TV show with Kasab as 'hero'.
    • The message is clear: Kasab is an Indian, a Hindu from Hyderabad, and the entire conspiracy was hatched in India. Also the commando action was just a sham. Kasab's bosses- those in research and analysis wing (RAW) wanted to have Hemant Karkare (referred as Major Kurkure), eliminated as many a heads would have rolled in Samjhauta Express blast case which he was pursuing vigorously.

पाकिस्तान लोक सेवा आयोग के अध्यक्ष बने भगवान दास

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    पाकिस्तान लोक सेवा आयोग के अध्यक्ष बने भगवान दास
    • पाकिस्तान में सर्वोच्च न्यायालय के अवकाश प्राप्त न्यायाधीश भगवान दास को संघीय लोक सेवा आयोग (एफपीएससी) का अध्यक्ष बनाया गया है।
    • इस्लामाबाद
    • दास तीन बार सर्वोच्च न्यायालय के कार्यवाहक प्रधान न्यायाधीश रह चुके हैं। इस पद पर पहुंचने वाले वह एक मात्र हिंदू हैं। उन्होंने दिसंबर 2007 में अवकाश ग्रहण किया था।

भाईचारे की मिसाल बना गांव भंगू

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    • प्रमोद कुमार रोड़ी
    • एक दूजे के प्रति सम्मान, स्नेह और सौहार्द की जीती जागती तस्वीर इन दिनों जिले के गांव भंगू में देखी जा सकती है जहां गांव के हिंदू व सिख समुदाय के लोग मिलकर गांव के श्रीगुरुद्वारा साहिब के परिसर के भीतर ही गुरुद्वारे के एक भाग का निर्माण करने में जुटे हैं।
    • ग्रामीण इस बात पर एकमत हैं कि इस गुरुद्वारे को बनाने के लिए शिरोमणि गुरुद्वारा कमेटी, किसी अन्य गांव अथवा संस्था से किसी प्रकार का सहयोग नहीं लिया जाएगा। गांव के किसान इसके निर्माण में प्रति एकड़ 200 रुपए छमाही फसल पर देंगे जबकि अन्य वर्ग के लोग श्रद्धानुसार आर्थिक सहयोग करेंगे। फिलहाल ग्रामीणों द्वारा अपने स्तर पर दिए गए 15 लाख रुपए के आर्थिक योगदान के बूते पर इस गुरुद्वारे की चारदीवारी का निर्माण पूरा कर लिया गया है।

आटो समस्या के खिलाफ अनोखे अंदाज में प्रदर्शन

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    • शहर में अव्यवस्थित आटो की समस्या पर बुधवार अखिल भारतीय हिंदू सुरक्षा समीति ने जसपाल भट्टी स्टाइल में कटाक्ष किया। समीति के सदस्य सड़क के किनारे एक तंबू गाड़कर आटो के लिए फाइनेंस आफिस खोलकर बैठ गए।

      उनका कहना था कि उनकी कंपनी की ओर से लुधियाना के बेरोजगार युवकों को आटो लेकर दिए जाएंगे। क्योंकि शहर में आटो चलाने के लिए किसी लाइसेंस या परमिट की जरूरत नहीं पड़ती। जिस व्यक्ति की मासिक आय दो हजार रुपये होगी, उसे कंपनी आटो फाइनेंस करेगी।

      उनकी कंपनी के आटो का नाम डॉन होगा, जिसे चलाने वाले को लुधियाना के बेस्ट नागरिक के अवार्ड से भी नवाजा जाएगा। असल में यह प्रदर्शन समीति की ओर से शहर में आटो से प्रदूषण, सड़क जाम व अन्य समस्याओं की तरफ प्रशासन का ध्यान दिलाने के लिए किया गया था।

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Ban on cow slaughter sought - Hubli - The Times of India

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    • KARWAR
    • Sri Rama Sena president Pramod Mutalik has threatened to attack the illegal slaughterhouses in Bhatkal if the district administration and the police failed to stop their operation. He has also urged the authorities to stop cow slaughter during Bakrid.
    • Meanwhile, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) submitted a separate memorandum to the DC, giving him the list of the places in Bhatkal where over 1,000 cattle were "allegedly" kept for slaughter during Bakrid. VHP has asked the DC and the police to immediately raid the areas and avoid untoward incidents. Office-bearers of VHP, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and Marwadi Association have jointly submitted the memorandum.