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Geo-Strategic Issues (incl. Nuclear, Oil, Energy), Human Rights and Legal Issues, India & Its Neighbours, Politics and Governance in India »

[13 May 2012 | 12 Comments | 1,056 views]
In the heart of New Delhi, 2500 “refugees” who came in from the cold*

First, some “facts”. “Facts” within quotes because no one quite appears to know the “truth”. I am therefore relying on emails, first-person (albeit unverified) accounts, news-reports and of course, the wonderful world of internet..As you will realise after reading this, the whole thing appears mysterious – and raises more questions than answers. Earlier yesterday morning, I was alerted to this news-report (from the HT) by Sh Krishen Kak (emphasis added, throughout):
Over 2,500 refugees from Myanmar have landed right in front of the 13th century tomb of Sultan Garhi — an …

Ancient Indian History, India & Its Neighbours, Indian History, World History »

[7 Oct 2011 | 14 Comments | 1,618 views]
Krishna and Rath Yatra in Ancient Egypt?

Dear All: It is my pleasure to publish this remarkable essay by Bibhu on the Krishna worship, the Rath Yatra festival and the Gods of ancient Egypt. Please do read and share (emphasis added)…
*** Krishna worhsip and Rathayatra festival in Ancient Egypt? by Bibhu Dev Misra ***
An interesting piece of information caught my attention during my journey across the sacred sites of Egypt during early 2010. During the light and sound show in the magnificent temple complex of Karnak, I heard a voice booming over the loudspeakers: “I am Amon-Ra…The …

China related, Geo-Strategic Issues (incl. Nuclear, Oil, Energy), India & Its Neighbours, Politics and Governance in India »

[29 Jun 2011 | 16 Comments | 1,970 views]
“Inch-by-inch” in far-away Demchok..

How many of you read this “news” on 27th? I am guessing most of you missed it. I did too…until I was alerted to it by a friend on fb.
…The government ban on construction in Demchok, one of the disputed points in eastern Ladakh, is riling residents, who claim that the Chinese side is speedily ramping up its infrastructure and the Centre is just ‘watching’
..Even the Leh administration cannot go ahead with any construction activity here without getting it approved from the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of External Affairs.
“When …

India & Its Neighbours, National Heroes »

[25 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | 481 views]
Saluting our Heroes: Maj R Parameshwaran, PVC

From the Indian Army website:
The Param Vir Chakra is awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self sacrifice, in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea, or in the air. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.
*** Saluting our Heores – Major R Parameshwaran, PVC ***

This is my humble tribute to Major R Parameshwaran, a Param Veer who sacrificed his life on this date,  23 years ago.
Late October 1987, somewhere in northern Sri Lanka: “Operation Pawan” – the campaign in Jaffna …

Hindu Festivals, India & Its Neighbours, Indian Culture, Arts and Music, Politics and Governance in India, Politics of Minority Appeasement, Women in Hinduism & India »

[17 Oct 2010 | 7 Comments | 549 views]
|| Shubh VijayaDashami ||…and pl spare a thought for Deganga

Happy VijayaDashami, Durgotsab, Durga Pooja, Dasra and Dussehra to all…
On this auspicious day, let us pledge to do our best to get rid of the three major evils that plague India – poverty, illiteracy and an ineffective, incapable & thoroughly corrupt political leadership – and promise ourselves to work towards building a proud, strong and united Bharat….
And as you go about your day today, please spare a thought for the forgotten residents of Deganga – “Humiliated and simmering with rage, abandoned and forsaken by their own“ – who are …

British Rule in India, India & Its Neighbours, Modern Indian History, Politics and Governance in India »

[15 Oct 2010 | 9 Comments | 831 views]
This weekend, worrying about Assam

Many of you may have read Nitin’s recent article in Yahoo! India on an unusual approach to deal with the matter of illegal immigration from Bangladesh. As he noted, the problem is old…and a real threat to national security…(emphasis added)
“Probably the most important event in (Assam) during the last 25 years — an event, moreover, which seems likely to alter permanently the whole future of Assam and the whole structure of Assamese culture and civilization — has been the invasion of a vast horde of land-hungry Bengali immigrants, mostly Muslims, …

Distortions, Misrepresentation about Hinduism, Distortions, Misrepresentations about India, India & Its Neighbours, Jammu & Kashmir related, Pakistan related »

[29 Jul 2010 | 9 Comments | 753 views]
…and Dalrymple gives Kashmir to India!

Dear All, it is my pleasure to publish this brilliant satire by Pankaj Saksena on William Dalrymple’s foray into international politics and foreign affairs (first published on his blog, “The Literary Falcon“). Read and share widely. ..
*** …and Dalrymple gives Kashmir to India! by Pankaj Saksena ***

It has been proved once again that violence is not the key to any solution. Guided by secular wisdom, peaceful negotiations will solve any problem.
In a brilliant intellectual coup, William Dalrymple, the brave defender of downtrodden Indian Muslims, the upholder …

Current Affairs, Human Rights and Legal Issues, India & Its Neighbours »

[12 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | 255 views]
Of Unintended Consequences, Perverse Incentives & Illegal Immigration

Thanks to Sanjeev for alerting me to this article. From UN convention misunderstood, and it’s not working by Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of  The Australian comes this startling excerpt – offered without comment (emphasis mine):
Here is where the unintended consequences and perverse incentives come in. The best book on these issues ever written is Christopher Caldwell’s Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. With a mountain of irrefutable data, Caldwell establishes beyond doubt that the vast Muslim immigration to Europe in recent years is simply a …

Development Related, India & Its Neighbours, Indian Medicine & Ayurveda, Politics and Governance in India, Weekend Reading »

[3 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | 368 views]
W’end Links: Sam Pitroda, Tears of Doom & Illegal Immigrants

This weekend, three excerpts – on three very different topics – sent to me by three friends.
The first is an excerpt from a keynote speech delivered by Sh Sam Pitroda on “India in a globalized world” at Nehru Centre, Mumbai (Thanks Prashant):
…Today, education is definitely on the national agenda. I believe that this is a great window of opportunity because we have a very large young population. We are prepared to invest on education. Our economy is growing at 8 to 10%. But, at the same time, don’t have big …

Conversions, Missionaries in India, Development Related, India & Its Neighbours, Politics and Governance in India »

[3 Jun 2010 | 17 Comments | 1,458 views]
Notes from North-East: Indigenous Cultures, Demographic Invasion

Another hurried post….essentially a summary of conversations over the last three days (in no particular order). Sorry for the lack of formatting etc.
Aggressive Christian evangelism is a “live” issue across north-east. There have been incidents involving conversions either via direct inducement/ allurement or indirect/ soft persuasion aided by unspoken promises of rewards. I heard of at least two cases of deception and/or fraudulent tactics being used to influence impressionable minds.
Infiltration from across the border continues unabated. I sensed a certain degree of fatalism whenever conversation veered on this topic. This is …