Following are interesting articles of the day (March 12, 2009) which affect Hindus and their rights directly or indirectly. Also, some general articles. All the articles with my views on some of them.
- Dr. Subramanian Swamy, the PARASURAMA of Sanatana Dharma and Hinduism in the crumbling India of 2009
- Video: Mulayam Singh's Corruption: Distributes money to influence voters
- Indian Express praises Congress's nonexistent achievements
- India Elections 2009 - Here come the Modi baiters
- DMK's Telecom Minister A Raja's corruption galore
- Go vote, India Inc tells employees
Corporate India, among the worst hit by the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, is using the emotional momentum that tragedy generated to get its employees to go out and exercise their franchise.Finally, one of the most sensible step by Corporate Bharat (misnomer: India) towards fulfilling their social, national and moral responsibility in a long while. Wait till communal Arjun Singh, Congress, et al ask for quota in this and more time off with stipend for others as compared to Hindus.
From informal gatherings around water coolers, overflowing with conversations underlining the importance of one’s right to vote, to mailers being sent out to demystify the electoral process, all attempts are being made to encourage employees to cast their votes during the upcoming general elections.
- Politics of Missile Defence
As India celebrates the third successful anti-missile test conducted off the Orissa coast on Friday, New Delhi might continue to have trouble managing the politics of missile defence at home and abroad.If only the Bharatiya politicians had national interest in mind and not how can I continue to stay in power and win the next election, Bharat would have been stronger and a safer place to live.
Eight years ago, the external affairs minister Jaswant Singh surprised the world by embracing President George W Bush's controversial plan to accelerate the development and deployment of missiles that could shoot down other missiles, especially those armed with nuclear weapons.
While a grateful Washington offered to share its missile defence technologies with New Delhi, there were few takers for it within the NDA government. Outside the government, the Opposition Congress party mildly, the communists wildly, and the foreign policy traditionalists in a confused manner attacked India's new interest in missile defence. On the external front, our old friends in Moscow were upset and our neighbours in Beijing angry at India's enthusiasm for missile defence.
When power changed hands in New Delhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh negotiated the nuclear deal with the United States in 2005, there was a second opportunity to advance India's missile defences.
The US offered to make a joint declaration on missile defence the centrepiece of President Bush's visit to India in March 2006. Afraid of CPM's boss, Prakash Karat, the UPA held back. The Government was also under immense pressure from Moscow and Beijing to join them in their global campaign against missile defence.
While the comrades held India's military space programme in check, China stunned the world in January 2007 by testing an anti-satellite weapon in space.
If India missed the big moment with Bush on military space cooperation, it now stares at President Barack Obama scaling back on missile defence and negotiating a compromise with Moscow.
For India two important lessons stand out: one, the case for new military technologies must be rooted in an appreciation of our own security interests and cannot be subject to the ideological fancies of a few. As a nuclear Pakistan descends into chaos, the importance of missile defence will continue to grow for India.
Two, unless our scientists and diplomats learn to work together, New Delhi will find itself unable to seize high technology opportunities when they present themselves for a fleeting moment or two.
- Magistrate gives 2 orders in same case
Shocked that a magistrate had passed two differing orders on the same day in the same case, the Bombay high court recently called for administrative action against him.Oh, what do you know? Justice is truly blind. He was probably trying to deliver equal justice. Such a shame! He should be fired for such ridiculous act of negligence. What if he ordered someone to be hanged or let the convict free "by mistake"? Who will be responsible for this administrative miscarriage of justice?
On August 30, 2008, additional chief metropolitan magistrate S N Chinchamekar of the Esplanade court had first, in a handwritten order, held that a particular dispute appeared to be "civil in nature" and it was "totally wrong for the complainant to approach a criminal court". But later, a typed version of the order, signed by the magistrate, said that it was "necessary to direct the police to investigate under Section 156 (3) Criminal Procedure Code".
The HC order, seeking punitive action against the magistrate, is significant because it’s not unusual for litigants to try to give civil disputes a criminal hue. Lawyers say this helps ensure a police probe for offences like cheating and criminal breach of trust. The police then threaten to arrest the "accused to facilitate a settlement".
But it’s rare to find a magistrate passing two conflicting orders on the same day.
- Drunk drivers to lose licence on the spot in Chennai
Drunk drivers can no longer get away by paying a meagre fine. The city traffic police will now suspend, on the spot, licences of people found drunk behind the wheels, for six months.Good decision. Look at how getting a DUI/DWI in US really f**ks up one's record and hence, life forever. That's a good dissuading factor for usually law-abiding people of Bharatiya (misnomer: Indians) origin but only when they are in some other country. अपने देश में तो सब करप्शन के शेर है और सबके पापा या चाचा पहुँच वाले है। Apne desh mein to sab corruption ke sher hai aur sabke papa ya chacha pahunch wale hai.
- Power saving? Bangaloreans don't care
- As recession deepens, homeless in US take shelter in motels
Of course, no one will make Slumdog Millionaire on these slumdogs as they can't blame latter's condition on God Shri Ram and Hindus. Also because unlike in Bharat, Congress wasn't there to misrule US, as Paresh Rawal said.
- Organic food takes root in city
Oh no, another rich people's disease is catching up in Bharat. Another prodigal wont blindly copied from west. When Bharatiya farmers are suiciding for being short-changed because of Government's zero policy for agriculture, as latter also prefers foreign farmers to Bharatiya farmers, and during unprecedented economic slowdown with estimated 1 crore Indian jobs lost due to Government's sheer mismanagement of economy, can't believe people still have no shame in showing such extravagant habits. Then say, no no, it's healthy food, not just expensive food. Then why the f**k were we non-organic eaters not served healthy food in the first place? Why were unhealthy ways of growing or breading food or animal resp. used and not checked?
- A footnote to Aman tragedy: anti-ragging Bill pending since 2005
The alleged ragging death of 19-year-old Aman Kachroo in a Himachal medical college has once again highlighted the limits of deterrence, either through university rules or even court guidelines. In fact, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry has never shown eagerness to come up with a law at the national level.Thank Congress led UPA for the delay which may be because they can't demand quota in ragging and claim that Muslims have first right on this also. So there is no inclination to pass it by this Muslim rightist Government of these parties who play divisive politics.
The Home Ministry too didn’t act on a suggestion of the Supreme Court which, in May 2007, wanted a section to be added to the Indian Penal Code (IPC), making ragging a punishable offence on the lines of Section 498-A which deals with cruelty towards women.
Calling ragging a violation of human rights, a bench of the apex court had said that apart from ragging, abetment to ragging, criminal conspiracy to rag, causing injury, wrongful confinement, use of force, assault as well as sexual offences should also be included in such a section of the IPC. It also wanted the burden of proof in ragging cases to lie on the accused — not the victim.
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- Satyam US lawsuits may cost $440-$840 mn: report
"We have received a report from our legal advisers Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and they said the liabilities could range between $440-$840 million. We have to factor this in," the newspaper quoted Spice Group Chairman B K Modi as saying.