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D-30/10
Jul 29, 2014
10:09 AM

>> Not long ago there was inseparable Yadav-muslims aliance that prevented riots in UP and Bihar for over a decade. We need more aliances like this.

That is the political problem you are referring to, not the solution.

The solution is that Muslims should show, over a sustained period, that they shall vote and behave like other citizens of India. Not get agitated on extraneous issues, indulge in riots on minor issues in faraway lands, vote as a block.etc. Over time, parties might treat them as normal voters, and stop trying to lure them by antics like dressing up as an Arab, or parading an Osama look alike, or giving money to Imams, or ...

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-29/20
Jul 29, 2014
10:03 AM

" the feeling of 'an ashuddh woman (with opinions)'.."

Ms Malhotra lets the cat out of the bag; her Freudian slip gives an insight into her hatred for Sanskrit, part of a larger hatred for all things Hindu.

Ashuddh means unclean. It is being interpreted as misogyny. Hindu rituals demand a high level of cleanliness and a menstruating woman is considered unclean and cannot participate in rituals.

Ketaki is a flower, very fragrant but not used for ritualistic worship on account of a curse of Lord Shiva. While there is a mythological story, there also appears to be a practical reason.

The leaves around the Ketaki flower have hard, sharp and serrated edges on account of which there are a lot of dead bees and other insects in the vicinity of this flower. Since priests found it offensive to offer dead insects along with flowers for ritualistic worship, thd Ketaki flower was proscribed.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-28/9
Jul 29, 2014
09:58 AM

This so called Yadav Muslim alliance never existed before Mandal. It is something which was artificially brought about by this mythical 'Idea of India'. It would never last.

RSM, Delhi
D-27/3
Jul 29, 2014
09:45 AM

OUTLOOK INDIA : Congress Demands Probe Into Bugging Reports
New Delhi | Jul 28, 2014

ULTA CHOR KOTWAL KO DAANTEY !!!

If allegations of the US snooping on BJP are vindicated,the Indian collaborators of UPA must be treated as traitors.
The country wants to know the truth as its sovereignty has been compromised by the Congress-led UPA.
It is meaningless summoning the US diplomats to South Block or discuss with Karry on July 31 or Obama during Modi ji’s visit in Sept.
Russia or China won’t have handled it ,this way.
India must deal with it professionally.keeping its self esteem intact.
Can the NTRO not take counter steps to block the outflow of data to the US.


A K SAXENA (A retd civil servant)
http://www.aksaxena.co.in

A K SAXENA, DELHI
D-26/17
Jul 29, 2014
09:40 AM

" Good of you to compare ISIS with Dinanath Batra's movement. It is good to be against both."

A typical example of Anwaarisn logic.

False equivalence; inculcating pride in one's heritage is not the same as instilling victimhood and anger which motivates youth to join terrorist organisations.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-25/49
Jul 29, 2014
09:25 AM

" Have you been appointed the dhobi to wash all the dirty Muslim linen in this forum?"

Washing is anyday prrferable to whitewashing. Washing removes all the muck; whitewashing merely hides it.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-24/48
Jul 29, 2014
09:18 AM

Anwaar (#47),

Have you been appointed the dhobi to wash all the dirty Muslim linen in this forum?

Obviously you are happier wearing the dirty linen than have someone wash it - a task which is beneath you.

Bonita
Chennai, India
D-23/22
Jul 29, 2014
09:13 AM

It is funny to see outlook journalists who did not ask a single question to MMS governmetn for 10 years, are now expecting magic from modi government in 2 months. Bunch of hypocrite morons

Maha
NJ, United States
D-22/16
Jul 29, 2014
09:09 AM

This Batra fellow seems to be just opposite of "Eminentz"; they are meeting their equivalent I say.

Santosh Gairola
Hsinchu, Taiwan
D-21/28
Jul 29, 2014
08:26 AM

Countering a divisive agenda

The plight of Ms. Mirza is a mere symptom of a larger malaise creeping into public life. It is the assertion of a distasteful combination of ultra-nationalism and communalism....The BJP in the Narendra Modi era has to decide whether it will continue to suffer the polarising tactics of some its members and its extended parivar, or intervene to arrest the retrogressive trend. No responsible leadership can afford to allow fringe elements to indulge in divisive behaviour.

www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/countering-a-divisive-agenda/article6254913.ece
Anwaar, Dallas
D-20/15
Jul 29, 2014
08:17 AM


We don't need this education: Say no to Dina Nath Batra's books - Editorial, Hindustan Times

Blowing out birthday candles is apparently part of western culture and should be shunned. Instead one’s birthday ought to be celebrated by wearing swadeshi clothes, doing a havan, praying to ishtadev and feeding cows. Normally, such exhortations would be dismissed as not being worth the paper they are written on. But when the author is none other than Dina Nath Batra, whose civil suit earlier led to the pulping of eminent scholar Wendy Doniger’s seminal work on Hinduism, we must take this seriously.

It is highly questionable whether students will be able to develop moral values and imbibe our rich culture after studying Mr Batra’s works. However, it speaks volumes for the narrow-mindedness of Mr Batra that he thought it fit to spearhead the movement against Ms Doniger’s book, which by all accounts is a pathbreaking work. There are many like Mr Batra who see plots to subvert our culture in books, paintings, plays and other creative works.

Hinduism and Indian culture do not need ambassadors like Mr Batra, they have withstood the test of time precisely by being eclectic and inclusive. Apart from anything else, it is to teach children factually incorrect information. India does not lack scholars on culture and heritage. Mr Batra and his ilk are certainly not among them.

www.hindustantimes.com/comment/dina-nath-batra-s-books-are-fiction-disguised-as-fact/article1-1245306.aspx
 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-19/8
Jul 29, 2014
07:59 AM

Of the riots are BJP/RSS work. But the point is that why it takes a spark for full fledged riot? Communalism is in people's mind - both hindus and muslims. It is not law and order problem. It is a political issue that needs political solution. Not long ago there was inseparable Yadav-muslims aliance that prevented riots in UP and Bihar for over a decade. We need more aliances like this.

Rajesh, Phoenix
D-18/2
Jul 29, 2014
07:37 AM

This is not the matter of debate. Judicial appointment is clearly defined in the constitution -- that executive branch of the government appoint the judges, and that judiciary has no role in appointing themselves.

Rajesh, Phoenix
D-17/21
Jul 29, 2014
07:30 AM

Ramki ,did you read the CAG report in Times of India on the 25000 crore loss to State of Gujrat by doles to two A"s.

I thought we went by CAG report on 2G,what should be done with this one.

We should try and explain to Haruns of this world the difference between "loss" arising due to legitimate govt policy, and corruption.

But that seems like a tough job.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-16/1
Jul 29, 2014
07:10 AM

That is because the media/TV channels could not produce a communal angle in the death of these 20 children.  The media goes out of way to produce a communal angle in anything a BJP leader says.  They just did not care when whatever stupid thing Bene Prasad said only a few months ago. 

P.B. Joshipura
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
D-15/30
Jul 29, 2014
06:58 AM

Has Outlook carried even a 10th of the articles on Kashmiri Pandits than it has carried on far away Gaza?

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-14/19
Jul 29, 2014
06:35 AM

>>"feeling of 'an ashuddh woman
It is the posters' feeling and she is shifting and attributing her abuse to others thinking so.

>>>practical world tells us something different.
The practical world also caught up to wanton misinformation as recently as last elections.
 

Priya Madhavan
Rochester, United States
D-13/8
Jul 29, 2014
05:57 AM

shit piece of selective copy paste...looks like author is missing some of the portions in his brain...to use lying map tp prove his point is proof of insanity!

abhijeet
pune, India
D-12/7
Jul 29, 2014
04:39 AM

The days of sick-and-liarists masking and making excuses for the monstorous crimes of islam against non-muslims is coming to an end.

SaachBolo, SaachGarh
D-11/29
Jul 29, 2014
01:56 AM


Sanghism and Zionism are natural allies. You can find Israeli Jews who are sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians, but you will never find a Hindutvawadi shedding a tear for these unfortunate souls.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-10/47
Jul 29, 2014
01:52 AM

Ghai,

Have you been appointed the dhobi to wash all the dirty Muslim linen in this forum?
 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-9/28
Jul 29, 2014
01:50 AM


D.L.Narayan,

>> "It is you who carry out smear campaigns, not me. For years, you carried out a smear campaign against Narendra Modi...."

That is public affairs or politics and I was not alone doing it. The Congress, the Communists and thousands if not millions of citizens are convinced that Modi has escaped justice so far. But you have been telling lies and distortions about me and trying to smear me, attributing things to me which I had never said and misquoting some of my previous comments. You seem to be doing that every time you are close to losing an argument. It seems being a hero to your backers in this forum is more important to you than the truth! 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-8/4
Jul 29, 2014
01:40 AM
 


U-turn at Geneva may erode goodwill for Modi

The message that India gave in Geneva is as clear as it can get to the rest of the world. Indian governments don’t respect contracts, made legally by previous democratic governments. We are not trustworthy business partners. That puts political and economic risk at the highest ratings. You don’t have to like it, but you cannot do business, or trade without trust that everyone will honour their contracts in good faith. Would any customer trust a business that has a track record of reneging on its legal contracts?

cms.outlookindia.commail.google.com/mail/u/0/

Anwaar, Dallas
D-7/14
Jul 29, 2014
01:34 AM

D.L.Narayan,

>> "Chauvinism and regressive education is not something new. That is one of the reasons why ISIS has so many takers in India."

Good of you to compare ISIS with Dinanath Batra's movement. It is good to be against both.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-6/1
Jul 29, 2014
01:25 AM


Congratulations to all Indian winners in Glasgow! Great show!
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-5/1
Jul 29, 2014
01:23 AM


Like the change they made in Gujarat in the Lok Ayukta appointment process!!! Sly foxes!

Anwaar, Dallas
D-4/2
Jul 29, 2014
01:14 AM


Brazil withdraws ambassador from Tel Aviv

Brazil's Ministry of External Affairs, the Itamaraty, issued a note Wednesday evening saying it viewed the "escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine" as "unacceptable," and that Brazil "strongly condemns the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip." The note said Brazil's ambassador in Tel Aviv, Henrique Pinto, had been recalled. (World Bulletin / News Desk)

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-3/1
Jul 29, 2014
01:11 AM


> "Israel provoked this bloodshed by its massive arrest campaign of over 500 Hamas supporters in the West Bank and the killing of several unarmed civilians there after the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli settlers. Israel's security services knew they were dead from the beginning, and knew this was the act of a rogue cell, NOT ordered by Hamas, but its government cynically hid these facts in service of a hysterical propaganda campaign to justify an attack on Gaza. When Hamas did not rise to the bait, and exerted efforts to halt the firing of rockets by smaller groups in Gaza, Israel escalated by killing several Hamas militants, provoking the desired response of rockets fired at Israel."

Israel's subterfuge was matched by its propaganda, but this time it did not succeed as well as during previous battles because there is an increasing suspicion in the West of Israel's motives.

>> "Israel's aim in all of this was to keep the Palestinians weak, divided and under control, which is an overriding objective for a government that intends to maintain permanent control of all the occupied territories, as Netanyahu himself revealed in an interview two weeks ago. This objective was endangered by the beginnings of an inter-Palestinian reconciliation, and the formation of a national unity government, accepted by the US and the EU. Once the operation started, Israel discovered that Hamas had greater rocket capabilities and a more extensive tunnel system than it had suspected, thus leading to an extensive ground campaign that shows no signs of ending."

Israel's divide and rule policy got a jolt with the inter-Palestinian reconciliation agreement. It had to act!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-2/2
Jul 29, 2014
01:02 AM


Israelis look ridiculous when they try to show themselves as better than those "terrorists" Hamas. The ruling Likkud party's major component is the former Herut party of the former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who himself was a terrorist who blew up the King David Hotel in 1946. Netanyahu's government has extremist coalition partners, e.g. the Jewish Home Party and others,  who do not only work for continued expansion of occupation but do not want any Palestinians living in Palestine. 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-1/18
Jul 29, 2014
12:18 AM

That is actually the real point. If the original community's link with the language is an arbitrary link then why doubt a "western" scholar like Wendy Doniger being way more Sanskrit literate than some of these mindless desi fans. It's not her fault..(and you can't have it both ways), for the difficulty they have with swallowing her presence seems to have to do a lot  with the feeling of 'an ashuddh woman (with opinions)'..

It is very tough to remove caste from Sanskrit, linguistic science may make claims that will work in a laboratory, practical world tells us something different. 

Ketaki Malhotra
Delhi, India
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