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D-10/1
Aug 02, 2014
03:48 AM

Good for Turkish women (and the men supporting them) , and congratulations for telling these religious fanatics to shove it!

Ram Lala
Kavutaram, India
D-9/1
Aug 02, 2014
03:43 AM

The stupid food security bill will not end poverty will only exacerbate it.

ANBanerjee, Newcastle
D-8/31
Aug 02, 2014
01:02 AM

What the government of Gujarat is encouraging children to read is dismaying

These books instruct students to look down upon foreigners, worship cows, die for their religion and shun “western practices” such as blowing out candles on birthdays.

Such reading material instigate young children to be hostile towards other religions and communities, says Anita Rampal, dean at faculty of education, University of Delhi. “From what I have read in newspapers, there is a deliberate attempt in these books to go back to an imagined past, which may not be historically accurate,” Rampal said.

Here is a selection of passages from books that have been recommended for children by the state government.

Celebrating birthdays. Blowing candles is a western tradition. It should be shunned. Instead, on their birthdays, children should wear clothes manufactured in India, recite Gayatri Mantra, take part in religious ceremonies, feed cows and wind up their day by playing songs produced by Vidya Bharati.

India’s Map. Students are instructed to include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Burma in the map of India. “Undivided India is the truth, divided India is a lie. Division of India is unnatural and it can be united again…,” reads a chapter in Tejomay Bharat.

Motorcar was invented in India during the Vedic period (1500 to 500 BCE). “What we know today as the motorcar existed during the Vedic period. It was called anashva rath. Usually a rath (chariot) is pulled by horses but an anashva rath means the one that runs without horses or yantra-rath, what is today a motorcar. The Rig Veda refers to this…” — Page 60, Tejomay Bharat.

Stem cell research was invented in India thousands of years ago. The proof? In ancient Hindu text Mahabharata, a sage was able to convert a mass of flesh into 100 babies or Kauravas.

Indian sages have been using television for centuries. The country has known about live telecast since the time of Mahabharata. “There is no doubt that the invention of television goes back to this… In Mahabharata, Sanjaya sitting inside a palace in Hastinapur and using his divya shakti (divine powers) would give a live telecast of the battle of Mahabharata… to the blind Dhritarashtra.” — Page 64, Tejomay Bharat.

qz.com/241048/what-gujarat-govt-is-encouraging-school-children-to-read-is-dismaying/
 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-7/31
Aug 02, 2014
12:53 AM

Pointing out the mistakes of powerful people when they are in power is far more honourable than writing about them when the chips are down. That Sonia Gandhi is secretive and manipulative is not a state secret

By Chitra Subramaniam

When he travelled to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva for the many meetings, former Union Foreign Minister Natwar Singh used to bore journalists to tears. They had deadlines to meet and headlines to write, but Singh who thought he was India’s foreign policy would talk non-stop referring often to his intellect and the absence of it in others.

Armed with copies of his many speeches, he would send Indian diplomats to chase journalists and hand over his statement where the lead, the main points and the conclusion would be highlighted. Not content with that, he would phone editors in India to ensure that the reporter had filed the story – any story – where his Geneva speeches were mentioned, complete with pause and applause. If they were not, the merry-go-round of chasing reporters would start afresh. Once he chased a reporter from AP, who, out of politeness took notes for 15 minutes about Natwar Singh talking about Natwar Singh.

It comes as no surprise that Singh, now an octogenarian, studio hops with his tome One Life Is Not Enough. I don’t plan to read the book because I can’t think of one major foreign policy initiative or overture he has conceptualized and led and I fear the book will be a lot about him and himself. People who have read the book tell me I can borrow a copy as there’s no earth-shattering revelation. 

My point is somewhere else. I find it ugly, for want of another word, to learn that that a man who showed little courage and even less courtesy throughout his political career refers to private meetings with the Gandhi family where obviously he was treated as a confidante. As sins go, that’s a cardinal one for nothing can be worse than repeating drawing room conversations or recounting scenes of personal tragedy and grief that privileged access may provide. Voyeurism comes to mind. 

Yes, it is a betrayal of trust of the worst kind for private gain and pecuniary interests especially when someone is down and out. Pointing out the mistakes of powerful people when they are in power is far more honourable than writing about them when the chips are down. That Sonia Gandhi is secretive and manipulative is not a state secret – she is a politician, a tad above the rest she rules. By his own token, Natwar Singh is a relentless self-promoter who lacks courage, a tad above the others he ridicules! 

Sonia Gandhi slips too. A book will not affect someone who has seen the bullet-riddled body of her mother-in-law and seen her husband succumb to a bomb attack, she has been reported in the media as saying. In one stroke, she has collapsed the necessary firewall that must exist between leaders and the offices they hold. Indira Gandhi was a Prime Minister when she was assassinated, not a mother-in-law. The difference is big. Rajiv Gandhi was not assassinated because he was a husband – again the same degree of distance and respect for office is missing. Natwar Singh too slides between the personal and the official and the sound of the book appears to be one long whine. 

As for Sonia Gandhi, her leadership has reduced the Congress Party to 44 seats in the Lok Sabha, its worst ever. Leadership without line responsibility is a bad thing, and that is what she enjoyed for atleast a decade, unchallenged by men and women who voluntarily reduced themselves to pygmies. 

The book she has promised to write will be an interesting one, if nothing, then just to read about how a woman from Italy reduced the Congress Party to smithereens to emerge as its tallest leader. That’s one book which millions will read.

Mohan, Adiipur
D-6/5
Aug 02, 2014
12:40 AM


Savages!
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-5/33
Aug 02, 2014
12:37 AM


Akash Verma,

>> "who shed tons and tons of tears for Palestinians, have nothing to say when Pandits are NOT allowed to perform a yatra in their own country."

If you do not feel any sympathy for Palestinians, that is alright. But please don't make such silly comments.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-4/42
Aug 02, 2014
12:36 AM

"Mr. Geelani has recently said that "Hindus, Muslims are separate nations". "

There is a Muslim nation called Krapistan that was created for such Muslims. All Muslims who feel they cannot live with Hindus should go there.

Ram Lala
Kavutaram, India
D-3/32
Aug 02, 2014
12:33 AM


Saini,

>> " Nice to see that Anwaar subscribes to a few bad apples theory regarding ISIS etc."

Stupid remark! How many Muslims have you known in your life time who were fanatics like the ISIS goons? I have not met any.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-2/3
Aug 02, 2014
12:28 AM


His majesty is a hypocrite! Without covert but active Saudi and Egyptian support and cooperation, Israel would not have prolonged its brutal operations for so long.
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-1/2
Aug 02, 2014
12:19 AM


> ""Initial indications suggest that a soldier has been abducted by terrorists in an incident where terrorists breached the ceasefire," Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner told reporters."

Is capture of one Israeli soldier sufficient justification to end the
ceasfire and kill 50 Palestinian civilians? Or was Israel just looking
for an excuse to carry on the killing?

Anwaar, Dallas
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