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D-94/1
Oct 31, 2014
06:19 PM

If one is proud for NOT being gay, does it amount to hate speech?

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-93/8
Oct 31, 2014
05:57 PM

>>>I admire Mrs Gandhi. However, her assassination was a case of the biter bit,

BONITA, CHENNAI

Indira's strong persona at the helm is the only thing that is admirable. Otherwise, she systematically damaged all the democratic institutions for her personal political gains.

If Shri. MK Gandhi sowed the culture of nomination to higher functionaries, she institutionalised it in the name of party high command, which remains rooted even today. The dynasty's hold on the nation became a norm. 
She nationalised banks only to use them for dispensing favours and gain cheap popularity through loan melas- easy way for siphoning of funds- with utter disregard for fiscal discipline. This led to galloping inflation and unrest including strikes in industrial sector.

She introduced the definite Soviet tilt in the so called NAM movement at a great peril to India's interests. We were all fooled by her as well as the media alike to make us believe that we were benefited by that dispensation when actually it was a bankrupt movement- like sanyasis rubbing each other.

To suit her politics and as a means to perpetuate her rule, she brought many amendments including the unwarranted incorporation of word 'socialistic' in the preamble of our constitution, by virtue of the brute majority she enjoyed.That is gross misuse for personal political gain.

No worth while infrastructure or industry or institution she had built to leave a lasting legacy that we can call Indira's.
Most of our universities became cauldrons of cheap politics under her rule.Thanks to her indulgence of CPI and the latter sponsored SFI, PDSU etc. naxalism was nurtured in universities.Sycophancy became the staple diet in politics. 
She destroyed all entrepreneurial capabilities of Indians by her tight controls on all aspects of economy.Even a first class first graduate had no hope of landing in a job for sure in her heady socialist days.
Corruption and crony capitalism became the order of the day and grew to become todays nightmare.

Her all pervasive socialistic agenda of poor compensation and no recognition for merit or achievement created an environment of risk averse bureaucratic behaviour and all pervasive corruption, for the inefficient could lay hands on more bucks than the sincere and efficient.

She unwittingly encouraged trade unionism which became law unto themselves leading to present day culture of poor skills and high handed entitlement behaviour of industrial workers.Loss?Country's.

The divisive politics of Punjab and TN were sowed by her with ripple effects lasting till date. Nothing mattered to her except perpetuation of her rule.

She did nothing worth while to improve the quality of medical education when the General Medical Council of UK de-recognised Indian MBBS in 1975 following steep fall in standards. Instead of attempting to improve standards, she reciprocated GMC action by derecognising world wide acknowledged FRCS, FRCP etc. The craze for acquiring the latter only grew more after her action,  and brainy doctors left for greener pastures rather than remain in a choking environment.And the effect? Govt hospitals slowly died down.Whose loss? It is the common folks' who miss dedicated and service minded doctors who worked earlier.
I can go on expanding the list. It is this country's bad luck that Gandhi came onto the scene rather too early and left  to allow the country fall into the hands of selfish politicians like Mrs. Gandhi and the bootleggers she assiduously nurtured which go by the name CONgress party. 

sandilya
Chennai, India
D-92/1
Oct 31, 2014
05:52 PM

"Whenever cornered, she would opt for elections, going to the people with a new slogan (‘garibi hatao’ etc) and invariably come back with a majority."

For the first time in his life, RK Misra has written a sensible line. Had Congress called for elections right in 2011 or 2012, it would have emerged as the single largest party and could have either formed the govt or support a rag-tag coalition from outside.

Modi's destiny was otherwise and everyone of his opponents-starting with Nitish, Advani, Sonia and others, made blunders after blunders-while Modi stayed focussed and made no mistake.

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
D-91/1
Oct 31, 2014
05:46 PM

What is the need to make a statement like this? Apart from Modi, Amit Shah and Nirmala Sitharaman, no one else in the BJP knows when to speak and when to keep their mouths shut.

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-90/4
Oct 31, 2014
05:43 PM

WB is a fit case for Art 356 but given the numerous roadblocks put by the SC, it is not possible to impose it. What a pity!!

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
D-89/7
Oct 31, 2014
05:41 PM

" particularly Indira Gandhi who gave hers for the unity of this country,"

This is undiluted BS. While it is tragic that Indira and Rajiv were brutally murdered, to claim that they sacrificed their lives for the country is rank stupidity.

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-88/16
Oct 31, 2014
05:39 PM

DLN has said everything what I wanted to say--in a much better language.

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-87/34
Oct 31, 2014
05:33 PM

"Shaban was picked for the influential post due to his "strong inclination" toward humanities besides his religious capabilities ..."

And also for his sterling contribution in discovering cure for cancer.

The people really to be pitied are those muslims who go this mosque for their worship. Feel really sorry for them.

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-86/3
Oct 31, 2014
05:27 PM

The biggest cry-babies in Indian politics!!!

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-85/15
Oct 31, 2014
04:53 PM

Nehru's family is one of the richest and powerful family in the world and there is no trace of Sardar Patel's family.

MOHAN, ADIIIPUR

That's why we recall the sacrifices of Nehru family, aren't we?

sandilya
Chennai, India
D-84/14
Oct 31, 2014
04:49 PM

DLN 

Don't forget resposnsibilty  of Nehru in bringing India on its knees during 1962.

Destoying the moral of Great Indian Army -keeping it weak and thereby causing Pak attacks in 1965 War .

It was India's luck that weak Defence Forces could save India from Second humiliation after 1962  had Pak succeeded in breaching Khemkaran Defensive Lines of India .Pak could have but their Generals too proved incompetent to exploit India's utter weakness in Khemkaran Sector. 

Poor Generalship of Pak and brave and dogged stand of Lt General Harbhkash Singh refusal to obey orders of General Chowhry saved the day . Otherwise Indian C-in -C General Chowdry had advised Western Command Chief Harbhaks Singh to fall back beyond River Byas Bridge .Thus surrender Amritsar,Jullunder and bottleneck the whole of the Indian Divisions of  Army in Kashmir and Sailkot Sector.

1965 would have been for India  like 1971 for PAK,

2 LACS + Indian Army Persons would have been in hands of Pak

Menon -Nehru Policy of keeping Defense Forces starved of funds Indian Army was at its weakest point  .

PM Shashtri and India faced the music of Nehru's Policy.

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
D-83/17
Oct 31, 2014
04:46 PM

Ganwaar,

[[Besides being juvenile you are also a bore!]]

At least he isn't a dishonest lout like you.

Ganwaar, Ganwaarpur
D-82/55
Oct 31, 2014
04:41 PM

Ganwaar,

[[History is about what happened, not about your dumb attempts to second-guess it.]]

But when Muslim chroniclers painstakingly record every minute detail of the horrific massacres of Hindus perpetrated by the invaders they accompanied on their conquests, you are not prepared to believe them, saying that they were exaggerating.

What does one do with a dishonest lout like you?

Ganwaar
Ganwaarpur, India
D-81/4
Oct 31, 2014
04:30 PM

Does that mean Outlook will continue to publish articles just as it has been doing?  Wallah...I can't wait. 

P.B. Joshipura
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
D-80/3
Oct 31, 2014
04:25 PM

Indian media should invest in a position called 'Facts Checker'.  As is, they have to spend constantly for a position of 'Embarassment Neutralizer'. 

P.B. Joshipura
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
D-79/1
Oct 31, 2014
04:24 PM

But UHDAV HAS NOW AGREED TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY .

ashok kumar ghai, Mumbai
D-78/35
Oct 31, 2014
04:20 PM

Swiss Govt has termed the revealing of Names to the Courts as Viloation of Double Taxation Agreement .They say if no suitable expalnation comes revealing further Names of the Account holders will be difficult to reoveal .

PRAISE THE CONGRESS WHO GAVE IRON CLAD PROTECTION TO THE BLACK ACCOUNTWALALHAS !!!

But Swiss Govt says prosecute first then if needed arises for for supporting evidence we will give the information.

That was what Govt was doing but Courts wanted the lists .They have the lists .

""" Swiss jolt: Reminds govt of terms for sharing bank info ::

NEW DELHI/BERNE: In a fresh threat to the flow of information about Indians holding accounts in foreign banks, Switzerland on Thursday said that information exchanged with India under its tax treaty can't be disclosed "in principle" to a court or any other body outside the proceedings of a "specific and relevant" case.

This Swiss clarification came a day after the government was ordered by the Supreme Court to hand over all the 627 names of Indian account holders in HSBC Bank, Geneva, forcing the government to opt out from the signing of an international treaty on exchange of financial information.

India's last minute withdrawal from the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement — which provides for automatic information exchange, starting 2017 — is bound to choke the flow of vital data to tax authorities and hinder attempts to act against unaccounted funds parked in overseas accounts. India can still sign the pact. Currently, it is awaiting clarity from the court. ''
 

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Swiss-jolt-Reminds-govt-of-terms-for-sharing-bank-info/articleshow/44988848.cms

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
D-77/33
Oct 31, 2014
04:03 PM

No fault of Imam Bukhari it is Present Kahifa who asked Bukhari to skip !

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
D-76/13
Oct 31, 2014
03:54 PM

D-39/2

Koyi Shaq ???

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
D-75/12
Oct 31, 2014
03:50 PM

"Don't divide history, legacy in narrow confines of ideology."

But that is exactly what Modi does.''

Faruki

But that is exactly you people do for 2002 to spread poison among brothers and end up supporting Islamists

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
D-74/32
Oct 31, 2014
03:44 PM

Shhai Imam is conducting Tajposhi of his son as New Shahi Imam .

Jamma Masjid is the PROPERTY OF MUSLIM WAQUAF BOARD NOT THE HEREDITARY KINGDOM OF IMAM BUKHARI .

Islam does not recognize Bukhari or any body else as IMAM .

Strangely yet Muslims address Bukhari as Imam

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
D-73/34
Oct 31, 2014
03:43 PM

In this entire episode, SC judges come out looking like attention seeking children who like to play passing the parcel while the media continues to look like ignorant bufoons!

RSM, Delhi
D-72/31
Oct 31, 2014
03:40 PM

" Bukhari is being skinned alive on Muslim websites today!" - Anwaar

Interesting choice of words.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-71/1
Oct 31, 2014
03:39 PM

Must be humiliating for the extreme right wing.

misogynist, chennai
D-70/11
Oct 31, 2014
03:35 PM

" Sardar Patel can be lauded for his other achievements, but to derive the above conclusion from the fact that Patel implemented Gandhi's orders is dumb."

The above assertion is dumb but fanatical dumbness is the USP of the man quoted above.

Sardar Patel returned from the UK at about the same time as Gandhi did from South Africa, so in a way, they joined the freedom struggle at about the same time.

Patel was Gandhiji's trusted lieutenant for nearly three decades. Way back in 1918, Gandhi and Patel collaborated during the dispute between the mill workers of Ahmedabad and the mill owners.  

In the same year, the Gujarat Sabha, under Gandhiji, organised a farm' satyagraha in Kheda to protest the increase of taxation on farmers by 23% when the farmers were already reeling under the impact of plague and cholera epidemics. Patel was chosen to lead this agitation.The farmers agitation was peaceful and successful as the government was forced to rescind the tax increase.

In 1925, Bardoli, in Gujarat, suffered floods and famine and were barely able to feed themselves. The government hiked the taxes by 30 %. Again, it was Patel who was chosen by Gandhiji to lead the satyagraha.

Non payment of taxes meant confiscation of property, yet the farmers refused to pay taxes. Patel organised the movement with characteristic efficiency. When the tax collectors came to a village, the villagers, who were forewarned by scouts, took to the jungle and the tax collectors could not tax anybody because there was nobody to be seen. This continued till 1928, when finally the Governor of Bombay had to cancel the tax hike and return the confiscated property.

In 1930, it was Patel who was organiser in chief of the salt satyagraha but could not take part in the Dandi march as he was arrested by the British while overseeing the preparations.

Sardar Patel was Gandhiji's go-to man whenever he needed advise or wanted to get something done. He was verily Vivekananda to Gandhi's Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Trust Anwaar to criticise everything that Modi says just because Modi says it. Hate can truly addle people's brains.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-69/6
Oct 31, 2014
03:33 PM

Modi did remember Indira ji in his speech.

But Nawaz Mian did rightly said '' Uf yeh Dehati Congress Leaders '' !!

ashok kumar ghai, Mumbai
D-68/5
Oct 31, 2014
03:29 PM

Who brought on stage,sheltered and nursed Bhinderwale ?

Who brought on stage Prabhakaran,nursed,shelterd ??

Who ordered Operation Food droping ??

If  you sow posion and hatrered You will end up reaping posion and hatered 1000 times more  !!!

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
D-67/1
Oct 31, 2014
03:26 PM

The compensation is peanuts.

Only severe punishment for the rioters will serve as deterrent.

PM Modi should know.

misogynist, chennai
D-66/30
Oct 31, 2014
03:25 PM

20/D-20: Bonita>> "It will be interesting to see who attends this function."

Astonishing how Digvijay Singh and Mani Shankar Aiyar are missing in the guest list.

Maybe they will gatecrash the coronation ceremony.

Ramesh Ramachandra, Bangalore
D-65/3
Oct 31, 2014
03:19 PM

2 D DLN

1. Hyderabad is not the only princely state "forced into accession". Travancore, Junagadh and Kashmir too were "forced" to accede to India. As was Goa, a few years down the line. Is the "Run for Unity" also "rubbing it into them"?

Yes.

2. Those Hyderabadis who did not want to become Indians left the country. Those who remained in India are proud to be Indians (not sure about the Owaisis or the MIM) and many have served the country with distinction. Saying that the HM was "rubbing it into them" is insulting their patriotism and their Indianness.

In different times in history, India has had different kingdoms and states. Celebrating the Sri Lankans armys victory, for eg., is sure to provoke Tamils who have been forced into accession. And this horrific victory has been used by divisive politicians in mainland SL too, for votes.

While there is a considerable difference in Hyderabad - events having been largely settled, divisive politician, Modis, glorifying Patel is like going back into history to glorify one particular king for subduing another.

Whichever prism, this feku 'love' for Patel is seen through, has little to do with Indias future development, and more in tune with anti-secular politics.

misogynist, chennai
D-64/2
Oct 31, 2014
02:55 PM

It doesn't take too much to fool the Indian media, as most media persons rely on hearsay and rumors. In any case, most of the media men are themselves big frauds.

Ganwaar
Ganwaarpur, India
D-63/4
Oct 31, 2014
02:44 PM

"the supreme sacrifice of one of the greatest leaders of our times."

Supreme indeed ! Over 3000 sikh lives sacrificed.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-62/2
Oct 31, 2014
02:33 PM

" Rajnath Singh is cleverly using Patel only to hurt Hyderabadi Muslims by 'rubbing it into them', that they were 'forced' into accession"

1. Hyderabad is not the only princely state "forced into accession". Travancore, Junagadh and Kashmir too were "forced" to accede to India. As was Goa, a few years down the line. Is the "Run for Unity" also "rubbing it into them"?

2. Those Hyderabadis who did not want to become Indians left the country. Those who remained in India are proud to be Indians (not sure about the Owaisis or the MIM) and many have served the country with distinction. Saying that the HM was "rubbing it into them" is insulting their patriotism and their Indianness.

If I were Anwaar, I would have called you vile names. Since I am not, I will desist from doing so even though you thoroughly deserve such treatment.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-60/3
Oct 31, 2014
02:20 PM
Indira Gandhi, unlike her son and father, was a female.

Hence, Modi will find his attempts to make the nation forget her, highly frustrating.

misogynist, chennai
D-59/2
Oct 31, 2014
02:07 PM

PS. I wonder if a twerp like Manish "Scared to stand for elections" Tiwari even knows who Gen Vaidya was.

Bonita, Chennai
D-58/1
Oct 31, 2014
02:05 PM

I admire Mrs Gandhi. However, her assassination was a case of the biter bit,

While the Congress talks about Madanm G's 'sacrifice' do they commemorate the death anniversary of Gen AS Vaidya whose crime was that as a loyal soldier he carried out the orders of his political mistress.

Bonita, Chennai
D-57/10
Oct 31, 2014
02:04 PM

" It seems Gandhi, Patel, and Nehru were all dunces if not anti nationals"

That, madam, is purely your inference and it is entirely consistent with your intellectual calibre.

Gandhi, Patel and Nehru were great patriots who fought for our freedom and all generations of Indians , from mine (who belongs to the first generation to be born in a free country) onwards to the future generations who have the privilege of calling themselves Indians, will be forever indebted. They will remembered long after their peers have been totally forgotten.

Their greatness, their integrity and their patriotism is beyond question. However, they are human and no human, howsoever great, can claim infallibility.

Even the great make mistakes. Instead of treating them as sacred cows, we, with the benefit of hindsight, should analyse dispassionately, what wenr wrong, in spite of the best intentions and efforts of outstanding individuals.

The India of today is beset with problems of communal disharmony, extreme poverty, malnutrition, Kashmir, functional illiteracy, caste conflicts, etc. This not the India that Gandhi, Patel or Nehru wanted for us and for whom they have sacrificed so much. Unless we know what went wrong, we will not be able to solve our problems.

We have the benefit of hindsight and we should use it. There will be clarity only when there is a thorough debate. Talking of debates, you wanted to debate Nehru's legacy at the rate of a topic a day. I am still waiting for your response on my criticism of the Kashmir policy. WIAN is waiting to discuss the wisdom of a command economy with PSUs ruling the roost. 

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-56/54
Oct 31, 2014
01:31 PM

" History is about what happened, not about your dumb attempts to second-guess it."

And what happened is that after the caliphate lost control of Jerusalem to the Seljuqs in 1065, horrific massacres of Christians took place, churches were descreated and demolished and Christian pilgrims were harassed to such an extent that Pope Urban II convened an conclave of European powers that decided to launch the crusades.

Your knowledge of history is truly pathetic but that does not deter you from showcasing your ignorance with your invective laden comments.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-55/1
Oct 31, 2014
01:25 PM

With his death, Bhopal-Gas case also comes to its logical end.... Govinda..Govinda...

Sanjay, Pune
D-54/1
Oct 31, 2014
01:14 PM


Shame!
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-53/9
Oct 31, 2014
01:09 PM

Whoever observes 31 Oct as (1) Martyr's day should also observe Nov as (3000) Martyr's month.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-52/1
Oct 31, 2014
12:44 PM

UPA III

misogynist, chennai
D-51/1
Oct 31, 2014
12:43 PM

Rajnath Singh is cleverly using Patel only to hurt Hyderabadi Muslims by 'rubbing it into them', that they were 'forced' into accession

misogynist, chennai
D-50/8
Oct 31, 2014
12:38 PM

Modi is cleverly using Patel only to hurt Hyderabadi Muslims by 'rubbing it into them', that they were 'forced' into accession. 

misogynist, chennai
D-49/7
Oct 31, 2014
12:31 PM

Nehru's family is one of the richest and powerful family in the world and there is no trace of Sardar Patel's family. 

Mohan, Adiiipur
D-48/53
Oct 31, 2014
12:19 PM

DLN,

>> "They had the strength to recapture Jerusalem if they wanted to."

History is about what happened, not about your dumb attempts to second-guess it.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-47/29
Oct 31, 2014
12:16 PM

Bukhari is being skinned alive on Muslim websites today! - Anwaar

Not good enough. He and his family should be turfed out. Bukhari has made the Jumma Masjid the personal property of his family though there is a court judgement, which he has blithely ignored, stating it belongs to the Delhi Waqf Board. 

That apart, Bukhari has done Modi a favour.If Modi had been invited and missed the function, it would have been all over the media ala the skull cap issue. Bukhari has now put the Muslim community, ostensibly those he cares for, on the backfoot. He has provided more ammo for those who want Indian Muslims to constantly prove their loyalty. You can't blame people if they now ask.

"Oh! So you're a Muslim. How are you different from your 'great' leader Mr Bulhari?"

This will go on as long as the Muslim community does nothing about this rogue except gossip on websites. When the Queen Empress herself goes to Bukhari and solicits his assistance to organise votes for her moribund party, no wonder this bloke things he can do and say anything.

Bonita, Chennai
D-46/6
Oct 31, 2014
12:15 PM

>>"...In the same country, 30 years ago, on the birth anniversary of the same leader something happened which cast a blow to the unity of the nation.

"Hamare apne logon ko maut ke ghaat utar diya gaya (our own people were killed on that day. That incident was not a wound in the heart of any community. It was a dagger in the centuries-old fabric of India's unity," he said.

If Modi is serious, he should continue with the process initiated by AAP to form SIT .  

R. Saroja, Bombay
D-45/1
Oct 31, 2014
12:10 PM


Swamy should be prosecuted for inflammatory hate speech rather than for criminal defamation.

Anwaar, Dallas
D-44/28
Oct 31, 2014
12:05 PM


Bukhari is being skinned alive on Muslim websites today!
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-43/5
Oct 31, 2014
12:04 PM

Ganwaar,

Jihadi preaching unity is like a whore preaching the virtues of virginity.

Ganwaar, Ganwaarpur
D-42/4
Oct 31, 2014
11:58 AM
Saroja mami,

[[It seems Gandhi, Patel, and Nehru were all dunces if not anti nationals.]]

If a majority of Indians are fools (as per you and your cohorts) to have elected the BJP, of course the three gentlemen mentioned above are dunces too!

Ganwaar, Ganwaarpur
D-41/3
Oct 31, 2014
11:57 AM


> "a nation that disregards its history can never create one"

By "creating" history Modi means inventing history.

> "Don't divide history, legacy in narrow confines of ideology."

But that is exactly what Modi does.

> " Patel devoted his life for the unity of the Nation and it was unfortunate that "our very own people" were killed on his birth anniversary 30 years ago."

What a malicious insinuation! It shows how small a man Modi is!

>> "when we see Mahatma Gandhi, he also appears incomplete without Sardar Patel."

Sardar Patel can be lauded for his other achievements, but to derive the above conclusion from the fact that Patel implemented Gandhi's orders is dumb.

Anwaar, Dallas
D-40/1
Oct 31, 2014
11:54 AM

in baaghbaan movie also, amitabh and hema malini were signing on the phone.........

Parul Bhandari
Delhi, India
D-39/2
Oct 31, 2014
11:52 AM

>> Patel's promise to Gandhiji to support Nehru has cost India dearly.

It seems Gandhi, Patel, and Nehru were all dunces if not anti nationals.

R. Saroja
Bombay, India
D-38/1
Oct 31, 2014
11:46 AM

it's now a big time confusion whether mobiles are a blessing or a curse..........but its very disheartening to know the condition of Peter Lloyd.........I wish that he stays in India as there are many places in India which have no mobiles and no electricity.........

Parul Bhandari
Delhi, India
D-37/1
Oct 31, 2014
11:33 AM

If the Sardar was Vivekananda to Gandhiji's Paramahamsa, he also played the role of Bheeshma to Nehru's Duryodhana - he did not hesitate to criticise Nehru's policies during discussions but once a decision was taken, Patel gave Nehru complete, unqualified support just as he promised Gandhiji. For example, in spite of being completely against article 370, he got it passed by the constituent assembly in the face of very stiff opposition.

Bheeshma even sided with the Kauravas during the Mahabharata war even though he knew the Pandavas were right because of the vow he made to support the Kauravas, come what may. Patel's promise to Gandhiji to support Nehru has cost India dearly.

D.L.Narayan, Visakhapatnam
D-36/1
Oct 31, 2014
11:11 AM

people are connecting each other virtually through internet, mobile phones, landlines etc and people are loosing each other also because of the same due to the lack of presence or human touch.........continuity in any relationship is possible with the presence of the person and time given for the person.......

Parul Bhandari
Delhi, India
D-35/27
Oct 31, 2014
10:42 AM

"His unbounded contempt to the office of democratically elected Indian PM reinforces the Indian majority opinion that he and his followers are traitors of first order, and their lack of loyalty to the constitution and this country is not just suspect but real and crysttal clear. " - Sandilya

The 'he and his followers' should refer to sickular fascists. Majority of muslims are not with him in this as the recent election results show. These sickos usually fire from the shoulders of innocent muslims a la Hamas in Gaza.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-34/33
Oct 31, 2014
10:42 AM

So did Mr Modi cite Ganesh and Karna in a cheerleading way to raise the morale of the doctors and medical professionals gathered in front of him? To inspire them to invent and innovate? Unlikely. You couldn't galvanize a gathering of physicists by invoking ancient sages who travelled faster than light without risking your credibility, so why would you pick on pachyderm-human head transplants as a surgical technique with which to inspire doctors? Especially when there is a reasonable, historically-founded case to be made for the remarkable achievements of ancient Indian medicine.

If Mr Modi wanted to toot India's trumpet on the plastic surgery front, he could have quoted the Susruta Samhita's astonishingly detailed account of reconstructive plastic surgery. Parke-Davis once published a lavishly illustrated book, Great Moments in Medicine. It had a marvelous chapter on Susruta's achievement in restoring female noses cut off by jealous ancient Indian husbands. But instead of citing the inspirational breakthroughs of this bona fide desi genius who lived and worked in the 6th century B.C., the Prime Minister chose to give us Ganesh.

The other explanation for the Prime Minister saying something he didn't actually believe could be that his speech was intended not for the doctors in the audience, but his primary constituency, the TV-watching public. The logic of this would have Mr Modi saying just anything to inspire warm fuzzy feelings in the hearts of credulous voters who need imaginary ancient successes to distract them from India's contemporary failures. That seems a cynical interpretation because it suggests either a chronic need to pander, or a contempt for the intelligence of the ordinary Indian that we have no reason to believe Mr Modi feels.

This leaves us with the other possibility - that the Prime Minister actually believes in ancient Indian head transplants and out-of-body baby-making. On the face of it, this is an absurd belief. Forget the complicated reasons why these transplants can't happen, like the impossibility of getting elephant tissue to 'take' when sewn on to a human being. Just think of the physical mismatch. The average elephant's neck is more than two feet in diameter; the human neck, even if we choose a very large human, is unlikely to exceed eight inches. How would you fix the one on the other?

Is this too literal a reading of Mr Modi's speech? No. Mr Modi offers Ganesh as an inspiring example of ancient Indian technology in keeping with the tenor of his speech which emphasized the need to innovate technologically to advance contemporary Indian health care. Ganesh, in this context, is the result of exemplary Indian surgical technique; the example doesn't work unless he presents the head transplant as a fact.

But is Mr Modi's belief in ancient Indian head transplants any stranger than the magical religious beliefs harboured by dozens of political leaders around the world? Mr Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, is a Catholic. This means that he believes in transubstantiation. He believes that the wine he drinks during the sacrament of the Eucharist is literally changed into the blood of Christ and the wafer into His body. Likewise, the Turkish president, Mr Recep Erdogan, as a practicing Muslim must believe that the Prophet was transported from Jerusalem to various heavens on the back of a steed called the Buraq. So why should Mr Modi be singled out for magical thinking if others aren't?

Because Mr Erdogan's and Mr Blair's beliefs aren't of the same order as Mr Modi's. Religious believers explain supernatural events by attributing them to divine intercession. Ordinary human beings are incapable of subverting nature unless they are helped along by godly powers. The miraculous is the domain of divine grace or religious magic.

Mr Modi's claims are an inversion of the logic of faith; he is asserting that the supernatural, in this case the elephant-headed god, Ganesh, is not an instance of divine magic but the consequence of human technology. He is, if you like, offering us a secular explanation for a deity in the Hindu pantheon.

If this is a reasonable characterization of his claims, then the closest parallel to the Prime Minister's thinking is to be found not in the religious beliefs of other political figures, but in the speculative theories of Erich von Daniken. Von Daniken was an enormously successful Swiss writer in the 60s and 70s who wrote a series of best-selling books based on a single conceit: the idea that the artefacts of ancient civilization were littered with signs that pre-historical human societies were raised from their primitive state by intelligent extraterrestrials who provided them with technologies more powerful that modern earthly science can imagine.

www.ndtv.com/article/opinion/the-prime-minister-and-early-indian-science-613890

R. Saroja
Bombay, India
D-33/1
Oct 31, 2014
10:31 AM

I think Congress party that ruled the country for more than 60 years after independance never remembered anyone other than someone from Nehru- Gandhi family, but that doesn't mean that BJP should follow the opposit and not to pay respect to these people. It is good that BJP and Mr. Modi pays tributes to Patel, I wish the PM visit the Shati Sthal also

Balachandran Nair V, Trivandrum
D-32/26
Oct 31, 2014
10:23 AM

"Bukhari should have invited Modi. Surely Modi would have skipped and that would have been a feast for the media and the gullibles." - Gayatri

Modi certainly is lucky Imam has turned a certain adversity into an advantage. Getting his cohorts' misadventure in WB exposed must have impaired Imam's judgement.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-31/32
Oct 31, 2014
09:08 AM
R. Saroja
Bombay, India
D-30/31
Oct 31, 2014
08:38 AM

*2014

R. Saroja
Bombay, India
D-29/31
Oct 31, 2014
08:35 AM

Saroja mami,

[[Thank you so much. But a half century of posts in my interactions page in a day is a bit overwhelming.]]

But then, I deal with half a century of your cohorts - operating like a pack of wolves - in a day too. Have I complained?

Ganwaar
Ganwaarpur, India
D-28/1
Oct 31, 2014
08:31 AM

Mr Arabul Islam is the islamic war-lord of south bengal. Just read about his murderous attacks organized against a village resulting in 3 murders just last week.  The impunity with which such criminals operate and terrorize Hindus in a Hindu majority nation is nothing short of shameful to the core. 

MartandSunTemple, Martand Sun Temple
D-27/30
Oct 31, 2014
08:28 AM

History Repeats - Is it 2004 or 1977? In 1977,  Punjab militancy, Ayodhya mobilization, and pogroms were still in future.  

                          The fear of history

R. Saroja
Bombay, India
D-26/25
Oct 31, 2014
08:28 AM

The silence of muslim leaders and islamic organizations on this blatant act of disrespect by a known brazen communal cleric is deafening. By there silence they are party to this thugs anti-national acts.

MartandSunTemple, Martand Sun Temple
D-25/29
Oct 31, 2014
07:53 AM

"Old repressions, new tyrannies: by Shiv Visvanathan"

You have to admire these morons for recycling same fear mongering trash and Anwar for posting the link them. These sicko vultures are the worst types of communalists to like to fan communal tension when there is none. The faster they become irrelvent, the better for the country.

Maha
NJ, United States
D-24/24
Oct 31, 2014
07:50 AM

It is a non news. No one really cares whom he invites.

Maha
NJ, United States
D-23/23
Oct 31, 2014
07:45 AM

Modi is not alone. There are millions in India and abroad who would keep the Muslims at a distance, had they been given a chance.


GEORGE

It is such a kind of simmering discontent accumulated over a long period of time toward the Muslims for the acts of some of them, that provoked the 2002 Gujarat riots.The innocents suffered in the milieu. Provoked by such acts of idiots, hope it will not repeat in future .

sandilya
Chennai, India
D-22/22
Oct 31, 2014
07:32 AM

More than the contemptous snub by Bhukhari when he chose to invite Pakistan PM ignoring our PM,it is  his glaring lack of respect to the PM when he uttered the name mere Narendra Modi without the expected courteous prefix Shri or Mr. and suffix Ji, shocked me.His unbounded contempt to the office of democratically elected  Indian PM reinforces the Indian majority opinion that he and his followers are traitors of  first order, and their lack of  loyalty to the constitution and this country is not just suspect but real and crysttal clear. No more proof is required.The constitution or it's protector that gives the idiot the right to dissent has no value in his eyes.  

At a time when Pakistan has resorted to unprovoked firing and killing our soldiers at the LOC, this act of Bhukari is nothing short of being treasonous. If he has not invited Paki PM and also our PM, it is no issue, for it is the prerogative of the host who he chooses to invite . But then he has invited the enemy PM and committed worst act of contempt.

The silver lining is that many Muslim panelists except the brother of Bukhari dissociated with this perfidious act of Bhukhari and Kamaal Farouki has gone on to say that Bukhari did a great disservice to the Muslim community and compounded the problems that they already have on hand.From what I know of this man, I was expecting him to justify Bukhari but he unequivocally called the act unwarranted and for once he was in agreement with BJP spokesman..
But the treacherous Congi spokesman Renuka was the only one who came up with riders when she said,"May be Bukhari shouldn't have done it but then it is his prerogative"!!.Pathetic to see her say for the sake of political points. Stupids will never learn even from experiences.

sandilya
Chennai, India
D-21/21
Oct 31, 2014
07:22 AM

Bukhari should have invited Modi. Surely Modi would have skipped and that would have been a feast for the media and the gullibles. Wrong move.

gayatri, madrid
D-20/20
Oct 31, 2014
06:34 AM

"I have invited several Indian and foreign political leaders for attending the anointment ceremony of my son. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also been invited, but I have not sent invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Muslims have not forgiven him for the Gujarat riots," Bukhari said here.

Among those invited by him are BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Harsh Vardhan, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and Vijay Goel, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

It will be interesting to see who attends this function.

Bonita, Chennai
D-19/2
Oct 31, 2014
06:04 AM

''Pakistan today said it was against arms race in South Asia'' What a lie. Their pants are on fire. So they talk of peace. Pakistan cannot be trusted.

george, london
D-18/19
Oct 31, 2014
06:02 AM

By behaving like this , Shahi Imam has added some more votes in the BJP camp for the coming elections.  Imam is free to go and live in Pakistan. 

george, london
D-17/18
Oct 31, 2014
05:59 AM

Bukhari said, "It is not a personal fight. He does not like us and we do not like him. Modi never tried to reach out to the Muslims and kept the Muslims at a distance."

Modi is not alone. There are millions in India and abroad who would keep the Muslims at a distance, had they been given a chance. 

 
george, london
D-16/1
Oct 31, 2014
04:02 AM

This minister seems to relish wars.

misogynist, chennai
D-15/1
Oct 31, 2014
04:00 AM

"Why would the RSS chief talk to UGC chairman on how education should be?" 

Brainwashing is at the heart of any ideology, especially religion.

misogynist, chennai
D-14/33
Oct 31, 2014
03:58 AM

So these wealthy people were allegedly depositing 100s of crores in Swiss Banks for a paltry 3% interest - because they could not 'invest' it in India - like the politicians routinely do - for much better returns?

MGRs money was famously carried in gunny bags, but are actually invested along OMR, engineering and medical colleges. Kanimozhis 200 crores for the 2G scam are in her TV channel. Even Vadra has investments in DLF. 

Should we believe this cock and bull story by the BJP, that there are 'billions out there'? 

misogynist, chennai
D-13/17
Oct 31, 2014
03:56 AM

I think we are giving too much importance to this news. Purely from an event perspective, it's a religious event. Inviting co-religionists from other places, and not inviting Hindus from India, is okay with me.

At the same time, of course, it's not so simple. It's a political statement. Unfortunately for the sickos, it's a stupid one. It ends up showing them as idiots, uncouth, anti-national, and communal (all terms apply to them, but this act highlights it).

It's perfectly okay to slam the sickos for this, but no reason to feel agitated about this. Such acts in fact, are good for BJP.

And BTW, isn't there a non-bailable warrant against Bukhari? This might be bad timing, but Modi needs to act against him.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-12/1
Oct 31, 2014
03:49 AM

'Narcotics' is an easy excuse to plant innocent people.

SL judge knows very well that a matriarchal society will support her judgement to kill the 5-8 innocent males.

Indian should be reacting more strongly. Is Modi awake to this?

misogynist, chennai
D-11/3
Oct 31, 2014
03:40 AM

Well done Outlook!

One would have hoped that the committe would have taken a wholistic view, rather than decide on the basis of a few select articles.

WMS seems composed of the worlds leading anti-male media. A bad omen for gender neutral reporting.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-10/30
Oct 31, 2014
03:34 AM

>> But a half century of posts in my interactions page in a day is a bit overwhelming.

Then stop lying so much.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-9/16
Oct 31, 2014
03:32 AM

>> Like Michele Obama giving him a miss.

Has Shahi Imam also started sleeping with Obama?

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-8/2
Oct 31, 2014
03:27 AM

If riots spread and he (Modi) is unable to control them, especially in BJP-ruled states, the contentions, images and politics of 2002 will come back to haunt. Muslims, of course, will not return to him, but many Hindus who voted for his governance and growth promise, not for Hindu nationalism, will also desert him."
indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/sparks-not-fires/

Is this why sickos are promoting riots?

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-7/1
Oct 31, 2014
01:55 AM

Arms race  is one way India can bankrupt Pakistan because just to keep up with India, Pakistan will have to spend huge per centage of its GDP to purchase arms. 

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
D-6/2
Oct 31, 2014
01:51 AM

In India for proving any charges for any criminal activities, all you can say reliably is when you will start investigation.  You never can tell when it will be finished.  Recently there was a story about a postman who was removed from his service in 1984 for allegely stealing 50 Rupees.  He was found innocent in October 2014.  They say 1/3rd of our prison population of alleged criminals whose trial is not even started.  So about the Black Money, only thing government can say is when it can begin, not when it can end.

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
D-5/2
Oct 31, 2014
01:31 AM

"a Beijing-based organization"

Didn't you feel ashamed of being honored by a 'free media' honoring organization from "Beijing, China"?

Santosh Gairola
Hsinchu, Taiwan
D-4/28
Oct 31, 2014
01:18 AM

 
Old repressions, new tyrannies: by Shiv Visvanathan

Majoritarian definitions of the world can articulate old repressions, once illegitimate, into new tyrannies. Narendra Modi has acquired an electoral majority but this new majority seeks a redress of old scores. This majority feels that years of appeasement have spoilt minorities and it now wants a redress on its terms. For decades, the silent majority had to suppress its sense of religion, folklore to adjust to a secular modernist space. Today, it treats those categories with contempt. Mr. Modi, the majority feels, has liberated India from the hypocrisy of secularism. At these moments, the majority voices the need to reassert itself, creating a more defined intolerance for minorities.

This situation has explosive possibilities. Michael Mann, in a classic study of Africa, has shown that instabilities of electoral democracy have led to genocide, where one side decides that electoralism is fragile and opts for exterminism. One tries to eliminate rather than subdue the opponent. The opponent from rival becomes the enemy to be eliminated.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) through its acts of appropriation and rewriting history is turning history into a fragile object. Every emerging party has a right to challenge history to redress old wrongs but rewriting can become sinister.

A certain idea of India has become dominant, and in many ways it is pretentious in its inclusiveness. Yet, as one draws a scenario of such forces — a nationalist diaspora, a weak party system, a silent media, a majoritarian democracy, a vulnerable minority — one realises that democracy faces threats from within. The question is whether India has the imagination to sense the ironies and paradoxes it is currently creating and combating them in the future.

www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/lead-article-old-repressions-new-tyrannies/article6545466.ece

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-3/15
Oct 31, 2014
01:01 AM


Our so-called "Shahi Imams" have been a source of embarrassment for us for a long time. It is time this outdated dynastic system is abolished.

Anwaar, Dallas
D-2/1
Oct 31, 2014
12:32 AM


Sparks, not fires:  by Ashutosh Varshney 


"Hindu-Muslim segregation, in daily life and associations, was the best predictor of rioting. If India’s future economic growth produces bridging ties between Hindus and Muslims, one should expect riots not to have a large resurgence. . . . If riots spread and he (Modi) is unable to control them, especially in BJP-ruled states, the contentions, images and politics of 2002 will come back to haunt. Muslims, of course, will not return to him, but many Hindus who voted for his governance and growth promise, not for Hindu nationalism, will also desert him."
indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/sparks-not-fires/

Anwaar, Dallas
D-1/1
Oct 31, 2014
12:18 AM

 
Congrats, Outlook! Independent and liberal voices are needed now more than ever.
 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States