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D-80/26
Jul 13, 2014
06:06 PM

" My idea was to lessen the gap between the haves and have nots."

There are 2 ways of lessening the gap:

1. Make the rich poorer

2. Make the poor richer

The first option is quite easy to achieve as leaders like Kim Il Sung, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot have shown. 

The second option is to create wealth and distribute it in an equitable manner. Unless we create wealth, the only thing that can be distributed is poverty.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-79/5
Jul 13, 2014
05:59 PM

Are hindus allowed to have pork in mecca? Are hindus even allowed to enter mecca?

If not, why should we let these muslims defile holiest site of Jain's - far more ancient than mecca or vatican

lotiq
J, United States
D-78/25
Jul 13, 2014
05:43 PM

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
>> Korea both soth and north has its good and bad

I am dying to know the "good" of north korea.

Santosh Gairola
Hsinchu, Taiwan
D-77/1
Jul 13, 2014
05:35 PM

Every 2nd Child In India Is Malnourished.
If I were the Prime Minister of India, I'd give a Monthly Social Security Pension to all married woman in India.

David Rukstales, Tokyo
D-76/24
Jul 13, 2014
05:29 PM

Thanks D L Narayan Sir,

We have gone too much. My idea was to lessen the
gap between the haves and have nots. Korea both 
soth and north has its good and bad.

As for china it simply utilised its huge manpower
Capitalism  v/s Communism is a never ending debate.
So btw us let us agree that we are different

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-75/4
Jul 13, 2014
04:49 PM

If the author could barely hide her glee over impending sinking smart city, I would have given it a thought. The tone of the whole article is that of whining and secretly wishing a failure of the project.

Farmers protesting? Is it the first time in a populous country like India? Not to say that they should be bulldozed but it is not unusual to have some dissenting farmers in ANY project.

Marshy land? Engineering has made strides lately. Show me some real reasons for failure rather than going with a prejudiced mind and finding "evidence" for what you think will happen. Show some independence in thinking. Readers are smart enough to figure out whiners like you.

THis is not to say it will be a runaway success but do some justice to your profession before writing one sided articles.

Or did the dictate come from VM to write such whining articles?

Bangalorean
Bangalore, India
D-74/23
Jul 13, 2014
04:32 PM

Narendra Modi is Jesus’s disciple, Jesus made him win says Kerala magazinewww.thenewsminute.com/keralas/113

Mohan
Kutch, India
D-73/1
Jul 13, 2014
04:00 PM

Only criminals in politics now and they all expect impunity

R. Saroja, Bombay
D-72/22
Jul 13, 2014
03:32 PM

@ VNKM sir,

"Capitalism has failed to solve poverty and hunger."

Noth Korea adopted Communism and South Korea adopted capitalism. Who solved the problems of poverty and hunger?

"Do you think communism was outrightly rejected in china?"

Do you think that China developed its economy by adopting the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist path or by rejecting it? China is today the biggest market for luxury goods, has the largest network of bullet trains a,d the greatest disparity in incomes. Still think that China is really communist?

The oligarchy that runs China is communist only in name.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-71/19
Jul 13, 2014
03:19 PM

" Britain would not have left so precipitately without the terrorist attacks of Irgun led MY Menkhim Begin."

MY Menachim Begin? MY? Is it a Freudian slip which betrays your affinity for the terrorist who went on to become a PM of Israel and even a Nobel for peace?

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-70/18
Jul 13, 2014
03:13 PM

@ Anwaar, post 17.

1. The Balfour declaration was made in 1917, much before Britain gained control of Palestine.

2. The decision to partition Palestine was taken by the UN and not any individual power. It divided Palestine into Jewish and Arab territories and asked Britain to vacate Palestine in May 1948. Britain did not unilaterally leave Palestinian due the terrorist activities of the Irgun.

3. The day the British left, hostilities broke out between the new Jewish state and Arab countries like Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and others. It ended 9 months later with Israel occupying 60% of the Arab lands. The remaining 40% was with the Jordanians and the Egyptians, who made no attempt to establish the Palestinian state in the areas under their control.

4. Nearly 2 decades later, in 1967, war again erupted and Israel occupied the west bank area (including the holy city of Jerusalem) and the Gaza strip.

5. In 1988, the state of Palestine was formed on the territories occupied by Israel in the 67 war. However, intransigent and belligerent grouos like the Hamas have not given peace a chance.

The Israelis started out with a war on day 1 which threatened its very existence. Yet, it flourished on a barren desert with limited resources and surrounded by hostile neighbours on all sides. It achieved that miracle with hard work, dedication and innovations which transformed the impoverished strip of land into a first world oasis having 5 times the per capita income of its neighbours.

The way forward is to bury the animosities of the past, give peace a chance and to collaborate and spread prosperity in the region. Israel cannot be overthrown by armed conflict and the sooner its opponents realise it, the better. There is no hope for peace as long as outfits like the Hamas holds its own people to ransom.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-69/4
Jul 13, 2014
03:03 PM
No one can stop or is stopping you to anything what ever pork of beef you want to eat in your house . But this is exactly wrong demand that we , in spite of be in minority, will exhibit what ever we want on main roads.
Ashima
Hisar, India
D-68/2
Jul 13, 2014
02:41 PM

" The fact that so many precious lives are being lost in the holy month of Ramadan makes it even more tragic."

Completely agree.

The Hamas could easily have avoided launching rockets during the holy month, an act which would attract swift and deadly retaliation from the far mightier Israelis. They have done it on purpose to garner international sympathy which unthinking people offer immediately. Few seem to question as to why the Hamas is exposing their civilians to such dangers, that too during the holy month of Ramadan.

It is also worth noting that internecine conflicts in the Islamic world, in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are claiming many more victims. The fact that it is the holy month does not deter the terrorist organisations from carrying out such despicable acts.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-67/2
Jul 13, 2014
02:27 PM

A sombre PM has left for BRIC Summit.

Namo is carrying the huge expectations of the masses and the multiple problems confronting India,the spectre of a Failed Moonsoon and rising inflation.

It is for Namos men to stay clear of contraversies to let him handle the Tough job he does.

May be they hype by the BJP before the elections and the  Media on the Budget could have been avoided,mind you there is very little as far as FM can do given the complex nature of the economy.Jai hind

harun, chennai
D-66/7
Jul 13, 2014
02:23 PM
Studying folklore in continuous societies is a legitimate field of study. However its not easy , if they can't conclusively prove Noahs flood happened, then what can you prove ---- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9736619/Noahs-Ark-Great-Flood-may-have-happened-says-Robert-Ballard.html --- Please note the Koran also says it happened so it must be true :-)
MK Saini
Delhi, India
D-65/21
Jul 13, 2014
02:11 PM

17 D Mohan

"NDTV also have a social agenda...."

NDTV is primarily a leftist ( Prannoy Roy is married to Communist feminit Brindha Karats journalist sister ) propaganda machine.

Burkha Dutts primary propaganda goal is to establish feminits as a 'victims' species, and negatively stereotype males.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-64/20
Jul 13, 2014
02:05 PM

19 D Bon It A

"you haven't made any attempt to explain how you arrived at the conclusion that defence accounts for ONE-THIRD of the budget rather than the less than ONE-TENTH .."

Once again, it depends on who you want to believe. If it is government figures you trust, god can help you. Right wing religionists around the world ( like Ramki who brought up the defence spending question ) are very suspicious and insecure about reducing defence expenditure.

Whether India, which houses almost half the world’s poor, and probably half of the worlds illiterate should be spending so much on its defense procurement is controversial. Some of the funds going to defense could be diverted to address myriad social problems, simply by adequate non-religionist diplomacy with neighbours and super powers.

Military spending today gets about 2% of the GDP, but health and family welfare get only 0.34% and education only 0.73%.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-63/6
Jul 13, 2014
01:52 PM
Why these sickular historians had suppressed the fact of times on independence that a guy ( a well known leader Bangal at that time ) had taken along with him nearly 10 lakhs of Hindus mostly Dalits (SCs) to east Pakistan now Bangla Desh for doing his anti hindu traditions politics , He had done this by two procedures by helping the Jinna to retain some extra parts of undivided Bangal to Pakistan and other procedure was appealing mostly Dalit Hindus to move to East Pakistan , but with in months got a well deserved hard slap on his face as nearly 40% of those hindus massacred and he returned back to India with remaining Hindus.
Ashima
Hisar, India
D-62/19
Jul 13, 2014
01:45 PM

Miss O Gynist,

Arguing with a feminit who does not aree that education and health are more important than risking males lives and capital, is a useless task.

Trying to carry on a rational discussion with someone who's --- (you know what I mean), is a near impossibility.

Did I say that health and education are unimportant? NO, NO, NO.

If you equate the defence of the nation as a mere exercise in "risking males lives and capital" it only exposes you for what you are - a bigot whose every thought is colured by some fixation.

I posted a long excerpt from the Diplomat to show you that the armed forces are considered sexist because they DO NOT want women. Have you bothered to address that or rebut it? - NO, NO, NO, because it does not suit your bigoted view.

If you want to discuss that health and education are the most important issues on the national agenda, that's fine. Restrict yourself to facts and keep your fixation that anything done with which you disagree is something targetted at males out of the picture.

Everyone wants more. The budget is an exercise in balancing different claims for larger pieces of the same pie - i.e. balancing expediture with revenue. Parthasarathy Shankottai will argue that there is no such need. Spend what you want without worrying about where the money is coming from, because deficts are good. I'm not an economist, but I do know that if I tried to run my household budget the same way, I would soon end up in jail or the bankruptcy court.

PS. I notice you haven't made any attempt to explain how you arrived at the conclusion that defence accounts for ONE-THIRD of the budget rather than the less than ONE-TENTH that the budget figures indicate.

Bonita
Chennai, India
D-61/18
Jul 13, 2014
01:38 PM

This is Congress social agenda.

Why the Governor of Puducherry Was Sacked

www.thenewsminute.com/news_sections/620

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has sacked the Lt Governor of Puducherry Virendra Kataria because of corruption and misuse of official Indian property for private gain.

This is the first such action by the new government against a political appointee of the previous government, UPA 11 by Manmohan Singh. In a late night announcement over the weekend by the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Kataria was informed that he was directed by the President of India to demit office with immediate effect.

Sources are telling The News Minute (TNM) that Kataria, a Punjab Congress leader, had employed his son and daughter-in-law in corrupt practices and that there is evidence of their collecting funds inside the Raj Bhavan in Puducherry.

The new government’s views and actions on Governors is keenly watched as one after the other, they offer their resignations to the new dispensation in New Delhi.

Sources are telling TNM a top secret letter from the Chief Minister of Puducherry to the Prime Minister, as well as another letter from the Chief Secretary to the Union Home Minister document have documented the scale and scope of the misuse in detail.

The President of India has also received a letter from a senior BJP politician about Kataria seeking to influence a court decision – something which has nothing to do with his line of duty and clearly speaks of political bias.

Mohan
Kutch, India
D-60/5
Jul 13, 2014
01:19 PM

What a freaking delusional moron! Further proof that the BJP has only managed, and will only manage, to pull the country backwards by making it a fertile breeding ground for religious intolerance and superstitious nonsense, and always shamelessly trying to propagate their medievalist idea of modern culture. It's a scandal!

Harikrishnan
Trivandrum, India
D-59/1
Jul 13, 2014
01:17 PM
Mohan, Kutch
D-58/2
Jul 13, 2014
01:10 PM

Nice movie ethnic Hyderabadi style, Best acting by Vidya Balan as ever . Total nice movie 4 out of 5

vijay raj
delhi, India
D-57/1
Jul 13, 2014
01:06 PM

The fact that so many precious lives are being lost in the holy month of Ramadan makes it even more tragic.

ashok lal, mumbai
D-56/17
Jul 13, 2014
01:01 PM

NDTV also have a social agenda. They will do anything to defame BJP, even fabricate stories.

pic.twitter.com/OpWb4yAzUk

Mohan
Kutch, India
D-55/1
Jul 13, 2014
01:00 PM
Iran should go and F itself.  

Iran is the one which gave all those duds called rockets to Hamas and goaded them to use it, deluding Hamas they will be of any use, all the while knowing they will be Israeli cannon fodder instead. And those stupid, brainless Gazans believed that Iran will come to their rescue once the fun begins.  That killed any chance of Hamas coming to its senses (as if that is possible and they will suddenly find the missing brains) of talking peace with Israel and finding that elusive remote chance to stop all the killings.

Those Iranian cowards now want the world to stop the mayhem they initiated in the first place.... Talk about crocodile tears....

Non Fanatic, London
D-54/1
Jul 13, 2014
12:50 PM

These stupid Hamas sing songs while it is mainly their people who are dying by the hundreds while none of their firecracker rockets create a dent even on an Israeli tin shed.

Looks like the Hamas have cravings for an unmitigated death wish and Israel is only too happy to offer it to them. The stupids....

Non Fanatic, London
D-53/23
Jul 13, 2014
12:27 PM

18 D George

"...The existing tracks need improvement...."

True. But there is one HUGE problem.

Routinely repairing, or building additional tracks, improving services, or even introducing fast 'Rajdhani' type lines, etc., do not bring the 'AWE' FACTOR - essential to get the Moditard type votes - in this case from two states.

Nor does it bring the KIND of money to keep the Adani-Ambani types satisfied and willing, to finance more political propaganda.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-52/16
Jul 13, 2014
12:18 PM

d 36 Bonitaji 
"Typical Anwaar speak. He whines makes unsubstantiated statements and disappears."
Anwaar make debate sincerely. Perhaps some can disagree.
But he never disappears from this forum. He makes statements
bold. Rest leave to perception.

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-51/15
Jul 13, 2014
12:11 PM


D.L.Narayan,

>> (BJP's) social agenda is not about the haves and the have-nots. It is about Hindu-Muslim equations.

Yes, the Hindutva agenda!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-50/17
Jul 13, 2014
12:07 PM

D.L.Narayan,

>>  Israel itself is a tiny sliver of land.

That was true before 1967, but since then Israel has usurped the bulk of Palestine. Israel now is the only nuclear power and a fortress in the Middle East.

>>  Most German Jews who escaped from Hitler's Germany settled in the USA.

The atrocities of Hitler and Stalin in Europe and the Soviet Union caused the major part of influx first into Palestine and then into Israel.

>> The state of Israel was not created by the Jews.

There would have been no Balfour agreement without the Rothschilds. Britain would not have left so precipitately without the terrorist attacks of Irgun led my Menkhim Begin.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-49/17
Jul 13, 2014
11:59 AM

2700 page Obama care condensed to 4 sentences. ( How socialism works )

pic.twitter.com/QFukFuhnuX
Mohan
Kutch, India
D-48/1
Jul 13, 2014
11:56 AM

Well, everyone strongly condemns CPI(M) for not having the balls to tell Hamas to stop lobbing those firecrackers they call rockets into Israel.

Israel has always committed to stop its self-defense response to protect its citizens from Hamas terror, as soon Hamas discovers the brains to stop firing those rockets.

Non Fanatic, London
D-47/14
Jul 13, 2014
11:56 AM

10 D Bon I Ta

Arguing with a feminit who does not aree that education and health are more important than risking males lives and capital, is a useless task.

Let the interviewee above, Banerjee, have the last word, ( with which I agree ):  the world over, education and health are delivered by governments....

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-46/72
Jul 13, 2014
11:54 AM
R. Saroja
Bombay, India
D-45/71
Jul 13, 2014
11:52 AM
R. Saroja
Bombay, India
D-44/70
Jul 13, 2014
11:35 AM

D.L.Narayan,

>>>> "Swami Aseemananda said it and we heard it, but you wisely kept your ears closed!"

>> 'why the UPA has not acted on those people.'

Honor among thieves!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-43/16
Jul 13, 2014
11:30 AM

D.L.Narayan,

>> "You are an apologist of the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad."

Such smearing would not hide your being an thoughtless apologist of Zionists and of all enemies of Muslims. Liberal opinion in Western Europe and North America is distinctly turning in favor of Palestinians and against the Israelis. Nobody is supporting Hama's rocketing of Israel but to make a big issue out of the ineffective measures of a badly battered people while ignoring the gross injustice done to them as well as the extremely heavy casualties inflicted on them shows your perfidy. 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-42/26
Jul 13, 2014
11:12 AM

Ram Lala,

>>  "The idea that the Muslims were destroyers of 'Hindu' temples and that they converted 'Hindus' to Islam by force is extremely tendentious and is largely unfounded." - Dr. Jha.

Dr. Jha is correct when he says the idea is "largely unfounded".

>> " Even today, roughly 1000 Hindu and Christian girls are kidnapped each year in Krapistan, forcibly converted to Islam."

Dr. Jha was not speaking of Pakistan, a country which you seem to be an expert on.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-41/16
Jul 13, 2014
10:36 AM

A whole,lot will feel offended,but the truth is that the Budget lacks anything out off the Box.

Hype wasnt required.

harun
chennai, India
D-40/13
Jul 13, 2014
10:36 AM

@ D L Narayan sir

Capitalism has failed to solve poverty and hunger. 
Moreover it increased international conflicts. War
mongering is going on. Do you think communism
was outrightly rejected in china? 






 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-39/15
Jul 13, 2014
09:33 AM

indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/fifth-column-too-cautious-for-change/99/ Too cautious for change

This is not going to be about the Budget, but I shall begin by admitting that I was disappointed that the Finance Minister did not throw the retroactive tax into the nearest garbage bin. The caution he showed in handling a very stupid tax is worryingly symbolic of the caution our new government is beginning to exhibit in its decisions. Has the Prime Minister forgotten that it was a promise of change that created the wave that swept him from Gujarat to Delhi with a full mandate?

If he has not, he should start noticing that much should have already begun to change. The last government left behind a legacy of bad laws that should be immediately torn up and thrown away, to use the immortal words of the man who would have been prime minister if the election results had been otherwise.

Here is a short list. There is a land acquisition law that will make it impossible for the Prime Minister’s hundred new cities to be built. A companies law so bad that the finest corporate lawyers advise a total repeal. And, there is that food security law that will bankrupt India without achieving its stated goal of reducing malnourishment in our poorest citizens.

It is especially hard to understand why the government has committed itself to MNREGA. More than

Rs 2,00,000 crore have been spent on guaranteeing rural employment since 2006 and the biggest problem in rural India remains unemployment. Is that not reason enough to scrap this law? On my travels during the election campaign I made it a point to find out how MNREGA works on the ground, and can confirm that those who really need 100 days of guaranteed work a year rarely get it because corrupt officials and powerful castes lap up the funds. Had the money wasted on MNREGA been spent on improving schools and healthcare instead, India may today have been a very different country.

It is not for nothing that people now speak of the past 10 years as India’s lost decade. It was a decade in which laws, policies and poverty alleviation were outsourced to a caboodle of bigheaded NGOs who forgot that the point of their existence was that they were non-governmental. Under the benign gaze of Sonia Gandhi, this gang of povertarians (thank you Shekhar Gupta for this word) became more important than the real prime minister and his Cabinet. None of the policies that emanated from this lot should be continued, so why do they continue?

Have the mighty mandarins of Lutyens Delhi succeeded in taking charge as they usually do of uncertain, unconfident new ministers? There are disturbing signs of this. And, this should worry the Prime Minister almost more than anything else because Indian bureaucrats are famous for being the most obdurate and obstructive in the world and they are famous for their skills in resisting change. They are especially good at squashing new ideas from germinating unless these come from ministers who know their subject well. It is beginning to become increasingly evident that most ministers in the new government are too diffident to demand real changes.

So everything depends on the Prime Minister. He will need a core group in his own office to implement the reforms that he knows are necessary if we are to get ‘maximum governance and minimum government’. He will need to personally supervise the abolition of dead institutions like the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He will need to personally oversee the demise of useless procedures and paperwork that make governance in India more complicated than it is anywhere else.

Since I am in such a mood to give free advice this week, may I add that it is very important that the Prime Minister not lose touch with the people by allowing a wall of bureaucrats to come in between. Let him do what he does so well, which is speak directly to the people once a month or at least once every other month. If he begins this practice, it will enable him to explain why certain reforms are essential. With a media that remains largely hostile, he could find that unless he finds ways to remain in touch with those who voted for him with so much hope, there will be an army of people ready to mislead them into believing a lot of rubbish.

The reason why the end of the licence raj in the Nineties was made to seem like a gift only to rich Indians was because the prime minister never tried to explain why it was ended. Narendra Modi needs people on his side more than any other prime minister, because his Gujarat model has already been maligned by Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal as bringing benefits only for ‘Ambani-Adani’.

Mohan
Kutch, India
D-38/12
Jul 13, 2014
09:19 AM

@ Bonita - "Typical Anwaar speak."

I think you missed out on what Anwaar was alluding to. In Anwaarspeak, social agenda is not about the haves and the have-nots. It is about Hindu-Muslim equations.

He is convinced that the BJP under Narendra Modi will establish a modern avatar of the Third Reich in which Hindus will be favoured, Muslims will be ghettoised, then sent to concentration camps and exterminated. This is precisely what Anwaar means when he says that "the BJP does have a social agenda in mind, but quite different from what Abhijeet Banerjee is referring to."

His communal mindset and the track record of intolerance displayed by Muslim countries towards non-Muslims convinces him that under the BJP, the hidden agenda is the relegation of Muslims to second class citizenship and grave threat to their very existence.  

The sheer ridiculousness of his apocalyptic expectations escapes him. He is a prisoner of his own paranoia.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-37/22
Jul 13, 2014
08:49 AM

"Yeh PATRI per nahi Chalta"

VNK sir, what is so surprising about bullet trains not being compatible with tracks laid by the British in an age when steam locomotives chugged along at 40 kmph?

Today, the population has increased exponentially, as well the size of the economy and the volume of passenger and freight traffic handled by the railways. We cannot cope with the new challenges by employing the same old methods.

The fight against poverty will never succeed if we remain constrained by outdated and antiquated ideologies, technologies and systems. 

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-36/11
Jul 13, 2014
08:18 AM

The BJP does have a social agenda in mind, but quite different from what Abhijeet Banerjee is referring to. Appointments of dyed-in-the-wool sanghis to key posts indicates what the BJP's "social agenda" is. - Anwaar

Typical Anwaar speak. He whines makes unsubstantiated statements and disappears.

70 years of "social agenda' especially the last 10 years pushed by the Con Party has been soundly rejected by the electorate which humiliated the party by giving them a few seats more than the AIADMK got in one state.. The social agenda pushed by the left party in West Bengal for 34 years leading to the ruination of a once prosperous state resulted in their being turfed out. They are now in danger of facing the ignominy of fighting for third place.

The electorate has voted for change and the BJP's promised inclusive developement for all rather than doles designed to keep people in poverty. Now it is time for the BJP to deliver on those promises. If they don't their social agenda will also be rejected and they will be consigned to the dust bin.

Bonita
Chennai, India
D-35/10
Jul 13, 2014
08:07 AM

Miss O Gynist,

ALL right wingers bay for risking male lives.

Why, oh why do you start an otherwise well reasoned post (with which I disagree) with your usual garbage?

What you are repeating is the standard "guns" versus "butter" argument.

Do we need better health care and education?  Of course we do.

Should this be achieved by cutting back on our armed forces? NO.

We live in a dangerous world and in a hostile environment with inimical forces on our borders. Cut back on the defence services and there will be nothing left of this country. Unfortunately the Left parties have consistently displayed a greater sensitivity and empathy towards China's interests rather than towards India's. I'm not jingoistic or one who believes that war is the solution to any and every problem with a neighbour.

However, the purpose of the Defence Service (emphasis is on defence) is to make it an unprofitable exercise for any external force wishing to impose its will on India by force of arms. We don't need an army or navy or air force capable of conquering Pakistan or China. We do need these forces to be capable of giving their opponents a bloody nose if they try to encroach on India.

ONE THIRD of Indias budget is ultimately spent on the Indian defence

My reading of the Union budget shows a total anticipated expenditure of 2369892 crores of which 229000 crores is to be spent on defence (revenue and capital). That is definitely not ONE THIRD (33%) but more like 9.66% i.e. less than ONE TENTH. If I am wrong, please explain how.

Diverting money from health and education is BAD policy.

We disagree on this.

Incidentally, there is also human capital involved. And yes, this again is MALES risking their limbs and lives. No reservations here, ( unless the government buys remote weapons, where the feminits can take paid vacations while launching missiles - but that it another story ).

This is your usual rant. It may surprise you to know that the armed forces are being attacked by your feminist friends for being misogynistic by not allowing women to serve in combatunits such as flying fighters. A couple years ago the then Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal PK Barbora was viciously attacked for giving his rationale.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Vice Chief Air Marshal P K Barbora was telling listeners that the induction of women fighter pilots would be a slow process in India.

But he didn’t stop there. He went on to argue that training women up as fighter pilots doesn’t make financial sense, claiming that as it costs the Indian exchequer 11.66 crore rupees (about $ 2.4 million) to train a fighter pilot; women just don’t offer optimum returns.

‘In a few years time, we might see this change, (with women pilots) coming in with certain pre-conditions such as until this age we request you to be happy, be married, but no offspring,’ Barbora said, before going on to suggest that since it takes 13 or 14 years of service for the government to recover its investment in fighter pilots, that women should only start their families after this period.

Barbora’s remarks made him–and the Air Force generally–the target of accusations that the institution is out of touch and chauvinistic and he was forced to apologise for his remarks and issue a statement stating that the views expressed were personal. But the damage was done to an establishment already viewed as sexist.

http://thediplomat.com/2010/02/women-not-worth-the-money-2/

Incidentally, the present Air Chief recently said very much the same recently, making him the target of attack.

Bonita
Chennai, India
D-34/1
Jul 13, 2014
08:00 AM
Iran FM can take it and shove it up his.  

His country is the one which supplied all those rockets to those equally stupid Hamas who thought they can win over Israel using those firecrackers.

If anything Iran should be condemned, as it is the main reason all those Gazans are getting killed, for letting those ignorant imbeciles Hamas not pursue peace with Israel, and think that they ever had a chance with those sparklers. 

Non Fanatic, London
D-33/2
Jul 13, 2014
07:53 AM

Hamas's so called leadership (if one still exists), doesn't even have the collective brains to realize that its own people are the ones getting killed while none of the rockets it is lobbing at Israel is causing even a dent on a tin shed.

No wonder these stupids keep going at it, while Israel is taking them to the cleaners.

Non Fanatic, London
D-32/21
Jul 13, 2014
07:26 AM

29        pl read
"Yeh PATRI per nahi Chalta"

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-31/14
Jul 13, 2014
07:25 AM

An OUTLOOK reader’s views on the Budget 2014-15: (1) Our Prime Minister feels that it is a panacea for all ills which afflict our economy. On the other hand our former Prime Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) boss and many other politicians have expressed a contrary and critical view. But unattached citizens with independent views should not get carried away by such responses. They will have to examine the budget proposals in an impartial manner. (2) It is understandable that our Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley feels that he has inherited some problems from the UPA regime. Whether he will succeed in tackling these will be known in a few years. One can at best offer good wishes to him. (3) But is it not true that a good part of the blame should go to all political parties, particularly, BJP, TMC, CPM, AIADMK, and of course the Congress? All of them think in terms of winning elections and generally overlook cost of subsidies and the so-called welfare schemes. (4) I think that politicians, irrespective of parties must not indulge in blame games but instead devote their energy for doing the ground work required to do away with unviable subsidies. On their part citizens should be prepared to face the reality which means the petrol, LPG cylinder, railway journeys and so on may cost a little more now but in the long term the finances of the govt. will improve. This, I believe is the message which the Budget for 2014-15 gives to us all. (5) If one considers both direct tax proposals, immediate relief will be available to the salaried class in the form of some saving in his/her income tax outgo for the current financial year, once the Parliament (Lok Sabha) passes the Finance bill and the President gives his assent so that Finance bill becomes an Act. (6) As regards indirect tax and other budget proposals, citizens will have to wait for a few months or even a few years to assess their positive or adverse impact. (7) Lastly, let us be frank about it. Once in power, the BJP has quickly realized that it cannot overlook the preliminary rule of good governance. The rule is that the government should not go overboard by giving many concessions at one go.

Narendra M Apte
PUNE, India
D-30/13
Jul 13, 2014
07:21 AM

@ Ramki Sir
"To get achche din, let us emulate those Kerala Origin nurses"



 Why laugh at poor kerala nurses who happened to be at Iraq
at bad times.? Pl desist from posting gender biased comments.
There are really a lot of things to emulate from kerala origin nurses.
Let us.











 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-29/20
Jul 13, 2014
07:11 AM

10 D    Ramki sir
Thanks. I am no naysayer or told 'wont happen'.
Some 30 years  back I learned from my co-traveler
a railway engineer about bullet trains. He said;
"Yeh pari per nahi chaltha" and explained me the technology.
Last decade railway introduced 'Duranto' and it is uneconomical
Go global, no harm, but understand the locol problems and
feasibility.











 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-28/25
Jul 13, 2014
06:02 AM

Nationalistic Interpretation, Saffron Cause - The author seems to consider this to be evil terms and claiming her worst fears are coming alive. I may have to remind that Humans were indeed existing in that period which is being rubbished as irrational mythology.

Read out some documentations, for example, about the technology that might have made Pushpaka Vimana possible from Westren researchers, or results from archaelogical surveys of Ayodhya to understand that there is at least a possibility of this history being true. There might be some distortion that naturally occur in narration of these events over ages and generations.

Trust me, no one is going to die because of changing/correcting the interpretation of the history from 'nationalistic' point of view. It's high time we took some pride in our country's ancient past.

Kashyap
New York, United States
D-27/15
Jul 13, 2014
04:16 AM

"How can a sliver of land left over after their homes and lands were taken over by Hitler's refugees wage a war?"

Your knowledge of the Arab Israeli conflict is innacurate, and pitifully inadequate. Israel itself is a tiny sliver of land hemmed in on all sides by extremely hostile neighbours who refuse to acknowledge its right to exist. Such a state cannot exist unless it has zero-tolerance to terrorism and has extremely efficient counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism agency like the Mossad. 

Next, you talk of Hitler's refugees. Most German Jews who escaped from Hitler's Germany settled in the USA. The city of New York alone has more Jews than Israel. During Hitler's lifetime, there was no Israel to seek refuge in.

Most of the immigrants who populated Israel were from Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Morrocco, etc, the Mizrahi and SephardicJews who account for over 50 %. The Ashkenazi Jews, those from what was USSR (20%), Eastern Europe account for about 40 %. Just about 3 % are of German/Austrian origin, who can be called "Hitler's Jews".

The state of Israel was not created by the Jews. Britain, which held the mandate for Palestine after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, carved out the state before it left the area 

First get your facts right. 

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-26/69
Jul 13, 2014
03:56 AM

"Swami Aseemananda said it and we heard it, but you wisely kept your ears closed!:

Whether I keep my ears closed or open is immaterial.

The moot question is why the UPA has not acted on those people, occupying the highest echelons of the RSS, if what Aseemananda purportedly said is true?

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-25/19
Jul 13, 2014
03:52 AM

'' Moreover, he now has his own man as party president, so both the government and the party are firmly under his control.'' This is better than a calition khichori where the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.

george
london, United Kingdom
D-24/14
Jul 13, 2014
03:52 AM

Anwaar,

"I am not an enemy of Israel, but the gross injustice and military inequality of the situation is receiving increasing attention and sympathy in the West."

Tomorrow, if terrorist groups launch missiles in Kashmir, I guess that you will be saying the same thing - acts of war are between countries, so such an act of hostility by a bunch of terrorists is not an act of war.Onviously, semantics is not your strong point.

You are an apologist of the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad who are holding the Palestinian people to ransom. They keep launching rockets at Israel and use civilians as human shields and you do not have a word of condemnation for these terrorist groups.

Just as the LTTE did not represent the Tamils of Sri Lanka, the Hamas do not represent the Palestinians. Many Palestinians oppose the Hamas. Yet, you do not condemn them. Knowing the intimate links CAIR has with the Hamas, your tacit support is understandable.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-23/18
Jul 13, 2014
03:50 AM

I agree with Mr.Mehta once. India does not need bullet train. The existing tracks need improvement.

george
london, United Kingdom
D-22/24
Jul 13, 2014
03:45 AM

D.N.Jha is a Marxist who is infamous for these kinds of mental excretions:

"In his keynote address Dr. Jha told the audience "the Hindutva forces, in their bid to aggravate religious conflicts in the country, argue that Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam and Christianity in the past and therefore they have to be reconverted so as to take them back into the Hindu fold. But such an assertion has no basis in our history. The idea that the Muslims were destroyers of 'Hindu' temples and that they converted 'Hindus' to Islam by force is extremely tendentious and is largely unfounded." Citing Alberuni Dr. Jha said "the use of force in this conversion was neither necessary nor possible". "

Forced conversion to Islam is impossible? Even today, roughly 1000 Hindu and Christian girls are kidnapped each year in Krapistan, forcibly converted to Islam and "married" to Muslim thugs!

It is time to put the boot in the fat ass of these Marxists crooks and charlatans.

Ram Lala
Kavutaram, India
D-21/68
Jul 13, 2014
03:32 AM

D.L.Narayan,


>>>> "Swami Aseemananda revealed that he had an okay for bomb blasts from Supremo Bhagwat himself. Indresh too is high in the RSS echelons."

>> Pure heresay.


Swami Aseemananda said it and we heard it, but you wisely kept your ears closed!



 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-20/13
Jul 13, 2014
03:30 AM

D.L.Narayan,

>> If launching missiles is not an act of war.

War can be between two countries. How can a sliver of land left over after their homes and lands were taken over by Hitler's refugees wage a war? Your inherent inability to have any empathy for the Palestinians make you an automatic apologist for Israel! I am not an enemy of Israel, but the gross injustice and military inequality of the situation is receiving increasing attention and sympathy in the West.


 




 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-19/10
Jul 13, 2014
03:27 AM

This is not for the first time that dna has published and deleted an article. It did the same to Tehseen Poonawalla article in August when Modi wasn't in power. This is media behaviorat its worst

http://www.truthofgujarat.com/indian-media-continues-prostrate-modi-dna-deletes-factual-anti-modi-article-gujarat-riots/

This begets the question - who owns dna? Is it another Ambani holding ?

Don Quixote
Rody, India
D-18/17
Jul 13, 2014
03:18 AM

The rich are certainly getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. This seems to be a worldwide phenomenon. Thomas Piketty is on to something.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-17/2
Jul 13, 2014
03:11 AM

Pakistani soaps are less melodramatic than Indian soaps. They are superior.

Fact
Factpur, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
D-16/9
Jul 13, 2014
03:02 AM


The BJP does have a social agenda in mind, but quite different from what Abhijeet Banerjee is referring to. Appointments of dyed-in-the-wool sanghis to key posts indicates what the BJP's "social agenda" is. 
 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-15/12
Jul 13, 2014
02:54 AM

Hype without substance! That is the definition of the BJP.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-14/4
Jul 13, 2014
02:49 AM
It always belongs to someone else!
Anwaar, Dallas
D-13/2
Jul 13, 2014
02:47 AM

How does Modi become BJP leader in Rajya Sabha without being a member of the Rajya Sabha?

Anwaar, Dallas
D-12/11
Jul 13, 2014
01:56 AM

>> “In terms of the length and in terms of the laundry-and-cookbook approach, the budget was identical with the Congress and therefore very disappointing,” says Surjit S. Bhalla, the chairman of Oxus Investments. This was “more of a vision statement,” he went on to add, “with content to come out later”

Don't know if the author is an idiot or a crook, but the above statement completely misrepresents Bhalla's position on the budget. While the above gives the impression that he is extremely disappointed with the budget, the reality is quite different.

For those interested, here is how he concludes his assessment in his article in IE

No matter how you slice it, Budget 2014-15 (but not the long “everything and don’t forget the kitchen sink” speech) is one of the best content budgets of the last two decades. One will have to wait till the February budget (2015-16) to see if the Modi-Jaitley budget will be remembered as second only (or equal to) the Narasimha Rao-Manmohan Singh budget of 1991.

indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/from-hope-to-reality/99/

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-11/23
Jul 13, 2014
01:42 AM

We certainly don't need historians and their followers, who title their article with Ram, but give a picture from Mahabharata.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-10/22
Jul 13, 2014
01:40 AM

Have never heard of Rao. He is obviously not an "eminent historian".

However, the heartburn he is causing amongst the sickos, and the outpourings of grief and wailing his appointment is eliciting from the anti-nationals are reasons enough for his selection.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-9/21
Jul 13, 2014
01:31 AM

>> As a historian, I have no faith. I go by rationality. But I don’t expect the Modi government to be rational

Nice to see Jha express his faith in rationality. Giving that a "rational" man uses the story of a single beggar acquiring super powers that allow him to burn the entire Nalanda university housing thousands, by praying to the sun god for 12 years, it can only be deduced that he is a filthy scum, who shall latch on to anything that blames Hindus for crimes committed by Muslims.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-8/67
Jul 13, 2014
01:27 AM

>> Swami Aseemananda revealed that he had an okay for bomb blasts from Supremo Bhagwat himself.

Oh yeah! Per the "voluntary", and "under no pressure" confession that he made, and which he later retracted.

>> Indresh too is high in the RSS echelons.

Implicated by the same "voluntary", and "under no pressure" confession, that was retracted later.

By contrast, Ghassan Elashi, a founder of the CAIR Texas chapter has been CONVICTED (not charged, or alleged, etc.), for association with Hamas, and founders of CAIR shared stage with leaders of Hamas. CAIR however, continues to remain a "civil rights" organization.

Narayan,

I blame you, not the jehadi for continuing this discussion. He is a filthy pig who shall behave as one. He can't be reasoned with. You have no reason to defend RSS with him. Jehadis like him shall always hate nationalist organizations.

Feel free to kick him around and abuse him. The only thing he deserves is your contempt, not your explanations.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-7/5
Jul 13, 2014
01:26 AM

Jaitley is one of the many members of Modi's lacklustre cabinet. They are establishment figures and backroom boys. Will Jaitley seriously go after people who have looted and stashed trillions abroad? Doubtful. Apart from Modi himself and Amit Shah, most of the rest are just 'time pass' types. Where corruption is concerned, some in the BJP can give the Congis a run for their money. As things stand today, the only positive outcome of the election is that Hindu self respect is a notch higher.

Fact
Factpur, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
D-6/20
Jul 13, 2014
01:26 AM

To those who discredit the British of subjugating Indian's mind, here are some facts. It was the European scholars brought vedas and other hindu scriptures to the world including Indians in 17-18th century. They translated from Sanskrit to English so the mankind can know about these glorious texts. Before that these books were preserves of few brahmans. Then in late 19th century they discovered Bodh Gaya and the entire Buddhist ruins and history in India. Before anything related to Buddhism was unknown in the subcontinent. We better thank the European for Indian awekening. 

Rajesh
Phoenix, United States
D-5/3
Jul 13, 2014
12:52 AM

2 D Akash

"...Just as an info, the current Washington DC was built on a marshland ..."

IF Indian politicians were as honest as American politicians, then we would have ALREADY had a thousand Washington DCs. Is nt expecting Indian politicians not to demand their pound of flesh in real estate development ( in the name of progress and community service, of course ) asking for too much?

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-4/4
Jul 13, 2014
12:36 AM

Like PC, Jaitley is yet another lawyer turned politician. Indian justice system is ridden with bad characters.

How truly they said: politics is the last refuge of the scoundrels.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-3/8
Jul 13, 2014
12:28 AM

6 D Ramki

Contrary to what leftists preach...

True, ALL right wingers bay for risking male lives. But branding anyone who asks to lessen defence expenditure as leftist, is classic right wing propaganda ( against leftists ) 

the defence expenditure as a % of GDP in India is one of the lowest among large sized nation in the world.

Maybe True ( depends on how much you trust govermnent figures ), but you have to factor in that India has one of the largest ILLITERATE people in the world, and they are in poverty, and need help from the state to be educated.


The 2.29 lakh crore defence budget sounds large but it simply fails to register that over 60% of it goes to pay wages of soldiers and pensions of ex-servicemen

ONE THIRD of Indias budget is ultimately spent on the Indian defence, including pay and pensions of maintaining one of the largest armies in the world

So stop cribbing about defense expenses. It is not about money but about efficiently using money.

This money is used from 'saving' expenditure on health and education. Diverting money from health and education is BAD policy. Incidentally, there is also human capital involved. And yes, this again is MALES risking their limbs and lives. No reservations here, ( unless the government buys remote weapons, where the feminits can take paid vacations while launching missiles - but that it another story ).

Tamilnadu and Kerala (state governments) spend lot of money on public schools ....

The quality of education has a lot to be desired, and this is not just in schools. Not just quality, but also quantity. The quality of education has come down in the last 2 - 3 decades, since feminit Indira Gandhi started getting defence kickbacks through Pawar, and diverted the expenditure from education.

Incidentally, the HIGHEST ever percentage India has ever achieved in education was in 1998 under BJP founder Vajpayee. Even advanced, literate, countries like the USA spend 5.5% of its MASSIVE budget on education. No wonder they are advanced

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-2/4
Jul 13, 2014
12:24 AM

It does not reallly matter if you think Ramayana or Mahabharata are fictional, true or part fictional accounts. There importance lies in the fact that much of Indian pilosophical and cultural heritage is rooted in old Indian classics from puranas to Bhagwatgita to Mahabharata. All religions are a mix of myh and reality. Its themessage they convey that is important and not the veracitty of the details .

the Latin and Greek classics , with all their myth and mythology, are widely taught in US schools , often as optional subjects. Similarly Indian history , is equally rich and replete with such classics , many of which like Gita and Mahabharata form the basis of Indian philosophical thought , just as the Greek and Roman history, influenced Western thought or as they say in US Judeo-Christian civilization.

Why do not India treach the rich heritage of Indiian classics to its students and atleast offer Indian philosophy, as enshrined in the old classics, as an optional subject ?

Take the best from every religion and philosophy. The concepts of Karma, action and its consequences which even Gods cannot absolve you of, of rightful action or Dharma , must be taught.

Pay no attention to Arabists, Hislamists and the most thuggish and vile of them all the no-selfrespect-sickular crowd.

What is equally important is to cleanse Indian history of all the lies and tell the factual account of the brutality of muslim rule and genocide of Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and any non-muslims  in vast areas of Indian subcontinent where they used to be a majority , from Afganistan to Pakistan to Kashmir valley to Bangladesh and now parts of India itself.

SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
D-1/16
Jul 13, 2014
12:04 AM

15 D DLN

"...please refrain from making insipid comments about stuff you know little about..."

Like Moditards, you assume that no one else is capable of thinking, and ANYBODY who opposes BJP policy must therefore be hen-pecked by Her Majesty?

Indians have seen far too much corruption in the form of crony capitalism from "mega" schemes like these by politicians, including your icon Modi himself, to be easily fooled yet again.

Misogynist
Chennai, India