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Jul 25, 2014
07:07 PM

Ruckus in Parliament Over UPSC Issue
New Delhi | Jul 25, 2014
One trusts the problem created by UPA govt,is not compounded by the ruling dispensation. The following questions need answers :--

(a) Why were interests of aspirants belonging to humanities streams ignored in favour of those from Engg and Mgt streams ;

(b) C-SAT was applicable in 2011,12 and 13 exams. No one protested then.

(c) Is the present agitation, politically motivated?

(d) Is the ‘Google’ translation of English texts of QPs (objective) creating problems ,being highly ‘Sanskritised’?

(e) The tenure of three-Member review committee set up by UPSC expired in March 2014.Why did the Chairman UPSC not take advance action to increase its tenure instead of waiting for the new government.

(f) Assuming , the committee recommends changes in C-SAT (part-2)syllabus, how could the exam be held on August 24,2014,as scheduled?

(g) In other words, why were ‘Admit Cards’ uploaded on July 24? This could have waited for final decision of DOP&T.

(h) To add fuel to fire in the midst of uncertainty, the UPSC has declared the date of Prelims in 2015 as August 23 even before this year's exam is held.

Chairman UPSC Prof D P Aggarwal retires on August 16,2014.
He has much to explain. He took decisions unilaterally without consultative mechanism, All his decisions during the decade long tenure in the Commission, require to be investigated. He ensured that the review committee's recommendations are received after this year's exam due on Aug 24,2014.

The aspirants’ angst against UPSC,is not baseless.
But, violence has no place in it.

The GOI must decide the matter promptly after taking into account the grievances of aspirants,before the situation reaches the flashpoint.

The undersigned served in UPSC as Joint Secretary and is conversant with its functioning.

(I have forwarded my views to the PMO for immediate intervention)

A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)

Jul 25, 2014
07:04 PM

What is so surprising about politicians appeasing a feminit?

Misogynist, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
07:03 PM

One of the worst ever ( not THE worst, though ) INSULT to males who overwhemlingly take to politics, to be asked to work for a feminit MLA/MP because of her fr***king gender.

Misogynist, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
07:01 PM

Wonder how the media can speculate on the causes of diabetes, when none of the 'causes' mentioned, have been scientifically proven?

One day. a virus may be implicated in infecting the pancreas!

Indians dont deserve misinformation propagated by half literate journalists

Chennai, India
Jul 25, 2014
06:59 PM

The media continues to forget the primary reason for Modis victory: the pus*y whipped, hen-pecjed Maun Mute Singh who warmed the PM chair for a decade.

If the common man was willing to give even a reformed criminal like Modi a chance, the reason, remember, media is this: THE PEOPLE WERE FED UP.

Chennai, India
Jul 25, 2014
06:54 PM

Is it a topic for wasting time available to our politicians and also to our media for building this Nation? Making issue out of a non-issue, and go on propagating it, shall not benefit any one. Till date, no body (none of the invaders) had been able to wipe out the reality what India was and is made up of till date. There is no doubt about it.

As a citizen of this free country it becomes every body's primary duty to help in knocking down such barriers and strengthen the Nation in the long run. Those who are trying to strengthen existing barriers, which are serious obstacles in the national progress, are in fact not an Indian.

Such trouble creators who throw muck/dirt in the peaceful and calm atmosphere of the Nation and then try to take shelter behind the constitution they are unaware of the real strength of the constitution of India. No new law is required to deal such situation only a strong and persistent will power is required, which I expect and feel, our law makers possess and shall use with mutual cooperation to strengthen our Great Nation.

M. P. Bharadwaj, NOIDA
Jul 25, 2014
06:43 PM

"Hurts me that so much time is being wasted on a petty issue of my being appointed as brand ambassador of Telangana."

Glad to know that Sania is well off to consider one crore as petty.

Akash Verma, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
06:41 PM

 The gentleman is acting overboard. Hope sensible Muslims will see to it. This is vote buying tactics. It dioes not work. Muslims need schools, hospitals, and jobs, NOT tamashas.

london, United Kingdom
Jul 25, 2014
06:41 PM

Major blow to Modi and Amit Shah!!!

Akash Verma, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
06:38 PM

Why islamabad only, hand over the entire country to the army. At least the world will know whom to talk to.

george, london
Jul 25, 2014
06:36 PM

In UK, most fish, including Hilsa, comes from Thailand and Burma. Some do come from Bangladesh.

george, london
Jul 25, 2014
06:34 PM

Sania Mirza, since you wanted to know why there is a hue and cry, let me answer to that. Your fault was you married a Paki which most Indians did not like. Among 170 million Indian Muslims, you could have found a good husband. You should know how much Indians dislike the Pakis.

george, london
Jul 25, 2014
06:23 PM

As per the definition given by the minister, Anwaar and Zakir Naik are Muslim Hindus. Great.

george, london
Jul 25, 2014
06:17 PM

The current article is crap. But the article in IE on the same subject is very good


Akash Verma
Chennai, India
Jul 25, 2014
06:11 PM

This is the first time in his life that RSP spoke without using the phrase  "my good friends"

Akash Verma, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
06:06 PM

May the bill stay in the garbage for ever and ever!!!

Akash Verma, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
06:04 PM

@Akash - "Sonia Gandhi arrives for a Congress parliamentary affairs meeting and finds NO ONE"

The heading says "... No other leader present".  But then there is no other leader present in congress.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
Jul 25, 2014
06:01 PM

Sania breaks down on NDTV. And I am told that she broke down on TImesNow as well.

What is she- a serial crier? Only thing remaining for her to do is to join AAP. AAP is a drama group and Sania has a good crier.....I mean career in that group.

Akash Verma, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
05:50 PM

All in Hindusthan are Hindus.

All on earth are earthlings.

Earthlings are called humans.

Hindustan is part of earth.

So all Hindus are earthlings.

Therefore, Hindus are humans. 

All others are also humans.

So what is the difference?

R C Mathew

Rajan C Mathew, Bhilai
Jul 25, 2014
05:39 PM

What the Goan Minister has expressed is perhaps what he desires. And that desire is not bad per se.

But at least a few people keep the inner desire to have a Hindu Rashtra similar to some of the hardcore Muslim nations with some affluent and powerful people forcing their opinions and ideas over the whole populace and curtailing the general freedom of the citizens. They also dream of having many wives and curtailing the freedom of women, perhaps. If it ever happens that way, one can imagine about the situation by observing countries like Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc., now.

I hope that was not what he had in his mind!

R C Mathew


Rajan C Mathew, Bhilai
Jul 25, 2014
05:31 PM

Sania is on a crying tour now-she was with Barkha and cried.

In one sense I pity the woman. She has no clue what is happening in Telengana and has been caught in the middle of appeasement politics.

Akash Verma, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
05:26 PM

"Is it the choice which has outraged you because she happens to be a Muslim or that when Saina is yet to paid her 50L promised why 1 Crore to Sania."

The outrage is because of the muslim appeasement politics that is getting played in Telengana currently. Sania is just a symptom of a much deeper problem. Telengana is effectively being run by Owaisi and that is the reason for the outrage.

Akash Verma, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
05:23 PM

Sonia Gandhi arrives for a Congress parliamentary affairs meeting and finds NO ONE


Akash Verma, Chennai
Jul 25, 2014
05:12 PM

Americans:  But we were doing that without any problem under previous Indian government. Is it because 'Devyani Effect' or because of 'Modi Effect"? 

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
Jul 25, 2014
04:58 PM

"How is it possible for the Chinese industry to sell manufactured products at extreme low prices in countries like India? Have any one studied the Chinese taxation system?"

1. There is no transparency in China. All the figures given by the government are highly unreliable.

2. China thrives on slave labour. When a factory, usually owned by Communist party official or his proxy, gets a big contract, the police are asked to fill up jails. The police dutifully rounds up rural poor on trumped up charges of vagrancy/theft etc. The magistrates sentence them to hard labour for a suitable term. The prisoners are transported to the factory, made to work long hours without pay and after the contracted job is over, they are released. This is how communists treat their own poor.

3. The Chinese do not invest in R & D because their products use stolen technology. Nor do they spend on advertisement and retailing since all their sales are in bulk. Which is why they are able to sell their products at ridiculous prices.

4. Western companies like Apple make their products in China to take advantage of its low cost labour, unjust labour laws, etc to make enormous profits. They sell at exorbitant prices.

China is a country which is on the verge of collapse. The gulf between the rich and the poor, the poverty of the western provinces, the lack of human rights and democracy, to name just a few, lie behind a glittering facade of glitzy cities and bullet trains. The workforce is rapidly aging and due to the single-child policy, there is a severe manpower crunch.

India, for all its faults, is in a far better position.

Visakhapatnam, India
Jul 25, 2014
04:58 PM

"t remains to be seen whether instrumentalist strategies will deliver electoral returns, however. Overuse can easily backfire. 'India Shining' quickly lost its lustre and dividends on the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement petered out far more quickly than anyone anticipated."

But the succus constant ranting about "Gujarat is not India" and " Modi cannot win outside Gujarat" proved prophetic.

Akash Verma
Chennai, India