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Defending the Un-Defendable: A Sad Case of Wendy-Worship

Against Devdutt Article

The hosts of Devdutt Pattanaik [1] in the US reacted in a normal way. They were rightly surprised by his fondness for a person like Doniger who passes her low-level soft-porn dressed as “Alternative History of Hindus”. Fondness for a person needs to grounded in that persons character, values and acts. In Hindu Dharma, love and forgiveness are fundamental ideals. It is generally said in India that one should shun bad actions and not the bad person, but at the same time there is no mandate to love a bad person. There is no way a  person with genuine convictions can be ‘fond’ of such a person; at most, you remain neutral and leave her/him to his own Karmic retribution and keep your guard strong against the adharmic acts. If Doniger is invading the sacred and causing untold suffering to fellow human beings, just to assuage her own feelings of misplaced self-worth, her actions certainly do not elicit fondness or love.


Italian Marines Return - what is on the other side of the coin?

Italian Marines Return

So, the Italian marines have come back.  Is it time to celebrate the mighty power of Hindustan who brought Italy to its knees and forced them to send the alleged killers back to India? Hardly.

Of course the media managers of Congress want you to believe this is a victory for India and is only made possible by the tough talk and great leadership shown by Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi.

Let us start with Sonia Gandhi's so called stern warning to Italy not to mess with India. Really? At a time when the UPA's reputation is in the dumps over mega scams & scandals, its soft stand on terrorism & its nonsensical and highly objectionable remarks of saffron terrorism drawing flak from one and all, could this be a clever ploy to project her as a no-nonsense leader, whose heart bleeds for India and not for Italy?


Cooperation is the key to manage the India-Bangladesh Border

That consultation and cooperation between neighbours can pave the way for resolving contentious issues, especially those relating to management of their shared borders, is amply demonstrated by the outcomes of various bilateral interactions that took place between India and Bangladesh in recent months.

The more important in the series were the 36th Directors General (DG)-level Border Coordination Conference between India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards, Bangladesh (BGB), held in Dhaka from September 25-29, 2012 and the third Directors General-level talks between India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB and Bangladesh’s Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) held at New Delhi on October 4, 2012.


M M Joshi discussed 2G scam figure with CAG officials: Singh

PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshihad interacted with CAG officials on 2G spectrum report and discussed the loss figure with them, a former lead auditor told a Parliamentary panel probing the issue.

Deposing before the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G, former DG, Audit (Post and Telecom) R P Singh said he had met Joshi at his residence.


SC defers 2G scam hearing; cancelled licenses extended

The 2G spectrum scam hearing at the Supreme Court has been deferred until March 11. Remember, the court had sought additional details from the government with respect to the previous round of auction. It was also expected to take a view on the further grant of extension of licenses to companies like Sistema-Shyam, Videocon and Telenor. Malvika Jain gives the details on the impact it is likely to have on the companies whose licenses have been cancelled.


Court to consider charge sheet in 2G scam case on Feb. 11

A Delhi court on Wednesday fixed February 11 for considering taking cognisance of charge sheet filed against Airtel, Vodafone and others for alleged irregularities in allocation of additional spectrum to them during the NDA regime.

Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini, who was scheduled to take up the matter on Wednesday, deferred it after CBI prosecutor A.K. Singh said that the agency has filed 143 sets of documents related to the case in the court during the day and he needs some time to go through them.