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Islamist Terrorism: Shouldn't We Ask Some Questions?

- Sunny Singh Sunny Singh was born in Varanasi. She received her education in various parts of India and the world. She has worked as a journalist, teacher, and as a management executive for multinationals in Mexico, Chile and South Africa. For the last four years, she has been writing full-time. She is also a playwright. Her first play, Birthing Athena, focussed on evolving relationships and the price of ambition in post-liberalisation India. The Times of India described the play as "an intensely cathartic experience." Her first novel, Nani's Book of Suicides, had been published by Harper Collins Publishers India. Described by the Hindustan Times as a "first novel of rare scope and power," the novel explores the cultural identity of an Indian woman through a fund of myths, family lore and contemporary reality. Her second book, Single in the City: The independent woman's handbook was released on Dec 22, 2000 by Penguin India. Visit Sunny Singh's web

The way to meet the Bangladeshi threat

By Prof. M.D. Nalapat The most effective way of avoiding a war is to be ready for it. Because of a policy of turning the other cheek repeatedly, these days all enemies of Bharat know that no provocation would be sufficient to get New Delhi to act militarily in defense of its interests.Say what you will about Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi,both were willing to use force to achieve national objectives. Although at Simla Indira Gandhi gave away the advantages won on the battleground, the reality remains that but for the sacrifices made by the Indian armed forces, the people of Bangladesh may still be slaves of masters based in Rawalpindi. Sadly, in an extreme case of the “Stockholm Syndrome” (where the victims begin to love their oppressors), today’s government in Dacca is almost an agent of the ISI. Begum Khaleda Zia has sacrificed the pride and autonomy of her people in order to feed at the trough of the Pakistan army, and has permitted her country to become the base for jihadi opera

Nation State or Dharmashala?

By R. Balashankar Most of the problems India confronts today have their origin in the country’s Independence. We have inherited them with our freedom on August 15, 1947. The freedom struggle against the British, which started in 1857, with the first War of Independence was also an exercise in defining our nationhood. The partition of India was a tragedy. It was artificial. It was the success and culmination of the two nation theory propounded by Muslim separatists, who were represented by the Muslim League, Aligarh Muslim University alumni, Deoband clergy and Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The tragedy of partition could have been made into a golden opportunity to define our nationhood. If the composite culture of India, the Hindu heritage and the Bharatiya identity were declared the foundations of this nationhood many problems of today would not have been there. It was convenient for the Congress rulers then to leave things vague. The British too played a role in keeping the bundle of peste

The quintessence of Hindutva

By V. Sundaram IAS (Rtd.) The massacres perpetrated by Muslim emperors in India are unparalleled in history, bigger than the holocaust of the Jews by the Nazis; or the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks; more extensive even than the slaughter of the South American native populations by the invading Spanish and Portuguese. A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle. Two things, which in truth are but one, constitute this soul or spiritual principle. One lies in the past, one in the present. One is the rich legacy of memories; the other is present-day consent, the desire to live together, the will to perpetuate the value of the heritage that one has received in an undivided form. The tide of Hindutva was inaugurated by Raj Narain Bose and Nav Gopal Mitra. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee offered the next milestone for those marching on the road of Hindutva by the publication of his novel Anand Math in 1882. Swami Vivekananda awakened the Indians and the western world to the glorious wi

Volkswagen Presented Two specially equipped ambulances to Pope Benedict

Two specially equipped ambulances were presented to Pope Benedict XVI in Cologne today by the Chairman of the VW brand Board of Management, Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard. The special vehicles were handed over at the Archbishop's Residence in Cologne during the World Youth Day. The first vehicle is to be deployed in Rome as the Vatican's official ambulance, while the second is to be used at a Catholic mission in Africa. Volkswagen is supporting the XX World Youth Day with 100 Group vehicles to transport guests and organizers. In total, some one million visitors are expected in Cologne. "We are delighted to be supporting an important event such as the World Youth Day," said Bernhard. "The young people coming together in Cologne are our future. The message of tolerance, optimism and understanding among nations they are sending all over the world comes from Germany this year, in many ways a valuable sign in itself." Given the existing extensive fleet, Pop

State of Iraq analysis now on UPI Security & Terrorism

UPI Security & Terrorism WASHINGTON, August 18, 2005 -- UPI Security & Terrorism adds daily reporting and analysis from every corner of Iraq from UPI’s Pentagon Correspondent Pamela Hess. Hess has covered the U.S. occupation of Iraq for two years, and will produce a comprehensive province-by-province report on U.S. military operations, the insurgent threat, the capabilities of Iraqi security forces and the state of reconstruction. The extraordinary eight-week odyssey through all of Iraq’s 18 provinces will answer the two questions that Americans care most about there: Are we winning? And when can we withdraw our troops? Hess has covered the Iraq war reporting from Najaf, Diwaniyah, northern Babil Province, Ramadi, Fallujah, Asad, Qaim, Trebil, Rutbah, Tuz Khurmatu and Baghdad, among other cities, during two extended trips in 2003 and 2004. In addition to Iraq, she has covered U.S. military operations and Pentagon policies from Washington, DC., Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia,

Pope Benidict Re-Writes History to suit future wars

ALERT All "Pagans" It is intriguing that Benedict is inventing history by placing Nazism as a product of Neo-paganism. This is in connection with his peace moves with Jews. 1) The Catholic Church during Holocaust played a passive role and initially active in supporting Nazis 2) Many Germans believed that being " good Christians" they are supporting Nazi ideology and not due to identification with Pagans 3) The Romas [ definitely a Pagan group] were butchered by Hitler as much as Jews except the former was not so much talked about 4) In the context of the huge popularity of Da vinci code { which talks about manipulation and fraud by the Church regarding Pagans] this new history of pope is intriguing 5) he has also visited Moslem's in a mosque-- as part of " reconciliation" It is important that Harmony based civilisations like Hinduism / Buddhism etc[ Which are Pagans for Benedict] become alert since Benedict is cooking a new broth for futu

Second phase ,Sino-Russia joint military exercise started

2nd phase of "Peace Mission 2005" starts 2005-08-20 08:25:56 QINGDAO, Aug. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- The second phase of the Sino-Russia joint military exercise started in east China's Shandong Peninsula Saturday morning. The new phase of exercise, dubbed "Peace Mission 2005", mainly focused on delivery and outspread, adjusting decisions, and organizing coordinated actions. Weapons and logistic and telecom support have all been ready for the joint drill, military sources at the spot said. The Chinese and Russian troops had already had their first joint practice on the three courses in the Shandong peninsula and its nearby seawaters on Aug. 14, 15 and 16, sources said. The three courses, or the actual combat practice, cover offshore blockade, amphibious landing and forcible separation. The whole war game is scheduled to go through three phases, including strategic consultation and battle planning, transportati

Putin: Commander-in-Charge

Moscow. (RIA Novosti military commentator Viktor Litovkin). -- Vladimir Putin, Russian President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has been making headlines since he came back from the Northern Fleet tactical exercise in the Arctic. While agreeing on the topics - his flight onboard a Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber, a cruise on the Pyotr Veliky, Russia's strongest fighting fleet flagship, and oversight of missile launches, of a supersonic cruise missile from the Blackjack and of a ballistic one from the submerged SSBN Yekaterinburg - the attitudes of Russian and Western media were different altogether, with the West accusing Russia of saber-rattling and bullying. The rationale behind this piece is to explain why this is just not true. Russia does not project military force and does not occupy lands thousands of miles away from home. All Russian forces deployed beyond its boundaries, notably in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transdnestria, are

Soyuz spacecraft to cost NASA $65 million

ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow region), August 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Space Agency Roscosmos will sell a Soyuz spacecraft, a carrier rocket and launch services to NASA for some $65 million, if the American agency approves the deal, a Roscosmos official told journalists Thursday. Roscosmos manned flight programs head Alexei Krasnov said the deal, which includes a Russian cosmonaut as shuttle commander, might be changed to take inflation into account. He explained that Russia's commitments on American astronauts' delivery to the International Space Station would expire in spring 2006, meaning that in April 2006, two seats in the Soyuz would be given to Russian cosmonauts and one would go to either a space tourist, a European Space Agency astronaut or any other candidate who can pay for the flight. "We hope American shuttles will resume regular flights and we are suggesting that our American partners use Soyuz craft as retrieving units for the ISS crew instead of as shuttles

Two records broken at MAKS-2005 air show

17:09 | 19/ 08/ 2005 ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow region), August 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russian pilots flying Su-27P planes have broken two world air speed records at the MAKS-2005 air show. Test pilot Alexander Pavlov established a new record of speed on the closed route, subclass C-1-i (overland planes with a take-off weight of 16-20 tons). "On a 100-kilometer route the speed of 1510 km/h was achieved," Pavlov said. According to the Russian pilot, the previous record, 1264.47 km/h, was established in September 1995 by R. Vandam in a McDonnel RF-4C plane. Distinguished test pilot Anatoly Kvochur established a new record of speed on the closed route, subclass C-1-j (overland planes with a take-off weight of 20-25 tons). "On a 1000-kilometer route the speed of 1644 km/h was achieved," Kvochur said. The previous record, 993.16 km/h, was established in September 1995 by C. Henson in a McDonnel RF-4C plane. Russian pilots broke both records on Wednesday, August 17,

US Department of State seriously interested in Russian oligarch in disgrace

US Department of State seriously interested in Russian oligarch in disgrace, Boris Berezovsky 08/19/2005 12:04 The former Russian oligarch, who currently resides in England, is suspected to be involved in the assassination of Forbes Russia editor Russian oligarch in disgrace, Boris Berezovsky, may soon face severe problems. The US State Department is interested in Mr. Berezovsky's activities: the oligarch found himself involved in the case of Paul Klebnikov, a journalist of the US origin, editor of Forbes Russia. Mr. Berezovsky did not even expect that events would take such a turn for him. Boris Berezovsky and Paul Klebnikov used to have something in common. Paul Klebnikov wrote an article about Berezovsky in the original English version of the magazine, in which he accused the erstwhile Kremlin favorite of many sins, including the implication in the murder of a well-known Russian journalist, Vlad Listyev. Boris Berezovsky sued Forbes in response - he decided to take a legal

Advani wants river linking speeded up

Belgaum, August 20: BJP President L K Advani has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue of inter-linking of rivers. The task force on inter-linking of rivers, set up during the NDA regime to find solutions to the problems of floods and drought, had already completed a lot of groundwork and a large number of states were enthusiastic about it, but then the government changed, he told reporters at the airport here yesterday after undertaking an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged areas in North Karnataka. Referring to the flood situation in Karnataka, he urged the state government to attend to the problems of the affected people "earnestly and vigorously". Advani also said disaster management should be accorded importance in all states. (Agencies)

Iran's Supreme Leader Says Iran not after A-Bomb, Blasts US "Deception"

Tehran, Aug 19, IRNA Iran-Nuke-Leader Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeated here Friday that Iran has never been after a nuclear bomb and that the West was trying to deceive the world public opinion by pretending that Iran wanted the bomb. Addressing a huge crowd of Muslim worshippers at the Friday prayers sermons here, the Leader said in their smear campaign, the U.S. and "regretably some European countries" claim they are opposed to "Iran's access to nuclear weapons." "This is sheer deception and aimed to mislead the public opinion in their own countries." The Leader also urged Europe not to fall into the US trap. "The US has no goodwill towards you nor towards Iran."  Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said Tuesday Tehran will not give up its plans to develop a full nuclear fuel cycle. He, however, gave his backing to talks to resolve the standoff with the West. He said that Ir

Discovery and Rebirth of River Sarasvati for a National Water Grid

Dr. S. Kalyanaraman A spectrum of multi-disciplinary evidences establishes that the Vedic River Sarasvati is ground-truth and that the heritage of the expansive civilization is a cultural continuum evidenced in Bharat. Sarasvati civilization was a maritime, riverine civilization and hence had an extensive reach and contact area extending from Ropar in Punjab up to the Tigris-Euphrates Doab of contemporary Mesopotamian civilization, traversing across the Persian Gulf, i.e., from Meluhha across Magan and Dilmun to Sumer and Ur. The code of Sarasvati hieroglyphs has been cracked as mleccha -- and related to minerals, metals and furnaces used by artisan guilds -- a tradition which continues into the historical periods evidenced by devices found on punch-marked metal coins all over Bharat. It is not mere coincidence that the word 'bharatiyo' means in Gujarati 'a caster of metals, a metal worker'. The rivers Sindhu and Sarasvati and the shallow waters of Sindhu sa_gara hugg

Mock police operation creates panic in Gilgit

Staff Report Source: GILGIT: Shutters of almost all shops were put down on Thursday when police commandos staged a demonstration of their skills against terrorism in a busy bazaar in the city without prior information. A large number of commuters, patients and shopkeepers flee markets after seeing police commandos in action. Over a dozen vehicles collided with each other because of panic. Locals criticised police officials for their carefree attitude saying the misunderstanding could have triggered the worst law and order situation which was already deteriorating in the region for the last eight months. “This depicts a tragic incident (of terrorism) and people started to rush to their homes,” a man in the bazaar said. He said the people saw masked policemen dragging some people as part of the police “operation,” but they kept people in dark about the exercise leading to panic and chaos for two hours. Sources said the idea of the mock operation

Shahabuddin arrest imminent in Bihar

PressTrust of India Posted online: Friday, August 19, 2005 at 1259 hours IST Patna, August 19: A day after the Patna High Court quashed a warrant of arrest issued against controversial RJD Mp Md Shahabuddin by Siwan District Magistrate, the state administration has faxed copies of other warrants pending against the MP to all DMs to ensure his arrest. State Home Secretary A K Biswas told PTI that copies of non-bailable warrants of arrest pending with the Hussainganj Police Station against the MP have been faxed to all district magistrates and SPs for early execution. Bihar Director General of Police a R Sinha had yesterday said the three non-bailable arrest warrants against the MP would be executed soon. "We are on the job and warrants of arrest against Md Shahabuddin will be executed soon," he had told reporters. The Election Commission as also the High Court had asked the state administration to arrest all those against whom non-bailable warrants were pending.

US Department of Energy to negotiate with Metal Storm

Department of Energy BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 18 August 2005 – Metal Storm Limited (ASX trading code: MST and NASDAQ Small Cap ticker symbol MTSX). The US Department of Energy (DOE) has placed a notice on its website () advising that it intends to solicit and negotiate a contract with Metal Storm for research and development of a short range neutralisation protection system using Metal Storm’s 40mm multi-barrel technology. The proposed contract would be for one year duration for consideration less than US $250,000. A copy of DOE’s description of the proposed contract is attached. DOE is required to place such a notice where it intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source. In this case, DOE believes that the supplies or services required by DOE are available from only one responsible source (ie Metal Storm). DOE have invited public responses to the intended contract through their web site with a closing date of 27 August 2005. Metal Storm expects to be advised of the outcom

How Balochs Celebrated the Independence Day -- With Bombs, Violence

By Nizamuddin Nizamani QUETTA, August 21: This year Pakistan’s’ Independence Day on August 14 was celebrated and de-celebrated simultaneously by a divided Balochistan in and outside the country. In Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar the day began with official artillery salutes, colorful flags and fireworks, patriotic songs and large expensive official and unofficial feasts and congregations. Flag ceremony and artillery fire was organized in Quetta too, but those who attended these gatherings had some disturbing news about the activities of the resistance groups who marked the day few hours back differently with militant and subversive activities that rocked almost all the important cities and towns including Quetta. The people of Quetta had already received seven grim and demoralizing reports on that day, largely censored out by the Pakistani media: 1. Five heavy explosions in posh localities in Quetta including Satellite Town, Jinnah Town, Ayub Stadium, Askari Park and Sari

My visit to Kashmir and Kashmiri perspective

As political temperature in Kashmir is cooling down since confronting parties, groups and individuals ultimately coming to the conclusion that gun has failed to produce desired results and international heat is turning against the gun and extremist culture. But Kashmiri remains under the shadow of gun despite both countries have taken historic steps that paved the way for people to people interaction and softening of borders. Although, these steps indicating a real shift in both countries old policies and had rekindled the hope for peace, friendship and development between both rivals and across the LOC. The loosening of barriers can open the channels of cross cultural and economic activities. It is hard to analyze the people’s perspective unless you get an opportunity of physical interaction with all shades of opinion. And if source of information largely relies on both countries official or non-official media and reports of their foreign offices won’t have clear comprehension. But pe