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Why is India giving France the cold shoulder?

February 17, 2006 For a long time, there was an intense interest about India in France. French philosopher Pierre Sonnerat wrote: 'Ancient India gave to the world its religions and philosophies: Egypt and Greece owe India their wisdom and it is known that Pythagoras went to India to study under Brahmins, who were the most enlightened of human beings.' Then we find what French journalist Roger Pol Droit calls L'oubli de l'Inde, the forgetting of India, which was mainly due to the influence of Christian missionaries, whether Catholics in Pondicherry, or Protestants in the rest of India. India was wiped out of philosophical treaties and became what Pol Droit calls 'helleno-centrism' (Greece-centered) education, which means that France (and the West) believed that all philosophical systems started with Greece and that there was nothing worth the name before them. Did you know that at one time, the whole of India could have been French? Dupleix, the brilliant gov

Headcount a threat to Army’s secular mindset

Saturday February 18 2006 00:00 IST S Gurumurthy ‘‘I felt a tremendous sense of pride when, at an Independence Day function in Pune in 2002 (in the aftermath of the horrible Gujarat riots), Qutbuddin Ansari, the tailor from Ahmedabad who became famous as the face of that tragedy, told me it was the Indian Army’s timely arrival that had saved him and his family. In a choked voice, he said throughout his life he would pray for the success of the Indian Army. Many officers and men have told me how Muslims greeted the Army’s arrival by showering them with flowers. The Army’s impartial conduct in quelling riots is a matter of great pride to all soldiers.’’ So writes a proud ex-serviceman, Col (Dr) Anil Athale. How was it that when the post-Godhra tempers ran high, the entire Gujarat society seemingly divided as Hindus and Muslims, the Army could remain neutral? Here is the answer: ‘‘It is no surprise to see a Mohammed Zaki commanding Garhwali troops or a Y N Sharma as commanding officer

The Daya Nayak story - Ketan Tirodkar, Cops and the Underworld

Thursday, February 02, 2006 The Daya Nayak story - Ketan Tirodkar, Cops and the Underworld Even as I write this, I am aware that today, in all probability, suspended sub-inspector of the Mumbai police, Daya Nayak, will be arrested under a non-bailable warrant, as soon as his anticipatory bail is rejected by the sessions court; and he will be made to languish in jail, while the real criminal, Ketan Tirodkar roams outside scot-free. So who is this Ketan Tirodkar that the media has been quoting unedited? Following are facts - real, verified, researched and as far as I could resist, devoid of my commentary. Tirodkar is a shifty-eyed small time ex-journalist, who worked with the Afternoon Courier in 1997-98. The Courier was never anywhere near the big players; it was soon swallowed by the Midday, but Tirodkar had ceased to be a journalist long before that. 1998 saw him in Dubai, hobnobbing with the likes of Chhota Shakeel. How did he, a lowly ex-scribe staying in the far-flung suburb of

Prototype Global Hawk flies home after 4,000 combat hours

by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Leonhard 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 2/14/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- A high-flying prototype “Airman” is heading home after being deployed more than four years and flying 4,245 hours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa. Global Hawk Air Vehicle No. 3 began its journey back home at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 10, and is expected to land there Feb. 16. This unmanned aerial vehicle, AV-3, first deployed as a prototype during the build-up for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002. It returned to Edwards for a couple of months and then was recalled by U.S. Central Command to help in the fight against terrorism. Production Global Hawks arrived in theater in January and pilots and operators consider them to be remarkable aircraft. “To know it was a technology demonstrator and then to (see) it sent into war is amazing,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Buckner, 12th Expeditionary Re

The U-Turn Theory: How the West appropriates Indian culture

Topic: The U-Turn Theory: How the West appropriates Indian culture Speaker: Rajiv Malhotra Chair: Prof. Girishwar Misra. Date and time: Friday, March 1st, 2006, 2-5 pm Venue: Main Psychology Lab, Dept. of Psychology, University of Delhi. There will be a short Mantra invocation by Shruti before the talk. Abstract: Westerners appropriate Indic ideas through a process which Rajiv Malhotra has called the U-Turn. In its basic form the U-Turn Theory states that a member of the dominant Western culture first whole-heartedly learns the Indic tradition. He or she, for a variety of reasons, then repackages it and projects the knowledge gained from India from within his/her own culture. The next thing you know is that s/he claims these ideas were always an integral part of Western culture. Some, but not all, also start demonizing the source Indic traditions using a lot of pretexts, such as calling them "world negating" or accusing them of "human rights" abuses. As an e

Iran: Consequences of a War

This briefing paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the likely nature of US or Israeli military action that would be intended to disable Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It outlines both the immediate consequences in terms of loss of human life, facilities and infrastructure, and also the likely Iranian responses, which would be extensive. -Paul Rogers, Oxford Research Group 2/14/06 Click for complete Briefing

ECONOMY DESPITE ALAN GREENSPAN : What Connects the Dots?

ECONOMY DESPITE ALAN GREENSPAN What Connects the Dots? by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. January 21, 2006 Both the U.S. economy, and also the world's economy, are now in the grip of the very advanced stage of what is, physically, not a mere economic depression, but a general physical breakdown-crisis of global society. Under any attempted continuation of the current, self-destructive trends in economic and related policies under U.S. President George W. Bush, Jr., the situation of the U.S.A. would become worse than merely precarious, that within a very short time to come. In this light, there is no competent conduct of political business currently before the institutions of Federal, state, and local government which does not approach every leading issue of national and global policy from the standpoint of the immediate need to face the reality of a currently onrushing global economic breakdown-crisis of the existing world monetary-financial system as a whole. Failure to adopt an ap