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Family legacy and the Varun effect

http://news. rediff.com/ column/2009/ mar/27/guest- column-tarun- vijay-on- dynasty-and- the-varun- effect.htm Tarun Vijay March 27, 2009 Those who opposed the Ayodhya temple movement, wore silence over the plight of Kashmiri Hindus, damaged the Ram Sethu and denied Lord Rama ever existed, denied the violence at the Godhra railway station, and embraced the butchers of 1984, are collectively gunning at Varun Gandhi's political life. Column after column by Padma Shris in the media have created an atmosphere where supporting Varun has become a sin. Why? The simple reason is that the farmhouse of Gandhi-Nehru politics has been broken and a scion of the family chose to speak out as his conscience directed. More than what Varun said or didn't say, it is the hurt and bewilderment over the loss of a Gandhi to the saffron brigade that has made the media and anti-Hindutva politicos react with such venom and acid. He was not heard, not given a chance to present his case, nor did

Cityboy: Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile

Cityboy: Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile by Geraint Anderson (Author) READ HIS BLOG The Interview Source : The London Paper Our most popular columnist is hanging up his bowler and coming out of the closet, having written a book based on his experiences. He speaks to Dominic Midgley City Boy was sitting on a beach in Goa with a margarita in one hand and a joint in the other when he made the decision to change his life. He had just discovered the size of his annual bonus after a call to the office. I didn't know whether I was going to be given half a million or be sacked," he says. "If they had found out about the column I probably would have been sacked. I was told it was the former. In fact it was my biggest bonus ever. "I breathed a sigh of relief and planned my escape. I'd always been ambivalent about my career due to being brought up in a left-wing, religious household and the fact I was a former hippy. I'd gone into the City in 1996 with

CYBER WARFARE : Project Grey Goose Phase II Report On INDIA

Source : Sources and Methods ___________________ NOTE on INDIA Eastern Railways Website hacked by Pakistanis December 24 2008 India The Eastern Railway Web Site Defacement Action On December 24, 2008, the Whackerz Pakistan Cr3w defaced India's Eastern Railway Website with the following announcement1: “Cyber war has been declared on Indian cyberspace by Whackerz-Pakistan” When clicked, a new window opened saying that “Mianwalian of Whackerz” has hacked the site in response to an Indian violation of Pakistani airspace; that Whackerz-Pakistan would continue to attack more Indian military and government Web sites as well as Indian financial institutions where they will destroy the records of their Indian customers. India The Eastern Railway Web Site Defacement Action On December 24, 2008, the Whackerz Pakistan Cr3w defaced India's Eastern Railway Website with the following announcement1: “Cyber war has been declared on Indian cyberspace by Whackerz-Pakistan” When clicked,

Russia ready to help with U.S.-Iran meeting at Moscow conference

18:09 | 26/ 03/ 2009 MOSCOW, March 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is not aware of any plans for U.S. and Iranian diplomats to meet in Moscow on the sidelines of a conference on Afghanistan on Friday, but it is ready to help arrange such a meeting, the Foreign Ministry said. "We have no such information, but if such an intention is announced, Russia as the host country is ready to provide any assistance that may be necessary," official ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said on Thursday. The international conference on Afghanistan is to focus on efforts to counter terrorism and drug trafficking in the war-ravaged Central Asian state. The conference will be held under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a security group that comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Nesterenko said the U.S. delegation at the conference would be led by Patrick Moon, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South an

Indian Intelligence: Awaiting Still Its Tryst with Destiny

By A.K.Verma. This paper written by former Intelligence Chief of Cabinet Secretariat is another piece that needs wider dissemination and discussion. We would welcome comments and suggestions from our readers on the issues raised.-Director Indian Intelligence is frequently in the news, often for the wrong reasons. It is a favourite kicking target for a large number of those who compulsively articulate, like the media, political leaders, academics etc. Why should it be so when its stellar contributions to national security have quite often been praised by different Prime Ministers at different times in India’s history? A public acknowledgement of the services rendered is also indicated by the Padma awards, bestowed on Intelligence personnel from time to time. But there is no denying that the system suffers from many fault lines, some systemic, some a legacy of the past but most due to reluctance, express or implicit at various levels in the power structure of the country, to bring

The Communists of India

http://cpmindia. blogspot. com/2009/ 03/communists- of-india. html March 10th, 2009 Communism historically has a very unique twin track approach. On paper the ideals of communism are just wonderful and almost utopist in nature. When one walks through the utopian stage and dons the role of a full fledged communist the finer details emerge. The “The communist Manifesto� written by the demigod of communism Mr. Karl Marx makes quite an impact. His objectives did leave an impression on many and inspired a lot many after his time. He was a profound thinker and like most thinkers he was successful in drawing many to his thoughts. His writings appealed to the rebel in each Individual, by questioning everything. It questions civil and human rights, capitalism, and amongst others religion. It talks about class struggle. It promised a solution, an almost perfect solution that aims to rid the world of poverty, & class struggle and by bringing in an equal society. Almost like the speech