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India has a natural friend in US: Obama

Washington, August 15 US President Barack Obama has greeted people of India on the occasion of the country's 63rd Independence Day saying that a vibrant and promising India has a natural friend in the United States. "India has attained unprecedented milestones as its democracy has matured. Boasting of a vast diversity of ethnicities and languages, India constitutes the largest democratic union the world has ever known," Obama said in his message. The President said, "This vibrant and promising India has a natural friend in the United States. Our people are bound by common values and ideals, and Indian Americans contribute to all aspects of American life." In an unusually long one-page message personally signed by him on August 12, Obama noted that the fate of the two countries was tied by the interconnected nature of the world and a shared vision of peace, prosperity and respect for human rights. Highly

India is clear: Baloch leader ,Akhtar Mengel

DECCAN CHRONICLE August 4th, 2009 By Neena Gopal Bengaluru, Aug. 3: On a day when Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani crowed over the inclusion of Balochistan in the Sharm el Shaikh joint statement leaving the door open for Pakistan to raise ‘Indian interference in Balochistan’ , a former chief minister of the Pakistani province firmly rubbished Islamabad’s claims of Indian support to the Baloch separatist movement. Sardar Akhtar Mengel, charismatic leader of the Balochistan National Party, at the forefront of the beleaguered Baloch move to carve out a separate state said: “It is a complete fabrication, the Baloch quest for self-determination is completely indigenous, and the attacks are on the Baloch people, not the other way around, it is our young men who are being taken away from their homes to face false charges.” In a telephone interview with Deccan Chronicle, Mengel, son of the legendary Attaullah Mengel and close aide of the assassinated Nawab Akbar Bugt

Himu: The Hindu ‘hero’ Of Medieval India-- MUST READ BOOK

Book: Himu: The Hindu ‘hero’ Of Medieval India (against The Background Of Afghan-mughal Conflicts) READ GOOGLE BOOK Click Neither Fate Nor Historians Have Been Kind To Himu... Historians, Medieval And Modern, Have Scant Justice To, And Failed To Show Due Appreciation Of The Unique Personality And Greatness Of A Hindu Who, During The Heyday Of Muslim Rule In India, Worked His Way From A Grocer S Shop To The Throne Of Delhi, And, But For An Accident In A Battle Which Turned Victory Into Defeat, Might Have Founded A Hindu Ruling Dynasty, Instead Of The Mughals, In Delhi... (R.C. Majumdar). The Author Has Made An Attempt To Fill Up This Gap In History. He Has Studied Himu Against The Historical Background Of Afghan-Mughal Conflicts.The Presentation Of The Matter Is Objective, Unbiased And Free From Prejudices And Supernaturalism.It Is Hoped That The Book Would Be Found Useful By Students And Researchers Of Medieval History. It Would Also Be Of Great Interest For The Layman. Buy at ht


B.RAMAN In my article of March 10,2009, titled "Obama: Good-Bye To Dalai Lama & Aung San Suu Kyi, Hail Hu Jintao" , available at , I wrote as follows: "There has been no surge in US rhetoric vis-a-vis China after Barack Obama assumed office on January 20, 2009. On the contrary, the focus of his advisers has been on identifying and expanding the mutual comfort features in the bilateral relations rather than on those features, which tended to cause friction in the past. The references from Washington DC to human rights issues---- whether they be in relation to Tibet, Myanmar or the Chinese role in the Sudan--- have been muted." 2. Suspicions that President Barack Obama was quietly planning a major departure from the policy followed by the previous US administrations towards Myanmar, its military junta and its heroic leader Aung San Suu Kyi proved correct on August 14,2009, when Democratic Senator Jim

How a Hindu girl handles American Christian conversion attempt I think this is a useful video to watch. It shows a conversation between three young girls (seem to be in very early teens). The two American-Christians are trying to convert an American-Hindu. An argument that one of the American-Christian is making is in terms of thePascalan wager. I really loved the way the American-Hindu conducted herself. This video is important not only to understand the efforts being made to try to convert Hindus. It is also important in context of how Hinduism is taught to American children.

Internal CCP Conflicts Made Xinjiang Riots Worse

Yesterday | Op Ed NTDTV 2009-8-14 9:44 is an online news and commentary forum that sometimes carries leaks from Chinese political circles. Late last month the site carried a report from an unnamed high-level cadre who retired from the Communist Party's 17th National Congress. The cadre said that early on July 5th, head of the Central Political and Legislative Committee Zhou Yongkang received news of growing unrest in China’s Xinjiang region. This was many hours before the peaceful protests turned violent that afternoon. But Zhou is considered to be part of Jiang Zemin's Shanghai Gang—one faction of an internal conflict inside the Communist Party that pits Jiang against his successor, Party leader Hu Jintao. So Zhou didn't pass the news of the Xinjiang unrest to Hu. And that’s why Hu left the country as planned that day to attend the G8 summit in Italy. The cadre says the protests were allowed to get worse in order to embarrass Hu. "Maybe it was only a

Pakistan nuclear thefts foiled: Raise doubts about security

TIME HAS COME FOR DENUCLEARIZATION OF PAKISTAN UNDER INTERNATIONAL SUPERVISION. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, IAEA AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATION NEED TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. Attacks on secret storage sites raise doubts about security By Arnaud de Borchgrave Originally published 04:45 a.m., August 13, 2009, updated 12:20 p.m., August 13, 2009 Is Pakistan's nuclear arsenal theft-proof? Former President Pervez Musharraf and his successor, Asif Ali Zardari, and their army and intelligence chiefs repeatedly have assured both the Bush and Obama administrations that their 80-odd nuclear weapons are as secure as the U.S. arsenal of some 7,000 city busters. The Pakistanis have separated warheads from delivery systems and stored them in different secret locations throughout the second-largest Muslim country in the world (after Indonesia). The United States has given Pakistan copies of its

CHINA WATCH: Crumbling fortune cookie

Pratik Kanjilal, Hindustan Times August 14, 2009 First Published: 19:48 IST(14/8/2009) Last Updated: 22:23 IST(14/8/2009) A Chinese troublemaker who conceals his identity behind the nom de guerre of `Strategy' has raised a storm with the modest proposal that China should break up India by supporting its million mutinies. Since his essay appeared on the website of a Chinese think-tank just in time for the current round of India-China talks, and since Beijing is quite particular about who is allowed to publish and who gets beaten over the kidneys in a soundproof location, maybe we can regard this as an official communiqué. This is serious. This is seriously irritating. For a half-century, Beijing has been trying to influence the future by fiddling with the past. Now, does it want to fiddle with the present, too? We have t

Afghan race becomes Karzai's cliffhanger

By M K Bhadrakumar The Taliban's activities are hogging the headlines, as they spill over to the northern and western provinces of Afghanistan. The murder of the police chief of Dasht-e-Archi district in the northern Kunduz province on Wednesday following the Taliban overrunning the district and storming his headquarters in the town center comes as an eye-opener. Sizeable numbers of "foreign fighters" have moved northward with the intent of reaching the Ferghana Valley in Uzbekistan. The alienation of the Pashtun settlements in the north, the split between the Uzbekis and the Tajiks in the Amu Darya region and the steady fragmentation of Rashid Dostum's Jumbish are factors that help the Taliban. All in all, therefore, the presidential election in Afghanistan on August 20 has assumed immense significance for the geopolitics of the region. Karzai may face runoff ... But the election, whose result was consider

Checkmate, Russia

S. Nihal Singh,-russia.aspx Augest.14 : As Georgia and the breakaway region of South Ossetia last week observed the first anniversary of the Georgian-Russian little war a year ago in contrasting ways, the bitter exchanges between Moscow and Tbilisi make one point crystal clear. Georgia, together with Ukraine, is the new faultline in Russia´s relations with the West, in particular the United States. If Berlin was the trip wire in the days of the Cold War, these countries serve the same purpose today. Not long ago, Georgia´s "rose revolution" in 2003, followed by Ukraine´s "orange revolution" a year later and Kyrgyzstan´s "tulip revolution" in 2005, were heady days for Western strategists hoping to bring these former Soviet states into their fold. The Ukrainian and Georgian governments´ ambition to belong to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato). Nato was vociferously sup

The `ifs´ of Partition

Nitish Sengupta`ifs´-of-partition.aspx Augest.14 : With India getting ready to celebrate its 62nd Independence Day, this is an appropriate time to look at the momentous events of the years immediately before 1947 and to analyse whether things could have taken a different course. August 15, 1947, was a day of both triumph and tragedy. Independence came at the cost of Partition. But could we have had an Independent and an undivided India? The point to emphasise is that the Muslim League adopted the Pakistan Resolution in 1940, seven years before 1947, and this became a serious issue only during the two years preceding 1947. If the British rulers had agreed to Home Rule after World War I or in the ´20s or ´30s, there may have been no Partition. During World War I, the Congress and the Muslim League held their respective sessions at the same place and adopted identical resolutions. Both had common members, includi

The Afghan elections: US busy building relationships

by Maj-Gen Ashok K. Mehta (retd) After the first ever non-state actor takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban in 1996, elections in the badlands are still an alien activity. The polls have become necessary to give legitimacy to the present Hamid Karzai government. Who the Afghans will choose on August 20 --- a second term for Mr Karzai or a regime change through Dr Abdullah or Mr Ashraf Ghani, both of whom served in the Karzai Cabinet --- is not certain. The Americans have distanced themselves from the incumbent President. Whoever is the winner, little will change for the Afghan people, caught between foreign forces and the Taliban and for whom the new NATO Secretary-General, Mr Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has sought "better life opportunities". The long-awaited military surge timed with the elections is under way - Operation Khanjar met by the Taliban's Operation Fauladi Jal, which vows to disrupt the elections. After so

For US body, India is same as Somalia and Afghanistan Obviously incensed after being denied visas to visit India, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom -- a US Congress-mandated body that monitors religious freedoms and rights worldwide and then provides independent policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State and the Congress -- has released it 2009 country report on India, which it had earlier held back and placed India on its "Watch List". The reason it says : "The government's largely inadequate response to protecting religious minorities". The other countries currently on USCIRF's Watch List are Afghanistan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt [ Images ], Indonesia, Laos, the Russian Federation, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Venezuela. It said, "India earned the Watch List designation due to the disturbing increase in communal violence against religious minorities -- specifically Christians in Orissa in