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Dr. Babu Suseelan babusushilan@yahoo.c om The Sabarimala tragedy and untimely death of over hundred Ayappa devotees clearly demonstrates the callous disregard and devilish indifference of the Marxist government’s apathy and disregard for Hindu devotees life. The Police and the Marxist government officials knew or should have been known that millions of Hindu Ayappa Bhaktas visit Sabarimala every year. Instead of providing effective services for Hindu devotees, successive anti Hindu governments in Kerala have been collecting increased taxes from Ayappas devotees for minimum services government agencies provided to Hindu pilgrims. Several attempts were made previously to destroy Sabarimala Ayappa Temple. Timely Hindu outrage has stopped or prevented the destruction of one of the greatest Hindu Temples of Kerala. This tragedy again proves reality gives ways to illusion. This reckless and irresponsible behavior of the government again conclusively proves their disrespect and disregard for

Disconnect or ruse?

China's civilian leadership, says N.V.Subramanian, must be held to account for any "assertiveness" of the PLA. archivedebates/nat2.asp?recno= 2091 New Delhi, 14 January 2011 : Robert Gates, the US secretary of defence, made a puzzling observation about China soon after his recent visit there. In bits and pieces, that puzzle has been evident to strategists besides this writer. Unless that puzzle is understood and resolved, it would be difficult for democracies like India and the United States to deal with, let alone moderate, a growingly assertive China. During Gates visit to China, its new stealth plane, J-20, made a flight test. The test got considerable publicity, including over China's tightly-controlled internet. But later in Japan, Gates said there were "pretty clear indications [that the civilian leadership was] unaware of the flight test". Gates went on to mention a disconnect between the civilian leadership and the PLA

Nearly half of H1B visa holders are from India: Report Nearly half of H-1B work visa holders in the US were from India, who were mostly hired for technology-related positions, according to an official report. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that between 2000 and 2009, 46.9 per cent of the total approved H-1B visa holders had India as their country of birth. "Between fiscal year 2000 and fiscal year 2009, the majority of approved H-1B workers (initial and extensions for both employers subject to the cap and cap-exempt employers) were born in Asia," said the report titled 'H-1B Visa Programme: Reforms are needed to minimise the risks and costs of current programme'. "Over the last decade, the top four countries of birth for approved H-1B workers were India, China, Canada and the Philippines. Across all 10 years, about 64 per cent of approved H-1B workers were born in these four countries, with the larg


Sundeep: In the article titled as above in the latest issue of "Outlook", Saba Naqvi has quoted me as telling her as follows: "“Today the threat from Indian Muslim terror groups and Hindus who have taken to terror is equal in scale.” 2. I did not repeat not say this when she rang me up on January 14.I said that terrorism from the Muslim or Hindu communities should be of EQUAL CONCERN to the investigating agencies. 3.The Malegaon blasts took place on September 8,2006.I wrote as follows on September 10, 2006: "Malegon is a wake-up call to the Indian political leadership as to what could happen on the national scale if the seething Hindu and Muslim anger against each other and against the administration continues to grow by feeding upon each other......While one should not be surprised if the Malegaon blasts also turn out to be the work of jihadi terrorists, one should not rule out at this stage the possibility of the involvement of non-Muslims, keeping in view the


B.RAMAN China has made a seemingly interesting move on Arunachal Pradesh, the meaning and message of which has to be carefully analysed instead of treating it with suspicion as another anti-Indian move or as connected to the recent change in its policy relating to Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). An interaction on this subject between the officials of the two countries would add value to the analysis. 2. Arunachal Pradesh in our North-East is an integral part of India, but China does not recognize it to be so. It calls it southern Tibet and has been insisting that historically this area belonged to China and hence should revert to China. The border dispute between the two countries arising from the conflicting claims of the two sides has been under negotiation between designated special representatives of the two Prime Ministers. There has been no transparency either from Beijing or from New Delhi as to how the negotiations are going on. The general impression in the community of no


IAMO Fo­rum 2011 23-​24 Ju­ne 2011 | Hal­le (Saa­le), Ger­ma­ny The Leib­niz In­sti­tu­te of Agri­cul­tu­ral De­ve­lop­ment in Cen­tral and Eas­tern Eu­ro­pe (IAMO), the Kiel In­sti­tu­te for the World Eco­no­my (IfW) and the GI­GA Ger­man In­sti­tu­te of Glo­bal and Area Stu­dies an­noun­ce the up­com­ing IAMO Fo­rum 2011. The con­fe­rence will fo­cus on growth and tra­de in the world’s lea­ding emer­ging eco­no­mies Bra­zil, Rus­sia, In­dia, and Chi­na (BRICs) and the re­per­cus­sions on the world eco­no­my. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION Scope The on­go­ing glo­ba­liza­ti­on pro­cess ma­kes ques­ti­ons of tra­de and growth vi­tal­ly im­portant for all ac­tors in the world eco­no­my. The IAMO Fo­rum 2011 aims to ta­ke stock of cur­rent re­se­arch on the con­se­quen­ces of the ri­se of new eco­no­mic powers for the world eco­no­my. Be­si­des macroeco­no­mic ques­ti­ons the Fo­rum 2011 will fo­cus on agri­cul­ture, glo­bal food se­cu­ri­ty, and the sta­bi­li­sa­ti­on of high­ly er­ra­ti

FDI and Income Inequality

Evidence From Europe This paper examines the relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and income inequality for a sample of ten European countries over the period 1980 to 2000. Using panel co-integration and robust causality techniques the authors found that: (1) FDI has a positive short-run effect on income inequality in Europe, (2) the long-run effect of FDI on inequality, however, is negative on average, (3) long-run causality runs in both directions and (4) there are large differences in the long-run effect of FDI on income inequality, with two countries exhibiting a positive relationship between FDI and income inequality. © 2011 Kiel Institute for the World Economy Download: English (PDF · 23 pages · 305 KB) Author: Dierk Herzer, Peter Nunnenkamp Series: Kiel Institute Working Papers Issue: 1675 Publisher: Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel, Germany

India’s Military Modernisation Programme

January 14, 2011 by Team SAI Filed under Modernising The Military Leave a Comment Indian Military Modernisation Defence Minister A K Antony unveiled a Defence Production Policy that, in an implicit admission of public sector inadequacy, seeks “to build up a robust indigenous defence industrial base by proactively encouraging larger involvement of the Indian private sector”. The industry has reacted differently to the production policy. Khutub Hai of Mahindra Defence Systems had this to say“As a statement of intent, the new policy is a welcome step. But the government must create an effective framework that will clearly facilitate the private sector in developing and manufacturing defence equipment. The first test case that will define the new policy will be the FICV project.” Others have also articulated their responses starting a debate on the efficacy of the policy to their res