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"Pseudo-NGOs" activities

the activities of "pseudo-NGOs" and other agencies that try to destabilize other countries with outside support are unacceptable. I'm referring to those cases where the activities of NGOs are not based on the interests (and resources) of local social groups but are funded and supported by outside forces. There are many agents of influence from big countries, international blocks or corporations. When they act in the open - this is simply a form of civilized lobbyism. Russia also uses such institutions - the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, International Humanitarian Cooperation, the Russkiy Mir Foundation and our leading universities who recruit talented students from abroad. However, Russia does not use or fund national NGOs based in other countries or any foreign political organizations in the pursuit of its own interests. China, India and Brazil do not do this either. We believe that any influence on domestic policy and public attitude in ot

Why Putin is driving Washington nuts

Not that prime minister Vladimir Putin had gone away ,but in the powerful post of the President , which he had switched with his progeny Medvedev ( whom US led West and other assorted allies would have loved to continue) is back with greater vigour and bluntness .He has been re-elected again with a thumping majority with over 62% votes ( which US or UK leaders ,mostly proxies of financiers and corporate mafias in New York and the City ,London rarely reach ).But lying western media and even leaders cannot stomach the reality. So the cacophony from the West. Indian journalists ,mostly ill-informed ,including former Indian diplomats , specially those who have served in US , brainwashed and beholden for little favours , talk of being on the right side of history ,ie be with the US led West , mostly bankrupt nations along with paragons of democracy like Saudi Arabia and Qatar of GCC , who are striving by violent interference to bring democracy in Syria as they did in Libya .A country loote

India's proposed river-linking project

by harun rashid DAILY STAR Wed Mar 7, 2012 5:45 pm (PST) The author suggests that Bangladesh would not have any objection to the proposed river linking mega project provided it did not involve the Himalayan rivers. Wednesday, March 7, 2012 OP-EDBottom Line India's proposed river-linking mega-project Barrister Harun Ur Rashid It was reported that on February 27 that the Indian Supreme Court has ordered the government to implement the rivers-linking scheme in a "time-bound manner." The Court also directed the centre to constitute a "special committee" forthwith for inter-linking of rivers for the benefit of the entire nation. The Bench said: "This is a matter of national benefit and progress. We see no reason to why any state should lag behind in contributing its bit to bringing the inter-linking river programme to a success, thus saving the people living in drought-prone zones from hu

Baloch rebels inspire separatists in Sindh

By Zia Ur Rehman Sindh in turmoil Bomb attacks on railway tracks across Sindh indicate the rise of a separatist movement that takes inspiration from the freedom movement in Balochistan Recent bomb attacks on railway tracks across the Sindh province indicate the rise of a separatist movement that takes inspiration and strength from the freedom movement in Balochistan, political analysts say. At least 16 bombs targeted railway tracks in various parts of Sindh on February 25, stopping all train traffic. Low-intensity explosives were planted on railway tracks in Karachi, Hyderabad, Benazirabad, Mirpur Mathilo, Pud Eaidan, Khairpur and Ghotki, damaging tracks in the entire province, according to a senior Pakistan Railways official. There were no trains close to the sites of explosion, he said, therefore there was no major damage and no casualties. "The police found leaflets

India sees US as an important partner: Nirupama Rao

Washington, Mar 8, 2012, (PTI) India and United States are now natural allies and New Delhi sees Washington as an important partner in its journey of inclusive social and economic development, a top Indian diplomat has said. "Today, India and the US are true partners—in strategic terms, in economic terms, and in the development context," Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao said in her address to the Emory University on India-US Strategic Relations. "As India continues on its path of inclusive social and economic development, mobilising the immense creativity and energy of its people, we see the US as an important partner in this journey," she said. Rao said the third India-US Strategic dialogue would be held in Washington in the next few months. Noting that the US has led the world when it comes to innovation, Rao said both the governments realise the critical importance of

Human Rights Hell’ In Balochistan Inflames Separatist Sentiments

Analysis by Zofeen Ebrahim (Karachi )Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Inter Press Service 'We want our homeland; we want freedom from Pakistan and will fight till our last breath,' said Zarmine Baloch (23), veiled from head to toe with just her eyes showing. She said the recent killing of her brother would not force her to surrender her struggle. Sitting beside her Maheen Baloch, sister of the late Qambar Chakar, a student activist who met a similar fate in May 2011, nods in agreement. Zarmine is certain her brother Sangat Sana (27), a member of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) who demanded equal rights for the Baloch people, was killed to avenge the Pakistan army’s humiliation in February, when representatives of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International testified before the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Oversight and Investigations at the United States Congress about the grave violations committed by Pakistan’s security forces in the province of Balochistan. 'The me

“The SC Side-Stepped The DoB Issue.... Had I Resigned, It’d Have Been A Self-Goal”

Gen VK Singh “You lend me some of the power you acquired through religious brainwashing, and I will lend you the power I acquired through conquest and administrative control,” a British official to a Brahmin in 19 century. “-- justice delivery has now been reduced to a mere business in the eyes of the people. ---be it lawyers or judges, have we forgotten our task towards society?-- that judges these days are bent more towards counting the number of cases they have disposed of, instead of impartial delivery of justice,-- that due to the harassment a common man suffers in his pursuit of justice, 95 per cent of the masses avoid going to courts at all and choose to suffer silently--the five per cent who do go wait in queue for many long years and empty out their pockets to hire a lawyer. It is a nightmare for the common man to approach a higher court,-- that this is the reason people have started taking the law in their hands --throwing light on the common problem of delayed justice, -- r

Quote of the day: Milton Maltz on intelligence

In a democracy it is especially important for the public to have a more realistic understanding of the intelligence business so we can appreciate its real role in our society and impact upon major world events.Spying is an integral part of the political and social landscape across the globe and how it is practices affects of us individually shaping the kind of society and world we live in." -- Milton Maltz, founder of the International Spy Museum

Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Steve Jobs Posted by Susan on 9:19 AM Thursday March 01, 2012 under Enable I finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs over Christmas break and I can’t stop thinking about it. The book disturbed me. I love Apple products; I wanted to admire Steve Jobs. But I don’t. Great leaders don’t call people names. They don’t treat a person like a prince one day and a serf the next. They don’t practice intimidating stares in the mirror. They don’t treat relationships as if they were commodities to be traded. It’s not OK for leaders — for anyone — to abuse people. And I’m disturbed that Jobs is being hailed, as Isaacson writes, as “the greatest business executive of our era,” rather than as a flawed leader whose extraordinary talents and organizational abilities allowed him the freedom to mistreat others. There are those who believe that his products and his temperament were inextricably linked

Wide distrust imperils talks on Afghanistan

Peaceful 2014 pullout in doubt Afghanistan's peace process is crumbling amid distrust among all the key players - the U.S., Pakistan, the Afghan president and the Taliban, who continue to attack American and NATO troops. The Obama administration had bolstered its attempts to end the war with the Taliban ahead of a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops by the end of 2014, but those efforts now appear to have become bogged down in suspicion. Failure to reconcile the Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan before the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, with the Western-backed government in Kabul could abandon the country to civil strife - like that in post-U.S.-occupied Iraq - after international forces leave the country. "The way reconciliation is going on right now is extremely ad hoc. It is being conducted in an environment of mistrust," said Said Jawad, who served as Afghanistan's ambassado

"Her Eyes" : by Alex Koloskov

By Alex Koloskov I call it Her Eyes I know, I already posted this shot few month ago. But I love it so much (not her, but a shot:-) that I want to share it again. Very simple shot, only one light source and one reflector, but how effectively used! Would you agree? Enjoy her glance:-)

Change the way America looks at herself and at the rest of the world

Change the way America looks at herself and at the rest of the world - Create United Indian Ocean States The way maps are presented and taught to the children in American schools tends to make America look like a trans-Atlantic power looking East from New York or Washington DC. Let us change the map by turning the globe 180 degrees. The world-map will look like this.


When one saw Akhilesh and Rahul on the TV screen, the difference between the two young personalities was striking. What came out in the case of Akhilesh was his earnestness, seriousness, sincerity and his ability to articulate in a manner that could carry conviction to the public. What came out in the case of Rahul was a lack of such qualities. Akhilesh’s ability to connect instantly with the public and the media stood in refreshing contrast to the inability of Rahul to do so. B.RAMAN The most significant aspect of the elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly the results for which were announced on March 6,2012, was not even the rout of the Congress Party , but the humiliation suffered by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in what has been described as their pocket boroughs of Rae Bareli and Amethi. 2.TheLucknow correspondent of the “Deccan Herald” has described this humiliation in the following words: “None, not even the “Nehru-Gandhi family,” would have

Spirituality & Management: World Conference

By Rajeev Malhotra Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Earlier this year I delivered the keynote address at this international conference that was heavily attended by management consultants and academics from several countries. There is a growing demand for consultants, workshops and courses on spirituality in the workplace and in management decision making. Most foreign delegates came from Sweden and other European countries. They showed a keen interest in understanding the dharmic approaches to this field. Of course, the usual "everything is same" type of generic ideas were rather common as expected. But many consultants found the distinctiveness of dharma compelling CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO

The rising sun: China's defence budget eclipses Indian expenditure

Defence Contributor: Andrew Elwell Posted: 03/05/2012 12:00:00 AM EST | 0 China announced that its annual military expenditure will exceed $100 billion for the first time in 2012 as tensions in the Asia-Pacific region continue to intensify amid mounting budgets and escalating military might. At 670.274 billion yuan ($106.39 billion), the 2012 budget is up 11.2% on last year’s $92 billion. It represents another year of double digit growth for China’s military spending, which accelerated 12.7% in 2011 on 2010. It dwarfs India’s 2012 spend, reported to be around $36 billion and has led some commentators to suggest it could heighten friction in the region. Of further concern is the allegation that this figure only represents about half of China’s true spend on defence. “Since the Chinese budget does not include modernisation, dual-use technologies, R&D aspects and export-import numbers, the figure that we saw on Sunday is not the ultimate truth,” Srikanth Kondapa

Who’s Behind Anti-Israel Bomb Plots?

There has not been much in Indian media about the car bomb attack on the wife of the Israeli defense attache in New Delhi , at stone's throw from Indian PM's Residence . Of course the Isareli PM Netanyahu and some others blamed Iran almost immediately .Israeli interlocuters were brash and hectoring and made themselves fools , as did some Indians , on India's TV channels with little info or idea of international affairs . Gareth Porter is a sober and reliable journalist . The bombing of an Israeli diplomat's car in India isn't consistent with Iranian or Hezbollah Gareth Porter Research, March 5, 2012, Al Jazeera - 2012-03-02 Washington, DC - The magnet bomb that exploded on an Israeli Embassy diplomat's car in Delhi on February 13 seemed on the surface to be consistent with an Iranian-sponsored action. It was carried out with same method by which Israel's Iranian proxy,


( Written at the request of Editor, Tribune, Chandigarh) B.RAMAN India has been facing the evil of terrorism since 1971 when two members of the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) hijacked an Indian Airlines plane to Lahore and set it on fire after asking the passengers and crew to leave the plane. Except in J&K and the North-East, where the Army had to be asked to take over the leadership of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, in the rest of the country, the responsibility for dealing with terrorism vested with the State Police. In Punjab, it was the Police under the able leadership of K.P.S.Gill, the Director-General of Police, that effectively brought the so-called Khalistani terrorism under control. In Tamil Nadu, it was again the Police that brought the activities of the so-called Al Umma, a local terrorist organisation, under control. The Police also dealt with the activities of the Liberation