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Gyanvapi Kashi Vishwanath Temple must be reconstructed

Subramanian Swamy Published September 13, 2020,  12:49 am  September 13, 2020,  12:49 AM New Delhi:  Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, making it the holiest of Shiva temples. It has been destroyed and re-constructed a number of times in several Islamic invasions of India. It was last demolished by Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor who then carried out an un-Islamic act of constructing a mosque on the site where the demolished temple was situated. The current existing Kashi Vishwanath temple has been built on an adjacent site by the Maratha ruler, Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in 1780, and not on the original site where a functioning mosque today stands. Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first Sikh Maharaja, had donated 1 ton gold for the new temple’s dome. In 1983, the management of this temple was taken over by the government of Uttar Prades

The Constitutional Subjugation Of Hinduism: A Hindu Cry For Equal Rights

by M. Nageswara Rao - Aug 7, 2020 12:25 PM 4K SHARES Hindu devotees gather before the second ‘Shahi Snan’ (grand bath) of Kumbh Mela in the Godavari river in 2015 in Nashik, India. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images) Snapshot As it stands today, Hindus do not have the same rights in matters of religion, education and culture as the minorities in India. They do not demand more rights. Hindus cry only for equal rights as are available to minorities in all respects. India is a unique country. What makes it bizarrely unique is that the Constitution denies the majority indigenous Hindus the same rights as those given to the minority non-Hindus. This reduces Hindus to a form of second-class citizens in their own secular country, created after faith-based partition of their ancestral land. No doubt, Hindus have full political rights. But unlike the minorities, they don’t have freedom to run their educational institutions without undue state interference; their civilisational knowledge and ancient te

Don’t under estimate thieves, they are smart

When a bunch of thieves steal a buffalo at night, first thing they do is remove bell from buffalo neck. Then one of the thieves runs in west direction ringing the bell. Rest of them run eastward with the buffalo. It’s dark so all the villagers run west behind the noise of the bell. After a while thief carrying bell throw the bell in jungle and runs away. Villagers find the bell and enter the jungle.  At the other end of the village, thief runs away with buffalo. Our buffalo:  Food, Shelter , Education, Jobs , Healthcare , Infrastructures, Women safety and empowerment, Covid, Inflation, Economy, Development.... Buffalo Bell :  SSR, Rhea, Kangana, Thackeray, Karan Johar, Taimur, Bollywood, Drugs, Sunanda Pushkar.... Thief : News channels

The Road to Peace In Afghanistan no Longer Runs Through Pakistan

Once considered a regional spoiler, Islamabad’s influence over the Taliban has waned. BY   FAHD HUMAYUN   |   SEPTEMBER 11, 2020, 10:19 AM A Pakistani soldier stands next to a border fence along Afghanistan Paktika province in Angoor Adda, Pakistan on Oct. 18, 2017.  AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Toward the end of August, a delegation from the Afghan Taliban led by the group’s deputy, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, travelled to Islamabad. There, they met with Pakistan’s foreign minister and head of its Inter-Services Intelligence, the military’s intelligence wing. The first gathering,  held  at Pakistan’s Foreign Office, was meant to give boost to an intra-Afghan negotiation process that has been racked by persistent delays, including over the release of Taliban  inmates  by Afghan authorities. Baradar’s meetings seem to have been helpful. A Taliban negotiating team is now in Doha, Qatar, and is set to hold its first direct peace  talks  with representatives of the Afghan government. But

Trade performance will be key to the recovery of GDP

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 GDP contracted across the world in the second quarter and the shape and size of recession varied widely by region Source: National authorities; Thomson Reuters Datastream; Oxford Analytica Outlook The vast majority of the world’s population was locked down for much of the second quarter (April-June), plunging the major economies bar China into recession. India and the United Kingdom would be in deeper recession without net trade contributing positively (exports falling less than imports). Non-tourism services including finance and business services are key to these countries’ GDP and are outperforming tourism and manufacturing. The contribution of net trade has fallen notably in Germany, Japan and South Korea due to their exposure to supply chain disruption and lower manufacturing demand. Differences in the depth and shape of recession will inform policymaking. Goods exporting powers will seek new markets while governments who ran furlough schemes will aim to

IRAN: China will reportedly provide for assistance in developing the country’s domestic internet

In  Iran , a 25-year partnership agreement with China will reportedly provide for assistance in developing the country’s domestic internet, the National Information Network (NIN). Under development for over a decade, the NIN had its first major trial when Tehran imposed an internet blackout in response to mass protests last November, with mixed success.    The NIN is a domestic intranet network and firewall system supported by local servers.  Officials claim that the NIN aims to shield and protect Iran against foreign cyberattacks, provide stable and fast local internet to citizens and promote Islamic content on a network free of immorality, corruption and violence. In practice, human rights activists fear it is being used to tighten censorship and control freedom of expression. To some degree, in trying to replace global services with local versions, Iran is emulating China (although less successfully). However, by  seeking the capability to separate its Internet from the world entire

Dragon on the Dialogue Table: What Jaishankar-Wang Yi Meet Implies

Jaishankar’s meeting with Wang Yi in Moscow comes days after Rajnath Singh met his counterpart. Aditya Raj Kaul Published:  11 Sep 2020, 11:05 AM IST India and China have reached a five-point consensus in the meeting between Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. | (Photo: PTI, edited by The Quint) India India and China signed the historic Panchsheel agreement on 29 April 1954 which enshrined the five principles of mutual co-existence. That certainly didn’t help build any bridges and couldn’t stop the Sino-Indian war of October 1962 that killed hundreds on both sides. Almost 58 years later, India and China have reached a five-point consensus in the meeting between Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The five points broadly speak about continuation of dialogue, disengagement at the border, not allowing differences to become disputes, respecting past border agreements and new trust-building m

Debate over Thailand’s plan to 'scrap' Kra Canal is much ado about nothing

By IAN STOREY UPDATED 10 SEPTEMBER, 2020 For those observers who closely follow the long-running saga of Thailand’s Kra canal, recent media reports will have come as no surprise. The three-centuries old idea to cut a canal across the Isthmus of Kra in southern Thailand is unfailingly resurrected whenever the Thai economy hits the skids, as it has done since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Advocates of the canal (or other Kra transportation initiatives such as road, rail and oil pipelines) invariably argue that the project will create thousands of jobs and revitalise the country’s economic prospects.    But this time the story has a slightly different twist: That the “cancellation” of the Kra canal project, and its replacement with a road and rail link, is not only a major set-back for China, but a strategic gain for India. The Kra canal issue resurfaced at the end of August when Bloomberg published a story which quoted Thailand’s transport minister Saksiam Chidchob. The minister tr

The Next Front in the India-China Conflict Could Be a Thai Canal

India is beefing up its island defenses as Beijing seeks a quicker route to the Indian Ocean. BY   SALVATORE BABONES   |   SEPTEMBER 1, 2020, 8:43 AM The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and other ships sail during a naval drill in the East China Sea in April 2018.  -/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Forget the  new Cold War  in the Pacific between the United States and China. There’s a much warmer war already going on between India and China that has  killed at least 20  on a disputed border in the high Himalayas. At sea, China is attempting to encircle India with a series of alliances and naval bases evocatively known as the  string of pearls . China’s greatest vulnerability in its strategy to dominate the Indian Ocean—and thereby India—is the Malacca Strait, a narrow sea lane separating Singapore and Sumatra, through which so much marine traffic must pass that it’s both a lifeline for China’s seaborne trade and the main path for its navy toward South Asia, and points further west. With regards