The study titled `Global Restrictions on Religion' took into account the situation in as many as 198 countries, North Korea being the only notable exception, to derive the conclusion. India was just below Iraq and well above countries like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan when it came to social hostility in the country. Pakistan is at the third place right below India.I find this very hard to believe. WTF, indeed.
The study, which claims to cover 99.5% of the world population, deals with restrictions imposed on religion not just by social groups and individuals but also by the government. Even in the case of government induced restrictions, India badly with its position in the top 40 countries out of the 198 mentioned.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
BSF foiled major infiltration bids by militants to cross into Indian territory as Pakistani troops fired at two forward posts in the Samba sector in the wee hours on Tuesday, in the fifth case of ceasefire violation within a week.
There have been 28 incidents of such ceasefire violations till November 25 by Pakistan along the Line of Control.
During the last four years there have been 129 incidents of ground ceasefire and 43 air space violations by Pakistan.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
The National Investigating Agency (NIA), formed in 2008 to deal with pan-India crimes and concentrating mainly on terror-related cases, has filed its first chargesheet in the state against six persons accused of procuring and supplying counterfeit currency for terrorist activities. The agency now awaits the setting up of a special court to conduct the trial, which is expected next month.
A committee headed by economist Suresh Tendulkar critically examined the old “Dandekar-Rath” poverty-line formula, drawn up in 1971. That formula looked exclusively at the calorie content of an Indian’s diet; and, if it was lower than 2250 calories per person per day (an arbitrary figure), placed that person below the poverty line. Remember: this was before the green revolution, well before liberalisation. The committee recommended scrapping the focus on calorie intake alone; it should be replaced, according to the report, by a cost-of-living index that took into account other expenditure.
"We know that much of the training and the direction for terrorists comes from Pakistan and the border area with Afghanistan," Clinton told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.
"One of the reasons why President Obama made the decision which he announced last week with respect to our strategy going forward is because we continue to see a syndicate of terrorism that al-Qaida is, in effect, the head of that is not only an aspirational or ideological head, but providing funding and training and equipping and operational direction to a number of terrorist groups," Clinton said.
"And therefore, we will remain very vigilant at home," she said.Clinton also expressed concern over "a series of arrests". However, the article only mentions Headley. Who are the others?
Friday, 6 November 2009
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Friday, 31 July 2009
With schools like these, what will the 'Right to Education' bill achieve?
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to ensure that no place of worship is constructed in public places.The apex court asked Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to file an affidavit in this regard within four weeks.
Brilliant! Hope the centre implements this in true spirit.
Thursday, 30 July 2009
It can possibly happen only in Bihar. The names of rich including chartered accountant, government employees, shopkeeper of Public Distribution System and even dead have been allotted job cards and they have drawn money as wages under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in the state.
None other than the Bihar Rural Development Minister Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha admitted this in the state assembly in a reply to an Independent Member of Legislative Assembly Kishor Kumar Munna, who brought this to his notice.
Why is Bihar always in the news for all the wrong reasons?
Males students had criminal cases filed against them. The article says the male students were from BHU, while the female students were at IIT, Allahabad. Is it too much to expect uniform punishment?
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Today, we have a strange situation where some Members of Parliament, elected by some of us, are telling us what to watch and what not to.
These, by the way, belong to the same set of people many of whose colleagues are murderers, rapists, child-molesters and bribe-takers. These are the same people who belong to a club which, when it meets, engages in slanging and shouting. This doesn’t either help in nation-building or, for that matter, law-making.
Their ire is directed at a television reality show, Sach Ka Saamna on Star TV. The fact that in the Budget session, which should be discussing fiscal allocations and deficit management, MPs have both time and wisdom to rake this up as an issue, reflects how facetious politics has become. The fact that in today’s economic climate they are happier discussing late-night television shows than day-chilling facts about unemployment and hunger deaths is a proof of the seriousness with which they go about their business
I'm worried. They decide what shows should be beamed. They decide what sites stay on the Internet. They decide what dress we should wear. They decide what festivals we celebrate. Makes me wonder as yet another anniversary is approaching, 'Did my country really get independence that day in mid August, 62 years back?'.
Thursday, 14 May 2009
“Bloodbath. That’s the expression the United Nations has used to describe the killing of over 100 children over the weekend inside a narrow strip of land in northeastern Sri Lanka, where the Tamil Tigers are still holding thousands of civilians hostage.”
Friday, 8 May 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
“Why did a courteous, poem-penning, educated young man threaten to tear the secular fabric of a country that his great grandfather and grandmother have so diligently woven into a united whole? Did he get carried away by his debut political address? Ganesha says it's the diabolical Rahu-Ketu effect that fanned the embers in Varun's brain.”
If you want to know more, do click here.
Link via “It’s Not Varun Gandhi’s Fault”
“The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that death from diabetes and heart disease alone costs
So the average person is more likely to die from a lifestyle disease then from an automobile accident, or infectious disease such as pneumonia.”
The above information is lost somewhere in this debate on veg v/s non-veg debate.
“The West Bengal government’s decision to relocate 40 polling booths near Lalgarh in West Midnapore district — as per the demands of the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities, supposedly backed by the Maoists — has the obvious advantages of allowing elections to be held in the troubled area as well as keeping the tribals happy by precluding police presence near their homes. But the compromise worked out by the state government, the Election Commission and the People’s Committee is also the official acknowledgement of the extent of administrative failure.”
An editorial in the Indian Express claims “Maoist victory”
“Stating that the rapid expansion of the Taliban in
“While announcing the new Af-Pak policy last month, Obama had said that
Update: It's the terrorism, stupid; not
“Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday that both LTTE and
"It is not against the Union Government or Congress. It is for stopping the hostilities there in that country." He said it was wrong to say that the Union Government did not take any steps to stop the hostilities in the island. Read the whole article here.
With Tamil Nadu on the boil over loss of Tamil lives in the Sri Lankan fighting and political parties calling for either a ceasefire or cessation of hostilities, the Government decided tonight to send National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon as early as tomorrow to
And in an editorial, “Nonetheless, strong words streamed in. Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee echoed many of his counterparts around the world, including from the
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
“The over four-decade old saffron outfit, founded by Bal Thackeray, is reaching voters through telephony, internet, mobile SMS and also plans a full-fledged studio to help meet needs of the electronic media.
The Sena has started a toll-free number 1800222772 on which people can register their grievances to the party over phone. Their complaints would be recorded and addressed by the party leaders.”
Shiv Sena is embracing the new technologies in order to get closer to the Gen Next vote bank. Do I hear anyone tell me that all this is western influence and against our ‘Hindutva’ culture?
Monday, 13 April 2009
Don’t you think every citizen has a responsibility? I believe a person who has been educated, has a responsibility towards his nation. That is why I used to say every individual should be a good member of a family. Every individual has to be a good member of the society. Every individual has to be a good member of the nation. Every educated individual should be a good member of the planet earth. The question is how to make the individual into a good member? Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation there is peace in the world. Who will give us that righteousness in the heart? Our parents, our teachers in a spiritual environment.
O! How much do we miss you, Sir?
Their relief camps are shutting down and they have to return to houses that are, in large part, still burnt-out. They’re mostly without election ID cards and quite some distance from the towns where they’re registered. Where responsible politics would heal these wounds, the local — and, unfortunately, the national-level BJP as well — has taken on the task of pushing things in the other direction. Yet another step backward for the BJP in this campaign.”
Among things that the Samajwadi Party officially opposes are fancy English education, computers, farm machinery, stock-trading, and shopping malls. If this stuff is seriously meant, it reveals the SP’s intellectual vacuity and disconnect with the outside world. If it is a text merely meant to rally the faithful (with no bearing on actual governance), it is shocking in its condescension to the people.
Mulayam Singh’s plan involves phasing out computers wherever human labour can be substituted — a plank that even the Left has left behind, because of its patent absurdity. Warming over a centuries-old man versus machine debate, the manifesto also pushes for some prelapsarian past where farmers would directly cultivate the land. India’s biggest global advantage has been its IT-competent, English-speaking population — a segment that more and more young people openly aspire to — and the SP’s manifesto essentially promises to send his imagined constituency spinning away from that orbit.
Shekhar Gupta in an excellent two part discussion with J K Dutt, former Director General of the National Security Guard, under whose command the siege (Mumbai Terror Attacks at the Taj, Oberoi and Nariman House on
Please read both the parts in full.
KRISHNADAS RAJAGOPAL lists some of the cases
"When the NDA was ruling at the Centre, they had sent Lord Rama for 'vanvaas' (exile). Now they have again raised the issue of constructing a
To be fair to the NDA, the allies during the time the NDA was in power ensured that the mandir would not be built. But it does seem that the mandir issue is dusted and presented only during election time. If the mandir is built, then the BJP would lose an election issue, won’t it?
The Commission underscored that it expects that “all political parties, their leaders, workers and supporters as well as their candidates shall scrupulously observe the Model Code of Conduct in letter and spirit”.
And that “it sincerely hopes that they will be guided by the advice of the Honourable Supreme Court of India in conducting their electoral campaigns and set high standards of electoral morality.”
“Violations of the Model Code of Conduct and, in several instances, the law of the land, seem to be turning into something of a trend, which if unchecked, is bound to seriously damage the election process and set a deplorable precedent for future elections,” the Commission warned.
"...the Congress stands for nothing, while the BJP stands for something pernicious. The BJP has, in its DNA, the politics of divisiveness. It is true that the Congress has also played such politics, but out of convenience, not belief. That makes their acts no less heinous, but, in my eyes at least, it makes them slightly less dangerous because there is less chance of things going wrong, of a repeat of 1984 or 2002.
And ya, it burns me up that I need to decide who I support on the basis of who is less dangerous. That totally sucks, but such it is, so there we go."
That's Amit Gupta at talking about what Tytler and Sajjan tell him about the Congress party
Thursday, 9 April 2009
After visits in and around the Gandhi
- Why is there no PHC in Jalund village?
- Why is there no ST service in Moti Adraj?
- Why are there no toilets in Borij?
- Why has a tank in Ghatlodia - that is said to have cost Rs. 60 lakhs- never had a drop of water?
- Why are there only 32 polling booths for 2 lakh people in Juhapura?
- Why are there no gutters in Borisana?
- Why is NREGA not applicable in Sonawada?
- Why do villagers in Gokulpura have to walk a 15 km circuitous route when a 3 km road could ease their transport problems?
It would be too simple to answer all these questions with "Its because the local authorities are inefficient". Of course, there is a certain level of inefficiency that is only too obvious to those who talk to villagers around Gandhi
Mallika Sarabhai, independent candidate from Gandhi
“Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee likened Jarnail Singh to a Panthic hero and offered him a job in case he lost the one he has now. It also offered to bear his legal expenses if he's booked and need to fight his case. “
As per the Indian Express, The govt has also asked CBI “Why clean chit to Tytler, why no copy to us?”
“Spurred by concerns raised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, CBI director Ashwani Kumar was asked to provide the facts of the case and the report that his agency submitted to Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate last Thursday giving a clean chit to Tytler. The case comes up for hearing tomorrow.
Sources said Kumar is learnt to have told the government that since it had been asked by the court in December 2007 to file an investigation report after questioning Jasbir Singh, it was duty bound to submit it “only” to the court.”
The ToI also reports that
“The fate of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler's nomination from Delhi North-East is hanging by a slender thread. With the "shoe throwing" protest by journalist Jarnail Singh triggering sharp reaction among Sikhs, Congress leadership is seriously considering to dump Tytler to secure its prospects in
My post on the shoe throwing incident is here.
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
“As I see it, the two most probable candidates for Prime Minister are Mayawati and Rahul Gandhi. If Mayawati ma
Coomi Kapoor provides a “A guide on probable, possible, and not impossible Prime Ministerial candidates”
Coomi Kapoor provides a “A guide on probable, possible, and not impossible Prime Ministerial candidates”
I’m scared. Very scared.
I’m scared. Very scared.
“While the Kishanganj administration booked him for his verbal attack on BJP leader Varun Gandhi, the second FIR was filed at Garhwa town in Jharkhand over his chopper skipping the helipad and landing at the venue of his rally. His arrest came in a similar offence - landing his helicopter at the venue of his meet in 2005 - but he was released on bail.”
2. LJP releases manifesto, favours creation of smaller states
"The party believes that for better administration and development of neglected regions, formation of smaller states is necessary," party chief Ramvilas Paswan said, while releasing the party manifesto here.
“The LJP also promised to provide reservations to women and OBCs in government jobs and the judiciary for which 50 per cent ceiling imposed by the Supreme Court would be removed through appropriate legislation.”
3. RJD releases poll manifesto
“The RJD poll manifesto is a mix of the UPA government's claims -- rural employment for at least 100 days at Rs 100 per day, strengthening of the Right to Information Act besides the populist move of providing rice at Rs 2 per kg and wheat at Rs 1.5 per kg to BPL families. It also promised to amend laws to treat and deal with terrorism and communal forces. RJD also promised to amend the Constitution to provide for 10 per cent reservation for poor members of upper castes. It promised land reforms and encouragement to small-scale industries in the country.”
4. TDP releases poll manifesto
“Ensuring economic, food and health security would be top on the agenda of TDP if voted to power in this month's poll," TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu said while releasing the manifesto at the NTR Trust Bhavan here.
On Telangana, the TDP leader said they would take all required legal and political steps for creation of a separate state.”
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
At this rate, Facebook will soon a lot of such groups leave and join other SNS forums. Another quick search (whatever would we do without Google) confirms that Orkut accounts have also been hacked.
Any tips on how to prevent facebook groups from being hacked, please leave your tips and suggestions in the comments section
" I am not a hardcore politician. I know what not to do in this field so I won't give anybody a chance to pull my leg. I want to change the image of cine stars who become ' Eid ka chand' after winning the election', says Shekhar Suman. In the same article, he asserts “I am 100% Bihari”
“Besides the two currently held constituencies, Kanyakumari (earlier Nagercoil) and Madurai, the CPI(M) will contest from the Coimbatore constituency.”
“The AIADMK is continuing talks with the MDMK, the only ally with which it is yet to reach an understanding on sharing of seats.”
The article also claims that “The talks between the two parties were prolonged because the CPI(M) insisted on the Tirupur constituency. It, however, agreed to settle for Coimbatore.”
That’s more than 35 people who go missing each day!
And 15% of the missing people are yet to be traced!
If this is Delhi, wonder what the national figures are.
From : Mallika Sarabhai invites Advani for open debate
Mr.Krishna Byregowda's(Bangalore South) has his own website and you can even join his community forum to show your support.
Hat Tip : Lavanya Hebbale Anand
Ms. Meera Sanyal (Independent candidate from Mumbai South) has her own website
In the same article she also says ""Amar Singh's forthright approach is what I liked the most. Initially I was to be the Congress candidate from Lucknow and when I asked Singh if he would support me even if I was a rival candidate he suggested I join the SP instead."
Incidentally she was fielded by the Congress in the last LS elections from Kolkata and had lost.
Laloo mentioned this after the filing of nomination by RJD candidate and Union minister Taslimuddin for Kishanganj Lok Sabha seat.
The full article is available here.
Looks like the above has also invited the ire of the the Kishanganj district administration which has filed its complaint against Lalu Prasad at the Kishanganj police station in the morning, police said. As per the report here.
Behejni addressing a rally in Gurgaon or Faridabad (the article is not clear about the location where she made the above remark).
'' We have brought the deprived Muslims under the reservation category. We will bring all other castes and even Dalit Christians , who have been neglected and deprived by the 'capitalist' governments, under this umbrella,'' she said, reading out from a prepared speech.
The BSP chief also spelt out her plan to introduce reservations across several services, including judiciary, if the party was voted to power. '' We believe in delivering what we promise to people. Don't go by the manifestoes of Congress and BJP. You never got cheap food, you did not get jobs. They could not do anything when they were in power ,'' she appealed to the crowd.
After saying all the above, she said she can't comment on the issue of the water supply from the Agra Canal as "there is a model code of conduct in place,''. However, Mayawati assured the crowd she would find a solution once the election was over.
Update : Later, speaking with CNN-IBN, Jarnail Singh said he did not regret his action. "How can he (Chidambaram) happy when one community faces injustice? They were stopping me from talking. I don't think I have done the right thing but the issue called for it". From http://ibnlive.in.com/news/journalist-throws-shoe-at-chidambaram/89666-3.html
I had been posting several election related news on a discussion thread on The Consortium of Loose, Forward and Pub going women, but this particular forum has been subject to several attempts to bring it down. It seems that some people are not really happy with this concept.
In an attempt to provide election related information to those interested, I will be posting the same info on this blog too. Readers are encouraged to comment on the same. Treat this as a test post as I'm trying to post this directly from my email client.
Friday, 6 March 2009
There's a group of Facebook called "A Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women", which was formed when Muthalik and his goons going by the name of Shri Ram Sene assaulted women in a pub, as it was against "Indian culture". This consortium first started a campaign to send "Pink Chaddis" which caught the fancy of several people and had a resounding success. Today, I guess there are more than 54,000 members of this Facebook group. Some days back - after inaction from the police department and concerned ministries even after several attacks on women in Bangalore and Mangalore – there was a fresh campaign to send emails to the Home Minister and the Police Departments. Sadly, the response to this campaign has been very poor.
Concerned citizens are urged to send emails or letters to the respective departments. The addresses are mentioned in the blog as well as on the Facebook discussion forum, "Email campaign". The Facebook forum also has some draft emails which can be personalised and utilised. The draft letter and the addresses of the concerned departments are also available here at Shakti Bose's blog. Make sure you send a cc of all the emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, to enable the consortium to keep track of the emails.