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Monitoring Indian Communists - 2
FWIW - a news item:New York Civil Liberties Union sued the city yesterday on behalf of Rakesh Sharma.
Amber.g See: http://www.nyclu.org/pdfs/sharma_suit_011006.pdf
Just see how many times it is written "the officer is still keeping my passport" <!--emo&Tongue--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tongue.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Check Rakesh Sharma's his travel dates. Three trips in 12 months from India to US. Now if he can afford that, what's the big deal in him coughing up the required insurance $ as required by NYC regulations for filming his "movie". I don't see why the citizens of New York city should subsidize some like Rakesh Sharma. It's really an outrage that this guy's wasting tax dollars of NYC residents with his frivilous suit.
Somnath is at it again..

came via email:

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->NEW DELHI: Janata Party  president Dr Subramanian Swamy dared the CPM and CPI to withdraw support to the Manmohan Singh Government in the event of India voting with the United States in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting to refer the infringement of the Nuclear Proliferation Traty by Iran to the UN Security Council for consideration and necessary measures. " Russia and China have both supported the United States' proposed resolution before the IAEA Board seeking to refer the infringement of the NPT by Iran, to the United Nations Security Council for consideration of necessary measures. The CPM and the CPI, must therefore now   demonstrate their independence from Russia and China by sticking to their stated  position," said Dr Swamy in a statement released to the press on Wednesday.

Dr Swamy's demand assumes significance in the backdrop of the ultimatum served on the UPA Government by the CPM and CPI that they would resort to drastic action if India decided to vote along with United States on this issue.

Dr Swamy, a former Union Minister of Law and Commerce, pointed out that the  Communists have a long history of somersaulting on foreign direction.<b> "In 1942 the Communists first   opposed the British and sided with the Congress Party led by Mahatma Gandhi. But no sooner Joseph Stalin, the dictator of USSR, made a deal with Britain, the Communists somersaulted and became henchmen of the British imperialists in India, "</b> Dr Swamy said in the statement.  He also alleged that the Communists opposed the moves by the Janata Party Government in 1978 to normalize relations with the People's Republic of China. <b>"But no sooner Russia made up with China,  the Indian Communists became ardent supporters  of good relations with China</b>, said Dr Swamy.

"This is the moment of truth for the Communists; they must stick to their original stand on Iran and withdraw support to the UPA Government as promised, if India votes along with the United States on the Iran   issue on February 3rd," said Dr Swami. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Commies are good in one thing "How to run".
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Red frequent flyers grounded</b>
Pioneer News Service / New Delhi: The ongoing airport workers' strike on Thursday forced the CPI(M) to postpone its politburo meeting scheduled for Feb 3 and 4, as its leaders didn't wish to be seen travelling by air during the agitation.

Senior CPI(M) leader and politburo member MK Pandhe told mediapersons that "the party leadership had decided to postpone the meeting as they are not willing to travel by air in view of the workers agitation".

"The striking workers have been asked to get ready for a long drawn battle,'' said Mr Pandhe. 
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Left declares war on air travellers </b>
Vijaita Singh / New Delhi
Chaos and filth ruled the roost at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here on Thursday as the Left-sponsored strike by Airports Authority of India workers entered its second day. The eventual casualties were passengers who had to stand in serpentine queues to get their baggage, cope with unclean toilets and get fleeced by autowallahs and taxi drivers.

<b>"What kind of sham ideology is this? On the one hand, the Left parties are supporting the UPA Government, on the other their trade unions are making the lives of people miserable. If they have so much power, why can't they stop the operation of flights?" </b>fumed Barna Majumdar, a Government employee from Kolkata.

Overflowing dustbins and trash strewn on the streets was the order of the day while the autowallahs and the taxi drivers overcharged passengers arriving at the domestic terminal of IGI.

Passengers scrambled for trolleys that were in the custody of taxi drivers who demanded exorbitant rates. "A taxi driver asked for Rs 700 to go to Connaught Place. He even threatened that he was asking for the minimum and if we did not pay up, no one would take us," said Priyanka who had just arrived from Mumbai.

"Multinationals will come later. As of now, the trade unions have ensured that passengers are being held to ransom by taxi drivers," she added.

The agitating workers of AAI had blocked the Chambi Chowk at the departure wing of the airport. As a result, vehicles coming towards Terminal 1B were barred from entering the area and there was a massive traffic jam that stretched up to Dwarka.
With the majority of the ground staff on strike, the authorities outsourced work to Sulabh International whose workers did the cleaning act. IGI Airport on Thursday looked like a fortress as hundreds of CISF, CRPF and Delhi Police personnel were roped in to tackle the situation.

The workers staged a dharna at Terminal 1B while the Employees Union of Centaur Hotel also joined the agitation.<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'> Leaders of Jawaharlal Nehru University Student's Union also joined the agitation during the day.</span> 

When we should expect train strike? Back to strike era of Congress.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Rajdhani Accident in Bihar was Devised to Malign Nitish Kumar</b>
Patna: February 7, 2006
The Rajdhani Express disaster of 2002 at Rafiganj in Aurangabad district was the brainchild of Maoist guerillas to malign the then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar. This is the finding of a police investigation following <b>the arrest of a Naxal leader Sanjay Yadav who has confessed of his role in the Rajdhani accident that resulted in the loss of 106 lives.</b>

<b>Yadav, a CPI-M zone commander. who was arrested in Khwaspur village in Gaya district on Sunday, told the police that he was involved in removing the railway tracks over Dhaba bridge in Rafiganj which led the super-fast Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express to jump track and plunge several feet into the river, Arvind Pandey, DIG, Magadh range</b>, said on Monday.

Besides 106 deaths caused by the accident, several hundred people were injured – many with permanent-y disability.

<b>Another Maoist extremist, Vikas Yadav, has also given similar account of the accident.</b>

At the time of the accident, Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government was in the power at the Center while the Janata Dal (U) leader and the current Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar was the Railway Minister.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav had accused the Railway Minister of being an incompetent leader "under whose regime there was a dramatic rise in railway accidents".

Nitish Kumar has maintained a silence over the new revelation but his lieutenants are not holding back on their reactions. "We feel vindicated now that the truth has come out even though we had known it all along. The RJD regime, which failed on all accounts despite being in power for over 15 years, was also responsible for the rise in extremist activities in the state. Now the NDA government in Bihar is having to clean up the mess left by the Lalu-Rabri government," said a JD-U legislator.
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>CPI(M) threatens to bring Govt. to its knees on Iran issue</b>

Kolkata, Feb. 10 (PTI): Stepping up its offensive on Iran nuke issue, CPI(M) today threatened it would bring the UPA Government "to its knees" if it insisted on referring the subject to UN Security Council and ask other Left parties to review their ties with the Congress-led dispensation.

"The government will be put in the dock in Parliament if it insists on voting for a referral to the Security Council. Left parties have formulated some opinion on this. We will convey it to the government. If government still goes ahead with it, we are free to take steps to bring the government to its knees," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, told reporters here.

"The Manmohan Singh Government has refused to heed public opinion (on the Iran issue) and the Left parties have decided to demand a debate in the House ahead of the March 6 IAEA Board meeting, " he said. Karat also hinted at mobilising support from other parties, both within the UPA and outside, to form a pressure group on Iran and FDI in retail trade.

"The party (CPI-M) should actively seek support of other political parties within and outside the UPA and forge a joint platform on issues such as Iran and FDI in retail," he said.

The CPI(M) would discuss with other parties - both within and outside the UPA - issues like Iran, airport privatisation and FDI in retail and try to build a joint platform to take on the government, he said.

"We will take stock of the overall performance of the UPA Government. We have already told all Left parties to assess the political situation and take stock of the relationshipwith the UPA Government," he said.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Embarrassing Leftovers</b>

Judged purely by inches of column space in newspapers and minutes of footage on television, the past seven days has been truly momentous for the Left. From the kerfuffle over Iran's nuclear programme to the stinking lavatories in India's airports, the Left has intruded into the public consciousness more effectively than at any time since the Chinese invasion in 1962. And what interventions!

It began with the Karats and Yechuris threatening socialist retribution if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh succumbed to US pressure and voted at the IAEA to refer Iran to the Security Council. In the backdrop of the outrage over US Ambassador David Mulford's indiscretion, the Government was understandably nervous and anxious not to be seen as an American supplicant. It didn't matter that India's national security would be horribly jeopardised by Iran conferring an Islamic depth to Pakistan's rogue nuclear programme. It was the stability and coherence of the UPA Government that was deemed paramount. By that incredibly short-sighted logic, there was just no way India could be seen siding with the US and the European Union.

Then the miracle happened. A meeting of the five-member nuclear club (P-5) in London decided the twaddle of the bit players was becoming insufferable and it was best to deal with the Iranian crisis through the UN Security Council. That way international diplomacy could devote its energies attending to the problem rather than having to lend an ear to either a dithering India or a completely insane Venezuela.

For the Prime Minister, the news from London came as a breather for his non-eventful press conference last Wednesday. However, it left the Reds stupefied.

<b>How could the Communists be seen to be opposing an arrangement that had been sanctioned by China?</b> Emerging from what was billed as a make-or-break meeting with the Prime Minister, <b>Sitaram Yechuri could only blabber incoherently about Russia still insisting on a dialogue with Iran. Gone was the fire and missing were the threats</b>. It could well have been a throwback to August 1939 when Stalin unexpectedly negotiated a non-aggression pact with Hitler. <b>Then, the relentless war against fascism abruptly became the "imperialist" war.</b>

The Communists have repeatedly disclaimed their extra-territorial loyalties. Yet, if anyone took their pronouncements of patriotism seriously, they have to merely look at the way the Red guns in India were silenced on the Iran issue to judge for themselves. If it was in India's national interests to keep the Iran issue in the bureaucratic muddle of the IAEA, things should not have altered because China changed tack. Whose national interests were the Comrades upholding?

The battle in the airports was a convenient diversion, with Comrades simulating the war on barricades. Privatisation not now, never, became the chant of the public sector aristocracy, led by the Communist unions. As a dress rehearsal of a genteel insurrection, the harassment of passengers was quite effective. Coming as it did at the height of the tourist season, the Left managed to give Incredible India a new, unexpected meaning.

The timing was also perfect because it provided a smokescreen over a brazen act of crony capitalism. Since highlighting the manipulative bidding process ran the risk of being seen to be opposed to the much-needed modernisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports, the non-Left parties preferred silence.

Ultimately, it was all-round public outrage that forced the Left to eat humble pie and relegate a political strike against privatisation to a pedestrian issue of seeking assurances against retrenchment. Those Airports Authority of India employees who struck work with such enthusiasm must have by now gauged that were used as cannon fodder in a game of extortion. After the strike collapses, we would probably have seen the last of trade union belligerence at the airports for a long time. Has anyone heard a squeak from Gurgaon after the Left cried hoarse over the police beating of Honda workers last July?

<b>The conclusions are inescapable. Left politics in India doesn't stem from conviction; it flows out of collateral considerations.</b>

Strengthen democracy to usher in socialism: CPI (M) leader
Talk about contradiction</i>

Staff Correspondents

`Indian brand of scientific socialism has yielded results'

MANGALORE: There is a need to extend the scope of democracy and strengthen it before talking of ushering in socialism, State general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) G.N. Nagaraj has said.

Inaugurating a three-day seminar on "Is there a future for socialism?" organised by Social Justice Forum, Chair In Christianity, Mangalore University and Mandd Sobhann here on Friday, he claimed that the brand of "scientific socialism" practised by Marxists in India has yielded desired results. This has helped relax the hold of caste system in CPI(M)-ruled States, he said. <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Stating that caste system is still prevalent in India and semi-feudal structures continue to oppress Dalits, women and tribal people, he said one has to understand the basis of these systems and its impact before implementing socialism.

Stating that there is gradual, yet definite, convergence of anti-capitalism movements, he said such groups have started treading on the path whether or not they are for or against capitalism.

He said one has to study the reasons for the collapse of socialism in the erstwhile Communist block in Russia.

He called for the need for a closer study on ideological struggle between various versions of socialism as being professed and practised in the country.

Valerian Rodrigues, faculty member, Jawaharlal Nehru University and honorary president of the forum delivered the keynote address. John Fernandes, convener of the forum, welcomed the gathering. Erhard Crome of the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, Berlin, was the guest of honour.

Parinitha Shetty, coordinator proposed the vote of thanks.

Terrible Red blot

The Pioneer Edit Desk

The Election Commission has reasons to feel disappointed with the official machinery of West Bengal and cannot be faulted for making its displeasure public last Friday. Over the past month, 19 observers of the Election Commission, including the redoubtable Mr KJ Rao who almost single-handedly ensured free and fair election in Bihar, have been scouring the districts of West Bengal to spot loopholes in the electoral process. What they have discovered till now is sufficient to question the very basis of elections in this State where the Marxists have held sway for nearly three decades.
For instance, there are more than 70 lakh fake ration cards in this bastion of the CPI(M)-led Left Front that can be used as a convenient cover to indulge in massive rigging. Tens of thousands of names on existing voters lists have been found to be those of ghost voters who would presumably surface on voting day to cast their ballot and then disappear into the great void.

Of the 41 lakh names put up by the CPI(M) for inclusion in revised voters lists, half have been found to be fake. <i> In village after village, people have mobbed the observers to record how they have had to suffer retribution and worse for not voting for the comrades. </i> These and other details, as they have emerged, present a scary picture of the extent to which the Left can go to ensure victory in election.

It is not surprising that CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and his comrades worship fellow charlatan Hugo Chavez and aspire to convert all of India into Venezuela. The 'scientific rigging' that we have heard of all along now stands exposed as nothing more than political thuggery and subversion of democracy by taking recourse to foulest of means. We might not as well go through the charade of holding elections in West Bengal and allow the Left a walkover - that would at least spare the lives of those who dare to stand up to the crime of rigging.

Unless, of course, the Election Commission can ensure that this time round, the Left will not be allowed to get away with what it has been doing all these years. The ongoing efforts to cleanse the voters lists and weed out malcontents from the administrative machinery are no doubt laudable.

But a lot more requires to be done. Mere tampering with the electoral rolls and minor reshuffle of officials are unlikely to prevent the Marxists from fixing the coming Assembly Election. The commission must adopt a policy of zero tolerance and refuse to conduct any election in West Bengal unless it is sure that the voting will be demonstrably free and fair.

<b>The CPI(M) is understandably alarmed and has threatened to call for a mass uprising if election is not held by June 13. Such threats, however, should not be taken into consideration; on the contrary, the Election Commission should call the CPI(M)'s bluff.</b>

Meanwhile, since it is abundantly clear that a free and fair election cannot be conducted with the help of West Bengal Government employees and police who are loyal foot soldiers of the CPI(M), the Election Commission must immediately begin the process of drafting staff from other States and deploying Central security forces. The farce we have witnessed in the name of elections for three decades cannot be allowed to continue. A flawed election in West Bengal will be a blot on India's credentials as the world's largest democracy.
<b>Ramdev happy to see Muslims in camp</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->
Press Trust of India
Posted online: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 1626 hours IST
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 1824 hours IST
Ranchi, February 22: Around 600 Muslims are attending his camp, yoga guru Ramdev said today.

<b>"I am happy to find burqa-clad women in my camp now, they are like my mother… I have named the ongoing programme as a yoga science camp. Medicines don't have religious barriers and yoga is also the same,"</b> he said.

Ramdev also threw open this evening's special session earlier meant only for school teachers.

The move came after the state CPI had filed a PIL in the Jharkhand High Court against the administration's reported circular to schools inviting teachers today and children tomorrow for special yoga sessions.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Did they filed PIL on Benny Hinn visit? Ofcourse not.
Or Saudi King not visiting Gandhi memorial? Ofcourse not.
Its time to have "Stupid Indian Commie" icon.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Why only Akbar? Ashoka too was great </b>
Rajeev Ranjan Roy / New Delhi
Why only Akbar, and not Samrat Ashoka be commemorated for the "values" they stood for is the common refrain from the historians over the Indian History Congress (IHC)'s proposal to call a special session to mark 400th anniversary of 16th century great Mughal emperor.

<b>"It is not only Akbar, but there are many other emperors and personalities that need to be remembered with an equal amount of respect for their liberal, secular, and humanitarian values," Dr S Inyat Zaidi, a senior professor of History at Jamia Milia Islamia said.</b>

The Government on Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha that IHC wanted to convene a special session of the Congress to commemorate 400th anniversary of Akbar. "No denying the fact that Akbar was a great emperor. He preached liberal values of tolerance, secularism, and co-existence. He inherited these values from the emperors like King Ashoka. It would have been in the fitness of things had IHC formed a committee to suggest more names to be remembered for their great contributions in maintaining the country's social fabric," Prof Zaidi, also a member of IHC, said.

"Had I been asked for a suggestion, I would have asked to call a special session to remember the contributions of Ashoka and Akbar in the genesis of a liberal, secular and humane society. This could have saved the IHC from unsavoury criticism from certain academic quarters. Still I believe the IHC would come out with more names in days to come. Akbar should not be the end of the road," Prof Zaidi said.

With over 1,400 historians as its members from across the country, IHC is dominated by Leftists historians. As a result, the Congress' move for a special session to commemorate Akbar is being seen as an attempt to "appease a certain segments" of the "academics, polity, and society" for political ends. "It is certainly an appeasement move orchestrated by a section of Leftist historians at IHC," a historian, pleading anonymity, said.

"I would not agree with the proposition that the proposal is a move to appease anybody or any groups. Only the narrow-minded people would think along these lines. Akbar was a great visionary. He talked of secularism and co-existence at a time when the West was indulged in cleansing and killings. Still I recommend that more emperors or the personalities who championed the values of secularism and co-existence be commemorated," Prof Aditya Mukherjee of <b>Jawaharlal Nehru University</b> (JNU) said.

<b>"No doubt, Akbar was great. Why not other emperors? It is strange that IHC is glamourising individual. But will the special session of IHC would discuss only the nobility of Akbar's policies or would it also discuss the condition of peasantry in his time," Dr Kapil Kumar, professor of History at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), asked.</b>

When CPI leader Brinda Karad attacks Swami Ramdev, she is not attacking Ramdev in particular, she is attacking Hinduism in general. This guru or that guru, makes no difference to her, she is against all gurus. Other gurus might think that they are safe, that Ramdev committed some sin, for which he is paying. But one of them will be next in the line of fire! Hindu gurus are all vulnerable in today’s India: the Shankacharya has already been hit, so has Satya Sai Baba, with accusations of paedophilia, Amrita Anandamayi has to live under the constant shadow of an hostile Kerala communist-dominated government, Dhirendra Brahmachari has been obliterated and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is periodically targeted as the ‘Guru of the rich’, the ‘glib Godman’ etc…

May I be forgiven my arrogance, but what Indian gurus have to understand is that for Indian communists, Hinduism is the N°1 enemy. Mao called religion ‘the opium of the people’. But for Indian communists, as for Britishers and Muslim invaders before them, what stands between their ambition for absolute power in India (and eventually a triumphant return of communism in the world – as Indian communists believe) is the hold that Hinduism has in the hearts of the rural people of India, who constitute 80% of this country. And still today, the humble farmer, from Uttar Pradesh to Tamil Nadu, has a natural understanding of the universality of God, who takes many names throughout the ages and can be Buddha, Jesus Christ, Ram or Mohamed and this humble farmer possesses the knowledge that there is something deeper than the skin and the mind, and a life beyond death. This knowledge is inbred, it is not in his head, not even in his heart, but in his or her genes transmitted from generation to generation.

Of course, the English speaking media is too happy to oblige Brinda Karat and come down hard on gurus with all kind of accusations, ranging from superstition to conman ship. There is of course a strong communist streak in most Indian newspapers, whether it is Frontline’s and the Hindu’s open allegiance to Communist China, or Brinda Karat being the sister of Prannoy Roy’s wife (not many people know that). Before Ramdev, they condemned the Shankacharya, before him Osho, before him Dhirendra Brahmachari. You can even go back to Sri Aurobindo, who was accused in the early 1900’s by the moderate Congress-controlled press to be a ‘fanatic’, when he was only demanding total independence from the British, long before Gandhi took it up. Accusation against Hinduism of superstition, brainwashing, ritualistic ignorance, date back from British missionaries and have been taken up today by communists. Yet, Hinduism, at least the Hinduism which goes beyond the rituals and becomes universal spirituality, has nothing to do with superstition and conman ship: it is all about science, knowledge and light. Look at pranayama, a science that has known for thousands of years how to harness breath and use it for controlling the mind, for a better, more healthy, more spititualized life. If you read Osho’s books today, you find a lot of solid common sense and wisdom. Sai Baba cannot have millions of disciples from the most humble to the presidents of India, without ‘something’ which is beyond superstition. So it goes for Amrita Anandmai, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Ramdev, or Guruma of Ganeshpuri.

And why should Brinda Karat target Ayurveda, the most ancient medical system in the world still in practice, the first medecine to realize 3000 years ago that plants and minerals offer the best cure, that many illnesses have a psychosomatic origin, the first to practice plastic surgery on patients? In India today, every third shop is an allopathic medical shop, whose profits go to western multinationals (hello Mrs Karad!) at a time when ayurvedic medicine is becoming increasingly popular in western countries, disillusioned by antibiotics and other heavy-handed medicines.

We are witnessing an interesting phenomenon in India today. Communists, Christians, Muslims and some of the Congress leadership (notice that Brinda Karat has written to Uttaranchal Chief Minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari to close down Swami Ramdev’s pharmacy), all of whom have nothing in common and often hate each other, are all united against Hinduism and Hindu leaders. Each one of course, have their own reasons for doing so. The Christians, under the leadership of people like John Dayal, want to convert the maximum of ‘heathens’ Hindus, as Jesus Christ is the only ‘true’ God that can save India; some of the Muslim leadership, here, in Pakistan, or even in today’s Bangladesh, still dream of 'Dar-ul-Islam', the House of Islam in South Asia; and Sonia Gandhi, maybe in a true spirit of secularism, maybe out of personal conviction, has chosen to ally her party with anti-Hindu forces. <span style='color:red'>Whatever it is, their unity makes them a powerful enemy.</span>

In contrast, look at Hindus: Swami Ramdev himself criticized Sri Sri Ravi Shankar live on TV, advising his followers not to practise the Art of Living breathing techniques. During the Tsunami relief operations in Nagapatinam, disciples of Amrita Anand Mayi and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar nearly came to blows over who would give relief to whom, instead of networking and uniting their efforts. And who came to the rescue Osho when he was maligned to death, or Brahmachari, when the entire press came down on him, of Sai Baba, when he was slandered, of the Shankacharya when he was thrown into jail, or of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, when Javed Akhtar accused him of coming ‘from a cave to live in a palace’ (and not from a palace to a cave, like the Buddha) ? None of the previously mentioned. Yet, Indian politicians can commit any crime, have any number of court cases against them, and they still end up as Union ministers and get positive press coverage .

The greatest curse of Hinduism throughout the ages has been its disunity - and more than that – its betraying each other. The British did not conquer India, it was given to them by its warring Hindu princes, jealous of each other. The same is true of Islam: the last great Hindu empire, that of Vijaynagar, was betrayed to the Muslims by the Lingayats. Today, if the combined forces of communists, Muslims, Christian fundamentalists and the Congress win, it will not be because of their strength and valour, but rather because of the disunity of Hindu leaders.

I know that there is something mysterious and unfathomable in the manifestation of the Divine upon earth, that each guru has a defined task to fulfil and that the combined task of all the gurus may solve the great puzzle that is this ignorant and suffering earth. Thus it may not be necessary for each guru to communicate with each other. But nevertheless, it is of the greatest urgency today that Hindu leaders unite to save Hinduism, rather than the ‘each one for his own’ that we see today. The Catholics have their Pope - and his word is binding to most catholics, whatever the resistance of some progressive leaders. Muslims have Mohamed’s words written 1400 years ago – and that binds all of Islam together, whatever the relevance of these words in the 21st century; India Communists have Marx and Lenin words, their opium, even if it has become irrelevant in Russia, Germany, and even in China; but the poor Hindus have nobody to refer to, so as to defend themselves.

Yet, if you take the combined people power of Satya Sai Baba, Amrita Ananda Mayi, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Swami Ramdev, Gurumayi of Ganeshpuri, the Shankacharya of Kancheepuram, and so many others I cannot mention here, it runs in hundreds of millions.

Again, in all humility and conscious of the limitation of my small mind, compared to some of these great gurus whom I have met, I propose that a Supreme Spiritual Council, composed of at least seven of the most popular Hindu leaders of India, be constituted, maybe under the leadership of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (with a yearly rotation of leadership), the most travelled of all these, the one who has disciples and teachers of all religions, both from India and the West. It would be a non-political body, and each group would keep its independence but nevertheless, it could meet two or three times a year and issue edicts, which would be binding to 850 millions Hindus in India and one billion over the world.

Then and then only, can this wonderful spirituality which is Hinduism, this eternal knowledge behind the outer forms, the wisdom to understand this mad earth and its sufferings, be preserved for the future of India, and for the future of humanity. I bow down to each of these gurus above-mentioned and to all those not mentioned, to Swami Vivekananda, the initiator of modern Hinduism, to Sri Aurobindo, the great avatar of the supramental and to all the great gurus who have graced over the ages, this wonderful and sacred land which is India and beseech them to hear my prayer: Hindus leaders, unite against the common enemy if you want the eternal Dharma to survive.

François Gautier
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Misrepresentation by Marxists and media cronies </b>
Sudharshan K Kapur, Educator and author of textbooks
On June 29, 1966, Dr DS Kothari submitted a monumental report of the first post-Independence educational commission to the then Union Education Minister, MC Chagla. The report, which was about 760 pages long, was aptly titled Education and National Development but was later simply known as the "Kothari Report". It covered matters like education and national objectives, education system, its structure and levels, status of teacher and teacher-education, school education, school curriculum, higher education aims, administration of universities, etc.

It goes to the credit of the Kothari Commission that the report was based on proper and sound understanding of concepts and basic principles of education with recommendations logically delineated. <b>The report contained a summary of as many as 230 recommendations , which are as valid, relevant and practicable today as they were four decades back. It is perhaps for this very reason that the Kothari Commission Report is still regarded by the educationists as the "Bible on Indian education".</b>

The National Policy on Education, 1968, was entirely based on this report. It is another matter that those who were at the helm of affairs in the 1970s were not sincere enough to implement these recommendations in letter and spirit and made a mess of the whole thing and arbitrarily imposed upon the country an educational system which negated the recommendations of the 1966 Education Commission and the stipulations of NPE, 1968.

The Government had established NCERT as an autonomous body with the objective to assist and advise the Ministry of Education (now MHRD) in the implementation of its policies and major programmes in the field of education, particularly school education. One of the principal responsibilities of NCERT was to develop curriculum and prepare model textbooks and instructional materials in all school subjects from Classes I to XII.Obviously, it became the responsibility of NCERT to implement the recommendations made by the Kothari Commission. In 1976, Education was brought in the Concurrent List by a Constitutional Amendment.

It was during the Emergency that NCERT was subject to public mischief, committed by the concerned authorities of the Ministry of Education, which deprived NCERT of whatever little autonomy it ever had. The central government of the time superimposed 19 subject committees, each consisting of four or five members, upon NCERT to develop curriculum and prepare textbooks in various subjects.

<b>Most of the subject experts in these committees belonged to Jawaharlal Nehru University or were their bedfellows who had no experience in school education and pedagogy. They either selected themselves or their bedfellows as authors to write school textbooks to be published by NCERT. They exploited the situation and monopolised the authorship of NCERT textbooks and grabbed huge amounts of money as royalties.</b>

Much can be said about their character and standards of integrity. Thanks to their artful manipulations, NCERT, which was supposedly an autonomous organisation comprising experts, academicians and educationists, was reduced to the status of a servile and slavish institution serving the interests of these exploiter-masters occupying important positions and chairs in JNU, ICHR, ICSSR and other institutions. <b>Some of these artful manipulators later started writing for the Press and a few of their bedfellows have monopolised columns in the English Press of today.</b>

Over the past six years, most of the English newspapers have madly engaged themselves in discussing and debating irrelevant and insignificant issues, or rather non-issues, like "saffronisation" or "detoxification" of education. Our worthy editors and armchair columnists wasted hundreds of columns on these topics without having a knowledge of how much history is taught in Classes III to X and what was the quantum of the contents to be detoxified by Arjun Singh. Everybody started beating about the bush without knowledge of the A, B or C of school education whatsoever.

<b>And, what has been the contribution of Arjun Singh as HRD Minister in the last 20 months? Replacement of one set by another set of tricksters, uncalled for and unwarranted reprinting and publication of unrevised and unreviewed History textbooks in thousands of copies each to benefit his bedfellows, the Marxist historians, and serve their vested interests.</b>

<b>It is a sad reflection on the functioning of the Press that it has failed to take notice of a landmark Judgement, with wide-ranging implications, delivered by the Supreme Court of India on September 6, 2004.</b> <b>It is going to benefit millions of school and college level students who opt for HIndi or any other Indian language as medium of instruction. The Order was passed on a Public Interest Litigation praying for directions to the Union of India, the HRD Ministry, NCERT and CBSE to implement Presidential Order on recommendations made by the Committee of Parliament on Official Languages in the First Part of its Report vide Resolution No. 1/20012/1/87-OL(A-1) dated 30.12.1988. This Presidential Order was not implemented for all of 12 years.</b>

<b>The entire Media, including the national English Press, almost blacked out this Judgement and did not take due notice of something which concerned the quality of education of crores of students. Perhaps, the all-knowing journalists and editors did not comprehend the requirements and implications of this revolutionary order of the Supreme Court. One implication is that NCERT would have to withdraw HIndi versions of all its textbooks which had not used technical terminology evolved by the Commission for Scientific Technical Terminology. </b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Left to Congress: How dare you?
Author: Seema Mustafa

Publication: The Asian Age
Date: March 5, 2006

A confrontation has erupted between the Left parties and the Congress-led government, which is accusing supporting allies of "communalising" the situation and playing "vote bank politics" after the large-scale demonstrations in all parts of the country against US President George W. Bush.

Minister of state for external affairs Anand Sharma accused the Left parties on Saturday of playing "vote bank politics". CPI(M) MP and politburo member Brinda Karat responded angrily, saying, "Shameful, how dare they talk like that? It is this government that is trying to communalise the situation by refusing to ignore the secular resistance against US hegemonistic efforts."

Sharp differences have also developed between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Left parties over the discussions he had with President Bush on the situation in friendly countries. Left leaders are also particularly agitated at the government's silence over the US President's call for cooperation in reaching out to the "reformers and dissidents" in countries like Syria, Cuba and Zimbabwe, all regarded as friendly countries, at least till now, by Indian governments. The CPI issued a strong statement questioning President Bush's remarks "on Indian soil".

The participation of the minorities in the widespread protests has created a stir in the Congress Party with the government now seeking to minimise the impact. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be calling a meeting of Muslim scholars and intellectuals, the sources said, to explain to them that the nuclear agreement with the US was not directed against them or any "Muslim" country, but was beneficial for India. He will try and convince them that the nuclear deal was not an endorsement of US policies in Iraq. The sources said Iraq was a "problem" and that it was "sincerely hoped that Iran will not become a problem, we would not like the region to be destabilised".

The Left leaders said they were fully aware of the government's efforts to insist that only the Muslims were demonstrating in large numbers, and that the resistance to President George W. Bush's visit had a communal flavour. Ms Brinda Karat said it was amazing how the government had completely failed to "recognise the mood of the country" against the US. She said it was "extremely dangerous" for the government to try and communalise the protests in this manner. Significantly, while Congress Party leaders admit to being very worried about the street response and the impact this will have in the elections, the effort of the government is to brand this as either a Muslim protest, or conversely, as Mr Sharma said, a Left-sponsored protest in which the Muslims were mobilised. The Left parties. which had been supporting the Congress government on
the grounds of secularism, appear to have discarded this argument altogether as a reason for continuing support to the UPA government. CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, leading the attack from the front, only last month accused the Congress Party of not tackling communalism in the country, and specifically in Gujarat. Addressing a massive demonstration in New Delhi now against the visit by President Bush, Mr Karat warned the government that the Left considered imperialism to be as dangerous as communalism in what the cadres read as an indication that support to the government on the basis of fighting communalism could no longer be taken for granted.

The CPI was visibly angry about the manner in which President Bush had attacked countries friendly to India "on Indian soil". US national security adviser Steve Hadley made it clear that Prime Minister Singh and President Bush had together also spoken about Iran, Nepal, Burma, Pakistan and Sudan as indicative of the "broad range of issues we discuss, and that the US and India are increasingly working together to address not just bilateral or regional issues, but also global issues of concern to both." Government sources here admitted that such discussions had taken place and that there was a convergence of views definitely on terrorism in Pakistan and Nepal. On Burma, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had "explained the compulsions" that led the government to support the regime, largely because Indian insurgents were otherwise being sheltered in north Burma in particular.

Prime Minister Singh, the sources said, had indicated to President Bush that more time and more space should be given to Iran. The issue will be discussed on March 6 at the IAEA board of governors meeting at Vienna and the Indian position, the sources said, will depend on the nature of the resolution. Mr Hadley told the American journalists earlier that the two leaders had discussed "the threat Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons poses to stability in the region". According to him, they also discussed Darfur and the President "spoke about the challenge to the international community to avoid genocide in Darfur" and spoke to Dr Manmohan Singh of the need to participate in the peacekeeping force there. The Left parties have warned that they will not tolerate deviation from the principles of an independent foreign policy, as stated in the common minimum programme. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
So the same fifth column who once cut up the nation and shows more concern about Pan Islamic causes than Indian national interests is more important to Manmohan Singh than the majority of Indians that he even has to justify India-US nuclear deal to these traitors, shows the pathetic situation India is under.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--> <b>Left must apologise</b>
*The Pioneer Edit Desk, March 11, 2006*
Readers would easily recall that the New Year began with an unholy diatribe launched by Communist Party of India (Marxist) member of the Rajya Sabha, Ms Brinda Karat, against one of the most revered yoga and ayurveda experts of contemporary India, Acharya Ram Dev, in which she accused his enterprise, Divya Yoga Pharmacy, of adulterating medical prescriptions with human and animal bones. For weeks thereafter, the Left-led chorus degenerated into calumny and worse, all of which was geared towards a single objective: To run the indigenous science of ayurveda and yoga down, and to proclaim its exponents and practitioners as a bunch of ill-informed, unscientific right-wing reactionaries.

There was another subtext as well: If you want to guard your health, steer clear of such "charlatans". Not surprisingly, there were clashes between Left cadres and the followers of Acharya Ram Dev and the entire country erupted in protests since the people felt the Communists had affronted their belief in the time-honoured tradition of ayurveda. It must, therefore, have been to the considerable chagrin and embarrassment of the Leftists that, far from witnessing a swelling of their ranks in their charge against the indigenous system of medicine as they might have expected, even the Central Government that depends on their support for survival, thought it fit to call their bluff by insisting that Acharya Ram Dev's ashram conformed to good laboratory practices. Now, test results at the Delhi-based Sri Ram Institute of Industrial Research as well as Uttaranchal Government recognised institute at Hardwar have established the point beyond all contention: There is no trace of animal or human parts in the ayurvedic medicines manufactured by the Divya Yoga Pharmacy. This leaves no room for doubt that Ms Karat and her party were seeking to gain propaganda points against what they perceive as their true class enemy: The Hindu faith. Their attempt to turn India's millions to the Left's one true secular god, Karl Marx, has thus fallen flat on its face and Ms Karat and her comrades would do well to apologise to Acharya Ram Dev whose reputation they had assiduously sought to tarnish.

It has, since the controversy broke out, transpired that Ms Karat was misled by a handful of disgruntled workers at Divya Yoga Pharmacy, Hardwar, who had been handed "pink slips". How far was it justified on her part to indulge in character assassination of the Acharya based on nothing but cockamamie peddled by axed employees of the pharmacy? Indeed, the Left's infantile jibes at Acharya Ram Dev were symptomatic of deracinated self-proclaimed intellectuals who see nothing right in their own, living tradition and seek, instead, to graft their violent and constitutionally unstable credo - that is itself a product of deep-rooted arrogance laced with cynicism - into a historically stable society. Not surprisingly, the Indian Left has never been able to spread its wings beyond two or three States. To the vast masses across the subcontinent-sized India, it is the Communist ideology that smacks of an adulteration of the disagreeable kind.

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