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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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   Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar


Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, chiefly responsible for drafting of The Constitution of India and a champion of human rights was born on the 14th April, 1891.  After graduating from Elfinstone College, Bombay in 1912, he joined Columbia University, USA where he was awarded Ph.D.

Dr. Ambedkar held the view that, "Only political power cannot be a panacea for the ills of the depressed classes.  Their salvation lies in their social elevation". 

One of the greatest contributions of Dr. Ambedkar was in respect of Fundamental Rights & Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in the Constitution of India.  The Fundamental Rights provide for freedom, equality, and abolition of Untouchability & remedies to ensure the enforcement of rights.  The Directive Principles enshrine the broad guiding principles for securing fair distribution of wealth & better living conditions.

On the 14th October, 1956, Babasaheb Ambedkar embraced Buddhism.  He continued the crusade for social revolution until the end of his life on the 6th December 1956.  He was honored with the highest national award, 'Bharat Ratna' in April 1990.

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Half a century ago D. D. Kosambi — whose birth centenary merits celebration at the national level — characterised the great uprising as ‘feudal’ and yet the final verdict on its significance was positive and it was perceived as a glorious struggle. (1857: What Does It Mean To Us?, Hindu, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Nov 08, 2007)

Pakistan dismisses “excessive” foreign criticism (We’Re Keen On Early Elections: Kasuri, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

ONGOING political turmoil and deteriorating security have purportedly touched off the proclamation of emergency rule in Pakistan. (Other Voices - Pusto Press, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

THE imposition of emergency rule throughout Pakistan on Nov 3 is a clear indication of the failure of the policies pursued by General Musharraf both as president and the patron saint of the ruling PML-Q which forms the rubberstamp government . . . . (Back To The Drawing Board, Dawn, Syed Shahabuddin, Nov 08, 2007)

THE selection for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has indeed come as a surprise. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body, and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., the former Vice-President of the United States . . . . (Climate Of Peace, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

THE US, believed to be the biggest benefactor of Gen Pervez Musharraf, appears to be putting considerable pressure on him to quickly right the wrongs he has done in Pakistan, resulting in chaos all over that country. (From Bush To Mush, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 08, 2007)

Warlord Fazlullah has taken another town in Swat, and the local police have surrendered in routine, its personnel promising never to fight against him again. (The Challenge Of Swat, Daily Times, Editorial, Daily Times, Nov 08, 2007)

The Bush administration is reviewing the sale of F-16 fighter jets and P-3 aircraft to Pakistan in the wake of President Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule. (Us Moves, To Review Sale Of F-16 Jets To Pakistan, Tribune, Ashish Kumar Sen, Nov 07, 2007)

Coalition governments have been celebrated as giving adequate representation to regional interests at the Centre, which is necessary in a diverse and multicultural country such as India. But recent remarks by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh highlight . . . (Coalition Blues, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 07, 2007)

The opposition AIADMK in Tamil Nadu today said that it would move the Supreme Court, seeking the dismissal of the DMK government, as Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi allegedly supported the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). (Aiadmk To Move Sc For Tn Govt Dismissal , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dissuaded General Musharraf from imposing an Emergency a few weeks ago. (Constrained Hegemon, Tribune, K. Subrahmanyam, Nov 07, 2007)

Is Pakistan’s sickness terminal? To determine this one needs to diagnose. And what does a diagnosis reveal? Consider, first, the Pakistan army. (Special Article, Statesman, Rajinder Puri, Nov 07, 2007)

BY imposing martial law, Gen Pervez Musharraf has pushed nuclear-armed Pakistan further along a perilous course and underscored the failure of President Bush’s policy towards a key ally in the war on terrorism. (Other Voices - American Press, Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Almost all BJP-JD(S) MLAs arrived in New Delhi from Bangalore in an 199-seater, chartered flight past Monday midnight. (Bjp-Dal Parade Before Prez Today, Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The imposition of emergency in Pakistan has not created any pressure on the Taliban groups operating in Swat district. ('Taliban Has The Responsibility To Arrest Musharraf', Rediff on the Net, Hamid Mir, Nov 06, 2007)

THE proclamation of emergency rule by President Gen Pervez Musharraf, who seems to have lost the plot, is in effect a throwback to authoritarianism, which will unquestionably have wide-ranging consequences for Pakistan — hemmed in by. . . (Ramifications Of Emergency, Dawn, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 06, 2007)

Strong and sustained international pressure will be needed to defuse the present crisis. An unstable, volatile, radicalised, and nuclear-armed Pakistan is in no one’s interest. (Pakistan: Having A Tiger By The Tail, Hindu, Ramesh Thakur, Nov 06, 2007)

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a coup eight years ago and was the repeated target of assassinations for allying his Islamic nation with the United States in its war on terror, promised to bring true democracy to Pakistan. (A 'Secularist' Who Loves The Good Life, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 06, 2007)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's writing elegy to slain LTTE leader Tamilselvan has kicked up a major controversy with the Congress disapproving it without criticising the DMK chief and the BJP questioning how a Chief Minister could beat . . . . (Karuna Under More Fire For His Elegy To Slain Ltte Leader , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

IF politics proceeds on its promised course, there is likely to be a considerable rearrangement in the distribution of power among different political groups. (Punjab And The National Economy, Dawn, Shahid Javed Burki, Nov 06, 2007)


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