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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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India is a place known for its saints and scholars. Some of the greatest contemporary people who have impacted the way the world worked, thought, lived and acted were Indians. The first to come to mind is Mahatma Gandhi. This diminutive man bore gigantic stature and evolved one of the most radical ideas of his times: passive resistance. His Civil Disobedience became the inspiration for Martin Luther King Jr. who spearheaded the emancipation of the Blacks in The United States. 


Swami Vivekananda was another dynamic outspoken Indian who spread the message of finding inner peace and community brotherhood to the West at the conference of World Religions. Aurobindo, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Yogananda and other such great souls inspired people all over the globe with their philosophy and messages of love. 

C.V. Raman (Chandrashekar Venkata Raman) won the Nobel Prize for Physics and gave the world the Raman effect. Chandrashekar Subrahmanyam (Astrophysicist, Nobel laureate 1983) defined the “Chandrashekar Limit”. Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize for Economics and Hargobind Khorana has won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his research in genetics. 

Women have shared equal stage with the men in this country. Indira Gandhi was our prime minister and a stateswoman to contend with. Her foresight pushed India’s scientific agenda to play on par with the developed west. Mother Teresa, Mirra Alfassa or the “Mother” of Pondicherry, Ma Ananda Mayi, and Ma Amritanandamayi continue to embrace people with their messages of comforting love. Women in India participate in a vital manner, embracing many facets of public life. DKPattammal and MS Subbulakshmi broke barriers of women’s roles in society to become musicians whose voices will live forever. At a remote and rural level, the local female Panchayat chief demonstrates that women are truly emancipated at the grass root level, taking control of local politics and healthcare. 

These contemporary beacons who illuminate our paths with their knowledge rise from a tradition of strength and learning. Adi Shankara, Buddha, Mahavira, forged paths of spiritual development. Raja Raja Chola had ambassadors to the Far East and Nalanda in Bihar was the center of learning, the first University of its kind to educate scholars of both genders.


With no signs of Left giving way on the India-US nuclear deal and expectations in the PMO of a shift in BJP's opposition to the pact proving unfounded, the November 17 AICC session will have just one omnibus political resolution which will mention . . . . (Congress To Play Down Us-India Nuclear Deal At Aicc, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

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)

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday took exception to the Congress washing the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Bangalore after its (BJP) leaders staged a two-day protest at the venue. (Bjp Demands Public Apology From Congress , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Congress Working Committee on Wednesday night decided to amend the Congress constitution to about a single category of membership. (No Karnataka, N-Deal At Cwc, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Olive trees will soon adorn the arid landscape of Rajasthan. (Israel’S Olive Branch To Rajasthan, Statesman, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

The Indian-American community celebrated Diwali at the White House in the presence of senior US and Indian officials. (White House Celebrates Diwali, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Janadesh Yatra has given the movement for land rights fresh momentum and also captured the popular imagination. (March For Land, Frontline, Jayati Ghosh, Nov 08, 2007)

If India wants to see real gains from the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Nigeria in terms of energy security, it has to be more pro-active in its approach, backed by hard bargaining, and offer something more than a mere $900-million aid package. (Indo-Nigerian Ties: Strategic For Energy Security, Business Line, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

THE 25 accused in the Tokyo War Crimes Trial were charged with crimes against peace: the planning, preparation, initiation, or waging of a declared or undeclared war of aggression, or a war in violation of international law, treaties. (A Dishonest Judgment, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 07, 2007)

Democracy without the liberty to choose the form of participation in public affairs - even if it be a bandh, hartal, dharmaghat or strike by the people - is meaningless. (Not What People Want, Times of India, SHIKHA MUKERJEE, Nov 07, 2007)

It appears it is the Americans who most fear that the proposed civil nuclear cooperation deal will collapse, if you look at their recent actions. (Us Needs Deal More Than Us, Pioneer, Rajeev Srinivasan, Nov 07, 2007)

The Tamil Nadu Government is planning to link rivers within the State to divert surplus water to drought-prone regions. (Government Plans To Link Rivers In State, Hindu, S. Vydhianathan, Nov 07, 2007)

If China thought it had effectively marginalised the Dalai Lama in recent years, it is being forced to think again. In the last few months, the Dalai Lama has once again shot back to international prominence. (Dalai Diplomacy, Indian Express, C. Raja Mohan, Nov 07, 2007)

The U.S. imposes draconian sanctions on Iran while preparing the ground for a military attack on the Islamic republic. (Warmongering Against Iran, Frontline, JOHN CHERIAN, Nov 07, 2007)

When the securities scam ran riot during his stewardship of the finance ministry, Dr Manmohan Singh diagnosed the malaise as “systemic failure”. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 07, 2007)

WORK for every hand, bread for every stomach, land for the landless, protection for small farmers and traders, change in the present economic policies.” (Rallying Forces For Land, Frontline, Purnima S. Tripathi, Nov 07, 2007)

THE emperor has no clothes. He has been stripped bare. And it is not a pretty sight. In fact, it is ghastly. So horrific that everyone is looking away. (Action Replay, Frontline, DIONNE BUNSHA, Nov 07, 2007)

The 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China re-elects Hu Jintao as general secretary and amends the party constitution. (The Chinese Dream, Frontline, P. S. SURYANARAYANA, Nov 07, 2007)

Jindal is the first Indian American to win a gubernatorial election in the U.S., but there are concerns about his silence on racism. (The Real Bobby Jindal, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

All the seven accused in the sensational Girijashankar and Jayaprakash double murder case were acquitted by District Additional Session Judge Ashok Ningannavar on Tuesday. (All Seven Murder Accused Walk Free , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)


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