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Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka reinstated by new government
By Paul Armstrong, CNN

(Pic: President Maithripala Sirisena (L) with Sarath Fonseka during campaigning in Colombo on Dec. 1, 2014)

(CNN)—The former head of Sri Lanka's armed forces has been reinstated as an army general by the country's new government after being jailed and isolated under the previous leadership.

In 2010, Sarath Fonseka was sentenced by a military court to 30 months in jail and denied his political rights for "irregular procurements" during his time in charge of ... Read More

MSNBC (An American TV channel) has banned from its airwaves a Muslim human rights lawyer and commentator who said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, an Indian American, "might be trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin" by claiming that there are "no-go zones" for non-Muslims in Europe.

Arsalan Iftifkhar said, "I will apologize to Bobby Jindal when he apologizes to seven million American Muslims for advancing the debunked ‘Muslim no-go zones’ myth."
The Chicago-born commentator, ... Read More

Khushwant Singh's quest to decipher God's existence
Publisher: Rupa

Pages: 206

Price: Rs 250

The author, one of India's most original thinkers, remained keenly engaged all his life with the nature of belief and faith; with God; and the many foibles- some significant, others laughable- of organised religion.

And after having intensely and extensively introspected on his own spirituality, the author evolved a personal credo everyone would do well to bear in mind- that human beings must work out their own religion as it best fits ... Read More

Slowdown in filling vacancies as Modi-wary Sushma seeks information
K.P. Nayar
Jan. 11: After nearly eight months in office without appointing a single ambassador, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instead decided to call the entire corps of Indian envoys abroad for a pep talk next month.
But those in his government who have to send out invitations to these ambassadors and high commissioners are scratching their heads about how to seat the invitees in the Vigyan Bhavan hall in the capital without causing embarrassment.
If all the ... Read More

Who is Arvind Panagariya?
Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog of India, age 62, studied at Rajasthan University, and Princeton University, ProfessionEconomist
Arvind Panagariya is the Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog of India. He is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University and an ex-Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank.

In the past, he has been the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and a Professor of Economics and Co-director, Center for International Economics, University of ... Read More
Hope of Pak troops slash on border

New Delhi, Jan. 22: If all goes well, Pakistan will cut troops from its border with India after Barack Obama ends his visit to New Delhi for Republic Day. It is a big IF, but the signals, as the US President makes finishing touches to his travel plans, are promising.

Military intelligence has already assessed that some crack units from the Indo-Pakistan border have begun relocating to Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. This is the result of ... Read More
Hope of Pak troops slash on border

New Delhi, Jan. 22: If all goes well, Pakistan will cut troops from its border with India after Barack Obama ends his visit to New Delhi for Republic Day. It is a big IF, but the signals, as the US President makes finishing touches to his travel plans, are promising.

Military intelligence has already assessed that some crack units from the Indo-Pakistan border have begun relocating to Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. This is the result of ... Read More
Obama does a Modi; no 'press charter' aircraft to tail his plane to India
K.P. Nayar
Jan. 20: US President Barack Obama is taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book on media relations as he prepares to travel to India on Saturday.
For the first time in long memory since American reporters started accompanying their Presidents on overseas travel, there will be no usual "press charter" aircraft tailing Obama's Air Force One on his visit to India for Republic Day.
A White House travel office official who spoke to ... Read More
Relax Sangh Parivar, there’s no evidence of a Muslim population bomb
by Hasan Suroor Jan 23, 2015 21:22 IST

The much-awaited census data on the population of religious groups is out and the good news is that , contrary to gleeful speculation in the usually suspect circles, it doesn’t bear out apocalyptic theories about a Muslim population “bomb” waiting to go off that Hindus must counter by producing more children.

Behind the headline that Muslim population grew by 24 per cent in the decade 2001-2011, the real ... Read More
India Doesn’t Understand Its Rape Problem
MUMBAI — “Rapists must be hanged,” said Aasan Koyi, from behind the counter of his south Mumbai coconut water stall on a recent afternoon. “Some people work; some study. Other people only know how to do obscene things. For that, they must be hanged.”

Koyi’s cold logic echoes the sentiment that has swept through much of India since the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in December 2012. In September 2013, a ... Read More
Europe is India's largest source of foreign direct investment
K.P. Nayar
New Delhi's civic body was on overdrive to complete what needed to be done to spruce up the city for Barack Obama before Monday's announcement of the local elections. The worry was that some "anarchist" in the Aam Aadmi Party would approach the Election Commission complaining that one activity or other in Obama's name was in violation of the model code of conduct. Think tanks are on super-drive on behalf of the president of ... Read More
Same Sex marriage criminalized by Supreme Court of India
By Mike Ghouse
The Supreme Court's decision on December 11, 2013 to uphold section 377 of the Indian Penal code that criminalizes same sex marriage is not wise, and needs to be challenged. Is the judgment influenced by the undue belligerence from the right wing Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders or is it in the spirit of the constitution?

The hallmark of a civil society is respecting the otherness of ... Read More
Ready to pay Rs. 51cr reward to Charlie Hebdo attackers: Yakoob Qureshi
Whoever dare show disrespect for Prophet will invite death like the cartoonists and journalists of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Haji Yakoob Qureshi has said.

BSP leader Haji Yakoob Qureshi had declared a reward of Rs 51 crore for anyone who would kill the Danish cartoonist who had created a controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed.
“Rasul ke ashiq unhe saja de dete hai (followers of Prophet punish them),” the former Uttar ... Read More
Defiant European Newspapers Publish Cartoon of Muhammad
European news organizations challenged attempts to intimidate the press by publishing controversial cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad across front pages today, following the deadly attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

From Britain’s Guardian newspaper and Berlin’s Tagesspiegel, to best-selling Czech daily Blesk and Spain’s El Pais, Europe’s news groups honored their murdered colleagues by republishing the cartoons central to yesterday’s assault, which left 12 dead, including eight journalists.

In North America, some agencies ... Read More
New Delhi must counter the worsening image of India in the US
K.P. Nayar
With slightly more than three weeks to go before Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi, India's public diplomacy in the United States of America has been thrown at the deep end of the Potomac, the river that is a symbol of America's capital.
Instead of a celebration of the first ever visit by a US president to be chief guest at the Republic Day parade, Washington and New York are witnessing a difficult struggle by ... Read More
India-North Korea: Friction free ties
By K.P.Nayar, Consulting Editor, The Telegraph

Doowon Lee, a Professor at the School of Economics at South Korea’s Yonsei University, who has a reputation for thinking out of the box, has done some unusual research on India. His work recently led him to conclude that India’s economy last year was comparable to that of his own country in 1976 in terms of living standards of their respective peoples. The demographic portraits of both countries, a key ... Read More
Madan Mohan Malaviya - A great patriot

New Delhi: A multifaceted personality, Madan Mohan Malaviya was an educationist who founded the Banaras Hindu University and became one of the torchbearers of the freedom struggle acting as a bridge between the Moderates and the Extremists.

Known for his espousal of Hindu nationalism- being one of the initial leaders of the far-right Hindu Mahasabha- Malaviya was a social reformer and a successful Parliamentarian.

Malaviya was catapulted into the political arena ... Read More
Christian enclave in India fears violence as Hindus press for conversions
ALIGARH, India — The trouble started a few months ago, when Hindu nationalists swept into a small village where several families had converted to Christianity more than a decade earlier. They held a fire purification ceremony with the villagers, tore a cross off the local church and put up a poster of the god Shiva. The space was now a temple, they declared.

Then right-wing Hindu groups announced a Christmas Day ceremony where they planned to ... Read More
Silicon Valley Looks for Billion Dollar Ideas in India
By Shefali Anand

Can India produce the next Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc. or traffic app-maker Waze? Some Silicon Valley investors think so.

This week, the Silicon Valley chapter of an entrepreneurship trade body launched a program to identify Indian companies that are making technology products for a global audience and can be developed into billion-dollar companies.

The program ultimately aims to “shine a spotlight on India as a great source of…the next generation of product companies,” said ... Read More
In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, an Uncompleted Puzzle


Western spy agencies routinely share significant or “actionable” intelligence involving threats with allies, but sometimes do not pass on less important information. Even friendly agencies are typically reluctant to disclose their sources of intelligence.

Britain and India, while cooperative, were not nearly as close as the United States and Britain. And India is not included in the tightest intelligence-sharing circles of international, eavesdropping agencies ... Read More
Before Accusations, Uber Was a Boon for Indian Women

NEW DELHI — There is never a bad time to state a plain fact. Uber is a greater friend of urban women in India than the government ever was. Over the past several months, women have taken to the smartphone app with enthusiasm. They grade the drivers and convey to Uber their compliments — and their complaints about bad manners and body odor.

Many rate the Uber experience higher than sitting in their own ... Read More
-Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni-
In life, a man sees many ups and downs. The challenge lies in balancing oneself well in both the phases. Many people walk ahead in life searching for reasons to be happy and motivated. In this process, what they really lack is the quality to admire things that they have in their hands.

Different people have different perceptions and ways to look at things. The challenge appears when things turn up differently ... Read More
My Love-Hate Affair with Kerala's Cuisine
Reshmy Kurian

My Love-Hate Affair with Kerala's Cuisine It troubles me that 'home' to my parents always means our ancestral home in Kerala's Syrian catholic headquarter - Kottayam. Each summer, we take the 48-hour train journey to Ernakulam Junction at the opposite end of the country.

A hired open jeep picks us up from the station to take us to my father's village, bumping through the potholed road. And as we watch the tarred, rain beaten road ... Read More
Indo-US ties will stir if Narendra Modi keeps his pledges
K.P. Nayar
The invitation to Barack Obama to be the chief guest at next month’s Republic Day celebrations is prima facie a good decision by Narendra Modi, but it is based on hollow foundations if he expects it to result in any ambitious agenda for bilateral relations. The invitation sprang from an unexpectedly good rapport that the president of the United States of America established with the prime minister of India at their first meeting in ... Read More
India's Two-Speed Economy
By Dhiraj Nayyar

India’s growth rate has been strikingly uneven over the last decade, plunging from over 9 percent in the boom years between 2004 and 2007 to below 5 percent between 2012 and 2014. That’s a large part of the reason new Prime Minister Narendra Modi sailed into office so easily. If Modi wants to fulfill his promises to revive India, though, he’s going to have to address a different kind ... Read More
If Bhopal Happened Today, Would the World React Any Differently?
By Paul M. Barrett
Thirty years ago, on Dec. 3, 1984, an enormous 40-ton plume of poisonous gas escaped from a Union Carbide (DOW) insecticide plant in Bhopal, India. Three thousand people died within days, tens of thousands over subsequent years. An estimated 500,000 suffered lung cancer, kidney failure, and other diseases.
Union Carbide, one of the 30 companies then in the Dow Jones industrial index, became a symbol of corporate irresponsibility. In the U.S., that ... Read More

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