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by Tapan Ghosh on 30 Apr 2017 37 Comments

Namaste and a very good evening to you! Today I will tell you two sides of the story of contemporary Bengal; on one side I’ll narrate how the Hindus face existential crisis and I will tell you heart wrenching stories of the suffering and persecution at the hands of an ever aggressive Muslim population. On the other side, I’ll tell you how almost a decade ba...

by R Hariharan on 29 Apr 2017 37 Comments

I was astounded to see the caption in a recent TV debate: “Stone pelters versus Nationalists.” It is shocking to see, after decades of efforts to establish law and order in Kashmir, made with the blood and sweat of security forces and policemen, stone pelters conditioning the national discourse on Jammu and...

by Omar Kassem on 28 Apr 2017 2 Comments

The constitutional amendments passed on April 16 will come into effect in March 2019, when new Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held, if and only if a whole raft of new laws can be passed in the current parliament in the meantime, to put flesh on the new framework. Erdoğan’s ability to continue to effect legislative and legislative/constituti...

by Omar Kassem on 27 Apr 2017 1 Comment

So what were Kahl and BILD up to? Atatürk is a totemic figure in ultranationalist circles, and Gülenists, to whom they were appealing, are largely ultranationalist. They are, furthermore, deeply ensconced in Turkish coup history. Gülen backed the 1980 military coup by General Kenan Evren, and became a purveyor of Ataturkism. At that time the West was panicki...

by Omar Kassem on 26 Apr 2017 2 Comments

This centre spread in the BILD newspaper led the German, Austrian and Dutch media onslaught telling Turkish voters to vote NO in their referendum on constitutional change (in both German and Turkish). A YES vote would see a separation of legislative and executive powers in Turkish governance, both currently in the power of the Prime Minister’s Office, and...

by Ghassan Kadi on 25 Apr 2017 1 Comment

Trumps recent and sudden 180 degree turn on a number of international issues is mind-boggling, to say the least. But, if we connect the dots it becomes easier to get into the mind of the pragmatic billionaire-turned-President. First and foremost, we must thank Obama for the “if” state of mind he gave us about Trump. Many analysts, including myself, felt hope...

by Thierry Meyssan on 24 Apr 2017 1 Comment

While the international Press details the astonishing about-face by Donald Trump, Thierry Meyssan shows that it is nothing of the sort – far from having abandoned his ideal of peace, the President of the United States is raging and bombing, while taking great care to commit...

by Ramin Mazaheri on 23 Apr 2017 2 Comments

On the night of April 21st I was in my office in Paris, just 100 meters from the Champs-Élysées, when I got a phone call from a fellow journalist telling me about the deadly attack on policemen there. I was in the middle of working on my latest report on France’s presidential election for Iran’s Press TV. When I got the call, I had just written this sentence...

by Vijaya Rajiva on 22 Apr 2017 5 Comments

The significance of the word Bliss (Ananda) in Satchidananda is that the Bliss of Brahman (also described as Satchidananda in Hinduism) is present in every facet of the universe. This is the point stressed by Adi Sankara in his Commentary. It is significant both in Badarayana’s Brahma Sutras and in Adi Sankara’s commentary because they both reject the Sankhy...

by R Hariharan on 21 Apr 2017 12 Comments

The death sentence handed out to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian naval officer, by a Pakistan Field General Court Martial (FCGM) on charges of spying and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan has sent shock waves across the country. Even the staid Karachi newspaper Dawn, not usually given to hyperbole called the death sentence “unexpected,” whil...

by Gagandeep Bakshi on 20 Apr 2017 0 Comment

In 1941-42, the Japanese had been flooded by Indian requests to get Bose from Berlin. All Indian interlocutors emphasised the vital need for his presence to energize the INA and assume leadership of the armed Indian Freedom Struggle. He was the only Indian leader they felt with the unimpeachable credibility and the tremendous charisma that could inspire the ...

by Israel Shamir on 19 Apr 2017 1 Comment

What’s wrong with gassing your own people? After all, California does it and Oklahoma plans it, and these are fine advanced states. I would not like the Russians to send their howling missiles to Sacramento: they gas their own people. While gassing someone’s else people may be considered a sort of interference in their affairs, gassing of one’s own people is...

by Sandhya Jain on 18 Apr 2017 10 Comments

Plans to move Sports from the State List to the Concurrent List to boost the development of sports across the country have not come a day too soon as Indian youth show attraction towards diverse sports - wrestling, badminton, tennis, football, shooting, athletics, and others. Notwithstanding the spectacular money power associated with cricket, other sports h...

by The Saker on 17 Apr 2017 4 Comments

Finally, they met. Rex Tillerson spent several hours speaking with Foreign Minister Lavrov and, after that, with President Putin. Tillerson and Lavrov then held a rather bizarre joint press conference in which Tillerson mantrically repeated all the nonsense we are now used to hear about Russia while Lavrov logically demolished each US argument one by one. I ...

by Thierry Meyssan on 16 Apr 2017 2 Comments

The White House has finally aligned itself with the Coalition composed of the neo-conservatives around the United Kingdom and a variety of multinational companies. The United States have once again taken up the imperialist policies upon which they decided in 1991, and have reactivated NATO. The rupture with Russia and China was consummated on 12 April 2017. ...

by Kamal Davar on 15 Apr 2017 11 Comments

Resolving the vexed J&K problem with its numerous complexities will require a well-conceived, consistent and determined approach. As India constantly factors in Pakistan’s persistent mischief to keep the pot boiling in the state, there is much to be done to douse the separatist emotions of some misguided Kashmiri youth. Prior to suggesting the way forward, i...

by Kamal Davar on 14 Apr 2017 21 Comments

April 9, 2017 symbolised in no uncertain terms the worsening situation in the Valley with nearly 200 acts of violence and eight deaths on that fateful day. That this violence and vandalism by local Kashmiris occurred during the conduct of the important by-poll to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency is indeed a stark pointer to the grave state of affairs ...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 13 Apr 2017 6 Comments

The attack near the UK Parliament on March 22, 2017 by 52-year-old Khalid Masood that killed four and injured over forty innocent people is a stark reminder of the deteriorating situation in not just UK, but in Europe at large. The continuing episodes of terror strikes in the streets of London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and elsewhere in Europe are not the o...

by Achintyachintaka on 12 Apr 2017 14 Comments

On behalf of the Hindu American community and Hindus around the world, I believe that a personal apology and public denouncement by CNN is long overdue for Reza Aslan’s recent episode, “Believer with Reza Aslan,” which grossly misrepresents one of the world’s greatest, oldest, and most peaceful religions, not to mention one that is steeped in more science th...

by R Hariharan on 11 Apr 2017 1 Comment

President Maithripala Sirisena must be a happy man after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution to give two more years to Sri Lanka, to fully implement all the commitments it made in the 2015 resolution to deliver justice to thousands of people affected by the Eelam wars. By co-sponsoring the latest resolution with the U.S., Sri...

by The Saker on 10 Apr 2017 2 Comments

Each time Europe gathered all her forces to finally defeat, subdue, conquer and assimilate Russia, Russia prevailed and only got bigger and stronger. That despite being, in so many ways, a crippled Russia, torn apart by profound internal contradictions, ruled by elites which the Russian masses found uninspiring at best. True, individual Czars during these ye...

by The Saker on 09 Apr 2017 2 Comments

Whether one likes Russia or not, I think that everybody would agree that this country is really different, different in a profound and unique way. And there is some truth to that. One famous Russian author even wrote that “Russia cannot be understood rationally” (he used the expression “cannot be comprehended by the intellect”). Add to this already some rath...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 08 Apr 2017 4 Comments

Months before he was “gifted” with the Nobel Peace Prize late in 2009, President Barack Obama had already begun his cold-blooded killing, using his new-found remote killers, the drones. Years later, in 2015, in his memoir, Geir Lundestad, the non-voting Secretary of the Nobel Committee until he retired in 2014, wrote that he regretted awarding Obama the priz...

by Thierry Meyssan on 07 Apr 2017 1 Comment

While Washington multiplies the signals confirming its intention to destroy Daesh, the British and the French, followed by the rest of the Europeans, are contemplating going their own way. London and Paris may have coordinated the attacks on Damascus and Hama in order to force the Syrian Arab Army to move out to defend them, and consequently, to weaken their...

by Mukesh Saini on 06 Apr 2017 8 Comments

Aadhaar is a Sanskrit word which means ‘foundation’ or ‘basis’; the phonetically close Sanskrit word “Adhar” means ‘in-between’ or ‘incomplete’. The Government’s effort for Unique Identification (UID) for all CITIZENS is in Adhar and not in Aadhaar because Aadhaar is UID for all RESIDENTS, including illegal residents. Worse still, Aadhaar is one of the prima...

by Israel Shamir on 05 Apr 2017 1 Comment

If President Trump would say “The sun rises in the east and sets in the west”, undoubtedly the New York Times will sarcastically laugh and claim that the ignorant redneck who became the president thanks to Putin the Killer’s interference, is not aware of not-so-recent advances in astronomy that make his sentence truly absurd. There was no statement, not a si...

by Sandhya Jain on 04 Apr 2017 26 Comments

In a move that would have stunned imperial hegemons such as Winston Churchill and Olaf Caroe, Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman, on 23 March 2017 tabled Early day motion 1107 condemning Pakistan’s annexation of Gilgit-Baltistan as its Fifth Frontier. On 25 March 2017, the British Parliament passed a motion condemning Islamabad’s action, insisting that t...

by Shelley Kasli on 03 Apr 2017 12 Comments

Though initially cow slaughter was performed to irritate the majority section of the population under alien invasion in India, since the last 15 years the slaughter of cows has reached holocaust proportions. This systematic destruction has its roots in two recent trends. First, it was discovered that most of the beef produced in US, Canada and EU was not fi...

by Gagandeep Bakshi on 02 Apr 2017 0 Comment

In 1912, a group of Indian revolutionaries in San Francisco founded a newspaper ‘The Ghadar’ (Revolution), which was distributed to the large Indian communities of the Pacific ports and regularly smuggled into India. In 1914, the Ghadarites were able to induce several thousand Sikhs to return home and create trouble for the British. Even as they landed in In...

by R K Ohri on 01 Apr 2017 2 Comments

Though the announcement by the ISIS about the formation of a Caliphate under Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in June 2014 had caused enormous consternation among strategic analysts across the world, the full implications of the impending Islamic savagery were not understood. Most political column-writers and strategic analysts considered the development as the birth of...

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