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Indo-Pak has to hug each other for mutual benefits

The three- day official tour of Pakistan Home Minister Rahman Mallik to New Delhi and some agreements signed on important issues like open visa system, and monitoring on non-government activities with his Indian counterpart Sushil Kumar Sinde reflect the inner urges of the peoples of both countries for cordial relations. Malik may be logical in his observation that Samjhauta explosion or incident like Babri Masjid should not be repeated. As far as India is concerned, any sort of communal riots ,counter attack or discrimination on the ground of caste, community, religion and place of birth,has always been treated as a deterrent factor for the national unity and integrity. Also,they appeared to be antithesis to the very credential to secularism. This can easily be discerned in India’s out r...

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Muharram is holy for followers of Islam

Muharram brings with it the brilliant lesson from the History of Islam.According to history, when Rasool-e-Paak (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)arrived in Madina, Abdullah bin Salaam, the famous Jewish scholar was busy breaking dates in his garden. When news of Rasoolullah's (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) arrival reached him, he immediately set out to observe Rasoolullah's (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) activities. Before long he found himself in the midst of the Muslims of Madina where Nabi-e-Paak (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was addressing the Muslims thus, "O people! Get into the habit of greeting one another at all times, and feed one another, and treat your relatives and friends with love and kindness. And when everyone is asleep at night, remember to pray to Almighty Allah at that ti

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Struggle for land will not end

किसानों का जमीन के साथ सदियों से गहरा रि’ता रहा है। किसानों के लिए जमीन जिंदगी है। उनका जीवनयापन जमीन पर ही निर्भर होता है। यही वजह है कि किसान किसी भी कीमत पर अपनी जमीन छोड़ना नहीं चाहते। चाहे इसके लिए उन्हें जान ही गवानी क्यों न पड़े। दूसरी तरफ वै’िवक अर्थ व्यवस्था के इस दौर में जमीन अत्याधिक महत्वपूर्ण संपत्ति बन चुकी है। इसके कारण आज जमीन संघर्ष का कारण बनती जा रही है। बे’ाुमार पूंजी और वै’िवक अर्थव्यवस्था को अपनी जरूरतों और अनेक प्रकार की गतिविधियों के लिए जमीन की आव’यकता है। चाहे बड़े-बड़े पाॅवर प्लांट स्थापित करना हो, उद्योग लगाना हो, खदान चलाना हो या फिर मल्टीने’ानल कंपनियां स्थापित करनी हो। इन सबके लिए जमीन की ही जरूरत पड़ती है। नतीजतन दे’ा भर में कारपोरेट घरानों द्वारा जमीन पर कब्जा जमाने का एक सिलसिला शुरू हो गया है। इसके साथ ही दे’ा भर में भूमि पर कब्जा करने वाले पंूजीपतियो...

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Is Khurshid a symptom of the malaise?

“It is a dangerous thing to order the lives of others and I have often wondered at the self-confidence of politicians, reformers and suchlike who are prepared to force upon their fellows measures that must alter their manners, habits and points of view……” William Somerset Maugham once said, William Somerset Maugham’s observation seems appropriate in the context of today’s politicians.Often while they accuse each other of corruption,they tended to order the lives of the voters who had reposed faith on them and sent them to Legislatures to shape the destiny of the nation-state. In the instant case,the audacity with which Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid launched attack on a media house on Sunday is highly condemnable. For India Today had exposed him to the charge that Khurshid had indulge...

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End environmental destruction,rationalise natural resource use for future generation

The present mode of development threatens societies both in the present as well as future. Everywhere environmental resources are being openly destroyed on a colossal scale in search for endless economic growth. The world is daily becoming more and more resource-poor. How long can the planet withstand this massive assault which has been going on for centuries ever since the industrial revolution began five centuries ago ? Natural resource use must not compromise the security of present and future generations. It is for those in positions of power to realize their obligations to future society. The reason for Third World ecological degradation is escalated through demands from western lending nations through economic trade conditionalities. Meanwhile these industrialized countries lead a w...

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The NAM countries and Non-Alignment

The recently held NAM meeting in Iran has highlighted the imminent threats faced by the countries and their capability to deal with these perils. For the uninitiated, the Non-Alignment movement was adopted by the post-colonial states to counter all forms of racial and cultural discrimination, economic exploitation against them and to promote nationalism. The cold war politics between the USA and the erstwhile USSR further fueled the movement. Though the cold war exists only in history books now, issues like arms race, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cross border terrorism, unemployment, poverty, food crises, economic slowdown, inflation provide sufficient reasons to the the 110 NAM countries to work cohesively. Together, they will be more effective in their efforts to bridge

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When Sheikhs protested the killing of Muslims in Myanmar?

Two recent incidents — the protest over the ‘discovery’ of the Akbarabadi mosque in Delhi, and the agitation at Azad Maidan in Mumbai over the violence in Myanmar and Assam which turned violent — must serve as a wake-up call for all Indian Muslims. I’ll come back to them but just a recall: In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Urdu newspapers in India Nida-e-Millat and Nasheman would spend gallons of ink on the plight of Palestinians, perennially. This was not just an interest but an obsession. With the decline of the Urdu press for a phase in the 1980s, there was a marked decline in Indian Muslim interest in the faraway territory. This was the era when Muslims here faced the heat due to the Ayodhya movement. But whether it was the Babri Masjid demolition or major communal riots, we never hea

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Do you want to earn?Take up blogging as a profession

Call it a web-log or a blog.It is turning out to be a dynamic platform where posts appear in their chronological order and is easy-to-navigate.In other words,this means that a successful blog has a potential of drawing in millions of viewers.And money too. This fact is now being utilized across the globe.Many netizens have carved out a niche for themselves in the blogosphere.Not for nothing.Books of accounts show many of them were making regular income out of it. Those who take to blogging as their career,were identified as pro-bloggers.They cut across professions and can be any one-student,artist,photographer,tourist,consultant and doctor.Since not many people were aware of it in India,it may be taken up as a viable career option. A blog has a huge potential for generating income.A blogge

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Fooled: All the people;All the time

'You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time,but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time',said Abraham Lincoln long ago. Now the scene is different.During the past two years,the nation has been debating corruption across all forums – Parliament,Courts, Jantar Mantar,Ramlila Maidan,TV,Newspapers,and inside the drawing rooms. Scandals like 2G,Coal Gate, Adarsh,Airport,CWG and Bellary, have consumed tonnes of footage and papers.Result? Supermen like Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Baba Ramdev and Subramanian Swamy were born.Their popularity is galloping by the day over super villains-Raja, Kalmadi and Reddy Brothers of Bellary.The CAG of India is now more popular than the PM even though many keep calling him ‘Controller’ and not Comptroller ...

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Development Syndrome and Ailing farmers

Manoj K Upadhaya Every body knows that agriculture has been a backbone of the Indian economy. What is not well known is that it is the sub-structure of the economy upon which the super structure is fully dependent . Any sort of changes e.g. decrease or increase in agricultural production brings about changes into socio-economic status of the people and the nation. Hence development in the S&T, social or industrial sector cannot be said to be developed genuinely unless and until 73% of the Indian farmers engaged in agro sector for their subsistence are not developed. As long as the vast population of this country is ill fed, ill clad, malnourished, and starved,they are bound to feel alienated from rest of the society. And as such there is a need to empower the most vulnerable group of p

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