In the aftermath of the terrorist outrage in Mumbai, the country has to decide what is to be done? The three horrific days in Mumbai saw 183 people dead and 294 injured. That ten men came from Pakistan by sea is established. That there has been a dismal failure in our intelligence system is obvious. That we have no coastal security system worth the name has also been exposed. That the National Security Guard (NSG) has been more involved in VIP security duties has outraged the people.
A "People's Democracy" editorial which demands India to stop dovetailing its Afghan policy to the strategic interests of the US and NATO.
Robert Fisk's report on the state of affairs in Afghanistan.
The recent arrests of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur along with two RSS workers S B Sahu and S S Kalsangar has reconfirmed the suspicions, raised in the past, concerning RSS-inspired terrorist Hindu militancy.
Three articles on the Chandrayaan mission point out to the "positive science" aspects of the mission. But there is a cautionary note added to the story- that of the bogey of "national pride"/ "space race"/ "military use".
"Interest in lunar exploration has flared up anew. What’s left to find out about the Moon? ", N. Gopal Raj writes in The Hindu about the aspects of science & technology, which are part of the mission. EPW's editorial gives an overview of the project and adds the cautionary note. Raghu's commentary in the People's Democracy puts the mission in a scientific perspective. Articles, courtesy "The Hindu", "Economic and Political Weekly" and "People's Democracy".
A DELEGATION of nine national women’s organisations jointly lashed out at the government for attempting to dilute section 498 A making it compoundable/ bailable and other dowry laws and called for remedial measures at a joint press conference in New Delhi on September 16, 2008. Earlier in the day they met Renuka Chowdhury, minister for Women and Child Welfare and submitted a memorandum
SENIOR CPI(M) MP and central secretariat member Hannan Mollah has urged the prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to take personal initiative in combating the new challenges posed by neo-fascist Hindu fundamentalist organisations. In a letter written to prime minister on September 2, 2008, Mollah apprised him regarding the serious situation arising out of the strengthening of some fascist organisations and growing failure of the government to tackle them. Decrying CBI's attempts to cover up the role of these Hindu terror outfits, he sought prime minister's personal attention and effective and conscious action to deal with the dangerous situation.
HEARING the prime minister report to the all-party meeting that he convened on the very grave and serious situation in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, it was clear that such an initiative should have been taken earlier. All the parties represented in the parliament were present at this meeting. The unanimous resolution adopted is being reproduced alongside.