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Response to New York Times Denigrating Ganesha


Response to the article in New York Times denigrating Ganesha: Original Article “Uncertain Times in India, but Not for a Deity” by Ellen Barry of New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/world/asia/uncertain-times-in-india-but-not-for-a-deity.html?_r=1& Gaudy Ganesha? By Jayakumar S. Ammangudi, Ph.D. Two weeks ago, it was Gardiner Harris, South Asia Correspondent of the New York Times (NYT) bemoaning the rise of Narendra Modi in India (link).  A week later, it was Ellen Barry, again of NYT, troubled by the immense display of faith to the most popular deity, Ganesha, of the oldest living non-aggressive tradition of this world (link). (Picture of Ganesha procession in Mumbai that appeared in the NYT) It is interesting that in his biography, Gardiner readily admits (link) that ‘the complexity of India is paralyzing’.  Having written about science, medicine and food, he begins to write about not just Politics, but Indian Politics. … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Christianity, Featured, Hinduism, World

Hindu Activism Against Media – Social Media As Watchdog – Book Review


BOOK REVIEW – Social Media As Watchdog Title: Social Media As Watchdog Author: Ravinar Foreword: Professor.R.Vaidhyanathan, IIM Bangalore. Published by: Karmic Action, C 12, UMA NAGAR, AHMEDABAD, PINCODE 380052 Website: Mediacrooks.com Year: 2013 PRICE Rs 325/- FISH MARKET DEBATES This is one of the most original books, in recent times, written by an Indian, in English, with inputs, to understand the English TV Channels 24X7 ones, and the debates they conduct; this book espouses the cause of fairness and objectivity in broadcasting standards carried out to full length. A cursory reading will equip the viewers, (who are not familiar) to understand the “Games the Media” play in especially their programmes like “ Face The Nation”, “Buck Stops Here”, etc. The arrival of this book has done half the job; the rest lies with the spectator, to and develop critical … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Hinduism, India, Media, Politics, Vedic Knowledge

Lies, damn lies and reporting Gujarat


When it comes to reporting on ‘Gujarat 2002’, the media has not only a different idiom and different sets of moral and ethical standards to be applied to different people, but demands a totally different jurisprudence! Thus the edict, ‘the law takes its own course’ does not apply to Gujarat riots cases. The judiciary must take media’s word for it and convict all accused in the cases and more importantly Narendra Modi.  According to the secular media the ends of justice would be met if and only if Narendra Modi is jailed for life, irrespective of whether there is any evidence to prove his culpability or not. On the other hand, a Sanjeev Bhatt under investigation for crimes like illegal confinement of people, extortion and murder is a national icon only because he squeals on Narendra Modi, no … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Media, Politics

Rape cannot happen in Bharat: Biased British media


Rape cannot happen in Bharat: British media’s Bias It is a case of ‘Shame for the British’ that even after exploiting India for 200 years, creating man made famines killing millions, ruthless killings and destructions during any uprising against its evil rule over India, British for the last 60 years are engaged in massive propaganda campaign against India. The coverage of the case of a rape and murder of a medical student in New Delhi demonstrates that the British media is trying to prove the culture and religion of India, coupled with complete indifference of the civil, law enforcement, judicial and other aspects of society have made rape and assult against women rampant and unchecked. It is trying to prove the superirity of the British culture and the ‘White Man’s Burden’ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, Media, NRI, World

Federalism and National Security


No one can deny that the US has greater federalism than most nations and more certainly than India. Each of its fifty states is fiercely independent and zealously guards its turf. The US also has the strongest anti-terror laws in the world and sees no contradiction between federalism and national security. In the aftermath of a rare terrorist attack on US soil in September 2001, the US administration strengthened its intelligence gathering organs. The enactment of the PATRIOT Act in 2001 was the first step. In fact ‘PATRIOT’ is acronym for ‘Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism’. This was followed by enacting the Homeland Security Act in 2002. The objective of these acts is to collect, collate and process intelligence and prevent terror related activities. The upshot … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Politics

Book Review: A worm’s-eye view of ‘The Statesman’ & ‘Times of India’


Book Review: “JS & The Times of my life – a worm’s-eye view of Indian Journalism” – Suraiaya, Jug. (2011). Chennai. Tranquebar Press, Westland Ltd. Pages: x + 340. Price Rs: 495. What is the role of the media in reflecting public thought? Should it merely reflect or attempt to shape it? Should it or should it not play the role of an Ombudsman in exposing venality and corruption in public life? If Arun shouries’s debut as a journalist at Indian Express provided some answers to these unremitting questions, there are others who differed with him. Girilal Jain of the ‘Times of India’ described him and others of his ilk at the Indian Express as the ‘Galahads of the press’. If we suspected that for the ‘Times of India’ the issue was more of … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Media

Gujarat riots and the ‘secular’ Galahads of justice!


‘The law will take its course’ is an oft heard cliché, when politicians explain away the misdeeds of their comrades-in-arms. But political discourse in India has a new norm for Hindus and Hindu organisations in general and Narendra Modi in particular. When it comes to Narendra Modi, the law can not take its course; should not take its course. It has to instantly convict him and send him to jail. The norms of jurisprudence do not apply to him. The inhuman burning of 59 Karsevaks do not matter to the secular jihads. The 254 Hindus killed in the riots as against 790 Muslims do not count. The fact that the number of Hindus arrested, 27, 901, was almost four times the number of Muslims (7,651) detained during the post-Godhra riots is of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Islam, Media, Politics

Binayak Sen – Connecting the dots


Fans of Dr. Binayak Sen, a Maoist sympathizer, convicted with life imprisonment for charges of sedition and anti-national activities, by trial court and whose initial bail appeal was rejected by Chhattisgarh high court, have ample reasons for jubilation in recent times. Not only did the Supreme Court grant him a bail but he was also appointed to the National Health Planning Commission’s steering committee. It is no secret that Dr Sen enjoys a huge popularity and has a long list of national and international supporters, including Nobel laureates like Amartya Sen, other prominent Indians including leftist academician Romila Thapar, Christian leader John Dayal, ill-famed activists Teesta Setalvad, self proclaimed Swami Agnivesh and Suzanna Arundhati Roy, a seditionist and a pro-Maoist herself. Statements of support for him had come from Amnesty International, The … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Christianity, Featured, Hinduism, India, Islam, Media, Politics

Communal violence bill reduces Hindus to the status of Jews in pre-War Germany


A casual glance at the opening parts of NAC’s “PREVENTION OF COMMUNAL AND TARGETED VIOLENCE (ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND REPARATIONS) BILL, 2011” (PCTVB) is unnerving. The range and sweep of the draft bill is awesome to say the least. It is diabolical in design and appeared to be intended as CongI’s 2014 election manifesto. For in the aftermath of a plethora of corruption scams and the self-goals it scored in Andhra Pradesh which returned 33 MPs each in 2004 and 2009, nothing but nothing is going to prevent its decimation in the next election. Indira Gandhi began diluting the processes of democratic institutions in 1969 culminating in their complete subversion in 1975. She had then ‘incarcerated the nation’, figuratively speaking, all for pelf and profit. Her daughter-in-law decided to reduce the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Hinduism, India, Islam, Media, Politics

Narendra Modi, Godhra & Gujarat riots: IBN-Live ‘Disregards’ Truth!


Years ago, I have come across a book of the “Learn English in 30 days” variety. I am unable recollect its title, but one of the exercises in it was to ‘rewrite a given passage to give it an opposite meaning’. The book indeed advises the reader to assume that he is “editing a rival newspaper” and that “the idea is to strip the passage of its context and meaning.” It helpfully adds, “Never mind the ethics. It is purely a technical exercise.” I am reminded of the book and the exercise, after reading an IBN-Live report following some tweets posted on it. This is stuff that makes an essential case study for students of journalism. Firstly, it teaches students, what one tweeter, Narayanan (@visaraj) put as “Secular School of Grammar … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Islam, Media