Friday, February 27, 2009

Voice of India Features Newsletter - 01 March 2009

feb 27th, 2009

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Date: Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 11:30 PM
Subject: Voice of India Features Newsletter - 01 March 2009

Editorial: Don't Repeat Mistakes
The Editorial Team
While Pakistan continues resorting to tactics that keeps it in "denial-mode" vis-à-vis its involvement in Mumbai terror attacks, a goodwill team from India is back after exploring the possibility of 'friendship' with the people of Pakistan. The team suggests restoration of peace process emphasizing that there are more people who support 'peace' between India and Pakistan. The team comprising of people like Kuldeep Nayar, Mahesh Bhatt, Hanif Lakdawala, Shabnam Hashmi, Swami Agnivesh and others relies heavily on the surveying skills of its members to suggest that in Pakistan there are now more voices of peace.

A Question of Heritage ?
Ram Kumar Ohri
I have often wondered how the mausoleums, tombs and graves of marauders and plunderers and the mosques built by them after tearing down temples of Hindus, Jains and Buddhists (which were our civilizational pride and original heritage) have come to be regarded as national heritage. Unfortunately our sham-secular Samaj has turned the word heritage on its head by bestowing unwarranted national pride and high status on alien invaders who ruthlessly killed lakhs of innocents, destroyed thousands of beautiful temples and mercilessly pillaged our glorious heritage.

Lanka, the Aryan Invasion at Last
Dr. Koenraad Elst

The LTTE most Tamil nationalists have been spoonfed a particular version of the Aryan Invasion theory (AIT). In general, the AIT claims that the Indo-Aryan (and Kafiri and Proto-Bangani) branches of the Indo-European language family were brought into South Asia from the northwest. The Tamil nationalist variety claims moreover that the speakers of Indo-Aryan languages including Sanskrit subdued and displaced the original population of the Indus-Saraswati Civilization (ISC), and that the latter consisted of speakers of Dravidian, the language family of which Tamil is the best-known member. There is in fact no proof for this "Aryan invasion" nor for the Dravidian character of the ISC


The Forgotten Hero of Siachen
Aneeta Chakrabarty
Our soldier suddenly stiffened. He felt the need to be cautious. There were earlier attempts by his fellow soldiers who had almost reached the top when they were detected. Enemy fire threw them on the hostile terrain and they fell headlong to their snowy graves. He steeled himself. His country depended on this do-or-die mission. He remembered Guru Gobind Singh's voice from the night before, "I wanted to test you, Bana." That voice charged him and his infectious enthusiasm spurred his followers. His hand slowly closed upon the grenade as he evaluated the situation.

Indian Identity vis-a- vis Dharmic Identity in ‘Secular’ India
Dr. Saurav Basu
Are we Indians first or Hindus first? Should we identify ourselves with our nation or religion? "We are Indians first, and not Hindus, Muslims, Christians" is a common progressive pretension after every "jihadi" terror attack against India. So what is identity? Of all meanings, the most appropriate from the context of nation, religion and culture is the characteristics which determine this individuality and personality. Amartya Sen has argued that a singular identity is an illusion since collectivizes like citizenship, residency, education, employment, political ideology provides us with different group identity – in essence, we have multiple identities.

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