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  • BJP plans Rs 2 lakh crore construction projects in UP ahead of polls

    09/20/2016 11:09:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | September 16, 2016 | Rajat Arora
    NEW DELHI: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has pledged to kick off one project every week in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh as part of the central government's ambitious development agenda for the state. This will add up to new road projects worth Rs 1.3 lakh crore in the state, where elections are scheduled to be held early next year. Gadkari and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will formally announce the road plans on Friday in Lucknow. "I will lay foundation stones for highway projects across UP every week from now," Gadkari told ET. "My ministry will complete highway construction projects...
  • Pakistani Urdu Daily Warns [Of] 'Hindu-Zionist Alliance...'

    11/15/2015 4:31:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 15/11/15
    Pakistan's leading Islamist daily Roznama Ummat has alleged that extremist Hindu groups have taken over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and argued that that extremist Hindu organizations are forging close alliances with Zionist groups with the aim of establishing a new world order. .....
  • Results of Largest Election in Human History Mean India-Russia-China Ties Will Advance

    05/20/2014 2:10:13 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 12 replies ^ | May 20, 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    After five weeks, and more than 800 million ballots cast, the largest election in the history of mankind ended with a landslide win—announced on Sunday—for India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. The bjp is now set to form a new government under Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi. Modi’s mammoth victory means he has something no ruler of India has had for over 30 years: an absolute majority in the lower house of Parliament. This gives him powers his predecessors could only have dreamed of—and the indications are that he will use it. “Good days are coming,” Modi said in a victory speech....
  • US Navy ‘Shaping Events’ in South China Sea

    05/20/2014 2:32:56 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    VOA News ^ | 20 May 2014 | Victor Beattie
    WASHINGTON — The United States' top naval officer said the Navy’s growing presence in the Asia-Pacific region is beginning to show results and shape events, but acknowledges it will be ‘a long-term effort.’ Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, said he hopes the U.S. Navy will be able to expand cooperation with India once its new government takes its place. Speaking Monday at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Greenert said the growing military-to-military dialogue with China is beginning to show results, especially in the South China Sea, where maritime tensions between China and its...
  • India: The Church does not lose hope, even in light of right wing triumph [BJP Extremist Party]

    05/19/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by steve86 · 83 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 16-May-2014 | Paolo Affatato
    The majority party and its leader Narenda Modi have ridden the wave of religious fanaticism. Minorities are appealing to the legacy of democracy and pluralism India is officially in the hands of the Hindu right wing. The Catholic Church and other religious minorities are concerned but they are grinning and bearing it, grasping onto the old and deep-rooted legacy of democratic values and pluralism that characterizes the Indian nation. Their concerns stem from the contiguity of India’s leaders with groups of Hindu fanatics. This is the landscape that has been emerging in the Indian sub-continent since the official general election...
  • India's Election: The Next Prime Minister Is A Dangerous Man

    05/17/2014 1:40:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 158 replies
    The New Republic ^ | May 16, 2014 | Isaac Chotiner
    The results of India's election, which are rapidly appearing today, seem to show a huge win for the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A victory had been expected, but this looks like a massive landslide. The next prime minister is almost certain to be Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, a state in western India. He is known for his economic agenda, which is seen to be relatively business-friendly (expect stocks to react very positively to the news), and his controversial brand of Hinduism. Modi's ideology is certainly going to be important over the next several years, but his...
  • Why Narendra Modi Was Banned From the U.S.

    05/04/2014 1:34:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 2, 2014 | James Mann
    Narendra Modi is the only person ever denied a U.S. visa based on a little-known law on religious freedom.Well-intentioned U.S. policies sometimes work out in absurd ways, but this is hard to top: In a few weeks, India, the world's largest democracy, will probably elect as its next prime minister a politician who for nearly a decade has been prohibited from setting foot on U.S. soil. The banned Indian official is Narendra Modi, a longtime Hindu nationalist who is the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP. Nine years ago, U.S. officials denied Mr. Modi a...
  • India opposition wins landslide, early tally shows

    05/16/2014 12:46:18 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 5 replies ^ | May 16, 2016 | AP News
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Opposition leader Narendra Modi won India's election by a landslide Friday, according to preliminary results that showed his party easily driving out the long-dominant Congress party in the most commanding election victory India has seen in more than a quarter century.
  • BJP Heading For A Historic Win

    05/15/2014 11:01:16 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 19 replies ^ | MAY 16, 2014 | NEW DELHI
    BJP has reached the half-way mark and it is for the first time since 1984 that a single party seems set to get a simple majority. According to recent trends, NDA is leading in 321 seats while the UPA is leading in only 67 seats. Counting of votes, the grand finale in the nine-phased Lok Sabha elections, began today across the country. Election Commission said the counting exercise to be held at 989 counting centres is likely to be completed by 4 PM. By noon, a final picture should emerge on who would be the major players in the 16th...
  • India Stepping Up to the Plate in Afghanistan

    05/11/2014 1:35:05 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | May 07, 2014 | Niharika Betkerur
    A deal with Moscow makes clear that India has no plans to abandon Afghanistan post 2014.In a recent deal with Moscow, India has agreed to pay for military equipment sourced from Russia to Afghanistan. The equipment will include artillery, helicopters, tanks, and armored vehicles. India will also pay to repair old Soviet hardware left behind after the Russian withdrawal in 1989. The scale and exact composition of the deal have yet to be announced, but it is known that the first order has already been placed. India had so far hesitated to provide lethal weapons to Afghanistan for fear of...
  • Young gurkha slays Pak militant in fierce hand-hand combat in Kashmir

    05/11/2014 7:29:22 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 37 replies
    A 23-year-old courageous soldier of the Gurkha regiment killed a Pakistani trained infiltrator during a hand-to-hand combat along the Line of Control in Poonch in the wee hours of Saturday. Defence PRO in Jammu said, "A 23-year-old soldier from the elite Gurkha Regiment of the Indian Army, Rifleman Prem Bahadur Roka Magar scripted an astonishing saga of raw courage and fearlessness, resulting in the elimination of two hardcore Pakistan trained terrorists in the Poonch sector". "The brave soldier after reaching within hand shaking distance tried to grab the AK 47 rifle of the Pak trained infiltrator and in the ensuing...
  • Modi in power could bring India, China closer: Chinese daily

    05/10/2014 11:13:26 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 10 replies
    Beijing, May 7 (IANS) If BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi comes to power, it could bring India and China closer, says an influential state- run Chinese daily. The Global Times in a write up says that Modi was once a "practical businessman". After he became chief minister of Gujarat he established good relations with China. "A large number of Chinese enterprises invested in Gujarat, contributing to the economic development of the state. Therefore, ties between China and India may become closer under Modi's leadership," says the daily. The article, titled 'Modi victory could cause disquiet in West', says that...
  • Report: India foils Pakistani terror plot targeting Israeli, US consulates

    05/04/2014 9:12:10 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/04/2014 | JP Staff
    Indian authorities obtained information indicating that Pakistani intelligence services were in the planning stages of organizing a terrorist attack against the Israeli mission in Bengaluru as well as the American consulate in Chennai, according to a report in Sunday editions of the Times of India. According to the report, Indian security agencies learned of the plot after interrogating a Sri Lankan national who was allegedly hired by a Pakistani official to conduct reconnaissance of the two diplomatic missions. A Pakistani official based in Sri Lanka denied the Times of India report, attributing the allegations of an alleged terrorist plot as...
  • India’s new language of killing

    05/01/2014 10:43:08 PM PDT · by cold start · 10 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 1st May 2014 | Praveen Swami
    Narendra Modi has suggested he would authorise India’s intelligence services to stage cross-border strikes against terrorists. The stakes are seismic — and must be debated with dispassion, before a choice is made in rageEarly one summer morning in 2008, an ageing Toyota car slowed down to turn at the corner next to the Indian Embassy complex in Kabul, transforming itself as it did so into a wall of searing, white light. Fifty-eight people were killed and 141 injured, their bodies torn apart by shock waves, fires, and shards of metal and glass. Inside hours, western intelligence services listened in to...
  • Indian Navy refuses Chinese navy chief’s request

    04/24/2014 8:01:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Sutirtho Patranobis
    The Indian Navy had to politely refuse an unusual request from the Chinese navy chief, Wu Shengli, when he came aboard one of India’s frontline stealth warships, INS Shivalik this week and wanted to be shown the Combat Information Centre (CII) or the all-important tactical room of the frigate. It was learnt that Indian officers declined Wu’s request–considered a major break from established protocol followed by navies around the world -- saying since the ship was in the harbour, the room was locked and was not open to outsiders. But Wu insisted on seeing the room and his aides attempted...
  • [Indian Politics] Narendra Modi's right hand man stopped for inciting hatred against Muslims

    04/16/2014 4:18:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/16/2014
    Narendra Modi, the odds on favourite for prime minister who is running under the banner of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has suffered a major blow. His right hand man, Amit Shah (pictured), has been barred from future campaign rallies after making a number of anti-Muslim statements. A close Modi aide for years, Shah was in charge of his campaign in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state. In announcing its decision on Sunday, the Election Commission said that Shah's statements promoted "hatred and ill will" between religions. It also urged police to press criminal charges.The politician, among other...
  • Is India about to elect its Reagan?

    04/15/2014 8:42:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 14, 2014 | David Cohen, fmr dep asst Secretary of the Interior
    India, the world’s largest democracy, is in the midst of a marathon five-week election that will result in the selection of its next prime minister. Although Nate Silver has yet to make it official, most pundits and prognosticators predict that Narendra Modi will be India’s next leader. Modi bears striking similarities to a celebrated American president: one Ronald Wilson Reagan. Both men rose from humble origins. Modi, in particular, worked from childhood hawking tea in railway stations. Both were popular and successful state governors: Modi is the chief minister (equivalent to a governor) of Gujarat, an Indian state whose gift...
  • World View: Narendra Modi May Change India's 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy

    04/08/2014 11:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | April 8, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is widely expected to win India's parliamentary elections, the first round of which began on Monday. India is the largest democracy in the world, and so national elections are helpd in separate regions over a five-week period. Self-described Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) Narendra Modi is the head of BJP, and he's promising a substantially more aggressive foreign policy for India, including a promise to get tougher in territorial disputes with China. He's the "hope and change" candidate for this election, and he's expected to become the next prime minister. Modi is also promising to review India's...
  • Advisers to India's Modi dream of a Thatcherite revolution

    04/06/2014 12:48:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, April 6, 2:19am EDT | FRANK JACK DANIEL AND RAJESH KUMAR SINGH
    (Additional reporting by Shyamantha Asokan, Nidhi Verma and Doug Busvine; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Mark Bendeich) New Delhi (Reuters) - When Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi gave a speech on the virtues of smaller government and privatization on April 8 last year, supporters called him an ideological heir to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died that day. Modi, favorite to form India's next government after elections starting on Monday, has yet to unveil any detailed economic plans but it is clear that some of his closest advisers and many campaign workers have a Thatcherite ambition for him....
  • Modi Rise

    03/09/2014 6:56:26 AM PDT · by lyonesse · 1 replies
    Retrubutions ^ | March 8, 2014 | Rohit
    Modi’s triumph lays bare the electoral irrelevancy of his liberal opponents. Purely as a dispassionate observer of politics, it is amusing to watch the liberal implosion in Indian politics.
  • India begins giant general election (814 million voters)

    04/06/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 April 2014 | BBC
    The nine-phase ballot begins on Monday and concludes on 12 May. Votes will be counted on 16 May... A new anti-corruption party, the AAP, is also contesting the elections after a spectacular result in local polls. The AAP (Aam Aadmi, or Common Man's Party) made a strong showing at the state assembly polls in the capital, Delhi, and is standing for all the seats in the parliament. ..The Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) has 543 elected seats and any party or a coalition needs a minimum of 272 MPs to form a government. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already...
  • Hagel's remarks against India 'bizarre': BJP

    02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    New Delhi - Terming as "outlandish and bizarre" the statement of Chuck Hagel, the new US Defence Secretary, that India has financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, BJP today asked the government to exert diplomatic pressure on Washington for unconditional withdrawal of his statement. The statement given by Hagel that India has financed problems in Pakistan is "outlandish, bizarre and baseless," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. He also expressed surprise over Hagel giving a clean to Pakistan, which has harboured in the backyard of its military base al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for killing of...
  • (India) Jharkhand: Hindu fundamentalists want anti-conversion law

    11/10/2010 5:45:12 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Asia News ^ | 11/10/2010 | Santosh Digal
    Ranchi (AsiaNews) – The state of Jharkhand, backed by the Hindu fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) administration, is prepared to adopt a law that would prevent Hindus from converting to other religions.  “Everyone should oppose it. Everyone should join forces against the planned anti-conversion law,” said Fr Stan Kujur, a Jesuit clergyman from Jameshedpur.Jaggnath Sahi, RSS chief in Jharkhand, told journalists that his organisation would asks the BJP-lead government to draft a bill banning religious conversions.“We will take up the issue with Chief Minister Arjun Munda . . . to draft a law to ban...
  • India’s Ruling Party Set for Decisive Victory

    05/16/2009 5:46:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies · 1,910+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 16, 2009 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    India’s Ruling Party Set for Decisive Victory By SOMINI SENGUPTA Published: May 16, 2009 NEW DELHI — The ruling Indian National Congress was poised Saturday to soar to a surprisingly decisive victory in India’s parliamentary elections, sidelining small, regional party bosses and potentially diminishing the power of communists who had been largely responsible for blocking economic reforms over the last five years. With the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party conceding defeat by early afternoon, the apparent Congress landslide signals the possibility of a stable and strong government in the face of stiff challenges: a sharp slowdown in economic growth, abiding poverty...
  • Christians Wary as India’s Massive Election Begins

    04/18/2009 8:07:24 AM PDT · by kellynla · 370+ views ^ | April 17, 2009 | Patrick Goodenough
    This week’s kickoff of India’s multi-stage election was marred by violence carried out by Maoist rebels, but for many of the country’s Christians, Hindu extremists are of greater concern. The communist insurgents killed at least 16 people, including security and polling officials, in three northeastern states – Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Bihar – on Thursday, one of five election days spread over the next month. Around 140 million people out of a total electorate of some 714 million were eligible to vote on the first day of what is described as the world’s biggest democratic electoral process. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s...
  • Terrorism will not be eradicated with talks: Advani [BJP Party - Indian Conservatives]

    11/30/2008 9:02:46 AM PST · by Xth Legion · 11 replies · 527+ views
    Senior BJP leader L K Advani has said that terrorism in the country will not be eradicated with talks or negotiations but there is a need for legislative measures, providing stringent punishment for those indulging in terrorist activities. Addressing a public meeting in Kota on Saturday, he said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should ask Pakistan to hand over Dawood Ibrahim, whom he alleged was the mastermind of terrorist activities in the country. Referring to the growing terror attacks in the country, Advani said legislative measures, providing stringent punishment to those indulging in terror activities, were needed to tackle terrorism which...
  • Indian navy sinks suspected pirate 'mother ship'

    11/19/2008 4:59:36 AM PST · by maquiladora · 22 replies · 1,311+ views
    NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian naval vessel sank a suspected pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden and chased two attack boats into the night, officials said Wednesday, as separate bands of brigands seized Thai and Iranian ships in the lawless seas.
  • Obama’s charge against Pakistan serious: BJP

    09/06/2008 2:47:09 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies · 108+ views ^ | September 6th, 2008 | Special Correspondent
    NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday said the United States presidential nominee Barack Obama’s charge against Pakistan was a serious issue and the Manmohan Singh government should take it up with the Pakistan High Commissioner here. Mr. Obama had accused Pakistan of misusing American aid for preparing for a war against India. BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was known that terror attacks in Kashmir had increased recently and Bangladesh had become the new nerve centre for Islamic fundamentalists. Now Mr. Obama had made a specific charge against Pakistan.
  • Hindus up in arms as god clashes with government

    09/13/2007 11:24:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 710+ views
    The Times ^ | 9/14/2007 | Ashling O’Connor
    Thousands of furious Hindus took to the streets after the Indian Government claimed that the epic that forms the cornerstone of their religious beliefs was a work of fiction. Police used teargas to disperse crowds in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where protesters accused the Government of blasphemy. The row erupted when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), an arm of the Culture Ministry, told the country’s highest court that there was no evidence to support the existence of the characters in the Ramayana, a revered ancient text. Nor was there any historical record that Lord Ram, one of...
  • The comrades and BJP are putting India in danger

    08/20/2007 11:33:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 333+ views ^ | August 20, 2007 | Anil Athale
    So the cat is finally out of the bag! A regional party of Kerala [Images] and Bengal now wants to rule the country, run our foreign policy for the benefit of their 'fatherland' and get more Indian soldiers killed by jihadis by denying our army technology and help from Israel. In one sense the transparently dishonest Communists are dead right: The nuke deal is NOT about the nuclear issue at all. It is a means to an end. The end being Indo-US strategic partnership for the next 40 years! This is essentially an adjustment that both countries are making to...
  • FAITH UNDER FIRE Plot to burn Christians thwarted (Thank the Lord)

    11/24/2005 5:17:16 AM PST · by Jacob Kell · 100 replies · 1,287+ views ^ | November 24, 2005 |
    Police in northern India thwarted a plot by Hindu extremists who threatened to burn to death more than 60 Christian converts if they refused to return to Hinduism by Sunday. Members of a Christian movement called Believers Church met peacefully Sunday in the state of Himachal Pradesh, according to Compass Direct, a news service that monitors persecution of Christians. "We were able to meet without incident," said Ramish Masih Battih, the son of Pastor Feroz Masih.
  • Hindu fundamentalists injure Christians during screening of ‘The Passion of the Christ’

    04/01/2005 6:36:23 AM PST · by wesley_windam-price · 102 replies · 2,258+ views
    Asia News ^ | March 31, 2005 | Asia News
    Kochi (AsiaNews) – A gaggle of Hindu fundamentalists assaulted Christians who were watching a screening of The Passion of the Christ inside the Kanai Church, the oldest church in the state of Kerala (south-western India). One Christian was seriously wounded and scores of others were beaten and injured, including women and children. The incident occurred on Easter Eve in Chalakud Taluna when 25 militants from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)—the paramilitary wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—disrupted the viewing of Mel Gibson’s movie and started attacking the spectators, one of whom George Kutty, was seriously hurt. Kanai Church members...
  • NDA jeopardising life of Indians in US

    03/23/2005 9:58:18 PM PST · by Gengis Khan · 21 replies · 1,467+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 1313 hours IST | Press Trust Of India
    Ahmedabad, March 22: NDA leaders were jeopardising the "life, liberty and livelihood" of Indians residing in America by holding out "veiled threat" to US over denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, according to an NGO. The conflict between Modi and US State Department has nothing to do with the ordinary people of India or America, Jan Sangharsh Manch, an NGO representing post-Godhra riot victims before the Nanavati Commission probing the riots, said in a release. "The irresponsible statements by NDA leaders, especially L.K. Advani including his threat to start a sustained agitation on the issue is fraught...
  • India at a crossroads

    05/16/2004 7:34:54 PM PDT · by yonif · 4 replies · 199+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May. 16, 2004
    The surprising return of India's Congress Party to power is potentially a major social, economic, and geopolitical development. The change of power in the world's largest democracy, which followed an election that lasted three weeks, has confounded not only outgoing Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but also pundits, pollsters, and diplomats worldwide. Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991, was widely expected to lose an election that was called ahead of its original date by a government that was sure of its victory. With gross domestic product growing last year...
  • Effects of the Change of Government In India?

    05/16/2004 9:02:40 AM PDT · by Tacis · 9 replies · 262+ views
    5/16/04 | Tacis
    The pro-business government of Infia (BJP) has just lost the national elecetion. It has been replaced by an ultra-left wing government lead by the Italian born wife of the last male-Gahndi, who died some years back. The communists have a place in the new government for the first time in a long time with the socialists haveing the major part.The new government will do what left wingers world over do, tax the devil out of those who have anything, stuff a large portion in their own pockets and redistribute the remainder to the "needy."This must certainly cause those who outsourced...
  • US clears Israel-India radar deal

    09/06/2003 5:25:38 PM PDT · by Ranger · 211+ views
    bbc ^ | 9/6/03
    US clears Israel-India radar deal   The radar will be mounted on Russian aircraft The United States has given the formal go-ahead for Israel to sell its Phalcon early warning airborne radar system to India.State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said Washington had informed both governments that it had no objection to the $1bn sale. He said the improving security situation between India and Pakistan made the sale of the radar less likely to destabilise the region. The deal had been held up for 18 months because of fears it could heighten tension between Delhi and Islamabad. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry...
  • In India, Israeli PM to find small but resilient Jewish community

    09/06/2003 11:15:27 PM PDT · by Destro · 16 replies · 381+ views
    AFP ^ | Sunday September 7, 12:21 PM | AFP
    Sunday September 7, 12:21 PM In India, Israeli PM to find small but resilient Jewish community A stone's throw from the hotel where Ariel Sharon will stay on the first visit by an Israeli premier to India, a minuscule but ancient part of the Jewish diaspora perseveres after decades of emigration. Behind a simple padlocked fence on one of central New Delhi's broad avenues lies the Judah Hyam Hall, northern India's only functioning synagogue, offering a spot to worship and to socialize for both the 50 Indian Jews in the city of 14 million and Jewish expatriates. Fifteen people turned...
  • Editorial: (Israel should) Seek India's support

    09/07/2003 11:43:12 AM PDT · by anotherview · 6 replies · 197+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7 September 2003
    Sep. 6, 2003 Editorial: Seek India's support Several months ago, while visiting Washington, Indian National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra addressed members of the American Jewish Committee and recommended that free societies join hands to combat terrorism. He noted that India, America, and Israel are all targeted by the terrorist scourge, and ought to develop "multilateral mechanisms to counter it... Such an alliance would have the political will and moral authority to take bold decisions in extreme cases of terrorist provocation... It would not get bogged down in definitional and causal arguments about terrorism. Blocking financial supplies, disrupting networks, sharing intelligence,...
  • Muslims protest in Mumbai (Bombay, India) against visit by PM (Ariel Sharon of Israel)

    09/05/2003 1:23:01 PM PDT · by anotherview · 5 replies · 312+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 5 September 2003 | By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent, and agencies
    Last Update: 05/09/2003 21:27 Muslims protest in Mumbai against visit by PM By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent, and agencies Indian Moslems in the western city of Bombay gathered in large numbers after Friday prayers to protest against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit next week. Children held white banners with red letters in English and Urdu that said, "Sharon: Enemy of the people", "Sharon should be hanged", as they marched on crowded Mohammed Ali Street, one of the city's Moslem enclaves. Scores gathered around and clapped as the protestors hanged an effigy of Sharon. Sharon leaves for India on Monday, for...
  • India: BJP governmentt's police survey Gujarat Christians

    03/11/2003 2:12:22 PM PST · by TBP · 4 replies · 346+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | March 8, 2003 | Rathin Das
    Gujarat Christians allege survey of families Rathin Das Ahmedabad, March 8 The Gujarat Police have reportedly started a discreet survey of Christians in some parts of the state, seeking information on family sizes, job profiles and sources of foreign funds. The All-India Christian Council, which submitted a memorandum to the state police chief on Friday, is planning to move the High Court over the issue next week. State Director General of Police K. Chakravarthy told the Hindustan Times that no statewide survey had been ordered. He added, however, that some information might have been sought from some people on the...
  • US missionary attacked in India

    01/15/2003 9:13:02 AM PST · by JimRic54 · 38 replies · 413+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 09:09 GMT
    An American missionary has been attacked in southern India by right-wing Hindus allegedly belonging to a group close to the ruling party. The gang attacked Cooper and others with swords, sticks and iron bars Police spokesman Joseph W Cooper, 68, who is from Pennsylvania, received knife wounds in the assault in Kerala state in which five others were also hurt. Police say they have arrested five activists of the hardline Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). But local RSS leaders deny the movement had anything to do with the attack. The RSS is a group with close ties to the Hindu Nationalist...
  • Rising Threat of Hindu Extremism

    07/15/2002 9:53:04 AM PDT · by traditionalist · 54 replies · 450+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/12/2002 | Greenway
    <p>Whereas Vajpayee was the human face of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which has led a coalition government for four years, Advani is more in tune with the party's base of radical nationalists who seek to undermine the secular India of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. In addition, Advani's policy towards Pakistan is larded with nuclear threats and bellicosity.</p>