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  • 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 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...
  • Narendra Modi tipped as India's next prime minister

    12/20/2012 3:18:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister reviled for failing to stop the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, was hailed as a candidate for India's next prime minister after a landslide victory in the state elections. [...] Britain announced it would end its boycott in October and sent its High Commissioner to meet Mr Modi as part of its drive to increase trade with India, while the United States said he would be eligible to apply for another visa. Both decisions were driven in part by the possibility that Mr Modi could be India's next prime minister.
  • Ancient temple guarded by ugly statuettes.

    11/12/2001 9:38:13 AM PST · by janus · 37 replies · 284+ views
    Times of India ^ | 11/10/01 | Amit Mukherjee
    Man falls into ancient cellar AMIT MUKHERJEE TIMES NEWS NETWORK HMEDABAD: All Praveen Mehta, a retired bank employee of Ahmedabad, can think of these days is a dark underground chamber, guarded by three disfigured statues of dancing girls. The chamber, with six hidden air ducts, was discovered after the January 26 earthquake of Gujarat. Believed to be a secret cellar of a bygone era, the chamber could have been used for performing secret yagnas. It could even be the outer chamber of a secret treasure trove. The house, which was purchased by Mehta’s grandfather Giridharilal in 1898, suffered considerable ...
  • Drowned Indian city could be world's oldest

    01/18/2002 9:59:20 AM PST · by Oxylus · 25 replies · 304+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 18 January 02 | Emma Young
    Evidence of an ancient "lost river civilisation" has been uncovered off the west coast of India, the country's minister for science and technology has announced. Local archaeologists claim the find could push back currently accepted dates of the emergence of the world's first cities. Underwater archaeologists at the National Institute of Ocean Technology first detected signs of an ancient submerged settlement in the Gulf of Cambray, off Gujarat, in May 2001. They have now conducted further acoustic imaging surveys and have carbon dated one of the finds. The acoustic imaging has identified a nine-kilometre-long stretch of what was once a ...
  • Two Pak vessels apprehended off Gujarat coast

    11/27/2008 9:35:39 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 17 replies · 1,682+ views
    Hidustan Times ^ | 11/27/2008
    In its search to find the 'mother ship' of the terrorists who have attacked Mumbai, India on Thursday apprehended two Pakistani merchant vessels off the coast of Gujarat in a joint operation carried out by the Navy, Coast Guard and the water wing of the Border Security Force (BSF). "We have apprehended two cargo ships in a joint operation near the Gujarat coast while they were sailing to Karachi. They are suspected to be the ships that ferried the terrorists near to Mumbai coast yesterday," Home Ministry sources told PTI in the Capital. The three sea-guarding forces were put on...
  • Breaking : SHOOTOUTS IN MUMBAI [A lot of people killed and injured]

    11/26/2008 9:39:53 AM PST · by Indian_Fighter_Kite · 2,960 replies · 102,348+ views
    CNN IBN ^ | Wed, Nov 26, 2008
    Mumbai: At least 15 people have been injured in gunfights between two groups in at least three places in Mumbai on Thursday night. Details are sketchy but it is believed that two gangs fired at each other at outside CST Railway Terminus, Hotel Oberoi and the popular Café Leopold restaurant in Mumbai. The first shooting took place near the CST police station
  • Experts Survey Seabed Off Gujarat For Dwarka Evidence (India)

    08/19/2007 2:12:19 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 532+ views
    New ^ | 8-17-2007
    Experts survey seabed off Gujarat for Dwarka evidence New Delhi, Aug 17 : A group of archaeological experts and Indian Navy divers have conducted the first scientific survey off the Gujarat coast to establish whether or not the ruins on the seabed are of the mythological city of Dwarka, the capital of Hindu god Krishna. "The area off the Samudranaraya temple at (present day) Dwarka is known to contain structures which have been widely reported and interpreted by renowned scholars. However, no scientific study of the area had been conducted so far," Alok Tripathi of the Archaeological Survey of India...
  • Polish love story in Gujarat

    09/17/2006 10:35:10 AM PDT · by lizol · 250+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 17 Sep, 2006 | Raja Bose
    Polish love story in Gujarat Raja Bose [ 17 Sep, 2006 0121hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ] AHMEDABAD: When about 500 children, all Polish refugees from slave labour camps in then USSR, reached the erstwhile Nawanagar state (now Jamnagar) in 1942, shaken and traumatised, it was a maharaja's welcome that awaited them. A recent study has traced a large number of these people, now settled across the world, who still get together and raise a toast to Jamsaheb Digvijaysinhji, the then maharaja of Nawanagar. "Do not consider yourselves orphans. You are now Nawanagaris and I am Bapu, father, to all Nawanagaris,...
  • Deadly Monsoon Floods Gujarat

    07/03/2005 6:51:05 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 7 replies · 293+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 3 July 2005 | Staff
    The death toll from monsoon floods in the western India state of Gujarat has risen to at least 130 people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless from nearly a week of torrential rain. Weather forecasters predict more heavy rainfall in the region. Indian air force helicopters are reported by DPA to have rescued 400 people trapped on the Shanti Express train when two meters of water covered the tracks and started to fill the coaches. Indian authorities are trying to deliver drinking water and food to the several million hard-hit people in the region.
  • India: Gujarat riot Muslims 'eliminated'

    04/14/2005 11:05:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 81 replies · 1,438+ views
    BBC News ^ | 04/14/05
    Gujarat riot Muslims 'eliminated'   The state government of Narendra Modi denies the allegations A police officer in India's Gujarat state says the government there authorised the killing of Muslims three years ago.RB Sreekumar made the allegation in notes he kept at the time while serving as Gujarat's intelligence chief. The Gujarat government says the charges are baseless and untrue, instigated because Mr Sreekumar was not promoted. Officially more than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, died in religious riots in Gujarat in 2002. Human rights groups say many more were killed. Mr Sreekumar was appointed intelligence chief in...
  • Time to stop playing patriot games (Indian editorial on Modi)

    03/21/2005 10:12:04 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 12 replies · 539+ views
    The Times of India ^ | MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005 08:48:48 PM | Jug Suraiya
    In order to prove that I'm a true Indian, do I have to stand up for Narendra Modi? The cancellation of the Gujarat CM's US visa has caused an epidemic of patriotism. How dare the neo-imperialists in Washington impugn the sovereignty of the Indian republic by denying entry to an elected representative of the people of an Indian state? Never mind that Modi is accused of mass murder. His Indianness comes before his alleged murderousness, and as such we, as Indians first and moral beings second, must support him. As one commentator put it, he might be a mass murderer....
  • Group Sets Fire to (Pepsi)Warehouse in India

    03/19/2005 9:09:08 AM PST · by nypokerface · 50 replies · 737+ views
    AP ^ | 03/19/05 | RUPAK SANYAL
    AHMADABAD, India - Hindu nationalists set fire to a PepsiCo warehouse in western India on Saturday to protest the U.S. denial of a visa for a top state official due to his role in religious riots in 2002. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked the U.S. government to urgently reconsider its decision. The State Department said Friday it had denied a diplomatic visa to the Hindu nationalist chief minister of Gujarat state, Narendra Modi, and revoked his existing tourist/business visa under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act that bars people responsible for violations of religious freedom from getting a visa. Nearly...
  • 'Lost River' Could Rewrite History Books

    02/21/2002 6:22:38 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 1,223+ views
    IOL ^ | 2-19-2002
    'Lost river' could rewrite history books February 19 2002 at 08:33AM Madras India, - The discovery of an ancient city on the seabed off India's western coast has scientists salivating at the prospect of a fundamental rewrite in the chronology of ancient human society. Preliminary tests have suggested the site in the Gulf of Cambay off Gujarat state could date as far back as 7 500 BC, several thousand years older than what were previously known to be the first significant urban settlements. The discovery was made purely by chance last year as oceanographers from the National Institute of ...
  • Hindus mark Gujarat attack

    07/05/2004 10:59:51 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 1 replies · 261+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 27 February, 2004, 13:00 GMT | BBC
    Hardline Hindus have held prayers in the western Indian state of Gujarat to mark the second anniversary of a train attack which sparked bloody communal riots. A small prayer meeting was held in the town of Godhra, where 58 Hindus were torched, allegedly by a Muslim mob. The retaliatory riots which followed the incident left more than 1,000 people dead, most of them Muslims. More than 80 people have been arrested in connection with the incident so far. The Godhra meeting was organised by the hardline Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP, World Hindu Council). It contrasts with last year when ceremonies...
  • We will not allow another Gujarat to happen anywhere else: Vajpayee

    04/22/2004 6:48:32 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 163+ views
    Kishanganj (Bihar), April 22: Reaching out to the Muslim community, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Thursday lamented the communal riots in Gujarat that left hundreds of people dead and many more affected and urged the people to take a resolve not to allow repeat of such incidents. “Jo Gujarat mein hua nahin hona chahiye tha. Aiye humfaisla karein ki kabhi doosra Gujarat nahin hoga. Hinduon aur musalmanon ko ek doosre ko shak ki nigah se nahin dekhna chahiye (what happened in Gujarat should not have happened. Let us resolve not to allow another Gujarat to happen anywhere else. The...
  • Hindus mark Gujarat (Muslim) attack

    02/27/2004 11:16:35 PM PST · by VinayFromBangalore · 6 replies · 202+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 27 February, 2004, 13:00 GMT | BBC
    Hardline Hindus have held prayers in the western Indian state of Gujarat to mark the second anniversary of a train attack which sparked bloody communal riots. A small prayer meeting was held in the town of Godhra, where 58 Hindus were torched, allegedly by a Muslim mob. The retaliatory riots which followed the incident left more than 1,000 people dead, most of them Muslims. More than 80 people have been arrested in connection with the incident so far. The Godhra meeting was organised by the hardline Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP, World Hindu Council). It contrasts with last year when ceremonies...
  • 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...
  • 2 Detained in Connection with Gujarat Temple Attack

    09/27/2002 3:31:26 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 241+ views
    VOA News ^ | September 27 2002 | Anjana Pasricha
    Indian authorities have detained two men in connection with this week's attack on a Hindu temple in Gujarat state that killed at least 30 people and wounded more than 70 others. Police say the two suspects are believed to be the driver and the owner of a taxi which was apparently used by the two unidentified gunmen who raided the Akshardham temple in Gujarat's capital, Gandhinagar. Authorities say they are trying to establish if the two suspects had any role in the attack, or had simply rented the taxi to the assailants. The gunmen entered the temple Tuesday evening and...
  • Gunmen enter Gujarat's Swaminarayan Mandir, fire indiscriminately [Round 2(Gujarat, India)]

    09/24/2002 5:48:41 AM PDT · by akash · 22 replies · 354+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Sept 24 2002 | Reuters
    Unidentified gunmen have entered the Swaminarayan Mandir on Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar highway on Tuesday evening. Police suspect there may be up to four gunmen inside the temple, who were heard firing indiscriminately. An encounter is on to flush them out. State Agriculture Minister Purushotam Rupala said that according to initial reports three persons, probably carrying sten guns, entered the temple premises and fired indiscriminately. He said three to four persons were injured in the attack. Security forces have surrounded the temple, situated about two km from the state secretariat, he said.
  • After the carnage: the predatory 'intelligentsia' Gujarat

    07/02/2002 8:47:33 PM PDT · by LeftToRight · 1 replies · 273+ views
    Rediff ^ | May 14, 2002 | Rajeev Srinivasan
    The events in Gujarat recently have been extremely deplorable. Nobody covered themselves with glory. The murders in Godhra were an outrage, a crime against humanity. The riots that followed were also a crime against humanity. The perpetrators should be found, tried and punished forthwith. And the State failed miserably in its duty and responsibility of protecting its citizens and of dealing with the criminals. But the self-proclaimed 'intelligentsia' has been equally at fault: it has attempted to mislead the public with its biased and one-sided perorations. The gullible public has been misled: I have seen several people suggest that they...
  • India Ups Security in Temple Town

    06/01/2002 8:35:01 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 2 replies · 301+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, June 01, 2002 | PRAJNAN BHATTACHARYA
    AYODHYA, India (AP)-- Nearly 10,000 paramilitary troops moved into town Saturday after police said an Islamic separatist group threatened to blow up a Hindu temple at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque. Security was tightened as thousands of Hindus began arriving in Ayodhya to hold a Sunday prayer ceremony close to the ruins of the Babri mosque razed by Hindu nationalists eight years ago. That demolition triggered riots killing 2,000 people. Intelligence reports say a Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, planed to attack the temple, where Hindus keep idols of their gods and goddesses, a police officer said on...
  • India - Gujarat - Godhra killing was Pakistan sponsored : Probe panel

    04/26/2002 11:32:07 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 6 replies · 207+ views
    HIndustanTimes ^ | 4/26 | PTI
    Godhra carnage was an act of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and was executed in connivance with the "jihadi forces" based in the town, alleged a five-member study team of the Delhi-based Council for International Affairs and Human Rights. "The objective behind the Godhra carnage was to weaken Indian positions on the border and to make the area more porous for jihadi infiltrators and smugglers of drugs and arms by forcing India to divert its Army from border to civil deployment," the team said in its report titled Godhra and After. The study team has specifically indicted two Congress members of Godhra municipality...
  • India - Gujarat shadow on Army chief's US visit

    04/22/2002 11:13:26 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 6 replies · 237+ views
    The Times of India ^ | April 22 2002 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    ASHINGTON: India’s Army chief Gen. S Padmanabhan began a week-long visit to the United States on Monday amid growing concern here about the consequences of the events in Gujarat despite the all-is-well scenario projected by the BJP government. The US has been very circumspect in public about the turmoil in Gujarat, unlike Britain and other European Union nations. But there is consternation within the administration and South Asian circles about the continuing violence in the face of the government spin that things are easing off. Despite New Delhi’s stand that the developments in Gujarat is India’s internal matter, the Bush...
  • 12 killed, 96 hurt as fresh violence hits Gujarat India Muslim

    04/21/2002 9:59:13 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 3 replies · 291+ views
    Ahmedabad, April 21 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In a sharp spurt in violence in Gujarat, at least 12 people, including a woman and a policeman, were on Sunday killed and 96 injured with Ahmedabad bearing the brunt even as Defence Minister George Fernandes claimed improvement in the situation in the riot-torn state. Nine of the 12 perished in police firing in labour-dominated Gomtipur, Bapunagar and Rakkhiyal localities of Ahmedabad and Mehmdabad and Kapadwanj towns of Kheda district, police sources here said. Police sources here said 10 people, including a constable and a woman, were killed, in Gomtipur and adjoining Bapunagar and Rakhiyal localities,...
  • Gujarat riots kill six

    04/03/2002 12:02:39 AM PST · by colette_g · 235+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 3 April, 2002, 07:17 GMT 08:17 UK | BBC News
    Gujarat riots kill six The clashes have claimed more than 700 lives Fresh religious violence between Hindus and Muslims has claimed six more lives in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The violence comes just a day before Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is due to visit the state, which has been hit by religious clashes over the past month. More than 700 people, mostly Muslims, have died in the riots which erupted in late February when a Muslim mob attacked a train carrying Hindu activists, killing 58 people. The Gujarat Government has been heavily criticised by India's national human...