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We are NOT a Nation Until CASTE and CREED Annihilated,Annihilated are Inequality, Injustice and EXCLUSION! Arundhati Raises Voice against Manusmriti Rule Post Modern and the Issues Must be Addressed! DR BR Ambedkar Warned Long Before!Was it an Act of Sedition?

Govt not to file case against Geelani, Roy!Politicians must have some theoretical construct, says PM

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We are NOT a Nation Until CASTE and CREED Annihilated,Annihilated are Inequality, Injustice and EXCLUSION! Arundhati Raises Voice against Manusmriti Rule Post Modern and the Issues Must be Addressed! DR BR Ambedkar Warned Long Before!Was it an Act of Sedition?

"Jammu & Kashmir was a former princely state in the British Empire in India, from 1846 until 1947, after which India then gained independence, and was partitioned into the Dominion of Pakistan (mostly Muslim), and the Union of India (mostly Hindu). Each Indian state was given a choice to join either India or Pakistan, and when the ruler of Kashmir & Jammu decided to remain independent, a war broke out between India and Pakistan, dividing the population of Jammu & Kashmir between the two sides. The Indian government then said it had made a formal agreement with Hari Singh, the Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir, called The Instrument of Accession, which handed over the entire lands of Jammu & Kashmir to Indian control. Pakistan disputed this, due to the population being mostly Muslim, and to this day, Pakistan denies such a document exists. After some horrendous wars in the area, Jammu & Kashmir is now split into Indian territory (the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir, which is actually just a large slice of Kashmir), Pakistani territory (the Northern Areas) and Chinese territory (Aksai Chin). India claims sovereignty over all of these areas, as does Pakistan, whilst China only holds claim over Aksai Chin, albeit with a small slice of current Indian land which it claims is part of it's Tibet Autonomous Region"

The Economics of Exclusion in India Incs, MNC and LPG mafia ruled Peripheri of US Zionist War Corporate Economy boasts as Emerging Market diluting Indigenous aboriginal Identity, history and legacy as Market turnover hits new high at Rs 2.82 lakh crore!US President Barack Obama faces a range of trade hurdles when he travels to India in early November to unlock a huge untapped commercial potential that would help ballast the rise of Asian giant China. Ahead of President Barack Obama's India trip next week, a top US official today said India's rise and its strength and progress on the global stage is deeply in the strategic interest of the United States.

"Kashmir has never been an integral part of India - it is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this"
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Jethmalani: Arundhati is entitled to her right to expression

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Arundhati Roy and Kashmir's struggle for justice

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Bajrang Dal's warning to Arundhati Roy

The Hindu - ‎16 hours ago‎
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Judicial hearing against Rahul Gandhi & Arundhati Roy

Times of India - ‎Oct 26, 2010‎
A Ranchi court on Tuesday transferred cases filed against Congress general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, and social activist, Arundhati Roy, for their remarks to ...
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It's Smriti Irani vs Arundhati Roy in sedition debate

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, October 27, 2010: Bharatia Janata Party Mahila Morcha has demanded legal action against writer activist Arundhati Roy for her ...

It'll be hard to charge Arundhati Roy with sedition

Daily News & Analysis - Rakesh Bhatnagar - ‎Oct 26, 2010‎
... doesn't find any basis for registering a case under the extreme provision against author-activist Arundhati Roy for what she said about Kashmir. ...

Shattering some myths on Kashmir

Central Chronicle - ‎4 minutes ago‎
Arundhati Roy says Kashmir was never a part of India. We look at why she is wrong & why India's position is not as vulnerable as it is portrayed to be At ...

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Goutam Ghose defends Arundhati Roy

Times of India - Priyanka Das Gupta - ‎22 hours ago‎
Goutam Ghose has reacted to the charges made against Arundhati Roy. "The charges made by a section of people are funny and undemocratic. ...
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"The US-Indian partnership for a number of years has been a genuine bipartisan priority in Washington. Same is true in India. Over the last decade, through three administrations of both of our parties and two Indian governments of different parties, we've transformed the relationship," Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns said.

"India's rise and its strength and progress on the global stage is deeply in the strategic interest of the United States ," he told reporters at a special White House briefing.

Burns said President Obama has called Indo-US ties a defining partnership of the 21st century, and in many ways the two countries are "natural partners".

We're the world's two largest democracies. We're both big, diverse, tolerant societies. We're two of the world's largest economies. We both have an increasing stake in global stability and prosperity, especially across Asia and the Pacific," he observed.

Noting that the defence cooperation between the two countries is expanding in ways that were hard to imagine a decade ago, he said India now holds more defence exercises every year with the US than it does with any other country.

"Some $4 billion in defence sales have been made by the US to India over the last couple of years alone, with more possibilities ahead. India is today one of the biggest contributors to UN peacekeeping forces," he said.

"We have a lot to gain by working together in high- tech cooperation and innovation. The civilian nuclear deal that was completed at the end of the last administration removed the single biggest irritant in our relationship and opened the door to wider cooperation. We've worked hard in this administration to follow through and completing, for example, a reprocessing agreement between the US and India six months ahead of schedule," he said.

"We look forward to US companies contributing to Indian civil nuclear development. And the signing today by the Indian government in Vienna of the Convention on Supplemental Compensation is a very positive step toward ensuring that international standards apply and that US companies are going to have a level playing field on which to compete," he said.

Stock market turnover today touched a record high of Rs 2.82 lakh crore, as bullish investors took fresh positions on account of month-end expiry in the derivative segment.Meanwhile,Coming from a not-so-privileged African-American background, Barack Obama feels that he has "some kind of a personal tie" with the extraordinary history of India in the 20th century, even though he is yet to visit the country, says a top personal aide of the US President.

"There is a particular connection for the President as an African-American. As someone who comes from not a privileged background, the Indian story speaks to that in a sense that you have a country that inspired the world with its own story," Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication, Ben Rhodes, said.

"Obviously India has its own civilisation and history, but in the 20th century its ability to move past colonialism in such an inspiring way ... reflects a model thriving, multi cultural diverse democracy that is very close to the core of the President's own story," Rhodes told Washington-based Indian reporters at a special White House briefing on Obama's India trip scheduled for next week.

While planning for his maiden trip to India, Obama directed his White House staff to schedule events that would reflect the breadth of American ties with India. And therefore there are events that have economic, political and security components; besides the cultural component.

"It is also very important for the President that we have events where he is capable of speaking to younger people. One of the things that he admires about countries like India is just how vast the young population is, the number of people below 30 and the potential is there within that.

"So having a town hall event with young people is kind of a signature events that the President likes to do if he has an opportunity," said Rhodes, who played a key role in finalising Obama's trip to India and closely interacted with him on a regular basis.

The combined turnover in the futures and options segment and cash segment on the two premier bourses--the NSE and BSE-- was at Rs 2.82 lakh crore, up by Rs 46 crore compared to the previous record of Rs 2.36 lakh crore seen last month only.

The turnover in the futures and options (F&O) segment of National Stock Exchange was about Rs 2.43 lakh crore today.

Analysts said that volume was high, mainly due to heavy transaction on the last date for settlement in F&O contracts .

"The turnover crossed all time high surging past the Rs 2.82 lakh crore. It was possible mainly on the account of fresh positions taken by the investors," SMC Global Securities Head of Research Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

Interestingly, the previous record was also made on the settlement (F&O) day last month.

The Government on Thursday decided not to file any case against hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and activist Arundhati Roy for purportedly giving "hate speeches" at a seminar held in New Delhi last week.

The decision was taken after considering various issues and it was decided that such a move would give unnecessary publicity to them and a handle to separatists in the Valley, officials in the Union Home Ministry said.

"We have decided to ignore them," they said. After the October 21 incident, when Geelani and others made statements, which were seen as an attempt to instigate secession, the Home Ministry sought legal opinion on the issue which suggested that a case could be made out under Section 124 (A) of IPC (disaffection against the State).

However, after taking political opinion, the Ministry decided not to file any case against Geelani and Roy.

At the convention on 'Azadi--The Only Way', Geelani had shared the stage with writer Roy and pro-Maoist leader Vara Vara Rao among others. Geelani was heckled by the audience with one of them throwing a shoe at him.

Despite India's growing global weight, it is only the United States' 14th biggest trading partner and obstacles, from outsourcing controversies to the Doha world trade round, have put the brakes on faster integration.

The stakes on trade are high as the United States and India need each other to meet ambitious export targets amid a sluggish US economic recovery, yawning trade deficits with China and fears of global imbalances sparking a standoff. On the issue of global economic imbalances that have raised fears of currency wars, India and the United States often differ.

Obama may ask Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for help in Washington's push to prevent countries unilaterally devaluing currency to make exports more competitive in the run-up to the G20 heads of state meeting in Seoul next month. But at the G20 finance ministers' meet in South Korea, India and China shot a US proposal to cap current accounts of countries with quantitative targets linked to their GDP.

While ties bloomed during the Bush administration, the two countries have entered what a former Indian envoy to Washington told Reuters was a "sobering phase". "It's only natural that people have high expectations," Naresh Chandra said, adding "now we are coming from the general to the specific.

The problem lies in the detail." "When you start concluding agreements then each side wants to have the best of both worlds and that is where the friction starts. So what we are going through is what I would call a sobering phase of managing the details." A bilateral trade boom has seen total flows treble to $36.5 billion in goods in the decade to 2009-10, but the United States. slipped from number one to three in India's trade partners.

India lags China, which is the United States' third biggest trading partner. The Obama administration wants to double its exports within five years to bolster domestic growth and create jobs. Bilateral trade in goods and services between India and the United States stands at $50 billion, a tenth of America's trade with China, according to Ron Somers, President of the US India Business Council.

Indo-US business has basked in the warmth of closer ties underscored by a landmark civilian nuclear deal signed in 2008. But both must work to overcome irritants including fears of growing US protectionism after the financial crisis, demands on both sides for greater market access and differences over Doha.


The United States can push for deals including billion dollar defence contracts. The powerful lobby group the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has pushed for a relaxation in US export controls to speed up high-tech and defence industry trade.

Politicians must have some theoretical construct, says PM

PUTRAJAYA (Malaysia): Politicians who seek to influence the "course of economic policy and history" must have some theoretical construct at the back of their minds, India's technocrat-academic Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a gathering in Malaysian administrative capital Putrajaya on Wednesday.

Manmohan Singh, who is here on a three-day bilateral visit and held extensive talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, was answering questions after delivering the Khazanah Global Lecture here.

The luncheon meeting, attended by the business elite of Malaysia and India as well as university students, was followed by a question from a student who asked the Cambridge-educated economist-politician whether he was ruled by theoretical reasoning or gut feeling.

"I have no definitive answers but I do know Lord Keynes said most practical politicians are slave to some defunct economics," Manmohan Singh said, evoking laughter in the room.

Politicians must have some "theoretical perspective" at the back of their minds, he said, adding that there was a "plethora of information" available these days.

You must know "how to organise facts into a model to arrive at a solution", said Manmohan Singh, often under attack for being too much of an academic and less of a politician.

"Everybody who is in politics, who seeks to influence the course of economic policy and history has some notion of what is workable... Whether that is good or bad is judged by history," the usually phlegmatic prime minister said.

"Practical men and women are driven to rely on some theoretical construct," he added, giving a rare insight into the working of his mind - and perhaps sending a message to his detractors back home.

Face recognition to replace passwords, PINs

LONDON: A new software that can track your facial features in real time is likely to replace passwords and PIN numbers when you log into internet sites from a mobile phone.

Eventually, it will be able to tell who the user is, where they are looking and even how they are feeling. Face verification is already used in laptops, webcams and the Xbox 360 Kinect but this is the first time the technology is being used with such sophistication in mobile devices such as smartphones.

"Existing mobile face trackers give only an approximate position and scale of the face," said Phil Tresadern from the University of Manchester, Britain, who led the project, the Daily Mail reported.

"Our model runs in real time and accurately tracks a number of landmarks on and around the face such as the eyes, nose, mouth and jaw line," he said. "A mobile phone with a camera on the front captures a video of your face and tracks 22 facial features."

This can make face recognition more accurate, and has great potential for novel ways of interacting with a mobile phone, Tresadern said. "At this stage, we're particularly interested in demonstrating uses for the face-tracking part of the technology," he said. "It is very fast and I can't find anything that can rival it on a mobile phone."

The new software, built on 20 years of research at the university, has been demonstrated on a Nokia N900 for the EU-funded "Mobile Biometrics" (MoBio) project.




The following matter is the part of Ambedkar`s historical speech in which he deals with the concept of Nation and democracy, the future of democracy in India. Let us see how ACCURATE was the man who had the Perfect Future Vision!Just read!
There is only one point of constitutional import to which I propose to make a reference. A serious complaint is made on the ground that there is too much of centralization and that the States have been reduced to Municipalities. It is clear that this view is not only an exaggeration, but is also founded on a misunderstanding of what exactly the Constitution contrives to do. As to the relation between the Centre and the States, it is necessary to bear in mind the fundamental principle on which it rests. The basic principle of Federalism is that the Legislative and Executive authority is partitioned between the Centre and the States not by any law to be made by the Centre but by the Constitution itself. This is what Constitution does. The States under our Constitution are in no way dependent upon the Centre for their legislative or executive authority. The Centre and the States are co-equal in this matter. It is difficult to see how such a Constitution can be called centralism. It may be that the Constitution assigns to the Centre too large a field for the operation of its legislative and executive authority than is to be found in any other federal Constitution. It may be that the residuary powers are given to the Centre and not to the States. But these features do not form the essence of federalism. The chief mark of federalism as I said lies in the partition of the legislative and executive authority between the Centre and the Units by the Constitution. This is the principle embodied in our constitution. There can be no mistake about it. It is, therefore, wrong to say that the States have been placed under the Centre. Centre cannot by its own will alter the boundary of that partition. Nor can the Judiciary. For as has been well said:

"Courts may modify, they cannot replace. They can revise earlier interpretations as new arguments, new points of view are presented, they can shift the dividing line in marginal cases, but there are barriers they cannot pass, definite assignments of power they cannot reallocate. They can give a broadening construction of existing powers, but they cannot assign to one authority powers explicitly granted to another."

The first charge of centralization defeating federalism must therefore fall.

The second charge is that the Centre has been given the power to override the States. This charge must be admitted. But before condemning the Constitution for containing such overriding powers, certain considerations must be borne in mind. The first is that these overriding powers do not form the normal feature of the constitution. Their use and operation are expressly confined to emergencies only. The second consideration is : Could we avoid giving overriding powers to the Centre when an emergency has arisen? Those who do not admit the justification for such overriding powers to the Centre even in an emergency, do not seem to have a clear idea of the problem which lies at the root of the matter. The problem is so clearly set out by a writer in that well-known magazine "The Round Table" in its issue of December 1935 that I offer no apology for quoting the following extract from it. Says the writer :

"Political systems are a complex of rights and duties resting ultimately on the question, to whom, or to what authority, does the citizen owe allegiance. In normal affairs the question is not present, for the law works smoothly, and a man, goes about his business obeying one authority in this set of matters and another authority in that. But in a moment of crisis, a conflict of claims may arise, and it is then apparent that ultimate allegiance cannot be divided. The issue of allegiance cannot be determined in the last resort by a juristic interpretation of statutes. The law must conform to the facts or so much the worse for the law. When all formalism is stripped away, the bare question is, what authority commands the residual loyalty of the citizen. Is it the Centre or the Constituent State ?"

The solution of this problem depends upon one's answer to this question which is the crux of the problem. There can be no doubt that in the opinion of the vast majority of the people, the residual loyalty of the citizen in an emergency must be to the Centre and not to the Constituent States. For it is only the Centre which can work for a common end and for the general interests of the country as a whole. Herein lies the justification for giving to all Centre certain overriding powers to be used in an emergency. And after all what is the obligation imposed upon the Constituent States by these emergency powers? No more than this – that in an emergency, they should take into consideration alongside their own local interests, the opinions and interests of the nation as a whole. Only those who have not understood the problem, can complain against it.

Here I could have ended. But my mind is so full of the future of our country that I feel I ought to take this occasion to give expression to some of my reflections thereon. On 26th January 1950, India will be an independent country (Cheers). What would happen to her independence? Will she maintain her independence or will she lose it again? This is the first thought that comes to my mind. It is not that India was never an independent country. The point is that she once lost the independence she had. Will she lost it a second time? It is this thought which makes me most anxious for the future. What perturbs me greatly is the fact that not only India has once before lost her independence, but she lost it by the infidelity and treachery of some of her own people. In the invasion of Sind by Mahommed-Bin-Kasim, the military commanders of King Dahar accepted bribes from the agents of Mahommed-Bin-Kasim and refused to fight on the side of their King. It was Jaichand who invited Mahommed Gohri to invade India and fight against Prithvi Raj and promised him the help of himself and the Solanki Kings. When Shivaji was fighting for the liberation of Hindus, the other Maratha noblemen and the Rajput Kings were fighting the battle on the side of Moghul Emperors. When the British were trying to destroy the Sikh Rulers, Gulab Singh, their principal commander sat silent and did not help to save the Sikh Kingdom. In 1857, when a large part of India had declared a war of independence against the British, the Sikhs stood and watched the event as silent spectators.

Will history repeat itself? It is this thought which fills me with anxiety. This anxiety is deepened by the realization of the fact that in addition to our old enemies in the form of castes and creeds we are going to have many political parties with diverse and opposing political creeds. Will Indian place the country above their creed or will they place creed above country? I do not know. But this much is certain that if the parties place creed above country, our independence will be put in jeopardy a second time and probably be lost for ever. This eventuality we must all resolutely guard against. We must be determined to defend our independence with the last drop of our blood.(Cheers)

On the 26th of January 1950, India would be a democratic country in the sense that India from that day would have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. The same thought comes to my mind. What would happen to her democratic Constitution? Will she be able to maintain it or will she lost it again. This is the second thought that comes to my mind and makes me as anxious as the first.

It is not that India did not know what is Democracy. There was a time when India was studded with republics, and even where there were monarchies, they were either elected or limited. They were never absolute. It is not that India did not know Parliaments or Parliamentary Procedure. A study of the Buddhist Bhikshu Sanghas discloses that not only there were Parliaments-for the Sanghas were nothing but Parliaments – but the Sanghas knew and observed all the rules of Parliamentary Procedure known to modern times. They had rules regarding seating arrangements, rules regarding Motions, Resolutions, Quorum, Whip, Counting of Votes, Voting by Ballot, Censure Motion, Regularization, Res Judicata, etc. Although these rules of Parliamentary Procedure were applied by the Buddha to the meetings of the Sanghas, he must have borrowed them from the rules of the Political Assemblies functioning in the country in his time.

This democratic system India lost. Will she lost it a second time? I do not know. But it is quite possible in a country like India – where democracy from its long disuse must be regarded as something quite new – there is danger of democracy giving place to dictatorship. It is quite possible for this new born democracy to retain its form but give place to dictatorship in fact. If there is a landslide, the danger of the second possibility becoming actuality is much greater.

If we wish to maintain democracy not merely in form, but also in fact, what must we do? The first thing in my judgement we must do is to hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It means we must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha. When there was no way left for constitutional methods for achieving economic and social objectives, there was a great deal of justification for unconstitutional methods. But where constitutional methods are open, there can be no justification for these unconstitutional methods. These methods are nothing but the Grammar of Anarchy and the sooner they are abandoned, the better for us.

The second thing we must do is to observe the caution which John Stuart Mill has given to all who are interested in the maintenance of democracy, namely, not "to lay their liberties at the feet of even a great man, or to trust him with power which enable him to subvert their institutions". There is nothing wrong in being grateful to great men who have rendered life-long services to the country. But there are limits to gratefulness. As has been well said by the Irish Patriot Daniel O'Connel, no man can be grateful at the cost of his honour, no woman can be grateful at the cost of her chastity and no nation can be grateful at the cost of its liberty. This caution is far more necessary in the case of India than in the case of any other country. For in India, Bhakti or what may be called the path of devotion or hero-worship, plays a part in its politics unequalled in magnitude by the part it plays in the politics of any other country in the world. Bhakti in religion may be a road to the salvation of the soul. But in politics, Bhakti or hero-worship is a sure road to degradation and to eventual dictatorship.

The third thing we must do is not to be content with mere political democracy. We must make our political democracy a social democracy as well. Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life. These principles of liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life. These principles of liberty, equality and fraternity are not to be treated as separate items in a trinity. They form a union of trinity in the sense that to divorce one from the other is to defeat the very purpose of democracy. Liberty cannot be divorced from equality, equality cannot be divorced from liberty. Nor can liberty and equality be divorced from fraternity. Without equality, liberty would produce the supremacy of the few over the many. Equality without liberty would kill individual initiative. Without fraternity, liberty would produce the supremacy of the few over the many. Equality without liberty would kill individual initiative. Without fraternity, liberty and equality could not become a natural course of things. It would require a constable to enforce them. We must begin by acknowledging the fact that there is complete absence of two things in Indian Society. One of these is equality. On the social plane, we have in India a society based on the principle of graded inequality which we have a society in which there are some who have immense wealth as against many who live in abject poverty. On the 26th of January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality. In politics we will be recognizing the principle of one man one vote and one vote one value. In our social and economic life, we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value. How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? If we continue to deny it for long, we will do so only by putting our political democracy in peril. We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which is Assembly has to laboriously built up.

The second thing we are wanting in is recognition of the principle of fraternity. what does fraternity mean? Fraternity means a sense of common brotherhood of all Indians-if Indians being one people. It is the principle which gives unity and solidarity to social life. It is a difficult thing to achieve. How difficult it is, can be realized from the story related by James Bryce in his volume on American Commonwealth about the United States of America.

The story is- I propose to recount it in the words of Bryce himself- that-

"Some years ago the American Protestant Episcopal Church was occupied at its triennial Convention in revising its liturgy. It was thought desirable to introduce among the short sentence prayers a prayer for the whole people, and an eminent  New England divine proposed the words `O Lord, bless our nation'. Accepted one afternoon, on the spur of the moment, the sentence was brought up next day for reconsideration, when so many objections were raised by the laity to the word nation' as importing too definite a recognition of national unity, that it was dropped, and instead there were adopted the words `O Lord, bless these United States."

There was so little solidarity in the U.S.A. at the time when this incident occurred that the people of America did not think that they were a nation. If the people of the United States could not feel that they were a nation, how difficult it is for Indians to think that they are a nation. I remember the days when politically-minded Indians, resented the expression "the people of India". They preferred the expression "the Indian nation." I am of opinion that in believing that we are a nation, we are cherishing a great delusion. How can people divided into several thousands of castes be a nation? The sooner we realize that we are not as yet a nation in the social and psychological sense of the world, the better for us. For then only we shall realize the necessity of becoming a nation and seriously think of ways and means of realizing the goal. The realization of this goal is going to be very difficult – far more difficult than it has been in the United States. The United States has no caste problem. In India there are castes. The castes are anti-national. In the first place because they bring about separation in social life. They are anti-national also because they generate jealousy and antipathy between caste and caste. But we must overcome all these difficulties if we wish to become a nation in reality. For fraternity can be a fact only when there is a nation. Without fraternity equality and liberty will be no deeper than coats of paint.

These are my reflections about the tasks that lie ahead of us. They may not be very pleasant to some. But there can be no gainsaying that political power in this country has too long been the monopoly of a few and the many are only beasts of burden, but also beasts of prey. This monopoly has not merely deprived them of their chance of betterment, it has sapped them of what may be called the significance of life. These down-trodden classes are tired of being governed. They are impatient to govern themselves. This urge for self-realization in the down-trodden classes must no be allowed to devolve into a class struggle or class war. It would lead to a division of the House. That would indeed be a day of disaster. For, as has been well said by Abraham Lincoln, a House divided against itself cannot stand very long. Therefore the sooner room is made for the realization of their aspiration, the better for the few, the better for the country, the better for the maintenance for its independence and the better for the continuance of its democratic structure. This can only be done by the establishment of equality and fraternity in all spheres of life. That is why I have laid so much stresses on them.

I do not wish to weary the House any further. Independence is no doubt a matter of joy. But let us not forget that this independence has thrown on us great responsibilities. By independence, we have lost the excuse of blaming the British for anything going wrong. If hereafter things go wrong, we will have nobody to blame except ourselves. There is great danger of things going wrong. Times are fast changing. People including our own are being moved by new ideologies. They are getting tired of Government by the people. They are prepared to have Governments for the people and are indifferent whether it is Government of the people and by the people. If we wish to preserve the Constitution in which we have sought to enshrine the principle of Government of the people, for the people and by the people, let us resolve not to be tardy in the recognition of the evils that lie across our path and which induce people to prefer Government for the people to Government by the people, nor to be weak in our initiative to remove them. That is the only way to serve the country. I know of no better.

Mr. President : The House will adjourn till Ten of the clock tomorrow morning when we shall take up the voting on the motion which was moved by Dr. Ambedkar.

The Assembly then adjourned till Ten of the Clock on Saturday, the 26th November 1949.








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Change in Left's 'olden' perception towards Obama?

Though the Left parties had unanimously boycotted Bill Clinton's address to the Indian parliament in 2000, they are not yet decided on how to receive US President Barack Obama, with some maintaining that "a change" was needed from their olden "perception of diplomacy".

Left leader TJ Chandrachoodan said that Obama "explicitly has not done any aggression" on any other nation.

"There must be a change in the Left parties' perception of diplomacy. These are not olden days. So far, explicitly Obama has not done any aggression on any other nation," Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) general secretary Chandrachoodan said when asked whether the Left party MPs would boycott Obama's address to the joint sitting of parliament November 8.

Chandrachoodan also said his party would not welcome any suggestion from Left parties that a mass protest should be organised across the country and the national capital against the "imperialist policies of the United States".

"There is no rule that all the US presidents must be boycotted. We will have to change our perception with the changing times," he said on phone from Thiruvananthapuram.

He, however, said his party would protest, if Obama opted for the ways of his predecessor, George. W. Bush, who launched aggression on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader and Rajya Sabha member Tapan Sen said Obama is "just a new man" and there is no change in the "US' imperialist policies".

Sen said the Left parties have not decided about whether to protest or not during the US president's India visit as "the government has not communicated so far" about it.

However, Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas said that the party would organise one week protests against the "imperialist policies of the United States" during Obama's visit.

"We are not against Obama or others. We are against the policies of the US," Biswas said.

The party has not taken a decision yet whether to boycott Obama's address to the joint sitting of parliament.

Communist Party of India (CPI) deputy general secretary Sudhakar Reddy said Obama was continuing with the US' imperialist policies.

The party would discuss its action plan later.

The Left parties had boycotted Bill Clinton's address to parliament in 2000.

The Left parties, which supported the United Progressive Alliance-I (UPA), forced the government to drop its plan to invite then president Bush to address joint sitting of parliament in 2006.

India says fears militant attack during Obama visit

India fears separatists in Kashmir could stage attacks during the visit of US President Barack Obama to draw global attention to the region that has been embroiled in a bloody insurgency for two decades.

Home Secretary Gopal Pillai on Wednesday told a TV news channel on Wednesday that the country was on alert to prevent attacks, such as the killing of 35 Sikhs in Kashmir by militants in 2000, when then U.S. President Bill Clinton visited India.

"That's the type of fear we have, that innocent civilians will be killed," said Pillai, the country's top internal security official. "Definitely they (separatists) will like to see if they can have any spectacular event where they can get worldwide attention." Obama is due to visit India in early November to help boost trade and diplomatic ties with the emerging Asian power.

New Delhi's rule in Muslim-majority Kashmir has been a leading reason cited by Islamist militants for several strikes on India, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

India blames neighbour Pakistan for backing the militants and providing support for the attacks, charges Islamabad denies.

The Himalayan region, claimed in full by India and Pakistan but ruled by the nuclear-armed rivals in part, has in the past four months seen the largest pro-independence demonstrations in two decades.

More than 100 protesters have been killed by police, and the outspoken Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy last week added to calls for the state to secede from India.

Since a violent insurgency broke out in Kashmir in 1989, over 47,000 people have been killed. But international focus on the region has waned in recent years, with attention diverted by the war against Islamist militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

28 Oct, 2010, 01.20AM IST, Reeba Zachariah,TNN

Ratan Tata to host Obama at Taj

MUMBAI: During her visit to Mumbai in July 2009, Hillary Clinton stayed at the Taj to express and lend her support to iconic hotel that was one of the main targets during the 26/11 terror attack. Now, on November 6, Barack Obama will follow suit. And host Ratan Tata , chairman of the Tata Group, is believed to be meeting the US president and his team in an exclusive meeting.

He, along with trusted lieutenant, R K Krishna Kumar will brief the US President on the more than 48-hour siege that Taj was under. During those horrific nights, more than 160 people, including guests and staff, lost their lives. Obama will be staying at one of the suites of the hotels heritage wing to mark the second anniversary of the attack . He and his wife Michelle Obama will be the first high-profile guests to occupy the opulent suite since the hotel became entirely functional in August.

Later, Obama will be delivering a keynote address to a select group of business leaders from US and India at the Trident Hotel to promote better trade and investment links between the two nations. Terry McGraw CEO of McGraw Hill Companies will lead the US delegation. Other business leaders that make up the elite guest list include India-born CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, GE's Jeffrey Immelt and Honeywell's David Cote.

India Inc will be represented by Wipro's boss Azim Premji, Mukesh Ambani , chairman of RIL, Anand Mahindra, MD of Mahindra & Mahindra and Adi Godrej, chairman of Godrej group.
Thursday October 28, 01:55 AM Source: Indian Express Finance

Must grow fast to minimise rich-poor gap: PM

By P. Vaidyanathan Iyer
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today unequivocally stated that to find solutions to the problems of poor, India needs a fast growing economy and a strong stimulus to growth. "We have to walk on two legs," he said, in response to a query on how India plans to minimise the gap between the rich and the poor.
"The primary purpose of development is to get rid of chronic poverty, ignorance and disease which have affected millions of people. But for this, growth must be made truly inclusive," he said after delivering the prestigious Khazanah Global Lecture. It is important to focus on poor areas which lack in education, health and other infrastructural facilities, he added.
While it is important to empower the poor, it is also equally important to develop agriculture, which still accounts for the livelihoods for more than half of India's population, the Prime Minister said. "We are increasing our investment in agriculture. We hope to use our scientific capabilities to create a new growth momentum in agriculture through a second green revolution. This is vital for our food security and to ensure an inclusive growth process," he said.
Also, the future of the economy is going to be knowledge-based. "This can become a productive agent of social change," he noted. "India has increased the expenditure on Science & Technology as a proportion of our GDP. We are investing heavily in both basic and higher education. For the last 50 years, India had seven Indian Institutes of Technology and one Indian Institute of Science. In the last five years we have established eight more IITs and five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research," he pointed out.
Earlier, delivering the lecture, Singh said India's growth has combined greater openness with an ability to withstand external turbulence. Its economic performance has improved, with the gross national income growing at over 9.5% per annum for three consecutive years starting in 2005. "After the global crisis exploded in 2008, our growth rate slowed down but India was even then among the three or four fastest growing nations in the world. We took a number of measures to stimulate the economy and we expect 8.5 per cent growth in the current year," he said.
According to Singh, India's biggest asset is its people, but only if its educated, skilled and finds productive employment. "At a time when the industrialised world is aging rapidly, India has the advantage of a young population. The dependency burden in India is expected to keep falling for another 20 years. It is expected that, in 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan," he said.
Further, with savings and investment which separately for over 30 per cent of the gross national income, rapid economic development becomes feasible. "For a long time it used to be common wisdom that only an East Asian country could save and invest more than 30% of its national income. If that be true then, geography notwithstanding, India is today an East Asian country! India now saves and invests well over 30% of its GDP," he said.

Humayun tomb, private dinner with Singhs, first on Obamas plan

The nearly 450-year-old Humayun's tomb will be the first stop for President Barack Obama when he arrives here with his wife Michelle on November 7, followed by a private dinner with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur.

"The President felt it was important give the rich civilization that India has, to pay tribute to that through this stop... We wanted to ensure that we had a culture stop in Delhi, in this instance visiting a tomb that has served as a precursor to the Taj Mahal...," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said in Washington.

The tomb, which made its place in the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1993, is one of the most frequented historic monuments by tourists in the national capital.

The cultural stop, which will make up for the Obamas not making a trip to the Taj Mahal, will be followed by a private dinner with Singh and his wife.

"...the President has had a very close personal relationship with Prime Minister Singh from his first meeting in London at the G20," Rhodes said, adding the two leaders have a close intellectual connection.

" he (Obama) is very much looking forward to this opportunity to have a private dinner with the Prime Minister," he said.

Next day, Obama have a back-to-back official engagements which will include bilateral talks with Singh followed by presser and address to joint session of Parliament.

In Mumbai, where Obamas are landing on November six, the US President will have series of business meetings.

Next day he will visit a local Mumbai school and will celebrate Diwali with school children before attending a town hall and round table on agriculture and food security in an university there.
PM unveils statues of Gandhi, Nehru and Ambedkar at the Kerala Assembly


September 3, 2005


Hindi Version

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to be here once again in this beautiful and green city of Thiruvananthapuram. I deem it an honour to be here to unveil the statues of our great national heroes outside this elegant building which is an excellent example of fine architecture.

This is a historic occasion for our country as a whole because I do not think we have anywhere the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Balasaheb Ambedkar all in the same premises. These premises will now become part of our national heritage for these three leaders are indeed the three great architects of our nation. Mahatma Gandhi was the architect of our freedom and our nationhood. Balasaheb Ambedkar was the architect of our Constitution. Jawaharlal Nehru the architect of modern India. I salute them today, as I unveil their statues here.

Each one of them has left a lasting impression on the fabric of our nation and on the edifice of our democracy. In spite of differences in views and approach among them, these outstanding leaders were united in their outlook to uphold the cause of India. I recall the words of our former Rashtrapathiji, Shri K.R. Narayanan, a great son of Kerala and a remarkable public figure of modern India, who inaugurated this new legislature complex. Synthesizing the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Ambedkar he once wrote, "If Mahatma Gandhi gave to the nationalist movement a mass dimension and a moral purpose and Jawaharlal Nehru an economic and socialist dimension, Dr Ambedkar gave it a profound social content and a challenging social-democratic vision". By erecting these statues here we pay tribute to the humanism, the modernism and social commitment of Gandhiji, Panditji and Ambedkarji.

Historically, Kerala was perhaps one of the earliest examples of the pluralism and inclusiveness that each of these three patriots has aspired for India. The tradition of tolerance for a multi-cultural and multi-religious society that we have seen for long in Kerala is what they wanted to establish all over the country. That every Malayali, irrespective of religion and creed, shares common cultural bonds through music, dance, cuisine and language is an inspiring example of "Unity in Diversity". It has fostered a culture of tolerance that symbolizes the idea of India and should inspire Indians across the sub-continent, across the world.

Here, in "God's Own Country", Sankara's philosophy co-existed harmoniously with the ideals of Islam and Christianity. For centuries the people of Kerala prayed to different Gods, but their "Unity in Diversity" has truly made this "God's Own Country". May the future of this great land and people be truly blessed.

This culture of accommodation, of give-and-take, of inclusiveness, of cosmopolitanism is what inspired the leaders of our national movement to fight for an India that belonged to all Indians. The foundation of our democracy is built on this ancient Indian idea of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" – the universe is one family. Every leader of our national movement, and not just these three tall men whose memory we perpetuate today, was wedded to this ideal of an inclusive, secular India. We must constantly, and at all times, renew our commitment to these ideals.

Kerala is also an outstanding example of humane economic development. Your commitment to education, to social justice and to the empowerment of women, workers and farmers, stands out for the entire country to follow. Kerala has succeeded in this struggle for humane development because of the modernism and social commitment of your leaders. Dr. B.R.Ambedkar told the Constituent Assembly that "social and economic democracy are the tissue and fibre of political democracy". The impressive performance of Kerala in the realm of social and economic fields is in consonance with the vision of Gandhiji, Panditji and Ambedkarji. The challenge before the State now is to augment its industrial and agricultural growth to supplement and sustain the high human development indices.

The manner in which we allow our legislative institutions to function will shape people's perceptions about them. These institutions of democracy have to be nurtured and protected so that we can safeguard the future of democracy. Those who get elected to these august institutions of our democracy have an obligation to the people to make sure that we renew the faith of our people in our democratic institutions. In his last speech to the Constituent Assembly, Ambedkarji said that unconstitutional methods were "the grammar of anarchy". He stressed the importance of resorting to constitutional methods for the redressal of all grievances. His assertion that "the cultivation of constitutional morality among people is indispensable for the successful operation of democracy" is of immense relevance in our own time. There is no point in constructing fine buildings that are pleasing to the eye, if the proceedings within are hardly pleasing to the ear!

We owe it to our posterity to conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of our people, our freedom fighters, our Constitution and our great Republic. I hope that statues like these outside our legislative buildings will inspire us when we enter these portals. Each time we rise to speak within, we must give a thought to the sacrifice, the statesmanship and the sincerity of leaders like Gandhiji, Panditji and Ambedkarji.

They must inspire us to work for the welfare of our people, for the future of our country, for the benefit of all mankind.

Few nations are blessed to have in such a short span of time such a galaxy of great men. India was truly blessed during the 20th Century to be home to so many great, forward-looking, liberal, progressive, socially committed leaders. We must, in this Century, rise to their expectations and build a humane and great nation.

The Kerala legislature has been home to some of our greatest political leaders. I salute the memory of Pattom Thanu Pillai, R. Shankar, EMS, Mohammad Koya, Achutha Menon, PKV, E K Nayanar and all those who have made Kerala a model state in human development. We are proud that leaders like Shri A K Antony and Shri Oommen Chandy have taken Kerala forward in the era of modernization. I am sure that this new generation of Kerala's political leaders will work hard to write your future in letters of gold.

I am also happy to be here in Kerala on the eve of the festival of Onam. It is a festival of all Malayalis and is a symbol of joy, equality and sharing. I greet the people of Kerala in this festive season. May it usher an era of prosperity and well-being.

I wish the people of Kerala a bright and prosperous future.

Thank you.

BJP's Kashmir unit calls for boycott of central government interlocutors

The Bharatiya Janata Party plans to boycott the three interlocutors appointed by the Central Government to gather views from a cross-section of people and leaders in Jammu and Kashmir on how to resolve the problems besetting the region.
BJP state unit president Shamsher Singh Manhal told media on Wednesday that the Kashmir issue is an internal matter of India, and that there was no need for "alien interlocutors".
"The interlocutors have asked for the inclusion of Pakistan to resolve the crisis in Kashmir. Why should Pakistan be involved in our internal matters? Kashmir is an internal matter to India, which doesn't need any interference or help of any foreign country to resolve the issue. So, that is why the BJP is boycotting the interlocutors," said Manhal.
Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and Central Information Commissioner M M Ansari constitute the three-member panel that has been assigned to hold the largest possible consultation with all sections of the society with varied opinions about Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir has witnessed massive demonstrations against Indian rule in the last three months and at least 100 stone-pelting protestors have been killed in firing by the security forces.
A nearly four month-long spate of strikes and frequent imposition of curfews have kept the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley on the boil, shutting down much of the region, where tens of thousands have been killed, since an insurgency raised its ugly hood in 1989. (ANI)

Chhattisgarh Govt says anti-Naxal group Salwa Judum infructous

Chhattisgarh Government today told the Supreme Court that Maoist outfits and Naxalites were targeting buildings of schools, panchayats and hospitals and that anti-Naxal vigilante group Salwa Judum has become infructous. However, the petitioners, who have sought a direction to the state government to refrain from allegedly supporting and encouraging Salwa Judum, said though it (Salwa Judum) is in animated suspension, it has been revived under new name which the state government has never acknowledged.
These claims were made by the contesting parties in their affidavits filed before a bench comprisng Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar which has been monitoring the steps taken by the authorities to tackle the Naxal problem and Chhatisgarh Government''s stand on disbanding of Salwa Judum. The bench posted the matter for further hearing on November 18.
The state government, which was earlier pulled up for not filing proper affidavit, said in the first nine month of the year, there were 134 encounters between Maoist and security forces in which 160 security personnel have been killed. "From January to September this year there have been 134 encounters between Maoists and security forces in which 160 security personnel have been killed," the affidavit filed by advocate Atul Jha, the standing counsel for the Chhattisgarh Government, said.
It said, "One of the key components of the Maoist strategy is to destroy the infrastructure and the Maoist outfits and the Naxalites have destroyed 110 school buildings, 74 panchyat buildings and three hospitals". On the issue of arrest of another petitioner in the matter, Kartam Joga, a Leftist leader on September 14, the affidavit said he was arrested in connection with April 6 incident when 76 CRPF personnel were killed in an ambush by Maoists.
However, sociologist Nandini Sunder, one of the petitioners, said she visited the Naxal-hit areas in the state and maintained that though Salwa Judum is in "animated suspension", it has been revived under new name, "Dandakaranya Shanti Sangharsh Samiti", which the state government has never acknowledged or punished its members for their illegal acts. Further, villagers also refers to Special Police Officers (SPOs) as Judum when they carry out arson or killings under the guise of ''Operation Green Hunt''.
Chhattisgarh Government filed a comprehensive affidavit about the steps being taken by it in Maoist-affected areas on various issues as per the August 31 direction of the court. .

Troopers housed in schools due to exigency: Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh government has told the Supreme Court that due to administrative exigencies and lack of infrastructure it was housing security forces involved in anti-Maoist operations in 31 schools, ashrams (residential schools) and hostels.
The government said it has made alternate arrangements to ensure that the presence of troopers in these premises did not affect the education of children.
The state government said this in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court Wednesday evening.
It filed the affidavit on the direction of the apex court bench of Justice B. Sudershan Reddy and Justice S.S. Nijjar.
The affidavit sought to link the lack of infrastructure to the Maoist strategy of destroying infrastructure.
The affidavit said that Maoists have destroyed 110 school buildings, 74 panchayat buildings and three hospitals in the tribal areas.
The apex court was informed that cases of violence by activists of the Salwa Judum, an anti-Maoist civil militia in the state, were at various stages of investigations.
Refuting the charges of petitioner Nandini Sundar that her interaction with local people was hampered as she was surrounded by security forces during her visit to tribal areas of Chhattisgarh, the government said security was provided to her over apprehensions over the law and order situation.
Denying charge of another petitioner, Kartam Joga, that he was beaten up by the Salwa Judum activists and police, the affidavit said he was operated for hernia and it was not related to any kind of physical assault.
The affidavit said that Kartam Joga was one of the accused involved in the killing of 76 troopers April 6 in Dantewada district.
The state government said that the plea seeking the disbanding of Salwa Judum had become infructuous as even petitioner Nandini Sunder had purportedly said in the petition that the movement did not exist.

63 airports operating without licence in country, says DGCA

As many as 63 airports in India, including those in Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi and Hyderabad, are being operated without a valid licence, Director General of Civil Aviation has told the Bombay High Court. The Nagpur Airport is also among the defaulters who have not procured licence from DGCA, an affidavit filed by the civil aviation authority contended.
The affidavit was filed yesterday in the court of Justice Sharad Bobade and Justice Mridula Bhatkar in response to a PIL challenging transfer of Nagpur airport to MIHAN India Pvt Ltd (MIPL) from Airports Authority of India (AAI). After receiving assurance from MIPL that till June 30, 2011, it will remove 25 deficiencies from the total 59 pointed out by the DGCA in regard to infrastructure and functioning of Nagpur airport, the court directed the DGCA to ensure this should be complied with within a month.
The court also directed DGCA to take further steps to issue licenses for running the airports. Senior counsel M G Bhangde conveyed this assurance to the Court, on behalf of the MIPL, after getting instructions from Senior Airport Director, MIPL, V K Yadava, who was personally present during the hearing of the PIL. The DGCA has the responsibility to make safety audit of airports before granting license to operators, including the AAI, the affidavit said.
The DGCA affidavit said that licensing procedure was initiated in keeping with the standards notified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Through Government notification, it has been made clear that no person would be able to operate scheduled air transport service to/from an aerodrome from June 30, unless it was licensed, DGCA said.
Out of the total 63 unlicensed airports, those in Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Bangalore and Hyderabad were owned either by the private sector or joint ventures, the affidavit said. While, the DGCA issued temporary licenses to 15 airports, it has inspected 14 out of those airports by now.
It had received applications for license from 15 airports and 33 have not applied till now, the affidavit pointed out. There are 22 defence airports, where civil operations also take place.
Issue of licenses to these airports has been taken up with the Defence Ministry, the affidavit said in reply to PIL filed by Vidarbha Economic Development Council. In view of large number of unlicensed aerodromes functioning at present, the Government has adopted a phased policy in this regard.
In the first phase, granting of license to airports with international operations has been taken up.
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FACTBOX - Hurdles facing U.S. investment in India

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REUTERS - India needs investment to fuel its rapidly growing economy, overhaul its creaking infrastructure and curb a swollen current account deficit, but crucial reforms to allow foreign investors access to important sectors are stalled.
President Barack Obama will meet U.S. business leaders in India as American corporations explore the fast-growing market. The following are major areas of potential U.S. investment in India currently facing domestic hurdles:
Despite landmark legislation passed by India's parliament in August, the entry of U.S. firms into India's fledgling nuclear power market is still uncertain unless New Delhi provides more clarity on compensation liability of private operators.
Approved two years after an agreement between India and the U.S. brought New Delhi to the nuclear energy table, a new liability law gives India's state-run operator a "right of recourse" against suppliers in the event of an accident -- something U.S. firms are unhappy with.
U.S.-based firms such as General Electric and Westinghouse Electric, a subsidiary of Japan's Toshiba Corp, stand to make up to $10 billion through already-earmarked projects.
India will spend about $112 billion on defence procurement by 2016, a new KPMG report said this month, to overhaul the country's mostly Russian-supplied military.
Those orders include a $11 billion deal for 126 fighter jets that six companies are competing for, including U.S. firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp.
But Washington faces a host of hurdles, including Indian worries that signing defence pacts which are necessary for the U.S. arms sales to go through may land New Delhi into a wider entanglement with the U.S. military.
One pact is the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA), which would allow American military to use Indian facilities for operations like refuelling. Two other pacts are required under U.S. domestic laws to transfer sensitive defence technology.
India's $450 billion retail industry is currently off-limits for foreign multi-brand retail firms.
With the disorganised mom-and-pop stores accounting for over 90 percent of domestic trade, the issue is a political minefield for a ruling Congress party fearful of losing its populist appeal through potential job losses and protests from farmers.
The retail sector is largely closed to foreign firms, with 51 percent foreign direct investment allowed only in single-brand retail. Multi-brand retail is restricted to cash-and-carry or wholesale outlets, restricting the entry of retailers such as U.S. giant Wal-Mart.
The world's top retailer, which runs cash-and-carry stores in India, has said it is ready to open hundreds of retail outlets as soon as the rules are liberalised.
FDI in India's banking sector is currently limited at 49 percent in private banks, and 20 percent in public lenders. However, current rules restrict foreign investors to only 10 percent of voting rights, regardless of investment level.
U.S. and other foreign firms are unlikely to increase their investment unless the cap on voting power is lifted.
Insurance industry reform, to allow foreign investors to take a bigger stake in Indian firms, has been on the table for years.
But opposition resistance, looming state elections and an ever-growing reform agenda for the ruling Congress party has delayed any legislative progress.
(Reporting by Henry Foy; Editing by Alistair Scrutton)
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'Clear chasm between what India says, what it does', claims Pak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday alleged there is a "clear chasm" between India's statements and actions on the issue of resumption of the stalled dialogue process and asked New Delhi to take steps for holding meaningful and result-oriented parleys.

"There is a clear chasm between what India says and what it does. Otherwise, Pakistan and India should have surely been able to resolve or to normalise their relations on the basis of settling their bilateral disputes, including the Kashmir dispute," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told a weekly news briefing.

Basit stated this when he was asked to comment on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remarks yesterday that India wants to resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue.

"As far as we are concerned, India needs to bridge the wide gap which exists between what it says and what it does," he said.

"For Pakistan, dialogue does not mean that we periodically sit across the table with India and reiterate our known respective positions. We want a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process," Basit said.

Pakistan, he added, will welcome it if India moved "beyond rhetoric and blame game."

Basit contended that there was "nothing on the ground which inspires hope" about the resumption of the bilateral dialogue.

He also criticised India's handling of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, claiming its stand "reaffirms its blinkered approach and refusal to resolve the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris."

"Whenever our two countries resume the dialogue process, one hopes that India comes to that dialogue with an open mind and with an objective to achieve something out of that dialogue rather than just talk and have photo sessions," he said.

28 Oct, 2010, 03.53PM IST,ET Now

Investors turning to Asia because of higher returns: Sani Hamid, Director, Financial Alliance

In an interview with ET Now, Sani Hamid , Director, Wealth Management, Financial Alliance , talks about the repercussions of QE2 and Indian markets.

First let's talk about the big global macro event, the final picture for the QE2. What are your expectations and do you think there could be a bit of profit booking once the final blueprint is out?

Potentially a little bit. Markets run up a bit with regards to expectations. We have seen some profit taking already coming in over a past few sessions. So if the QE2 does not come out as aggressive as we expect, we potentially could see some more profit taking, but then again we have to remember the primary trend.

This is QE2, this is another at least a couple of trillions of dollars into the system and that money will find its way into Asia some way or another, and that's going to be good in a sense for Asian markets, Asian equity markets. So overall it is still a corrective profit taking, but in the medium term, it is positive for markets.

What would be the repercussions of QE2 because now what is being debated is the quantum of the easing that actually would come about and what's the call that the Fed is going to take and the kind of commentary that they really give out. What would it mean for emerging markets and India in particular?

What QE1 has proven to us is that a lot of the money that has been printed and minted in the US and across the globe in developed countries even in Europe and in Japan, is finding its way into emerging markets.

Investors there are bringing funds over to Asia because of the higher returns in Asia. So that would be the theme or that would be the effect of the quantitative easing and mind you if you look into the leading economic indicators, a lot of them are heading south and over the next 6-12 months, you will see the economic situation in the developed nations deteriorate further.

So there is a question of whether the Federal Reserve and the rest of the authorities in the developed nations want to try and go in this time or risk taking small steps, but having to come in a few more times. So that's a question which a lot of us face, all of them face at this particular point, but overall for India, for rest of Asia, we will continue to see fund flow coming in and that will cause some problems for authorities here in Asia.

Right, so let me just give you two numbers. First, if the final blueprint of QE2 talks about a bailout package of $500 billion, what could be the repercussions? And let's double that number, if the final QE2 number is not $500 billion, but $1 trillion, what could be the immediate upside in asset classes?

It all depends, $500 billion, $1 trillion, yes, it is doubling of the QE number, but if Federal Reserve comes in at $500 billion, if the economy continues to decline and which I expect it to do, potentially there could be even more QEs in the future, QE part 3, QE part 4, QE part 5 who knows. Would they potentially just say let's try, come in 1 trillion, hopefully this will turn the economy around, therefore, we do not have to come in further down the road.

Mind you, QE is not something which is a positive anymore at this point of time with regards to the rest of the world. Everybody is looking at the US and saying the more you go down this path, the more we push against the wall. Our currencies are appreciating, our assets are appreciating, they are trying very hard to prevent this asset bubble from building up, so please be responsible, please try and rein in this kind of printing of money because it is really causing a lot of problems.

No pre-condition for approving Cairn-Vedanta deal: ONGC

State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) today said it has not put any pre-condition for approving Cairn Energy Plc selling stake in Indian unit to Vedanta Resources.

"We have not put any pre-condition ... No two issues have been attached to this," ONGC Chairman R S Sharma told reporters here, when asked if the company will make the royalty issue a pre-condition for waiving its pre-emption rights in the Cairn-Vedanta deal.

ONGC, which is 30 per cent partner in Cairn India- operated Rajasthan oilfields, is obliged to pay royalty on entire crude oil produce from the blocks, even though its share is just 30 per cent.

"These issues are not related," Sharma said, referring to royalty payment and the pre-emption right.

Sharma said the company paid Rs 319 crore royalty in excess of its share of crude oil produce during July-September quarter.

The royalty-liability makes the Rajasthan project a losing preposition for ONGC.
28 Oct 2010, 18:32
September infrastructure output up 2.5 per cent y/y: Govt
In the first half of the current financial year that ends in March 2011, output rose 4.0 per cent compared with 4.5 per cent a year ago.
28 Oct 2010, 17:53
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India to discuss outsourcing curbs with Obama

BANGALORE: The Indian government will discuss a host of issues, including the outsourcing curbs, with US President Barack Obama during his visit to India November 6-9, Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Tachnology T Sachin Pilot said on Thursday.

"We will be discussing a host of issues with Obama during his visit to India November 6-8. Issues related to the IT industry, including hike in US visa fee and outsourcing curbs will also be taken up with him by our government," Pilot told reporters on the margins of Bangalore IT.Biz 2010 here here.

Noting that concerns of the IT industry have already been conveyed to the highest levels in the US administration, Pilot said that the government would adequately address issues pertaining to the growth of the industry.

"The Indian IT sector is a very strong and resilient industry. No matter what strategies or challenges it faces from others, it will overcome all of them, as it has young, energetic and talented people, who understand the needs of the country and the world better," Pilot said after unveiling the three-day premier event.

Asserting that the Indian IT industry was matured and strong enough to deal with any challenge that may come up, he said that information and communication technologies (ICT) have to reach out to the farthest parts of the country.

"The IT industry and other stakeholders have to focus on the farthest, remote and rural areas. I believe that computer penetration, internet broadband services and e-governance must be implemented in rural areas expeditiously," Pilot said.

Referring to the launch of electronic public call offices (ePCOs) in Karnataka, Pilot said the ePCOs would ensure and enable the people in rural areas access government services at reasonable rates.

"It will also create much more transparency and ensure delivery of services at the last mile. We feel that e-governance has to be a reality and that can be possible when we target the 600,000-odd villages across the country," Pilot pointed out.

Promoted by the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (Keonics) with global chip maker Intel and Suvidha Group, the ePCOs will be set up across the state to ensure employment to those who were operating PCOs before the mobile revolution rendered landline phones redundant.

"About 5,000 e-PCOs will be set up across the state this fiscal year (2010-11) with a computer and high speed broadband connectivity for internet facility to offer a range of e-services, including utility payments, booking of air, train and bus tickets and e-mail for citizens in urban and rural areas," state Indormation Technology Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu said on the occasion.

The Karnataka government has taken the initiative to bailout about 200,000 PCOs across the state affected by the mobile revolution, by equipping them with a computer and internet for providing a range of e-services to citizens and ensure steady income for self-employed operators.

28 Oct, 2010, 07.45PM IST, Chidanand Rajghatta,TNN

Obama to have his fill of Gandhi during India visit

WASHINGTON: President Obama will have a fill of his pet passions on his three-day visit to India next week in what will be his longest stay to date in a foreign country. Two Gandhi-related events, several townhall-style and round table meetings, and a couple of cultural outings will precede a day of intense political engagement in New Delhi on November 8 on his first-ever visit to India.

After paying respect to victims of the 26/11 carnage at the Taj Hotel on November 6 hours after his arrival, the US President will visit the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum in Mumbai, although he is also scheduled to make the mandatory trip for foreign leaders to the Gandhi Samadhi when he goes to New Delhi on November 8.

The President's respect for the Mahatma is well-known; he kept a framed picture of Gandhi in his Senate office and invoked his name in his Nobel Peace Prize speech. When he was asked once which hero of his, dead or alive, he'd like to have dinner with, he had named Gandhi. "Now, it would probably be a really small meal because he didn't eat a lot," he had joked.

Levity aside, US officials said he had a deep and abiding respect for India's founding father. "The example of Gandhi is one that has inspired Americans, inspired African Americans, including Dr King, and it's very personally important to the President," a senior administration official who briefed the media on his schedule in India said.

The President will then get down to serious business, attending a business summit put together by the US-India Business Council where he will make three interventions – first at a roundtable with US and Indian entrepreneurs, second at a roundtable with US. CEOs, and then a keynote speech, which officials said will focus on the US-India economic relationship and will be the centerpiece of the day.

The somber and serious events will then give way to some festivities. The President and the First Lady will take part in Diwali celebrations at a local school the next day, although it will be well past the festival.

Officials said the President also looks forward to interacting with the youth of India, and he intends to talk to university students in a town-hall setting which he loves. The precise location of these events was held back, presumably for security reasons and pending final touches.

Separately, officials said, First Lady Michelle Obama would also be having a couple of events relating to education and women's empowerment. They said her program is still being worked on. The First Lady will accompany the President to India and Indonesia before peeling off to return home to be with their children, who won't make the trip because of school.

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'Clear chasm between what India says, what it does', claims Pak

Economic Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday alleged there is a "clear chasm" between India's statements and actions on the issue of resumption of the stalled dialogue process and asked New Delhi to take steps for holding meaningful and result-oriented parleys. ...

Pakistan hopes Obama to play role for regional peace

Xinhua - Xiong Tong - ‎3 hours ago‎
ISLAMABAD, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan Thursday expressed the hope that US President Barack Obama would take up issues that are central to ensuring peace and stability in the region during his forthcoming visit to India. ...

India not serious on composite dialogue, alleges Pakistan

Sify - ‎4 hours ago‎
Islamabad, Oct 28 (IANS) Pakistan has accused India of not being serious about the composite dialogue process because 'it never did what it said'. The process was initiated in 2004 between the two countries to settle contentious issues. ...

India should shun the tendency of accusing ISI: FO - ‎2 hours ago‎
Addressing the weekly briefing at the Foreign Office, spokesman Abdul Basit said, "Pakistan hopes that the US being a super power can play its role for regional peace." – (File Photo) ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed the hope that during his ...

'India is obsessed with blaming ISI'

The Express Tribune - ‎4 hours ago‎
FO spokesperson slams Indian policies as it seeks details of probe into the Samjhota Express bombings. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has slammed double standards in the Indian government's policies, as it seeks details of the probe into the Samjhota Express ...

PAKISTAN: How To Extract Protection Money From US

Eurasia Review - ‎5 hours ago‎
By David M. WalkerThe United States is a great country-arguably the greatest in the history of mankind. Yet, we're not as great as we think we are. We don't learn from history, and we don't do enough ... The third US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue for the ...
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Interlocutors visit Jammu; BJP activists stage protest

The Hindu - ‎3 hours ago‎
PTI The Hindu Noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, one of the three interlocutors appointed by the Centre to find a solution to Jammu and Kashmir issue, said "we are at the beginning of a journey which is going to be long and arduous one". ...

BJP workers protest against interlocutors in Jammu

Oneindia - ‎1 hour ago‎
Jammu, Oct 26: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers held demonstrations at the at Kachi Chawni Chowk here on Thursday, Oct 26 to protest against the "objectionable" remarks made by Centre-appointed interlocutors for Jammu Kashmir. ...

Kashmir Interlocutors indulging in sound byte unilateralism: BJP

Economic Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW DELHI: Hitting out at the interlocutors, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday said the central team on Kashmir had transformed the "quiet dialogue" mentioned by Home Minister P Chidambaram into "sound byte unilateralism". ...

Pandits, BJP boycott interlocutors in Jammu

Sify - ‎1 hour ago‎
Jammu, Oct 28 (IANS) The central team of interlocutors on Kashmir Thursday concluded their visit to Jammu region on a disappointing note with some of the important groups, including the Pandits and the BJP, boycotting them. The interlocutors, however ...

Kashmir interlocutors hint at considering 'Azaadi' option

Times of India - Saleem Pandit - ‎Oct 27, 2010‎
SRINAGAR: The interlocutors appointed for J&K have hinted at introducing amendments in the Indian constitution to accommodate considering the " Azaadi option" for Kashmir. "Indian constitution is a beautiful document and there is room for modification ...

BJP to boycott interlocutors for 'irritating utterances'

Times of India - Sanjay Khajuria - ‎Oct 27, 2010‎
JAMMU: Taking strong exception to the recent statements coming from interlocutors appointed by the Centre, the state BJP has decided to boycott their efforts at meeting different shades of people in Jammu and Kashmir. 'The party has taken this decision ...

BJP slams Kashmir interlocutor for statement on 'azadi'

Hindustan Times - ‎8 hours ago‎
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today came down heavily on Radha Kumar, one of the three Kashmir interlocutors, for her reported suggestion that the constitution could be amended to accommodate a "discussion on the azadi option for Jammu and Kashmir. ...

Centre's panel on Kashmir to take all stakeholders on board

Hindustan Times - ‎Oct 27, 2010‎
PTI Advocating "baby steps" for pushing forward the dialogue process on Jammu and Kashmir, Centre's interlocutors on Wednesday said besides interacting with all shades of opinion in the state, they had a huge task of taking all the stakeholders in the ...

Interlocutors now talk of 'azaadi' in Kashmir

Economic Times - ‎16 hours ago‎
SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: In what could invite fresh criticism, J&K interlocutors on Wednesday hinted at introducing amendments in the Indian Constitution to accommodate a discussion on the " azaadi option" for Kashmir. "The Indian constitution is a ...
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Pandits, BJP boycott interlocutors in Jammu

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Jammu, Oct 28 (IANS) The central team of interlocutors on Kashmir Thursday concluded their visit to Jammu region on a disappointing note with some of the ...
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Home Ministry approves amnesty scheme for youth interested to shun violence

Punjab Newsline - Bashir Assad - ‎1 hour ago‎
SRINGAR: Blessing in disguise it may be, for the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir to sell the issue of facilitating the return of those ...
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J&K govt to pay arrears to employees - ‎5 hours ago‎
PTI | 03:10 PM,Oct 28,2010 Srinagar, Oct 28 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir Government has approved the payment of arrears to its employees on account of ...
J&K Cabinet promotes IAS, KAS officers, approved road map for arrears of 6 Pay ... GroundReport
Arrears of sixth pay commission to be paid to employees:JK Indian Express (press release)
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Four IAS officers transferred, eight promoted by J&K govt

Daily News & Analysis - ‎5 hours ago‎
Place: Srinagar | Agency: PTI A minor administration reshuffle was carried out by the Jammu and Kashmir government in which four IAS officers were ...

Ramky led consortium bags Rs 11 bn project in J&K - ‎3 hours ago‎
... laning of Srinagar Banihal section of NH-1A from km 187 to km 189.350 (Banihal Bypass) & km 220.700 to km 286.110 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
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J&K: Centre and State Officials Review Cross LOC Trade

Outlook - ‎2 hours ago‎
A team of senior officials from the centre and Jammu and Kashmir Government visited the Salamabad trade facilitation centre at Uri in Baramulla district of ...

Himachal court judges contribute for Leh victims

Sify - ‎1 hour ago‎
... Pradesh have collected over Rs.4 lakh to rehabilitate people affected by the flashfloods in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said here Thursday.

NADRA to issue free of cost duplicate CNICs to journalists: Malik

Associated Press of Pakistan - ‎2 hours ago‎
LONDON, Oct 28 (APP)- Amir, Jamaat Islami, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Abdur Rashid Turrabi told a news conference here last night that his party plans to ...
:. JI AJK announces cross LOC 'Kashmir March' Kashmir Watch
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No curfew in Kashmir: Police

indiablooms - ‎5 hours ago‎
Traffic is plying on roads while business establishments are also opened," said Jammu & Kashmir Police. "There are no reports of any untoward incident from ...
Curfew restrictions relaxed in Srinagar and Handwara districts of Jammu-Kashmir Sify
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BJP criticism hurting national interest: Cong

Times of India - ‎Oct 26, 2010‎
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday urged political parties to refrain from commenting on the work of the interlocutors for Jammu & Kashmir, criticising the ...
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J&K should bear expenses of patients with eye injuries: CPI(M)

Daily News & Analysis - ‎Oct 27, 2010‎
Place: Srinagar | Agency: PTI The Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M) today asked the state government to bear all expenses of treatment of two students, ...

J&K govt forms committee for saffron development in the state - ‎Oct 27, 2010‎
PTI | 07:10 PM,Oct 27,2010 Srinagar, Oct 27 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir government has today constituted a Project Management Committee for the "National ...
Saffron being smuggled from Iran to India MSN India
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Winter nip in Delhi as mercury dips

Sify - ‎Oct 27, 2010‎
'Snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and the wind pattern over northwest India have brought down the temperatures in Delhi. This is the first indication that ...

M Y Khan named Chairman for Pakal Dul, Chenab basin projects - ‎4 hours ago‎
PTI | 04:10 PM,Oct 28,2010 Srinagar, Oct 28 (PTI) The state has appointed former Jammu and Kashmir Bank Chairman MY Khan as chairman of the Board of ...

J&K: Ban on Demonstrations Around Civil Secretariat

Outlook - ‎9 minutes ago‎
The District administration of Jammu and Kashmir has imposed a ban on taking out processions and holding demonstrations around Civil Secretariat from ...
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Obama visit strikes fear in Kashmir

Asia Times Online - Sudha Ramachandran - ‎5 hours ago‎
To those in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, however, the visit of an American president ignites fear and foreboding. among its most controversial.
J&K fears rise in attacks around Obama's visit Times of India
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Special attention for training police in riot control: J&K DGP

MSN India - ‎1 hour ago‎
Srinagar, Oct 28 (PTI) With stone pelting posing a major challenge to law enforcement agencies in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Police today said that ...

After snow in the hilly area, mercury falls in the northern plains of India

Daily News & Analysis - ‎6 hours ago‎
Place: Chandigarh | Agency: PTI After snowfall in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir recently, mercury in Punjab and Haryana dipped ...

J&K scribes on 'exposure trip' to TN, Pondy

Express Buzz - ‎11 hours ago‎
CHENNAI: With the view to sensitising the Jammu and Kashmir media on "real development" happening across the country, particularly in Southern India, ...

Curfew imposed in four districts of J-K

Sify - ‎Oct 27, 2010‎
Curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir's four districts on Wednesday to foil a march called by moderate faction of Hurrriyat Conference to the office of ...
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