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Two recent events provoke critical scrutiny of Hindu organizations and what is perceived as Nagpur’s inability or unwillingness to deal with the rise of cult-figure individuals within the RSS parivar, or closely associated with it, and the corresponding diminishing of idealism and the end of peoples’ movement.

The concept of Human Rights is a political baton wielded by the West to keep former colonies and/or non-Christian nations in thrall. Yet Western regimes find the very human rights they peddle intolerable when invoked against themselves.

It would be churlish to deny the merit of some scathing observations made about the print and electronic media by the new chairman of the Press Council of India, in a recent television interview.

Successive Governments at the Centre have tried to create the institution of Lokpal at the national level, after the idea was first mooted by late MP, Dr. L.M. Singhvi.

Talking of RTI, there are quite a few issues that have never made it to the media so far, which could have been covered during the convention, if only grassroots activists had been given adequate opportunity to share their experiences.

Late one evening last week, I was asked by a well-meaning friend why did I hate the idea of “Food Security Bill” so much? Surely no one can reasonably object to making sure every Indian is well-fed and healthy? He was right.

Any truly healthy relationship is based on mutual respect as well as self-respect on each side. A relationship of dependency, expectations, and quid pro quos is inherently corrupting.

Amidst heightened sectarian strife in Pakistan, both inter-community as well as intra-Islam, a small jatha of Hindu landless labourers has reached the capital in quest of asylum, and eventual citizenship.

The PPP government that now is playing the victim card had many chances to put the all-powerful army and notorious ISI in their place. The party instead preferred to opt for political survival.

 

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