ibtl Columns

  • How spiritual leaders are being targeted...?

    S Gurumurthy | Wednesday, Sep 12,2012, 17:04 IST .

    Indeed a disgusting story — a concerted, converging attempt to tarnish Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram in Kerala by demonstrable lies and falsehoods. “Amma” as Mata Amritanandamayi is affectionately known is not just a Hindu spiritual lighthouse. She is a power house of service to people that has grown to unbelievable heights. Before unfolding the despicable story, here is a hel..

  • The Kurukshetra War Of The 21st Century

    Francois Gautier | Friday, Sep 07,2012, 02:27 IST .

    There is nothing wrong about war”, once said Sri Aurobindo. And it is true that throughout the ages, war has been an essential part of man’s life on this planet and there have been very few periods in modern history which have not seen strife. The French fought three bloody wars against the Germans in the last 125 years, India has battled five wars in 55 years, four against Pakist..

  • How Narendra Modi Spoiled Media Prime Time Party

    Sandeep Web | Saturday, Sep 01,2012, 16:26 IST .

    There used to be a time not too long ago when the most charitable thing that the media said about Modi went something like this: “Narendra Modi is no stranger to controversy.” The story of how that narrative changed after the courts exonerated him in the riots cases and with how the Gujarat economic juggernaut kept rolling doesn’t need repetition. Today, no matter how hard t..

  • UPA compromising Indian nationality

    Sandhya Jain | Thursday, Aug 30,2012, 02:27 IST .

    When a resolute MP chaperones Rohingya Muslims from far eastern Myanmar to Hyderabad in the south without a hitch en route, it is obvious the Centre has consented to compromise nationality. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should explain if the entrenched complicity with the demographic invasion from Bangladesh is the template for his quest for open borders with our western neighbour, and if New..

  • Brazil is the biggest exporter of Indian breeds of cows... Records over 62 litres/day

    Devinder Sharma | Tuesday, Aug 21,2012, 00:19 IST .

    Brazil is the biggest exporter of Indian breeds of cows. Gir cow now records over 62 litres/day in Brazil...

    This majestic cow is from Brazil. Belonging to the Gir breed of Gujarat, this cow -- named She-ra -- clocked 62.033 litres of milk in a 3-day milk competition at the 40th Expaja in Brazil, beating her own record of 59.947 litres. While Indian cattl..

  • Bodos are the victims in Assam riots

    Sandhya Jain | Monday, Aug 20,2012, 00:06 IST .

    Last month’s violence in Kokrajhar district, Assam, which resulted in 77 dead (so far) and nearly four lakh uprooted from home, their humble hearths torched to cinders, possibly to prevent them from returning to reclaim the vacated lands, was both the consequence of the sharply changing population profile in India’s eastern States, and an attempt to perpetuate and entrench the dem..

  • Chinese whispers in Indian Power Sector

    Sandhya Jain | Thursday, Aug 16,2012, 01:00 IST .

    A television debate following the simultaneous failure of three grids on 31 July revealed India’s plans to integrate its power grid with China, and other neighbours. Not being a subject expert, one cannot opine if this conflicts with current moves by states to ensure ‘islanding’ so that sudden fluctuations in drawing power from the grid do not trigger total blackouts across ..

  • Baba Ramdev... Crowd Power

    Dr. Rita Pal | Monday, Aug 13,2012, 18:22 IST .

    Yoga Supermo, Baba Ramdev and his team have been at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi for a week now. Their protest continues undeterred. This flamboyant gentleman has beaten all the odds and leads a well organised effective protest. Contrary to popular belief, he was able to command a large audience. Approximately two lakhs attended Ramlila Maidan on the 12th August 2012. The protest has ..

  • Sab Dharti Gopal Ki...? - The Land Acquisition Conundrum

    Abhishek Joshi | Saturday, Aug 11,2012, 18:46 IST .

    Perhaps this might be coming up from the ramparts of Red Fort in a week’s time. “With stroke of the midnight, when the world sleeps, India shall sleep too and when it wakes up would realize that all the land of farmers, regardless of single, multi crop or barren have been acquired by the Government, transferred to Institutional Investors and Corporate players and farmers for all a..

  • The Power of People... Ramlila Maidan

    Dr. Rita Pal | Saturday, Aug 11,2012, 15:04 IST .

    60,000 and Rising...

    It is said that when one door closes, another door opens. This was certainly the case in India this week. Team Anna shut the lights off, shut up shop and took their cricket bats home. Despite commencing a

  • 'Kabhi this that that - Kabhi that that this...'

    Abhishek Joshi | Friday, Aug 10,2012, 01:38 IST .

    Some catchy line sung by someone onscreen with whom I share the very common 1st name but having worldly famous last name – Abhishek Bachchan in some flick released sometime ago. Crooning to his self glory, adding dash of his own stardom and tapping steering wheels when aired on FM, perhaps he leaves  the message much more sharply communicated on the state of this country..

  • Wake up Team Anna

    Dr. Rita Pal | Wednesday, Aug 08,2012, 13:47 IST .

    Anna Disbanded : Team Anna disbanded recently following their announcement that they would dip their toes in the political gutter. Many faithful supporters plummeted into a deep sense of bereavement. I likened it to a massive power failure in India in my

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