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India Mauled At Nagpur - Srikant to Be Sacked
The Indian Cricket Team, in the recent past, never faced such a humiliating defeat as they got from the visiting South African team at Nagpur.
06:00 Feb 11, 2010 PST
It's a National Shame Regionalism Has Undermined Nationalism in Mumbai
It's a relay race between Raj Thackery's MNS and Uday Thackery's Shiv Sena. If one stops, the other starts. It's what's happening in Mumbai of late.
13:30 Feb 7, 2010 PST
India: Is Comparison Between Modi and Gandhiji Justifiable?
Modi, eternally, stands condemned for his role in the 2002 riots and no amount of his good work in Gujarat is going to erase the bitter memories of the post-Godhra riots until he admits his guilt and ...
08:59 Feb 1, 2010 PST
Liberhan Commission Report - Blame Game in Parliament
Congress Govt led by Narsimha Rao abetted the crime and an act of shame by not acting in time to save the structure, even though intelligence report clearly suggested the inevitable would happen if no action was taken in time.
10:11 Dec 8, 2009 PST
Rahul Gandhi Who Redefined Leadership is Leading The List - a Debate is On
An eventful year 2009 is coming to an end in just 25 days before it slips into history. The year 2009 would be remembered for it redefined politics in the country.
16:40 Dec 6, 2009 PST
Shiv Sena's Diatribe Against Sachin is Wholly Unethical - He is The Son of India
There was no justification of any kind for Bal Thackery to insult the son of Maharashtra who made Maharashtra proud. It is true one must love his state. But when the question of India comes, every one joins as one nation.
16:38 Nov 28, 2009 PST
A Maharashtra Shame Four MNS MLAs Suspended for Slapping Abu Azmi
Abu Azmi Was Slapped for Taking The Oath in Hindi - It's a National Shame, Deserves High Condemnation
05:24 Nov 11, 2009 PST
BJP May Give in to Reddys Demand Or Crumble in Karnataka - Cong The Beneficiary
This tirade against Dr. Manmohan Singh, proved costly for him as people rejected him and rallied around Congress to cause the greatest upset in the 2009 General Elections, returning Congress and allies with a comfortable majority.
07:17 Nov 8, 2009 PST
Jamait-Ulema-E-Hind Not Sole Muslim Representative - 'Vande Mataram' Directives
Jamait-Ulema-E-Hind is Not The Sole Representative Body of Muslims - Muslims Should Ignore The Jamait Directives on 'vande Mataram'
05:19 Nov 7, 2009 PST
One Swallow Cannot Make a Summer
One solitary performance will not salvage Dhoni's lost prestige, unless he continues to deliver in the matches to come.
06:17 Nov 3, 2009 PST
America Bleeds in Afghanistan, Pakistan is Collapsing
George Bush pushed America and allies into a 'no winning' war in Afghanistan and Iraq, a faulty policy that cost the US dearly.
07:32 Nov 2, 2009 PST
Indian Politician Bal Thackery Blames Marathi Manoos for Party Defeat
Drawing a parallel between the win of regional parties in Tamilnadu like Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi, the BJD Patnaik win in Orissa and Modi's local pride in Gujarat all paid off but not in Maharashtra.
10:40 Oct 27, 2009 PST
Congress All Over in Three Assembly Elections
Indian democracy has finally come of age and people have grown, become mature to reject hate politics. BJP has to remould its policies, while others in opposition are in a bind including the Communists...
22:02 Oct 24, 2009 PST
The Ghost of Match Fixing Still Haunts The Pakistanis
Earlier Pakistan had every chance to beat the Aussies in the last encounter, where they lost on the last ball. If they had put a little more enthusiasm in the match, they would have easily won it.
15:42 Oct 7, 2009 PST
India Protests to China Over Stamping of Kashmiris Visas
What China is up to is not clear, except it is provoking India. First it was an airspace violation, followed by intrusion into Ladakh. Now it is further provoking India by stamping visas on separate paper instead of in passports.
05:20 Oct 3, 2009 PST
What Went Wrong for Team India in South Africa?
Team India is now fighting hard to get a berth in the semi-final in Champions' Trophy being played in South Africa. What went wrong with Team India when they failed to perform to their potential against arch-rival Pakistan is a matter of debate.
03:51 Oct 3, 2009 PST
Rahul Gandhi Making Waves in Uttar Pradesh - Cause of Worry for Mayawathi
Sinha went on to say that all the hard work and efforts put in by Rahul Gandhi with the people would bear fruit one day since he has a lot of promise for future.
04:56 Sep 30, 2009 PST
Pakistan's First National Anthem Was Written By a Hindu Poet
This debate over the anthem came at a time when Pakistan were having a second look into the role of Jinnah during partition after a political biography written by India's ex-Foreign Minister and BJP's founder member, Jaswant Singh.
08:17 Sep 28, 2009 PST
I Will Continue to Tweet Says Shashi Tharoor
'So, twitter will continue and I will not exercise self-censorship but some moderation,' he said in an interview to India Today magazine.
14:03 Sep 27, 2009 PST
Afridi Bubbling With Confidence, Dhoni is Confident of India's Win
Afridi and Younus are bubbling with confidence, though both are aware that it is not easy to walk over against the mighty Indians.
14:03 Sep 26, 2009 PST
Water on The Moon: What Does It Mean to The World?
When India's maiden moon mission Chandrayan I aborted, everyone thought India's mission failed. But the ISRO scientists held their nerve and did not disappoint the country and world community.
17:37 Sep 25, 2009 PST
Alzheimer's Day Observed World-Wide as a Day of Awareness
Be Sympathetic to People Suffering From Alzheimers and Other Forms of Dementia
12:12 Sep 23, 2009 PST
Advani Denies Role in Jaswant Singh Expulsion
BJP like Congress is facing a test of its strength in Maharashtra and Haryana where elections are due within a month.
04:53 Sep 22, 2009 PST
Unnecessary Controversy Raging Over Use Of Allah Hafiz
It has been ordained in the Holy Quran for peaceful co-existeance with other religious groups. That is what has been said, 'Lakum Deenukum Waliyadeen'. Let us not therefore fight over Khuda Hafiz and Allah Hafiz.
15:35 Sep 21, 2009 PST
Chidambarams Quiet Diplomacy Paid Off Pak Finally Acts Against Hafiz Saeed
It was a most difficult task achieved such ease by our Home Minister. Humility all pervasive when Chidambaram did not want too much credit for his success. He said the facts were before the world and spoke for themselves.
17:14 Sep 19, 2009 PST
By-Poll Election Results - Wake Up Call to All
Lalu in particular said that this was only a semi-final and in the next year final, he will have more crackers to fire than he did yesterday.
13:31 Sep 19, 2009 PST
Shashi Tharoor Eats Humble Pie for His Tweet Remarks
It is said 'Loose lips sink ships'. It seems to be true with Shahi Tharoor, a former UN Diplomat turned politician who is courting controversies one after another mainly due to his inadvertent remarks.
16:19 Sep 18, 2009 PST
Why the Government is Insensitive to Rising Prices of Essential Commodities?
I hope the government will listen to the grievances and do everything possible to fight the menace of rising prices. A mere austerity measure of the kind of a few ministers travelling by economy class will not solve the problem.
09:16 Sep 16, 2009 PST
Madurai's Wall of Shame Still Exist - Brinda Karat
A brief detention by police did not deter CPM leader Brinda Karat to walk into the village in Madurai. to find out that the Dalit segregation has deepened further.
14:48 Sep 13, 2009 PST
Sonia Gandhi Growing in Stature as a Politician
Sonia Gandh, was a reluctant entrant to Indian politics more to save the Congress from extinction than to further her family interest.
05:58 Sep 9, 2009 PST
Is the Dragon Breathing Fire?
New Delhi has reacted to the incident saying border violations are not an issue and stem from different perceptions of the Line of Actual Control.
18:52 Sep 8, 2009 PST
Sachin Tendulkar Suggests a New Formula to Revive ODI
Games, in any form are played all over the world not for personal landmark or achievement but for spectators delight. What is the use of a game that is played for 3 or 4 or 5 days with almost empty stands?
05:32 Sep 6, 2009 PST
Pakistan's Nuclear Lies Exposed - Stockpiling Nukes!
The only country which can stop Pakistan is the U.S. and not China, which is equally guilty of supplying major components and reactors to that country.
16:42 Sep 3, 2009 PST
Why Did Jaswant Singh Not Quit as Public Accounts Committee Chairman?
Now the ball is in the court of the Speaker of Lok Sabha. What decision she takes, will be watched with interest. My advice to Jaswant Singh is to quit on his own to avoid unpleasant action from the Speaker of the House.
13:29 Sep 3, 2009 PST
BJP Issues 'Show Cause Notice' to Arun Shourie
Arun Shourie Did More Damage to BJP Than Good - His Continuance in The Party Harmful
15:23 Aug 27, 2009 PST
Banish One Day Internationals and Organise Test World Cup - Hayden
Mathew Hayden, known for his blistering knocks in any form of cricket, suggested banishing One Day Internationals as they are losing spectator interest all over the world
11:09 Aug 24, 2009 PST
Sundheendra Kulkarni Quits BJP On Ideological Grounds - Has Exodus Begun?
Political circles are abuz with rumours that the visit by Jaswant Singh to Vajpayee after his ouster was a clear snub to the party.
10:04 Aug 24, 2009 PST
Jaswant Singh Covered BJP's Advani on Khandahar
Although Advani said Jaswant Singh's expulsion was necessary though unfortunate, the general feeling is that they have made a great mistake which they will regret.
11:02 Aug 23, 2009 PST
BJP and Its Future Hang in the Balance
Jaswant Singh's departure from the BJP cast a long shadow on the party and its leadership. Its looks like a deeply shallow and divided party. The crisis ridden party is still to cope up with its internal wrangling.
12:56 Aug 22, 2009 PST
Tragic End to Vajpayee's 'Hanuman' and Rajnath's 'Ravan' - End of Vajpayee
As a matter of fact, the launching of the Book was delayed on the request of the Party President. Jaswant Singh was asked to wait first until the Assembly elections were over and then Parliamentary elections.
18:38 Aug 20, 2009 PST
Mangalore in The Grip of Religious Intolerance - Muslims Not Free Of Blame
The BJP government in Karnataka should take the lead to propagate the ideals of the great men who taught us that India is a land of tolerance. Let us all maintain communal harmony and peace.
04:40 Aug 20, 2009 PST
Afghans To Choose Their New President
Whether it is Karzai or Abdullah Abdullah, we only have to wait two more days to see.
16:18 Aug 18, 2009 PST
Indian Team Selection for Tri-Series Flawed - Youngsters Left Out Gasping
Indian Team for Tri-Series and Champions Trophy in Sri-Lanka - Dravid's Inclusion Questionable. What Message Have Selectors Sent to Youngsters?
12:45 Aug 18, 2009 PST
Afghanistan Going Back to Medieval Age
Karzai should withdraw the legislation and leave the matter to Shia clerics to enforce personal laws through their own diktats to the community.
08:54 Aug 16, 2009 PST
Indian Celebrities Strip Searched at US Airports: Fault, They Have Islamic Names
India's King Khan, an international fame actor, was detained at Newyork airport and questioned for two hours, obviously for he carried the surname 'Khan'.
05:34 Aug 16, 2009 PST
Burma Thumbs its Nose at Impotent World
What is baffling is the muted response from all. British Prime Minister Brown had written a long article, condemning the atrocities and detention of Suu Kyi. But this is not enough.
09:01 Aug 15, 2009 PST
BJP Heading for a Vertical Split in Rajasthan
Dissension, groupism and rebellion is not new to any political party. It is not BJP alone that is facing the problem of leadership crisis.
17:23 Aug 14, 2009 PST
Is India Ready to Tackle The Deadly Swine Flu?
People may inadvertently cause the spread of flu to others when they move to a new location.
15:11 Aug 14, 2009 PST
China Trying to Destablize India
Today, India's Naval Chief Mehtha, sounded a real warning. He said it is foolhardy to say India is equal to China militarily. India is no match for China whether it is airforce, navy or army. China is four times bigger than India.
05:30 Aug 14, 2009 PST
Emran Hashimi Backtracks Allegation of Religious Bias
Perhaps, no immediate reaction from the Muslim community sent a strong signal to these celebrities and others that they cannot get unqualified support on such matters. This is a good sign, and would augur well for secular India.
07:21 Aug 11, 2009 PST
In The Land of Mayawathi Dalits are Still Untouchables
It was shocking, bizarre and unbelievable that it could happen in the very state where the champion of Dalits is the Chief Minister. Yes, it is real in Uttar Pradesh.
16:17 Aug 10, 2009 PST
Statues, Statues Everwhere! It's Politics in India
The controversy raging over Mayawathi's waste of public money in unveiling a series of statues of herself, her mentor Kanshi Ram and Dalit champion Dr. Ambedkar and scores of statues of Elephants, the symbol of her party.
13:45 Aug 9, 2009 PST
Good Riddance - World's Most Dreaded Taliban Leader Baitullah Mehsud Killed
Military and political commentators have opined that the killing of Mehsud was not the end of the road for the Taliban, as new leadership would emerge, causing more problems to Pakistan.
07:58 Aug 8, 2009 PST
Mumbai Blast Case Verdict - When Will Trio Be Hanged?
Finally justice has been done, though it took six long years after the twin blasts that rocked Mumbai in August 2003. Three of the accused in Twin Mumbai blasts were given the death penalty...
07:09 Aug 8, 2009 PST
No One is Above Law, and Judges are No Exception
Exception is universal. There are many judges even today who have unquestionable integrity and maintain clean image throughout. To them, we salute.
11:28 Aug 6, 2009 PST
Cricket Mired in Controversies, One After Another
Cricket was always known as a 'Gentleman's game' played with utmost respect and enthusiasm. But of late, it is mired in controversies that marr the reputation of the game.
18:09 Aug 5, 2009 PST
BJP Still Groping in The Dark, Harps on Defunct 'Hindutva' Ideology
BJP President Rajnath Singh, participating in a two day Party's Executive Meeting at Bangalore, has asserted that Hindutva would continue to be BJP's ideology and corner stone of its policy.
20:23 Aug 4, 2009 PST
Superstition Was At Its Bizarre Best in Sholapure, Maharashtra
As I watched the clippings, I had my heart in my mouth. How could any sane man accept that throwing of children from a height of the 4th floor, would make them healthy and bring prosperity?
17:35 Jul 30, 2009 PST
PM DR. Singh Made a Spirited Defence of Indo-Pak Joint Statement At Sharmel Shei
A mere reference to Baluchistan in the Joint statement, gave a big handle to the Opposition parties in the country to launch a frontal attack on Dr.Singh's dealing with Pakistan.
17:50 Jul 29, 2009 PST
A High Drama in J&K Assembly Plunging The State Into Political Uncertainity
When J&K Assembly met today (Tuesday) PDP leader Muzaffar Husain Baig made a dramatic accusation against Omar Abdullah and his father Farooq Abdullah.
06:44 Jul 29, 2009 PST
Shoaib Akther, An Enigmatic Speedster Dumped, Not Considered for Champions Cup
It is sad; the world cricket would soon be deprived of one of the most enigmatic speedsters of the game of cricket. He was Shoaib Akther of Pakistan.
17:55 Jul 27, 2009 PST
India Salutes Its Kargil War Heroes on 19th Anniversary
It was exactly on this day, July 26, 1999, brave Indian forces evicted all the Pakistanis infiltrators and regulars from the Kargil peaks.
15:51 Jul 27, 2009 PST
On Indo-Pak Joint Statement: Congress in a Bind, PM is Confident
The Prime Minister has clarified unequivocally that India was not involved in the internal strife in Balochistan. The Govt. was also quick to deny a report appearing in the Pakistani Newspaper.
06:18 Jul 26, 2009 PST
Prominent Cricketers Prefer ODI and T20 to Test Cricket
World Cricketers Feel Test Cricket is a Strain on Individuals
17:24 Jul 25, 2009 PST
Militants' Killings in Kashmir Drew No Protest
Huriyat leaders came out in full strength along with PDP leadership to lunged out their protest against the alleged rape and killings of two women in Shopian district by the security personnel.
14:09 Jul 25, 2009 PST
Insult to Dr. Abdul Kalam Was An Insult to Indian Nation
The question arises here as to why it took so long to report the incident and why this was not revealed when Hillary Clinton was here.
07:56 Jul 23, 2009 PST
Democracy Has Become a Laughing Stock in Tamilnadu, India
AIADMK Supremo Selvi Jayalalitha announced in a meeting of the party executive meeting at Conoor, Nilgiirs last Sunday that her party would boycott bye-elections to five constittuencies slated to be held later next month.
15:17 Jul 22, 2009 PST
One Day Matches Killed Test Cricket Interest, T20 Hastened Its Demise
Test Cricket is Played for Records and Not for Entertaining Crowds - These are The Days of ODIs and T20
15:04 Jul 20, 2009 PST
Is Hillary Clinton Sincere in Her Criticism of Pakistan?
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton currently on a visit to India was particularly harsh on the role of Pakistanis in the terror network.
13:45 Jul 20, 2009 PST
High Moral Ground At Stake in Up Politics - Congress Up Chief in Deep Trouble
The attention from the main issue need not be diverted from the vulgarity and viciousness of what the UPCC Chief said and meant against the woman CM of the state which Maya described it as 'humiliating, uncivilized and derogatory'.
09:01 Jul 18, 2009 PST
India's Civil Nuclear Programme At a Critical Stage
After a clean NSG Waiver to India, is it Back-Stabbing by the G-8? Is the sale of ENR critical?
05:42 Jul 16, 2009 PST

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