Commercial Plane Threat: A Symptom Of A Larger Malady
November 29th missile attack on an Israeli commercial jet carrying over
260 people in Kenya exposes a grave international threat that has been
pushed under the carpet despite last year's September 11 attacks. No
amount of baggage checking, passenger profiling, or locking of cockpit
doors will save planes from a well planned attack using inexpensive,
highly portable, heat-seeking missiles near the airport "perimeter". There
is some talk about securing the airport perimeter. However, the missiles
can be used from a range much farther out than the kilometer or two radius
that any airport could reasonably secure. The threat is in fact not new at
all, and as often happens, is only out in the open because of a tragedy
that almost happened...
Failed On Article 370
What is the
time-span of the word “temporary”? Is it one week, one month, one year
or one decade? Judging by the indifference of National Commission to
Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) towards “Temporary,
Transitional and Special Provisions” contained in Part XXI of our
Constitution, even half a century would seem to justify the label of
“temporary”. Consequently, NCRWC’s recommendations to the government
early last month didn’t contain anything that would disturb the status
of Article 370 which --- applicable to exclusively to Jammu and Kashmir
State --- has remained a “Temporary” provision right from our
Constitution became fully effective from 26th January 1950......
Supernatural Basis of Islam
- Mohammed's reaction to the Quranic trance
Dr. Koenraad ELST
person to doubt the genuineness of the Quranic “revelations” was
Mohammed himself. This was at the very beginning of his career, when
during his Ramadhaan retreat outside Mecca in AD 610, he had an
audio-visual experience in which he both heard and saw the archangel
Gabriel, calling upon him to “Recite!” (Qarâ’, whence Qur’ân).
Upon receiving his first “revelation”, Mohammed thought he was going
mad, or in the parlance of those days, that he was getting possessed by
an evil spirit.......More...
The Real Agenda
Despite a lot of bluster and
deployment of troops near the border, India has not fired a single
warning shot. Terrorists camps continue to flourish in Pakistan, which
has become Al Qaeda's new command center, with US again turning a blind
eye as it did in the years leading up to September 11, 2001........More...
Climate of hate in Gujarat - cause or effect?
Hate does no body good. If hate does prevail in Gujarat today, it is
indeed a serious social malady. This malady becomes even more serious
since Gujarat is just one limb of the body called India. If proper
measures are not taken it is quite likely that it might spread to other
parts of the nation too.......More...
What’s in a Name?
What’s in a name? Why not call terrorism
something else and perhaps it might still convey the stench of the worst
imaginable cruelty humankind has ever known? No. Here Shakespeare is not
applicable. Here, the name game attains far greater importance than in
besotted Romeo’s speeches. Let us consider the politics with names
played in General Musharraf’s land for proof......More...
The Secular Common Ground
Indeed the total intellectual and
ideological bankruptcy of the strident leftist voices for secularism is
as shocking as their complete dominance of the secular fabric of Indian
polity. Is the Messenger more important than the Message? Indeed yes if
the messenger has an agenda very different from the message. There is no
doubt that the secular fabric of the country is under threat and that
this poses a real threat to our existence as a nation and as a nation
amongst others that values and guarantees the rights of the