Binayak Sen, 2 others get life for sedition for helping Naxals

 Rights activist Binayak Sen , Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha were today convicted for sedition and sentenced to life imprisonment for colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the state.

Additional District and Sessions Judge B P Verma held the trio, who were present in the jam-packed courtroom, guilty under sections 124 A (sedition) and 120 B (conspiracy) of IPC and provisions of Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act and Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act.

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi jailed for six years

Noted Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been sentenced for six years in jail and barred from directing and producing movies for the next 20-years, according to his lawyer.

Panahi, known for his internationally acclaimed movies like ‘The Circle’, ‘White Balloon’ and ‘The Mirror’ on humanitarian struggles in the country, has been outspoken in his support of Iran’s opposition movement, earning the wrath of the government.

Russia a ‘special partner’: Manmohan


Belying predictions of diplomatic fatigue, the last visit to India by the head of a P-5 country in 2010 turned out to be one of the most significant, with 30 agreements and a meeting of minds on key political issues emerging from talks here on Tuesday between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

After 90 minutes of restricted talks between the two leaders and 40 minutes among the delegations, Dr. Singh emerged to tell journalists that India’s relationship with Russia was “special and privileged” and would develop independent of its ties with other countries.

WikiLeaks: US felt removal of Shivraj Patil was inevitable after 26/11

After 26/11, the US felt that the removal of “spectacularly inept” Shivraj Patil as home minister was inevitable although he had been “protected” by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi despite being found “asleep on the watch” during earlier terror strikes in various cities.

According to a US diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks, the then US ambassador David Mulford said Congress was “desperately seeking to limit the damage” as it was in a “deep political trouble” over its handling of the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008.

“In this environment, removal of the home minister was inevitable. He has over the last four years proved himself to be spectacularly inept,” the cable said.

The Art of Remaining Poor

During the election campaigning in Bihar in October this year Rahul Gandhi, the heir
apparent of the Indian National Congress proudly claimed, “Aapki Congress party
gareebon ki party hai, aapki party hai.” [“Your Congress party is the party of the poor,
your party.”]

After 63 years of an independence that was hard fought, such a statement made with a
sense of pride seemed pathetic to me.

While it mirrors the reality we live in, it demonstrates the 63 years of deliberate,
orchestrated and cruel deprivation of a sixth of the world’s population. It reeks of the
sheer apathy and shamelessness of those that the man and woman on the street look
upon as redeemers. It talks of the thick skin all of us have developed…our leaders,
administrators, planners, implementers and benefactors. Otherwise, someone in the
crowd should have stood up and hurled a chappal in utter disgust. Or some editor
would have used the pen [or keyboard] to prise open some very bare and basic

Mob burns 2 dalit girls to death in Moradabad

 There is anger in the dalit community over the mob killing of 2 sisters in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh. The sisters Mona and Geeta were allegedly burnt alive by a mob last Saturday for revenge.

Their brothers are accused of killing a local trader’s wife and his eight-year-old daughter.

Their mother claims that in retaliation to her son’s involvement in the incident a mob set the girls on fire inside their house in Moradabad.

Initially the police had called their death a suicide but have now gone ahead and booked the trader and 7 others for murder and under various sections of the prevention of atrocities against SC/ST Act.

BJP brings up issue of revoking Article 370

BJP has revived its agenda by once again calling for abolishment of article 370 of the Constitution, under which Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) enjoys special status. BJP’s central office bearers, which met here on Thursday, unanimously passed the resolution.

“Article 370 has worked against the interests of the people of the state. It has created a psychological barrier between the state and the rest of India. It has prevented investments, job creation and natural integration of the state with India on account of transfer of human population,” leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely said.

Anti Hindu act at Saudi

It was an ordeal that will haunt Dr Shalini Chawla for the rest of her life. Her husband died in his sleep of a heart attack in Saudi Arabia, where the couple worked. But she was told that he had converted to Islam and accused, without a shred of evidence, of poisoning him.

That was bad enough. But Shalini was then put behind bars with an infant in a foreign land and later kept confined to a home for months with hostile people around her and the fear of death hanging over her every living moment. It was an ordeal that could have broken the strongest of people. But on Thursday, a day after she landed in the capital with her husband’s body, she was a picture of fortitude.

On Hindu terror, Varun disagrees with Rahul

Pilbhit MP and BJP leader Varun Gandhi said on Sunday that he does not agree with his cousin Rahul Gandhi’s statement — reported by Wilileaks — that Hindu extremism is a bigger threat than terrorism.

“I have nothing much to comment on the issue but I do not agree with the reported statement of Rahul Gandhi,” said Varun in Kanpur.

He, however, maintained that infiltration from Bangladesh is a major concern. “Currently, there are over 6 crore such infiltrators in the country, among whom, 50,000 hold voter identity cards in Lucknow,” he said while speaking at the platinum jubilee function of Shri Omar Vaishya Navyuvak Sangh at Lajpat Bhawan.–Don-t-agree-with-Rahul-s-statement-on-Hindu-terror/726983

Rahul Gandhi is playing the old divisive game

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s assessment of terrorism in India, which was shared with US ambassador Timothy Roemer, has now found its way into the public domain, thanks to WikiLeaks.

What is of real concern is that Gandhi, who claims he wants to change a few things in the party structure and thinking, has trapped himself in the party’s post-Independence mindset, which was both wrong and opportunist.

The Congress felt that Muslim communalism, which has now mutated, in some instances, into Islamic terrorism, could unleash Hindu terrorism. Majority communalism could also turn into terrorism.