INS Vikramaditya: India’s largest aircraft carrier

INS Vikramaditya: India’s largest aircraft carrier

INS Vikramaditya, India’s largest aircraft carrier will soon be entering Indian waters. It is currently on its way from Russia, where it underwent a complete refit, to the port of Karwar. It can accommodate 30 fighter planes and a fleet of helicopters. It has 2,000 Russian and Indian Navy officers on board and is expected to dock at the INS Kadamba at the end of January. “The INS Vikramaditya is the largest and tallest warship that we have. It’s a refurbished version of the Russian Admiral Gorshkov. It has the Resistor-E radar complex, an automated system designed to provide air traffic control, approach/landing and short range navigation for ship-borne aircraft.

Terror propagators seized, but?

Terror propagators seized, but?

The year 2013 started with good news that Parliament terror attack accused Afzal Guru was hanged even after a huge hue and cry of the human rights activists. Similarly the German Bakery blast accused Himayat Baig got capital punishment and Shahzad Ahmad was convicted in Batla House Encounter case which the Congress used for its vote bank politics. But the terror attacks continued as 12 died in a twin terror blast in Hyderabad. Millitants attacked CRPF camp in Srinagar.  In July, ten low intensity blasts in quick succession rocked Bodhgaya in Bihar which made the intelligence agencies to scratch their heads. Again the inefficiency of the Home Ministry got exposed as terror attacks extended but they were revealed only after they took the lives. 

Tejas: First ever indigenous light combat aircraft

Tejas: First ever indigenous light combat aircraft

In 2013, Indian air force got Tejas, its first ever indigenous light combat aircraft. Tejas completed 500 sorties in a year, achieving another milestone after attaining initial operational clearance in December. A multirole light fighter developed by India, it is a tailless compound delta-wing design powered by a single engine. It came from the Light Combat Aircraft programme began in the 1980s to replace ageing MiG-21 fighters. Later, LCA was officially named "Tejas" meaning "Radiance" by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Tejas integrates technologies such as relaxed static stability, fly-by-wire flight control system, multi-mode radar, integrated digital avionics system, composite material structures, and a flat rated engine.

N-capable Prithvi II successfully test fired

N-capable Prithvi II successfully test fired

The nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350 km was successfully. The surface-to-surface missile Prithvi is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and uses liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering trajectory. The nine meter long Prithvi-II missile is equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system and guided by an innovative guidance scheme. Inducted into India's Strategic Forces Command in 2003, the Prithvi II missile is the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

Muzaffarnagar riots: Cong, SP lost trust of Muslims

Muzaffarnagar riots: Cong, SP lost trust of Muslims

Beginning on 27 August 2013, communal clashes claimed 43 lives and injured 93 in the Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. One month after the curfew has been removed from riot affected areas and the Army was also withdrawn. The attacks have been described as the worst violence in UP in recent times. SP’s Muslim face Azam Khan publically castigated SP leadership for failing to protect Muslims, was himself accused of allegedly pressurizing police machinery to be lenient in controlling riots under the sting operation ‘Riot For Votes’. Riots might root in the increasing incidence of love-jihad cases in Muslim dominated districts. The riots have caused a dent to Congress and SP’s image of messiah of Muslims.

Bastar attack: A punishment to Salwa Judum

Bastar attack: A punishment to Salwa Judum

The year 2013 saw a more lethal and numerous attacks by Maoists. Though the Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that the Maoist attacks were not intelligence failures, the worst of all was brutal attack on the convoy of Congress leaders in Darbha on 25 May 2013. Congress leaders were returning from a Parivartan rally organized by Congress party in Sukma. Mahendra Karma, the founder of Salwa Judum was barbarically killed by Maoists with Nand Kumar Patel and other leaders. The Maoists stated that Mahendra Karma was punished for launching Salwa Judum that unleashed atrocities on tribals and innocent people. In spite of the claims of Home Ministry Maoist terrorism seemed unstoppable.

Kishtwar riots: New avatar of expulsion of Hindus in 1990

Kishtwar riots: New avatar of expulsion of Hindus in 1990

Kishtwar in Jammu witnessed some of the worst riots in recent times. On August 9, three people died when a group of people, raising anti-national slogans after the Eid prayers, was attacked by another section of people in Kuleed area of Kishtwar. The army was later called out to help the district administration and indefinite curfew remained clamped for 13 days. Media was quick enough to blame it on ‘Right Wing Extremism’. Senior defense experts observed that the riots were actually another bid by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) at ethnic cleansing of the region. The role of MoS Home Sajad Kichloo was questioned to promote polarization on communal lines. 

Indian Mujahidin busted?

Indian Mujahidin busted?

Police arrested LeT operative Abdul Karim Tunda, one of the country’s most wanted terrorists. Tunda was indoctrinating youth in Jehad since 28 years. Main catch of the year was IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal who was arrested in August at Indo-Nepal border in Bihar. IM was co-founded by him in 2008 along with Iqbal and Riaz, his brothers. In October 6 people died in serial blasts at the BJP’s rally in Patna where Narendra Modi was addressing the crowd. Again 2 people died in bomb blast before Modi's rally in Jammu. In Manipur and Guwahati several killed people. After the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal, the terror blasts got seized. It seems that the Islamic terror network which is operated by the ISI and LeT, is searching for another player to act on their behest against India.

Chinese incursions on a rise

Chinese incursions on a rise

Troubling India with the stapled Visa issue to Indian citizen in Arunachal Pradesh, China played a new game of incursion this year. Close on the heels of over a dozen incursions since the face off in Ladakh in April from across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Chinese troops made attempts to violate the International Border at Chumar in North east of Leh on July 20 but were forced back by Indian troops. In a face-off, PLA troops intruded more than 20km inside the Indian Territory in Changlagam area of Arunachal's Anjaw district in August and stayed for over two days. China objected to President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the state in November, in which he termed Arunachal as an "integral and important part" of India.  Indian government preferred to downplay the issue.

Jawans beheaded: Govt talked about ‘talks’

Jawans beheaded: Govt talked about ‘talks’

When ISI mercenaries with Pakistan army troops beheaded two Indian soldiers Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh of the 13 Rajputana Rifleson January 8 at along the LoC in Poonch district, the question raised was when will India stand up? The Pakistani troops beheaded one of the soldiers and carried his head away which has been not returned yet. Ironically showing confused mindset, the Indian government went on singing tunes of bilateral relations with Pakistan. The year 2013 saw hundreds of unprovoked fatal attacks by Pakistan and attempts of intrusion on the LoC. India only ‘warned’ Pakistan of a "proportionate response”. The Government showed no spine dealing with the insult of its soldiers which will remain a pain in the mind of each Indian.

Indigenous missile program conquered new skies

Indigenous missile program conquered new skies

Development of Indigenous missile program touched conquered new skies in the year 2013. In September India tested Agni-V nuclear-capable missile that can reach Beijing and much of Europe, bringing a step closer production of a weapon designed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent. Agni-V is the most advanced version of the indigenously built Agni, or Fire, series, part of a program that started in the 1960s. On 23 December, India test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile with a strike range of more than 3,000 km. The Agni-III  can carry a warhead of 1.5 ton. The sleek missile, already inducted into the armed forces, is equipped with hybrid navigation, guidance and control systems along with advanced on-board computer.

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Vivid manifestations of Hindutva thought were seen in 2013: Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Abhijit Mulye
Nashik, December 30 : 


undefinedThe passing year put before us vivid manifestations and acceptability of the Hindutva thought amongst the intelligentsia of our society, SarKaryavah (General Secretary) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) Shri. Suresh (Bhaiyaji) Joshi told NewsBharati here today.  

Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary:growing acceptance of Hindutva  

Vivekananda Saardhashati (150th birth anniversary) celebrations started on 12th January 2013 got overwhelming response from all cross sections of the society. Through various symposia, lectures, seminars and other similar kind of events, efforts were made to reach out to the thought leaders of the society. These efforts were received very well and we could see a broader, brighter manifestation of the Hindutva thought through such interactions. We realized that the thought leaders of the society have a much more acceptance to Hindutva than what was perceived earlier, Joshi elaborated.

Rise of AAP is a clear signal to all political parties

In a special interview for the ‘Recap 2013’ section of NewsBharati, Shri. Joshi elaborated on various topics that made news in 2013. When asked about the much talked of success of Aam Aadami Party in Delhi assembly elections and the discussions regarding the new political culture that followed it, Joshi said that this is a clear signal for all the political parties that they should be more careful in choosing candidates.

Dignity of women: Not by law alone: it is a social responsibility

While speaking about the crime against women in our society, Joshi said that, these crimes are an outcome of ill, degraded minds. We, as a society, need to look into the ‘Samsakara’ factor or the values that are inculcated through our societal institutions like family, educational institutions, and media. We will have to ensure that right values are inculcated into the society and this won’t be possible merely by passing some legislation. He said, “Legislation is not an alternative to value system.” Joshi also expressed concern over the demands to nullify recent Supreme Court verdict regarding article 377. He said, homosexuality does not have social sanction in India and does not have any standing in Indian culture. Hence, any attempts to get legal status for that “would not be acceptable”.

Safety and security of Hindus all over the world is responsibility of Bharat 

When asked about the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Joshi said that, it has always been our demand that Indian government should ensure safety and security of Hindus world over. Indian government should convey its concern over such cases to the respective country.

Weak and meek foreign policy towards neighbors

While speaking about the Chinese and Pakistani aggression on the borders along India during the year, Joshi said, such incidences are not new to us, in the sense that they are obvious side effects of the weak external affairs policy which our government has adopted. If we feel that such incidences should not repeat in future, we will have to have our foreign policy corrected. “Any lapse in internal or external security is always a danger. India should take all such actions by Pakistan and China very seriously. India should not bow to any kind of pressure from any international forces or groups. And our external policy needs to have correction in this regard”, he said.Joshi appreciated Indian government’s tough stand in the Devyani Khobragade case and said, this might be an effort to weaken and demoralize India. Government should ensure that nobody dares any such attempt in future.

Government machinery should be more trained to handle natural disasters

Joshi expressed deep condolences towards the lives lost in the natural calamity that hit the state of Uttarakhand earlier this year and said, “We need to ensure that the development plans are made after a due consideration to the geological and geographical factors and are implemented flawlessly”. He praised Indian military forces for their efforts during the calamity and also commended the way in which the voluntary organizations across the nation started relief and rehabilitation operations in the region. He expressed displeasure over the response of the government machinery and said government machinery should ensure proper and complete training in disaster management.