Sindhu wins bronze in World Championship

Sindhu wins bronze in World Championship

Indian badminton had a mixed year. P V Sindhu hit the headlines by becoming the country's first woman to win a singles medal - a bronze - at the World Championships in August. In contrast, Sindhu has won two Grand Prix Gold titles -- Malaysia Open (May) and the Macau Open (December) and was also conferred the Arjuna Award. Sindhu brings hope in Indian badminton by his unique feat. On the other hand Saina Nehwal struggled to maintain her form and World ranking. It has overall been a positive year for Indian male shuttlers too. As many as eight players were listed among the top-50, with Kidambi Srikanth surprising everyone by claiming the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold in June.

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 One month after the curfew has been removed from riot affected areas and the Army was also withdrawn.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.

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.

International forays : Bollywood artists in Hollywood

International forays : Bollywood artists in Hollywood

International forays: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, in his over four-decade-old acting career, featured in a Hollywood film - "The Great Gatsby" - for the first time while our 'desi girl' Priyanka Chopra lent her voice for an Asian character in animation film, "Planes". The actress-singer's second international single "Exotic" was also launched earlier this year. Yet another Indian face who made a mark abroad was veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has featured in international films, in the Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook".

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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.