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.

India witnessed coldest January

India witnessed coldest January

India witnessed coldest January in 44 years as it entered the year 2013. New Delhi saw a maximum temperature of 9.8 Celsius on 3rd January - the lowest since records began in 1969. Fog forced cancellation of flights and trains. Low temperatures prevailed over the next several days and the mercury hovered around 3 to 4 Celsius. Experts with the Meteorological Department said that winters in northern India have become colder in recent years and blamed pollution from industrialization and changing crop planting patterns. The Supreme Court told state governments to provide winter shelter for homeless people, but compliance was low and many people slept on pavements, as over 100 homeless people succumbed to the chilly weather.

'Barfi', 'Kahaani' got several awards at Filmfare

Barfi was also nominated as India's entry at the Oscars in Foreign Language Film. Sujoy Ghosh's "Kahaani" and Anurag Basu's "Barfi" made it big at the Filmfare Awards this year. "Barfi" won the best film award and Ranbir Kapoor the 'best actor (male)' award while Vidya Balan bagged the 'best actor (female)' title for "Kahaani" that also won Sujoy Ghosh the best director prize.The lifetime achievement award went to late director Yash Chopra, Anushka Sharma got the 'best actor in a supporting role (female)' award for her role in "Jab Tak Hai Jaan", while lyricist Gulzar was adjudged the award for 'best lyrics' for the song "Challa" from the film. The 'best debut director' award was went to Gauri Shinde for her film "English Vinglish".

'Life of Pi' wins best original score Golden Globe

Composer Mychael Danna received the best original score motion picture award for "Life of Pi" at the 70th edition of the prestigious annual Golden Globe awards at Los Angeles. Danna edged past Alexandre Desplat ("Argo"), Dario Marianelli ("Anna Karenina"), Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil ("Cloud Atlas") and John Williams ("Lincoln") to get the prestigious trophy. The movie "Life of Pi" directed by Ang Lee,is based on Canadian author Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. It conveys the journey of an Indian boy who survives a storm and is isolated on a life-boat with a tiger.

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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.