Hockey: India qualify for the World Cup

Hockey: India qualify for the World Cup

The Indian women’s junior hockey team made their mark in the hockey world and the country by winning a bronze medal at the Junior Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. In hockey, India did well to qualify for the hockey World Cup.

NASA launches Mars orbiter ‘Maven’

NASA launches Mars orbiter ‘Maven’

On 18 November, Maven was released from the Atlas V's upper-stage some 53 minutes after leaving the Cape Canaveral pad. The probe then had to open its solar panels and orientate itself into a cruise configuration. NASA launched its own Mars orbiter, MAVEN, which is also expected to reach Mars in November. Maven is going to study Mars' high atmosphere, to try to understand the processes that have robbed the world of most of its air. Evidence suggests the planet was once shrouded in a thick blanket of gases that supported the presence of liquid water at its surface. Today, the air pressure is so low that free water would instantly boil away.

Dr. C. N. Rao awarded Bharat Ratna

Dr. C. N. Rao awarded Bharat Ratna

The Indian government has decided to confer the country's highest civilian honour ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Indian chemist Dr. CNR Rao along with cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Rao's colleagues regard him as India's Mr or Dr Science, who has won all possible international awards in his field other than the Nobel Prize. Rao is an eminent scientist and a well recognized international authority on solid state and materials chemistry. He is currently the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. He has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books. Rao's contributions to solid state and materials chemistry have been recognized by most major scientific academies around the world through conferment of memberships and fellowships.

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.

Western Ghats reports stir wide debates

Western Ghats reports stir wide debates

The year saw two reports on the development in Western Ghats being tabled and rejected. This stirred a wide debate on the environmental concerns versus politics and business concerns. The first report was prepared by WGEEP under the leadership of eminent ecologist Dr. Madhav Gadgil. The report, that recommended the region to be declared as eco sensitive and suspend all developmental activities, lied with the MoEF for a long time before it came in public domain after a huge pressure by the people. But, the government rejected the report and set up a new panel under the leadership of Dr. k Kasturirangan. The new panel, thought it granted a few concessions, also proposed a one third of western ghats to be declared eco sensitive.

Inflation continued to rise

Inflation continued to rise

Skyrocketing onion and vegetable prices and costlier staples pushed India’s wholesale inflation to a 14 month high in November to 7.52%, while retail inflation quickened 11.24% during the month as rising cost of living, flat income growth and shrinking job opportunities was making getting by get harder for millions of Indians throughout the year. Partial deregulation of diesel prices and the government's nod for doubling natural gas prices from April 2014 added to the woos of common man. The year began with a major decision of state-run oil marketing companies to hike diesel prices from time to time. The cumulative hike in diesel prices has been over 10 rupees in some parts of the country. This fueled the inflation along with other factors.

Hollywood films that wowed Indian audiences

Hollywood films that wowed Indian audiences

"Rush": You don't have to know about Formula One racing to watch Ron Howard's "Rush", which captures the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda with an adrenaline pumping narrative. Greed, ambition, focus and attitude are explored in detail in the film, which was powered by the performances of Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl and Hans Zimmer's electrifying score. "Gravity": Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is a visually stunning film that literally makes you float as you leave the cinema hall. It is the most successful Hollywood flick of the year in India, making a whopping Rs.40 crore and successfully completing 50-day runs in several cities. The film is about a space shuttle that is destroyed and its medical engineer and a veteran astronaut who are stranded in space.

Sangh, politics and Sardar Patel

Sangh, politics and Sardar Patel

When Narendra Modi declared his intentions to build a huge statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat, a controversy irrupted in media about the relations between Sardar Patel and RSS and the views of Sardar Patel about RSS.  While opponents maintained that Sardar Patel was critical of RSS, pro RSS intellectuals pointed out various soft corners for RSS in his writings and speeches. They also pointed out that even Sardar Patel was called a communal person by Pandit Nehru. In all these allegations and counter allegations every one forgot that true patriots can and do appreciate each other in spite of ideological differences. 

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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.