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Akshardham temple in delhi inaugurated
Delhi has another temple inaugurated on the banks of river Yamuna by the President of India Mr APJ Abdul Kalam. Almost 20,000 people including the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, leader of the Opposition LK Advani, the Lt. Governor of Delhi Mr BL Joshi and many other dignitaries from other religious groups witnessed the spectacular ceremony. Mr Tony McNulty, MP for Harrow East, was also there.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “Swaminarayan Akshardham has ancient heritage and modern technology under one roof. It is both for experience and enlightenment. It has the best of modern media, the power of knowledge and lively images. The completion of Akshardham in five years convinces me that India can become a developed country by 2020 with the help of many ignited minds.”

The Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh said that the focal point of Indian culture was oneness in diversity, which teaches religious tolerance. He hoped that Akshardham would have a pride of place and people from all over India would visit it and go back with peace and an edifying message.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the head of the Swaminarayan sect, in his address affirmed that temples were a retreat for the young and the old alike. “Akshardham is not raised out of any rivalry and that the spirit behind is to inspire people for betterment of lives and service to mankind,” said Pramukh Swamiji.

Patterned on the lines of Akshardham complex in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and in London UK, the temple complex will spearhead various activities for the spiritual upliftment of the communities in Delhi. The complex comprises a gigantic monument with five domes, exhibition halls, an IMAX theatre, a musical fountain, a garden and a pond.

Naxalites attack Jehanabad (Bihar)
Almost 300 armed Naxalites attacked the police station and the jail area of Jehanabad, the district town of Bihar, in darkness. The Bihar police was numb with fear. The governor Mr Buta Singh was confused, as he normally is. The Home department in the capital New Delhi, was nonchalant for hours after the attack.

The Naxalites, an extreme left group of communists, have been waging war against the State for the last so many years. In Nepal, they have been responsible for bringing democracy to its knees. Are they planning the same sort of battle-line in India as well? Let it be noted that the communist parties are the main outside supporters of the present UPA government at the Centre.

If it requires only 300 armed people to ransack a district administration, how many would be required to destroy a state administration in Patna or in Mumbai? Not more than 3,000 we guess. And with that calculation, merely 30,000 armed people would be needed to ransack New Delhi.
What are your views?

Change in Manmohan Singh’s Cabinet Imminent
As we go to press, the new ministers would be announced in the coming week. Our spies tell us that the next external afffairs minister will be Mr Pranab Mukherjee.

Abu Salem and Monica Bedi extradited
The Indian authorities at last have been able to get Abu Salem, the notorious Indian terrrorist and his girlfriend Monica Bedi extradited to India from Portugal. Now the matter is going to drag in Indian courts for years to come. Monica Bedi may turn approver. Abu Salem may get a few years in jail and then be released. Or, more probably, he will abscond from jail after bribing the local jail authorities.

Godhra Commission’s term extended
The Nanavati-Shah Commission, probing the Godhra train carnage and subsequent communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, has been extended by a further six months.

India’s Representation at SAARC
In the absence of Natwar Singh, who had to resign from his job in the wake of government ordering a judicial probe into allegations made in the Volcker Committee report (see the Editorial) Mr E. Ahamed, Minister of State for External Affairs has been representing India at the two-day SAARC Summit.

Prime Minister supports Lalu Prasad’s Record in Bihar
Strange are the ways of politics. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in an election meeting in Bihar, supported the RJD’s supremo’s record in Bihar. He said that Mr Lalu Prasad was a great friend of Dalits and Muslims and has been able to improve their lot in recent years.
The only improvement India Link could trace in Bihar is the increase in population and unemployment among these two sections of the community.

Hindus have failed Hindus in Gohana - Haryana
Mr. A.L. Sharma, a prominent community leader of UK, wrote to us saying that the torching of about 100 Dalit houses in Gohana by high caste Hindus was not only deplorable but showed total failure of law and order in Haryana under Congress chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Mr Sharma writes, “Gohana is a great jolt to Hindu reformism.The Arya Samaj, the great reformist Hindu organisation under Swami Dayanand also failed to bring social harmony in Haryana. There has been no serious attempt on the parts of Hindu saints and socially oriented leaders to change the discriminatory position being held by so-called upper caste Hindus towards their dalit/vanchit brothers and sisters.” Gohana episode, says Mr Sharma, has thrown a challenge to Hindu seers, mathadish of various sects in Hinduism to show that they really care for their flock. “The Gohana tragedy is a clear example that most of our saints who show much reverence in decorating and worshipping Murtis, but fail in worshipping God that exists within every human being”, said Mr. Sharma.

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