ibtl columns

  • Anand Mathur
  • Malegaon 2006 vs. Malegaon 2008 - Blast Politics

    Friday, Jun 20,2014, 03:34 IST .

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was born on 31st December, 2008 under the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 (NIA Act). The NIA Act enables NIA to take over investigation of cases from the state police.

    NIA took over investigations of Malegaon 2006 blasts case and Malegaon 2008 blasts case from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) / Maharashtra Police.


  • Who will investigate Chidambaram & Co for the Dabhol Loot?

    Tuesday, Jun 03,2014, 20:54 IST .

    P. Chidambaram was the lawyer for Enron, GE and Bechtel in their legal battles in the Dabhol Power Corporation cases in between holding two Ministerial posts. This is the reason he recused himself from the Group of Ministers (GoM) formed by UPA I Government in 2004 for salvaging the Dabhol project.

    Chidambaram’s clients, Enron, GE and Bechtel were the majority stakeholders in D..

  • Nagma - Sonia Gandhi's Star Soldier

    Thursday, Mar 20,2014, 15:28 IST .

    Nagma, a film star whose stardom is waning, is searching for new avenues to keep her business going.

    She has hitched her band wagon to politics and religion, very old money spinning businesses. She has joined the Congress Party and become a Right Wing Christian convert, both multi-billion dollar corporates in India.

    Nagma has successfully bagged the Congress Party nomination..

  • What in God's name is Teesta Setalvad's agenda?

    Wednesday, Mar 05,2014, 01:11 IST .

    Most of the large NGO’s of India are foreign funded. This funding is mostly anti-India in nature yet the Indian government has repeatedly turned a blind eye to it. These NGO’s ..

  • Would US authorities investigate GE in the NDTV money laundering case?

    Wednesday, Feb 12,2014, 01:50 IST .

    Enron, Walmart and now GE - American companies have repeatedly been exposed using money power to buy influence in countries. American corporate excesses go hand in hand with the American state’s policy of encouraging economic and political subjugation of upcoming adversarial nations.

    The bloody history of America’s involvement in South America and Asia is well known. Its ..

  • The Truth behind the West Bengal gang-rape

    Monday, Feb 03,2014, 16:26 IST .

    Trial by media is the norm in India where shameless journalists now wear party tags but shirts dipped in yellow and blood. A pillar of democracy, journalism just sentenced 13 innocent to life in jail, if not death.

    Ground level, idealist journalists tear their hair in frustration when reports they send to their offices are doctored shamelessly to run a political agenda.


  • Church's Paranoia

    Monday, Apr 01,2013, 00:08 IST .

    The earth is doomed to suffer fanaticism for many more years, especially that which emanates from the “developed” world. The new Pope Francis announced his Papal ambitions from the Vatican. As expected his speech reflected the collective ideas of the ageing College of Cardinals, furthering the weather beaten fanatic agenda of the Roman Catholic Church.

    In his controversia..

  • Bengal @ Time Bomb...

    Monday, Mar 04,2013, 22:37 IST .

    “Lebensraum” is a Latin word meaning “living space”. This word was intellectualized in modern times on Nazi lines by intellectuals in Bangladesh when they realized that economic and urban development in their country would not keep pace with the population explosion happening under Islamic influence. A corrupt Bangladesh almost always hovers at the top of the worldwide..

  • Ignore Guru Culture And Perish

    Wednesday, Dec 12,2012, 23:33 IST .

    My sister and I were discussing spiritual and existential questions in the Indian context. However her westernized education and limited exposure to Indian philosophies hindered her ability in grasping its concepts. Exasperated she threw her hands in the air and exclaimed, “There are so many scriptures, so many opinions! How can I know which to follow?”

    Her statemen..

  • Ramachandra Guha's fear of Suicide bombers

    Monday, Nov 12,2012, 22:29 IST .

    Ramachandra Guha is a nitpicking frustrated and blinkered author who has nothing more serious to write about than Hindutva obsessed internet trolls! Outlook magazine itself is a blinkered mainstream magazine that tends to toe the line dictated by the political winds in the country.

    At a time when the world is busy combating Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism and the threats p..

  • Would OMG have dared call the sacred stone in Kaaba 'Ek Kaala Pathar'

    Wednesday, Oct 17,2012, 14:06 IST .

    A great piece of art needs a great mind and a great heart behind it. While it needs to provoke to gain attention, the work itself needs to have a universal appeal to bring greatness to itself! Sadly, the movie 'OMG - Oh My God' fails abysmally on these accounts.

    It lacks the philosophical depth or the technicality of The Matrix or Inception (the..

  • The Law that Protects Robert Vadra

    Sunday, Oct 07,2012, 01:01 IST .

    The law that gives Robert Vadra, an ordinary yet highly controversial citizen, unfettered powers to cross Indian borders and security points unchecked, is the draconian SPECIAL PROTECTION GROUP ACT 1988.

    In its brief history of Independence, free India wrote one of the most shameful acts of Parliament when it gave its approval to the SPG Act.

    While certai..

  • The Danger of Robert Vadra

    Tuesday, Oct 02,2012, 00:11 IST .

    Robert Vadra’s meteoric rise is a significant story in the collection of the most shameful stories of independent India. A nonentity, he has risen to the topmost heights of power and wealth by virtue of blatant nepotism.

    His marriage into the most famous family in India would not have irked anyone had he not exploited this alliance in such a shameless manner and instead h..

  • Why I prefer Hindu Meditation Techniques over Buddhist Techniques

    Tuesday, Sep 25,2012, 12:41 IST .

    Imagine early 9th Century AD, a young Shankara debating with intellectual stalwarts of major streams of philosophy - Charvaks (Buddhists), Mimamsa-vadis and Jains. These stalwarts “guard” the symbolic doors of knowledge at the Sarva-Jnana-Pitha (Centre of all Knowledge) - A temple in ancient Kashmir (Now known as Sharada Math, in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir).

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