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A Journalist by profession and a renowned author, Arun Sadhu, works with the same passion in both the fields. The precision and convincing power of his reports; alluring yet captivating power of his stories and novels; both are equally enthralling. His news are unbiased while the characters of his novels are real life and absorbing.
Starting a career as a school teacher in a small village of Maharashtra, Arun Sadhu has worked with many news paper from the Times of India, The Statesman and finally as the Editor of the Free Press Journal in Mumbai. At the same time he wrote many novels in Marathi language, Short stories, plays and Biographies, varying on range of subjects from Politics to science fictions and human relationships to history.

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November 24, 2006

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Tourism the new growing sector
After many false starts, political indifference and bureaucratic bunglings, the tourism and hospitality sectors in India are now slated for a rapid growth. Not owing to any brilliant state initiative but despite the state's negligence. It is the booming economy and growing interest in India that has caused this explosion. There is a big surge in business travellers and many from across the globe find the hospitality and quality of medical skills and facilities in India far tempting and comparatively cheaper. Thus the tourism industry expects an 8.4% growth in 2006 and an average of over 8% growth in the next decade. India now ranks 4th as the world's must-see-country in Conde' Nest Traveller ratings, up from the 9th position three years ago. Healthcare tourism alone expects a business of 1.7 billion dollars. More than 100,000 patients seek Indian shores for treatment. The four metropolitan cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad alone (not counting Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedbad, Jaipur etc.) are expected to add more than 35,000 top class hotel rooms by the year 2011.

Let Targets Nuclear, Oil Installations
The overall growth expectations in most sectors of India's economy underline the basic soundness of the Indian economic experience, note the observers. That is because industry, trade, market, share markets, construction boom, production trends every area has been consistently showing an upward trend inspite of the fact that India has been a major target for international terrorists for the last decade. There have been several violent incidents of terror in metropolitan cities, in rural areas, in industrial hubs and commercial centres. But Indians have withstood these with great fortitude without losing their vigour or abandoning the pursuit of their economic goals, economists points out. Recently, India's home affairs minister Shivraj Patil revealed that intelligence had cautioned Lashkar-e-Tayba terrorists were planning to target India's oil installations, atomic power plants, defence communications and IT sector units. This has deterred neither the stock exchange, nor the FDI trends. The construction boom has no respite and SEZ continue to be approved attracting greater investment.

St. Thomas, the Apostle of India
Fierce regional identities acquire strange hues in multi-ethnic, multi-religious India. The southern Indian state of Kerala is unhappy with Pope Benedict XVI for having ignored the 'southern' connection of St. Thomas, the Christian saint who is regarded by Keralites of all faiths as the 'father in faith' of the Christians in India. Indians believe that St. Thomas came directly to Kerala from sea in AD 52 and had established churches. Traditionally, he is regarded the 'Apostle of India'. Now the Pope's reported statement at St. Peter's square that Thomas ifirst evangelised Syria and Persia and then went to Western India (Pakistan) from where Christianity reached south India. Now, that robs the holy saint of the title of 'Apostle of India'. Reports from Kerala say that the Christian community there is hurt and a big controversy is raging questioning the Pope's statement. Not surprisingly, peoples of most other faiths in Kerala support their Christian brethren in their claim.

India and the Moon
Believe it or not, India, the land of cows, serpents and sadhus, of kumbha-melas and stone worshippers, the land where the moon has a special place in women's religious iconography, might send up a human to set a foot on the surface of the moon within 15 years. Indian space scientists and technologists have already been probing the space and they plan to send an unmanned vehicle either to land on the moon or hit the lunar surface. By 2020, if all goes according to the itinerary drawn up by the scientists, an Indian astronaut is likely to send a message to moon-crazy Indian women directly from the lunar surface !




Sany Group to set plant in Pune
Chinese Construction machinery major Sany Group will soon set up a 70 million dollar greenfield plant near Pune in Western India to manufacture construction material and equipment. This will be the first such venture of the Group outside China. An MoU to this effect was signed recently in Mumbai between the government of Maharashtra and the Group.

Opinion:


Hu's Historic India Visit - By Arun Sadhu


A historic opportunity awaits the people of India and China. The two Asian countries working hand in had can become the vanguard of the humanity's march towards economic freedom and progress. Four centuries ago, China and India were the richest and the most powerful countries of the world. China retained its pre-eminent position as the richest empire till the beginning of the 15th century. Thereafter, historians bestow that distinction on India which, with the vast sub-continental empire of the Mughals, was acknowledged as the richest and the most powerful country from the 15th century onwards.

Alas, both countries eventually fell prey to disorder, degeneration and confusion when Europe held sway over the world's oceans. China was not exactly enslaved but was badly mauled by the marauding Western trading empires. Its degeneration, humiliation and disorder was complete before it revived itself in 1949. India reeled under the British rule for over 150 years before it gained independence in 1947.

There are no two neighbouring ancient countries on the surface of the globe which present as stark a contrast as India and China do. Despite its vast expanse, China is by and large a homogenous country; never mind minor ethnic and linguistic variations. It is proud of its glorious and long history and has kept meticulous records of its doings during the last three millennia. India is equally vast and ancient and is proud of its history. But it is most lackadaisical in documenting history. It is known more for an amazing oral tradition rather than concrete documentation. Homogeneity is anathema for India. Its heterogeneity is legendary religious, ethnic, racial, linguistic and scriptorial. Its caste plurality is mind-boggling and each caste has several sub-castes. And it is said that even in terms of cuisine culture no two families cook the same type of food. China has gone through strict regimentation during long periods of history, both of imperial or communist types. India has never gone through this experience and indeed, Indian people abhor any kind of regimentation. It revels in chaos and thrives under contradictory pulls and pressures.

Yet, India and China, the two Asian giants which together contain more than one-third of the world's population, have many things in common. They are hard-working and innovative people and have contributed a great deal in terms of intellectual knowledge and material innovation. Today, both represent the shape of emerging new world and are on the way to becoming the super economic powers. And as Chinese President Hu Jintao told an elite gathering of Indian industrialists recently, India and China as partners in economic growth can change the tenor of the modern world. They can be partners and not adversaries. This was the first visit by a Chinese President in a decade after Jiang Zemin had visited in India in 1996. True to his pragmatic image, Hu, during his talks with Indian politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen, never wavered from his focus advancement of economic partnership between the two countries. The Indians too responded equally warmly. The pomp, euphoria and artificial display of public sentiments that accompanied mutual visits of the dignitaries of the two countries in the days of Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai was completely absent this time in India. And rightly so. Observers of Indo-China relations cautiously remark that Hu's visit may not have evoked sentimental demonstrations of friendship. But it has achieved much more than mere tokenism. It has opened a wide window of opportunities for strengthening and enhancing the economic relationship between the two countries.

It is not as though there are no problems between the two neighbours. The defining of border segments and boundary disputes which in the past had provoked bloodly confrontations soaring the relationship for decades - were rightly isolated from the main thrust of economic cooperation. India too has learnt a lesson of pragmatism from China. Four decades ago, Jawaharlal Nehru was forced to take a confrontationist stance against China when the very same elements which were falling over each other to greet Hu today, had raised a great nationalist hue and cry. India is a democracy and Nehru's hand little option but to bow to these virulent pressure groups. Against his better judgement. Fortunately, India has now overcome that adolescent sentimentalism.

Significantly, China is a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group which ha assumed much importance in the eyes of India in view of its nuclear deal with the United States. And without openly and explicitly endorsing the deal, Hu has hinted opening the doors of nuclear cooperation for India. Somehow an impression was created in India that China, because of its closer association with Pakistan, was hostile to the Indo-US deal. But Hu has displayed Beijing's flexibility and pragmatism from which Indian diplomats can learn a lesson or two. Whatever geopolitical compulsions may be forcing China to make friends with Pakistan ( and indeed, doesn't India too honestly want closer friendly ties with Pakistan?), the former is pragmatic enough to acknowledge the size and importance of the Indian market. And why not? Indo-US nuclear deal is likely to generate a business of nearly 100 billion dollars for the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Beijing can have legitimate hopes of competing for a share in it. Pragmatism pays. And the market can truly act as a greasing agent in smoothening diplomatic relationships. History might record that this apparently low-key visit of the Chinese President proved far more critical and fruitful.


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