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Monday, September 27, 2010

Garhwal Post

25 September 2010
LUTF merges with BJP- a historic milestone in J&K political scenario

Bharat Vani weekly of Tarun Bharat

Nagpur, 26th Sept 2010

Shri Tarun Vijay with Shri Nitin Gadkari at the inauguration of Bharat Vani weekly in Nagpur. They were given great welcome in Nagpur.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Garhwal Post

Dehradun, Sep 22, 2010
Rethink required on the issue of large dams: Tarun Vijay

Some photographs and Media Reports regarding flood in Laksar, Haridwar, Uttarakhand dated 21st September, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Times Of India

14 September 2010

Whose man is that soldier fighting in Kashmir?

Tarun Vijay

India must be the only country in the world where being an antinational murderer means a person or organization getting invitations for talks with the government. Mir Waiz and Geelani should have been booked months ago and punished for their anti-India activities. They not only instigated Kashmiri youth to attack our patriotic people and soldiers but also vitiated the entire atmosphere in the valley bringing normal life to a halt and using Kashmiri youth as fodder for their Pakistani plots, resulting in so many killings of young boys. The fact of the matter is that the killers in Kashmir are these two pro-Pakistani elements, who would have been taken to task by any government with a spine much earlier than their fangs grew more poisonous. In such a situation, instead of talking tough and straight, the government is not only giving confused signals to ‘soften’ (whatever that means) the Armed Forces Special Powers Act but making gestures to terrorist supporters to come to talk. Talks, always a welcome way to find a solution, can be held or even an indication for a discussion can be sent only when the atmosphere is ripe for it and the other side, offenders in this case, show a willingness to come to terms. I must say Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sounded reasonable at the Armed Forces commanders’ meet on September 13 when he said: "The youth of Kashmir are our citizens and their grievances have to be addressed….We are willing to talk to every person or group which abjures violence, within the framework of our Constitution." But is this the time to extend an olive branch?

Have they ever thought what effect these gestures by the government have on the morale of the soldiers?

For whom is the Indian soldier fighting the battle in Kashmir?

It pains me immensely to see how our secular media sirens show their undiluted love for the separatists on TV screens and they go to the streets of Srinagar only to interview the unpatriotic people. When they invite any of the antinational separatists on their shows, they display an utter lack of sensitivity towards those who love their country and give all the space and time to those voices of insanity and violence with a soft, affectionate anchoring you seldom witness when they put on trial any leader showing patriotic leanings. There was hardly a time, except during the Kargil war, when the voices representing the soldiers were given a chance to come to the TV studios or have their say on the editorial pages of the media empires. He is despised, hated and made responsible for all the bad happenings, in a sweeping manner. No one has treid to see the hardened daily routine a soldier is subjected to from 6am to sunset, and after that the night vigil. Anything untoward happens and rogue actors like Salman Khan say meekly to the Pakistan media: Oh, it was the fault of the Indian security personnel. Salman should have been tried for treason. But we have people who lovingly go to his house and try to ‘settle the issue’. These very people and their governors make this day possible when anyone feels free to speak against the soldiers, against the national psyche of patriotism. A soldier is not a daily wage earner like the stone pelters. He is a representative of the nation’s time-honoured traditions. He is nurtured and nourished on a family's "khandaani izzat" - "Mera beta fauji hai". Ask any politician acting as an apologist for the separatist murderers, has he ever thought of sending his child to the forces? A family offers mannats at the feet of their wahe guru over devatas to ensure their son gets selected in the "fauj". He is trained by the best of the warriors at the National Defence Academy or the Indian Military Academy. Some lucky ones get selected early and go through the National Defence School route and see the pictures when they recommissioned - after a thrilling passing out parade in Dehradun. Their caps in the air and their moms and dads hugging them with moist eyes. Years of training and a life of a great Indian patriotic goes waste before the gang of rogue pro-Pakistan elements who have hardly any idea what they are demanding.

Whether he is in the Army or in CRPF, BSF or ITBP, the story is the same. He is there not because he wanted to loot and rape and maim people. He was sent by the Indian government to safeguard the interests of the nation and the Constitution. He is a uniformed gentleman. Those who blow the case of rights violation must be heard definitely. But can an individual's fault be attributed to the olive green or the khaki fraternity of the soldier? I absolutely agree with Manmohan Singh when he says "The youth of Kashmir are our citizens and their grievances have to be addressed". But this should be done through good governance and a mechanism that can win their trust and not through "Srinagar-CM-living-in-Delhi" type Omars who never find time to place a wreath on the body of a soldier martyred in Kashmir.

In fact, the killers of Kashmir are people like Mir Waiz and Geelani. The angst of Kashmir must be directed against them. The soldier would be too happy to go back to his barracks and celebrate Diwali and Eid with family.

In the secular sultanate of Delhi’s power brokers, a soldier is just another babu, another employee to be denied a justifiable demand of "one rank-one pension" by those politicians who raise their salaries 300% in a jiffy. And in the media he is a punching bag. Just read a poem an Indian soldier wrote (saw it on a blog; Ali, perhaps, was his name).

Why do I still serve you?

How you play with us, did you ever see?
At Seven, I had decided what I wanted to be;
I would serve you to the end,
All these boundaries I would defend.

Now you make me look like a fool,
When at seventeen and just out of school;
Went to the place where they made "men out of boys"
Lived a tough life …sacrificed a few joys…

In those days, I would see my "civilian" friends,
Living a life with the fashion trends;
Enjoying their so called "college days"
While I sweated and bled in the sun and haze…
But I never thought twice about what where or why
All I knew was when the time came, I'd be ready to do or die.

At 21 and with my commission in hand,
Under the glory of the parade and the band,
I took the oath to protect you over land, air or sea,
And make the supreme sacrifice when the need came to be.

I stood there with a sense of recognition,
But on that day I never had the premonition,
that when the time came to give me my due,
You'd just say, "What is so great that you do?"

Long back you promised a well-to-do life;
And when I'm away, take care of my wife.
You came and saw the hardships I live through,
And I saw you make a note or two,
And I hoped you would realise the worth of me;
but now I know you'll never be able to see,
Because you only see the glorified life of mine,
Did you see the place where death looms all the time?
Did you meet the man standing guard in the snow?
The name of his newborn he does not know...
Did you meet the man whose father breathed his last?
While the sailor patrolled our seas so vast?

You still know I'll not be the one to raise my voice
I will stand tall and protect you in Punjab Himachal and Thois.

But that's just me you have in the sun and rain,
For now at twenty-four, you make me think again;
About the decision I made, seven years back;
Should I have chosen another life, some other track?

Will I tell my son to follow my lead?
Will I tell my son, you'll get all that you need?
This is the country you will serve
This country will give you all that you deserve?

I heard you tell the world "India is shining"
I told my men, that's a reason for us to be smiling
This is the India you and I will defend!
But tell me how long will you be able to pretend?
You go on promise all that you may,
But it's the souls of your own men you betray.

Did you read how some of our eminent citizens
Write about me and ridicule my very existence?
I ask you to please come and see what I do,
Come and have a look at what I go through
Live my life just for a day
Maybe you'll have something else to say?

I will still risk my life without a sigh
To keep your flag flying high
but today I ask myself a question or two…
Oh India…. Why do I still serve you?

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Times Of India

10 September 2010

A colonial invite must be spurned by Aamir

Tarun Vijay

“Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao Khan have been officially invited to dine with the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles at the Marlborough House in Westminster, London. A source says, "Aamir is honoured and has accepted the invitation from Prince Charles inviting him to cocktails and dinner being hosted for a select gathering."

I would have loved Aamir saying he is having dinner with the Thai king or a Nepalese democratic leader. Or a Sri Lankan, even a Pakistani would have been a welcome host. But who is this Charles anyway? What's there in him to feel honoured at his invite? Forget what he did to Diana or even the fact that Charles had any known or unknown affection for us Indians except a ‘Ramu’ attitude, exhibited in cuddling coloured Indian kids for a photo op, what do these British rulers have that Indians should advertise a sense of elation receiving their invites?

Lagaan and 1857 forgotten, the British remain the most barbaric rulers India has ever seen. They cheated us, looted us, raped the country, stole our most valuable jewels and books and documents and the Saraswati statue. They built their industrial revolution on our money. Aamir must read Dadabhoy Naoroji’s thesis and Will Durant’s book – A Case for India. Aamir must know that British rulers were rogues and savages. Durant writes, "Until 1918 the total expenditure on public health, of both the central and the provincial governments combined, was only $5,000,000 a year, for 240,000,000 people — an appropriation of two cents per capita. Sir William Hunter, once Director-General of Indian Statistics, estimated that 40,000,000 of the people of India were seldom or never able to satisfy their hunger. Weakened with malnutrition, they offer low resistance to infections; epidemics periodically destroy millions of them. In 1901, 2, 72,000 died of plague introduced from abroad; in 1902, 5000,000 died of plague; in 1903, 800,000; in 1904, 1,000,000. In 1918 there were 125,000,000 cases of influenza, and 12,500,000 recorded deaths...”

The British never apologized for the crimes they committed against Indians. The Vatican apologized to Australian victims of paedophile priests. The majority of people in Australia agree with their government’s decision to apologize to Aboriginal communities for what is known as the Stolen Generation. For over 60 years and into the 1970s, the Australian government — and Catholic church missions — forcibly removed Australia’s Aboriginal children from their families and placed them in institutions or with foster families.

In November 2001, the Vatican issued a formal apology for the Church’s role in the Stolen Generation. In October 1998, in preparation for the Millennium, Pope John Paul II, the spiritual leader of about one billion Christian Roman Catholics, indicated that he and the Vatican were reviewing past Church sins and preparing a global apology statement.

The British government apologized on a recent issue of child abuse this year on February 10. A headline ran thus: UK apologizes over 'shameful' child migration program. Even the Pope received an apology from the British government for an issue that would look so trivial before what they did to fellow Indians of Aamir Khan. See this: Pope receives apology from UK Foreign Office for 'condom' memo. (

But they never apologized to us for hanging Bhagat Singhs, Rajgurus and Sukhdevs and ‘disposing of’ their dead bodies clandestinely, against all laws, in kerosene oil, at Satlaj, or for their crimes post 1857.

Did Aamir ever feel he should be more honoured having daal-roti with villagers of Khatkar Kalan? (What’s Khatkar Kalan anyway? It’s the birth place of Bhagat Singh). The Tribune in 1931 , giving news of Bhagat Singh and his revolutionary colleagues’ hanging said: ‘Dead bodies secretly disposed of’, 'no last interview with relations’.

Those were the British who did Jalianwala Bagh massacre. They did everything to insult, humiliate and belittle whatever India possessed.

Should it be an honour to dine with the inheritor of such a barbaric legacy who remains unrepentant on what his predecessors did to us?

I love Aamir and his films. Especially after Tare Zameen Par, Lagaan,1857 and Peepli Live, he has risen to unprecedented heights of glory and respect, very justifiably, not just amongst Indians but in the esteem of a global audience. In fact, Charles would be gaining more to have Aamir with him and Camila Parker Bowles on dining table. But should Aamir, a proud Indian, oblige them?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Krishna Janmashtami in Dhaka, Bangla Desh.2010. pics courtesy Arindam Mukherjee.

Current Issue: September, 2010

जम्मू, लद्दाख की अनदेखी क्यों : तरूण विजय

Garwhal Post

Dehradun, 10th September, 2010
Tarun Vijay inaugurates Uttarakhand Day at Dilli Haat.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


09 September, 2010

Attack on Saffron is attack on Hindus-Tarun Vijay in Asian Age

Indian Express

7 September, 2010

New CVC: BJP says attempt to cover up spectrum, CWG row

The Times Of India

05 September 2010

The beheaders

Tarun Vijay

Slain policeman Lucas Tete's wife, Pyari, and three grown-up daughters fainted several times in shock on receiving the news that his bullet-riddled body was found in a forest in Bihar on Friday. (A news report)

Whose Lucas was he? And the kids, turned destitute with a 'satisfying' revolutionary spirit of the Maoists, so passionately romanticized by Arundhati Roy and her ilk at 10 Janpath? Any debates or front-page stories on why this is happening? Who are the real people behind such ghastly crimes and who are those weakening the struggle against it? What ideological mooring these murderers have that inspires them, powers them to be so brutal and makes them unapologetic of whatever they are doing? Are they simply Maoists -- followers of Mao, the Chinese hero, and carrying forward to realize the principles of an ideology that is communist in its every grain? Or someone would like to say: communism is all about peace and harmony and accommodating dissent (like it was in Soviet Russia and which can be seen in Mao's China today?) and whatever these Maoists are doing is in fact misusing the name of communism and Mao?

See what these Maoists claim they are. Their outfit is named Communist Party of India-Maoist. Their idols are Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. They are staunch believers in violence and have a blind faith in their communist ideology, which claimed millions of lives in Soviet Russia, established a totalitarian one-party regime in China but not before unprecedented mass killings in a crazy red revolution enveloped in cultural revolution and long jump led by Mao. And then we had Pol Pot , the communist despotic ruler of Cambodia who didn't hesitate eliminating one third of his country's population.

In India, it's not just the Maoists, the Marxists of a different variety too have been killing RSS and BJP workers in Tellicherry, Kasargod and other southern areas to stop the saffron spread in their crumbling bastions. Maoists, the 'biggest problem India is facing today' in the words of the Prime Minister, have killed so far 10,000 Indians in the most brutal fashion.

Where do the Indian state and media stand in this scenario? They are busy either celebrating Sonia's re-ascendancy on a family conglomerate or making noises on the CWG 's filth, 'building ' a prince for Indian democracy or waging a war against what they love to call 'saffron terror', eying UP and Bihar elections.

Where can the children of Lucas and Abhay and Ehsan and Rupesh Sinha go for relief?

Do they constitute a vote bank? Do they have a voice to be heard in the corridors of power? Why every single Indian leader who says he is some kind of a secular that believes in manufacturing coloured terrorism want to be seen among the sympathizers of the communist butchers? Whether Sonia or Rahul or Lalu or Mulayam or Bihar's state leaders – in power and outside the power equations? Have they ever tried to understand their ideology, which is an undiluted communism at its worst? Do they believe that this communism can help India grow? If that was the case why is it that the people of India have rejected the communist ideology in almost all the corners and they are not found anywhere except in a few l remnants? Why has no channel or the media siren found it prudent to initiate a discussion on the ideological roots of the Maoists barbarism? Are they afraid that in the process they may have to criticize the communist ideology? And since there are no two Marxes, Stalins, Lenins or Maos, what the Maoists believe in and what the other communist parties believe may come under close scrutiny? Is that a fear among the politicized 'left leaning' media today?

Now, look at the recent occurrence of the communist revolutionary spirit. Abhaya Prasad Yadav, sub-inspector, Bihar Police ,was caught with three colleagues from Lakhisarai and taken to a 'Jan Adalat', a kangaroo court run by the Maoists where Lucas was 'awarded' a death sentence without an appeal and executed with an unprecedented secular alacrity in times when Parliament attackers wait endlessly for their final hour in spite of a court order. Everyone had a fear that these abducted police men might be killed. Abhay's wife, Rajni, and their children, Dhruvswamini, Shalini, Minakshi and Anand Shankar, and Lucas's wife, Pyari, and three teenage daughters, Anjela, Majula and Neelam, sat on a pleading dharna at the gates of Bihar's chief minister's residence only to be given the news of Lucas's death.

Lucas was not alone. He was abducted with three other colleagues -- sub-inspector Abhay Prasad, havaldar Ehsan Ahmad and sub-inspector Rupesh Kumar Sinha. The fate of the rest of the three is still hanging in balance at the time of writing this post.

The day this sordid incident occurred, the nation and the Page 3 media were celebrating the coronation of Sonia Gandhi as she became head of the Congress party for the fourth time. And they said she was 'elected'. It must be a 'proud' moment for the Indian democracy, especially the kind of inner party democracy we see today in the Congress. Frankly, who is bothered if Sonia becomes fourth-time or 24th-time president of a party that means just a family corporate affair? It's painful to notice that even in her hour of a managed glory she didn't say a single word of sympathy for the slain policeman nod did she appeal to the Maoists, whom she and her son Rahul try to keep in verbal comfort. Rahul is said to have even shared a dias during his recent Orissa visit with a known Maoist or their sympathizer. Mother and son see the Naxals so admiringly, joining the company of Arundhati Roy.

Maoists, the blue eyed 'revolutionaries' of Delhi's de-Indianised glitterati, love beheading their captives. There have been several other incidents earlier too. Headline after headline describing the gory, Taliban-style beheading incidents by Naxals:

6 Oct, 2009: Naxalites in Jharkhand beheaded a kidnapped police inspector Francis Induwar, to avenge the arrest of top Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy.

9 Oct 2009: At least 17 cops were killed in Gadchiroli when 200 Naxals swooped down. Not only that, in a rerun of the beheading of a Jharkhand police officer, they beheaded a civilian branding him a police informer.

3 Feb 2010: Maoists behead jawan in Bankura.The beheaded body of Sanjoy Ghosh, a 23-year-old jawan of the SAP, was recovered.

20 Oct 2009: Naxalites beheaded a villager at Korchi. The Maoists later branded him a police informer.

6 Apr 2010: Naxal butchers kill 73 CRPF personnel in Dantewada.

Raipur, Aug 16 2010: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable was beheaded by Maoists on the outskirts of Jagdalpur, the district headquarters of restive Bastar in Chhattisgarh, police said.The headless body of 30-year-old cop Kanhaiya Yadav, a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Ghazipur, was found last evening at Ashna village on the Jagdalpur-Mazgaon road.

The road to sanity and civility passes through human values. That's the greatest ideology. The silence of those who say they belong to some sort of secularism, on the barbarism committed in the name of the ideologies they share is as condemnable as the heinous acts of violence done by any person belonging to any faith or ideology.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Question China's sovereignty on a non-autonomous Tibet, invite Taiwan to strengthen relations - says Kanwal Sibal

Photo Caption:-

Left to right - Tarun Vijay, Prof. Shrikanth Kondapalli, Kanwal Sibal, Ambassador Rangachari, Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (retd) and Prof. Bal Apte

Question China's sovereignty on a non-autonomous Tibet, invite Taiwan to strengthen relations - says Kanwal Sibal, former foreign secretary

Increase India's firepower to counter Chinese threat-war can't be ruled out- Brig Gurmeet Kanwal, Director, CLAWS

Former Foreign Secretary, Mr. Kanwal Sibal said that on Chinese front we must learn to react like a Tiger, not to kill but to defend ourselves atleast. Mr. Kanwal Sibal was speaking at a discussion “Tiger v/s Dragon: Prelude to a Showdown?” at the India International Centre Annexe, organized by the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. This discussion attracted a large number of diplomats, scholars with participants from politics, academics and army.

“We should increase strategically relations with Taiwan and also persuade China to talk with Dalai Lama on the issue of Tibbet”, Mr. Kanwal Sibal said and added thatIndia has recognised an autonomous Tibet as part of China not a region full of Chinese military, people and no-autonomous status. Hence it will be just right for Indiato question China's sovereignty on a non-autonomous Tibet.

Former diplomat T.C.A. Rangachari said China needed to be understood on a preferential basis. We have 60 years diplomatic relationship with China but refusal of a visa to an Indian General on the unundestandable premise of his being in control of a Kashmir region, which China recognises as 'disputed'. How can India accept this position?

Prof Srikanth Kondapalli, made a powerful powerpoint presentation to show as to how China is moving forward with a motive to encircle India. He said that since 1949 to 1963, China’s position on Kashmir was in favour of India but after that China favoured Pakistan. China has invested 20 billion $ (approx) in different hydro projects of POK, which shows the clear intention of China.

Brig (retd.) Gurmeet Kanwal, Director, CLAWS (Centre for Land Warfare Studies) pointed out that PLA calls the shots in Chinese governance and it has prepared a long term strategy. Accordingly the next war it would like to fight outside China, and that can be Arunachal Pradesh. He forcely said that in present situation there is a huge gap between Indian Army and PLA. Though presently its more quantitative but if we did not meet the strategic needs of Indian Army then after 15 years this difference will be also qualitative and unbridgeable.

Tarun Vijay, MP (Rajya Sabha), Director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, said: “We gave Buddha to China, China give us Maoists”.

Shri Bala Saheb Apte, president of the Foundation and national vice president of BJP, welcomed the participants. Shri Arun Singh, Trustee of the Foundation, proposed a vote of thanks.