Monday, September 27, 2010
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Monday, September 20, 2010
Whose man is that soldier fighting in Kashmir?
Monday, September 13, 2010
A colonial invite must be spurned by Aamir
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. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/25/pope-apology-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
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
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
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.