The Report “Rebel attack leaves eight dead in Indian Kashmir” in India Aboard (January 1, 2918) uses the phrase “Indian Kashmir” in the headline and then goes on to say “Indian-administered Kashmir”. It says, “Kashmir was divided between rivals India and Pakistan at the end of British colonial rule over the subcontinent in 1947.” All these are factually incorrect and should not have a place in a newspaper owned by NRIs and one that claims to represent Indians Abroad. have you heard of American Kansas or USA -administered Texas? Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and one of its 29 states. Kashmir was never divided between India and Pakistan as this report claims. That Pakistan is illegally occupying parts of Kashmir is entirely different matter. Indian Parliament has categorically resolved that the whole of Kashmir including the Pakistan Occupied territory is part of India. India Aboard shouldn’t blindly reproduce reports from foreign Press agencies which are inaccurate and patently mischievous. India Abroad should make its position clear on the status of Jammu & Kashmir as an integral part of India and print a correction. India Abroad owes its readers and all Indians an apology.
Gaurang G. Vaishnav
Edison, NJ, USA
Dear Donald Trump, you are an illegitimate President-elect; you will be a less than legitimate President
By Ujal Dosanjh
(Dosanjh is former Premier of British Columbia, and former Canadian Minister of Health.)
Dear Donald, you and your surrogates have been noxiously complaining that the US Democrats are raising the bogey of Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to delegitimise your electoral victory and undermine your presidency. I am a citizen of the increasingly smaller world: A Canadian citizen; and by heritage an Indian of India. I am baffled how one undermines something already illegitimate. I thought I should let you know well before your swearing in that as far as many Americans and people across the world are concerned your Presidency is void ab initio. You are an illegitimate President-Elect; and you will be an illegitimate President. Stop complaining about it. Just grin and bear it.
And you may ask why?
Where do you want me to start?
For beginners, as one who had sought to undermine the Presidency of a duly elected Barack Obama by leading the most disgusting chorus of the Birther Lie against the first black president in the history of the USA, you don’t deserve to be the President, and that too as the standard bearer of the party of the slayer and abolisher of slavery, Abraham Lincoln.
You campaigned on “draining the swamp” of the rich and powerful in Washington. That appears to have been another one of your grotesque lies because your proposed cabinet is full of billionaires and multimillionaires quite at home, and used to swimming, in the swamp of which they are an integral part.
Your electoral college victory was founded upon a campaign of hate and racism against Muslims and Mexicans that appealed to the latent racism of quite a significant section of white Americans still undoubtedly harbouring racism, fear of the other and economic anxieties afflicting them leading them to buy your snake oil of how everything will be fine when you ban all Muslims from entering the country, set up a mandatory registry for American Muslims, instantly deport 11 million Mexicans from the USA back into Mexico and build a wall on the border with Mexico. You lied to the American people that you will make Mexico pay for the wall which you are now asking Americans to pay for. And we are happy that it will be less than a wall; but still another lie.
To make matters worse you have told scores of other monstrous, consequential and inconsequential lies in your lifetime and in the campaign. So much so that it compelled James Warren writing in Vanity Fair to label you “the least honest politician alive”. And even after getting elected you haven’t stopped lengthening the already too long a screed of lies.
I confess Hillary Clinton was not the greatest opponent you could have faced. She had excessive baggage from years of being in the public and political domains: the history the Clinton Foundation, her own emails from her time as Secretary of State and much more. According to the report of the US intelligence, in came the Russians with the clear intent to sow distrust in the US election process, hurt the Clinton candidacy and help yours, their preferred candidate. The Russians hacked the DNC and other Clinton related emails and conspired with the Wikileaks to strategically release such materials during the campaign. The drip-drip of the Russian hacked and Wikileaks released material effectively damaged Clinton’s chances of beating you; Russia put its thumb on the scale to help you, their favourite candidate; you became Russia’s “Manchurian” candidate. Russia didn’t interfere with the voting machines or the tallying of the votes. But it certainly did interfere with and influence the election in your favour. With Russia’s clear and covert help, you defeated Clinton.
There are as yet unsubstantiated claims that the Russians possess a dossier of compromising personal and other information on you with which, if true, you could be subject to blackmail endangering the national security of the United States of America. The intelligence chiefs felt the information, though unproven, was germane enough to their duty to protect USA and its government that they briefed President Obama and you on it. The briefing material was leaked but according to the intelligence chiefs not by them or their organisations. You had a hissy fit during what the Guardian described as a train wreck of a press conference, and compared your intelligence chiefs to the Nazis. Such irresponsible conduct is more proof that you aren’t fit to be the President of the most powerful country on earth.
Mind you, Russia isn’t unique in the world in trying to subvert other nation’s politics and governments. American governments have been no international angels. They have encouraged countless coups and revolts and interfered in elections all over the world. The government s your country helped come to power in other countries were equally illegitimate, be it the Shah of Iran, Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines or Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
Russian interference and influence in the US election in your favour, more than the lies and hate you spewed, has certainly meant the demise of your presidency’s legitimacy at its very beginning. Your campaign of lies, hate and racism along with the well documented help you received from the Russians in damaging your opponent has made yours an illegitimate presidency.
But you, your supporters and surrogates argue the fact that you have been elected should be the end of discussion; perhaps so, particularly because the American electorate has never been considered to be well informed and aware anyway. As the late Gore Vidal once lamented, “Half of the Americans have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half”.
So the world is the poorer for having to live with your less than legitimate Presidency. Do us a favour: Just grin and bear it.
The views expressed by the author are personal. Dosanjh is former Premier of British Columbia, and former Canadian Minister of Health.
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ANNUAL MEETING at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newton, MA
July 30 & 31, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
8:00 AM to 8:45 AM Breakfast
Session 1 (09:00 AM to 10:30 AM)
09:00 AM to 09:05 AM Welcome Pawan Roy
09:05 Am to 09:20 AM Vision Mission, Goals and Updates Kanchan Banerjee
09:30 AM to 10:40 AM Interactive, online session with Networking partners in Bharat
(Hiral Mehta, All India Rural Empowerment Program, Amdavad; Urvish Kantharia, GIBV, Bharat, Amdavad; Srikanth, Karnataka Village Development, Bangalaru)
10:40 AM to 10:50 AM Break
Session 2 (10:45 AM to 12:15 PM)
10:50 AM to 11:10 AM Our role in USA Girish Gandhi
11:10 AM to 11:30 AM Our role in Bharat Gaurang Vaishnav
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM Scope and Opportunities working with other organizations in Bharat
Dr. Mahesh Mehta
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM Lunch
Session 3 (01:30 PM to 03:30 PM)
01:30 PM to 03:30 PM Work in the USA- Details, What, how to
(Moderator: Balaguru Teertha, Kunal Shah)
- Chapters & Volunteers Avanish Raj
- Membership & Fund-Raising Girish Gandhi
- Media & PR Somanjana Chatterjee
- Communication, Internal & External Sonali Dave
- Social Media Achalesh Amar
03:30 PM to 4:00 PM Tea Break
Session 4 (04:00 PM to 05:15 PM)
04:00 PM to 04:15 PM Demonstrating Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
04:15 PM to 05:15 PM Create Task Lists Kanchan Banerjee
06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Event with invited Guests
(Pawan Roy, Mahesh Mehta, Kanchan Banerjee, Kunal Shah, Girish Gandhi)
06:00 PM to 06:45 PM Reception
06:45 PM to 08:15 PM Presentation & discussion
08:15 PM to 09:15 PM Dinner
Sunday, July 31, 2016
8:00 AM to 8:45 AM Breakfast
Session 5 (09:00 AM to 10:30 AM)
09:00 AM to 09:15 AM Global Indian Business Council (GIBC) Dhirendra Shah
09:15 AM to 09:55 AM Working in Bharat- Village matrix Gaurang Vaishnav
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Interactive session with Networking partners in Bharat
(Dr. Ajay Mehta, Bhopal; Shobhit Mathur, Vision India Foundation,
Delhi; Manish Manjul, Lead India 2020, Delhi)
11:10 AM to 11:45 AM Action Items, Assignments Kanchan Banerjee, Sneha Mehta
Next meeting Dates and Place Girish Gandhi
11:45 PM to 12:00 PM Concluding Remarks Dr. Anju Preet
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अनहोनी को होनी कर दे होनी को अनहोनी.
March 18, 2005
U.S. Embassy Pulls India Official’s Visa
U.S. Embassy Revokes Visa of Top India State Official for Allegedly Violating Religious Freedom
The Associated Press
NEW DELHI Mar 18, 2005 — The U.S. Embassy on Friday denied a visa to the Hindu nationalist chief minister of India’s western Gujarat state over his role in 2002 religious riots. India slammed the decision, saying it showed a “lack of courtesy and sensitivity.”
Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a leader of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, was denied a diplomatic visa to travel to the United States and his existing tourist/business visa was revoked, a U.S. embassy spokesman said.
March 18, 2005 10:00 PM
Representatives of 70 organizations meet under the leadership of Shri Sunil Nayak, President of IANA at his Ramada Inn for an emergency meeting to decide the fate of a previously well planned and publicized event of Modiji’s reception and talk at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden on March 20. I represented Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America.
It is decided unanimously to continue with the program and work out in haste a live video link with Gandhinagar for Modiji to address the audience in New York.
We all go home after 1:00 AM not to rest or sleep but to start an email campaign to let the community know that the program was “on” and to circulate a petition and letter campaign to the US President against denying a visa to a democratically elected leader of a state in Bharat.
March 19, 2005
Intense work by all volunteers across the country on 19th and 20th.
March 20, 2005 7:00 PM
The program is scheduled on the evening of March 20, a working day. Madison Square Garden is booked. Cost? $100,000 for a four-hour slot. A technical team has been working day and night with Gandhinagar counterparts to arrange a seamless and glitch free, live, interactive video feed.
In the evening, heavy rains drench New York and surrounding areas. Working day, maddening rush hour traffic and the rains do not deter NRIs who are all up in arms against US State department’s unfair decision partly taken under pressure from the anti-Hindu, anti-Modi secular (!) brigade and fundamentalist Christian lobby that was at the receiving end when Modi government clamped down on fraudulent Christian conversions.
People come by busloads from the neighboring states of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In no time the 4000 capacity auditorium is houseful.
A royal chair is at the center of the stage. It is not occupied. It symbolizes absence of Shri Narendra Modi. After some preliminaries, the giant screen comes alive and Modiji’s face appears on it. The crowd erupts in a frenzy with sustained applause for minutes.
Modiji is a study in equanimity. He is opposite of the crowd that is agitated and restless. He addresses the crowd with poise and dignity. Then Question-answer starts. I remember two of them vividly. (1) What is your reaction to the visa cancellation? (2) What do you see in the future?
Answer (1): I believe only in action, not in reaction.
Answer (2): I envision a day when Bharat would progress to a level where instead of us standing in line for an American visa, Americans will stand in line for a visa to Bharat.
Having known Narendrabhai from the early eighties as a Sangh Pracharak, and believing that he was guided by a divine power, I had argued then with disheartened colleagues and friends that one day, Narendrabhai would be the Prime Minister of Bharat.
Fast forward nine years to May 16, 2014
Narendrabhai leads BJP to an absolute majority in the national election, decimating the Congress.
May 26, 2014, 6:10 PM
Narendra Damodardas Modi takes oath as the Prime Minster of Bharat.
September 28, 2014 10:00 AM
Same Madison Square Garden where an audience of 4000 people looked at that empty chair reserved for Modiji on March 20, 2005, is filled to the brim with 19,000 NRIs. Hundreds of NRIs are looking at a giant live screen in the Times Square and still more than 10,000 are left without a ticket. Event? Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the Diaspora that had stood by him through thick and thin.
June 8, 2016, 11:00 AM
Location: US Capitol, Washington, DC
Audience: Joe Biden, Vice President, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House; Mich McConnell, Majority Senate Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Minority House Leader and all Senators and Congressmen. It is the joint session of the U.S. Congress.
Speaker? Narendra Damodardas Modi, the Prime Minster of Bharat.
He speaks for almost one hour, in English. No written notes, no teleprompter. No Uh, Humm or any verbal clutches. No disjointed thoughts. He touches upon the history of the USA, shared values of the USA and Bharat, Influence of American constitution on B.R. Ambedkar, influence of Gandhiji on Martin Luther King, Jr., contribution of NRIs to the USA, Yoga’s popularity in the USA, climate change and carbon footprint, rural and agro-economy of Bharat, defense cooperation, terrorism from across the border, etc.
He spoke from a position of strength- He said, “cooperation and not domination”, a hint to the USA that Bharat will work with it on equal footing, not as a subservient junior partner. He ended with a quote from the famous poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892):
‘The constraints of past are behind us and foundations of future are firmly in place…The Orchestra have sufficiently tuned their instruments; the baton has given the signal. And there is a new symphony in play.’
He improvised it by adding: ‘Our relationship is primed for a momentous future. The constraints of the past are behind us.’
By my count, Modiji got 58 applauses and eight standing ovations in his one-hour speech.
Nanredrabhai, we are proud of you- from 2005 to 2016, what a journey it has been! I wish you Godspeed in making all your dreams a reality. You are not alone. I and millions are with you. Jay Hind!
If in case it was all too confusing for you, here’s a summary:
President Assad (who is bad) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people rebelled and the Rebels (who are good) started winning (hurrah!).
But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State (who are definitely bad!) while some continued to support democracy (who are still good.)
So the Americans (who are good ) started bombing Islamic State (who are bad ) and giving arms to the Syrian Rebels (who are good ) so they could fight Assad (who is still bad) which was good.
There is a breakaway state in the north run by the Kurds who want to fight IS (which is good) but the Turkish authorities think they are bad, so the U.S. says they are bad while secretly thinking they’re good and giving them guns to fight IS (which is good) but that is another matter.
Getting back to Syria.
So President Putin (who is bad because he invaded Crimea and the Ukraine and killed lots of folks, including that nice Russian man in London with polonium poisoned sushi, has decided to back Assad (who is still bad) by attacking IS (who are also bad ) which is sort of a good thing (!?).
But Putin (still bad) thinks the Syrian Rebels (who are good) are also bad, and so he bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the Americans (who are good) who are busy backing and arming the rebels (who are also good).
Now Iran (who used to be bad, but now they have agreed not to build any nuclear weapons with which to bomb Israel are now good) are going to provide ground troops to support Assad (still bad) as are the Russians (bad) who now have ground troops and aircraft in Syria.
So a Coalition of Assad (still bad) Putin (extra bad) and the Iranians (good, but in a bad sort of way) are going to attack IS (who are bad which is good, but also the Syrian Rebels (who are good) which is bad.
Now the British (obviously good, except that silly anti-Semite who leads the Labor Party, Mr. Corbyn in the corduroy jacket, who is bad) and the Americans (also good) cannot attack Assad (still bad) for fear of upsetting Putin (bad) and Iran (good/bad) and now they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all compared to IS (super bad — see Paris, November 2015).
So Assad (bad) is now probably good, being better than IS and, because Putin and Iran are also fighting IS, that may now make them good. America (still good) will find it hard to arm a group of rebels being attacked by the Russians for fear of upsetting Mr. Putin (now good) and that nice mad Ayatollah in Iran (also good?) and so they may be forced to say that the Rebels are now bad, or at the very least abandon them to their fate. This will lead most of them to flee to Turkey and on to Europe or join IS (still the only consistently bad).
To Sunni Muslims an attack by Shia Muslims (Assad and Iran) backed by Russians will be seen as something of a Holy War. Therefore, the ranks of IS will now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadis fighting in the Holy War and hence many Muslims will now see IS as good (duh).
Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by Britain and America in support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal (might have a point?) and hence we will be seen as bad.
So now we have America (now bad) and Britain (also bad) providing limited support to Sunni Rebels (bad ) many of whom are looking to IS (good/bad ) for support against Assad (now good) who, along with Iran (also good) and Putin (now, straining credulity, good ) are attempting to retake the country Assad used to run before all this started.