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India Abroad Newspaper Owes an Apology

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

https://www.indiaabroad.com/diplomacy/rebel-attack-leaves-eight-dead-in-indian-kashmir/article_53c4af28-ee4c-11e7-850c-5f4020edfff3.html

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An Open Letter to Rahul Gandhi

Source Unknown. WhatsApp by Hiren Megha

🙏कोई पहुंचा दो मेरा ये ख़त 🙏
प्रति,
राहुल गांधी
सांसद/ महासचिव
भारतीय राष्ट्रीय कांग्रेस

राहुल जी, आज आप का #JNU में दिया भाषण सुना और मजबूर हुआ ये पत्र लिखने को।आज आपने महज दो हजार छात्रो के सामने ही भाषण नहीं दिया बल्कि आपने छात्र के लिबास में वहां घूम रहे राष्ट्र विरोधी ताकतों को भी सम्बल प्रदान कर दिया कि हिंदुस्तान मुर्दाबाद और पाकिस्तान जिंदाबाद के नारे लगाने पर उस राजनैतिक दल को कोई आपत्ति नहीं है जिसने आजादी के बाद 60 सालो तक इस देश की कमान संभाली है और भविष्य में भी इस देश की कमान सँभालने को अपना स्वाभाविक हक़ मानती है।

राहुल,आपने #JNU में कहा कि छात्रो की आवाज दबाने वाला सबसे बड़ा राष्ट्रद्रोही है। आपका मतलब हिंदुस्तान की न्यायपालिका ने आप की ही सरकार के दौरान जिस आतंकवादी अफजल गुरु को फाँसी दी थी उसको नाजायज मान कर उसे शहीद का दर्जा देने वाले राष्ट्रद्रोही पर अगर सरकार कार्यवाही करती है तो क्या वो सरकार राष्ट्रद्रोही सरकार है।

#Rahulgandhi जी आप ने कहा कि युवा अपनी बात कहते है तो सरकार उन्हें देशद्रोही कहती है। आप का मतलब है कि “कितने अफजल तुम मारोगो-हर घर से अफजल निकलेगा” के नारे लगाने वाले और… “हमको चाहिए आजादी” के नारे लगाने वालो को सरकार ताम्रपत्र से सम्मानित करना था ?

रोलिंस कालेज से स्नातक और केम्ब्रिज विश्वविद्यालय से मिली एम्फिल की डिग्री आप को किस पढाई पर मिली मैं ये नही जानता पर इतना जरूर लगता है कि आज का आप का भाषण न आपकी दादी स्व.इंदिरा गांधी को पसंद आया होगा और न आप के पिता स्व.राजीव गांधी को।उन्हें भी आज शायद यही लगा होगा की उन्हें आप को हिंदुस्तान के किसी सरकारी स्कूल में पढ़ाना था जहाँ और कुछ पढ़ाया जाय या न पढ़ाया जाय… राष्ट्रभक्ति के भाव और उसका प्रकटीकरण जरूर सिखाया जाता है।

आप मेरी इस समीक्षा को मेरे भाजपाई होंने से जोड़ कर प्लीज ख़ारिज मत कीजियेगा। हाँ मैं हूँ भाजपाई….#BJP …। पर भाजपाई होने से पहले एक हिंदुस्तानी हूँ और आप ने आज मेरे जैसे करोडो हिन्दुस्तानियो का दिल दुखाया है।हिंदुस्तान को गाली और पाकिस्तान के लिए दुआ मांगने वालो के साथ आप का खड़ा होना वाकई एक सच्चा हिंदुस्तानी होने की वजह से शर्म से आज मेरा सर झुक गया।

आज आपके एक भाषण ने वो कर दिया जो पाकिस्तान की पूरी आईएसआई और सैकड़ो हाफिज सईद नहीं कर पाये…। वो है हम हिंदुस्तानियो का मनोबल तोड़ना…देश के सैनिको के मन में इस प्रश्न को पैदा करना कि वो अपनी जान की बाजी किसके लिए और क्यों लगा रहे है..?

मैंने सीताराम येचुरी को कोई पत्र नहीं लिखा क्यों कि वो वही कह रहे है जिसकी मुझे उनसे उम्मीद थी…पर आप से इस भाषण की उम्मीद नहीं थी मुझे।#sitaramyechury

राहुल जी..आप नरेंद्र मोदी से नफरत कीजिये वो आप का हक़ है पर..देश से आप प्यार करेंगे ये तो उम्मीद हम रख सकते है न…..आप भारतीय जनता पार्टी को खूब भला बुरा बोलिये…वो भी आप का हक़ है मगर…राहुल जी… देश को भला बुरा बोलने वालो के साथ आप नहीं खड़े होंगे ये उम्मीद तो हम रख ही सकते है न…फिर क्यों…आखिर क्यों..??

राहुल जी #JNU मामले में आप दो दिन चुप रहे तो लगा कि आप भी भारत जिंदाबाद करने वालो के साथ है…मगर जब आपने बोला तो अफसोस… आपने देश को आतंकवाद के मामले में दो भाग में बाँट दिया…।

भारत की विश्व भर में आतंकवाद के मुद्दे पर छेड़ी गई लड़ाई को घरेलू मोर्चे पर ही आपने कमजोर कर दिया।

जरा सोच के देखियेगा कि आप के एक भाषण ने कश्मीर मुद्दे पर भारत को कितनी क्षति पहुचाई है ?

इशरत जहाँ आतंकवादी थी ये हेडली की गवाही से एक बार फिर साबित हुआ है। अब आप अपनी और अपनी पार्टी के पिछले बयानों और क्रियाकलापो पर चिंतन कीजिए। नफरत के हद तक मोदी विरोध की तीब्र इच्छा और प्रयास ने आप को देश द्रोहियो के कवच-कुंडल की तरह तो नहीं खड़ा कर दिया है…? चिंतन कीजिये

मुझे आप की राष्ट्रभक्ति पे प्रश्नचिन्ह लगाने का कोई हक़ नहीं है और न मैं कोई प्रश्नचिन्ह लगा रहा हूँ…। मुझे आपकी राष्ट्रभक्ति के प्रकटीकरण के उस तरीके पर एतराज है जो दुश्मनो का मनोबल बढाये और राष्ट्रभक्तो का मनोबल तोड़े। ये तब भी होता है जब देश का प्रधानमंत्री विश्व मंच पर आतंकवाद के खात्मे का नारा दे कर पूरे विश्व को एक करता है और उसके घर लौटने से पहले आप उसकी छिछालेदर में जुट जाते है।

दिग्विजय सिंह की क्लास में जहाँ आतंकवादी ओसामा बिन लादेन को “ओसामा जी” कह कर बुलाने की शिक्षा दी जाए वो क्लास ठीक नहीं है।

राहुल जी अभी एक न्यूज़ चॅनल ने दिल्ली में सर्वे कराया जिसमे उसने आप की लोकप्रियता सात प्रतिशत बताई।मुझे लगता है कि यह आंकड़ा दिल्ली में आपकी पार्टी को मिलने वाले व्होट प्रतिशत से भी बेहद कम है।आप और आपकी पार्टी ने इस सर्वे को नकारा नहीं है। तो अगर ये सर्वे सही है तो भाजपाई हो कर भी मेरी सलाह है कि आप अपने काम करने का बाकी तरीका बदले या न बदले मगर अपनी राष्ट्रभक्ति के प्रस्तुतिकरण के तरीके पर आत्मचिंतन अवश्य कीजिये।क्यों कि अगर आपके इस प्रगटीकरण और भाषण से हाफिज सईद और जकी उर रहमान लखवी पाकिस्तान में बैठ कर खुश हो रहे है तो कही न कही कुछ गड़बड़ जरूर है…।

और कुछ नहीं तो अपने भाषण लिखने वाले को तो आज ही बदल डालिये.. प्लीज ….

भवदीय
एक राष्ट्रभक्त

Dear Mr. Shourie (from Gaurang Vaishnav)

Dear Dr. Arun Shourie:

Namaste.  A few days back you came down hard on Modi government. You made an uncharitable remark that “The Modi government believes that managing economy means “managing the headlines” and that people have started recalling the days of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.” I didn’t like it but you are an expert on the subject and I am not, so I swallowed it. You further said, “The way to characterize policies of the government is – Congress plus a cow. Policies are the same.”  http://m.timesofindia.com/india/This-government-is-Congress-plus-a-cow-Arun-Shourie-says/articleshow/49544316.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TOI

That was a cheap pot shot and insulting to Hindu sensitivities. Yet, I let it ride thinking that even the best of the people lose balance sometimes in anger and say things that they later regret.

People have surmised that you are frustrated because you were not given a ministerial position in the new government, not even a place in the Niti Ayog. I didn’t agree with that assessment. I didn’t think you were that petty and hunkering after name and fame.

Having known your contribution to BJP and your scholarly and philosophical mind, having read your books, I have held you in high regards for decades, so I did not want to label you as another Modi hater just because of that one interview.

Then came another of your interviews with NDTV. It opened my eyes and changed my perception.  I want to pick only a few points from that interview and tell you that Mr. Shourie, you are wrong.

http://www.indiatvnews.com/politics/national/pm-modi-keeping-silent-just-to-win-bihar-elections-arun-shourie-33514.html

(1) “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deliberately maintaining silence on incidents like Dadri lynching while his ministerial and party colleagues kept the issue alive merely to win Bihar elections.”. Maybe he is and that is a prudent way; if you had the good of the country at the heart and didn’t want Congress or its proxy to rear its head again, you would have kept quiet too. And why should he comment? Just because it was a Muslim death? Why did you not mention that he should make a statement also on the murder of Prashant Poojary, a Hindu by Muslims? So you are also falling in media trap of labeling Modiji as a PM of Hindus only.

(2) You cited a Pakistani analyst to say that “while the neighboring country was trying to get out of the pit, India was slowly going down its way.” So now, to you suddenly an analyst from Pakistan carries more weight? And is Pakistan really trying to come out of the pit? It doesn’t look like looking at what they are doing in Kashmir.

(3) You have said “the writers, authors and artists were conscience-keepers of the country and their motives cannot be questioned.”  Ha, ha, ha! So where was their conscience in 1984 Sikh genocide, in 1989 when Pundits in Kashmir were massacred, in 2002 when 58 Hindus were burnt alive at Godhra in a railway coach when Professor Joseph’s hands were cut by the Jehadis in Kerala? So these guys’ motives cannot be questioned but Modi’s can be?

(4) ” Praising scientists like P M Bhargava and Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy, who have expressed concern over these incidents, you questioned how these people can be called rabid, a term used by Arun Jaitley.”  One only needs to do a Google search on Bhargava to see where his ideological loyalties lie.  Bhargava has been supporting AAP from the very beginning and has leftist, pro-Naxal leanings. He is not a neutral, ‘oh, so ever gentle soul.’ Mr. Murthy is a Ford Foundation Trustee. Do we need to know more?

(5) ” These people have contributed immensely to the country and those who attacked them have not read a book in the last 20 years. Those who cannot write two paragraphs are sitting in judgement over writers.”  This is so absurd an argument that it takes the cake. If we were sitting in judgement of their literary work, the argument would make sense; here we are judging their action of Award Vapasi and political motive behind it, which doesn’t require literary skills but common sense.

Your strident support of politically motivated writers and artists’ return of awards makes it crystal clear that in the last innings of your life, you have thrown away your wicket. You are so enamored with your righteousness that you have lost all sense of proportion. Up until now, I thought that Advaniji was the only icon whom I had held in high esteem and who had failed BJP and the nation at the crucial juncture. Now I know that he is in good (!) company.

I am one of 1.25 billion Bharatiyas. Though I happen to reside away from Bharat, my heart beats for Bharat. I blog, twit and use Facebook. I am not a scholar; I have not written incisive books; I have not been a minister; I have not been a darling of think tanks and conclaves; I am not a speaker; hey, I am not even a member of BJP. Yet, I dare say that Shourie Ji you have lost it. All your lifelong contributions have come to a naught because you have decided to become a tool in the hands of Adharma, i.e., in the hands of anti-Modi, anti-Hindu, and to an extent, anti-Bharat media. It is no different than Bhishma or Dronacharya deciding to side with the Kauravas.

Finally, I can write “more than two paragraphs” and I have read 50 or so book in last twenty years.

May you find peace within.

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Edison, New Jersey, USA

(facebook: <vicharak1>, twitter: @vicharak1)

Poor Branding Is Not Pakistan’s Biggest Problem

This incisive article from an expert on South Asia affairs got 27 comments, 22 of which are from Pakistani Muslims. I have responded to 20 of them. Please read.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aparna-pande/poor-branding-is-not-paki_b_8328442.html

Posted: 10/19/2015 12:27 am EDT Updated: 10/19/2015 12:59 pm EDT

PAKISTAN NAWAZ

In anticipation of the visit to Washington by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, scheduled for October 21-23, Pakistan’s public relations machinery has gone into over-drive to build expectations of a new partnership between Pakistan and the United States. Americans are expected to overlook everything that has happened in the past — from the notorious Dr A.Q. Khan’s nuclear proliferation to support for the Afghan Taliban to the discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad — and embrace this ‘important, valuable and strategic ally’ of the United States.

A recent piece on the Forbes website, titled “Pakistan-U.S. Nuclear Weapons Talks May Lower Chance Of Nuclear War With India” argues that Pakistan should be given a civil nuclear deal similar to the one given to India in 2005. The article builds upon a Washington Post column by David Ignatius who sought to remind Americans that they cannot afford to forget Afghanistan and Pakistan and in the process hinted at a civil nuclear deal, much coveted by Islamabad, as a means of winning over the trust of Pakistan.

The Ignatius piece was clearly an attempt to reignite interest in Pakistan at a time when Washington appears almost to have forgotten the nuclear-armed country where US marines located and killed Osama bin Laden only four years ago. But the Forbes article went farther in painting Pakistan as a victim of American foreign policy amnesia and was written by a University of Baltimore Professor, Charles Tiefer, who is not exactly known for direct expertise on South Asian affairs.

Forbes.com allows contributors to write and post directly on the website, which is whyan expert in government contracts, as Prof. Tiefer is described on the University of Baltimore website, could indulge his love for Pakistan without editorial scrutiny. In the last five months, Forbes.com has had four articles on Pakistan and all of them have been positively disposed -almost to the point of being puff pieces. That is absolutely the opposite of how other media outlets have been reporting on Pakistan for a while.

An earlier Forbes piece by Tiefer, in 2015 titled ‘Today’s India-Pakistan Armed Tensions – Will New U.S. Military and Nuclear Aid to Modi Inflame Them?‘ argued that the United States should not see India as a counterweight to China as that would “inflame India-Pakistan armed tensions.” Had the professor known as an expert in government contracts argued that it would be bad for U.S. government contracts, at least he would have been simply making a wrong argument about his own subject. In this instance, he only revealed his ignorance of the history of U.S.-Pakistan and U.S.-India relations.

The Americans provided Pakistan with weapons to fight communism from the 1950s to the 1980s. The Reagan administration hoped a militarily strong Pakistan would feel sufficiently secure to keep its promise of not building nuclear weapons. Instead, Pakistan used American weaponry to initiate wars against India in 1965, 1971, and 1999, failing to win any of them and running back to the US to ask for more assistance. Pakistan’s covert war against India continues unabated.

Since 9/11, Pakistan has received $23 billion in civilian and military assistance ostensibly to fight terrorists while the US State Department remains unable to certify to Congress that it is, in fact, acting against all terrorist groups operating from Pakistan’s soil. Unlike Pakistan, the US has no complaints against India of harboring global Jihadi terrorists or of exporting nuclear material to third countries. India’s bilateral trade with the US ($50 billion in 2014) is ten times the size f Pakistan’s trade with the US ($5 billion). Still Mr. Tiefer argues that the US should not give ‘military aid’ to India to keep Pakistan on America’s side.

Ironically, India has rarely sought or received American military aid, with notable exceptions like in the aftermath of the 1962 India-China war. India is not asking for and the US is not giving India military and nuclear aid. Instead India is purchasing American defense equipment that will help American companies and provide jobs to Americans. More importantly India has never used any weapon – bought or given- through a terrorist proxy ever, even against China or Pakistan.

Moreover, no Indian military operation has ever caused the death of Americans, whereas Pakistan’s policy in Afghanistan has led to numerous American deaths, both civilian and military. Mr. Tiefer nonchalantly writes that the various Pakistan jihadi groups like Lashkar e Taiba and Haqqani network “work with Pakistan’s powerful intelligence service, ISI” but does not see that as reason for the US to shun Pakistan.

He argues that if the United States continues siding with India against China this will “antagonize Pakistan” and lead “the potentially scariest confrontation in the world.” In effect, he is saying that Pakistan’s sponsorship of jihadi groups should not come in the way of it being an American ally but the US must not ally with India because of Pakistan’s fear of India!!

The naiveté is hardly limited to the security arena. In August 2015, Forbes ran an article asking for a dramatic overhaul of US-Pakistan ties and pitching a US-Pakistan Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). Another Forbes article attempted to sell Pakistan’s threat of going deeper into China’s embrace, changing the entire region around it, and insinuating that the United States should compete with China in currying Pakistan’s favor.

The author of the first article, titled ‘Pakistan: The Next Colombia Success Story?’ Daniel Runde, too was a novice as far as knowledge of Pakistan is concerned. Had he worked on Pakistan for any length of time he would have known that Pakistan is the only American ally that has failed to sustain significant growth or human development even after receiving more than $40 billion in US aid since 1950.

Mr. Runde should have examined why US aid to Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and even Europe under the Marshal Plan catalyzed their economies into self-sustaining growth while the largesse towards Pakistan only increased Pakistan’s dependence. The reason lies more in how Pakistan spent that money, in how its military and intelligence service view their ties with the US and in how disproportionately large the military is to the size of the country’s economy and any real threats it faces.

Mr. Runde suggests, that Pakistan suffers from “a terrible country brand.” But certain harsh realities persist and are not just a ‘branding’ problem. The politicized Pakistan army may have conducted some military operations against militants responsible for attacks inside Pakistan but the Pakistani army is still following its old policy of sparing terrorists targeting India, Afghanistan and the United States. Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Premier Sharif on National Security and foreign affairs, has openly asked, “Why should Pakistan target militants that do not threaten the country’s security?

Despite dealing with Pakistan for decades some Americans still seem to believe they can change Pakistan’s behavior by giving in to its demands or responding favorably to its PR efforts. Pakistan needs to change its militarized national mindset and is more likely to reform under fear of international isolation than in response to praise based on falsehoods. Both the U.S. and Pakistan might benefit more from recognizing the history of the relationship and correcting their course substantively instead of obsessing only about appearances.

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Narendra Modi’s prime ministry is not the big gamble it seems

By N.V. Subramanian (29 September 2014)

28 September 2014: In some ways, Narendra Modi’s prime ministry appears more counter-intuitive than those of his predecessors. You would imagine that he would seek to make friends and allies in the ruling establishment to stabilize and strengthen his position. By that logic, he would placate his party colleagues in and outside the government and the extended Sangh Parivar which assisted him to gain power. He would wire the permanent civil service in his favour and give it a share of power as happened in the previous United Progressive Alliance regime. He would curry favour with the press, appear beholden to the fat cats of the financial world, and gush at big business. 

Counter-intuitively, Narendra Modi has done none of these things. 

The media loathes his guts. Every passing day of his prime ministry makes it more irrelevant. Industrialists are not crowding Delhi as in the past; the prime minister is said to have pulled up some of his more errant ministers who thought to cozy up to them on the sly. After last week’s bloodless massacre, which saw scores of mid-career officials transferred, the Central bureaucracy is alternatively terrified of and enraged with the prime minister. At a private dinner of Indian Administrative Service and Indian Foreign Service officers, there were powerful voices urging sabotage of the Narendra Modi government. One dialogue resonated above all else, and that was, “We have to break the prime minister before he breaks us. He has to be made to realize he cannot do without us.” 

Nor is the sentiment in Bharatiya Janata Party circles in favour of Narendra Modi. Lok Sabha members from North India feel specially let down. Their group-talk follows this general pattern: “We thought we would make money and have fun in Delhi. No way. Modi has put a stop to all that. We literally drink milk and go to bed. We don’t know when this man will summon us for a late-night meeting. If we smell of alcohol, it is the end of us.” 

This may be typical cow-belt exaggeration. But the fear of Narendra Modi is real. In their fears, he appears omnipotent and omniscient. In any other administration, you would expect MPs to be vying to become ministers; not in this dispensation. Junior MPs plead not to be recommended for ministerships. They consider it a prison sentence, with Modi being the fearsome head warden. Equally, senior members of Sangh Parivar front organizations are unhappy with the prime minister because he won’t slacken the purse strings for them. At one meeting apparently, he exasperatedly explained to them that he was answerable for every naya paisa of government expenditure; they left disgusted. 

Over and above all this, the opposition won’t give him any quarter. If he succeeds in this term and wins another, the dynastic parties are finished for the next twenty years; there will be a generational wipe-out. The Nehru-Gandhis, the Mulayam and Laloo Yadavs and the Karunanidhis won’t stand for that at any cost. Hence the exultation at the victories notched in the Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat by-polls, which may be premature. 

At the same time, Narendra Modi’s foreign policy successes are stirring envy at home and new competition abroad. The Chinese leadership cannot countenance a strong Indian prime minister who would once for all erase the ignominy of the 1962 debacle. Pakistan has already moved into reflexive obstructionist mode, with the Pakistan military stoking jihadi terrorism again in Jammu and Kashmir. And if India rises with Modi, the great powers shan’t be ecstatic; it will mean more multi-polarity. 

Some of the opposition to rising India and Modi is inevitable and unstoppable. If the country’s rise is peaceful, as it is bound to be in India’s case, that would bring its own acceptability. But why would Narendra Modi wish to stir up so much domestic opposition to him after such a handsome victory? Perhaps the answer resides in two things. One is that by nature he is transformative; the status quo does not satisfy him. Second, India is in a political, economic, financial and military-strategic mess; this is all too apparent. Unless Modi cracks the whip, the system will not reform and deliver. But isn’t he making enemies in the system? Won’t the system strike back? 

This writer is convinced that Modi has evaluated the risks and feels no threat to his position so long he can deliver. To deliver, he needs the system, which means the ministers, the bureaucrats, the party apparatus, and so on. He knows the system inside out; he is confident of dominating it. But he needs a bigger alliance with the people to win their recurrent legitimacy and to gain the cushion of time to deliver; hence his direct address to masses via new vehicles of communications like Teacher’s Day and the improvisation of older forms such as the Independence Day speech: defying expectations, he spoke in it of toilets for girls and admonished mothers who wouldn’t rein in their wayward sons. 

Isn’t all this a big gamble; thrusting ahead on people power with a dysfunctional system and a mutinous crew? It is. But Narendra Modi believes he can pull it off. He works harder than anyone in government; he is streamlining the system; he is weeding out the corrupt and plugging the loopholes against bleeding the exchequer. He is imposing new moral norms on his ministers and setting right the warped steel frame of the civil service. The conviction of J.Jayalalithaa indicates the depths to which the country has fallen. Years from now, Modi’s ministers would be glad that he kept them on a tight leash. 

Imperceptibly, the country is changing. Honesty and integrity count for more than ever in public life. The spread of communications, education, knowledge and awareness has diminished the hold of political power on people. Narendra Modi is alive to this vital change and his actions are complimentary. They are probably not as counter-intuitive as they seem. 

 

The Muslim Rage and Hypocrisy- Tehelka blog

 

Though this article still paints Muslims in victimhood mode, overall, it breaks the pattern and puts blame squarely on Muslims.

Gaurang

http://blog.tehelka.com/the-muslim-rage-and-hypocrisy/

The Muslim Rage and Hypocrisy

Can you believe it? A Chinese–made shoe is holding hostage a population of over 1.4 million in Srinagar. It began in Central Kashmir’s Magam area. On 28 November, someone saw a white sports shoe with the name of the last Caliph (Hazrat Ali) printed on it. A close examination of the shoe, however, threw up a hint of mischief: on the right-side of the toe, the name ‘Ali’ was hand-written with a black marker and didn’t look like a company mark. Soon, men, children and women gathered on the streets. Protests ensued. The shoe was held high in the procession while the demonstrators called for an end to “hurting” Muslim “sensibilities.”

Even before the crowd from this protest had returned home, a new mob gathered around 30 kilometers away at Srinagar’s Zadibal-Nowhatta neighbourhood where Shia and Sunni communities live together but their union is often marred by frictions from time to time. For years, youngsters of this area have been stone-pelting the armed forces for atrocities and the clampdown on Azadi-demanding protests, but today they were stone pelting each other’s houses, breaking windowpanes and disfiguring fence walls. Some people say pro-India PDP’s Shia leader had spoken against the first three Caliphs of Islam during his Moharram speech (a few days before the shoe-incident) that angered the majority Sunni population. Others say the Shia youth wanted to enforce a strike in the Sunni area of Nowhatta which was resisted by the shopkeepers triggering stone pelting between the other communities. The result: the police and the paramilitary CRPF are enforcing a curfew for several days now; seizing some youth in nocturnal raids, and even the parents of those running away to escape the Khakis. Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, the father of a youth who was detained in one such raid, says he was dealt with like a hardcore criminal in the police station. Adding to the absurd chaos, Kashmir’s Divisional Commissioner Asghar Samoon, as quoted in the local media, explained that he had recommended in the past too that parents of minors (allegedly involved in stone pelting) must be punished. Meanwhile representatives of around 30 religious bodies (both Sunni and Shi’ites) are now trying to calm the angry communities.

A friend jokingly says if this is what a single Chinese shoe can do, imagine the magnitude of global unrest if the whole of China were unleashed on the world.

Ruptures between Shi’ites and Sunnis aren’t new. They had developed immediately after the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632 AD. There was no agreement on his immediate successor. Sunnis recognise the first four Caliphs (Abu Bakr, Umar Farooq, Usman Ghani and lastly, Ali Murtaza) as his rightful successors; the Shi’ites believes the prophet nominated his son-in-law, Ali. Since then, sentiments over the matter continued to boil right through to the modern times, sometime pushing countries to the verge of civil war. But in the case of Kashmir, Shi’ites and Sunnis rarely have such turbulent history. There is a greater realisation among many regarding who will actually benefit from such a sectarian fight which I’ve already mentioned in my previous blog post.

Such protests, however, also throw up questions (so far avoided and unanswered too). Was this shoe-protest a justifiable rage? How will a violent protest in Srinagar force the shoe-manufacturer (in case it’s established that a mischief was played at the manufacturing level) in China to stop such production. Or how will it force some individual or a group not to play this malafide act again? They must be already giggling somewhere after having successfully triggered clashes in Srinagar over a shoe.

This incident also reminds me of the June 2010 anti-West and anti-India protest in Kashmir. Young men in hundreds in the same neighbourhood carried a blue underwear on a wooden stick, after spotting on it, a sketch of a building which looked like the Al-Aqsa Mosque of Palestine. Without any thorough examination, the underwear enraged them. Soon they blamed the West for “hurting Muslim sensibilities” and clashed with the police and the CRPF. The under wear protest soon faded after it was established that it never carried images of any Islamic worship place. The blue underwear flouted as a placard had in fact sketches of buildings that resembled London’s Big Ben and Saint Paul’s Cathedral and several other places.

This year, during the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ protests, I was in Kashmir. The entire valley was angry. I was on my way to Poonch (researching for a story about a strange disabling disease that has become a scourge in the border district) when my car was stopped by some protesting youth in Shopian district. It took me, my cameraman friend, Abhijit Dutta and the driver, Tanveer Ahmad almost half-an-hour to convince them that the media should be allowed to cover such protests and there were similar other protests in other areas too which our team was supposed to cover. Abhijit took some pictures of sloganeering youth before Tanveer accelerated the car. In such situations, lying to the police, the CRPF or protesters is often best to save one’s skin.
On the just-reopened Mughal Road, we were soon negotiating curves in the mighty Pir Panjal Mountains that separate Kashmir valley from Poonch and Rajouri districts. I asked Tanveer how one should react to the anti-Islam film, the condemnation call by pro-India mainstream parties and strike call by pro-Azadi groups.
“If I won’t earn Rs 100 or 200 today, how will it hurt the United States, the film maker or Obama. Or, how will it decrease my love towards Prophet Muhammad and Islam both,” he replied. “Not people, the response should come from the 52 Islamic states. Let the core states like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, or Turkey and others expel US’ Ambassadors as a mark of protest or let the Gulf countries stop exporting oil. The West will come down to its knees. But it needs gurda (guts) which they don’t have.”
Tanveer was right. First Muslims must abandon protesting on vague things like the shoe or underwear. On films like Nakoula Basseley’s anti-Islam film or other issues, there is a greater need to channelise this rage in a manner that registers the full magnitude of hurt felt by Muslims by such actions. Also the present forms of random, uncoordinated and thoughtless protests, like the one we saw in Kashmir, further negates the Muslim cause, divides the community and in fact weakens the merit of a genuine protest.
For some time, like diplomats, Dutta, Tanveer and I pondered in the moving car over what could be the genuine response of Islamic block if Muslim sensibilities are hurt instead of burning down public property and stone pelting moving cars. What we thought could be these:

1. Diplomatic– Expel and call back Ambassador from the country which the Islamic countries feel has hurt the sentiments of Muslims
2. Economic – Stop oil imports for a month until that country takes strong action
3. Military – Organise a military alliance like NATO and issue a joint press statement by the commander in chiefs of this alliance condemning the event
4. Criminal – Put the specific person responsible on an international Islamic watch list so that if and when he travels through or into any Islamic country he can be nabbed/deported
and finally the most important,
5. Intellectual Response – A creative, intellectual response as well that contextualises the above response in terms of a meta-narrative (without coming off as conspiracy theorists).

Tanveer, who at the end repeated his previous one-liner, however, undermined all the joint efforts. “It needs gurda (guts) which they (the Islamic nations) don’t have.”

Apart from gurda (guts), sometimes there has been an element of hypocrisy and ignorance among Muslims as well. Imagine a scenario where an American F-16 blasts a Muslim holy site in Pakistan or an Israeli bulldozer razes an age-old shrine in occupied Palestine. What would be the Muslim response? I am sure it will be similar to the previous responses. Protesters across the Muslim world will occupy streets, some will try to march towards US or Israeli embassies and police will fire at them to quell the protests. There will be killings and loss of property. Strikes and clampdowns. And that’s it. But has anyone ever thought about why Muslims are often enraged when the “West” is seen as mocking them, but equally indifferent when Muslim Countries blast shrines, raze historic sites and bring down holy places that are connected with Muslims’ identity.

By no means should this piece be seen as advocating stupid violence like the one we saw in Kashmir, but have Muslims ever launched a genuine indignation against the razing of house where prophet Muhammad was born on which a library stands now. Where was the Muslim rage when the house of Khadija (Muhammad’s first wife) where Muhammad received some of the first revelations of the Quran) was replaced with a public toilet block and Dar-al-Arqam, the first Islamic school, where Muhammad taught was levelled for construction? Did it not deserve a response when Jannat-ul-Baqi, a large cemetery where tombs of several of the prophet’s wives, daughters, sons and as many as six grandsons and Shiite saints were once located were bulldozed and levelled? In both Mecca and Medina (the birth place of Islam), Saudi Arabia has, according to many reports, already bulldozed over 90% of the Islamic monuments (during the past 20 years) dating back to around 1400 years. In their place, five star hotels, parking lots and shopping malls are coming up. Saudi authorities often use the excuse that the expansion is necessary to accommodate the increasing number of Muslim pilgrims. But why can’t the hotels and malls be constructed outside the historic interior of Mecca thus preserving both Islamic identity and the monuments? At a place where Paris Hilton can open a luxury bag shop, (in Mecca Mall) why can’t the old shrines and monuments co-exist?

Now apprehensions are also growing over the expansion of Masjid an-Nabawi that will see the demolition of three of the world’s oldest mosques that hold the tombs of Prophet Mohammad, and his closest companions, Abu Bakr and Umar. At a cost of US $6 billion, the construction will raze holy sites as old as the seventh century.

So instead of stupid protests over a vague China-made shoe or someone’s underwear, the rage should be directed at something real. Many Muslims usually label people of other faith as ‘infidel blasphemers’ when a verse of the Quran appears on a skating board or a page from the Quran is brunt, but when the sacred and holy sites are razed in the Islamic states, the word ‘blasphemy’ disappears and the silence becomes remarkable.

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Author: Mohammad Umar BabaBaba Umar’s career started with The Indian Express in Srinagar where he reported on the South Asia earthquake of 2005. In the following years, he wrote features for Kashmir’s first online news magazine Kashmir Newz and in 2008 he joined Rising Kashmir as a senior reporter where he covered 2008-09-10 civil unrest. Baba specializes in producing stories mostly on Kashmir conflict and water disputes in India. Baba joined Tehelka in 2010 and the next year saw him winning ICRC (Geneva)-Press Institute of India (PII) award for his news report on victims of armed conflict in Kashmir.

 

NATO Prepares Global War – Russian and Chinese Military on Highest Alert

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Posted on October 24, 2011 by nsnbc

At the International Security Conference (ISC) in Munich, 2007, Vladimir Putin warned western leaders, that the unprecedented aggressive expansion of NATO has brought the world more close to a third world war than it has ever been before. This stern warning came years before NATO´s aggression against Libya and it´s undeclared war in Syria and Pakistan. Following the recent deployment of US troops to Uganda, and military threats directed against Pakistan, the armed forces of NATO, Russia and China have never been as close to open and all out conflict as today. A recent and sobering report of the Russian Intelligence Service FSB, details the fact that the USA and NATO are currently planning and actively preparing for all out war on all continents. After the recent meeting between Russian P.M. Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Huan Jintao, both Russian and Chinese military forces have been placed on highest alert.             By Dr. Christof Lehmann

The speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 43rd International Security Conference in Munich in 2007, and Putin´s statement, that the aggressive expansionism of NATO has brought the world more close to a third world war than it has ever been before, was sobering in 2007. That an all out conflict has been prevented until now however, is not based on the fact that NATO has changed it´s aggressive policy of military expansionism. Putin´s speech from 2007 was sobering then, and few understood it´s full implications. The developments of recent months, however, are eliciting the urgent need to stop a cycle of aggression that can only be described as megalomaniacs insanity.

Since the middle of September 2011 Russian politicians at Russia´s State Duma began discussing that NATO must significantly reduce it´s military footprint in the former Soviet Republics. By early October, those calls had developed into demands that Russia should assert it´s interests in the former Soviet republics, and especially in the South. Since the discontinuation of the USSR, and NATO´s war on Afghanistan, it has significantly increased it´s military footprint in Russian and Chinese neighbor states such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and not least in Georgia. The fact that Russian and NATO troops came into open armed conflict when Georgi attacked Ossetia, and not least the US backed armed insurgency in Chechnya are eliciting the fact that Russia is increasingly threatened. A clear response by Vladimir Putin to the State Duma´s demands for policy changes came on 3 October, after Putin had received the sobering Intelligence Report, that warned of US and NATO preparations of a global war. On 3 October, only days before his meeting with Jintao, Putin announced his plans for a Eurasian Union.

When Russia´s Prime Minister, and most likely winner of the next presidential elections, Vladimir Putin, met Chinese President Huan Jintao on 12 October, the official narrative elicited mutually beneficial friendship and treaties, trade and other relations. The most important reason for the sudden visit however, did not make the headlines. Before leaving for Beijing, Putin received a sobering report from the Russian Intelligence Service FSB. The FSB report to Vladimir Putin supported reports from the Chinese Intelligence Service and China´s Ministry of State Security, MSS, which were among other based on intelligence received via the former Blackwater operative Brian Underwood. Underwood is currently held in the US on charges of espionage. According to reliable sources, China has attempted to warn Russia of US and NATO plans to initiate a global armed conflict. This conflict has reportedly moved from the drawing board to an activation stage.

According to both Chinese and Russian Intelligence Sources, the US and NATO plans include among other, the deliberate implosion of the US- and EU Economies, destroying the worlds financial systems, and the launching of a massive conventional war throughout North America, Africa and Asia, as well as the Middle East. The war plans include the release of biological warfare agents designed to kill millions if not billions of people. The NATO strategists rely on their ability to sue for peace when the coming conflict is at it´s highest, to call for the establishment of a “New World Order” under the pretext of preventing the destruction of the planet and civilization as we know it. One of the preparatory stages was reportedly doctrinal and strategy changes wherein the training of it´s soldiers shifted from counter insurgency to more conventional warfare and tank on tank battles.

The FSB Report states that the activation of the conflict is to be expected sooner rather than later, since the US and NATO have pre-deployed 2000  M1 Abrams Battle Tanks in Iraq, and another 2000 in Afghanistan. In the area between the Middle East and Asia, tens of thousands of other armored vehicles are deployed. The FSB evaluates the situation as so threatening, that it explains in it´s report, that the only thing needed to activate the war plan is a call for the full mobilization of 1.5 Million US Reserves. Their activation can come at moments notice, and needs no further authorization by the US Congress.

The US plans for global dominance date back to as early as 1998 and the “Project for a New American Century, PNAC. One of the think tanks members, former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, warned in September 2001, that if the war fails to significantly alter the worlds geopolitical map, the US will not achieve it´s aim to become the worlds only ad dominant superpower.

The war on Iraq was not only based on co-opting it´s oil. One of the main driving factors behind the decision to topple the Iraqi government was, that Iraq had begun trading the nations oil in Euro and not US-Dollar. The driving factors behind the aggression against Libya was the fact that Libya blocked for the development of the Mediterranean Alliance, lobbied for the establishment of a Pan-African, gold backed currency, and that it had supported the now ousted Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast in his attempt to get Ivory Coast out of the CFA agreement. The CFA is a French Controlled currency used in eight African states, and France´s control over the CFA is one of the major supports of the French economy. The only country that so far has succeeded to withdraw from the US Dollar is Iran, that ended all trade of oil in US-Dollars in 2009. One of the reasons why Iran has not yet been attacked may be the fact that it has acquired a number of X-55 missiles with nuclear capabilities from the Ukraine. Russian Intelligence analysts how ever, generally perceive it as extremely unlikely that Ukraine did not deliver the nuclear warheads together with the missiles. Another reason why Iran has not yet been attacked may be it´s current support of NATO´s narrative of a popular revolution in Libya. Why precisely Iran is playing this dangerous diplomatic game is puzzling many analysts. It may be that Iran, knowing about the US and NATO war plans, would perceive the tying down of NATO forces in Northern Africa as a short lived insurance policy that can buy much needed time to prepare a defense against an anticipated attack.

Both China and Russia are outraged by NATO´s unprecedented abuse of UNSC Resolution 1973 and NATO´s war on Libya. Both the Russian and the Chinese veto of a resolution on Syria must be seen within the context of Russian and Chinese awareness of US and NATO plans to initiate a global war. The fact that the highest US Representative to the UN Susan Rice left the Security Counsel meeting in protest after the veto is not a sign of diplomacy being the modus for solving problems of global security either.

Recently the government of India agreed to let 20.000 Chinese troops to enter the Indian administrated part of Kashmirto counter the expected US and NATO aggression. Afghanistan has is signaling that it would be fighting along side Pakistan in case Pakistan would be attacked by the USA or NATO. Both China, Russia, Pakistan and Afghanistan discussed pressing security matters at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on 15 October. Most likely, the US and NATO preparations of an all out confrontation with Russia and China have been a central point of consideration in meetings behind the scenes. When the Russian Military was ordered on high alert, Vladimir Putin reportedly instructed high ranking military personnel to “Prepare for Armageddon“.

If the clock was 5 minutes to midnight in 2007, what time is it today. And will the people live up to their responsibility as citizens, to stop criminal governments. Failure to do so, may be failure to save ones own life and civilization as we know it.It is in deed high time that peace loving people throughout the world begin protesting against the mass murder that is planned against them, and support initiatives like those of former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Tun Mahatir Muhammad, to criminalize war.

Christof Lehmann


Who owns the media in India ? Muslims, Christians Or Hindus?

Need I say anything more?

Posted on August 17, 2010 by Sam Hindu’s Blog.
SOME TIMES BY ; SANTOSH BHATT 

Who owns the media in India ?                                         

  • Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.
  • when i was in india and young journalist working for Goenka group and first time when people started talking about foreign investment i opposed it.
  •  I was against of any foreign investment due to this kind of long-term effects it will have on …country and mass..and Culture and Rape to the country by thoughts of bigots,.
  • NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistanbecause Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan .
  •  Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India . His wife and Brinda Karat are sisters.
  •  India Today which used to be the only national weekly which supported BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.
  • CNN-IBN:This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. 
  • Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.
  • Times group list : Times Of India,  Mid-Day,  Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times Now (24- hour news channel) and many more… Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman.   World Christian Council does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent.              
  • The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.
  •  Star TV:It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church, Melbourne.
  • Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collaboration with Times Group.
  •  The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne , Switzerland .. N. Ram’s wife is a Swiss national.
  • Indian Express: Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition) ACTS Christian Ministries have a major stake in the Indian Express and latter is still with the Indian counterpart.
  •  Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Andhra Jyothi:The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently.
  •  The Statesman:It is controlled by Communist Party of India.
  •  Kairali TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)
  • Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.
  •  Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: are owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar. Gujarat riots which took place in 2002 where Hindus were burnt alive, Rajdeep Sirdesai and   Burkha Dutt working for NDTV at that time got around 5 Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia to cover only Muslim victims, which they did very faithfully…Not a single Hindu family was interviewed or shown on TV whose near and dear ones had been burnt alive, it is reported.
  •   Tehelka.com’s Tarun Tejpal  regularly gets blank cheques from Arab countries to target BJP and Hindus only, it is said.

 The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious.

When print media and TV continuously air systematic venom towards the same culture and country and dumb politicians and common man  are  blind to see the long-term effects of their actions, Hindus are bound to get demoralized and their young generation will grow up hating its own heritage and culture.   

WHO OWNS INDIAN MEDIA? COMMUNISTS, CHRISTIANS or MUSLIMS?

Here is an eye-opening list of linkages of media people in India. As can be seen, it is an incestuous cabal of Communists, Christians and Muslims that is dominating Indian English Media. It is a closed group and Hindus are simply not welcome. Only in India with an 80 percent Hindu majority can this kind of nonsense be accepted by the majority.

  1. Suzanna Arundhati Roy is niece of Prannoy Roy (CEO of NDTV)
  2. Prannoy Roy married to Radhika Roy
  3. Radhika Roy is sister of Brinda Karat (CPI(M))
  4. Brinda Karat married to Prakash Karat (CPI(M) – General Secretary)
  5. CPI(M)’s senior member of Politburo and Parliamentary Group Leader is Sitaram Yechury.
  6. Sitaram Yechury is married to Seema Chisthi.
  7. Seema Chisthi is the Resident Editor of Indian Express
  8. Burkha Dutt works at NDTV
  9. Rajdeep Sardesai was Managing Editor at NDTV
  10. Rajdeep Sardesai is married to Sagrika Ghose
  11. Sagarika Ghose is daughter of Bhaskar Ghose.
  12. Bhaskar Ghose was Director General of Doordarshan.
  13. Sagarika Ghose’s aunt is Ruma Pal
  14. Ruma Pal is former justice of Supreme Court
  15. Sagarika Ghose’s another aunt is Arundhati Ghose.
  16. Arundhati Ghose was India’s permanent representative/ambassador to United Nations.
  17. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
  18. YSR Reddy was from the Congress party (INC).
  19. YSR Reddy’s father, Raja Reddy, setup a degree college and a Polytechnic in Pulivendula.
  20. YSR Reddy had said that his one year study at Andhra Loyola College (ALC), a Jesuit institution, influenced him so much that he handed over the Pulivendula colleges to the Loyola Group.
  21. The YS family has established several educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh.
  22. YSR Reddy’s daughter is Sharmila.
  23. Sharmila married Anil Kumar, Anil Kumar converted to Christianity after the marriage.
  24. Anil Kumar set up “Anil World Evangelism” and is an active Evangelist.
  25. YSR Reddy’s son is YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
  26. YS Jagan is Chairman of Jagati Publications Pvt. Ltd.
  27. Bhumna Karunakara Reddy is close to YSR Reddy.
  28. Karunakara Reddy is the Chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
  29. JPPL publishes the newspaper Sakshi.
  30. Chandra Babu Naidu has claimed that Lanco group was forced to invest in JPPL.
  31. L. Sridhar is alleged to have made the investment from Lanco Group.
  32. L Sridhar is Lanco Infratech’s Vice Chairman
  33. L Sridhar’s brother is L.Rajagopal.
  34. L.Rajagopal joined Congress in 2003.
  35. L Rajagopal is the son-in-law of P.Upendra.
  36. P.Upendra is a former Minister from Congress.
  37. Lanco Group’s Chairman is L. Rajagopal
  38. Andhra Prabha is a telugu newspaper started in 1938.
  39. Andhra Prabha is owned by The New Indian Express Group.
  40. Andhra Jyothi is a telugu newspaper.
  41. Andhra Jyothi’s Managing Director is Vemuri Radhakrishna.
  42. SUN TV Network is owned by Kalanidhi Maran.
  43. Kalanidhi Maran is the Chairman & Managing Director of SUN TV Network.
  44. SUN TV network owns: Sun TV, Gemini TV, Teja TV, Surya TV, Kiran TV, Udaya TV, Surjo TV among other channels.
  45. Kalanidhi Maran owns the tamil daily `Dinakaran’.
  46. Dinakaran was started by a former DMK Minister K.P.Kandasamy.
  47. Kalanidhi Maran’s brother is Dayanidhi Maran.
  48. Dayanidhi Maran was Minister of Communications and IT in the UPA government.
  49. Kalanidhi Maran’s father was Murasoli Maran.
  50. Murasoli Maran was a Union Minister from the DMK party.
  51. Murasoli Maran edited a tamil daily `Murasoli’.
  52. Murasoli Maran was an editor to `The Rising Sun’ a English weekly.
  53. Murasoli Maran as a publisher published the following tamil magazines: Kungumam, Muththaram, Vannathirai & Sumangali.
  54. Murasoli Maran’s uncle is M.Karunanidhi.
  55. M. Karunanidhi was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, from the DMK party.
  56. M. Karunanidhi launched Kalaignar TV in 2007.
  57. M.K. Azhagiri owns Kalaignar TV.
  58. M.K. Azhagiri is M.Karunanidhi’s son.
  59. M.K. Stalin is another son of the M. Karunanidhi.
  60. M.K. Stalin was named after Joseph Stalin.
  61. Joseph Stalin was the authoritarian leader of the Soviet Union.
  62. M.K.Stalin is the Minister for Rural Development and Local Administration in Tamil Nadu.
  63. Kanimozhi is one of the daughters of M. Karunanidhi.
  64. Kanimozhi was a sub-editor for the `The Hindu’.
  65. Kanimohi was Editor in Charge of `Kungumam’ a tamil weekly.
  66. Kanimozhi became a Rajya Sabha member in 2007.
  67. Kanimozhi conducted programs in SUN TV and Vijay TV.
  68. Kanimozhi’s second husband G.Aravindan is Singapore based Tamil literary figure.
  69. Dilip D’Souza was member of PIPFD
  70. Dilip D’Souza’s father was Joseph Bain D’Souza.
  71. J.B.D’Souza was former Maharastra Chief Seccretary and activist.
  72. Teesta Setalva member of PIPFD
  73. Teesta Setalvad married to Javed Anand
  74. Teesta and Javed run Sabrang Communications.
  75. Javed Anand is General Secretary of Muslims for Secular Democracy { ?? }
  76. Javed Akhtar is spokesperson for Muslims for Secular Democracy
  77. Javed Akhtar married to Shabana Azmi
  78. Karan Thapar owns ITV
  79. ITV produces shows for BBC
  80. Karan Thapar’s father was General Pran Nath Thapar COAS during 1962 war, when India lost under his watch.
  81. Karan Thapar was very good friend of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari.
  82. Benazir Bhutto was Pakistan’s Prime Minister.
  83. Benazir Bhutto’s father was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
  84. Z.A. Bhutto served as Pakistan’s President.
  85. A.A. Zardari is the current Pakistani’s President.
  86. Karan Thapar’s Mama was married to Nayantara Sahgal.
  87. Nayantara Sahgal is daughter of Vijayalakshmi Pandit.
  88. Vijayalakshmi Pandit was sister of Jawharlal Nehru.
  89. Medha Patkar is a leading spokesperson for Narmada Bacho Andolan.
  90. NBA was helped by Patrick McCully of International Rivers (formerly Internal Rivers Network.)
  91. Angana Chatterjee was on the board of IRN
  92. Dipti Bhatnagar was an Intern/Volunteer at IRN.
  93. Dipti Bhatnagar is an activist at NBA.
  94. Dr. Angana Chatterjee is part of PROXSA 9Progressive South Asians)
  95. PROXSA is mother-ship of FOIL
  96. ASHA endorsed by FOIL
  97. Sandeep Pandey co-founder of Asha for education (ASHA)
  98. Dr. Angana Chatterjee is married to Richard Shapiro
  99. Richard Shapiro is Director and Associate Professor of the Graduate Anthropology Program at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies)
  100. Shubh Mathur co-wrote a letter with Angana on ‘Humanitarian Crisis in J&K’
  101. Biju Matthew is co-founder of FOIL (Forum of Indian Leftists)
  102. Vijay Perasaud is co-founder of FOIL.
  103. Vijay Prasa co-authored with Angana Chatterjee and wrote against IDRF 9India Development ad Relief Fund).
  104. ASHA has association with AID (Association for India’s Development)
  105. AID works with FOSA (Friends of South Asia)
  106. FOSA started by a Pakistani – Ali Hasan Cemendtaur.
  107. Amitava Kumar associated with FOIL
  108. FOIL & FOSA opposed California Text Book Edits.
  109. California Text Book Edits was opposed by Michael Witzel.
  110. M.Witzel is Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University.
  111. Rahul Bose is brother-in-law of Khalid Ansari.
  112. Khalid Ansari is the Chairman of Mid-Day Group of Publication based in Mumbai.
  113. Khalid Ansari is Chairman of M.C. Media Ltd.
  114. M.C. Media Ltd. has a join-venture with BBC for FM radio brodcasting.
  115. Khalid Ansari’s father was Abdul Hameed Ansari.
  116. A.H. Ansari was a freedom fighter and active Congressman.
  117. Dr.John Dayal worked as a journalist with the N.Delhi edition of Mid-Day.
  118. Narasimhan Ram is the Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Hindu’.
  119. N.Ram’s first wife was Susan.
  120. Susan, an Irish, was in charge of Oxford University Press publications in India.
  121. N.Ram and Susan’s daughter is Vidya Ram.
  122. Vidya Ram is a journalist.
  123. N.Ram is now married to Mariam.
  124. N.Ram, Jennifer Arul and K.M.Roy participated in closed door Catholic Bishops Conference of India in Thrissur, Kerala.
  125. Jennifer Arul is the Resident Editor and Bureau Chief in South India for NDTV.
  126. Jennifer Arul is Chief Operating Office for Astro Awani – Indonesian news and information channel.
  127. K.M. Roy was a reporter in `The Hindu’
  128. K.M. Roy is the General Editor of the group of the `Mangalam’ Publications.
  129. Mangalam Group of Publications was started by M.C. Varghese
  130. K.M. Roy received the `All India Catholic Union Lifetime Award’
  131. All India Catholic Union’s National Vice President is Dr.John Dayal.
  132. Dr.John Dayal is also Secretary General of All India Christian Council (AICC)
  133. AICC’s President is Dr. Joseph D’souza
  134. Dr. Joseph D’souza founded Dalit Freedom Network (USA)
  135. Dr.Joseph D’Souza participated in the inaugural Religious Freedom Day
  136. The Religious Freedom Day was attended by former Republican Sentor Rick Santorum
  137. AICC claims Confederation of SC/ST Organizations (India) as a sister organization.
  138. AICC claims Christian Solidarity Worldwide (UK) as a sister organization.
  139. AICC claims Release International (UK) as a sister organization.
  140. Release International states it supplies bibles and literature to meet the need of growth and evangelism.
  141. Dalit Freedom Network partners with Operation Mobilization India.
  142. OM India’s South India Regional Director is Kumar Swamy
  143. Kumar Swamy is the State President of Communal Harmony Committee.
  144. Kumar Swamy serves with Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.
  145. OM India’s North India Regional Director is Moses Parmar.
  146. Moses Parmar serves as North India Public Relations officer of the All India Christian Council (AICC)
  147. OM seeks to plant and strengthen churches in areas of the world where Christ is least known.
  148. OM ministries work with Dalit-Bahujan people in India.
  149. Operation Mercy Charitable Company (OMCC) grew out of OM India
  150. OMCC works with Dalit Freedom Network (DFN).
  151. DFN has Dr. Kancha Illaiah on its Advisory Board.
  152. Dr. Kancha Illaiah is a Professor in Osmania University, Hyderbad.
  153. DFN has William Armstrong on its Advisory Board.
  154. William Armstrong is a former US Senator from Colarado (Republican).
  155. William Armstrong is currently the President of Colorado Christian University.
  156. Colorado Christian University’s one of the strategic objective is to share the love of Christ around the World.
  157. Suhasini Haidar is daughter of Subramanian Swamy
  158. Suhasini Haidar is daughter-in-law of Salman Haidar
  159. Nadira Alvi married V S Naipaul
  160. Nadira Alvi, a journalist, is sister of recently assassinated Maj Gen Amir Faisal Alvi, the ex-chief of Pakistan’s elite SSG
  161. “Resalat” is a Tehran-based Persian daily.
  162. “Ettela’at” is another Tehran-based Persian daily.
  163. “Resallat” and “Ettela’at”signed MoU with “Siyasat” and “Munif”
  164. Siyasat and Munif are Hyderbad, Andhra Pradesh based dailies.
  165. Toseeh is another Persian daily.
  166. Toseeh has tied up with Vaarta.
  167. Vaarta is one of the dailies from A.G.A.Publications Pvt Ltd.
  168. A.G.A Publications Pvt Ltd is one of the companies in Sanghi Group
  169. Sanghi Group was co-promoted by Gireesh Sanghi with his brothers.
  170. Gireesh Sanghi is Congress M.P, Rajaya Sabha
  171. Gireesh Sanghi is All India Vaish Federation National President.
  172. Mahendra Mohan Gupta is on the Advisory Board of AIVF
  173. Mahendra Mohan Gupta is Chairman of Dainik Jagran Group
  174. Ramoji Group is headed by Ramoji Rao
  175. Ramoji Rao is Founder & Chairman of Eenadu
  176. Eenadu is the largest Telugu news daily in Andhra Pradesh.
  177. Ramoji Group also owns ETV Network.
  178. ETV Network produces content in Telugu, Bangla, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Gujarati, Urdu & Hindi.
  179. Ramoji is reported to be close to Chandra Babu Naidu and supported of Telugu Desam Party.
  180. Ushodaya Enterprises Pvt. Ltd’s parent company is Ramoji Group.
  181. Blackstone Group is reported to have invested Rs600 crore in UEL.
  182. Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd brings out The Deccan Chronicle newspaper.
  183. DCHL also brings out “Andhra Bhoomi” a telugu newspaper.
  184. DCHL also brings out “Asian Age”.
  185. DCHL became a publishing parter of `The New York Times’.
  186. DCHL began publishing `The International Herald Tribune’
  187. T. Venkatram Reddy is the Chairman of DCHL.
  188. T. Venkatram Reddy is former MP, Rajhya Sabha from Congress.
  189. M.J. Akbar was Editor-in-Chief of Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age.
  190. M.J. Akbar is Founder and Chairman of the fortnightly the Covert.
  191. M.J. Akbar worked at `Times of India’, `Sunday’ & `The Telegraph’
  192. M.J. Akbar was a Congress MLA from 1989 to 1991.
  193. M.J. Akbar joined The Brookings Institution, Washington in 2006, as a Visiting Fellow on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World.
  194. M.J. Akbar was a member of the `Forum of Islamic Scholars and Intellectual’ held in Makkha al-Mukaramma in 2005.
  195. M.J. Akbar’s wife is Mallika Joseph.
  196. Mallika Joseph worked at Times of India.

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Response to comments on: Kasab’s Birthday Gift

In response to my write up: Kasab’s Birthday Gift to US- Mumbai Blasts,  in a discussion group which also appeared on this blog on July 14,  one Mr. Chauhan, supposedly a Major General representing <Sainik Sangh> made several incidery remarks. Here I reproduce his comments with my responses. (His comments are in bold. My response start with >>>. are in italics and in navy blue color.)

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Those who think BJP is the salvation are nothing but bania brahmin caucus in another demoniac form

 >>> Who said anything about BJP? Your prejudice starts with your fist sentence. Can you prove with figures that BJP= Bania+Brahmin? Are Advani, Bangaru Laxman, V. Naidu, Modi, Rajnath Singh, etc., Bania/Brahmin? How would you define demonic?

What does Modi know about running a modern State  He may have delivered for the fat profiteers and Hindu Jews which doesn’t make a State 

>>> You must be living in la-la land to make such a stupendous statement. Of course, you have not lived in Gujarat so your ignorance can be forgiven. What fits your definition of modern state? Bihar, UP, Orissa? 

What does BJP know about nationalism which is not obscurantism and building temples  ? The masses are in grip of renegade capitalism  which must be replaced by nationlism not Jews .

>>> I do not know why you keep harping on BJP when I have suggested that Congress be thrown out? Capitalism is an economic system, nationalism is not. Capitalism can be replaced with socialism, communism, etc. but not with nationalism. Are you aware that BJP  believes in Integral Humanism as an economic system? Do you even know what it mans and who propounded that concept? Please Google and study it. Suffice is to say that capitalism, socialism, communism, etc. have inherent weaknesses because they are not built around needs of human beings. Integral Humanism aspires to build economic system keeping human beings at the center.

 Does BJP know about nationalism? Who has stood for total integration of Kashmir with Bharat? Who has stood for uniform Civil Code? Who has maintained that there are hundreds of national heroes (who have been ignored by design) of freedom struggle besides Nehrus and Gandhis? Who had the guts to conduct nuclear explosion and stand up against mighty USA?

What a small vision hanging of Afzal Will this deliver the nation from every day shame? Just diversion

>>> Hanging one individual will not solve all problems, but then you can make that argument for any step that the government takes or does not take. Afzal Guru is a convicted terrorist. Terrorism is meant to sap a society of its confidence and lead it into submission. Keeping Afzal and Kasab alive despite court orders is hastening that process of submission. Therefore, it is not a small vision, but an effective prescription for one of or serious national maladies, i.e., the feeling of helplessness against abject terror. 

 In any case, unless you are against the rule of law, or have some personal affinity for Afzal, you would not question hanging of Afzal. 

Afzal is already a martyr with his poeple MANY MORE ARE READY TO FOLLOW HIM.

>>> Osama bin Laden was a hero too to millions of Muslims in Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, USA, UK, Bharat, etc. Where is he now? He was gunned down like a rabid street dog and is at the bottom of an ocean. Those who are ready to follow him will meet the same fate or worse. It is only a matter of time before present rulers in Bharat are replaced with a government that will not tolerate and mollycoddle terrorists- mind you, I am not saying BJP, it could be any party or combination of parties that will come to power and take the initiative.’ Then so called martyrs will be sent for a meeting with their creator because of the pressure that will build up from the suffering populace. Congress can do the same and win people’s hearts but to do that it has to first purge itself of its entire leadership which is anti-Bharat, anti-Hindu, pro-Muslim and corrupt to the core.

Is Modi ready to field his in retaliation?

>>> Why do you pick on Modi? When I am raising issue of fighting terrorism and asking that guilty be hanged, which is a central government issue, how does Modi figure in the discussion? Mr. Modi has proved his credentials by catching would be terrorists before they could inflict harm on the innocent. Compare Gujarat with Maharashtra and see the difference in number of terrorist attacks. Ishrat Jahan and Soharabuddin would have been garlanded and given ministerial posts, had they been in a Congress ruled state.

 Modi does not have to retaliate because he is proactive. he does not weigh his actions against how a particular community would feel or vote before he takes a step that he feels is in the interest of Gujarat and the nation.

Why cant BJP send out sallies  in return.

>>> Why is it BJP’s burden to send out “sallies” (I do not know what this word means but I assume you mean retaliating force”)?  Who is in power? Congress or BJP? Suppose, BJP were to take up your suggestion, you will be the first one to blame it as a Hindu terrorist party supported by Jews.

The French President  visited Kabul the other day and gloried the role of NATO in foighting terrorism. The next day ficew French soldiers were killed. BJP AND ITS BANIAS  Learn from PASHTUNS! 

>>> I will take your argument and turn it on its head to show its hollowness.. BJP or Congress can take the killing of the French soldiers to man that any action against terrorists would mean killing of Bharatiya soldiers and civilians. So, it would be better not to act.

 Further, we have a history of brave men and women, who have given their lives and fought on the battlefield within the bounds of Dharma. We do not need to learn from Pashtuns or terrorists who are nothing but modern day asuras and  rakshasas.

PEOPLE ARE NOW GETTING WISE AS TO WHO  SIT SNUGLY MAKING MONEY AND FIELD OTHERS TO FIGHT . GERMANS WERE RIGHT ABOUT THE JEWS WE HAVE SO MANY VARIETY OF THESE !

>>> Apparently you are a big fan of Hitler. That should preclude you automatically from this discussion because this group is for people who believe in democratic norms and  meaningful discussion.  

 You are right about people getting wise. They now know that it is the Congress and UPA that sit smugly and make billions through Commonwealth Games, 2G, Adarsh Housing Society and multitude of scams. Kalmadis, Rajas, Kanimozhis, Marans, Chidambarams, etc. are the glaring example of this rot and they do not belong to BJP. People are wizened to the fact that while these Congress demons are looting the nation, they feed the common man to the wolves, i.e., terrorists.

Mumbai walas are fools They listen  to perverted politicians such as the Home Minister and  do not demand his dismissal .

>>> In past, Mumbaiwalas have  taken scalps of their Chief Ministers and they will do it again. Have you watched 2008 film, “Wednesday” with Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in lead roles? There is a telling dialogue where Naseeruddin Shah, the common man says: “we are resilient, not by choice but by force because we have to go out next day and earn our livelihood.”  That is exactly why people go on with their routine even after the bomb blasts. But once this reaches a flash point, all bets will be off.

 The same happened last time and the sam w will happen again!

>>> So, what you as an individual will do about it to change the course? That “same will happen again” is a given, but the end results may not be same. Even a goat gets up on its hind legs when totally cornered or its kids are threatened. Once the patience runs out, events take unpredictable course and no politician or police force would be able to contain them. People in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, etc. are much more suppressed than people in Bharat. yet, they came to a point where they shed their fears and either brought down, or are in process of doing so, sitting government/dictator.

People get the rulers they deserve .

>>> That is a good dose of opium. You may be OK with the Government that you have gotten, millions of  Bharatiyas and I are not.

HINDU history is replete      

>>> A jaundiced person can see nothing but yellow. Perhaps, you have had no chance to read real history of Bharat. Like many others you might have been taught Macaulayian and Nehruvian history. This is a subject of entirely another discussion.

 Our history is of people who have wished well for the entire humanity, kings who gave away their kingdoms for upholding Dharma, soldiers who obeyed all dharmic rules of warfare even when fighting against those who had no concept of Dharma. Ours is the history of Rama and Krishna, of Arjun and Abhimanyu, of Mahaveer and Buddha, of king Puru and Pruthviraj, of Shankaracharya and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, of Chankaya and Chandragupt, of Mirabai and Narsinh Mehta, Of Kabir and  Thiruvalluvar, of Shivaji and Rana Pratap, of Nanak and Guru Govind Singh, of Maharani Laxmibai and Tatya Tope, of Bhagat Singh and Madan Lal Dhingra, of Khudiram Bose and Jatin Das, of  Shyamji Krishna Varma and madam Cama, of Veer Savarkar and Subhashchandra Bose, of Lala Lajpatrai and Chapekar brothers, of Ramakrishna, Vivekanand and Aurbindo, of Sardar Patel and Gandhiji. This is just a sampling. Remember,  our is not the history of Jawaharlal, Indira, Sanjay, Rajiv, Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka. They are an aberration and a blot on our history.

chauhan, maj general   <gs@sainiksangh.org>

>>> With an organization named Sainik Sangh, last name  Chauhan and a title like Major General, one would expect from you valor, courage, indefatigable  confidence and deep love for motherland. One would expect you to lead from the front and not discourage those who are fighting. One should be excused if he/she is led to believe that the organization as well as your name and title are phony.

 

 Finally, you may not realize but Internet etiquette dictates that all CAPS or all bold text be not used in any correspondence. All bold is akin to shouting. I am sure that you wanted to discuss and not shout.

You seem to have pathological hatred for BJP, Modi and Hindus which is abundantly clear from your writing. Your disdain for Jews is a disease that led to Hitler’s massacre and second world war. You may think in narrow terms of Brahmin and Bania, I believe that we are all Hindus, first and last. I will gladly accept the intelligence of Brahmin, courage of Kshatriya, pragmatism of Vaishya and sense of selfless service from Shudra because, according to Purush Sukta, they are all parts of same body. We are all Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra; our real caste is whatever quality out of these four is predominant in our life at a given time.

 It is the Congress culture to divide the society in the name of caste and religion. Rise above it and join those who have come forward to end the misgovernance rather than standing on the sides and making baseless, derogatory statements.

 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Chronology of recent terror attacks in India

New Delhi, July 13 : A chronology of recent terror attacks in India:

 IANSJuly 13, 2011: At least 21 people are killed and more than 140 injured in three bomb blasts in Mumbai.

Dec 7, 2010: A bomb explodes on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh during evening prayers, killing a a girl and injuring 20 people, including some foreigners.

Oct 14, 2010: At least five people injured in a minor bomb explosion in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh.

Feb 13, 2010: A blast in German Bakery in Pune city of Maharashtra kills nine people and injures 45.

April 6, 2009: A car bomb blast in Guwahati kills six people and injures 32.

Nov 26-29, 2008: Terror attack in Mumbai kills 166 Indians and foreigners.

October 30, 2008: Terror attack in Guwahati kills 61 and injures 300.

Sep 29, 2008: Blast in Malegaon in Maharashtra kills eight people and injures 80.

Sep 13, 2008: Serial blasts in Delhi kill 30 people and injure more than 100.

July 26, 2008: Serial blasts in Ahmedabad kill 40 people and injure more than 50.

July 25, 2008: Nine explosions in Bangalore kill one and injuring 12.

May 13, 2008: Eight serial blasts rock Jaipur in a span of 12 minutes leaving 65 dead and over 150 injured.

Oct 11, 2007: Bomb blast inside Ajmer Sharif shrine during Ramadan kills three and injures 28.

Aug 25, 2007: 32 dead, 60 hurt in Hyderabad terror blast.

May 18, 2007: A bomb at Mecca mosque in Hyderabad kills 14 people.

Feb 19, 2007: Two bombs explode aboard a train from India to Pakistan, charring at least 66 passengers, most of them Pakistanis, to death.

Sep 8, 2006: 30 dead and 100 hurt in twin blasts at a mosque in Malegaon in Maharashtra.

July 11, 2006: Seven bombs explode on Mumbai’s trains killing over 200 and injuring more than 200.

http://www.samachar.com/Chronology-of-recent-terror-attacks-in-India-lhoeTFhjdaa.html?source=recommended_news

(Note: I have updated the figures of the dead and injured in yesterday’s Mumbai blasts from waht appeared in this article.- Gaurang G. Vaishnav)

 

 

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