TRUMP’S WORLD

Much awaited meeting

 The President Donald Trump’s much awaited crucial meeting with President Vladmir V. Putin in Helsinki ,Finland on July 16 ended with a note of assurance for building a better future relations amongst the two world powers .

The meeting began with President Trump a bit restive and President Putin putting on a stony look.

But Flamboyant President Trump took the lead to break the ice by congratulating President Putin on a really great Soccer world cup   “One of the best ever what everybody tells me. And for your team ,itself, doing so well.” And thereafter the meeting went on smoothly .

 

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Trump and Putin addressing News Conference. 16TH JULY 2018.

 

Afterward , the two leaders held press conference where both addressed to the accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Mr Putin said in response to a question at the news conference “ President Trump mentioned the so called interference of Russia in the American elections.I had to reiterate things I said several times that the Russian State

has never interfered and is not to interfere in the internal affairs of America including the election process.”

Mr Trump replied when asked whether he believed his American agencies ,which allege that Russia interfered in 2016 United States elections or Putin.

“ They think is Russia .I have President Putin – he just said it is not Russia ,I do not see any reason why it would be”

Mr Trump regarded it as ‘ misconduct of Democrats during the campaign.’

Mr Putin took more frontal approach “ As to who is to be believed ,as to who is not to be believed ,you can trust no one .

Where did you got this idea that President Trump trusts me or that I trust him. He defends the interests of United States of America and I defend the interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests in common and we are looking for points of contact”

 

Trump said “ what he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working as on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people .I think that is an incredible offer.”

 

In a later tweet Mr Trump wrote “ As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people’. However , I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future , we cannot focus on the past — as the world’s two ,largest powers , we must get along”.

On Monday in a couple of Tweets Mr Trump branded the special Counsel Investigation into Russia’s election interference “Rigged Witch Hunt . Many years of U.S foolishness and stupidity .”

He even clarified “ I hold both countries responsible . I think United States has been foolish . I think we all have been foolish”

He continued further ,” our relationship has never been worse than it is now .However that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that.”

 

But back home some Senators ,both Republican as well as Democrats echoed discontentment , remorse and a silent protest through Tweets.

 

Jeff Flake , a retiring Senator from Arizona said on a Twitter

“ I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful”.

 

Senator Ben Sasse, Republican from Nebraska said “This is bizarre and flat out wrong.”   “The United States not to be blamed.” he concluded.

Representative Justin Amash from Michigan put on Twitter “A person can be in favour of improving relations with Russia ,in favour of meeting with Putin and still think something is not right.”

Democrats spoke more brazenly.

Senator Edward .J. Markey of Massachusetts called Mr Trump’s performance as “national embarrassment”        

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on the press Conference that Moscow and Washington could cooperate to reduce volatility in the oil market thus making US a sort of silent partner in OPEC .

Sources NYT/WashingtonPost

 

 

Conclusions

President Tump ,however naive and egomaniac at times , deserves kudos for taking on one –on –one meeting with his counter part Mr Putin to improve relations and cooperation between two powerful Nations to foster much needed peace and thus ensure a better future and tackle global problems on hand with determination , despite areas of disagreement.

 

The annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by Russia and Trump’s withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal are some of the many areas of disagreement to address to.

However Mr Putin was glad to admit that the war in Syria could be “the first showcase example of successful joint work” between two countries.

In this era of strong man politics,fear ,resentment ,xenophobia and bigotry around the world ,Mr Trump took courage in his both hands to meet President Putin for well meaning meeting.

Mr Trump is a leader who believes in making things happen rather than beating about the bush.

Mr Putin must be equally glad to be in the club of global leaders.

 

 

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WHY INDIRA GANDHI IMPOSED EMERGENCY.

Indira Gandhi ,India’s most powerful Prime Minister earned the epithet of Goddess Durga after winning the war of 1971 with Pakistan .

She dismembered the belligerent Pakistan into two distinct nations , Bangladesh and present Pakistan ,bruising further its pride by making 90,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendering to the Indian Army.

Pakistan was in a shambles.

Winning a spectacular victory in the general elections in 1971, Indira Gandhi had become the most popular leader with the people showering love and affection from every nook and corner of the country.Her popularity among the Indian masses was unbelievable and reached its zenith.

The opposition gathered momentum, after being decimated in the general elections , especially under the stalwarts ,Morarji Desai , Atal Bihar vajpayee, L.K.Advani and Jayprakash Narain popularly known as JP,   the slogan of “Indira Hatao” became more strident day in and day out.

Indira Gandhi sensed the trouble brewing and in a bid to cling to power she decided to act swiftly.

Nearly 43 years ago(25th June 1975) the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed emergency by making announcement on All India Radio “ The President has declared a state of emergency. There is no need to panic”

Within hours all opposition leaders including the stalwarts L.K.Advani, Morarji Desai, Atal Vajpayee, and veteran freedom fighter Jai Prakash Narayan , with scores of junior senior leaders were put behind the bars.

Hush fell on the country and a strange fear, never experienced before ,gripped the Nation .

It would be interesting to understand and analyse the reasons for then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for imposing the emergency.

The reasons could be as follows

Hunger for power

In democracy it is always dangerous to eulogize a person to deific stature, thereby allowing him to concentrate power and pelf leading ultimately to the authoritarian rule, harmful to the pluralism inclusive society and the people at large.

This is what happened to Indira Gandhi. She became authoritarian and wanted to cling to power by any means fair or foul.

Morarji Desai factor in Gujrat.

Morarji Desai losing out twice(1967 and 1971) to Indira Gandhi in the race for Prime Ministership , nurtured a deep rancour in his heart and in a bid to take revenge supported the student agitation of L.D.College of Engineering in Ahmadabad so much so that he launched fast unto death agitation in support of the student demands. The main demand ,among others ,was dismissal of Chiman bhai Patel Govt.

Indira Gandhi blinked and put Gujrat under the President’s rule in February 1974.

Bihar Student Agitation.

The students of Patna University launched an agitational movement in Bihar in March 1974. The agitation flared up with the students of other universities joining the fray.. But Abdul Ghafoor government repressed it with iron hands.

J P Narayan, the veteran Gandhian leapt out of his political hibernation ,and led the student movement describing it as “Total revolution” to overthrow Indira Gandhi regime.

JP’s leading the students movement  spreading to other states assumed  a national campaign .

JP Narrain and Morarji Desai organised a rally at Ramlila   Maidan in New Delhi on June 25, 1975 .At this rally, JP made a call to army and police not to follow the orders of Indira Gandhi government.

Morarji Desai declared , “We intend to overthrow her, force her to resign”   “the lady won’t survive our movement.” He concluded angrily.

Raj Narain Petition

Raj Narain ,after defeat in 1971 , filed a petition in Allahabad High Court contesting the victory of Indira Gandhi from Rai Bareilly Constitution on the plea of malpractices  by misusing her official position,

On June 12 1975 ,Allahabad High Court delivered verdict against Indira Gandhi ,holding her guilty of malpractices.

The order was subject to appeal in Supreme Court.

The top lawyer NaniPalikiwala filed the case of Indira Gandhi in the Supreme Court.

The vacation bench under justice VK Krishna Iyer ordered stay on Allahabad High Court Judgement on June 24 1975.

Conclusions

Doubtless , apart from the reasons explained,the call by JP Narain to Army and police in the rally of Ramlila Maidan for disobeying the orders of Indira Gandhi must have finally  ignited the cinders to the proclamation of Emegency by Indira Gandhi.

Despite grave provocations from the Opposition Indira Gandhi should have maintained restraint and not resorted to the imposition of Emergency.

Instead she should have resorted to other political manoeuvres to defeat the Opposition’s willful strategy of deriding ,decrying and dethroning her .

I LONG TO BE WITH YOU

I long to be with you

My daughters pretty

Petite ones

for sometime nay a long

time

gossiping giggling galloping

over

the hill tops with emerald

verdure

gliding down the slopes

into deep forests

with the rhythm rhyme

of

golden time.

Come now my daughters

for

Some time nay a long

time

frisking frolicking rolling

rocking

into the arms of your

papa mummy

 I live your childhood memories

Whenever I get time to

roam about

in my thoughts

           your mummy is equally lost

in memories dear

ones

     winning the gold medals for

interschool games

local papers screaming

with banner headlines

“SISTERS BAG GOLDS ‘’

come my daughters

for

some time nay a long

time.

to drive along the Boulvard

road

listening to the Kashmiri

folk songs

while skiing for

hours

on the placid waters of

    Dal lake.

 

PEACE ELUDES KASHMIR

BJP –PDP Alliance in Jeopardy

 With imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for the eight time in last forty years Peace has finally eluded Kashmir once again.

BJP –PDP alliance limped around for three years and finally doomed when the Union Government pulled the rug off on 19th june 2018, leaving the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with no alternative but to resign and fend for herself in the prevailing situation.

Thus came the end of an alliance with divergent political ideologies , forged essentially to bring peace and tranquility to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP squarely placed the blame of failure on PDP and the general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters “ continuance in the government had become untenable –responsibility for this kind of scenario lies on the other side.” “ keeping in mind the larger interest of India’s integrity and security , keeping in mind the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India, in order to bring control over the situation prevailing in the state, we have decided that it is time the reins of power in the state be hand over to the Governor.” Mr Ram Madhav continued.

BJP cited growing radicalism ,terrorism and violence as the reasons of pulling out of the alliance without assigning reasons for the increase thereby.

Mehbooba Mufti after resigning as chief minister blamed BJP’s for the break up of alliance and said while addressing the media “ we are convinced that a muscular policy will never work and the only way forward is our healing touch poicy –Kashmir is not an enemy territory.” “We did everything that we could manage to do to address the situation on the ground.” She said “ we did not stitch this alliance for power. We did it for the object of offer of dialogue ,unilateral ceasefire ,and for the peace of the valley.”

Mehbooba while defending her good intentions she said on Tuesday soon after her resignation as Chief Minister   “we negotiated an agenda of alliance where we ensured that BJP scaled down . for example we persuaded them to maintain status quo on Article 370 and Article 35-A .That was part of our agenda alliance. We defended (article 370) inside the court too. We ensured our Govt government defends Article 35A in the court”

‘’ we pushed for a policy of reconciliation and convinced (Centre) to grant amnesty to 11000 youth booked for stone pelting .”

It was contended by people of jammu that they voted overwhelmingly for BJP in assembly elections so that the BJPcould fulfill the promise of abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A .

Article 370 grants special status to J&K ,article 35-A denotes special powers to its legislature to define its permanent residents and make laws/provisions for giving them special rights and concessions.

The BJP had been vigorously advocating for abrogation of these two articles and during election campaigns promised to have a public discussion on the same.But once in power with an alliance with PDP it chose to maintain stoic silence and do nothing about it.

The Jammu people got annoyed and saw BJP ‘s helplessness before its partner PDP ,after Mehbooba Mufti warned and said that anyone interfering with these two articles ,”there wont be anyone to even shoulder the National tricolor in the state.”

With the law and order situation worsening in Kashmir day in and day out ,BJP found it difficult to justify ,manage to the agreed to concessions ,like recent ceasefire, amnesty to 11000 stone pelters ,as agreed in agenda of alliance.

This might have been one of the many reasons for BJP to come out of the alliance .

My Conclusions

 It is painful for BJP to have lost an opportunity for good to bring positive change in the J&K state , it will be no exaggeration to admit that the gamble failed miserably because of the clash of ideologies, leaving the state in a worse state, communally more polarized than ever before.

With no concrete policy on Kashmir , BJP’s vacillating approach cost the severance of the alliance formed with good intentions of bringing lasting peace to the state of   J&K.

 After governing the state in alliance with PDP ,BJP must have understood that Kashmir is a different cup of tea and needs threadbare approach to resolve the knotty  tangle and  hence resorted to Governor’s rule a euphemism for direct rule by the Central Government.

 Now a weary long path to tread upon in order to wean away the youth from radicalism ,and to woo the alienated citizens to attune for the national cause.

 But having said so nothing is difficult if intentions for the peace and wellbeing of people is genuinely pursued by the  Govt of India.

The GOI (government of India) needs to think out of box.

 By enforcing policy of reconciliation ,(talks with all stakeholders including separators ) through the acceptable independent interlocutors from civil society to re-engage for talks   could be a stepping stone to the process   of peace in the valley .

The interlocutors should not be representatives of the govt in the current situation ,lacking the credibility.

 No doubt the Military operations should be enforced to root out militancy ,but simultaneously the Military border Helpline should be initiated to resolve the problems of civilians at hand and thus present the forces as friends not foes only.

The forces should be amply educated that they are operating to quell terrorism in their own territory not enemy territory and be extra alert not to persecute the innocent citizens.

This compassionate gesture should go a long way in building up confidence to help the alienated citizens to lay trust in the forces and rise to the occasion  in case of any eventuality. That is what we should aim at, the engagement of people in the development and growth of J&K State.Nothing of such sort has been attempted by the govt ,both State as well as the Centre .

The rhetorics  Insaniyat , Kashmiriyat  and  Jhamhuriat  should be given the go once for all.These do not  hold any water now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY LOVESOME LOVE

Here she comes my lovesome love

 Frenzy frisky frolicking

with

dewy dove eyes

Wide and wonderous

As blue skies

 The beautiful highland lass

Trudging over the mountain pass

Wading

through the shimmering waters

Jumping barefeet over the boulders

On to the verdure so leafy green

Intersperse flowered

long stretches divinely designed.

The yellow sun gleams

Through her long tresses

on to

her glittering visage

radiantly glowing.

 

 Here she comes my lovesome love

to

Greet me into

her glistening arms.

In the tight clasp

Swaying me down the steep

thick boughs

redolent of pungent

earthy love.

Slithering her fingers into the

Crevices contours

Of my soul stirred

nudity.

 with smacking lips

she entices me

to

ecstasy love making.

                                

 

 

 

 

STOOPS TO CONQUER

The former President Pranab Mukherjee stooped to conquer in his speech at an RSS event in Nagpur on Thursday upholding his liberal credentials , spoke about nationalism ,pluralism, and tolerance as the soul of Indian lives.

“ Multiplicity in culture ,faith and language is what makes India special. we derive our strength from tolerance” Mukherjee told the gathering at RSS in presence of the chief Mr Mohan Bhagwat .

“ the soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance—secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us” He continued undauntedly “ India’s nationhood is not one religion ,one language ,one enemy .It is the perennial universalism of 1.3billion people who use more than 1,600 dialects and 122 languages in their everyday lives ,practice 7major religions –live under one system ,one flag, and one identity being Bhartiya and have no enemies”

This speech was unprecedented and a stern reminder to those who would like to divide the people on religion caste creed hatred and intolerance.

E m p h a s is i n g   that Constitution being the flowing bed for our nationalism and patriotism ,appreciation of our inherited unity in diversity , Pranab Mukherjee dwelt at length the Indian history from 6th century that covered the period from Mahajanapadas to different dynasties ,Muslim invaders , East India Company and finally British yoke.

Pranab Mukherjee Quoting from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s book The discovery of India , “Iam convinced that nationalism can only come out of the ideological fusion of Hindu, Muslim Sikh and other groups in India. That does not mean that extinction of any real culture of any group, but it does mean a common national outlook, to which other matters are subordinated.”

The RSS has been successful in showcasing itself as an organization that was not averse to invite illustrious Indian like Pranab Mukherjee, who does not essentially share its views , to its conclave.

Mr Mohan Bhagwatji ,RSS Chief in his speech espoused of diversity values and stressed upon the fact that RSS was working for the whole society ,implying it is not rigid in its policies to better the cultural and economic ethos of Indian people at large.

Invitation

The invitation invited a heated debate in the corridors of the Congress Party.

Predictably the Congress leaders appealed to former President and veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee to decline the invitation from an organization that stood apart from the tenants and principals of Congress Party. But Pranab Mukherjee  had different ideas to deal with the predicament he was in.

He even chose to ignore the emotional and passionate appeal from his daughter sharmistra Mukherjee .She preferred to go public rather than speaking to her father in privacy. Because being an ardent congress leader in Delhi she stood to her independent stand and did not approve of his father’s decision to accept RSS invitation.

Conclusions

Pranab Mukherjee was determined to go his way and did not get bogged down by the appeals of his erstwhile political colleagues.

By doing so as a former President  he has knowingly or unknowingly deviated from the convention of keeping away from the politics.

As a convention the Presidents keep away from the politics after laying off the august office.

His conviction worked and he proved all his detractors wrong.

His speech, a memorable one ,spoke of the importance of nationalism , nation, patriotism and pluralism to be proud of as guiding principles for a composite united India.

It spoke volumes of his statesmanship not as a former President or as a Citizen only but also as a staunch Congressman of long years ,thus standing true to his his words , deeds and principles of the Congress ideology.

Rss, on the other hand could console itself by seeking a stamp of legitimacy and approval of being a cultural organization working towards the welfare of Indians in the best of its interests.

 

 

Modi and Modern India.

The Prime Minister Narender Modi is at the helm of affairs for the last four years now after winning clear majority for his party BJP in 2014.

The2014 mandate was for change and People believed that Modiji could usher good days by curbing corruption and ensure good governance and development.to benefit the people at large.

Let us examine the actual profile of rising India in last four years.

The ambitious programmes like Digital India ,Make in India ,Skill India ,start up India ,stand up India , have been started with a hope to leverage the power of technology to benefit the lives of ordinary Indians.

 But in reality except Digital India becoming a mass movement to a great extent (2.9lakh service centers up from 83000in 2014 spread over 2 lakh gram Panchayats offering several services ranging from insurance to ,land records etc) all other programmes have been a mere slogans with nobody hearing much about any change wrought in to benefit any section of population whatsoever.

The other good talking programmes are Swatch Bharat , Construction of 7.5 crore toilets across the country, 3.5 crores Ujjwala LPG gas connections and globally recognized JAM trinity ( 31 crore Jan Dhan Bank accounts ,121 crore mobile phones and 120 crore Aadhar IDs).

Although JAM trinity were started already by UPA government but NDA government is being credited with having accelerated these to transfer welfare benefits speedily and directly to the accounts of the poor.

On international level we are at loggerheads with both our arch enemies and distractors Pakistan and China.

Pakistan is stubborn to live upon permanent enemosity and China no better ,making deeper inroads into Doklama .

Although the informal summits with both Chinese President and the Russian newly President have eased the personal diplomacy but nothing beyond that.

Both are playing their cards cautiously.

Although Prime Minister Modi was given civilian accolades in Afghanistan Syria ,Saudi Arabia, but the fact remains that nothing substantial has changed in the erstwhile  policies of these nations towards India other than a goodwill gestures with lot of hugs and smiles.

Prime Minister Narender Modi is in Singapore today (29/5/18) for ensuring greater engagement with the region by participating in the Shangri La dialogue. Let us hope something concrete happens to talk about.

 

In four years the popularity of Prime Minister Modi has one down considerably.

The promise of a new India free from the shackles of corruption nepotism ,empowerment of men and women with dignified living standard were in reality thrown to winds and replaced with mob lynching in name of cow protection, communal tensions and victimization of Dalits .

On economic growth Modi government failed to go beyond 6.7% due to mismanagement of its economic policies .

For instance Demonetisation was bad idea and badly implemented.

The good economic reform GST being a good step was badly implemented.

In nutshell due to these badly implemented reforms there was reduction of about 2% in GDP.

The unemployment has not been addressed to and now the price rise of petrol and diesel has taken shine off its rocking mood being in office for four years.

The comparative chart should show the painful scenario.

 

Price in 2014                      Price in 2018

 

Petrol       INR 60                   INR     80

 

Diesel       INR 45                   INR     72

 

LPG         INR400                 INR     800

 

The oil predicament has alerted the Government to search for a solid lasting solution. Any band –aid trick won’t do .

Any reduction in excise duty would hit government’s huge excise collections of 2,79,005 crores and would directly affect the fiscal; but the million dollar question remains how long would the government resist the pressure with less than a year to go to the hustings for the general elections.

Prime Minister Narender Modi has sidelined both development and governance and lost control over his extreme elements in the party who became more voiceferous in taking center stage to proclaim the divisive politics and thus damaged Modi’s otherwise a clean image to great extent.

The duo PM Modiji and President BJP Amit shah has made winning elections ( State Assembly ,Parliament ,or Panchayat ,) the main plank of governance and all efforts are being directed towards achieving this goal by whatever means right or wrong.

Let us try to understand the actual position of BJP in 29 state assemblies .

     A.STATES WITH NO BJP SEATS

1/ Sikkim                   BJP               Zero

 

2/Mizoram                BJP             Zero

 

3/Tamil Nadu         BJP               Zero

 

 B .   STATES BJP PART OF GOVT.

 

1/     Meghalaya         BJP               02 seats out of 60

 

2/   Nagaland         BJP               12 seats out of 60

 

3/   J&K                     BJP               25 seats out of 87

 

4/   Bihar                   BJP               53 seats out of 243

 

 

C .   STATES WHERE BJP IS NOT PART OF GOVT.

 

1/   Andhra         BJP                 04 seats out of 175

 

2/   Kerala             BJP                 01 seat out of 140

 

3/ Punjab           BJP                 03 seats out of 117.

 

4/ West Bengal   BJP             03 seats out of 294

 

5/ Telengana     BJP               05 seats out of 119

 

6/ Delhi             BJP                   03 seats out of 70

 

7/   Orissa         BJP                   10 seats out of 147.

 D.   BJP IS IN CLEAR MAJORITY IN 10 STATES ONLY

             OUT OF 29 STATES.

 

     1/ Uttar Pradesh     BJP       312 seats out of 403

 

     2/ Haryana               BJP       47 seats out of 90

 

3/ Madhya Pradesh   BJP       165 seats out of 230

 

4/   Chhattisgarh         BJP       49 seats out of /90

5/   Rajasthan           BJP         163 seats out of 200

6/   Gujrat                   BJP       99seats out of 182

7/   Uttarakhand           BJP       56 seats out of 70

8/ Himachal Pradesh   BJP       44 seats out of 68

 

9/ Tripura                     BJP     35seats out of 60

10/ Aruna Chal Pradesh BJP     48seats out of 60

( in Arunachal Pradesh BJP engineered defections to emerge as majority party.)

 

 

E. THE STATES BJP LARGEST PARTY

1/ Assam               BJP     60 seats out of 126.

2/ Maharashtra       BJP     122 seats out of 288

 

From the above statistics it is clear that BJP has full dominance in Northern belt with significant inroads made into North East states ,but far from making any significant dent on the voters in the southern India.

 

Conclusions;

The Prime Minister Narender Modi has still huge chances to come back for second term in 2019 provided he shackles off his cloak of divisive politics and stands for inclusive India irrespective of difference in religion caste creed language and work with dedication in the interest of the country. Also PM Modi should come over heavily upon his fringe elements and detractors so that a wave of trust in his leadership for equitable justice to all sections of the society is established .