DEMOCRACY ENDANGERED

In a space of 24 hours in this week a massive amount of news happened.

A hung verdict in Karnataka assembly gave no single party a clear majority and the Governor playing strictly loyalty card by inviting single largest party leader B.S. Yadruppa of BJP 104 elected legislative members to form govt ignoring the post poll alliance of Congress and JDS with clear majority of 116 elected legislative members thus setting a high stake grim battle between rampaging BJP and flailing Opposition.

The governors of late have been brazenly taking partisanship decisions and thus subverting the august office of Governor to please their political masters.

The Supreme court on the other hand rose to the moment ensuring the promise of fair resolution.

The late midnight sitting of the Supreme court of India on May 16/17 offered hopes of justice to thwart the forces of derailment of Democracy.

This has uphold the belief of a common Indian once again , as he has been looking to the apex court to ensure and uphold the Constitutionalism in the times of being imperiled in the bigotry of political power game .

This has been largely appreciated by one and all at a crucial time when the court itself of late had been vulnerable to its independence by the divisions within and outside forces .

The Apex Court  overruled the governor’s order of floor test of 15 days and ordered to floor test on Saturday 19 May 2018 at 4pm leaving little time for B.S Yeddyurappa to manoeuvre to poach MLAS opposition to its side.

Following resignation of B.S.Yeddyurappa admitting he does not have numbers ,the Congress and JDS alliance with JDS chief Kumarswamy is set to form the government in Karnataka ,thus averting the endanger to well earned democracy in India.

Rahul Gandhi by his hard honest unrelenting campaigning has been able to shatter the citadel of BJP duo PM Modi and Amit Shah and thus halt its jaggernauat finally.

He is ripening into a an honest political opponent to Mr Modi.

Slowly but steadily he has crossed the barriers to command and rejuvenate the Congress Party back to its health combining the energy and talent of youth and the experience of old stalwarts with great endeavour.

It is commendable for both Congress and JDS to hold its flock of MLAS together despite being openly enticed to monetary bribes.

Mr Modi was voted to power to accelerate the job creation and fighting corruption .

But in reality there is total disappointment on job front.

His political machinations and dirty manipulations to grab power by hook or crook , gets murkier and the latest in Karnataka has finally ruined his clean image.

BJP can argue endlessly that the Congress has historically been the doing these sordid tricks of manipulations but Modi’s charisma was to show how different he was from the old Congress.

As evident this has not happened and it is beyond doubt that he is run of the mill and much more drowned in the cesspool of grabbing power.

The list of manoeuvring endless ____   Uttarkhand ,Arunachal Pradesh ,Goa ,Manipur and now Karnataka.

The Congress being largest party in these hung assemblies ,instead of asking the largest party to form governments ,the respective governors swore in post election coalitions organized by BJP.

But in Karnataka the governor took opposite stance and in the process the opposition post alliance turned tables on BJP.

No doubt BJP,despite Yeddy –Reddy taint improved its tally from 40 to 104 largely due to anti –incumbency of the Congress ,but failed to reach the majority mark.

The future state elections will be a close fights and BJP needs to re-think on its election strategy to stay in power in general elections of 2019.

Some hard lessons for both the Congress and the BJP to be taken note in light of Karnataka assembly elections

The Congress need to reach the gross roots and engage itself in alleviating the problems of the voters and regain the trust of the people rather than depend upon the jabs and maneuvering politics.

For BJP Kanataka must be a wakening call to shun politics of grabbing power at any cost by any means and choose right path to electoral successes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KASHMIR ON THE EDGE

Kashmir is on the edge again and there is no hope in the horror of anger and violence ,following the stone – pelting incident on the school bus in Shopian ,leaving a child with a fracture on the skull.

The incident drew sharp reactions from parents and the authorities who questioned stone- pelting on school buses.

The chief Minister Mehbooba ,instead of showing grit to address to the problem from fresh angle to halt the menace,dismissed it as “senseless cowardly act”.

The incident has unified the mainstream parties and separators in sampling condemning the act of targeting school buses. But nothing beyond that. They did not explore possibilities of stopping the stone –peltors to target the school buses in future.

The  belligerent Kashmiri has taken resort to age old stone-pelting to combat the mighty State forces and the Indian armed forces ,least caring to get shot back with lethal pellet guns.

The Wednesday morning incident,the horrible attack on the school bus by the stone-peltors ,has provided ammunition to the those opposing the amnesty the State government provided to those against whome case have been registered for stone pelting.(approximately 4,600 individuals covered from 2008 to 2014.)

Militants struck in Shopian on Sunday killing five militants including missing Kashmir University assistant professor Dr Mohammad Rafi Bhat . Professor Rafi Bhat was missing since Friday.

The other militants were identified by the police as Bilal Ahmad Mohand ,Adil Ahmad,and Tausif Ahmad, all from south of Kashmir.

Mohd Rafi Bhat called his father on Sunday morning and said”I am sorry ,I made mistakes.Going to meet Allah” He was trapped with his four top militant Hizbul Mujhadeen commanders in Shopian.

Interestingly  we are supposed to  believed Prof Rafi had joined the militant group only  36 hours before his death in encounter.                      Source Indian Express

It is hard to believe that  Prof Rafi might have joined militancy recently keeping in mind the family background. Earlier his two cousins were militants ,one was killed in 1992 gunfight and other one in 1994 encounter near borderof POK .

Shopian has become the hub of militant operation for pretty longtime and the militants are very actively in enticing youth to join militant ranks .

The encounter has sparked widespread violent protests in Shopian and adjoining towns of Kulgam Pulwama.

Whenever there is an encounter of such a large scale ,some civilians get injured and this time too indeed a number of civilians got injured and five of them succumbed to the their injuries .The other twenty were treated immediately.

The death toll has risen to 17 in last 36 hrs leaving enough anger to keep Kashmir simmering again.

Time to Act

The Center needs finally to put on thinking cap and re address itself to resolving Kashmir impasse with broad -based dialogue.

It is for sure that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been calling for “political intervention” time and again.

The Centre must stop the daily occurrence of violence with great determination and resort to serious dialogue in Kashmir with all relevant political forces without further delay.

The young people are getting caught in the vortex of violence and it is high time for Centre to arrest the rot, otherwise Kashmir might slip deep down back in time.

 

 

 

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INDIA’S BATTERED IMAGE

India’s battered image , has taken a further dip following the infamous rape incidents of Kathua and Unnao .These Rape cases have hit the headlines of all National and International Papers (N.Y.Times,Gaurdian, Washington Times)

.We have ceased to be a Nation with a heart overflowing with the milk   of human kindness

We ,as nation ,gleefully indulge in unthinkable crimes against women irrespective of age and have a cheek to deny these on one pretext or other.

The perpetrators of the crimes of rape are aware that the criminal Justice system has become ineffective because of either  delayed action or  political indulgence of vested interested politicians .

In Kathua , jammu &Kashmir ,the victim reported to be 8-year old girl from Bakerwal Gujjar community was allegedly held captive in a temple and drugged, gang raped and later killed to hush up the matter. The main accused was reported to be the caretaker of the temple ,who connived with other two police officers allegedly taking hefty amount to destroy the crucial evidence.

This ghastly incident took place in January 2018.

The State Police acted promptly and the main accused surrendered in March 2018.

The Hindu Ekta Manch(led by a BJP leader) led rallies joined by two BJP ministers,to transfer the case to CBI for enquiry. The two BJP ministers were ordered to resign in April 2018.

The New York Times carried the news promptly ;

“In India, the rape and killing of an 8-year-old Muslim girl has led to protests across the country. But in the Hindu village where she was killed, people have lined up behind the accused men.

Our correspondent writes, “India remains so deeply divided along religious, ethnic and political lines that even a crime this awful instantly gets politicized, sucked into the vortex of a never-ending communal war.” Hindus demanding the investigation shift to a federal agency widely seen as a tool of the country’s governing party, which is deeply rooted in Hindu nationalism.

Scholars say it’s hard not to see the girl’s killing as part of an ominous pattern. According to a recent analysis, hate crimes have risen sharply against Muslims and lower-caste Hindus.” [New York Times]

 

In Unnao ,UttarPradesh , the victim was 17 -year old gang raped by a person( BJP MLA) and his accomplices way back in June 2017.

The girl and her father wrote to the Chief Minister for lodging an FIR against the MLA and his brother. After dilly- dallying over the matter for months together, the father was harassed and allegedly threatened to withdraw the case, refusing to do so he was allegedly beaten and picked up by police and sent to judicial custody on April 5 2018. Tired by the sorry state of affairs, the victim and her family made immolation attempt outside the Chief Minister’s residence .The case thus came to public limelight.

The father of the victim died in the hospital.

Under the public pressure the brother of MLA was finally arrested and the case handed over to the CBI for thorough investigation.

 

Today India stands as chastised,bruised country.

We are a broken nation on religious, ethnic and political lines . Disgusted and shaken we stand stupefied even to understand the gravity of the state of affairs .

The Govt at the Centre is a mute spectator and allows the muddy water to flow with no intention to arrest the rot .

The beloved Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi has failed to take a moral stand and is most likely captive in the hands of his detractors.

He hardly rises to the occasion on such sensitive situations and has often failed to demonstrate his leadership acumen to challenge such incidents with firm hands.He has   not shown any grit to stand up to quell the trouble  in the present situation as well.

The Govt either has not shown firm will to bring the culprits to book ,instead allowed the situation to no return point.

The Prime Minister Mr Modi’s silence is costly for him as well as for the unity and integrity of the nation.

His vacillation and indifference to these sensitive issues clearly demonstrates his lack of leadership qualities to arrest or mend the damage done.

The Prime Minister must understand he needs take a stand even at this late stage by reprimanding the rapists with severe punishments to restore confidence in the people and Nation too.

Let me make it clear Mr Modi’s failure to gear up to situations requiring moral and ethical stand, speaks volumes of his leadership deficit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD CHATTER

France in turmoil

 France is in turmoil in wake of the President Emmanuel Macron’s initiation of economic reforms of France’s inflexible labour laws.

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to streets against Macron’s proposed reforms on Thursday March 22 2018.

The subsequent strikes by the Railways and public sector have literally paralyzed the country.

The flights to and from Paris were cancelled to the tune of roughly 30% .Adding to the woes of commuters , only 40% high speed TVG trains ran all across the country .

The schools ,day cares libraries and all almost all public services came to halt.

The police fired the water canons and tear gas shells to quell the storming crowd.

The sporadic clashes between the security forces and the protesters , mainly students led to some stray incidents of vehicle burning and smashing of office windows.

But the security forces managed to keep the protesters at bay and thus provided adequate safety to the commuters in general reports France 24.

The real dilemma before government is how many people would join the strike.

March 22 2018 was chosen to coincide with March 22 1968, that led to crippling strike that paralyzed the country for months together that year.

Fierce battles had taken that year crippling the economy that time.

Thursday  March 22 2018  strikes are possibly the start of the long time battle against Macron ,especially following the announcement of Railways Union that the railways would stop running trains twice weekly beginning April 2018.

The strong nerve wrecking Unions have in the past forced the governments to yield to policy U-Turns .

But Macron and his ministers have vowed not to bend to the attrocious demands of unions whatsoever .

A round-up of France’s controversial labour law reform                                      

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                        sources   France 24

The President Emmenuel Micron and the Minister of Labour Muriel Pénicaud announced reforms to France’s inflexible labour laws on Thursday to give boost to the sagging economic growth in terms of providing more jobs to the unemployed youths and reinvigorate the SMEs .

The main thrust of the reforms is to give more powers to the employers to dilute the Europe’s most strongest worker protection laws.

The government by enlisting such reforms is hoping that giving employers more freedom to manoeuvre will help revive the torpid economy.

Macron is confident of streamlining of “red book’ containing all laws governing the worker safety to bonuses and thus giving companies ,unions and employees more freedom to negiotiate better terms . Also it could streamline hiring and firing workers thus enabling the employers with more leverage to reach amicable solutions.

The reforms if implemented would reduce the unemployment rate from its present 9.5 percent to the level of Germany and Britain –roughly 4.5 percent.

Macron with his parliamentary majority and the divided opposition, he was able to convince legislators to make the changes by decree.

Having good support from the businesses and unions Macron hopes to get the reforms ratified by Parliament after holding cabinet meeting on 22nd September 2018.

The new 36 measures would benefit SMEs small medium sized enterprises employing not more than 250 employees , and VMEs very small enterprises, employing not more than 50 people.

“For the first time, labour law reforms give priority to SMEs and VSEs,” Pénicaud the labour Minister said while presenting the proposals.

Severance payments, will increase to 25 percent of monthly salary for each year of employment from the 20 percent currently mandated.

Employer lobbying groups welcomed the measures calling them as important business strengthening ones .

The unions on the other hand are sceptical about the changes as usual,however the France’s largest union , the moderate French Democratic Confedration of Labour (C F D T), said would not join the protests but would whet the changes in true perspective.

The President Macron has to be very confident in passing the reforms for the ultimate good of the people and the country in the larger interests.

The political opponents   ,the French Communist Party and the National Front should be convinced about the advantages of the reforms in the larger interest .The ability to put them on the same keel will be a great test for Macron’s political statesmanship .

 

NIGERIA

Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief after Boko Haram released 101 of 110 girls they had kidnapped last month from Dapchi.

The New York Times reported that some could be dead. The media reports claimed that five captives were allegedly crushed to death in the overcrowded trucks.

The Government is reported to have paid huge ransoms to secure the release of the kidnapped girls .

 

 

A PEEP THROUGH WORLD PRISM

Philippines

The International Criminal Court { ICC} launched preliminary inquiry into the allegations of horrendous crimes perpetrated against humanity by Rodrigo Duterte, the president of Philippine in his frontal anti drugs crusade.

A report submitted last year to ICC listing out the evidence of direct involvement of Duterte for “extrajudicial executions and mass murder” over three decades since 1988 in his crusade against drugs as Mayor of Davao.

When he was mayor of Davao, Duterte’s crackdown on criminals was often carried out by death squads, allegedly with his approval thus killing thousands of poor innocents in Davao. The complaint submitted to the ICC has special mention of these brutal killings.

Since the frontal war on drugs it is claimed nearly 12000 Filipinos have been killed. But official statistics do admit nearly 4000 killed in the on going war.

The inquiry will be the ICC’s first of its kind in south –east Asian nation.

The ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement that her office would “analyse crimes allegedly committed … since at least 1 July 2016 in the context of the ‘war on drugs’ campaign.”

Gary Alejano an opposition leader said the move was very important and offered “a ray of hope for the victims of his war on drugs, which is still ongoing right now.

Detente’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, described the inquiry as a “waste of the court’s time and resources,”

Roque further said continuing with the investigation would lower the sovereignty of the Philippines in the eyes of the world “because the domestic courts are functioning and willing to entertain this matter … and the alleged deaths, if true, were because of a legitimate police exercise.”

Duterte’s dislike for ICC, is well known calling it “bullshit”, “hypocritical” and “useless”

Phil Robertson, a deputy director in Human Rights Watch in its Asia division, said the ICC “absolutely should initiate a full investigation into these alleged crimes because to date there has been no serious attempt to investigate them by the Philippines police or prosecutors, much less take suspected killers to court”.

The President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his incendiary foul language has earned him controversial name.

His outbursts have sent ripples across the political spectrum of the world.

Calling the former President Barack Obama as “son of a whore” , trivializing the rape of an Australian missionary during prison riots are a few among many of his damaging outbursts.

Human rights groups, Activists have allegedly charged the President Duterte of conniving the military to commit war crimes on the communists in southern island of Mindanao offering a bounty of $384 for each head.

The exiled leader of the Communist Party of Philippines Jose Maria Sison said Duterte is “acting like the chieftain of a criminal gang” .

   Source

                                                                                                              The Guardian/Alzeera

 NIGERIA

The Case Of Missing Girls

 The fighter jets ,surveillance planes are searching for the 110 girls ,aged between 11 and 19 ,missing since a raid by Boko Haram militants on the school in Dapchi last week.

The Nigerian President   Muhammadu Buhari described the raid as the “ the national disaster” and promised to return the girls to the grieved parents soon.

The promise is taken with a pinch of salt in wake of 100girls yet to return out of 300 girls kidnapped in Chikbok in 2014.

“ we are sorry that it happened .we share your pain .Let me assure that our gallant armed forces will locate and safely return all the missing girls” Muhammadu Buhari said in twitter.

Let us all pray for the return of these kidnapped girls safely .

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEHRU VS PATEL

Last week in his widely blistering speech in  Parliament on February 7th2018 , Prime Minister Narender Modi set the tone for Nehru vs Patel rhetoric, denying Nehru his due by singling out him and the Congress Party responsible for the Partition of the Country.{desh ke tukde kiya}.

His pet aversion for Nehru led him to brazenly argue that Patel was denied to become the Congress Chief , eventually the first Prime Minister of India, claiming would have been definitely a better choice than Mr Nehru .Mahatma Gandhi knew well Pt Nehru was highly educated, young dynamic tallest political leader of India at the time and he preferred him to Sardar Patel in all probabilities.

The speech as per veteran Congress leader MP Dr Shashi Tharoor  was   “a farrago of distortions”.

Pt Jawaharlal Nehru proved his credentials by winning the Parliamentary elections in 1952,1957,1962 in straight sets with two thirds majority each time proving Mahatma Gandhi’s trust in his leadership and statesmanship for good.

With these three elections Mr Nehru was able to demonstrate to the world the institutionalisation of strong democracy in India at a time when democracies essentially collapsed in developing world like house of cards.

The greatness and popularity of Pt Jawahar lal Nehru was insurmountable in India and across the world., hence could not be gauged by any gadget and it is beyond the comprehension of the present generation to fathom the veracity ,magnanimity of his greatness, compassion and love for the nation.

 

 

Mr Nehru and S a r d a r Patel were colleagues, co-workers and worked together in uniting India and had tremendous coordination patriotism and welfare of the people uppermost in their hearts and minds.

Soon after Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination the two leaders resolved to work in unison for fighting the disruptive elements for the good of the country .

A glance over the correspondence between S a r d a r Patel and Mr Nehru reveals how deeply they respected and trusted each other to carry on the task at hand in building new India.

Nehru to Patel

 

New Delhi

February3,1948

 

My dear Vallabbbhai.

 When B a p u was alive we had hoped to meet him and discuss various matters that had troubled us somewhat.

You will remember our correspondence. In my last letter I had expressed the hope that, inspite of certain differences of opinion and temperament ,we should continue to pull together as we had done for so long. This was ,I was glad to find, Bapu’s final opinion also.

Now, with Bapu’s death ,everything is changed and we had to face a different and more difficult world. The old controversies have ceased to have much significance and it seems to me that the urgent need of the bout is for all of us to function as closely and cooperatively as possible. Indeed there is no other way.

I have been greatly distressed by the persistence of whispers and rumours about you and me magnifying out of all proportion any differences we have.

This has spread to foreign ambassadors and foreign correspondents; mischief makers take advantage of this and add to it. Even the services are affected and this is bad. we must put end to this mischief.

It is over a quarter of century since we have been closely associated with one another and we have faced many storms and perils together. I can say with full honesty that during this period my affection and regard for you have grown and I do not think anything can happen to lessen this.

Even our differences have brought out the far greater points of agreement between respect and us we bear to each other.

We have even learnt to agree to differ and yet carry on together.

Anyway, in this crisis that we have to [ face] now after Bapu’s death I think it is my duty and if I may venture to say ,yours also for us to face it together as friends and colleagues.

Not superficially but in full loyalty to one another and with confidence in each other. I can assure you that you will have that from me .If I any have doubt or difficulty I shall put it frankly to you and I hope you will do the same to me.

I had hoped to have a long talk with you, but we are terribly pressed for time that we can hardly see each other in private for long. Some time or other , soon I hope ,we shall have this talk and remove any misunderstandings or misapprehensions that may have arisen. Such talks are necessary from time to time. Meanwhile I do not wait for this talk and hence this letter which carries with it my affection and friendship for you.

 

Yours affectionately

 Jawaharlal.

 

 Patel to Nehru

 New Delhi

February 5 1948

My dear Jawaharlal.

 I am deeply touched, indeed overwhelmed by the affection and warmth of your letter of 3 February. I fully and heartily reciprocate the sentiments you have feelingly expressed.

 We both have been life long comrades in a common cause. The paramount interests of our country and our mutual love and regard ,transcending such differences of outlook and temperament as existed, have led us together.

Both of us have stuck passionately to our respective points of view or methods of work; still we have always sustained unity of heart which has stood many a stress and strain and which has enabled us to function jointly both in the Congress and in the Government.

Recent events had made me very unhappy and I had written to Bapu when I was going to Bombay appealing to him to relieve me but his death changes everything and the crisis that has overtaken us must overtaken us a fresh realization of how much we have achieved together and the need for further joint efforts on our grief-stricken country’s interests.

 I had the good fortune to have a last talk with him for over an hour just before his death and he communicated to me what had passed between you and him as well as his talk with H.E [Mountbatten] .He had also fixed an appointment to meet both of us the next day. His opinion also binds us both and I can assure you I am fully resolved to approach my responsibilities and obligations in this spirit.

I agree with you that we must find more time for mutual consultations so that we can keep each other informed of and in touch with you , what is happening and we can thus resolve any points of difference that may arise.

We should also find an early opportunity to have a long talk and clear our minds of any doubts and difficulties that may be there.

Continued harping our differences in the public or private is bad for us, bad for the services and bad for the country. The sooner we set this at rest once for all and clear the murky atmosphere the better.

 

Yours

Vallabbbhai Patel.                     

                                                                                               source    { Patel /JN  Papers}

                                                                                   

 Mr Ram Guha ,the historian writes

“ whenever Modi says something to diminish Nehru ,or to oppose Nehru or Patel,the Twitterverse is abuzz with appeals to historical truths which PM distorts . For Nehru and Patel were colleagues .not rivals, co workers not adversaries . working individually and together ,they united India and gave it a democratic template.”     {Source Indian Express 9February18}

 

Praising the Congress stalwart Jawaharlal Nehru while addressing participants at a youth conclave in Lucknow , BJP MP Varun Gandhi said, “People think that Nehru became the first Prime Minister and lived a lavish life like a king, full of comfort and luxury. What they don’t know is Nehru spent 15 and half years languishing in jail to become the country’s first PM. If today someone puts me in jail and say that after 15 years, we will make you the PM, I will say, bhaiya maaf karo. aadmi ki jaan hi nikal jaaye (Brother, I regret! In 15 years, one may die).”

As youth, said Gandhi, it is our respsonsibility to understand that he (Nehru) sacrificed his life, family and borne wounds on his body to get country free and this freedom should not be wasted.                                                 { source T.O.India}

 

Modi’s Dilemma

 

Prime Minister Mr Modi’s dilemma is how best to distract the voters from his own government’s abysmal failures and engage them in sifting chaff from the Nehru Patel grain to cover up his incompetency.

Knowing well the General elections are just one year away , Mr Modi understands that by chastising the Congress , Rahul Gandhi in Particular , may reap fruits for his Party at the hust i n g s .

Hours after his scathing speech deriding the Congress and Pt Nehru,  Rahul Gandhi slammed back saying that PM was talking of past as he “ does not know how to take India forward.” “ visionless election speech to divert the Nation’s attention from unemployment ,agrarian distress and tension at the borders” Rahul continued angrily.

 

We trust and pray finally wisdom dawns on BJP leaders and the Central Govt to come out of its rhetoric politics and work towards the tranquility and prosperity of the people .

 

AFGHANISTAN IS BLEEDING

LONG WAR

 Afghanistan is bleeding in the throes of long war struggling to survive over for about three decades now.

Afghanistan was peaceful from 1933 to 1976. The Soviets invaded it in December 1979 following coup by pro Soviet Union members in April 1978.

The Soviets withdrew its all forces in 1989 but fighting between Soviet backed Afghan forces and Mujahideens continued unabated .The Mujahideens were supported both militarily and financially by United states ,Saudi Arabia, but being trained by Pakistan largely.

RISE OF TALIBAN

The Taliban a militant group ,supported and inspired by conservative sect of Islam grew from the debris of the civil war to political saver of the country.

They seized the capital and took reigns of administration from September 1996 and controlled almost all Afghanistan .

IN 2001following terrorist attacks in United states ,Washington , suspecting hand of Osama bin laden and Al Qaida , requested Taliban to hand over the people and destroy all training camps inside Afghanistan.

The Taliban refused to comply to US request ,thus setting stage for US invasion of Afghanistan bringing end to the Taliban regime thereby.

Currently 50 billion US dollars is being spent on the reconstruction of Afghanistan following two important partnership agreements between US and Afghanistan in 2005 and 2012 respectively.

Parliamentary elections were fought in 2005 and democratically Karzai was elected the president thus restoring the civil rule .

Afghanistan subsequently signing strategic agreements with Pakistan, India ,UK,Australia ,Germany and many other nations to help in building a stable Afghanistan.

Talibans are still threat to the peace of the nation.

On Saturday 28th January 2018 Taliban Militants detonated an ambulance with explosives in the crowded street of Kabul killing 100 civilians instantly and injuring more than 240 others.

The gruesome attack has put the government in complete disarray as this being the second deadliest attack in one week. The Taliban renewed offensive has put the country’s fragile security in jeopardy.

The Jhumariat hospital in Kabul close to the scene of the blast was on its toes to treat the scores of injured and in identifying the dead ones.

In the last weekend’s attack the militants had entered Intercontinental Hotel , battling security forces for an hour long siege ,killing at least 20 persons ,out of which 14 were foreigners including Americans. Nine were reported to be pilots and flight crew, from Venezuela, Ukraine working for Afghan airline Kam Air.

Anger and despondency write large on the faces of Afghan people. The cries of weeping wailing under the seething pain ranted the air.

“ I saw a flame that blinded my eyes, I went unconscious .”said Nazir ,45 years while suffering a head injury.” “when I opened my eyes I saw bodies lying on the ground.” He continued.

Mr Yammamto ,chief of United Nations in Afghanistan said “ I am particularly disturbed by credible reports that the attackers used a vehicle painted to look like an ambulance including bearing the distinctive medical emblem is in violation of the International humanitarian law.”                                                                         sourcesN.Y.Times

 

The Taliban  claimed the blasts .  The  spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid said “ The Islamic Emirate has clear message for Trump and his hand kissers that if you go ahead with a policy of aggression and speak from the barrel of gun,don’t expect Afghans to grow flowers in response.”                                                                    Source REUTERS

 Ghastly attacks 2017;

 May    150killed near German embassy in Kabul

August 50 killed in suicide attack at shia mosque in Kabul

August   37 killed in suicide bomb attack near shia mosque in Herat.

October   67 and 88 killed in 02 separate suicide        attacks within hours , one in Kabul and second in Ghor Province

 December 41 killed in bombing at shia cultural centre in Kabul housing Afghan Voice news agency .

Conclusion

 With 16years of on going long war in Afghanistan and still no means to see an end anywhere in the near future US and Afghan partners need to change the gears to rope in more afghan people to work for peace and stability by enlisting them to peace talks.

Taliban Tactics to create more chaos and instability should be fought effectively by better security measures so that the Taliban’s guerrilla warfare is defeated.

President Trump has rightly understood Pakistan, playing double game with the Taliban and frozen the security aid. But it is to be seen whether this helps to bring some sanity in the peace process between Taliban and US.

Trump is not a person to move forward for peace on his own .He would not accept defeat and thus continue to pound Taliban till they accept defeat and come to peace terms.

The AFGHAN PRESIDENT needs to find an alternative option to usher Afghanistan to peace and tranquility.

His stakes are more than his partner and needs strong security measures to trounce Taliban terrorist attacks with impunity.