PAKISTAN’S BARBARIC ACT.

Pakistan’s act of beheading Paramjit Singh of Indian ARMY and Prem Sagar of the Border Security Force is barbaric one, hence unpardonable and punishable .

The Defece Minister Arun jaitely has rightly said India will give “appropriate response”.And India must act adequately to teach a lesson to Pakistan for good. We need not to be complacent or show any kind of vacillation on such occasions but act to maintain the high morale of our Soldiers.

The unrest in Kashmir has been on the upswing since last year and has not signs of any restraint.Infact it has been worsening day in and day out. The NDA government has to formulate a realistic policy towards Kashmir and retract from its beaten one to augur for a new peaceful era in Kashmir history.

Pakistan is playing up the volatile situation in Kashmir to its advantage by creating unrest through its mercenaries with impunity. Violations have increased manifold since our “surgical strike”in September 2016.This attack was done as detterant to thwart any untoward ceasefire violations.

But Pakistan escalated the LOC violations post the “surgical strike” rather than reducing the same. India lost 60solidiers until Dec 2016, nearly twice the nos of 2014 and 2015.

No doubt the Security forces are killing more terrorists but also losing more of soldiers than ever. Peace cannot be brought through the barrel of a gun but through  effective  sincere meaningful dialogue to make the erring party understand the logic of living in peace essential for the people of the valley.

In a bid to do something different than its predecessor, without understanding the consequences thereby, the NDA government has put itself in complete quandary leading to a situation of no return.

The Centre Govt needs to form a group of MPs and in association with Local political parties start the process of dialogue with stakeholders of the valley, to bring some semblance in the current situation.

Currently India’s diplomacy is at its low ebb with Pakistan ,the Sheriff Nawaz government weakest one ,and Sharif himself being in the throes of corruption under scrutiny of Pakistan Supreme court’s investigation ,bettering the ties between two countries has taken least and last priority

They have violated the international law of Geneva Convention 1949 by mutilating the bodies of our soldiers. Mutilation of bodies is prohibited and a declared crime under International law. We need to take steps in cognizance of this Law and make a case against Pakistan .This should at least put pressure on Pakistan and force to change its belligerent tack.

The Govt is facing a strong clamour for a strong action to respond to the treatment meted out to the Indian Security personnel by the Pakistan Army.

In such a tricky situation the Govt should make a decision keeping country interests upper most rather than succumbing to vicious demands.

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THE KASHMIR IMBROGLIO

The current Kashmir imbroglio is a sad saga of weak half-hearted efforts by both State and the Centre administration to reduce anger ,pain ,misery and trepidation of Kashmiris at large.

The youth in Kashmir is being radicalised and fuelled to create unrest to foment war against India at the behest of the Separators and the Neighbour Enemy Country Pakistan.

The situation as of now is of no return to normalcy.

The Separators are successful in pushing Kashmiri youth to fight the forces by attacking them with impunity.

The increased activity on the side of Pakistan LOC is

evident from the sharp rise in number of LOC ceasefire violations.

There are nearly 60 violations till middle of April in current year (2017) against 228 ( 2016) , 152 (2015) 153(2014) 89 (2013) and 93(2012)as reported by Indian Express (April29th2017).

The Indian forces are fighting to their finish to foil the attempts of militants and thus have killed nearly 40 militants till date ,as reported by Indian Express.

 

Pakistan in close association with Separators has managed to keep the Kashmir conflict ticking thus pushing the majority of peace loving Kashmiris to the state of mute spectators with no courage to raise their voice against the atrocities of the militants.

The Paid Stone Peltors have been put into operation of pitching battles with Indian forces on one pretext or other to perpetuate the unstable conditions.

 

The State Govt under Mehbooba Mufti should pull her socks to avert the situation before it goes out of its reach.

 

The Center Govt under the able stewardship of Prime Minister Modi should understand the grim situation and take effective steps to bring normalcy in Kashmir .

The following actions could be thought of

Firstly all political parties should be taken into confidence to deal with impasse as one single unit.

It needs to be stressed that all parties to speak in one language so far Kashmir is concerned.

The disparate voices should not be aired.

Secondly People to People contacts established in the valley.

India’s view point to be conveyed aggressively at all stages. The educated youth to be engaged in framing policy making for progress of the state in close coordination of National Schemes. All such schemes to be extended to the state .

Thirdly weaning away the youth from radicalisation path to mainstream by engaging in offering economic sops like jobs ,business opportunities, higher education etc with sincerity .

This needs to be pursued with deft of purpose and gainful results.

Fourthly  All graduates to be offered with jobs . Should be done with alacrity and on priority .

All efforts should be made to make the people of Kashmir understand that India stands for them and India is the country they belong to.

It is war of winning hearts and minds. A tedious proposition but surely achievable and a permanent one .

Finally the Separators should be isolated completely as they are hellbent on converting Kashmir into a blood bath so that they hamper any solution to Kashmir and Kashmiris.

All financial or nonfinancial assistance if any to be withdrawn with immediate effect if not done so far.

 

Some of our friends profess for Militarized Methods without understanding its perilous implications.

War brings untold misery and the conflict brutalizes both civilian and the soldier.

Since 1988 thousands of soldiers and civilians have died leaving the families to fend for themselves.

We should admit The state Govts have been pursuing on flawed policies for years on resulting in the alienation of Kashmiris.

Let us look inwards and try to set the things right by clicking on the right buttons to arrest the deterioration permanently looking through the realistic human mirror rather than a blurred biased one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE UNENDING WARS

Mosul Fight

 The battle for Mosul ,an ongoing bloody saga for last six months now doesnot seem to end .The pitch of fever is high .

Being probably the last stronghold of Islamic state ,the Iraqi

Combat backed by US air strikes is becoming a challenge to reclaim western Mosul.

In the ensuing frustration the extremists are using children as shields to slow down the Iraqi onslaught.

The Mosul residents escaping the fighting conveyed that American raids had been killing dozens of civilians and the situation looked grim .As per New York Times at least 200 civilians have been killed so far, if true this would be highest civilian casualties since war began in 2003 .

According to wall street journal the terrorist group has resorted to lob grenades on densely populated areas including streets and military targets as well thus causing a situation of no return .

Thousands of civilians are fleeing Mosul city to safety places in the outskirts to save from the perils of war.

With US poised to induct more forces into Iraqi thrust the war in Mosul looks never ending story.

The Deadly Chemical Attack

 A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed dozens of people ,including children in Idlib on Tuesday,as reported by a monitoring group,medicos and rescue workers.

According to the head of health authority of Idlib morethan 50 people killed and 300 injured.

Though Syrian Military has denied vehemently using chemical weapons but the damage done cannot be repaired .

“ we deny completely the use of any chemical toxic material in Khan Sheikhoun town today and the army has not used nor will use in any place or time neither in the past or in future” the Syrian Army command said.

The incident at Khan Sheikhoun could be deadliest chemical attack since sarin Gas killed hundreds of civilians in Ghouta near Damascusnin August 2013.

The attack invited world reactions sponstaneously .

The White House first to react said “ an intolerable act” and British Prime Minister Theresa May called for investigation into the inhumanly attack.

UN envoy in Syria said “horrific” chemical attack had come from air.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the urgency to maintaining the much awaited Syrian ceasefire as reported by REUTERS.

Russian deadly subway Bombing

 On Monday the terrorist attack in St.Petesburg the second largest city in Russia .Atleast 11 were dead in the subway train ambush .

Russian President Vladimir Putin while laying flowers at the deadly scene reaffirmed to nab the terrorist for severe action.

The Russian Govt is meanwhile investigating into the terrorist act committed by single perpetrator. No group has such has claimed responsibility.

Russia has been facing similar attacks since 1970, the recent ones

Were one at Moscow airport in 2011, and in 2010 at Moscow subway,

The United Nations Intervention

 Since gruesome wars are going on continuously all over the globe, it is imperative that United Nation should wield its influence to bring peace and sanity in the comity of Nations for future generations of this beautiful world.

The United Security Council has started parleys since Wednesday as how to deal with a situation arising out of chemical weapon strike.

By Syrian Govt troops that killed nearly 100 people including children below age of eight.

Britain France and the US are pushing for a Security Council resolution condemning Syrian Govt and ordering Syrian Govt to come out with facts to international investigaters as reported by New York Times.

 

 Innovations.

 Egg incubation

 Last week French Artist Abraham Poinvechal had taken challenge of incubation 10eggs using his own body heat. He has sealed himself in glass vivarium as reported by Reuters.

He is eating ginger and othe herbal food to maintain his body temp well within required parameters.

He expects to hatch the eggs in 26 days.

THE WORLD

Theresa May in action

The UK. Under the leadership of Theresa May is finally set to trigger Article 50 of key EU treaty on March 29 2017.

She has kept to her word in letter and spirit by assuring its citizens that she would “broker a best deal for United Kingdom” according to BBC.

Tim Barrow, Britain’s ambassador to 28 nations EU, informed the European Council President Tusk of finally exiting the European Union.

It could take at least two years for UK to complete the most important negotiation, thus severing the trade ties of 43 years.

Prime Minister Theresa May ought to make announce in the House of Commons on March 29TH, the day Article 50 is triggered.

The European Commission   confirmed it stood ready to help launch the negotiations.

The UK is expected to turn a new leaf towards building trade relations with thriving world economies especially with South Asian booming markets rather than confining itself to EU cage.

The move is crucial in a way it could plunge United Kingdom into a period of uncertainty.

It is to be seen and watch UK survives the Exit successfully.

Asia’s youngest Nation

East Timor, Asia’s youngest democracy became independent on May 20th in 2002.

With 60 percent unemployment the country held polls for Presidential elections on Monday, 20th March 2017, fourth time since its independence in 2002.

Francisco “ Lu olo” Guterres backed by party that led independence struggle (FRETILIN) is the most coveted one to win the election.

East Timor was under the occupation of Portugal, who settled down in 16th century and was in command till 1975.

Later on Indonesia invaded it and annexed it with their country,

It was after great struggle East Timor became independent.

The young Nation is determined to build the future of their people.

Bygmalion Scandal.

French former President Nicolas Sarkozy was caught unawares when a judge ruled that Sarkozy must stand trial over the charges that his party falsified to hide 20 million Euros of campaign spending in 2012.

Popularly known as Bygmalion scandal, centers around the charges leveled against Sarkozy’s party UMP raising invoices to the tune of 20 million Euros in name of the party through a public relation company, Bygmalion thus allowing it to spend double the amount than permitted under the French campaign financial laws.

Sarkozy, thus, is the second President to be accosted under law, the first being President Jacques Chirac who was given two years suspended sentence for misappropriation of public funds.

Netherland vs. Turkey row

The Knives are out. Netherland and Turkey are fighting.

The Dutch Govt   refused two Turkish ministers to hold rally with Turkish citizens in Rotterdam as reported by REUTERS.

The rallies had been called to address ethnic Turkish residents in Rotterdam to vote yes for providing sweeping powers to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April16 referendum.

The Dutch police used water canons and attack dogs on the protesters who retaliated

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan retorted angrily calling Dutch “Nazi remnants”

The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim went a step ahead by promising to take “harshest ways” and “ respond in kind to this unacceptable behaviour” in retaliation.

Turkish president Erdogan’s fresh controversial statement accusing the Dutch of being behind the gruesome slaughter of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995 “they have nothing to do with the civilized world they have nothing to do with modern world”

Almost 8000Muslim men and boys were reported being killed by Bosnian Serb troops in Srebrenica with a Dutch battalion of UN Peacekeepers allegedly failing to halt the gruesome slaughter.

It appears that the world Nations are pursuing the path of violence against one another with no remorse or regret.

The United Nations Organization   needs to take lead in pursuing the warring Nations across the globe to usher into serious peace talks for the well being of millions who live with a hope of prosperous future

.We hope wisdom dawns on the people of this great world irrespective of caste creed color to sit across and seek much needed Peace for good.

Innovation

The Researchers at Queensland University in Australia have developed models of human heart tissue to study Cardiac biology and disease in laboratory stage to help understand the means to arrest the spreading disease.

The scientists have invented functional “beating” human heart muscle from stem cell a significant step in this direction.

THE WORLD LENS

Bloody Wars

 Syria

The Geneva Conference for Human Rights and Dignity last week belied the hopes of ending the bloody civil war in Syria, taking toll of about 500,000 civilians and displacing about 12 million people over a period of six years.

The probability of violence back is imminent as the Islamic State and Jehadists are not part of the Geneva conference.

According to Washington post   moderate rebels backed by US,Saudi Arabia, and Turkey lost control of some strategic posts including Idlib.

As reported by New York Times interestingly the 1.5 million refugees living in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley camps , once thought to be temporary ones,have begun to create permanent infrastructures .

Battle for Mosul

 The fierce battle for Mosul resulted in mass exodus over the last week.

Reuter reported that more than 40,000 people fled the city as a result of renewed accelerated US backed push for displacement

More than 206000 have already fled Mosul since last October.

On Sunday the Iraqi forces have pushed into the old City Center ,held by Islamic State ,and closed on to the main Government complex.

It took Iraqi forces 100 days of fighting to recapture eastern half of Mosul city in January. The assault on western half is in progress since Feb 19 this year.

Peace At last

 The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) began laying down arms this week under the auspices of United Nations after more than 50 years of war and insurgency.

FARC started off as a Marxist –Leninist peasant uprising but later on morphed into a criminal outfit and fought Govt Army and right wing squads formed to combat it.

Eventually the FARC group spread its tentacles into the Columbia drug trade for raising money to finance its operations .

The Colombia President Jaun Manuel Santos took the challenge of negotiating with FARC representatives and after hectic parleys of negotiations over a period of four years ,a deal was reached to end the fighting.

Although people rejected the peace deal but the President did not relent in his efforts and upheld the ceasefire between its Army and the FARC and thus brought the peace deal to its logical conclusion.

The President received the Nobel Peace Prize for the efforts to bring peace and tranquility in the region.

The Christian Science Monitor expressed that the peace deal lacks effective implementation,but the President Santos is scurrying hard to make the criminal groups to live up to their disarmament commitments.

As a result of peace deal the farmers have speeded up the production of different crops ,something other than coca ,the main ingredient of cocaine .

The Govt is leaving no stone unturned in overcoming the hurdles in the implementation of the Peace Process,so that rebels donot get the upper hand to sabotage the FARC Peace deal again.

Ballistic  Battle

The Ballistic Missile Battle between North Korea and South Korea have threatened the region for a possible military confrontations once again.

The North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan on Monday (6/3/17) as close as 186 miles to its northwest coast.

The launch was in response to US-South Korea military drills interpreted by North Korea as preparation for war.

The move prompted South Korea’s acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn to ask for swift US deployment of missile shield ,Terminal High Altitude Area Defense(THAAD).

The US President’s national security Deputies have reviewed the situation with responses of possible missile strikes of North Korea’s launching sites in case of any eventuality.

As quoted by The New York Times one of the five major components of THAAD already arrived in South Korea .The system could be operational in about two months as per the official spokeswoman of South Korea.

China is reported making hectic parleys to ask North Korea to stop further tests ensuring to call for halt of US-SouthKorea military drills.

China meanwhile has gone to the extent of asking its people to boycott South Korean products ,companies, to show solidarity with North Korea.

 

 Travel Ban Season

The US President Trump signed a new revised  immigration ban order leaving Iraq out of the list and bringing some semblance in the same to look more or less considerate one from the earlier one.

Taking cue from Trump the Israaeli Parliament also passed a controversial Travel ban into a law on Monday itself .

It prevents non-residents ,who support boycotts of Israel or Jewish settlement in west Bank ,from entering the country.

The travel ban has backing of rightwing coalition .

The law personifies boycotts as new front of war against Israel as quoted by LA Times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RANDOM POLITICAL THOUGHTS

INDIA

Campaigning in Uttarpradesh

 In Parliamentary democracy an election is not fought with the aim of decimating opponent but winning the majority to rule the country for about five years within the constitutional frame work. But the election campaigning in Uttar pradesh has taken ugly turns as the political leaders use abusive language against one another and thus reducing the basic civility of public discourse to its lowest levels of indifference and intolerance.

For instance  Chief Minister Akhlesh’s jibe of “donkey “ or President of BJP Amit Shah likening of opponents to the only Terrorist “ Ajmal kasab” caught alive after Mumbai attack in 2008 ,were not in low taste only but an unsubtle bid to demonise the opponents.

In a democracy especially in a country like India with Multi caste Multilinguisitic composition there cannot be permanent majorities.

We have acquired style of Hero worshipping of a political leader and projecting him larger than life is very detrimental to the sustenance and success of Democracy .

It is apt to recall words of Jawahar Lal Nehru “the organization is bigger than individual and the country is bigger than the organization.”

So it is incorrect for any democracy to equate an individual with the country.

Prime Minister Modiji should understand that only winning elections is not sufficient but the real success lies in governing the country rightly to the best advantage of its people.

UNITED STATES

Trump in Action

 On Friday President Trump took the stage to storm at the CPAC(Conservative Political Action Conference)by bashing the media

“ The era of empty talk is over “ he said “ Basically Ihave done is to keep my promises .”he continued.

Talking about the press he said “it doesnot represent the people and we are going to do something about it .”

Trump tweeted berating members of his own FBI as “leakers”

Tweetering further “FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesnot tell the truth”

The white House has tightened its noose on the leakers and vowed to punish culprits.

Trump clarified that the “Fake News .Enemy of people” referred to the “dishonest’ reporters and editors.

President Trump was not taken seriously before he got elected . His actions over the last month belied the wisdom of those who believed President Trump would forget all the promises made during the campaign and resort to the usual American politician’s behaviour once entrenched in White House.

Trump has put his stamp on the American Foreign policy much to the chagrin of his critics.

Among other actions the notable ones like for his hobnobbing with Putin ,questioning the utilty of NATO ,ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries , raising of wall on its Mexicon border to thwart the unsavoury immigrants , all this has caused ripples across the world and put Trump as an Villian of action rather than a President of status quo stamp.

 

THE IDYLLIC THAILAND

 Monks of Dhammaka Temple

 Although tourists throng the idyllic Thailand to enjoy its Sun fun and beauty of beaches but everything is not well in this Asian kingdom .

Last week around 4000 soldiers and police surrounded the Bhuddist Monks at the Dhammakaya Temple on the north side of Bangkok.

The current Military junta consider that the Monks have links with the “Red Shirt” populist movement of Thaksin Shinawatra ,the former Prime Minister overthrown in 2006 coup . The dispute between “Red Shirt” and “Yellow Shirt” representing the current Military Junta has erupted again resulting in the witch hunting of the Temple Monks.

The Temple ,ten times the size of Vetican , is largest in Thailand . It is headquarters of massive organization of 3 million followers in the world.

The critics say thathe fund raising activities Flout the teachings of Bhudda .

The Monks deny the allegations and say “Buddha never said to live in hardship”as reported by the Sunday Morning Herald. Whether the allegations are false or true,the current Military Junta leaves no stone unturned to maintain political stability in the idyllic Thailand.

KASHMIR A SIMMERING POT

Kashmir continues to be a simmering pot ,having no respite whatsoever in combating militancy since the killing of Hizbul Mujahahedeen militant Burhan wani .

The winter thaw achieved after fierce protests and grim curfews has been broken on Sunday13th February.

In the intense fierce 12 hour encounter four Militants and two Army men were killed in Kulgam district in south Kashmir early Sunday(13 feb2017) .Two civilians were also killed one in the encounter and second in the protests that followed.

According to Bragadier R.chakarvarty as reported by Indian Express. the operation was delayed because one civilian was reported to be present inside the house.

The police had learned that the militants were in Nagbal frisal Village , and cordoned it off late Saturday. They were conducting searches when they were fired upon by militants; security forces retaliated .

The number of bomb blasts in Jammu and Kashmir has increased sharply in 2016 than in 2015.

According to NBDC (National Bomb Data Centre) there was 121% increase in Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosions than previous year. —from 14 in 2015 to 31 in 2016.

Five people died in these explosions and around 36 persons were injured.(2016 figures) .

 

Interestingly there were 69 explosions in Kashmir in 2016 , possibly the highest in the last five years.

The biggest target was security forces (55%) .

 

Pakistan’s Game plan

Pakistan is at its best game plan of waging a war through local -grown militancy to prove his point that Pakistan is not involved.

The Center Govt should have to build a counter response a definite policy in close coordination with state chief Minister Mrs Mehbooba to wean back the disenchanted youngesters from violence into mainstream administration by providing jobs and other growth sops to channelize state youth into productive schemes beneficial to their careers.

It is high time to catch the flock otherwise it could be situation of no return.

Kashmir needs attention .

A definite plan—plans to enrich the youth of Kashmir towards the progress of the state as well as the country.

There should be a consistent dialogue with the people at different levels to ensure what actually India thinks and expects from them .

The alienation of the youth and the general public is very suicidal for the Union Govt.

Concerted efforts to be put forth to improve the administration of the state.

There should be a sincere committed attempt to isolate separators from the people and wean back the main population into intense programmes leading to progress of the state ovcerall.

State Govt to Act

The state Govt needs to pull up its machinery and thus abandon its listless approach to launch schemes beneficial to people.

In the PDP-BJPalliance BJP is playing second fiddle to PDP. In the circumtances the State Govt has none to blame in case of its failure to resolve issues effectively.

Mrs MuftiMehbooba needs to prove her mettle.She is in the throes of political affairs for many decades and now in capacity of CM should get down to task dauntlessly to fulfill aspirations of people at large.

The Prime Minister Modiji needs to be stern and alert the central Home Ministry to offer all assistance to the state machinery to bring much needed normalacy.

Kashmir is not a normal state to administer, a very sensitive one and needs an innovative strategy to pull through the current maelstrom.

Recently Mrs Mufti Mehbooba has been reported to the suggestion of opening a new trade route that could weld the diverse communities and thus bring some semblance to the regional conflict.

India as a large democratic country could increase its influence in the region and offer relief to the people suffering isolation and bitterness under simmering India – Pakistan conflict.

But the million dollar question is will Pakistan shun its belligerent hostile attitude to allow India to be trade partner in Central Asia. Both Leaders need to rise above their parochial interests to usher prosperity in the region.