UNDERSTANDING KASHMIR PREDICAMENT

Every morning Kashmir wakes up to the  rattle and boom of guns ,a beautiful but cursed valley nestled in the Himalayas, for the  last three decades now , as  a result of  militancy  aided and abetted by the belligerent Pakistan. 

The terrorists have infiltrated deep inside Kashmir and create violence against the Indian soldiers day in and day out.   There is miasma of  despair and  de s p o d a n c y  writ large on the faces of Kashmiris and all over Kashmir.

Armed  Paramilitary soldiers on the streets fighting radicalized local militants along with terrorists from Pakistan, hartals and protests at the behest of separatists and Hurriyat leaders have  made life very difficult for the average Kashmiri .who believes in peace and tranquility for one and all.

Nearly three wars have been fought  so far between the two countries and  the enemity is deep  rooted and no sign of rapprochement in the offing to come through.

Violence and anxiety has flared up again in Jammu and Kashmir following the lobbing of a grenade  at a crowded bus stand in Jammu on Thursday 7th March 2019.,killing two persons and injuring more than 30.

The  Jammu and Kashmir  Police  identified  the suspect as 13 year old  Kashmiri militant from south Kashmir ‘s Kulgam , had been  arrested immediately. He was  ordered  by the  Hizbul Mujahideen commander to carry  out the dreadful task.

According to the advisor (home department) J&K Governor ,K.Vijay Kumar told press reporters in Srinagar  “ the accused is an ordinary youngster  and made into a mercenary”.       source  Indian Express.

Interestingly around the same time, a video  of two men wearing saffron shirts  beating Kashmiri street vendors in the northern Indian city of Lucknow  went viral .

The two incidents heightened the tensions in the region and incidentally bound to stoke  hatred and animosity between Hindus and Muslims before flaring into a communal riot.

India is still in a war like situation though temporarily eased out by the return of  our IAF Pilot  MR Abhinandan Varthaman safely on a good friendly gesture by Pakistan. Hence both sides posturing only  but in reality neither  wants   a war at the moment.

There is tendency  to draw distinction between external security and internal security.  but a closer view will determine that  condition of one has an impact on the other. In other words any kind of laxity on internal security has terrible repercussions on the external security more paramount for the safety of the nation.

This is what exactly happened in relation to the internal administration of Kashmir.

Terrorism in Kashmir has been a great threat for last three decades and has eaten like a moth  into the  country’s  internal security .

It continues to be so  as we witnessed the Pulwama holocaust where 40  paramilitary  personnel were killed in  by a suicide bomber.

Earlier also there were threats of Maoism ,contained to a large extent now, if not eliminated in totality , the  separatism in Punjab in the 1980’s was wiped out in the state  completely.   The language problem,most flagrant one one time, a lot of lives lost in Tamil Nadu, was solved with great alacrity and in right spirit .

Why Kashmir impasse cannot be solved  ?

In dealing with Kashmir impasse we need to follow two pronged strategy in resolving  the same for good.

1/  Firmness and determination in elimination of terrorism in the state.

2/  To follow a conciliatory policy and taking confidence building measures with fairness towards the people of Kashmir .

The firmness and determination in elimination of terrorists and terrorism calls for complete sealing off  both international  Border as well as Line of Control. The military strategists in confidence with the Ministry of Defence should be able to draw up plans of action to thwart  infiltration in totality.

 Right from building impregnable barriers to more often surgical strikes could be thought some of the provisions among many others to be decided by the Military Generals. and the experts.

currently the  infiltration is very high .The year 2017 there were 136 infiltrations and in 2018 upto October  only it was 128.The year ending report could be much more.

As far as J&K is concerned  the current policy of  muscular militaristic may be good at controlling at the borders but not vis -a -vis in dealing with the people of the valley.  As on today it has driven young men to more radicalization and into the lap of militant groups .

The people need to be weaned away and to be developed  into a patriotic citizens.  

The feeling  of alienation among Kashmiris  young and old is undeniable.

The alienation of youth however  needs to be addressed otherwise the situation will acquire larger proposition without any recourse to normalcy. Pakistan could use the radicalized youth in a more  lethal way to foment Taliban like militancy.in the state.

CONCLUSIONS;

The  Pulwama attack has been responded adequately by attacking Jaish –e-Mohammad camps in Balakot.and the expected Pakistani counter there by establishing its blatant belligerency.But the return of IAF Pilot immediately quietened the war like situation though temporarily.

 As of now crisis is blown over.

 With the LOK SABHA elections in the offing –11th April , as announced by the Election Commissioner, The Govt in place BJP will try to derive advantage on PM  Narender Modi’s decisiveness and the opposition would try to deny him to cash on it.

In the melee of elections  India should not forget to put relentless diplomatic pressure on  Pakistan through world leaders  to be black listed  in case it does not stop offering even a modicum of shelter to the terrorists growing on their soil.  

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PULWAMA HOLOCAUST

On 14 the February, 2019 a local radicalized Kashmiri youth Suicide bomber terrorist having links with JEM (Jaish-e-Mohammad) of Pakistan struck at  Pulwama , Kashmir ,killing 40 Indian security forces instantly. Thus causing a biggest ever loss of lives in the three decade old militancy in Kashmir .

A very sight of the body bags calls for remorse ,anger and revenge.

To gauge the background of Jaish –e- Mohammad it is imperative to recall the implications of the rude shock of releasing  Masood Azhar, the prized terrorist  in January 2000 along with other two terrorists in exchange for passengers and crew of hijacked Flight IC184,from Kathmandu to Kandhar.

The eight day hostage of the passengers was  a saga full of agony and more painful to see India’s  external Affairs minister , Jaswant  singh escorting Masood Azhar and two others  to Kabul .

The same Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for Pulwama bombing.

The anger is against Pakistan in the firs place aiding and abetting the terrorist acts against India and secondly against radicalized  local Kashmiri terrorists for executing such heinous crimes at the behest of the Pakistan masters.

We need to be aware that every Kashmiri is not terrorist and not pay heed to the bigoted politicians  who vitiate the atmosphere by spreading hatred and inciting for violence against one and all.

The Prime Minister Narender Modi had assured the nation that the Pulwama attack will be retaliated and with much severity this time.

In September  2016 when Army camp was assaulted by terrorists who infiltrated from Pakistan into Uri sector in kashmir, Indian  army carried a  targeted surgical  counter attack.

Pakistan and ISI has been attacking rather bleeding India especially in Kashmir for last nearly three decades .

The surge in militancy in Kashmir in recent years have reached its zenith.  The aggressive Islamist  radicalization among educated younger generation is a matter of concern .and needs immediate redressal.

Insurgency related deaths have risen alarmingly in recent years.

The number of local recruits have been on the upswing since 2014

   YEAR     NUMBER OF RECRUITS.

   2013       16

   2014       53

   2015        66

   2016        88

   2017       120

   2018      164 (upto October)   Source Raj Sabha Q and A  27/3/2017 and 12/12/2018.  TOI.

 After Pulwama holocaust as evident in the melee of anger and vendetta, traders and students of Kashmir  valley were brazenly attacked in Jammu and other cities of the country. The students were thrown out of the hostels . In the  process of rage and rancor many innocent people got harmed

Again our PM Modiji’s assertion “not to harm any Kashmiri as the war is against terrorists and not against kashmiris “ brought some sanity among the hoodlums across the country.


India bombs Islamist Militants

Now after nearly 11 days  of Pulwama attack,

The act  of retaliation has shown to all in India and outside that India continues to be a strong composite nation to combat any eventuality on its own .

 in the wee hours of  the morning of 26th February 2019 twelve IAF Mirages 2000  attacked the terrorist camps in Balakote in Pakistan occupied Kashmir eliminating the Jaish-e-Mohammed training camps, thereby inflicting heavy casualities upon the terrorists, as per the statement of India’s Foreign Secretary Mr Vijay Gokhale. He further said a pre emptive strike was “ absolutely  necessary” to prevent further more attacks on our strategic military installations.

Our PM Narender Modi has demonstrated he   being a steadfast leader could not dither on taking such a resolute action.

In the past we have  fought two full fledged wars with Pakistan1965 and 1971 and defeated Pakistan both times.

In 1971, the defeat was colossal.Indira Gandhi ,a  determined strong willed leader dismembered Pakistan into Bangladesh and Pakistan with 90,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendering to Indian Army. The stature of India had zoomed to great heights in the comity of world nations.

Pakistan retaliates.

 Day after IAF struck and eliminated the terrorist camps in Balakote, Pakistan air force(PAF)  three F-16s  violated Indian air space in J&K on wednesday morning(27/2/19) in Nowshera and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch and Rajouri Districts tagetted the military installations with bombs, Indian two MIG 21 Bison chased the pakistani aircrafts  and in fact shot down one F-16 and it was spotted in Lam valley 3 kms inside  Pakistan territory.  Pakistan shot down  one MIG21Bison and captured wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman. 

Currently Wing Commander Abhinandan is in the Pakistan Army custody.

A few videos of the pilot emerged on social media. One showed him struggling to defend himself from the outrage of a mob in plainclothes in the middle of a forest, another showed him answering questions from Pakistani security forces.

Conclusions.  India and Pakistan have not been able to live like good neighbours from the day one and several wars were fought over Kashmir  without recourse to any permanent resolution to the contagious conflict.

in view of the aftermath of non military pre –emptive  strike at  Balakot by India following Jaish –e-Mohammad attack in Pulwama , capturing of IAF pilot by Pakistan,thus escalating the conflict between two nuclear armed neighbours high and definitely veering towards another possible war.

It is heartening to see the political class across party lines have conducted itself with sense of responsibility .

On the other hand our television studio warriors  are  indulging in irresponsible war mongerings. One is aghast to watch at paranoid crowds indulging into jingoism rather than  a sensible support for the authority to take right decision in the hour of crisis looming large over the country.

The people living on the borders of India,and in  the states like Punjab,J&K, Rajasthan ,Gujrat ,facing direct impact of war, understand it better than those living thousands of miles away from the boom of guns, air strikes and the loss of lives and the miseries it bring along with.

For instance in 1965 war , I was reading in College  and we were  living in the close  vicinity of Indian  Military concentration camp in ‘ChandMari’  just two kms away from our residence in Srinagar city. The guns boomed throughout day and night .The large number of infiltrators had sneaked in Kashmir and infiltrators were fighting in “Chand Mari” and  elsewhere in the city.  Indian Army finally flushed  out thousands of infiltrators with help of local Kashmiris. We were dying every day seeing the bullets zooming over our heads.

we have faced the trauma of war and fully aware of its  disastrous consequences.

There will be some steps to be taken as follows.

 Firstly we  must help the Govt to bring back the wing Commander Abhinandan safe and sound .

 Secondly the Govt of India should try other options like using diplomatic channels to put pressure on the world leaders and UNO to punish Pakistan for nurturing militants on their soil to settle  scores with India .

 Thirdly India is a large democracy and we must try all options before embarking upon a full fledged war bound to bring miseries to the teeming millions for no fault of theirs.

The decision needs to be taken with sobriety and in a cool headed state of mind not by flashy muscles .

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF A LEADER.

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Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan  Singh briefing the media

 

   RAHUL GANDHI ON THE UPSWING

Hitting the headlines for right reasons the metamorphosis of Rahul Gandhi from the image of derision to the combative leader with confidence and conviction to excel and lead has been remarkable and rewarding.

Rahul Gandhi’s vision is clean ,corruption free ,merit oriented politics.

Since he is genuinely concerned about the poor, he undertook the countrywide tours, spent time with poor people in the villages and Dalits to take stock of the problems they face so that the redressals could be thought of on ground realities.

He meets on regular basis the experts in various fields in close door meetings to seek their perspectives and possible solutions for the problems in villages.

 

For example the Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s political and Socio economic bombshell announcement promising his party ,the Congress ,if returning to power after Lok Sabha polls , would ensure a “Minimum Income Guarantee to every poor” ,has practically quacked earth beneath the feet of everyone. This announcement was made in a public meeting on 28th January,2019.

Immediately all political wizards of opponents or otherwise huddled together to find the mathematics of his big announcement.

Rahul Gandhi’s announcement is important in view of growing unemployment as 12.8 million youth are joining the unemployed labour force every year as per ILO’S 2018 world report.

ILO’S 2018 employment report shows India’s unemployment is expected to rise from 18.3 million in 2017 to 18.6 million in 2018 million and 18.9 million by 2019.( source REUTERS)

The future is bleak and dismal.

The world is toying with idea of Income redistributing in view of vast inequalities and the threat of automation resulting in joblessness.

Rahul Gandhi’s scheme on the face of it looks meant essentially for the poor falling below poverty lines.

“The Congress has decided to take a historic decision… The Congress-led government is going to give a minimum income guarantee. This means, each poor person in India will have minimum income. This means there will be no hungry, poor people in India,” Gandhi announced.

With his historic statement, Rahul Gandhi has changed the connotation from the job guarantees to income guarantees for one and all, irrespective of religion and caste.

 Distinctively an alternative narrative , a plan to put the Congress ahead and apart from all other political parties including BJP itself.

A very clever risky move by Rahul could bring unexpected gains for the Congress or take it out from the race.

But that is what a shrewd but courageous leader is expected to do. It is not always right to keep to the left. Sometimes you have to cross the road to reach the desired destination.

Rahul Gandhi has succeeded in shaping the Congress to be the sole alternative to the BJP, win or lose.

He has rightly decided to go alone in Andhra Pradesh and fight all 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies .

In UP he has decided to fight all 80 seats and has brought Priyankya Gandhi and Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia as two independent generalsectaries to handle east and west UP constitutions to win good no of seats.

Appointment of Priyankya Gandhi Vadra came as a surprise to one and all. It was announced after BSP and SP kept Congress out of the alliance.

A sound and pragmatic decision by Rahul again to play on the front foot . The Congress wants to make it clear that it does not want to be any one’s B-team.

The stronghold of BJP Eastern UP, wherefrom both the Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Yoginath have contested, is to be managed by Priyankya with care and aggression to bring some positive gains for her Party Congress. A difficult task but her charismatic appeal should work.

On the other hand BJP is struggling with its allies in the North east ,breaking away on the proposed changes in the citizenship laws, in UP with Apna Dal .

Rafale Deal

Rahul is emerging as a frontline leader and possibly the game changer in 2019 general elections . Taking on the Modi-Shah duo with more frequent public rallies ,media briefings on Rafal deal with sharp edged eloquence on the NDA Govt failures like rampaging joblessness, demonetization,badly implemented GST and much talked Rafal deal.

The CAG report tabled on Wednesday 13th February 2019, failed to answer some key questions raised first by the President of Congress party, Rahul Gandhi making serious allegations that were later explained in more details and carefully with well sourced media reports with defence ministry documents.

The CAG report makes assertions that the price of Rafale negotiated by present govt is 2.8% cheaper than UPA govt and delivery schedule was five months quicker than proposed in 2012.

The CAG report ,however, criticises the govt for not going on fixed price formula , a point made in dissent note of the experts in the Indian negotiating team , accepting French price escalation formula instead.

While addressing to the Congress parliamentary party on the last date of 16th Parliament session Rahul Gandhi, exuding optimism and confidence, said “We are now winning. We are defeating BJP in ideological fight. We are defeating BJP on the daily news cycle and Congress is now firmly entrenched in the mood and spirit of the people. Right now, you are thinking ‘Oh! we are 44 in LS’, you will see that the number of people standing behind you will surprise you. You will get a shock as to what is going to happen in 2019”, Rahul concluded smilingly.

Conclusion;

 Rahul Gandhi has shown his mettle in the last year after taking over the reigns of the Congress party, and winning three Hindi heartland states in December 2018 thus has evolved himself into more confident, committed ,steadfast and aggressive leader.

The election results have given him much more  acceptability as front rank leader of the opposition. This feat has motivated the Congress ,otherwise a demoralised  party forthe  last five years .

Rahul and his party has refused to respond to the BJP’s polarizing narratives like Ram temple.

Moreover what surprised every one was his aggressive attack in Parliament on the controversial Rafael deal this week targeting none other than the Prime Minister whom he has accused of corruption in the purchase of 36 Rafael jet fighters from the French company Dassault.

2018 the year proved lucky for Rahul as he came into his own as a campaigner and strategist, thus emerging as a powerful voice in the opposition against Modi.

Focusing  on farmer’s distress ,unemployment and the Rafael deal and on the issue of corruption more than anything else he has rightly captured the imagination of voters across the country.

Rahul has taken pains in strengthening the organisation as well.

He has rightly decentralized work among younger leaders and created weekly review of the work allotted.

Rahul has learnt nuances of administration by advising young leaders to remain patient and wait for their turn, and showed maturity by choosing the senior leaders like Baghel, Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath as chief ministers of the newly won states.

The recent surveys in all its probabilities has shown Gandhi’s growing acceptability as a challenger to Prime Minister Modi across pan India.

Rahul Gandhi has been successful in projecting himself as friend of the poor and needy, fighting for the causes linked to common man attacking PM Modi on such issues, thereby  promoting  himself as the leader of the masses.

The battle of 2019 LokSabha election is going to be a tough one and the dice is cast.

Who wins the race is the million dollar question to be answered by the people of India soon.

BATTLE OF 2019 LOK SABHA ELECTION.Will Modi Win Again?

With barely 100days left for the present govt, the battle lines for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections have already been drawn up.

The razzmatazz of political campaign seem to be started building up slow fire to be galvanized into a full blown inferno in the nick of time for the elections somewhere in early May 2019.

The Opposition Mahagathbandhan ( The Grand Opposition Alliance) formed with Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal blowing the trumpet on 19th January in Kolkatta.

At a mammoth rally organized by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee of Trinamool Congress

The air rant with chorus of ‘oust Modi and BJP’.

The speakers from Mamata to Mayawati ,Akhlesh to Arvind Kejriwal , MKStalin to Mallikarjun Kharge ,Chanderbabu Naidu to Devgowda ,all spoke in one tone and pledged by the unity of strength.

The allies though of of disparate ideologies, united with sole aim of dislodging and defeating the Prime Minister Modi and BJP as a matter of fact.

The BJP mocking at the Gathbandan by claiming that the motely combination with varied political agendas offered much less viable alternative without a clear leadership.

In his inimical style Prime Minister Modiji said scornfully at a rally in Dadra & Nagar Haveli about Kolkata Gathbandan “They have gathered to save themselves from BJP.I can hear screams of ‘bachao, bachao,bachao”.

Rahul Gandhi is upbeat at the popularity chart, though still questioned to be closer to the personal popularity of Prime Na r e n d e r M o d i.

He has ,perhaps ,now mastered the art of persistent attacks on Modi and put BJP on the defensive both in the Parliament and outside .The issues of farmers woes, Rafale , joblessness,runway of business tycoons, fuel price, demonetisation, are some of the failures of governance giving enough ammunition to Rahul Gandhi to flaunt his arms in attacking Modi Government consistently.

The winning of Assembly elections in the main heartland states, Rajasthan , Madhya pradesh, Chhattisgarh have been a shot in the arm of Rahul to bolster his personal popularity and image.

To cut short the story ,the elections of 2019 is not going to be a cake walk for Modi and BJP.

To understand the answer to the question Will Modi win again ?

let us have a look at the Pan India presence of BJP .

This should help to monitor the barometer of overall strength and chances of winning at the hustings in May 2019.

   A            STATES WITH NO BJP SEATS

1/ Sikkim                   BJP              Zero

 

2/Mizoram                BJP             1

 

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                     Assembly dissolved

 

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 07 STATES  ONLY OUT OF 29 STATES.

 

  1/ Uttar Pradesh     BJP       312 seats out of 403

 

 2/ Haryana                 BJP       47 seats out of 90

3/   Gujrat                     BJP       99seats out of 182

4/   Uttarakhand          BJP       56 seats out of 70

5/ Himachal Pradesh   BJP       44 seats out of 68

6/ Tripura                     BJP     35seats out of 60

7/Aruna Chal Pradesh BJP     48seats out of 60

 

 

E    THE STATES BJP LARGEST PARTY

 

                          1/ Assam               BJP     60 seats out of 126.

                          2/ Maharashtra       BJP     122 seats out of 288

 

    (Running govt with support of allies. Like Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and  Independents inAssam.)

 

From the above statistics it is evident that BJP is in command of 07 states only on their own strength and mostly in alliance in other states leaving a chunk of states in southern belt with no or just a mere namesake presence only.

Whereas the Congress has improved its position in Northern belt .having Govts in four states, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh ,Punjab .

In southern belt Congress is in drivers seat with JDS in Karnataka and in very good standing in Kerala.

Recently in close affinity with CM Naidu in Andhra Pradesh.

 Conclusions,

Will Modi Win? Yes and no. .

 Yes because BJP has still presence in 14 states out of 29 states and with more dedicated cadres at the grass roots and to bolster the Party’ chances of winningThe Prime Minister will have to instil confidence of Inclusive India and pooh pooh the idea of Hindutva laced policies for attracting genuinely the voters to vote for him again.

However the social benefits could be vote wielding ones—-LPG Cylinders ,better roads on national level and Swatch Bharat yojna,Beti Bachao,start ups could be strong tangble achievements to boast of and appreciated by the people

No because of the failures of good governance the middle class voters, who formed the foundation of Modiji and BJP success in 2014, have drifted away from BJP and are unlikely to vote  again. This group is in haste and do not want to go with a person who have bellied their hopes .

The last four years have been scenes of a broken nation on religious ethnic and political lines. Disgusted and disgruntled one stood stupefied even to oppose the fallouts of such erroneous acts, by way of raping of 8 or 17 years old girls with no redressal measures being taken to assuage the victims.

The Centre andstate govts failed to stand on  moral grounds and did not show firm will to bring the culprits to book ,instead maintained stoic silence to allow situation to the point of no return.

Secondly the high performance of Congress and Rahul Gandhi   in wooing the voters by sincerely alleviating farmer’s problems , highlighting and promising the youths for jobs ,small traders with transparent opportunities to prosper can create a big dent in the vote bank of BJP and Modi .He has shown the results and fulfilled the promises made and need not to be underestimated by any stretch of imagination.

Also Congress being old Political Party has gone through ups and downs and hence capable of rejuvenating with its cadres glued to the principles of inclusive India politics.

The ball is set in motion and let us see where it stops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORLD WIDE STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW

Canada

While the world is busy in building walls and concrete parapets to keep the immigrants at bay and out of reach, Canada brazenly announces to welcome I million permanent residents over the next three years, just one percent of the total population yearly.

This is in addition to the 286,000 permanent residents in 2017 and could reach 350,ooo this year.

The Canadian Parliament has confirmed its plans to

add 360,000 in 2020.

And 370,000 in 2021.

Ahmed Hussen ,Canada’s minister of Immigration ,Refugees and Citizenship(IRCC) said

“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,”

Hussen, himself an immigrant from Somalia, clarified that the influx will help Canada to offset ageing population and reducing birth rate while growing its labour force

Canada’s friendly stance towards new residents comes in contrast to other Western nations, including the United States, adopting more restrictive immigration policies to bar the immigrants coming and settling permanently.

Canada is dedicated to offering protection to refugees. IRCC has pledged $5.6 million to support global resettlement initiatives.

 

Japan

The recent revision to the immigration law in Japan opens a gateway for as many as 345,000 migrant workers to enter Japan in the next five years.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, has vehementally clarified amply that this new visa system does not constitute an immigration policy.

“This system is needed for talented foreign personnel to play bigger roles in Japan amid the nationwide labor shortage,” Abe said in justifying the revision at a Dec. 10 2018 news conference.

“We will clearly present a cap for the numbers and time frame for acceptance. This is not an immigration policy.”

He said further to the question of a reporter. Of Japan Times.

Experts ,however, differ with the Abe administration and admit that this new visa system epitomizes the contradictory realities surrounding it. They rather say that Japan has already brought hundreds of thousands of immigrants and the number will go on rising.

Akihiro Koido, a sociology professor who studies immigration policies at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, said “the law is an immigration policy regardless of Abe’s staunch denial.”

So get ready and pack up your bags off to Toronto or Tokyo.

SYRIA

Following Trump’s announcement last month to pull out American troops from the war ravaged Syria in about 30 days,

the American military has begun to withdraw some equipment, but not yet troops, from Syria to wind down the troops from the battle ground against the Islamic state.

There are about 2,000 troops — mostly Army soldiers and Marines in Syria currently.

Mr Trump has made no secrets of his desire to bring troops back home stating the mission of fighting the Islamic state has been accomplished.

The United States had intervened in Syria to work with local, Kurdish-led militias to fight the Islamic State, which had occupied the border between Syria and Iraq.

Before Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw the troops, American air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria were accelerated . According to American Air Force data released , American bombers conducted 1,424 strikes in November, a more than 60 percent increase from the month before.

Additionally, American Force reported that 221 civilians killed by the American-led air campaign in November — an increase in casualties similar to the number of civilians killed in the bloody culmination of the battle of the northern Syria city of Raqqa in October 2017.

Syria is now a balkanized version after pushing itself in a calamitous civil war since eight years .

Tehran is also celebrating the exit of American troops, as it may give Iran “solid control over the entire arc of the Levant from Baghdad to Beirut,” said Nicholas Heras, Middle East expert .in an interview with NBC NEWS.

Let us pray wisdom finally dawns on the world leaders of America and Russia to bring peace and tranquility to the people at large.

 

KASHMIR AT CROSS ROADS.

Kashmir continues to be at the cross roads facing the multilateral onslaught primarily from Pakistan sponsored militants and the inbreed local militants infested with the germ of defiance, targeting the state police posts in support of Pakistan militants who are determined to keep the valley burning without respite thus pushing Kashmiris towards the suicidal upsurge against India.

Indian Army in relentless combat ,defending the sovereignty of India from the full fledged undeterred Pakistan armed attacks from across the Indo- Pakistan borders to the killing and maiming of the civilians and Army personnel on Indian side ,without respite or remorse.

There is no let up in hostilities from Pakistan even after the new Prime Minister Imran Khan ,who was seen as harbinger of peace and tranquility between the two Nations.

In an interview with ANI on Tuesday 2nd January 2019 PM Narander Modi ji said “ India whether under UPA or NDA has never opposed the dialogue with Pakistan . It has been consistent policy of the country – not Modi government or Manmohan Singh government –that there should be dialogue on Issues. We only say one thing ; dialogue can not be in the middle of noise of bombs and guns.”

Pakistan has never been serious, sincere in building up  relationship with India, always playing politics of revenge and retribution.

 The separators have successfully managed to keep the Kashmir conflict ticking by holding street protests ,occasionally unleashing bullets on a state Police soft targets thus pressurizing  the Central and state Government to pursue with the policy of repression and coercion against the protestors.

Four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists including a Pakistani national were killed in an encounter in Rajpora village of Pulwama district on Saturday 29th December 2018. Eleven civilians also fell to the bullets in an encounter that ensued between joint team of the Army ,CRPF and Special Operations Group   launched cordon–search operations on the basis of intelligence reports ,the terrorists fired on the team leading to the retaliatory fire ,killing the terrorists.

Source Times of India

On Friday 28th December 2018 about a dozen masked men were reported to wave ISI flags of Islamic state terror group inside the Jamal Masjid in Srinagar soon after Hurriyat leader Mirage Umar Farooq addressed the congregation .

However the joint Resistance leadership comprising Syeed Ali shah Geelani , Mirwaz,and jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Mohammed Yasin Malik while condemning the act said on Saturday ” in the past some elements at the behest of certain agencies and handlers have indulged in hooliganism in and outside of Jama Masjid.”            Source Times of India

 

 The alienation of people in the valley has widened to a great extent.

This alienation was seen in recent Srinagar by- poll when voter turnout was just 7.1 percent in contrast to assembly polls of 2014 where 65 percent voters came out for voting.

No attempt is being made by the Central government either to vouchsafe for people’s grievances to bring a modicum of peace in the battered valley.

Conclusions

 The muscular lethal weaponry military policy of   the Centre government has yielded no positive results.

We have seen that the terrorism masters of Pakistan radicalized the youth of Kashmir and militancy as such showing no signs of let up in their attacks on our Army and Police posts.

In fact the policy of repression followed so far have added more fuel to the rise of gory violence in terms of men and materials

Thus we need concrete  strategy to douse the fire of vengeance.

The lives of even common peace loving Kashmiri Muslims are  miserable otherwise eager to seek peace and prosperity. .

They need to be forged into a combative peaceful force to educate the warring groups to come to terms with Central Authorities.

A difficult proposition but with motivation of offering better future , this could become a bonanza for one and all.

There is no second thought to the fact Kashmir needs democratic and non violent strategy to achieve people’s aspirations.

The strategy should be to find political solution within the framework of India’ s Constitution.

In fact no one tried sincerely to put their thoughts on this proposition seriously till date.

BJP had clear cut mandate to do that but they frittered away energy on non political solutions and thus lost the opportunity at least for the present.

Kashmiris need to be heard. The process of dialogue with Kashmiris must start and go on till peace returns to the valley.

Last but not the least the true spirit of free debates on all ranges of issues including re-settlement of Kashmiri pandits should be allowed.

Across India spectrum the  representation of political , business, educational bodies  should be allowed to be heard and debated freely with Kashmiris so that they feel part of their big democratic country.   This would provide platform to express freely on the much needed National integration with Kashmir and help Kashmiris to be heard  and sought for .

 Let us think positively.

 

 

 

 

 

ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS AND AFTERMATH

The recent five Assembly state elections have brought big discernible gains to the Congress Party , winning three main Hindi speaking states , thus breaking up BJP’s aura of invincibility significantly.

The Congress is back with a bang under its leader Rahul Gandhi ,hitherto an object of derision and mockery, has demonstrated his leadership acumen and established his political claim as a serious credible alternative face in Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Starting with Gujrat by fighting fierce election battle visa vis Mr Narender Modi and Amit shah on their home turf ,Rahul Gandhi strategized skillfully to regain power in Karnataka.

And now won with pride the three Hindi heartland states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

 

Contrary to BJP Rahul Gandhi has struck a right chord by maintaining an appreciable balance between old Congress stalwarts and the new emerging leaders giving thereby adequate roles to one and all to forge ahead in strengthening the Party from the grass roots.

He has been digging new popular leaders from the lower strata of the party to be groomed for bigger roles in the near future. These leaders are chosen from every state ,an important step in the direction of making Congress Party self reliant one.

The reasons for the BJP losing election in all the five state assemblies could be to some extent attributed to the pursuit of its divisive agenda ,but also largely to not providing jobs to the restless educated youths of the country.

The youths have been important vehicle for motivating voters in 2014 elections for supporting Narender Modi who had promised abundance of   jobs and “Ache Din” for the Nation .

The other reason could be constant acrimonious personalized attacks on Rahul Gandhi and Nehru Gandhi family by no other leader than Prime Minister Narender Modi himself.

These invectives made Rahul combative one but did not speak the language of hatred ,instead addressed himself  to the problems of farmers, unemployed and the other underdogs of economic disparity,  thus winning hearts and votes both.

The hateful chastisement unleashed on Rahul has in realty invoked sympathy for him in the public eye.And more so ever the public in general cannot dismiss , forget the great sacrifices and positive contributions made to the growth of the Nation by the great leaders like Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

Prime Minister Modi has not ,perhaps, understood the real psyche of the Indian voter who primarily supported him and aligned with BJP for its development commitment but were dismayed to find nothing concrete happening even after being in office for four and half years .

The large number of voters have no affinity for the Hindutva politics of Modiji. They have definitely shifted their support as their hopes of economical revival have been belied .and not adhered to .

Also promises made at the time of 2014 elections for bringing major positive transformation in the country administration have not been fulfilled.

For a large section of people the issues of good livelihood ,good governance ,affordable housing, good roads form the electoral decisions rather than religion or culture.

Democracy provides options to change and thus people choose the best from the alternatives to suit to the demands of the time and society.

 

Conclusions

To base the current results as any indication for 2019 elections may be overrated but it does open up new vistas for the Congress and opposition to pride upon to work for better results in  the coming Lok Sabha elections .

For BJP it is  dire need to save the 2014 support base rather than resting on Mr Modi’s popularity which in any case has been dented largely.

What it needs to do is to shun the war of attrition and rework on its Hindutva plank .

BJP needs to make leadership of Modiji as dominant issue and forge alliance with diverse political interests.