THE INDIAN PRINCESS WHO SPIED FOR BRITAIN

20181208_085654

Noor –un-Nisa Inayat Khan, suggested as a strong contender for the face of new British pound 50 note, among others like Margatte Thather , Mathematician Alan Turing , physicist Stephen Hawk ,was Indian princess who spied for Britain in the world war 11 successfully.

Born on New Year’s Day in 1914 into royalty to an Indian father and American mother.

A direct descendant of Tipu Sultan ,the Muslim ruler of Mysore India.

She was musician playing piano , and a writer of short stories especially children stories.

She wrote the book “ twenty Jataka tales” in 1939 which established her as a writer.

Jataka Tales relate to the incarnations of lord Budha.

Her father Inayat khan was living in Baroda but left country to teach Sufism in the west. Sufism emphasizes the renunciation of worldly things, purification of the soul and the mystical contemplation of God’s nature.

He married an American lady Ora Ray Baker who changed her name to Begum Amina Sharda .after marriage. During world war 1 Inayat khan moved to Paris and eventually settled there.

Inayat khan died while on pilgrimage in India .

Noor with her mother had to look after the family and her three siblings.

Noor Inayat’s family moved to England in 1939 to volunteer for the war services. At the age of 25 in 1940 she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force    (WA A F) and became radio operator.

She spoke French very fluently and thus was chosen in 1942 to join the special operations Executive(SOE) ,a secret British organization set up to offer resistance to Germany through “espionage and sabotage”.

She was flown to Gemany occupied France to work for the ‘prosper’ with code name ‘Madelina’.Many of her colleagues in the network were arrested soon after but she managed to move from place to place avoiding her detection and capture .

Despite Noor Inayat Khan had worked hard assiduously to master the art of translating Morse codes during combat training but some of colleagues in her intelligence network had second thoughts about her efficacy to do the job efficiently.

Her superior officer , Col.Frank Spooner wrote in her personal file

“Not overburdened with brains but has worked hard and shown keenness, apart from some dislike of the security side of the course. She has an unstable and temperamental personality and it is very doubtful whether she is really suited to work in the field.”

But her excellent radio skills compelled the special operations unit in June 1943 to send her to France under assumed name Jeanne Marie Renier, as a children’s nurse.   Though SOE wanted her to return to Britain but she rebuilt the network on her own. and made great success of her espionage job. She often changed her guise to evade detection .

She sent transmissions from Paris to London constantly and carried her work with great success and conviction conterary to the expections of London superiors.

Her work had assumed greater importance for war efforts to help safe deliveries to come in.

Her work had become crucial to the war effort, helping airmen escape and allowing important deliveries to come in.

In October 1943 Noor Khan was tricked into by a Frenchwoman and arrested by the Gestapo.

She had carelessly, rather unwisely, left the copies of of her secret signals and Germans used her radio to send these straight to the waiting agents in Gestapo. She escaped from the prison but was rearrested a few hours later. And sent to Pforzheim prison in Germany , keeping her chained in solitary confinement .She was tortured to reveal information but she did not yield to any physical torture. On September12, 1944 Noor Inayat along with three other SOE agents were transferred to Dachau concentration camp and on 13th September they were shot dead.

NOOR INAYAT KHAN was just 30 years old .

Noor Khan was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1949.by Britain and the Croix de Guerre, with gold star, by France.

English Heritage ,a British group is planning to create a blue plaque in her name as a mark of respect.

In France, a primary school in Suresnes has been named after her. In 2014, a documentary, “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story.” Has been made. The writer Arthur Magida is working on her biography .

In Gordon Square in London, where Khan once lived, there is a statue of her in a quiet corner. It is engraved with the last word she reportedly said before being executed at Dachau — “Liberté.”

Noor Inayat khan lived and died in the dedication of her Duty to the last of her breath.

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

EMPOWERMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO GIRLS OF THE WORLD.

11th October 2012 was declared and inaugurated as International Day of Girls by the United General Assembly and is being celebrated with great fervour to instil confidence and empower the Girls of the world with education and skills of employment .

The situation as on today we need to know and contribute our mite to improve the prospects of girls power to an independent respectable lives.

A / 98 million girls drop out of secondary schools.

B/ About 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 every year.

C/ Approximately 6,500 to 7000 adolescent girls (aged 15 to 24) get infected with HIV every week.

Hence looking at the above statistics available, suggests the grave situation, and needs concrete steps to   arrest the rot and improvise on continuous basis till the problem is completely eradicated.

According to the United Nations the day “ aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges the girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights.”

Global Girls Alliance

Yesterday on International Day of the Girl, Michelle Obama said “ I’m proud to announce the Obama Foundation’s launch of the Global Girls Alliance, an effort to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, so that they can support their families, communities, and countries.

20181012_150446.jpg 

 Michille  Obama with Girls of the world

When adolescent girls around the world are educated, amazing things start to happen. Poverty goes down, economies grow, families get stronger, babies are born healthier, and the world, by all accounts, gets better. But progress doesn’t happen overnight.

That is why the Obama Foundation’s Global Girls Alliance program is teaming up with GoFundMe to encourage people around the world to take action in support of girls education. We are providing a platform for grassroots leaders to seek funding for projects that can break down the physical, cultural, and financial walls that keep adolescent girls from getting an education and fulfilling their potential.”

A skilled Girl Force , one more Independant Organization,

is working hard to bring together partners and stakeholders together to absolve most pressing needs to train the girls for right skills to take up gainful employment .

This is stupendous task as 600 million adolescent girls will walk into the world’s workforce in the next 10 years. With 90% of those from the developing countries ,where low pay ,exploitation and human trafficking are some of the other challenges to be addressed to simultaneously.

The Govt Of India under illustrous PM Mr Nrender Modi has ,for instance ,started an ambitious campaign “Beti Bachao Beti Padav” a few years back to empower girls with education and safe environment to be economically independent and thus leading progressive lives to build a prosperous strong nation.

Girls are moving neck to neck to men in almost all walks of life to alleviate the poverty of the masses.

It is worth mentioning here that India as Country has been fighting the menace of conservative coercive social dogmatic male dominated society to enforce girls and boys both for free education through different Government Schemes since Independence itself resulting in the upliftment of vast educated women work force in all sections of society.

It is better to quote our great leader ISTPrime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru , who revered women power as essential to propel the society and Nation to great  heights.

Pt Nehru said ” the condition of Nation can be explained by looking at the status of women /girl.”

Conclusions

Every individual across the world can make a difference by associating one way or the other to embolden the spirit of Girls’ power to make a better beautiful world.

Some of the following actions could be thought of.

  1. With Social media on the upsurge one can easilyassociate with accounts of Girls saving organisations .

One prominent organization is Global Fund For Women    ,an organization investing in resources in women oriented movements. One can contribute monetarily or otherwise to work in different schemes for educatingskill improvement of Girls.

  1. .Relate the amazing great stories of your family women members to the next generation to induce and motivate them n for doing better in theirlives. . Quote their bright achievements as examples to excel. Grandmothers stories can be great tranquilisers.
  2. Yank out your old albums and frame some outstanding photos of your illustrious forefathers to apprise your girls boys of their valour stories.
  3. Be a philontropist.

Always be sporty to donate a small sum for the welfare of Girls and women organizations of world repute. Your small mite may contribute to the fortunes of many.

  1. Make a resolution to fight for the safety of Girls and women from sexual beasts. Rape is a great menace in the society of the world ,why not to address it seriously through by highlighting the causes at the national international forums.

According to the recent research from the university of Essex ,the more you nag your daughter the more successful she  will be in her life.

The nagging from primary parents, Father or Mother only can be more effective to achieve successful results .Expressing high expectations leads to more successful careers.

So be a positive Parent.

 

 

 

THE WORLD AT A GLANCE

South Africa

 South Africa’s ruling party ANC (African National Congress) Chairman Gweda Mantashe supported the Party’s controversial plans to re-possess land from white farmers who possess land more than 30,000 acres individually , the excess land to be redistributed among the black citizens.

Speaking to south Africa’s News 24 ,Gweda further explained that the step is being taken as a conciliatory gesture in recognition of the Colonial oppression of black citizens under apartheid.

According to UK’s Express News , Mantashe said  a constitutional amendment will be required before enforcing the act of re-possessing excess land from the white farmers.

Currently black people of South Africa possess only 4% of the private land while 72% is owned by the whites , and 24% by other ethnic groups.

While some hail it as correcting historical wrongs , imbalances heaped on black Africans ,others fear that similar Programme in Zimbabwe destroyed its economy.

The issue of land distribution is very emotive over a period of two decades in South Africa after apartheid.

However AfriForum’s leader Ian Cameron warned the plans to seize land from farmers would spark “anarchy”.

AfriForum is an organization in SouthAfrica founded in 2006 to work for solidarity of trade union.

AfriForum leader Ian Cameron reacted angrily saying, “ we are heading for   state of anarchy if something does not change drastically .There are places where the police simply refuse to act. They do not know the law well enough or refuse to apply it to logical reasoning when it comes to defending people’s property.”

The South African President   Mr Cyril Ramaphosa however refuted the fears by saying “there is no need to panic and start beating the war drums “.

Chile

Chile is lately surging with the influx of immigrants — 4,60,000 in 2015 to nearly 2 million last year as per voice of America.

The figure is more than double what Germany had in 2015 when refugees poured in .

In Chile the immigrants form 7% of the population.

It may sound intriguing a bit , but Chile, Continent’s wealthiest per capita country is home to the largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East.

As US President  Mr Trump blew the bugle to curb immigration ,the other Latin American richest country opened its arms to welcome the region’s poorest migrants with full gusto.

The Chile’s ageing population and the age old cultural of readily accepting newcomers ,thereby assimilating them  in the mainstream, are some of the factors that made Chile to welcome the migrants without rancor or remorse.

The Palestinians by dint of their hardwork have risen to be extremely prosperous and influential ones both in politics as well as industry.

Chile has been the fast growing economies in Latin America in the recent decades. Reduced poverty from 26 %% to 7.9 between 2000 to 2015.

Due to decline in copper prices the GDP fell from 6.7% in 2015 to 1.6% in 2016.

But as copper prices increase again GDP is expected to be on its proper rail soon.

In order to reduce its dependency on the copper exports Chile is diversifying its immigration policy to be technological driven in order to be technical hub in south America

Hence Chile new visa system for technocrats and enterpreneurs make the country more attractive.

Thus just to hedge its bets by diversifying its economy the START UP Chile began slowly in 2010 and now has gained more traction for 2017. As a result more than 1300 STARTUPS already in operation in different fields in eight years.

The President of Chile, Mr Sebastian Pinare is determined to invite the US giants Apple ,Google ,Amazon to make investments and help  build up Chile an economic giant of South America.

 

MY DAYS IN RISHIKESH

On November 19th 1989 I stepped carefully from the State bus ,my right hand firmly holding on to the bar ,after negotiating the broken rickety foot-hold, I eased myself down. I heaved a sigh of relief once my both feet were well on the ground , a task ,though simple one, was done without any incident.

I was not old ,barely in middle of forties ,but the fatigue stress of corporate job had intensified the telltale of the years on my face.

The Rishikesh bus stand was familiar sight ,crowded as usual with passengers thronging the place making unusual  noise with push and pull for getting into and out of the buses.

It was return of the native for me as I had spent nearly a decade from 1973 to 1983 as corporate manager in the Glass unit in this beautiful town.

Joining the Glass decorative unit as General Manager I headed for the waiting car towards the picturesque town .

The car went past the busy streets ,much more crowded than years gone by , slow stream of cars ,honking of buses and trucks ,drivers shouted at one another.

 

Ashrams_on_the_banks_of_Ganges_Rishikesh

Temples on the  bank of The Ganges River

The town was still beautiful , standing on either side of Holy River Ganges, the placid rippling waters causing a cool breeze that fetched freshness to the torrid looks.

The sacred river flows through the city originating from Shivalik hills in Himalayas and flows into the plains of India . A small town ,encircled by tall Himalayan range of emerald forests ,with string of Temples ,big and small, stand along the river banks, a real treat to one’s eyes.

The tourists make a beeline for Char Dham(four ) sacred abodes, Badrinath ,Kedarnath , Yamnotri ,and Gangotri passing through the gateway of Rishikesh.

The Hindu pilgrims are of firm belief   by visiting these places they seek salvation to heaven.

The car sped past the traffic and made way towards the TAPOVAN ,the site of our Decorative Glass unit.

 

We entered the gates of the Factory and Dr Lall , the M.D greeted me with a broad smile .

“welcome Kaul Sahib back to home” He said extending his warm hands for a handshake, which I took graciously.

“Thank you sir.it is pleasure to get chance to work with you again for an august company like BILT.” I replied politely.

 

“we are schedule to do decoration for beverage bottles for both Pepsi-cola and C o c a-cola and you have to do a lot of planning for decorating 500,000 bottles, mostly 300ml, per day.” D r Lall continued.

“ it depends on various factors . By the way what is production now?” I enquired anxiously.

“ About 100,000 bottles for various Indian customers. We need to reinforce infrastructure to enhance production and quality to cater to two giant multinationals .” Lall said with an air of finality.

“ I know you can do it . All I promise you will get my support and free hand to handle Plant affairs .” He continued emphatically.

“I shall put in all efforts to come up to your expectations” I replied back.

The meeting ended.

We went across the beautiful L a x man-J h o o l a for a sumptuous lunch at famous CHOTTIWALA.

“ I must thank you Lall Sahib for such a fabulous lunch. I have enjoyed every bit of it.”

“ Never mind , it is ok.” “ the next fortnight is crucial for us as both of the top executives of Pepsi-co l a and Coca -cola are visiting our plant here in Ta p o van for approving our plant operations . I want you to move swiftly on this so that we bag the full orders . By the way Kaul Sahib do you know any one from these two cos.” Lall Sahib asked anxiously .

“ Yes I know a couple of important guys from International Coke as well as Pepsi. But they are very professional sir and would be very strictly judging our skills of both operations and quality tests. We should get both orders but I need some immediate equipments for the laboratory for international testing of decorative bottles. These are very important” . I replied affirmatively.

 

“Discuss with the Purchase Manager and procure immediately whatever you require. Do not wait for my sanctions. I am going back tonight to Delhi and leave everything to you. I must have both orders . I trust your communication skills should be additional factor for our success. Good luck to you” l a l l sahib shook hands with me and proceeded to Delhi ,leaving me to fend for myself to accomplish the task as effectively as possible.

 

Needless to say we succeeded not in getting the full orders from both Giants but also in making huge profits for the company in the long run.

My second stint in R i s h i k e s h was very successful in all aspects and now a myriad of memories flow intermittently  to bring a moment’s peace to the soul and body together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEACH GIRL

Behold the Beach girl

Sweet and sour

Thunderous wonderous

reaching out just

to

amuse me with legions

of Love .

with almost no attire

the beach girl beckoning

 in a leap

sweeps me off the feet

into recesses of sea

so blue deep.

fighting the tides

steep

spring and neap.

In her tight clasp

Tossing plunging

I melt down to

her sensuous passion.

 amidst

Turbulent tempestuous

Waves

Storming to the shore.

Behold the beach girl

Garrulous gorgeous

But

enticing and engulfing

me

to the ecstacy

of

passionate bliss.

 

LOVE WE MUST

Love we must

And must we love

It doesn’t matter

Where we love

Oh my  pretty dove

Among the bushes

Deep down in the

Woods .

Stealithily in the nook of alleys

Or in the sprawling valleys

But love we must

And must we love

It does not matter

Where we live

On the green verdure

Enticing coquettish

pleasure

It doesnot matter

Where we make love

Along the sides of gurgling

brook

clinging to the branches

of rustling trees

enjoying a sensuous breeze

to tingle our passions

and delve deep in

Fathoms of eternity

Love we must

And must we love

 

 

DOWN THE SLOPPY HILL

Jump on Jump on

To the saddle

Resting firmly your feet

On the paddle

you are no more

A child in the cradle

With grit and Will

Just tumble down

The sloppy hill

Enjoying the rhyme

Rhythm of wind

Whirring Sweetly softly

Caressing, tossing up

Your face and hair.

The lark soaring up on the sky

Deep blue and high.

Flying with no fear

Tearing through the clouds

With cheer.

The birds swarm across

In flocks like beloveds

With arms akimbo

Like a Jumbo

In a freestyle show

You race down race down

Down and down

Turn and twist

Fume and fret

Like a speedy jet

with Grit and Will

Just tumble down

The sloppy hill.

Down and down

With smile only

No fear or frown