Monday, September 25, 2017

Sushma's befitting reply to Pak

External Affairs Minister of Sushma Swaraj has rightly exposed Pakistan before the world about its achievements and attainments in comparison to India in 70 years since Independence. As there is a difference of few hours of time between the Independence of both the countries, they should develop equally. But here, there is a wide gulf in the development between India and Pakistan. While India is way ahead, Pakistan is on verge of being declared a terrorist state by the international community. India in the last 70 years established a number of IITs, IIMs and AIIMS and produced a large number of engineers, doctors, technocrats, scientists managers of world fame, intellectuals etc., while Pakistan created an army of terrorists and their organizations like LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Haqqani network. The successive governments in India kept itself involved in achieving all-round development. India has become IT super power, while Pakistan has converted itself into the breeding ground for terrorists. Swaraj has also rightly called Pakistan Terroristan. Pakistan is known for promoting terror all over the world while India is known for its intellectual temperament, scientific temper, rich cultural tradition and vibrant democracy. India being the largest democracy of the world, and the successful carrying out of the electoral process by it for the last 70 years is also commendable. While Pakistan has been under its military rule half of the period since its inception. Sushma Swaraj has rightly questioned as to what has Pakistan offered to the world and to its own people apart from terrorism. This way Sushma Swaraj showed the mirror to Pak Prime Minister for his objectionable remarks about the functioning of Indian democracy at UNGA shows her acumen in presenting India’s view at UNGA. Indian doctors, engineers, scientists and others have made their marks in international arena, while Pakistanis are famous for terrorism all over the world. It is also Pak tactics to Keep India engaged in blame game to show the world that it too is not constructive. So, it will be better for India to take no notice of Pak's baseless charges. In a stinging response to Pakistan at the UNGA, Swaraj said that India is completely engaged in fighting poverty, whereas Islamabad seems engaged in fighting New Delhi. India must respond to Pak Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi’s goof up at the UN where she had shown pictures of Palestinian victims and tried to pass them off as 'evidence' of atrocities on Kashmiris. The picture used by Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN was reported by a number of media outlets as that of Rawia Abu Joma'a, a 17-year-old girl injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza city in 2014. Rawia's picture was taken by award-winning photographer Heidi Levine. It is not goof up made by Maleeha Lodhi but it was her deliberate attempt to defame India’s democracy before the world. She must be rebuffed without any loss of time so that the world could know about Pak's knavery.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Varanasi on development pedestal

Being the parliamentary constituency of the top Executive of the country, Varanasi is bound to see the light of the day. It is the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Before being PM’s parliamentary constituency, Varanasi is known all over the world as the holiest city in India. It is also the religious and cultural centre of the country. Above all, Varanasi is the abode of Lord Shiva (Baba Vishwanath). As far as the development of the Varanasi is concerned, it first needs cleanliness then development. It is also known for narrow lanes. First of all, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have ordered the civic body of Varanasi to keep the city neat and clean. Varanasi has also historical importance. The Ganges is said to be dirty in Varanasi and despite crores of rupees spent on her cleanliness, she remained dirty. PM Modi during the tour of his constituency should have taken serious note of it. PM has launched a bouquet of development projects and dedicated to the nation a Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum for weavers and artisans in Varanasi. It will certainly boost cultural heritage of the city and help increase the income of weavers and artisans. About 95,500 weavers in his constituency will be benefited. This Trade Facilitation Centre has been named after Deen Dayal Upadhya. PM's visit to Varanasi will certainly bring happiness and well-being for the weavers and craftsmen. Weavers and craftsmen will be economically benefited by several projects launched by the PM during his tour of the constituency. Being the VVIP constituency of the nation, Varanasi deserves all development projects' execution properly and speedily. By visiting Varanasi, PM Modi has shown that he is committed to the development of Kashi whom he had treated as his mother and on whose call he fought Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi as Prime Ministerial candidate. Undoubtedly, PM is development oriented and he keeps the issue of progress and peace as the top priority of his government. PM has also dedicated to the nation a state of the art Trade facilitation Centre named Deendayal Hast Kala Sankul and inaugurated the Crafts Museum.Craftsmen can now showcase their work at a global level and sell their crafts directly to buyers as well as preserve their heritage. PM also tried his hand at the digital interactive section that showcases the art and culture of Varanasi. Of special interest was the digital carpet in the carpet weaving display section of the Museum. Prime Minister had rightly said that the solution to every problem lies in development.He said that other parties are focused on only winning the elections, the goal of his government is the welfare of the poor. The Deen Dayal Hast Kala Sankul is an indispensable and necessary step to help weavers and artisans of Varanasi to preserve their heritage while integrating into the Global economy. This state of the art facility will certainly prove to be a boon for many. PM Modi has rightly criticized the previous UPA govt. for its lethargic approach towards development that resulted in great loss of time and money of the country.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Security is govt. domain

There must be a clear line of demarcation among the four wings- Judiciary, Legislature, Executive and the Press- in the democratically elected govt. As far as the matter of national security is concerned, it completely comes under the domain of executive and the legislature. Govt. of India has rightly filed an affidavit on Rohingya issue in the Supreme Court that decision to deport is an executive policy decision. Whether it is illegal Rohingya immigrants or anyone else who poses threat to the security of the nation must not be allowed to live in the country. These days, there has been an exodus of Rohingyas from the Rakhine province of Myanmar in large numbers because of a military offensive against them into Bangladesh, from where they are also crossing over to the bordering states of India adjacent to it. Rohingyas in large number are driven into Bangladesh across the border by the Myanmar military personnel. Myanmar slaps charges on ARSA, a terror outfit of Rohingya Muslims, who are bent on creating mayhem there, for the attack on its military personnel killing nine on August 25. Since then Myanmar army launched a military offensive against the Rohingyas who are allegedly in contact with terror organizations and IS. Myanmar alleges that Rohingyas are involved in carrying out terror acts and the military personnel are generally targeted. Though thousands of Rohingyas leave the Rakhine province of Myanmar for Bangladesh and from there some of them easily sneak into India, posing a security threat. Bangladesh High Commissioner already met Foreign Secretary Jaishankar and apprised him of the situation in view of a big exodus of Rohingyas from Rakhine province. They are reportedly pushed into Bangladesh. There are reportedly 40, 000 illegal immigrants (Rohingyas) living in India in different states and pose a serious threat to the security of the country. The govt. of India has taken right decision to deport all the illegal immigrants (Rohingyas) living in India. Illegal Rohingyas must not be allowed to live in India. India is also not under any obligation to take care of Rohingyas as a mark of humanitarian help. Only the genuine citizens of India have the right to stay here. Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly looked the other way from the issue of Rohingya, while traveling to Myanmar. As Myanmar is India’s trusted, close and tradition friend, it cannot offend it on the issue of Rohingyas. First of all, it is the responsibility of the govt. to take care of all its citizens, who are legally living here. The Centre’s affidavit says many Rohingyas figure in suspected sinister designs of ISI and ISIS and other extremist groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country. The Govt. says intelligence inputs show that illegal Rohingya immigrants in areas like Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat have links with terror organizations while some are involved in an organized influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts. National security ranks highest on country's list of priorities given its geopolitical influence in the region and its vulnerability to cross-border infiltration due to the porous nature of its borders. The Central Government observed that some Rohingyas are mobilizing funds through hawala channels, procuring fake documents and indulging in human trafficking. Many have managed to acquire fake Indian identity documents like PAN and voter cards. The affidavit makes it clear that the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of India is available to citizens only and not to illegal immigrants. While treating the issue as a highly sensitive one, the government will take a decision in the national interest. Govt. must take a decision in the national interest. It is the sovereign right of Myanmar to deal with its own people. India need not interfere in internal security affairs of other countries. Rohingyas have posed a security threat to Myanmar military personnel because of disaffection among them. The best thing would be to find an amicable solution to the problems through talks.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sindhu made India proud

Rio Olympic silver-medalist P.V. Sindhu took a sweet revenge of her World Championship defeat to Nozomi Okuhara by beating the Japanese opponent in the pulsating final match of the Korea Super Series badminton tournament. It was an exhilarating summit showdown that lasted one hour and 24 minutes, the ace shuttler produced a spirited performance as she bounced back from a game down to register a 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 win over Okuhara and eventually lift the third Super Series title. Badminton star PV Sindhu has made India proud by winning the Korea Superseries title in Seoul, South Korea with her brilliant performance. She is an extra-ordinary Badminton player who has displayed her talent in Badminton at several international stages. The entire nation is proud of her well-accomplished act on the field of sports. Sindhu is our sports icon. All of us are proud of her scintillating performance on the field. The entire nation has congratulated for her thumping performance. It is not the first time that Sindhu has made us proud. She has already performed brilliantly and won several awards for the nation at various international level sports competitions and matches in the past. The govt. of India must pay adequate attention to encourage more and more girls to participate in the sports of their choices. This is the time of women empowerment in every field of activity. Women are no less in any field than the men. The Hyderabadi shuttler staged a brilliant fight back to take a big lead in the mid-break of the decider and finally win the trophy despite a late surge from Okuhara. With the victory, Sindhu has become the first Indian to win the Korea Open Super Series title.World No. 4 Sindhu, who had won the China Super Series Premier last year and clinched the India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season, had earlier settled with the bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship after going down against Okuhara 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 in the finals in Glasgow. PV Sindhu has talent, technique and will to win the matches. She is always aggressive on the field. She is the pride of the nation, Sports ministry must take appropriate steps to encourage women sportspersons to play on large scale. At one point in time, the position of Sindhu weakened, but with the grace of God, she made a great fight back and won the match. The entire nation is grateful to her. She has done a miracle. Sports ministry must take a special step to encourage and confer awards on her. The days are not far off when she would emerge as the world champion of Badminton and hold the No.1 position.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Take decisive action against terror

British Prime Minister Theresa May has rightly warned of an imminent terror attack. She has warned after the yesterday’s attack on Tube train. She brought terror threat in Britain from severe to a critical level. It means that the terror attack on Britain is imminent. She also rightly ordered to replace police officers on guard duties with military personnel. British Security and intelligence agencies failed to get a scent of terror attack beforehand. There has been this type of terror attack on a tube train in Britain earlier also. Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the explosion in which 29 people were hurt after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasted on a Tube train at the Parsons Green Station. The joint terrorism and analysis centre, the independent organization responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of available intelligence has now decided to raise it from severe to critical. This is the fourth time that the assessment has been placed at the highest level in the past 11 years.The UK's threat level was upgraded from "severe" to "critical" on May 23 following the Manchester bombing on May 22, in which a bomb exploded in the foyer of Manchester Arena moments after US pop star Ariana Grande left the stage. The attack left 22 dead and 59 injured. Britain has been a strong ally of the US-led International fight against terrorism. This is not the first time that terror attack on Britain Tube train took place. The US formed an international coalition when its own sovereignty was challenged by 9/11 terror attack. The US in a fit of rage called a meeting to form an international coalition to fight terror to finish. But it did not succeed in its aim. The US invaded Afghanistan to hold catch of the perpetrators of 9/11 and throw outlawed Taliban regime out. Since the terror had hurt it directly, it took initiative to fight against it unitedly. Otherwise, it did not pay any attention. This is the double standard in its approach towards terror. Britain has also been a very strong ally of an international coalition led by the US to fight against terror. Until and unless the entire western countries rise above self-interest and make concerted effort against terrorism, it can never be finished. Which one of the big 5 powers of the world does not know that terror emanates from Pakistan? It is the breeding ground of terror. The terror incident happening anywhere in the world has its roots in Pakistan. Despite knowing this, even one of the five big powers supports Pakistan on the issue of terror only because it hurts India most. So, as long as this tendency of double standard persists among the big 5 powers, the fight against terrorism will remain incomplete. Whether it is IS, LeT, Jaish or al-Qaeda, all must be flushed out of the world by a united attempt. And as long as the tendency that this terror is good or that terror is bad persists, nothing can be achieved and terror will continue to flourish all over the world. If the terror attack is not pre-empted, the merely upgrading of the threat level is of no use. With upgrading the threat level, the security arrangement must also be made to that proportion. British security agencies are required to be alert always to thwart any terror attack in advance.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Strengthening relation between India and Japan

The warmth, affection, and affinity shown towards Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amply reflect how close these two countries are with each other. It is PM Modi's personal touch that he makes the world leaders visiting India his friends. He develops a personal rapport with Japanese PM Shinzo, who had also visited Kashi in 2015 along with PM Modi. India being the largest democracy of the world, the leaders of all developed countries keep PM Modi in the highest esteem. Both PM Modi and visiting Japanese PM Shinzo signed a number of agreements between the two countries. In the joint declaration issued by both the leaders, there has been specific mention of terror organizations like LeT, Jaish, and others based in Pakistan. They favour immediate action against the terror outfits. Pakistan has provided them safe havens. Prime Minister Shinzo supported India's demand of bringing perpetrators of 26/11 and Pathankot terror attack to justice. It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effort that the name of Pak-based terror organizations like Let and Jaish got mentioned in Brics Declarations at Xiamen of China, despite the displeasure of the host. It is the personality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that dominates every international meeting and platform. All the world leaders are found of PM Modi's charismatic personality. As PM Modi had promised to introduce Bullet train in India during the Lok Sabha elections if elected to power, he delivered on that by taking a loan of 1.1 lakh crore rupees on a nominal interest from Japan. Bullet train is the sign of development. Japan has shown readiness in providing all assistances to complete the track laying work speedily. The inauguration of the Bullet train foundation, which is to run between Ahmadabad and Mumbai, has already been done. Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe laid the foundation stone for the proposed Ahmadabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Network, known as the bullet train, at Ahmadabad. Prime Minister Modi has rightly said that 'friend' Japan gave India a loan worth Rs. 88,000 crore at 0.1 per cent interest and further praised Prime Minister Abe for taking a personal interest in the bullet train project and ensuring that it fructifies into something huge for India. As per the railway ministry officials, the operating speed of the bullet train will be 320 kilometers per hour and the maximum speed will be 350 kilometers per hour. With this, India has become the first to import the iconic 'Shinkansen' bullet-train technology after Taiwan. The Japanese Govt. has also agreed to fund the project at minimum interest rates. Undoubtedly, PM Modi is a development-oriented politician. He has left his imprint on all world leaders, and all respect him very much. Japan has been a good old friend of India. It has rightly condemned the nuclear tests undertaken by North Korea time and again. Japan has been the worst affected country by a nuclear explosion. PM's pet projects of Skill India, Digital, India, Make in India and Stand UP India were appreciated by the visiting Japanese PM Shinzo. Japan invested USD 4.7 billion in India during 2016-2017, which is 80 per cent higher than the last year. The initiatives like the Ease of Doing Business, Skill India or Make in India show that India is transforming. PM Modi has rightly urged the Japanese business community to open the maximum number of Japanese restaurant chains in India. This visit of PM Shinzo is very successful from India’s point of view as it has not only got heavy investment from Japan but also full-throated support to fight against Pak-sponsored terrorism. A new hope pouring in investment from outside has dawned on India with the visit of Japanese PM Shinzo.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Morale booster to Cong, strong jolt to BJP in DUSU elections

The result of DUSU elections is a booster to the sagging Congress morale and a very strong jolt to the ruling BJP at the Centre. Delhi University being the most prestigious in the country, the message which goes out of it has a great significance. It is the first time in four years that Congress grabbed the post of President in Delhi University Students' Union elections. The posts of president and vice president went to Congress and Secretary and Joint Secretary went to BJP. From any parameter of political standard, it can easily be deduced that the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone down among the students of DU, JNU, Punjab and Rajasthan University where the elections to students' union have recently been held. Whether the BJP accepts it or not, one thing that clearly indicates is that the students’ community dislikes the politics of division, discrimination, distortion, deviousness, and recrimination, which is being promoted and played by the fringe groups of the ruling political party. The students want peace, progress, employment, and co-existence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have realized that by only giving long speech extempore and doing nothing on the ground among the people are bound to fall flat. Preaching cannot fill the empty stomachs of the people. The youth had wholeheartedly supported PM Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with great hope. They chanted 'Modi, Modi very loudly as a sign of their approval to him, who now appears to be realizing that he is no different from his predecessors. The hastily introduced GST and whimsically implemented demonetization has now proved to be great failures. The market is getting gloomier and gloomier and economic growth has come down by two per cents. The employment opportunities are shrinking day by day in contrary to the promises made by PM Modi during 2014 Lok Sabha elections that if voted to power, his govt. would generate 2 Crore jobs every year for the youth of the country. The reality is that even 2 lakh jobs have not been created in any one of the three years of BJP govt. The condition of Jammu and Kashmir is getting worse and worse. It appears that Modi govt. is directionless and has no policy on Kashmir. Realizing the all round disillusionment prevailing in the country, the students of DU have given a very appropriate message to BJP to awake within the time. Otherwise, it would face the same fate as Congress faced in 2014. The vote of the people must not be taken for granted by politicians. The BJP may say that DUSU result will have no impact on the popularity graph of PM, but one thing is crystal clear that BJP must read the writing on the wall. Otherwise, it is bound to be thrown out. Only tall speech of PM is no longer taken seriously by the people. Congress must also be not in any delusion that with the victory in DU, it has won the battle. Its battle has begun now and be fought democratically to take to the logical end. Congress is also required to cast off its lethargy and overhaul organizational set-ups from the village to the national units as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An endeavour to communicate with people

Congress Vice- President Rahul Gandhi is on a two-week visit to the US. He addressed there the students of California University, Berkley on 'India at 70: Reflections on the Path of Forward'. Mr. Gandhi spoke on a wide of range of topics. He attacked Narendra Modi govt. at the Centre. His sharp criticism of Modi govt. has unnerved the ruling BJP. He hit the BJP hard. To defend the govt., almost all important ministers and spokespersons of the party came out before the press to blast Rahul Gandhi and called him a failed dynast. Rahul said that Modi govt. failed on all counts. Prime Minister Modi’s hastily taken decision of introducing GST without giving much thought to it and his move of demonetization brought the GDP growth down to two percents. Though Rahul Gandhi candidly admitted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a better communicator than he, his failure on all fronts has caused dismay in the country. On the issue of dynastic politics in India, he rightly said that most of the states' politics is controlled by dynastic politics. So, it will be an exaggeration of the fact on the ground that only Nehru-Gandhi family members represent dynastic politics. Rahul Gandhi rightly said that Mr. Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. M K Stalin in Tamil Nadu, Anurag Singh in Himachal Pradesh and Abhishek Bachchan in Bollywood, are all dynasts. From the South to the North almost every political family pursues dynastic politics. Dynastic politics plays a major role in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh etc. In almost all states, the CM grooms his son as immediate successor in politics. In Himachal Pradesh former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal's son Anurag Singh has already been trained to take the charge of CM if ever the opportunity came his way. Badals family in Punjab is famous for ruling the state. In Bihar, Lalu's son Tejswi Yadav has been groomed to take over all political assignments of the family. This way, it is wrong to say that only Rahul Gandhi represents the dynatic politics. With the elapse of three years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's govt., vice-president Rahul Gandhi accused him of massively opening up space for the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi has rightly said that when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by the Congress, was in power, he had worked with former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior leaders like P. Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh to resolve the problems facing Jammu and Kashmir for nine years. He blames PM Modi for destroying the hope and aspiration of Kashmiris. The situation in Kashmir is getting worse and worse. Undoubtedly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed so far to act to bring the normalcy in the region. It is correct that Narendra Modi govt. has neither given policy nor direction. India's Kashmir policy appears to be directionless. Gandhi would interact with global thinkers and political leaders, and address overseas Indians as part of an outreach initiative by his party, during his U.S. visit.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

India to play greater role in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is India's tried, tested and traditional friend. From the point of view of culture and civilization, India and Afghanistan have been very closely attached since time immemorial. Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani has held delegation level talks with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj aimed at advancing 'India Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Council'in New Delhi and agreed to remain united in dealing with the challenges posed by cross border terrorism. Both India and Afghanistan are faced with the problems of cross border terrorism. The sanctuaries and safe havens are provided to terrorists against India and Afghanistan. They are provided all assistances to create mayhem in these two countries. Without naming Pakistan, both the countries hinted adequately about its involvement in aiding and abetting terrorism. Since the beginning, India has been playing an important role in rebuilding and reconstructing Afghanistan, which was devastated by the Taliban. Despite the loss of precious lives and property, India never retraced its steps from helping Afghanistan. Apart from being an old and close friend of India, Afghanistan is also very strategically important. Due to Afghanistan's strategic importance, it India's obligation to be present there with men and material to build and reconstruct it. India has been constantly helping the civilian govt. of Afghanistan in its fight against cross border terrorism. Pakistan never liked Afghanistan to be closer to India. But it is a matter of importance that Afghanistan always preferred India to Pakistan whenever the question before it arose to choose between the two. India's presence in Afghanistan and its deep involvement in rebuilding and reconstructing it have always been an eye-sore for Pakistan. So, the need of the hour for both the countries to remain united like a rock against the onslaught of terrorism. Even the entire world knows that most of the terrorists are reported to be found at the place where Afghans regularly visit. The time has come for India and Afghanistan to remain united against all odds placed in the way by Pakistan. Pakistan is a very notorious country and its ISI is always on look out to create mayhem to make the security affairs vulnerable. After the talks, four agreements were exchanged in areas like health and transport between Afghanistan and India. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has rightly said without naming Pakistan that India remains united in overcoming the challenges posed by cross border terrorism and safe havens and sanctuaries to both our countries. India supports national peace and reconciliation in an atmosphere free from violence and within the framework of Afghanistan’s Constitution.It has been and will continue to work with the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to build a secure, stable, peaceful, prosperous, united and inclusive nation. Ministry of External Affairs has said that both ministers jointly agreed to embark on a New Development Partnership in keeping with the priorities of Afghanistan and the main focus will continue on building governance and democratic institutions; human resource capacity and skill development. The visit of Afghanistan foreign minister to India assumes a greater importance that it is being undertaken in view of US President’s Donal Trump’s suggestion that India should play a bigger role in Afghanistan.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Myanmar rebuffs ARSA’s truce offer

Since the insurgency broke out on August 25 by a group of Rohingyas in the Rakhine province of Myanmar, the chain of violence set in motion. Rohingya insurgents have reportedly killed 12 security officers of Myanmar. The Myanmar military launched an offensive against the Rohingya Muslims, who are largely the inhabitants of Rakhine province. It has been reportedly estimated that at least 1000 Rohingyas were killed in a military offensive against the insurgents. Thousands of Rohingyas are fleeing the Rakhine state. Their exodus on large scale in Bangladesh creates another problem of humanitarian crisis. The condition of Rohingya Muslims is reportedly getting worse and worse in the province of Rakhine. They are crying for food and shelter. Every country has its sovereign right to protect and maintain its peace and security. Rohingya insurgents try to create mayhem in Myanmar. So, Myanmar military has toughened its stand against them. The offer of truce for a limited period by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) was rebuffed by the Myanmar. It is not prepared to negotiate amid ongoing violence in Rakhine province of the country. Rohingyas are facing humanitarian crisis and the international organization UNHCR has taken note of the situation. Bangladesh is itself financially constraint. The refugees from Myanmar rushing into Bangladesh across the border have become unmanageable for it. So, Bangladesh High Commissioner has also met Indian Foreign Secretary to brief him on the problem arising out of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar in Bangladesh. The issue requires serious attention of the international community to resolve it. Myanmar is also right in saying that there could be no negotiation with terrorists. It rightly believes terror and talk cannot go together. Myanmar says its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against the ARSA, which the government has declared a terrorist organization.The ARSA in Myanmar's Rakhine state had declared a month-long ceasefire starting on Sunday after more than two weeks of violence and called on the Myanmar Govt. to respond in the same manner. At least 294,000 ethnic Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh since fighting broke out on August 25, according to a situation report from the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in Bangladesh. The report said $77 million in funding was needed to deliver urgent aid to the new arrivals. Rohingyas are not recognized by Myanmar as its citizens and are called Bengali by them and leaders of countries with majority Muslim populations including Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh have led efforts to increase pressure on the Myanmar government. According to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, so far, an estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Amid a dramatic increase in the number of refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state, UNHCR has rightly called for urgent action to address the root causes of the recent surge in violence, so that people are no longer compelled to flee and can eventually return home in safety and dignity. It is the urgent requirement of the international community to sit together and find out a solution to the problems of violence in the Rakhine province of Myanmar. The violence is stated to be espoused by Rohingya insurgents. All human beings must live safely with dignity.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Horrible and shocking murder due to security lapses in school

Now, no one is safe anywhere in the city. Neither young woman, elderly people are safe in their homes nor are the boys and girls in schools. The gruesome murder of 7-year-old Pradyumn Thakur allegedly by school Bus conductor in the Toilet of his prestigious Ryan International School in Gurgaon is shocking and horrible. The perpetrators of appaling crime must be arrested without any loss of time. The school is considered to be the safest place for the children after their homes. The parents leave their children in school to study and become rest assured of their safety and security. But when the school turned out to be their children's graveyard, it is most heartbroken and shocking. Pradyumn's father had left him along with his sister at the school gate and went home. But after a few hours, school telephoned him that his son was bleeding and admitted to the hospital. He rushed to the hospital and found his son dead. He called it a clear case of murder. Undoubtedly, it is a clear case of murder. It also reflects very poorly on the law and order in Haryana. The Ryan school is not an ordinary school. It is one of the prestigious schools in Gurgaon. Gurgaon is also not like any other town or city of the country. It houses most of the MNCs and it is full of high rise buildings. People belonging to upper middle-class category live in large number in Gurgaon. The security measures should also be full proof there. But it is completely lacking in security and the city is ill-policed. The first responsibility of students’ safety and security is of school. The moment parents leave them at the school gate, their security lies with it. But the school has completely failed in providing safety and security to the children. The trusts of the parents are broken. The bus conductor of the school is accused of murdering Pradyumn. The conductor was reportedly stimulating in the school washroom when Pradyumn also went there and he saw him do this type of behaviour, he raised an alarm. It is also alleged that conductor assaulted the boy sexually as his semen was reportedly found on the shirt of the deceased school boy. According to the news paper report, when the boy resisted bus conductor's sexual advance, he slashed his neck with sharp tools. Though school promptly acted and informed the police and took the boy to the hospital, it is its lapses that why it employed the bus staff of this character and why it allowed him to share the toilet with the boys in the school. Had the school got the accused bus conductor verified by the police, this shocking and saddening incident of murder could not have happened. It is clearly evident that school management has left the safety measures to the winds. That is why the shocking and horrible murder of Pradyumn Thakur took place in school Toilet. The main aim of all the private schools in big cities of the nation, including Gurgaon, is to fleece as much money possible from the parents of the children in the name of different kinds of development and security measures, but do nothing. That is why the school turns out to be the graveyard of the innocent children. Though this is not the first time that a boy of 7 Yrs of the 2nd standard was murdered in school premises, there has been the death of boy due to drowning in another school as reported earlier also. The school management must take seriously this horrible and shocking incident and take measures to ensure that the incident like is not repeated.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Act against cow vigilantes involved in violence

The apex court has rightly asked all States and Union Territories to appoint nodal police officers district-wise to act against cow vigilante groups that engage in violence and mayhem. They should also be entrusted with prosecuting all those cow vigilantes, who are involved in violence. Four BJP-ruled States — Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Gujarat — accepted the apex court's suggestion to appoint dedicated nodal police officers in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to prevent cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks, as they call themselves, from "taking the law or becoming the law unto themselves." SC has rightly asked the state and central governments to act against cow vigilantes, perpetrating violence in society. Since the Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. came to power in 2014, there has been an unexpected rise in violence against Muslim cattle traders in the country in the name of protecting the cow. Cow slaughter has already been banned in many states of the country. It must be banned. But in the name of protecting the cow, unleashing violence against Muslims and Dalits is not acceptable. It is the duty of the state govt. to ensure the safety of life and property of the citizen. State govt. must also be made responsible to prevent violence in the name of cow protection. Central govt. must also act against the state govt., which fails to protect the lives and property of the citizens from the so-called cow protection group or Gaurakshaks. Central govt. should be very much serious to act against the states, which fail to enforce the rule of law and protect innocent lives, which are lost in the name of cow protection by cow vigilantes. The apex court has rightly asked the state govt. to appoint a nodal police officer district-wise in the state with the task of ensuring that no violence takes in the name of cow protection. Most of the violences in the name of cow protection by vigilantes have taken place in the BJP-ruled states. That is why the Central govt. should be extra-cautious to stop violence in society in the name of cow protection by the vigilantes. The senseless killing of Mohammad Aflaq over beef rumour in a Noida village, cattle trader Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan on Highway, a Muslim boy stabbed to death on a Faridabad bound train over the allegation of beef in Haryana and several other incidents like these in Jharkhand are enough for the court to put the state and Central govt. on notice. As the ruling BJP provides at least moral support to cow vigilantes despite PM Narendra Modi's warning time and again to them, it is a great matter of great concern for all law abiding people of the nation that violence continued to take place unabated. Undoubtedly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed strong observation against the so-called cow vigilantes and warned them seriously, but it is surprising that this made no impact on them. It is also beyond any doubt that so-called Gau Rakshaks are the staunch supporters of BJP and have a strong attachment with its doting parent the RSS. The apex court appears to have taken all activities of the BJP govt. at the Centre and in the states in regard to the taking action against the cow vigilantes in view while asking them to crack down on cow vigilantes involved in violence. The state and the Central govt must be made responsible for to check any violence in the name of cow protection. Protecting cow is good, but the killing of the innocent people in its name is highly reprehensible.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Gory murder – An attempt to silence the voice of dissent

Gauri Lankesh was known for outspokenness and raising voice against the Hindutva brand of politics. She was mercilessly murdered only because she gave voice to a cause. She always spoke her mind fearlessly. She was one of the famous voices against the Hindutva thought and action. She had also been slapped defamation case by a BJP member in which she was jailed for six months, though she got bail immediately. Gauri Lankesh was known among the journalist brethren and civil society as a fearless voice against religious fanaticism, superstition, obscurantism, and parochialism. This is not the first time that the anti-establishment voice has been crushed this way. She was shot dead outside the gate of her residence in Bengaluru's Rajrajeshwari Nagar allegedly by three unknown gunmen. It also reflects very poorly on the law and order of Siddharamaihya govt. of Congress in Karanataka. Fragile and feeble law and order of Karnataka has also come to the fore in Lankesh’s killing. Bengaluru is not an ordinary town but the state capital and IT hub of the nation. It was only around 8 in the evening when she was shot dead at her residence in the city. It is not the first time that the sane and rational voice has been crushed in this manner brutally in the country. Not very long ago only a few years or so, MM Kalmurgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dhabholkar were killed only because they were against superstitions, opposed BJP govt. in the country and talked of rationality. Their fault was only that they criticized govt.'s functioning openly. They were progressive and development-oriented. That is why they were allegedly killed by Hindutva elements. In democracy, freedom of the press is indispensable. Otherwise, fascist forces would pose a great threat to it. Gauri Lankesh edited her Tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike. She expressed her views through it fearlessly against the Hindutva forces. Every citizen of the country has the right to express his or her voice without any fear. The murder of Gauri Lankesh is not the murder of an individual but an attack on the freedom of the press. Though there has been a wide condemnation of the cold blooded murder of Lankesh, the need of the hour is to raise voice against this dastardly killing unitedly. The journalists, civil society members, social activists and common people must come under the single banner to oppose with all might at their disposal the attack on freedom of expression so that justice could be done. The culprits of Lankesh murder must be awarded deterrent punishment. It would be better if the case of Lankesh murder is immediately handed-over to CBI to look into it to take it to a logical conclusion. The culprits must be arrested by the Karnataka police immediately so that the people would come to know about them. The murder of this type is a very bad omen for democracy. The culprit of Lankesh murder must be brought to book as early as possible by the Karnataka police The murder of Kalburgi remains unsolved to date. The biggest finding in the Kalburgi murder case, being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Karnataka police, so far is the fact that the 7.65 mm pistol used for the killing of the rationalist is the same gun that was used to murder 81-year-old Maharashtra rationalist and leftist thinker Govind Pansare in Kohlapur on February 16, 2015, by two unidentified men. Lankesh murder must not meet the same fate. So, all newsmen, publications, civil society members, social activists and media (print and Electronic) of the country must come under an umbrella to build pressure on Govt. at the Centre to act against Lankesh's killers as early as possible. IT is good that ministry of home affairs has sought the detailed report on Gauri Lankesh murder. But the most urgent need is to take stringent action against the culprits.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

China relents a little on terror

It is in India's favour that Pak-based and supported terror organizations - Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e- Mohammad and Haqqani network - were specifically mentioned in the Brics Declaration at its Summit in Xiamen in China. China had already asked India not to mention terror at Brics Summit. China is still opposed to India's move at UN supported by US, UK etc. to get Jaish Chief Masood Azhar declared a global terrorist. It has still not budged from its stand of supporting all-weather friend Pakistan. Brics is meant for the cooperation of all types, especially economic, among the member countries. The issue of terror, illiteracy, poverty, ecological and health problems haunts the Brics most. The need of the hour for all the Brics members is to make a united effort to deal with the burning issues in the region unitedly. Without eliminating terror, peace is impossible in the region. And without peace, there cannot be any development. Despite facing the problem of terror, which emanates from Pakistan, it is surprising that China does not want to hear against Pakistan on this issue. At the last Brics Summit in Goa, Pak based terror organizations were not mentioned in the summit declaration. So, it is India's success that its relentless effort to fight terror yielded a result. But merely mentioning of the Pak -based terror organization in Xiamen Brics Declaration and not acting seriously against it will be of any meaning. Unless and until all Brics member countries sit together and discuss the issue impartially how to cope with terror effectively, it is fruitless to talk of against terror. Why the country which is alleged to have abetted, aided, nurtured and supported terror was not singled out. Prime Minister Narerndra Modi always put forth India's views on terror very strongly at all international platforms. Among the Brics members, India has the adequate saying. The close friendship between China and Pakistan must not be allowed to come in between two Brics nations. As the issue of terror is directly linked to Pakistan, the Brics member countries have obligation and responsibility to act together to wipe out terrorism from the face of the region. China must not come to the rescue of Pakistan when its involvement in spreading terror has been proved times without number. By supporting Pakistan on the issue of terror, China also weakens the fight against terrorism on the international basis. Afghanistan is the most affected country in the region by terrorism. India has a great role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan even at the cost of lives and property. Several Indians have perished in terror attack in Afghanistan. And it is the handiwork of Pakistan because India's growing clout and involvement in the reconstruction of Afghanistan has always been eye sore for Pakistan. So, China must rethink and stop supporting Pakistan on the issue of Terrorism. It may back its all weather friend on the economic front but act against it on the issue of terrorism. The growing terrorism in the region is posing a great threat to humanity. Terror must be dealt with iron hand and all Brics nations must speak in one voice against it. It is against humanity. It has neither any religion nor caste. So, Brics nation should have taken a vow to eliminate terrorism from the region and tread the path of progress and development together.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Four BJP's Gen Next leaders promoted as Cabinet Ministers

The prominent leaders of next generation of BJP - Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Padhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi- have been promoted as Cabinet ministers in the Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers in its 3rd reshuffles. It is perhaps the last and final Cabinet reshuffles by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before going to assembly polls in nine states within a year and the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have together are preparing the strategy to face the up coming state assembly elections, and finally the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. That is why the BJP leaders from the states which are to go to polls have been given prominence in the Cabinet reshuffles. But all the four BJP ministers of Gen Next- Nirmala Sitharama, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Praddhan- are rootless leaders. They have not faced Lok Sabha elections even for once in their political lives so far. All are Rajya Sabha members. So, they cannot be considered as mass-based leaders as they are indirectly elected. One or two among the four newly promoted Cabinet ministers may have contested Lok Sabha elections, but have not tasted victory even once. The biggest surprise of the Union Cabinet reshuffle is the promotion of Nirmala Sitharaman as the Defence Minister. She will be only second female Defence Minister of the country after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. She has got very quick promotion in only three years from the party spokesperson to the Defence minister of the country. Though Army is virtually the male domain, her being the Defence Minister will certainly encourage women to choose military service as the career. Sitharam was very articulate as the party spokesperson in 2014. She defended the party aptly and put forward its views very clearly before the anchors in the live TV debates during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. On the basis of extraordinary performance as party spokesperson, she was taken into the Council of Ministers as minister of state in 2014. Defence was under Arun Jaitely as additional portfolio after the resignation Manohar Parrikar as Defence Minister. Sitharaman being the Defence Minister, she will be automatically on the Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PM Modi has promoted all these next generation leaders of the party on the basis of performance. PM expects from them to perform more and more and be visible on the ground in view the Lok Sabha elections only in two years. Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Naquvi, the Muslim face of the BJP, have peformed better in the eyes of Shah and PM Modi. As far as the overall performance of the Modi govt. in the last 3 years is concerned, it has not been extraordinary. Nothing is visible on the ground for betterment. Reshuffling Cabinet does not mean it would enhance the performance of the ministers as it is also reported that they are asked to catch the thief with their bounded. Power is centred in PMO. No minister dare take the decision on his own without the prior consent of PMO. Union Minister Piyush Goyal has been given the charge of Railway Ministry, post the mega Cabinet rejig on Sunday morning.This comes after Suresh Prabhu formally bade adieu to the 'rail family' on Twitter, earlier in the day. He has now been assigned the portfolio of the Minister of Commerce and Industry. Goyal has also been declared as the Minister of Coal. He has been responsible for bringing about a turnaround in power production and delivered on the government's plan to electrify villages. The Union Cabinet reshuffle shows that the MoSs, who have worked hard and brought result in the eyes of party president Amit Shah and PM Modi, have been promoted.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bihar Cong gasping for breath

14 Congress MLAs out of 27 have reportedly formed an informal group and they are on the verge of joining Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U). CM Nitish Kumar has recently dismantled the ruling Mahagatbandhan of JD(U), RJD and Congress and aligned with BJP to form the government. After the fall of Mahagatbandhan govt., the pressure appeared to have been built on some Congress MLAs by Upper caste voters to go with Nitish Kumar. CM Nitish Kumar ditched the Mahagathbandhan and formed Govt. with BJP. As far as the Congress party is concerned, it had got an opportunity to be in power after it was thrown out of it in 1990. It is also after 27 years that it appeared that Congress could revive when it won 27 seats in the assembly out of 40 for which it had fought. When Congress leadership got a hint of the development about forming an informal group of 14 party MLAs, party President Sonia Gandhi acted promptly by asking state party president Ashok Chaudhary and the leader in assembly Sadanand Singh to come to Delhi to brief her. Mrs. Gandhi has rightly asked Chaudhary and Singh to take immediate measures to stop a split in the party. The Congress has 27 MLAs and six MLCs in Bihar. Of them, four — Ashok Choudhary, Madan Mohan Jha (both MLCs), Abdul Jalil Mastan and Awadesh Kumar Singh (both MLAs) — were ministers in the grand alliance government. A few other senior MLAs were hopeful of being accommodated in state boards and corporations before CM Nitish Kumar broke away from RJD and Congress to reunite with BJP. If the Congress splits at this juncture, there will be a great loss for the party. But it would strengthen CM Nitish Kumar in the assembly. Congress charges Nitish Kumar of engineering a split in the party to emerge stronger. It is natural that if 14 Congress MLAs joined JD(U), its strength in the assembly would go up. But it is the anti-defection law that prevents the 14 Congress MLAs from resigning from the party. So, they may be trying to cause a vertical split in the party to form a separate group. Mrs. Gandhi has swung into action and stopped a split in Bihar party unit for the time being. The base of the Congress has shrunk in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh considerably. These are the two biggest and politically most important states. And it is because of this that Congress is getting weaker and weaker election by election there. Without a strong base, a national party like Congress, which is also the oldest one, cannot rule the country. The main cause behind this deplorable and precarious condition of Congress is its weak organization from village to the state capital level. There is also a dearth of new and promising leaders in these two states. The old leaders in these two states have lost their connectivities with the people on the ground level. The time has gone when politics was done from the air-conditioned rooms in Delhi. Today, if you are in politics, you have to be on the ground to share people's problems. Still, there are at least some congress men in every village in India. But in the absence organizational support, the party men are vanishing very fast. So, the leadership of the Congress party first overhauls the entire organizational set-up in these two states from village to state capital level. Congress leadership must handover the charge of the Bihar state party units at all levels to the leaders, who are young, honest, and energetic and have ideologically unflinching loyalty to the leadership to take it out of a mess, morose and moribund condition.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Govt. indifference to Mumbaikars’ flood ordeal

This is not the first time that Mumbaikars have experienced water logging due to heavy and incessant rains for the first time. They have experienced more devastating water logging scene than this one, but what they have not seen is the inefficient, callous, lethargic and negligent govt. of Maharashtra like this incumbent one. BJP is ruling in the state and at the Centre. But the response of the government in Mumbai to the ordeal of Mumbaikars is horrible. Mumbai is not only the capital of Maharashtra but it is also the commercial capital of the nation. It is a cosmopolitan city where people from all over the world live. It has cosmopolitan character. The successive government at the Centre has always been assuring Mumbaikars of making Mumbai Shanghai or Singapore but what they see is that its condition is getting worse and worse. This is new India where everything happens opposite to the promises made by PM and Ministers. This time Meteorological department had cautioned the Maharastra govt. of heavy rains in advance. But the Fadnavis govt. took no measure to deal with the devastating water logging in the city. It is because ruling politicians neither themselves nor their relatives stuck in waist deep water on the roads nor none of them lost lives. Apart from the sheer failure of Maharashtra govt. in alleviating the pain of Mumbaikars caused by heavy rains and logging of water all over the city, the largest and the richest civic body BMC has also failed miserably to help the people. Near about dozen Mumbaikers died due to water logging in the city. It appears that the commercial capital, which is known for Bollywood all over the world, the city has been left to disorder, disturbance, and flounder. The civic body of Mumbai (BMC) is ruled by Shiva Sena, the partner in BJP state and central governments and its oldest allies. The worsening condition of Mumbai on Tuesday clearly reflected the inefficiency of the state govt. and BMC. It is surprising that despite the unbearable hardship caused by water logging in the city, no word against Shiv Sena boss or BJP govt. is spoken. This is the utter failure of BMC and govt. in tackling the situation. When the early warning of heavy rains on Tuesday was already given, why did neither the civic body nor the govt. take any preventive measure? It is well known that rains cannot be stopped, but smooth functioning of drainage could be ensured. The drains all over the city are choked. No govt. or civic official take any measure to clear it. Water logging is a perennial problem in the city. There needs to be well-planning for the passage of water smoothly. Fadnavis govt. and Shiv Sena run BMC but pay no attention to improve the civic life in the cosmopolitan city. The water logging in Mumbai must have been watched on TV news channels all over the world. What picture about Mumbai water logging would have been painted outside the country. As the flood waters receded in Mumbai, the grim task of taking stock of the havoc wreaked on the city got underway. According to latest reports, five people died and seven were reported missing while at least 11 were injured since Tuesday's torrential downpour. A 29-year-old lawyer was among those killed by the deluge. He was found dead inside his car after floodwaters receded at King's Circle on Wednesday, a chilling throwback to the death by suffocation of at least 16 people in cases where they were locked inside their cars during the 2005 flood. Meanwhile, multiple disaster control agencies had begun a manhunt for noted gastroenterologist (58), who is feared to have been sucked into a manhole on Senapati Bapat Marg during Tuesday's downpour. It means that in New India the life and property of the people will be left at the mercy of God and the govt. would be looking as the mute spectator to the people's woes.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Doklam disengagement

The rising tension over Doklam at the tri-junction of Bhutan, India and China has finally been reduced through apt diplomatic efforts made by China and India together. Both China and India pulled back their respective forces from Doklam. Both honoured disengagement agreement. Doklam is virtually the territory of Bhutan, which is at tri-junction of India, Bhutan, and China. China tried to make a motorable road through Doklam, posing a security threat to India. Indian Army jawans stopped the Chinese road construction team from working there that resulted in the scuffle between Chinese and Indian soldiers also. China showed one sided aggression at least verbally through its state run media, but India always showed restraint and patience to hold on. India showed China that it cannot change the status quo in Doklam as per the agreement between the two in 2012. It cannot be done by force. India had already assured Himalayan kingdom of providing security to its territorial sovereignty. China became furious at India for obstructing its road making spree as it was its part of a programme of encircling India. It threw challenges to India time and again to aggravate the situation. China must know that India can't buckle under pressure, and it proved all its threat as bubbles in the air. India remained resolute and committed to its stand. Indian army was unmoved and adamant not to allow the status of Doklam change forcibly by China. India held its ground. It is also India's success that it dealt Doklam issue diplomatically. China felt that when the territory did not belong to India, why did it oppose with all military might at its disposal? India never displayed aggression and even did not counter Chinese state run-media's belligerent story in the same vein. But even if China pulled its troop, it must not be fully believed that it would now not resort to aggression again. India is required to be alive to China's double standard approach to serve its interest. India is a formidable country and it would not be easy for China to go to war with it over Doklam. It has been the characteristics of China and India that despite border dispute in place since 1962, no single fire has been shot from any side. It is Chinese expansionist market policy and India’s military might that now restrain China from going to war. As India is the largest market for Chinese goods, it is difficult for China to think of war option in this age of open economy. So, as both India and China are emerging economy in the world, they will avoid war at all costs. The great change has come over in every respect since 1962. Neither India nor China can behave as if they were in 1962. This is 2017, not 1962. Both the countries are required to take measures that could help them prosper together. Economy governs and controls every sphere of life. It plays a very important role in planning and implementation of economic measures. If war breaks between the two countries, all economic activities would immediately come to a standstill. So, neither China nor India likes to go to war. War means destruction. No constructive work can be done during the time of war. China is rigid country. Expansion in terms of a territorial area may be its wish, but now the time changed and no country likes to involve itself in any type of quarrel.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

PM's warning ineffective

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly said that violence in the name of religion is intolerable. But this is not the first time that PM has warned perpetrators of violence in the name of religion. His warning has been ineffective. It is almost six months back that PM had depicted so-called Gaurakshak in a very bad way and warned them that if they did not stop their violence in the name of religion, they would be duly punished. PM Modi in his address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort had warned perpetrators of violence in society in the name of religion. He has also said the same in his favourite monthly Radio Programme Man Ki Bat has strongly warned the promoters of violence in the name of religion. But his purpose of warning remained of no consequences. PM rightly said that irrespective of who they are and what they are all perpetrators of violence will be dealt with as per the law of the land. Since the Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. came to power, one thing is certain and visible to all that the so-called Gau Rakshak and Hindu chauvinist got a shot in their arm. They have become emboldened and started targeting the people of other religion in the name beef and other religious considerations. India is a secular democratic republic in which people of all religions have equal rights. Govt. cannot interfere in religious affairs of a private individual. All are free in India to practise the religion of their belief and choice. The secular fabric of the country has to be kept intact. The increasing violence in the country has also let it down before foreigners. It would be meaningful if PM Modi got his statement and warning against the perpetrators of violence in the name of religion translated on the ground. Mere issuing hard statement cannot serve any purpose. PM must ensure that no crime is committed in the name of religion. This country belongs to Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and people of all other religions equally. There is no majoritarian rule here. So, violence in the name of religion is not permissible. Law and order is a state subject. So, the state must also be held guilty if it fails to act against arson and violence by the followers of controversial godman. The Punjab and Haryana High Court's observation against Haryana Govt. for its utter failure to check violence in Panchkula by the followers of Ram Rahim, who was convicted in a rape case, is a blot on Manohar Lal Khattar govt. As there is BJP govt. in the state and at the Centre, PM must take serious note of the situation in Sirsa after the CBI court's verdict came out against the godman. The govt. irrespective of the political affiliation must act against violence in the name of religion. It is the duty of the govt. to provide safety and security to the people. But for the sake of vote bank politics, the innocent people are made to suffer. So, Mr. Prime Minister whatever happened after the CBI court judge delivered judgement against Dera Chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim is intolerable for any civilized society. The followers of Baba held the town of Panchkula to ransom and resorted to violence, arson and setting vehicles on fire only because he was convicted in the rape case. The Haryana police were standing as mute spectators to the naked dance of violence by Baba's followers. Around 30 people were killed and 250 were injured.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome judgement

Supreme Court has struck down Triple Talaq as unconstitutional. It is a welcome judgement of the apex court. The five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Jagdish Singh Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, said, "Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution", but did say that there was a need for Parliament to enact a law on the issue at the earliest. The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter. It is a regressive and retrograde practice in Muslim society but the brunt of which was borne by our Muslim sisters. Supreme court verdict is historic and the most important one in terms of equality of gender rights. Triple Talaq violates the fundamental rights of Muslim women. They were treated as toys by Muslim male members under the so-called religious practices. The Muslim women have been liberated from the evilest practice of their society. When more than 20 Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh have already banned Triple Talaq, why would it be in practice in India? Triple Talaq has also no religious sanctity because if it was so, a theocratic country like Pakistan would not have banned it. Triple Talaq will no longer be practised in India. The govt. of the day must also enact a law to ban the evil practice of Triple Talaq like Sati and Devdas systems were abolished in the country. We are in 21st century , so the practice of medieval era must be discarded. Muslim Maulanas were exploiting the female member s of the society in the name of Triple Talaq. Does it make any sense that the holy relationship of marriage is broken whimsically through the telephone call or sending a letter through Speed Post or SMS by scribbling Trilple Talaq thrice? It was a senseless practice which should have gone long ago. Man and Woman irrespective of caste, creed, belief, and religion have got equal rights as per the Constitution of the nation. In the given position, why do women of Muslim community should be servile to their husbands. Why would be Muslim women always at the mercy of their male partners? Regressive, retrograde, backward looking approach has no place in society. The apex court verdict has been widely welcomed by all. All forward looking, progressive, liberal and development-oriented people have welcomed the SC's historic verdict on Triple Talaq. Triple Talaq was a curse for Muslim women. They will now feel empowered. The entire Muslim society must also come forward to welcome the verdict. First of all, Triple Talaq has nothing to do with religion. Even the holiest book Quoran of Muslims is reportedly not advocating in favour of Triple Talaq. The apex court verdict on Triple Talaq is hailed by all sections of society. Muslim women will no longer be a toy in the hands of their husbands. By launching a campaign to ban Triple Talaq, the ruling BJP has gathered votes in UP assembly elections by mobilizing the Muslim women on the issue. Whatever may be the political interest of BJP or Congress, but one thing is clear that all have welcomed SC's historic verdict on Triple Talaq. Man and Woman must be treated on equal footing. Women are not the object of exploitation that Muslim-dominated male members have been doing for many years. Triple Talaq was struck down by the majority bench 3:2 of Justices. Three were on the side of striking Triple Talaq, while two including CJI Justice Kehar for leaving it to religious society. If ever Muslim Mullahs in society gathered scent of Triple Talaq in any neighbour's home, they would go there to precipitate it. Now, they have no business to interfere.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Rail accident: A perennial killing incident

Kalinga Utkal Express rammed into a DMU train and derailed near Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh in which 23 innocent passengers were killed. Relief and rescue operation put into service immediately. It has been the practice of successive govt. in India that after every rail accident, some rail officials are punished with suspension, sending on leave and dismissal from service and announcement of ex-gratia amount for the kith and kin of the deceased passengers is made also. This govt. also, follows its predecessor in letter and spirit. The news about the accident is followed up even by the newspapers for 3 to 4 days and after that everything is forgotten. By the time another rail accident takes place, no safety measures are considered. The security of the lives of the rail passengers must be taken seriously. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu visits the accident site and makes an announcement of ex- gratia amount and instruct the officials to do this and that. And it is nothing more than that. No improvement in the service of the rail in Modi govt. is perceptible; rather it has gone down very sharply. The security of the rail passengers must be taken seriously and a concerted effort must be made to improve the situation. Now, it is three years since the Modi govt. took charge of power. But the result is no better than the previous UPA govt. period. It is not only during the BJP’s rule at the Centre that rail accident has occurred. It has occurred at frequent intervals since India got Independence. The cause of derailment of Kalinga Utkal Express has been attributed to the negligence of the railway officials. Some high-ranking railway officials have already faced the music. The need of the hour is to plug the loopholes wherever they are in the railway ministry. Railway is the largest organization with the largest number of govt. employees, so it must not be left at the mercy of the God to run safely and smoothly. This time the rail accident has taken place due to the negligence of the railway staff and at another time it takes place unmanned crossings. The suspension of railway officials has been made only to show that govt. is acting. There are a large number of unmanned railway crossings, which had become the cause of heavy casualties in railway accidents in the past. No month of the year passes without any rail accident. The time and political scenario in the country are much more different from what existed when Lal Bahadur was the railway minister in Govt. India when over a very small rail accident, he resigned taking its moral responsibility. If he is to be emulated, there will be the resignation of railway minister every month of the year as accident occurs every month and innocent passengers are killed. Neither safety measures nor timely running of the train is seen in the Narendra Modi govt. in the last years. All his claims of improving rail service in every way have fallen headlong. Suresh Prabhu is unable to control the erring railway officials. He has failed to lead the ministry from the front. The largest number of people in the country travel by train. Train is the biggest public career in India. In the given scenario, if the security measures are given a go by, the lives of the people are deliberately put at risk by the railway ministry. Until and unless, the first priority is given to the safety of passengers by the railway ministry, the accident will continue to take place. The railway is required to be dealt with meticulously. The chalta hai approach must go. It also needs to be overhauled immediately. The life of the innocent people is taken away for no fault of their own. Whoever is responsible for the accident of the train must be awarded deterrent punishment. The announcement of ex-gratia amount after every rail accident for the kith and kin of deceased passengers cannot bring them back to life. It is regrettable that govt. does not learn any lesson from the accident to take preventive measures so that it could not occur again.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bihar floods wreak havoc

It is not the first time that the flood has devastated, demolished and destroyed Bihar. Floods in the state are its perennial problem. The successive govt. in the state has only been active when the loss of lives and property on the large scale are recorded. The Kosi is called the sorrow of Bihar. The neighbouring country Nepal also adds woes to the flood affected people of Bihar by releasing excess water from its barrage during the period of floods. The successive govt. at the Centre also did not talk to Nepal seriously on the issue of floods in Bihar to resolve the problems amicably between the two neighbours. The state of Bihar is already underdeveloped and the floods of this magnitude would certainly ruin it. Farmers and the poor in the state are the most affected entities. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi have conducted the aerial survey of some flood affected areas in the state. The aerial survey conducted by CM and his ministers is the routine practice of the govt. irrespective of its political affiliations. When water will enter their govt. Bungalows and pose threat to their life and property, only then the ground reality at the time of floods in rural and far-flung villages would be realized by them. They are living in the palatial buildings on one hand and the poor people surrounded by water and poisonous insects on all sides during the time of floods on the other. All know that natural calamity does not strike by giving information in advance. It does not take permission from anyone to show its macabre dance of murder. The govt. of the day irrespective of its political affiliation should have taken preventive measures against the floods. As flood is a routine phenomenon of Bihar, why does govt. not take steps in advance to alleviate the pain of the people caused by the devastating floods? The flood and the drought have been the bane of Bihar. It is because of hard labour put in by Biharis that the state is moving towards progress and development. The people of Bihar are labourious, intelligent, diligent, self-dependent, industrious and always be in front to face the problem with full confidence. The floods have caused havoc in the state. The people of the state witnessed a few days back the heavy rains without any break for three days. The situation was alarming in the state because the devastating floods and heavy rains and the ruling JD(U) was busy with its internal bickering between party supremo and CM Nitish Kumar and former party president and senior leader Sharad Yadav. To provide relief to the flood affected people in the state must be the prime responsibility of the Bihar govt. The govt. come and goes but the people remain in their place. CM Nitish Kumar must ask govt. officials to expedite relief operations among the flood affected people. Floods have washed everything in the affected areas. The people in the state are in great distress. Bihar govt. with the help of Centre must ensure that death, destruction, and devastation caused by the furious floods will not recur again. If the govt. had remained vigilant and sincere during the rainy season, the problems caused by the floods could be easily minimized. But for this, govt. have to be active, alert and responsive so that it could take steps in advance to lessen the pain caused by floods. Bihar floods continue to wreak havoc, 106 dead so far. The flood fury continues as increasing water levels of Koshi, Mahananda, Bagmati and Gandak are inundating new areas, displacing a large number of people. Over 96 lakh people spread over 16 districts are reeling under the impact of unprecedented floods. 106 people have so far died in the flood-related incidents. All schools in the flood-affected areas have been closed for this week. The state government has pressed into service 50 rescue teams comprising columns of the Army, NDRF, and SDRF, which include around over 2,100 trained personnel in the affected districts with 276 boats.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PM’s address on I-Day laudable

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a laudable address to the nation on I-Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort. This is a memorable day for all Indians. India got freedom after a great sacrifice by its men and women in their fight against the imperialistic power. They drove out Britishers and made India free on August 15, 1947. PM Modi in his laudable address from the ramparts of the Red Fort rightly vowed to fight against corruption, poverty, terrorism casteism and communalism. He again rightly warned all those committing violence in the name of religion. He has also rightly said that the social fabric must not be disturbed. India is known for peaceful co-existence. In the given situation, if anyone tried to disturb the social fabric, he would not be allowed to go unpunished. Prime Minister Modi also sent strong message against terrorism and said that it would be dealt with sternly and heavy hands. PM Modi also threw enough light on the work done by his govt. in the last three years. He said that the issue of One Rank One Pension of army men was stuck for 30-40 years, but his govt. resolved it successfully. This shows NDA govt.’s sensitivity towards the army men of the nation. PM also praised his pet decision of demonetization and said that due to it, crores of rupees was deposited in the bank and came to the knowledge of the government. It is a step towards wiping black money out. PM also talked of GST, which has recently got parliamentary approval and put into force. He said that GST would promote co-operative federalism. As usual, Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked confident, decisive and spoke for the poor of the country. PM also spoke on the issue of trouble-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir and vowed to make it heaven on earth again. He advocated for embracing Kashmiris to resolve all issues and rejecting ‘Goli’ and ‘Gaali’. He appeared to be interesting to invoke former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Insaniat, Jhambhoriat and Kashmiriat to resolve Kashmir issue. PM Modi appears to have realized that Kashmir issue cannot be resolved with bullets. Kashmir has been badly disturbed for a year now. Since the militant commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces, the entire Kashmir Valley has been on boil. The govt. of India needs to take urgent notice of the deteriorating situation in Kashmir. Narendra Modi-led NDA govt. has not been constant on Kashmir issue. Its flexible approach has made the matters worse there. Kashmir needs immediate attention of the nation. BJP should also sever ties with the PDP and come out of the govt. The recent tragic death of 60 children due to govt. apathy in BRD hospital Gorakhpur has not got enough space in PM Modi’s speech. He compared Gorakhpur tragic incident with natural calamity. How he evaded the issue of urgent attention is praiseworthy. He did so because his party is ruling the state and UP CM is handpicked by him. He did not even reprimand the CM for UP govt’s failure in maintaining the supply of oxygen. It is alleged that 60 children died only because the supply of oxygen was stopped. It was stopped because payment was not made by the Yogi govt. to the supplier. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have assured the nation at least from the ramparts of the Red Forte that such criminal negligence by the state govt. would not occur again in the future. If the children continued to die in this way, how he would make a New India by 2022.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The death of innocent children due to Govt. apathy

60 children have reportedly been died at BRD hospital in Gorakhpur due to non-supply of oxygen there. It is nothing but the criminal negligence. Gorakhpur is not an ordinary town of Uttar Pradesh. It is the parliamentary constituency of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. He has been representing Gorakhpur in Lok Sabha for the last 25 years. It has been the bastion of BJP for more than 35 years. Yogi Adityanath had also been the Manhanth of Baba Gorakhnath Mandir before being elected as CM. In the given importance of Gorakhpur, when the criminal negligence of such magnitude can be committed in the hospital there, what can be expected of other hospitals in Uttar Pradesh? The death of children is not new to BRD hospital Gorakhpur. Children have have been dying of encephalitis there for the last 30 years. But this is the first time that innocent and poor children died due to the cutting of oxygen supply to the hospital. It is also surprising that CM Yogi had visited the BDR hospital Gorakhpur on August 9. He had reviewed the functioning of the hospital. Why was the shortage of oxygen supply not brought to his notice? Oxygen supply was stopped because of the non-payment of the dues of the company with the govt. Why was payment not made in time to avoid any shortage of oxygen? All these things must be investigated thoroughly and awarded deterrent punishment to all those who are found guilty. It appears to be the case of criminal negligence by the state health ministry and hospital authorities responsible for ensuring the supply of oxygen. When media highlighted the tragedy and inefficiency of the Yogi govt. for their failure to pre-empt it, Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath along with his Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Medical Education minister held press conference to present govt. side of the story. They blamed media to highlight the tragic death of the children in an exaggerated way and made jugglery of statics to show that in the month of August in the previous govt. there had been much more number of death of children. UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh's insensitivity also came to the fore when he said Children had to die in the month of August. Most of the time in CM's press conference was passed in praising the promptness shown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in asking him to take stock of the situation. It clearly appeared from CM Yogi's press conference that he was more interested in praising PM than taking action to ease the pain of the mothers who have lost their children. Prime Minister Narendra Modi likes tweeting on every incident of importance or concern in the nation, but he has not tweeted even a single word on Gorakhpur tragedy as it has taken place in the regime of his party and the CM of the state, also happens to be his lieutenant. This is nothing but the apathy of UP govt. and hospital authorities that the 60 children died. Gorakhpur hospital's tragic incident has exposed the inefficiency of the Yogi govt. To cover up govt. failure, CM and his ministers tried their best to put blame on media and the month of August. But the ground reality tells a different story. The children died of non-supply of oxygen. They were killed. A case of criminal negligence must be instituted against the authorities concerned in UP govt., health ministry and hospital staff. CM Yogi must ask his Health Minister to resign because he has completely failed in running his ministry efficiently. His statement that children have to die in the month of August clearly reflects his insensitivity to the loss of lives of poor and innocent children. The guilty must be punished as it is a case of murder.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Quit India Movement's 75th anniversary

The nation is celebrating Quit India Movement's 75th anniversary. Parliament also witnessed the grandstanding speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate it. Congress President Sonia Gandhi also spoke full-throated in her veiled attack on the government that there are some organizations in the country which had no role in Quit India Movement, rather they had opposed it. She also blasted the government and said that free speech and secularism are in danger these days in the country. She resolved to preserve them at all costs. PM Modi had rightly said that the Quit India Movement launched on August 9, 1942 by Mahatma Gandhi to throw out Britishers imperialism from the country and make India free. Thousands of freedom fighters had participated in the Quit India Movement and some of them even sacrificed their lives also. Undoubtedly, Congress had led the Movement, but it does not mean that the members of other political organizations did not participate in it. Some organizations or political parties had opposed it because they had ideological differences. Not mentioning the name of our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru along with the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in any speech on freedom struggle will be absolutely injustice to him. PM Modi did not mention the name of Pt. Nehru while speaking on 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, while Nehru was one of its leading lights. He was a front ranker among participants in Quit India Movement. Without remembering Nehru, no speech on freedom struggle movement can be presented in right perspective. Nehru was not only the first Prime Minister of the country, but he also worked shoulder to shoulder with Mahatma Gandhi in all freedom movements. He had undergone imprisonment for the longest period during freedom struggle. So, his contribution to freedom struggle is invaluable. And he must be remembered for that by any leader irrespective of his political affiliation while delivering speech on any event of freedom movement. As far as the speech of PM Modi on 75th anniversary of Quit India movement is concerned , he rightly urged the nation to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, communalism, dirt, corruption and terrorism to make a New India. The word New India has also been coined by him. Now, it 70 is years since we got Independence, but we are still confronting with some vices at every step. India must be free of all them. It requires united effort. But when the name of a single and one of the most active participants of Quit India Movement, who also happens to the first PM of the country, is not remembered by the incumbent PM only because he belonged to the grand old party of the country, the united effort cannot be made. One thing also needs to be kept in mind that it is very easy to talk about high ideals, but at the same it is also very difficult to translate them on the ground in a limited time. Anyway, all must rise above party politics and extend wholehearted support to PM Modi’s call to work for freeing the country from corruption, communalism, terrorism, illiteracy and poverty by 2022 to make a New India. Until and unless concerted and united effort is made, they cannot be removed. PM's concept of New India is praiseworthy. But how it would materialize is the main issue. All political parties irrespective of their ideological belief must work together to eradicate all the vices such as terrorism, poverty, corruption, illiteracy and communalism like our freedom fighters did in Quit India Movement to get Independence. The nation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. A number of events are being planned at organizational and local levels to mark the occasion. This year's theme is "Sankalp se Siddhi- the attainment through resolve. The Quit India Movement was an important milestone in the freedom struggle. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi along with Pt. Nehru, people across India came together to uproot imperialistic power. When our freedom fighters threw British imperialism out of India, why can we not remove illiteracy, poverty, corruption, communalism and terrorism from our soil?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ahmed Patel's victory is a big morale booster for Congress Party

The dramatic late night victory of Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat is going to be the first of its kind in the history of electoral politics in India after Independence. Ahmed Patel is the political Secretary of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. So, his election had been an issue of prestige for the Congress party. Ahmed Patel’s victory shows BJP President Amit Shah that what he is learning has been forgotten by the Congress party. The election to three RS seats was to be held in Gujarat. The two seats were of BJP and one of Congress as per their legislative strength respectively. As BJP had fielded its party President Amit Shah and Union Minister Smirti Irani for two seats, their victory was a foregone conclusion. Congress fielded Ahmed Patel for its one RS seat. The BJP has been going from strength to strength and winning one state election after another for the last three years. So, its morale is very high. On the other hand, the health of the Congress party has been deteriorating day by day and losing one state election after another. In the meantime, three RS seats fell vacant from Gujarat. The desertion of MLAs had set in the Gujarat state unit with the resignation of legislative party leader Shanker Singh Vaghela followed by six other MLAs causing a great setback for it. BJP with power and money allegedly tried to cause defection in the Congress party so that its strength could be reduced from 57 to 35 in the state assembly to make it impossible for Ahmed Patel to sail through. BJP President Amit Shah was reportedly very active to ensure the defeat of Congress candidate Ahmed Patel. It is alleged that Congress MLAS were intimidated, lured, threatened and tempted to change sides. Fearing a certain poaching on its 44 MLAs, Congress Party took all of them to Bengaluru and put them in Engleton Resort there in Karnataka. Karnataka is a Congress-ruled state. As Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shivakumar was asked to take care of the party MLAs of Gujarat in Engleton Resort, the Central govt. allegedly sent IT men to raid his more than 40 locations in Bengaluru, New Delhi and other places in connection with an old case of misappropriating money. The timing of the raid clearly reflected that it was done only because Shivakumar was taking charge of Gujarat Congress MLAs in Engleton Resort. BJP used money, power and politics to defeat Ahmed Patel, but it ultimately failed. It shows that BJP has to learn still more from Congress party how power could be misused to destroy opposition in democracy. In the victory of Ahmed Patel, Congress showed BJP that it might have learnt everything in politics, but still lacking in application of undemocratic means. The victory of Ahmed Patel is a great morale booster for the Congress party and a setback to BJP in Gujarat in particular and the entire nation in general. Gujarat assembly goes to poll in the next few months. The united posture shown by Congress in Delhi and Gujarat will certainly boost the party’s fortune in the assembly elections. Apart from Cong's own 43 MLAs, one from JD(U) and one from NCP also voted from Ahmed Patel. Though only 43 MLAS voted for the party and one defected and did not vote for it, the exit of Shankar Singh Vaghela is also not going to be a very serious cause of concern for Congress Party. Now, Congress has tasted victory. It will go all hog against the BJP in the coming Gujarat Elections. Anti-incumbency factor in the state of Gujarat has to be faced by BJP. If the result of Gujarat Gram Panchayat elections are anything to go by, Congress is going to give stiff fight to the ruling BJP in the state in the assembly poll.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Arrest Varnica’s stalking accused

The stalking of Varnica Kundu in Chandigarh by the Haryana BJP President Subhash Barnala's son Vikash Barnala and his friend makes mockery of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign. It proves BJP’s claims of respecting women hollow, false and misleading in the first stance. Varnakica Kundu showed fearlessness, courage, and guts to file police complaint against her stalkers Vikash Barnala and his friend. Vikash Barala’s SUV car followed and chased her car in the night around 10 PM in Chandigarh when she driving back home from office. Vikash and his friend knocked and thumped her car’s front gate to open with the alleged intention of kidnapping. They wanted her to come out of the car. Though Varnica did not directly made allegation of kidnapping against them, it was for the police to make inferences about this from her complaint. Police only filed the case of stalking and as it is a bailable section under IPC, Vikash got bail easily. It was the public outcry, over active media and the bravery of the victim Varnica that the police had to retrieve CCTV footage, which clearly shows that Vikash Barnala's car followed her car for a long distance with the alleged intention of kidnapping her. As Vikash Barenala is the son of ruling and powerful Haryana BJP President Subhash Varnala, the Chandigarh police might have come under his father’s influence and because of this they lodged Varnica's complaint against him under easily bailable section of the IPC. But when media’s pressure increased and public outcry got louder and louder, police retrieved the CCTV footage of stalking of Varnica Kundu by Vikash Baranala. Immediately after the retrieval of CCTV footage of stalking which left no doubt about Vikash’s culpability in stalking Vernica Kundu, Haryana BJP President and the father of the accused Subhash Barala said the parroted line of all ruling party leaders that law would its own course and advocated for justice to Vernica, whom he described her as his daughter. BJP always boasts of character and professes high respect for women, but it is at loss for words to defend itself. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah must ask Subhash Baranala to resign as the party president of Harayana. Haryana and Central BJP give explanation that father is nothing to do with the activities of his son. So, Subhash Baranala cannot suffer because of his son's wrong doing. But one thing to which state and Central BJP leaders have closed their eyes is the influence being wielded by the father of the accused on police to slap cases against him under an easy section of IPC so that he could be easily bailed out. Police would not slap stringent section against the accused because his father is one of the most influential leaders of Haryana. Chandigarh police is under the Centre. Subhash Barnala has also been very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So, he must resign immediately as Haryana party president. It will end the chance of favouring the accused. With the retrieval of CCTV footage, which is a clear proof of stalking, the police must arrest Vikash Barnala and his friend immediately under stringent section of kidnapping. The incident of stalking is alarmingly rising in our country. Varnica Kundu is a brave girl. She is the daughter of a senior IAS officer in Haryana govt. Her father has rightly supported his daughter and vowed to take the incident of stalking his daughter to a logical conclusion. On the one hand PM has launched Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao campaign and BJP leaders raise question on Varnica's staying out in the late night on the other. This clearly shows BJP leaders’ narrow and anti-women temperament. Boys and girls are equal in every respect. Any assault on girls must be dealt with the most stringent measure. It is very sad that despite the stringent laws were made by the Govt. of India in 2013 after Nirbhaya rape and murder incident, the incident of assault on women did not come down. It is also surprising that Chief Minister of Haryana Manoharlal Khatter has not opened his mouth on the incident of stalking. Now, the Chandigarh police must be asked by the Central govt. to arrest Vikash Barala and his friend under stringent section of kidnapping so that a message could go loud and clear that howsoever powerful and mighty, the wrong doers cannot go scot free.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Deal Doklam standoff diplomatically

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has rightly said that the dialogue is ultimately the best option to resolve any issue between the two countries- India and China. She was speaking in the Rajya Sabha in the context of Doklam standoff with China. It is our biggest neighbour and all weather friend of Pakistan, which is hostile to India. So, it needs to be dealt with diplomatically. China has again extended its technical hold by three months on the proposal supported by US, UK and France to designate Pak based JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. India had moved this proposal at UN.It is been vetoing the proposal for almost a year. China is one of the members of the UN Security Council. It is one of its five members. It has also been creating a hurdle for India to enter Nuclear Suppliers Group. On the issue of banning Masood Azhar, China is the only member among the 15 at the UN organ, which opposes it. It is crystal clear that China would always support Pakistan against India. As far as Doklam standoff is concerned, China wanted to make motorable road through Bhutan, which Indian troops opposed. Chinese construction team was not allowed to work by the Indian troops to work. Doklam is virtually the territory of Bhutan. It is tri-junction of China, India and Bhutan. It is strategically and from security point of view very important for India. So, China cannot be allowed to construct motorable under its plan of encircling India. Doklam is very close to Sikkim. When Chinese construction team was stopped from working, PLA personnel scuffled with India troops. Chinese media started publishing belligerent articles to strike fear in the Indian camp. But India stood the ground very valiantly. China has been crying for pulling back of Indian troops from Doklam. It has reportedly been told that now China is also thinning its troops’ deployment at Doklam. In the prevailing situation and economic environment in both China and India, talks are only options to resolve any outstanding issue between the two. In the age of market economy, war is nowhere the talking point. The economy is the first priority and the first interest of any nation in the world. Sushama Swaraj has also said rightly in Parliament that the meeting between the opposition leader and the Chinese Ambassador in India should have in the knowledge of the government of the day. She has also rightly said that it would be better if the opposition leader sought govt. position before meeting Chinese ambassador. He could have told him about India's position on the standoff with China clearly and forcefully. Both China and India must pull back their respective troops and sit together to find out resolution to the problems between. Even if war breaks out between the two countries, they come to negotiating table after it ceases. So, External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj's advocacy for talks to resolve the issue in question China and India is absolutely correct. She has taken the right stance. Belligerence leads to destruction. It is also good that Indian army is always prepared to meet any eventualities. It would be misadventure for any country to go for was in the prevailing situation in the world. Talks and Dialogues must be pursued to resolve all outstanding issues between China and India. It is not 1962. It is 2017. Both China and India must know. China must also be not in a delusion that if ever war breaks out with India, it would easy for it like the war of 1962. India has travelled very fast from there in every respect. Its army is one of the most professional armies in the world. So, the only option between the two countries is dialogue and talks.