Is Modi wooing Shashi Tharoor?

Is Modi wooing Shashi Tharoor?

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal


When a former minister of Human resources and  Foreign ministry Shashi Tharoor was handpicked by BJP leader and Premier Narendara Modi for social service activities like seeping Delhi streets , many in fact doubted  some political maneuvering being staged by BJP to  get him into BJP. Congress party which took special interest in Tharoor and made him first an MP and quickly appointed him a minster in preference to senior and more loyal party MPs is no win total confusion – at least it seems so.

Congress party has not understood properly Shashi as a personality with an image of being a foreigner.  Though it hurriedly made him a candidate for Thiruvananthapuram parliamentary poll and got him elected to the parliament, it did not try to know him closely.

Tharoor, who worked in UN as Indian representative, is billionaire even before he came to India and was escorted to the ruling Congress party.  He was made a minister by Congress party in the foreign ministry and later in HRD.

But when Narendra Modi became premier, Tharoor began praising Modi as the bureaucrat generally does when the government changes and a new premier or president assumes power.  And Tharoor quickly joined Modi in showering praises on Mahatma Gandhi and also joined him in presenting cleaning poses for the media.

Shashi did not stop at that. He went with Modi to USA and Modi used him to get many things done easily. Tharoor preferred to not to think that he is a Congress MP, Congress leader and national spokesperson of Congress party.

As an MP and spokesperson, Tharoor should have obtained the permission of Congress president for making a journey with Modi to USA. Nor did the Congress question him when he left for USA.

However, only now the AICC took a decision to remove Shashi from spokesmanship of the party. e

BJP now claims Tharoor is well versed in foreign affairs, thereby hinting that he may be welcome to work for BJP in external affairs sector.

One important issue I here is the MP seat in Thiruvananthapuram which the BJP eyes for quite some time.  BJP candidate lost very narrowly against Shashi Tharoor of Congress party and now BJP thinks it can easily win the seat if Tharoor is gone or if Tharoor joins the BJP so that he could be inducted into the cabinet to serve the corperates and rich of the Kerala state. But then, Congress party can remove him as MP as per the anti-defection law.

Tharoor accepted the punitive measure initiated by the Congress party by axing him from party spokesmanship but reiterated that he is Congress man.

Meanwhile,  the case of the death of Tharoor’s  millionaire wife  Sunanda Pushkar under mysterious circumstances, has been reopened and more facts in connection with her  death are coming out.  It has come to light that Delhi Police that investigated the former Kerala IPL owner Sunanda Pushkar’s death did not make any conclusive report and many questions have remained unanswered.  Congress government then let the nation know that the case is over and asked Tharoor to contest the TVPM seat again. He won but with a narrow margin.

The news reveal that Pushkar did not commit suicide and or died of sickness but could have been killed by someone though mischievous manner

Media reports suggest Tharoor knows that case is still pending and only Modi can help him come out of the case.  He had contacted the doctors involved in post mortem and investigation perhaps to help him.

There has been a strong demand  to hand over the case to CBI  since the Delhi police is not sincere about the case but Delhi Police say they are investing the case all over again and as such there is no need for CBI  probe.

Meanwhile, both  Kerala corporate lords and rich people want a minister form the state to protect their  foreign interests. .

Probably, PM Modi could elucidate the issue for clarity.


India: Tamil Politics: BJP woos actor Rajanikanth

India: Tamil Politics: BJP woos actor Rajanikanth

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal




For too long, the ultra Hindutva party BJP has been at work to trap important persons like film actors to campaign for the party candidates at polls and it has made some success in its efforts to saffronize cinema field as well. .

Now that BJP and its allies are favoured parties in North, West and elsewhere, they have not been able to cut enough ice in two South Indian states, namely, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  This remains a major concern and worry for the BJP which has already won assembly polls in another South Indian state, Karnataka, and won parliamentary seats in Andhra Pradesh.

Although BJP has won seats in Tamilnadu to represent the party in both parliament and state assembly,  Kerala has so far denied that privilege to the Hindutva parties. Perhaps Kerala is the only state which never sent even an MLA to the assembly and in spite of strenuous efforts it failed to get a senior BJP leader from capital Thiruvananthapuram where the Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor managed to scrape through, upsetting all strategies of BJP and allies for the state.

Part- II

The reason why BJP could not take roots in Kerala while it did so well in other southern states is very simple.

BJP always tries for alliances with major parties to win seats first and come to power later.  BJP secured the alliances of two Dravidian parties, alternatively and win seats; it could not get the support of major parties in Kerala- Congress and communist making its entry into Kerala politics as a powerful party in the state impossible.  DMK and AIADMK had earlier made alliances with BJP to defeat each other but BJP made full use of the available opportunities for expanding its  vote bank.  This time both parties  gave up BJP but  still it managed to win  two seats on the strength it  has already managed  for years  of work in TN, thanks  to DMK and AIADMK.

It should be noted  here that  BJP’s emergence as a national party was  possible because of the Emergecy  declared by Congress government to save Indira Gandhi when Allahabad High Court  rejected her election to Parliament. In the general poll conducted after the emergency period, Jana Sangh became a part of anti-Congress  alliance and won many seats which  it retained and increased further expended even after BJP came into existence. BJP sit h eo

Clearly, the BJP is the only party that has greatly benefited from emergency and by anti-Congress alliances and the party played its card very well, fooling all other parties in a conspiratorial manner.  Not surprisingly, BJP came to power in many states and at the centre by employing a set of strategies, from caste to region to regions but anti-Muslims, anti-Babri Mosque, and anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan platforms   got many fans among the fanatic sections of secular India.




The Lankan Tamil issue with which people of Tamil Nadu engaged for years of has now does not bother the Tamils now.  The Dravidian politicians who are committed to Lankan Tamils have no effective tool for the poll purposes now.

Congress party which ruled the state for years until it was replaced by a Dravidian party DMK with many film personalities in it only to be replaced later by AIADMK of film star MGR, is still struggling to find its place.  But BJP has been on the rise in the state thanks to help from DMK and AIADMK.

Now BJP wants to use film heroes to grab power in the state. The major concern of RSS/BJP is to make Raja Sabha become BJP dominated so that Constitution could be safely amended to make India a Hindu religion state and for which it needs more states. Tamil Nadu seems to be on RSS/BJP’s priority list.

BJP is planning for the TN assembly poll in 2015. It is a trillion dollar question if Rajanikanth magic can yield   impressive gains for BJP to capture power in state, where great statesmen like K. Kamaraj had worked selflessly for the Tamil state and India to become the chief minister of the state and Congress party’s national president.  Given the powerful presence of Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK and continued political   shows of Karunanidhi’s DMK, one doubts if Rajanikanth’s active campaign, if at all he would choose to do it,  could bring the BJP to power, though he could add  a few more seats to BJP’s communal bag.  BJP indeed calculates only that kind of benefits from brining him to poll scene on false promise of chief-minstership. .

BJP and other Hindu communal parties are trying to get more and more Tamils into RSS/BJP fold so that it could get more seats  in the assembly elections to be held in 2015. .

Now that its hidden political agenda of misusing Dravidian parties for its own expansionism, is  known to Dravidian parties, BJP now wants to reach out  to  Tamils by wooing  Tamil mega star Rajanikanth  to join the BJP  with the promise of making him  the next  chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Reports suggest that BJP  and RSS have  long  making contacts with him directly and through other sources  to book the most popular Tamil film star for the purposes of BJP campaign but Rajanikanth has so far declined to take  the offer at the face value.

LK Advance, former Deputy PM, praised   Rajanikanth as the real stylish super star , but  Rajanikanth did not move an inch towards the communal outfit.

However,  BJP believes in persuasion tactics as well and it hopes  one day Rajanikanth also, like many other big guys have done, fall into BJP fold. ,


*د. عبد راف *

When is going to be Israel’s next attack on Gaza?


When is going to be Israel’s next attack on Gaza?

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal



Yes, the main concern of Arab nations that have gathered in Cairo to try to fund the reconstruction operations in Gaza strip, on the initiative of Egyptian military responsible for the hopeless terror situation the Palestinians are put into in Gaza by terror blockades to Gaza along with Israeli blockades, should indeed be about the Israel’s next attack schedule.

It is because, once the reconstruction work is over, both Israel and Egypt jointly plan military attacks on Gaza strip. At least Egypt could offer Israel help while Israeli military criminals attack and kill Palestinians, including children.

Egypt is essentially an anti-Islamic country in Mideast where the military removed the first ever elected president Mohammad Morsi and the powerful military general Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi assumed power and later got it regularized by a bogus poll. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is close to all anti-Islamic leaders, including in Mideast.

The one-day gathering of international donors to help Gaza rebuild after the devastating, 50-day Israel-Hamas war this summer opened in Cairo on October 12, bringing together envoys including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union negotiator Catherine Ashton. The participants are expected to pledge hundreds of millions of dollars. Egyptian military general turned president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi kicked off the conference where the prospective donors plan to funnel the aid through the Palestinian Authority that Abbas leads, and bypass Hamas. Addressing the meeting, el-Sissi suggested that Hamas would have no leading role in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, a sliver of coastal territory on the Mediterranean bordered by Israel and Egypt. The reconstruction effort, he said, hinged on a “permanent calm” between Hamas and Israel and required the exercise of “full authority” by the Palestinian Authority led by Abbas.

Egypt, which negotiated a cease-fire that ended the fighting on Aug. 27 after fueling the conflict by its tacit support to Israel, has had tense relations with Gaza’s Hamas rulers since the Egyptian military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July last year and threw its weight behind the administration of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Palestine leader and PLO chief Abbas told the conference that $4 billion were needed to rebuild Gaza, and that the latest war caused what he described as “tragedies that are difficult to be described by words.” “Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble and 90 families are no longer listed in the civil register,” he said, pledging transparency in the way the funds will be used.

Pro-US-Israel Abbas and the Islamist Hamas group, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, recently formed a reconciliation government which held its first Cabinet meeting in Gaza last week. But a blockade of Gaza enforced by both Egypt and Israel remains in force.

The meeting of donor nations produced pledges of meager $5.4 billion for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Representatives of 50 nations and 20 regional and international organizations were in attendance. The amount exceeded the $4 billion Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had sought to fund a proposal the PA had drawn up to rebuild Gaza following 50-days of warfare between Hamas and Israel in July and August. Qatar promised $1 billion and Secretary of State John Kerry added an additional pledge of $212 million in what he termed “immediate assistance.” Funds will be channeled through the Palestinian Authority.

At one point it was believed that Israel would send a representative to the conference, but the Egyptian hosts believed its presence might keep Arab donors away so the Israelis stayed home with whiskey bottles . An official of the PA told the Ma’an news agency on Sunday that no schedule has been set for the start of the building.

The Gaza Strip or simply Gaza is an exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km (32 mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly “accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations”.

Big powers wage wars to expand their boundaries and add more resources from alien nations. The entire world has always been controlled by big powers and their empires. First World war regularized borders and lands occupied by empires and big powers. British Empire was a formidable prowess, controlling the world with large number of colonies in today’s’ third world and elsewhere.  Surprisingly, USA, now the only super power of world, was also under British occupation.  Britain, which dictated its terms to the League of Nations took control Palestine too from Egypt, before gifting it to Israel as a gift in a cold blooded conspiracy against Palestinians and other Arabs. . .

The Palestine Mandate was based on the principles contained in Article 22 of the draft Covenant of the League of Nations and the San Remo Resolution of 25 April 1920 by the principal Allied and associated powers after the First World War. The mandate formalized British rule in the southern part of Ottoman Syria from 1923–1948. In 1994, Israel granted the right of self-governance to Gaza through the Palestinian Authority. Prior to this, Gaza had been subject to military occupation, most recently by Israel (1967–94) and by Egypt (1948–67), and earlier by Great Britain (1918–48) and Turkey when Gaza had been part of the Ottoman Empire. Gaza has, just like Palestine, never been a sovereign state or territory. Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been de facto governed by Hamas, a Palestinian group claiming to be the representatives of the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian people. Gaza forms a part of the Palestinian territory defined in the Oslo Agreements and UNSC Resolution 1860.

The Gaza Strip acquired its current northern and eastern boundaries at the cessation of fighting in the 1948 war, confirmed by the Israel–Egypt Armistice Agreement on 24 February 1949. Article V of the Agreement declared that the demarcation line was not to be an international border. At first the Gaza Strip was officially administered by the All-Palestine Government, established by the Arab League in September 1948. All-Palestine in the Gaza Strip was managed under the military authority of Egypt, functioning as puppet state, until it officially merged into the United Arab Republic and dissolved in 1959. From the time of the dissolution of the All-Palestine Government until 1967, the Gaza Strip was directly administered by an Egyptian military governor. Israel captured the Gaza Strip from Egypt in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Pursuant to the Oslo Accords signed in 1993, the Palestinian Authority became the administrative body that governed Palestinian population centers while Israel maintained control of the airspace, territorial waters and border crossings with the exception of the land border with Egypt. In 2005, Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip under their unilateral disengagement plan. In July 2007, after winning the 2006 Palestinian legislative election, Hamas became the elected government. In 2007 the rival party Fatah took up arms against this government, and was expelled by Hamas. This broke the Unity Government between Gaza Strip and the West Bank, creating two separate governments for the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

In 2014, following reconciliation talks, Hamas and Fatah formed a Palestinian unity government within the State of Palestine. Rami Hamdallah became the coalition’s Prime Minister and has planned for elections in Gaza and the West Bank. This angered USA-Israel terror twins that sought permanent rift between Fatah and Hamas to kill and destroy each other.  In July 2014,  Israel once against  invaded Gaza strip  to remove the unity government  in Gaza strip, killed thousands of Palestinians, destroyed property worth trillions but could not succeed in  remove the  government led by Hamas.

One of the major reasons for Israeli genocides in Gaza strip to reduce the Muslim populations that seek to commit themselves to Islam.  Hamas is committed to Islamist way of life.  Hence Israeli criminal Jews target Hamas Palestinians.

Expansionist policy of Zionist criminal regime makes life difficult for Palestine even during the somewhat clam times without Israeli wars but  during the  Israeli fascist attacks,  life become  intolerable.  Gaza has an annual population growth rate of 2.91% (2014 est.) and is overcrowded. There is a limited capability to construct new homes and facilities for this growth. The territory is 41 kilometers (25 mi) long, and from 6 to 12 kilometers (3.7 to 7.5 mi) wide, with a total area of 365 square kilometers (141 sq mi). As of 2014, Palestinians of the Gaza Strip numbered around 1.82 million people. Sunni Muslims make up the predominant part of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip.

The latest conflict in Gaza was the most ruinous of three wars between Hamas and Israel since 2008, leaving more than 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians killed. Another 11,000 were wounded, and some 100,000 people remain homeless. Both Abbas and el-Sissi said an Arab peace plan adopted in 2002 provided a basis for settling the Palestinian-Israel conflict. The plan envisages Israel’s withdrawal from Arab territories it occupied in the 1967 Middle East war in return for normalized relations with all Arab nations.

Even while the reconstruction of Gaza strip,  dislocated by  Israeli criminal army in perfection,  is being planned by Arab nations, as usual, Israel must also be busy planning for its next attack with US weapons and  UNSC veto support;  Israel is capable  of a set of lethal incidents  to cause  fight  between Hamas and Israel , leading to the Israeli military launching the 2014 Israel–Gaza type conflict any time in future.

Expansionist ideology of Zionist fascist regime seeks Palestinian blood and lands.

Egypt knows that. Other Arab nations also know that!

Who does not know then?


Cricket and Indo-Pak cross military exercises!

Cricket and Indo-Pak cross military exercises!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff


This time around the two Asian nuclear powers with poverty reigning in both countries, India and Pakistan have resumed their mutual cross firings more forcefully than ever in the recent past after the Kargil war, both fought essentially to terrorize the besieged Kashmiris, sandwiched between them.


India and Pakistan have been trading fire for about a week, straining India-Pakistan relations which hit a low after New Delhi called off foreign secretary-level talks in August following the Pakistani high commissioner’s meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders.

US says it is concerned about Pak ceasefire violation along LoC but has refused to mediate to between  the two  south Asian nuclear super powers  that boast of poverty, hunger,  illiteracy, diseases, cricket mafias, etc.

The latest addition of cross border attacks is due to the defeats suffered by both Pakistan and India. When Pakistan was defeated by Australia, Indian attacked Pakistani posts while when India was crumbled by West Indies, Pakistan attacked Indian posts.

In these cross firings, many Kashmiris, who serve as  people of boundaries  for India and Pakistan,  got injured and also died. Many Kashmiris deserted their houses and localities out of fear. .

This year has been particularly volatile along the border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, which is due for assembly polls as Pakistan typically ratchets up border tensions every time the state holds elections.

Pakistan registered its protest with the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) over the firing by the Indian military along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The BSF director general told HT on Tuesday Indian and Pakistani troops will likely continue shelling each other for a few more days, vowing to give a fitting reply in  the unexpected flare-up that has so far claimed 18 lives on both sides of the border.

Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, expressed concern over the situation along the Line of Control. “The Indian government has not been able to restrain its forces despite strong diplomatic protest by Pakistan,” he said.     “We call upon the Indian government to immediately cease fire and shelling and help us preserve tranquility,” he said in a statement. Shelling kills four of a family, leaves another with horror of a birthday memory. Aziz said the Pakistani government has been exercising “utmost restraint and responsibility”. “We also extended a hand of friendship to India. However, with abrupt cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks, the Indian side has shunned all our peace overtures. We hope that the Indian side would give peace a chance,” he said.

BSF sources said Pakistan was deliberately targeting Arnia town, which is about three kilometres from the border, to inflict maximum civilian causalities. “Pakistan is firing about 1.5 km from behind the fence for effective firing. It’s also being done to move away from our radar of observation along the fence. The firing during the night is also the reason for it,” said a BSF official.

Home minister Rajnath Singh has urged Pakistan to stop violating the ceasefire attacks if it wants peace talks with India. “We will not tolerate such acts of border violations. We are for peaceful relationship but not at the cost of security to our civilians,” Singh told HT on Monday.



The Pakistani media said that at least 10 civilians were killed and dozens of others injured in the fighting along the LoC since last Sunday.Describing the border clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops as “unprecedented”, the Pakistani media on Thursday blamed India for “starting a massive unprovoked mortal shelling” on the Pakistani territory, killing at least 10 civilians. Dawn described the clashes as “unprecedented” while the online news portal Daily Times said it was “most intense in a decade”.The portal further said that the “fighting comes at a time of changing power dynamics in South Asia, with Pakistan’s army taking a more assertive role in politics and India’s new nationalist Prime MinisterNarendra Modi promising a more muscular foreign policy”. The Pakistani media said that at least 10 civilians were killed and dozens of others injured in the fighting along the Line of Control (LoC) since last Sunday. The fighting reportedly started in Jandrot sector and reportedly spread to adjoining sectors. The worst-affected sectors were Harpal, Dhamala and Charwah, Jandrot (Kotli), Hot Spring (Bagh) and Beduri (Rawalakot), the Dawn said.

“During the past three days Indian troops repeatedly resorted to unprovoked firing, which resulted in the death of 10 Pakistani citizens and injuries to another 40,” the daily quoted a military spokesman as saying. The spokesman added that the Pakistani troops have responded “befittingly to the Indian violations”. The daily cited a Pakistani foreign office statement as saying that “The prime minister will convene a meeting of the National Security Committee tomorrow to discuss the recent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and Working Boundary.” The statement further said: “The government of Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with the government of India through diplomatic channels and called for restraining its forces from constant violation of the ceasefire. This was the sixth violation occurring on a daily basis since Oct 1.” Dawn said the issue was raised with the UN military observers Group in India and Pakistan and a visit of the observers to the affected areas was being arranged.

Pakistan’s foreign affairs and national security adviser Sartaj Aziz accused India of “non-cooperation”. The daily quoting him said: “Pakistan government has been exercising utmost restraint and responsibility. Unfortunately, all our efforts to secure peace on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary have elicited no cooperation from the Indian side.”

The Pakistani military said that the “Indian hostility has gradually increased since 2010 making lives of civil population living in closer vicinity of the LoC and WB difficult”.

Munawar Bhatti, a former additional secretary of the ministry of foreign affairs, sought to link the recent skirmishes along the LoC to upcoming state elections in India. “The violations and the accompanying hostile statements by Indian leadership is aimed at motivating the support base before the elections,” the daily quoted him as saying.

The Daily Times said that “while exchanges of sporadic fire are common along the border, the number of civilian deaths is unusual”. It said that people were busy offering Eid prayers early on Monday when the BSF started massive unprovoked mortal shelling in Dhamal-Charwah, Gandiyaa, Rangor, Tulsipur, Sapwaal, Joiyaan and other areas. “Modi is following through on a promise to take a harder line with Pakistan in its border disputes after being elected in May. Although Nawaz came to Modi’s inauguration, the Indian leader has since cancelled a round of talks with Pakistan, and in a further snub did not meet Nawaz at a UN meeting in New York in September,” it added. The Pakistani government is expected to convene a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) to discuss the situation at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. Top military officers, PM’s adviser on foreign affairs and national security Sartaj Aziz, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Information Minister Pervez Rashid will attend the meeting. “The military leadership will take the committee into confidence over the latest situation on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, and a joint strategy would be adopted which might give a strong message to India,” the Pakistan Observer said citing sources. Pakistan targets over 130 villages, 60 border posts; 12 injured

India and Pakistan exchanged heavy mortar and gun fire along the international border with Pakistani troops targeting over 130 villages and 60 Border Out Posts Wednesday night in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, leaving 12 people including 3 BSF jawans injured.

The firing and shelling continued intermittently during the day till 1100 hours in Pargwal, Kanachak, Arnia and Ramgarh sub-sectors. Pakistan Rangers shelled almost the entire 192-km border during the night. Nearly 30,000 people have been displaced following one of the worst violations of the 2003 ceasefire by Pakistan which has left 8 people dead and 80 others, including nine security men, injured since October 1.

People from 113 border hamlets have migrated leaving the hamlets deserted.

“Pakistani Rangers continued with unprovoked mortar shelling and heavy automatic weapon firing on BSF posts all along International Border since 2045 hours last night,” a BSF spokesman said. “Almost the whole stretch of International Border in Samba, Hiranagar, Ramgarh, Arnia, R S Pura, Kanachak and Pargwal (Sub-sectors) was affected in the firing,” he said. “About 60 BSF border outposts were affected by the fire from Pakistan side,” the spokesman said, adding BSF troops retaliated in a “calibrated manner”.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the defence forces were giving a “befitting” reply to the Pakistani onslaught and the country will not bow down before anyone.

“I want to assure the people that we will not let down our country,” he said, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that “everything will be fine soon”. “The prime minister is keeping a close eye on the situation. He does not need to speak as our Army and BSF personnel are giving a befitting response and we are satisfied with it,” Singh said amid questions being raised by the Opposition on Government’s response to the ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

According to officials, over 130 border villages have been hit by mortar shelling and firing by Pakistan since Wednesday night. Of these 57 hamlets were hit in Kathua district, over 50 in Jammu and 20 in Samba district, they said. Pakistan Rangers shelled almost the entire 192-km border overnight. Nearly 30,000 people have been displaced following one of the worst violations of the 2003 ceasefire by Pakistan which has left eight people dead and 80 others, including 9 security men, injured since October 1. “Pakistani Rangers continued with unprovoked mortar shelling and heavy automatic weapon firing on BSF posts all along International Border since 2045 hours last night,” a BSF spokesman said in Jammu.

Jaitley said if Pakistan wants peace on the borders, it should stop what it is doing.

“Pakistan has to stop this unprovoked firing and shelling. As long as that continues how can there be peace.”

Asked about chances of talks between leaders of the two countries, he shot back, “how can you talk when firing is on?”

Underlining that India is a responsible country which is not an aggressor but is responsible for fully protecting its people and land, the defence minister said, “Our forces are taking all steps they can to protect our people and land.”

Both Modi and Jaitley attacked the opposition leaders who have been criticising the government over its handling of the border situation. Targeting Pawar, who had slammed him for holding poll rallies in Maharashtra when there was tension on the border, Modi said, “When you were the defence minister, there were problems with Pakistan and China on the border. Did you ever bother to go to the border then?” “There have been terror strikes in Maharashtra during your tenure…Mumbai, Malegaon, Pune. You could not even reach the terrorists, leave alone catching them. In the spirit of patriotism, we never politicised the issue,” he said. Jaitley also attacked opposition leaders for their “ill-informed” criticism of the government over ceasefire violations. “They should at least know this much as to what extent our forces are going to protect the borders,” he said.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has attacked the government over ceasefire violations and Chinese incursion, questioning its policies. Jaitley singled out Pawar, saying he should have been more informed as a former defence minister. Asked about Pakistan’s motives behind the escalation, Jaitley said he would not like to speculate but firing could be a cover for infiltration and also an effort by it to precipitate tension where none existed.

“Our forces have only one option which is to respond adequately,” the defence minister said. He said many militants have been killed in firing since floods hit Jammu and Kashmir, an evidence of Pakistan’s attempts to push more militants into Indian territory.

Asked why Pakistan is doing it now, he said the question should be put to those across the border.

The Indian security forces unleashed “massive retaliation” on Tuesday all along the 200-kilometre long International Border (IB) in Jammu against what they termed unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers that began on October 1. The Indian attack targeted 37 Pakistani border posts, resulting in around 15 deaths, more than 30 injured and serious damage to outposts manned by the Pakistani Rangers, intelligence sources told HT.

India has lost six people and sustained 13 injuries in Pakistani firing in the Jammu sector, part of a five-fold increase in ceasefire violations on the IB this year to 41. The incidents have perplexed military analysts who are more accustomed to firing across the Line of Control (LoC) to facilitate infiltration of terrorists.

The IB is the formal border between India and Pakistan and the 700-km LoC is a line demarcated in 1972 across which troops of either side are ranged. A terse eight-minute phone conversation between the Indian and Pakistani deputy directors of the directorate general of military operations (DDDGMO) ended with brigadiers from both sides trading accusations. There were some reports of the Rangers holding their fire in the wake of the strong Indian response but by and large the Pakistanis responded in kind to Indian action in Arnia, Raghubir Singh Pura, Ramgarh, Samba, Akhnoor and Pargwal. “While India has no intention of escalating situation on the Jammu border, there is no question that the Pakistanis will be allowed to go without punishment,” said a senior South Block official.

Thousands migrate to safer places as ceasefire violations by Pak continue

South Block sources said the Indian side was forced to open up after the Pakistan Army first violated the Line of Control in Poonch followed by their Rangers, who let loose with heavy machine guns and mortars in the Jammu sector. The first incident happened on October 1, when the Pakistan Army targeted an Indian Army border outpost (BoP) under Mandi sub-division of Poonch sector. On October 3, the Pakistanis again fired at a BoP in Mandi, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring four Indian civilians. On October 3-4 night, the Pakistan Rangers decided to escalate firing to the IB and targeted an Indian BoP in Arnia sector. A Pakistani mortar shell landed in a house in Kaku de Kothey village in Arnia as a result of which two civilians sustained serious injuries. This was just the beginning.

On October 4, an Indian Army jawan was killed in an improvised explosive device blast and two others were badly hurt. The border action team of Pakistan-based terrorists had planted the device near Tiba forward post in Mendhar in Poonch sector. Two days later, the Pakistan Rangers again opened up at the IB and targeted Indian BoPs in Arnia with heavy mortars, killing five civilians including a minor, and injuring 30 others. Since October 1, Indian BoPs in Mandi, Mendhar, Arnia, Khour, Ramgarh  and Rajouri sector have been targeted by the Pakistani forces. The Indian government hardened its stance and asked the Border Security Force (BSF) to “retaliate with full force” after five civilians were killed and 29 wounded in firing by Pakistani forces along the border in Jammu on Monday, official sources said.

Tensions flared after four Pakistani civilians, including two children and a woman, were killed in retaliatory firing by India as home minister Rajnath Singh and defence minister Arun Jaitley warned Pakistan to stop such attacks if it wanted peace talks with India. “Ceasefire violation must stop. Pakistan must realise that a decisive government has come to power, which will not take such instances lying down,” Singh told HT in an interview.

Pak must realise Modi govt not UPA, says Rajnath Singh

India and Pakistan exchanged fire in Arnia and RS Pura sectors late on Monday, the heaviest firing between the two countries since India called off bilateral talks last month. Jaitley said the repeated ceasefire violations would not help normalise relations between the two countries and Indian armed forces were responding to all provocations from across the border. “This is resulting in a series of ceasefire violations as a result of which innocent civilians have lost their lives. Pakistan must realise that the kind of environment it is generating between the two countries is certainly not going to help in normalising relations. The onus of creating a positive environment is on Pakistan which is utterly failing to do so,” Jaitley said. A senior government official told HT on condition of anonymity that border agencies, mainly the BSF and the army, had received instructions to not just match mortar for mortar but “outnumber the number of mortars in retaliation”. “There is no hesitation to our response now. If Pakistan fires five mortars, we can retaliate with 10,” he said.

The violence puts more strain on already-tense ties between India and Pakistan after New Delhi called off planned foreign secretary-level talks following the Pakistani ambassador’s meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders last month.

Worst affected by the Pakistani firing in India was Mashain-de-kothe village, where four members of a family were killed. Mortars also landed at Arnia town, about three km from the International Border (IB), forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. “When firing started we thought it would be another routine thing. But when heavy mortars started pounding our homes and heard cries, it was our worst nightmare,” said Soma Devi, a relative of the family that lost four members to the firing.

BSF sources said India will not have a flag meeting after the firing which began late last Thursday in a bid to disrupt Dussehra celebrations. Media reports said three militants were killed as the army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector.

The Pakistani ministry of foreign affairs issued a statement condemning what it described as India’s “unprovoked firing”. “The government of Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with the government of India through diplomatic channels and called for restraining its forces from constant violation of the ceasefire,” it said in the statement.

With tension prevailing on the border, the traditional exchange of sweets between Indian and Pakistani troops at the Attari border in Punjab on Eid was called off. However, sweets were exchanged at Chakan-da-bagh area in Poonch.

Pakistani mortars continued to pound villages along the Jammu border for a second straight day on Tuesday as they targeted 40 Border Security Force (BSF) posts in the region, wounding six civilians and forcing thousands of people to leave their homes.

BSF officials said Indian forces retaliated with gunfire and mortar bombs after Pakistan Rangers widened the range of their attacks to Poonch, Kanachak, Pargwal, Arnia, Akhnoor and RS Pura sectors, a day after mortar bombs killed five civilians and wounded 29 in the highest civilian death toll in a single day in more than a decade.  “Pakistan targeted 40 of our posts in RS Pura and Akhnoor sector without provocation,” said the BSF inspector general in Jammu, Rajesh Sharma. “We were then forced to fire back in equally strong measure.”

Media reports said the Indian and Pakistani DGMOs held talks on ceasefire violations and accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

Joint cricketism: some fake explanations by mafias

Joint cricketism: some fake explanations by mafias

The  oft repeated fake expression in joint cricketism is “ in form” batboys which in fact means bowlers are fake , weak or “out of form”.etc etc to suit all secret deals in cricket.

They talk about pitch even though pitches made exclusively for the batboys to make big scores. They talk about “slow pitch” when the bowlers are serious about their job/occupation, employing dotballs techniques and pick wickets at regular intervals.  If batboys do not get runs, they go for big hits and  quickly go out of the field.  OUT.

“Run machine” is associated with batboy who gets  many runs from  pathetic  and weak bowlers , even on  prior  understanding between the teams, or fixing done by cricket boards and mafias at the high levels.

Another usage is “battle it out” when a batboy is given plenty of runs by bowlers when some  other batboys  collapse.

Interestingly, never in history of cricketism exercises there has been a serious fight  between or among cricket teams or boards about  less runs  being  given to a team and more runs to  another. They never raise the issue of not giving full 100 runs to a particular batboy like Sachin Tenddulkar or somebody else when bowlers could do that if they really want. They should have quarreled when bowlers remove the poor batboys when they reach 90 t0 99 runs. By raising the issue, they openly admit that batboys are monkeys and bowlers decide the scores of batboys. . .

Every team comes to play with a clear scheme of how many 100s and 50s they would exchange among themselves but they never reveal it to public.

Some tams like Pakistan have made it their policy to offer at least a 100 or a couple of 50s to opponent  team so that they can also expect  return favors form them. They don’t play for the country but  only for themselves, for  their batboys. If they really play for the country concerned, they would devise a strategy to bowl seriously by dotballs and make the opponents collapse and win the match.

But cricketers say there is no fun in bowling sensibly and denying runs to batboys. If batboys are not given 100 or at least 50, cricket is as well dead. So are the cricketers and boards and mafias. And the governments that offer awards also go ashtray .


Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal