Indian PM Modi inaugurates railway line in Sri Lanka rebuilt by India

Indian PM Modi inaugurates railway line in Sri Lanka rebuilt by India

Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in Sri Lanka on a two day official visit said today that the future of any country is influenced by the state of its neighbors.  As he sought to woo smaller Indian Ocean states away from increasing Chinese influence, PM Modi, in his address to SL Parliament hours after his arrival in Colombo, said India’s neighbors should be the first beneficiaries of Indian economic progress.

“The future I dream for India is also a future that I want for our neighbors….The world sees India as the new frontier of economic opportunity. But, our neighbors should have the first claim on India”, he said, “I will be happy if India serves as a catalyst in the progress of our neighbors.”

Modi visited the war-scarred Tamil heartland in the north on Saturday to inaugurate a railway line rebuilt by India. Modi said India has committed $1.6 billion in development assistance for Sri Lanka, promising to continue the development partnership.

Modi became the first Indian leader to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years, reciprocating the trip to India last month by Sri Lanka’s new president. However Modi since his election last May has emphasized rally his SAARC neighbors. Modi held bilateral talks with Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena, who seems to have made a departure from policies favoring Beijing and toward ethnic reconciliation with his country’s Tamil minority, a sensitive issue in India-Sri Lanka relations. “We have seen the relationship between our countries weakened during the time of some regimes. As a result, it took 28 years for this visit of an Indian prime minister to Sri Lanka,” Sirisena said after the morning meeting with Modi. He said he considered Modi’s visit now was a blessing.

Modi in his speech to Parliament also invited Sri Lanka to have more regular state visits and work together to build trust and remain sensitive to each other’s interest. ” It helps us understand each other better find solutions to mutual concerns and move our relationship forward.”

In 1987, India’s Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi arrived in Sri Lanka to sign a peace accord in an effort to end the Tamil uprising, which was then in its early years. Sri Lankan Tamils have linguistic and family connections with the sizable Tamil population in India. It was a tumultuous period in relations as India was accused of training and arming the rebels, and then tried to mediate by sending a peacekeeping force, a mission that failed as the Indians were viewed with suspicion by both sides in the civil war.

During his visit, Gandhi narrowly escaped serious injury when a Sri Lankan sailor hit him with his rifle butt during a guard of honor inspection. Four years later, in 1991, Gandhi was assassinated during an election rally in Tamil Nadu.  Since then, India had distanced itself from the Sri Lankan conflict, which China used to get closer to the island nation by supplying weapons and later securing a large presence through developing highways, a port and an airport.

Sri Lanka’s new government has recently suspended the Chinese-funded $1.5 billion Colombo Port City project, citing environmental issues and alleged corruption. It was inaugurated in September during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who included Sri Lanka in a new maritime “Silk Road” linking the energy-rich Persian Gulf with China.

Although divided by a strait just 50 kilometers (30 miles) wide, Sri Lanka and India kept distance over the past three decades. Their relations have been marred by the failed Indian peacekeeping attempt at the onset of Sri Lanka’s civil war and more recently, Beijing’s foray into India’s neighborhood.

Modi visited Sri Lanka’s former civil war zone, in a sign of solidarity with minority Tamils who are calling for regional autonomy to end a decades-old ethnic conflict. Modi visited Sri Lanka’s former civil war zone on Saturday, in a sign of solidarity with minority Tamils who are calling for regional autonomy to end a decades-old ethnic conflict.

Modi commissioned a section of railway track built with Indian aid in Talaimannar and ceremonially began the construction work of a cultural center to be built in the town of Jaffna with Indian assistance. Jaffna is the cultural heartland of the Tamils and was the stage of many battles during Sri Lanka’s quarter century civil war. The war ended in 2009 when government forces defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were fighting to create a separate state for Tamils in the country’s north and east. Since the war’s end, India has been calling on Sri Lanka to share power with the Tamils in order to promote reconciliation.

India has a strong interest in the issue because southern India is home to 60 million Tamils. India’s government, however, has been reluctant to become directly involved in Sri Lankan politics since a disastrous military intervention during the civil war left more than 1,000 Indian troops dead. The military intervention followed an agreement between India and Sri Lanka that led to an amendment of Sri Lanka’s constitution and established provincial councils in an effort to end Tamil militancy.

During his talks Friday with Sri Lankan leaders, Modi said the full implementation of the particular amendment “and going beyond it would contribute to” building and promoting equality, justice, peace and dignity in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s former government promised to allow a greater degree of autonomy for the Tamil-majority regions, but later backtracked, saying it would take back the land and police powers given to the provincial councils. At the time, Indian leaders expressed dismay at the move. The current Sri Lankan government, which came to power in January, has promised to work toward ethnic reconciliation.

Modi visited Seychelles and Mauritius before Sri Lanka on his tour of Indian Ocean states. China in recent years heavily funded infrastructure development projects in these countries, making India apprehensive because it perceives the region to be its traditional territory of influence. He avoided visiting the Maldives, which has a pro-China administration and where a supposedly pro-India opposition leader is being tried for terrorism.

Sri Lanka is the last leg of Modi’s tour of the region, during which he has sought to woo smaller Indian Ocean states away from increasing Chinese influence.

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Sri Lanka President Sirisena arrives in New Delhi for talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi

Sri Lanka President Sirisena arrives in New Delhi for talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena who left the island of Sri Lanka on 15th February on a four-day state visit to India on the invitation of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has arrived in New Delhi.

Apart from the Minister of External Affairs Mangala Samaraaweera who is now in Washington and is expected to join his president in New Delhi, the presidential team includes Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Patalie Champika Ranawaka, D.M. Swaminathan, Governor of Easter Province Austin Fernando and Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon during this visit. Sirisena, accompanied by his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari, waved to waiting media before being greeted at the airport by India’s minister for shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan, who hails from Tamil Nadu (Nagercoil) and is the only BJP MP and minister from  Tamil Nadu in Modi government.

India’s foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in New Delhi ahead of his arrival: “We expect substantial talks, we expect outcomes in terms of agreements, in terms of frameworks, and in terms of announcements.”

President Maithripala Sirisena chose India for his first foreign trip in office, trying to rebuild ties hit by tensions over growing Chinese influence on the strategically located island. His maiden visit to India may see New Delhi and Colombo moving towards a civil nuclear cooperation agreement to take bilateral ties to a new height.

President Sirisena, who took over as the new President of Sri Lanka last month after defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa in what came to be a historic poll for the nation, has arrived in New Delhi. He is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

A comprehensive India-Sri Lanka nuclear cooperation agreement is expected to be among the outcomes of the meeting.  If New Delhi and Colombo ink the deal, it will be India’s first nuclear cooperation agreement with any of its neighbours.

New Delhi was quick to reach out to the new President after his election, as it expects Sirisena, unlike Rajapaksa, to not allow China to use the island nation to add to the strategic assets it has been building encircling India. As Sirisena chose New Delhi as his first overseas destination after taking over, the Modi government is expecting “substantive talks and outcomes in terms of agreements, frameworks and announcements” across a range of areas for prospective bilateral cooperation, India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson recently said.

Sources, however, said that both India and Sri Lanka were keen to move fast on the proposed nuclear cooperation agreement.

Offers from Pakistan and China to help Sri Lanka build nuclear reactors had prompted a jittery New Delhi to launch consultations with Colombo in 2012 for “a comprehensive agreement on bilateral civil nuclear cooperation”. Indian and Sri Lankan officials held two more rounds of talks in 2014.

The scope of the proposed agreement is likely to include New Delhi helping build small nuclear power plants in Sri Lanka using Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors indigenously developed in India, in addition to training officials on nuclear safety and response to nuclear accidents.

The proposed deal is likely to provide for bilateral cooperation between India and Sri Lanka for research and development works exploring power generation using thorium. Indian nuclear scientists may help their Sri Lankan colleagues conduct feasibility studies on use of thorium deposits, found in abundance along the southern coastal belt of the island nation, to generate atomic power.

Indian nuclear plants commissioned ignoring the protests by the fishermen and village people in Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu in South India came for severe criticism from Combo because of effects of radioactivity from the nuclear plants could reach Sri Lanka. With suitable nuclear deal with the new government in Colombo, India hopes to bring its sea neighbor Sri Lanka on board.

India has long considered Sri Lanka to be within its strategic sphere of influence. But China ploughed huge sums into Sri Lankan infrastructure projects, becoming the country’s biggest foreign financier and enjoying significant political and even military influence under Rajapakse.

Critics say China is trying to develop facilities around the Indian Ocean in a “string of pearls” strategy to counter the rise of its rivals and secure its own economic interests.

A first visit is always an opportunity to set directions. Sirisena is expected to try to secure greater Indian investment in Sri Lanka, which said last week it was seeking an international bailout of more than $4 billion. Sirisena will also travel to the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Bodh Gaya in Bihar of North India and a Hindu temple in Tirupati of Andhra Pradesh further south on Tuesday before leaving on February 18 for Colombo.

President Maithripala Sirisena and his fifteen member delegation, it was reported, flew to India in a commercial flight instead of a chartered flight to India as always used by his predecessor.

Congress promoted corny capitalism, corruption in India!

 

Congress promoted corny capitalism, corruption  in India!

 –DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL

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[No Muslim with faith in Islam can support or promote corrupt parties like Congress that  indeed  target the Muslims, Islam and mosques!]
When the Congress led UPA promoted the BJP led NDA policies, now the BJP is pursuing the Congress party’s economic policies based on crony capitalism. Essentially, therefore, Congress and BJP are two sides of the same India shine coin. In fact it sit second arrival the UPA went ahead with crony capitalism by allowing rampant corruption in every ministry, allowing enough parasitic trends in all walks of life.

 

Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, speaking at the launch of a book: “The election that changed India’ in Delhi on Friday, claimed that the way UPA government could have handled the 2G issue differently and that it caused a lot of damage to the Congress party’s image.  Chidambaram said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have shown a strict refusal to the ‘first come first serve’ basis of the 2G licence allocation and employed a better way to allot the same. Singh was aware of the retrospective amendment in Income Tax Act, which is considered as a major blunder of the UPA government as it hit FDI in India.

However, 2G spectrum scam was a just a an element of UPA corruption deals. Indian corruption is like free flowing subsidized liquor in clubs. Indian system provides the necessary political climate to promote corruption freely.

By projecting Pakistan as the threat to Indian interests, the Congress party led UPA promoted rampant corruption as its major policy; it allowed the rich to grow richer and corporates to increase their wealth many times both in the country and abroad. Cases are field only to tarp select people and to loot their illegally made cash.

 

The Congress party, the most “talented” party in corruption based politics, would not feel shame that it is instrumental in promoting black money, money laundering in connivance with other political parties like BJP. The  government of an innocent looking Manmohan Singh  let   the corrupt elements to thrive and make their own empires, in all walks of life including in cricket, where BCCI mafias that include the  incumbent finance and  defence minister  Arun Jaitley,  decide  who should be given Bharatratna. By using all these “patriotic” sections of politicians and industrialists, the UPA government misruled India for years to produce a parasitic political order in the country.

 

Even the BJP regime is  not revealing the details of money laundering because  those involved also include their own  favorites,  the  rich and  corporates who may finance the BJP in the poll and otherwise. This explains why the Congress party has been so bold in promoting corruption in India.

As the core Indian media keep the minds of  people engaged in anti-Pakistan, anti-Islam tunes,  as Indian youth are engaged in watching the fake cricket matches, Indian regime openly helps the rich, industrialists and multinationals in looting and sharing Indian resources and also simultaneously crushing the poor people.

 

Here is a neat cheat story of Indian parasitism and Nehru dynasty that ruled India for decades as its legitimate custodians.

Nehru Dynasty’s new addition now as son-in-law of Congress supreme command Sonia Gandhi and brother-in-law of Rahul Gandhi, Robert Vadra,  has been building economic empire for himself by misusing the UPA government, which  had been supported by many, including,  left parties.

The  real estate assets of Robert Vadra in Gurgaon and elsewhere and turning Vadra’s real estate companies from Rs50 lakh capital to Rs 500 crore in less than five years. It could have h gone further and still faster, had the Congress party own the parliamentary elections, even if they had lost the Haryana state.

As powerful Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra launched six companies hoping to be the realty czar of Rajasthan and Haryana and now is now closing them one by one. Vadra’s dreams were shattered after the Congress lost power in both the states.

In promoting Vadra, Sonia-Rahul led Congress has committed a crime against the people of India, especially the common men.  Arrival of equally corrupt BJP, which the Congress party had in fact nourished, as Congress-B, to protect Hindutva interests of  Indian indoors  and abroad and in effectively controlling the Muslims,  has now crushed not only the  Congress party ,its allies, Nehru dynasty, but also  the latest addition Vadra as well.

The four companies Vadra has already closed include Lifeline Agrotech Private Limited, Greenwave Agro Private Limited, Rightline Agriculture Private Limited and Primetime Agro Private Limited. The two companies in the process of closing, as per the ministry of corporate affairs are Future Infra Agro Private Limited and Best Seasons Agro Private Limited. All the six companies were incorporated in 2012. Harbans Lal Pahwa, in his 70s, who served as director of one of the companies of Vadra, many believe, was and remains instrumental in building up. The six companies Vadra closed are apparently agro-based and may be dealing with land transactions and agricultural technology, as the name suggests, in the absence of any financial details or returns.

 

Vadra holds the position of managing director in all the six companies. None of these companies has filed annual returns or balance sheets since inception, obviously because Vadra is a part of Nehru dynasty, ruling India for decades with interruptions. He felt himself the ruler of India and so Vadra was not filing financial returns of his companies since 2011 and was planning to close some of the companies. As per the ministry of corporate affairs records, all the companies were active till May this year.

 

Vadra started the process of closing the companies soon after the BJP-led NDA government took over the reins of the country. Vadra has not only started closing his companies but is also selling land in both the states fearing stringent monitoring and actions by the state and central governments. Vadra’s fortune witnessed a rise only after he started dealing in realty sector and bought huge tracts of land in Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand. However, most of his deals came under the scanner, due to alleged dubious transactions and unverified sources of money.  For example, four of Vadra’s companies — North India IT Parks Private Limited, Real Earth Estates Private Limited, Sky Light Realty Private Limited, Sky Light Hospitality Private Limited — are already under the scanner for land deals in Rajasthan, where he has reportedly bought several thousand acres of land at throwaway prices. All these companies are still active, as per government records.

In a flurry of deals between June 2009 and August 2011, Robert Vadra purchased at least 20 plots of land collectively measuring more than 770 hectares in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district. The value of the land shot up drastically as eight months later the ministry of non-conventional and renewable energy announced the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Policy under which huge subsidies were offered for setting up grid tight solar plants. The BJP government in the state ordered a probe. The then Rajasthan government has also allegedly changed the course of NH-15 to benefit Vadra, around which he had brought another tract of land. Similarly in March 2011, a controversy had erupted over Vadra using DLF money to buy land in Haryana. He had disclosed this fact in his financial statements submitted to the ministry till March 2011. However, since then, Vadra has not been filing financial statements.

Sonia Gandhi, had she been genuine nationalist leader,  should  not allowed her son in law to  make use of the  UPA government  to build an empire by cheating India  to the tune of crores that could have helped  the poorest in India to  feed themselves  for  existence.  Instead, Sonia allowed her son in law, along with many other rich fellows, to cheat the government and make quick money and increase the illegal wealth.

 

True,  Congress party also works in tandem with other major political parties for special reasons, including BJP in squandering the state resources.  The BJP is also known for its illegal mining and cash transactions, horse trading business, etc and Congress knows it is also safe when all political parties are one and the same   in cheating the nation and people.

 

Since no political party goes to the courts against other political parties on corruption and illegal wealth issues,   illegal wealth making has been going on as their major passion of politicians, among others.

 

Corruption cases come to light only in select situations to target the individuals for specific reasons.  The guilty persons also escape by paying huge money to the “concerned”.  Jayalalithaa or Lalu Prasad case is just only an example.  The leaders who promote corruption and shield the guilty are also very safe in India.

 

Alas, the Indian judiciary, unfortunately, has no jurisdiction over the corruption issues to investigate on their own and bring the guilty to justice.

That is indeed a sad commentary on the democracy!
No Muslim with faith in Islam can support or promote corrupt parties like Congress that indeed target the Muslims, Islam and mosques!

That is, as the prominent ruling party, Congress has no scruples to promote crony capitalists, including Madam’s son in law should open the eyes of those pro-people politicians, if any, in India.

 

Indian regime is engaged in a smear economic campaign to generate billionaires by selling state enterprises and estates while letting individuals loot nation’s resources. Congress people ask why not India’s on in law Robert Vadra, who is an Indian and not a Pakistani?
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*د. عبد راف *

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Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International
Affairs(CIA);  Commentator  on world affairs & sport fixings, Expert on
Mideast Affairs, university teacher; Author of books/ebooks; Editor.

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India: BJP wants to replace Congress in Jammu Kashmir!

 

 BJP wants to replace Congress in Jammu Kashmir!

(A Free Kashmir: Random Thoughts- 204)

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL

 

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The ultra Hindutva party BJP cannot but be overwhelmed by the support extended to it by so-called secular Congress for its Hindutva agenda, so openly pursued in Jammu Kashmir. Although BJP calls the Congress a pseudo-secular outfit, pampering Muslims without any real benefits to them for their vote, but they know that congress party manages Muslim votes only by sheer coercion by using BJP as a monster party.

 

In fact, the Congress and BJP joint gimmicks can make envious even the Republican and Democratic parties engaged in joint gimmicks in USA, targeting resources of Mideastern Arab nations. .

 

Congress party has done its part in making Hindus prominent in Jammu Kashmir assembly with a mere puppet chief minister Omer Abdullah obeying the orders from New Delhi and Congress high command.

 

In fact, in  pursuing the Hindutva  agendas of “secular” India, Congress has managed make to even a Hindu as Deputy chief minister of JK when entire country has no such posts existing, not even in Kerala where Muslims are in a commanding position with many MLAs.

People at large would wonder as to how a secular party Congress could advance the India’s Hindutva policy as aggressively as the Hindutva parties led by BJP.

 

BJP has been as Indian policy focusing on Jammu region and has made gains. BJP now targets the Kashmir valley as well. Now the PDP is also focusing on Jammu region very earnestly.

 

As a powerful anti-incumbency wave sweeping against the National Conference–Congress government, the BJP is keen to make the best out of Modi factor to win the JK assembly polls, and with NC and independents to form a coalitional, albeit fragile, government in Srinagar, to be supported by the Modi’s BJP’s government in New Delhi. .

 

However, the Maharashtra poll did not show the Modi shine in a proper format and could not win majority in the assembly because of the Siva Sena factor and this phenomenon seems to be worry the BJP and RSS alike as they face the polls in the troubled JK.

 

With the build-up of media and money resources, the BJP has been cleverly polarising votes in Jammu region in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi plus the usual Pakistan factor. The BJP is attempting to make inroads in Kashmir Valley by selling its towering leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s peace initiatives with Pakistan and separatists.

 

However, the ground reality does not support BJP’s rise to power in JK easily as Kashmiri Muslims in both Jammu and Kashmir regions who feel the insult and injury committed on them by Hindutva forces and military do not favor BJP as well. The phenomenon emergence of the BJP with assistance from Congress party and NC, already raises fears about Kashmiri identity.

 

Congress party has failed people both at the national and JK levels.

 

 

Even if it cannot form the government in coalition, the BJP aims at replacing Congress as the main opposition in the state.  That they would consider as their achievement in Muslim dominated Kashmir.

 

Under the anti-incumbency mood in the state, it is likely that the PDP will form government and with Congress out, only the BJP can be the opposition if they win more seats than other parties. However,   if people to judge the BJP on the basis of the performance of their MLAs, in the outgoing assembly, then, BJP would be left out of JK at par with its secret ally the Congress.

 

While the national Conference is already thinking of shifting to BJP to form the government enjoys power sharing against the genuine interests of Kashmiri Muslims if it wins enough seats.

 

BJP could be grateful to Congress for its constant help in protecting anti-Muslim forces in India. If at all the BJP becomes the opposition party in JK, it is because of its aggressive anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan plus Hinduism gimmicks (like Amarnath Yatra) that have been ably supported by Hindutva wings within the Congress party led UPA government.

The implications of the upcoming elections in JK are beyond government formation and the results would be crucial to safeguarding interests of the state, resolution of explosive Kashmir problem and securing the rights of Kashmiri Muslims in the state and in India.

 

Clearly, the BJP, from a strong position in Jammu region, would be able to make its own inroads into Kashmir valley only if there is a successful poll boycott. Incumbent CM Abdullah said that the NC became a victim of the compulsions of a coalition and his government would have been able to move forward on the political side if it wasn’t a coalition government. The birth of PDP happened only after the NC passed the autonomy resolution in the assembly. “We are aware that this party was created as a response to our attempt to bring autonomy to the state. PDP was created to divide the vote in Kashmir and make it difficult for us to form a government on our,” he said. “New Delhi had recognised Kashmiri voters wouldn’t go with a national party, so they created a regional competitor for us. Our voice has been divided now.”

 

Kashmiri Muslims, especially the freedom groups, have a duty before the fellow humans and they should vote to save the remaining Muslims in Kashmir valley.  They must change their political policy of armed struggle against a powerful military of India that has been responsible for the death of over 100, 000 innocent Muslims in Kashmir alone.

 

True, Kashmiri Muslims have never been so sure of fairness of elections conducted essentially by the military forces in the state. Instead of a credible rehabilitation plan, the BJP government and Congress-NC state government have hurried up for polls to claim Indian legitimacy for occupational crimes. PDP has no objections, too.

 

After they lost Lok Sabha polls, the Congress-NC were using power to manage promotions, backdoor appointments, transfers. The state government has submitted a plan worth Rs 44,000crore to the central government many rich guys are waiting to enjoy the money they would get from huge projects after the colossal tragedy. .

A possible fractured mandate in JK can be averted only if the freedom groups come together to fight poll by providing historic opportunity to the people of Jammu Kashmir to assert their identity, political rights and constitutional distinction. Only they can stop the Hindutva forces to push for CM or Deputy CM to be reserved for Hindu leaders who oppose such posts for Muslims elsewhere in Indian states.

 

Interestingly, Hindu leaders oppose a Muslim to become Indian prime minister for obvious reasons- the most important one being the inferiority complex  they suffering from for vague reasons. The button for all nukes India possesses, moreover, is under the PM’s control- under the control of president of India – reason why a Muslim could become president of India and not PM of India.

 

However, no such implication is associated with a Muslim becoming CM of a state.  It is just the Hindu bosses do not want a Muslims to be their CM.

 

All other reasons are just false.

 

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*د. عبد راف *

Educationist, Prolific writer, Specialist on State Terrorism; Chronicler of Foreign occupations &
Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International
Affairs(CIA);  Commentator  on world affairs & sport fixings, Expert on
Mideast Affairs, university teacher; Author of books/ebooks; Editor.

 

Is Modi wooing Shashi Tharoor?

Is Modi wooing Shashi Tharoor?

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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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

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Part-I

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.

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Part-III

 

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. ,

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*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

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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?

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