This is what happened when Rahul Gandhi started his journey of reading Gita

Rahul Gandhi introspected, this time truly, on what he can do to seriously take on BJP and RSS. His jibes had fallen flat, or worse, ricocheted. So, Rahul had this brilliant idea one morning when he woke up at night, that he would read Gita and Upanishads.

There was a little problem though. Who would teach him to read? To read Gita that is.

Rahul first met his closest advisor, Digvijay Singh.

RaGa: Digvijay ji, tell me about Gita.
Diggy (without hesitation): sau taka tunch maal, Rahul ji!
RaGa (shaking his head): Bhagvad Gita!
Diggy (at a loss): Bhagwat? Why don’t we release a book “Gita ki Saazish”? I will invite Mahesh and Zakir too.

Exasperated by this farrago of misunderstanding, machinations, and perversion masquerading as serious politics, Rahul decided to reach out to an erudite Shashi Tharoor.

RaGa: Shashi, can you tell me about Gita?
ST: The figmental yet philosophical prestidigitation that the deity with pavonine plume on his diadem…

Not happening boss, Rahul said to himself. He wanted a simpler teacher. So that left Manish Tewari out. Rahul then talked to Mani Shankar Aiyar.

RaGa: Mani, Diggi and Tharoor couldn’t tell me about Gita. Can you help me out?
MSA: I told you, Rahul ji, inhe hataaiye humein le aaiye..
RaGa: laayeing laayeinge, pahle aap humein bataiye..
MSA: Rahul ji, instead of teaching you what the terrible troglodytes talked about, why don’t we meet the descendants of Duryodhana?

Rahul shook his head and decided to look beyond his party now. He thought of his new friend, Stalin.

Stalin: Gita is an Aryan conspiracy to impose Inthi on…

Rahul fled before Stalin could explain how “Stalin” is a lovely Dravidian name. Just like his father’s.

The Congress vice president then went to meet comrade Sitaram Yechury. The CPM leader was with a Youth Congress leader when Rahul arrived. On seeing the party vice president, the 64-year old was excited and fell on Rahul’s feet. Yechury did a Lal Salaam.

A dead animal was lying on the ground, hacked and bloody. An NDTV journo was calling it an “ox” for some reason. Rahul was not bothered. He was determined to learn Gita, and Sitaram was his new hope.

RaGa: Yechury ji, do you know about Gita?
Yechury (tapping on his iPhone): Comrade, Gita says that eating beef is a fundamental right.

It was frustrating now. He needed someone who could understand him better. Finally he thought about his family, and so he turned to Robbert Vadra.

RaGa: Jijaji, can you tell me about Gita lessons?
Vadra: Same Gita that was narrated during the battle Kurukshetra? It has important lessons. Duryodhana was a genius man, took the whole land away.

Rahul was seriously worried now. That smile that he had after 2014 defeat was gone now. No one was helping him learn Gita to take over BJP. He then decided that he should talk to someone who is RW (Right Winger) and yet willing to help him out.

After a few weeks he was ready, a new Rahul. The dimples were deeper, the smile was sweeter, and the kurta was whiter with more holes.

He declared he was ready to take on BJP and RSS. Party workers and independent journalists danced in joy. A big rally was announced. All news channels were ready to beam it live. Even Narendra Modi and Amit Shah huddled together and switched on the TV.

Armed with Gita lessons, and bonus Upanishads lessons learnt from his last guru, Rahul went on stage and thundered.

“Do you know what the Gita says? Sangostavakarmani. Do you know what it means? The Sangh makes money.”

“You know there is a whole Upanishad called Isa which is about living cordially with Christians? RSS doesn’t want you to know this.”

“Even Buddha said, sangham saranam gachhami. You know what it means? Pray that the Sangh goes away. RSS doesn’t want you to know this.”

Modi and Shah were utterly awed as Rahul threw such gems at the unsuspecting public. They knew he was their asset, but this was just awesome. They looked at each other and smiled.

After finding out that even this bookish ploy of defeating BJP and RSS didn’t work, Rahul Gandhi never ever worked with Rahul Easwar again.

Rahul Easwar
Honorable Rahul Easwar

NDTV deletes blog post written by Kapil Mishra that was critical of Kejriwal

Rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, who has made many sensational claims about corruption and misdeeds by Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP government of Delhi, has now claimed that his views critical of Arvind Kejriwal are being supressed by news broadcaster NDTV.

Yesterday, Kapil Mishra had shared a blog post that was published on the Hindi website of NDTV. The blog post was titled “yeh hain Arvind Kejriwal ke brahmastra”, which loosely translates to “these are the ultimate weapons of Arvind Kejriwal”:

In the blog post, Mishra had claimed that Kejriwal uses lies, deceit, treachery and conspiracy as weapons against those whom he considers threat to his political ambitions. The AAP MLA claimed in the post that these ‘weapons’ were used against Anna Hazare, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, and also against Kumar Vishwas, who is still with AAP.

The blog post made a sensational claim that emails and other messages that targeted Kumar Vishwas’s personal life by terming him a lecherous man who was cheating on his wife, originated from an IP address that was of Kejriwal’s house. The article claimed that a ‘report’ confirming the same exists and Vishwas is in possession of the same.

Another sensational claim made in the blog post was about the death of AAP worker Santosh Koli, who died after meeting an accident in 2013. Mishra claimed that he talked to parents and brother of Santosh and came to know that the death was a political assassination and Kejriwal had a role in it. The blog post though did not ascribe any direct role of Kejriwal in the alleged assassination.

The blog post further recalled an incident involving an unnamed AAP worker and close aide of Manish Sisodia, who apparently was removed from the party on behest of Kejriwal as he had tweeted in support of Kumar Vishwas. Later, Mishra re-tweeted a message by a person who claimed to be the same AAP worker who was removed for supporting Vishwas.

The blog post made news despite being published on a day India and Pakistan met in Champions Trophy. However, the post was gone early this morning. The link to the article was sending people to the home page of Hindi NDTV website. A google archive of the article is available on this link though.

Kapil Mishra claimed that NDTV did not provide him any reasons or explanation on why the blog post was deleted by them. He hinted that the broadcaster was biased in favour of Kejriwal:

Incidentally, Arvind Kejriwal later tweeted in support of NDTV condemning CBI raids at the residences of its founder Prannoy Roy. Mishra took a dig both at NDTV and the AAP supremo by reminding people how Kejriwal used to abuse media and that the case against NDTV and its founders was about financial fraud that had nothing to do with free speech or independent journalism.

Army tightening noose on anti-India forces, helping Centre in development push in Kashmir

over 60 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch last week
Pakistan continue the ceasefire violations

Indian Army, with the strong backing of the Centre, is going aggressive against the anti-India forces operating in and around Kashmir. At the same time, it is swiftly implementing Government of India’s agenda in carrying out development push and weaning away the Valley’s youth, away from militancy, through education and jobs.

Kashmir has been on the boil since the Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by the Army in July last year. Seventy-six people and two police personnel were killed during the five-month-long unrest following the killing of the terrorist.

Ever since the recent by-poll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, a fresh spurt violence broke out in the valley. There is a palpable tension in the valley with the separatist forces calling for a 2016-like protests. The Valley has witnessed a spurt in incidents of violence and terrorist attacks in the last couple of months. But the Army has been controlling the situation with an iron first.

“The tempo of our operations has been significantly higher than previous years and it will remain high in the coming months. Our approach is way more aggressive than before and has the backing of the force’s top hierarchy,” a senior Army officer was quoted as saying.

According to Defence experts, what has led to the aggressive approach of the Army in Kashmir is that the government’s strong backing to the Army’s operations in Kashmir.

A young Army officer – Major Leetul Gogoi – had used a Kashmiri protester named Farooq Dar as a human shield against the stone pelters in Budgam on April 9 while moving a convoy of election officials and ballot boxes to safety. Following this act, Major Gogoi was awarded by the Army. Army chief General Bipin Rawat has praised Major Gogoi saying that the dirty war has to be fought with innovative ways. The government has stood by the Indian Army on the incident at a time when the Army is coming under attack by a section of political class.

The government has given a free hand to the Army to take stern actions against those who are spreading terror and vitiating the atmosphere in the Valley. The Army has launched Operation Clean Up to flush South Kashmir of terrorists. About a dozen terrorists, including Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Bhat, were gunned down by the Army over the last two weeks. The Indian Army has released a list of 12 dreaded terrorists operating in the Kashmir Valley.

At the same time, the Army has been carrying out “punitive fire assaults” against Pakistani posts. “The encounters were a result of ‘relentless operations’ by security forces to defeat the desperate attempts by Pakistan and Pak-sponsored agents to spread terror in Kashmir”, an Army statement said.

The Army, on 26 May, avenged 1 May beheading of two soldiers by killing two men from Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT). BAT, a rogue division of Pakistani Army, is primarily tasked for dominating the LoC by carrying out disruptive actions. It basically works in tandem with Pakistani terrorists waiting to sneak into Indian territory. In a clean break from the past, the Indian Army tweeted:

The Indian Army, on 23 May, has released a rare video of heavy artillery blasting. This is a clear departure from the past also.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had expressed satisfaction over the “aggressive domination” and “readiness” of the troops along the LoC in Jammu & Kashmir. “The aggressive domination and readiness of troops for befitting response to any misadventure by enemy is very satisfying,” Jaitley said. He stated that the force was not only dominating the LoC but also applying pressure on terrorist cadre.

Amid all these, the Army is carrying forward the Centre’s focus on education, jobs and development in Kashmir valley.

The Army is running scores of schools in the civilian areas of the Valley. The schools are getting very good response from the young students.

Hundreds of Kashmiri youth appeared for the Army recruitment test in Kashmir, on 28 May, rejecting the bandh call given by the separatists and defying the threat call by the terrorists.

Continuing the Centre’s development push in the Valley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 27 April took stock of the implementation of the Rs 80,000 crore development package announced by the Prime Minister for Jammu & Kashmir. The package was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November, 2015. So far, Rs 17,000 crore has been released to the state government by the Centre.

“The Home Ministry has a multi-pronged strategy which includes building of infrastructure and capacity and generation of employment opportunities coupled with firm handling of criminal activities,” Ashok Prasad, Union Home Ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying. The Centre is involving the Army for the successful implementation of the crucial development projects.

Pregnant Muslim woman burnt alive by family for marrying Hindu man in Karnataka

In a shocking case of dis-honour killing, a young Muslim woman died after being burnt alive by her family members for marrying a man outside her religion. The incident happened in Gundakanala village of Bijapur district of Karnataka.

the 21-year-old Muslim woman named Banu Begum had reportedly fell in love with 24-year-old Sayabanna Sharanappa Konnur, a Hindu boy belonging to the Valimiki caste. Both Banu and Sayabanna are residents of the same village. When Banu’s parents learnt about their relationship in January this year, they had brutally assaulted Sayabanna.

“The day Banu’s parents found out about their relationship, they had dragged her to the police station. They had created a huge ruckus and had demanded that the police file a POCSO case against Sayabanna claiming that their daughter was a minor,” PK Patil, Talikote DSP, was quoted as saying. After an enquiry, the police dropped the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) case lodged against Konnur.

Following this incident, Banu and Sayabanna eloped to Goa to get married. They later got their marriage registered at the at the sub-registrar’s office in Muddebihal in Karnataka. When Banu got pregnant, the couple returned to their village thinking that their families would accept their wedlock. As the couple came back to Gundakanala village on last Saturday (3 June) and met their families with the news of Banu’s pregnancy, a huge fight raged.

“Banu’s parents wanted her to leave Sayabanna and the boy’s father was also not too pleased with the marriage. On Saturday night, when the couple refused to give in to their families’ demands, Sayabanna’s father, along with Banu’s mother, brother and sister brutally assaulted him,” the DSP said.

Sayabanna was bitten all over his body and Banu’s mother had pelted stones at him. But Sayabanna managed to escape and ran to the Talikote Police Station for help. A severely injured Sayabanna informed the police about the incident, sought help and ran back to Banu’s place to save her. But by the time he reached Banu’s house, her family members had set her on fire.

Sayabanna, meanwhile, begged for help to save her wife’s life but Banu’s neighbours went inside their homes and locked their doors while she was being burnt. Police claims to have reached Banu’s house 10 minutes after Sayabanna reached out to them, but by that time everything was over. Banu had been stabbed multiple times before being set on fire, police said. Sayabanna sustained injuries in the process of dousing flames from her wife’s body.

The police have arrested Banu’s mother, sister, brother-in-law and brother in connection with the shocking incident. Four other accused – two elder sisters of Banu and her two brothers – are still at large.

It’s not CBI raids on NDTV but the arrogance of media that threatens democracy

It happens every other day in India. Raids by some branch of law enforcement – police, CBI, ED, IT sleuths, et al. – on some individual or some business. Jewellers get raided, factories and their owners get raided. Politicians and industrialists get raided. Film stars and cricket players get raided.

So why does it matter if a raid happens on NDTV? Why is the reaction different? Here are just three samples – one that virtually threatens the law enforcement agencies with trail by media, another that declares it akin to Emergency (attack on democracy), and third one that suddenly finds such raids ‘barbaric’:

Why such extreme rhetoric? No, Mr. Praveen Swami, CBI raids are not ‘defining moment’. The last time this sort of thing happened was probably last week. Check local news reports from all across our vast nation. I am sure you will find that some business owner or executive was raided by police during the last week.

In fact, such raids have probably happened somewhere or the other in the country on every single working day for last several decades. And Indian democracy is doing just fine. It would have been in danger if media would have done what Tavleen Singh suggests – oppose every CBI raid (Lalu would love that suggestion by the way).

So what makes the current CBI raid special that warrants such extreme, almost hallucinatory, reactions? The fact that these are raids against a business that sells a very specific product : news.

If a jeweller or shopkeeper is raided by law enforcement, it’s not an assault on democracy. If you raid a ‘news trader’, only then is it an assault on democracy. Huh. Why?

The media would probably chafe at the term “news trader”, as if it is some kind of insult. What’s wrong with being a trader? Business creates wealth. If only Nehru and his descendants had understood this simple fact, they would not have led us into a four decade long disaster of aligning with the wrong side of history.

But no, the media looks down on the word “trader”. In an attitude that can only be described as Brahminical, the media claims to live in some higher intellectual heaven. What they sell is more than just a product, it is some kind of divine prasad that we should be eternally grateful for.

I checked. According to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, there are over 15 lakh registered companies in India. NDTV is just one of them. Nothing more, nothing less.

If media in general and/or NDTV in particular has a heightened sense of self, or some sense of entitlement, that is their problem. You know, like this:

NDTV statement on CBI raids

No, NDTV you are not an “institution of India”. You are just one of the 15 lakh+ companies in the country. Get over yourself.

If you insist on being put on some higher pedestal than other ‘traders’, let us, for argument’s sake, promote you and put you along with some ‘professionals’ and ‘service providers’. In fact, let us give you – media and journalists – another promotion, and not club you along with CAs (professionals) or mobile companies (service providers).

Let us give you a higher status, like a Teacher (considered even more important than god in the Hindu tradition you love to hate) or a Doctor (considered another form of god in the same tradition). The role and importance of a journalist is definitely not more important than these two in the modern world; I hope you have the modesty to accept that. But if you introspect, you know that you don’t deserve this high status.

You need to study hard to become a doctor, and your license is revoked if you indulge in malpractices. But in your industry, you just need ‘connections’ to become a journalist, and your career is not impacted when you are found indulged in fixing ministries or doing PR work or even manufacturing facts.

Being a teacher is also so dissimilar to being a journalist. You have to pass some exams, including Maths. There are some standards you should meet. So unlike journalism, you see. By the way, raids have been carried out against teachers and they have been arrested if they are found to indulge in malpractices. Here is an NDTV report on the same. I did not hear any teacher crying attack on education or insult to Maa Saraswati.

If you are honest, you know that you don’t deserve to be equated with doctors or teachers, for there is no similarity between your industry and theirs. You deserve to be equated with ‘traders’ only. Just like anyone can open a shop and become a trader, anyone can launch a newspaper, a TV channel, or a website and become a journalist. You are nothing but ‘news traders’ in true sense.

You are a trader who looks down upon other trades and traders. A trader who demands special status. A trader who seeks power without accountability. A trader with a sense of entitlement.

The same sense of entitlement operates when conventional media bashes the social media. The most common technique is to dismiss social media as “trolls” and the most common smear is to call them “misogynist”. You have been carrying out “raids” against anyone speaking against you. Thus there is no wonder that there is a sense of glee among masses when you are being raided.

Instead of creating fake outrage, introspect why you have come to this level. It is your arrogance. CBI raids should be least of your concern.

We do need institutions that can act as watchdogs in a democracy, but that institution can not be built with the arrogance that you proudly possess. That institution has to have the relationship of mutual respect, trust, and accountability with the public. You hate all three when it comes down to those. Public has to blindly follow your diktats and be in awe of your grand status. Sorry mate, it can not work this way.

If the conventional media thinks that a handful of their media workers could do a better job than the collective intelligence of the masses, it is really their problem. Technology has always gotten rid of low skilled jobs and it may just be the turn of the old media.

In short, media is a business. Privately owned. Privately operated. Be prepared to operate within the same system as every other business. I can’t believe you expected anything else.

You being treated the same as other businesses is not the problem, your entitlement without accountability is.

CBI raids at Prannoy Roy’s residence – read what NDTV and Roys are accused of

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the residence of New Delhi Television (NDTV) Limited co-founder and executive chairperson Prannoy Roy this morning. The CBI reportedly conducted searches at at four places including Delhi and Dehradun.

The raid was part a crackdown for bank frauds. The CBI has registered a case against Prannoy Roy, his wife and co-founder of the channel Radhika Roy, a private company and others for allegedly defrauding a private bank.

The case is related to a Rs 396 crore fraud on ICICI Bank. Reports suggest that Roys took Rs 396 crore loan from ICICI Bank to shell company RRPR Holding showing NDTV assets. Rs 21 crore and Rs 71 crore were then diverted to the bank account of Prannoy and Radhika Roy respectively.

Reacting to the CBI raids, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy said, “Fear of law is necessary and it should be applied no matter who you are.”

Swamy had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to direct the CBI to file case against NDTV under Prevention of Corruption Act. Alleging that NDTV was a party to Aircel-Maxis scam, during the Congress rule, Swamy had said it received illegal money from Maxis subsidiary Astro. Swamy further said that the money, received by NDTV from Maxis, was “illegally approved” by then Finance Minister P Chidambaram to “benefit his son” Karthi Chidambaram.

The Roys are being probed for contraventions of tax laws and laws involving foreign money. A report published in Caravan Magazine suggests that a series of financial transactions that the Roys have carried out from the mid 2000s onwards have been under close investigation by government agencies.

In 2013, Sanjay Dutt, director of a financial-services firm Quantum Securities who owned around 125,000 shares in NDTV, had filed complaints with Enforcement Directorate and Directorate General of Income Tax alleging that that NDTV and its promoters had violated a number of laws. In January 2015, Dutt had filed a writ petition in Delhi High Court against Enforcement Directorate and Directorate General of Income Tax Investigation alleging that both agencies failed to act on his complaints.

The Enforcement Directorate, in November last year, had slapped a show cause notice to NDTV for flouting foreign exchange regulations while bringing foreign investments to the tune of Rs 2,030 crore between 2007-10.

A book named ‘NDTV Frauds’, written by Sree Iyer, talks in detail about alleged illegalities committed by the media group.

The raids come on a day the broadcaster is taking its English business news channel NDTV Profit off air. It could be noted that NDTV Profit continued to have the lowest TRP among the genre of business-economy channels. Even the general news channels in Hindi and English have failed to top the TRP charts.

During the quarter ending 31 December 2016, NDTV had reported a consolidated revenue loss of Rs 18 crore following a dip in advertising revenue. Facing financial losses, the channel has put its assets on sale.

NDTV is facing three-fold challenges – revenue loss, fraud and credibility crisis. NDTV, primarily a left-leaning television news channel, often faces a lot of flak in social media for taking partisan stand against the Modi government and the BJP, using half truths and manipulation of facts. Incidentally, after the Congress lost power in 2014 general elections, the broadcaster is facing financial crisis.

At the same time the credibility of the channel is on a further downside with its anchors peddling fake news, channel being silent on crimes by relatives of NDTV journalists, and the channel giving platform to people who are abusive and violent.

NDTV also came under severe criticism for its coverage on the terror attack at Pathankot airbase. In November last year, the government had ordered a one day token ban on NDTV India, after an inter-ministerial panel constituted by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry recommended this action. The ban was ultimately not executed, even as the channel refused to apologise for Pathankot coverage.

Congress publishes booklet showing Kashmir as ‘Indian occupied’, terms it ‘printing error’

In what has come as a huge embarrassment for the Congress, a booklet released by the grand old party shows the map of Kashmir as ‘India occupied Kashmir’.

The 15-page booklet titled ‘राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा पर आँच’ (National Security Endangered) was released at a Press conference in Lucknow by senior Congress leader and former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Uttar Pradesh PCC president Raj Babbar on the party’s assessment of three years of the Narendra Modi government.

The Congress which has left the national security of India in a moribund condition alleges that India’s security is under threat in Narendra Modi rule. The party attacked the Modi government for handling India’s relations with Pakistan and China.

The wrong map of Kashmir was published on page-12 of the booklet in a chapter headlined China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

On its part, the Congress called it a “printing error.” “This is a printing error. This was our responsibility. We seek apology. Such mistakes will never be repeated,” senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said.

The BJP latched on to the faux pas attacking the Congress saying the party must have gladdened the heart of its “patrons in Pakistan”.

“It is not only regrettable but shocking that a senior Congress leader like Azad is projecting a map of Kashmir where it is described as Indian occupied Kashmir. Is Congress speaking the language of Pakistan?” senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

“By projecting Kashmir as Indian occupied Kashmir the Congress party has not only made separatists happy but also gladdened the heart of its patrons across the border. It is condemnable,” Prasad said.

A Saturday : One Bengali renounces Indian secularism

Here’s a wish from Rabindranath Thakur :

Chitta jetha bhoyshunyo, uchcho jetha sheerBharatere sei sarge koro jagorito (Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high… let my Bharat awake into that heaven of freedom)

Words from Gitanjali (1910).

In independent India of 2017, imagine if the poet were to look up to the sky for inspiration and tried to put his vision into his own words. The poet would not be allowed to describe the blue sky as he chooses to in his beloved Bengali language. Instead he would face a fatwa from the government of West Bengal to call the blue sky “aasmani” instead of “akaashi”. If the poet wanted to describe the rainbow, he would have to call it rongdhonu” instead of “ramdhonu”.

His words would become restricted. The poet’s spirit would wither away.

How did we reach to this stage? Should I be scared?

But scared of what? Of whom?

Of late, I see numerous articles from eminent liberals warning Bengalis about the expanding empire of BJP ruled states. They say Modi is coming to impose the culture of the “cow belt” on West Bengal.

Apparently, the “North” will take over. Supposedly, they will take away my Bengali language and force me to speak Hindi (I already speak it fluently, don’t worry). Supposedly, they will take away the regular meal of beef curry from my table and replace it with paneer (just like almost all Bengali Hindus, nobody in my family eats beef, don’t worry).

Dear liberals, I am more similar to those “invaders from the North” than you think. On the other hand, you and I probably have nothing in common.

So, stop warning me about the dangers to my Bengal and my Bengali culture from the rising tide of BJP. Tell me what your Indian secularism has done for me before you shed crocodile tears about Bengal.

Let me tell you clearly. I don’t have any confidence in your Indian secularism. Can it protect me when the need arises? Take our National Anthem:

Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, Maratha… 

You must know these words, again written by Rabindranath. Tell me, where is Sindh? Show me Sindh on the map of the Republic of India. Can you? What happened to Sindh and to the Hindus there? What happened to their homeland and their culture?

Again from the National Anthem :

Dravida, Utkala, Banga.

Where is Banga? I only know about West Bengal. There must be an East Bengal somewhere. Where did it go and what happened to the Hindus there?

Was secularism able to protect the Hindus of East Bengal? No, as a matter of fact, this whole joke called “idea of India” was built on the bones of millions of Hindus of East Bengal.

Why did Indian secularism throw away the lives of Hindus of East Bengal? Is it not true that they threw these lives away because they were impatient to rule from Delhi? Today, their biological and intellectual descendants have come to teach me “idea of India”.

The only “idea” in “idea of India” in 1947 was this : throw away the lives of millions of Hindus (and Sikhs) of West Punjab, East Bengal, Sindh and others so that we can rule from Delhi.

Trying to emotionally blackmail Bengalis today with the same “idea of India” is a sick joke. Secularism took away East Bengal. Today, all it can give us is renaming the leftover West Bengal simply as “Bengal” or “Banga”. Could it be any more pathetic?

I am being told to fear the so called “Hindutva forces”. Really? Is that the real fear?

What happened to Hindus in the Muslim majority regions of India that went to Pakistan in 1947?

In the Republic of India, there was one, just one large region where Muslims were a majority. Kashmir. What happened to Hindus there? They were marched out of the state and became refugees forever.

There are 57 Muslim majority nations spread all across the world. They could be as rich as Qatar or as poor as Somalia. Tell me what is the status of democratic, religious and cultural freedoms in these countries.

How do Muslim majority nations behave across the world?

How have Muslim majorities treated minorities in parts of the Indian subcontinent that broke away from India in 1947?

How have Muslim majorities treated minorities even inside the Republic of India?

Now tell me why I should not be worried as district after border district of Bengal turns Muslim majority?

Why should I believe that the pattern that has repeated in every corner of the Republic of India, in every corner of the Indian subcontinent and indeed in every corner of the world will not repeat in say West Bengal or Western Uttar Pradesh or Kerala or Assam?

Are you asking me to believe in magic? At least you should say so openly.  I do not believe in magical sky gods. Perhaps you do.

Now tell me what is the real danger to my personal security, my way of life and my culture.

Does Indian secularism wish me well? Will it give me a fair deal? Can it protect me?

I see liberals burning Manusmriti every day. In fact, I think that the sales of this book are driven almost entirely by liberals buying it just so they can burn it. Go ahead, for it is your right. But would these liberals ever dare to burn the …. ? You know what I am talking about. Are you saying that no oppression of human beings is carried out in its name?

Everything I need to know about Indian secularism and liberalism is already clear from that comparison.

Yesterday, I happened to read a much talked about article in The Hindustan Times by Naseeruddin Shah. Here is the last paragraph of this article and I guess it was meant as some kind of punchline

Naseeruddin Shah's article

I have too much respect for the acting of Naseeruddin Shah to accuse him of malicious propaganda, so I will only express pity for his ignorance. Because I have never seen a more spectacular example of an author destroying his own argument.

Mr. Shah, you should know that Mohammed Iqbal, who wrote “Saare Jahaan se achcha Hindustan hamara” in 1904, became a rabid Muslim separatist in the 1920s. He was one of the leading lights of the idea that Muslims cannot live in a Hindu majority democratic India. His close collaboration with Jinnah laid the intellectual basis for Pakistan, with Iqbal often coming across as more extreme than even Jinnah in believing that separation of Hindus and Muslims was inevitable. Heck, he shed tears and eulogized the guy who killed a person for writing a blasphemous book. You know, it is like eulogizing someone who kills someone for eating beef.

Now add to this the fact that Mohammad Iqbal was a great scholar, with a Bachelors degree from Cambridge and a Doctoral degree from Munich. That’s even more impressive if you imagine the attitudes towards Indians in colonial Europe of more than 100 years ago. Great scholar and great literary master and yet Iqbal became the rabid Muslim separatist that he was.

If a brilliant and educated man as Mohammad Iqbal can become a danger to Hindus …

I am sure Mr. Naseeruddin Shah can explain why I have nothing to worry about. Or can he?

Since I was a child, I have been taught about the greatness of Indian secularism. The media writes about it non-stop. Cable news blares about it incessantly.

It’s as if Nehruvian secularism is the state religion. But what has it ever done for me?

So today I renounce it. I renounce Nehruvian secularism. This is my dissent.

Yes, I understand that I have been late in my realization. But what do I do? I am not a media celebrity nor a full time propagandist.

I am just an ordinary person. I have my compulsions. I have to be busy during the week with my everyday job so that I can put food on the table.

You tried to divide my Bharat over caste on a Monday.

You tried to divide my Bharat over language on a Tuesday.

You tried to divide my Bharat over veg and non-veg  on a Wednesday.

You tried to divide my Bharat over North and South on a Thursday.

You divided my Bharat on August 15, 1947. That was a Friday.

I am only replying to you on a Saturday.

People slam propaganda website that compared Indian Army Chief to Gen Dyer

Leftist propaganda website The Wire stooped to a new low after it carried an article that made a direct comparison between India’s Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and General Dyer, the perpetrator of Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on 13th April 1919 when British troops led by General Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people inside the garden, who were unarmed and taking part in the annual Baisakhi celebrations. Officially 379 people died but the number has been speculated to be as high as a 1000.

The article titled “In Kashmir, India Is Witnessing Its General Dyer Moment” sought to somehow draw parallels between the monstrosity of Jallianwala Bagh massacre and Major Gogoi’s novel action of tying a protester to his jeep. Perhaps for the editors of The Wire, stone pelting and flashing flags of ISIS are like celebrating Baisakhi.

This piece in The Wire was possibly taking things too far and people reacted with varied emotions like shock, disbelief and outrage:

Even Shekhar Gupta, who is famous to have reported about a possible coup by the Army, reacted with shock, which proved how low really the propaganda website had sunk:

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In a first, NIA raids Kashmiri separatist leaders over terror funding

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided as many as 23 locations in Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana in connection to the funding reportedly received by separatist leaders from Pakistan to spread terror in the Valley.

Those raided by the NIA sleuth include Altaf Fantoosh, son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shahid-ul-Islam, a prominent leader of Awami Action Committee of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, businessman Zahoor Watali and some second rung separatist leaders belonging to both Hurriyat Conference and the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

In addition, the NIA team raided eight hawala dealers and traders in the national, besides two in Haryana’s Sonepat. The agency has seized around Rs 1.5 crore from various locations in the Kashmir Valley, besides recovering some incriminating documents.

It could be noted that the NIA – for the first time – has carried out the raids on the separatist leaders in connection with terror funding ever since the militancy raised its ugly head in the Valley in 1990s. In 2002, Income Tax Department had carried out searches against separatist leaders, including Geelani, and seized cash and other documents. However, no criminal case had been registered against them then.

Earlier this week, the NIA had registered FIR against the separatist leaders for receiving funds from Pakistan to keep the turmoil in Kashmir active. Though no separatist leader from the Valley was named in the FIR, separatist organisation Hurriyat Conference, terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, women separatist outfit Dukhtaran-e-Milat and terror outfits Lashker-e- Taiba mentioned in the FIR. Besides, the NIA FIR mentioned the name of Jamaat-ul Dawah chief Hafeez Saeed. The NIA raids came following the questioning of three separatist leaders — Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Gazi Javed.

We had earlier reported that the separatist leaders were under NIA radar for receiving funds from Pakistan-based terror outfits and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The amount received by the Kashmiri separatists from Pakistan in last one year, to keep the turmoil in Kashmir active, could run into several hundred crores. The funds are used for attacking security forces by carrying stone pelting, burning schools and other government buildings.

The Kashmiri separatists, who want to disintegrate Kashmir from the rest of India, claim to represent the “political views” on Kashmir. They depute stone pelters to attack security forces. A stone pelter is generally paid Rs 500 to Rs 1000 every day. This is an open secret that the separatists work in tandem with terrorists operating in the valley.

The separatists are basically superimposing terrorism by radicalising youth with the help of Pakistan. In its annual report for 2016-17, the MHA had stated that the year 2016 saw a change in Pakistan’s tactics following strategy of superimposition of militancy over “civil resistance” through radicalisation by vested interest groups and social media.

Reports quoting officials at the North Block state that the funds from Pakistan, which is directly monitored by Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, comes via gulf countries, Saudi Arabia and other places before it reaches to the separatists through hawala route.

Corruption, assault, and a possible murder – Kapil Mishra makes startling charges against AAP

Rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, who is turning out to be a Kejriwal for Kejriwal, has now claimed that a few AAP MLAs grabbed his throat in order to strangulate him in the Delhi Assembly.

The incident allegedly happened on 31st May when Kapil Mishra was allegedly assaulted in the Delhi assembly. Delhi assembly had met in a special session in order to pass the GST bill. Apparently 4-5 AAP MLAs started to confront and assault him after he raised a banner in the assembly alleging corruption against Kejriwal.

Now a couple of days later, Kapil Mishra has come up with a dramatic blog post narrating the incident. In the post, he claims that one of his MLA colleague grabbed his throat while others kept assaulting him. He also claimed that rather than trying to stop them, Deputy CM Sisodia directed other MLAs to go and confront him.

He claimed that he thought Kejriwal would condemn the incident, but apparently even the Chief Minister of Delhi didn’t do anything and kept smiling. Mishra further alleges that Kejriwal even spent a whole day in company of one of the accused MLAs after the incident.

Due to this alleged behavior, Mishra called Kejriwal a small minded person with a questionable character. Mishra has also claimed that on 11 AM on Saturday he would go to the Civil Lines police station to lodge an FIR regarding the attempt to ‘kill’ him in the assembly. He also named MLAs Jarnail Singh and Amanatullah Khan as the MLAs who assaulted him.

Not just that, he hinted that there could be a ‘role of Kejriwal’ in the death of Santosh Koli, an AAP leader who had died after meeting an accident in 2013. Some had claimed that the accident was staged and Koli was actually murdered.

This blog post and the possible FIR would mean the beginning of another eventful day in Kapil Mishra’s life and these aren’t the only events he planned for today. He has also organised an India against corruption 2.0 event at Constitution club in New Delhi from 4 PM. Interested parties have been asked to give a missed call to a number 7863037300.

Till date Mishra has been maintaining his Kejriwalesque consistency and vigor when it comes to making allegations about possible scams carried out by the AAP Government.

On Thursday, the Anti-corruption Bureau had raided three godowns of a pharmaceutical company in Delhi based on the allegations of medical scam by Kapil Mishra. On Monday Mishra had alleged that excess medicines were purchased on the direction of Health Minister Satinder Jain and were lying rotting in warehouses.

News has also broken about another allegation by Kapil Mishra wherein he alleged that the Kejriwal government gave tenders for affixing CNG kits in cars to fraud companies who installed Chinese kits while claiming that they had actually imported them from Canada. Apparently such kits were installed on 10,000 cars.

Kerala Congress MLA eats beef with friends to express solidarity with cow slaughter

Days after Youth Congress workers brutally butchered a calf in broad day light at Kerala’s Kannur to protest against the Center’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in cattle markets, a Congress MLA from the state has posted a video of consuming beef with friends to express solidarity with those who have been organising beef fest across the state.

VT Balram, the Congress MLA, in a Facebook post declared that he has left vegetarianism after 19 years to show resistance against what he says the Centre’s “beef politics.”

Many Hindus consider beef eating against their religious beliefs but the Congress MLA decided to not care about Hindu beliefs for scoring a political point. This is in line with what Youth Congress members had done when they killed a cow in full public view, which is not allowed even as per laws, to score a political point.

Then an embarrassed Congress had sought to distance itself, saying the party won’t support anyone who has violated the law (though they kept silent on hurting Hindu beliefs). Three Kerala Youth Congress leaders were suspended for their role in the slaughter and distribution of calf meat in Kannur.

Rijil Makkutty, the Youth Congress’s Kannur mandal president, who led the calf slaughter protest, however, maintains that he has no regrets. Makkutty said he had the approval of the Youth Congress state president Dean Kuriakose. Makkutty further claimed that Kerala Youth Congress president had raised no objection.

Now it remains to be seen if Congress will distance itself from the act of its MLA as well. Most probably the grand old party is not going to condemn the act or distance itself as no law was violated. So far as Hindu beliefs and sentiments are concerned, they apparently have no value in overall political strategy of Congress, which wants to appear more “secular” than Hindu.

Dalit woman molested by Muslim youth, now Agra witnesses Rampur like incident

In an unfortunate development reminiscent of the incident in Rampur, where a group of Muslim men had molested two Dalit women and put the video on social media, Tajganj area of Agra too saw a Dalit woman being harassed by a group of youth belonging to the Muslim community, which led to communal tensions in the area on Thursday night.

Reports say that a Dalit woman was going to buy medicines around 8 PM on Thursday evening when a group of men waylaid her. They were smoking and drinking and started misbehaving with the woman. When she opposed this behaviour, they reportedly snatched her dupatta and started abusing her. The woman had to run back to her home to save herself.

Around 3-4 men had tried to intervene to save the woman from this harassment, but they were also beaten up and chased away by a mob supportive of the miscreants. This apparently turned the entire incident communal as these 3-4 men were chased away by a mob of almost 100 men who belonged to the same locality as of the miscreants who were harassing the Dalit woman.

Apart from attacking the men who tried to intervene, this mob, made of Muslim men as per the complaint, also attacked the house of the Dalit woman whom they were sexually harassing. At least 5 women were injured thereafter, who were taken to the hospital by the police. The situation could have led to larger communal clash but police is reported to have acted on time assuring punitive action.

Reports say that police kept a vigil eye and marched in the region ahead of the Friday namaaz the following day to keep the situation in control. At least two miscreants are reported to have been arrested out of eleven named in the FIR, while the police is trying to identify more who formed the mob.

Local residents are apparently unhappy with reports that police has not applied the (Prevention of Atrocities against) SC/ST act in the case. It should be noted that this act was invoked in the incident that had happened in Rampur more a week ago. The situation is reported to be under control now.

Why are the domestic ‘liberals’ so pessimistic about India? Here are some reasons

Ms. Arudhati Roy’s second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, is out. She has produced it after a nearly two decade long break from creative writing. I haven’t read the book yet but am forming an impression of it from its reviews – especially the ones appearing in the foreign media. It seems like the novel is a litany of the infinite woes that haunt our poor, benighted country.

In Ms. Roy’s latest novel, says the Irish Times review, ‘there are beatings and inhuman rape attacks; so much death and abandoned babies.’ As I read the review, I wondered as to why the ‘liberal’ assessment and understanding of India is so ‘orientalist’. Ms. Roy is, after all, the most visible and articulate face of the Indian liberal community.

‘Orientalism’ is the label given to a body of scholarship produced by European scholars, mostly British, German and French, in the nineteenth century. This scholarship is in the form of histories of eastern (‘oriental’) countries or translations of and commentaries upon their classical texts.

The ‘orienatlists’, a prominent example will be Friedrich Max Muller, were responsible for some of the earliest European translations of the classical Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian texts. Often, the ‘orientalists’ depicted the histories and the textual output of the eastern civilizations in unflattering light. The American scholar Edward Said, author of the book Orientalism and a trenchant critic of this scholarship, terms it a set of ‘representations’ of the East. In these ‘representations’, the East is the ignorant, irrational ‘other’ of the enlightened and rational West.

Curiously, the ‘liberal’ view of India is somewhat similar.

On the ‘liberal’ continent, India is a country of perpetual darkness, of cruelty, death and ignorance. Even the venerable Mr. James Mill, an ‘orientalist’ and the author of an infamously condemnatory history of India in the nineteenth century, will struggle to surpass the home born ‘liberal.’

Why are the domestic ‘liberals’ so pessimistic about India? In fact they are more than pessimistic, they are fearful of the country they inhabit. In their eyes it is a downright dangerous place. Why?

Let me present my understanding of the pathology and source of this pessimism. It is partly because of the origins of the typical Indian ‘liberal’ – both social and spatial (relating to space, habitat or geography).

Irrespective of the corner of Bharatvarsha they belong to, east, west, north or south, the typical ‘liberals’ have a personal history of having been raised in very posh neighborhoods – it could be Lake Gardens (Kolkata), Powai (Mumbai), Greater Kailash or Vasant Vihar (New Delhi), or Gopalapuram (Chennai).

The ‘liberal’, after all, is generally upper or upper-middle class. What is common between these neighborhoods is that they are largely sanitized, antiseptic islands in a land known for its dust and chaos. When you are raised in these localities, it is very likely that your country will appear random and ‘dangerous’ to you, because it will be such a contrast to what you are accustomed to.

Greater Kailash or Powai, in other words, can make a native born ‘orientalist’ James Mill out of you. Their spatial origins also explain the militant ‘liberal’ ‘anti-stateism’ (a la Ms. Roy). Living in South Mumbai, or South Delhi, it is easy to forget and bypass the clumsy, lumbering Indian state. As a denizen of South Delhi, you can afford to go to the Fortis when sick, you have the money to. You do not have to line up outside a sarkari health center. But, alas, average folks like you and I need the state. We do not have the money to bypass it.

Ms. Arundhati Roy, by the way, is the daughter of a tea-plantation manager. She spent her early years in Shillong. That is as posh as posh can get.

A second prominent characteristic of the typical ‘liberal’ is his or her lack of a cultural location. The individuals displaying the ‘liberal’ tendency, to quote the British journalist and commentator, David Goodhart, do not posses cultural ‘membership’. This is a first-hand observation I made while earning my PhD in that most sacred bastion of ‘radicalism’ and ‘liberal’ political correctness – JNU.

The more ‘liberal’ or ‘radical’ a peer or classmate, the greater was his or her ignorance of Indian languages. The effective first language of these individuals was English; that is what they spoke at home. And, yes, the day scholars among them came from expensive upscale neighborhoods such as Greater Kailash, Mohammadpur, or Vasant Vihar. Look up the videos of Ms. Arundhati Roy on YouTube, in none of them will you find her speaking a ‘heathen’ Indian tongue. I am pretty very much sure that she does not know one.

When our ‘liberals’ (ineptly) use an Indian tongue it is generally to hector or scold a social ‘inferior’ – a cook, a driver. This hectoring is of ‘Ram Singh abhi tak gaadi saaf nahi kiya?’ (Ram Singh you haven’t washed the car yet?) type. That is why, when this lot comments on the political choices made by the ‘unwashed’, socially ‘inferior’ Indian masses, it assumes a preachy, hectoring tone – ‘Ae, tum log phir woh ganda party ko vote dala? Chee, chee! (Hey, you people again voted for that dirty party? What shame!).

Yes, cultural ‘membership’, under certain circumstances (not always), can contribute to political choices. And, no, the alliance of cultural membership and political choices need not necessary occur because of some primeval ‘blood lust’. But since our liberals lack cultural ‘membership’, they are incapable of empathizing with those who possess it and make a genuine attempt of understanding their political choices. They, as a result, mostly do not quite comprehend exactly what is going on around them. This makes them regard this country a dangerous place, makes them pessimistic about it too.

The ‘liberals’’ lack of cultural ‘membership’ is also why they are completely at a loss when confronted with the fact that an overwhelming majority of this country (yes, even a majority of dalits and tribals) have an instinctive revulsion for a certain kind of meat. Why should anyone not want to cut up and consume a mere quadruped? They perpetually wonder aloud.

The answer evades them because they, by dint of lacking cultural ‘membership’, lack an inherited ethical habitas. I come from a village in Tripura. Mine is a Vaishnava household. We own two cows. To my mother and paternal aunt, they are not mere four legged beasts, they are people. In their eyes eating them up will be akin to cannibalism – an act not just horrific but downright demoniac. That is the way it is ‘liberals’. It just can’t be helped. By the way, neither of the two ladies goes about inciting riots.

Finally, I am aware that I might be accused of over generalizing. There are, after all, occasional ‘liberals’ who do not conform to the type described above. How does one explain the middle or lower middle class ‘liberal’? What makes them express ‘orientalist’ assessments of India? If this question is raised, it will be a valid one. So let me try to answer it.

I will be blunt here. My impression is that middle or lower middle class individuals’ ‘liberal’ posturing is aspirational mimicry and an attempt at social climbing. They do this to find acceptance among these upper or upper middle class folks I have described above. I formed this impression at my alma mater, JNU.

But the attempt never really succeeds, to be a true born ‘liberal’ you have to belong to the same class as them, come from the same neighborhoods as well. Unless you meet these requirements, no amount of pessimistic, ‘orientalist’ posturing will help. So, desist aspiring ‘liberals’ and be at peace. ‘Liberals’ are an elite, exclusive tribe.

Rajnath Singh breaks protocol, hugs BSF jawan who suffered 85% disability in terrorist attack

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after presenting Police Medal to constable Godhraj Meena, who took on militants when they attacked a BSF bus in Udhampur in J&K on August 5, 2015, at the 15th BSF investiture ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav(PTI6_1_2017_000061B)

It was a poignant moment as Home Minister Rajnath Singh displayed a rare gesture at the 15th BSF Investiture Ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday. Breaking the protocol, the Home Minister hugged a BSF jawan while felicitating him.

Godhraj Meena, a BSF constable, has suffered 85 per cent disability in a terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Udhampur in 2014. Meena was on guard duty when the terrorists attacked a BSF bus near Narsu Nalah area in Udhampur on 5 August 5, 2014. His acute presence of mind and accurate fire kept the two terrorists at bay and thwarted their attempts to move forward and saved the lives of 30 BSF troopers onboard the bus.

44-year-old Meena, who now can’t speak properly as one bullet had pierced through his jaw, received a thunderous applause from the officials and jawans of the border guarding force when Home Minister Rajnath Singh pinned the gallantry medal on his chest. Even before Meena could accord the mandatory salute, the Home Minister hugged and patted him. Singh saw Meena off from the dais with a firm and long hand shake.

As per protocol, the Home Minister after handing over the citation shakes hand with the awardee and the awardee moves ahead after according a salute.

“What we saw today is rare, very rare. This is only in very special cases like that of Meena. He is not able to talk and walk properly but despite this he dons his uniform with pride,” a senior BSF officer present in the event was quoted as saying.

Later while speaking at the event, the Home Minister said he was proud of Meena’s bravery and grit.

It could be noted that earlier in March the Home Minister had shared meal with Assistant Commandant Sandeep Mishra, a BSF officer who lost his eye-sight while fighting the terrorists in Assam in 2000.

A total of seven BSF troops, including Meena, were decorated with gallantry medals for their daredevil actions during ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border and handling terror attacks in Jammu & Kashmir. The others included constable Subhendu Roy, driver Daljit Singh and constable Rocky. They were awarded with ‘Shaurya Chakra’.

Wife of late BSF constable Sanjay Dhar was awarded medal for gallantry (posthumous). Dhar, who was posted at Pittal border post along India-Pakistan International Border in Jammu, laid down his life while saving his BSF colleague, who had got injured in an unprovoked firing by Pakistan on 16 July, 2014.

Five personnel of the 41st battalion of the CRPF were awarded for undertaking an anti-Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district in 2014, where they killed two Maoists.

12 more terrorists who may get their 72 virgins thanks to Indian Army

Days after Hizbul Mujhadeen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat – the successor of Burhan Wani – was killed in an encounter in Tral, the Indian Army has released a list of 12 dreaded terrorists operating in the Kashmir Valley.

The list, which marks the terrorists under A and A++ category, includes Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Abu Dujana, Hizbul Mujahideen’s Riyaz Naikoo and former Hizbul terrorist Zakir Musa. Here is the list of top-12 terrorists:

  1. Riyaz Naikoo, a tech-savy jihadi, is one of the oldest surviving terrorists in the Valley. He is likely to the next commander of Hizbul Mujhadeen. He has escaped from several traps laid for him by security forces in the past three years. Naikoo, who is from Awantipora in Pulwama district, is rated as an A++ category terrorist by the Army. An award of Rs 12 lakh has been offered for information leading to his arrest.
  2. Zakir Musa, which is also marked as A++ category terrorist by the Army, recently released a video calling the separatist Hurriyat Conference leaders “hypocrites”, “infidels”, “followers of evil” and threatened to chop off their heads “if they create hurdles in the path of making Kashmir an Islamic state”. Musa has reportedly parted ways with the Hizbul on the differences over backing the Huriyat.
  3. Altaf AH Dar, Hizbul Mujahideen’s district commander for Kulgam, has been listed as A++ terrorist by the Army. Dar, a resident of Hawara of Kulgam district, was recruited into the terror outfit in December 2012.
  4. Basir AH Wani, Anantnag district commander of LeT, has been marked in A++ category. A resident of Sopshali Kokernag, Wani was recruited into LeT on 2 October, 2015.
  5. Abu Dujana, the LeT Divisional Commander of South Kashmir, has been listed in A++ category. Dujana, a resident of Pakistan, is active in the Kashmir Valley since December, 2014.
  6. Abu Hamas, a JeM divisional commander, has been marked in Certegy A++ terrorist. Hamas, a resident of Pakistan, has been active in Kashmir since 2016.
  7. Saddam Paddar, Shopian district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, has been listed in A++ categry. Paddar, a resident of Hef Shirmal of Shopian district, was recruited into the terror outfit on September 25, 2015.
  8. Showkat AH Tak, Pulwama district commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been marked in A++ category. Tak, a resident of Panzgam of Awantipore joined the terror outfit on 17 October, 2011.
  9. Wasim AH, Shopian district commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been marked in A++ category. Wasim, a resident of Hef Shirmal of Shopian district was recruited into the terror outfit on 28 March, 2014.
  10. Mohd Yasin Itto, Badgam district commander of Hizbul Mujhadeen, has been listed in A category. Itto, a resident of Chadoorra of Badgam district was inducted into the terror outfit on 6 December, 2015.
  11. Junaid AH Matoo, a LeT district commander, has been marked in A category. Matoo, a resident of Khudwani of Kulgam district, was recruited into the terror outfit on 3 June, 2015.
  12. Zeenat-ul-Islam, a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, has been listed in A category. Zeenat, a resident of Sugan Zanipura in Shopian district joined the terror outfit on 17 November, 2015.

Prashant Bhushan slammed for blaming crime by Muslims on ‘Hindutva’

The nation was shocked and outraged after a video of 12-14 hooligans, mostly young men, molesting two girls in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh had emerged on social media last week. Not only the criminals molested the girls, they even filmed the incident and posted the video on social media.

The UP police in this case was quick to take action. Within a couple of days of the news getting viral, they identified all the accused in the case and decided to name and shame them:

The tweet was later deleted, possibly because some of the accused could be minors as per legal documents. Our report is not publishing any other identifier such as the video or images due to the same reason.

Apart from booking all the accused under various sections of the IPC, the police has also slapped the SC/ST act against the accused. They also have been largely successful in their efforts to arrest them, with 12 arrested till yesterday.

Even though the names of the accused are in the public domain, lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan deliberately decided to blame ‘Hindutva’ and Anti-Romeo squads of Uttar Pradesh for the gruesome Rampur Molestation.

Not just he dragged religion and politics in the whole issue, what made the matters worse is that he chose to virtually endorse a tweet by Pakistani journalist who tried to paint India as lawless society unsafe for women (as if Pakistan is the heaven on those counts):

In any such crime the religion of the criminal rarely crosses people’s mind, but many decided to drop this political correctness and confront the malicious tweet of the lawyer who was a founder member of the Aam Aadmi Party:

Even after all the outrage and facts being cited to him, Prashant Bhushan did not delete his tweet. Perhaps it will take another FIR that will make his see the facts, as had happened last time when he had tweeted derogatory content against Lord Krishna while commenting on the Anti-Romeo Squad (now renamed as ‘Nari Suraksha Bal’) of Uttar Pradesh.

ITBP jawans build bridge in Maoist infested area, pending for 9 years, in just 30 days

Beating the Maoist threat, the jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have constructed a bridge on Tatoda river in the Maoist-infested Kaneri village of Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district. The bridge will act as a lifeline for around 10,000 villagers of 60 villages.

It is pertinent to mention that the bridge, which could not be constructed in nine years due to threats by Maoists, was completed in just 30 days by the ITBP jawans. The official handle of ITBP tweeted:

It could be noted that 12 years ago, then Sarpanch of Kaneri village Halaur Singh was brutally killed by the Maoists for initiating construction of the bridge on the Tatoda river. In 2008, Chattisgarh government had built a temporary bridge, but it was blown up by the Maoists. Since then the Chhattisgarh government has been trying to build the bridge but no one came forward to take up the project. The state government had finally sought the help of ITBP.

Recently, a bridge over the Sabari River in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district was constructed reducing the distance between Sukma and the Odisha’s Malkanagiri district from 120 kilometres to just 3 kilometres.

Opindia.com has earlier reported that the Centre has been carrying out massive development activities in the Red corridor. The Union Power Ministry is working out an action plan to electrify the Maoist affected areas of Chhattisgarh. The Union government has decided to spend a whopping Rs 11,000 crore for providing road connectivity to 44 Maoist-affected districts of India. Under the project, there will be construction or upgradation of 5,411 kms of roads and 126 bridges.

We have earlier argued that development is a major way to fight the Maoists as they fear the “Achchhe Din”. The Maoists, who look for safe sanctuaries to run their activities, are scared of development because they use lack of development as a facade to exploit the innocent tribals and carry out their activities. Once, development reaches deep into the Maoist hinterland, the left-wing terrorists will finally lose their constituency.

In the recent times, Chhattisgarh has been emerged as the bedrock of Maoist terrorism. The Maoists had killed 26 CRPF jawans in a deadly ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on 24 April. It was the second major attack by Maoists in the last few months. Another attack by Maoists on CRPF battalion took away the lives of 12 jawans on 11 March.

More trouble for Lalu: Son Tej Pratap gets notice over false land claim for petrol pump

Trouble continues to brew for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members who are facing a barrage of corruption charges.

Now, it has come to the light that Lalu’s son Tej Pratap – the incumbent minister for Health, Minor Water Resources, Environment and Forest in Bihar – had allegedly secured a petrol pump from the state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) by falsely claiming ownership of the land.

The BPCL, on 29 May, served a show cause notice on Tej Pratap and sought a reply within 15 days. The BPCL notice came following a complaint that Yadav had acquired the petrol pump by furnishing “wrong” information.

According to the complainant, Tej Pratap Yadav had falsely declared in his application that he has land in his name for the retail allotment, whereas the real owner of the said land is M/S AK Infosystems.

Records show that Tej Pratap had applied for the petrol pump at Chitkohra on the busy Patna-Anisabad bypass road in 2012 in response to a dealership advertisement published in December 2011. The retail outlet was commissioned to M/S Lara Automobiles represented by him as its proprietor on February 27, 2017.

Reports suggest that Tej Pratap had submitted a lease deed for 43 decimal of land from AK Infosystem Pvt Ltd. The deal was executed in the name of his brother Tejashwi Prasad, who is currently the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

“On the date of submission of the application for the retail outlet (12.1.2012) you were neither the shareholder nor the director of the said M/s A K Infosystem which never entered into any lease with you (Tej Pratap),” the complaint said.

The BPCL notice threatened to cancel the petrol pump dealership due to violation of the allotment norms which entails that a petrol pump allottee must personally supervise or run the outlet and not through proxy.

“We have observed that you are at present discharging duty of minister for health, minor water resources, environment and forest of Bihar which may suggest that you are not in a position to carry out obligations contained in the agreement personally. The same may amount to violation of clause (10)t and selection guidelines,” the notice said.

Earlier, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had highlighted the issue of petrol pump allotment to Tej Pratap.

Recently, the Income Tax Department conducted raids on Lalu’s associates in Delhi-NCR in connection to the Rs 1,000 crore Benami land deals. There are allegations that Lalu Prasad had used front company to acquire prime residential property in Delhi.

Lalu’s daughter – Rajya Sabha member Misa Bharti – and her husband Shailesh Kumar had reportedly purchased lands in some of the most luxurious enclaves of the union capital under highly suspicious circumstances. Further, the couple had allegedly acquired a farmhouse in Delhi through intriguing transactions.

Lalu’s family is also at the centre of another land scam – Patna zoo soil scam. His son Tej Pratap had awarded a Rs 90-lakh contract in Patna zoo to a company in which the incumbent Bihar minister, his siblings and mother are shareholders.

In addition, the Union Environment Ministry had issued an order to stop the construction work of the upcoming Delite Mall in Patna, which is being developed on the land owned by Lara Projects Limited Liability Partnership, an alleged shell company run by Lalu Prasad’s family. The mall was being developed without getting mandatory environmental clearance.

Twitter reacts to ‘historian’ Ram Guha quitting his BCCI post gifted by SC

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In January this year, people were both amused and perplexed after the Supreme Court appointed 4 administrators who would run the BCCI and carry out the reforms which were laid out by the Lodha panel. These 4 administrators included ex-CAG Vinod Rai and pop-historian cum Nehru aficionado Ramachandra Guha.

People thought that the appointment of Vinod Rai might have been made in order to scrutinize and set right the financial dealings of the BCCI, but couldn’t decipher the possible logic behind appointing an historian to the administrative post which needs foresight and ability to evolve over time. At that time people had taken potshots at Guha’s appointment:

Now it seems even Ram Guha seems to have realized that he wasn’t cut out for the job and on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that he had resigned from his post due to personal reasons. He had reportedly tendered his resignation to Vinod Rai some days ago on 28th May.

Apparently the Committee of Administrators too was caught blindsided by his resignation and people are now speculating if the resignation had something to do with the ongoing tussle between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.

The exact reasons are not known, however, Twitter reacted in its own way to this news:

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Another activist claiming corruption case against Kejriwal gets attacked in NCR

In January this year, an NGO by the name of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO) had filed a complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal alleging irregularities in awarding of contracts for construction of roads and sewer lines.

The complaint had alleged that Kejriwal’s brother-in-law, who is now no more, ran dummy companies like Messrs Renu Construction in order to fraudulently obtain contracts via colluding with PWD officers. It was also alleged that Bansal failed to complete certain contracts but got the whole payment due to the pressure exerted by Kejriwal.

A few days after filing this complaint, the NGO claimed that it was getting threats and abusive calls from various anonymous numbers. A month after this episode, the case took a more serious turn when a journalist named Viplava Awasthi who worked for Samachar Plus alleged that he was assaulted and his car smashed by unknown assailants. Viplava had also reportedly filed a corruption case with regards to the irregularities in the PWD and alleged that the assailants threatened to kill him if he tried to further pursue the matter.

Sometime later, Kejriwal’s brother-in-law unfortunately died on May 7th reportedly of a brain stroke. This prompted the same journalist Viplava Awasthi to file an FIR demanding investigations into the death of Surender Kumar Bansal which he claimed was under “highly suspicious circumstances”.

Now as if all this wasn’t enough, the things have taken a really serious turn. It was reported that bullets were fired at the car of Rahul Sharma, the founder of RACO. It was reported that Sharma and his cousin were travelling towards Ghaziabad at 12 noon yesterday when two people on a bike wearing helmets overtook their car and fired at the front windshield before fleeing. Rahul and his cousin thankfully escaped unhurt. Rahul has claimed that the attack was due to the PWD scam case he was pursuing.

A CCTV camera has also captured the frightening incident:

Also as reported here, the assailants hadn’t fired in order to scare Rahul but they had every intention to hurt him, possibly murder him. Rahul has claimed that had he not ducked, the bullets would have definitely hit him. After the shots were fired, passersby and security guards from nearby building reached the spot and caused a commotion, prompting the assailants to flee.

Rahul again pointed out that he till date has filed about 200-250 RTIs with regards to the Delhi PWD’s work and has either received ambiguous or no replies in return. He has also claimed that there is evidence of discrepancies amounting to Rs 35-40 crores.

How media selectively reported about IIT Madras student beaten up for eating beef

Ever since the Central Government issued a notification that restricted the sale of cattle for slaughter purposes in cattle markets, various groups seem to be hell bent to carry out various attention grabbing antics even though the notification does not ban either beef or cow slaughter in states where it is allowed.

On lines of Youth Congress workers slaughtering a cow in full public view, some students of IIT Madras too wanted to do their bit and reportedly organised a beef eating ‘festival’ at the campus on Sunday night. Following it, reports in the media emerged that a PhD student by the name of R. Sooraj, who had taken part in that beef fest, was attacked on Tuesday by certain students with allegiances to Right Wing groups.

The reports claimed that R Sooraj, who was part of a Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, was ironically having lunch at a vegetarian mess with a friend when a student named Manish asked him if he had eaten beef at the festival. He was then suddenly surrounded by 7-8 students and before he could react, was hit behind the head by Manish. Picture of him with a swollen eye was splattered across media platforms.

However, that appears just one side of a story which the media chose to highlight. According to SG Suryah, the Vice President of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu youth wing, Sooraj himself is an aggressor who has injured Manish in a much worse way. Suryah pointed out that the Ambedkar Peryar Study Circle, of which Sooraj was a member, had a history of indulging in violence at the campus. Suryah also denied the reports that it was Manish had any links to Right Wing organisations.

Suryah then put forth the version of events which he claims were largely ignored by the media. He claims that Manish saw Sooraj at the Jain mess and asked him what he was doing there after organizing a beef party. This evolved into a verbal spat in which Sooraj made some provocative statements. This resulted in a fight between the two and unlike what the media reported, Manish suffered a fracture on his hand while Sooraj suffered injuries below his eyes.

According to the BJP leader, Sooraj had made provocative statements like he would feed Manish beef and even cut Manish to pieces and eat him. The BJP leader also posted the picture of an injured Manish who had to go through an operation:

This version of events as narrated by the BJP leader were reiterated in this report which carried a quote from an IIT Madras spokesperson. The spokesperson also claimed that it was an altercation between two students and both suffered injuries.

After this version started coming out, people expressed their anger over a large section of the media not reporting the whole story:

One commented on the possible root of the problem:

The incident also reminded people of the fracas at Ramjas college in Delhi University earlier this year, where media had not reported about violence by leftists goons on the campus. In fact, the goons were paraded as victims on many occasions.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Germany gets extensive coverage in German media

Prime Minister Modi is currently on a four nation tour in Europe and Russia. The visit started with the European economic bellweather Germany. PM Modi had successful meetings with Chancellor Merkel and the German business leaders.

It is interesting to note that previous visits of Indian PMs in Germany had not received extensive coverage in German media. However, things changed this time around.

There are multiple reasons for this. For one, PM Modi had a track record to back him and convince the business fraternity. Secondly, PM Modi smartly was deferential to Chancellor Merkel. He respected her stature as a global leader and asked her to help Indian interests in European Union.

Finally, US President Trump always finds a way to be in news. In this case, he inadvertently helped India. Trump tweeted on 30th May that Germany has not been paying it’s fair share in NATO and trade deals. Chancellor Merkel hit back, with PM Modi alongside her, declaring that Germany has India by its side and she will increase trade ties with India. This can be seen together with her statement during the weekend that Germany has to look for other avenues, as USA is no longer a reliable partner.

The importance of this visit was not lost on the German media, who prominently covered the developments. Here are the key newspapers:

WELT / N24 said: “Germany wants to expand its relationship with India massively

Germany’s premium business newspaper highlighted PM Modi’s statement “We are made for each other

Süddeutsche Zeitung said “Hope comes from the East” – to contrast Indo-German relation with that of ongoing German-US upheaval.

Süddeutsche Zeitung also said, “Modi and Merkel close a deal worth close to a billion“.

Another newspaper highlighted India as the next best hope for Germany after Trump’s tirade on twitter, “India will profit from Germany’s Trump-problem“.

Not only German newspapers, but analysts across Europe also took note of this visit. Web publication Politico highlighted PM Modi’s initiation to restart EU-India trade talks.


Near future will tell us how much of this will help India on the ground. But if recent local polls in Germany are any indication, then we can expect Chancellor Merkel to win again this year. This will drive the next level of relations between India and Germany, as both leaders mentioned in their press interaction.

Hizbul Mujahideen poised for brutal infighting after the death of Sabzar Bhat

Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat the self styled successor to Burhan Wani was gunned down by security forces on Saturday in South Kashmir’s Pulwama District. This encounter was accompanied with further success after the armed forces also killed 7 terrorists in various encounters in the state.

Now according to reports, the terror organization Hizbul Mujahideen might be in for a brutal infighting after there are at least three terrorists vying for that now vacant commander post. Reports claim that former commander Riyaz Naiko and Saddam, who till 2014 was part of the Lashkar-e-taiba, are staking their claim.

They are being challenged by Saddam Paddhar and Yasin Ethu and this is leading experts to believe that an infighting is on the cards. There are also claim that a terrorist named Zakir Musa an ex-Hizbul man has decided to form his own terrorist organization which will be openly stating its intent to establish sharia and make it an Islamic fight.

This move by Zakir Musa does raise eyebrows as normally the separatist organizations have tried to appeal to Islamic Radicals while pretending to be involved in a political struggle in order to justify their actions to the rest of the world. It remains to be seen if Zakir Musa’s outright proclamation of carrying out an Islamist movement might mean that those who have silently supported the ‘movement’ might finally wake up to face the facts.

The report also claims that an even bigger inter-terror organizational fight can soon break out due to a dispute over resource sharing. Reportedly there are currently 200 terrorists active in South Kashmir out which 110 are homegrown. The two major organizations they are attached to are the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-taiba.

Security agencies have claimed that they have been successful to a large extent in stifling the funding from Pakistan which these organizations get. They used to split up the funds from Pakistan among themselves but with the resources quickly dwindling they have tried to focus on indigenous sources which too haven’t yielded results. Hence this is leading people to believe that the terrorists might indulge in an outright conflict to grab whatever resources are available.

Such an infighting is not a new thing. We had recently reported how 6 Naxals of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) had ended up killing each other over a dispute in sharing of their illegally earned money.

Zakir Naik seeking Malaysian citizenship: Intelligence report

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who wages jihad through his poisonous speeches, has reportedly applied for citizenship of Malaysia and a decision in this regard is pending with the Malaysian authorities. Naik believed to be having permanent residence status in Malaysia.

According to reports, after the NIA approached the Interpol for issuance of a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Naik, he has changing his base quite frequently. The NIA had approached the Interpol against Naik following a year-long probe during which the agency had gathered evidence of his NGO Islamic Research Foundation and his Peace TV being used to promote religious hatred. The Government of India banned his NGO and taken his TV channel off air.

Intelligence sources say Naik’s present place of stay is unknown. He keeps on moving between Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malaysia, Indonesia, African and Southeast Asian countries. Naik had fled India on 1 July, 2016 after an investigation against him was initiated.

Intelligence sources suggest that Government of India is planning to use its diplomatic channels to block Zakir Naik’s attempts to get citizenship in any country. Malaysian authorities are aware about terror cases pending against Naik.

Back home in India, Zakir Naik is being probed for terror and money laundering charges. Naik has been promoting religious hatred through his poisonous speeches and lectures and inciting Muslim youths to join the jihad. He has been funding terrorists and laundering several crores over the past years.

During the investigation, the NIA found 37 properties owned by Naik and companies run by him, which are estimated to be worth more than Rs 100 crore. The Enforcement Directorate had attached properties of Zakir Naik-led Islamic Research Foundation worth Rs. 18.37 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

Naik is said to have been the “inspiration” behind July 2016 terror attack on an upscale cafe in Dhaka. Bangladeshi terrorists claim that they were inspired by his speeches on jihad.

Babri demolition case: Criminal conspiracy charges framed against Advani, Joshi and 9 others

A special CBI court framed charges of criminal conspiracy against BJP stalwarts LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, senior BJP leader Uma Bharti and eight others under section 120B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code today.

The Supreme Court, on 19 April, had called the destruction of the mosque a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution” while allowing the CBI’s plea seeking restoration of the criminal conspiracy charges. On 6 December, 1992, the disputed structure in Ayodhya was pulled down by kar sevaks.

It could be noted that the conspiracy charges against Advani and others were dropped by the special CBI Court in 2001, which sought to distinguish between the main demolition case and the case related to hate speeches. The decision was endorsed by the Allahabad High Court in 2010.

“I was present in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, which is no secret. Crores of BJP workers, lakhs of officials and thousands of political leaders participated. It was an open movement like the movement against the Emergency. I don’t see any conspiracy,” Union Minister Uma Bharti told reporters.

BJP leader Vinay Katiyar reiterated that there was no conspiracy. “Whatever happened that day took place in front of lakhs of people. Nothing took place in a closed room. When something happened in front of lakhs of people, how come only 10-20 people are being charged”

Earlier in the day, the court granted bail to Advani and Joshi. Apart from Advani and Joshi, senior BJP leaders Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar, senior VHP leader Vishnu Hari Dalmia and well-known social worker and one-time Hindutva Sadhvi Ritambara were granted bail. They all appeared before the court in connection with the framing of charges, in the 25-year-old case, in the light of a Supreme Court order.

The Apex Court had transferred the case against Advani, Joshi and Bharti among others from a Raebareli court to Lucknow for a joint trial in the demolition case.

Historically, the razing of the Ram temple — built in the honour of Lord Ram on Ramkot hill, which happens to be the Janmasthan (birthplace) of the revered Hindu deity — dates back to 1528. Mir Baqi, a general in the army of invader Babar demolished the temple on his order and erected a “mosque” on its ruins. The “mosque” came to be known as “Babri Masjid”. The so-called mosque was originally called Masjid-e-Janmasthan, thus establishing the fact that it was built over the birth place of Lord Ram.

BJD’s internal feud grows; Eggs, chhapals, stones thrown at Jay Panda

The internal battle in the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) reached a new low with some supporters of Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena hurling eggs, chhapals and stones at party’s Lok Sabha MP from Kendrapara Baijayant Panda earlier today.

The ugly incident took place at Jatiparilo village of Cuttack’s Mahanga, which comes under Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency. Panda was there to launch a project for 5.2 million litres of drinking water. Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena is an MLA from Mahanga.

The water tank was built from Panda’s Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) fund. Pratap Jena’s supporters allege that the MLA was “not personally invited” to the function.

“The allegations against me are false. The plaque which was broken had names of local MLA and officials. I have always ensured they are invited,” said Panda. Jena is considered as detractor of Panda.

“Forget stones and eggs, they can’t cow me down even if they use bullets. Jai Jagannatha,” he tweeted.

In another tweet, Panda demonstrated that the public was with him:

Yesterday, after the miscreants threw stones at the project site, Panda had tweeted:

Panda was hinting at the November 2016 incident at Mahakalpada in Kendrapara district when he faced protests from a section of BJD workers.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has condemned the incident calling it “undemocratic”.

Recently, Panda was removed from his post of BJD Parliamentary Party spokesperson, months after he wrote an Op-Ed in Odia daily Samaj asking the party to do a “soul searching”.

Youth Congress leader who slaughtered cow claims he had approval of state President

On Saturday, people were horrified after news had broken that the members of the Youth Congress in Kannur, Kerala had slaughtered a cow in full public view in order to protest against the government’s notification to restrict the sale of cattle in the markets for slaughter purposes.

This led to a huge public outcry and the Congress party had to swing into desperate damage control mode with the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too condemning the incident on Twitter. The party looked like quickly distancing itself from the act and also suspended three Congress youth leaders in this regard.

Now reports are emerging that claim that this action of the Kannur Youth Congress leaders was not carried out in isolation as some act of indiscipline, but had the approval of the top state leadership.

Rijil Makkutty, the Youth Congress’s Kannur mandal president, who had led this ‘protest’ has claimed that he had informed about this decision to the Youth Congress state president Dean Kuriakose. Makkutty has claimed that he had informed Kuriakose on Saturday morning that he was planning to kill a calf. Makkutty further claimed that the President had not only raised no objection in this regard but had also wanted the youth Congress to strongly protest against the notification.

Makkutty also claimed that even though there were reports of him and two others getting suspended, the youth Congress had yet not received any notification in that regard. He has also stated that they had specifically chosen Kannur as it apparently had more space for slaughtering.

The State President Dean Kuriakose though is singing a completely different tune. Kuriakose claims that he had given no such specific instruction to Makkutty on how to carry out the protest.

It might be true that Dean Kuriakose had not give any special attention to Makkutty’s protest method as neither he nor his fellow Congress leaders might have anticipated the huge public anger which the issue managed to generate.

In Kerala, RSS workers are regularly killed by criminals and terrorists affiliated to leftist ideology, and those incidents neither get extensively reported in the media nor face a lot of public outrage. So the Congress leaders too might have assumed that the cow slaughter incident would go down this route.

Possibly after they realized the amount of damage it had caused, all including Rahul Gandhi spun into action in order to somehow diffuse the fire. They in this regard  were aided by a section of media, which in its reports magically turned the slaughtered cow into an ox.

Air India deals worth Rs 70,000 crores initiated by the UPA govt come under CBI scrutiny

In a possible blow to both the beleaguered Air India and the infamous UPA government, the CBI has reportedly registered three FIRs against unknown individuals regarding irregularities, including the UPA government’s purchase of 111 aircraft worth Rs 70,000 crores for Air India and erstwhile Indian Airlines.

Other decisions like leasing of a large number of aircraft without due consideration, alleged decision to surrender the airline’s profit making routes in order to benefit the private players are also under scrutiny.

The CBI, on the directions of the Supreme Court, has booked officials of the civil aviation ministry, Air India and some private persons under the prevention of corruption act, and under sections involving criminal conspiracy and cheating. The Supreme Court had given the directives as a response to a PIL.

The report claims that initially the debt ridden carrier had only agreed to buy 28 planes from Boeing but the government incremented the order to 68 Boeings for Air India and 43 Airbuses for Indian Airlines even though agencies including the CAG had raised an alarm that the decision was a recipe for disaster. The CBI’s FIR reportedly alleges that this deal was carried out to benefit certain private companies.

The FIR regarding the leasing of aircraft claims that the it was done irregularly without any proper marketing or price strategy. Both these decisions reportedly took place in the 2004-2008 time frame when the UPA was in power. The CBI would also investigate Air India’s decision to give up profit making routes and timings in favor of private airlines.

The CBI has also focused its attention on the merger of Air India and Indian airlines which it claims has resulted in the loss of thousands of crores to the state exchequer. The merger was initiated in 2006 by Praful Patel the then Civil Aviation Minister. This was cleared by a group of ministers including Pranab Mukherjee and P Chidambaram before it was formerly approved by the Manmohan Singh led cabinet.

It remains to be seen whether this scrutiny finally reveals the individuals who were responsible in aggravating the debt situation of Air India whose accumulated debt in 2017 stood at a whooping 46,000 crores. It has long been reported how the airline has has to deal with the added pressure of high government interference and it would raise the question as to was this interference responsible for these irregular deals.

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