The dirtiest truths in the Agusta Westland scandal

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh admitted in the Lok Sabha that the British government has been approached for the extradition of Christian Michel.

Michel is the middleman named by Italian investigators as a key intermediary in swinging the controversial deal for AgustaWestland choppers and is believed to be in the United Kingdom.

Extradition proceedings have begun against Mallya too! We can expect the scofflaw wilful defaulter to visit India in the next millennium. And the Government of India hasn’t even begun that fig-leaf measure against Lalit Modi!

Most of India’s paid and managed media, crowing about having exposed the deal, haven’t revealed even 40% of the scandal.

Worse, the paid media is beating around the bush by citing itsy-bitsy details like Tunisia and/or Dubai being the origin of the money that landed in the bank accounts of SP Tyagi’s relatives in Chandigarh. And they “cleverly” quote Tyagi’s denial of any wrongdoing as the sign of being “unbiased reporting”!

The pointed question being dodged by the Congress leadership:

When AK Antony admitted to the existence of bribery, when an Italian court has jailed top executives of Agusta Westland, isn’t it obvious that someone in the UPA took the commission?

The ruling NDA too is skating on thin ice on one vital issue:

The names of the decision makers of the steal-deal are all on the files as the deal was inked. What stops the regime from arresting all those who contributed to the signing of the contract with Westland? The law can from then on “take its own course”!

Advertisements

Thanks to the Italian courts, the perfidious and treacherous tale of Augusta Westland[1] choppergate scandal worth €530 million [INR 39.7 billon or Rs. 3970 crores] seems to have guillotined the political career of the Indian National Congress party’s Italian-born President, Edvige Antonia Albina Maino a.k.a. Sonia Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi is a suspected agent of Pakistan’s ISI and Soviets’ ex-spying agency – KGB.

Though the supply contract of 12 AW101 helicopters was annulled, Italian courts found some of the company Agusta Westland’s main decision makers guilty of bribery charges. The pay-out aggregates to € 24.3 million [Rs.187 crores].

The bribe-givers have been jailed in Italy.

By attaching the bank guarantee provided by Agusta Westland, India has so far recovered roughly Rs.1818 crores or approximately 50% of the money paid to Agusta Westland as per the prevalent exchange rates in 2014.

On its part, the Italian firm had supplied 3 choppers valued by Agusta Westland at Rs.900 crores. India has retained them.

Simply put, the people of India have lost around Rs.1000 crores to the Italians.

The balance money may never come back to India. So, the Congress party’s averment that the Indian exchequer did not suffer any loss at all is a blatant piece of pure untruth.

The mutually assured destructive blame game between the treasury and opposition benches is on.

The main maim-plank of the ruling National Democratic Alliance led by the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party against the United Progressive Alliance [UPA] regimes I & II between 2004 and 2014 are:

  1. It was the UPA that inked the contract to buy 12 VVIP choppers in 2010 from a factory located in Italy, a nation in which Sonia Gandhi was born.Her name figures multiple times in Italy’s Milan Appellate Court judgement along withother mainstays of the Congress, official top brass decision makers in the UPA regimes including the Indian Air Force.
  2. The Italian courts have convicted bribe-givers who have named the top leadership of the Congress and several bureaucrats.
  3. The Congress had stymied the Central Bureau of Investigation probe by ordered its own Union Defence Minister AK Antony. He had ordered the probe in 2013 admitting there could have been some corruption while speaking in parliament. Its strongest indications came from the cancellation of the contract and the confiscation of the bank guarantee provided by the supplier Agusta Westland’s parent firm Finmeccanica. The fact that during the last 2 years of UPAII – the investigation did not move an inch forward indicates some wrongdoing on the part of the Congress.

The Congress has denied the charges citing the following:

  • The names mentioned in the 225-page judgement isn’t substantive proof to convict any particular individual or group or groups.
  • The BJP has been sitting on its haunches on the probe since 2014 – for almost 2 years. Worse, Agusta Westland was allowed to re-enter India through a subsidiary linked to the Tata Group and participate in the Make In India campaign.
  • Air Chief Marshal [now retired] SP Tyagi – is closer to the BJP and the RSS than the Congress. He had been part of a think tank associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh [RSS]. The RSS is an ultra-right-wing self-administered political pressure group that spawned the BJP.

There are some flies in these two bowls of soup.

The first is former air marshal Tyagi. [2]

The second is the British angle. [3]

The bad part is the dubious track record of Westland.[4]

[1]

Way back on February 15 2013, these columns had exposed Augusta Westland.

India’s flying chopper-taxi-operator Pawan Hans acquired its ‘worsted and wasted name’ through Westland nicknamed the kisses of death in the 80’s. VH-71 Kestrel, a variant of AW101 was developed to serve in the US presidential transport fleet. However, the deal was cancelled.

The 90’s were the Westland flying coffins’ nadir, according to another media report!

Italians have their own reasons to hate its swirling rotors.

A section within The Vatican – the world’s smallest state located within Rome – the capital of Italy – has its own grouse against Augusta Westland.

[2]

  1. A day ago, the Indian Express said in its report that Tyagi could be the scandal’s lynch-pin.
  2. Ten months ago, the upmarket news magazine India Today had cited an Italian lower court’s judgement exonerating Tyagi and virtually everyone else in the scandal.

[3]

None talks of the unflattering British Angle to Westland. Britain’s trade with India was worth £11.5 billion ($17.8 billion, 13.4 billion euros) in 2010 – when the deal to buy 12 Agusta Westland choppers was signed in the presence of British PM David Cameron. The 3 choppers delivered to India were made in UK, says a 2013 report. It is dirty all the way. Salient features:

  1. If there is one name that Conservative Party hardliner and British businessman Michael Heseltine would love to hate – it is Westland!
  2. Till January 1 2016, the United Kingdom government owned 49% shares in Finmeccanica – the actual name of the firm that makes and markets Agusta Westland choppers. Since then, it has become a single integrated industrial entity that have absorbed the activities of Agusta Westland, Alenia Aermacchi, Selex ES, OTO Melara and WASS. It has 7 divisions comprising helicopters, aircraft, aero-structures, airborne & space Systems, land & naval defence electronics, defence systems and security & information systems. It also is involved in joint ventures with DRS Technologies, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space, MBDA and ATR.
  3. The company is listed at the Italian Stock Exchange and has been admitted to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World and Europe 2015.The top convicted person in the scandal is Italian businessman Giuseppe Orsi.Bruno Spagnolini, former head of AgustaWestland, was sentenced to four years in jail.
  4. On 9 October 2014, Orsi was sentenced to two years in prison (sentence has been suspended) for false invoicing. Orsi had then been granted bail on the basis of an appeal.
  5. According to a report in the Independent in 2014, Naples prosecutor Francesco Greco told the court that €4 million [INR 300 crores] was delivered to the offices of Finmeccanica in a gym bag in cash.Finmeccanica is linked to the infamous Panama shell companies’ allegations.
  6. Orsi has claimed that the bribery allegations had been “concocted by adversaries within Finmeccanica”.
  7. In 2013, debts had dogged Agusta’s parent firm Finmeccanica.
  8. Orsi had resigned as chief executive in February 2013 following his arrest, saying he wanted to “help to calm the atmosphere”.
  9. The court also ordered the two executives to pay 7.5 million euros ($8.5 million), a sum related to the amounts deemed to have been allegedly paid in bribes.
  10. According to a report published by international news agency Reuters, an Italian appeals court sentenced former Finmeccanica chief executive Giuseppe Orsi to 54 months in prison on charges of corruption and falsifying invoices.

[4]

Agusta Westland has the poorest track record in the world amongst helicopter makers since 1993:

The world at large seems to be interested. Evidence:

India 2248
United States 648
United Kingdom 128
United Arab Emirates 64
Singapore 46
Australia 45
Canada 41
France 32
Oman 25
Germany 20
Saudi Arabia 12
Pakistan 11
South Africa 10
Qatar 10
Turkey 9
Switzerland 8
Netherlands 8
Malaysia 7
Thailand 7
Spain 6
Kuwait 5
Norway 5
Israel 4
Philippines 4
Taiwan 4
Russia 4
Poland 4
European Union 3
Ireland 3
Botswana 3
Japan 3
New Zealand 2
Greece 2
Indonesia 2
Sweden 2
Nigeria 2
Denmark 2
Croatia 1
South Korea 1
Maldives 1
Brazil 1
Seychelles 1
Macau SAR China 1
Macedonia 1
Nepal 1
Bahrain 1
Cyprus 1
Martinique 1
Belgium 1
Mauritius 1
Hong Kong SAR China 1
Venezuela 1
Timor-Leste 1
Ghana 1
Italy 1
Finland 1
Sri Lanka 1

 

Dawood Ibrahim ‘Ill-Health’ Canard?

Is Pakistan spreading a canard about the ‘failing health’ of international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim?

Is the world’s only state with official machinery supporting and exporting terrorism attempting to wriggle out of the tight Dawood corner?

Has some poison been injected into the terrorist to make his death look natural and thus wriggle out of the issue of handing over the fugitive to India once and for all?

Or is the tale a plain lie?

Is the unconfirmed tale of Dawood’s life-threatening illness a bargaining chip during the ongoing tête-tête between Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and his Indian counterpart Jaishankar?

A CNN-IBN report says Dawood [believed to be in Pakistan] has only a few months to live due to life threatening wet gangrene.

The audio of a Dawood aide [supposed to be Chota Shakeel] flatly denied the report.

Is Pakistan creating  yet another diversionary tactic to author a veneer about the revived status of the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue [CBD] between New Delhi and Islamabad?

Here are the points that place several question marks in what could be yet another Paki shenanigan:

[1]

Gangrene does not occur suddenly and is certainly not [repeat not] a life-threatening malady.

Wet gangrene is caused by untreated diabetes or long term tobacco abuse when blood-flow is blocked in veins and/or arteries. The result is a stagnation of bacterially infected plasma. The emission of a putrid smell is the surest sign of danger. Usually, it occurs in lower limbs. To save the patient’s life, emergency salvage amputation – guillotine type – in the worst case scenario – is done. Later, the amputation can be ‘formalised’ in the same operation theatre. Supply of a prosthetic limb would ensure the patient’s return to ‘near normalcy’.

[2]

Dawood is believed to live in ultimate luxury in Karachi – a modern Pakistani city.

He is under Pakistani military protection – 24/7/365.

Expecting such a person’s health to suddenly deteriorate – that too due to diabetic complications – is simply unbelievable.

[3]

Operative paragraphs from my blog published on March 21 2016.

In October last year, Pakistan’s top diplomat in India claimed Dawood Ibrahim wasn’t in Pakistan.

In August 2013, during the release of his book – Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan – Shahryar Khan was quoted as saying thus:

Dawood [Ibrahim] was in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country.

I think he is in the UAE. The Nawaz Sharif government is very much in favour of taking action against criminals who not only affect Pakistan but also any other country, whether it is India or Afghanistan or wherever. We cannot allow criminals to flourish in the country.

Pakistan has been in favour of discussions with the Taliban of the more moderate ilk. But a large number are not moderate. Pakistan remains inclined to talk only to the reasonable ones.

Shahryar issued a ‘clarification’ in the Pakistani media – almost immediately.

“I was asked a question about Dawood Ibrahim and I said only what has been already reported. They (media) twisted my statement. I have never, not in the past as foreign secretary, not now, have known where Mr Ibrahim lives. I was only reflecting what the Pakistani press has been saying. I have no knowledge nor is it my remit,” he had told an Indian TV as the controversy erupted.

Shahryar Khan is a former foreign secretary of Pakistan who also was and is a cricket administrator.

[4]

Dawood’s gang-members control a vast swathe of India’s financial capital – Mumbai. The matter is in public domain and was reported in these columns two months ago. A detailed dossier was sent to the PMO. Its only result was that a stupid attempt was made by corrupt sections of Mumbai police to accord protection to this writer – which was turned down with the contempt it deserved.

Will someone tell the truth please?

The world at large is watching these developments with bated breath. The evidence:

India 2096
United States 623
United Kingdom 125
United Arab Emirates 56
Singapore 45
Australia 42
Canada 41
France 29
Oman 23
Germany 20
Saudi Arabia 12
South Africa 10
Turkey 9
Pakistan 9
Qatar 9
Switzerland 8
Malaysia 7
Thailand 7
Netherlands 7
Spain 6
Norway 5
Kuwait 5
Poland 4
Philippines 4
Israel 4
Russia 4
Taiwan 4
European Union 3
Ireland 3
Denmark 2
Botswana 2
Nigeria 2
Greece 2
New Zealand 2
Japan 2
Sweden 2
Indonesia 2
Cyprus 1
Croatia 1
Ghana 1
South Korea 1
Sri Lanka 1
Bahrain 1
Macau SAR China 1
Brazil 1
Macedonia 1
Timor-Leste 1
Italy 1
Martinique 1
Venezuela 1
Finland 1
Hong Kong SAR China 1
Maldives 1
Seychelles 1
Nepal 1

The Toxic Chidambaram Smokescreen

Is the Congress party’s ‘feeble defence’ of former Union ‘recount’ Minister P Chidambaram meant to make him the fall guy to divert attention from the hideous lies uttered by the senior lawyer about the foul murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi?

Is that why the 12-year-vintage encounter-tales of terrorist Ishrat Jahan and her accomplices are being resurrected?

Is Chidambaram’s obfuscation of the issue part of this game plan?

Are United Progressive Alliance regime’s ‘saffron-terror’ lies part of the smokescreen to distort the patriotism of Sikh and Tamil jawans within the ranks of the Indian army?

Is there a devilish plan to resuscitate separatist Kashmir and Khalistan and the sudden interest in the Tamil speaking minority of Lanka’s war-torn north a trick to break-up India?

For over 5 years Congress boss-woman Sonia Gandhi’s links with the KGB and the Inter-Services Intelligence have been exposed in these columns. They have been corroborated by others like ace lawyer Ram Jethmalani.[1]

Chidambaram’s countenance being projected as the spoiler has other sinister angles covering Tamil Nadu. Chidambaram had sung Rajiv Gandhi’s murder mastermind Prabhakaran’s paeans. The lawyer also had repeatedly lied about the fate of the Tamil Tiger terrorist and totally confused Tamil Nadu politics.[2]

The mystery over the end of Prabhakaran is yet to be solved. [3]

Chidambaram is being projected as the link between Pak terrorism and the alleged saffron terror. But, his connections with the underbelly of Tamil Nadu politics – in turn linked to Tamil nationalism and the cover-up of the real secrets of the cold-blooded murder of Rajiv Gandhi need to be urgently unearthed.

 The question to be asked:

Is the Congress party’s ‘feeble defence’ of former Union ‘recount’ Minister P Chidambaram meant to make the fall guy to divert attention from the hideous lies uttered by the senior lawyer about the foul murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi?

[1]

Evidence pointing to Sonia Gandhi’s diabolic links with the KGB were published by this author. Corroboration was provided by ace lawyer Ram Jethmalani. Excerpts:

Resolution reference number CPSU/CC/No 11228/3 dated 20 December 1985 endorsed by the USSR Council of Ministers in Directive No 2633/Rs dated 20 December 1985 cleared payments made to Sonia Gandhi’s family from 1971 onwards.

 The fact had been confirmed earlier by audit report CPSU/CC resolution No 11187/22 OP dated 10/12/1984.

The Russian government confirmed it all in 1992.

The cryptic statement claimed that money had changed hands the sake of “Soviet ideological interest” in 1992 – a year after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

On December 18 2010, a report in the columns revealed that Sonia Gandhi was introduced to Rajiv Gandhi in Cambridge in the 60’s by Salman Taseer who had once been a serving agent of Pakistan’s ISI.

Taseer was assassinated on January4 2011 for blasphemy. The killer was Mumtaz Qadri – Salman’s bodyguard was hanged later.

These were copycat acts congruent with the murder of Indira Gandhi in 1984 at the hands of her own bodyguards and its aftermath.

The pogrom in 1984 had left thousands of Sikhs dead.

Operative excerpts citing Ved Marwah, then a joint secretary in the ministry of social justice said thus:

“We came to know around 11 that she had been shot. I immediately caught a bus to Delhi. I was anguished at the death of the Prime Minister. But the riots left me very, very angry. While Indira Gandhi’s assassins were brought to justice (Satwant Singh and co-conspirator Kehar Singh were executed on January 6, 1989), those who killed Sikhs in her name are roaming free to this day.”

Sikhs are the sword arm of India – especially in the armed forces who have laid down their lives in very large numbers.

Maneka Gandhi, the widow of Sanjay Gandhi was forced to leave Indira Gandhi’s household in 1982. She was born a Sikh and a symbol of the faith – guarding the PM’s house from the inside.

The diktat of vide the first Anandpur Sahib resolution by 10th Guru – Gobind Rai in April 1699 states that Sikhism is the sword and shield arm of the Hindu faith that shall guard undivided India that is Bharat.

Pakistan used the imagery of Anandpur Sahib for the Khalistan declaration from the same spot as Guru Gobind Singh. The first resolution in the presence of the 10th Guru vowed to defend Bharat. The latter was meant to create a dissension within India – spearheaded by the Sikhs!

Operation Bluestar divided the Sikhs.

Sikh terrorists and the Indian army were led by Shahbeg Singh and Kuldip Singh Brar respectively who had fought shoulder to shoulder during the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971 crushing Pakistani troops and managing to capture over 90,000 prisoners of war including Pak general A.A.K Niazi.

Sikhism’s last preceptor Guru Gobind Singh termed his faith as the ‘eternal, living sword and shield arms of Hinduism’ that would ensure an equal society within the realm of UNDIVIDED INDIA which would be ruled as per the tenets of Khalsa – an egalitarian system created by him. The operative sentence had been RAAJ KAREGAA KHALSA [meaning India shall be ruled by the principles of Khalsa].

The only nation to benefit by alienating Sikhs within the Indian mainstream is Pakistan – which continues to support the now nearly defunct Khalistan movement.

Pakistan’s ISI and its flunkey terrorist organisations had links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE] and its leader Tamil Tiger terrorist Prabhakaran.

Excerpts from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

Arms Procurement and shipping activities of LTTE were largely clandestine. Prior to 1983, it procured weapons mainly from Afghanistan via the Indo-Pakistani border. Since late 1997, North Korea became the principal country to provide arms, ammunition, and explosives to the LTTE.

The LTTE members operated a cargo company called “Otharad Cargo” in the United Arab Emirates. There are reports that the LTTE met Taliban members and discussed the “Sharjah network”, which existed in the Sharjah emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The Sharjah network was used by Victor Bout, an arms-smuggling Russian intelligence agent, to provide the Taliban with weapons deliveries and other flights between Sharjah and Kandahar.

The Mackenzie Institute claimed that LTTE’s secretive international operations of the smuggling of weapons, explosives, and “dual use” technologies is attributed to the KP Branch, headed by Selvarasa Pathmanathan prior to 2002.

The European Union banned LTTE as a terrorist organisation on 17 May 2006. In a statement, the European Parliament said that the LTTE did not represent all Tamils and called on it to “allow for political pluralism and alternate democratic voices in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka”.

In October 2014, the European Court of Justice annulled the anti-terrorism sanctions and several other restrictions placed on the LTTE in 2006. The court noted that the basis of proscribing the LTTE had been based on “imputations derived from the press and the Internet” rather than on direct investigation of the group’s actions, as required by law. Later, in March 2015, the EU re-imposed the sanctions and restrictions.

[2]

The ‘political relationship’ between the Congress and the DMK, to say the least, is a strange bundle of contradictions and flip-flops.

The DMK regime was pulled down twice at the instance of the Congress party in 1976 and 1991 for corruption and anti-national activities respectively, avers Wikipedia. Operative excerpt:

Indira Gandhi dismissed the Karunanidhi government in 1976 based on charges of possible secession and corruption.

In 1997, the IK Gujral regime at the centre was toppled by the Congress because it did not take action against the DMK – which the Jain Commission said, had an important conspiratorial role in the killing of Rajiv Gandhi.

According to a report in Economic Times, it was Sonia who caused the crash of the United Front coalition government headed by Gujral. Operative excerpt:

The arrival of Sonia Gandhi on the political scene saw her party insisting that DMK ministers resign from the UF government, in the wake of the Jain Commission’s alleged adversarial remarks on the party’s role in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

Tamil Dalit leader Thol Thirumavalavan openly supports the LTTE and Prabhakaran. He repeatedly slams the Congress for the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Yet, he won the 2009 parliamentary elections from the Chidambaram Reserve constituency with the support of the Congress and the DMK.

The same Sonia Gandhi called Karunanidhi a pillar of strength on March 10 2010.

Karunanidhi has supported Prabhakaran since 1989.

Karunanidhi obliquely referred to the Congress as a ‘bad friend’ in 2011.

[3]

Prabhakaran was “declared assassinated” on May 18 2009 – but the Sri Lankan regime is yet to provide evidence that the body paraded on India’s television screens on May 19 2009 was indeed that of the boss who controlled the shamefully cruel organisation Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE].

Operative excerpt from the Time’s report:Prabhakaran was one of 18 top LTTE leaders killed in the early-morning ambush, the government said. On May 19, the army released images to Sri Lankan television of Prabhakaran’s body, still in its uniform, in which his face is clearly visible. For the generation of Sri Lankans who have grown up knowing only a nation in conflict, the image of Prabhakaran has loomed over their lives, either as enemy or saviour. More than 70,000 people have been killed in 26 years of war in Sri Lanka, and there are those who will not believe the elusive figure is gone until they see proof.

[Emphasis added]

India is in possession of the fingerprints of Prabhakaran. If the body paraded on television screens on May 19 2009 was that of Prabhakaran, the evidence could have been easily presented by comparing prints from the body with those in Tamil Nadu. Prabhakaran had been fingerprinted in 1981 during a shootout with another militant Uma Maheshwaran in Chennai’s Pondy Bazar.

Excerpts from the Wikipedia dossier on that incident:

On May 19, 1982, a shootout occurred at about 9:45 p.m. at Pondy Bazaar, Mambalam, Madras between LTTE and PLOTE members. V. Prabhakaran and Raghavan (alias Sivakumar) of the LTTE, armed with revolvers, opened fire on Jotheeswaran and Mukundan (alias Uma Maheswaran) of the PLOTE. In the mid-1970s, both Prabhakaran and Uma Maheswaran were members of the LTTE. During the gunfire, Jotheeswaran sustained bullet injuries both in his right and left thighs. Mukundan was also shot at but escaped unhurt.

The accused V. Prabhakaran and Sivakumar were arrested and remanded. Both of them were proclaimed offenders of the Sri Lankan government with a reward on their head of Rs. 5 lakhs each.The accused remained in custody until August 5, 1982 when they were released by the orders of the court on conditional bail.

In 1986, during Operation Tiger, Prabhakaran was hauled to the police headquarters. A detailed account of the LTTE arms has been given in a blog penned by an unidentified person – believed to be close to the Government of Sri Lanka.

Prabhakaran was fingerprinted in Madras, 1986.

The world at large is very, very interested in these blogs! The evidence:

India 2095
United States 623
United Kingdom 125
United Arab Emirates 56
Singapore 45
Australia 42
Canada 41
France 29
Oman 23
Germany 20
Saudi Arabia 12
South Africa 10
Turkey 9
Pakistan 9
Qatar 9
Switzerland 8
Malaysia 7
Thailand 7
Netherlands 7
Spain 6
Norway 5
Kuwait 5
Poland 4
Philippines 4
Israel 4
Russia 4
Taiwan 4
European Union 3
Ireland 3
Denmark 2
Botswana 2
Nigeria 2
Greece 2
New Zealand 2
Japan 2
Sweden 2
Indonesia 2
Cyprus 1
Croatia 1
Ghana 1
South Korea 1
Sri Lanka 1
Bahrain 1
Macau SAR China 1
Brazil 1
Macedonia 1
Timor-Leste 1
Italy 1
Martinique 1
Venezuela 1
Finland 1
Hong Kong SAR China 1
Maldives 1
Seychelles 1
Nepal 1

The meaningless secret of Nawaz Sharif’s ‘London exile’

Will the Pakistan’s ‘soft military coup d’état fear triggered exile’ of Pak political boss Nawaz Sharif trigger a nuke war to harry the world?

By Lazy Fly

The Asian subcontinent’s televised visage to the world – was limited to featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and his pretty wife – Catherine Middleton and their visit to the Taj Mahal by one of the globe’s premier news outlets – Cable News Network [CNN] in its bulletin on this hot summer April day. The British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC] did slightly better. It pointed out that scofflaw-fugitive businessman Mallya’s passport was suspended, summer heat and car-rationing rendered Delhi unbearable and the poaching of a rhino in poll-bound Assam.

Other important Asia-specific issues – like the start of Pakistan’s presumed political head Nawaz Sharif’s new exile in London, the neighbourhood nation’s impending disintegration, its ‘soft’ coup d’état and the shanghaiing of the world’s almost forgotten 3rd power-bloc – BRICS in the Chinese city of Shanghai – had failed to make the cut.

From the Press Club of India, the most famous landmark on a road with the name Raisina in the heart of India’s National Capital Region [NCR] a.k.a. New Delhi, political fixer Maha-Guru [MG] [1] was spotted crossing the road to enter Chelmsford Club located bang opposite. He saw me too and signalled me to follow.

As we walked, I posed the question about the matter everyone had missed – what India’s television media termed the Pakistan’s Nawas Sharif being in self-imposed exile in London.

“What is the secret behind this?”

“Nuke-armed Paki military mugs are being pilloried for having cornered Nawaz over Panama accounts and are being accused of forcing him into exile in London. That is strictly for the birds. Sharif and Putin figure in the Panama denouement. Sharif stopped in Moscow to perhaps have word or two safely with the Russian strongman. It is but natural Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence bosses are scheduled to take control and elevate military boss Raheel Sharif to be its newest version of Pervez Musharraf as no uniformed Johnny in Islamabad wants any peace-deal with India to progress. That much is evident from the Pathankot attack mess and its aftermath,” the long-playing-old-record [LPOR] opined.

“I thought the whole thing is tied to insurgency in Kashmir – a new  ongoing sub-chapter in the northern part of the state after Mehbooba Mufti became CM. Apparently, the molestation of a girl is the latest flashpoint,” I countered.

“That is the regular window-dressing. Now, the girl has told a judicial magistrate in an open court that the molestors were “local Kashmiri boys”. No one is willing to buy ISI-sponsored Kashmir old wives’ tale including that of the victim lass’s mother to some telly channel. Such events have taken place for over 25 years. Half the tales of “alleged army atrocities” are perhaps pure fiction. UN has removed Kashmir from the disputed territories’ list. Part B of resolution 47 of the UN dated August 1948 is completely based on the irrevocable accession of the princely state of J & K to India signed and delivered by Maharaja Hari Singh. India can actually get the UN to send in its troops with NATO help to secure Pakistan Occupied Kashmir [PoK] and alleviate the sufferings of Kashmiris in what Pakistan calls ‘Azad Kashmir’. The UN has permitted such steps in Libya, Myanmar and even in Afghanistan! For Pakistan, Kashmir has become shit creek without a paddle and the pond is hardening every second as Mehbooba will be forced to read out Delhi’s prepared script vide a teleprompter supplied by India’s spying agency Research and Analysis Wing [RAW]. She is her father’s heir apparent, but apparently doesn’t have enough brains under her hair. Her tantrums and sudden piping down to get the CM’s chair have exposed her political immaturity. Now the establishment could be expected to toe the centre’s line, hook, line and sinker,” the man also known as cassette tape pointed out.

“And now, Pakistan is accusing India of meddling in Baluchistan. The world at large frowns at this sort of thing,” I lamely argued.

“Fiddlesticks! Pakistan is crying foul against India for having created a Mukti Bahini kind of army Baluchistan. The Balochs are suffering under the Pak army’s bloodied shoes. India has begun slyly admitting doing as much. If Baluchistan does become an independent state – China’s US$ 47 billion highway linking Xinjiang Province to the Arabian Sea through the Gwadar Port will go kaput. That is why China secretly vetoed UN sanctions against Masood Azhar – in order to somehow keep the Kashmir pot boiling. By suppling the almost worthless 70’s F16 planes and their spares for close to a billion US dollars, Obama has sold Sharif a lemon. By its own admission, Pakistan cannot bomb Waziristan with those jets. Probably, Sharif got a hefty cut in that ‘aid-sale’ and stashed it in Panama. Its recent exposure probably led to the coup none wants to talk about. May be – Raheel is cross – as he did not get his “deserved” cut! A 5-year-old can see as much,” MG – which also stands for Minimum Guarantee observed.

 “Wherever it occurs, terrorism has to be tackled with an iron hand,” I said.

“Of course, one needs to do that sort of thing. To tackle terrorism, Pakistan needs drones – but will not get them from the US because they are reportedly connected to another of the world’s cloak-and-dagger-games – the disappearance of MH370! India, China, Pakistan, US and Russia are all staring hard at each other waiting for someone to blink first. The West has been pressing the Paki army to  neuter those very terrorist forces that the duo had spawned. Naturally, Islamabad baulks as it cannot have another Osama-type stage-managed show within its territory [2]. If it happens, all hell will break lose,” the power broker said.

“Osama was killed long ago. Muslims are sick of terrorism as we Hindus are, the world over,” I protested.

“Oh yeah? Iran, an Islamic nation, has charged Saudi Arabia of aiding and abetting the ISIS. Conversely, Iran is accused of the same thing. Since the late 70’s the Soviets and later, the US of A tried to teach Afghans the niceties of communism and democracy respectively. After all those crash courses, now, Taliban has become much stronger in Afghanistan than before, a US senior military officer has admitted. If someone can clean up the mess in Afghanistan, it is India, which has enemies on either side – Pakistan and China – two nations that share borders with the proud, untamed Pathans,” the fixer spat the words.

“Perhaps, away from prying eyes, Sharif is meeting Zardari in London to borrow some clever ideas to restore some semblance of order back in Pakistan, under the alibi of a heart ailment,” I squeaked.

“The alibis pathetic. Heart patient Nawaz was seen shopping in central London. You forgot to mention that along with Zardari and Nawaz, former cricketer Imran Khan too is in London. Nawaz apparently spoke on phone with Zardari. Imran, who was dealt a near fatal political blow last year by Nawaz, hopes to turn the tables. All three are disasters for India – and the trio is doing all this with Western help. Only fools in India believe Khan can clean Pakistan cricket’s Augean Stables. [3] And of fools there is no dearth. There is a sucker born every minute, is a famous quote attributed to a man called Phineas Taylor Barnum. The earliest appearance of the phrase in print is in the 1885 biography of confidence man Hungry Joe, The Life of Hungry Joe, King of the Bunco Men. Another early appearance is in Opie Read’s 1898 novel A Yankee from the West. Incidentally, the so-called Indian National Congress was created by a white man who had taken part in crushing our 1857 rebellion.

This was getting nowhere very fast.

I told the old man that. Then I asked him as we entered the spacious bar in Chelmsford Club, “Why drag me here?”

“Well, the name Chelmsford has a bit of history – especially in the name. In the first half of the 19th century, there was this pretentious attempt to devolve power to Indian natives – called Mont-Ford reforms.  The name’s origins are Edwin Samuel Montagu, the Secretary of State for India during the latter parts of World War I and Lord Chelmsford, Viceroy of India between 1916 and 1921. The reforms were outlined in the Montagu-Chelmsford Report prepared in 1918 and formed the basis of the Government of India Act 1919. Indian nationalists considered that the reforms did not go far enough while British conservatives were critical of them, says the Wikipedia. India and Pakistan were 2 nations created for pleasing Hindus and Muslims, but the end result has satisfied neither. When Pakistan splits – the result will be the same. Some mad man in Pakistan could start nuke war. But, it will be of use to none like the Monf-Ford reforms were. One of the reforms’ offshoots – the rogue state of Pakistan is there for all to see. Pakistan is a creation of the British and three Paki political musketeers – sniping at each other – are all in London, the very city from where the subcontinent was illegally ruled for over 200 years. Perhaps, the Congress – a creation of the British – is still attempting to get India controlled by foreign powers – through the connections of Sonia Gandhi, ” MG said.

Without waiting to what his cocktail of the day would be, I beat a hasty retreat mumbling an inaudible excuse as this had become too conftroversial..

[1]

The man is a spitting image of Makhan Lal Fotedar. MLF was the late Indian female dictator Indira Gandhi’s flunkey. He calls himself MG – which stands for Maha Guru and also Minimum Guarantee. Sometimes, he cites self-created aphorisms and refers to them as the Voice of My Master – a trait that has earned him the sobriquet – HMV – a snide reference to the music retail firm that has seen much better days. MG’s utterances full of sarcastic rancour seem out of place and from a bygone era. Hence, his detractors tease him with names such as the now outdated Long Playing Old Record [LPOR], cassette tape [CT] and video-cassette-disc [VCD].

[2]

Excerpts from a relevant blog:

USA links Pakistan military top brass with assassinating investigative reporter

Southern Features 9/7/2011

A top military commander of the United States of America has charged Pakistan’s regime of “officially sanctioning” the killing of  investigative journalist Salim Shahzad whose reports had exposed the unholy nexus between the Pakistani intelligence services and terrorists agency reports said.

“It is now clear that Salim Shahzad’s killing was officially sanctioned by the Pak Inter-Services-Intelligence,” Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was quoted as saying by “The New York Times” on July 7 during a Pentagon briefing.

Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani denied the charges.

Citing Haqqani as a source for the information, The New York Times reported that the Ambassador demanded the USA shared its information with the Pakistani Commission appointed to probe the journalist’s death.

Shahzad disappeared from Islamabad on May 29 after writing a report about Al-Qaeda’s alleged infiltration of Pakistan’s navy. His body was found two days later, bearing what police said were signs of torture.

Shahzad was a 40-year-old who worked for the Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online whose reputation as an investigative journalist was highly credible internationally especially in the context of his exposes detailing the nexus between the Islamic militants and the ISI.

His abduction came shortly after he had written an investigative piece on the deadly insurgent attack on a naval base in Karachi on May 22-23, which took 16 hours to contain and resulted in the deaths of at least 10 military personnel and four militants. In his report, he alleged that the attack stemmed from a breakdown in secret negotiations between the navy and Al-Qaeda.

 Shahzad warned that he had received threats because of his report, with suspicions turning toward the ISI agency.

Mullen acknowledged the U.S. relationship with Pakistan was “under extraordinary pressure,” confirming that the U.S. military presence in Pakistan had been dramatically scaled back at Islamabad’s request.

But, Mullen insisted that Washington was “committed to sustaining that relationship.”

The Karachi attack came after the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, which led to questions of how the Al-Qaeda leader could find a safe haven for years alongside Pakistan’s elite military training academy, and how the U.S. raid could be successfully carried out unbeknownst to the armed forces.

Despite growing frustration over Pakistan’s failure to crack down on militant sanctuaries near the Afghan border, Mullen said it would be a “disaster” to cut off financial aid to Islamabad, as some U.S. lawmakers have urged.

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, Officials Say

May 1, 2011

Update at 11:28 p.m. ET.

By Mark Memmott

Killed Last Week In Pakistan, AP Reports:

“A senior U.S. counterterrorism official said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation in Pakistan, not by a Predator drone,” The Associated Press reports. “The official said it happened last week.”

Osama bin Laden, who created the al-Qaida terrorist network that killed 3,000 people in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, is dead.

 President Obama is about to announce that news to the nation, NPR and other news outlets have been told by U.S. officials.

With the al-Qaida leader’s death, a new and dramatic moment has occurred in a long struggle that has seen the U.S. go to war first in Afghanistan — where al-Qaida was based — and then in Iraq.

Update at 11:36 p.m. ET.

Hundreds Are Cheering, Singing Outside The White House:

A crowd is outside the gates and can be heard singing the national anthem and chanting “USA!”

Update at 11:42p.m. ET.

Bin Laden Was Killed Today, The President Says:

Last August, the president says, the U.S. got a lead on bin Laden’s whereabouts “within a compound deep inside Pakistan.”

“Last week,” he says, “I determined we had enough intelligence to take action.”

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted action” and in a firefight killed the al-Qaida leader. The U.S. now has his body.

[3]

Imran Khan admitted to ball tampering openly, taught the art to his protégés, retired from the game, entered politics and came a cropper there despite calling his organisation – The Party of Honour and Justice! Obviously Paki politicians saw the opportunity and rammed their advantage home, probably with some help from accessed through Jewish databases. To those who wonder whether this blow comes from, Khan’s late father-in-law and father of the former cricketer’s ex-wife Jemima – Sir James Goldsmith was born a Jew. He later divorced her. Khan admitted in 1994 that he had “Occasionally scratched the side of the ball and lifted the seam. Only once did I use an object. When Sussex were [sic] playing Hampshire in 1981 the ball was not deviating at all. I got the 12th man to bring out a bottle top and it started to move around a lot,” Khan was quoted as saying in his own autobiography.

Vadra, Seriously!

Robert Vadra, whose only claim to fame is his being Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, has given an interview to a wire service – ANI.

The reporter asked the softest PR questions possible.

The main answer given by Bob Vadra was that he did not need Priyanka to enhance his life.

Robert Vadra [1] is Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law and Priyanka’s husband. He is one of India’s most notorious businessmen accused of grave charges. He  has been interviewed by a wire service – Asia News International – the very organisation whose reporter was threatened and manhandled by him not long ago.

Silly telly channels are asking the obvious questions to the obvious people and are getting obvious answers … all of which … to quote the greatest Indian journalist of the world – Arnab Goswami – were ‘soft questions.’

A company specialising in getting quick reactions meant only for the eyes of top politicians and shamuses reportedly managed to get reactions that one will never see in the public domain. Someone allegedly stole a reported copy.

For whatever it is worth, we, at Southern Features, are making the reactions public with an important disclaimer: The realistic sounding reactions are yet to be verified.

The most important Vadra quote:

I did not need Priyanka to enhance my life.

Reactions:

Robert to Priyanka in their bedroom:

The shysters in ANI cut off the vital part of the sentence, darling. I actually said, I did not need Priyanka to enhance my life because my life is, in itself, in all its entirety, PRIYANKA. Like last time, the ANI rogues doctored the tape after all that was given to them! Next time I meet someone from that agency, I will land a blow on that person’s snout and ask him “Are you and were you serious when you left that important sentence out, you Rumpelkelistin?

Dr Subramanian Swamy to his advisors

I listened to the original copy of that interview – courtesy – Langley. Bob actually said, I did not need Priyanka to enhance my life, but Priyanka needed me to enhance her …somewhat lonely life. Poor girl … she is said to drink too much … [inaudible] diluted with [inaudible] … to get over her loneliness.

Sonia to Rahul Gandhi:

Don’t get worked up sonny by what Robert said. Be thankful about what he did not say. Under normal circumstances, he would have said, I didnt need Priyanka to enhance my life, but my mom-in-law needed me to turn the family’s somewhat coloured money into real estate and wants me to use that line of business to turn it into white.

Narendra Damodardas Modi to Amit Shah

The sod was perhaps trying to say I didn’t need Priyanka to enhance my life as she is too naïve to do the stuff I do for the family. Nevertheless, now I need the BJP to enhance my life – even further.

Amit Shah

How can you be so sure?

Modi

Vadra is too clever by half. But, more importantly, you need to learn about the birds and the bees of politics from that man Asif Ali Zardari. [2] I will give some of his quotes.

[1]

What was I doing outside jail before my marriage to Benazir?

[2]

As a child, I was spoilt by my parents as an only son. They indulged my every whim, and I grew up in luxury.

[3]

I must be the first male spouse being held hostage by a regime. Pakistan has traditional elements who find it hard to reconcile with a man whose wife works and who other men salute perforce of her office.

Amit Shah

I do not see any connection of the 3rd quote with Vadra.

Modi

I will alter it slightly.

I must be the first male spouse being held hostage by regimescontrolled by the family I married into and that of the opposition – currently in power. India and Pakistan have traditional elements who find it hard to reconcile with a man who has a politically connected wife. Other men  salute her husband perforce even if he doesn’t hold any office.

Manmohan Singh to his daughter Daman

God only knows why ANI – which could take over a number of other smaller and/or suffering news agencies like UNI did something as stupid as this. Even I could say truthfully that I didn’t need the Congress and the Congress needed me. But then, even NDTV does not want to interview poor old me!

Rahul Gandhi to Sanjay Jha

I do not know whether Bob was telling the truth when he said, I did not need Priyanka to enhance my life. And it is good that he did not add, I need the Congress to save the rest of my life. And yes, who in his right mind would need a lass with an alleged drinking problem?

Prakash Karat to Sitaram Yechury

Comprador capitalist Vadra surely has a cheek – a rosy one at that – to say I did not need Priyanka to enhance my life. I am sure the ANI reporter asked him the question Are you serioussoon afterwards – and ensured that it was snipped off before telecast.

Laloo Yadav to Mulayam Singh Yadav

You have a daughter-in-law in politics, brother Yadav from UP. Would Dimple beti say something as daft as that?

Mulayam mumbles something intelligible. Akhilesh walks in.

Uncle Laloo, my father was saying my son Akhilesh by himself is more than willing to utter such  daft sentences, but, none will publish it.

Laloo to Akhilesh

Very importantly, would you really say such a thing?

Akhilesh

Well I would say, I did not need Priyanka or my father Mulayam to enhance my life simply because it needed no enhancement. I did as I pleased with UP without being in power and do as I please when I am in power. Better still, I allow my men to do as they please too!

Laloo to Mulayam

And how would you react to that?

Mulayam mumbles inaudibly.

Akhilesh

You need guts to say loudly I needed Akhilesh to enhance my life like I needed a hole in the head. Saying sotto voce makes you a coward.

Mayawati addresses the statues of Ambedkar and her mentor Kanshi Ram

I am the only one who can truthfully say, I did not need Priyanka to enhance my life and actually mean it.

Jayalalithaa to Sasikala

I needed none to enhance my life. Not MGR, not Indira, not Rajiv, not even the people. I only needed myself.

Sasikala to Jaya

But, I surely need you to enhance my life.

Karunanidhi to Stalin

Maybe Vadraji was not telling the truth that he did not need Priyankaji to enhance his life. After having pretended to oppose the emergency – I could do a volte face in 1980 by saying Welcome Nehru’s daughter and give us a stable government. I cannot say welcome Vadraji and give us a stable regime – if BJP falls on its own. People might mistake the meaning of the word stable and compare it to a place where horses are kept and traded upon.

Stalin reacts

When are you going to say that you need me to succeed you?

Karunanidhi

You know I will never say it. After Kamaraj passed away, I told a gathering that he had told me the nation is gone! You can swear on Anna’s tomb that I had named you the successor as I took my last breath, whenever that happens some 100 years from now.

Chandrababu Naidu to wife Bhuvaneshwari

I will never say such things openly. I needed my father-in-law NTR and his foolishness to buy out his party, make him look a fool and also said in public that I am only running NTR’s regime! If Vadra so wishes, I can give him a crash course on taking over the Congress from Sonia – right in front of her eyes.

Arvind Kejriwal to Manish Sisodia

Will someone go inform Robert that I need him to enhance my life?

Someone in Langley after reading the transcript says thus to a colleague:

How do we know whether all these people said all these?

Unnamed colleague

We could leak it in the name of those separated Siamese twins – Julian Assange or Edward Snowden through a Russian transponder. The world may not believe us – but some will start debating as to who really leaked it!

This blog has been widely seen! The evidence:

India 1904
United States 577
United Kingdom 121
United Arab Emirates 53
Singapore 44
Australia 38
Canada 36
Oman 21
Germany 20
France 19
Saudi Arabia 11
South Africa 10
Turkey 9
Switzerland 8
Qatar 8
Malaysia 7
Netherlands 7
Spain 6
Pakistan 5
Kuwait 5
Norway 5
Taiwan 4
Philippines 4
Poland 4
Thailand 4
Ireland 3
Israel 3
Russia 3
Indonesia 2
New Zealand 2
Denmark 2
Greece 2
Botswana 2
Sweden 2
Nigeria 2
Japan 2
European Union 1
Macau SAR China 1
Maldives 1
Macedonia 1
South Korea 1
Brazil 1
Sri Lanka 1
Cyprus 1
Martinique 1
Italy 1
Hong Kong SAR China 1
Nepal 1
Finland 1
Timor-Leste 1
Seychelles 1
Venezuela 1
Croatia 1

[1]

Robert Vadra’s father Rajendra had migrated from Sialkot – Pakistan at the time of partition.

Vadra senior was found dead at a guest house in Yusuf Sarai area of New Delhi in 2009.

Bob’s elder brother Richard committed suicide in 2003 and Michelle, Bob’s sister, died in a car accident in 2001.

[2]

The Zardari dossier
Zardari was born on 26 July 1955 in Karachi, Sindh, to Hakim Ali and Zarine Zardari.
Zardari senior owned some 175,000 acres of land in various parts of Pakistan with special emphasis on the Baloch area. He was the scion of a cross-bred land-owning, Sindhi and Pashto speaking tribe domiciled away from the Afghan border though part of his ancestry can be traced to that lawless region.
As a young man he was a polo player and a boxer. He has been unofficially credited with 7 knock outs.
The Zardari family also owns a huge multiplex in Karachi known as Bambino which is not very far from where the Indian terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim is said to reside currently.
The academic qualifications of Asif Ali Zardari are shrouded in mystery.
It is believed that he went to a grammar school in Karachi and is officially said that he passed out from Cadet College, Petaro in 1972, but there are several reports that allege he failed in that institution’s final exams as well as those conducted at St Patrick’s HS also in Karachi.
According to an official bio-data fact sheet put out by his office, Zardari claims to have attended a school called Pedinton somewhere around London.
This writer had searched for all schools in UK and is yet to find any institution by that name.
It is believed that Pakistan’s Supreme Court struck down a rule that necessitated all MPs to have a college degree in April 2008 to suit Zardari.
Zardari’s first foray into politics was begun in a disgraceful loss when he contested for a district council seat in Nawabshah a small town in Sindh province.
That loss made him go into the real estate business.
Asif managed to get a marriage arranged to tie the knot with Benazir Bhutto 18 December 1987.
The marriage party in Sindh was attended by over 100,000 guests.
There are many who believe the pro-US Asif had a hand in the 1988 assassination of anti-India general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq in an unexplained plane crash.
Significantly, a few months later, Benazir became the head of state of Pakistan despite winning only 94 of the 207 national assembly seats contested by the Pakistan Peoples’ Party.
Zardari blotted his copybook the first time when his business associates were caught with their hands in the Pakistani regime’s cash till.
The first downfall of Benazir was generally credited to the outrageous ‘commissioned’ deals of Zardari.
The Pak army ordered that the husband-wife duo could not leave the nation after the Benazir ministry was dismissed by the army in 1990.
The family’s male bête-noire Gulam Mustapha Jatoi who had become caretaker PM initiated investigations of corruption by the Bhutto administration.
The resultant cases led to Zardari being called Mr 10%.
[Now he is known as Mr 50%.]
Zardari was arrested 10 October 1990 on charges of kidnapping and extortion of foreign nationals.
Despite being in prison, Zardari emerged triumphant in the National Assembly polls of 1990.
Zardari obtained bail by depositing the Pakistani equivalent of US$ 20,000 by the military regime refused to release him.
Zardari walked out of prison in February 1993, acquitted of all charges of corruption and terrorism.
A year later he was also acquitted of bank fraud charges.
That was a watershed in his career for a few months later he became a minister in the caretaker cabinet and became a full cabinet minister when Benazir won at the hustings in July 1993.
What followed was unprecedented.
He became the following when Benazir became PM a second time.
  • Investment Minister
  • Chief of the intelligence bureau
  • Head of the Federal Investigation Agency
  • PM’s special envoy and acting Cabinet Minister on Special duty in which capacity he met Saddam Hussein in 1994 to apparently deliver cardiac medicine to ensure released of 3 Pak detainees for spying along the Kuwait-Iraq border.
 [All of us know what happened to nice-guy Saddam later.]
  • In March 1995, he was appointed chairman of the Environment Protection Council.
Zardari had a running feud with his mother-in-law Begum Nusrat Bhutto, whom he nicknamed Nafrat [hatred].
Nusrat accused Zardari of undermining the career of her son Murtuza, who along with his 7 friends was soon killed in a 1996 shootout between the police and rioters in Sindh.
During her son’s funeral Nusrat and the slain man’s widow Ghinwa openly accused Zardari of killing Murtuza.
Another Bhutto foe Farooq Leghari who sacked Benazir in 1996 openly accused Zardari of having masterminded the whole thing to erase any successor to the throne from the side of his wife.
Zardari was arrested while trying to escape to Dubai the same year.
In its January 1998 report, The New York Times detailed Zardari’s vast corruption and misuse of public funds. The report discussed $200 million in kickbacks to Zardari and a Pakistani partner for a $4 billion contract with French military contractor Dassault Aviation – the very company that inked a major deal with India recently, but, which is put on hold.
Zardari’s had visited India earlier – to reportedly intercede on behalf of Dassault to Sonia and Singh owing to the grim prospect of losing a very highly lucrative air-force equipment and aircraft deal.
The NYT report contained details of two payments of $5 million each by a gold bullion dealer in return for a monopoly on gold imports. It had information from Pakistani investigators that the Bhutto family had allegedly accrued more than $1.5 billion in illicit profits through kickbacks in virtually every sphere of government activity.
The report said that during Zardari’s mid-1990s spending spree hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on jewellery.
Zardari’s friends, NYT added include Western fixers comprising real estate firms’ owners, lawyers and a network of accountants.
The accused included important functionaries of Citibank.
A 1999 US Senate report slammed Zardari’s financial history.
Around this point in time, Pak authorities accused Zardari of operating secret accounts in Switzerland. Worse, authorities in Switzerland began prosecuting him too on the same count!
The nice touch was his being accused by the Pakistani regime of the conspiracy to kill his brother-in-law – Murtuza.
Significantly, with a lot of mud on its face, Citibank closed Zardari’s account.
Talking of irony, in April 1999, Bhutto and Zardari were convicted for receiving indemnities from a Swiss goods inspection company that was hired to end corruption in the collection of customs duties!
The couple paid a fine of $8.6 million and was sentenced to undergo five years imprisonment.
Located abroad, Benazir could not be forced to come back to Pakistan from her self-imposed exile.
Zardari was already in jail awaiting more trial on separate charges.
The evidence used against them had been gathered by Swiss investigators and the Pakistani Bureau of Accountability.
In May 1999, Zardari needed to go to hospital after an alleged attempted suicide which he claimed it was actually an attempt to murder him by the police.
In August 2003, a Swiss judge convicted Bhutto and Zardari of money laundering and sentenced them to six months imprisonment and a fine of $50,000.
In addition, they were required to return $11 million to the Pakistani government.
The conviction involved charges relating to kickbacks from two Swiss firms in exchange for customs fraud.
In France, Poland, and Switzerland, the couple faced additional allegations.
In November 2004, Zardari was released on bail by court order but soon was put under house-arrest for reportedly failing to show up for a hearing on a murder case in Islamabad but released soon afterwards on a bail bond worth the equivalent of $5,000 bail.
The whole episode was regarded as a sign of growing reconciliation between Musharraf’s government and the PPP.
After his second release in late 2004, he left for exile in Dubai.
Zardari returned home in April 2005 but was deported to Dubai soon by Musharraf.
Pakistanis called the whole thing as yet another drama and the surest sign a sinful collaboration between two big thieves.
In June 2005, it is said Zardari reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest in Dubai.
Nobody knows why the resultant angioplasty treatment was done in the USA.
In September 2005 a non-bailable warrant was issued against Zardari due to his failure to turn up in court in connection with a corruption case being heard in Rawalpindi.
Zardari’s lawyers cried foul and cited the medical issue.
This led to a request by the Rawalpindi court and Interpol issuing a red-corner notice against Benazir and Zardari in January 2006.
Benazir returned to Pakistan September 2007 and said her husband was in New York City undergoing medical treatment.
A bomb explosion in Karachi October 2007 nearly killed Benazir.
Zardari blamed the ISI for it.
“It is clearly the handiwork of the intelligence and I know it was not done by militants,” Zardari was quoted as saying from Dubai where he was staying with his two daughters.
Even as Benazir flew to meet with her husband in November 2007, Musharraf clamped an emergency meant to last six weeks to curb rising Islamist militancy.
Benazir returned to Pakistan to ‘fight injustice.’
Interestingly, the emergency promulgation was a few days before Pakistan’s Supreme Court began deliberations on the legality of Musharraf’s U.S.-backed proposal—the National Reconciliation Ordinance.
The main motive of the Ordinance was to drop corruption charges against Bhutto and Zardari in return for a joint Bhutto-Musharraf coalition to govern Pakistan.
This resulted in one of the most hilarious ironies.
Bhutto and Zardari claimed they were with Musharraf in his slamming the Pakistani Supreme Court, but were finding common ground in the Supreme Court’s criticism of Mushy’s martial law!
As expected, Musharraf soon changed the law and the judges!
In Pakistan, Musharraf granted him amnesty for his alleged offences through the National Reconciliation Ordinance, drafted in October 2007.
However, the ordinance faced mounting public pressure and from an uncompromising judiciary.
In addition, it only dealt with charges up to 1999.
This left open the possibility of investigations into Zardari’s alleged payment $2 million in illegal kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, discovered in October 2005, under the oil-for-food programme.
The removal of the Ordinance would have meant Zardari facing charges relating to evading duties on an armoured BMW luxury vehicle, kickbacks received from a tractor manufacturer based in Poland and slush funds paid by gold bullion dealer.
In Switzerland, Bhutto and Zardari appealed against the 2003 Swiss conviction, which required the reopening of the case in October 2007.
In November 2007, Swiss authorities returned the frozen $60 million to Zardari through offshore companies citing the National Reconciliation Ordinance.
In Spain, a criminal investigation was underway against Zardari over charges of money laundering vide the oil-for-food programme.
In Britain, he was fighting a civil case against the Pakistani government for the proceeds from the liquidation sale of a palatial residence in Surrey, in the outskirts of London.
The medical issue helped Zardari in this to postpone these trials.
To keep off prisons during exile, Zardari alternated between homes in New York, London, and Dubai, where his three children lived.
On the night of 27 December 2007, Zardari returned to Pakistan following the assassination of Benazir and promptly prevented an autopsy ‘in accordance with Islamic principles’.
Nobody bothered to point out that when the Koran was being transcribed for the first time, there was no such thing called an autopsy and hence it could not have been proscribed at all.
Obviously, Musharraf and Zardari did not want the discovery of the evidence that could prove that Benazir could have been shot from a long-rage sniper rifle and not by some cowboy style assassin in the vicinity of her open-topped car.
Zardari rebuffed government allegations that the assassination was sponsored by Al Qaeda whose formation, incidentally, was funded by Benazir herself!
He called for an international inquiry into her death and stated that she would still be alive if Musharraf’s government had provided adequate protection and demanded the exhumation of Benazir’s body and an enquiry of the murder under the supervision of the United Nations.
Promptly, as expected, Musharraf rejected the proposal.
Zardari produced a will reportedly written by Benazir and claimed he was her designated political successor and leader of the Pakistani People’s Party.
When political opponents laughed at this joke, Zardari check-mated critics and declared his 19-year-old son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman of the PPP.
In January 2008, Zardari suggested that if his party won a majority, it might form a coalition with Musharraf’s Pakistan Muslim League – Q [PML-Q].
Zardari also managed to rope in Sharif, leader of the PML-N to issue a joint threat to trigger national protests if any vote-rigging was attempted during the 2008 elections.
Cleverly, Zardari stymied all attempts to charge him with masterminding a family coup by claiming he had no political ambition as he had not filed election papers in November 2008 when Benazir was alive.
“I had no political ambition then, and I have no political ambition now,” Zardari was quoted as saying.
The PPP and the PML-N won the largest and second largest number of seats respectively in the February 2008 elections.
Zardari and Mr Sharif had agreed to form a coalition government, ending American hopes of a power-sharing deal between him and Musharraf.
Then Zardari check-mated Mr Sharif and Musharraf and the USA by creating a rainbow agreement to involve all political sides in Pakistan that included entities like Muttahida Qaumi Movement [MQM], the Awami National Party and various sections of Baloch nationalist outfits – all of which had boycotted the polls.
The American point-person Anne W Patterson was fooled through endless procrastinations and Zardari brought in his personal pigeon Yusuf Reza Gilani instead of the US choice Maqdoom Amin Fahim.
Mr Sharif had been, unfortunately, misled by the Zardari offer to reinstate 60 judges previously sacked by Musharraf vide the April 2008 Murree Pact co-signed by Zardari.
Sickened by the never-ending procrastinations,   Mr   Mr Sharif and your PML-N pulled out of the coalition government in mid-May.
Zardari proposed a constitutional amendment that would remove the power of the President to dismiss Parliament, dangled a public confrontation with Musharraf and his PML-Q and managed Pakistan’s readmission into the Commonwealth to get international recognition.
On the one hand Zardari and Mr Sharif continued negotiations to remove Musharraf lock, stock and barrel.
On the other, Musharraf was being given assurances of being left untouched by constitutional provision which a needed a massive majority in the lower and upper houses to impeach that the regime did not have.
Mr Sharif was prevented from taking part in the June 2008 by-elections on the basis of the same rules and thus kept out of the power equation.
In August 2008 Zardari scared the living daylights out of Pervez by starting impeachment proceedings on charges that included high treason for the 1999 coup and the imposition of martial law. As expected, the brave general resigned and made himself scarce soon thereafter.
That killed 2 birds with one stone.
Mr Sharif perhaps has neither forgotten nor forgiven Pervez.
So, PML-N ended up supporting the chimera of a resolution to impeach Pervez that got rid of Pervez.
But the victory of the resolution and Pervez’s flight resulted in the PML-N MPs’ relegated to the opposition benches.
Yet again, using the departure of Musharraf as a smokescreen, Zardari baited the USA by dangling the juicy offer of chasing away tribal militants in the northwest borders of Pakistan.
To qualify to be made president, he claimed to possess a London business school degree to satisfy a prerequisite, but stopped short of producing the all-important certificate which could have proven the forgery.
His own PPP and the MQM en proposed he be made President.
Mr Sharif’s PML-N nominated former justice Sayeed-uz-Zamaan Siddiqui.
PML-Q nominated Mushahid Hussein.
Zardari’s hopelessly divided opponents ensured he won a majority through the Electoral College polling 481 out of 702 votes and was declared elected President on 6 September 2008.
The swearing in ceremony 9 September 2008 was attended by a similar political Houdini, Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Yet again, the West was lulled into complacency by Zardari saying as a loyal servant, he was cultivating Karzai.
For some strange reason, the West bought this lemon, despite knowing that if Karzai was as trustworthy as a fox, in comparison, Zardari was to be treated as one would handle a three-headed black mamba.
Very carefully, Zardari created his multiple plans’ and the escape routes if any and all of them failed.
Zardari allowed the creation of drone bases by the USA, leaked info about Taliban strongholds to the CIA and the best trick of it all was selling the Americans the idea that if Zardari took the blame, the USA would emerge from it smelling like roses.
It was hook, line and sinker against the USA and in favour of Zardari. When the Taliban and Al Qaeda began falling like ninepins during drone attacks [some of them being termed accidental collateral damage, whatever that means] Zardari shifted the blame to the Americans but pretended to attempt to restore parity and sanity.
The Taliban and Al Qaeda, having outlived their usefulness for over a decade began getting killed like flies. Zardari took the blame but took extra care to keep mentioning that he was doing a job upon the bidding of American masters as Pakistan’s economy needed it.
This triggered protests in Pakistan against the so-called ugly American infidels.
Zardari garnered some sympathy in Pakistan and a lot of anger in the USA.
After the election, Zardari promised to approve the constitutional provision that removed the President’s power to dismiss Parliament, but public scepticism remained on whether he would actually carry out his promise.
His economic competence was questioned after allegations that he had raised grain procurement prices through inflationary subsidies and scrapped the capital gains tax.
From 23 to 26 September 2008, he met with various foreign leaders, including U.S. President George W Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Although, at the United Nations General Assembly Zardari publicly condemned US drone attacks inside Pakistan, the Washington Post reported that he had signed a “secret deal” when he met with senior American officials that arranged for the coordination of Predator strikes and a jointly approved list of prominent targets. He and Indian Prime Minister Singh agreed to resume peace talks by the end of 2008.
From 14 to 17 October 2008, Zardari was in China to negotiate foreign aid, as Pakistan faced the possibility of defaulting on its payments.
China refused to offer any aid commitments, but instead promised to provide assistance in the development of two nuclear power plants and more future business investments.
United Arab Emirates refused to provide any bailout, Zardari officially asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance in solving Pakistan’s balance of payments problem on 22 October.
He went to Saudi Arabia from 4 to 6 November in hopes of obtaining financial aid and securing trade agreements.
Leaked cables revealed increasingly strained relations between Zardari and Saudi royalty, primarily because of Saudi distrust of Zardari and preference for   Mr Sharif.
Weaker cooperation led to decreased oil subsidies as part of a broader Saudi policy of withholding monetary assistance.
In mid-November 2008, Zardari’s government officially sent a letter of intent to the IMF regarding a bailout to help increase its foreign exchange reserves.
In a $11.3 billion multi-year loan package, Pakistan received a $7.4 billion loan for 2008–10.
The IMF stipulated stringent reform conditions, which included rebuilding the tax structure and privatising state enterprises.
The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank withheld a combined $3 billion aid in the 2010–11 fiscal year and the IMF withheld since May 2010 the last segment of its aid package.
In January 2011, the MQM withdrew from the government.
Zardari’s ruling coalition averted a government collapse by accepting the opposition’s economic proposals, which restored gas subsidies and abandoned many of the IMF’s suggested reforms.
In an effort to curb government expenditures, Zardari swore in an “austerity cabinet” in February 2011 which reduced the cabinet from 60 ministers to 22.
In early October 2008, he received fierce domestic criticism for repeatedly calling Kashmiri nationalists in India “terrorists”.
In mid-November 2008, he suggested Pakistan was ready for a no-first-use nuclear policy and called for closer economic ties.
And then Zardari’s ISI masterminded the November 26 2008 terrorist strike in Mumbai that left 166 persons including over a dozen police officials dead plus it crippled India’s financial capital’ economic viability.
Cool as a cucumber, Zardari initially denied any links between the perpetrators and Pakistan for the benefit of his local press, but pretended to pursue military action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders in a 7 December raid.
India cleared Zardari’s government of any direct involvement in the attacks, but simultaneously demanded the extradition of 20 Pakistanis which it alleged had taken part in them.
That was what Zardari wanted.
He was never serious about the extradition of the Pakistanis.
So, he offered to send Inter-Services Intelligence Director General Ahmed Shuja Pasha [now in disgrace, more or less] to ‘assist in the investigation.’
The government has had a longstanding conflict in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas [FATA] and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [KP] – regions along the Pak-Afghan border.
Diplomatic relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai improved after Musharraf’s departure and Zardari’s rise to power.
The Obama administration’s AFPAK policy, through Richard Holbrooke reflected the unified approach the United States took in dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In his first visit to Afghanistan as President in early January 2009, Zardari promised a renewed relationship to improve cooperation.
In late March, Obama announced a civilian aid package of $7.5 billion over five years in return for cooperation in the AFPAK conflict.
In late April, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited Zardari and promised $1 billion over the next four years.
In May, Obama held a trilateral summit in Washington D.C with Karzai and Zardari, where they discussed further cooperation.
At Brussels in mid-June, Zardari unsuccessfully sought trade concessions from the European Union; it instead pledged $90 million development aid to curtail tribal influence by insurgents.
After the US Congress passed Obama’s civilian aid package in October, army generals in the Pakistan’s military establishment widened the growing rift between the Zardari regime and openly slammed U.S. interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan!
In February 2009, FATA’s provincial government officially declared application of Sharia – the Islamic fundamentalist law in Swat along the AFPAK border to apparently achieve a ceasefire within the northwest Pashtun tribes.
Citing that the United States and Britain had opposed the measure, Zardari did not sign the Swat ceasefire until mid-April, but got domestic pressure mounted against the west – not only on the streets but also in the Pak Parliament.
By the end of April, the agreement collapsed as the Pakistani military pursued an unpopular offensive in the neighbouring Dir district.
In September 2010, Zardari and Karzai met in Islamabad and both advocated fighting insurgents rather than trying to end the war with diplomacy.
Zardari went to the United States in January 2011 to attend Special Envoy Holbrooke’s funeral.
Following the slaying of Osama bin Laden May 2011, Obama called Zardari and demanded “better collaboration”.
In February 2009, Zardari and the Musharraf-appointed Supreme Court had attempted to disqualify   Mr Sharif from running in any elections and tried to force the brother of Sharif to resign as Chief Minister of Punjab Province.
Using that, Zardari had dismissed the PML-N regime in Punjab and only reinstated the judiciary by restoring 56 other judges deposed by Musharraf. He studiously avoided reinstating Chief Justice Ifthekar Chaudhry.
After Mr Sharif defied house arrest and rallied with thousands of his supporters, the Sharif siblings vowed to join forces with the Lawyers’ Long March Movement.
Zardari’s government appeared to give in to popular pressure.
Justice Chaudhry re-assumed his position on 22 March.
Zardari’s month-long direct control of the Punjab ended on 30 March.
In late November 2009, Zardari ceded to the chairmanship of the National Command Authority that includes the control over Pakistan’s nuke arsenal to Prime Minister Gilani.
In December 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that the National Reconciliation Ordinance amnesty that kept him off prosecution was unconstitutional, which cleared the way for the revival of corruption cases against Zardari.
Zardari’s claim of immunity from prosecution on the grounds of being the President of a nation is now more or less gone because, the very legality of his presidency was challenged.
Calls for his resignation escalated.
In January 2010, the Supreme Court ordered Pakistan’s government to reopen Zardari’s corruption charges in Switzerland.
However, Zardari managed to prevent your supporter the Attorney General Anwar Mansoor, from filing charges and remote-controlled your ‘protest resignation’ in early April 2010.
Significantly, the same month, Geneva Attorney General Daniel Zappelli stated that Zardari cannot be prosecuted under international law owing to his presidential immunity.
Zardari’s pigeon Prime Minister Gilani used that fig-leaf and defied the Supreme Court order, which has resulted in the Supreme Court initiating contempt proceedings against the latter.
In April 2010, after months of political pressure, the government passed the 18th Amendment, which reduced the President to a ceremonial figurehead by stripping the office of the power to dissolve Parliament, to dismiss the Prime Minister, and to appoint military chiefs.
The amendment also lifted the restriction of two terms as Prime Minister, which enabled Zardari’s foremost political rival,   Mr Sharif, to seek a third term.
The amendment was passed with virtually unanimous support in Parliament and Zardari himself espoused the legislation.
After the 18th Amendment, Zardari’s main power derived from his position as leader of the PPP, which controls the largest bloc in Parliament.
British Prime Minister David Cameron sparked a serious diplomatic row with Pakistan during his visit to India in 2010 by stating that elements within Pakistan were promoting the “export of terror” a week before a planned visit by Zardari to Britain.
Zardari ignored domestic pressure and began his European trip in Paris on 1 August, meeting French President Sarkozy even as Pakistan was reeling under floods.
In France, Zardari was rebuked by the U.S. upon his stating that NATO had “lost the battle for hearts and minds” in the Afghan war.
As the floods’ devastation became increasingly evident, he was widely criticised for flying in a helicopter to his Normandy chateau and dining at Cameron’s official Chequers countryside home.
Protests within Britain grew against his visit.
Zardari weathered all this by getting the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to tour the flood affected areas in a chopper and got the matter wide publicity.
But, the pressure against him in Pakistan was building even more.
In early December 2011, in what is widely considered a dry run for an eventual flight to escape Pakistan finally, Zardari flew to Dubai for apparently undergoing medical tests and treatment, reportedly for a “small stroke”.
Gilani explained the whole thing away by saying Zardari sought medical treatment outside of Pakistan because of threats to his life at home.
Zardari was cornered on all fronts … but the Memo-Gate came in handy to provide a reprieve.
It is all about a so-called memo sent to the USA seeking intervention into the affairs within Pakistan.
The apparent health issue provided Zardari the opportunity to recuperate at the Persian Gulf mid-December onwards allowing his son Bilawal, the chairman of PPP to assume a more prominent role in Pakistan.
Zardari has officially changed his son’s name to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to apparently cash in on the charisma of his late wife and father-in-law.
The other justification, however, is that Bilawal has to accept the leadership [Tumandaari] of the Zardari tribe since the death of his father Hakim Ali in May 2011.
Many in the Pak media believe that it is a clever ruse to build a charisma around the name Zardari using the Bhutto bit as a backdrop.
Zardari has repeatedly claimed he was tortured while in prison.
He was diagnosed with dementia, major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder between 2005 and 2007.
Those certificates helped influence the verdict of one of the corruption trials conducted against Zardari.
According to official statements issued by the government of Pakistan, but for high blood pressure and diabetes, Zardari is completely healthy, whatever that means.
According to Daily Pakistan, the estimated known wealth of Zardari is in excess of US$ 2 billion making him the second richest man in his nation.
His real estate includes palaces in UK, France, USA and Dubai besides palatial residences in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
His 365-acre 20-bedroom luxury estate in Rockwood, located in Surrey, south of London city purchased in 1995 through a chain of firms, trusts, and offshore companies in 1994 is said to be worth over £ 700 million [INR 560 crores].
Though Zardari has been accused of stealing valuable art treasures to stash them in his mansion in Surrey, though he had denied its ownership in the past, the Pak leader is fighting a court case over its ‘liquidation’ and the proceeds of its sale are now in the custody of a civil court in Britain.
Zardari’s game-plan was and still is very simple.
The ill-kept secret of the US$ 18 trillion worth mineral wealth of Afghanistan is known to virtually everyone who matters and that includes the good man Asif Ali Zardari.
The USA establishing the alternate route through the former Soviet Republics into Afghanistan for the past 3 years is another fact he knew and knows more details.
The USA had enlisted the support of India to tackle Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan to apparently spite lawless Pakistan but is actually doing so simply because the access through India upon the ‘liberation’ of Kashmir and the total Kashmiri entity joining India lock stock and barrel is a distinct possibility. That is another ill-kept secret that Zardari knows.
A little trouble in Baluchistan and that parcel of land being declared a ripe war zone for independence would give the West cheap manpower, use of the port of Kandla, over-flying permission from Diego Garcia airbase over Indian airspace and India’s cooperation to spite Pakistan would land Zardari in a political corner from where he cannot emerge at all.
Zardari had worked this out.
So, the anti-India rhetoric was whipped up in Pakistan, fundamentalist separatists in Kashmir funded even more and the army began attacking the Taliban stronghold of Waziristan in the company of the American drones … and all the honour went to Zardari and the criticisms went against the USA.
The Islamic tribal population on either side of the Pak-Afghan border are in two minds – whether to continue slamming the USA and support Pakistan’s bid for ‘liberating Kashmir’ or go back to their wild ways … would suit the mindless violent agenda of Taliban on either side of the Pak-Afghan border – stuff that would suit the political agenda of Zardari nicely.
So, Zardari would continue to be in cahoots with the drug-smuggler boss of Afghanistan and the so called Mayor of a section of Kabul – Hamid Karzai under the guise of closer cooperation between the two nations in addressing the tribal insurgency along the Pak-Afghan border.

India’s Cruellest Joke – Kashmir

Kashmiri Pandits are a forgotten people. They are refugees in their own land.

This is despite India having been ruled by three persons of Kashmiri lineage – Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv.

Yet, the cruellest joke has been and is being played on Kashmiri Pandits in India.

On the anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, this sarcastic essay – pregnant with irony raised to the power of infinity – is an attempt to remind India that is Bharat – of its duty towards its beleaguered citizens.

For most Indians beyond the state of Jammu and Kashmir [a] and its capital Srinagar is the origin of bad news – owing to acts of terrorism and alleged army excesses.

It is also bad news for the Hindu Pandits [b] – rendered refugees in their own nation and innocent Muslims of the valley – who have always voted to stay in India since elections began in this border state – in 1952.

The less said about the PDP-BJP coalition government in J & K – the better.

Families of Mohammad Iqbal (21) and Nayeem Qadir (23) – shot dead for protesting against the Indian Army for an alleged molestation of a local girl by soldiers will bury their dead in north Kashmir’s Handwara town in Kupwara district on this very day. It is an ironic twist to the centre’s confidence building measures in that border state. Immediate arrest, prosecution [or court martial if applicable] is the only way out.

Meanwhile, Pakistan plays its games of terrorism in this state in India – the only one with Muslim majority. The games are played in the border state of Punjab. The most recent was the Pathankot Terrorist Attack.

The publication date of this blog has a special significance.

April 13 – hardly remembered in India – is the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre [circa 1919]. 

Official British records say 379 died and 1200 were wounded.

Eyewitnesses and independent sources aver that the death toll could have been well over 1000.

Late historian Bipin Chandra described the event thus: The brutality stunned the entire nation resulting in a wrenching loss of faith of the general public in the intentions of Britain. [Reference: India’s Struggle for Independence, Viking, 1988, page 166].

Several thousand soldiers have laid down their lives in the quest to defend India’s Kashmir territory.

The Sikhs form the majority of such martyrs.

Jallianwala Bagh is located virtually next door to the Sikhs’ holiest shrine, The Golden Temple in Amritsar.

India’s terrorism headaches begin with the letter – K. The first is Kashmir. The second is Khalistan. And the headaches are the hangover of the intoxication of 225 years’ illegal British colonial rule. Kashmir was bought and sold with Sikhs’ money in the 19th century. [c]

The headaches are being worsened every day from Pakistan. Kashmir, Pakistan has admitted, is being openly targeted through terrorism. Punjab is being short-changed through a mirage called Khalistan using, misusing and abusing misguided Sikh youths with the help of treacherous politicians based in Punjab.

It is also the Baisaakhi – an important day for the people of the Punjab. In Hindi, the word Baisaakhi means a crutch.

Truly, if India is limping due to security and terrorism wounds, the two crutches – cause and cure are located in Kashmir and Punjab.

The essay hereunder is a homage to the supreme sacrifices of the heroic people of Kashmir and Punjab  whose faith in the majesty of the Indian Union continues to remain unchanged.

A Kashmiri local Muslim, an Indian reporter and a tough army major are captured by terrorists in   Kashmir.

The ‘trial’ gets over swiftly.

A Jihadi prosecutor reads:

Accused number 1 Mufti Inaayat Mansoor, despite being of local extraction, of pure Kashmiri blood has insulted the very soul of Kashmir-dom by cooperating with the police and supplying food to the army canteens.”

The judge asks the accused:

“Do you accept this charge?”

 “I have not been given any opportunity of defending myself with a Jihadi lawyer,” the Mufti protests.

 “Such stupidity is being indulged into only by the Indian government. Here, in this free, liberated realm of Kashmir, sadly a miniscule part of the large kingdom, we do things differently and do not waste time on silly niceties. We have all the records here – photographs of you with senior police officials on the occasion of your son’s engagement in Pulwama and carbon copies of the bills raised to supply food to the army canteen by you. And one of the other accused – a traitor journalist who has also been accused of treason in this court and is awaiting trial has provided irrefutable evidence against you. Accused number 2 and Prosecution Witness number 1 Gul Mohammad Lone, a journalist for an Indian television kennel, do you or do you not endorse the prosecution charge that Accused number 1 Mufti Inaayat Mansoor is a lap-dog of the local police that also wags its tail whenever the army flings the odd bone towards him? Please remember that your failure to endorse the charge can result in your summary execution now and the execution of wife and children after torture later.”

Journalist:

“I object to the use of the word kennel for my channel and the cursing of an honest fellow Kashmiri citizen as a cur. Nonetheless, to be on the fair side, Inaayat Mansoor is a friend of the police and has been seen supplying food to the Indian army that cruelly guns down Kashmiri citizens like dogs in the streets. Though I hate to admit it, I would honestly say the charges are proven.”

Jihadi judge:

“Do you have anything else to say in your defence, Accused 1?”

Accused 1

“No your worship, allow me to plead guilty to wash my sins and also thereby ensuring my family is not harmed in future.”

Jihadi judge:

“We are not barbarians like Indians. So, we grant you one single wish … before parading you naked in the streets of Srinagar before being beheaded publicly in the quadrangle outside Shankaracharya1.” That act will send a chill down the spine of all Hindus and other non-Muslim minorities. Tell us your wish, you piglet!”

Accused 1:

“O justice personified! I am a Wazwan2 foodie. Grant me my wish to taste the best Gustaba3 cooked the traditional way … because my wife always over-cooks it at home. I have no other wish than lay down my life in the cause of Kashmir with a fervent prayer to the Almighty Allah that I may be forgiven for the sins of having betrayed the true soldiers of Islam by being good to the Indian police and earning money by being one of the suppliers to the Indian army.”

Jihadi judge [to the prosecutor]:

“This man seems to be contrite in his apology. Would you recommend a pardon for him?”

Prosecutor:

“If you say such a thing again, you stupid judge, you can find yourself in this very queue of accused as the fourth arraigned. Will you or will you not pronounce the proper, just judgement now?”

Jihadi judge:

“The accused is pronounced guilty and the prosecution may deal with him as it wishes. Next case please!”

Prosecutor:

Accused number 2 Gul Mohammad Lone … despite our stern warnings … you have been broadcasting and telecasting anti Jihad and anti-Kashmir-freedom cause propaganda on television under the orders of the enemy Indian regime ceaselessly. I recommend you plead guilty and express your last wish.”

Journalist:

“O embodiment of supreme mercy! No matter whether guilty or not guilty … the capital punishment is imminent. Therefore, allow me to film the ensuing final denouement against this army sergeant with my mobile phone. Someday … if it is ever used by you, it will serve as an instrument to drill patriotism into Kashmiris.”

The Jihadi looks at the prosecutor with hope. The latter shakes his head without any mercy.

Jihadi judge:

“Your last wish shall be granted – provided the prosecution permits it.”

Prosecutor

“Most respected judge! This trial is being filmed through 3 cameras that came the other day from Islamabad. So, the wish of the accused has already been granted. The prosecution advocates that the accused be beheaded in front of the Hazratbal shrine as a grim reminder to all local journalists who are against the freedom of Kashmir as to what awaits them.

Jihadi judge:

Permission granted. The next case may please be presented.

Prosecutor

Accused number 3 Sikh Hari Singh Nalwa is an Indian army major captured in Kashmir.”

Jihadi judge

“That itself is the gravest of offences. Hey … you convict… what is your last wish?

Nalwa

“Have you found me guilty?”

Prosecutor

“Rabies infested eunuch dog! Do you still entertain doubts about your guilt?”

Nalwa

“I was just making sure. Since you are going to torture me more before killing … you can begin doing so by kicking me on my behind.”

Prosecutor

“We always knew that the Sikhs are sick and mad. Now we are convinced! Hey, judge ka bachchaa! Kick this fellow, now!”

The judge kicks the accused.

The Sikh soldier receives the kick appears to reel under the impact rolls and uses the opportunity to retrieve two pistols hidden in his socks and begins shooting down the prosecutor and all others.

He kills 11 persons.

The judge who begs for mercy is spared. He runs away.

Major Nalwa

“Let us leave quickly before any of the lurking enemy Jihadists arrive!”

Journalist

Please let me get the footage from the cameras.

Major Nalwa:

Okay, be quick about it!

Nalwa ‘hijacks’ a militant motorcycle and the three of them speed towards the city.

Journalist

Hey major … if you had these guns all along … why did you not shoot them and secure our release earlier? More importantly, how did the captors not check that?

Nalwa

I did not kill them earlier because you mangy dog journalist may have been pardoned and could end up saying that I opened fire unprovoked on unarmed, innocent civilians later. And these chaps have no brains. If they did, do you think they would have joined these loser forces? No wonder they did not check my socks.

The speeding bike is apprehended for a traffic violation.

The police usher them into the presence of the army where the major reveals who he is.

An army officer debriefs all three.

Finally, Brigadier Robert Wadhera asks the prisoners thus:

Brigadier:

Okay … you guys will go home and will live here. Major Nalwa will be posted elsewhere and will be lost in the crowds. Would you kindly tell us how to go about the rest of this action?

The two give their opinions.

A day later the following news item appears in the Chandigarh Edition of The Indian Express thus:

Jihadi ‘prisoners’ return home

Srinagar

Two persons – a local trader and a media company employee [names withheld on request] were found loitering disoriented in the streets here today.

In disjointed sentences, they were quoted as saying that they had been held captives by Jihadi elements.

The duo did not give any details as to how they had been either rescued or whether they had escaped.

Army sources said that a Sikh soldier who also had been presumed captured along with the two is still missing.

Local police officials are tight-lipped over the incident.

The same day a television channel puts out this clip showing the way the Jihadi soldiers are shot and the judge is allowed to escape by the major with his face masked.

“Your channel has obtained the footage of a heroic act by the Indian army soldier who saved the lives of two Indians. Some of the photographs of the Jihadi youths getting shot with blood spurting out of their foreheads may be disturbing.”

News anchor whom we know as Accused 2

“I was covering news in Batmalu when I was kidnapped by persons who identified themselves as an obscure group whose allegiances are not exactly known. There were two other prisoners – and third was an Indian soldier I have been prevented from identifying. He retrieved hidden weapons and expertly shot the Jihad soldiers in their foreheads … there were some 11 of them. The so-called Jihadi judge who had pronounced me and another person whose identity is being withheld on request guilty and had ordered our execution pleaded for mercy and was let off. The Indian soldier who is a Sikh was transferred on a secret assignment elsewhere to hunt for other terrorist agent provocateurs. The details are unknown. This is Gul Mohammad Lone for National Indian Television & World International Tidings – the NITWIT Channel from Srinagar.”

Two months later, agency reports datelined Ferozepur, Punjab and Lahore say:

Sikh soldier gunned down near Indo-Pak border

Ferozepur [Indo-Pak border], April 13 [Southern Features] A retired Sikh soldier Major [retd] Hari Singh Nalwa was found dead near the Indo-Pak border here with 3 gun-shot wounds Friday, police said.

One of the sons of the deceased, Harnam Singh Nalwa said he suspected that the cowardly deed was that of pro-Khalistan militant infiltrators from Pakistan.

“My father was a hero and a true Indian patriot,” Nalwa junior told SF.

“He had done many heroic things in his lifetime. After retiring from the Indian army a few weeks ago, he began helping the local police in apprehending infiltrators from Pakistan who are sowing seeds of separatism here,” Nalwa said.

“After returning home from his last posting in Kashmir, my father had told us how he had rescued a few Indian Muslims held captive by militants. He had, however, forbidden us from speaking about those incidents to anyone. Therefore, we are unable to divulge details in respect of his last wishes,” Nalwa added.

Locals in Punjab see this as yet another insult on the Sikh patriotic psyche as this brutal killing is on the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

After having been shot, the Nalwa’s head had been chopped off by the assailants and left by the side of the body, police sources told SF.

“We are on the lookout for the killers. The guilty will certainly be brought to book,” a senior officer said.

Khalistan Commandos kill Sikh traitor

Lahore, Pakistan, [Islamic Republic News Agency] April 13:

Khalistan commandos trained in Pakistan gunned down an enemy army traitor on the India-Occupied-Punjab [IOP] army sources told IRNA today.

“This is bound to hurt the Indian army’s morale as the Sikh soldier credited with many acts of bravado against freedom fighters in Kashmir and Punjab. In a fitting manner, the Khalistan commandos killed him on the anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919 which had spurred on the Indian freedom struggle. It is a sure sign that the Indian freedom is in peril thanks to sustained action by Pakistan,” a top army source said.

The Indian army soldier – one Nalwa – is said to have mowed down 11 Jihadi freedom fighters in Kashmir a few months ago.

Haji Ghulam Sheikh, a survivor from that dastardly attack on unarmed innocent Kashmiri civilians launched by dozens of Indian army commandos led by Nalwa termed the slaying “sweet revenge and correct justice.”

“I had miraculously escaped that dastardly attempt by Indian soldiers led by Nalwa. I pretended to be dead in action with a bullet wound on my left shoulder by holding my breath. Nalwa trod on the Muslims’ bodies cruelly after the slaying and exhorted others to do the same in his platoon. He stepped on me as well, twice. I held my breath with great difficulty in order to remain alive. Therefore, it is sweet revenge and correct administration of justice,” Sheikh said on phone from India.

Sheikh had been entrusted with the job of holding impartial trials against enemy elements in Indian Administered Kashmir, pronouncing sentences and supervising the administration of the pronounced verdicts’ natural ends, sources from Srinagar, Indian Occupied Kashmir add.

[a] 

In 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh briefly attempted to remain neutral, independent nation nestled between the freshly partitioned India and Pakistan.

All the access roads to the realm from what had become India had been ceded to Pakistan.

Sensing a golden chance, Pakistan’s army attacked the kingdom and occupied a third of the principality.

Left with the grim prospect of being forcibly converted to Islam, after some tough talk by India’s brains’ trust comprising Home Minister Vallabh Bhai Patel and C Rajagopalachari, Hari Singh signed on the dotted line linking his kingdom permanently to the Union of India on October 26 1947. The airlifted Indian army stopped the Pak army on its tracks. Two thirds of Kashmir remained with India and a third was under Pakistani occupation when the ceasefire was announced.

United Nations Security Council [UNSC] Resolution 47, adopted on April 21, 1948.

UNSC passed the resolution under the non-binding Chapter VI of UN Charter. Later it became to be governed under Chapter VII, which is enforceable by UN.

In March 2001, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan informed the then Pakistan ruler Pervez Musharraf that as per Chapter VII rules, UNSC was well within its powers to enforce the resolution.

Excerpts from the crucial terms agreed to by both the sides:

As the presence of troops of Pakistan in the territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir constitutes a material change in the situation since it was represented by the Government of Pakistan before the Security Council, the Government of Pakistan agrees to withdraw its troops from that State.

The Government of Pakistan will use its best endeavour to secure the withdrawal from the State of Jammu and Kashmir of tribesmen and Pakistani nationals not normally resident therein [and] who have entered the State for the purpose of fighting.

[Emphasis supplied]

Sensing the no-win situation to the above clause, in 2003, the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf announced that Pakistan was willing to back off from demand for UN resolutions for Kashmir!

As a result of all this, the state’s western and northern districts presently known as Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan continue to remain under the control of Pakistan. India terms the region Pakistan Occupied Kashmir [POK].

Pakistan claims its portion is the real Azad Kashmir. The terms of ceasefire and UN resolutions of 1948 ruled that the document signed by Hari Singh was final. Sometime in future, the document added, a plebiscite could be held if so wished by all the people of J & K – including those in the control of Pakistan – allowing Kashmiri people to decide their future. A precondition was that the army that attacked the kingdom should retreat first.

To ensure fairness, India under Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru introduced Article 370 to retain the demographic proportion of the state till the final resolution of the dispute.

After waiting for 7 years, in November 2010, UNSC ruled that J & K is no longer a disputed territory as per the UN list.

[b]

Some 20 per cent of Kashmiri Pandits left the valley after the 1948 Muslim riots and the 1950 land reforms.

By 1981 the Pandit population amounted to 5 per cent of the total J & K populace.

On 19 January 1990, mosques issued declarations that the Kashmiri Pandits were Kaffirs. To live in Kashmir all males convert to Islam. Else, they have to leave, the announcements said.

At least 100,000 of the total Kashmiri Pandit population of 140,000 left the valley during the 1990s.

Of the estimated 350,000 Pandits, hardly 5000 remain in Kashmir.

The United Progressive Alliance regime announced an aid package worth Rs.1, 168 crores to those Pandit families that choose to return home. Government records say 1,800 Pandit youths opted to return to the valley.

[c]

From 1846 until 1952, J & K was a princely state within the British Empire in India. The figurehead ruler belonged to the Jamwal Rajput Dogra Dynasty.

The reign began in 1846 in the aftermath of the Treaty of Amritsar that marked the end of the First Anglo-Sikh War. The East India Company annexed the Kashmir Valley, Ladakh, and Gilgit-Baltistan from the Sikhs. The company ‘sold’ it to Gulab Singh for 7,500,000 Nanakshahee Rupees.

It is believed that the money came from a heist of the Golden Temple treasury. The term Nanakshahee Rupees is the tale’s clear indication. Thus, the ‘sale’ was a sham.

1

The Shankaracharya Temple [mostly referred to simply as Shankaracharya] also known as the Jyesteshwara temple or Pas-Pahar is located in Srinagar Kashmir is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Located on the summit of the same name the shrine overlooks the city of Srinagar.

The temple was visited by the Adi Shankaracharya and has ever since been associated with him.

Furthermore, it is regarded as being sacred by Buddhists, who call the shrine as “Pas-Pahar.”

It has a history starting 2629 BC.

Records available in the vicinity say the temple was originally built by Sandiman, who reigned in Kashmir from 2629 to 2564 BC.

The records add that It was repaired by King Gopaditya (426 – 365 BC) and by King Lalitaditya (697–734).

The present structure probably dates back to the 9th century AD.

After earthquakes, its roof and dome were repaired by Islamic ruler Zain-ul-Abidin.

Sultan Ghiyas-ud-Din Zain-ul-Abidin (1423-1474) was a sultan of Kashmir in the present day Jammu and Kashmir state of India.

Islamic scholar Mohibbul Hasan whose 1959 book on Kashmir published in Calcutta and in Peshawar is quoted as authentic reference material in text books for Masters’ Degrees in Jammu University and in Pakistan has said:

“Of all the Sultans who sat on the throne of Kashmir, Zain-ul-Abidin was undoubtedly the greatest … He acquired a halo in popular imagination which still surrounds his name in spite of the lapse of nearly five hundred years.”

He was known by his subjects, and indeed still is, as Bud Shah (the Great King).

2

Wazwan is a Kashmiri multi-course meal whose cooking methods are unique to the valley.

The system of preparing various dishes is highly complicated and its exponents are honourably referred to as cooking artistes’ prides of Kashmiri culture.

Most of the dishes are meat-based – lamb, chicken and fresh-water fish.

According to the Nilmatapurana, Kashmiris were heavy meat eaters.

The precise origin of the Wazwan word is presumed to have its origins in Sanskrit vide the terms Vyajjana [denoting cooking] linked to the term Vania [shop].

Conjoined, the term Wazwan also denotes the method in which the food is served – by offering to all those who eat in a feast seated in a circle.

The dishes are meant to be picked and chosen by those partaking in the feast … like one chooses goods in a shop.

The descendants of these cooks with the honorific Wazas are Kashmiri master chefs.

The ultimate formal banquet in Kashmir is the royal Wazwan.

Of its thirty-six courses, between fifteen and thirty can be preparations of meat, cooked overnight by the master chef, Vasta Waza, and his retinue of Wazas.

3

Gustaba is the 13th main dish in a Royal Wazwan feast.

The complete list of the dishes in a Kashmiri royal feast:

Maithi maaz

Rista (meatballs in a fiery red gravy)

Lahabi Kabab or Moachi Kabab (flattened mutton kababs cooked in yogurt)

Waza Kokur (two halves or two full chicken cooked whole)

Daeni Phoul (mutton dish)

Doudha Ras (mutton cooked in sweet milk gravy)

Rogan Josh (tender lamb cooked with Kashmiri spices)

Tabak Maaz (ribs of lamb simmered in yogurt till tender, then fried, can be served as a snack/side-dish)

Daniwal Korma (a mutton curry with lots of coriander)

Waza Palak (green spinach cooked with small pounced mutton balls known as Paliki Riste)

Aab Gosht (lamb cooked in milk curry)

Marchwangan Korma (an extremely spicy lamb preparation)

Kabab (minced meat roasted on skewers over hot coals)

Gustaba (a velvety textured meatball in white yogurt gravy,a specialty)

Yakhni (delicately spiced yogurt curry)

Ruwangan Chaman (cheese squares with Tomato gravy)

Dum Oluv (potatoes cooked in yogurt gravy)

Nadir Yakhn (lotus stem in a delicate yogurt sauce)

Hakh(with nadir/vangan) (a local variety of greens)

Nadir Palak (lotus stem with spinach)

Muji Chetintin (a sharp radish and walnut chutney)

Phirni (a dessert of semolina thickened in milk set in earthenware cups with nuts and varq-silver leaf)

The basic idea came from my friend Major PM Raveendran, a retired army officer from Palakkad.

 Colleagues in Southern Features News Service – a small news agency edited by me, embellished it.

India’s Constitution & Judiciary – Weapons To Destroy Bharat?

Have activism on the part of the judiciary, apathy on the part of the political class and India’s Constitution become a weapon in the hands of the enemies of India?

Have the lofty ideals of India’s Constitution become a weapon to trigger unrest in India?

Is a destructive pattern to decimate India that is Bharat is emerging?

Is the nation being divided using the very bedrock of its existence – the Constitution?

Are flawed “traditional symbols” representing patriarchal Hindu and Muslim societies that administer worship-spots being demolished with legal precision with ulterior motives that have nothing in common with any faith?

Is there a sinister pattern to these incidents?

The flashpoints:

  1. India’s showpiece cricket tournaments – conducted under the Indian Premier League [IPL] generates tourists and huge sponsorship sums. It has left the fancied English County Championships in the shade.
  2. Its matches in the state of Maharashtra are under question in courts citing acute drought.
  3. Between March and April 2016, courts raised constitutional propriety issues to allow women to offer worship within the sanctum sanctorum of Saturn temple in the central Indian state of Maharashtra triggering copycat strife.
  4. The controversy over women’s right to offer prayers at the Haji Ali Dargah in India’s financial capital Mumbai is picking up steam. The shrine at Sabarimala in Kerala – India’s southernmost state could be forced to allow entry of women to the chagrin of ‘traditionalists’.
  5. Women devotees were allowed to worship within the Garbhagraha [shrine womb] of the Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur, also in Maharashtra
  6. Festivals seeing huge congregations of the faithful are being made to suffer through firecracker accidents. [1]
  7. “Traditionalists” fallaciously argue that non-priests should not be allowed to touch the main idol in a shrine. [2]
  8. Religious charlatans like the Shankaracharya Swaroopanand are sowing seeds of discord linking the continuing drought and the increasing number of women rape victims to the temple entry and the increasing worship of India’s most secular saint Shirdi Sai Baba.

The WHY behind sinister pattern to destroy India

India is the globe’s fastest growing economy and the only challenge to the economic might of China.

  • By supporting what is being slowly touted as the Freedom Struggle of Baluchistan India can stymie Chinese plans to checkmate NATO’s increasing presence in nearby Iran vide the economic corridor linking central China and the Arabian sea through the up and coming port of Gwadar – incidentally in Pakistan’s soft western underbelly.
  • The first world has declared Pakistan a rogue state … well … almost. If it loses Baluchistan as it lost what became Bangladesh in 1971, its military rulers would hugely lose face. Some of the Rawalpindi based military top brass are in cahoots with sections within the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] that are suspected to be in league with Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin. It could cut the root of their growing prosperity and political power. Putin’s new love for China is linked to the sale of Siberian Gas – one of the main sources of income to Moscow. 

The suspicions about ‘carefully’ chosen targets

  1. Mumbai is India’s financial capital – and also a site where Hindu-Muslim divide is the widest – since the 1993 riots. Terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim – of Mumbai origin – is still being protected by Pakistan. To anger Muslim fundamentalists – the choice has fallen on Haji Ali – to stoke Muslim ghetto mentality – using Muslim women with support from ‘liberal’ Hindus. The weapons are Indian laws and courts are made to pull the trigger. Whatever be the end result could cause some deranged fundamentalist group – Hindu and/or Muslim – to do something silly but hugely destructive.
  2. The IPL matches are targeted using the drought. Water supposed to be from the Race Course’s sewage treatment plant would be used to keep the grass green in the stadia, is an asinine argument put forth – as it is an obvious false promise that will be exposed in court. The first offer to move matches out of Maharashtra comes from Ness Wadia – great grandson of Pakistan founder – Mohammad Ali Jinnah! The angry upper middleclass profiteers could destabilise the Fadnavis-led NDA regime or cause mayhem during the matches to cause a major embarrassment to everyone. The weapons are Indian laws and courts are made to pull the trigger.
  • Persons with lopsided ideas on virtually everything like Swami Swaroopanand to assail India’s most secular saint – Shirdi Sai and the entry of women into the worry-easing Saturn temple by linking them with drought and rapes is a clever ploy. This could affect the richest state of India – Maharashtra. The weapons are Indian laws and courts are made to pull the trigger.
  • Corrupt cops coupled with the devil-may-care attitude of civic authorities in Kerala – so visible in the Kollam tragedy that claimed over 110 lives are used to stymie the Pooram festival. It is one of the revelries that drives a sizeable percentage of tourists – within India and from beyond. The carefully chosen target to besmirch the Thrissur Pooram festival would cause tourists from abroad to get diverted to Maldives, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. In the election year, the centre which has ordered the probe into wrongdoing at the local level will be blamed – causing vote-banks’ tectonic shifts causing ill-feeling leading to communal riots. Sabarimala’s presiding deity Lord Ayyappa – a secular symbol of Kerala [legend has it that he has a Muslim friend Vavar – honoured with a shrine as part of the temple] is another target. The matters are judicial scrutiny. The weapons are Indian laws and courts are made to pull the trigger.

The possible provocateurs from beyond India

  1. The first suspicion falls on Pakistan.

Reasoning

The media houses drumming up support for worthy causes of women’s empowerment through secular means are known to be sympathetic to issues favourable to Pakistan – especially the Kashmir imbroglio. Some of the reporters from minority communities working for television channels like Times Now with an enviable viewership tweak the anti-Hindu festival line with civic authorities’ apathy.

Pakistan is the nation created to bleed India by the departing colonial British.

The pointers

The partition scars are yet to heal completely. But, the Frankenstein monster of Islamic brand of terrorism is hitting NATO nations. The serious rethink has begun in Britain and elsewhere about the very justification of the partition itself. [3] This has been triggered by the acts of barbaric gangs abusing Islam like ISIS, the Taliban and others are being funded by forces within the Crescent fold – but also being encouraged by warmongering global arms-dealers. Such gangs have been infiltrated by China and Russia.

The plan suits China too.

Indications

The complex deal also suits China – aiming to use the same Baluchistan area to checkmate the West’s designs on the Middle-East on the one hand and planting a direct threat alongside India’s western coast.

The original questions again:

Have the lofty ideals of India’s Constitution become a weapon to trigger unrest in India?

Is a destructive pattern to decimate India that is Bharat is emerging?

Is the nation being divided using the very bedrock of its existence – the Constitution?

Are flawed “traditional symbols” representing patriarchal Hindu and Muslim societies that administer worship-spots being demolished with legal precision with ulterior motives that have nothing in common with any faith?

The codes used for causing what could be an impending catastrophe:

Article 14 of the Indian Constitution:

The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.

Article 25 of the Indian Constitution

Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion

(1) Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion

(2) Nothing in this article shall affect the operation of any existing law or prevent the State from making any law

(a) Regulating or restricting any economic, financial, political or other secular activity which may be associated with religious practice;

(b) Providing for social welfare and reform or the throwing open of Hindu religious institutions of a public character to all classes and sections of Hindus The first question at the beginning – once again:

Have the lofty ideals of India’s Constitution become a weapon to trigger unrest in India?

[1]

Over 112 persons died in a temple festival in Kollam district of Kerala, 140 km off the state capital Trivandrum.

Within hours of the tragedy, it was reported in these columns that the banned chemical potassium chlorate was used in Kollam.

Other news outlets followed the lead.The business of buck passing is underway. Serious interference into age-old traditions of Kerala is being encountered. One of the targets is the ensuing Thrissur Pooram festival scheduled for April 17 2016, an event that has been on since the mid-18th century.

This event that attracts a global audience for its sheer spectacle has its fair share of controversies.

A wide range of chemicals are extensively used for the Thrissur Pooram fireworks display ceremony.

Potassium chlorate was used to increase the loudness of the crackers, a website devoted to the festival says.It has been replaced by potassium nitrate, it adds.

Some of the chemicals used are: lithium carbonate, calcium chloride, barium chloride, sodium nitrate, titanium, magnesium and powdered aluminium.

Firecracker ingredients imported from China are used, reports said. All these chemicals have inherent health hazards.

A huge number of elephants are pressed into service during the festival that have ran amok in the past.

The modern day version of the revelry has caused several allegations against the organisers for violating the regulations.

The colonial British maintained a safe distance from him. The festival – it is said – was created to proclaim to everyone concerned that Shaktan was indeed the boss.

Varma, also known as Shaktan Tamburan crushed power-broker feudal Namboodiri chieftains once called Yogiatirippads who controlled worship in all major Hindu temples of Kerala. The monarch also mercilessly put criminals to death – at times through public hangings or by drowning with millstones around the neck.

Since its inception – initiated by Raja Rama Varma who was the man who rendered Thrissur a city – the Pooram do was the first event to have the “competitive firework display” till the early 1970s. The ‘contestants’ are rival temple groups from Paramekkaavu and Thiruvembady located between the city and the temple town of Guruvayoor.

[2]

In Pandharpur, also in Maharashtra, devotees are allowed to personally touch the icons of Vithala – the presiding deity and his consort – Raghumai.

Another faulty averment put forth is that menstruating women are deemed impure and hence ought to visit temples during that period.

Legend has it that the Mahalakshmi temple in southwest Mumbai [very close to Haji Ali] was a site granted to the Mother Goddess to rest during his monthly chumps, a popular blog says

Operative excerpts from a popular account:

According to legend, [in the 18th century the area around what is Mahalakshmi today] was a tiny island, home to none but fishermen. The simple folk ate what they managed to catch and were satisfied with their simple lifestyle.

One day, Goddess Mahalakshmi was wandering around during her menses, and due to the restrictions, no one asked her to enter their home. She arrived at the island, where she was warmly welcomed by the fisherwomen, who weren’t the least bothered about her impure condition at the time. She stayed overnight in simple comfort, and the next day, revealed her true self to the fisher-folk, and blessed them, and their land with prosperity and good fortune.

She is considered to be the reason for the prosperity of this city, which is why crowds flock to the temple at all times of the day!The origin of this temple is linked with the construction of Hornby Vellard. Actually, the engineers were not in a position to connect the Mahalakshmi area with Worli by making Breach Candy, due to the reason of vicious tides. The condition was that the engineers dropped the plan. One day, Mahalakshmi appeared in the dream of Chief Engineer and asked him to make her shrine at the current place. Accordingly, the temple was constructed around 1785, which ultimately lead to the construction of the Breach Candy.

[3]

In her book The Other Side Of Silence Urvashi Butalia provided a bird’s eye view of the partition:

Estimates of the dead vary from 200,000 (the contemporary British figure) to two million (a later Indian estimate). Nevertheless, a widely accepted fact is that a million people died. There was widespread sexual savagery.

About 75,000 women are thought to have been abducted and raped by men of religions different from their own (and indeed sometimes by men of their own religion).

Dr Crispin Bates wrote thus in the BBC:

The agreement to divide colonial India into two separate states – one with a Muslim majority (Pakistan) and the other with a Hindu majority (India) is commonly seen as the outcome of conflict between the nations’ elites.

This explanation, however, renders the mass violence that accompanied partition difficult to explain.If Pakistan were indeed created as a homeland for Muslims, it is hard to understand why far more were left behind in India than were incorporated into the new state of Pakistan – a state created in two halves, one in the east (formerly East Bengal, now Bangladesh) and the other 1,700 kilometres away on the western side of the subcontinent.

It is possible that Mohammed Ali Jinnah, leader of the Muslim League, simply wished to use the demand for a separate state as a bargaining chip to win greater power for Muslims within a loosely federated India. Certainly, the idea of ‘Pakistan’ was not thought of until the late 1930s.

UNHCR estimates 14 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were displaced during the partition. It was the largest mass migration in human history.

The world is watching all this – very carefully. Evidence:

India 1808
United States 558
United Kingdom 116
United Arab Emirates 47
Singapore 42
Australia 38
Canada 35
Oman 21
Germany 20
France 19
Saudi Arabia 11
South Africa 10
Turkey 9
Switzerland 8
Qatar 7
Malaysia 7
Netherlands 6
Spain 6
Kuwait 5
Norway 5
Taiwan 4
Thailand 4
Poland 3
Israel 3
Pakistan 3
Philippines 3
Greece 2
Botswana 2
Japan 2
New Zealand 2
Denmark 2
Sweden 2
Indonesia 2
Nigeria 2
Ireland 2
Croatia 1
European Union 1
South Korea 1
Cyprus 1
Macau SAR China 1
Seychelles 1
Sri Lanka 1
Brazil 1
Venezuela 1
Martinique 1
Italy 1
Timor-Leste 1
Hong Kong SAR China 1
Macedonia 1
Finland 1
Maldives 1