Will Fugitive Scofflaw Zakir Naik Be Caught At All?

Could India’s officialdom be spreading glib lies about attempting to apprehend scofflaw hate-mongering Islamic preacher Zakir Naik?

He has reportedly applied for a Malaysian citizenship in the mainstream media.

Congress apologists and leading lights of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party are trading charges in the matter after Amir Gazdar one of his aides confessed serious wrongdoing on the part of Naik to Mumbai cops.

The real picture can be deduced from the following pointers reproduced from a blog in these columns published a year ago:

Naik’s bigger backers are located beyond the borders of India – many of them in the Middle-East. The current central government has extended olive branches to all of them to “contain terrorism” and expand trade.

Between 2013 and 2015, Naik was conferred several awards in the Middle East.

2013

Dubai International Holy Quran Award  

Islamic Personality of 2013 conferred on Naik by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Parenthesis

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Rashid Al Maktoum in 2015 August.

Modi had undertaken a two-day visit to UAE in August, a first by an Indian prime minister in 34 years.

UAE is home to 2.6 million Indians.

During the visit, the two leaders pledged to end terrorism.

On September 19 2015, Rashid Al Maktoum succumbed to a massive heart attack at the age of 33.

Parenthesis ends

Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work  

Conferred by Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah

Parenthesis:

Born in 1939, Sheikh Sultan III bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi is a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and current ruler of the Sharjah emirate. He has ruled Sharjah since 1972. The rule was briefly interrupted during a six-day period between 17 and 23 June 1987. It was an attempted coup led by his brother Sheikh Abd al-Aziz bin Muhammad al-Qasimi.

Parenthesis ends

2015

King Faisal International Prize

Conferred upon Naik by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

Parenthesis

Some of the others who won this award include King Abdullah Ibn Abd AI-Aziz of Saudi Arabia himself, Al Qasimi of UAE, Presidents Dr Hamed AI-Ghabid [Niger] and [Alija Izetbegovig] Bosnia-Herzegovina and Abdou Diouf [Senegal]; Prime Ministers Mahathir Mohammad [Malaysia] and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan [Turkey]  

On April 3 2016, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud [who had won the above award himself] presented India’s PM Narendra Modi with the Arab nation’s highest civilian award.

Zakir Naik’s perfidy was publicly known a decade ago.

Naik was banned from entering the UK by the then Home Secretary Theresa May [currently British PM] in 2010.

“Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour,” May was quoted as saying.

The admirers of 1965-born qualified medical doctor Zakir Abdul Karim Naik have spread mayhem on a global scale since 2006.

They include Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-American arrested for planning suicide attacks on the New York subway, Rahil Sheikh [1], accused of involvement in a series of train bombings in Mumbai in 2006 and Kafeel Ahmed, the Bangalore born man killed during a failed suicide attack on Glasgow airport in 2007.

Indian Journalist Shoaib Daniyal disagreed with Naik’s belief that “Americans swap wives at will because they eat pigs which also swap their wives”. He also pointed out that Naik’s statement that Islam allows a man to marry multiple women because “in the USA, there are more women than men”, was inconsistent with US demographic statistics.

Torkel Brekke, a professor of religious history in Norway, calls Naik a very controversial figure.

Naik’s rhetorical attack on other religions and other varieties of Islam are strongly disliked by many members of the Indian Ulema for ignoring their authority.

Indian journalists had issued warnings about Naik.

“It would be useful to consider the case of Zakir Naik, perhaps the most influential Salafi ideologue in India,” observed Praveen Swami, a senior Indian journalist in his seminal work part of a book published in 2011.Operative excerpts from its blurb:

Sections of Bollywood backed Naik.

Film producer Mahesh Bhatt supported Naik in 2010 saying the ban constituted an attack on freedom of speech.

Naik’s application for judicial review of the ban was dismissed on 5 November 2010.

The same year, Naik was forbidden to enter Canada after Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, warned MPs of Naik’s views.

The bans on the entry have not been lifted.

India’s mainstream media had begun their harangue in 2016.

Operative excerpts from a report in The Times of India dated July 9 2016:

Mumbai-based preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who is under the scanner after two of the Dhaka terrorists claimed he was an inspiration, seemed to have been followed by four youths from Kalyan, a Mumbai suburb. They had run away and joined the Islamic State.

Areeb Majeed, arrested for IS activities in Kashmir, is believed to have told interrogators of the National Investigation Agency that he was ‘inspired’ after hearing the lectures of Naik.

Copies of Naik’s lectures were also found in a library located in Bihar, a north Indian cow-belt state. Enquiries had revealed the facility was frequented by Indian Mujahedeen members.

One of those who regularly accessed Naik’s works is Yasin Bhatkal – now in custody in India.

Like the Dhaka terrorists, Mumbai youths hailing from well-to-do respected families are drawn towards fundamentalism-fuelled-violence caused by the speeches of Naik. Besides Areeb, the other Islamic State joiners in the knowledge of police are engineering students Fahad Shaikh and Amaan Tandel.

According to police sources, suitably brain-washed initially by Naik’s hate-speeches, Areeb Majeed’s hatred was honed by a woman, Tahirah Bhatt, who also helped him join the banned group. In turn, Majeed recruited Shaikh, Tandel and others. They fought in Iraq. Currently, Majeed is in jail. Shaikh had contacted his family a few months ago. The whereabouts of Tandel aren’t known.

“The named youths were provoked to commit anti-national activities citing the destruction of Babri Mosque and Gujarat riots. Primary sources of ‘inspiration’ were hard-copies of Naik’s works. Naik’s rallies used to witness huge footfall in Bihar,” the official added.

Families of 15 young men and women from Kerala state’s northern districts suspect their offspring may have joined the Islamic State, according to top sources in India’s southern-most state.

It is not exactly known whether Zakir Naik’s speeches had impelled the youths to take such a step. However, a Press Trust of India report published by the website catchnews.com revealed alarming aspects of this unlikely tale. Operative excerpts:

State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the police to launch a probe into the matter urgently, said Member of Parliament P Karunakaran. He represents the north Kerala constituency of Kasargod – located on the state’s borders that touch Karnataka.

“Family members of these youths were aghast reading Whatsapp messages. ‘We are not coming back. Here there is Divine Rule. You also should join us,’ one message said. ‘We have joined IS to fight US for attacking Muslims,’ said another. These youths were visiting the Middle-East for religious studies. We brought it to the notice of CM P Vijayan,” said Karunakaran. He had been apprised of the issue by a local body leader VPP Mustafa and a legislator M Rajagopalan.

This group comprises men, women, couple and even a child travelling along with parents.

The abhorrence of family members back home is apparent from the statement issued by Hakim, a male parent of one of the ‘missing’ youths.

“If my son returns as a good man, I will welcome him. If not, I do not want to see even his dead body,” Hakim was quoted as saying.

According to Rajagopalan, all those missing were below the age of 30 and highly qualified. This motley ‘missing’ crowd includes a medical doctor couple and an engineering graduate, his wife and a 2-year-old child. Before dropping out of sight, different persons in this group had presented varying tales for leaving Kerala. The reasons included visiting families far away job search.

The youths’ approach to life had undergone a sudden change during the last 2 years after accessing inflammatory Islamic literature, Rajagopalan added.

Surely Zakir Naik is an influential man.

Naik was ranked 89 on The Indian Express’s list of the “100 Most Powerful Indians in 2010”.

Naik was ranked 82 in the 2009 edition.

BBC’s Sanjiv Buttoo says he is acknowledged as an authority on Islam. However, he warns that Naik is known for making negative remarks about other religions.

US based senior journalist Sadanand Dhume observes that Naik has a ‘carefully crafted image of moderation’. This has been achieved through a gentle demeanour, dress sense of wearing of a suit and tie and his quoting of scriptures of other religions.

Naik was also listed in the book The 500 Most Influential Muslims under honourable mention from 2009 through 2014.

[1]

Seven serial blasts had ripped through Mumbai’s suburban railway network at peak hour on July 11, 2006, leaving at least 147 dead. The death toll had risen to 189 later. The incidents’ mastermind was Rahil Sheikh, currently in prison.

Sheikh is a trained as a computer engineer.

Sheikh’s brothers – Faisal and Muzammil were charged in the 2006 bombings.

Sheikh’s telephone records had indicated that he had been receiving calls from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Also, it has been suggested that he was acting as the point man to collect funds and pass it on to the LeT which is said to have carried out the attacks.

Sheikh is said to have travelled to Pakistan.

ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டம் சசிகலாவின் சதிவலை வேலையா? – 1

ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டத்தின் பின்னணியிலுள்ள சில முக்கியமான கேள்விகளின் விடை தெரிந்தால், பல வண்டவாளங்கள் தண்டவாளம் ஏறும்!

கேள்விகள்:

1. உச்ச நீதி மன்றம் 3 வருடங்கள் முன்பே தடை விதித்தும், திடீரென இப்போது அது நடத்தப்பட இந்த அளவுக்குப் பெரிய போராட்டம் நடத்தப்படுவதன் பின்னணி என்ன?

2. ஜல்லிக்கட்டு சம்பந்தமான உண்மைகளை ஏன் எந்த வழக்கறிஞரும் உச்ச நீதிமன்றம் முன்பு கொண்டு செல்லவில்லை?

#1 திடீரென இப்போது  இந்த அளவுக்குப் பெரிய போராட்டம் நடத்தப்படுவதன் பின்னணி என்ன?

விரிவான விடை:

திடீரென சென்னையின் கடற்கரையில் இத்தனைப் பெரிய கூட்டம் சேர வேண்டும் என்றால், பல பகுதிகளிலிருந்து மக்கள் வருதல் அவசியம்.

மெரினா கடற்கரையின் ஒரு மூலையில்தான் தமிழக காவல்துறையின் தலைமை அலுவலகம் இருக்கிறது.

ஆக, காவல் துறை அறியாமல் இந்தக் கூட்டம் வந்திருக்க வாய்ப்பில்லை. காவல் துறை அறிந்தே இந்தக் கூட்டம் சேர்ந்தது என்றால், அக்கூட்டம் அங்கு குமிய காவல்துறையின் மறைமுக ஆசி உள்ளது என்றே பொருள்.

காவல்துறை தற்போது முதல்வர் ஓ பன்னீர்செல்வத்திடம் உள்ளது.

ஓ பி எஸ் சசிகலா சொற்படி கேட்டு நடக்கிறார்.

கூட்டம் கூடுவதால் சசிகலா மற்றும் ஓ பி எஸ் ஆகியோருக்கு அரசியல் ஆதாயம் உண்டு. இல்லாவிட்டால், அது சேர அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டிருக்காது.

இப்படி ஒரு கூட்டம் சேர்ந்து விடாப்பிடியாக ஜல்லிக்கட்டு உத்திரவு பிறப்பித்தே ஆக வேண்டுமென்ற நெருக்கடியை மத்திய அரசுக்கு தமிழக அரசு விதித்துள்ளது.

இதனால், சசிகலா எந்த வித உயிலும் இல்லாமல் ஜெயலலிதாவின் போயஸ் தோட்டத்து பங்களாவில் தங்கி, கட்சியைக் கைபற்றும் முயற்சி மக்களுக்கு மறக்கடிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

ஜல்லிக்கட்டு விஷயத்தில் மிகவும் அதிகப்பணம் வாங்கும், அல்லது மத்திய அரசால் தடை செய்யப்ப  தன்னார்வுக் குழுக்களின் வழக்கறிஞர்கள் ஆஜராகி இருக்கிறார்கள். இவர்கள் ஜல்லிக்கட்டுக்கு எதிர்ப்புத் தெரிவிப்பவர்கள் தான்.  எந்த வரும்படியும் இல்லாமல் இவர்களுக்கு மிருகங்கள் மீது இந்த அளவுக்கு கரிசனம் வரக் காரணம் என்ன?

அதெப்படி டூப்பு எனக் கேட்போர் முன்னாள் ஓய்வு பெற்ற நீதிபதி மார்கண்டேய காட்ஜு சொன்னதைப் படிக்கலாம்.

ஸப் ஜூடீஸி [sub judice] என்பது ஒரு வழக்கை ஜூரர்கள் [மக்கள் மத்தியிலிருந்து தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட சிலர் அமர்வு நீதிமன்றத்தில் வழக்கு விசாரிக்கப்படும்போது நீதிபதிக்கு உதவி, மக்கள் சார்பான தார்ப்பை வழங்குபவர்கள்] விசாரணையில் கலந்துகொள்ளும்போது அவர்களது மனதை விசாரிக்கப்படும் வழக்குபற்றிய கருத்தில் பாதிக்கும் செய்திகள் வெளியிடாதிருத்தலுக்கான சட்ட நடை முறை. அந்த பழக்கம் இந்தியாவில் இல்லவே இல்லை. மேலு உச்ச நீதிமன்ற நீதிபதிகள் பத்திரிக்கைச் செய்திகளால் பாதிப்படையக்கூடியவர்கள் அல்ல. ஆக யாரெல்லாம் ஸப் ஜுடீஸீ என்ற சொற்றொடொரைப் பயன்படுத்துகிறார்களோ, அவர்கள் எல்லோரும் பொய் பேசும் கடைந்தெடுத்த அயோக்கியர்கள்.

ஜல்லிக்கட்டு உடனே வேண்டுமென மத்திய அரசுக்கு நெருக்கடி அளிப்பதால், சசிகலாவின் அரசியல் செல்வாக்கு பற்றி மத்திய அரசு சற்றெ மிரண்டு உள்ளது. 

சசிகலாவின் அரசியல் ஜாலவித்தைகளை மத்திய அரசு ஆராய்கிறது என்ற ரிப்போர்ட் இதே கட்டுரையாளரால் தீட்டப்பட்டவுடன், அது நேரம்வரை அடுத்த முதல்வர் சசிகலாதான் எனப் பல்லாண்டு பாடியவர்களின் வாய் அடைபட்டது.

மத்திய அரசு ஜெயலலிதா உயில் விஷயத்தில் ஆராய்ச்சி நடத்தினால், சிறை செல்லும் அபாயம் கூட சசிகலாவுக்கு இருந்தது, ஏன் இன்னமும் இருக்கிறது!

ஜல்லிக்கட்டு என்ற ஜுஜூபி விஷயத்தையே மத்திய அரசால் சமாளிக்க முடியாத போது, பாரதிய ஜனதாக் கட்சியின் தமிழகக் கிளை கிள்ளுக்கீரை ஆகியது. அப்படிச் செய்யக் கூடிய ஒரே நபர் நடராஜன்!

சசிகலா தி மு க தலைவர் கருணாநிதியின் கைப்பாவை என மேற்படி கட்டுரையில் 4 வருடங்களாக வெளிவந்த தகவல்கள் உள்ளடங்கி உள்ளன.

தற்போது கருணாநிதியால் ஆட்சிக்கு வர முடியாது, பதவி ஏற்க அவரது உடல் நிலை அனுமதிக்காது.

ஸ்டாலினுக்கு சசிகலா சூட்சுமம் எந்த அளவுக்குத் தெரியும் என்பதில் தெளிவில்லை.

ஆனால், இந்த விஷயம் மொத்தமும் ஸ்டாலினுக்குத் தெரிந்திருக்காது என நினைக்க இடமே இல்லை.

ஆக, சசிகலா தி மு க பக்கம் போக முடியாது.

ஆக, தி மு க வின் கைப்பாவையாக இருந்த சசிகலா, தனக்கு வரக்கூடிய முதல்வர் பதவியைத் தக்க வைத்துக்கொள்ள, ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டம் வாயிலாக, மத்திய அரசை ஒரு புறம் மிரட்டி, தனது கட்டைவிரலின் கீழ் இயங்கும் அ இ அ தி மு க சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்கள் பெரிய கோரிக்கைகளை வைக்காமல் இருக்கச் செய்த “சித்து வேலை” தான் ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டம் என நினைக்க நிறையவே நியாயம் உள்ளது!

இதைச் செய்வதால், மத்திய அரசு மிரண்டு, சசிகலா சொற்படி பா ஜ க வின் தமிழகக் கிளை இயங்குமா? மத்தியில் அரசியல் விஷயத்தில் மிகவும் பலமான நிலையில் உள்ள பாரதப் பிரதமர் மோடி, இது போன்ற மகுடி வாசிப்புக்கெல்லாம் மயங்கும் நாதியற்ற நாகமல்ல என்பதை அனைவரும் அறிவார்கள்.

ஜெயலலிதாவின் இறுதிச் சடங்கு நடந்த போது, மோடி வந்து சென்ற பிறகு, அடக்க நேரத்தில் ராஹுல் காந்தி மலர் வளையம் வைக்கும் அதே நேரத்தில் நடராஜனும் இறுதி மரியாதை செலுத்தியதைப் பலர் மறந்து இருக்கலாம்.

அதன் சூட்சுமம் என்ன? தி மு க வின் கதவுகள் சாத்தப்பட்ட பின்பு, பா ஜ க விடம் பேரம் படியாவிட்டால், அ இ அ தி மு க ஆட்சியை ஒட்டுமொத்தமாக காங்கிரஸ்  ஆதரவுடன் காப்பாற்றத் திட்டமிடப்பட்டுள்ளதா?

காங்கிரஸ் தமிழகத்தில் காணாங்கிரஸ் ஆகி பல தசாப்தங்கள் ஆகி விட்டன.

பா ஜ க வுக்கு தமிழகத்தில் பலமில்லை.

தி மு க வின் கதவுகள் மூடப்பட்டுள்ளன.

ஆக, நித்திய கண்டம் பூர்ண ஆயுசு என்ற கணக்கில் அ இ அ தி மு க ஆட்சியைத் தொடர நடராஜன் வகுத்துள்ள வியூகம் தான் ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டத்திற்கான மறைமுக ஆதரவா?

#2 ஜல்லிக்கட்டு சம்பந்தமான உண்மைகளை ஏன் எந்த வழக்கறிஞரும் உச்ச நீதிமன்றம் முன்பு கொண்டு செல்லவில்லை?

ஜல்லிக்கட்டு விளையாட்டால் மிருகங்களுக்கு எந்த ஆபத்தும் இல்லை என்ற உண்மை உச்ச நீதி மன்றம் முன்பு வைக்கப்படவே இல்லை.

முன்பு காளைகள் உழவர்கள் குடும்பத்தில் ஒரு அங்கமாக இருந்தன.

காளைகள் உழவர்களின் நண்பர்களாகக் காணப்பட்டு, அவற்றைத் தழுவி விளையாடும் சடங்கின் பெயர் தான் ஜல்லிக்கட்டு.

இன்று அந்த இடத்தை ட்ராக்டர்கள் பிடித்ததால், பசுமாடுகள் அடிமாடுகளாகத் துவங்கி பல வருடங்கள் ஆகிவிட்டன.

பசுவின் சாணம் உலகிலேயே சிறந்த உரம். பசு மாடுகள் இருந்தால், அந்த உரத்தின் மதிப்பு என்றேனும் மக்களது கவனத்திற்கு வந்து கொள்ளை லாபம் அடிக்கும் ரசாயன உரத் தயாரிப்புக் கம்பெனிகளின் பிழைப்பில் என்றேனும் மண் விழ வாய்ப்புண்டு. அந்த உரத்தால் உடல் உபாதை அபாயங்கள் கிடையாது. ஆனால் ரசாயன உரத்தால் பூமி தரிசாகிறது. இந்த உண்மை தெரியாத விவசாயிகள் ரசாயன உரங்களை அதிகமாகப் பயன்படுத்துகிறார்கள். இந்த ஒரு சாதாரண உண்மை வெளிபட்டு, ரசாயன உரத் தயாரிப்புக் கம்பெனிகளுக்கு லட்சக்கணக்கான கோடி ரூபாய் அளவில் கிடைக்கும் அடாவடி லாபம் வருங்காலத்தில் மறையும் வாய்ப்புண்டு. உலகின் பல பகுதுகளில் “பசுமை” “இயற்கை உரம்” என்ற கோஷங்கள் எழும்பி உள்ளன. அது தமிழகத்தில் தழைத்தோங்க பயன்படக்கூடியவை பசு மாடுகள், காலைகள். இதை இல்லாமல் செய்து விட்டால், ரசாயன உரத் தயாரிப்புக் கம்பெனிகளின் அதைத் தடுக்க, உள்ளூர் பசு மாடுகல் தமிழகத்தில் சுத்தமாக இல்லாமல் செய்ய முற்படுவார்கள் என எண்ணத் தோன்றுகிறது. அதைத் தடுக்க ஒரே வழி, காளைகள் இல்லாமல் செய்வது. ஜல்லிக்கட்டு இருந்தால், காளைகள் இருந்தே தீரும். ஜல்லிக்கட்டை ஒழித்தால், அனைத்து மாடுகளையும் இறைச்சிக்காக விற்று விடுவார்கள்.

மேலும் பசுவின் கழிவான கோமியம் உலகில் தலைசிறந்த பூச்சிக்கொல்லி. தற்போது விற்கப்படும் ரசாயன மருந்துகளால் பல உடல் உபாதைகள் உருவாகின்றன.

இதனால் மருந்துக் கம்பெனிகளுக்கும் லாபம்.

பாலுக்காக, வெளி நாட்டுப் பசுக்கள் வரவழைக்கப்படும்.

அவை கொழுப்பான பால் கறக்க இறந்த மீன், பன்னி, ஆடு, கோழி, பசு, காளை ஆகியவற்றின் எலும்புத் தூள், மட்டுத்தீவனமாகப்பட்டு விற்கப்படுகின்றன.

பசுவைத் தின்பது ஹிந்துக்களைப் பொறுத்தவரைப் பாபம்.

பன்றியை உண்பது இஸ்லாமியர்களுக்கு தடை செய்யப்பட்ட விஷயம்.

இந்த ரசாபாசமான விஷயத்தை மறைக்க “சைவம், அசைவம்” என்ற சற்சையைக் கிளப்பி மேலும் குழப்பங்களை உருவாக்க, சில அடிப்படைவாதம் புரியும் ஹிந்து-இஸ்லாமிய மதவாதக் கட்சிகள் தூண்டிவிடப்படும்.

உள்ளூர் பசுக்கள் இல்லாமல், அசைவப்பசுக்களின் பால் மட்டுமே கிடைக்க அது வழி வகுக்கும். அதன் சாணத்திற்கும் கோமியத்திற்கும் உள்ளூர் பசுக்கழிவிலுள்ள அளவுக்கு “உரத்தன்மையும், கிருமி ஒழிப்புத் திறனும்” இருக்காது என ஒரு கருத்து நிலவுகிறது.

மிஞ்சப்போவது குழப்பமும், உர, பூச்சிக்கொல்லி மருந்து தயாரிக்கும் நிறுவனங்களின் லாபமும், ஆங்கில மருந்துக் கம்பெனிகளின் அடாவடி வியாபாரக் குயுக்திகலும் மட்டுமே.

இந்த உண்மைகளை மறைக்கும் பொருட்டு எத்தனை வழக்கறிஞர்களுக்கு யார் யார் எப்போதெல்லாம், எப்படி எல்லாம் பணம் கொடுத்தனர் என்ற கேள்வியும் எழுகிறது. இதற்கு விடை கிடைப்பது கஷ்டம். கிடைத்தாலும், “அது தொழில் சம்பந்தமான விஷயம்” எனப் பூசி மொழுகி விடுவார்கள்.

போதாக்குறைக்கு ஒரு சிலரை ஏவிவிட்டு, பொய் வீடியோக்களைத் தயாரித்து ஜல்லிக்கட்டு பற்றிய மிருகக் கொடுமைக் கட்டுக்கதைகளைப் புனைய முயற்சிகள் நடக்கலாம். அவற்றையும் முறியடிப்பது கஷ்டமான விஷயம்தான்.

இதன் காரணமாகத் தான் உண்மைகள் உச்ச நீதிமன்றத்திடமிருந்து மறைக்கப்பட்டன என்று நம்ப நிறையவே இடமிருக்கிறது.

இது ஆரம்பம் தான். இன்னும் நிறைய நாறும் உண்மைகள் உள்ளன. அவை நாளை!

The Real Secret Behind Modi’s Currency Cancellation Move?

Is there a link between Prime Minister Modi’s sudden cancellation of the Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes to geopolitical financial upheaval in the wake of US election results that catapulted Donald Trump to the White House against all expectations?

Could that be the signal of the newest global bloc – BRICS undergoing serious realignments?

The replies to both the queries could only be in the affirmative.

Indian PM Modi’s attempt to unearth unaccounted wealth in India whose final value could snake beyond US$ 500 billion has acquired a sudden importance as the geopolitical world has undergone a sudden, drastic change.

One man has created this situation.

His name is Donald Trump.

Modi seems to have merely reacted to what Trump’s slogan “America first” platform could eventually lead the world into.

Trump’s proposed foreign policy has reportedly rung alarm bells in Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, the EU headquarters in Brussels and most of the vulnerable Baltic nations along Russia’s western border.

Brussels, incidentally, is also home to the headquarters of NATO.

Trump had threatened to pull out of NATO and withdraw the nuke umbrella protection over Japan and South Korea. He had vowed to slap huge trade tariffs on China.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, had said in May, “We hope the U.S. people from all walks of life would view bilateral relations from a reasonable and objective perspective.” It was a diplomatic way of saying Beijing abhorred Trump.

China has reasons to do so.

It overtook US of A as the world’s most powerful nation in terms of financial assets.

There is only one nation in the world that would be willing to take on China due to domestic and security reasons – and that happens to be India.

China supports Pakistan and its terrorists for Beijing’s strategic reasons of curbing India’s growing ambitions to be a world power. The contrast is clear – Pakistan is the world’s poorest rogue nation and China is the richest!

The warning had come from The New York Times – way back in May this year.

The open admiration for Trump from Vladimir Putin [1] means quite a lot.

The latter is supposed to be one of the mainstays in BRICS.

When Trump takes charge, it would be interesting to see what his stand on Islam and IS actually means.[2] Whatever Trump ends up doing, could lead to the second polar part being headed by a new colour code – the green-tinted brown-skinned Muslims of the world.

The biggest victim could be BRICS.

Not many in the world know that the BRICS idea was basically born in American Wall Street’s holiest cow – Goldman Sachs [3] way back in 2001 and was called BRIC comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China – the then 4 major emerging markets of the world. The originator was Jim O’Neill [a.k.a. Terence James, Baron O’Neill of Gatley], then its assets’ management wing’s chief.[4]

On April 16 this year, a Canadian conservative paper revealed why BRICS would fail and fail miserably.

This means the composition of BRICS could undergo major changes.

Sooner or later, Brazil – with its new found love or the US of A would have to exit BRICS, say credible reports. It would have a new name – a kind of a takeoff on Britain’s exit from EU – BRAXIT. That is because of one twice-divorced woman – Dilma Rousseff. [5]

The highly corrupt Jacob Zuma of South Africadenoting the last initial ‘S’ in BRICS [6] could be another nation edged out – sooner or later.

Finally, the ‘C’ in BRICS – China – which continues to claim it is communist could be targeted by Trump.

Trump’s strongest ally in this could be India on the one side and Russia on the other.

But, Trump’s known mindset of making NATO allies pay for their protection could result in one nation that has the highest economic growth rate in the world – India as America’s biggest ally.

The pointer in that direction is the trip of Modi to Japan – the only nation to be nuked ever – that too by the US of A.

Sections of EU – need the Russian gas – cheaper than their own to keep their industries running. Thanks to Modi’s rapport with Putin and the latter’s known admiration for Trump, India could play the role of a powerful broker in modern-day geopolitics.

All this needs money and lots of it.

Modi seems to have embarked upon a sudden move to do just that. If someone sitting in one corner of India – poor old me – can guess this much, much more can be second guessed by think tanks in China and perhaps Islamabad.

Is that why a section of the Indian press suspected to be in the pay of the enemies of Bharat are trying to run Modi’s financial move down?

One pointer to the final denouement is that Modi is an avowed anti-communist. Though Putin had been one – he is against socialists in Russia.

So, will the letter ‘B’ that stands for Brazil be dropped or be substituted with another ‘B’ that stands for Britain?

Since China is against Trump’s foreign policy, will the ‘C’ disappear?

Will the ‘S’ then stand for South Korea?

Will other letters like ‘G’ [Germany] and J [Japan] be added?

The months to follow will provide some surprising replies.

However, let us remember that Britain’s PM Theresa May visited India before the currency withdrawal and Modi visited Japan immediately afterwards.

[1]

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is currently President of the Russian Federation since 7 May 2012. He was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012.

During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the Chairman of the United Russia Party, the ruling party.

A native of St Petersburg, Putin was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years who reached the level of Lt. Colonel.

Officers in the KGB had to be members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Putin opted for retirement in 1991 to enter politics, moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris Yeltsin‘s administration. Rising quickly through the ranks and becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999, when Yeltsin resigned, Putin won the subsequent 2000 presidential election by a 53% to 30% margin crushing his Communist Party opponent, Gennady Zyuganov. He was reelected President in 2004 with 72% of the vote. In September 2011, after presidential terms were extended from four to six years, Putin announced he would seek a third term as president. He won the March 2012 presidential election with 64% of the vote.

[2]

Few in the world know that IS was a creation of the West when Putin demanded more than the proverbial pound of flesh for the highly subsidised gas from central Russia. The replacement of that was supposed to be from the Middle-East, from Oman. The pipeline was to pass through Syria, from where Assad had demanded much more than what Putin had asked to allow the pipeline to pass through. In turn, the West discovered a tyrant in Assad to tackle whom a rag-tag army of freedom fighters called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant came into being. It turned out to be a worse Frankenstein monster than the CIA’s earlier creation – Osama bin Laden.

Osama was placed in Waziristan – the lawless Pak-Afghan border – under the ruse of displacing the Soviets from their occupation of Afghanistan.

The apparent motive bandied about was teaching democracy to the crazy Afghans.

But the reality was – accessing the mineral goodies – currently valued at US$30 trillion in Afghanistan – stuff that the combine of China and Russia hope to pocket.

[3]

On April 30, 2002, Goldman Sachs Group Inc faced charges of fraud. Accusations included its analysts’ misrepresentations that adversely affected the market price of securities. The firm paid $12,500,000 as settlement.

On July 15, 2003, facing a lawsuit for artificially inflating the RSL’s stock price by issuing untrue or materially misleading statements in research analyst reports, Goldman Sachs paid $3,380,000 for settlement.

[4]

O’Neill quit the British cabinet on September 23 this year. He is a British peer teaching economics in Manchester varsity.

[5]

Brazilian economist and the first woman to be President of Brazil, Dilma Vana Rousseff was born in an upper-middle-class household in Bulgaria, and is a former communist. She was  Brazilian economist and politician who served as the 36th President of Brazil from 2011 until her impeachment and removal from office on 31 August 2016. She is the first woman to have held that office.

The daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant, Rousseff was raised in an upper middle class household. She became a socialist during her youth and, following the 1964 coup d’état, joined various left-wing and Marxist urban guerrilla groups that fought against the military dictatorship. Rousseff was eventually captured, tortured, and condemned to jail between 1970 and 1972.

On 12 May 2016, the Senate of Brazil temporarily suspended President Rousseff’s powers and duties for up to six months or until the Senate reaches a verdict: to remove her from office if found guilty or to acquit her from the crimes charged. Vice President Michel Temer assumed her powers and duties as Acting President of Brazil during the suspension. On 31 August 2016, the Senate voted 61–20 in favor of impeachment, finding Rousseff guilty of breaking budgetary laws and removing her from office

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Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was charged with rape and faced allegations of racketeering and corruption. He managed to get himself acquitted through his good offices in the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa in 2005 and 2009. His financial advisor Schabir Shaikh too was convicted but also exonerated. The appeals are pending before South African courts till the time of writing. There are other arraignments. South Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Zuma’s rural homestead at Nkandla was an improper drain on the exchequer. The Constitutional Court unanimously held in 2016’s Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly that Zuma had failed to uphold the country’s constitution, resulting in calls for his resignation. It resulted in a failed impeachment attempt in the National Assembly.

Let Us Cry For Siachen Hero & Bay For Kargil Widows’ Robbers’ Blood!

Our Siachen sentinel is no more, the political, bureaucratic, media traitors within continue to deny what is really due to our brave-hearts. Let us salute and bid a tearful goodbye to Hero Martyr Hanumanthappa!

Farewell, O Lance that defended India

Truly, you are our Naik – hero – I’d say

You stayed alive

Perhaps flattened

In a prone position

Positive enough

To dwarf

Icy challenging heights

Stared at death

In the face

With smirk on the lips methinks

Idiot box amateur announcers

Initially corrupted

Your name

Termed you Hanuman Thapa

After the deity

Adding a Nepalese warrior suffix

But

Hailing from Karnataka

Belonging to Madras Regiment

You proved

To be Th[e]appa

Father figure

To inspire us all for an eternity

Our foes

Got a chilling message from you

Stop eyeing the snow peaks

Schmucks

You ain’t gonna land

A grain of sand

From Rajasthan

I can hear you

Querying the Almighty

Was it for this the clay grew tall?

We salute you sir!

As they say in France

Au revoir

Till we meet

Again

In your myriad incarnations

At the borders

Guarding Mother India

Jai Hind!

As a mark of respect to Martyr Hanumanthappa, I dedicate a short story I wrote some time ago.

India’s shameless political classes and sections of its officialdom were snared by the media after allotting themselves 100 plus posh flats in an upmarket district of the nation’s financial capital of Mumbai under the guise of building a structure for the widows of army martyrs who laid down their lives in India’s northwest frontier with Pakistan called Kargil – not far from Siachen – where Martyr Hanumanthappa stared death in the face squarely.

There are other injustices doing their rounds.

I feel peeved over this not because of anything else but my inability to change the accursed system in India.

Pardon The Delayed Tears, Child!

Justice Advait Aher of India’s Supreme Court summoned his trusted stenographer Kaatyaayani Khandelwal to dictate his ruling in a school fire tragedy matter that had killed 94 school children in Tamil Nadu – a southern state some 7 years ago.

Exactly 94 children – most them little girls had perished in a devastating conflagration that had spread due to illegal thatched roofs in a building unfit to be a school, locked collapsible gates meant to prevent children from cutting classes which ensured their painful death and a rather callous teaching staff who had no pity or any feelings for the children. 

The criminally culpable school management had managed to hire the best legal brains money could buy in India’s capital New Delhi filing an appeal against the Madras High Court’s judgement that had sentenced them to life vide a special leave petition.

Not many in India know or bother to know that a “life sentence” means exactly that as per prevalent laws.

Premature release is not a right of prisoners to be released in 14 years.

All the same, this is being done at the discretion of a host of authorities that include the relevant state’s governor, chief minister  besides, a unanimous recommending resolution signed by all the members of the cabinet of ministers. 

The judge knew that the appellants were guilty as sin for mass murder. But, numerous holes in the police investigation and the shoddy conduct of the case in the lower courts had been thoroughly exposed by Chatturbhuj Daryanaani – one of India’s senior most and smartest criminal lawyers. That, the judge felt, could result in only one inevitable finality.

The portly stenographer walked in carrying her shorthand notebook and her mobile phone – something she used to record the dictation of her boss as a kind of back up.

Ever efficient, she did not believe in getting her boss to correct her mistakes by hand on a draft.

Recording the audio of what you dictate will aid its verbatim transcription without typos Sir,she had said the first time when she had brought the gadget into his room.

“Morning, Kaatyaayani!”

“Sir…er…er…”

Aher was surprised.

His stenographer had never hesitated to say anything before.

Go ahead, Kaatyaayani. You want take an off today? I can always dictate the judgement tomorrow.

“No sir, it is not that. I will switch on my mobile phone that contains a recorded conversation given to me by a friend who is researching into things termed supernatural. Please hear it before pronouncing the verdict. It will take some 7 minutes. The narration is totally offbeat in nature. I know you never believe in super-natural events. Nevertheless, do listen. It is a sincere request sir. Thanks.”

Without a word, she flicked on the play button and began walking away.

The way a young voice began surprised Aher.

Ouch…ooh! It’s paining Amma!

Better learn to bear pain, Jambu! You are born as a girl, you know!

I had hurt myself on the knee while playing.

My mother always called me Jambu – the shortened version of Jambukeshwaran – that ought to have been my name had I been born a male.

I had been named Jambakalakshmi.

My parents always had wanted a son.

I keep hearing my mother telling all our relatives that that sons get money into the family when new brides come home with a lot of dowry – whatever that means – and daughters are only expenses.

We have to be dressed beautifully, married off with a lot of presents and cash for our future even if we have a job and all, my mom adds to the end of each conversation.

Somehow, I feel unwanted at home.

The doctor auntie told me the other day that Amma will soon be giving birth to my sibling.

I hope it will be a brother.

But, the pain is unbearable. I feel my leg is on fire, Amma!

Don’t worry, darling! A little coconut oil and turmeric powder on your wound will make it go away in a day. But, you should be more careful. Supposing you get scars from wounds, it will be very difficult to find a good husband for you. Now, now! Don’t cry, please! It is just a small wound on your knee.

Sometimes, I do not understand whether you are comforting the child or chiding her!

My father, an officer in the Indian army, loves me more than my mother.

His words, ticking my mother off, comforted me more than mom’s turmeric mix.

Dad spends most of the time guarding our country in a place called Siachen – somewhere in north India.

He came home yesterday afternoon after six long months.

Just before I was tucked into bed yesterday, he said it was very cold out there.

The temperature, most of the time, hovers around minus 25 degrees Celsius, Jambu. The mountainous surroundings are beautifully white in a cloak of fresh snow, but the cold leaves an unpleasant feeling. One of my friends recently died while urinating in the open. Apparently, the salty liquid waste froze in an upwardly direction when he relieved himself without protection. Somehow, the cold always gets into our feet despite our wearing the correct dress, shoes, woollen socks and a lot more.

So how do you manage the cold, Appaa? How do you sleep at night?

The human mind is all powerful because it is given by God. It can do anything. The blankets, smokeless fire, sleeping bags and a lot of other equipment, for some strange reason other, allow the cold to enter our bunkers all the time. High altitude fighting involves psychological warfare. My commanding officer lieutenant colonel Simranjeet Singh Chibber taught me a trick which always helps me relax.

How?

Whenever the cold is so unbearable, I imagine that I am at home – here – where most of the year, it is unbearably hot. The imagination takes over and the mind, with some concentration, makes my physical body forget where I am. Slowly, I feel comfortable. The discomfort returns only upon being jolted when gunfire erupts.

Can one forget one’s cold by just imagining the heat?

Yes. And the opposite is also true. You can forget the heat by imagining the cold.

But I have never been to Siachen…because you have never taken me there.

Not a place for young ladies, darling! But, you have been to the nearby hill station Kodaikanaal many times! Supposing it is very hot somewhere, just imagine you are there without a blanket. Sometimes, you may feel cold enough to ask for one!

You are joking!

I am dead serious!

I tried it out.

The green Kodai hills swam into view revealing the hat lifting and suicide points besides – the snapping, whistling wind.

Suddenly I felt cold.

The wound no longer hurt.

 It was miraculous!

Amma broke my reverie.

Come on Jambu! You are getting late for school.

At school, as usual the teacher was scolding some of us, including me.

I put the trick to use again.

By thinking that my grandmother was narrating a funny story, I even began to smile.

The nice feeling was cut short rudely when I began smelling hot smoke.

A moment later, I saw it coming from the first floor of our school.

The teachers sternly ordered us to stay put.

I began teaching my trick to as many of my friends as possible.

Many began giggling.

Suddenly, as the fire burst through the roof and the ground all of us were scared and the trick stopped working.

The stair-case was very small and narrow.

But, we could not use it because the collapsible gate outside our classroom on the corridor that led to the exit downstairs was locked as always.

The princi does not want as to escape from school and play truant.

So the exit is locked and can only be opened by the watchman uncle.

Perhaps he has gone for his cup of tea and Beedi smoke.

Some of my friends passed out.

The actions of the fire brigade breaking open the ventilator – the only one in the room caught my attention.

I called out to the firemen and helped them locate us through the thick smoke that was blinding them and us.

I think I managed to help many of my classmates.

The firemen uncles scolded me.

Charity begins at home, young woman! Help and save yourself!

The sari of my class-teacher who had asked us gruffly to stay put was on fire and she was screaming.

Even as she was being rescued, I fainted.

When I surfaced, I felt a burning sensation all over my body.

I used the trick again and began feeling comfortable.

So far 91 children have perished. I am afraid you daughter will add to this tally, major!

Is it paining too much, Jambu?

My father’s kind voice felt like a cool balm.

No Appaa! Your trick is working fine. Where am I?

You are in a government hospital, getting treated for burns.

Oh!

I lost consciousness again.

My father’s kind touch patting me on the head woke me up.

I found him crying.

Major Krishnan, your daughter has only a few more minutes to live. Nevertheless, please don’t tell your wife who is here in the neighbouring maternity ward as I do not want her to go into a shock and worse.

I did not understand why doctor uncle looked so sad.

Suddenly I felt a very pleasant breeze and very light.

I could see a girl’s burnt body in a completely singed dress…upon close examination, I recognised myself from the red ribbon that held my pigtails.

 Your presence is required in the maternity ward. Please, hurry up! 

The voice was gentle.

 How can I come? I am here!

That was just your body. Your mother has developed labour pains. It is time for you to become your own younger brother Jambukeshwaran.

I do not understand this. And more importantly, can you find someone else to be my brother please? I really wish to stay back here with my friends now and later, play with my younger brother!

Your existence on earth was not supposed to end now. Further, you have an important task of informing the truth of what actually happened in your school today to some important person in your next birth because your current physical condition now does not allow you to continue as the currently known Jambu. Soon, you will be a Jambu again…this time…a male. Come on, child! Let us go.

I had a final look at my friends. Sadly I will never see them again here…or in the place called heaven.

The judge slowly wiped his tears.

He knew what to dictate for the two cases for which he had reserved the judgements earlier.

The first was of course, that of those seeking to end their incarceration for killing 94 innocent children.

The second one involved what Aher perceived as an insult to the memory of the martyrs of Siachen over the years.

Faulty equipment meant to prevent seepage of the effects of chilling snow and betrayals in the Indian defence ministry had killed several army personnel without anyone being the wiser.

Worse, a massive building with 31 floors meant for their widows and children that had come up in New Delhi’s fashionable Defence Colony was being misused and abused by self-seeking, well-connected, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

With a grim expression, he pressed the buzzer to summon Kaatyaayani Khandelwal to dictate two landmark judgements.

This tale had been penned long ago. Its link:

http://tsvhari.com/template_article.asp?id=231

 

IS Racism Really Hated?

Sane persons’ opinions do not matter to criminally minded callous politicians and government officials.

Yet, the exercise of attempting to play the snake-charmer’s musical instrument before our nation’s political buffaloes – based on a cross between the ‘feel-good-factor-of-a-better-future’ and the cynical ‘incorrigible-world-going-to-dogs’ – my own work – is being undergone.

Let me mention three little known facts at the outset: [a] snakes are deaf; [b] buffaloes aren’t deaf, seem to be unconcered over virtually every event around them, but, are known to enjoy good music as they have been found to secrete more milk when soothing music is played; [c] these dark skinned, peaceful animals have no political pecking order.

Racism is a universal phenomenon present in every nation in the world. It is criminal, shameless, reprehensible and abominable.

It is as prevalent in India as it is in the UK or USA or Australia, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, China, Japan, wherever.

Political creatures pompously condemn the ‘other side’ when confronted by the media. Cutting across all party lines, a sizeable number of them shamelessly, preach, practice and propagate it.

As an Indian I unconditionally apologise to all my fellow citizens of the world from the dark African continent – currently in India. In my reckoning, those who abused them in Bengalooru and Hyderabad recently are comparable to rabies’ infested mangy monkeys. They should be dealt with as such.

As a brown-skinned, normal Indian I tender an unconditional apology to all my brothers and sisters from the North East of India whose lives have been horribly affected, offended and afflicted by those who clearly are traitors to India that is Bharat.

Whoever violently insults anyone on the basis of race and/or colour and/or language in any nation must be sent to prison with a stiff sentence of – say a decade – sans remission and/or parole.

And very unlike Lord Jesus Christ, I exclaim:

FATHER IN HEAVEN, FORGIVE THEM NOT! PUNISH THEM VERY HEAVILY, FOR THEY VERY WELL KNOW WHAT THEY DO!

The pathetic, ostrich-like silly attempt to deny its presence in India by a few individuals from the central ruling National Democratic Alliance [NDA] disposition led by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, the Karnataka state’s Congress regime and the Bengaluru police commissioner’s shameless denial of the racist aspect of the violence that injured and outraged the modesty of an African young female student are highly condemnable events betraying a warped mind-set.

The sinister, Union Law Minister Sadanand Gowda, who called foreign students – ‘criminals’, in my opinion, should immediately be admitted into a lunatic asylum as an inpatient. But, politics being what it is, Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi cannot do that.

So, the PM must immediately snatch the Law portfolio from him, create a special ministry to manage public toilets nationwide, and put Gowda in charge of those.

If I were Modi, I would thereupon tweet thus:

Need cleaner India. Instead of Law Dept, Gowdaji given this highly important task.

I had encountered racism in London, long back.

In the second half of the 80’s I and my multilingual, senior, journalist friend, former producer in the BBC and cousin brother of the late Indira Gandhi – Pyare Shivpuri – were its victims in central London on a wintry evening.

[For a little more info on Pyare: https://www.facebook.com/Pyare-Shivpuri-625218680869723/  http://www.linkedin.com/in/pyare-shivpuri-69b72b11?locale=en_US&trk=tyah&trkInfo=tas%3APyare+%2Cidx%3A1-1-1 ]

We were dining in an Asian restaurant in Charing Cross Road, chatting in Hindi/Urdu.

A white man seated in the next row uttered the following sentence in a slurred, drunken manner, in a thick, cockney accent: Speak in English while in England you Paki bastards!

Cursed with the most extreme sense of acidic, acerbic wit, but, also blessed with the ability to pronounce the ‘Queen’s English’ in its pristine, public-school, purity sans any accent, Pyare quipped: Before advising us on the use Britain’s lingua franca, get your curdled, contorted and frozen-marmalade-like accent ironed out you Pommie twit, nitwit!

In a jiffy, the enraged man landed a few blows on Pyare’s face, breaking his spectacles.

The Asian owner of the eatery did not lift a little finger.

Those days, my physique was comparable to a 6 footer bison.

I held the man in a vice-like grip and exclaimed, I can give you a bloody nose. But, I believe in the effectiveness of non-violence preached by India’s national father – Mahatma Gandhi. I will, however, prevent your violence instead.

As the stronger white man struggled to free himself, a white lady saw this and called the police from her mobile-phone [they had just been introduced then].

The white racist succeeded in wriggling out and escaped. The cops arrived in 2 minutes flat and rushed Pyare to a nearby hospital. An officer patiently waited till doctors said my friend’s eyes were safe. I was taken to the nearby police station to record my statement.

I admire your self-control. Obviously, you have been drinking. I can smell the liquor, an officer said as someone brought me piping hot coffee in a giant mug.

The best Speyside spirits do not rot the sanity of a public-spirited, spirituel journalist, I said.The officer smiled at my remark.

I apologise on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government for what happened to you sir! These are criminals who use racism as a tool. Perhaps, your friend’s wit proved to be his enemy. If terming English as the continental French-language was bad, pointing out the low-class accent rather tellingly, obviously proved to be worse. Yet, we will ensure this criminal’s reprehensible act results in a heavy punishment, the male, white Caucasian, English police officer in charge of the station said in a tone that depicted his genuine concern for the image of his country and the safety of those who were in its streets – citizens and/or tourists. He also taught me how to pronounce spirituel – the French way.

To cut a long story short, the white racist criminal was arrested a few hours later. A magistrate sentenced him to 3-years’ hard-labour in a few months. This was despite my having returned home to India from the trip. The white woman was the prosecution’s star-witness, I was informed.               

There are many in India, who still maintain that India learnt racism from the white-skinned foreign rulers.

During the colonial era, several of  England’s snob public establishments had boards that announced, Indians, dogs, not allowed.

Our police system was created to cow us Indians down before the might of the alien power. The rotten system continues in what one presumes is ‘free’ India.

Some facets of this reprehensible situation then is explained through the following blogs:

http://tsvhari.com/template_article.asp?id=332

http://tsvhari.com/template_article.asp?id=419

English officialdom, obviously, has evolved.

But of late, some rot seems to be setting and it is upsetting many in England – as is evident from the relevant BBC and Guardian outputs:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-21254322

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jan/30/chief-police-officers-promotion-overseas-recruits

Racism, is still alive and well in UK!

I wrote a short story about it, based on real life incidents.

Its link:

http://tsvhari.com/template_article.asp?id=409

A few glaring truths need to be told at this juncture.

Lord Krishna – the greatest incarnation of what one calls the Hindu pantheon, was dark-skinned says the Mahabharat.

Goddess Parvathi is believed to be dark-skinned, Siva Purana reveals.

Lord Shiva, the same book points out, is dark-skinned.

Draupadi, the common-wife of the 5 Pandavas – was dark skinned, adds the Mahabharat.

The man who shaped the Mauryan empire – Chanakya – was dark skinned, historical accounts aver.

King Solomon, the wise, was dark-skinned.

Mahatma Gandhi, our nation’s father was dark skinned.

Racism has no sanction in any religious text.

In modern-day India, nincompoop, gullible, sacrificial goat-humans believe highly paid film stars’ endorsed flogged hawked fairness creams that harm the skin! The companies that pay these pied-pipers are of foreign origin that also sell other cosmetics to remove the wrinkles and dark patches – caused by the fairness creams!

Tailpiece:

For over 2 weeks now, Google has blocked me.

Now, here is the reason generated from within:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently: tsvhari@gmail.com Technical details of permanent failure:

Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain gmail.com by gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com. [2a00:1450:400c:c0a::1b]. The error that the other server returned was:

550 5.2.1 The email account that you tried to reach is disabled. wk7si13307194wjb.244 – gsmtp

My Gmail account was blocked after I published the blog whose link is given hereunder:

https://tsvhari.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/flash-front/

My blogs and Gmail account were in existence for years.

A few lakhs of readers had accessed it.

Results of a relevant Google search of TSV Hari:

https://www.google.co.in/?gws_rd=ssl#q=TSV+Hari

About 1,29,000 results (0.71 seconds)

Relevant excerpts from a related article:

Online intellectual property rights (IPRs) protection and management in India and online brand protection in India has already taken a nasty shape. Unfortunately, Indian judiciary, especially the lower judiciary, is systematically manipulated by big corporate houses in India. Lower judiciary is issuing cryptic orders without applying its mind.

This is an abuse of process of court and process of law and it should be stopped as soon as possible. Judges presiding at lower courts must be made well aware of cyber law and technical issues of Internet.

Industry players are also hiring crackers as brand protectors and reputation managers. None can doubt that a good review boosts the image of a brand of a company and a bad review can hurt its goodwill and brand. The companies are trying to suppress the bad and critical reviews by hiring the services of such crackers.

The modus operandi is very simple. The crackers have to make it sure that the critical online review is not available and accessible to the existing and prospective customers. Earlier this year, a cracker, promising his customers “reputation management” services, had embedded code into the website to prevent search engines from recognising certain postings. In some cases, website visitors were misdirected to a false message stating that the posting had been redacted.

Time has come for Supreme Court of India to make guidelines in this regard that can be followed by lower courts. Otherwise miscarriage of justice would keep on happening in India, especially at the lower courts.

Very significantly, the above article is put out through blogspot – the very medium that says all my blogs have been removed!

Well, the Google CEO – Sunder Pichai – believed to be somewhat dark-skinned – needs to don his thinking cap.

Sharif’s ISI Dilemma Explained?

The serious absence of Pakistan’s ruling set-up while doing business with India is explained – with imaginatively logical inputs.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is a harried and politically cornered man.

He wants to do business with India’s PM Modi – but cannot.

Fertile but logical imagination of what could happen in a top secret meeting chaired by Sharif – and attended by his army top brass – leads one to the following thoughts!

Sharif: Look guys, the parliamentary committee appointed by this democratically elected government has thrown the book at us for supporting terrorism in Kashmir. The US of A has cut off aid. NATO could create trouble on the issue of our Azad Kashmir – our AJK and even try to gift the whole thing to India because the West needs to parcel away the goodies worth at least US$ 20 trillion from Afghanistan. [1] That step would give the West a direct land route through Modi’s Gujarat. We continue to torture the blighters in AJK – what the Indians call Pakistan Occupied Kashmir or simply PoK. The whole thing is making our face seem fully pock-marked and wart-ridden.

Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] – boss Lt Gen Rizwan Akhter:  No need to worry at all, sir. Everything has been taken care of.

General Raheel Sharif [Pakistan army Chief of Staff]: I am getting a bit tired of this smug attitude, Rizwan.

National Security Advisor Naseer Khan Janjua: You are understating it like some silly Pommie politician in a London pub near the Whitehall or in faraway Southall, Raheel. The situation would be better termed appalling.

Sharif: Let us discuss this calmly and civilly, gentlemen. You see, I am a civilian and also the head of state. And being part of the military does not accord you the luxury of being impudently smug and uncivil, Rizwan.

Rizwan: I apologise, sir. I fully agree that the points raised by you are cause for concern. But, allow me to assure you sir, we are taking care of all the contingencies – with the cooperation of the bird-brained Indian media and myopic opposition.

Raheel: Could you elaborate, please, Rizwan?

Janjua: And this had better be convincing. My Indian counterpart Ajit Doval spent a lot of time here undercover. He knows our methods the way I know the back of my hand.

Rizwan: While I would carefully and respectfully add that your admiration for Ajit is misplaced, I wish to point out that we have taken care of the entire thing – by our methods. If you could give me – as all those jokers from our side who take part in shows hosted by that insufferable Arnab Goswami in India – say a few minutes of uninterrupted time and pay careful attention, please.

Sharif: You have our ears, Rizwan. Go ahead, please.

Rizwan: The latest trick we pulled off was the denial of visa to actor Anupam Kher for the two-penny Karachi Literature Festival and then asking our boy in Delhi Basit Ali to seemingly, sheepishly backtrack. The stupid Indian media would continue discussing this for some time – because – Kher – who does not have many films now – would ensure the publicity to his victory continues and finally lands him a few good roles.

Raheel: If the whole thing was pre-planned, I would grant you the first brownie point.

Rizwan: Our second showbiz sideshow is centred on that ageing dream grandmother – actress Hema Malini – another of the fetishes of the Indian media monkeys. Apparently, she was granted some 2000 square metres of prime land at a throwaway price – the offer may even be withdrawn – for a dance academy. The muddled exercise flung muck on the faces of the ruling, right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP]-led regime in Maharashtra – whose capital – Mumbai had nearly been destroyed by our boys on 26/11. Indian journalists in our pay will keep harping on the minor scandal and others who still dream of her – will keep masturbating on the news. This will go on for a long time. None bothers to even notice that one of the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blast accused – Tejani – who has shops and links in Karachi – controls vital property worth Rs. 2,60,000 crores within a stone’s throw of the Mumbai police headquarters, the regional naval base and the state assembly! Sooner or later – when someone goes anywhere near that scandal, we will cause the discovery of a suspect truth – that to marry her Jat Saand [ox or stud] hubby Dharmendra – Hema is said to have briefly converted to Islam! [2] Someone can be made to put that question to the son of the Jat – Sunny Deol – whose movie Ghayal [injured] Once Again is getting released shortly.  Sunny continues to hate his mother’s bedroom competitor from Ayyo-land in the south [3]. The currently hated censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani has praised the film. When this is brought up upon the movie’s success and/or failure it will trigger another nasty debate, sir. It will cause the Indian media to get self-insulted-injured. After all, the cream of the Mumbai media carried a false, planted story about a beer-hole in south Mumbai – named Mondegar. [4] Its alleged drug peddler owners are reportedly involved in a huge set of forgery, fabrication instances and worse, getting Indian courts implicated in a case of attempted illegal eviction!

Sharif: I am liking this, Raheel.

Rizwan: Movies of two of the Khans are getting released shortly. To generate publicity those silly-telly boyos and girlos will say something sillier. Our agent provocateurs will exacerbate the situation with another obfuscating debate – resurrecting the mindless issue of intolerance. It would suit us, sir.

Raheel: I must say this is interesting, Rizwan.

Rizwan: The Aam Aadmi Party [AAP] has turned New Delhi in a massively pungently stinking city – and some of the short-sighted BJP chaps controlling the Municipal Corporation of Delhi are worsening it by threatening a major strike and resolutely refusing to remove the garbage. When this scandal begins ebbing, someone will surely dig up the issue of the Rs.2 crores mysteriously pumped into the AAP bank account – by someone close to our set up – believed to be controlled by one of our Middle-East conduits. Cries of political vendetta will deafen India and the AAP will ensure it!

Sharif: Brilliant, I would say!

Rizwan: I admit the Pathankot terrorist attack controlled from the minders in Bahawalpur – let me carefully say – was a blunder, sir. But, none in the Indian media or the officialdom are pointing to the conspicuous gaping hole in their theory of terrorists having gone into that Punjab town from our side – the absence of any hole in the border fence or a secret tunnel. When they eventually discover which 3rd nation was used by us as the route, it will create an international diplomatic row. The diplodocuses in the US of A and UK will yell blue murder – to our advantage – in the name of democracy and international diplomacy’s sacrosanct holy cow status!

Janjua: At this point – all these look feasible diversions, Rizwan and I do not begrudge their usefulness. But, the finalisation and disbursal of One-Rank-One-Pension [OROP] in India will make the Orang-utans of the Indian army to close ranks. I have reasons to believe that some of your behind-the-enemy-lines-operators had ensured the long, meaningless and frustrating delay in honouring the guys out there. All of us had hoped it would demoralise the Indian army. Now, the chaps could return the compliment and explore possibilities of morphing Baluchistan into yet another banana republic like Bangladesh! Further, all these will not buy us a dram of mineral water in the West, which is intent on doing business with undivided India – which is a vast, viable market. Besides, Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani, the former World Bank guy and American stooge – now heading the regime in Kabul – is more sold on India than Arun Jaitley – India’s Finance Minister is!

Sharif: Very good point, Janjua, I say!

Raheel: There are other issues too, Rizwan. Whatever be the number of holes in the assassination saga of Osama, [5] the world has accepted that he was killed in Abbottabad – in our very backyard. Someone will render that to surface in an election year in the US of A! Significantly, Obama visited a mosque and short of saying Allah-u-Akbar – said everything else! Let us face it, Rizwan – Muslims – the world over – are as tired of terrorism as quite a few of us are. We are the military – who fight as per old school codes of honour. Many of my family members – including my father – gave their lives during wars with India – but fought by the rules! My credibility in Pakistan is on account of that. Do not forget these things even for a minute. Corner-cutting exercises in the media are good, sending agent provocateurs is sometimes even better. But when the shit the hits fan, the pungent, nauseating stink triggers one to throw up!

Rizwan: I have a full series of scenarios ready to tackle those contingencies, sir! The former UN diplomat and ex-minister Shashi Tharoor is a prime suspect in the murder of his wife – Sunanda. [6] The Delhi cop Bassi is making the media copulate in front of cameras by yapping on future scopolamine tests that are worth zilch. I will soon get some wag in India to compare that name with that of our High Commissioner in India – Basit! More seriously, the scandal has a Pakistani connection in the form of one of our golden girls – Mehr Tarrar. Tharoor will attempt to save his backside by getting his diplomatic contacts worldwide to pull strings. We will cause that aspect to surface soon and the Indian media will introduce the cricket match fixing scandals besides Dawood’s money in the game. Anyway, the man who hopes to be Prime MinisterDr Swamy – will keep stoking the smouldering fire. The whole thing will keep the idiotic idiot-box-addicted Indian public to forget Pathankot for some more time.

Raheel: Sounds good and feasible, Rizwan.

Sharif: Now, Britain has found active bank accounts linked to Dawood Ibrahim, Rizwan. He is a declared terrorist by all major nations, for God’s sake. So are Hafiz Sayeed and Masood Azhar.

Rizwan: Sir, with due apologies, let me point out the obvious! Ibrahim, Sayeed and Azhar – ought to have been handed over to international authorities as they are designated terrorists with bounties on their heads ages ago. It is incumbent upon us as members of the United Nations. None in the international media or the power-broker dispositions in Washington/London or wherever else – is questioning us on that! If push comes to shove – what stops us from handing over Dawood and the rest – to say – the US – or the UN or the UK or even Uruguay? And then, we can ‘nationalise’ the fabled cash stash of Dawood! That will give us liquidity for some time. All we need to be careful about is not handing him over to India – and that is something I would oppose tooth and nail – and I presume so would Messers Janjua and Raheel, here. India will naturally cry foul, and we will alter its spelling and yell ‘fowl’!

Sharif: All said and done, Rizwan, the simple fact that we are a pariah nation and a failed state – because of terrorism – and the international community says it openly. We need the money and its supply is drying up – even from China – whose economy has been wiped out to almost 35% since Tianjin blasts and the run on the Chinese bourses. Sure, Saudi Arabia – the male parent of ISIS – will help, but for how long? They have their battles to fight with Iran on the one side and Yemen on the other. Further, I am not exactly sure as to how much the United Arab Emirates – want to covertly back ISIS and overtly slam it. The Middle-East moolah will keep funding our Mullahs but – sooner or later – the all-is-well status of the oil-wells there will dry up!

Rizwan: Then there is only a single way out, sir! We clandestinely supply Saudi Arabia one or two of our nukes and the technology to make them in return for 2-3 years’ financial liquidity. If the West can now support Iran’s use of nuke power for ‘peaceful purposes,’ Saudi Arabia can demand the same thing from the same carnage merchants! That will set the cat amongst the pigeons or the lions amongst the camels of the desert.

Sharif: But, suppose, someone gets hold of the nuke bomb within the ISIS and bursts it in Syria or Singapore or Sydney, Tehran or Timbuktu? We will be up shit-creek without a paddle!

Rizwan: You are getting needlessly worried sir. After all, the US of A dropped two nukes on Japan at the end of World War II! Neither the US of A nor Japan is even seriously talking about it! There is one minor glitch sir. We will need to check whether the fallout in Iran or Iraq or Syria will harm us. But then, we do not need to worry. We will ensure that all the residences of decision makers in Pakistan are insulated against nuke dust.

Janjua: The points are well made, Rizwan. Allowing the status quo ante to continue – is still not something I am fully comfortable with. Doval could still spring a nasty surprise.

Raheel: I am deeply suspicious of that man, sir.

Sharif: Well, let me mull this thing overnight.

The 3 men get up to leave. Suddenly Rizwan remembers a need to visit the toilet and goes into the rest room.

Janjua: [to Sharif] I would be careful with this guy, if I were you, sir. He may do exactly what Mr Musharraf did to you in the 90’s.

Raheel: He could even do what Zia-ul-Haq did to Zulfi Bhutto [7].

Both salute and take leave.

Rizwan emerges out of the toilet and buttonholes Sharif.

Rizwan: I would be careful of these two if I were you sir. Either of them can do to you what Mr Musharraf did to you in 1999. Worse, I hear – they are constantly in touch with your brother and CM of Punjab – Shehbaz Sharif. Before you bust your gut saying I am making a preposterous remark, kindly remember sir that the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb got three of his brothers – Dara, Murad and Shuja eliminated. Incidentally, the greatest of Mughal conquerors – and given the honorific Alamgir – or universe-seizer – was born in Dahod – a town in Gujarat which is a mere 150 km from Vadodara – from where – India’s PM Modi got elected. And yes, Dahod means – a land of two borders in the Gujarati dialect. Pakistan is stuck between 2 borders too – India’s and that of Afghanistan – on the Kashmir tangle – that keeps our army occupied and under some control. You keep calling Modi your brother. Will he do to you what Aurangzeb did to his brothers? If in doubt, kindly consult two Indian politicians in the BJP – LK Advani and one Shanta Kumar – a former CM of one of Indian states in the foothills of the Himalayas. Both of them saw their careers go up sans a smoke – courtesy – Modi. And just think what all could Shehbaz do if his stakes in Pakistan rise higher than yours. Good night, sir!

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A Wikipedia report estimated that the mineral wealth of Afghanistan could be worth US$ 30 trillion.

The nation has over 1400 mineral fields, containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, zinc, besides high quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby.

The estimate of the wealth was made by President Karzai in December 2013.

Details were provided by this writer way back in May 2011.

Excerpts from a report that appeared in The Guardian – entitled Afghanistan’s newfound mineral wealth could fuel further conflict.

The US Geological Survey prompted widespread cheer in Kabul with the release of a report on Monday stating that Afghanistan is home to US $ 1 trillion in mineral wealth.

This discovery is a double-edged sword. The mineral reserves may lead to more endemic conflict.

The “blood diamond” phenomenon – diamonds mined in African war zones that are then sold on to finance an insurgency or a warlord’s grip on a region – is well known, but other examples of misused mineral wealth abound.

Afghanistan may not have diamonds, but it does have an insurgency, the country is packed with warlords and many of the minerals present in Afghanistan are the cornerstones of conflicts in other parts of the world.

One of Afghanistan’s closest neighbours is mired in conflict that is partly rooted in mineral wealth. In India, a hidden war against the government is raging in the central Indian state of Chattisgarh home to some of India’s largest reserves of iron ore, coal, bauxite and limestone. The basis for this conflict is political and social. The insurgents, called Naxalites, are descended ideologically from Mao Zedong and show no signs of abandoning their violent war against what they believe is to be an unfair, caste-bound capitalist system.

India’s largest corporations have moved into the region to harvest these resources and some £1.6bn worth of contracts have already been signed.

In 2009, the Indian prime minister concluded that the state was losing the fight against the Naxalites.

Afghanistan finds itself in this milieu.

Just last year, the Chinese began digging into the ground in Logar Province to access the 240m tonnes of copper ore accessible via surface mines.

Historically most of Afghanistan’s resources have not been exploited – in part due to the constant war. The rugged terrain, lack of infrastructure, primitive methods and out-fashioned technology further complicate the excavation of minerals. The same variables also hinder the ability of the Taliban and Afghan warlords to exploit these resources. The rediscovery of mineral wealth may become yet another factor contributing to Afghanistan’s endless war.

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Excerpts from a report in The Times of India

Actor Dharmendra (born as Dharam Singh Deol) had reportedly converted to Islam in 1979. Already married to Prakash Kaur, he didn’t want to divorce his wife. As he could not marry again as per the Hindu Marriage Act, he converted to Islam and married Hema. As there were many protests during his second marriage, the actor, it is said, had no other option than to change his religion to legitimise his union with Hema Malini.

Excerpts from a Zee News report:

Senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad took a dig at BJP MP Hema Malini and her husband Dharmendra on Sunday asking whether their marriage was ‘love jihad’.

Outlining the point that yesteryear`s Bollywood heartthrobs Hema and Dharmendra had converted to Islam at the time of their wedding, the Congress leader said that only BJP could answer whether it was love jihad.

Ahmad posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter – “Present BJP MP Hema Malini and Dharmendra (14th Lok Sabha) were converted to Islam at the time of their marriage. Was it “Love Jihad”? Only BJP can say.”

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Operative excerpts from a Times of India report:

Someone from the electronic press did drop a clanger in his face questioning the absence of Sunny and Bobby Deol at their half-sister’s wedding.

The soft spoken won’t-hurt-a-fly Dharmendra lost his cool at the question. “It was a sore point and very insensitive to bring it up,” says someone close to the couple.

Given the super-sensitive circumstances it would have been a miracle if Sunny and Bobby, fond as they are of their baby sister had shown up for the wedding.

Esha’s two Bade Bhaiyyas [elder brothers] decided against doing so, so that their mother wouldn’t feel hurt.

“That Sunny and Bobby couldn’t attend Esha’s wedding was a personal defeat for Dharamji. It was a reminder of the fact that his two families would never be the one. His ire was totally justified,” a person close to the family said.

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Operative excerpts from a report in The Hindustan Times April 18 2015

The Mumbai Port Trust has served notice to all tenants of Metro House, including the iconic Cafe Mondegar, for violating the lease agreement and asked them to vacate the building by Sunday [April 19 2015].

The four-storey structure dating back to the 1870s, located on Colaba Causeway, contains some popular shoe shops and an outlet of the global chain McDonald’s.

The notice, served in November last year, followed a survey by the port authorities that found the lessee had violated the terms of the original lease agreement with the port trust.

According to the notice, tenants of the building, including Café Mondegar, have to vacate the premises by Sunday, failing which the port trust will initiate legal action against them.

Sources in the Mumbai Port Trust said a survey had established a number of violations within the structure. These include unauthorised alterations, non-payment of rent, changing the use of the structure without permission and illegally sub-letting the property.

Hindustan Times had reported in November last year how the port trust was planning to crack down on errant and expired leaseholders after receiving a push from the Union Shipping Ministry.

Many of the establishments, however, were unaware of port trust’s order. A representative of Café Mondegar said, “We have not been served any notice and hence, we have nothing to do with this issue. Whatever the issue is, (it) exists between the landlord of the Colaba Metro House, who apparently owns Metro Shoes, and the MbPT,” said the representative, who refused to be identified.

Attempts to contact Metro Shoes [headed by Rafique Malik Tejani an accused in the 1993 serial bomb-blasts case] did not yield results.

Operative excerpts from a report in the Times of India dated April 21 2015:

Eviction proceeding against the iconic Metro house in Colaba that houses Cafe Mondegar, did not begin on Monday, April 20 2015.

Metro House, a lease holder of the property, and other tenants had received a notice for termination of lease agreement by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) last November 19 2014 and respondents have reply within six months.

[Editor’s note: How did 5 major newspapers miss one important point that the notice period only ended in May and not April?]

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Excerpts from a blog published February 13 2013

Confusion swirls around Esquire story on Osama bin Laden’s killer

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times

February 12, 2013, 12:14 p.m.

The fog of Abbottabad strikes again.

On Tuesday, confusion continued to swirl around Esquire magazine’s cover story about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden during the instantly legendary May 2011 raid on the terrorist leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The article, which was published online Monday, is framed around the premise that the SEAL, dubbed the Shooter, got “nothing” from the government after his retirement, including no healthcare coverage.

According to officials and experts, that claim was incorrect: All Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get five years of healthcare benefits after retirement.

And now Esquire’s swift and firm defense of its story and that claim — which was reported by Phil Bronstein, board chairman for the Center for Investigative Reporting, which co-published the article — has already witnessed a factual backlash that has attended other high-profile accounts of the raid and its shadowy undertakers.

In a Tuesday morning blog post, Esquire responded to a Stars and Stripes reporter, Megan McCloskey, who called out the magazine over the no-healthcare claim. “It is a simple fact that when your family doesn’t have healthcare, you don’t have healthcare,” said the post, which was credited to Esquire’s editors. “Think the Shooter has healthcare? We respectfully suggest that Ms McCloskey ask his wife.”

Esquire then accuses McCloskey of making a mistake when she said that Esquire’s story doesn’t mention the five years of healthcare afforded to all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans:

“Now granted, ‘The Shooter’ is a long story, lots of words to sort through, but McCloskey is wrong here. We refer her to this paragraph deeper in the piece: ‘There is a Transition Assistance Program in the military, but it’s largely remedial level, rote advice of marginal value: Wear a tie to interviews, not your Corfam (black shiny service) shoes. Try not to sneeze in anyone’s coffee. There is also a program at MacDill Air Force Base designed to help Special Ops vets navigate various bureaucracies. And the VA does offer five years of benefits for specific service-related claims — but it’s not comprehensive and it offers nothing for the Shooter’s family.’”

Except Esquire is wrong.

According to a Google cache of the original story posted online on Monday, those final two sentences about benefits were not in the story it published.

In an update to its blog post defending the article, Esquire has since acknowledged the sentences were omitted in a production error in the online version, but has defended the thrust of its story about the lack of benefits. “The story’s argument, however, remains the same: That the man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden, as the following post explains, remains responsible for his own healthcare and that of his family.”

McCloskey, who has covered veterans affairs for Stars and Stripes, tweeted earlier that Esquire’s claims were “blatant falsehoods” and that its response was “a total smear campaign” — the magazine “insinuated I simply couldn’t read all those words.”

These journalistic squabbling may seem like nitpicky small-ball to some readers, but for former veteran and Veterans Affairs official Brandon Friedman, now a vice president for Fleishman-Hillard, the Esquire article remains deeply unrepresentative of the federal government’s military benefits.

“There are many issues with the Esquire piece beyond the fact that a ‘regretful production knot’ caused them to leave out a key sentence,” Friedman tweeted, adding, “They’re still characterizing five years of FREE health care as ‘not comprehensive.’”

Another veteran Marine Corps officer wrote to the Los Angeles Times to offer to help the shooter file for benefits.

The SEAL controversy is highly unusual for the world of major glossy magazines, which pay fact-checkers to ensure that articles are error-free before they reach newsstands, but it also seems part of the seemingly now-regular accusations of misrepresentation that have become legion when it comes to the Abbottabad raid.

The accusations began with the Obama administration’s first details about Bin Laden’s death in “an intense gun battle”; continued in the first comprehensive journalistic account of the raid, published by the New Yorker, which failed to disclose that the author hadn’t spoken to any of the SEALs who had participated; flourished with the implication in “Zero Dark Thirty” that torture led to the discovery of Bin Laden’s compound, leading to a Senate inquiry after the movie’s release; and now, in Esquire’s latest account, have gently accused raid member Matt Bissonnette of “gloss[ing] over” the shooter’s role in his book about Bin Laden’s death, “No Easy Day.”

No easy day, nor easy story indeed.

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.

Pakistani Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan termed Mullen’s comments “extremely irresponsible and unfortunate”.

“The statement by Mike Mullen about Pakistan is extremely irresponsible and unfortunate. This statement will create problems and difficulties for the bilateral relations between Pakistan and America,” the minister said.

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.

Mullen said the episode raised worrying questions about the country’s current course: “It’s not a way to move ahead. It’s a way to continue to, quite frankly, spiral in the wrong direction.”

“The New York Times” reported recently that Obama administration officials suspected the ISI had ordered Shahzad’s killing quoting unnamed U.S. officials.

Islamabad has set up an independent commission to probe the killing.

“Whatever is published in U.S. media, the judicial commission needs evidence,” Pervez Shaukat, president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and a member of the investigating commission, told Radio Free Europe.

The ISI, however, dismissed the charges as “baseless”.

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.

Mullen said that even before the bin Laden raid ties had become strained, particularly over the arrest of a CIA contractor in Pakistan who was charged with double murder before eventually being released.

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.

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.”

By Mark Memmott

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 11:45 p.m. ET. “Justice Has Been Done”:

Tonight, says the president, “We can say to those families who have lost loved ones … justice has been done.”

Update at 11:42 p.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.

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!”

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Operative excerpts from an Israeli newspaper report:

Shashi Tharoor had to resign as minister of state only 10 months after taking office as a junior minister in Dr Manmohan Singh’s cabinet. He was accused of having abused his position to obtain shares in the Indian Premier League cricket franchise for Sunanda Pushkar (later his third wife). Tharoor denied the charges.

A series of intimate tweets appeared on Tharoor’s Twitter account, for his eyes only, from a Pakistani woman, the journalist Mehr Tarar. Tharoor immediately tweeted that his account had been hacked and that he was dealing with the breach.

In fact, it was ultimately Pushkar, Tharoor’s wife, who went into the Twitter account and made the tweets public. She told the Mumbai-based Economic Times, “Our accounts have not been hacked … I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] agent, and she is stalking my husband. And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention. I took upon myself the crimes of this man during IPL [that is, she was blamed for wanting shares in the Indian Premier League] I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can’t tolerate this.”

Pushkar told the Indian Express newspaper that Tharoor had been having a “rip-roaring affair” with Tarar, and that she would “seek divorce.”

Tarar, for her part, denied that she was in any kind of relationship with Tharoor. A friend of hers told the media that Tarar strongly denied any affair with Tharoor or the claim that she was spy.

The next day, January 16, 2014, Tharoor and Pushkar issued a joint statement: “We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalized this week and is seeking to rest.”

A day later, Tharoor found his wife dead in their suite in a luxury hotel, where they had been staying while their house was being painted. Tharoor’s personal secretary said that Pushkar had been found dressed, lying on the bed, and that there were no signs of violence. However, the next day one of the pathologists who conducted an autopsy said that marks of violence had been found on the body. Tharoor insisted that his wife had died of natural causes.

Three weeks ago, BBC India quoted the local police as saying that her death was “not natural and was due to poisoning.” Additionally, according to media reports, 15 injury marks were found on Pushkar’s body. Tharoor was questioned by police for several hours the following week; he was “cooperative,” the Delhi police commissioner stated.

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Operative excerpts from an opinion piece published in Pakistan

Zia remains the most horrifying and shameful skeleton in many important closets. Pakistan is still not completely immune to the lure of his demagoguery.

Ziaul Haq should remind us of the evil, mediocre and I stake everything and say; common men are capable of. In the comparison between Bhutto and Zia to mention the verdicts of history etc., will be a cliché. Admittedly, some Bhutto supporters go a tad too far in their devotion, yet he certainly was a man worth admiring. Even his political opponents feel compelled to praise him before attacking other members of his party; I suspect this is not merely genteel courtesy dictating that one not speak ill of the dead, but the feeling of guilt, of blood on their hands and their complicity in his murder.