Divine Intervention – 2

India’s legal system has almost reached a point of no return – describable as perversion of the worst kind.

Power attained through corrupt means ensures that ill gotten wealth is retained by the obviously guilty individuals and institutions.

Frustration and anguish are the only words that spring to mind when justice is delayed and denied.

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The Kargil war of 1999 has come back to haunt India’s conscience – through a video statement released by a 20-year-old college student Gurmeher Kaur.

The video has become the rallying point for slanging matches between the right and left wing political types – hailing and/or vilifying young Gurmeher.

In this verbal melee, the supreme sacrifice of brave soldiers like Captain Mandeep Singh, Gurmeher’s father, who laid down his life in 1999 somewhere in India’s northwest tip, is getting tossed about needlessly. It has now turned out that Captain Mandeep was killed by terrorists in Kupwara, 170 km from Kargil!

The 7 years’ old  Adarsh Society scandal, with its macabre connections to Kargil immediately springs to mind. The scam had surfaced in 2010. India’s mainstream media [MSM] had cried itself hoarse over it. The stinking stigma has stuck to the names of some of the nation’s top politicians, bureaucrats and many more of the richest individuals of India that is Bharat. All these ‘worthies’ had shamelessly robbed Kargil martyrs’ widows [1] [2]. Petitions and counter-petitions in this imbroglio have led to a web of legal deceit. The cases are still in limbo. The chances of the cases’ attaining a proper closure are remote.

In 2004, a fire tragedy in a school in the southern state of Tamil Nadu had devoured the lives of 94 innocent children studying in a primary school.[3]

The real relief for the anguished parents who lost their loved ones can never come. The piddly “compensation” helped the perpetrators take rest cures in prisons. Many of them have moved higher courts seeking relief and release.

There are no connections between the events listed above in real life. So, a poignant fictional link was artificially created to wake up patriotic Indians’ slumbering consciences.

Given below is an updated version of a short story penned in 2011.

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 11 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. An appeal against the ruling of the Madras  High Court that had sent them to prison had been filed in the Apex Court.

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. 

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 typed 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 such things. But, do listen. It is a sincere request. 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 mouthing misogynistic statements!

My father, an officer in the Indian army, loves me more than my mother. He sometimes scolded her because my mother said something which my father thought wasn’t right.

His words 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. All of us were scared. 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!  Save yourself first!

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 worried.

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.

[1]

Operative excerpts from a report published in The Hindustan Times:

Close to a thousand soldiers have died guarding Siachen since the army took control of the inhospitable glacier in April 1984, almost twice the number of lives lost in the Kargil war.

In 1999, Pakistani aggressors occupied strategic peaks in the Kargil. The operation to push them back cost India 527 lives.

Almost a fifth of the casualties were linked to enemy fire before the November 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan.

The remaining deaths were because of nature’s fury, accidents and medical reasons.

Figures show 997 soldiers, including the 10 men from Madras Regiment, have died on the glacier over the past 32 years. The military casualties include 220 men killed in firing from the Pakistani side..

On the glacier, soldiers deal with altitude sickness, high winds, frostbite and temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

[2]

Operative excerpts from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

The Adarsh Housing Society is a posh, 31-storey building constructed on prime real estate in Colaba, Mumbai, for the welfare of war widows and personnel of India’s Ministry of Defence. Over a period of several years, politicians, bureaucrats and military officers allegedly conspired to bend several rules concerning land ownership, zoning, floor space index and membership get themselves flats allotted in this cooperative society at below-market rates.

Unearthed in November 2010, the scam led to the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, to resign.

In 2011, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said, “The episode of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society reveals how a group of select officials, placed in key posts, could subvert rules and regulations in order to grab prime government land – a public property – for personal benefit.”

In January 2011, the Maharashtra government set up a two-member judicial commission to inquire into the matter.

The commission was headed by retired High Court judge Justice JA Patil, with NN Kumbhar acting as member secretary. After deposing 182 witnesses over 2 years, the commission submitted its final report in April 2013 that highlighted 25 illegal allotments, including 22 purchases made by proxy.

The report indicted four former chief ministers of Maharashtra viz. Ashok Chavan, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil. Other accused include 2 former urban development ministers Rajesh Tope and Sunil Tatkare, 12 top bureaucrats and controversial diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

The Khobragade tale’s visa fraud side has a sinister flipside if viewed from the latest context of President Trump threatening to deport illegal immigrants in the US of A.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are currently investigating allegations that three former chief ministers of Maharashtra – Sushilkumar ShindeVilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan – were involved in the scam.

Sadly, justice will never be done in the Adarsh matter, reveals a report by Shalini Nair in The Indian Express, dated January 2011.reveals a report by Shalini Nair in The Indian Express, dated January 2011. Operative excerpt:.

From the time land was allotted to Mumbai’s first IAS officials’ housing society — Lalit in Cuffe Parade [in the vicinity of Adarsh] in 1965 — all plum government plots have always been given to societies whose members were officials with crucial postings

Here is a complete list:

Lalit Society: Includes ex-chief secys P D Kasbekar, L D Lulla, R D Pradhan and ex-law secy Bobby Dalal [located in south Mumbai, within a 1 km radius of the secretariat].

Buena Vista Society: Members are Union cabinet secretary (retd) S Rajagopal, retired chief secretaries K B Srinivasan, S Ramamoorthy and D K Afzalpurkar, senior IPS official K Padmanabhan

Samata: Justices C S Dharmadhikari and Y V Chandrachud

Shalaka Society: Meant for government buildings but transferred to society whose members include former chief secretaries Arun Bongirwar and Ajit Nimbalkar, former BMC commissioners Sharad Kale and J D Jadhav

Dilwara Society: Members include late CBI director M G Katre, retired DGP P S Pasricha, former Anti-Corruption Bureau chief S K Iyengar and retired Mumbai police commissioner Ronnie Mendonca

Charleville Society: Members include former municipal commissioner K Nalinakshan, ex-urban development secretary L Rajwade, retired IAS officer Yashwant Bhave, IAS official Ramesh Kanade

The above residential societies are located in south Mumbai’s Nariman Point – which virtually abuts the secretariat and the legislative assembly.

Priya Society Former chief secretaries D M Sukhthankar and N Raghunathan

Sagar Tarang Society: Former police commissioners Satish Sahane, M N Singh, Julio Ribeiro, R S Sharma, S K Bapat, Hassan Gafoor and A N Roy.

Praneet Society: Land meant for government buildings given to society, with former chief secretary R M Premkumar, former additional chief secretaries Ajit Warty, Navin Kumar, Ashok Khot and Awadesh Sinha as members

Aseem Society: Built on government land in Worli, its members include State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan

The above residential clusters are located in Worli – where some of the richest persons in India’s financial capital live. Till recently, Peter Mukherjea and Indrani Mukherjea lived as husband and wife in this very area. They have been accused of killing Indrani’s daughter through an earlier marriage – Sheena Bora.

Amaltas Society: This land meant for government buildings houses about 150 senior officials, including retired additional chief secretaries Jagdish Joshi, Manmohan Singh and Ravi Bhargav, former information commissioner Suresh Joshi, former principal secretary V K Jairath, former CIDCO managing director G S Gill

This building is located in Juhu, northwest Mumbai – also sometimes called the Beverly Hills of Bollywood. It has residences of the Bachchan clan, Jeetendra, [father of young female movie mogul Ekta Kapoor] and some of the real estate belonging to the late Yash Chopra, the legendary filmmaker.

Pataliputra Society: Former chief secretaries Johny Joseph, V Ranganathan and J P Dange, Urban Development (II) secretary Manukumar Shrivastav, former MMRDA commissioner T Chandrashekhar

This building is located in Lokhandwala, currently the space from where most of Bollywood operates. It encompasses the production house that belongs to Shah Rukh Khan.

Nyay Sagar and Renuka societies: This residential complex is home to many sitting judges of the Bombay High Court and politicians. The list includes the son of former Union home minister Shivraj Patil, his secretary Sudhir Khanapure, former chief secretary P Subramanyam, former Urban Development secretaries D T Joseph and Ramanand Tiwari and Nitin Kareer.

[3]

Operative portions from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

On 16 July 2004, the fire tragedy occurred on thatched roof structure of the school. The school started at 9:15 a.m. and during one of the breaks at 10:30 a.m., one of the girls noticed the fire and alerted the teacher and the news spread to other classes. The fire sparked from the midday meal kitchen thatch and spread to the upper level, which also had thatched roofs and spread rapidly. The narrow staircase had sundry materials that prevented exit of children. The staircase was also located close to the kitchen. The kitchen did not have gas stoves and fire logs were used for cooking. The school was overcrowded, having 900 children in its rolls. The thatches and the supporting bamboo poles caught fire and fell on the children and also blocked the exit.

The total toll read: 94 children dead.

The state government deputed a committee under Justice K. Sampath to inquire into the circumstances and causes leading to the fire accident on 20 July 2004. The committee assumed office on 1 August 2004 and was constituted with expert members Dr. Rani Kandhaswami (Former Principal, Lady Willington Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Chennai), S.K. Saxena (Fire Officer, Madras Atomic Power Station, Kalpakkam), K. Vijayan (Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Mental Health, Chennai) and P.A. Annamalai (retired Head Master).

The committee was given a timeline of four months, but extended for four times and it was able to finally complete the investigation on 30 June 2005. The investigations found out that the school was not inspected by the educational official for three years. The fire officials reported that the building laws were not followed as the school had a thatched kitchen and classroom roof, had no emergency exits and it was a “death trap”.

The committee found out that the major reason for the heavy casualty was the false tactics of the management to bring the other two school students to the aided primary school to mislead the inspecting authorities about the student-teacher ratio. The management was held responsible for the whole accident. The report pointed out that the teachers were not trained in disaster management and the prohibited thatch structure was close to the classrooms. It also stated that the schools had inadequate exit facilities and had no firefighting capabilities. Pulavar Palanichamy, the owner of the schools, was reported to have used his political clout and coalesced with the municipal and the revenue department officials getting the permits for the schools. Vijayalakshmi, the noon meal organizer and also the teacher of the English Medium school, was held accountable for not performing her duties of taking safety precautions. Vasanthi, the head cook lighted the oven in the absence of her assistant, Sivasankari, who usually lights it. There was contrasting reports on whether Sivasankari was present in the school during the event. The Tahsildar of Kumbakonam Taluk, Paramasivam, was reported “dishonest” for granting licence under the Tamil Nadu Public Buildings (Licensing) Act, 1965 to the school. The chartered engineer Jayachandran was also held dishonest of giving stability certificate to the building without visiting the school once. The additional assistant educational officer, Madhavan for allowing the school to run without recognition for 6 years. Sivaprakasam, the assistant elementary education officer, was held accountable for allowing Madhavan, who was not competent to allow permit to the school. Balaji, the deputy education elementary officer was accused of carelessly passing the papers signed by Madhavan. The local health officer r Dr. Sivapunyam was accused of giving false sanitary certificate to the school. Annadurai, a friend of Pulavar Palanichamy was accounted for advising circumvention of rules. Pingapani, the deputy educational officer, who inspected the high school, did not show interest in learning that the same campus had a primary school acting beyond rules. The other officers who were earlier responsible for permitting the nursery school against the rules during 1999, namely, Shanmughavelu, Sethuramachandran, Chandrasekharan and Dr.Palanivelu. The Deputy elementary educational officer, Durairaj and assistant elementary educational officer, Balakrishnan, were held less culpable for knowing about the thatched structure and the exaggerated attendance, but not initiating any action.

The accident was the one of the four major fire accident in the state following the Brihadeeswarar Temple fire on 7 June 1997, when 60 people were killed, Erwadi fire incident on 6 August 2001 that killed 30 mentally challenged people and fire at a marriage hall on 23 January 2005 at Srirangam where 30 people including the bridegroom were killed. A private school building collapse in a private school in Madurai during the 1950s killed 35 girls and injured 137 others.

The trial of the case started after a long delay on 24 September 2012 in the Thanjavur district sessions court. The case had 21 accused and had 488 witnesses that included 18 children affected in the accident. The headmaster, Prabharan and three others turned approvers.

A total of 17 people were chargesheeted in the case and were set to face trial. The seventeen included Pulavar Palanichamy [the school’s owner], his wife and correspondent of school Saraswati, three teachers, six officers in the education department (elementary), the Kumbakonam municipal commissioner, town planning officer and four assistants in the education department. The education department officials were accused of negligence of their duties and the lower level officers for conspiring with the officials for obtaining and renewing the licenses. The three teachers were accused of showing negligence shown towards rescuing the children.

The trial was concluded on July 17, 2014. On July 30, 2014, Thanjavur district sessions court sentenced school founder Pulavar Palanichamy to life imprisonment and fined Rs 51,65,700. Palanichamy’s wife and school correspondent P Saraswathi, headmistress J Santhalakshmi, noon meal organizer R Vijayalakshmi, cook R Vasanthi were sentenced five years imprisonment. Officials in district elementary education office, officer R Balaji, his assistant S Sivaprakasam, superintendent T Thandavan and assistant G Durairaj were also sentenced five years jail. Total fine of Rs 52,57,000 was imposed and ordered the compensation of Rs 50,000 to parents of each victim.

A higher court cleared charges of 12 accused, including three teachers, six education department officials and two municipality officers.

An October 2016 report in The Times of India adds:

The Madras high court ordered to provide Rs 5 lakh each as compensation to the relatives of 94 children who were charred to death in an inferno at Krishna English Medium School in Kumbakonam The court had appointed judge Venkataraman to look into claims of the victims’ parents.

உளவுகாத்தகிளி – 6

உலகில் உளவுப் பணி வேகமாக மாறி வருகிறது.

சினிமாக்களில் காண்பது போன்ற காதுகளில் பூ சுற்றும் பணி என்றோ மலையேறி விட்டது.

பயங்கரவாதம் ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் வேடங்களையும், அதன் வேகத்தையும் மாற்றுகிறது.

அமைதியை நிலை நாட்டும் முறைகளும், இதன் பொருட்டு மாறுகின்றன.

அதை விளக்க எனது தொடர் கதை இது.

இது தமிழ்லில் எழுதப்பட்டிருந்தாலும், பன்னாட்டுத் தரத்தில் – ஆங்கில நாவல்களுக்கு நிகராக உள்ளது என இதைப் படித்த நண்பர்கள் சொல்கிறார்கள்.

இது வரை இத்தொடரின் 5 அத்தியாயங்கள் பிரசுரமாகி விட்டன.

அதை இந்த லிங்கைத் தட்டிப் படிக்கலாம்.

அத்தியாயம் – 6

பிப்ரவரி 12 2009

எல்லா தொலைப்பேசி உரையாடல்களும் 84 முதல் பதிவு செய்யப்படுகின்றன என்ற தகவல் பலருக்குத் தெரியாது. எனக்கு அந்தத் தகவலை அமரரும் முன்னாள் டி ஜி பியும் ஆன மோஹந்தாஸ் ஸார் இரு மாமாங்கங்களுக்கு முன்பே சொல்லி இருந்தார்.

“பேச வந்தவன் பேசட்டுமே,” என்று நினைத்து மௌனம் சாதித்தேன்.

“நாளைக்கி காலைலோ 8-30 மணிக்கு உங்களே ரெணிகுண்டா ஸ்டேஷன்லோ 2-வது ப்ளாட்ஃபாரம்லோ மீட் ஒரு ஆள் பண்ண்ணும். கரெக்ட் டைம்லோ வா!”

ஃபோன் இணைப்பு துண்டிக்கப்பட்டது.

நான் திடீரெனக் “காணாமல் போவது” எனது அலுவலகத்தில் எல்லோருக்கும் பழக்கமான விஷயம்.

பயணங்கள் மேற்கொள்ளும்போது, எங்கள் அலுவலகத்தில், யாரும், யாரிடமும் எதையும் சொல்லிவிட்டுப் போவதில்லை. அது எங்களுடைய செயல்பாட்டின் முறை. தெரியாத விஷயங்களை யாராலும் காட்டிக்கொடுக்க முடியாது என்ற சித்தாந்தத்தின் அடிப்படையில் உருவானது தான் அது.

குறிப்பிட்ட ஆள் ஸீட்டில் இல்லாத நேரத்தில், பொதுவாக, தறை லைனுக்கு ஃபோன் கால்கள் வராமல் இருக்க, செல்வதற்கு முன் அதை எங்களது மொபைல் ஃபோனுக்கு வரும்படி ட்ரான்ஸ்ஃபர் செய்துவிட்டுச் சென்று விடுவோம்.

சிக்கலான வேலை என்றால், ஃபோனுக்கு“ஸைலன்ட் மோட்” என்ற ஃபார்முலா. பணி முடிந்த பின்னர் விட்டுப்போன, மிஸ்ட் கால்கள் அனைத்துக்கும் பதில் சொல்லுவோம். ஒரு வேளை, அலுவலக விஷயங்கள் தலைபோகிற அவசர நிலையில் இருந்தால், எங்களது கீழ் இடுப்பை அணைத்தபடி “சிலிர்க்கும் சுபாவமுள்ள” பேஜர் தகவலை அளித்து விடும்.

எனது தறை லைனில் வரும் கால்களை மொபைலுக்கு மாற்ற ஃபோனைத் தயார் செய்யும் உத்திரவு பொத்தாங்களைத் தட்டி, அலுவலகத்திலிருந்து வெளியே வந்தேன்.

மூன்று சக்கிர வாகனத்தில் விமான நிலையத்தை நோக்கிப் பயணித்தேன். இது போன்ற நேரங்களில் மாறு வேடம் அவசியம்.

விஷயம் புரியாத சினிமா எழுத்தாளர்களும் டைரக்டர்களும் பொய் தாடி, பொய் மீசை, விக் என்றெல்லாம் டகில் விடுவார்கள். நிஜம் வேறு மாதிரியானது.

சைதாப்பேட்டையைத் தாண்டி, கிண்டி அருகில் ஆட்டோவை நிறுத்தினேன். ட்ரைவரிடம் காப்பி சாப்பிட்டு வருவதாகக் கூறி – சங்கீதா ரெஸ்டாரண்டிற்குள் நுழைந்தேன். “ஏதோ ஞாபகம் வந்தது போல அருகிலுள்ள ஒரு எஸ் டி டி பூத்திலிருந்து ஒரே ஒரு ஃபோன். “மா லேந்து திருப்பதியில ஒரு ஆளைப் பார்க்கப்போறேன்,” என்று கூறி ஃபோனை வைத்து, காப்பியைப் பருகி விமான நிலையம் சென்றேன். அந்த ஃபோனை யாரும் அட்டெண்ட் செய்யவில்லை. ஆனால் ஒவ்வொரு காலுக்குப் பிறகும், எனது ஏதேனும் ஒரு தோழன் அதன் பதிவு செய்யப்பட்டிருந்த குரலைக் கேட்டு, ஆவன செய்வான்/செய்வாள். “ஒரு ஆள்” என்றவுடன், தெரியாத – எதிரி என்று பொருள். உள் அர்த்தம், “மாறுவேடம் தேவை”.

அப்போது, மணி சுமார் 4.

திருப்பதிக்கு நேரடி ஃப்ளைட் எதுவும் அப்போது இல்லை. ஆனால் ஹைதராபாத் சென்றால் அங்கிருந்து உண்டு என்பதைத் தெரிந்து கொண்டேன். இது போன்ற சம்பவங்களுக்கென அளிக்கப்பட்டிருந்த ப்ளாஸ்டிக் கடன் அட்டையில் டிக்கட்களை வாங்கினேன். ஹிக்கின்பாதம்ஸ் புத்தகக் கடையில், பிரபல ஆங்கில நாவலாசிரியர் ஃப்ரெடரிக் ஃபார்ஸித் எழுதிய சுய சரிதைப் புத்தகத்தை வாங்கினேன்.  அதில் தான் உளவாளியாகவும் தனது நாட்டுக்கு சேவை செய்த சில சூட்சுமங்களை விவரித்திருக்கிறார் அவர், என எங்கோ படித்த நினைவு. அப்போது அருகில் ஒருவர் என்னிடம் மிகவும் சாதரணமாக ஒரு சிறு லெதர் ஜோல்னாப் பையை நீட்டினார். எதுவும் பேசாமல் வாங்கிக் கொண்டேன். புத்தகத்திற்கான பணத்தைக் கொடுத்து நடையைக்கட்டி, பாதுகாப்பு சோதனைப் பகுதிக்குள் புகுந்தேன். இது யாருமே கவனிக்காத செயல். என் கைக்கு வந்த பையில் சந்தேகப்படும்படி எதுவும் இருக்கல்லை.

ரேணிகுண்டா பகுதியில் தான் திருப்பதி விமான நிலையம் உள்ளது. அங்கு ஹைதராபாத் வழியாக, சுற்றி, போய்ச் சேரும்போது மாலை மணி 7-30. ஹாயாக நடந்து வெளியே வந்தேன். வழியில் சுத்தமாக ஜன நடமாட்டமற்ற ஒரு பகுதியில் கொண்டுவந்திருந்த தோல் பையைத் திறந்தேன். அதில் ஒரு ஒற்றை வேஷ்டி. கோடுகள் போட்ட ஒரு கால்-குழாய் ரக முட்டு வரை மறைக்கும் அண்டர்வேர். ஒரு சற்றே கிழிந்த பனியன். காமராஜர் அணிவது போன்ற ஒரு அரைக்கை ‘அசட்டு மஞ்சள்’ கலரில் ஷர்ட். அத்துடன் ஒரு துணி ஜோல்னாப் பை.

விமான நிலையத்திற்கும் ரயிலடிக்கும் உள்ள இடைவெளி சுமார் 2 கி மி. பெரும்பாலும் ஜன நடமாடில்லாத பகுதி. ஒரு பாழடைந்த மண்டபத்தின் மறைவில், எந்தச் சிக்கலும் இல்லாமல் உடை மாற்றிக் கொண்டேன். எனது ஒரிஜினல் துணிகளும் லெதர் பையும் துணி ஜோல்னாப் பைக்குள் சென்றன. முட்டி வரை நீண்ட அன்டர்வேரின் கால் பங்கு தெரியும்படி வேட்டியை மடித்துக் கட்டி, பனியனை மாட்டி, ஜிப்பா போல் தென்படும் ஷர்டினுள் உடலைப் புகுத்தினேன். ஜோல்னாப் பைக்குள் மொபைல் ஒளிந்தது. பர்ஸிலிருந்து 5 ரூ.500 நோட்டுக்களை எடுத்து சட்டைப்பைக்குள் சொருகிக்கொண்டேன். ரயிலடியை நோக்கி நடக்க ஆரம்பித்தேன்.

வழியில் வெற்றிலை, சீவல், சுண்ணாம்பு, ஆகியவற்றுடன் ஒரு பீடிக்கட்டையும் வத்திப்பொட்டியையும் வாங்கினேன். வெற்றிலையை மடித்து வாயில் இட்டு மெல்ல ஆரம்பித்து எந்த அவசரமும் இன்றி ரேணிகுண்டா சந்திப்பை நோக்கிப் பொடி நடை.. ஜிலுஜிலுவென்ற காற்றில் அருகிலுள்ள புழுதி முகத்திலும் உடைகளிலும் ஒட்டி அழுக்காக்கியது. வாயில் மென்று குதப்பிய வெற்றிலையின் உபயத்தில் அது சிவந்தது. அதனால் எனக்கு ஒரு நாட்டுப்புறத்தான் லுக் வந்தது. பற்ற வைத்த பீடி அதற்கு மெருகூட்டியது. நடையை மாற்றி, அதில் ஒரு வித கேனத்தனமான சப்பாணித் தனத்தை நுழைத்தேன். ரயிலடியை நெருங்கும்போது, என் தாய் பார்த்திருந்தால் கூட என்னை அடையாளம் கண்டிருக்க மாட்டாள்.

ரயிலடியில் அடுத்த நாள் நண்பகலில் செல்லவிருந்த ஏதோ ஒரு ரயிலுக்கு ஒரு 2-ஆம் வகுப்பு ஸ்லீப்பர் டிக்கட் வாங்கினேன். அதையே காரணம் காட்டி வெயிட்டிங் ரூமில் டேரா போட்டேன். அங்குள்ள சிப்பந்திக்கு ஒரு நூறு ரூபாய் நோட்டை லஞ்சமாகக் கொடுத்தேன்.  “இது திருட்டு தம்முக்கோசம்,” என்றேன். இளித்தான். “க்வாட்டர் காவலண்டே செப்பண்டி,” என்று தண்ணியடிக்கும் ஆஃபரையும் அளித்தான். “நேனு ஷுகர் பேஷண்டு,” என்று ஒரு பொய்யைக் கூறி செட்டில் ஆவதற்குள் அங்குள்ள அழுக்கடைந்த சுவர்களில் ஒட்டப்பட்டிருந்த ஏதோ ஒரு போஸ்டர் போன்ற இரண்டு கால் பிராணியாகிவிட்டேன். அந்த அளவுக்குக் கச்சிதமான கொல்டி நாட்டுப்புரத்தான் வேடம்.

ரயிலடியில் இருந்த ஒரு பப்ளிக் பூத்திலிருந்து எனது டெல்லி தலைமை ஆஃபீஸுக்கு ஒரே ஒரு ஃபோன். அதை யாரும் எடுக்கவில்லை.அது நான் இருக்கும் இடத்தைக் குறிக்கும் ஒரு ஸிக்னல். அடுத்த 20-ஆவது நிமிடத்தில் தக்கபடி மாறுவேடத்தில் படைகள் வந்தன. மாறுவேடம் என்ற சொல் கன்ஃபியூஸ் பண்ணும். போலி ரயில்வே ப்ரொடக்ஷன் ஃபோர்ஸ் அங்கியில் சிலர். ரேப்பிட் ஆக்சன் ஃபோர்ஸ் அங்கியில் சிலர். மொத்தம் 12 பேர். ரயிலடிக்கு உள்ளேயும், வெளியேயும். தயார் நிலையில் ஒரு இரும்புக் கவச வண்டி., எவனுக்கும் சந்தேகமே வராத வண்ணம் நின்றது. இப்போது பல ரயிலடிகளில் இது போன்ற வண்டிகள் நிற்பது எல்லோருக்கும் பழக்கமாகி விட்டது. இந்தியாவிலேயே மிகவும் சோம்பேரியான கும்பல் என ஒன்று உண்டென்றால், அது ஆர் பி எஃப் என்ற ரயில்வே பாதுகாப்புப்படை. ரேணிகுண்டாவில் 3 நபர்கள்மட்டுமே அஃபீஷியலாக இருந்தார்கள். மூவரும் காவல் துறை அறையில் ரம்மி ஆடுவதில் மும்முரமாக இருந்தார்கள். அவர்களைப் பொறுத்த மட்டில் ரெயில்வே எப்போதோ ஃபெயில்வே ஆகி விட்டிருந்தது. யார் எக்கேடுகெட்டாலும் அவர்களுக்குக் கவலை இல்லை.

ரயில் நிலயத்தில் டீ சாப்பிடும் பாசாங்குகளின்போது தேட வேண்டிய அல்லது கவனிக்க வேண்டிய ஆள் எப்படி இருக்கலாம் என எனது தோழர்களிடம் டிஸ்கஸ் பண்ணினேன். என்னைக் காண வரும் நபர் யாராக இருக்கலாம் என்ற கணக்கை எனது பாஸ்கள் ஏற்கனவே கணக்கிட்டிருந்தனர். மிகவும் அலர்ட்டாக, ரயில் நிலையத்தை சல்லடைபோட ஆரம்பித்தோம். விசேஷப் பயிற்சி இல்லாத அமெச்சூர் உளவாளிகளை எளிதில் கண்டுபிடித்து விடலாம். அருகிலுள்ள ஏதேனும் கண்ணாடியில் உற்று தலையைச் சீவிக்கொள்வது போல நடித்து, பின் தொடர்வோரைக் கண்டுபிடிக்க முயல்வார்கள். சந்தேகம் வந்த நபர்களிடம் பேச்சுக் கொடுக்க எத்தனிப்பார்கள். கூட்டாளிகளுக்கு காதைச் சொறிந்தோ, மூக்கை உருவியோ சைகைகள் செய்வார்கள். கொஞ்சம் புத்திசாலித்தனம் அதிகமுள்ளவர்கள் கண்களால் சைகைகள் ஸிக்னல் கொடுப்பார்கள்.

இது போன்ற எந்தச் சம்பவமும், இரவு முழுதும் அங்கு நடக்கவில்லை.

அது எங்களைப் பொறுத்தவரை சிவராத்திரி ஆயிற்று. கண் விழித்தோம்.

இதெல்லாம் எங்களுக்குப் பழக்கமான விஷயங்கள். 72 மணி நேரம் மிகவும் உஷார் நிலையில் விழித்திருக்க, எங்களுக்குப் பயிற்சி அளிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

திருப்பதியில் சாமி தரிசனத்திற்காக வரும் மக்கள் வெள்ளம் காரணத்தால் எப்போதுமே ரேணிகுண்டா ரயில் நிலையத்தில் ஜன நடமாட்டம் அதிகமாகவே இருக்கும்.

புனித யாத்ரிகள் மடிய நாம் காரணமாக இருக்கக் கூடாதே என்று ஏழு மலையானை வேண்டிக் கொண்டேன்.

-தொடரும்

Diplomatic sucker punch to break Pakistan’s glass-jaw

In Uri, J&K state, 17 braves of the Indian army were butchered by Pakistan trained terrorists.

India’s officialdom is twiddling its thumbs and singing rhyming diddles, predictably uttering ‘appropriate action at the appropriate time’.

It is high time that India moved the United Nations for declaring Pakistan as a rogue state and to initiate proceedings for imposing sanctions against the terrorist regime in Islamabad.

Southern Features News Service [SFNS] is doing its national duty by providing the draft of the letter to be sent to the UN by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi.

The editorial board of SFNS is aware that this easily viable idea may be ignored or hidden from PM Modi. After all, he has many enemies within his own cabinet.

Draft

His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki Moon

Secretary General, United Nations

New York

United States of America

Excellency,

Subject:  United Nations’ imposition of sanctions against the Republic of Pakistan – declaring it a rogue terrorism sponsoring state 

On September 18 2016, terrorists trained in Pakistan launched an attack on Indian soldiers within officially held sovereign Indian Territory and killed 17 army personnel.

The physical evidence for the same – recorded as per international standards to gather evidence from the scene of a crime – is being sent for your perusal by separate diplomatic courier.

The sovereign nation – India that is Bharat seeks the imposition of sanctions against Pakistan – both military and financial.

Further, India that is Bharat seeks the following steps to be initiated immediately:

Ban on all financial transactions with Pakistan of all UN member nations.

Economic and military blockade against Pakistan to stop the spread of global terrorism.

UN intervention to liberate the heroic people of Baluchistan – who are being crushed under the scarlet buckled shoes of the Pakistani armed forces.

UN intervention to liberate the heroic people of the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir – whose illegal occupation by Pakistan has been declared improper by the UN since 2010.

Sanctions’ formulations, we in India comprehend, are divided into three categories.

The First Category involves sanctions that are designed to force cooperation with international Law.

Citation: Chesterman, S., & Pouligny, B. (2003). Are Sanctions Meant to Work? The Politics of Creating and Implementing Sanctions through the United Nations Global Governance, 9(4), 503-518.

Citation: Sanctions placed on Iraq as per Resolutions 661, 665 and 670 after the initial invasion of neighbouring Kuwait to prevent armed conflict.

That being a precedent, Pakistan’s continued illegal occupation of one-third of the state of Jammu & Kashmir that always belonged to India is ample cause for imposition of sanctions.

The Second Category of sanctions pertains to the explicit purpose to contain a threat to peace within an internationally recognised geographical boundary.

Citation: Pakistan backed sections of Al Qaeda have links with terrorists in Chechnya. Source: USA Today Relevant excerpts: According to Evan Kohlmann, senior partner of Flashpoint Global Partners, a New York-based international security consulting firm, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and one of its splinter groups, the Islamic Jihad Union, both have recruited Chechen, Turks and other non-Arab Muslims to fight with them against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Both of these groups are based in the Waziristan tribal area of Pakistan, “and these groups can be just as radical as anything al-Qaeda puts out,” Kohlmann was quoted as saying. Several links have been identified between Chechen guerrillas and al-Qaeda, according to an analysis by the Council on Foreign Relations. President Vladimir Putin has often stressed that al-Qaeda is linked with Chechen fighters. According to the Council on Foreign Relations analysis, a Chechen warlord is said to have met with Osama bin Laden while both were fighting against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan from 1979-89.

The Third Category involves the United Nations Security Councils condemnation of actions of a specific action or policy of a member/non-member nation.

Citation: Pakistan’s covert action against China: Pakistan draws its financial sustenance on a weekly basis from China. Yet, it always had and continues to have shady connections with separatist terror groups operating in China. Source New York Times

Relevant operative portion: Authorities in China’s troubled Xinjiang region charged that the leader of the first of two lethal assaults over the weekend had trained in Pakistan, an unusually specific accusation that could hint at growing Chinese impatience with Pakistan’s inability to control radical groups operating within its borders.

Citation: Select acts of terrorism against law officers in France were linked to Pakistan. Source: France24

Relevant excerpts from the report cited above:

French police have detained three men in connection with an investigation into the deadly stabbing of a French police officer and his companion at their home in a suburb of Paris on Monday evening in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group stabbed French police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, and his 35-year-old companion, Jessica Schneider, to death before he was killed in a dramatic police operation. The attacker also took the couple’s 3-year-old son hostage, who was rescued by police unharmed, but in a state of shock.

French President François Hollande said the murders in the western Paris suburb of Magnanville western suburb of Paris were “unquestionably a terrorist act”.

Paris Prosecutor François Molins identified the suspect as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, who had been sentenced in 2013 for links to a jihadist network that sent recruits to Pakistan

[Emphasis added]

As can be discerned from the paragraphs above and those below, Pakistan has consistently acted against the interests of all the permanent members of the UN Security Council – viz. US of A, UK, Russia, China and France, besides, India and many other peace-loving nations of the globe.

The paragraphs below amply demonstrate that Pakistan deserves the promulgation of UN sanctions for the enforcement of International Law, safeguarding of a geographical region within a sovereign nation within its borders from illegal enemy action through terrorism and condemnation of action and/or policy of a member nation.

Pakistan’s former general has admitted that his nation supports terrorist acts in India.

Admission by Pakistan’s former ruler of training terrorists in Pakistan to operate in India: Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf told German periodical Der Spiegel that militant groups “were indeed formed inside Pakistan” in part, because of the international community’s “apathy” over the Kashmir dispute. Source: BBC

“It is the right of any country to promote its own interests when India is not prepared to discuss Kashmir at the United Nations and resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner,” Musharraf was quoted as saying.

Permit us to mention here that Pakistan’s claim over the sovereign Indian Territory – as recognised by the United Nations since 2010 – has now become irrevocable.

The relevant context:

In 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh, (September 1895 – 26 April 1961), the last ruling monarch of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir in India briefly attempted to remain neutral, heading an 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.

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]

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.

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!

Despite 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. In spite of the fact that the continuance of Article 370 is detrimental to the Hindu majority of India, owing to the democratic traditions, the measure continues.

On the Pakistani side, most of the Kashmiris have been chased away – and the area is being systematically colonised! 

Pakistan keeps talking of “liberating” J & K.

The differences between India administered Kashmir and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir:

  • J & K’s annual GDP is roughly US$ 30 billion. By that yardstick, the piece of land in Pakistani control ought to be US$ 10 billion. Latest figures say it is yet to cross US$ 1 billion!
  • On the Indian side, there are 4 airports in the state of J & K. On the Pakistani side, there are almost none. [see below]
  • Highways and railway lines have almost touched the borders in India. Pakistani portion of J & K is yet to have a decent dual carriageway.
  • Elections are regularly held in J & K in what ought to be termed the real free Kashmir. In Pakistan’s piece, peace is a distant dream. The so-called premier of Azad Kashmir has to go on hunger strikes for basic amenities!

After waiting for 7 years, in November 2010, UNSC ruled that J & K is no longer a disputed territory as per the UN list. The free world’s monitoring agencies have gone on record saying that the state of J & K has a democratically elected, functioning government. On the contrary, people in the Pakistan held area are subjected to tortuous intimidation.   

Kindly allow us to quote a few paragraphs from your rules for this step to be taken by your august body of which India that is Bharat is a member.

The relevant link:

https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1267/aq_sanctions_list

  1. Detailed statement of case in support of the proposed listing and the specific criteria under which the names of individuals and/or entities are being proposed for designation, including specific findings and reasoning demonstrating that the listing criteria are met:

Detailed statement:

Besides India, permanent members of United Nations Security Council have charged Pakistan with initiating terrorist activities in India and in Afghanistan.

Evidence:

Citation: International Terrorism: Threats and Responses: Hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary by United States Congress House Committee on the Judiciary, ISBN 0-16-052230-7, 1996, pp. 482.

Citation: Pakistan’s acts against the United States of America: U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta stated on June 7 2012 that the U.S. was “reaching the limits of patience” with Pakistan allowing militant groups to enjoy safe haven inside parts of the country. Source: CBS.

“It is extremely important that Pakistan take action to prevent this kind of safe haven from taking place, and from allowing terrorists to use their country as a safety net in order to conduct their attacks on our forces,” Panetta was quoted as saying.

“We have made very clear that it is difficult to achieve a secure Afghanistan as long as there is a safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan from which they can conduct attacks on our forces,” Panetta added.

Citation: Accusation of sponsoring international terrorism against Pakistan made by French President in 2010: Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, launched a fierce attack on Pakistan during his visit to India, accusing Islamabad of allowing terrorist groups to form safe havens in its territory. Source: The Telegraph, London

“It is unacceptable for Afghanistan and for our troops that the Taliban and al-Qaeda find safe haven in the border regions of Pakistan. We know the price that the Pakistani people are paying for terrorism. But it is unacceptable for the world that terrorist acts should be masterminded and carried out by terrorist groups in Pakistan,” Sarkozy was quoted as saying.

The report cited a despatch by the US Ambassador done earlier.

“There is no chance that Pakistan will view enhanced assistance levels in any field as sufficient compensation for abandoning support to these groups, which it sees as an important part of its national security apparatus against India. The only way to achieve a cessation of such support is to change the Pakistan government’s own perception of its security requirements,” Anne Patterson, US Ambassador to Pakistan was quoted as saying as cited in Wikileaks.

  1. Details of any connection with a currently listed individual or entity:

Citations are from your own list of banned entities:

QDe.069 Name: AFGHAN SUPPORT COMMITTEE (ASC)

A.k.a.: a) Lajnat ul Masa Eidatul Afghania b) Jamiat Ayat-ur-Rhas al Islamiac c) Jamiat Ihya ul Turath al Islamia d) Ahya-ul Turas  F.k.a. NA Address: a) Headquarters – G.T. Road (probably Grand Trunk Road), near Pushtoon Garhi Pabbi, Peshawar, Pakistan 

QDe.005 Name: AL RASHID TRUST

A.k.a.: a) Al-Rasheed Trust b) Al Rasheed Trust c) Al-Rashid Trust d) Aid Organization of the Ulema, Pakistan e) Al Amin Welfare Trust f) Al Amin Trust g) Al Ameen Trust h) Al-Ameen Trust i) Al Madina Trust j) Al-Madina Trust F.k.a.: NA Address: a) Kitab Ghar, Nazimabad 4, Dahgel-Iftah, Karachi, Pakistan b) Jamia Masjid, Sulalman Park, Melgium Pura, Lahore, Pakistan c) (Office Dha’rbi-M’unin, Opposite Khyber Bank, Abbottabad Road, Mansehra, Pakistan) d) (Office Dha’rbi-M’unin ZR Brothers, Katcherry Road, Chowk Yadgaar, Peshawar, Pakistan) e) (Office Dha’rbi-M’unin, Rm No. 3, Moti Plaza, Near Liaquat Bagh, Muree Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan) f) (Office Dha’rbi-M’unin, Top Floor, Dr. Dawa Khan Dental Clinic Surgeon, Main Baxae, Mingora, Swat, Pakistan) g) (Kitab Ghar, Darul Ifta Wal Irshad, Nazimabad No. 4, Karachi, Pakistan, Phone 6683301; Phone 0300-8209199; Fax 6623814) h) (302b-40, Good Earth Court, Opposite Pia Planetarium, Block 13a, Gulshan-l-Iqbal, Karachi, Pakistan; Phone 4979263) i) (617 Clifton Centre, Block 5, 6th Floor, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan; Phone 587-2545) j) (605 Landmark Plaza, 11 Chundrigar Road, Opposite Jang Building, Karachi, Pakistan; Phone 2623818-19) k) (Jamia Masjid, Sulaiman Park, Begum Pura, Lahore, Pakistan; Phone 042-6812081) Listed on: 6 Oct. 2001 (amended on 21 Oct. 2008, 10 Dec. 2008, 13 Dec. 2011) Other information: Headquarters are in Pakistan. Operations in Afghanistan: Herat Jalalabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif, in Kosovo, Chechnya, involved in the financing of Al-Qaida and the Taliban. Until 21 Oct. 2008, this entity appeared also as “Aid Organization of the Ulema, Pakistan” (QDe.073), listed on 24 Apr. 2002 and amended on 25 Jul. 2006. The two entries Al Rashid Trust (QDe.005) and Aid Organization of the Ulema, Pakistan (QDe.073) were consolidated into this entity on 21 Oct. 2008. Founded by Mufti Rashid Ahmad Ledahyanoy (deceased), associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (QDe.019). Banned in Pakistan since Oct. 2001

  1. Information about any other relevant acts or activities of the individual/entity

Citation: Despite the closure of its offices in Pakistan in February 2007 AL RASHID TRUST and its adjuncts have continued their activities. Review pursuant to Security Council resolution 1822 (2008) was concluded on 6 May 2010. Source: https://scsanctions.un.org/consolidated/#alqaedaent

  1. The nature of the supporting evidence (e.g., intelligence, law enforcement, judicial, media, admissions by subject, etc.)

Citation: Documents uncovered by Rahmatullah Nabil, former chief of Afghan Spy Agency—the National Directorate of Security (NDS) – showed that the money provided by the U.S government to the Pakistani military for fighting terrorism is in fact spent by Pakistan’s Inter-service Intelligence (ISI) for promoting and supporting terrorism. Source: Tolo News Agency

Nabil provided Afghan President Ashraf Ghani with intelligence documents that pointed to Pakistan’s ISI systematically supports the terrorist groups.

July 2014 (Pakistani military intelligence)

Document presented to Ghani revealed that the attack on Kabul Airport was carried out during President Hamid Karzai’s government with ISI aid. On July 2014, an official letter from central office of ISI in Islamabad was sent to MI-422 office in Swaba, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in which it directed the office to thank that the people that succeeded in plotting the attack on Kabul Airport (now Hamid Karzai International Airport) and gave 2.5 million Pakistani rupees to for every one of the following: Haji Khalil Haqqani, Haji Hakim Woluswal, Qari Zahir Shah and Mawlawi Hakim. Moreover, the office was directed to donate 1.5 million Pakistani rupees to the families of those that were involved in the attack. A day before the issuance of the letter, insurgents attacked Kabul International Airport from under a construction building.

Evidence on official ISI stationery between March and April 2015

The attack on Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs in Kabul was to be done by the Haqqani network and a demand was made to obtain the report of compliance before July 23 2015. The ISI 945 office in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in an official note dated April 6, 2015 to the central office in Islamabad said the following: Officials of 945 office in a meeting with Toryalai, the head of the network and his co-fighters on April 5, 2015, were tasked to kidnap and kill Afghanistan’s Shia leaders in Herat, Kabul and Farah. In addition, they gave 2 million Pakistani rupees to the participant in that meeting.

Office 945 was asked to prepare the required weapons and other equipment by Toryalai through the COD Akora Khattak and hand them over by the mentioned date. In the note it was mentioned that 23 people from Toryalai group’s 23 persons were given military training.

The central office of ISI located in Quetta in a tentative note to central office of IW in Islamabad and 945-office in Rawalpindi, presented the result of visit by a number of officers to the office with Quetta Shura of Taliban as follows:

March 2015: From ISI site office to central office in Islamabad and Rawalpindi: “The members of Taliban’s Quetta Shura held a meeting about the peace process with Afghan government in which key commanders of the Shura attended. They talked on mutual interests and policies as already given to them. In addition, the relevant officials gave needed directions to members of the council about the process. It is pertinent to mention that the note has mentioned that the advisory board (945, CID) forwarded all those terms and preconditions as directed from GHQ. After that the Shura’s decision will be mutual then will be forwarded on a priority basis.”

“Based on the orders of the central ISI office, the office directed its agents to transfer Atta Mohammad and Hafiz Loqman, two commanders of Haqqani network under leadership of Maulavi Zar Mohammad to Pakistani military base in Datta Khail area of Miran Shah in North Waziristan in fake police uniforms,” a despatch from ISI office 945 on its official stationery read. Pakistani army colonel Ghulam Abbas recorded that “The central ISI office directed units 945 and 935 to transfer all Haqqani network militants to Miran Shah, Topchi and Mir Ali under the cover of the army.” Another official communication revealed that a meeting was held between Hafiz Gul Bahadur of Hafiz Gul Bahadur Group with the commander of Afghan Taliban Maulavi Hamdullah. The main purpose of the meeting was to provide rented houses to leaders of Afghan Taliban in Hayat Abad and Tahkal of Peshawar who have been deployed from remote regions of Miran Shah. In addition, armoured vehicles and guards were to be provided to secure their lives and activities.”

Nabil added that tens of thousands of Madrasas in Pakistan were [and are] involved in brain-washing, terrorism and extremism using funds from the US.

  1. Supporting evidence or documents: Details of any connection with a currently listed individual or entity:

Citations from #2 above amply demonstrate that individuals and entities against whom sanctions have been promulgated by the UN are active in Pakistan.

To sum up, as aforementioned, Your Excellency may initiate action to get the following steps underway:

India that is Bharat seeks the following steps to be initiated immediately:

Ban on all financial transactions with Pakistan of all UN member nations.

Economic and military blockade against Pakistan to stop the spread of global terrorism.

UN intervention to liberate the heroic people of Baluchistan – who are being crushed under the scarlet buckled shoes of the Pakistani armed forces.

UN intervention to liberate the heroic people of the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir – whose illegal occupation by Pakistan has been declared illegal by the UN since 2010.

We in India that is Bharat look forward to receive a favourable reciprocation.

Respectfully,

On Behalf of the Republic of India

Narendra Damodardas Modi

Prime Minister

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Airports in J & K

Jammu:

The Airports Authority of India had published data and statistics of the airport between April 2013 and March 2014. According to this data, Jammu airport is ranked the 27th busiest airport in India, with total passenger traffic of 845,555. It is served by 7 airlines.

Kargil Airport is a military airfield in Kargil district 6 km away from Kargil and 210 km from Srinagar. It is one of the 4 airports in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It was built by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at a cost of 350 million Rupees, initially for civilian use but was transferred to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2003 after it was damaged in the Kargil War in 1999. The civil enclave at the airfield is managed by the State Government.

Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport is located in LehJammu and Kashmir. At 3,256 m (10,682 ft) above mean sea level, it is one of the commercial terminals located at a very high altitude. The airport is named after 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, an Indian statesman and monk.

In February 2016, Indian Air Force handed the airport to Airport Authority of India. AAI will expand it for civilian purposes. It is serviced by 3 airlines.

Poonch Airport (also known as Poonch Airstrip) is an airport located in PoonchIndia.

Though no scheduled flights operate from Poonch, in 2005, then Chief Minister of Jammu and KashmirGhulam Nabi Azad made a suggestion to Air Deccan that they start flying small aircraft to Poonch. The then Chairman of Air DeccanCaptain Gopinath said that Air Deccan would consider the request.

Srinagar International Airport  is named after Sheikh ul Alam, a 15th-century Kashmiri mystic Sheikh Noor-ud-din Wali. It is an international terminal, connected to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia beyond the borders of India. Domestically it is linked to 11 cities and serves 6 airlines.

Airports in POK:

Gilgit:

Because of its short runway located at the edge of a slope, even Boeing 737s and similar-sized jet aircraft cannot operate at Gilgit Airport. Currently Pakistan International Airlines operates ATR 42 aircraft on the Gilgit-Islamabad route.

A new terminal was constructed in 2014 which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

This airport, when planned, had been allocated land twice as large as at present. But, due to excessive water leakage from the ground, the land was used to create a public park at the vicinity of this airport. The leakage was caused due to excessive bombings on this area during war period. Muzaffarabad:

There are no scheduled flights to this airport.

Chilas

It is not being used by any passenger airline.

Skardu

Skardu has a domestic civil airport and military airbase connected to Islamabad. It also serves as a Forward Operating Base of the Pakistan Air Force.

Source: Wikipedia.

Post Script:

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More importantly, so is Pakistan! 27 views!

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China-Pakistan Conjure A Brazen Media Game

Are India’s comprador mainstream media vendors selling Bharat’s vital interests down the rivers bordering Pakistan and China?

Links between China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and China’s unquenchable thirst for Middle-East oil point to the biggest red herrings meant to fool a huge part of the world – yet again at the cost of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi landed what can be termed ‘oral Baluchistan sucker-punch’ on the glass jaws of Islamabad’s military mastodons on India’s Independence Day. Reeling under its ache, Pakistan and China are operating through elements in India’s media to spread disinformation on Bharat’s foreign policy, whose outcome could only suit the evil designs of Beijing mandarins serviced by its Rawalpindi-based army top-brass mess-menials.

Outputs of India’s top, giant information disseminators – viz. the Press Trust of India [PTI] and its competitor – Asian News International [ANI] indicate such a perfidy. The following paragraphs point to possibilities of total myopia or complete treachery on the part of these news agencies.

There are other sinister angles. Some of them snake into the innards of India’s financial capital Mumbai and a few smelly entails of a mysteriously dead 4th Estate fixer.

The Pakistani yelp is clearly audible from the tone of Abdul Basit, the enemy nation’s agent provocateur operating under diplomatic garb, as reported by the Financial Express, citing an ANI dispatch. Operative excerpts:

India’s denial to hold talks with Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir recorded reactions from both sides. Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit Islamabad feels the need to hold talks over Kashmir, an ANI report says.

“You all know that we took a step towards having dialogue but that didn’t work out. We did send an invite to India but that did not move forward. We do feel talks on Kashmir is needed [sic],” Basit was quoted as saying.

Reacting to allegations concerning Dawood Ibrahim’s hideout in Pakistan, Basit was dismissive.

“Ye baat puraani ho gayi hai (this is an old issue),” he said.

Pakistan had written to India on August 15, calling for a dialogue on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and humanitarian issues related to the violence there. India rejected the offer.

Not far behind was India’s biggest news agency – PTI. It regurgitated the Chinese line on Modi to twist the narrative. The dispatch was cited by the Times of India. Operative excerpts:

Chinese scholars are “deeply disturbed” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent reference to Baluchistan. A senior expert, talking to PTI, warned of joint steps by China and Pakistan if an “Indian factor” disrupts the $46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC], with the region as its hub.

“If India is found by China or Pakistan in disrupting the process of CPEC, it will really become a disturbance to China-India relations, India-Pakistan relations,” South Asia expert Hu Shisheng said.

“If that happens China and Pakistan could have no other way but take united steps. I want to say that the Pakistan factor could surge again to become the most disturbing factor in China-India relations, even more than the Tibet, border and trade imbalance issues,” he told PTI here.

Hu is the director of China’s state-run think-tank Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies. The institute is affiliated to the Chinese foreign ministry.

“All the three countries could be badly derailed from their current facts of economic and social development. It could be very bad,” Hu said.

Expressing concern over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to the human rights situation in Baluchistan in his Independence Day address, he said Chinese scholars were “deeply disturbed by the reference”.

Welcoming the formation of the special mechanism for talks during Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s recent visit to India to resolve differences, Hu said the two sides can hold wide-ranging talks on CPEC, NSG and India’s bid to ban Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar in the UN.

“If CPEC is completed not only China and Pakistan but also Afghanistan, India and Iran can benefit a lot. India’s projects in Chabahar port in Iran too can benefit,” Hu averred.

Hu claimed the CPEC will not disturb the sovereignty claim of Pakistan and India in the Kashmir issue.

“It is quite clearly written in the 1963 border treaty of Pakistan and China that if Pakistan and India finally reach agreement on Kashmir issue then the treaty would be accordingly amended. The CPEC construction is conducive to regional stability including China’s Xinjiang. China dare not give up the management and frontier regional development just for being sensitive to the Indian concerns over Kashmir issue. China has its own national concerns, especially stability of Xinjiang,” Hu pointed out.

“If Indian concern is too much, China is also one part of the Kashmir issue. If the accession (area by Pakistan to China) is regarded by India as one part of the problem then let the three of us sit down to talk. Whatever happened in the past, it has not become so serious then let us talk about it [sic],” Hu added.

China has dangled a huge red herring in this regard to divert the globe’s attention from. Beijing’s sweat to get the world media to concentrate on the ‘crippling costs’ of its oil imports from the Middle East is a clever attempt to camouflage the possibility of losing one of its biggest provinces – Xinjiang. Here is an indication as to how western media has been completely fooled.

Also read: Contemporary Tamil fiction at its best 

China’s daily crude imports this year are touching 7.4 million barrels according to an analyst with S&P Global Platts, Song Yen Ling. It is up 10% from last year’s 6.7 million. China’s growing oil thirst, the Wall Street Journal reports, is a serious cause for Beijing’s concern.

China’s largest African suppliers of oil are: Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, and Sudan. Smaller exporters include Algeria, Chad, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, and Libya.

China has also recently cut major energy deals with Russia, as Moscow and Beijing unfreeze decades of mutual suspicion and mistrust in a growing geopolitical alliance also aimed at reducing U.S. regional and global hegemony. Middle Eastern oil still represents over 50% of China’s oil needs.

Most of this oil passes through – the Straits of Hormuz. Roughly, 20% of the world’s petroleum (about 35% of the petroleum traded by sea) passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade, says the relevant Wikipedia dossier.

China spends roughly US$1.6 billion per month to transport its oil from various parts of the globe to its ports. Its oil import growth rate is pegged at 16% per annum and hence – its costs could escalate beyond manageable proportions. Its oil buys are another story – accruing to US$11.5 billion a month including transportation costs.

But, Chinese slit eyes are rooted to another spot in the area that has stuff worth roughly US$ 30 trillion – in its immediate neighbourhood – Afghanistan!

Or is that China is getting even for a sinister event that escaped the world’s main mainstream media drones’ eagle eyes?

According to Wikipedia, there are over 1400 mineral fields in Afghanistan. They contain barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, sulphur, talc and zinc. The precious stones in the nation’s underbelly include emeralds, lapis lazuli, red garnets, and rubies.

China has a land border with Afghanistan that snakes through a chicken-neck pass called Vakhjir Pass. It passes through the Hindu Kush or Pamirs at the eastern end of the Wakhan Corridor, the only pass between Afghanistan and China. It links Wakhan in Afghanistan with the Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County in Xinjiang, China, at an altitude of 4,923 metres (16,152 ft) above mean-sea-level [MSL]. The pass, not an official border crossing point, has the sharpest official change of clocks of any international frontier (UTC+4:30 in Afghanistan to UTC+8China Standard Time, in China).

Despite the common border cited above, China needs a circuitous route to enter Afghanistan – which can only be through PoK and Baluchistan. In a word, that sums up the theme behind the CPEC.

On the Chinese side, the region is home to the Uighur people and part of   the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region [XUAR]. It is the largest Chinese administrative division, the 8th largest country subdivision in the world, spanning over 1.6 million km2 (0.64 million square miles) It contains the disputed territory of Aksai Chin administered by China. Xinjiang borders the countries of Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Xinjiang also borders Tibet Autonomous Region and the provinces of Gansu and Qinghai. Xinjiang is divided into the Dzungarian Basin in the north and the Tarim Basin in the south by a mountain range. Only about 4.3% of Xinjiang’s land area is fit for human habitation. The Xinjiang autonomous region in China’s far west has had a long history of discord between the authorities and the indigenous ethnic Uighur population, said a BBC report.

The Xinjiang conflict is an ongoing separatist conflict in China‘s far-west province of Xinjiang, whose northern region is known as Dzungaria and whose southern region (the Tarim Basin) is known as East Turkestan. Uyghur separatists and independence movements claim that the region is not a part of China. The Second East Turkestan Republic was, it is alleged, illegally incorporated by the PRC in 1949 and has since been under Chinese occupation. The East Turkestan Independence Movement [ETIM] is led by Turkic Islamist militant organisations, most notably the Turkistan Islamic Party (formerly the East Turkestan Islamic Movement), against the government in Beijing.

In 2012, Chinese authorities asked Pakistan to hand over members of the extremist East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) believed to be operating out of the latter nation. Beijing named six terror suspects and described the group as the “most direct and real safety threat that China faces”.

In 2015, a Reuters report said that almost all members of the Uighur militant group the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) have been eliminated from Pakistan. The source was Pak President Mamnoon Hussain, who had visited Beijing. China blames violent unrest in its far western region of Xinjiang on separatist groups like ETIM, who it says want to set up an independent state called East Turkestan and have bases in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many foreign experts, however, have questioned whether ETIM exists as the coherent group China claims it is.

Xinjiang has another controversial border – with the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) or Xizang Autonomous Region. It is also called Tibet or Xizang. It was created in 1965 on the basis of Tibet’s incorporation by the PRC in 1951.

Within China, Tibet is identified as an Autonomous Region. The current borders of Tibet were generally established in the 18th century and include about half of ethno-cultural Tibet. The Tibet Autonomous Region is the second-largest province-level division of China by area, spanning over 1,200,000 square kilometres (460,000 sq mi), after Xinjiang, and mostly due to its harsh and rugged terrain, is the least densely populated provincial-level division of the PRC.

If the CPEC is disrupted, China would lose its US$46 billion investment to link its Kashghar region to the Arabian Sea. The CPEC is aimed at cutting costs of importing oil, paving the way to export PRC goods through the Arabian Sea and simultaneously pose a threat to the first world’s already garbled Middle-East policy.

Thirsty for the Middle-East’s oil, China aims to cut down costs of ferrying the crude by some 1600 km as tankers have to traverse the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Straits of Malacca before reaching the Chinese ports. Peoples’ Republic of China is the largest importer of crude in the world at the present.

Modi’s Independence Day speech pointed to Pakistan’s losing its biggest province Baluchistan on the one side and ending the illegal occupation of Kashmir on the other. For China this is alarming. Not only could its carefully laid plans to spring a series of traps against the West in the southwest underbelly of Pakistan go kaput, but also, its strategic advantages in India’s northwest flank may go up in smoke. Worse, the clarion calls for the independence of Uighurs and Tibet would receive a fillip – leaving China minus its largest province bordering Russia.

The policy of the West with regard to Afghanistan isn’t pure as driven snow either.

NATO needs to cart away the booty from Afghanistan and India’s western coast port of Kandla is the safest exit point.  NATO had vainly tried various tricks since 2010 with regard to the riches of Afghanistan!

Boxed into a corner of its own making, Pakistan is fomenting trouble in Kashmir valley to delay the inevitable.

Corrupt sections of the media are overplaying the problems in India’s northernmost state – where terrorists with active support from Pakistan have become a headache.

China hopes to hem India in from its northwest flank through its investment in Gwadar and also through the CPEC. The Beijing dragon is already present in Sri Lanka in the southeast port of Hambantota – sending submarines and warships to dock at what is slowly turning out to be a naval base meant also to challenge NATO presence in the Indian Ocean’s Diego Garcia atoll. Pakistani and Chinese presence in Maldives – another archipelago in India’s southwest flank is cause for worry. The less said about Chinese mischief in India’s northeast flank the better because New Delhi’s snob political classes’ attitude towards the unfortunate citizens of the north eastern 7 sisters is pathetically piss poor.

In the face of such extenuating circumstances, the suspected treason of India’s mainstream media could be cause for serious concern.

The original question again:

Are India’s comprador mainstream media vendors selling Bharat’s vital interests down the rivers bordering Pakistan and China?

Sonia shoulders a secret dehydrated dislocation?

A lot of my readers are confused as to what is wrong with the health of Sonia Gandhi.

Reports said she suffered from dehydration.

Another said – it is due to a dislocated shoulder.

It could be both, it could be neither.

So, I let my imagination run riot.

Laugh your heads off – friends, foes, countrymen, country-women and those of the third gender. Everyone deserves a lot of laughter.

Readers may kindly note that the incident described below has not taken place. This is pure imagination on my part.

As far as the dehydration and dislocated shoulder of Sonia Gandhi – two health issues – are concerned, I will prefer to take the clarification offered by Dr Desai of Khan surgery fame with much more than a pinch of salt.

Sonia Gandhi had been abroad multiple times to get mystery illnesses treated.  Anyone in doubt, ask Dr Swamy.

Guesses about Sonia’s health would be hazardous for several persons’ lives – especially for someone like me. I ought to know. I am still suffering the aftermath of what her DMK flunkey regime did to me in 2010. And those crowing about press freedom from rooftops of India’s national capital are yet to lift a little finger about the issue. Well, I am past caring. I shall profusely thank anyone who puts a bullet through me as I have now realised that death is more welcome than life in this wretched world. 

Nevertheless,  I would be happy if my imagination [detailed below] does come true!

Congress representative: Madam Sonia Gandhi has sent this box of sweets … which mercifully only contain sweets … to greet the Prime Minister. You can make me eat any bit from this – to test that it isn’t poisonous.

Personal Private Secretary [PPS] to PM: We are indeed touched by this gesture as the lady is in hospital. On our part, we had sent the Defence Minister Parikkar to enquire about her health. How can I be of service to you?

Congress representative: May I first make a few points to justify my request?

PPS: Go ahead.

Congress representative: We cooperated with you in the GST bill’s passage in the Rajya Sabha. Soniaji has ordered Rahul to pipe down on the anti-PM comments. We allowed the BJP to walk over us in Assam this year. We couldn’t do much for you indirectly in West Bengal, but it was our splitting the anti-Mamata vote that helped you win 3 seats – 2 more than last time. In Kerala too we did the same, helping BJP gain 16% votes by sacrificing our own. In a humble way, we helped Modiji save his face after the Delhi and Bihar debacles.

PPS: Of course, one can also see the huge humility factor in Rahul raking up the non-issue of the movie in Punjab against us, the anti-Dalit slur against the BJP by whipping up passions against the Gujarat government over the attack on Dalits. Then there were those wonderful incidents in JNU when Rahul supported separatist enemy agents. I can go on and on. All those are incidents – to be considered as apposites of humility with a capital H.

Congress representative: Your sarcastic humour quotient is touching! That was purely an act of balancing the books. The BJP raked up matters pertaining to Congress selling India down the Indus to Pakistan. Yet, after Raj Nath’s recent visit to Pakistan for the SAARC do, one of our better known leaders and the most free servant of the people and the Prophet – Ghulam Nabi Azad praised the stand of the NDA regime in the Rajya Sabha the other day. Further let us not forget that your government viciously attacked Soniaji’s son-in-law who is non-political, private citizen. We merely balanced the books.

PPS: Did you say, balanced the books? That is rich! You ought to be booked for having lost your mental balance. You had tried to rope in Mr Modi’s wife who lives a pious life after teaching school children for a lifetime. She isn’t involved in any politics. Her personal wealth is next to nothing. On the other hand, if some reports are to be believed, Vadra has merely left 60% of Delhi ‘unpurchased’. Further some 30% and 40% of best properties abutting highways have been bought out in Rajasthan and Haryana respectively by Vadra and his gang. India is facing an uphill task with Pakistan because of all the mollycoddling of the Islamabad goons done during the UPA regime! The entire Congress party defended the poor, non-political private citizen Vadra. Those aren’t books, my friend. To coin a new term – to describe these situations – I would call them blooks.

Congress representative: Ha-ha-ha! This is the greatest joke I have heard in my entire lifetime. I agree with you completely, about this and admit these were mistakes.

PPS: Are you referring to your mentioning the balancing of books and/or the act of attempting to besmirch Mr Modi’s name under false pretexts and/or the other matters that formed part of the conversation thus far?

Congress representative: To be honest … I would alter my earlier sentences and truthfully say that all these unfortunate incidents were terrible mistakes.

PPS: Can you now come to the point please? You have soaped me so much that the metaphorical lather has started emerging from this building’s doors and windows. How can I be of service to you?

Congress representative: Following her debilitating sickness after her strenuous tour in UP, Soniaji plans to undergo treatment abroad with her children, grandchildren and the son-in-law in tow to attend to her needs. Because of the delicate nature of Soniaji’s health, we request you to go easy on the probes against Vadraji on the one hand and not prevent the Congress President or her relatives from their foreign trips.

PPS: You are tripping on factual information, my friend. She is free to go abroad anyway, any day. None has issued any watchout for her passport or for that matter – anyone in the Nehru-Gandhi clan. Some amongst us have been accused of allowing scofflaws like Mallya to slip out – by jokers in your party – just like you had reportedly done in Lalit Modi’s case at the end of the last decade. Is there a corresponding part to what I would call a clear quid pro quo or are you doing all this for the good of the nation – like the Westland Deal?

Congress representative: I am authorised to state that we will give you the entire evidence to blow the careers of all those in the Congress who killed a huge number of Sikhs in 1984 sky high.

PPS: Most of them lost them have volunteered to go to prison anyway. Anyway regimes in Italy and other nations in Europe have passed on much more sensitive information to us that your silly offer.

Congress representative: We will give you all the secret Swiss Bank account numbers of all those within the Nationalist Congress Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, All India Anna DMK, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal United, Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and finally some of the little known members of the communist parties in India. The bonus will be the other personal files and details of two unsporting sport administrators – Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya and Zakir Naik. You can use them and bring both of them back to India to face the music.

PPS: Firstly, I do not believe whether these parties’ personalities have such accounts in foreign countries at all. But, even if they do, the whole thing is immaterial. All of them have become burnt out match sticks in political terms. As for Lalit, Vijay and Zakir we weren’t born yesterday. All of us know what the trio can do jointly, severally and/or invidivually. Those in the BJP would get hurt as much as those in the Congress do. We are merely copying your tactics to buy time to fix them when the time is ripe. This offer is even sillier than the earlier one.

Congress representative: This is as far as I can go, sir. But, Soniaji has enquired to find out what you would like … to you know …

PPS: The only meaningful thing would be the complete list of all the secret account holders from India – regardless of party affiliations – with their current passwords. And on top of that list would be Soniaji. Mr Modi is not naïve to think that by merely getting the list, the money would come back to India. The money and/or their owners may never come back to India even after we expose the list you are dangling before us … that is … if you are in possession of such a list at all.

Congress representative: I will have to check on this with Soniaji and will come back.

The person leaves.

Modi’s voice from the intercom:

Do you have a perfect audio-visual recording of this conversation?

PPS

Yes.

Modi

Release it in two or three days. What did the fool think he was doing?

PPS

But we may never get the list then, sir!

Modi

The list is already with that fellow Dr Swamy. If something could have been done, would that former agent of Rajiv Gandhi have not done it? Throw the so-called Congress schmuck to the wolves. And before doing that, send a copy of this recording to not only Dr Swamy, but also all the political and other parties mentioned by the chap.

PPS

What good will that do sir?

Modi

All the parties are making a beeline towards us anyway – except the commies. Many of them will give us ‘unstinted’ and ‘unconditional’ support as part of National Democratic Alliance or from outside. We found that out during the GST vote. When this audio visual presentation reaches them, there will be less disturbance in parliament and we can take care of governance matters even in the Rajya Sabha. Further, let us admit it, the black money return slogan in 2014 has proved to be a dud. Besides, if Sonia leaves and decides not to comeback, it would be good riddance.

PPS

But … taking support from some of those parties … will be politically incorrect, sir.

Modi

Don’t be naïve, young man. We got Yeddy into our fold and as a result – won a few more seats in Karnataka. Now, none will talk about his corruption. Victory in elections is the Ganges that washes off all sins of corruption.

After Modi hangs up, the PPS mutters sotto voce: No wonder the Ganges has now morphed into a dirty gutter. Its clean up is a dirtier scandal!

The Congress representative stops his black SUV alongside the banks of Jamuna – a little later, extracts a mobile phone and dials 14 digits starting with 00.

 Seeing himself connected, he starts speaking:

 As-Salaam-Aleikkum, Khan Saab! I have left the sweet box in the room sir. The poisonous aroma will begin spreading in some 10 minutes. The poison will begin acting immediately. Depending on persons’ body metabolism, in a few months, the residue will kill all those in that safe house.

A police officer on secondment to RAW hears this in his headset, rushes into the PPS’s room removes the box hurriedly even as another  colleague explains the situation.

PPS

Wherever that skunk is, arrest him!

Modi [from the intercom]

You do not have to.

The PPS and the RAW officer look at each other without comprehending the situation.

Meanwhile, the so-called Congress representative flings the mobile phone into the Jamuna, gets into his SUV and drives away.

Twenty seven minutes later, the PPS sees breaking news on television.

Announcer: A few minutes ago, a black SUV suddenly burst into flames as it was being driven through the trans-Jamuna area of Trilokpuri, hit a divider and came to a grinding halt. Within a minute, the car and its solitary occupant were reduced to cinders.

Modi [to RAW officer within 7 RCR]

Send a message to the man from ISI to pull a better trick next time. And mark a copy to the flunkey in Soniaji’s entourage who – we think – is passing on ISI messages to her. 

The PPS calls Modi.

Sir, we may never know the id of who came sir.

Modi

It isn’t important now. And then we do not know who we are … or for that matter who Soniaji is! Did that busybody journalist fellow from the south not point to the unanswered questions about Rajiv’s murder and Chidambaram’s secrets? I am sending you the links for the sake of general knowledge. Read them and twiddle your thumbs just as I do.  

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/ban-zakir-naik-war-cry-a-lie/

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/goswami-subtly-hitting-modi-to-emerge-as-next-kejriwal/

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Politicians’ consensus to con Indians’ senses over vital issues?

Is there an eerie link between the “vanished state” of the GST bill awaiting the nod in Rajya Sabha and the “disappearance” of an IAF AN32 aircraft over the Bay of Bengal?

Is there an “enemy action” angle that is being hidden by India’s defence establishment?

Have Indian politicians reached a consensus to con the senses of the common public over vital issues that stumble the progress of Bharat?

The monsoon session of India’s parliament got underway on July 18 2016 and is expected to go on till August 12.

‘Evergreen’ filibustering in parliament that may push the GST Bill – touted as the magic wand to ensure the progress of India Inc to another session. The worst jocular query none chooses to answer is that even if it is passed, will it make an iota of difference.

The main ones:

[a] Verbal unprintable abuse of Dalit leader Mayawati and incessant oppression of India’s most oppressed, downtrodden castes; [1]

[b] Political brouhaha created in the aftermath of the resignation of ruling BJP MP and former cricketer NS Sidhu from the upper house, the chances of his joining the Aam Aadmi Party [2] and

[c] The AN32 aircraft that ‘went missing’ over Indian waters in the Bay of Bengal [3].

India’s leading television channels and newspapers had headlined the possibility of a series of ‘consensuses’ in the ranks of the depleted opposition leading to the safe passage of the Goods & Services Tax [GST] bill pending in the upper house – the Rajya Sabha last week. Its references have “disappeared” from the headlines with sudden mysteriousness as did the AN32 IAF aircraft over the Bay of Bengal 4 days before this blog was written.

An operative excerpt of a BBC despatch explains the situation on the GST bill.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged political parties to pass the bill which seeks to streamline India’s fragmented tax system with a single levy. Indian businesses have been lobbying for the single tax rate as it would reduce costs, particularly for shipping goods across state borders. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament, last year, but it has been stuck in the upper house of parliament, or the Rajya Sabha, where Modi’s BJP does not have a majority.”

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Muppavarapu Venkiah Naidu – was heard telling reporters thus:

“There is a broad consensus, with a few reservations. Tamil Nadu being a manufacturing state has opposed the bill. Congress wants a cap on tax rate in the constitution bill but it is not feasible and advisable… The GST bill is pending for the last eight years.”

Is Naidu being economical with the truth?

As per the current system prevalent in India local taxes’ rates range between 5% and 14.5%. That is what one reads on paper. When translated into action, evasion of commercial taxes is the most happening thing.

“India’s current, corrupt, convoluted taxation system and its applicability are more confusing than the explanation of geometry’s backbone – the Pythagoras Theorem penned in Double-Dutch and Triple-Greek,” remarked a Delhi wag at the Press Club of India’s bar, the other day.

The National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime claims the passage of the bill would improve India’s GDP by at least 2%.

The idea is seconded by most trade bodies.

India copies most of its laws – the United Kingdom – where Value-Added-Tax or VAT is in vogue for nearly 2 decades. Its salient features excerpted from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

Value-added tax (VAT) is a consumption tax levied in the United Kingdom by the national government. Introduced in 1973, it is the third largest source of government revenue after income tax and National Insurance. It is administered and collected by HM Revenue and Customs. The relevant law is – the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

VAT is levied on most goods and services provided by registered businesses in the UK and some goods and services imported from outside the European Union.

The current default VAT rate is the standard 20% ad valorem since 4 January 2011.

Under EU law, the standard rate of VAT in any EU state cannot be lower than 15%.

VAT is tax levied on sale of goods and services by those who raise invoices upon getting paid.

Examples: A lawyer’s or an accountant’s or a political advisor’s or a PR agency’s fee could be £100 plus VAT. The grocer’s bill for monthly supplies for home could be £200 plus VAT. A restaurant bill could be £24 plus VAT. Selling and buying sans an invoice is an offence in the UK. And VAT has to be clearly mentioned in every memo – cash/credit-card-swipe-record and/or credit invoice. At least 95% of transactions are made through credit and/or debit cards or cheques or internet banking.

Its critics say the system is loaded against the consumer.

The producer who has paid VAT on raw materials to create the finished product gets a refund on the tax. So do the stockists/wholesalers and retailers. The final burden falls on the consumer whose pay-out covers the taxes on each mark up from factory to point of sale.

Illustration: A 1 litre bottle of potable drinking water may cost £0.25 at the factory and end up at £2.40 at the final point when sold through a retailer. Of this, the consumer would have ended up paying £1.40 as VAT on a product that costs a mere £0.25 originally. Along the way, every outlet would have collected its profit margin and have the option of only paying corporate tax at the end of the year after a lot of tax-planning through experienced chartered accountants.

No such luxury is available to the end-user.

[Figures are merely illustrative and artificially kept arithmetically simple.]

In the United Kingdom, there is no guarantee as to whether the money paid by the  consumer finally as VAT – thereby underwriting the burdens of all the industrialists and their distribution networks’ movers and shakers – is put to proper use at all. Worse, the collection methods themselves leave a lot unsaid.

Criminal evasion is tacitly admitted to by the British Government itself!

A simple catechism to explore the viability of GST in India – fashioned on VAT in vogue elsewhere in the globe:

Lawyers, finance-professionals, PR agencies et al have a sizeable portion of their dealings done in cash. Reasons for the same is a criminally bent, corrupt section of the judiciary, tax authorities and parliamentarians.

Would anyone in his/her right mind, honestly reflect the fees and collect GST through printed invoices as mandated by the GST bill if and when it comes into effect?

Answer: NO!

Most of the groceries and other knick-knacks are sold through small, family run outlets who never issue cash memos. The outlets themselves buy their supplies from stockists, paying in cash.

In that scenario, what would be the chances of the stringent GST clauses producing tangible results in letter and spirit?

Answer: Close to zero!

The ruling NDA is currently accusing UPA constituents of meaningless and vain obfuscation. The leading constituent of the opposition UPA – the Indian National Congress avers that the NDA had done the same in the past. Both entities deny the charges.

On the basis of the facts stated above and the distinct prognosis scenarios pointed out earlier, are the political moves to get the law passed or the conspiracies to delay its passage in the Rajya Sabha perceivable as serving the interests of the voting public?

The answer: NO!

So, what, pray is this exercise all about?

In India, tax evasion is a national sport says a Bloomberg report:

India loses 14 trillion rupees ($314 billion) from tax evasion annually, depriving it of funds for investment in roads, ports, and power, says Arun Kumar, author of The Black Economy in India. General government tax revenue is an estimated 18 percent of India’s $1.5 trillion in gross domestic product, the lowest among the four BRIC nations, International Monetary Fund data show. With so little revenue coming in, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is now attempting India’s biggest overhaul of the tax code in half a century.

Quartz reveals a softer sinister underbelly.

Only about 12.5 million Indians — or 1% of the total population—paid tax on their earnings in fiscal 2013. Although 28.7 million filed tax returns that year, 16.2 million got away without paying any tax, data shows.

[1]

Dalit leader and Bahujan Samaj Party [BSP] supremo Mayawati was referred to very unprintably by Dayashankar Singh, recently sacked senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Uttar Pradesh around the start of the Monsoon Session of Parliament. He was promptly expelled from the party.

The end result is that Mayawati has virtually become the rallying point to unite against the BJP in the election bound north Indian cow-belt state of Uttar Pradesh. Modi’s reported foe within the Union Cabinet – Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tacitly eggs this opposition unity on, as can be discerned from reports.

The bitter fact, India Today pointed out recently, is that Dalits are worse off despite 68 years of India’s independence.

During the run-up to the 2012 assembly polls, the BBC quietly exposed Mayawati.

Mayawati was almost buried in the quicksand of UP politics till Dayashankar put his foot into his mouth.

Excerpts from Vidya Subramanian’s report in The Hindu after the 2014 parliament elections:

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s performance in Uttar Pradesh has been beyond belief. But equally incredible, if in reverse, is the Bahujan Samaj Party’s devastation in the State.

The BJP’s conquest is as epic as the BSP’s fall. The BJP has bettered the best predictions with a humongous 71 seats — 14 more than its 1998 high of 57. With a zero score, the BSP has done worse than the worst forecast, regressing 30 years to the time it was born. Perhaps even this does not fully capture the BSP’s ignominy because, in contrast to today, 1984 was a year of hope and optimism: it marked the start of a remarkable political journey for which there are few parallels.

Dayashankar is yet to be arrested, despite the filing of a First Information Report.

Despite being notorious for its violent means of protest in the past, the current agitation against the slur against Mayawati has been very peaceful, as is indicated in a report in The Hindu. Excerpts:

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers called off their agitation in Lucknow against former Uttar Pradesh BJP vice-president Dayashankar Singh for his abusive remarks against their party chief Mayawati. Police promised to arrest Singh within the next 36 hours.

Lucknow District Magistrate Raj Shekhar told BSP workers that a manhunt for Singh was on following registration of an FIR at the Hazratganj police station.

Following the categorical and time-bound assurance, BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui said the agitation was called off.

Should one suspect that one of India’s cleverest politicians and former wrestler Mulayam Singh Yadav – in a desperate bid to keep the BJP out – stage-managed the slur on Mayawati through Dayashankar and got the opposition to make a serious attempt to unite temporarily in UP?

Would that be the germination of a plan to prepare the ground for the 2019 elections against the ruling National Democratic Alliance led by Narendra Modi?

If true, is that a pathetic attempt to con Indians’ senses?

[2]

The Navjot Singh Sidhu drama has taken a queer turn following a revelation by a senior Punjab BJP leader Vijay Sampla. Operative excerpts from a Press Trust of India report indicate the ex-cricketer is still part of the party:

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned from Rajya Sabha membership recently, is still in BJP and does not have any “personal grudge” against the party, Punjab BJP Chief Vijay Sampla said.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu is still in the BJP. Therefore the question of his return to the party does not arise. He is still in BJP and he has not resigned from the membership of BJP,” Sampla, who is a minister of state in Modi government, told reporters in Chandigarh.

Should one assume that the whole thing was a chimera to divert attention from other vital issues as Sidhu is a known media personality judging several reality shows on television channels?

If this isn’t a pathetic attempt to con the senses of India, what else can it be?

[3]

Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft, travelling from Chennai to Port Blair went missing above the Bay of Bengal with 29 people on board on July 22 2016. The plane took off from Tambaram air base in the outskirts of India’s 4th largest metropolis Chennai at 8.30 am. It went missing from the radar at 9.12 am, 280 km east of Chennai.

According to reports, the aircraft was flying at a height less than 30,000 feet above mean sea level.

The acronym AN stands for Antonov – a sturdy Russian aircraft.

The plane’s basics:

Crew: 4

Capacity: 42 paratroopers/50 passengers/24 Casualties on stretcher with three medical personnel

Length: 23.78 m (78 ft 0¾ in)

Wingspan: 29.20 m (95 feet, 9½ in)

Height: 8.75m (28 feet, 8½ in)

Wing area: 75 m² (807 ft²)

Empty weight: 16,800 kg (37,038 lb)

Maximum take-off weight: 27,000 kg (59,400 lb)

Power-plant: 2 × ZMKB Progress AI-20DM turboprop, 3,812 kW (5,112 ehp) each

Maximum speed: 530 km/h (286 knots, 329 mph)

Cruise speed: 470 km/h (254 knots, 292 mph) (econ cruise)

Range: 2,500 km (1,350 nautical miles)

Service ceiling: 9,500 m (31,165 feet)

Reference: Taylor, John, W.R. Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 1988–89. London: Jane’s Information Group, 1988. ISBN 0-7106-0867-5.

Aircraft going missing is old news and is always meant to fool the public.

The tale of MH 370 is one such mystery that will never be declared solved in official terms.

The search would be called off soon, it was announced.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/iafs-an-32-missing-48-years-ago-another-aircraft-went-missing/

In 1968, a Russian built AN-12-BL-534 aircraft carrying 98 defence personnel crashed near the Rohtang pass.

The likelihood of Pakistani involvement was not ruled out, said a report in the Indian Express.

This isn’t the first ‘AN-32 mystery’.

On 25 March 1986, an Indian Air Force An-32 disappeared over the Indian Ocean on a delivery flight from the Soviet Union (via Muscat, Oman.) No trace was ever found of the aircraft or its three crew and four passengers. Reference: Ranter, Harro and Fabian I. Lujan. “ASN Aircraft accident: Antonov 32 K2729 Jamnagar, India.” Aviation Safety Network, 2004.

July 15 1990 saw an accident involving an AN-32 aircraft that left 5 occupants dead. It had taken off from Tambaram airbase. Despite the passage of 26 years, the final report as to what led to the crash is yet to be finalised by India’s Ministry of Defence, a report published by Aviation Safety Network said.

On 10 June 2009, an Indian Air Force, An-32 transport aircraft carrying 13 people crashed close to India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh.

All the 13 people on board were reportedly killed.

Almost immediately after the crash, India inked a $US400 million deal with Ukraine for an An-32 fleet upgrade. The upgrade, reports said, could extend the life of the aircraft by nearly 15 years.

The question to be asked is:

Why has the ‘black box’ of the AN32 aircraft not been located so far?

A flight data recorder [FDR], colloquially known as a black box, [actually sporting orange-coloured skin] is an electronic recording device present in every aircraft since 1967. It facilitates the investigation of aviation mishaps.

The flight data recorder (FDR) is a device that preserves the recent history of the flight through the recording of dozens of parameters collected several times per second. The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) preserves the recent history of the sounds in the cockpit including the conversation of the pilots. The two recorders give an accurate testimony, narrating the aircraft’s flight history, to assist in any later investigation.

The FDR and CVR may be combined in a single unit.

International Civil Aviation Organization has specified that the FDR-CDR unit should be capable of surviving conditions in worst air-accidents. They are designed to withstand an impact of 3400 g and temperatures of over 1,000 °C (1,830 °F) as required by EUROCAE ED-112.

A modern FDR is governed by ICAO Annex 6 which makes reference to industry crashworthiness and fire protection specifications such as those to be found in the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment[27] documents EUROCAE ED55, ED56 fiken A and ED112 (Minimum Operational Performance Specification for Crash Protected Airborne Recorder Systems).

The ARINC Standards are prepared by the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC). The 700 Series of standards describe the form, fit, and function of avionics equipment installed predominately on transport category aircraft. The FDR is defined by ARINC Characteristic 747. The CVR is defined by ARINC Characteristic 757.

ARINC Characteristic 757 stipulates that pilots cannot access the controls or switches associated with the CVR and its operation is fully automatic. The   recorder   system   is   powered through a 1-ampere 115 Vac circuit breaker. It carries a label RECORDER POWER/FLT. It is located on the co-pilot’s sidewall circuit breaker panel.  When the plane crash lands on water, the CVR’s   self-contained battery, an electronic module and appended transducer get activated automatically. The unit emits ‘pings’ [pulsed acoustic signals] at intervals of 2 seconds each for the next 30 days incessantly at depths up to 20,000 feet. The pings are heard all over the world through most communications’ satellites. India has 84 of them.

According to the Wikipedia dossier, the Bay of Bengal occupies an area of 2,172,000 square km. Average depth is 2,600 m (8,500 feet). Maximum depth is 4,694 metres or15,400 feet.

Simply put, there is virtually no way that the plane can ‘go completely missing’ as the Indian regime wants its public to believe.

If the pilots had lost control, the plane would need at least 5 minutes to touch the sea, giving the pilots enough time to transmit the Mayday signal.

So far, no report has surfaced.

The alternative cause for such a disappearance is that the plane could have been shot down by yet to be identified enemies.

According to press reports, Chinese submarines stealthily patrol the Bay of Bengal.

The simple questions that need answers:

Did a stealth enemy submarine shoot the IAF plane down causing it to suddenly disappear from the radar screens?

Did such a missile have a chemical powerful enough to melt the CVR?

Is that why one is unable to locate the debris and the CVR?

If the answers to the 3 questions are in the affirmative, the original queries should be asked again:

Is there an eerie link between the “vanished state” of the GST bill awaiting the nod in Rajya Sabha and the “disappearance” of an IAF AN32 aircraft over the Bay of Bengal? 

Is there an “enemy action” angle that is being hidden by India’s defence establishment?

Have Indian politicians reached a consensus to con the senses of the common public over vital issues that stumble the progress of Bharat?

The Dhaka Terrorist Incident Stinks!

Indian state’s reluctance to accord the shortest shrift to home-grown hate-monger Zakir Naik living in its financial capital Mumbai is suspicious to say the least.

Bangladesh political capital’s horizons darkening with terrorist vain shadows are massive causes for a global worry.

Bangladesh’s giant neighbour – the Hindu-majority Bharat has a lot of reasons to be apprehensive about the incidents of terrorism within the borders of her soft, Muslim dominated eastern underbelly – Bangladesh and worse – its own domestic, lawless backyard.

The blame-shifting sifting sands of India’s shameful political set-up could lead to the common public decide that its civil administration and policing set-ups are adjectives of quicksands of official apathy. The mugs of the 2 main political entities – the ruling right-wing National Democratic Alliance and the hapless Congress-led, woefully divided and discredited United Progressive Alliance are acquiring darker hues of shameless greed of their respective crony capitalist sources of funding political moneybags.

Indian political system may soon stare at a very, very nasty surprise that would blow up on the her governmental countenance. Such surprises could start and startle in the India’s North East states of Assam and West Bengal where Muslim bomb-making factories seem to be as common as houseflies.

Serious gaps in the narratives post the post mortems of the dead innocents in Bangladesh’s worst terrorist nightmares in Dhaka’s fashionable diplomatic enclave and the Muslim Eid festival lend eerie sinister twists to the harrowing tales.

Bangladesh’s stout denial of an ISIS hand in the incidents, the highly doubtful claims of ISIS about the killers being part of its fold, the total non-conformity to ISIS’s execution methods in Dhaka’s terrorist incident, the dead perpetrators being well-educated and belonging to top Bangladeshi families and the selection of the victims – most of whom were foreigners – all point to something extremely sinister.

Not a single portion of the Dhaka terrorist incident conforms to the established pattern of the ISIS or ISI-led Al Qaeda – both of which are active in India and elsewhere in the world.

According to independent international media outlets, the slain ‘terrorists’ did not seem like terrorists at all and had more in common with the victims.

A close look at the aspects of this unsolved puzzle reveals the swishing of multiple-edged geopolitical swords.

Do factual fjords in official and semi-official accounts indicate hidden messages from elements using Islamic terrorism as a tool to spread global mayhem?

Are terrorist groups trying to spoil Bangladesh’s economy which is on the up-and-up by asking all foreign contributing nations to get out by specifically targeting donor nations’ citizens?

Is Pakistan disturbing India’s eastern flank yet again using the opposition parties in Bangladesh that nurse a pathological hatred for India?

Should the warning notes issued by intellectuals in India that point to ISIS entering India in a big way in the wake of the Dhaka incident be taken more seriously by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

Are Sheikh Hasina’s lofty speeches to curb terrorism in Bangladesh hiding something else altogether?

Are several suspiciously hidden facts the causes for the vehement denial by Bangladesh of the ISIS hand in the Dhaka terrorist incident?

Is Sheikh Hasina playing to the gallery in India by shifting blame on Pakistan and worse, is Pakistan taking advantage of the murky situation by playing up the fears of Islamic fundamentalists in Bangladesh?

The facts:

The cream of the global media concentrated on the story for well over 14 hours – leaving other news items to serve as ‘fillers’. Even before the first one was buried, the second one marring Islam’s holiest festival Eid acquired its unholy, ‘HOLEY’ facet. And this part of the tale has more holes than Swiss cheese.

The ‘filler news items’ that failed to fill the sieve-like stories include tidings the political instability in Australia post the parliamentary elections and US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s escape from a threatening FBI noose over the abuse of a private email server for highly confidential communications while serving as the virtual number 2 in Obama’s cabinet.

Other terrorist incidents that leave hundreds of bodies strewn along the wayside in various parts of the globe due to terrorists’ bombs neither shock nor awe anyone worldwide.

Seventeen of the 20 hostages were killed by terrorists in the Dhaka restaurant located in one of the crème-de-la-crème parts of Bangladesh’s capital’s diplomatic quarter with a HOLEY nomenclature were obvious foreigners – in appearance. The nine dead Italians and 6 murdered Japanese were easily identifiable and targeted for being foreigners by their killers. Eyewitnesses confirmed this.

The violent and insanely barbaric terrorist group – Islamic State a.k.a. ISIS publicly stated that the killers were part of its gang and provided so-called ‘photographic evidence’ to back the claim.

Bangladesh officially denied this and laid the blame squarely at the door of Pakistan and the local opposition parties.

Operative excerpts from the Hindustan Times:

Bangladesh blamed “home-grown” Islamist terrorists and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI for the country’s worst terror attack in which 20 hostages were hacked to death, ruling out the role of the Islamic State.

“Let me clear it again, there is no ISIS or al Qaeda presence or existence in Bangladesh… the hostage-takers were all home-grown terrorists not members of ISIS or any other international Islamist outfits,” home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said.

“We know them (hostage-takers) along with their ancestors, they all grew up here in Bangladesh… they belong to home-grown outfits like JMB (Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh),” he said.

Hossain Toufique Imam, the political adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the way in which the hostages were killed with machetes suggests the role of a local terrorist group, the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.

Pakistan’s ISI and Jamaat connection is well known… they want to derail the current government,” Imam told a TV channel.

The arrested terrorist pulled out at the last minute out of fear and he holds the key to crucial details, he said.

[Emphasis added]

Credible international media analysts discounted the ISIS claim.

Operative excerpts from a report published by one of India’s highly respected newspapers – The Telegraph from Kolkata:

Official sources have identified five of the gunmen as Akash, Bikash, Don, Badhon and Ripon.

However, The Daily Star newspaper of Bangladesh said friends of three of these attackers cited different names: Nibras Islam, Meer Saameh Mubasher and Rohan Imtiaz.

Nibras is an alumnus of Turkish Hope School and North South University, “a top private university” in Dhaka, according to the Star. He pursued higher studies on the Australian Monash University’s Malaysia campus, according to his friends.

Similarly, Meer and Rohan, son of a politician, were students of an elite school in Dhaka, their friends said.

All these youths had disappeared from the social circuit a few months ago and sources close to their families said they could notice sudden signs of religious leanings among them.

The profiles of the young men – they appeared to be in their twenties and the government said three were aged below 22 – did not fit the usual template of poor economic background and education rooted in seminaries.

Sumir Barai, a cook at the Holey Artisan Bakery where the hostage situation unfolded on Friday night, said the attackers spoke cosmopolitan Bengali and some English when conversing with the foreigners. “They were all smart and handsome and educated,” The New York Times quoted him as saying. “If you look at those guys, nobody could believe they could do this.”

The attackers’ background was more in sync with that of many of their victims who had varied interests and were thriving in a wired world than the stereotypes yoked to terrorism.

And Pakistan denied the Dhaka charge vehemently!

The original questions:

Do factual fjords in official and semi-official accounts indicate hidden messages from elements using Islamic terrorism as a tool to spread global mayhem?

Are terrorist groups trying to spoil Bangladesh’s economy which is on the up-and-up by asking all foreign contributing nations to get out by specifically targeting donor nations’ citizens?

Is Pakistan disturbing India’s eastern flank yet again using the opposition parties in Bangladesh that nurse a pathological hatred for India?

Should the warning notes issued by intellectuals in India that point to ISIS entering India in a big way in the wake of the Dhaka incident be taken more seriously by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

Are Sheikh Hasina’s lofty speeches to curb terrorism in Bangladesh hiding something else altogether?

Are several suspiciously hidden facts the causes for the vehement denial by Bangladesh of the ISIS hand in the Dhaka terrorist incident?

Is Sheikh Hasina playing to the gallery in India by shifting blame on Pakistan and worse, is Pakistan taking advantage of the murky situation by playing up the fears of Islamic fundamentalists in Bangladesh?

Indications and inferences:

Pakistan – now being blamed for fomenting trouble in Bangladesh has begun singing a familiar tune – suggesting wrongdoing on the part of Hasina. Operative excerpts from a report published in Pakistan’s Express Tribune:

But as we have seen in the case of Pakistan-India relations, politics overtakes common sense. At a time when as a region we should be jointly fighting the rise in terrorism, we are all playing our little games.

My heart sank when I saw front page venom against Pakistan when I visited Bangladesh last year. This despite the fact that Bangladesh has been independent for over 40 years. The hanging of the Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and the predictable reaction that Pakistan gave to this had only added fuel to the fire.

Pakistan was only one of the many fronts opened by the government.

The opposition has been virtually silenced. A visit to the beautiful Dhaka Press Club confirmed my worst fears. The press is under siege. I heard stories of editors being harassed. Of papers being shut down. Of criticism being stifled.

At the time of my visit, social media had been blocked.

Experts now say a government crackdown on opponents, including a ban on the country’s largest militant party following a protracted political crisis, has pushed many towards extremism.

Is Islamabad issuing a veiled threat to Hasina saying, “Move away from India or else”?

Is it a not-so-subtle suggestion that a section of Pakistan media is gloating over Bangladesh’s hour of misfortune?

Is Bangladesh’s officialdom being economical with the truth while ruling out ISIS hand?

Operative excerpts from the credible New York Times suggest exactly that.

The attack also suggests that Bangladesh’s militant networks are internationalizing, a key concern as the United States seeks to contain the growth of the Islamic State.

Bangladesh’s 160 million people are almost all Sunni Muslims, including a demographic bulge under the age of 25. This makes it valuable as a recruiting ground for the Islamic State, now under pressure in its core territory of Iraq and Syria. Western intelligence officials have been watching the organization pivot to missions elsewhere in the world, launching attacks on far-flung civilian targets that are difficult to deter with traditional military campaigns.

“We need to take serious stock of the overall threat,” said Shafqat Munir, a research fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies. “There were all sorts of warnings and signs and everything. But I don’t think anyone expected anything as audacious and large-scale as this.”

[Emphasis supplied]

The ISIS angle to the Dhaka attack can be discerned from an India Today report. Operative Excerpts:

Islamic State has made its intentions clear of launching terror attacks in India through its bases in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

In an interview with the group’s online magazine Dabiq in April, Shaykh Abu Ibrahim Al-Hanif, ‘Amir of Khilafah in Bengal’ said that once the group manages to build bases in Bangladesh, it will launch raids in east and west of India.

Shaykh asserted that Bengal (IS calls Bangladesh as Bengal) has a strategic location and building a jihadi base there will facilitate ISIS to launch guerrilla attacks in India.

In a nutshell, the ISIS angle in Dhaka does threaten India.

So, why is Hasina denying the ISIS angle to the Dhaka attack and laying the blame squarely on Pakistan?

Hasina has more to gain by isolating the opposition in Bangladesh.

Her regime has been internationally slammed for the incessant, virtually unchecked, large-scale mayhem.

Operative excerpts from a report from The Guardian in April 2016:

The government of Sheikh Hasina Wajid is under growing pressure in Bangladesh to end an apparent culture of impunity after a series of brutal murders of secular writers, bloggers and liberal intellectuals by radical Islamists.

A torrent of protest followed the latest killings of Xulhaz Mannan, editor of the country’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender magazine (LGBT), and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, an actor and fellow gay rights activist. Critics have accused the Awami League government of failing to act effectively to stop the carnage.

“It is shocking that no one has been held to account for these horrific attacks and that almost no protection has been given to threatened members of civil society,” said Amnesty International’s Champa Patel, reacting to the four killings so far this month.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, echoed the criticism, along with other western leaders. Similar protests by Bangladeshi free speech activists and well-known foreign writers have had little discernible effect in the past.

Since 2013, attacks characterised by the assailants’ use of machetes and cleavers have claimed the lives of secular bloggers, authors, journalists, academics and teachers of a supposedly liberal bent. The common denominator is the offence their views supposedly cause to hard-line Islamists among Bangladesh’s mostly moderate and tolerant Sunni Muslim majority.

Westerners in general have also been randomly targeted in the past 12 months, as have members of Bangladesh’s Shia and Ahmadi Muslim minorities, Hindus and Christian converts.

Pro-Pakistan elements have tried to kill Hasina in the past. Excerpts from a Wikipedia dossier:

The opposition, political unrest and violence increased against Hasina have increased since the 2004. Ahsanullah Master, an MP, was killed in 2004. This was followed by a grenade attack on an Awami League gathering in Dhaka, resulting in the death of 21 party supporters, including party women’s secretary Ivy Rahman. Shah M S Kibria, Hasina’s former finance minister, was also killed that year, in a grenade attack in Sylhet that year.

A section of Bangladesh’s army continues to be in cahoots with sections in Pakistan.

Hasina has her fair share of domestic worries.

Hasina’s father and founder of independent Bangladesh – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated on India’s Independence Day in 1975 by several junior commissioned officers from the military. Only Hasina and her sister Rehana survived the bloody coup as they were visiting Germany. It is said that the coup was planned and executed by Mujib’s former Man-Friday – Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad with some help from Pakistan and United States of America. The  foreign policy of the later was then loaded against Bangladesh’s bigger neighbour India – then a client state of the now defunct Soviet Union.

Two more military coups took place bringing the then army boss General Zia-Ur-Rahman to power with reported help from India. Zia granted Mujib’s assassins immunity from prosecution.

Zia was assassinated in 1981 in Chittagong. His widow Khaleda has been Hasina’s bitterest enemy since then.

On January 28, 2010 capital punishment was meted out to 6 retired army officers – who had held ranks of major, lt. colonel and colonel. According to Hasina, they represented the pro-Pakistan anti Awami-Party opposition who had taken part in the killing of her father Mujib and several other members of her family.

The Khaleda-led opposition has levelled several serious charges against Hasina since 2007.

In 2007, when out of power, Hasina was charged with graft over having allegedly forced Bangladeshi businessman Tajul Islam Farooq to pay bribes in 1998 before his company could build a power plant to the tune of US$441,000 in local currency called taka to obtain statutory approval. Hasina denied the charges. The stigma, however, stuck.

The same year, police filed a charge-sheet in a 7 month old murder case of 4 supporters of a rival political party against Hasina. She wasn’t convicted by the courts, but her image suffered. Then in self-imposed exile, Hasina faced attempts to keep her out of Bangladesh on charges of having made provocative statements aimed at causing public disorder. The exercise also included an arrest warrant on charges of murder.

The warrant was suspended within days, the ban against her returning home lifted, but, upon return, she was placed under house arrest. The Anti-Corruption Commission demanded she provided details of her assets. Foreign nations – especially the United Kingdom – where one of her nephews is a Member of Parliament, witnessed well attended protest rallies against her incarceration. Soon, courts suspended the trials and granted her bail.

In January 2008, a similar exercise followed against Hasina along with her sibling Sheikh Rehana and a cousin Sheikh Salim.

As had happened earlier, appellate courts flung the charges out and exonerated Hasina and the other accused.

Hasina went abroad to be treated for hearing impairment, eye problems and high blood pressure – said to have been aggravated during incarceration. Hasina returned to Bangladesh in late 2008, forged a 14-party grand alliance with the Jatiya Party led by Hussain Muhammad Ershad as a main ally. The ruling coalition led by Hasina’s Bangladesh Awami League [BAL] won a two-thirds majority in 2008. Her main opponent Begum Khaleda Zia rejected the results citing wholesale fraud and rigging. 

Hasina had survived military coup attempts in 2009 and 2012. On both occasions, rumours have it that India’s intelligence apparatus had saved her.

For reasons best known to themselves, the media in India and beyond her borders have turned a Nelson’s Eye towards Hasina’s darker side.

For the sake of clarity – the original questions once again:

Do factual fjords in official and semi-official accounts indicate hidden messages from elements using Islamic terrorism as a tool to spread global mayhem?

Are terrorist groups trying to spoil Bangladesh’s economy which is on the up-and-up by asking all foreign contributing nations to get out by specifically targeting donor nations’ citizens?

Is Pakistan disturbing India’s eastern flank yet again using the opposition parties in Bangladesh that nurse a pathological hatred for India?

Should the warning notes issued by intellectuals in India that point to ISIS entering India in a big way in the wake of the Dhaka incident be taken more seriously by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

Are Sheikh Hasina’s lofty speeches to curb terrorism in Bangladesh hiding something else altogether?

Are several suspiciously hidden facts the causes for the vehement denial by Bangladesh of the ISIS hand in the Dhaka terrorist incident?

Is Sheikh Hasina playing to the gallery in India by shifting blame on Pakistan and worse, is Pakistan taking advantage of the murky situation by playing up the fears of Islamic fundamentalists in Bangladesh?

From the facts narrated above, the possible answers to all the queries ought to be in the affirmative.

In such a scenario, India has a lot of reasons to be apprehensive about the goings on within the borders of her eastern neighbour – Bangladesh.

Not a single portion of the Dhaka terrorist incident conforms to the established pattern of the ISIS or ISI-led Al Qaeda – both of which are active in India and elsewhere in the world.

According to independent international media outlets, the slain ‘terrorists’ did not seem like terrorists at all and more in common with the victims.

The needlessly brutal killings of a huge number of foreigners in a diplomatic enclave points to the possibility of Sheikh Hasina’s regime trying to create a smokescreen to hide its hideous acts of religious minorities being brazenly slaughtered.

All these only throw up only 2 possibilities.

Sheikh Hasina could be playing to the Indian galleries, feeding on inherent fears against ISIS and ISI and using it to the hilt to hide her government’s faults.

The second possibility is more sinister in nature.

It could be possible that the Hasina regime is telling the truth. If that is so, Pakistan’s ISI could have hatched an elaborate plan to create a diversion in India’s eastern flank to foment trouble in the already troubled eastern border states of India that is Bharat.

The verdict:

On those counts, India has to be extremely careful and watchful. Else, the denizens of Bharat may be in for a very, very nasty surprise.

West Bengal has become a cauldron of frenzied, violent, Islamic fundamentalist bomb-making activity and its offshoots in the form of communal clashes.

Pakistan could be planning something big in the state of Assam where the Bharatiya Janata Party won an unexpected majority during the recently held assembly elections. The mayhem could also take place anywhere in India, as it has in the past. Many of India’s cities has a huge section of illegal Bangladeshi migrants. One of them is the city of Mumbai – India’s financial capital. The intruders reside close to the seafront – mostly controlled by international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim.