Divine Intervention – 3 [part II]

The story so far:

Nungambakkam, part of Chennai’s central region witnessed the brutal murder of a young techie – Swathi – in June 2016.

As her killer Ram Kumar too died under mysterious circumstances, the reasons for her killing remain a diabolic mystery.

The short story below is an endeavour to investigate the possibilities that could have led to the killing of Swathi.

Part one of this longish short story was published earlier.

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It can be accessed here.

Young Veerabahu was set to arrive in the Nungambakkam railway station platform some 10 minutes later.

I surveyed the scene.

The evening crowd was milling around close to the point where the foot over-bridge touched the ground.

A sizeable number of the passengers were students from the nearby Loyola College – believed to be the best in India – where freedom of thought was/is as important as breathing. Some of them had participated in an ongoing survey to discern the mood of the people – as fresh elections to the assembly were round the corner. Political instability post December 5 2016 – the day Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was declared dead – had led to it.

I listened to the chatter.

A few months ago, reports alleged that the Tamil Nadu Government was functioning as per the diktat of Sasikala Natarajan, currently ensconced in Parapana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore’s outskirts as a convict. Politicians love to say that always law is allowed to take its course. India’s Supreme Court is of a clear mind in such a situation. “Corruption is not only a punishable offence but also undermines human rights, indirectly violating them, and systematic corruption, is a human rights’ violation in itself, as it leads to systematic economic crimes,” it said. Sasikala was punished for offences under sections 13[1][e] and 13[2] of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 read with 120B [conspiracy] and 109 [abetment] of the Indian Penal Code. Rather strangely, none from any political party in Tamil Nadu had approached the courts to sack the regime that took orders from a convicted prisoner then and there on the principle of breakdown of the constitution. Any person in custody would be disqualified from holding any government job. A convict’s fate was even clearer. By publicly admitting that a female jail bird was flinging yolk from her steel nest in another state, a senior member of the cabinet had violated tenets of the constitution,” a girl with a sharp nose and bold voice said.

“There was worse. By itself, the ‘election’ of Sasikala as the general secretary of the ‘ruling’ All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is ultra vires of its own constitution. The so-called election was patently illegal if one goes by the constitution of that party. AIADMK by-laws available in the Election Commission’s website state that the party general secretary can only be declared elected by the political unit’s representatives from all the states – including those from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh plus the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during a specially convened General Council to ‘elect’ a ‘proper’ candidate who ought to have been an uninterrupted member for 5 years. Such an event never happened. It was this so-called election that caused Sasikala’s ‘empowerment’ to be ‘elected’ as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party. So, that was an illegal act in itself. It was the cause for the then CM O Panneerselvam to resign and make way for Sasikala – which also is legally non est. To ram all these unsavoury events down the throats of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Sasikala group had cocooned a majority of the MLAs in a beach resort, allegedly wined, dined and ‘entertained otherwise’ with dancing women. Reports said that all of them were recipients of several million rupees in cash, gold and a lot more. This captive legislators’ crowd had ensured that Chief Minister E Palanisamy survived the trust vote on the floors of the assembly vide violent harangue in February 2017. Since Sasikala’s original sin – in itself was unpardonable – the shameful aftermath could not have the luxury of hiding behind a legal fig leaf of having passed muster in the assembly. Every so called political event after the December 5 2016 demise of Jayalalithaa could be termed illegal,” a Kurta clad young man chimed in.

“The inner contradictions were too much to bear. Now, the AIADMK has ceased to exist as a party. The ‘twin-leaf’ symbol and the name AIADMK were frozen initially on account of the RK Nagar by elections. After the various groups of the AIADMK ended up shaming themselves through the results, the party has little chances of reviving itself. On the flip side, the DMK’s existence is on the basis of hate AIADMK slogan – that keeps its voters interested. Sooner or later the DMK would suffer the same chagrin as the AIADMK. The reasons are simple. There are one too many claimants for the ill-gotten wealth of the party’s leadership mainstays – comprising the members of its leader Karunanidhi’s family. Surveys conducted in the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu revealed that the people want a change … a change for the better from the self-centred politicians for whom only grabbing cash was the only vocational and ‘vacational’ theme. And that would inevitably end in the decimation of regionalism that began in southern India through the separatist Dravidar Kazhagam [DK] and its so-called political offshoot – the DMK,” a somewhat senior student added.

I smiled. The young ladies and gentlemen were on the right track.

At that moment an express train whizzed past on track three moving at 85 km ph northward.

The duty station master or his assistant was supposed to stand on platform 2 holding a green flag or light – to be spotted and acknowledged by the motorman driving the train.

After the passage of the train, the SM ought to inform master signal control that the clickety-clack sounds of the wheels on the tracks were normal and betrayed no derailment danger to the train. The acknowledgement by the motorman or driver was the proverbial feel-good-factor to help the safety of several thousand passengers’ lives in the clasps of his/her hands.

Instead of doing his duty, the person manning the railway platform’s office cubicle was chatting with someone on his mobile phone.

Seated in that console was a person whose demeanour depicted that he was someone in authority. He was flanked by 2 constables from the Railway Protection Force.

“I am conducting surprise checks for ticketless travellers. Obviously some will pay a fine or a bribe to escape. All of us can expect some ‘cash relief’ for the month end,” the ticket examiner in civvies said.

Interrupting his chat on the mobile, the person in charge of the station in white uniform quipped: “Don’t forget my share!”

The RPF men looked a bit nonplussed.

“In these busy hours, the state railway police personnel conduct their own raids … and collect sizeable booty. None of us get any share from that. Worse, they do not cooperate in nabbing those trying to run away,” one constable complained.

“Well, we are not parting with any part of our collection on that count…so one minus one is zero. Accounts are squared. All of us need to supplement our incomes thus in these difficult times. Our salaries are inadequate to maintain our families. We need the cooperation of the local cops when something like that Swathi murder blows. In the melee for audience eyeballs, television channels ignored the simple fact that on that fateful morning of June last year, none of us was performing our duties. And then, none noticed when the RPF and Railway Police beat ran round the mulberry bush on the non-existent issue of jurisdiction… simply to buy time,” the TE announced with a grim finality.

These were signs of systems’ societal decay.

The duty station master coming out every 10 minutes or so while fast trains went past was also meant to keep a wary eye on the passengers in the station and report any suspicious activity. He didn’t care a tuppence about it. Instead of according protection to passengers by incessantly patrolling the platforms as per their job mandates, RPF and state railway police personnel were actively harvesting funds for month-end pecuniary problems. Senior officials were actively collaborating.

I shook my head in disapproval.

Spotting Veerabahu alighting from the foot over bridge, I moved northward.

The slim, slender looking teenager was on the mobile phone – talking to his sister.

“Where have you reached?”

“Crossing Saidapet station,” the girl’s voice said. The kid had switched the hands free button on the instrument.

“I have homework to do. And then I have to prepare for the first semester tests,” Veerabahu protested.

“Is the rowdy waiting outside the station?”

“I actually wasn’t looking. But, what can I do if he turns violent? We need to ask pa to move home… to somewhere close to where I work,” the lass grumbled.

“What about pa’s job at the EB? What about my school? My whole life will be spoiled!”

“Would it be alright then if someone spoils and soils your sister? What kind of a brother are you?”

Veerabahu looked uneasy.

“You better come fast. I am waiting!” He cut the connection and rolled his eyes skywards in sheer exasperation.

“Why is God not around when we need him? Rowdies, crowded cities, rising prices, police apathy, scolding school teachers, difficult syllabus…”

As is the wont of youngsters, Veerabahu grumbled.

Aren’t you Damarla Veerabahu, little Swati’s younger brother?”

My question startled the boy.

“How do you know me?”

Every Friday, your sister Swathi is in the forefront of the palanquin bearers – carrying the idol of Shukaravaara Amman in the Aghastheeswarar temple nearby. I remember you because you once wanted to help your sister…but the priests forbade you from touching the palanquin, as it violates the temple rules. I see you offering prayers in that temple regularly.”

The boy looked closely at me and espied an old man with a kind face, dressed in a white Indian shirt and trousers. The salt and pepper facial and pate hair disarmed him.

“What is your name?”

Most persons in this vicinity refer to me as Agathi!”

“A very strange name, I would say,” the boy said thoughtfully.

It is the shortened form of a very famous sage – Agasthya. Some persons translate the name from Sanskrit as ‘mountain thrower’. The Tamil meaning denotes a person who has realised his inner self. In Tamil, Agam stands for a home. ‘Thiyan’ refers to a householder … who ensures the well-being of the home’s inhabitants. In a nutshell, if one goes by the Tamil meaning, every male is an Agathi … or Agathiyan. The sage Agasthya was a diminutive man. By the Sanskrit definition he could throw a mountain. It only implies that determination can cause any person to complete any superhuman feat. There is an entire city block in Kanyakumari district – called Agastheeswaram. Some 400 km off Kochi – in the Arabian Sea – there is an island called Agatti – the virtual capital of Lakshadweep archipelago. Finally, the temple you visit every Friday with your sister – is a shrine for Agastheeswarar. Hence, it is not such a strange name.”

The boy giggled.

“So what do you want from me?”

The boy pertly asked the question abruptly.

“Oh, I have no needs to be fulfilled by anyone. I only grant favours, more often than not, without anyone asking for it … completely free of charge. You and your sister have a problem in the form of a young unruly male tormentor. He follows your sister somewhat threateningly. Probably, you are here to accompany young Swathi home… because she feels safer with you around. But, you are not at all comfortable with the idea of facing the rowdy. Suppose… I give you a little formula to defeat this rowdy and thus prove that you indeed are really Veerabahu … the brave-heart with strong protecting arms. That is without any risk and no sweat. Will you be interested?”

The boy was puzzled. His confusion showed on his countenance.

“I am no Jackie Chan … and cannot hope to fight and win a grown up man who pumps iron in gyms.”

“Jackie Chan does those choreographed fights only in the films. There is a scene in a movie featuring a one minute shot where Jackie is shown as getting killed by Lee in Enter the Dragon. Bruce was his idol and Chan tells anyone willing to listen to him that he loved losing to his idol and did a lot of play acting to retain the sympathetic attention of the then more famous man. More seriously, the movie Enter the Dragon has a scene featuring Bruce Lee – teaching a little boy how to win a fight with a grown up man – without actually fighting. You could actually do it. It is very simple. I could help you win,” I informed the child.

“But, why would you do that?”

“Because… I love helping people. It is that simple. Come closer, I will teach you the trick. You can try it out tomorrow itself! And don’t worry. If something goes wrong, I will be around… to help you.”

The boy came closer.

“Is this absolutely free? No hidden tricks or charges?”

“None at all, my young friend, you can be sure.”

I then began telling him a simple trick. I took leave as the EMU steamed into the terminal.

I knew that the girl Swathi would frown at Veerabahu talking to strangers. But, that was par for the course.

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Indian Police Service [IPS] officer Nar Bahadur Thapa was posted to the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Chennai Unit in its northwest outskirts as southern India’s regional head. It was a ‘punishment’ posting. A set of corrupt men who controlled the vigilance and anti-corruption wings of the Central Bureau of Investigation had wanted Thapa out of the way.

Of Nepalese extraction, Thapa had the tenacity of bloodhounds that never let go a sniffed criminal at wrong end of an invisible but ‘smellable’ trail.

That evening, his table had 2 bulky files of criminals – linked to drug trade from across the Palk Straits – in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north and northeast, whose tentacles snaked into the innards of India’s various cities, and also into the innards of around 50 national capitals spread all over the globe.

The profits were enormous.

At its little known, obscure procurement points, prices of drugs like heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana was as low as Rs.50 per base unit. But, when sold in the retail ‘open air markets’, their prices ballooned 50,000 times. The methods of the underworld were becoming more sophisticated than those of the cops – and this was a worldwide malady. The resultant ill gotten wealth was round-tripped and pumped into legal economies – to push real estate prices skyward. India was no exception.

Real estate was the safest venue to park black funds – as very few could every actually measure the profit margins.

Thapa had done the hard work.

An acre of land with a legal floor space index [FSI] of 3.5 in the outskirts of Chennai or for that matter any city in India ranged between Rs. 2 and 4 crores. Each acre has 43,500 square feet on the ground level as its ‘carpet’ area. When multiplied by 3.5 – the allowed amount of FSI – the price of undivided share of the proposed built up area ranged between Rs. 133 to Rs.263 per square foot. Costs of building huge blocks of flats ranged around Rs.1000 per square foot. In a nutshell, builders spent around Rs.5 lakhs for a 500 sq ft flat and sold it for Rs.25 lakhs. Burdened by other factors of the global meltdown, big time mainstream media outlets winked at this racket. There was a method to this madness. Builders’ networks splurged money on full page colour advertisements – often occupying the first three pages of newspapers besides sponsoring hours and hours of television time.

The operators of this huge sinister machine also bankrolled political parties. In some states, political parties’ sections actually owned and ran the racket. The sinister game drew sustenance by cannibalising its own assets. Some of the real estate defaulters’ flats were used as dens to peddle drugs and then discarded whenever some “untoward” event happened. Often such “events” were “rave” parties catering to the spoilt rich brats and also to draw more potential victims into the concentric vortex of drug addiction and peddling. The victim owner of such a den – soon declared as an erstwhile owner – would be flung to the wolves as a drug trafficker. The whole racket suited only wrongdoers and rendered them richer after every deal – botched or otherwise..

A ‘foolproof’ system had been hammered into place to run this evil empire. It was done vide the creation of a network of agents employed by private and foreign banks that had begun lending money in India at usurious interest rates since the turn of the millennium.

The grey market of ‘collection agents’ was a good source of information to identify future victims to be fleeced and/or raped and/or prostituted.

‘Minor’ funding began with credit cards and ‘personal loans’. The dues amounted to a few thousands of rupees. Usurious interest rates ensured indebtedness. Before long, a vast section of the middle-class was in the thrall of these sophisticated moneylenders. Those who deferred paying on time were catchment areas of potential victims. Rowdies from the dregs of society worked as ‘collection agents’ and provided vital info. Those amongst these gangs that were smarter than the rest slowly levitated towards the drug distribution. Thus began a database of persons who be preyed upon to buy ‘dream homes’ engineered to default to turn such residences into nightmares – only to be repossessed and sold to other similar victims.

The operation was a large scale one.

While in the CBI, Thapa had been assigned the task of identifying the shady methods of foreign banks, their lending patterns and recovery methodology. At the start of his probe, he had stumbled on to the world of pricey auditing firms which violated every known law in every nation possible and yet retained the veneer of respectability. One such firm is Pricewaterhouse Coopers [PwC].

A minor cog of this giant machine, Sengodan had committed the cardinal sin of ‘leaning on’ Pachaiappan – nicknamed ‘patch-boy’ amongst a small group of friends for recovering credit card dues. Pachaiappan was the son of Duraisingham, a head constable who worked for CBI. The young man had apparently used the rectangular piece of plastic during a new year’s party in a 3-star hotel. The bill had come to Rs.26K. Patch-boy’s pals promised to pool in the money to square the loan off. But, the sharing of the financial load actually never took place.

Without knowing the antecedents of his victim’s father, Sengodan began sending threatening messages to Pachaiappan. Usually, credit card and finance companies avoid 3 categories of individuals viz. Journalists, lawyers and police officials. The avoidance is explained away with a two-word term: “negative profile”. Secretly the movers and shakers in this rat race admit that discovery of the workings of their racket is their big fear. The bigger fear is journalists, lawyers and cops using the instrument of blackmail to clean the wrongdoers out, aver the men and women at tertiary levels of this game. The bitter truth is stranger. Those who never deserve a single rupee manage to net billions of rupees and are allowed to not only default but also helped to escape the laws of India under everyone’s noses. 

Before long, seeing his son listless most of the day, the cop accessed the SMS from his son’s mobile.

Duraisingham sought the advice of his superior officer.

Holding the rank of Inspector General, Thapa merited a landlubber bosun. Duraisingham performed that task admirably in Chennai.

So, when the hapless minion approached his boss for saving his son, the IG – then looking after various high profile cases from Delhi for the CBI’s southern operations, Thapa realised the potential and pulled the young man’s chestnuts out of the fire and began watching the gang of ‘recovery agents.’ That endeavour had landed the strange fish – Sengodan.

By keeping tabs on Sengodan, Thapa had traced most of the racketeers and identified their modus operandi. That was when he suspected something else – the presence of a vigilante group of IT professionals functioning beyond their work-station borders to identify ill-gotten funds parked abroad. As he had begun taking an interest in the activities of several young men and women, one of them – a Brahmin girl aged 24 – Swathi – had been brutally killed in mid 2016.

When others above him found out Thapa’s focus, they got him transferred – virtually on punishment. But, being pushed to the wall, Thapa had decided to fight. And that fight had led to his unearthing the huge racket whose minor loose end was Sengodan. The big time players were builders and architects working from flashy offices.

Thapa looked at the clock in his office.

It was close to 7 p.m.

Pressing his buzzer, he summoned Duraisingham – who had levitated to the NCB along with his boss.

“We may have a major job to do, tomorrow, to end rackets of youngsters’ tormentors – like the man who had harassed your son,” Thapa said.

“Sure sir,” the orderly said.

“I have been tracking the mobile of this person called Sengodan. He lives in Choolaimedu area but does his trade in OMR. It seems he is also stalking a girl Swathi – like someone else had chased her namesake last year. What makes the whole thing interesting is the qualification of this girl and her core competence area. She is a code breaking ethical hacker. I suspect that last year’s dead Swathi was one as well.”

“Did the other girl – the dead Swathi do the same thing and was she killed on that count sir?”

Duraisingham asked the question at the spur of the moment in total innocence.

“I have a strong suspicion that she was,” Thapa enigmatically said.

-to be continued

MH370 – The Never-Ending Mystery!

Malaysian jet MH 370 that “disappeared” some 3 years ago is said to have been sunk by the aircraft’s – captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah thus allegedly committing mass murder of 239 persons on board.

The aircraft – of the Boeing 777ER class is roughly the size of the playing area of a football ground.

One should take such reports with much more than the proverbial pinch of salt.

The somewhat left-leaning Guardian posed a difficult question:

Australia’s multi-million-dollar search effort for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight ‘tested the limits of human endeavour’ – and failed. Where did it go wrong?

Reproduced below are excerpts from a report published in The Daily Mirror – a UK newspaper dated March 1 2017:

An air expert has claimed missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 was a mass murder by the pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, three years after the plane disappeared.

The Boeing 777 disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, sparking a two-and-a-half year search that focused on the Indian Ocean.

Authorities from Malaysia, Australia and China initially expected to finish searching a 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq mile) target area by the end of 2016 but bad weather delayed the probe by another two months back in January, and brought it to an end.

One of the plane’s wings was found in Reunion Island 3000 miles away from the search area, “in an extended position that only a pilot could’ve done”, meaning the plane was brought down intentionally.

Air expert Larry Vance confessed he believes the pilot is a culprit of mass murder.

He added: “There’s no other explanation for it. Did the pilot commit suicide or survive? We don’t know!”

The following paragraphs seek to explain that the latest tidings about MH370 could be another smokescreen to hide a huge sinister conspiracy.

For 3 years, this writer has been consistently saying that the ‘mystery’ may never be solved. [1]

Now, yet another theory has been propounded.

In these columns, pinpointed queries had been raised on the premise that obviously, China has second guessed the truth.

Question one:

Would China use its good offices to help Russia trigger World War III to hide its misadventures in Ukraine and Crimea – the chicken neck of the Middle-East gas supply to the West?

Parts of the answers have been provided by EU!

Many countries in central and southeast Europe are dependent on a single supplier for most or all of their natural gas.

To help these countries diversify their supplies, the Southern Gas Corridor aims to expand infrastructure that can bring gas to the EU from the Caspian Basin, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Eastern Mediterranean Basin.

Initially, approximately 10 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas will flow along this route when it opens in 2019-2020. Given the potential supplies from the Caspian Region, the Middle East and the East Mediterranean, however, the EU aims to increase this to 80 to 100 bcm of gas per year in the future.

EU actions for expanding the Southern Gas Corridor include:

Keeping the infrastructure projects needed for the Corridor on the EU’s list of Projects of Common Interest. These are projects which can benefit from streamlined permitting process, receive preferential regulatory treatment, and are eligible to apply for EU funding from the Connecting Europe Facility

Cooperating closely with gas suppliers in the region including Azerbaijan, Iraq and Turkmenistan

Cooperating closely with transit countries including Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey

Negotiating with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on a Trans-Caspian pipeline to transport gas across the Caspian Sea.

Russians themselves have provided startling answers:

Facing sanctions from the West after the annexation of Crimea, Russia has reoriented its economy toward China. In making the pivot, it sought to break its diplomatic isolation, secure a market for its energy resources, and gain greater access to Chinese credit and technology. The results of the shift are mixed, but if trends continue, Moscow is likely to drift further into Beijing’s embrace. An asymmetrical interdependence is emerging, with global implications.

In trying to reorient its economy quickly, Moscow has eased informal barriers to Chinese investment.

Chinese financial institutions are reluctant to ignore Western sanctions, but Moscow and Beijing are developing parallel financial infrastructure that will be immune to sanctions.

Question two:

Would the Taliban assets in the Arab world contribute their might to trigger World War III?

The answer comes mainly from the Christian world:

The Third World War has begun, in spite of the fact that few people recognize it. The conflict isn’t between communist and free, as we long expected, but instead between Muslim and the rest of the world. Although militant Muslims in Iraq and Syria have stolen the headlines, it is not long before we see them around the world, making a play for power.

Question three:

Has Iran agreed to cooperate with the West over its nuke plans and is the thawing with Teheran in return for helping NATO hedge its Saudi-dominated bets in the Middle East?

Answers have been provided by The Atlantic:

In recent days, news of Saudi Arabia’s execution of the Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, and the diplomatic clashes with Iran that followed, has often been accompanied by an explanation that, in simplified form, goes something like this: The schism between Sunni and Shia Islam is an ancient one, expressed today in part through the rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran. Those two countries are intractable enemies—“fire and dynamite,” as one Saudi journalist memorably described them. Their proxy battles and jockeying for leadership of the Muslim world have ravaged the Middle East and, as has been vividly illustrated this week, could yet ravage it further.

Frederic Wehrey doesn’t buy that narrative. A scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who researches identity politics in the Persian Gulf, Wehrey believes the execution of Nimr, rather than being the latest salvo in the Saudi-Iran shadow war, was primarily motivated by domestic politics in Saudi Arabia. Specifically, the Saudi royal family wanted to appease powerful Sunni clerics angered by the kingdom’s cooperation with the United States in the fight against ISIS, a Sunni jihadist group.

Operative excerpts from the Wikipedia dossier:

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to Beijing Capital International Airport in China. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER operated by Malaysia Airlines, last made voice contact with air traffic control at 01:19 MYT, 8 March (17:19 UTC, 7 March) when it was over the South China Sea, less than an hour after takeoff.

The aircraft disappeared from air traffic controllers’ radar screens at 01:22 MYT. Malaysian military radar continued to track the aircraft as it deviated westwards from its planned flight path and crossed the Malay Peninsula. It left the range of Malaysian military radar at 02:22 while over the Andaman Sea, 200 nautical miles (370 km) north-west of Penang in north-western Malaysia. The aircraft was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 15 nations.

The multinational search effort for the aircraft is the largest and most expensive in aviation history.

The search began in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, where the aircraft’s signal was last detected on secondary surveillance radar, and was soon extended to the Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea. Analysis of satellite communications between the aircraft and Inmarsat‘s satellite communications network concluded that the flight continued until at least 08:19 and flew south into the southern Indian Ocean, although the precise location cannot be determined.

Australia took charge of the search on 17 March when the search moved to the southern Indian Ocean. On 24 March, the Malaysian government noted that the final location determined by the satellite communication is far from any possible landing sites, and concluded that “Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

From October 2014 through January 2017, a comprehensive survey of 120,000 km2 (46,000 sq mi) of sea floor about 1,800 km (1,100 mi) south-west of Perth, Western Australia, yielded no evidence of the aircraft. Several pieces of marine debris found on the coast of Africa and on Indian Ocean islands off the coast of Africa, the first discovered on 29 July 2015 on Réunion, have been confirmed as pieces of Flight 370. However, the bulk of the aircraft has still not been located, prompting many theories about its disappearance.

Malaysia established the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate the incident, working with foreign aviation authorities and experts. Neither the crew nor the aircraft’s communication systems relayed a distress signal, indications of bad weather, or technical problems before the aircraft vanished. Two passengers travelling on stolen passports were investigated, but eliminated as suspects. Malaysian police have identified the captain as the prime suspect if human intervention was the cause of the disappearance, after clearing all others on the flight of suspicious motives. Power was lost to the aircraft’s satellite data unit (SDU) at some point between 01:07 and 02:03; the SDU logged onto Inmarsat’s satellite communication network at 02:25—three minutes after the aircraft left the range of radar. Based on analysis of the satellite communications, the aircraft turned south after passing north of Sumatra and the flight continued for five hours with little deviation in its track, ending when its fuel was exhausted.

With the presumed loss of all on board, Flight 370 is the second deadliest incident involving a Boeing 777 and the second deadliest incident in Malaysia Airlines’ history second only to Flight 17.

Flight 370’s disappearance brought to public attention the limits of aircraft tracking and flight recorders, including several issues raised four years earlier—but never mandated—following the loss of Air France Flight 447.

In response to Flight 370’s disappearance, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted new standards for aircraft position reporting over open ocean, extended recording time for cockpit voice recorders, and, from 2020, will require new aircraft designs to have a means to recover the flight recorders, or the information they contain, before the recorders sink below water.

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Operative excerpts from TSV Hari’s writings dated April 12 2014:

I had predicted that the “missing” Malaysian Airlines’ System [MAS] owned Boeing 777 ER now globally notorious as MH370 will never be found. It is still missing.

I had received a report attributed to Pyare Shivpuri, a linguist formerly of the World Service of BBC.

His analysis quoted generously from a website that seeks to provide clarifications on the missing MH 370. Its link:

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/amazing-video-shows-what-its-like-to-brave-choppy-waves-in-mh370-search-operation

The language in the report found in the above link is full of several syntax errors. Pyare was cryptic in his reaction about his contribution and embellishment of the report .

“If you think the report – based on what had been published on the net and reportedly repaired by me is worth publishing in your site, do so by all means. But, please avoid seeking clarifications from me on this account. I have better things to do in life,” Pyare, a personal friend, said.

Pyare had authored a world famous book – The Russian Threat.

He had been imprisoned during the emergency, despite being related to Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

Pyare’s rendition:

The Americans are withdrawing from Afghanistan one of their command and control system (used for controlling the pilotless drones) was hijacked by Taliban fighters when the American transport convoy was moving down from one of the hill top bases.

The Taliban terrorists ambushed the convoy and killed 2 American Seal personnel seized the equipment/weapons, including the command and control system which weighed about 20 tons and packed into 6 crates. This happened in Feb 2014.

Like everyone else on earth, the Taliban wanted and continue to want money.

They tried selling the system to the Russians and/or the Chinese.

The Russians hate the Taliban because these Muslim Afghan fighters were the ones who humbled the mighty Red Army and chased it back into the borders of what had been the Soviet Union. That act had finally led to the collapse of that form of Government under Mikhail Gorbachev.

But, being very clever, the Russians cited their busy schedule in Ukraine and opted out of the drone deal.

Perhaps, that was the window dressing.

The Chinese and the Russians have nice little cooperative venture going.

China is a bit scared of the Western danger – since it has gone well beyond the threshold limit of withstanding the deferring of monies due to its state-owned manufacturing machine-like performing sweat-shops.

A single open defiance by one Western regime and China could arguably pull the plug of world finance to bankrupt more than 70% of the world.

But that would mean that China could never be able to get back its money for the exported easy credit, cheap, but high quality goods.

So, they needed to throw another scare.

A two-pronged game was played in response to what the West began doing sometime last year.

Western Europe is dependent on the cheap Russian gas to run its industries.

But, mad Vlad Putin began showing signs of belligerence and up popped the possibility of his closing the gas taps deep inside Russia. So, a deal was done with the Arabs … to get a natural gas pipeline laid all the way from the Middle-East, snaking through Syria to Western Europe to hedge the Western bets.

Putin realised the threat and began actively supporting the Syrian regime which wanted more than its proper pound of flesh.

So, Syria’s boss Assad suddenly became a global villain just as Saddam morphed into one in the early 90’s.

Russia did not blink one little bit began hailing the virtues of Assad, even vetoed action against Syria when something to the effect was proposed by the West in the UN.

Meanwhile, perhaps China found the offer from the Taliban very interesting as they could duplicate and master the technology to render all American drones ineffective on the one hand, usable by enemy hands on the other and rendered useless whenever and wherever applicable.

The Taliban then committed one stupid mistake.

Knowing that some of the parts of the rogue atomic weapons developed by AQ Khan had come from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur became the place to exchange the goods for the cash.

Chinese had agreed to the deal, sent 8 of its top defence scientists to check the system and to effect the transfer.

There is of course one fully foxing question whose one bit remains unanswered.

Afghanistan shares a border with China – and hence it could have been sent across the common border.

That is the problem of the mindset of terrorists whose left hand would not trust its right hand.

Under the guise of monitoring Afghan elections, Western powers had the sewn up the Afghan-Sino border all through a chicken-neck area called the Wakhan Corridor. On the southern side is Pakistan occupied Kashmir and on the northern edge is Tajikistan. The final edge of Afghanistan’s common border with China involves a 17 km trek through treacherous terrain and carrying 6 heavy crates on mules is out.

Taliban did not know as to whom to trust in its bases in Tajikistan.

So its fighters decided to do the time tested relationship within the rogue elements of Inter–Services-Intelligence in Islamabad.

The AQ Khan times’ relationship came in handy.

The unanswered parts of the query:

  1. Why did someone not change the 6 crates into 30 crates and render it easier to transport?
  2. If the crates reached KL –what mode of transport was used to achieve that?
  3. If that was the done deal, why not fly directly to Beijing?

Sometime in early March 2014, 8 Chinese scientists reached Malaysia and waited as the six heavy crates made their way to Kuala Lumpur.

The checks were done under diplomatic protection in Kuala Lumpur by the Chinese weapons’ experts.

It was then China’s turn to make a stupid mistake.

Beijing calculated that its agents could transport the cargo unnoticed through civilian aircraft.

The direct flight from KL to Beijing was to take only 4 and half hours. Americans were not expected to hijack or harm a civilian aircraft which had nearly 150 normal Chinese citizens.

So MH370 became the perfect carrier.

As usual, Israel sussed this out.

Determined to recapture the stuff, agents the United States of America and from Tel Aviv [the two so-called Iranians with stolen passports, perhaps were part of this team] quietly got themselves booked into the flight.

Reports say that in all there were 5 agents in the employ of the Americans including the two from Mossad who masqueraded as Iranian agents to lead the world on a wild goose chase.

The American team had persons who were experts in dealing with Boeing aircraft.

When MH370 was about to leave the Malaysian air space and meant to report to Vietnamese air control, an American AWAC jammed its signal, disabled the pilot control system and switched over to remote control mode. That was when the plane suddenly lost altitude momentarily.

After 9/11 incident, all Boeing aircraft and Airbus aircraft have inbuilt systems that would allow a hostile takeover of controls by an AWAC. The ‘sudden’ problems in Boeing aircraft leading to several of them getting grounded – especially in the Far East besides the delay in the delivery of Airbus’s latest fleet to client airlines was the manifestation of this issue.

Armed with virtually undetectable gizmos to take-over the plane controls from the inside and beyond through the AWACs, the 5 agents overpowered the hapless Malaysian pilots, crew, switched off the transponder and other communication systems, changed course and flew in a southwest direction.

Malaysian, Thai and Indian military radars actually detected what their systems termed a ‘rogue’ aircraft, but kept quiet – presumably under US orders.

The plane flew over North Sumatra, Anambas, towards southern India’s military airspace, landed quietly in a specially built airstrip at the Maldives – there are reports of some villagers having seen the aircraft – refuelled and finally landed at the Diego Garcia atoll which is an American Air Base in the middle of Indian Ocean.

The cargo and the black box were removed.

None exactly knows as to what happened to the passengers.

There is of course the golden rule in spying parlance.

The dead tell no tales.

Surely, Google knows this adage only too well.

Google.com killed all my blogs. The lost ones include the following:

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/03/missing-malaysian-flight-mh-370-one.html

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/03/the-white-elephants-flight-and-wwiii.html

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/03/missing-malaysian-airlines-final.html

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/03/the-239-on-board-missing-malaysian.html

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/03/the-missing-malaysian-plane-mystery.html

The real reasons for Modi’s absence from Parliament

Will the Government of India admit the real reasons which forced Modi’s hand to demonetise high value currency notes on November 8 2016?

Answer: Perhaps not.

Why?

Answer: Because the involvement of top officials of the Reserve Bank of India would expose India’s smelly financial underbelly.

Was the sinister connection between Pakistan’s inductions of counterfeit notes into India capable of destroying India?

Answer: Yes.

Did Islamabad and its shady links with criminal firms have a bearing on Modi’s November 8 2016 sudden demonetisation announcement?

Answer: YES!

Why is the opposition forcing Modi to reveal the truth?

Answer: The real answers could destroy the financial fabric of the nation – which is what Pakistan and other enemies of India want. The opposition seems to be acting at their behest by going hammer and tongs at the short-comings of the demonetisation move that flushed out the fake currency in one swift move!

India’s National Security Advisor [NSA] – Ajit Doval is said to be in possession of details of perfidious activities within India that could have [notice the past perfect tense] ruined Bharat’s economy.

Must read: https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/are-indian-oppositions-honourable-men-and-women-out-to-kill-bharats-neo-caesar-modi/ 

Due to the sudden demonetisation, presses run and maintained by the Karnataka based Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India, are working overtime to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

According to the company’s own website, the presses are the latest in ‘state of the art’ technology in bank note printing. One of the companies that supplied machinery at its Mysore site is De La Rue Giori, now renamed KBA Giori, Switzerland.

That is where the sinister portion begins.And that is also why Modi cannot expose his own central bank’s smelly crannies.

In January 2016, the Indian Express reported that the Indian Home Ministry had barred a German company, Louisenthal, from selling bank note paper to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after it discovered that the firm was also selling raw notes to Pakistan, according to a senior official. Operative excerpts:

“We have proof that high-quality fake Indian currency notes are being produced in Pakistan and pushed into India through Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The availability of a common supplier could be one of the reasons behind such high-quality fake notes,” the official said.

Representatives of Louisenthal refused to comment when asked about its links with the UK-based De La Rue, which had been banned by the RBI after having come under the scanner following admissions of supplying paper that had “failed to meet certain quality specifications”.

India had sought help from the US, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last September, in tracking countries where bank note paper used to print fake Indian currency is manufactured.

Also read: http://wp.me/p7bYkZ-Lk

At least five cases were reported last year of Pakistani nationals being arrested in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and UAE with consignments of fake Indian currency notes.

The unholy links of these firms was known all along to the Government of India, says another website. Operative excerpts:

In 2009-10, the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] raided some 70-odd branches of various banks on the India-Nepal border and unearthed a counterfeit currency racket. Bank officials blurted to CBI sleuths that the notes had come from RBI. As a result, CBI raided RBI vaults and found a massive cache of Rs 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination notes that had been smuggled by the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI into India.

In 2010 the Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU), was shocked to find out that the Government had outsourced the printing of Rs 1 lakh crore of currency notes to US, UK and Germany putting the “entire economic sovereignty (of the country) at stake”.

The 3 companies to whom the Indian currency printing was outsourced are American Banknote Company (USA), Thomas De La Rue (UK) and Giesecke and Devrient Consortium (Germany).

Following the scandal, Reserve Bank sent a senior official on a fact-finding mission to De La Rue‘s printing plant in Hampshire, UK.

A third of De la Rue’s profits did not include profits earned through new contracts – that encompassed sale of 95% of its security paper sold to many nations among whom India and Pakistan are important ones, was the prima facie finding.

As a result, De La Rue was blacklisted by the government with 2000 metric tonnes of its paper lying unused at printing presses and warehouses.

De la Rue’s CEO James Hussey who is the godson of the Queen of England quit the company mysteriously. De la Rue’s shares tanked and it almost went bankrupt losing one of its most valuable customers – RBI. Its French rival Oberthur approached De la Rue with a bid to take over the company which was fought back.

The complaints sent to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) by ‘unnamed officers of the Ministry of Finance’ mentioned other companies too. These include French firm Arjo Wiggins, Crane AB of USA and Louisenthal, Germany.

The scandal had just surfaced under the United Progressive Alliance government. Rather ironically, the potty ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh proverbially termed the NDA kettle black!

Part of De La Rue was acquired by Privet Capital that prints and processes bank notes of 106 nations in May 2016.

Operative excerpts from a relevant press statement: Privet Capital, a private equity investor focused on creating value through operational improvement, acquired Cash Processing Solutions Limited [CPS] and its subsidiaries from De La Rue.

CPS specialises in providing cash processing hardware, software and related services to central banks, commercial banks, state print-works and commercial cash processing companies. Its sorting solutions process 125 billion banknotes per annum from operations in 106 countries, supported by a team of over 500 people.

De La Rue announced a windfall on November 22 2016.

De La Rue announced that it will continue to print currency at its factory in Malta. The company has been working in Malta for over 40 years and last year announced that it was creating a Centre of Excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta, as part of a global investment of €33 million in equipment, factory upgrades and skills.

The facility at Malta is the World’s largest commercial printer of both banknotes and passports. The announcement came on the back of a solid business performance by the firm. Martin Sutherland, the firm’s CEO confirmed that the move was designed to provide the flexibility to meet current and future customer requirements.

‘We have refined the implementation plan for our Global footprint to give us a better blend of outsourcing with a more flexible in house production capacity, and as a result will be keeping the remaining banknote print line open in Malta,’ a company press release revealed.

Contrary to previous intentions, De La Rue will not be reducing its workforce and will not be offering further voluntary retirement schemes, the statement added.

Malta is one of the global centres of diabolically sinister financial activity.

In his report, journalist MK Venu [1] in 2015 – wrote the chilling words: Tax havens like Mauritius, Malta, Bahamas and the Cayman islands still operate in non-transparent ways”.

The nature of the scofflaw nature of Malta can be guessed with one simple yardstick. One of its new citizens is Lalit Kumar Modi – the man against whom India’s official ministry claims to have issued Interpol’s red-corner-notice.

The UN is aware of such developments – with a savage twist – terrorism – since 2004!

Excerpts from the relevant UN report:

The United Nations Questionnaire on the Nature of Links between Terrorism and other Forms of Crime” was sent to Member States pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution 58/136, adopted upon the recommendation of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and ECOSOC, on “the need to strengthen international cooperation and technical assistance in promoting the implementation of the universal conventions and protocols related to terrorism within the framework of the activities of the UNODC”.

The resolution invited Member States to provide the Secretary-General with information on the nature of links between terrorism and other forms of crime  and to comment on whether terrorist groups’ modus operandi.

India reported that terrorist groups are involved in organized criminal activities of various kinds, including arms trafficking, money laundering, corruption, trafficking in persons, and drug trafficking.

In India, specific instances have come to the attention of the authorities regarding the financing of terrorist acts and the use of informal money transfer systems such as the hawala system. India reported that such underground banking systems have substantial links with the underworld and money laundering channels which, in turn are linked to terrorist activities.

Important links between terrorist financing and economic crime were funded by counterfeiting of currencies. Fake Indian currency notes have been systematically used by terrorists to finance their activities in India. Organized crime groups have also contributed to the circulation of the forged currency in India and abroad. India reported that there had been cooperation between organized crime groups and terrorists for a long time, but that a significant new development on this front was the fact that organized crime gangs and terrorists outfits had begun to work “in consonance”. There are numerous instances of the involvement of organized crime 27 gangs in terrorism. The attack on the U.S. Information Centre, Kolkata (January 2002) is an example of such collaborations.

[All emphasised portions are by the author]

[1]

M.K. Venu is a Founding Editor of The Wire. As an active economic and political writer, he has held leadership roles in reputed newspapers such as The Economic TimesThe Financial Express and The Hindu. He has written extensively on economic policy matters for over a quarter century after India opened up its economy in 1991. He also wrote regular political economy columns on the edit pages of The Economic TimesFinancial Express and Indian Express over the past two decades. He hosts a regular political-economy discussion called ‘State of the Economy’ on the national public broadcast channel RSTV. He has also been invited by Parliamentary Committees to give his views on public policy matters. He is on Twitter @mkvenu1.

உளவுகாத்த கிளி – 10

அலுவலகம் சென்று, நான் அங்கு இருந்ததற்கான எல்லா ஆதரங்களையும் கவனமாக பொறுக்கி எடுத்து, ஒரு அட்டைப்பெட்டியில் நிரப்பினேன்.  அது நான்  நிறைவேற்ற வேண்டிய, இன்றியமையாத கடமை.

முன் அத்தியாயங்களைப் படிக்க, இங்கே க்ளிக் செய்யவும்.

என் இடத்திற்கு அடுத்ததாக யார் வருவார்கள் என்பது எனக்குத் தேவை அற்ற விஷயம்.

தேவை என ஏதேனும் உருவானால், அலுவலகம் வாயிலாக செய்தியோ, கேள்வியோ வரும். 99.99% அதற்கான தேவைகளே இராது.

நான் பின்பற்றிய அனைத்து விஷயங்கள், அவற்றின் புலனாய்வு ரிப்போர்ட்கள் – ஒன்று விடாமல் எனது பாஸ் ஸின்ஹாவிற்கு  தவறாமல் தினசரி நான் அனுப்பி இருந்ததாலும், அலுவலகத்தின் நிகழ்வுகள் அனைத்தும் வீடியோக்காமிராக்களில் பதிவாகி இருந்த காரணத்தாலும், புதிதாய் எனது இருக்கையில் அமரப் போகிறவருக்கு நான் எதுவுமே சொல்ல வேண்டி இருக்காது.

சுமார் 1 மணி நேரத்தில் மூட்டை கட்டும் பணிகள் முடிந்தன.

என் தொலைபேசியை ஒரு முறை இறுதியாகப் பார்த்தேன். அதிலிருந்து தான் கடைசியாகத் தன்னை பல முறை வனிதா எனவும், ஒரே ஒரு முறை சிவபுண்ணியம் எனவும் அறிமுகப்படுத்திக்கொண்டவளுடன் பேசினேன் என்பது நினைவுக்கு வந்த்து. அவளுடன் செய்த சல்லாபங்கள் மனதை நெருடின. ஆனால், அதெல்லாம் முடிந்த கதைகள். பிடிக்கும்போது, புகையும் சிகரெட் ஸ்வாரஸ்யமாகத் தான் இருக்கும். அது தீர்ந்தவுடன், அதைக் கடாசுவது இல்பு. வனிதா ஒரு அணைந்த சிகரெட் மட்டும் தானா? கேள்வி என்னுள் ஒரு கசப்புணர்வை உருவாக்கியது. ஒரு டம்ப்ளர் தண்ணீரைக் குடித்தேன். மறக்க முயன்றேன்.  

எனது பொருட்கள் அடங்கிய அட்டைப்பெட்டியை கொரியர் மூலம் தலைமை பீடத்திற்கு அனுப்ப ஏற்பாடு செய்தேன்.

இறுதியாக ஒரு முறை – கிண்டியில் எங்கள் கைதிகளின் நிலையை அறியச் சென்றேன். அவர்களுடன் நடக்கும் பேச்சுவார்த்தை வீடியோவில் ரெக்கார்டாகி, அதன் மொழிபெயர்ப்பு – ஆங்கிலத்திலும் ஹிந்தியிலும் ஹெட் ஆஃபீஸ் சென்று விடும்.

என்னிடமுள்ள வண்டியை நான் ஸ்டார்ட் செய்யும்போது, நான் உடுத்தி இருந்த ஆடைகளைத் தவிர என்னிடம், நான் – இன்னார் எனக் கண்டறியப்பட எந்த ஆவணமும் இல்லை.

கிண்டியில் – வழக்கம்போல சங்கீதா சிற்றுண்டி விடுதி அருகே இருந்து எஸ் டி டி பூத்திலிருந்து ஒரு ஃபோன் கால். அதில் 8 வார்த்தைகள் மட்டுமே:. “அடுத்த 2 மணி நேரத்திற்குள் சென்னை விமான நிலையத்திலிருந்து கிளம்பவிருக்கிறேன்.”

நான் செல்ல வேண்டிய இடம், அதற்கான டிக்கட், கைச்செலவுக்குப் பணம், இத்யாதியுடன் ட்ரைவர் அங்கி அணிந்த ஒருவர் டிபார்ச்சர் பகுதியில் காத்திருப்பார். ஒரு கவரை என்னிடம் கொடுத்து, சாவியைப் பெற்றுக்கொண்டு, எதுவும் பேசாமல் சென்று விடுவார். இது எங்களது செயல்பாட்டு முறை.

கிண்டி மறைவிடத்தில் அப்பாஸும் மற்ற சகாக்களும் – “பாடும்” பயங்கரவாதிப்பெண்ணின் ஆலாபனையைக் கேட்டவாறு சிரித்துக் கொண்டிருந்தார்கள்.

அந்தப் பெண்ணின் உளரல்களிலிருந்து சில வாக்கியங்கள்:

“எங்கட தமிளீளம் பகடிக்கான விடயமல்ல. அதை அடைய நாங்க எதையும் செய்வோம். ஒரு சமயத்துல இந்தியா எங்களுக்கு தோக்குகளக் குடுத்து, இயக்கவும் கற்றுத்தந்தவர்கள். ஆனால், எங்கட தலைவர் தம்பி பிரபா கேட்டது போல, எங்கட கையில ஈளத்தைக் முறையாக் குடுக்க இல்லை. மாறா அந்தக் கயவன் செயவர்த்தனவோட ஒப்பந்தத்தை ராசீவு பண்ணினவர். ஒப்பந்தத்துல ஈள மக்களுக்குப் பங்கே இல்லை. முளு இலங்கையையும் இந்தியா பாதுகாக்குமென்டு ராசீவு ஜெயவர்த்தனகிட்டச் சொன்னவர், கையொப்பமிட்டவர். அப்ப, நாங்க 30 வருஸமாப் போராடினது பகிடிக்கா? இந்தியா இந்த விடயத்துல செய்தது பெரிய பிளை! பிளைய நாங்க தட்டிக் கேட்டவர்கள். தட்டியதுக்கு இந்தியர்கள் சுட்டவர்கள். மறுபடியும் பிளை. எங்கட சகோதரிகள் பள்ளி அங்கியில இந்திய ராணுவ லொரியில பாம்ப் எறிந்தவர்கள் தான். நாங்கள் நடாத்தியது சுதந்திரத்தை அடைய கொரில்லாப் போர். அதில எப்படி வேண்டுமெண்டாலும் செயல்படலாம். ஆனால் இந்திய ராணுவத்துக்குக் கட்டுப்பாடு உண்டு. அதுல உள்ளவர்கள் பதிலுக்குச் சுடறதுக்கு முன்ன கற்பளித்தவர்கள். டொர்ச்சர் செய்தவர்கள். அதுவும் பிளை அண்டு மட்டுமல்ல, போர்க்குற்றம்! உலகம் முளுதும் எங்கடப் பொடியர்கள் பரவி இருக்கிறவர். கனக்கப் பணம் சேர்த்தவர். அது அளியாது. மேற்கு ஐரோப்பா, அவுஸ்திரேலியா, நியூ ஜீலாந்து, ஃபிஜி, டுபாய், வட அமெரிக்காவுல கானடா, யூ எஸ் எண்டு 28 நாடுகள்ள 650 இளுபறி பார்லிமென்ட் தொகுதிகள்ள ஈளத் தமிளன் வெட்டி-தொல்வியை முடிவு செய்ய இருக்கறவன். வெள்ளையனாகட்டும், காப்புலி ஆகட்டும், அவன்ட நாட்டுல அமைதி வேண்டுமெடால், யாரோடயும் எந்த ஒப்பந்தமும் செய்வான். ஆனபடியால மத்த வளர்ந்த நாடுகள் எங்கட ஈளத்தப் பெற்றுத் தரும். அது நிச்சயம், செல்லுபடியாகாத, செல்லரிச்சுப் போன சோவியத் ரஷ்யா சொன்னபடியால, ராசீவ் திரிகோண மலையைப் பிடிச்சு ரஷ்ய வெள்ளையனுக்கு விக்க இருந்தவர்.  அது நடக்க இல்லை, ஏனென்டால், எங்கட இயக்கத்தை மேர்க்கத்திய நாடுகள் வளி நடாத்தின, நடாத்தறவங்க, என்ன விசர்றா? ராசீவ 1991ல போட்டுத் தள்ளினதால, காங்கிரஸ் செயிச்சது. போஃபர்ஸ் ஊளல் விவகாரம் நிரந்தரமா மறைஞ்சது. அந்த பீரங்கி விடயத்துக்கும், பாகிஸ்தான் ஐ எஸ் ஐ க்கும், அதோட ஒரு முன்னாள் தலைவர்கள்ள ஒருத்தரான ஸல்மான் தாஸீருக்கும், சொனியா அம்மையாருக்கும், அவரோட அப்பர் மைனோவுக்கும், ரஷ்ய உளவு ஸ்தாபனம் கே ஜி பிக்கும், இருந்த தகாத உறவுகள் பத்தி இனி யாரும் கதைக்கப் போவதில்லை. எங்கட ஈளத்தை அடைய, பாகிஸ்தான் மட்டுமல்ல, ஐ எஸ் ஐ மட்டுமல்ல, தாலிபான் மட்டுமல்ல, ஜப்பானோட செம்படை, ஜெர்மனோட பளைய நாத்ஸியிட வாரிசுகள் , பாடர் மைந்ஹோஃப் கும்பல், , ஹாங் காங்கோட போதை மருந்து வியாபரிகள், கிளக்கு ஐரோப்பிய-அராபிய ஆயுத பேர ஆட்கள்…இப்படி யாரோடவும் பேரம் நடாத்தி செயிப்பது எங்கட உரிமை. இந்தியாவ ஒரு முறையல்ல. பல முறையும், சமூக, அரசியல், பொருளாதார, ஆயுத ரீதியாக அளித்தால் தான் ஈளம் கிடைக்குமென்டால், கிடைக்கற வர அளிப்போம். ஒரு நாட்டோட சுதந்திரப் போர் என்டால் அப்படித் தான் இருக்கும். தம்பி [பிரபாகரன்] சனவரி [18, 2009]லயே தப்பி விட்டவர். எங்கே மறைஞ்சு இருக்கிறவர் என்டு எங்களுக்கும் தெரியாது. ஆனால், அவர் எங்கட தாகமான தமிளீளத்தை மீட்டுத் தருவர் எண்டு எங்களுக்குக் கனக்க நம்பிக்கை இருக்கு!”

இந்தப் பிதற்றல்களைப் பல முறைக் கேட்டு எங்கள் போன்றோருக்குப் போர் அடிக்க ஆரம்பித்து 1 மாமாங்கம் ஆகி விட்டது.  போரில் எல்லோரும் சமம். ஒரு சாரார் வரம்பு மீறினால் பலசாலியான எதிரிகள் பல முறை மீறுவார்கள். புலிகள் என்ற பயங்கரவாதக் கும்பலிடம் ஈழம் என்ற நாட்டை ஒப்ப/டைக்க எந்த ஒழுங்கான ஜனநாயக நாடும் தயாராகப்போவதில்லை. ஒரு வேளை ஈழம் உருவானால், அதில் புலிகளுக்கு இடமே இருக்காது.

பிடிபட்ட இவர்களது கதியைப் பற்றி நான் கொஞ்சம் கூடக் கவலைப்படவில்லை. ஒரு நாட்டை எதிரி எனச் சொல்லி, ஒப்புக்கொண்டு அங்கு போர் அங்கி அணியாமல் நாசவேலையில் ஈடுபட்டதால், ஜெனீவா முறைப்படை இவர்களைப் போர்க் கைதிகளாக நடத்த வேண்டிய எந்த சட்ட ரீதியான நிர்ப்பந்தமும் இந்தியாவுக்கு இல்லை.

பயங்கரவாதிகள் யாருக்கும் கருணைகாட்டுவதில்லை.

பிடிபட்ட பின், பிற நாடுகளிடம் எதிர்பார்ப்பது முட்டாள்தனத்தின் உச்சகட்டம். மேலும், அவர்களது இயக்கத்தினர் நமது முன்னாள் பிரதமரைக் கொன்றிருக்கிறார்கள். அதற்கு யாரும் மன்னிப்புக் கேட்கவும் இல்லை. அப்படி கேட்டாலும், யாரும் வழங்கப்போவதும் இல்லை.

தோழர்களுடன் இறுதியாகக் கை குலுக்கினேன்.

விடை பெறும் முன், எங்கள் டெக்னிக்கல் டீமிந் தலைவர் எம்மானுவெல் சகாயராஜ் அவசரமாக வந்தார்.

“நாம சரியான நேரத்துல இந்த ஆயுதங்களைக் கைப்பற்றினோம். ஒவ்வொன்றும்  9,000 மீட்டர் பறந்து, 40,000 அடி உயரம் வரைப் பறக்கக்கூடியதாக இந்த ஏவுகணைக்களோட தன்மையையே மாத்தி இருக்காங்க. புலிகள் கிட்ட இந்த அளவுக்கு டெக்னாலஜி இல்லை. நிச்சயமாக இதுல ஐ எஸ் ஐ வேலை இருக்கு ங்கறதுல சந்தேகமே இல்லை! கொஞ்சம் யோசிங்க. எந்தப் பயங்கரவாதி வேணும்னா, இதுகளை வெச்சிகிட்டு ஏர்போர்ட்களுக்கு வெளியே தள்ளி நின்னு, ப்ளேன் டேக் ஆஃப் ஆகும்போது ஃபைர் பண்ணி, எதுவும் நடக்காத்து போல மோடார் ஸைக்கிளில் ஏறித் தப்பிக்க முடியும். அது நடக்க அனுமதிச்சா, நாம மரமண்டைகள்! நடந்த்துக்கு அப்புறம் வருத்தப்பட்டா, முட்டாக்கூ…”

எங்களுள் பேசிக்கொள்ளும்போது கெட்ட வார்த்தைகள் சகஜமாக வெளி வரும். அவற்றை யாரும் பொருட்படுத்துவதில்லை.”

எக்ஸைட்மென்ட் காரணமாக, சகாயராஜின் மூச்சுத் திணறியது.

“குட் வர்க், இம்மானுவேல். பாஸ் கிட்டச் சொல்லிடறேன். நீங்களும் ஒரு டீடெயில்ட் மெமொ அனுப்புங்க. இந்த ஏவுகணைகளோட டெக்னாலஜியை ப்ரேக் பண்ணி, நமக்கு யூஸ் ஆகுமான்னு பாருங்க. உங்களுக்கு வேண்டியதை ரிடெயின் பண்ணி, மத்த்தை எல்லாம் பேக் பண்ணி, தாம்பரம் ஏர்பேஸுக்கு அனுப்புங்க. அங்கிருந்து ராணுவத் தலைமை பீடத்துக்குப் போயிரும். இன்னிக்கே செஞ்சிருங்க.”

அவரிடமும் கை குலுக்கி விடை பெற்றேன்.

வண்டியைக் கிளப்பினேன்.

விமான நிலையத்தில் எனக்கு  இதை எல்லாத்தையும் விடப் பெரிய அதிர்ச்சி காத்திருந்தது என அப்போது எனக்குத் தெரியாது.

-தொடரும்.

The Real Secret Behind Modi’s Currency Cancellation Move?

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

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

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

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

One man has created this situation.

His name is Donald Trump.

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

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

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

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

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

China has reasons to do so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The biggest victim could be BRICS.

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

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

This means the composition of BRICS could undergo major changes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All this needs money and lots of it.

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

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

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

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

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

Will the ‘S’ then stand for South Korea?

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

The months to follow will provide some surprising replies.

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

[1]

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

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

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

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

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

[2]

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

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

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

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

[3]

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

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

[4]

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

[5]

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

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

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

[6]

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

India’s Demonetisation Tale’s Untold Parts

Prime Minister Modi’s sudden demonetisation trashing Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes achieved many things.

The move successfully forced around Rs.8.5 lakh crores [US$128 billion] worth stashed ill-gotten wealth back into the economy.

Among other things, the step exposed the camouflaged meadow-snakes’ poison-dripping fangs.

The trashing of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes was the second surgical strike against Pakistan. Its singular success is the binning of the only flourishing business in Pakistan – printing of counterfeit currency – for the time being.

Reports reveal that Pakistan had pumped as much as Rs.20 lakh crores into the Indian economy to fund terrorism and cripple Bharat financially using diplomatic bags and human mules through Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Africa and UAE, to name just a few.

According to intelligence inputs, the illegal currency funded sabotage in the Kashmir valley and encouraged Islamic fundamentalist terrorism in Muslim pockets of Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Significantly, pro-Pak street protests in Kashmir have simmered down.

It also lined the pockets of what passes for ‘sections of the secular press in India,’ reports added.

Peeved at the loss and with nothing better to do, the anti-Modi channels are yelling blue-murder on the demonetisation issue.

Significantly, a huge cache of cash was being burnt in Uttar Pradesh. Some of the smoking embers have been recovered and sent for forensic tests to find links with Pakistani sabotage. This news disappeared from headlines almost immediately after it appeared for the first time. 

One probable reason is that the Modi regime does not want to give more credit to Pakistan than what has already been done. Further, such talk could trigger a run on Indian economy.

The cobra in the grass

My tweet early Wednesday: “Did anyone bother to notice [Union Finance Minister] Arun Jaitley’s silence on the surgical strike against black money?”

Operative portions of Jaitley’s mischievous response 10 hours later that has a lot of hidden meanings: [Jaitley’s statements are in a different colour for easy identification.]

“A lot of currency operating outside system will now have to get in to banking system”.

The unsaid part:

At least 48 hours before the demonetisation, there were serious attempts to turn some Rs.25,000 crores from black to white. Premiums amounting to 25% were on offer – in Chennai. This writer has personal knowledge of it.

Simply put, the ‘system’ is rotten, per se. And Jaitley propagates the rotten system.

“It will change the course of the way people spend and keep their money”.

Read between the lines:

Jaitley implied that moneybags would rethink on bankrolling the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP].

“The new step is also of significant advantage.”

The tricky double-Dutch

The significant advantage has been introduced already. Small-time shopkeepers and/or housewives and/or other individuals can shove money into the banks in minor tranches – from Rs.5 lakhs to Rs. 40 lakhs. It would result in at least 35% of the ill-gotten stash to change colour and crawl back into the crannies of the economy.

It doesn’t nudge the economy in the direction of a cashless economy, but, significantly pushes it toward one.”

The Houdini act – to escape criticism – the reality:

There are no 100% cashless economies anywhere in the world.

There are only hopes – to achieve this utopian concept, or so said the Harvard Business Review some 4 months ago. Operative excerpts:

Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are already considering it, while the European Central Bank is considering getting rid of large-denomination bills.

Cash, according to a recent MasterCard study, accounts for nearly 85% of global consumer transactions.

Some of Sweden’s neighbours, in response to EU’s increasing regulations on restricting cash usage, are demanding a “constitutional right to pay in cashfuelled by concerns around negative interest rates and a perceived loss of privacy that comes with digital money.

Mobile payments today account for over 70% of all e-commerce transactions in China due to wallet wars among three major players – whose acronym is BAT. They comprise Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent.

Keeping ATMs stocked and working properly is a cost to banks. These ATM maintenance costs are disproportionately high in many parts of the developing world, such as sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America , with myriad security and infrastructure challenges, as well as in geographically large, sparsely populated countries, such as Canada, Russia, and Australia, where the logistics challenges are high.

The absolute cost of cash to consumers, based on average transit time and cash access costs are high in some of the world’s most populous countries: Indonesia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, China, and the United States. They are high in many of the major European countries, such as Germany and France, as well as in Japan. These costs are lower in several Scandinavian countries with relatively entrenched mobile payments systems, such as Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, as well as countries with rapidly evolving mobile payment systems, such as South Korea and Kenya.

Countries in the developing world tend to have a greater tax gap and a greater degree of uncertainty about the reliability of the estimate of the gap. Developing countries have the largest tax gaps, with their shadow economies as large as 30%-44% of GDP. In India, for example, the tax gap could be as large as two-thirds of overall taxes owed.

The following countries have the greatest potential for unlocking value by policy and innovation led migration to a cashless society: U.S., Netherlands, Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, China and Brazil. The U.S., for example, incurs a cost of $200 billion annually to keep cash in circulation; nearly a third of all store sales are still cash based despite its long history with plastic money

The second group that could go cashless in the long run includes parts of Eastern Europe such as Poland and Russia, and countries with large populations such as India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Egypt, and the Philippines. Cash imposes severe costs on consumers in India and Mexico as we detail in our Cost of Cash studies

New Delhi’s 11 million inhabitants collectively spend some 72 million hours per year chasing cash.

Mexico’s small businesses suffer a 21% incidence of cash fraud — nearly twice the rate faced by larger businesses in the country.

“The government’s decision has given a sense of satisfaction among honest tax payers.”

The hidden prose:

Suddenly the middle-class with cash available on their declared returns would be in demand and make a killing – by merely circulating the ‘available balance on their cash-books to help money change colours and thus help financial villains.

“Long term advantage to the economy is significant. We appeal to the people to bear the minor inconveniences for the short period of time.

It is a big feint for a future sucker punch.

Ground is being prepared through this guarded statement on short-term inconveniences to assail the PM in the future.

Post script:

Question:

Will this end black money?

Answer: NO!  Persons with leeway in their income tax returns will make a killing by helping cash change colour from black to white and then to black again. Help could come from sources that owe allegiance to – of all people – FM Arun Jaitley!

Question:

Will Pakistan stop its misadventure?

Answer: No. The ISI goons will try to counterfeit the newer notes

Verdict

One should view the demonetisation exercise in the final analysis. The longer term reactions will be the ones to watch.

உளவுகாத்தகிளி – 7

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பிப்ரவரி 13 2009

காலை 8-10க்கு என்னைச் சந்திக்க வேண்டிய ஆள் ரயில் நிலையத்தில் நுழைந்தான். தலைமீது சுழலும் சிகப்பு விளக்கு மாட்டாத குறையாக, ஒரு அமெச்சூர் ஒற்றன் செய்யும் அத்தனைத் தவறுகளையும் செய்தான்.

சுமார் 40 வயது மதிக்கத்தக்க அந்த ஆள், ரேமண்ட்ஸ் ரக கறுப்பு நிறத்தில் கால் குழாய்களையும், அதே கலரில் க்ரொகொடைல் டீ ஷர்டும் அணிந்திருந்தான். சற்றே வழுக்கை விழுந்த உருண்டைத் தலை. முகத்தில் முடியே இல்லை.

மணி 8-30யைத் தாண்டியவுடன் டென்ஷன் ஆனான். மணிக்கட்டில் கட்டியிருந்த சீனாவில் தயாரித்த டூப்ளிகேட் டிஸ்ஸோ கடிகாரத்தை அடிக்கடிப் பார்த்தான். பெருமூச்சுக்களை விட ஆரம்பித்தான்.அவனிடமிருந்து சுமார் 10-15 அடி தூரத்தில் நின்று அவனை மானசீகமாக ஸ்கேன் செய்தேன். ஒற்றன் பணிக்குப் புதிதாக வந்த கத்துக்குட்டி என்பது தெளிவாகத் தெரிந்த்து. எனது சகாக்களுள் ஒருவரிடம் விசேஷ ஸ்கேனர் இருந்தது. அதன் உதவியுடன் அவனிடம் ஒரு நாட்டுத் துப்பாக்கி இருந்ததை அறிந்தோம்.

9-10க்கு கெட்ட வார்த்தைகளை முணுமுணுத்து நடை பாலம் மீது ஏற அவன் எத்தனித்தபோது அவனைக் கேஷுவலாக அணுகினேன்.

“மிஸ்டர் வ்யாக்ரபாத ரெட்டி?”

திடீரென நான் கேட்டதும் அவன் அதிர்ந்து போனான் போலும்.

“ஓம்…அவனு!”

சந்தேகமே இல்லை, இவனுக்குத் தெலுங்கின் “தெ” கூடத் தெரியாது.

“நேனு விக்ரம் ராவ். ஏமி மெஸேஜு?”

“யூ கெனாட் பீ விக்ரம் ராவ். ஹி இஸ் சப்போஸ்டு டு பீ…”

“நீங்கள் யாழ்ப்பணத்தவர் என்டு விளங்கிற்று. உங்க மெஸேஜ் என்னவெண்டுமெண்டு கதைத்தால், வடிவாகச் செயலில் இறங்கலாம், என்ன?” என்றேன். எனது வார்த்தைகள் சிலருக்குக் காமேடியாக இருக்கலாம். ஆனால், அவனுக்கு அது சிம்ம சொப்பனம்.

 “உங்களை எனக்கு அடையாளமே தெரிய இல்ல. கன நேரமா என்ட பக்கத்துல தான்…”

“வை டோண்ட் வி மூவ் ஸம்வேர் எல்ஸ்?”

வெறிடம் செல்லும் எண்ணத்தை வெளிப்படுத்திய நான், அவனது விடைக்குக் காத்திராமல், நடக்கலானேன்.

ரயிலடிக்கு வெளியே ஒரு டீக்கடையில், தம்மைப் பற்றவைத்து, அவன் சொல்வதைக் கேட்டேன்.

“வனிதா எங்கட இயக்கத்தைச் சேர்ந்தவர்,” என்று ஆரம்பித்தான்.

ஒரு சிறு தவறினால் அவள் சிறை செல்லவேண்டியதாயிற்று என்றான். இந்தியாவின் ரூபாய் நோட்டுக்கள் பாகிஸ்தானில் தத்ரூபமாக அச்சடிக்கப்பட்டு இங்கு வினியோகம் ஆகிறது என்றான். அதில் அவனது இயக்கத்தைச் சேர்ந்த சிலர் ஈடுபட்டிருப்பதையும், அவர்களது விலாசங்கள் தன்னிடமிருப்பதையும் கூறினான். நான் புருவங்களை நெரித்தேன். அதே கும்பல், சிவகாசியில் இந்திய ரூபாய் நோட்டுக்களை விட மிகவும் கைதேர்ந்த முறையில் அமெரிக்க டாலர்களை அடித்து வினியோக்கிறார்கள் என்றான். பின்னர் சிக்கிக்கொள்வது போலப் பாசாங்கு செய்து இந்தியாவின் பெயரை ரிப்பேர் ஆக்க இலங்கைத் தமிழர்களையும், அவர்களுடன் சில இந்தியர்களையும் சிக்க வைக்கும் திட்டம், பாகிஸ்தானின் ராணுவத் தலமைபீடமான ராவல்பிண்டியில் தீட்டப்பட்ட விவரங்களை உமிழ்ந்தான். சிவகாசி அச்சகத்தின் விலாசத்தையும் கொடுத்தான். புலிகளைக் “கர்ணல்” கருணா மொத்தமாகக் காட்டிக் கொடுத்ததால், தமிழீழ சுதந்திரப் போருக்குப் பின்னடைவு ஏற்பட்டது, என்றான். பிரபாகரன் தப்பித்துச் சென்றுவிட்ட உண்மையை இலங்கைப் போர் தளபதி சரத் ஃபோன்ஸெக்காவெ ஜனவரி 18 2009 அன்று கொழும்பில் உளரிவிட்டதாகச் சொன்னான். விரைவில் அவர் பெரும் சிக்கலில் மாட்டவிருப்பதாக ஆரூடமும் வேறு தெரியப்படுத்தினான்.

பத்து நிமிடங்களுள் இவனிடம் இனி ஒரு குந்துமணி அளவு முக்கியத் தகவலும் எஞ்சி இருக்கவில்லை என்பதை உணர்ந்தேன்.

“வனிதாங்கற யார்கிட்டேர்ந்தோ ஸின்ஹான்னு யாருக்கோ ஒரு மேஸேஜ் இருக்கறதா உங்க ஆள் ஒருத்தன் சொன்னானே…”

“அதை வனிதா தான் விளக்க இயலும். அதுக்காக, அவங்களை நீங்கள் நினைத்தால் வடிவா விடுவிக்க இயலும் எண்டு எனக்குத் தகவல் அனுப்பினவர். ஆனபடியால்…அவரை விடுதலை செய்ய…”

இவனிடம் பேசிப்பயனில்லை என உணர்ந்த நான், அருகிலிருந்த கடையிலிருந்து சிகரெட் வாங்கி வருவதாகச் சொல்லி நகர்ந்தேன். கண் இமைக்கும் நேரத்திற்குள் அவனை எனது சகாக்கள் குண்டுகட்டாக – தயார் நிலையில் இருந்த கவச வண்டியில் தூக்கிப்போட்டுச் சென்று விட்டார்கள். அந்த நிகழ்வுக் கோர்வைக்கு சரியாக இரண்டரை செக்கண்டுகள் தான் பிடித்தன. பெரிதாக யாரும் கவனிக்கவில்லை.

எதுவுமே நடவாதது போல சிகரெட்டை வாங்கிப் பற்றவைத்து, ஒரு ஆட்டோவில் ஏறினேன்.

திருப்பதியில் இந்த ஆப்பரேஷனுக்காகவே ஒரு ஃப்ளாட்டை வாடகைக்கு எடுத்திருந்தோம்.

அங்கு செல்கையில் எவரும் என்னைப் பின் தொடராத வண்ணம் திடீரென நான் பயணித்த வண்டி நகர்ந்தவுடன் ஒரு சிறு ட்ராஃபிக் ஜாமை எனது வேறு சில சகாக்கள் உருவாக்கினர்.

எங்கோ இந்தச் சம்பவங்களில் ஒரு அழுகிய மீன் வாடை அடிப்பதை உணர்ந்தேன். ஆனால் அதன் சூட்சுமத்தை என்னால் அப்போதைக்கு கணிக்க இயலவில்லை.

எனக்கேற்படவிருந்த அடுத்த அதிர்ச்சிக்கு நானே திருப்பதியில் சில நிமிடங்களுக்குப் பின்னர் வழி வகுத்தேன் என்பதை நான் அப்போது உணர்ந்திருக்கவில்லை.

-தொடரும்

எனது நண்பர்களுக்கு முக்கிய அறிவிப்புக்கள்:

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அதனை இது வரை சில நூறு நண்பர்கள் படித்துள்ளார்கள். படித்த அனைவருமே, “மிகவும் புதுமையாக, ரசிக்கும்படியாக உள்ளது. பெரும் எதிர்ப்பார்ப்பைக் கிண்டி உள்ளது,” என்று கூறி உள்ளார்கள்.

நண்பர்கள் வேண்டுகோளுக்கிணங்க, அதன் 5 அத்தியாயங்களின் லிங்கை இங்கே தருகிறேன்: http://wp.me/P7bYkZ-Hv

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அவற்றை மேலும் மெருகூட்டும் பணியில் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளேன்.

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இதற்கு முன்பு ஒரு சில வாசகர்கள், வானதி அலுவலகத்தில் வந்து புத்தகத்தைப் வாங்கிச் செல்கையில், என் ஆட்டோகிராஃப் கிடைத்தால் நன்றாக இருக்கும் என்றார்கள். சிலர் அவ்வாறு பெற்றும் சென்றார்கள்.

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