Will Fugitive Scofflaw Zakir Naik Be Caught At All?

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013

Dubai International Holy Quran Award  

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

Parenthesis

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

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

UAE is home to 2.6 million Indians.

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

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

Parenthesis ends

Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work  

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

Parenthesis:

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

Parenthesis ends

2015

King Faisal International Prize

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

Parenthesis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indian journalists had issued warnings about Naik.

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

Sections of Bollywood backed Naik.

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

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

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

The bans on the entry have not been lifted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surely Zakir Naik is an influential man.

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

Naik was ranked 82 in the 2009 edition.

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

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

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

[1]

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

Sheikh is a trained as a computer engineer.

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

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

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

Sheikh is said to have travelled to Pakistan.

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Remembering Rajiv Gandhi 20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991

As Indians should we be sorry about insulting the memory of Rajiv Gandhi on yet another of his murder anniversaries?

The answers could shock every patriotic Indian.

Readers are requested to go through every inbuilt link to get the full perspective.

Should the Congress Party that ruled India that is Bharat for over 70 years apologise to former India PM Rajiv Gandhi for posthumously stabbing him in the back?

Was Rajiv ‘sacrificed’ to help the Congress win the 1991 parliamentary elections that clearly triggered his widow morphing into exalted status of the ‘uncrowned empress of India’ from 1992 to 1999 and ‘unconstitutional authority’ between 2004 to 2014? Is that why Sonia had a ‘cosy’ relationship with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – a party whose rule in TN was sacked in 1975 at the behest of the Congress [1] and was the raison d’être for pulling down the Gujral coalition at the centre? [2]

Should the Indian National Congress look over its shoulder to discern the suspicious nature of the meeting between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rajiv assassin Nalini Sri Haran a.k.a. Murugan in 2008?

Should the current National Democratic Alliance regime take a close look at the role of Rajiv’s Widow Sonia Gandhi a.k.a. born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino in the ex-PM’s murder?

Is someone covering up her suspected double agent roles through her links to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and former Soviet Union’s infamous KGB and its later-day incarnations?

Is there much more to Karti Chidambaram’s flight to London to escape imminent arrest and questioning in the matter pertaining to multiple shady deals of amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income?

Are such secrets linked to Harvard don and senior advocate P Chidambaram? 

On this day – May 21 2017, around 8.a.m., in the morning, this website: http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2014/02/chidambara-rahasyam-tsv-hari.html could be clearly seen. It then disappeared and this line appeared in its place: “This website/URL has been blocked as per instructions from Department of Telecommunications of India.”  If this can happen on a Sunday, on Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary, obviously, someone close to P Chidambaram can pull strings within the ministry of telecommunications. Who could that be?

Meanwhile, this writer has picked up the gauntlet and is exposing the nice lawyer even more! https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/the-toxic-chidambaram-smokescreen Let us see if he can block that too!

At this point in time, the plausible answers to all these questions are in the affirmative.

[1]

Operative portions from a Times of India report dated June 26 2014:

“The Emergency in Tamil Nadu can be classified into two phases — before and after the dismissal of the DMK government on January 31, 1976,” said former Madras high court judge K Chandru.

“The President’s rule in the state was draconian. DMK leaders were thrashed in prison,” said Chandru, who was a member of the Justice Ismail Commission, which probed alleged prison excesses during the Emergency.

Senior DMK leaders Murasoli Maran, then MP Chitti Babu, M K Stalin, Arcot Veerasamy and several party volunteers were imprisoned and allegedly beaten up. DMK leaders say while Veerasamy lost his hearing, Maran never recovered from a back injury and Chitti Babu, who bore the brunt of the attack, died in Chennai prison in 1976.

[2]

Operative portions from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

On 30 January 1991, the DMK government which had come to power after winning the 1989 was dismissed by the Indian Prime minister Chandrasekhar using Article 356 of the Indian Constitution. President’s rule was imposed on Tamil Nadu from 31 January. The reason cited for the dismissal was the deterioration of law and order in the state and the DMK’s alleged closeness to the LTTE. The union law minister Subramanian Swamy, cited (among others) the assassination of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) office bearers in Chennai on 19 June 1990 by the LTTE as the proof of collusion between the DMK government and the LTTE. The Samajwadi Janata Party government of Chandrasekhar at the centre was dependent on the outside support of Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress, which in turn was an ally of the ADMK in Tamil Nadu. The dismissal followed pressure on the Chandrasekhar government by the Congress and ADMK to dismiss the DMK government. The Chandrasekhar government fell on March 1991 after the Congress withdrew its outside support. Fresh elections for both the Indian parliament and Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly were scheduled for June 1991.

An Olive Branch For Gurmeher Kaur?

A young girl student of Delhi University from Chandigarh – daughter of Kargil martyr Captain ‘Harry’ Mandeep Singh – has been prominently featured on television screens and newspapers’ front pages saying she was threatened of rape and murder by right wing political outfits [read ABVP, RSS, et al].

If and when Gurmeher Kaur provides truthful and straight answers to the following queries, all of India must support her wholeheartedly:

Must read: https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/justice-for-none-1/

  1. How did you receive the rape/death threats? Were they sent by SMS, phone call [on landline/mobile] and/or by post and/or whispered into ear while walking and/or through cat-calling from the street below your residence?
  2. Could you please specify time and date of the issuance of the above threat?
  3. How did you know that the threats were issued by right wing political activists [ABVP, RSS, BJP, etc]?
  4. Since you are sure that such threats were indeed issued by the ABVP and allied organisations, did you prefer a police complaint? As you have termed those expressing a contrarian opinion as vile trolls, could you specify how do you propose to take legal action against them instead of using/abusing/misusing the media?
  5. If you have indeed preferred a police complaint, could you kindly specify the police station?
  6. If the answer to #5 is in the affirmative, kindly specify as to when you registered your complaint. Did you ask for the registration of a First Information Report [FIR]? Did police officials ask for supporting evidence for the serious charges of rape and murder threats by known/unknown persons made against you?
  7. Do you believe that India is being hoisted on the legal and constitutional petards by inimical forces?

  8. As you seem to be sure of the political identities of those who issued threats, can you pick up the perpetrators in a line-up?
  9. Have you initiated any precaution for safeguarding your honour post issuance of such vile threats?
  10. If the answer to #9 is yes, can you specify the steps initiated, please?

ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டம் சசிகலாவின் சதிவலை வேலையா? – 1

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

கேள்விகள்:

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

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

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

விரிவான விடை:

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

மெரினா கடற்கரையின் ஒரு மூலையில்தான் தமிழக காவல்துறையின் தலைமை அலுவலகம் இருக்கிறது.

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

காவல்துறை தற்போது முதல்வர் ஓ பன்னீர்செல்வத்திடம் உள்ளது.

ஓ பி எஸ் சசிகலா சொற்படி கேட்டு நடக்கிறார்.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ஸ்டாலினுக்கு சசிகலா சூட்சுமம் எந்த அளவுக்குத் தெரியும் என்பதில் தெளிவில்லை.

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

ஆக, சசிகலா தி மு க பக்கம் போக முடியாது.

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

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

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

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

காங்கிரஸ் தமிழகத்தில் காணாங்கிரஸ் ஆகி பல தசாப்தங்கள் ஆகி விட்டன.

பா ஜ க வுக்கு தமிழகத்தில் பலமில்லை.

தி மு க வின் கதவுகள் மூடப்பட்டுள்ளன.

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

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

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

முன்பு காளைகள் உழவர்கள் குடும்பத்தில் ஒரு அங்கமாக இருந்தன.

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

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

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

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

இதனால் மருந்துக் கம்பெனிகளுக்கும் லாபம்.

பாலுக்காக, வெளி நாட்டுப் பசுக்கள் வரவழைக்கப்படும்.

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

பசுவைத் தின்பது ஹிந்துக்களைப் பொறுத்தவரைப் பாபம்.

பன்றியை உண்பது இஸ்லாமியர்களுக்கு தடை செய்யப்பட்ட விஷயம்.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India doesn’t care about Davos?

Despite keen global interest in the after effects of India’s massive demonetisation, Bharat is under-represented at the world’s top decision makers’ talk-fest at Davos, Switzerland where the annual World Economic Forum [WEF] is underway. A virtual “B” grade team has been sent officially.

A tongue-in-cheek look at the phenomenon:

By Lazy Fly*

I was surprised upon spotting India’s greatest political fixer Maha Guru at the poolside of the 5-star Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park the other day.

“I thought you would be at Davos, doing deals while skiing in the Alps,” I said, noticing the man was without any cocktail drink – his usual trademark.

“Why would I go to Davos, when I can make the deals from here at a very minor fraction of the price?” The query was asked in a sort of squeaky voice – something different from his regular, baritone.

The ‘fixer’ has a spitting image of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s flunkey, Makhan Lal Fotedar.

The political lobbyist is known as MG which is an acronym of Maha Guru and/or Minimum Guarantee. “The importance of the name changes its forms depending on the time, occasion, location and operation,” the man loves to tell those foolish enough to listen. Often, found citing own aphorisms terming them as the Holy Minds’ Voices, he also referred to with the sobriquet –HMV.

His predictions are of the Nostradamus variety. They are puzzling and can be indicated as prophesies of any eventuality. Thanks to his somewhat archaic language, he also is derisively called Long Playing Old Record [LPOR], cassette tape [CT] video-cassette-disc [VCD]. His actions have earned him other epithets. Some of them are political predicament predictor [PPP], fixer-of the deadly instigation [FDI] and first-class rascally abomination [FCRA].

“You have a sore throat or something? You sound different,” I said.

“I am only imitating that wonderful poison lady Sasikala, who has managed to do everything to destroy this state – well almost. But, I am not overdoing it, wiping tears every 17 seconds as she did during her inaugural speech,” FCRA said in his regular voice.

“I thought your friends can finance any venture. Besides, entry is free at Davos, I hear,” I remarked.

“Yes, it is free to members who pay the annual WEF membership fee of US$ 585,000 [approximately INR 4 crores]! Entry is free in this hotel too. But try ordering a cup of coffee and you will know the truth! But, that is nothing when compared to the costs at Davos. Besides, my friends have better uses for a tidy sum like Rs.4 crores,” LPOR observed.

“VVIP Attendees include United Kingdom’s ‘liberal conservative’ Prime Minister Theresa May, China’s political boss Xi Jinping and US hedge fund headman, Anthony Scaramucci. The last mentioned person is the chief financial advisor to Donald Trump, scheduled to be sworn in on January 20 2017. Surely, India can swing a few deals at Davos,” I said.

“The ladies and gentlemen at Davos are far cleverer than the jokers we usually send from here like that racketeer lawyer Chidambaram. Persons investing in the British Pound didn’t expect Theresa to move mountains or soften the Brexit blow. Hence they moved their investment out of that piece of hard currency causing a minor slump in its sterling value, according to implications in a BBC report,” came the retort.

I tried another tack.

“China’s Xi is expected to make conciliatory noises towards Trump taking a cue from the idea propounded by WEF founder Klaus Martin Schwab. The important advice to world leaders: from Schwab: “Overcome the present mood of divisiveness and negativism.” Xi indicated he has a smooth communication channel with Trump and team. The Chinese president has expressed willingness to meet members of the US president-elect’s team whilst in Davos,” I pointed out.

Trump hates China, revealed a report filed by Guardian’s correspondent Ben Jacobs a year ago. But, Trump actually can do nothing much against China because he owes the dragon nation a lot of money. The credible New York Times has exposed that most of Trump’s bravado speeches are hot air as did the CNN. Trump loves the media the way a snake would love a mongoose. Now do not get long in the tooth and ask me who is the snake and who the mongoose is,” CT argued and began laughing.

I did not think of that crack as much of a joke.

“Let us get serious, MG. The primary concerns at Davos would be Weapons of Mass Destruction [WMD], Brexit, collapse of Euro as a currency, further break-up of the European Union [EU] – to mention just a few. After the monumental demonetisation and the absence of any worthwhile protest against it in India, it would surely attract a lot of attention,” I intervened.

“You are wet behind your ears. Notwithstanding the brouhaha over the 2 month old demonetization drama, India is very low in the list of priorities at Davos. The official delegation, one can safely say, is a ‘low level’ category. The attendees are Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Nirmala Sitharaman, Niti Aayog’s Arvind Panagariya, DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek and Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Have you ever seen Gadkari making any intelligent financial statement? The only reason he is still surviving in politics is because at the instance of the RSS, auditor-journalist Gurumurthy gave him a clean chit a few years ago,” VCD spat his words.

“You are obviously referring to the NDTV report which obliquely made fun of both Gadkari and Gurumurthy. But since then, NDTV has been relentlessly assailed by Gurumurthy and those close to him,” I said.

“You journos are jokers. Former Union Minister Arun Shourie had termed business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani a thief and a smuggler in the 80’s. Let me quote facts here. Rediff.com put out a story exposing Shourie. The operative sentences read thus: Shourie claimed he first learnt about Dhirubhai through the articles of his former colleague S Gurumurthy, Chennai-based chartered accountant and convenor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch. The SJM, an organisation espousing the cause of economic nationalism, is affiliated to the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Shourie claimed the point of most of the articles written by Gurumurthy during 1986 and 1987 — many of which he had co-authored – “was that Reliance had done something in excess of what it had been permitted to do: that it had set up capacities in excess of what had been licensed, that it was producing in excess of those capacities. [1] Today, Arun Shourie, the senior journalist, who once enjoyed trappings of power as a junior minister in the earlier incarnation of the NDA under Vajpayee, slams Modi as a dictator. The same Shourie went out of his way to support Modi and his reported ‘Presidential form of government’ during the 2014 parliamentary elections. The politicians are shameless, all of us know. But, are journalists really justified in blaming politicians when they themselves are eating their own words? Having worked for World Bank in the past, Shourie is an economist. Gurumurthy is yet to attack the likes of Ambani, but, praises the BJP, which does business with Ambanis in an unhindered fashion.” The fixer’s speech was punctuated by guffaws.

This was a clear digression. I dragged it back to Davos.

“Here were talking of Davos and you shoved Dhirubhai into it,” I snapped.

“OK. From India’s immediate neighbourhood, apart from China, other attendees are Pakistan President Nawaz Sharif, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Former Pakistani Army Chief Raheel Sharif is another attendee. His costs are being met by Saudi Arabia. Raheel heads an international force to tackle ‘Islamic terrorism’ funded by the House of Saud and 36 other Islamic nations most of which clandestinely support ISIS! Double standards are a global phenomenon, boyo!” The Guru’s tone was highly derisive.

“But Davos is important, isn’t it?”

“Depends on which side you are on. There is the financial buccaneer billionaire George Soros. Following Donald Trump’s election, billionaire investors George Soros lost close to a billion dollars. Soros had supported then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the campaign. At that time, he had said the methods of ISIS and Trump were different, but the effect – one to threaten the world into submission – was the same. Trump-friendly hedge fund owners earned a windfall on their stock portfolios. Billionaire Carl Icahn made upwards of $700 million on November 9, while John Paulson reaped over $463 million on the same day, said the Fortune. But, the so-called smart man who had caused a run on the British Pound in the early 90’s, clocked a massive loss. The billionaire investor wrote an opinion piece, saying that “open societies are in crisis” Allow me to quote him verbatim: “Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies,” he wrote for Project-Syndicate, “from fascist dictatorships to ‘mafia’ states—are on the rise.” “Because elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations, electorates have become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism. I find the current moment in history very painful” because is a “would-be dictator” and a “con artist”. It is a clear case griping due to the legendary sour-grapes-trait. Shourie didn’t get to be FM, so he is angry. Soros is in sorrow because his protégé Hillary didn’t get to be President. In his interview, Shourie cited the late journalist Cho Ramaswamy’s views on VP Singh, one of Shourie’s heroes of the 80’s. The exact quotes from Shourie: I supported V.P. Singh despite the warnings of Chandrasekhar, who told Cho Ramaswamy that ‘you tell your friend that he is supporting Singh but he’s a very dangerous man, he believes in nothing’. But at that time, we had so many cases against us in the Express so I told Cho there is a proverb that when your house is on fire you cannot wait for Ganges water. Cho said to me, are you sure it’s not petrol? I would rather like to believe that he is somewhat jealous of the attention Cho got while being alive and also posthumously. Talking of petrol, one remembers that the Islamic brand of terrorism is all about petrodollars,” the deal-maker spoke in a bitter voice.

“Are you saying Davos is mere a talking rendezvous in salubrious Swiss surroundings, in a town that has a little more than 11,000 registered residents and nothing more?”

At that precise moment the waiter arrived with a strange looking cup with a liquid that seemed to have floating white pebbles.

“Stop looking like someone who just saw the abominable snowman called Yeti, Lazy. This is Yulmu, a kind of Korean tea, which is good for health in every way. Yulmu has high protein content, is healthier alternative to a cup of coffee in the morning and what you see floating like pea-sized wooden beads are exactly that – made of a plant called Job’s tears, whose output accords intoxication – more than the stimulant value of tea or coffee. Its genetic names are Coix lacryma-jobi and lacryma-jobi. Coix lacryma-jobi and its variant ma-yuen are harvested as a cereal crops. The output has a soft shell, and is used medicinally in parts of Asia. The material has shells that were used to make rosary beads for use in monasteries in southern Europe. In Korea, the grain comes along with powdered walnuts and almonds. When I heard that this hotel had added it to its menu I specially came here. I have to learn a thing or two about Korea – especially in the light of one of the top industrial houses of South Korea is in the dock in Seoul. That company has a major manufacturing plant in the outskirts of here.”

I somehow felt that the Guru was being evasive about something.

At that moment two men accosted the fixer. The persons were in complete contrast of each other. One wore a single cotton dhoti, a cotton shirt that seemed as though it needed ironing. He also did not wear slippers. The other gentleman was nattily dressed in an outlandish 3-piece suit.

“Friends of yours?” I asked.

“Let me introduce them. The man in the suit is a representative of the family of Goyals who once part-owned this hotel alongside ITC before conflicts of interests resulted in a change in management. The other poorly dressed man is Vaikundarajan, who owns a huge mining empire and a television channel. In the past, the Goyals had a problem or two with the Enforcement Directorate and the Union Finance Ministry about their mineral exports. Vaikundarajan is being accused of stealing India’s rare earths from Tuticorin district worth over Rs.1 lakh crores. This deal is worth several billions of dollars. And that is happening right here and not in an expensive place like Davos. The after effects of this deal can affect the global economy in more ways than one. I am helping them exchange notes. When I say notes, I do not mean the Rs.2000 type, mind you. You will not be part of this meeting, so better run away,” the Guru said.

As I began walking away I saw a flat nosed lady with mongoloid features join the motley crowd of three and wondered whether she was from a South Korean industrial house as hinted by the Guru.

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Operative excerpt from the Rediff.com story:

1986 was a crucial year for Dhirubhai. He suffered a stroke in February that year. A few months later, the Express began publishing a series of articles by Shourie and Gurumurthy, which meticulously detailed a host of ways in which the Indira Gandhi government had gone out of its way to assist the Ambanis.

One article was on the subject of how the Reliance group imported “spare parts”, “components” and “balancing equipment” of textile manufacturing machinery to nearly double its production capacities. The article provocatively claimed the Ambanis had “smuggled” in a plant.

Another story detailed how companies registered in the tax haven, Isle of Man, with ridiculous names like Crocodile Investments, Iota Investments and Fiasco Investments had purchased Reliance shares at one-fifth their market prices.

Curiously, most of these firms were controlled by a clutch of Non-Resident Indians who had the same surname, Shah.

Though the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had to change a reply he gave in Parliament on the investments made by these firms, an inquiry conducted by the Reserve Bank of India could not find any evidence of wrongdoing.

Yet another article detailed how the group had been the beneficiary of a “loan mela” — a number of banks had loaned funds to more than 50 firms that had all purchased debentures issued by Reliance Industries.

Vishwanath Pratap Singh was one of the few politicians who took on the Ambanis. In May 1985, as finance minister in Rajiv Gandhi’s government, he suddenly shifted imports of PTA from the OGL (Open General Licence) category. At that juncture, Reliance needed to import this product to manufacture polyester filament yarn.

It was found that the group had “persuaded” a number of banks to open letters of credit that would allow it import almost one full year’s requirement of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) on the eve of the issuance of the government notification changing the category under which PTA could be imported.

It was hardly a coincidence that soon after V P Singh fell out with Rajiv Gandhi, various tax agencies of the Indian government raided the premises of the Express group.

Things got even more difficult for the Ambanis after Singh became Prime Minister in December 1989.

In 1990, government-owned financial institutions like the Life Insurance Corporation and the General Insurance Corporation stonewalled attempts by the Reliance group to acquire managerial control over Larsen & Toubro, one of India’s largest construction and engineering companies.

Sensing defeat, the Ambanis resigned from the board of the company after incurring large losses. Dhirubhai, who had become L&T chairman in April 1989, had to quit his post to make way for D N Ghosh, former chairman of the State Bank of India.

The mid-eighties were also a period during which the Reliance group got locked in a bitter turf battle with Bombay Dyeing headed by Nusli Wadia.

The two corporate groups were producing competing products — Reliance was manufacturing PTA and Bombay Dyeing, di-methyl terephthalate (DMT).

Wadia lost the battle and reportedly became the source of information for many of the Express articles against the Ambanis written by Shourie and Gurumurthy.

In 1985, the Mumbai police had accused a general manager in a Reliance group company of conspiring to kill Wadia, a charge that was never established in a court of law.

Eight years later, a newspaper owned by the Ambanis would accuse Wadia of illegally holding two passports and played up the fact that he was Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s grandson.

By this time, Shourie had built his bridges with the Ambanis and the newspaper concerned, the Observer of Business and Politics, would carry a regular column written by Shourie for which he was suitably remunerated.

In May 2002, as Union minister for divestment in the Vajpayee government, Shourie presided over the sale of 26 per cent of the equity capital of the former public sector company, Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (IPCL), to the Reliance group in May, the same year.

  • The non de plume Lazy Fly is an unabashed copy of the by-line of the humour columns once penned by the inimitable Behram Contractor, who called himself Busybee. Being no patch on the master in humour or contents’ crispness, I refer to myself as a Lazy Fly.

Aakrosh Diwas? Aw…Crushed Divas!

Why is almost everyone in India’s opposition ranks continuing to row murky financial waters and thus keep the sinking, stinking anti-demonetisation canoe afloat?

The opposition cartel claims to have united under the Aakrosh Diwas umbrella to lend succour to some 85% of the suffering 1.25 billion Indians of Bharat.

For want of a better term, one could term this rainbow alliance an opposition ark [the word means boat]. Led by the Congress, its inmates comprise Trinamool Congress [TMC], the left, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Janata Dal-United [JDU], Rashtriya Janata Dal [RJD] and the Nationalist Congress Party [NCP]. It skimming canoe or catamaran is seemingly remote-piloted by 10-Janpath-Joan. [Please remember I have no intention of besmirching St Joan’s reputation.] The boat’s current inmates are jettisoning the vessel.

Beings that had inhabited the mythical ark piloted by Noah in Abrahamic religious mythology chose to stay in the floating ship and were not forced into rowing rigours. The modern one in India has most of its inmates saying ‘NO-Uh’! as there is an unholy row over rowing duties. Such rigours are only meant to render the hopeless career of the float-owner’s offspring  – clown prince Rahul Gandhi – a fillip..

Indications that the Aakrosh Diwas will turn out into a damp squib:

Mamata Bannerjee is one of the spearheads of the anti-demonetisation movement-led November 28 nationwide strike. But, the West Bengal Trinamool Congress [TMC] regime’s fiat has effectively turned into the ‘bandh-rump’ into a broken rubber-band.

Operative portions from an IANS report:

Battle-lines were drawn in West Bengal with the Left parties and the ruling Trinamool Congress [TMC] taking opposite stands while canvassing on the streets in support of the ensuing 12-hour general strike on Monday in protest against demonetisation.

The state’s ruling Trinamool Congress said it would stoutly protest any attempt to disrupt normal life and sent out a strong circular asking all its employees to report for work during the day, threatening to treat any absence without sufficient reason as “dies non” (not a day of service) in his career.

Trinamool accused the Left of helping the BJP by calling the strike. “This strike will only increase the people’s suffering. The Left is trying to help the BJP on the issue,” said Trinamool all India General Secretary Subrata Bakshi.

The real reasons for the demonetisation are obvious.

Left spearhead Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra expressed his happiness over the ruling party not supporting the strike. “We are very happy with this. Those who made money from Saradha chit fund scam and those who were seen taking money in the Narada News sting videos are roaming openly in the state, and occupying plum posts.”

Mamata’s using the platform for a national image to challenge Modi is frowned upon by the rest of the opposition, opines Huffington Post. Excerpts:

The anti-demonetisation agitation has been Didi’s most prominent foray into the national political scene after TMC performed miserably in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

And, while Didi seeks prominence in the national capital, TMC is campaigning in Tripura for the next Assembly elections, with party leader Mukul Roy is the likely chief ministerial face.

Roy has not been shy in speaking about Didi’s ambitions as he campaigned in Agartala last week. Claiming that the Congress, the BJP and the Left parties will meet defeat in Tripura he said that TMC will form a government there.

The Indian Express quoted him as saying, “The people are fuming over the performance of Modi led government and will teach a lesson to it in the next general elections… Laluji (RJD) and Nitishji (JD-U) may manage to secure 20 to 25 seats, while BJD is likely to win 18 to 20 seats in the next Lok Sabha elections. DMK or AIDMK will secure 39 to 40 seats while Netaji (SP) or Mayawatiji (BSP) may win 25 to 30 seats. It means Trinamool Congress will emerge as the largest party after the 2019 general elections.”

Mamata’s recent manoeuvres have not gone unnoticed. The Congress and CPI-M have criticised the West Bengal chief minister for trying to gain political mileage out of demonetisation.

“She is trying to fish in troubled waters,” Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan told PTI. “She should stop shedding crocodile tears for those who are affected by the demonetisation. If she is so bothered about the common man, then why is she not taking any steps to get back the money of those people who have been looted in chit fund scams”.

Janata Dal United leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar opted out of the Congress-led bandwagon that proposes to bring India to a grinding halt.

His simple reasoning: “The demonetisation measure will benefit the nation in the long run. Hence we cannot be part of a group that demands the complete roll-back of the measure.”

Perhaps Nitish has taken note of some bitter truths:

[1]

The move was triggered by external inimical forces pumping fake currency into India to bankrupt Bharat;

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Mumbai saw a huge turnout for a silly, shady arms-dealer-sponsored ‘cold-play’ concert despite serious cash shortage;

[3] So far – the nationwide ‘riot-like situation theory’ propounded by the Apex Court oracle utterance heard during an earlier hearing in the demonetisation matter proved less potent than the proverbial storm in a tea-cup;

[4] Shiv Sena cited the SC quote to whip up regional sentiments and its leaders even went along with TMC-AAP while handing over a memorandum to the President. It was a pathetic move to up the seat-adjustment ante during the ensuing Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections. Since Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh speaking to Uddhav Thackeray, the regional outfit has piped down.

Modi has plenty of enemies to worry about within his own party.

Then there is Sharad Pawar of the NCP. He backed the demonetisation on November 13.

Excerpts from an India Today report:

NCP chief Sharad Pawar today hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Sharing the dais with the PM at the inauguration of the International Conference on Sugarcane Value Chain in Pune, Pawar said the decision reflects the Prime Minister’s “intent to serve” the nation.

A week later, Pawar said the exact opposite, said the Indian Express. Excerpts:

A week after sharing stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and showering praises on him, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday attacked the NDA government.

Modi government was harassing people on the pretext of demonetisation, Pawar said.

People will respond to it by voting against the BJP, he said at a rally in a Mumbai suburb during the run-up to the crucial BMC elections due early next year.

The failure of anti-demonetisation protests has many dirty asides – hitherto unnoticed by the media.

The original question asked at the beginning:

Why is almost everyone in the opposition trying to keep the anti-demonetisation stir canoe afloat?

Answer: The Congress leadership needs to accord its clown prince Rahul Gandhi one last chance to refurbish his image before the ensuing assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

To achieve this, he visited ATMs claiming to attempt to ‘understand the angst of the suffering public’

The photo-op sessions did not produce results.

He has a challenger to the throne in the form of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who, the media thinks would lead the Congress in the UP elections.

Priyanka has acquired grey streaks in her hair like her grandma – the late Indira Gandhi. Her body language and diction too are reminiscent of Nehru’s daughter. The clamour to restore the Congress to its old glory through Robert Vadra’s wife has begun.

Whether the move would produce favourable results at the hustings a few months later in the form of assembly seats at this point in time would be pure conjecture.

But, if Priyanka gets a bigger billing in UP than elder sibling Rahul, the clown prince’s career goes – for want of a better word – kaput.

The answer to the query posed at the beginning is obvious. Sonia is giving her son a final chance to come good.

Obviously, the rest of the opposition cartel has seen through the trick.

And therefore, one can easily guess, why everyone in the Aakrosh Diwas cartel is having a series of serious second thoughts.

Also read:

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/jaitley-hoists-modi-on-own-petard/

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/the-real-secret-behind-modis-currency-cancellation-move/

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/indias-demonetisations-untold-parts/

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]

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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.