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Today, is the 76th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. They were hanged on March 23, 1931 on flimsy, cooked up charges by the British colonial rulers. While they were interred in Lahore Jail during the period of their sham trial they were severely tortured and illtreated. While on the contrary whenever the Congress leaders were “jailed”, they were treated like royalty by the same foreign rulers. One wonders whether it was because the Congress was nothing but a British Weapon of Mass Delusion(WMD) aimed at fooling the Indian people.
Unfortunately, we are a country with a very severe problem of short term public memory. So as of today the only importance of this day for our people and our media is because the Indian Crikit team is on the verge of being eliminated from the World Cup Crikit.
Update- The Men in Blue just did it.
Update- Rajinder Puri writing in Samachar not only says that the Congress party was nothing but a British Weapon of Mass Delusion aimed at the people but goes one step further and calls it a traitorous party whose dissolution is imperative for the sake of the country’s future.
Contrary to the contemporary historian’s view that there would be no India without the Congress, I believe there will never be an independent India until the Congress –not Congress leadership –is buried fathoms deep. All political parties in India derive their culture from the Congress. The burial of the Congress would imply therefore burial of an all pervasive political culture. India’s political activity up to now has been in the shadow of the Congress. To justify burial of the Congress a brief outline seems necessary of the dissident view of recent history.
The Congress was created by the British to provide means for peaceful dissent after the violent Kuka revolt and the 1857 Mutiny. Free political expression by Indians enabled the British to govern wisely. Throughout the Congress’s freedom struggle, the British exercised influence over Congress leaders. There is no dearth of archival data to vindicate this fact.
Ravaged by the Second World War, dominated by US influence, intimidated by the Soviet threat, Britain granted India Independence in 1947. It did so wholly on its own terms. It partitioned the nation. It succeeded in transferring populations through engineered riots to create an overwhelmingly Islamic Pakistan which became later a member of the CENTO and SEATO defence treaties intended to contain Soviet and Red Chinese communist expansion.
Britain ensured that India and Pakistan would remain dominions of the British Commonwealth. It has been rightly said, therefore, that 1947 did not signify the sub-continent’s winning of independence, but a transfer of power from departing Englishmen to their brown understudies.
Accepting Partition was a brazen betrayal of the pledge given to the nation by the Congress. The Congress therefore lost the moral right to govern a free India. It ruled India as the appointee of the departing colonial power. Mahatma Gandhi faltered and allowed the betrayal. He later tried to undo the damage. He attempted to settle in Lahore and work against Hindu-Muslim division. His assassination aborted the attempt. His last will and testament, written on the day he died, sought dissolution of the Congress party.
The Public spotlight that was on the Indo-US nuclear deal until it was passed by the US Congress and signed by President Bush into law in December last year has dissipated. But it is now that the real drudge work to hammer out an 123 agreement, getting NSG approval and an India specific safeguards agreement with the IAEA has to be done.
Brahma Chellaney in an op-ed piece titled Long-Maul Exercise in The Asian Age analyses the action that is taking place behind the scenes.
The controversial US-India nuclear deal may not be in the news these days but it quietly continues to ferment new issues. Even as America and its friends persist with their hard sell of the deal, increasing doubts about the wisdom and costs of pushing ahead with it on terms set by the US Congress have gripped the Indian establishment.
The projected timeframe for stitching up the final deal continues to slip. When the agreement-in-principle was unveiled on July 18, 2005, it was sanguinely claimed by both sides that by spring of 2006, the deal would take effect. Then when the Hyde Act was passed, US officials voiced optimism that the final deal would be before Congress by July 2007.
Now Washington has further revised the deadline to late 2007 or early 2008. Even that seems overly optimistic when one bears in mind that after almost 20 months, only the first of the five phases has been completed to clinch the final deal. There is still a long road ahead for the two sides to traverse.
Let’s not forget that the US-China nuclear deal, signed in 1984, took nearly 14 years to come into force, and another nine years thereafter for Beijing to place its first import order for US reactors. The US-India deal, in fact, involves more processes and complicating factors. Long after the original actors involved in the July 18, 2005, accord have faded into history, India would still be grappling with the deal-related issues.
Indeed the deal’s main benefit for India remains the symbolically important message of July 18, 2005 that the United States, reversing a three-decade punitive approach toward India, has embraced it as a “responsible” nuclear state.In other words, India is already savouring the main gain from the deal.
The actual incentive proffered by the US — the lifting of civil nuclear sanctions — is of less significance because high-priced imported commercial power reactors can play only a marginal role in meeting India’s energy needs.
The much vaunted BBC “Objectivity Checklist” which supposedly lays the highest standards for “objective” reporting for the Beeb’s journo brigade has just been flung right out of the window according to this sharp eyed blogger.
Now, let’s see… violent politicised Islamists are out to kidnap and kill a soldier from what they see as an occupying army……
So if it was Hamas or Islamic Jihad out to get an Israeli soldier, we could rely on the BBC to refer to “militants” “seizing” a soldier.
For example, way back last July we had
Cpl Gilad Shalit was seized by Palestinian militants in an attack on an Israeli border post on Sunday
But tonight, it’s a question of violent politicised Islamists being arrested in Birmingham whilst planning to kidnap and murder a British soldier. So how does the BBC report it?
Q&A: Anti-terror arrests
Police and MI5 have carried out a counter-terrorism operation which has seen nine people arrested under the Terrorism Act in Birmingham…. BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Correra told News 24 the raid followed a period of surveillance by the authorities who suspected that a terror plot of some kind was being developed
p.s- The Beeb is known to silently edit its Online reports so it might not be a surprise if one clicks the above link a week from now and finds a totally different version from what is now online.
And neither did the two officers illegally detained by the Kolkata Police misbehave with any woman.
The New Year started on a very sour note for Kolkata and Kolkatans. An ugly incident, involving army officers and high-handed cops marred what would have been the perfect start to 2007—a holiday (January 1, on occasion of Id-ul-Zuha) to nurse the 31st night hangovers and catch up on socializing.
Two army officers, the morning’s papers and news channels reported, had gone to a star hotel, misbehaved with a lady, got into a fight with the bouncers there, were picked up by the cops and, since they were abusive and threatening, were dumped in the lockup. Soon enough, two jeep-loads of officers and soldiers armed with SLRs swooped on the police station, ransacked it, freed the duo and went away.
That is what the police told the media, and that was what the media told its readers/viewers, often with a lot of spice added to it (Our holier than thou Media doing this? How shocking?- Ed). Subsequent events, however, proved the police claims to be false and, as of now, the cops are trying their best to keep away from the court of inquiry set up by the army to probe the incident. Proof enough that the cops have a lot to hide. But more of that later.
So what really happened? The Police said that the Armymen ransacked the Police station, beat up the cops on duty and even let nine hardened criminals escape from the lockup. But their story seems to have wide gaping holes in it already.
The Chinese Neo-Imperialists are now seeking to make a profit out of their newly built white elephant Qinghai-Tibet Railway inaugurated on July 1, 2006.
The main objectives of the Chinese government in building this railway was
1) To enable the immigration of millions of Han Chinese to Tibet thereby undermining the Tibetan people demographically, culturally and socially in their own homeland and thus secure its vice like grip over Tibet for all time to come.
2) To enable the quick deployment of large numbers of PLA troops to the Tibetan peninsula to put pressure on India whenever they feel like it. China is still not showing any interest in resolving the border issue with India since it gives it the option of yanking up the pressure on India at any time of its own choosing.
But like any good imperialist starting from the Romans down to the British, the French, the Portuguese, the Dutch etc… knew, that the enterprise of building an empire must be profitable. And the Qinghai-Tibet railway is a huge resource hog. It won’t make any profit or even pay for its own way if all it does is just sit there and be a vehicle for some bored Han Chinese immigrants to catch a train to Lhasa or to deploy some extra PLA troops on the plateau to put some additional pressure on India.
The only way they can make a profit out of this railway while also realising their main objectives above is to extend it and connect it to South Asia. This would make it possible for them to ship their cheap manufactured goods made by both prison slave labour and also “free” workers toiling under near slavish conditions to the vast south Asian market.
The Chinese neo-imperialists are already making moves in that direction. They are arm-twisting a weak, tottering government in Nepal to do their bidding. They plan to extend it for now to the Sino-Nepal border and have already expressed their desire to connect it to the Indian railway network itself.
Expect the “useful Idiots” in the Indian establishment from the communists down to the leftist-liberals to the plain stupid to the greedy traitors to soon start a campaign on behalf of their Chinese masters to “convince” the Indian Government and people to help end the “isolation” of Tibet by agreeing to the Chinese “requests” and thus in the process undermine our own National interests and Security. Nothing like subsidising the enemy to kill you.
I can already see the headlines and the accompanying spin in our “(Anti)-National” Newspapers, TV channels etc…
To be contd………….
Public memory is said to be short. But the attention span of the Media is even more so. This is not to imply that the Media is not doing its job or is being lackadaisical. There is only so much prime time on network news and only so many pages in the newspapers and magazines. They cannot give blanket coverage to everything. They need to sell their news to make their daily bread and in a very competitive environment need to be on their toes for the “next breaking story”. Invariably the not so important news gets shuttled into the backpages.
Bloggers on the other hand do not necessarily need to subscribe to the Breaking News syndrome.They can take a broader perspective and can shine the spotlight on news that have been relegated to the sidelines or have been neglected due to the immediate events of the moment.
The most immediate events that occurred during the last week was of course the Mumbai Bombings and its aftermath, The Israeli-Gaza/Lebanon crisis, the G8 summit and the Ban on the Blogs. These events received Blanket coverage and what got neglected in the melee was the Tsunami which struck Indonesia on Monday, July 18th 2006 and killed nearly 500 people.Sakshi had covered this tragedy at her blog immediately after it happened when everyone else’s attention was distracted by the other immediate events. Another related event that went unnoticed was that the The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System went online 18 months after the December 26th, 2004 tragedy.
What also got missed out was the safe return of the shuttle Discovery to Earth after a 13 day Mission. This was the second shuttle mission after the Columbia disaster in Feb 1 2003 which killed seven astronauts including the Indian-American Kalpana Chawla. The last Discovery mission in July-August 2005 had also generated a lot of Media frenzy especially when its launch was repeatedly postponed and its return to earth also delayed due to the same problem of foam tiles falling off the external tank and damaging the wing just like it had happened with Columbia.