Monthly Archives: November 2006

Chinese are Buying up Indian Politicians and Bureaucrats

November 29, 2006 12:56 IST- A senior Indian intelligence official has expressed concern over what he described as the “dramatic increase” in Chinese attempts to woo Indian politicians and business leaders with gifts, some of them “phenomenally lavish.”

Reacting to a story in Businessworld magazine, which refers to Chinese attempts to buy influence in India, the Indian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said while this is nothing new, what is of concern is the sudden and dramatic increase in the number of “influential Indians” being tapped by the Chinese.

Politicians in India’s northeastern states and West Bengal(hint!) are among the recipients of Chinese largesse, he said.

This is a very, very serious matter indeed that should be dealt with an iron hand. We all know how money hungry our politicians and bureaucrats are. They will take money from anyone without bothering to find out what their agenda really is even if that agenda conflicts with their own!. Well that is if they really have such an agenda of their own in the first place except make MONEY, MONEY and more MONEY.

The recipients of these gifts “spanned the political spectrum”, the official said, expressing his “serious worry over this alarming trend, which has increased in leaps and bounds over the past three or four years.”

Indian leaders known to be sympathetic to the Tibetan cause are also being targeted, he claimed.

The stark reality is that most of our politicians and bureaucrats are not really politically aware. The only thinking they are good in is intriguing and jockeying to get into positions of power so that they can make MONEY. that’s it, as simple as that. They have no strong belief systems. None of them believe in anything or any cause that they will be willing to die for except becoming a minister or a chief secretary and make more MONEY.

This scenario sets them up for manipulation by foreign powers and special interest groups who use money as a mere tool to realise their own objectives.

Added to that some of these ‘worthies’ might even be under active blackmail by Chinese intelligence agencies with photos and videos of them in compromising positions with women that might have been planted to seduce them during their so called “study tours” or “get acquainted” tours to China.A standard operating procedure since ancient times with intelligence agencies called the ‘Honeytrap’. Such idiots will be virtual slaves to their handlers in Beijing.

While most of the gifts involve large sums of money and other incentives, leaders are also invited to China, ostensibly on lecture and “get acquainted” tours, and “treated like royalty there,” the official said.

The Mitrokhin archives revealed how the Soviet agencies bought Indian politicians and bureaucrats with tons of cash. The Americans do it all the time too and most certainly every other middling power, arms dealers, MNCs, NGOs etc… are involved too.

So much for a so called “rising future power” if its entire establishment is up for sale to anyone with bags of cash. Even to foreign powers and special interest groups with an anti-Indian agenda.

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Indian Comrades Get The ‘Shock’ Of Their Lives

The Indian Comrades rolled the red carpet with lots of joy for their master from Beijing hoping that he would pat their backs for being such nice puppies.But they were in for a rude shock. The master told them point blank to dump their outdated policies and adopt a ‘more pragmatic approach’ in this era of globalisation.

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 22: Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday had a word of advice for India’s Communist leaders — adopt a ‘more pragmatic’ approach, as this is the era of globalisation that provides immense scope for economic prosperity.

Globalisation provides scope for economic prosperity, and a “more pragmatic and positive approach” must be adopted by the Left to develop infrastructure and the economy, he told the leaders.

And he made sure to really rub it in if the message he had for them hadn’t yet entered their thick skulls.

Hu asked the Left leaders to play a more active role in states where they are in power and invited them to China to gain a first-hand experience of progress made by the Communist nation.

RS of Naveenbharat has a great analyses on this rude shock from unexpected quarters for the Comrades.

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Nepal Celebrates end of Maoist Insurgency

Nepalis are celebrating the end of the Maoist insurgency and looking forward to a future of peace, tranquility and prosperity.

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov. 21 — Nepal’s government and Maoist rebels declared a formal end Tuesday to a decade-old civil war that killed about 13,000 people in one of the world’s poorest countries.

“The government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) have agreed to convert the ongoing cease-fire into a permanent truce and declare that the war which began in Feb. 1996 is over,” said the accord, written in Nepali.

The deal provides for the insurgents to hand over their arms and be confined to U.N.-monitored camps in the run-up to elections for an assembly that will draft a new constitution and decide the future of the monarchy.It also clears the way for the insurgents to join an interim government that will oversee the elections, and for rebels to take seats with elected politicians in an interim parliament.

The rebels have been fighting to abolish Nepal’s more than 200-year-old monarchy and say the right to vote in the assembly satisfies their key demand. They have promised to honor the outcome even if the assembly decides to maintain a ceremonial monarch.

The key ingredient necessary for this accord to succeed is to make sure that the Maoists are disarmed. As long as they are armed, they are dangerous and can renege on any ‘agreement’ signed on a ‘piece of paper’ any time they wish. It is absolutely imperative for the Nepal govt and the international community to make sure that all the arms are taken away from the Maoist groups and they are disbanded as a fighting force.

It is also absolutely vital for India to keep an eye on these now unemployed Maoist cadres who might turn up as mercenaries selling their services to their ‘Naxalite comrades’ south of the border.

Nitin Pai of the Acorn analyses about what this accord means for the future of Nepal and how this affects India and its own problems with the Naxalite terrorists.

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Chinese Media Perspective on the Eve of Hu Jintao’s Visit to India

Contrary to popular perception the Chinese media has been covering Hu Jintao’s visit to India quite extensively.Infact right at this moment this visit is splashed on the front page of both China Daily website and the People’s daily website with links to special features. But then our defeatist minded Indian media and so called “intellectuals” who suffer from a inferiority complex carried over from colonial days simply don’t want to believe that we are a big power now. Perhaps this is the inferiority complex in the collective mindset of our country’s so called ‘elite classes’ that the Chinese diplomacy is trying to capitalise on with its mindgames and stubborness.

The Op-eds carried by the Chinese newspapers are mostly rhetoric without much substance.They harp on the same predictable lines of how both China and India are great ancient civilisations, how they are the most populous countries in the world, their booming economies, rising trade, year of friendship etc… etc… But they seem to have skirted the hot button issues like the border problem, Tibet, China’s subversive help to the Pakistani nuclear program, its plans to divert the Brahmaputra river or even the latest instance of the Chinese envoy’s foot and mouth disease.

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One More Red Alert on the Indo-US Nuclear deal Front

The Indo-US nuclear deal has hit another roadblock. According to this article by Dr A Gopalakrishna, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board(AERB).

During the debate on November 16, amendments were approved in Section 105 and Section 108 of the original bill, and also two new sections (Section 114 and Section 115) were freshly inserted. What else was introduced and defeated is of little consequence to us, since we need to only concentrate on the acceptability of what is eventually put into HR-5682.EAS, instead of wasting time to rejoice on the false victories over ‘killer’ amendments!

Of the changes that were made, what is most appalling is the inclusion of Section 115, which the Senate approved without any vote-counting or voice vote. After reading out the text of this Section, Senator Lugar just said one sentence, ‘I urge adoption of the amendment’, and without objection or discussion it was directly ‘agreed to.’

He goes on to add that this Section 115 gives authority to the DoD and DoE in the pretext of “joint R&D in the area of nuclear non-proliferation” to basically spy on the Indian nuclear program and sabotage it by internal subversion through the agency of the NNSA which is allegedly involved in covert nuclear activities across the world in active collaboration with the CIA, NSA and DIA.This is not a farfetched thought considering the history of US clandestine operations even against its supposed ‘allies’.

The Indo-US nuclear deal is supposed to be for civilian nuclear cooperation in the hope that it will enhance the energy security of the country. Section 115 of the bill deals totally with matters of nuclear proliferation control. In the guise of conducting joint R&D in nuclear non-proliferation, with emphasis on nuclear safeguards, the US attempt appears to be in using the Indo-US nuclear deal as a vehicle to facilitate a formal entry for the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) into India.

The US’ NNSA is widely suspected to be involved in a variety of covert nuclear interventions and clandestine operations in many countries around the world, on behalf of the US government, and they work in close cooperation with intelligence agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, the US National Security Agency and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The US State Department, US Defence Department and the Department of Energy are also closely involved with the NNSA. Section 115 states that the Secretaries of DoD and DoE will be consulted in carrying out the envisaged R&D program.

The original text of the relevant bills HR-5682.EAS, HR-5682.PCS and the Senate bill S-3709 passed on Nov 16,2006 can be searched for here.

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Scientists Warn Against Unnecessary Euphoria

The US Senate passed the Indo-US Nuclear bill on Thursday with a overwhelming majority of 85-12. But the Indian scientific community has cautioned against unnecessary euphoria.

It’s good but don’t uncork the champagne yet, say some of the former chieftains of India’s nuclear programme. Responding cautiously, they say that the devil of interference was hidden in the small print of the deal that was approved by the Senate on Friday and only the final version reconciled by both legislatures on the Hill will reveal the full extent of the burden on India.

Former AEC chairman P K Iyengar said: “The real question is whether it is acceptable to India. No, I do not think it is still a time for celebration. We can celebrate only after seeing the end product which should conform to the July 18, 2005, agreement between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President George Bush.”

Former Barc director A N Prasad said what the Senate approved appeared to be a little more stringent compared to the one presented by the House of Representatives. Therefore, it may not be really in India’s interests. “Both the versions have to be reconciled and conform to the assurances given in the July 18 statement.”

Talking from Singapore, defence analyst Bharat Karnad said the deal may have crossed a major obstacle, “But a number of wrinkles have to be ironed out.” .“The moratorium on any further nuclear testing has been incorporated in the July 18 agreement which is unfortunate. We should be free to test,” he added.

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Articles on the Eve of China’s president Hu Jintao’s Visit

Tibet is the keyBrahma Chellaney, Phayul.com dt 20/11/2006

What’s ripe for settlementClaude Arpi, Rediff.com dt 20/11/2006

Will India repeat the mistakes of 1962?Claude Arpi, Rediff.com dt 17/11/2006

Why I will protest Hu Jintao’s visitTenzin Choeying, Rediff.com dt 17/11/2006

Tackling the mandarinsP Stobdan, Hindustan Times dt 16/11/2006

What Hu won’t do in DelhiAnil Athale, Rediff.com dt 16/11/2006

Why China Claims Arunachal PradeshRamananda Sengupta, Rediff.com dt 16/11/2006

Who is Hu Jintao?B Raman, Rediff.com dt 15/11/2006

‘Autocratic China becoming arrogant’Brahma Chellaney, The Times of India dt 15/11/2006

Why I remain wary of China– B Raman, Rediff.com dt 14/11/2006

We’ve forgotten the past. China hasn’t- B Raman, Rediff.com dt 13/11/2006

China’s economic growth is not just ‘economic growth’– Arun Shourie, Indian Express dt 08/11/2006

To race China, first let’s get our feet off the brakes– Arun Shourie, Indian Express dt 07/11/2006

Will keep this updated and on Top.

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