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उरी हमले के आगे....

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उरी हमले के आगे..

यह कहना बिलकुल भी अतिशियोक्ति नहीं होगा की उरी हमला भारत की आत्मा पे हमला है l 17 जवानों का शहीद हो जाना बहुत ही दुखद घटना है जिसकी पीड़ा को किसी भी शब्द में व्यक्त करना संभव नहीं हैl निश्चित ही अब सरकार के ऊपर बहुत ही दबाव होगा की कोई ठोस कदम उठाया जाए l पर इस देश की विडम्बना ये है की हमारे ठोस कदम इतने ठोस होते हैं की कभी उठ ही नहीं पाते हैं l पाकिस्तान-नीति हमारी विदेश-नीति का सबसे अप्रिय और अस्थिर हिस्सा रहा है और पंडित नेहरू से लेकर मोदी तक हर प्रधानमंत्री को इस से दो चार होना पड़ा है l जैसा की प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने एक टीवी चैनल को दिए साक्षात्कार में कहा था की समस्या यह है के पाकिस्तान में यदि शांति प्रक्रिया के लिए बात की भी जाए तो किस से ? चुनी हुई लोकतान्त्रिक सरकार से, या फिर सेना और isi से l दरसल इस घटना को स्पष्ट रूप से समझने के लिए हमे इतिहास के पन्नो को खंगालना होगा lभारत की ओर से किसी भी विश्वास बहाली के प्रयास का पाकिस्तान ने हिंसक रूप से उत्तर दिया है और भारत की पीठ में हमेशा छुरा ही भोका हैI 1999 में तत्कालीन प्रधानमंत्री वाजपेयी की ऐतहासिक लाहौर यात्रा का जवाब पाक ने कारगिल युद्ध के रूप में दिया, तो वही पिछले साल मोदी की अनियोजित पाक यात्रा का जवाब पठानकोट एयर बेस पर फिदायीन हमले से दिया है l


Danger In North East: Christian Terror on one side, Islamist on the other

Danger In North East

The terrorists entered the market and started firing indiscriminately, and before anyone could know, dead bodies were scattered around and cries of carnage filled the air.

That would describe what happened in the Kokrajhar market attack on 5 August in Assam, or any recent Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-style lone-gunman operation. However, it also draws similarities with the massacre carried out by the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) at the Singicherra Bazaar in Tripura in 2002. NLFT – a Christian secessionist outfit had issued diktats against the celebration of Makar Sankranthi – the pan-India harvest festival. To punish those who dared to celebrate, NLFT terrorists entered the Singicherra market and shot dead 16 villagers. (16 shot dead by NLFT in Tripura – PTI, 13 January, 2002)

The Kokrajhar attack shows the revival of the old tactics by the North-Eastern secessionist outfits. It may also be indicating some new dynamics in the present changed political milieu of Assam. And it needs serious attention.

In the North-Eastern states, there is a pattern to secessionist terrorism. These terror forces are animated by the dangerously-flawed Marxist theory of linguistic racism. Every tribal language subgroup has been made to consider itself a separate ‘subjugated nation’ and wants to violently eliminate the ‘oppressing nation’. Missionary forces play no small role in creating this violent ethnic divide.


Burhan Wani-wali azadi? Leftists have succumbed to narrow view of Kashmir

Burhan Wani-wali azadi

From the discourse of the past two weeks on Kashmir, it would seem as if the people there have risen against India because of pellet guns. There is no doubt that these guns, used by the police and the paramilitary forces, have caused terrible injuries. Every act of cruelty undermines the legitimacy of the state even more, and fuels further radicalisation — and this is true of Kashmir as of anti-Maoist operations or operation against militants in the North East.

But it is also a fact that the security forces in Kashmir have had to deal with extremely hostile crowds. In the skirmishes of the last few days alone, over two thousand policemen and over one thousand personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been injured. Two policemen have lost their lives, one of them after his vehicle was pushed into the Jhelum River from a bridge by protestors. One CRPF jawan, hit by protestors on his head with a brick, is in a critical state. Dozens of police stations and army posts have been attacked by frenzied mobs.

It is still understandable that in a display of anger against the Indian state, or because they support Burhan Wani’s vision, many Kashmiris came out to protest his death. But it is baffling why a section of leftists in India, who are advocates of azadi in Kashmir, would mourn the death of the commander of a terrorist organisation that has not only killed security personnel but unarmed Kashmiris as well, including many from the Hindu minority, in several cases dragging them out of buses and shooting them dead in cold blood.


"Idiotic", Vikram Seth? The Travails of a Sycophant


One of the sad realities of post-independence Indian literature has been the breed of Indian writers writing in English. These worthy inheritors of the infamous Nirad Chaudhry [1] discovered a short-cut to success: any shocking portrayal of bride burning, sati or prostitution certainly got them overnight fame and a couple of (re)awards for a job well done. They have quite seriously appropriated the mantle of conveying to the whole world a mythical India mired in millions of horrific practices. Let us take the case of Vikram Seth, an Indian novelist and poet, who has written some-odd novels and poetry books of doubtful standing and has wrangled some awards including one of ‘Crossword Book’. He has tried to make a career of it, but that does not come easy. For such a path, one has to excel in sycophancy. One has to sell one's soul, appease a lot of firangis and suck up to them non-stop. The deal  also includes calling one's own patriotic and eminent countrymen "idiotic" and "obscurantist" or even "extremists" [2].  One has to efface one's self-respect and plead for the causes of foreigners even when they are distorting and invading the sacred [3] in the name of "scholarly work". A "liberal intellectual’s” slanderous work is never done!


Govt's ‘Jan Aushadhi Scheme’ To Provide Quality Generic Medicines At Affordable Prices

Govts Jan Aushadh

With a view to provide quality generic medicines at affordable prices, the Government has launched ‘Jan Aushadhi Scheme’ to make available quality generic medicines at affordable prices to all, especially the poor, throughout the country, through outlets known as Jan Aushadhi Stores (JASs).


Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 2)

Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 Part 2

Rajiv Malhotra's Criteria for Evaluating Swami Nithyananda Matter
I already gave my initial impressions on Swami Nithyananda's Persecution 2.0. [Swami Nithyananda Persecution 2.0 (Part 1)] Now I wish to explain my methodology for reasoning on these matters. There are multiple factors to consider. Following are the criteria I use to evaluate where I stand:


Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 1)

 Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 Part 1

Also see Swami Nithyananda - Persecution 2.0 (Part 2)

In my recent India trips I tried to inquire into the allegations against Swami Nithyananda and found a totally new set of facts than what I had been led to believe earlier. Though not a legal expert, I feel I should share what I heard from sources that seem reliable.