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VVIP Helicopter Scam: A shakeup call for India

VVIP Helicopter Scam

The subversion of Indian security establishment as a result of the Rs 3726 crores AgustaWestland VVIP Helicopter scam strikes at the very roots of India’s foundation of nation-state. It is not merely a question of kickbacks amounting to Rs 350 crores, but it has raised doubts about the role of the entire governance and security apparatus of the country, i.e. Prime Minister, Defence Minister, National Security Advisor, Defence Secretary, other senior bureaucrats of the MoD, at least one Chief of Air Staff and the head of the SPG. This is besides the erstwhile’ Super Prime Minister’ and her political secretary.

Before proceeding further, it is pertinent here to explain the broad details of the arms procurement process in the country through a flow chart:


Do You Know Your Sonia Gandhi And Rahul Gandhi? - Dr Subramanian Swamy

Do You Know Your Sonia Gandhi

Defamation case by Sonia Gandhi quashed and Do Know Your Sonia Gandhi? - Subramanian Swamy

Background of this topic:

Sri Narain Kataria against whom the INOC had filed a 100 Million USD case. Sri Narain is 78 years and has an indomitable spirit. You would remember that New York based Indian National Overseas Congress Inc. (INOC) has filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York for $100 million against three prominent Hindu activists Narain Kataria, Arish Sahani and Bharat Barai for allegedly defaming UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi by releasing a full page advertisement in The New York Times during her October 2007 visit to the US.




The Police brutally lathi-charged a group of students in NIT University, Srinagar. And the crime of the students was that they dared to defy the local Kashmiri students who were celebrating the defeat of India in a cricket match. Their crime was that they dared to fly the National Flag and raise slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Put this in perspective to the anti-India slogans raised just 2 months before in JNU, in the very heart of India, its capital New Delhi. Mr Sitaram Yechury, Mr D. Raja, Mr Arvind Kejriwal & of course the one & only Mr Rahul Gandhi, just to name a few, instantly scrambled to the JNU. They stepped over each other to show support by going to JNU & made lofty speeches on the ‘Freedom of Expression’ and how it was in danger of being muzzled, how the Constitution was being trampled upon and the spectre of Hindutva Fascism was now looming large over India.

Their outburst was against the barbaric Police action of registering cases against these righteous students, who were supposed to be the future of our nation and that too, on just a trivial issue of them raising slogans like-

*India tere tukde honge, Inshallah, Inshallah*; *India ki barbadi tak, Jung rahegi Jaari**Kashmir Ki Azaadi, *Ghar ghar se Afzal niklega*.

Moreover, this event was organised, on a very auspicious occasion of the ‘Martyrdom of Afzal Guru’, a terrorist sent to the gallows by the Supreme Court; surely a very honourable deed to celebrate such a distinguished personality, inside a foremost University. The virtuous students Shri Kanhaiya Kumar & Miya Umar Khalid were unjustifiably slapped with sedition cases & select media houses like the NDTV, CNN-IBN, India Today etc. telecast the episode non-stop, in such finery, glorifying Kanhaiya & Umar Khalid as the new youth icons & the government as being more repressive & intolerant than Adolf Hitler.


A Report on Tarek Fatah's IIT Bombay Talk - Change in approach?

A Report on Tarek Fatahs IIT Bombay Talk - Change in approach

In the excitement of bashing Pakistan and militant Jihadis, many of us became ardent fans of Tarek Fatah. Infact he was almost treated as a RW insider.

However, after hearing his views, first in a closed room and then in a talk that he gave at IIT Bombay, I think we all need to pause and look at Tarek Fatah in an objective manner.

He is certainly not a wolf in sheep's clothing; he does take a stand against Jihadis but may be it was a hasty conclusion on the part of many RW thinkers to view him as a “nationalist” Muslim.

I have compiled few points that Tarek Fatah made at IIT Bombay. I would list them first so that my friends can go through them. I would then list my closing remarks:


"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!


JNU, Kashmir & Discrimination

JNU Kashmir  Discrimination

I think  that we should use our own discrimination and judgment. Since all times, students have revolted against the established older – even though 99% eventually settle and work in the very society they once despised. This we have to accept. Many of us have done it in our time. There is no Sedition there, but youthfulness, enthusiasm, idealism, even if it is misguided and exploited by Marxists, Indian National Congress, the Media, etc.


What we know so far about the declassification of Netaji Files

What We Know So Far About

The central question  is whether these files tell us anything definitive about Netaji’s fate.

On 23 January Narendra Modi demonstrated that he means to keep his promise of declassifying Netaji-related files by releasing the first tranche of 100 files belonging to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), most of which were classified until now. The Government plans to release the remaining files at the rate of 25 every month.