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Ten behavioural traits India must change to successfully counter Pakistan

Ten behavioural traits India must

One of the reasons why India is unable to deal with the Pakistan problem is its faulty thinking. The Pakistani establishment (ISI, Army, Government) knows how to expose our fault lines because India's behaviour is so predictable. It is able to keep India on the defensive and export terror relentlessly.

Here are ten behavioural traits that have not served India in the past, which must change if it has to successfully counter Pakistan:

1. India will not capitalise on gains made by its armed forces

Under the Tashkent Agreement, India agreed to return the strategic Haji Pir Pass, which overlooks POK, to Pakistan in exchange for an undertaking by Pakistan to abjure the use of force to settle mutual disputes and adherence to the principles of non-interference. Ditto in 1972 when Mrs Gandhi returned 92,000 prisoners of war in lieu of verbal promises.

But why is Haji Pir Pass important for India?

Prakash Katoch, a former Lt Gen, Special Forces Indian Army, says, "Haji Pir Pass, at a height of 2637 metres, is located on the western fringe of the formidable Pir Panjal Range, which divides the Srinagar valley from the Jammu region. It is through this Pass that a wide, metalled highway connected Srinagar to Jammu via Uri-Poonch–Rajouri, over which bulk of passenger and trade traffic used to ply to and fro. This road is of strategic importance as it connects Uri with Poonch but since major portion of road is in POK, it cannot be used.


Who Really Owns NDTV?

Who Really Owns NDTV- 1

In 2009, a Mukesh Ambani group entity took control of NDTV under the guise of a loan agreement. The plan was to find a buyer in “three to five years”. No buyer has been found so far and effectively, NDTV is controlled by the Ambanis.

In July 2009, Vishvapradhan Commercial Pvt Ltd, a company associated with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) gave a loan of Rs350 crore without any interest to NDTV's Prannoy Roy, his wife Radhika Roy and their private holding company RRPR Holding Pvt Ltd. This was a bailout-cum-takeover in the guise of a loan. 

The sole purpose of the loan was to repay funding obtained by Roys obtained from a bank, which is barred by the market regulator. Under the agreement signed on 21 July 2009, the Roys were to issue a convertible warrant that equals to 99.9% of the “fully diluted equity share capital of the borrowers (the Roys and RRPR Holdings) at the time of conversion” and the Ambani group agreed to limit their aggregate shareholding to 26%. 

Let us unravel for you this wonderfully structured “loan document” which effectively allowed Ambani to take over the company with a few key clauses. 


How to teach Indian history, and how not to – N. S. Rajaram

How to teach Indian history

It is now a time-worn cliché that the teaching of Indian history has been distorted. The real question is how to correct it. A committed teacher has taken an important step by showing how to go about doing it. – Dr N. S. Rajaram

Speaking before the Kerala History Association, Kochi on 18 Dec. 2005, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, then President and among the most respected intellectuals in India observed: “The best historians present us with descriptions and analyses of the past that make unfamiliar times and places somehow comprehensible. In seeking to penetrate the veil of the past, we end up by studying how other individuals and societies dealt with the practical and existential problems at least related to our own.” 

After this sage observation, Dr. Kalam came specifically to Indian history and noted: “My observation is that in India many have written history of India [coming] both from the Indian historians recently and by those who had conquered us. So far, even 58 years after Independence, the dogmas, rituals, systems and norms of the historical past, imposed by the last millennium of invasion and conquest, still continue to condition our minds.” Most tellingly he emphasized: 

“We tend more to conform to the past [as described by our invaders and occupiers], rather than think in true freedom and create a future, free from the pain of the past. Now time has come, in the 21st century, we need new breed of historians who can make the past meet the present and create the future….”   

More than a century before Dr. Kalam, Swami Vivekananda told a group of youngsters (1891):


Raksha Bandhan : Empowering Sisters

Raksha Bandhan Empowering Sisters

For millennia before the UN had declared the International Girl Child Day; we have been observing Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Duj. Using a simple cotton thread and Tilak, sisters have been so lovingly reminding brothers about their responsibility to protect them. This bond continues to be strong as ever before. However, pressure of uncontrolled population explosion has put a lot of strain on our life which has been particularly more severe for girls and women. 

Unfortunately, women have been confined to the household and bread earners have become more important than bread makers. Still worse they are being treated as a liability. This bias gets reflected in the falling child sex ratio.  Child sex ratio continues to deteriorate and has fallen to 918 girls per 1000 boys in census 2011.

An Unusual Gift for Sisters by PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always thought and worked in the direction of overall development of the society. For women he always has a progressive approach in order to facilitate their skill and talent worldwide. Therefore, this Raksha Bandhan PM Modi has asked all the brothers to do something special for their sisters. 

“Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, I urge you, please enroll the sisters who work for you, at your homes and in your fields, for the Rs 12 and Rs 330 social security programmes,” he said in the ninth edition of his radio programme Mann ki Baat  and he took the similar call in his Independence Day speech.


Integral Humanism Of Deendayal Upadhyaya

Integral Humanism of Deendayal Upadhyaya

It is a testament to Deendayal Upadhyaya’s foresight that much of what he suggested fifty years ago may seem unsurprising to many since it is now part of the established discourse of Hindutva. His four lectures on Integral Humanism sought to examine existing socio-political and economic ideas and systems and posit an alternative mode of living based on the traditions of Sanatana Dharma.

In some ways, his endeavour can be regarded as a research agenda with clear markers for various lines of enquiry rather than a complete policy agenda. And it is the pioneering nature of his ontological foresight that is significant since the practical underpinnings of an alternative vision were only outlined broadly.

He reviews the evolution of Indian society following independence in 1947 and notes its descent into political opportunism, which replaced the antecedent idealism of nationalism itself. In the first two lectures he questions the applicability of the existing social and economic arrangements under Western capitalism and communism and proposes the alternative of Integral Humanism, based on the immanent values of Sanatana dharma.

However, in engaging with contemporary Western ideas and socialist alternatives for society and questioning their validity he does not espouse, in their place, the idea of an inviolable Indic tradition that would restore some mythical golden age. Indeed he explicitly rejected such a possibility on the grounds that adaptation to changed circumstances was both a necessity and acknowledged foundation of Sanatana Dharma. This is the great strength of the living tradition of Sanatana Dharma that inspired Deendayal Upadhyaya.


Anti-Hinduism as an Industry

Anti-Hinduism as an Industry

Anti-Hinduism is an industry. It has a purpose and an end goal.It has financial means, institutional set-up and a tradition of sponsored intellectuals occupying important positions, protecting vested interests of their own.

It began during colonial era, during the reign of the East India Company and then the British Raj. The story of how missionaries and colonialists slandered Hindu civilization and culture in the heyday of racism is a well-known one, not to be dwelt upon here. Suffice to say that a certain section of the ruling elite found it profitable to abuse Hindu culture and society.

This narrative morphed into an industry after Independence. Gandhi’s assassination gave Nehru an excuse to stifle all opposition, particularly the nationalists. Under Indira Gandhi and Education Minister Nural Hasan, anti-Hinduism became firmly entrenched in academia and media. Its steady growth and dominance in the electronic and print media became unchallengeable.

As a consequence, Soviet-sponsored Leftist intellectuals became all-pervasive and powerful. Their opponents were systematically silenced. Nationalists were hounded out of public discourse. Almost no mainstream newspaper, magazine or media outlet would give them the opportunity to voice their opinions and state facts.

The demise of the global left in the 90s, and the rise of the BJP in India gave new hope to the dwindling nationalist forces in the media and academia; but it was a bleak respite.


Stuck in the Slums of Secularist History

Stuck in the Slums of Secularist History

It is a mathematical certainty that cricket commentator Mr. Ramachandra Guha is only an arm’s length away from jumping in to defend the prolonged tyranny of the dark period of Muslim rule of India. I considered adding “alleged historian” to “cricket commentator” but the wicked Mysorepak fanatic, Anand Ranganathan supplied the world with a delicious new concoction: “regional historian.”

Tweet Renaming New Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road to Abdul Kalam Road is the latest occasion for Mr. Guha to re-brandish his Muslim tyranny-defending sword in the pages of Hindustan Times.