Why Congress wants to impeach the CJI?

For several weeks now the Congress has been talking about impeachment of the Hon. Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra. Today it has filed the motion.  Why is it hell bent on pushing the motion when it knows that it will be defeated by a huge margin?

Consider these recent developments.

  1. Congress is facing prospects that SC judgement in Ram Janmbhoomi case by the bench headed by the CJI may will go in favor of Hindus.  SC had earlier refused to stay the hearing until the completion 2019 elections which the  Congress wanted.
  2. SC has thrown out ‘Public Interest Litigation’ in Judge Loya death case. It has castigated the petitioners supported by Congress the petition as ‘scandalizing judiciary’, ‘trying to use courts for political purpose’, and ‘frivolous’. The SC judgement has also dealt a body blow to Congress ‘theory’ of ‘Saffron Terror’
  3.  Trail court in ‘Mecca Masjid blast’ case threw out charges against Aseemanand and said that evidence was fabricated. This also nailed the Congress lie about ‘Saffron Terror’
  4. The Malegaon blasts case in which Col. Purohit and sadhvi Pragya were framed has seen that bail has been granted to both.  A frame up was done to scuttle Col. Purohit going on busting Islamic terror modules and to peddle the ‘Saffron Terror’ theory.  purohitframeupThe prosecution has failed get charges approved the trial court, years after their arrests. This case is on the verge of collapsing.

From days of Indira Gandhi , who was convicted for corrupt electoral practices, who changed the law to undo the court judgement and who wanted ‘Committed Judiciary’,  Congress has been trying to manipulate the judicial processes to suit its agenda.

Where the Congress could not buy out the judiciary, it has tried to threaten it. When the press conference by four judges of SC failed to pressurize the CJI, Congress was staring at prospects of its big lies being exposed by courts.

Congress knows, that despite some obvious and long standing short comings, people have faith in Indian Judiciary.  It must have calculated the heavy political costs of being exposed by the courts.

Congress is already looking at political oblivion.  It can not anymore ‘count on’ judiciary. It has only main stream media and intellectuals on payrolls on its side. It knows that their help won’t be enough.

Congress is desperate. Its agenda is to break India. Weakening judiciary can surely weaken India make it easier to break. It thinks that it can hoodwink the CJI. That’s why the impeachment motion.

Congress is making a fatal mistake.  A public discussion on the impeachment motion will expose Congress even further.

 

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Bangladesh doing more to fight Islamic Jihad than Mamata’s Bengal

This may shock many, but Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh seems more intent in curbing Islamic Jihad than Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal.  This is despite the fact that Bangladesh isn’t a great example of a State that protects its citizens against Islamic extremism.

Here is why.

Bangladesh has always been in news because of Jihadi terror targeting minorities on its soil.  On June 10 2016, a Hindu ashram inmate, Nityaranjan Pandey was hacked to death. On July 1, a Hindu priest, 70 years old Shyamonanda Das was hacked by machetes by three men on a motorcycle in Jhenaidah district, in Bangladesh. Before this, another Hindu priest was hacked to death in the same district.

More than 40 people have been killed in attacks in Bangladesh since February 2013.  Those killed include religious minorities (Hindus, Christians ) bloggers, academics, and gay rights activists (Read ) The number of those who killed in Islamic terror keeps going up with attacks like July 2016 Dhaka attack in which 29 people including 20 hostages (18  foreigners) were killed.

 

Multiple mobs of Muslims attacked Hindu temples and homes recently (Read )

Contrary to what experts and retired army officers think, Bangladesh Government denies any role of ISIS or Al-Qaida in these waves of attacks. It believes that is the work of local hard line Islamists groups. It is important to note that the Bangladesh Government acknowledges role of Islamists unlike our Bengal Government which denies any communal angle to incidents of mob violence against Hindus in the state.

Bangladesh has also been in news for the counter measures it has been taking against Islamic terror.  Bangladesh police detained about 900 people as a part of crackdown on militants after the series of terror attacks. They managed to kill the Dhaka terror attack planner (read ) In a police raid  called as Operation storm 26, nine militants were killed on July 26 ( read ) In  a series of other raids, the Bangladesh paramilitary Rapid Action force  killed 11 militants (read )

As is well known, in May 2016, Bangladesh executed Motiur Rehman Nizami, head of banned Jamaat-e-Islami party, after his conviction for genocide, rape, and massacres (read ) it has weathered the protests by Muslims against the execution.

What is happening in Mamata’s Bengal?

On January 29, 2015 in Kolkata’s suburb Usti more than 50 Hindu shops were ransacked, looted and gutted by jihadists. Police mostly watched as bombs were hurled at Hindus.  The victims were detained while attackers roamed free.  The media remained mute and so did CM Mamata Banerjee whose duty is to protect life of every citizen.

“While the situation for Hindus in Bangladesh is certainly dire, life has become increasingly difficult for Hindus in West Bengal, home to a Muslim-appeasing government and a breeding ground and safe haven for terrorists. For several years, West Bengal has suffered under apparent Muslim-planned riots designed to implement shariah, extract government concessions and grab more territory. “ (read )

In February 2015, The alleged abduction and rape of Tuktuki, a teen from rural West Bengal, by Muslim goons predictably failed to evoke media response and also that by the State Government of Bengal.  No prizes for guessing why.

“There are three points that need to be made in the context of Tuktuki Mandal’s tragedy. First, Hindu girls in their teens are being increasingly abducted and raped, or forced into marriage, by Muslim goons in those areas of West Bengal where there has been an extraordinary spike in the Muslim population, largely on account of illegal immigration from Bangladesh..” (read)

On 23rd April 2015, Muslim mobs in Falta (south 24 Paraganas District) unleashed large scale violence against Hindus. 50 Hindu houses and 10 shops were looted and damaged.  (Read )

On January 3 2016, 1.5 Lakh Muslims assembled near Kaliachak taxi stand. The mob blocked national highway, ransacked vehicles, burnt BSF van, and attacked the police station. The police ran away. The mob then destroyed and looted properties owned by Hindus. It molested Hindu women.  Despite this act of arson the Mamata government could arrest only nine and they could get bail since charges framed by police were not serious at all.  (Read)  All this happened despite the fact that Kamlesh Tiwari, who had allegedly said offensive things about the Prophet, had already been booked and arrested.

The fact is that in Bengal Police and BSF couldn’t protect themselves from the Muslim mob.

What has the Mamata Banerjee Government been doing? Has it been taking measures to prevent Jihadi violence or punish the culprits? No, her government has been doing the opposite.  It is turning a blind eye to growing Islamist violence and even encouraging the Jihadi terror elements.

 

Mamata Banerjee approved academic degrees of 10,000 unrecognized and Saudi funded madrasas and honorariums for Imams.

“In June of 2014, Mamata Banerjee made a highly questionable appointment, Rajya Sabha, to the upper house of the Indian Parliament.  Despite multiple warnings from the District Intelligence Bureau that had red-flagged him for instigating violence against Hindus, including alleged participation in the Kolkata and Canning riots and sheltering known terrorists, she selected Hassan Imran to serve as MP. Imran is a founder and self-admitted member of the radical student group, the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a recognized terrorist organization banned by the Indian government.“ (Read )

Pakistani gunsmiths trained locals in Bengal to manufacture guns used in Dhaka attack.

The AK-22 assault rifles made under the supervision of Pakistani gunsmiths at illegal arms manufacturing units in Malda (Bengal) were used in terror attack by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Dhaka. This is based on the confessions made to NIA (National Investigation Agency) by one of the six terrorists arrested in connection to October 2 2014 Khagragarh blast in Bengal’s Burdwan District. The accidental blast had killed tow terrorists and revealed the existence of full-fledged explosives manufacturing units run by JMB that also carried our Dhaka attack.  The Mamata government of Bengal allowed such terrorist activities. (Read )

The Indo-Bangladesh border along Kaliachak (of the infamous Muslim mob attack on police station and BSF unit) Baishnavnagar in Malda is transit route for illegal arms, narcotics and Fake Indian Currency Notes. (Read )

Mamata Banerjee’s criticism of demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes is clearly not without a reason. The scrapping of old notes by PM Modi government must be hurting the Islamic terror operations in Bengal. The fact that Mamata Banerjee is willing to co-operate with even CPM (her arch rivals) and anyone willing to oppose demonetization is also very telling. TMC and Communists treat Muslims as their vote bank.  80% of fake currencies are sneaked through 172 Km border along Malda district (read )

Several districts of Bengal are known as terror hubs with bomb making activities going unchecked. There are no signs that the state government will do anything to punish the guilty.

The Bengal CM recently supported ‘Triple Talaq’  (read ) It is clear that for Mamata Banerjee vote bank politics is more important than gender justice and safety of its citizens.

Taslima Nasrin, the exiled Bengali writer from Bangladesh, couldn’t live in Kolkata. She was forced flee from Bengal following death threats. Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal continues to be in that state.

In our main stream media UP and Bihar are often painted as examples of lawlessness depending on political convenience of media owners. Bengal’s poor record in law and order gets shielded. The truth is that people in Bengal, particularly, Hindus face violence by Muslim mobs, emboldened by their rising numbers and a state government that lets them run riot -just like those in UP.

The Mamata government hasn’t performed its constitutional duty of preventing terror and protecting its citizens. Instead, it has shown a blind eye to Islamic extremism with an eye on Muslim vote bank. Mamata Banerjee is willing to cooperate with anyone who is ready to oppose gender-justice, counter-terror, anti-black money measures by Modi Government.

Clearly, Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh has done more for curbing Islamic Jihad than Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal.

This article was first published at: https://www.myind.net/bangladesh-doing-more-fight-islamic-jihad-mamatas-bengal#.dpuf

Pakistan: What next after surgical strikes?

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Indian Military lived up to the mandate given by PM Modi and his government to protect India against infiltration early today (September 29) morning in a stunning surgical strike 3 Kms inside LOC with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. It destroyed 7 terror launch pads and eliminated 2 soldiers and about 38 terrorists who were getting ready to cross over to India. (source)

Indians have been angry with Pakistan for its terror war against India through attacks like 26/11, Patahnkot and Uri -just to name a few.  They expressed their anger and hope that their Government would match words by deeds (Read).

As the details of the daring operation started coming out Indians took to social media pouring out their joy and expressing their pride in their defense forces. In equal measure, they are expressing their happiness about having a real Prime Minister and his capable government who walk their talk.

For a while, Modi Government gave an impression to the world that it was banking on diplomatic efforts and  communication campaigns to deal with Pakistan. It described Pakistan as ‘Ivy League of terror’ and ‘following a toxic curriculum’ (Read ), and ‘exporter of terror’. It invited Pakistan Government ‘for a race in poverty reduction and development instead of violence’. It ordered reviews of Indus Water Treaty and MFN status of Pakistan. It pulled out of SAARC meeting in Pakistan. It started conducting naval exercises in Arabian Sea. All this, while Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire and to gather next batches of terrorists for crossing over to India. Pakistan may have thought it could continue and get away with its duplicity.

Even the world powers thought India will not escalate the situation beyond rhetoric.

May be not. Calls from John Kerry Secretary of State and Susan Rice, NSA of US to their counter parts in India may have been about these surgical strikes. It is possible that Modi Government kept USA in loop over the developments on ground.

There are reasons to believe that today’s surgical strike isn’t one-off event. Ever since assuming power in 2014, the Modi Government has been following a long term plan. On one level, the plan consists of offers to talk with Pakistan. Modi’s  impromptu visit to Pakistan was at this level.

At another level, India continued its diplomatic efforts to isolate and encircle Pakistan. Modi Government’s consistent efforts in documenting Pakistan’s role in various terror attack and pacts with Afghanistan are a part of this.  It is trying to contain China, Pakistan’s staunch ally,  through counterweights of US, Japan, and Vietnam at the same time showing willingness to make some concessions to it. It is trying to consolidate its friendship with Russia. It is using its trade and arms purchase power to extract help from various countries.

While doing all above and more, Modi Government has worked on our defense preparedness. It sorted out One Rank One Pension issue which was a big issue for our armed forces. When PM Modi told Arnab Goswami of Time Now that ‘our job is to talk (with Pakistan) the defense forces’ job is to protect our country on our borders’ it wasn’t rhetoric. He had articulated his doctrine in dealing with Pakistan. Not many got it right. Not many get it right even now.

Today’s surgical strike is just an element of this new doctrine.

PM Modi recently asked Pakistan in his Kozikode speech ” Is PoK is with you now? Is Bangladesh with you now? Sindh is with you. Balochistan is with you. But are things right there? Your leaders are making you fools in the name of Kashmir.”

He asked Pakistanis to think about which country got independence in 1947. PM Modi says one day the time will come when Pakistan citizens will take to the streets against terrorism. (Read )

It is unlikely that Paksitan will learn a lesson and stop terror. So does this ‘new doctrine’ include ‘an all out war’ with Pakistan? Probably not.

What next after the surgical strikes?

In Pakistan, its powerful army gets a chance to overthrow Sharif Government calling it ‘incompetent’ in dealing with India. There might be a military coup in Pakistan.

In appealing to people of Pakistan Modi is helping Pakistan’s endgame along. Pakistan is an unnatural and unstable state which can’t take care of its own people. It is propped up by external forces which are being used by Military and  Terror armies to draw sustenance. Pakistan’s so called ‘Islamic Identity’ hasn’t worked -it lost the then East Bengal, Baluchistan is raring to go, and Sindh wants to go too (Read https://www.myind.net/pakistan-has-endgame-begun )

One can expect protests in Baluchistan and Sindh to grow. There will be more efforts to contrast Pakistan’s lack of development with India’s progress and growing stature. There will be efforts to overcome Pakistani’s indoctrination of ‘Hate India’.  One can expect more unrest among common Pakistanis all over that country.

Modi’s  diplomatic efforts will be for exposing the illegitimacy of Pakistan. Like he reached out to Pakistani people, his communications will be addressed to citizens of world to build public pressure on their respective governments to stop helping a terrorist state. A military coup will turn world’s public opinion more against Pakistan.

PM Modi is likely to use trade diplomacy and economic means to persuade world powers. There may be efforts to show CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) to be unviable because of internal unrest and there may be an offer of a package deal with China.  A well governed India will be positioned as an attractive partner to China. Indian Navy’s overseeing of Arabian Sea will also be leveraged.

America’s real politic revolves around trade and arms trade. Everything else is mere posturing. So does many western powers’ and Russia’s. India’s defense requirements are huge and an economically strong India can pay. Contrast this with Pakistan which needs American aid to buy a batch F-16 fighter aircrafts.

Muslim countries of Gulf which didn’t help Muslim refugees from Syria are unlikely to help Pakistan much more, give that their economies need rebuilding after the reverse oil shock (of falling prices)

Like Uri was seized as a tipping point with respect to international opinion for our surgical strikes, there will come a tipping point in average Pakistani’s opinion about their own government and India. There may be some covert strikes in Pakistan. One of the goals of such strikes will be to safeguard nuclear weapons from terrorists and rogue elements. World powers will surely have stakes here.

As this author said before, Pakistan’s endgame has begun. PM Modi will hasten it slowly (as they say one should). It keeps collateral damage low and improves chances of success. We should build on our strengths, learn strategic thinking, and have patience to achieve our goals. Let us support the Prime Minister by doing our part.

This article was first published by myind.net here

Pakistan: Has the endgame begun?

There are signs that the convergence of foreign interests, which propped up Pakistan so far, is ending.

 

(This article written by me was first published by myind.net here )

PM Modi’s speech during the All Party Meeting on Kashmir violence asserting that Pakistan is behind the violence in the valley, that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India and that Pakistan must end atrocities in Baluchistan is as categorical as it gets as far as India’s position is concerned. Pakistan has been given a long rope by India.

Another expression of growing anger with Pakistan for its destructive role, is Maj Gen Bakshi, a private citizen, who said: ‘In our generation, we split Pakistan into 2. Your generation should split it into 4. Only then we can live in peace!’ (source)

Pakistan will find itself in greater and greater trouble at home and internationally, if it doesn’t mend its ways. Pakistan is an Unnatural State. It was created by Britain’s need for a strategic foothold in the Indian subcontinent, greed and haste of Congress leaders, Jinnah’s animosity towards them, and hatred of some misguided Muslims for their own Hindu ancestors’ land and religion. It has no culture of its own. Its provinces like Sind, Punjab, East Bengal which was once part of it and is now Bangladesh, and illegally occupied Kashmir (which is part of India) share their languages, cuisine, and customs with respective Indian regions. These provinces have a pan Indian culture. Afghanistan and Baluchistan have been part of this culture for ages.

 Creation of Bangladesh and constant strife among Shia and Sunni sects of Islam on its soil have exposed the falseness of Pakistan’s Islamic identity. Pakistan’s so called Islamic identity never had any legitimacy. Pakistan’s Generals and power hungry politicians foist a borrowed Islam based on Wahabi and Salafi and other extremist versions of Islam originating from some Arab countries. Their Mullahs and Maulvis are of great help in this graft of culture because it gives them more power. Pakistanis’ love of music, food, drink, and poetry (Shayri) is similar to Indians. Normal Pakistani’s are ill at ease with the borrowed Islam.

Pakistani rulers’ hatred of India and Hindu religion gets exploited by various terror groups. These groups get backing of the State. US and Western countries have funded Pakistan and terror networks to serve their own needs -Oil, check on Russia and keeping India down. China too finds Pakistan handy for its geo-political ambitions and commerce. Most of the aid that Pakistan gets goes in arms purchase and supporting terrorists for use against India and killing some of its own people.

A State which serves only foreigners’ interests and the State which has nothing for its own people, is inherently illegitimate. This State carries out genocide of its Hindu minority and commits atrocities in Baluchistan and Sind. Such a Pakistan is propped up by a faux-war-on-terror funded by the USA and West. In reality, it is an ongoing war against India.

Pakistan is not just a rogue state, but is a state which at risk due to its own internal contradictions of supporting terror and fighting terror and contradictions of taking pride in being a Muslim State and killing its own Muslims. Its people are suffering.

The world has stopped short of calling Pakistan a rogue State, but dossiers on Pakistan’s support to terror are getting thicker in Washington and Western Capitals. (Watch, for example: US House Foreign Affairs Joint Subcommittee hearing on Pakistan  )  US Congress has blocked supplies of F-16 fighter planes under aid program to Pakistan. Even Obama administration is asking Pakistan to walk its talk on terror. But terror continues to strike in Pakistan while terrorists like Hafeez Saeed roam free there.

When interests of World Powers and those of Islamic terrorists start diverging Pakistan’s props will collapse. This process has already started. Under fire from their own citizens, USA and Western governments will increasingly look to combat terror on war footing and take down every things that help it.  Irrespective of who becomes US President next, Trump’s campaign has made it difficult for American administration to willfully ignore terror or support it. (Read )

Nuclear Pakistan, in which there is no single authority and accountability and in which terror outfits do what they please, is a dangerous ally.

Contrast this with India under Narendra Modi. It is a stable democratic country with a strong economy, a powerful military, and a mature development focused government. India with its over eight thousand years old civilization, having foundations of universal peace and prosperity,  provides exceptional stability to the region. India is now ready to play its global role.

India’s unique importance will not be missed by America that is busy rebuilding its own house, by Europe that is grappling with its problems following Brexit, or by UK which has to find good trading partners, and by world as a whole facing the onslaught of Islamic terror.

PM Modi’ strategic maneuvers with Vietnam have made China come calling for support for its South China Sea stance. This comes after it blocked India’s bid for NSG membership and India’s demand for declaring Hafeez Saeed a wanted terrorist. China will surely have to weigh its Pakistan commitments.

Russia already has good relations with India and is looking to build its partnership further.

There are signs that the convergence of foreign interests, which propped up Pakistan so far, is ending. Pakistan has to find an identity to exist as a nation that is consistent with its people’s welfare and culture. Without these, it has an extremely unstable existence and an uncertain future. We don’t know if enough number of Pakistanis realize what is at stake -it is not Kashmir or India because there is no way a resurgent India will allow what Pakistan wants -is much bigger and much more important for their own well being.

Given the above picture, it is quite likely that in Delhi and in World Capitals, Pakistan’s endgame is being discussed -securing its nuclear arsenal must be the most important goal of this endgame. India has a huge stake in Pakistan -whether united or its remnants.

It remains to be seen how India deals the developing situation: as an opportunity to solve the Pakistan problem or to make it worse for itself. We hope that the Narendra Modi Government will do the right thing.

 

– See more at: https://www.myind.net/pakistan-has-endgame-begun#.dpuf

Burhan Wani and the Chinks in India’s Armor- Police, Judiciary, and Media

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This article was first published on myind.net here https://www.myind.net/burhan-wani-and-chinks-indias-armor-police-judiciary-and-media

The killing of Burhan Wani -a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, on whose head the Government of India had announced Rs 1 Million bounty (read and read ) -in an encounter involving armed resistance on July 8 with J&K police and 19 Rashtriya Rifles -is an excellent achievement by Indian State. Wani’s killing will surely prevent some terror activity in J&K.

Yet, this success also underlines chinks in India’s security armor. The fact is that Wani could openly move around and recruit people on social media shows up weaknesses in surveillance by local police.

The Central investigating agency NIA has stepped up its activities for arresting accused, wanted, or suspected terrorists. Recently, NIA captured of Yasir Niamatullah, ISIS’s Hyderabad Chief and his fund raiser Athaullah Rehman.  Earlier On June 28, NIA and UP’s STF nabbed key accused for murder of NIA offer Tanzeel Ahmed. On May 20, NIA arrested Indian Mujahideen’s senior member Abdul Wahid Siddiba in Delhi.  NIA has arrested wanted or suspected people in 27 cases in 2016 alone (read). A look at NIA’s archives shows that it has stepped up its pace of activities considerably in years 2014, 2015, and further more in 2016. Modi Government is clearly progressing on this front.

While a more active NIA is a good sign -it puts pressure on local police to act – it is clearly not enough as shown by serious terror attacks kike Pathankot, Gurdaspur, and Jammu in recent times.

Add Maoist terror to the Islamic terror. Naxalites operate in 60 districts of India known as the Red Corridor. Many of these areas are out of bounds of Indian State.

A specialist agency like NIA cannot operate alone.

Good old policing involving regular beats, informer networks, surveillance, collaborative intelligence, preventive arrests, investigation, preparing solid cases for prosecution, and securing quick convictions is an essential foundation of any State’s security apparatus. The foundation needs fit, competent, and dedicated police well equipped with hard and soft weapons (Information technology, Forensics etc.)

 

Our police forces present quite the opposite picture -that of corruption, sloth, and incompetence. They are ill equipped and undertrained. Their morale is low due to their cynical use by Congress Governments and those like Left, TMC, and SP governments for many decades for targeting political rivals.

In J&K, terrorists roam free and recruit people openly through social media. Punjab is lost to drugs. UP is forever on the edge of violence e.g. Muzaffarnagar riots and Kairana exodus. UP’s badlands are quite infamous. Bihar’s Goonda Raj of abductions and killings have found a permanent place in Bollywood movies. MP’s Vyapam scam has run through different governments. In West Bengal, there are factories of bomb making. A police station in Malda was attacked by a Muslim mob, and there have been a spate of political killings. In Haryana, the agitation for Jat reservations triggered well planned violence. In Maharashtra, Govind Pansare’s killers were at large for a long time and even now one is not sure if police can secure a conviction. In Karnataka, local police were clueless in the Kalburgi muder case. Kerala, like West Bengal has witnessed a spate of political killings of RSS workers.

The above are some of the well publicized cases.  In India’s cities, towns, and villages’ crimes like murders, rapes occur. Compared to these crimes traffic rule violations may seem minor but they claim a large number of lives across the country. Many of these crimes go unresolved. In many cases accused are let off either due to shoddy investigations or due to long judicial delays.

When convictions are secured they come after years in trial court followed by decades in appeals. Even major cases like Mumbai’s 26/11 terror attack, Serial Bomb Blasts and Parliament attack dragged on for decades. Lalu’s conviction in fodder scam and Jaya’s conviction in disproportionate assets case took decades and they are still work in progress. Coal scam and the 2G scam cases are meandering through our courts. The National Herald case with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi as prime accused gets kicked around among by trial court and High Court and Supreme Court.  Our courts give long rope to terror and scam convicts, but they give short shrift to ordinary people.

With Crores of cases pending in our courts and Lakhs of poor helpless under-trials languishing in jails our Judicial system -beset with archaic procedures, stuck in feudal attitudes, and thoroughly gamed by vested interests -virtually allies with police to make the rule of law impossible.

Our mainstream media’s ‘objectivity’ and ‘responsible journalism’ is so legendary that special reports that document them month after month appear regularly (Read and see ). In our media, facts get chosen or ‘created’ based on agenda and every ‘editorial’ trick is used to give the ‘required’ slant to a ‘report’.  Boring reports are given a miss and they are replaced by juicy ‘stories’ suited to the owners’ political or business interests. Our media convert terrorists and secessionists into heroes. After Wani’s encounter and violence it triggered, PM Modi had to exhort media to desist from such behavior.

If police are ‘accountable’ to their political masters in the states, our Judiciary and Media are not accountable to anyone. All three remain unaccountable to the public good. Our media feeds on public cynicism about the rule of law and feeds into it through its lies. Police, Judiciary, and media constitute a deeply entrenched vicious circle.

 

How is this related to India’s security? In the eyes of common citizens, the rule of law is non-existent. There is no fear that when a law is broken consequences will follow swiftly and proportionately if one is backed by mafia, a political party or if one has right connections. Ordinary people know that they have to fend for themselves.

Whether it is rape by a juvenile or terror or drug running by hardened and indoctrinated people our media and some political parties peddle theories of ‘discrimination, atrocities by security forces, humiliation, lack of education, poverty etc.’ They take away our attention from the real cause.

Missing rule of law makes exploitation by private parties or by government officials attractive. A society bereft of a working law breeds cynicism. It provides every incentive to murder, rape, corruption, or terror.

Khalistani terror in Punjab was rooted out by a sustained and strong police action under K P S Gill, the then DGP of Punjab. A peace accord could work there because Indian State made its intentions clear and came down heavily on those indulging in violence. A similar approach is needed all over India.

While we see actions like terrorist Wani’s encounter and arrests by NIA,  no actions are seen for making police and policing effective. Agencies like CBI and ED (Enforcement Directorate) have still not improved. No actions are visible to make our Judiciary accountable to its performance. No actions are seen to make media accountable for reporting facts and keeping opinions separate.  Police, Judiciary, and Media are the chinks in Indian State’s armor. They keep us vulnerable to further terror attacks.

Have we lost the Punjab we know to Drugs?

This article written by me was first published here https://www.myind.net/have-we-lost-punjab-we-know-drugs

Punjab’s drug issue is real.  It is reported that four out of ten men are exposed to drug abuse and attendant crimes like drug peddling. About 50% of those are young farmers. Some are addicted to poppy husk and some others are addicted to synthetic drugs churned out by Pharma companies in Himachal Pradesh. Another study reports that there could be one drug addict each in 65% of families in the state.

Drug trafficking poses security risks. For example, here is a news item: “CHANDIGARH: At a time when the nexus between terrorists and drug smugglers in Pakistan has come under a harsh spotlight after the Pathankot airbase attack, a new study by AIIMS has found that opioids worth Rs 7,500 crore are consumed in Punjab every year. Of these, heroin’s share is a massive Rs 6,500 crore.” source

Is Punjab, we know of, vanishing?

An individual addicted to drugs suffers before succumbing to untimely death unless helped by systematic and specialist de-addiction and rehabilitation support. The society and the government care little for such people making it difficult for them to access such help. Dependence on drugs forces addicts deeper into peddling. The family of the addict and in time the society get pulled into this vortex.

A society hollowed out by drugs is a breeding ground for violence and exploitation. It is also an invitation for our enemies to come in to take positions for future assaults.

The Punjab we know of is a land of abundance and valor.  The Punjab we know of has provided a security shield to entire Bharat through centuries of invasions by Huns and Mughals. Our Punjab is a land of Guru Nanak and Guru Govind Sigh. It is a land of saints and warriors. It is a land of people who think big in whatever they do – be it work or leisure, love or patriotism, celebration or sacrifice.

 

As someone who is pained by the state of his state says,

” The ‘good fathers’ are busy minting money to keep up with the ‘showing off’, the ‘bad fathers’ are busy drinking alcohol to keep up the masculinity and the mothers are busy with their mid-age ailments or in their kitties, suits & shopping and meanwhile the child enjoys forbidden company

” Alcohol Taverns can be found in every nook and corner of every city & village. The no. of ‘Thekas’ are more than the no. of government schools in the state. The government doesn’t feel an iota of shame on this issue considering the alarming use of drugs in Punjab let alone the thought of closing them. The cash strapped government is poisoning its people to run the state through the revenue from alcohol business”  Source

It is tragic paradox that a land ruled by Akalis -who are very proud of the Panthic teaching -should fall prey to the drug menace.

Drivers of Drug Abuse

The most immediate reason for the growing drug abuse is economic. Punjab’s agriculture sector faces the hurdles which the sector faces all over India -too much government interference in pricing, distribution, and export controls making it dependent on Government sops. These can never be enough.  It meant that agriculture couldn’t support its population. Unlike neighboring Haryana, Punjab didn’t industrialize enough.  The joblessness of high aspiring Punjabi youth combined with lack of attention and not having good role models by their parents is surely the most immediate driver for pushing them into drugs.  Drugs offer an instant mental high and earnings through peddling – a heady, addictive, and dangerous cocktail.

Easy availability of drugs in Punjab is another driver.  A variety of drugs are available and consumed. There are synthetic drugs like heroin/smack/brown sugar, amphetamines/ice. Natural drugs like raw opium-based such as ‘bhukki’ (poppy husk), ‘doda’ (powdered poppy husk) and ‘afeem’ (a black tar-like opium are derivative) are available. A wide variety of prescription drugs such as alprazolam, diazepam (commonly known as xanax and valium, respectively), pethidine, buprenorphine, fortwin etc. too are easily available supplied by Pharmaceutical factories in neighboring Himachal. According to NCB data, in 2013, 41% (of 964 kg) of all opium seizures in India took place in Punjab, a sign of the drug’s popularity in the state.

A large number of drugs are subsequently sold to users by an extensive network of dealers. Besides dealers, one of the biggest sources of drugs in Punjab is local chemists, who sell over-the-counter prescription drugs.

A weak enforcement of drug and narcotics laws by Punjab police means the above drug supply chains operate unhindered.

Why weak enforcement?

Punjab’s unique geographical location confers on it the unsavory status of being a ‘drug gateway’ to India and the world.  Heroin produced in Afghanistan passes through Pakistan and is smuggled into Punjab through its 553 Km porous border. From Punjab the heroin is sent in other parts of India. It is also sold in International market.  A kilo of Heroin fetches Rs 1 Lakh in Afghanistan, Rs 30 Lakhs in Pakistan and Punjab, Rs 1 Crore when it lands in other parts of India and Rs 5 Crore in international markets.

This extremely lucrative drug business finances terror and criminal activities worldwide. There are powerful international and local syndicates behind it.  Politician-drug lords nexus is an inevitable outcome of this. In Punjab, political power is used to beat the competition in drug trade. Once the Politician-Drug mafia infiltrates the administration, it is very difficult take effective counter measures to destroy the drug chains.

The state government, facing criticism, has been taking some actions.

Set up in October 2015, the SSIT (special-cum-supervisory investigating team) was given until December 31 to enquire into 8 FIRs registered in 2013 against a set of more than 25 people who included a Punjab Police DSP and the alleged kingpin of the racket Jagdish Singh alias Bhola of Bathinda; a notable Amritsar leader of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal Maninder Singh alias Bittu Aulakh; an Amritsar-based industrialist Paramjeet Singh Chahal, a clutch of NRIs and others.

Fifteen people are behind bars and cases are going on against them and others released on bail in district courts at Patiala, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib.

These were the Punjab police’s most high-profile arrests in the State’s crackdown on drugs which otherwise netted thousands of small-time addicts and peddlers as The Indian Express investigation of over 6500 FIRs in one year has shown.” Source

To be sure, many conditions mentioned above are present in other border states like Gujarat. But Gujarat doesn’t have the issue of drug abuse like Punjab has. For long, Dawood Ibrahim syndicate used Gujarat coast for supplying drugs to half the world.  A good coordination between Police and Intelligence arms has ensured that the drug trade is heavily curtailed. Source

Clearly, the Akali-BJP government must do much better in rooting out the drug issue.

The Genesis

Drug syndicates exploit conditions on ground to build their trade and networks. In Punjab, they found such conditions.

As Punjab enjoyed fruits of green revolution of 1970’s it became the most prosperous state in India. The prosperity, increased per capita incomes, and better standards of living meant that the hard working Punjabis were reveling in good times amply reflected and continue to reflect in Hindi movies.

 

The Punjabi Pride, legitimate as it was, soon swelled into ego fed by Pakistan’s terror strategists. While we Indians remain busy with ourselves, enemies keep a hawk’s eye on our emerging fault lines. In Bhindranwale, they found a man who believed in an independent Khalistan and was willing to do anything for it. Invoking Sikhism, he found support of some people who believed that they will be better off in independent Khalistan than they were in India. He was amply supported from Pakistan and other Khalistani elements who operated from western countries. Bhindranwale also came handy for Indira Gandhi, the then PM, to break Akali’s hold in Punjab who had come in power in 1977’s Assembly elections in alliance with the Janata Party.  Her unrestrained ambition and desire for absolute power led to horrific consequences for herself and untold miseries in Punjab. (Read )

Though Khalistani terrorists initially didn’t encourage the drug trade, easy money and ISI pressure made them change their methods for obtaining arms and ammunition. They had now abandoned their Panth.

Punjab’s economy nosedived. From a land of abundance, it became a one riven by violence and unemployment. The pride remained but its rationale had all gone. Punjabi youth were now ready for drugs. Druglords exploited this.  Politicians, businessmen, and bureaucrats completed the drug apparatus.

The Khalistani terror was rooted out through a sustained police action headed by K P S Gill, but the problem of drugs is yet to be solved.

Lessons from Punjab

It is possible for a determined state government to bust drug syndicates and destroy mafia operations. Gujarat has shown that this can be done. Can Akali-BJP coalition inspire confidence in Punjab’s voters that they can do this? This will be an important election issue. If they can’t, Punjab will face a very difficult future because we know that Congress can’t, nor can AAP. Congress is too compromised right from top to bottom to be relied on for a massive cleanup, and AAP is not only inexperienced, but it also seems to have priorities other than governance, as seen in Delhi. It will also mean virtually handing over Punjab to druglords and their masters across the border. Punjab, like Jammu & Kashmir, will be a permanent security challenge -something that PM Modi’s Government will surely like to avoid.

Punjab tells us how important it is to overhaul intelligence, surveillance, policing, investigation, and enforcement arms of every state government.

It is necessary to secure our western border to stop smuggling of drugs as being planned by the central government.

A prosperous Punjab which falls into terror and a quagmire of drugs shows us that terror does not happen because of poverty or a sense of doing relatively poorly. It isn’t caused by lack of education as we see that many terrorists come from well educated backgrounds and from well paying jobs. It is a myth that any perceived historical wrong or poverty causes terror. Terror is caused by ideas of superiority, exclusivity, and arrogance that find legitimacy in religious doctrines.

Punjab’s drug issue highlights the role of responsible parents.

Punjab is a warning for rest of us that economic prosperity is not all. It must be attained, but without Bharatiya civilization’s cultural moorings which hold us together, prosperity won’t last. India has a resilient civilization. We should build on it.

#IshratCoverup

Having made Modi as number one enemy -to be neutralized politically or physically -Congress launched a conspiracy to cover up Ishrat Jahan’s membership of LeT and her and co-terrorists plan to kill Modi, the then CM of Gujarat. As revelations by the then Home Ministry (at Center) officials and Chidambaram’s own admission that ‘he stands by the (doctored) affidavit’ has made it necessary to investigate this whole affair of undermining nation’s security and aiding terrorists needs to be investigated and those guilty must be brought to book however mighty they may be.

It is clear that the mighty are involved in helping terrorists.  It is a covert war being waged against India.

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