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Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:13 pm
by ghulam muhammed
At Mega Gujarat Rally, Dalits Send Out Stern Message to BJP; Vow Not to Lift Carcasses; Want Firearms

“We have had enough. We will break their hands and legs if the upper caste exploiters torture us any more,” Dalit leaders asserted at the mega rally in Ahmedabad that was also attended by Muslims

AHMEDABAD — Gujarat Dalit leaders on Sunday asked the government to give them firearms in view of atrocities by Hindu activists as thousands of Dalits pledged not to lift carcasses from the streets. The mass pledge was taken at a rally called by as many as 30 Dalit groups from across Gujarat and backed by the quasi religious body, Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind. Three Muslim leaders from Ahmedabad attended the rally and sat on the podium. Many Muslim activists could be seen in the rally.

After a brutal assault on Dalits in Una shocked the nation, the Dalit community held a major show of strength here urging an end to social discrimination, oppression and political apathy. Thousands of Dalits mainly from north Gujarat and Saurashtra participated in the ‘Dalit Mahasammelan’ organized by Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti (UDALS) at Acher Depot in Sabarmati.

This is the first time in Gujarat that as many as 30 Dalit groups from across the state have come together to raise a plethora of issues facing the community for decades.

They have rallied under the banner of ‘Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti’ (Una Dalit Fight against Atrocities Committee), with Mevani as the convener.

Mevani is a young lawyer who has been single-handedly fighting several court battles for the Dalits.

Although the Acher ST Depot ground here can accommodate only about 5,000 people, the venue was swelling by noon, with thousands taking up every inch of space available in the vicinity.

Organizers said the show of strength was meant to protest against what they said were growing atrocities against the community in Gujarat. ... -firearms/

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:20 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Will Modi Government act against his chamcha Mukesh Ambani's Reliance group or will the matter be buried like Adani's various financial loot ??

CAG red-flags $1.6 bn excess cost recovery by RIL

Government auditor CAG has red- flagged USD 1.6 billion of excess cost recovered by Reliance Industries in the KG-D6 gas block and took note of state-owned ONGCs gas flowing into the eastern offshore fields of the Mukesh Ambani-led firm. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), in a report tabled in Parliament, said 831.88 sq km of KG-D6 area needs to be taken away from RIL as per the contract and cost of discoveries it had relinquished should not be allowed to be recovered from sale of oil and gas from the block. Also, cost recovery for doing discovery conformity test should be looked into, it said. ... 30306.html

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:54 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Kashmir and Una Define a New Practice of Politics

Protests in Kashmir and Gujarat bring us a new turn in status quo politics – but the costs on the road to change have been far, far too high.

July 2016 has been a month of turmoil all over India. As we move into the month of azaadi, some thoughts on where we are today.

The hunting down of Burhan Wani and the unforgiveable killing and maiming of unarmed protestors in Kashmir that followed has been the tipping point in Kashmir’s tolerance and utter patience with a persistently violent Indian state. As I read report after painful report of the profound trauma unleashed on the Kashmiri people, I was reminded of the moving testimonies and stories of lives told by Iffat Fatima in her film Khoon Diy Baarav – too much bloodshed, too much pain and injustice beyond repair or even comprehension. What else does one say but that the government has committed a grave wrong against an entire people – and we wait and watch, and say in words and through silence, what simply makes so little meaning any more. The utter pointlessness of writing an article on Kashmir – and yet, we must write and respond in the best or the only way that we can and put our strengths behind the people and their indomitable courage.

I am reminded of an inane question a viewer asked Iffat when we screened her film in the Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, last December, “It is very good that you have travelled so far out to talk to so many people. But what is missing in your film is the voice of army personnel. Did you attempt to talk to any of them? You show the outposts from a distance.” She simply answered “no”. But I was angry that it was even possible to ask that question after seeing the film. It is this assumption of “neutrality” that has been the undoing of public discourse in the rest of the country on Kashmir. In a film about disappearances, arbitrary arrests, checkpoints and routine, habitual, everyday assault on ordinary Kashmiri men, women and children on the street by security personnel, the “voice” of the army is these actions. The signposts – the visual, the physical – of impunity are the voice and the speech of the army and indeed the Indian government in Kashmir. It is only when we shut this voice out that we begin to hear the voice of the people – those who spoke to Iffat, entire villages in mourning that cascaded to Wani’s funeral, those who brave lethal weapons of “crowd control”, suffer grievous hurt and yet pour onto the streets in protest asserting the right to mourn collectively and publicly – as also the very few outside who attempt to speak the language of solidarity (a language for the most part bereft of words by now).

In startling irony, I came across a farcical post on Facebook a week ago that talked of the BJP and its cow protection armies triggering a parliamentary debate on the banning of pellets because cows that strayed within firing range were blinded. The demand was also that callous Kashmiri owners of cows be prosecuted for wilfully sending their cows out to face the fire. What is this country we live in, where even such an absurdity is well within the realms of the possible in our own imagination and in what we see around us? And where humour is no humour at all but cause for deep, deep sadness?

A growing uprising

Speaking of cows and tipping points, the gruesome violence in Una has finally given birth to a resistance beyond measure. We have had the illustrious Bezwada Wilson in the news in the past week for receiving the Magsaysay award for his lifetime’s work to abolish manual scavenging and degrading labour performed by Dalits. While Kashmiris brave bullets on the streets, Dalits in Gujarat have called the largest, and most striking labour strike in recent memory – no Dalit will lift dead carcasses any more. “Since the cows are your mothers, fulfil your moral obligation and take care of your dead as you should,” they have said. In other words, take the merit and the dirt, both. This is no small strike. It is the caste system turned upside down.

So the gau rakshaks and their sarkari rakshaks can take full responsibility and ensure safe passage to their deceased mother-cows, lending their shoulders and bidding them a ceremonial-ritual farewell in their journeys to the afterworld.

And Dalits will finally hold their heads up in pride and march towards lives with dignity. But Dalits shall also now take pride in the fact that contrary to the pre-ordained order of learning in a caste society, it is they who have educated the upper castes (yet again, but this time in an unforgettable way) on the road to fulfil their moral-filial obligations and earn merit in this life and the hereafter. This should soon extend from carcasses of animals to the human dead (it has already spread to human waste) – cremation grounds, burial grounds, all places that depend on Dalits to handle “impurity” so that the upper castes can enjoy undiluted merit bolstered with unsullied purity. The scales have tilted and the upper castes shall bear the polluting burdens of their purity. If this is accomplished, we are a huge step closer to the annihilation of caste.

BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe’s interview in Times of India is telling: “Gau raksha is a popular theme and is a guiding principle of our constitution”. In another article in The Indian Express, union minister for social justice and empowerment T.C. Gehlot is quoted as saying that gau rakshak squads are social organisations, but the trouble in Una was that they rushed off on the basis of a rumour instead of stopping to “find out its veracity and then go”. So is it okay for squads to go after ascertaining the truth? And they take recourse to Article 48 of the constitution that enjoins the state to organise agriculture and “prohibit the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught animals”.

But that is not all that Sahasrabuddhe says. He also hastens to assert that “Una is an isolated incident. There is no reason to draw sweeping conclusions and portray a frightening scenario…”

We must note that this comes after the declaration of a strike by Dalits. So what is frightening? Not the gruesome murder and flogging of Dalits and Muslims. That is routine and everyday – it evokes neither comment nor fleeting attention. What is frightening, especially to the ruling party and its fringe armies on the prowl, I suggest, is the consequences of the strike. Dalit mobilisation post Una is not an isolated incident. Nor will it just disappear. It is here to stay and indeed bears frightening consequences to the arrogance and impunity of caste domination. Article 17 of the constitution – the abolition of untouchability – is a fundamental right, our guiding principle and overrides completely the “guidelines” of Article 48: “Untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden”.

Between Kashmir and Una, we have before us a new turn in the practice of politics. The deep regret is of course that it has cost us too much, we have lost way too much on the road to azaadi already.

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:10 pm
by ghulam muhammed

How a Spurious Airtel Customer Care Number Leads to BJP Membership

Websites that call themselves everything from ‘’ to ‘’ flash ‘1800-103-4444’ as a toll-free number that can be used to get “general information on your Airtel post-paid or prepaid account”. If you do end up calling that number though, it kicks-off a process that ends in you becoming a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Last year, the BJP announced that it had over 85 million registered members – surpassing the membership base of the 80-year-old Communist Party of China. What surprised political observers at the time was the massive jump in the party’s membership: In November 2014, the BJP had only 35 million members.

Once this number is called, the call disconnects and almost immediately another SMS (shown above) is sent, this one telling us “Welcome to the BJP. Your membership number is 1111818459. Send details in order to complete the process…”

The fake Airtel customer care number appears to be linked to the BJP membership base. When we tried calling the original toll-free number again – ‘1800-103-4444’ – the call was disconnected after a few rings and we received yet another SMS in Tamil that informed us our “BJP membership number was 1111818459” and that we “should kindly” make sure that it was correct. Or in other words, the fake Airtel customer care, toll-free number recognises whether or not you have already signed up for BJP mobile membership registration.

The toll-free number that is falsely advertised as an Airtel customer care number is not present on any of the company’s official websites.

Last year the BJP’s strategy for increasing membership was three-fold: the party set up a website where people could fill in personal details and enrol for a cost of Rs 5. People could also enter their phone numbers on the BJP’s membership page (which curiously no longer works) and would be enrolled as members. And lastly, the party set up a toll-free number, where potential supporters could give a missed call to register as a member; this missed-call campaign would then ask for personal details and try to engage in local verification so as to complete the membership process.

This went a long way in boosting the party’s base to over 85 million members. At the time, however, a number of political analysts noted that these numbers needed to be taken with a grain of salt.

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Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:17 pm
by ghulam muhammed

First :-

Narendra Modi Sena Gau Raksha Samiti Bilaspur

Now :-

Stung by Dalit Backlash, Narendra Modi Eats His Own Words on Cow Slaughter

After warning of a ‘pink revolution’ in his election speeches, the prime minister now tells vigilantes the danger to cows come not from slaughter but from plastic.

Nearly 11 months after a mob lynched Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of having killed a cow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally broken his silence on the violence that ‘gau rakshaks’ – ‘cow protectors’ – have unleashed in different parts of the country.

“I feel really angry at the way some people have opened shops in the name of cow protection. I have seen that some people commit anti-social activities through the night, but act as cow protectors by day”, the prime minister told an audience at a ‘town hall’ style interaction with an invited audience in Delhi on Saturday.

While Modi was careful not to refer to any one incident in particular, the trigger for his remarks appears to be the recent shocker in Una, Gujarat, where a group of Dalit men were brutally flogged by upper caste vigilantes for skinning a dead cow.

True to form, Modi stopped short of saying that the vigilantes ought to be prosecuted and punished, instead urging state government to prepare “dossiers” on these “cow protectors” and keep them under control.

More cows died from consuming plastic than from slaughter, he said, adding that those who want to serve the animal should work towards stopping cows from eating plastic.

Now, Modi has delivered several fiery speeches since 2014 on how slaughter for meat is a major threat to cows in India. He attacked the Congress during the Lok Sabha election campaign for introducing a ‘pink revolution’ in India based on cow slaughter. He raised the beef issue again during the October 2015 election campaign in Bihar, and the BJP took out newspaper advertisements in that state on the eve of polling to urge voters to back the party if they wanted to save cows from slaughter.

I don’t recall any speech Modi made at a rally on the threat plastic poses to cows. Speaking about his own work in the service of cow, the prime minister claimed that at a camp he had organised for bovines, “at least two buckets full of plastic were removed from the stomach of one of them.”

Modi did not say when and where he had organised this camp but his description of the amount of plastic removed from a cow sounds suspiciously similar to the surgery shown in the Plastic Cow documentary film.

Go online and read his speeches. You will find him speaking darkly about a ‘pink revolution’ and not a plastic one. The reason is obvious. When you talk about cow slaughter, you are polarising the electorate on religious lines. Talking about the dangers of plastic is not so useful when the idea is to divide and rule.

Apart from Akhlaq, several Muslims have been murdered or attacked by cow vigilantes, including a man and boy in Jharkhand, and a Kashmiri truck driver near Udhampur. On none of these occasions did Modi make a public statement condemning the violence.

However, ever since the vigilantism of the ‘gau rakshaks’ started affecting the Dalits – who are an important voting group that the BJP hopes to tap in the upcoming elections – Modi and his advisors have moved to limit the political fallout from their campaigning over the beef issue. The sacking of Anandiben Patel as chief minister of Gujarat was the first indication of damage control; though her exit was the product of internal wrangling within the BJP, the timing was such that Dalits could be told the the CM was being punished for the Una incident.

Modi’s angry comments are a desperate attempt to placate Dalits and send a message to the vigilante groups – whose ‘anti-social’ foot-soldiers are drawn from the same political eco-system that the sangh parivar inhabits – that they should be more careful about their actions lest they end up hurting the BJP politically.

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Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:27 pm
by ghulam muhammed
The Violence of Silence: Why Modi Treats the M-Word as Radioactive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come out angrily against “fake” cow protection vigilante groups for their violent tactics. He has distinguished between those who genuinely want to work towards cow protection and “anti-social elements” who do “illegal activities by night and become cow protectors during the day.”

The speech comes in the wake of rising Dalit anger all over the country after incidents of lynching of Dalits in Una, Gujarat, for skinning a cow. Conscious that the wrath of the community could prove expensive for the BJP in the 2017 elections in the state and elsewhere too, the party is in damage control mode. Modi’s speech has been seen as one effort towards mollifying Dalits.

But cow related violence is not new; in September 2015, Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched to death in Dadri and his son’s skull was broken on the mere suspicion that they had beef in their refrigerator. There has been a spate of cases, big and small in other places too. Why didn’t the prime minister – who takes to the radio for his Mann ki Baat programme every month and tweets about all kinds of things daily, including condoling violent incidents elsewhere – even refer to the brutal death of a fellow citizen, let alone condemn it?

To many, the answer is obvious. Akhlaq was a Muslim and Muslims are not BJP voters. Dalits, on the other hand, could be, more so since the Sangh parivar has been working hard to get them into the overarching fold of Hindutva. This suggests that Modi never does anything without considering its political and especially electoral implications. But that cannot be the full explanation; he is after all the prime minister of the country and should concern himself with the welfare of each and every citizen. Yet, why does he become coy about directly referring to Muslims or addressing them? “If you have to shoot, shoot me, but don’t shoot my Dalit brothers,” he said on Sunday while once again taking up the issue of cow-protection related violence. He could have easily said “Dalit and Muslim brothers”, but he didn’t. What is it about the M-word that is so troubling?

In December 2012, while campaigning for the Gujarat assembly elections, Modi used to claim that the Congress had a secret plan to foist Ahmed Patel on to the state as chief minister. He referred to the Congressman not as Ahmedbhai or Shri Patel but as Ahmed miyan. It was an echo of his constant refrain of miyan Musharraf in 2002, when he won the state elections in the aftermath of the horrific riots that year.

There is no ambiguity in the messaging in both cases: miyan refers to Muslims. It can be used respectfully in a polite conversation or with disdain, to over-emphasise a person’s religion; in both cases it was the latter, sending out not-so-coded signals that under the Congress, Gujarat could suffer the terrible fate of being administered by a Muslim.

Coded signals are something that Modi excels at. His infamous speech, also in 2002, where he said that relief centres for Muslims were baby-producing factories – ‘hum paanch, humare pachees’ (we are five but we have 25) – clearly implied that Muslims were proliferating. Later, when the National Commission for Minorities, which was investigating the inflammatory content if the speech, asked for an official copy, the state government said it couldn’t find it.

With this background, when Modi began his campaign for the prime minister’s job in 2013, many wondered if his messaging would be along the lines of what he had done at the state level. However, it soon became apparent that he was deliberately steering away from things contentious and communal. No Ram Janmabhoomi, no Uniform Civil Code and no snide anti-Muslim remarks. The transformation in his rhetoric was remarkable and it won over large swathes of urban voters who were mesmerised by his message of growth, development, jobs and bringing back black money from abroad. They were convinced he was a changed man and they voted him in.

It was a clever electioneering strategy – the party faithful would back him one way or the other, but that would not be enough. The highest the party had ever won was 25.5% of the votes in 1998 and while that helped Atal Bihari Vajpayee form a government, it was with a large number of coalition partners; that Narendra Modi did not want. He needed to bring in new voters who could be convinced that Gujarat was in the past. He made conciliatory noises about reaching out to every Indian—“they are my countrymen, they are my brothers.” But despite being asked, he refused to refer to them specifically.

Since then, he has refrained from any mention of Muslims, good or bad, except for one early – and controversial – reference to a puppy coming under a car. But that has not stopped elements from the BJP and the larger Sangh parivar from heaping the vilest abuse on the community, beginning with Niranjan Jyoti’s “Ramzaade aur haraamzaade” statement and the rising number of violent incidents. As long as only Muslims were being attacked by cow vigilantes, it did not matter to Modi or the BJP; but when this violence turned against Dalits, the party realised the damage it would do and has taken steps to control it.

For the party faithful, Muslims are a no-go area. As a campaigner in Gujarat, Modi’s remarks against the community went down very well. But, as prime minister he cannot openly say any of those things. As it is, in the capitals of the world, there is consternation at the rise in communal rhetoric and tension in India.

However, even if he is the prime minister, Narendra Modi can never take any step towards Muslims that looks conciliatory, assuming that he would even want to. That would be going too far and would anger the flock. The best way out, therefore, is to not mention them at all. In the ultimate analysis, it is the committed BJP voter and the Sangh who are more important – this core cannot ever be disturbed; the rest can somehow be mollified and impressed. With his latest statements aimed solely at condemning those attacking Dalits, Modi has demonstrated yet again that the Sangh’s vision of India does not include the Indian Muslim. Rhetoric, hatred and even violence against the community is therefore a non-issue – a subject that the prime minister need not spend any time on. ... dioactive/

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:40 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Reliance Jio: A New Test of Cronyism for the Modi Government

Reliance Jio clearly wants to disrupt the market. But the question is whether such disruption will happen in a fair manner where no special advantage accrues to any one player.

The Modi government has publicly claimed that the conduct of economic policy and regulation under the NDA has been even handed and the days of cronyism are over. The first time this claim got tested was when liquor baron Vijay Mallya, a wilful loan defaulter who owed banks Rs.9000 crore, was allowed to leave the country in full knowledge of the CBI and other enforcement authorities. There is a list of much bigger loan defaulters among big businesses who collectively owe banks over Rs.7.5 lakh crore and the market is waiting to see how the government deals with them.

Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and others have openly accused the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) of showing a pronounced bias towards Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio which has entered the market on a trial basis and promises to provide a slew of packaged services, including voice and data, at very high speeds. Reliance Jio has already spent Rs.1.15 lakh crore on this prestige project and the market perceives it as the most ambitious ever to come out of the Reliance stable. In short, it is seen by the Mukesh Ambani Group as a project too big to fail. But the moot point is whether the regulator and policy makers have also started seeing it as too big to fail! That is where the real problem lies.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) representing the existing telecom players such as Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, “We are shocked that some papers seem to have been crafted and timed to serve the interest of new players, with complete disregard for massive investments made by the existing players… We hope TRAI would take a more balanced view on issues impacting the entire telecom industry and ensure a level playing field as some of its consultation papers are heavily loaded in favour of new players and point to a bias against existing operators.”

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Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:24 pm
by ghulam muhammed
It is a well known fact that Dalits never kill cows. Despite this, BJP whip T Raja had said that Dalits were killing cows in Una and showered filthy abuses on them. BJP did not take any action against T Raja. On the contrary, he was on the airport to receive Modi when he went to Telangana recently. This is one more glaring example of Modi’s hypocrisy and the truth behind his crocodile tears.

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:30 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Narendra Modi’s empty rhetoric

A BJP government whose leaders sing cows’ virtues spurs the vigilantes, who believe they can act with impunity

With startlingly meaningless sentimentality, Narendra Modi told cow vigilantes who have gone around parts of the country terrorising Dalits and Muslims, that they should shoot him first, not the Dalits. This is a dialogue befitting a Bollywood film of yore, but it is so trite that even B-grade scriptwriters would cringe before writing it for the modern-day equivalent of a Nirupa Roy. And yet, Modi said just that to express his outrage over the criminal thuggery that masquerades as cow protection.

The statement falls miles short of what is expected of a leader. There is a constituency of voters whose support Modi has earned by presenting himself as a development-oriented economic reformer. These voters have no interest in the politics of cows and ghar-wapsi, or reconversion of Christians and Muslims to Hinduism. Modi’s advisers may have thought that his words would satisfy them, but his meek, mawkish statement is unlikely to reassure them, disillusioned as they are by the government’s faith-based priorities.

First, there is the vacuous nature of Modi’s remarks. His rhetoric is empty—neither does he expect anyone to attack him, nor do the vigilantes wish him harm. Modi is one of the most heavily-guarded leaders in the world, and he is the vigilantes’ hero. They owe their existence to the politics of the cow; they are emboldened because of the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The message they will draw from Modi’s remarks is that they should not over-reach.

If Modi were serious about the attacks, he would have reacted promptly. But think of his timing: his statement comes nearly four weeks after the appalling incident in Una. For a prime minister who appears to spend a disproportionate amount of time on Twitter (where he follows an unusual cast of characters), and who never fails to wish foreign leaders on their birthdays, this delay is, to put it mildly and politely, inexplicable.

And yet, his delayed response is hardly surprising: he had taken more than two weeks before he expressed “sadness” over the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq, who was murdered because vigilantes suspected he had eaten beef. Similarly, it had taken Modi a week to react to Rohith Vemula’s death in January this year. Grief expression seems to be one area where his government is remarkably inefficient.

There is then the cynical political calculation. Modi’s response to the Una incident is not because of newfound love for Dalits, but because the BJP cannot afford to send the wrong signals to the electorate in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to polls next year, and where Dalits represent a major political force. Besides, there is trouble in Gujarat: the Una incident comes on top of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar agitation, and threatens to make Gujarat ungovernable—what a fall from the claims of being the model state barely two years ago.

Far more important is what Modi has chosen not to say: that India is a nation governed by the rule of law; that the right to life is fundamental; that the state will use the law to the fullest extent and hunt down all those who are humiliating and terrorizing Dalits and Muslims; that he will ensure the prosecution of those arrested; and that he will not tolerate discrimination. That’s what a leader should have said. ... toric.html

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:18 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Independence Day speech worst ever made by any Indian Prime Minister in recent memory

The word “Muslim” is anathema and most hated for Prime Minister ‪Narendra Modi‬. His ‪‎Independence Day speech‬, on the occasion of India’s 70th anniversary of freedom from British Colonial rule, from the ramparts of Red Fort is quite evident. The Prime Minister while addressing the nation named and embraced every section of the Indian society, except ‪Muslims‬. And, why should he embrace ‪Indian Muslims‬ anyway when the community has not been his votebank in the first place, and which he considers them to be his enemy since his chief ministership days in Gujarat. The entire world knows that 2002 Gujarat genocide of Muslims unfortunately took place under his watch and ward during his chief ministership. As such, Indian Muslims are not able to wish away the fearful thoughts of the pogrom, no matter how much conciliatory (fake one indeed) Prime Minister may sound, and the last hopes for even this gesture of tokenism have finally vanished today with his I-Day speech.

Another harakiri in ‪‎India’s foreign policy‬ during PM’s I-Day address was evident as well. It seems that Prime Minister Modi is clearly confused on the line to be taken on the country’s foreign policy. ‪Pakistan‬ remained the main focus of his speech. However, PM Modi didn’t dare to name ‪Kashmir’s‬ Chinese-occupied ‪”Aksai Chin”‬ fearing retaliatory measures from “Big Brother” ‪China‬, just like when it witnessed its wrath in blocking India’s entry in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). It seems that ‪‎India‬ doesn’t want to recapture Aksai Chin and has willingly gifted it to China.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support to Baluchistan is also going to fall flat and spell disaster for India’s foreign policy. It’s a historical fact that ‪Baluchistan Province‬ is found with the same name in three Muslim countries – Pakistan, ‪‎Afghanistan‬ and ‪‎Iran‬. PM Modi, in his enthusiasm and strategy to build pressure on Pakistan by supporting the dismemberment of Baluchistan, simply failed to assess its negative impact in the long term. Afghanistan and Iran will never tolerate trouble brewing in their respective Baluchistan Province. India is presently a staunch supporter of Afghanistan and is in the process of strengthening business ties with Iran, and it will surely not want to antagonize the two countries by exporting ‪the Baluchistan Freedom Movement from Pakistan to these nations‬. An impending disaster, therefore, is looming large on India’s foreign policy under the present Narendra Modi dispensation.

To say the least, the I-Day speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also lacked vision and showed his predicament and nervousness. The I-Day speech also proved to be nothing more than an election speech with the PM going all out to aggressively woo ‪Adivasis‬ by promising a museum dedicated to them in every state of the country, wherever possible. ‪‎Atrocities on Dalits‬ also found prominent mention with an eye on ‪forthcoming Uttar Pradesh elections in 2017‬. The PM also failed to mention or deliberate on his pet issues of ‪Corruption‬ and ‪Black Money‬. The Prime Minister in his zeal to show that he cared a lot about India’s poor also talked about providing support of Rs. One Lakh for their healthcare, but refused to provide the name of Insurance companies whom this largesse is aimed at by our corporate friendly PM.

In India, these days the government is trying to shirk its responsibility and shed its face of a welfare state. Everything is being corporatized and peoples’ lives are being insured through insurance companies, whether it’s behemoth Indian Railways, and now Healthcare. The nation, on the contrary, would have in fact wanted to know what steps were going to be taken by Prime Minister Modi towards improving crumbling healthcare infrastructure in the wake of growing corporatization of ‪healhcare sector‬ which is now beyond the reach of common masses. By analyzing the I-Day speech of Prime Minister, most right thinking Indians, including myself, can convincingly conclude that this was a highly disappointing and worst ever speech made by an Indian Prime Minister in recent memory.

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Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:49 pm
by ghulam muhammed
ghulam muhammed wrote:Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support to Baluchistan is also going to fall flat and spell disaster for India’s foreign policy. It’s a historical fact that ‪Baluchistan Province‬ is found with the same name in three Muslim countries – Pakistan, ‪‎Afghanistan‬ and ‪‎Iran‬. PM Modi, in his enthusiasm and strategy to build pressure on Pakistan by supporting the dismemberment of Baluchistan, simply failed to assess its negative impact in the long term. Afghanistan and Iran will never tolerate trouble brewing in their respective Baluchistan Province. India is presently a staunch supporter of Afghanistan and is in the process of strengthening business ties with Iran, and it will surely not want to antagonize the two countries by exporting ‪the Baluchistan Freedom Movement from Pakistan to these nations‬. An impending disaster, therefore, is looming large on India’s foreign policy under the present Narendra Modi dispensation.
Since Modi has no idea how to deal with the Kashmir uprising, he escalates the war of words with Pakistan! For him international diplomacy is no different from his brand of petty local politics he practiced in Gujarat.

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:31 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Modi, Adani and Black Money. Where’s the Investigation Going?

The biggest black money case that has come up so far is that of the Adani group, promoted by Gautam Adani, one of Modi’s closest associates, writes Josy Joseph in his book A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India. Here’s an excerpt.

Many of India’s successful businessmen have over the years obtained the status of ‘non-resident Indians’ to avoid paying income tax and answering uncomfortable questions about their income and investments at home and abroad. According to an estimate by the research agency New World Wealth in March 2016, India saw the fourth biggest outflow of high-net-worth individuals globally in 2015 with 4,000 millionaires changing their domicile.

‘It can be seen from this table that the two topmost sources of the cumulative inflows from April 2000 to March 2011 are Mauritius (41.8%) and Singapore (9.17%). Mauritius and Singapore with their small economies cannot be the sources of such huge investments and it is apparent that the investments are routed through these jurisdictions for avoidance of taxes and/or for concealing the identities from the revenue authorities of the ultimate investors, many of whom could actually be Indian residents, who have invested in their own companies, through a process known as round tripping’ – that was the government accepting the reality.

On 28 May 2014, on its first day in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP government announced its first significant decision: the constitution of a special investigation team (SIT) led by a retired Supreme Court judge to look into black money. In his high-decibel campaign against the ruling UPA government prior to the general election, Modi’s most frequent reference was to black money. He rode the gigantic wave of anti-corruption that had built up around the country. While the movement itself was mostly apolitical and civil-society-driven, Modi was its biggest political beneficiary as he unleashed the most expensive campaign India had ever seen: chartered aircraft, helicopters, holograms, media campaigns, unabashed social media and Internet strategies and the like. It was hardly surprising then that, on his first day in office, Modi announced the setting up of that SIT.

Ironically, the biggest black money case that has come up before the SIT so far is that of the Adani group, promoted by Gautam Adani, one of Modi’s closest associates. It is in his chartered aircraft that the soon-to-be prime minister zipped around India, accusing the incumbent government of not fighting corruption. The Adani group allegedly took out over Rs 5,000 crore to tax havens, using inflated bills for the import of power equipment from South Korea and China, the SIT on black money was told by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

According to a senior ED official associated with the SIT, if the Adani case reaches its logical conclusion, the group will have to pay a fine of around Rs 15,000 crore. ‘It is a watertight case,’ he said, about the trail of documents showing how the group diverted Rs 5,468 crore to Mauritius via Dubai. The Adani group vehemently denies any wrongdoing. Modi, after his rhetoric-filled ride to power, has been silent.

Since Modi’s ascension to office, what has happened in the ED, which had registered a preliminary case against Adani in Ahmedabad and was handed details of DRI findings, is illustrative. The officer heading the Ahmedabad branch of the directorate was raided by the CBI, which accused him of possessing disproportionate assets. It failed to prove anything at all, despite months of investigation. The two senior-most officers in the Mumbai regional office, who oversaw the investigations in Ahmedabad, were forced out of the agency. The tenure of Rajan S. Katoch, who was heading the directorate when the case was opened, also ended abruptly. Apart from the Adani case, the Ahmedabad ED investigators were also pursuing some of the biggest money launderers of Gujarat.

While I cannot prove bad faith in all those abrupt transfers, it must be said that there has been no credible evidence that the Modi government is working to bring back black money to India. Or indeed that it will pursue the biggest black money case yet to emerge here. ... -vultures/


Lalit Modi is a Small Symptom of the Continuing Malaise of Crony Capitalism

There are serious charges of over-invoicing of imports against the Adani Group, running into thousands of crores, which may lie dormant at the Enforcement Directorate for some years as Gautam Adani is seen as very close to the establishment.

Of course, the Prime Minister and other cabinet ministers can easily claim later that they have done no favour to the Adanis as the case will not have been dropped. But then the Adani Group will also not be proceeded against with much vigour either.

In this manner, many cases are kept in suspended animation. The Lalit Modi case is no different. However, one exception to this has been the manner in which a serious money laundering case against Baba Ramdev, who runs a Rs.1000-crore plus business empire, was dropped recently for “want of evidence”. Ramdev was ‘gifted’ an island in Scotland, nothing less, by some NRIs. The Enforcement Directorate had registered a case as prima facie it appeared to be a money laundering exercise. Again, as is its wont, after keeping the case going for some years the agency has closed the case.

It is surprising that the BJP, which rode to power by campaigning around the 2G scam, has not done anything to speed up the money laundering cases so apparent in many of the complaints filed by the CBI which are under trial. It seems most of these cases will die a natural death, as has been the experience in the past.

The Lalit Modi episode has also badly dented the Prime Minister’s claims that there is no crony capitalism-driven corruption at the top level of the NDA. This claim was so tenuous that it was only a manner of time before it got exposed.

The Indian banking system, for instance, is today saddled with about Rs. 5 lakh crore of what may be described as bad and vulnerable loans. A substantial portion of this is lying in the balance sheets of a dozen family-owned business houses in the country who are politically well-connected and have used their clout to set up businesses ranging from roads, power, telecom and construction largely on borrowed funds from public sector banks. These businesses are regarded as too big to fail and therefore get endless support from banks.

The real issue is whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the power or will to jettison this system. This is the real test of whether the government can remove cronyism. It is not about personal corruption, which is a very narrow way of looking at the phenomenon.

Unfortunately, this system has not been touched because the same family-owned industrialists who have run up massive ‘restructured’ debt – the euphemism used by bankers to describe the extended repayment period they enjoy – with public sector banks, continue to enjoy the respect of the state apparatus.

One telling example will illustrate this point.

At the Modi-Obama reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan, about two dozen industrialists had been invited and were seen standing in a queue to greet the US President. About 6 to 8 of those present collectively owe close to Rs. 3.5 lakh crore to banks, mostly PSU banks. The banking industry in India has about Rs.5 lakh crore as total capital and nearly 70% of it is exposed to just a half a dozen industrial houses. Technically, if these business houses were to go bust, 70% of India’s banking capital will get wiped out. In short, they are too big to fail. So they have no worries really, as the system sustains them.

This is the real cronyism that plagues India. No less an establishment figure than the RBI Governor has already drawn the attention of the government to it. Do Narendra Modi or Arun Jaitley have the will to alter this arrangement? Lalit Modi is just a small symptom of a much bigger malaise. ... apitalism/

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:08 pm
by ghulam muhammed
BJP worker killed while making bomb in Kerala; police recovers swords from house

The incident occurred on Saturday evening at around 7.30 pm. The house was partially damaged in the explosion. Police identified the killed bomb maker as Deekshith. He was a known BJP worker in the locality.

Following the explosion, Thalassery DySP Prince Abraham searched the house and recovered six swords and one knife kept inside the house. The house was then sealed by the police.

Police suspect that the explosion occurred while he was assembling the bomb. Deekshith was alone in the house when the mishap took place. He was seriously injured in the blast and died while being rushed to a hospital, police sources said. They added that the roof of the house where he was making the bomb was destroyed in the blast. ... 74Z6Pl97IV

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:25 pm
by ghulam muhammed

The CBI comes out very badly on the Sohrabuddin murder case. One by one every accused is out scot free, starting from Amit Shah (the right hand man of Modi). The conclusion is obvious, that freeing a politically very powerful man, ultimately results in a complete subversion of justice. Note that Sohrab's wife Kausar was raped and murdered. We have right to know who carried out this dastardly act.

CBI Mute as List of Those Let Off from Sohrabuddin-Kauser Bi Murder Case Grows to 12

The agency is looking increasingly like the ‘caged parrot’ the BJP once accused it of being for failing to prosecute politically influential persons.

In a decision that is likely to rekindle the controversy over the Modi government’s alleged misuse of investigative agencies, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mumbai on Thursday discharged Gujarat police officer Rajkumar Pandian in the Sohrabuddin-Kauser Bi murder case.

Pandian, who was arrested in 2007, was accused by the CBI of leading a team of policemen to Hyderabad to abduct Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi, both of whom were subsequently killed in custody in November 2005. According to PTI, he was released on the ground that ‘no prior sanction was taken to prosecute him’ in the case.

The judgment is significant as Pandian becomes the twelfth person to be released by the CBI court in the high-profile case. The case is considered highly sensitive because the chargesheet placed Amit Shah – currently president of the Bharatiya Janata Party but then Gujarat’s minister of state for home – at the centre of the conspiracy to murder the young homemaker Kauser Bi, her gangster husband Sohrabuddin and his associate, Tulsiram Prajapati.

Only a week back, on August 19, another accused IPS officer, Narendra K. Amin, was discharged for lack of evidence. The other indicted officers who were discharged in the case earlier are former Gujarat police chief P.C. Pande, additional director general of police Geeta Johri – both because the government had not given ‘sanction to prosecute’ – O.P. Mathur and Abhay Chudasama, as well as an Andhra Pradesh IPS officer N. Balasubramanyam. One of the chief accused in the case, D.G. Vanzara, was also released on bail in April this year.

Amit Shah was the first to be discharged from the case, in December 2014. The special court ruled that there was insufficient evidence against him and the CBI – which had investigated the case and filed charges under the supervision of the Supreme Court – chose not to appeal that decision.

Among the others who have since been discharged are Rajasthan home minister Gulabchand Kataria, the Rajasthan-based businessman Vimal Patni, and senior officers in the Ahmedabad district co-operative bank Yashpal Chudasama and Ajay Patel.

In the past two years, the Modi government has been criticised by both the opposition and civil society alike for trying to influence cases in which BJP leaders or Hindutva activists have been implicated by the state investigative agencies like the CBI and National Investigative Agency (NIA).

Similarly, the CBI has come in for criticism for choosing not to appeal to the higher courts against the discharge of Amit Shah and others in the Sohrabuddin case. Taking note of the CBI’s reluctance, the Delhi-based lawyer Sarim Naved wrote in July 2015:

“The Central Bureau of Investigation has still not approached the High Court against discharge orders in favour of BJP president Amit Shah, Gulabchand Kataria and several Gujarat police officers in the Kauser-bi, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati murder case. Reports indicate that the CBI does not intend to challenge these orders. It is unheard of that the CBI lets such an order in a murder case go unchallenged. The CBI has filed, in the Sohrabuddin case, statements made before a magistrate by witnesses that implicate Shah and others. The trial court chose to disbelieve sworn statements at the stage of charge. The CBI, or for that matter, any police force in India, routinely challenges orders like this on no other ground than the argument that the veracity of a statement can only be tested at trial.”

The discharge of so many accused in a multiple murder case being prosecuted by the CBI before the trial has even commenced is considered by lawyers to be quite unprecedented. The denouement of the Sohrabuddin case has cast a cloud over the credibility of the CBI – which the BJP ridiculed during the UPA government’s tenure as a “caged parrot” for its failure to seriously investigate and prosecute politically influential people.

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:21 pm
by ghulam muhammed
'Is this even legal?': Why is Narendra Modi in a Reliance Jio ad, ask Twitter users

On the face of it, the ad would seem to violate The Emblems And Names (Prevention Of Improper Use) Act, 1950, social media users say

On Friday, readers of the national dailies The Times of India and the Hindustan Times woke up to a full-page jacket advertisement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dressed in a blue jacket, staring at them from under the words “Jio: Digital Life”.

The advertisement for Reliance Jio, the second coming of Reliance Industries in telecom, carried the words “Dedicated to India and 1.2 billion Indians” in bold type, followed by a short message

A long time coming, Jio was expected to launch a media blitzkrieg. But an ad with the prime minister’s image? Social media was not amused. In fact, it wondered if the usage of the image was even legal.

Arvind Kejriwal ✔
Any more proof reqd to prove that - मोदी जी अम्बानी की जेब में।

Brown Sahiba
Why is the prime minister - and his steely gaze - endorsing a private company? Truly, sab mile hue hai ji.

According to The Emblems And Names (Prevention Of Improper Use) Act, 1950, "...No person shall, except in such cases and under such conditions as may be prescribed by the Central Government use... for the purpose of any trade, business, calling or profession... any name or emblem specified in the Schedule or, any colourable imitation thereof without the previous permission of the Central Government or of such officer of Government as may be authorised in this behalf by the Central Government."

It should be noted that the advertisement came on a day when central trade unions have called for a nationwide strike to protest against "anti-labour policies" of the Modi government.

Manvendra Singh Rana
The day 18 Crore strong workforce goes on nationwide strike, Modi launches Reliance Jio in today's news papers!!! Priorities are clear :)

Twitterverse used the opportunity to respond with jokes.

Kapil Mishra ✔
We have a part time PM

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ @karishmau
Just in case anyone needed another reason to be suspicious of Ambani & the too-good-to-be-kosher #Jio, there is this

ਸਰਬਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ
Imagine Robert Vadra selling plots or flats by featuring Manmohan Singh's photo in his ads.

Meanwhile, the front page looks even more incongruous because on Friday night, Modi – who rarely gives one-on-one meetings – is set to appear in an interview given to Network18, a media company that happens to be owned primarily by Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Limited. ... tter-users

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:17 pm
by ghulam muhammed
No Muslim judge in Supreme Court, first time in 11 years

Since the retirement of two Muslim judges this year, the Supreme Court has been functioning without a judge from the community. This is the first time in 11 years, and only the second instance in nearly three decades, that the SC has been without a Muslim judge. ... t-3015555/

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:05 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Gujarat’s Dalits to invite Amitabh Bachchan, PM Modi for Badbu Gujarat Ki campaign

Dalits protesting against the Una flogging incident have decided to launch a postcard campaign called ‘Badbu Gujarat Ki’ (stink of Gujarat), in response to the tourism department’s ‘Khushbu Gujarat Ki’ (scent of Gujarat) initiative spearheaded by Amitabh Bachchan.

The Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti will launch the campaign from Kalol near Ahmedabad on Tuesday, when thousands of postcards bearing the tagline ‘Badbu Gujarat Ki’ will be mailed to Bachchan’s residential address in Mumbai, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi inviting them to the state.

The postcards will invite them to “visit Gujarat and get a taste of stink left by cow carcases which have not been disposed by protesting Dalits ever since they pledged against it following the Una atrocity incident,” Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti convener Jignesh Mevani said today.

Mevani alleged that Bachchan created a fake image of Gujarat to propagate Modi’s agenda.

“Amitabh Bachchan came to Gujarat upon invitation from then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and talked only about Gujarat having good things like greenery, scent, progressive culture,” he said.

“We have given up disposing carcasses. Hundreds of cows are lying dead and stinking all over the place. Dalits continue to die in gutter, caste division and untouchability have made them suffer,” he rued.

“Now that we have given up disposing dead cows, we will invite Bachchan and Modi to come to Gujarat, spend some time and enjoy ‘badbu Gujarat ki’,” Mevani said.

Following the Una case in which Dalits from Mota Samadhiyala village were brutally beaten up by self-styled cow vigilantes, the community members from the state pledged en masse to give up their traditional profession of disposing cow carcasses as a way of protest.

“This is about the conscience of Dalits to quit caste-based occupation that caste system imposes upon them. In response, thousands of Dalits have pledged not to pick up cow carcass, and in hundreds of villages it has been given up.

This has also broken the myth that Dalits are solely dependent on this profession,” Mevani claimed.

The Dalits were even attacked by upper caste members in many villages for not disposing cow carcasses, he alleged. ... ign/61794/

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:14 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Home Ministry rejects RTI request on Nita Ambani’s Y security cover expense

Ministry of Home Affairs has rejected the RTI request seeking information on the expense incurred on the Y security cover provided to Nita Ambani, the wife of the Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani.

An Ahmedabad-based RTI activist had contacted the MHA asking several questions relating to the central government’s decision to provide Y category security cover to Nita Ambani.

In his request, the activist, who requested anonymity, had asked, “Please Provide the specific reason to grant Nita Ambani Y category security cover. Please provide the name of the Authority/Person who grants Nita Ambani Y category security cover. Please provide the photo copy of letter received from Nita Ambani to request security cover. Please provide the total monthly expense incurred to provide Y category security cover to Nita Ambani.

“Please provide the total monthly expense received from Nita Ambani to Home Ministry for Y category security cover. Please provide the list of Name/Person/Celebrity who received the Y category security cover from Home Ministry.”

Central government in July provided ‘Y’ category security cover of armed CRPF commandos to Nita Ambani, the wife of billionaire business tycoon, Mukesh Ambani.

This came after Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani was accorded a ‘Z’ category security few years ago.

A report by PTI said that Nita Ambani had recently been provided a full ‘Y’ cover of about ten armed men who would be travelling with her every time she is mobile. ... nse/61809/

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:16 pm
by ghulam muhammed

Stop press! Modi govt now targets NRI Sikh media for criticising PM

Journalists complain of constant pressure exerted by the Indian government through the consulate staff either through the owners of the media houses, or directly, for being critical of the Indian government on their shows or in their write-ups, not only in the media outlets but even on their social media walls as well.

They say that while such instances of harassment were there even during the Congress regime when the officials complained or sent feelers about criticism of Indian establishment, things have become worse during Narendra Modi's regime.

Journalists are now being targeted for how they report on Modi as a personality instead of the government as a whole.

The latest in the series is the sacking of radio journalist Shiv Inder Singh based in Punjab from a radio network in Vancouver. He has decided to raise the issue of freedom of journalists employed with what has come to be known as the NRI media.

In a letter addressed to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), he has pointed how his services were recently suspended arbitrarily due to political interference which amounts to trampling the freedom of expression.

"For the past several months, I have been having a tough time with one of their talk show hosts over political disagreements, particularly because of the policies of the current Indian government under Narendra Modi. It is pertinent to mention that religious intolerance has grown under Modi whose party, the Hindu nationalist BJP has a poor record of human rights. The responsible Indian journalists too have been taking notice of these ugly developments and speaking about it openly. Since the Indians living in Canada are also worried about the situation, it becomes important to make them aware of these ground realities," the letter states.

"What triggered the process of my ouster was my airing of views on Kargil operations recently which the show host did not like. I was also told to refer to Modi as Modiji. I replied saying that when we refer to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Trudeau and American President Barack Obama as Obama, what is the need to add 'ji' to Modi's name."

Through his letter, Shiv Inder has sought to ask if he has violated any of the CRTC norms or how can it be assumed the basis of complaints of few individuals that he has offended the entire Indo-Canadian community.

"I believe that the action has been taken against me under political pressure from both the Indian agents and the pro-Modi lobby that continues to become stronger in Vancouver," he said.

Prior to this, it was another senior journalist Gurpreet Singh who quit a radio network in Surrey, Vancouver. in 2014 after being pressurised to support Modi and stop criticising him during his North America visit in 2014.

He was targeted for giving space to a person on his show who intended to organise protests during Modi's visit.

Tejinder Kaur is another Canada-based journalist who was penalised for airing her views on the 2002 Gujarat 'genocide' as she puts it.

She was targeted for raising the human rights issues and for being a part of the protestors opposing Modi's visit to North America.

"I was even told off about my use of social media. I was told what to write, what not to write on my wall. I was told not to criticise Modi. I told them that this is my private space and I can use if for airing my independent views. Then came the suggestions on my taking an off for some time. I told them clearly that either I have my show or I am off. I walked out eventually,"

Former president of Punjabi Press Club in British Columbia Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal has faced the hostility from the Indian government both under the UPA regime and the present one.

He was again denied a visa in 2014 after the BJP came to power when he was scheduled to deliver a lecture on the centenary of the Komagata Maru incident.

"In 2015 I was again refused a visa without a reason when I wanted to go shopping for a family wedding. There is no proper system in place. I can just assume that maybe I was targeted for my objective reporting on issues," ... l/fullview

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:32 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

By Dr. Lawrence Britt

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

From Liberty Forum ... Number=642

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:25 pm
by ghulam muhammed
A Kashmiri activist arrested, a Dalit leader detained, a Muslim killed by Gau Rakshaks: Happy Birthday, PM

The lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh was a gruesome incident. But that was last year. Now, Dadri has become just a reference point: every state is clamouring it seems, to have its own Dadri Moment, and since Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob for “consuming beef”, similar incidents have been reported in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and of course Gujarat. Remember Una?

Gujarat is still coming to terms with the Una incident, which shook the state to the core and saw Dalits of the region rise up in hitherto unseen defiance to government orders. What did not come as a surprise was the repression that the Dalits faced in the lead up to the rally and how attacks on Dalits had continued well after the Una rally was over. And given that Muslims had come out in support of the Dalits in the state in large numbers, attacks on Muslims too were expected. It did not take long.

Mohammad Ayub and Sameer Sheikh, who were in a Toyota Innova, were driving towards Ahmedabad with two calves on September 13 when they were accosted by cow vigilantes in three cars, chased, and their car rammed near Karnavati club in Ahmedabad. Pulled out of their car, the two were beaten with sticks and rods. Sheikh sustained head injuries but Ayub who bore the brunt of the thrashing succumbed to the beating, dying later in hospital on Friday evening.

The Ahmedabad police promptly filed a complaint in this regard: against the brothers, of course, under the Cow Protection Act.

After the friends and the family of the brothers protested, the police reluctantly filed complaints against the Gau Rakshaks also. But this is Gujarat. Allow me to explain.

Initially, the FIR listed the names of the attackers and their vehicle numbers. But in the second FIR the attackers were termed as 'unknown'. The vehicle numbers: GJ27 C9077 and GJ01 CZ 1180 and the names of the cow vigilantes in the first FIR : Janak Ramesh Mistry, Ajay Sagar Rabari and Bharat Nagj Rabari have been ‘removed’.

As on Saturday afternoon, the family of Ayub refused to take the body of the deceased until the attackers were arrested. But his body was nevertheless brought by the police to the victim's house against their wish, even as Ayub’s brothers and relatives, along with members of Jan Sangharsh Manch have been detained. Remember, the culprits here are Gau Rakshaks, a breed promoted almost exclusively by the BJP and its sister organisations. The action, if any, can and will have to wait.

READ MORE :- ... -BkRfl97IU

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:16 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Isn't there anything anybody can do to stop this from happening? Sounds like we can already see what kind of people, belonging to which religion will be detained!! Such a "convenient" law for terrorising helpless people! Isn't it too dangerous a bill to be allowed to stay, particularly in Gujarat?

Gujarat govt working on tough internal security law

Arrest On Suspicion, No Bail Under GPISA

The harsh Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill-2015 is yet to be approved by the President but the state government is already planning another draconian law. It is working on the draft of `Gujarat Protection of Internal Security Act (GPISA)' which is likely to be tabled in the state assembly in next budget session.

If GPISA becomes law, people can be arrested merely because police suspect them to be a threat to internal security. An official of the state home department claimed “the bill will deal with internal security challenges posed by terrorism, insurgency , communalism and even caste violence.“

According to GPISA, internal security is a threat within the state's borders, either caused or provoked, prompted, or by proxies of a hostile foreign power. This is the threat that “causes insurgency , terrorism...animosity between communities and violence.“

Perhaps the most worrisome provision of the proposed law is “protection of action taken in good faith''. Under this provision, no complaint, prosecution or other legal proceedings can be initiated against any person, for anything that was done in `good faith'. Similarly, no legal proceedings shall be initiated against the state government for damages caused by anything in “good faith“.

Both public and private institutions can be put under electronic surveillance and covered by CCTV under the proposed law. Punishment, if proven guilty of helping or possessing substances intended to harm internal security, can be imprisonment up to life term, fine or both. The draft law proposes that the offences punishable under this act shall be cognizable, non-bailable, noncompoundable and can be tried by a sessions court. An internal security committee will oversee internal security and it will have the CM, state home minister or minister of state for (home) as chairman. GCTOC has similar provisions allowing police to tap private phones, making confessions before police admissible as evidence, extending time given for filing of chargesheet from 90 to 180 days. ... 2016001054#>

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:56 pm
by ghulam muhammed
The new name for kickbacks: JV ?

Earlier third world politicians used to get kickbacks. Now they force the Arms seller to float a JV with a preferred local businessman.

Anil Ambani, who has been unable to run a telephone utility, and has no expertise in making planes, will now make key components of India's defence. It's citizens should pray that once the planes take off, they don't have a call drop like the phones on his network.

Anil Ambani to get Get Big Slice of Rafale Deal Via Dassault JV

With a new JV with Dassault, Anil Ambani is set to get a big slice of Rafale deal and will target business worth 20,000 cr as part of offsets for the contract. ... 653647.cms

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:01 pm
by ghulam muhammed
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Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:02 pm
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Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:30 pm
by ghulam muhammed
As Modi Dumps Palestine at UN, His Praise for Israeli Army Does Indian Military No Credit

In his zeal to harvest political capital from the Indian army’s recent action targeting terrorists along the Line of Control, Modi has conveniently forgotten that the Israeli army’s ‘valour’ has been against people fighting foreign occupation.

Israel is not India and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is not Occupied Palestine or Lebanon – where the Israeli army regularly violates the United Nations charter and the laws of war to attack people fighting to end the foreign occupation of their homeland.

All of these distinctions seem to have been lost on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his zeal to harvest political capital from the Indian army’s recent action targeting terrorists along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

Speaking at a public function in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, Modi appeared to compare the Indian army’s targeted action along the LoC to the Israeli policy of targeted assassinations and full-fledged aggression against the people of Palestine and Lebanon.

“Our army’s valour is being discussed across the country these days. We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this. The nation has seen that the Indian Army is no less than anybody,” PTI quoted him as saying.

It is one thing for lay persons and analysts to romanticise Israeli military actions, and another for the prime minister of India to do so. Modi needs to remember that Israel is an occupying power in Palestine. Its status as an occupying power has been acknowledged by the United Nations. Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, along with the Syrian Golan Heights remain the last territories in the world formally considered to be under foreign occupation.

According to a unanimous resolution passed by India’s parliament, a major part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is under Pakistani occupation. Pakistan is to India what Israel is to the Palestinians – an occupying power. The fact is that whatever Israeli military action Modi finds praiseworthy has been undertaken in defence of an illegal occupation against weak and ill-equipped adversaries. Is it then not insulting to compare the Indian army’s strikes against the terrorist proxies of an occupying power (Pakistan) to Israeli operations against the Palestinians (and the Lebanese)? What makes the comparison even more odious is that the Israeli army has been frequently and credibly accused of committing war crimes. Does Modi not know any of this?

Modi’s remarks may be poorly conceived but they come from the reflexive adulation the Sangh parivar drills into its cadres about Israel. It is not surprising that the RSS’s skewed worldview should find expression elsewhere too. On Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs changed its stand on an important UN resolution condemning Israeli violations of international humanitarian law in the Occupied Territories, particularly East Jerusalem and Gaza.

Israel’s attempts to permanently change the status of the Occupied Territories by building settlements, barriers and interfering with water flows have been well documented. Over the past year, its aggressive efforts in and around Jerusalem to prevent Palestinian and Muslim access to holy places under occupation have been the subject of discussion at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

In April 2016, India joined 32 other countries on the Unesco general board to condemn Israel for its excavation and exclusion policies around the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Al-Haram Al-Sharif area, much to the anger of the Israeli government. But when a similar resolution was put to vote on October 18, the Indian delegate was instructed by the MEA to abstain. Since the text of the resolution was more or less identical, the only explanation for the change in vote is Israeli and US pressure.

The Netanyahu government’s spin on the resolution is to ignore the substantive demands it makes on Israel as the Occupying Power and focus on the use of the name ‘Al-Haram Al-Sharif’ to describe the area that Jews also revere as the Temple Mount. This, Israeli officials claim, is tantamount to denying the connection between the Temple Mount and Judaism.

In fact, it was in order to refute this diversionary Israeli argument that the latest resolution included a line “affirming the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions”.

India’s change of stand in a resolution that correctly calls out Israel for its violations of the Geneva Conventions, the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and a raft of other treaties is inexplicable from the perspective of statecraft. Along with Modi’s adulation for an army notorious for enforcing illegal occupations, the unwarranted abstention damages India’s reputation as a serious power – as well as its national interest. ... aeli-acts/

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:35 pm
by ghulam muhammed
India's 'surgical strikes' in Kashmir: Truth or illusion?

India made headlines in late September after carrying out "surgical strikes" on militants across the de-facto border in disputed Kashmir.

Days earlier insurgents had attacked an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing 18 soldiers. Tensions spiked as India blamed Pakistan.

Supporters of the Indian government said the army's strikes had taught Pakistan a long-awaited lesson - but Islamabad dismissed the reports as an "illusion". The BBC's M Ilyas Khan visited the border area to find out what actually happened.

Despite the use of the term "surgical strikes", the Indians definitely did not airdrop commandos to hit "launching pads of militants" inside Pakistani-held territory, or conduct ground assaults deep into the Pakistan-administered side. But they did cross the Line of Control (LoC), in some cases by more than a kilometre, to hit nearby Pakistani border posts.

The Pakistani army described the exchanges as nothing more than cross-border firing, albeit in a more co-ordinated fashion and all along the LoC.

Officials said two soldiers were killed in the attacks - one in Poonch, and one in Bhimber sector, further south. Defence minister Khwaja Asif later said a total of nine soldiers were injured in the assault.

Indian troops could not have hit a target and returned alive as the climb required was too steep, officials said. Nor could helicopters have been used to drop special forces given the difficult terrain and because Pakistan would have shot down the aircraft.

There is no conclusive evidence to prove either side's claims - the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

Accounts of villagers gathered in Leepa suggest that Indian soldiers first opened fire in the valley at around 0500, hitting the post near Mundakali village and blowing up a mosque adjacent to it.

A soldier who was preparing for pre-dawn prayers was hit and injured, they said.

The Pakistanis did not take long to get their act together and fired back from the remaining bunkers, pushing the Indian guns back from the ridges overlooking the valley.

An official familiar with what happened that morning said the Indians had advanced well beyond the LoC when their movements were detected.

"The Pakistani fire sent them scurrying back to their bunkers," he said.

Locals said that in the days following the attack, hundreds of villagers were pressed into service carrying artillery shells and other ammunition to border posts to replenish their supplies.

Despite the claims in the Indian media, the BBC could find little evidence that militants had been hit.

The BBC also could not confirm an Indian media report that Lashkar-e-Taiba camps in the Khairati Bagh village of Leepa valley and the western end of Dudhnial village in Neelum valley had been hit on 29 September.

FULL ARTICLE :- ... 90?ref=yfp

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:35 pm
by ghulam muhammed
4 cases Modi govt must look at before talking about Muslim women & triple talaq

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out on the triple talaaq issue on Monday, indicating his intention to push through a Uniform Civil Code in India.

Addressing a rally in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi said: said, "if someone says talaaq thrice on phone, the lives of Muslim daughters can be destroyed".

First things first, triple talaaq is a regressive practice. It demeans women, belittles the institution of marriage and by most accounts, it isn't even based on the Quran.

Here, PM Modi is clearly trying to use the triple talaaq issue to push for a Uniform Civil Code, an issue that has time and again been used to create a communal polarisation.

But if indeed he has developed a sudden concern for Muslim women, perhaps he or his government should speak to some of these women. And we haven't even begun talking about Ishrat Jahan.

01 Zakia Jafri

Zakia Jafri is the wife of Ehsan Jafri, who was murdered along with 68 others at Ahmedabad's Gulbarg Society during the 2002 Gujarat riots. According to eyewitnesses, after the mob gathered outside the society, Ehsan Jafri called up Modi asking for help. Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat, is alleged to have abused Jafri and asked why he hadn't been killed as yet. Clearly, Shri Modi and his government did little to prevent this Muslim woman from becoming a widow.

02 Naroda Patiya victims

The story of the women of Naroda Patiya is even more horrific. Consider these two eye-witness accounts.

"What they did to my sister-in-law's sister Kausar Bano was horrific. She was 9 months pregnant. They cut open her belly, took out her foetus with a sword and threw it into a blazing fire. Then they burnt her as well." Saira Banu, Naroda Patia (recorded at the Shah-e-Alam Camp on 27 March 27, 2002).

"The mob started chasing us with burning tyres after we were forced to leave Gangotri society. It was then that they raped many girls. We saw about 8-10 rapes. We saw them strip 16-year-old Mehrunissa. They were stripping themselves and beckoning to the girls. Then they raped them right there on the road. We saw a girl's vagina being slit open. Then they were burnt. Now there is no evidence." Kulsum Bibi, (Shah-e-Alam Camp, March 27, 2002).

These heinous crimes on Muslim women took place under Modi's watch as Gujarat chief minister. Where was this concern for Muslim women then?

03 Mewat gangrape victims

More recently, on 25 August this year, two Muslim women were gangraped in Haryana's Mewat allegedly by Gau Rakshak vigilantes as a punishment for eating beef.

Two women - a 16-year-old and a 21-year-old married woman with a one year-old baby - were gangraped by four men that night. The women's uncle and aunt were murdered by the same men.

"They asked if we eat beef. We said that we don't, but they said that was why (we were being punished)," one of the victims said. One of the accused claims to be a Swayamsevak.

This incident of gangrape and double murder took place in BJP ruled Haryana. The state government at that time seemed more concerned about testing biryani samples in Mewat for beef.

04 Insha Malik

14-year-old Insha Malik, a schoolgirl from Shopian in Kashmir, has been blinded after being hit by pellets fired by security forces three months ago. She wasn't protesting, she wasn't pelting stones, she wasn't a threat to the Indian state even in the remotest way. Yet the forces fired at her. Doctors say, her right eye was ruptured, left eye lacerated and there are very little chances that she will every be able to see again. According to a report filed after she was shot, "Insha's face and neck resemble a wire-mesh with dozens of holes made by pellets therein".

Till date, Modi hasn't said even a word on Insha Malik and the hundreds of other Kashmiris like her, who have been blinded over the past three months.

But then why should the Modi government care? After all, the little girl is of no political use to the BJP.

Modi's statement in Mahoba isn't driven by any sudden burst of sympathy towards Muslim women. In fact it isn't aimed at Muslims at all. It is aimed at his Hindu right wing constituency that his party wants to mobilise in Uttar Pradesh. ... 21410.html

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:03 pm
by ghulam muhammed
“I Cannot Live With The Idea Of Modi And Me In The Same Frame”: Akshaya Mukul Boycotts The Ramnath Goenka Awards

On 2 November 2016, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi presides over the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards—instituted by the Indian Express in honour of its founder—at least one recipient is conspicuous by his absence. Akshaya Mukul, a senior journalist from the Times of India, has boycotted the ceremony. Instead, Krishan Chopra, the publisher and chief editor at HarperCollins India, the publishers of his book, Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India, received the award on his behalf.

Mukul, a veteran who has worked as a reporter for close to 20 years, has been conferred the RNG award in the category of Books (non-fiction) for this book, which sheds light on the ideological moorings of Hindutva—ironically, the lynchpin of the prime minister’s politics. Since its release in August 2015, Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India has elicited rave reviews and won literary awards such as the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award, and the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize for the best non-fiction work in English.

Mukul had no bone to pick with the RNG awards. He told me that it was an “honour” to have won one. His problem lay in receiving the award from the prime minister. “I cannot live with the idea of Modi and me in the same frame, smiling at the camera even as he hands over the award to me,” Mukul said. He invoked an incident that had taken place at Patiala House Court in February, during which a number of journalists and students were assaulted by a group of men in lawyer’s robes. The attackers were accompanied by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s OP Sharma. Noting that the episode had led to unprecedented protests by media persons, Mukul said, “Imagine, there were journalists who defended the BJP and opposed us.”

The management’s decision to invite Modi to the ceremony has reportedly irked some of the senior editors of the Indian Express as well. A journalist from the publication told me that these editors have raised questions over whether “journalism awards should be given by the prime minister at all, especially somebody as polarising as Modi.”

But India under Modi is very different from India under Singh. For one, the BJP, led by Modi and Amit Shah, has been unsparing in its response to the steadily dwindling section of the media that dares to report facts over government spin.

Modi has often attempted to control both the media and the message through means fair and foul. His most favoured and effective tool remains his inaccessibility. The prime minister does not take questions from the media and even if he does, the interviews are granted as favours to hand-picked journalists after he has approved the questions. A senior television reporter who covers the BJP told me, “Information flow is only one way—top-down. Even ordinary information like the prime minister’s Uttar Pradesh campaign schedule is only given out by the BJP or even the RSS. Nothing comes from the PMO.”—the prime minister’s office.

The media has been under attack across the country, including and apart from states that are governed by the BJP. Over the past two years, criticism or even questions regarding the government’s claims have been dangerously branded as a betrayal of the nation. This is symptomatic of a culture that has thrived and grown during Modi’s tenure as the prime minister: intolerance against any form of dissent.

India ranks 133 out of 180—lower than the Central African Republic and Congo Brazzaville—in the latest World Press Freedom Index, released by Reporters Without Borders, an international non-profit organisation.

The most disturbing of these attacks are the ones that target journalists belonging to minority communities. The communally charged atmosphere that the Sangh Parivar has perpetuated has made it difficult for journalists who belong to these communities to carry out their jobs with a sense of security. As Josy Joseph, the national-security editor of The Hindu, told the digital news platform Scroll, “When I did stories against the UPA, nobody turned around and said, ‘you’re a BJP man, or a Communist or a Christian.’ Today when I do a story against the government, the first thing I hear is ‘You’re a Christian, a Sonia Gandhi agent from the Vatican.’”

Those in support of Mukul fear that speaking up for him could cost them their jobs. Those opposing his boycott on grounds that the “prime minister is popularly elected” are loath to be publically identified with the current regime. This speaks volumes about the success of Modi’s media-gag policy. It underscores the fear, the sense of defeat and the reluctance to stand out that is afflicting the practitioners of journalism. Meanwhile, Mukul, who said that he has been under immense pressure to attend the ceremony—both from his peers and the management at the Indian Express—is relieved that event is finally underway. “I don’t fear the consequences,” he said.

FULL ARTICLE :- ... wards-modi

Re: Bohras fall at the feet of Narendra Modi too

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:23 pm
by ghulam muhammed
Former US Treasury Secretary faults Modi's demonetisation drive

Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive, former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers not just doubts the lasting benefit of the "chaos-causing" currency reform, but feels it has resulted in "loss of trust" in the government, even as it will be unable to prevent corruption.

The move has also unleashed chaos and goes against the spirit of free societies that call for several criminals to go scot free, than convict an innocent person, Summers writes in a blog with Natasha Sarin, a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Harvard University.

"This is by far the most sweeping change in currency policy that has occurred anywhere in the world in decades," says the blog, expressing surprise at the dramatic action to demonetise Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.

"It is the imminent prospect of notes currently held becoming worthless that has created such alarm and disruption in India. Small and medium-sized merchants have seen their shops (which transact mostly in cash) deserted and ordinary Indian citizens have spent the last week in line outside banks hoping to be able to exchange their cash holdings for legal tender," it says.

Summers says even as many people hold large quantities of ill-gotten cash in India, raising the temptation to expropriate such assets, there are also those who have come by their wealth legally and have nothing to fear in exchanging the old notes for new ones.

"Most free societies would rather let several criminals go free than convict an innocent man. In the same way, for the government to expropriate from even a few innocent victims who, for one reason or another, do not manage to convert their money is highly problematic," he says.

"Moreover, the definition of what is illegal or corrupt is open to debate given the commercial practices that have prevailed in India for a long time," says Summers, also a former Chief Economist of the World Bank.

The blog also goes on to question the equity and efficacy of the move and says there are strong possibilities that the largest amount of ill-gotten wealth is not held in cash but in foreign exchange, gold, bitcoin (digital currency) or some other store of value.

"So it is petty fortunes, not the hugest and most problematic ones, that are being targeted," he says adding: "Without new measures to combat corruption, we doubt that this currency reform will have lasting benefits. Corruption will continue albeit with slightly different arrangements."

On balance, he says, one was not enthusiastic previously about the idea of withdrawing existing notes from circulation because the costs were perceived to exceed the benefits. "The ongoing chaos in India and the resulting loss of trust in government fortify us in this judgement." ... 03209.html