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Kashmir, the next IT Hub?

Its a clear and undeniable fact that dissidence can be stopped only by economic empowerment and not by brute force. You cannot remove dissent by giving “special status” to the area and its people and make them look like not being a part of us. Give Kashmir inclusive growth , inclusive economic and political reforms and very soon we can see them boot the militancy out of their state. I do believe that Kashmir is not talibanised and they don’t want to wage jihad on India. What they want is to live their life like the rest of the Indian populace. Article 370 I guess is surely not the right step forward. What it does, is make them believe that they are not a part of India. And when they are not a part of India, they would obviously retaliate when Indian army camps in their back yard and shove guns on their faces.

Having an army control the dissent is similar to the situation in Sri Lanka. They might have quelled the military resistance by the LTTE, but to be certain that armed resistance does not raise its head again, Sri Lanka has to begin an inclusive political solution. It has to make sure that the Tamils are not treated as second class citizens. Else it wont be long before another Prabhakaran takes up the gun against the government.

Below is an article in dawn which makes a happy reading. Dont be surprised when you read “Indian Administered Kashmir, instead of just Kashmir :-). And yes the Indian media might not have this anywhere because for them Kashmir is news only when terrorists strike or when the the army perpetuates the so called “human rights violations”. Other wise The map of India which the Indian media refers does not have J&K , just like North East does not exist in it.

Original Article : Ebbing violence booms IT in Indian Administered Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Providing sleeping facilities might be seen as good management practice at your average, round-the-clock call centre, but in Indian administered Kashmir it has the advantage of preventing workers getting shot.

Opened in 2004, Access Infrastructure was born of a period of relative peace in a region where at least 47,000 people have been killed since an armed insurgency against Indian rule began 20 years ago.

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May 29, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , , | 3 Comments

“How to cook a false riot story” by Teetsa Setalvad

After a revelation like this why should she be out of jail?? Why is this  not being reported in the media? If she is really guilty of cooking up such stories then she should be treated the same way a a rioter is …. after all such rumours are what creates animosity during an unrest.

Look at the stories that she an her group of rights activists(should be called the left activists) has cooked up.

* A pregnant Muslim woman Kausar Banu was gangraped by a mob, who then gouged out the foetus with sharp weapons
* Dumping of dead bodies into a well by rioteers at Naroda Patiya
* Police botching up investigation into the killing of British nationals, who were on a visit to Gujarat and unfortunately got caught in the riots

All of them are macabre to the core and probably the main stories that did the rounds to target the “saffron brigade”. With people like teetsa why do you need taliban.

NEW DELHI: The Special Investigation Team responsible for the arrests of those accused in Gujarat riots has severely censured NGOs and social
activist Teesta Setalvad who campaigned for the riot victims.

In a significant development, the SIT led by former CBI director R K Raghavan told the Supreme Court on Monday that the celebrated rights activist cooked up macabre tales of wanton killings.

Many incidents of killings and violence were cooked up, false charges were levelled against then police chief P C Pandey and false witnesses were tutored to give evidence about imaginary incidents, the SIT said in a report submitted before a Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam.

The SIT said it had been alleged in the Gulbarg Society case that Pandey, instead of taking measures to protect people facing the wrath of rioteers, was helping the mob. The truth was that he was helping with hospitalisation of riot victims and making arrangements for police bandobast, Gujarat counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, said quoting from the SIT report.

Rohtagi also said that 22 witnesses, who had submitted identical affidavits before various courts relating to riot incidents, were questioned by the SIT which found that they had been tutored and handed over the affidavits by Setalvad and that they had not actually witnessed the riot incidents.

The SIT also found no truth in the following incidents widely publicised by the NGOs:

* A pregnant Muslim woman Kausar Banu was gangraped by a mob, who then gouged out the foetus with sharp weapons

* Dumping of dead bodies into a well by rioteers at Naroda Patiya

* Police botching up investigation into the killing of British nationals, who were on a visit to Gujarat and unfortunately got caught in the riots

Rohtagi said: “On a reading of the report, it is clear that horrendous allegations made by the NGOs were false. Stereotyped affidavits were supplied by a social activist and the allegations made in them were found untrue.”

Obviously happy with the fresh findings of the SIT which was responsible for the recent arrests of former Gujarat minister Maya Kodanani and VHP leader Jaideep Patel, Rohtagi tried to spruce up the image of the Modi administration, which was castigated in the Best Bakery case by the apex court as “modern day Neros”. He was swiftly told by the Bench that but for the SIT, many more accused, who are freshly added, would not have been brought to book.

The Bench said there was no room for allegations and counter-allegations at this late stage. “In riot cases, the more the delay, there is likelihood of falsity creeping in. So, there should be a designated court to fast track the trials. Riot cases should be given priority because feelings run high having a cascading effect,” it said and asked for suggestions from the Gujarat government, Centre, NGOs and amicus curiae Harish Salve, who said the time had come for the apex court to lift the stay on trials into several post-Godhra riot cases.

While additional solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam agreed with the court that public prosecutors should be selected in consultation with Raghavan, counsel Indira Jaising said there should be a complete regime for protection of witnesses as the same government, which was accused of engineering the riots, was in power now.

Salve said that he would consult Raghavan and let the court know about a witness protection system for post-Godhra riot cases. The court asked the parties to submit their suggestions within a week.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , | 1 Comment

Pilibhit Varun Gandhi country!!

Does one speech polarize a region along religious lines if there is no underlying reasons which date back before the speech? I really don’t think so,. There should have been some issues in philibit which has been waiting to erupt like a volcano. Being a district bordering nepal from where the Islamic terrorists come into india (unchecked) is not something which we can forget.  The voters in the constituency are the ones who know their problems best, and polarisation is a sure indication that there is something that the main stream media conveniently ignores sitting in their offices outside philibit.

The interplay of light on the dark green mango groves and golden paddy fields ripe for harvest make the Pilibhit  countryside seem like a picture postcard. But in the heart of the Terai lowlands, some 270 km north of Delhi , the worm of communalism is turning and dividing the constituency neatly down the middle.

This is Varun Gandhi  country, make no mistake about it. The son of Maneka Gandhi and the late Sanjay Gandhi, fighting from Pilibhit on a Bharatiya Janata Party  ticket in the coming elections, has not uttered one word in public ever since the Mayawati  government slapped the National Security Act on him on March 28, and moved him a few hundred kms away to Etah jail soon after.

But having poisoned the waters with his alleged hate speeches against the Muslim community just over a month ago, Varun’s absence speaks louder than a thousand campaign strategies being crafted by a nervous opposition. Short of a miracle, party workers associated with all the three other main candidates — Hafiz Riaz Ahmed of the Samajwadi party, Budh Sen Verma of the Bahujan Samaj Party, and V M Singh of the Congress — acknowledge that on May 13, Pilibhit will likely fall to Varun Gandhi.

Last Friday, as Hindus celebrated the birth of their god Ram all over the country, several traders in Pilibhit openly exulted about the prospect of a new Hindu messiah who would “avenge injustices meted out to Hindus.”

In the sleepy bazaar, slowly waking from its afternoon siesta as well as from the unprecedented national and international attention in recent days, a small group of businessmen were collecting donations from shop to shop for the puja to be held later in the evening. One of them, Sharad Saxena, told this reporter: “Varun Gandhi had said nothing wrong in his speeches. At last there is a Hindu leader who is ready to stand up for us.”

It is this creeping polarisation that has the combined opposition deeply worried. Zakir Beig, a supporter of Samajwadi Party candidate Riaz Ahmed, pointed out that before the Varun Gandhi speeches, Ahmed would have surely won Pilibhit. A jeweller in the town bazaar, Vishwanath, concurred with the assessment. Elsewhere, Munne Mian, a sweeper with the town municipality, pointed out that the threat of a communal riot had been averted by Mayawati’s swift imposition of the NSA, but that the danger of Pilibhit being a tinderbox had not yet passed.
“Varun Gandhi spoke in this way against Muslims because he and his mother knew that the Hindu vote was going to be divided between the three Hindu candidates contesting from the BSP, the Congress and himself. Only the SP had fielded a Muslim candidate. Both mother and son are determined that Varun should win Pilibhit with more votes than Rahul Gandhi  in Amethi,” said Zakir Beig.

Conversely, he pointed out, there are three Muslim MLAs in the Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency. Varun and his mother may have felt that the Muslim vote would consolidate in favour of the SP candidate, “so Varun needed to do something to split that consolidated Muslim vote,” Beig added.

In this growing polarisation, the non-BJP party workers are veering around to the view that if Varun Gandhi has to be given a decent fight, they will have to plan their strategy carefully. Should the BSP candidate, with an immovable Dalit vote of about 2.5 lakh people (out of 13 lakh people in the constituency) be made to stand against Varun, in the hope that the young Gandhi will not be able to sway the core BSP constituency? Or should the SP candidate, with his immeasurable reputation for decency in the area, be persuaded to stand as an informal ‘joint’ candidate against Varun?

This, then, is the measure of Varun Gandhi these days, just over a month before Pilibhit goes to the polls on May 13, in the last phase of the election. In a state where the SP and the BSP were unanimously considered to be the main contenders — with the Congress and the BJP lagging far behind — the young Gandhi has galvanised at least one part of the landscape in favour of his party.

The question is, will the religious communalisation remain or will it be trumped by caste factors? Suddenly, the election in this part of Uttar Pradesh has the national pulse racing. Over the next few weeks, Pilibhit will surely remain in the eye of the storm.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , | Leave a comment

Gujarat, Karnataka still BJP bastion

Awww. Now this is bad. The media has done everything to tarnish the image of the party and still they are in the lead?? For example they completly forgot about the godhra train incident and focussed just on the riots that followed in Gujarat. No Gain.

They gave prime time spots to some publicity seeking miscreants who roughed up girls and blamed it on the lack of action of Karnataka government, convinently forgetting that this is the plight of women everywhere in India.No Gain.

The bosses of many media houses will not be happy for sure.

The exclusive nationwide survey done by CNN-IBN and CSDS throws up interesting results in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongholds of Gujarat and Karnataka as well as the monopoly of Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on power in Maharashtra.

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , | 1 Comment