Saturday, 27 May 2017
A signal that the Army means business? Lt Gen Raj Kadyan (retd)Those looking at rule-book correctness of the means employed need to remember that the rules are framed for normal circumstances. Irregular situations demand bending of those rules.
Friday, 26 May 2017
Army’s Fire Assault At LoC: The Political Message Is That India Will Not Hold Back Retribution If Hit -GEN ATTA HASNAIN-MUST READ
Thursday, 25 May 2017
सौरमैत्री! तंत्रज्ञानाच्या क्षेत्रामध्ये असलेला घडामोडींचा वेग अतिभन्नाट आहे-SOLAR ENEGY FOR PRESENT FUTURE-VINAYAK PARAB
OBOR WHITE ELEPHANT-मंगेश सोमण दहा दिवसांपूर्वी चीनने बीजिंगमध्ये जगातल्या सत्तरेक देशांची परिषद भरवली. चीनच्या पुढाकाराने ‘वन बेल्ट, वन रोड’ (ओबीओआर) या नावाने जो महाकाय प्रकल्प राबवला जातोय, त्या संदर्भातली ही परिषद होती. या प्रकल्पाचा काही भाग पाकव्याप्त काश्मीरमध्ये राबवला जात असल्यामुळे भारताने त्यावर बहिष्कार टाकला होता, पण बऱ्याच देशांच्या राष्ट्रप्रमुखांनी आणि शिष्टमंडळांनी या परिषदेला हजेरी लावून चीनच्या महत्त्वाकांक्षेला दुजोरा दिला.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
MUST READ-PM Modi cleansing system of hawala-narcotics influence By MADHAV NALAPAT | New Delhi | 21 May, 2017
Modi has examined the records of officials under suspicion of having links to the hawala-narcotics industry. Although definitive numbers are difficult to come by, estimates are that the hawala-narcotics industry in India has a volume of Rs 186,000 crore annually, all of it unreported. Linked to the ISI, which has the final say in the operations of both the hawala trade as well as subcontinental commerce in narcotics, kingpins of the industry are the biggest funders of politicians across the ideological spectrum. An examination of the users of the chartered flights made available by the hawala-narcotics industry to VVIPs would show that the beneficiaries come from all sides of the political spectrum. Together with their political backers, this secretive industry enjoys the patronage of a large number of officials in agencies and departments, covering most segments of administration, but principally in the economic sphere. A particular target of their operations has been to seek to undermine or to get recruits from the uniformed services. In this context, the lapses in security that have enabled the entry of terrorists into several defence and security-related facilities over the past ten years, need to be examined by an independent authority, so as to overcome the manner in which each administrative and uniformed service seeks to cover up and protect those who (intentionally or otherwise) make mistakes that create avenues for terrorists to exploit. In the case of a post-2014 terror attack on a defence facility, basic standard procedures for ensuring the safety of personnel were ignored. Members of the service involved were, for example, found on the night of the attack sleeping in tents close to a fuel dump, which caught fire subsequently, leading to deaths through incineration, rather than through terrorist bullets of those who had been camped out in the open for reasons as yet unspecified. Ingress into the facility was made possible through ignoring of security parameters, as well as by errors that in other countries would call for a court martial, but in India appear to have been condoned. In the civilian field as well, gaps in procedures as well as errors in processes which facilitate the operation of hawala dealers linked to the narcotics trade have been commonplace till 2014, after which Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi began the lengthy and difficult process of improving the security and efficiency of systems and procedures in governance, especially in security-related fields. The GHQ Rawalpindi-controlled ISI has used the channels available to it within the administration in India to periodically launch psy-war operations designed to bring into disrepute India’s uniformed services. An example was the report nearly five years ago of the commander of a wing of the military attempting a coup. Exaggerated descriptions were made of troop and vehicular movements, and these were portrayed as having a sinister intent. Special operations units that had been set up by the commander in question, and which were effective in identifying moles and secret agents of an enemy power, were tarnished in media reports. Interestingly, a senior minister in a previous government was responsible for persuading some media entities to carry reports about the fake coup, misleading them into carrying reports that in effect portrayed those then at the head of the military in India as being of the same cloth as their counterparts in Pakistan, who have made coups and martial law a natural accompaniment of politics in that country. Two decades ago, this same minister had, through his influence, ensured the passing of orders that greatly facilitated an expansion of narcotics production in India, ostensibly for medical reasons, but with almost no check on whether or not production was going into lawful channels or not. Over the past two decades, as many as 37 civil servants have been the recipient of favours channelled through the politician in question. Several have been gifted properties, while others have been given funds to pay for the education of their children, or for shopping expeditions by family members in high cost locations in other countries. Any individual who crossed the politician could expect to get the attention of agencies tasked with ferreting out financial crimes in India. This was done in connivance with identifiable bureaucrats, who were smoothly herded through the promotion ladder because of the influence of the politician in question. An example was the ensuring of directorships in public sector banks to chosen individuals, who would then lobby for loans to corporate groups. The records will show many such appointments, especially from the period when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took charge in 2004, each made with the connivance of officials close to the minister in question. The umbrella of cash and protective services provided by the hawala-narcotics industry to those who were, and remain, the business, political and official associates of the politician in question, ensured a smooth ride also for those secretly linked to the ISI, usually through entities and individuals based in Dubai, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Unlike the “live and let live” attitude of his predecessors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has adopted a Zero Tolerance policy towards the hawala-narcotics nexus that has infected so much of business, government and politics in India. Those associated with government processes say that Modi has carefully and methodically examined the records of officials under suspicion of having links to the hawala-narcotics industry, and specifically to the politician in question, who, together with some of his family members, has been known for decades to be close to such interests. It is likely that action will follow in the most egregious of cases of favours shown to particular politicians, despite the reality of some in the administrative services being overprotective of those in their particular cadre. Officers relatively junior in age, but untainted by linkage to anti-national groups, have been identified by the PMO and marked for advancement, while care has been taken by the PM to ensure that sensitive agencies come under the control of those with a spotless record. It is regarded as certain that such attention to personnel choices will ensure the cleaning up of the administrative mechanism by 2019 that was promised by Modi during the last Lok Sabha election cycle. As for the prominent politician, who played the ISI game by smearing the leadership of the military as coup masters, neither his access to money nor his friends in business, officialdom and politics will come in the way of accountability being enforced. Of course, the former minister’s contacts are even now working overtime to ensure that he get off the hook, worried as they are that their own links to him and by extension to the hawala-narcotics industry will get exposed. However, it is clear that Prime Minister Modi will not allow any interested person or combination of persons to intervene in his drive to ensure that administration and politics in India get cleansed of those who are or were high up in the official machinery, who are associates of ISI-run narcotics-hawala syndicates in Dubai and Bangkok especially
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
यापुढे जशास तसे?- pudhari-आचारसंहितेचे कौतुक सांगणार्याव दीडशहाण्यांनी लष्कराला जाब विचारण्याची स्पर्धा सुरू केली आणि त्या राजकीय दबावामुळे गोगोईच्या विरोधात चौकशी घोषित करावी लागली. अशाच राजकीय पोरखेळामुळे आज काश्मिरात दगडफेके व घुसखोर जिहादी शिरजोर झाले आहेत आणि लष्करासह पोलिस हतप्रभ झाले आहेत. हातातले हत्यार वा अंगातला पुरुषार्थ वापरण्यासच पायबंद घातला जाणार असेल, तर जवानांनी व सेनेने कुठला पराक्रम करून दाखवावा?
प्रत्येक नागरिकाने ‘सैनिक’ बनणे अनिवार्य!- जयेश राणे अतिरेकी, नक्षलवादी हे सैनिक आणि पोलिसांवर आक्रमण करत आहेत. हिंदुस्थानात अशांती पसरवण्यासाठी या माध्यमांतून त्यांचे प्रयत्न सुरूच आहेत. काही दिवसांच्या अंतराने वा सलग काही दिवस हल्ले चालू आहेत. गेल्या काही दिवसांत यात झालेली वाढ जेवढी चिंताजनक आहे, तेवढीच बिकट स्थितीवर चिंतन करून थेट कृती करण्यास भाग पाडणारी आहे.
बेल्ट अँड रोडमध्ये भारत का नाही?-दिवाकर देशपांडे भारताने चीनच्या ‘बेल्ट अँड रोड’ कार्यक्रमात सहभागी होण्याचे काहीच कारण नाही. शिवाय, आज जे चीनच्या मांडीला मांडी लावून बसले आहेत, ते उद्या त्यांच्या हिताला धक्का लागल्यावर या प्रकल्पात असतीलच, असेही नाही…
Last letter of Lt Ummer Fayaz I get suspicious. Who delivered it? Oh, looks like the soldier didn't leave.
Tarun Vijay Nothing interests me anything anymore. The soldier I met last month keeps following me. Wherever I go. I try to drive through the slogan-shouting crowds at Jantar Mantar, seeing a collage of angry, blank, aggressive, calm, hopeful and disillusioned faces. Banners with demands for water, employment, solutions to farmers’ agricultural woes, demands to revive dying rivers. Demonstrators blocking the way to attract attention to the extinction of a rare breed of bats. The soldier patiently watches me passing through all this and keeps following with his questioning eyes focussed on me. I look at the political hoardings, huge cut-outs, new alliances, formidable looking coalitions against one party. Ganga, Krishna, Kaveri movements. Buddha’s message to look inwards for peace and tranquility. I try to look inwards but I see the face of that soldier. He is not impressed and wants an answer. I try to run away but he, like a shadow, confidently comes along. His questioning eyes now terrify me. I try to collect some courage and look straight into his eyes. They have a question but I don't know the answer. I can't even decipher what he is trying to ask. I mumble, sir, please don't follow me. I can't understand what are you asking. Please leave me. He doesn't say anything. I hurriedly get into the International Intellectual Club. Order some grilled sandwiches and an iced coffee. It's so loveable. I take up some newspapers and see their special supplements. The news is hardly worth reading these days. So I look at the entertainment section. IPL matches. New teams. Young, unheard-of cricketers being auctioned at astounding prices. The new food joints in Hauz Khas village. A famous chef has just arrived from Amsterdam with the most bizarre delicacies. Fashion divas’ summer shows. Property rates touching a horrible low in Gurugram. The poor, frustrated stone-pelters being subjected to another round of atrocious torture by the forces. Some TV channels are sad and a few columnists asking for justice for the man, Farooq Dar, who was used as a shield in front of an Army jeep. A few of them even interviewed his mother and asked questions about his childhood, his dreams and how she felt when she saw her son in that condition. Very emotional interview. In protest against government atrocities on the jihadi peaceniks, some journalists and award-winning authors want to return the ACs fitted in their bathrooms to a government agency. "AC wapsi" campaign by angry justice-seekers. But let the summer pass. It's so hot these days. The soldier keeps watching me. He is not in a hurry. I return home, fatigued and nervous. I look around - the road wears an eerie silence. Oh, the soldier must have gone back to his barracks, I suppose. Do they have ACs in their bunkers? Must be provided in this heat. Some of them serve in Jaisalmer also. But then aren't they paid to live without ACs and face stone-missiles and bullets I suppose. It's all part of their job. Huh, that's not my problem. It's shower time. Needed after a hectic day. Hot delicious food is waiting at the table. I won't take more than five minutes I tell myself. At the table a note is kept for me. The domestic help pinned it there so that I read it unfailingly. It says: We both left home at 18. You cleared JEE, I got recommended. You got IIT, I got NDA. You persuaded your degree, I had the toughest training. Your day started at 7, And ended at 5. Mine started at 4 till 9, and Some nights also included. You had your convocation ceremony, I had my POP. Best company took you and Best package was awarded, I was ordered to join my paltan 2 stars piped on my shoulders. You got a job, I got a way of life. Every eve you got to see your family, I just wished I got to see my parents soon. You celebrated festivals with lights and music, I celebrated with my comrade in bunkers. We both married. Your wife got to see you every day, My mother just wished I was alive. You were sent to business trips, I was sent on line of control. We both returned. Your wife and my mother couldn't control their tears, You wiped hers but, I couldn't... You hugged her but, I couldn't... Because I was lying in the coffin, With medals on my chest and, Coffin wrapped with tricolour. My way of life ended... Yours continued. In the name of Allah, the merciful, they had killed me. It was signed - Lt Ummer Fayaz. I get suspicious. Who delivered it? Oh, looks like the soldier didn't leave. I have lost my appetite. I go to sleep. But the questioning eyes of the soldier are still staring at me