What is preventing Modi Sarkar from acting against the Chidambarams? – Team PerformanceGurus

Nalini Chidambaram & P. Chidambaram

Team PerformanceGurus Logo“It is a known fact that a coterie including Chidambaram worked overtime against Modi and BJP President Amit Shah to fix them in Gujarat related encounter cases. Then why show leniency to Chidambaram when in power? What compulsions are preventing the Modi Government from letting the law do its job?” – Team PerformanceGurus

Nartendra ModiAs the Narendra Modi government completes two years, it is a million dollar question as to why the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) are not acting against the Chidambaram family. Violations and illegalities committed by Chidambaram are clearly mentioned in the CBI’s chargesheet in Aircel Maxis scam. In the charge sheet submitted before the 2G Court in August 2014, CBI had emphatically said that the probes against Chidambaram will be finished soon and CBI counsel on record informed the court that they will soon file a Supplementary Charge Sheet on this regard also. On BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s petition, the Supreme Court in October 2014, directed CBI to submit the progress report on the probe. Yet there is no action.

The Apex Court’s direction led to summoning of the former minister by CBI on December 6, 2014. But what happened later was that the officer, Joint Director Ashok Tewari who summoned Chidambaram was unceremoniously shunted out from the organisation. He is now working as Chairman and Managing Director of State Road Transport Corporation in Himachal Pradesh.

Who is protecting Chidambaram? It is a known fact that Chidambaram and current Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are good friends for the past 26 years. This was revealed by none other than Chidambaram, when Jaitley cornered him 2012 in Rajya Sabha during the heated debate on Aircel-Maxis scam. It is an admitted fact that both were buddies in the law profession and may have helped each other out. But then the question is why CBI under Prime Minister Narendra Modi tolerates such connections? It is alleged that in the current Finance Ministry, majority of the top bureaucrats are Chidambaram friendly officers and ED is totally under the Ministry.

Rajeshwar SinghKarti P. Chidambaram, ED’s Investigating Officer of 2G and Aircel-Maxis scam was shunted out from the organisation during Chidambaram’s tenure in Finance Ministry. On Swamy’s petition in April 2014, Supreme Court had ordered to reinstate him. But it was intriguing that the Finance Ministry which came under Jaitley in mid May 2014, did not obey that order. After Swamy’s fight, the Supreme Court in September 2014 gave stern warning to the Ministry to post him back in ED and ordered that the officer should not be transferred till the end of the trial. During the arguments the then Revenue Department under Revenue Secretary Shakti Kanta Das even allegedly lied in court that the officer’s services were not needed as ED had completed its probe in Aircel-Maxis scam. Shakti Kanta Das is said to be a known Chidambaram protégé.

There are still Chidambaram compliant officers in CBI too. Once in a tweet, Swamy accused CBI Director Anil Sinha as “Chidambaram compliant” officer. It is a fact that the same officers’ lobby works in CBI which gave a clean chit to Chidambaram in 2G cases, while fixing all the blame on Telecom Minister A. Raja.

Apart from Aircel-Maxis scam, CBI has not acted against Chidambaram in the Swan-Etisalat approval deal. This comes under 2G case streams and ED had already registered ₹10,000 crore ($1.5 billion) fine slapping notice under FEMA. If FEMA is slapped on a dubious deal, then why is the CBI not imposing Prevention of Corruption of Act against Chidambaram, for approving this questionable deal? Rajeshwar Singh slapped FEMA violations on this deal in 2011 and invited the former Finance Minister’s wrath.

It must be remembered that all these unholy nexus dare to operate when the cases are monitored by Supreme Court. At last the ED and Income Tax conducted raids at Karti Chidambaram linked companies in December 2015.  The Pioneer had reported the details of the raid and massive wealth amassed by these companies in 14 countries—UK, Dubai, South Africa, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, British Virgin Island, France, USA, Switzerland, Greece and Spain.

All the wealth acquired by Karti linked companies was during the period when father Chidambaram was Finance and Home Minister during 2004 – 2014. The accumulation of such huge wealth is a clear case of launching Disproportionate Assets case against the Chidambaram family for misuse of power. The wealth in these 14 countries would easily cross the value of ₹3000 crore ($451 million). According to the affidavits of Chidambaram and his wife Nalini Chidambaram both are having assets of ₹11 crore ($1.65 million) and ₹12 crore ($1.8 million) respectively. This was according to the mandatory affidavit filed by Chidambaram to Prime Minister in 2012. According to the affidavit filed before Election Commission by Karti in April 2014 is that his total assets come to around ₹60 crore($9 million). When this became an issue in Parliament, Jaitley claimed that the government would go deep into the probe and fix the culprit. Now 45 days have passed after Jaitley’s assurance to the Parliament. In Indian Parliament such assurances were made by ministers in the past also and nothing happened on the ground.

Nalini ChidambaramChidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram was also not new to controversies. Her name was dragged in Saradha Scam and Hasan Ali related money laundering cases. The TV channel owner Manoranjana Singh, who was associated with Nalini in Saradha Scam is facing the music now. She is in jail and chargesheeted. The scamster Chit Fund owner Sudipto Sen had clearly written in his confession letter about how around ₹40 crores ($6 million) were siphoned by Nalini and Manoranjana. Both CBI and ED had questioned Nalini. But yet no action!

In June 2015, Sunday Guardian had exposed the money trails of Nalini with Hasan Ali’s associate Kashinath Tapuria. Nalini’s air tickets were funded by Tapuria in 2009 and 2010 in as many as 16 trips. Chidambaram was the Home Minister then. Is it ethical for a Home Minister’s wife to give legal advice to the biggest money launderer? At the very least ED and CBI should ask this question. These air tickets were found by ED and IT during raids. How small officers can act against Nalini is a different question.

Apart from all these cases, the controversial purchase of more than 40 aircraft for Air India was approved by Chidambaram. He also approved the resale of some of these new airplanes at throwaway prices to Etihad. Till date CBI has not moved an inch on this deal.

It is really intriguing as to why the Modi government is not taking action against their sworn rival Chidambaram. It is a known fact that a coterie including Chidambaram worked overtime against Modi and BJP President Amit Shah to fix them in Gujarat related encounter cases. Then why show leniency to Chidambaram when in power? What compulsions are preventing the Modi Government from letting the law do its job? Are there Trojan horses in Modi government protecting the Chidambaram family? The nation wants to know! – PerformanceGurus, 13 April 2016

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Arun Jaitley & P. Chidambaram

Forget the Koh-i-Noor, the British looted greater treasures from India – Rakesh Krishnan Simha

English pirate Henry Every loading treasure from the captured Moghul ship Ganj-i-Sawai near Yemen.

Rakesh Krishnan Simha“The most savage Islamic invader such as Timur or Mahmud Ghazni would be unable to match the efficiency of the British killing machine. For instance, after the First War for Independence in 1857, the British may have killed up to 10 million Indians in reprisals. In War of Civilisations: India AD 1857, Amaresh Misra, a writer and historian, says the British pursued a decade-long campaign to wipe out millions of people who dared to rise up against them.” – Rakesh K. Simha

On 7 September 1695, state sponsored English pirates attacked a large Indian trading ship, the Ganj-i-Sawai, carrying 900 passengers and crew from Yemen to Surat. After murdering a large number of the men and raping the womenfolk over several days, the pirates took off with gold, silver and precious stones with an estimated value of £200,000 to £600,000 ($400 million in modern times). For perspective, the average annual salary in England in 1688 was around £32.

That was the wealth from just one ship in a single day. During the approximately thirteen thousand days of British rule in India, vessels sailed daily for Britain from ports all along India’s coasts. They were laden with incalculable quantities of wealth and other valuables such as icons, statues, scrolls and books looted from the treasuries of Indian kings, businessmen, temples, landlords, schools, colleges, charitable institutions and the common people.

The thoroughness of the loot can be assessed from the British sacking of Jhansi in 1858. D. V. Tahmankar writes in his book The Ranee of Jhansi that on the first day the British led by Dalhousie carted away the more valuable property, jewellery, gold, silver and money. By the end of the fourth day, they had taken all the rich clothes, beds, mattresses, sheets, blankets, carpets, hinges and bolts on doors and windows, pots and pans, cereals and lentils, farm animals, chairs, charpoys (string beds), bedsteads and even water wheels and ropes with which the people drew water from the wells. “Not a single useful thing was left with the people.”

Dalhousie was following the lofty precedent set a hundred years earlier by Governor Generals Robert Clive and Warren Hastings. Clive had taken £250,000 as well as a jagir worth £27,000 when he returned home to England. That bounty apparently wasn’t enough and he proceeded to steal a million pounds more by shaking down the prostrate Indian kingdoms, businessmen and the peasantry. At his trial Clive said that considering the quantum of wealth he had seen in India, he was astounded at his own moderation at not taking more.

But the loot of gold and silver is hardly enough to destroy an economy. For, in the previous seven centuries, Islamic invaders from Arabia, Turkey, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Persia had raided India countless times and yet India remained wealthy. For instance, what Persian Nader Shah looted in his 1739 invasion of India was greater than the cash appropriated by Clive and his successors in the two decades after 1757.

Even during the reign of the most avaricious and cruel Muslim tyrants, such as the Tughlaqs, Khaljis, Lodhis and Aurangzeb, the people of India’s villages continued in their age old ways of economic production. This is because the Islamic invaders did not tamper with the village economy. It took Britain’s colonial wrecking machine to bring down India.

The British caused irreparable losses to India in a number of sectors. Like a huge sponge Britain soaked up the country’s wealth and simultaneously ruined its industry, agriculture and education. And as a parting shot, they divided the country, thereby ensuring that India would never again be the dominant economic power it once was.

Damascus Steel BladeEconomic Loss

In 1993 Belgian economist Paul Bairoch presented a detailed study of the world economy. In Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes he said that in the year 1750 China’s share of global GDP was 33 percent, India’s 24.5 percent, and the combined share of Britain and the US was two percent. In order to investigate Bairoch’s claims, the OECD constituted the Development Institute Studies under professor Angus Maddison of the University of Groningen. The data Maddison compiled showed India had the largest economy on the planet for 1700 of the past 2000 years.

From 1 CE to 1000 CE, India had a 32 percent share of global GDP. During the second millennium, Islamic invasions disrupted economic activity, and India yielded the top spot to China. Still, India’s share remained at 28-24 percent between 1000 CE and 1700 CE. By 1947, when India became free, the country’s GDP comprised around three percent of the global economy. Here’s how it happened.

First, let’s look at the steel sector, the backbone of any economy, in which India had been a world leader for millennia. India in the eighteenth century had literally thousands of steel mills. The world’s best steel i.e. wootz originated over 2500 years ago in Tamil Nadu where it was known as ukku. The Arabs introduced ukku steel to Damascus, where an entire industry developed for making the legendary Damascus sword. The twelfth century Arab traveller Edrisi mentions the Hinduwani or Indian steel as the best in the world. However, the British banned the production of ukku in 1866 and the process was lost.

Historian Romesh Chandra Dutt explains:

India in the eighteenth century was a great manufacturing as well as a great agricultural country, and the products of the Indian loom supplied the markets of Asia and Europe. It is, unfortunately, true that the East India Company and the British Parliament, following the selfish commercial policy of a hundred years ago, discouraged Indian manufacturers in the early years of British rule in order to encourage the rising manufactures of England. Their fixed policy, pursued during the last decades of the eighteenth century and the first decades of the nineteenth, was to make India subservient to the industries of Great Britain, and to make the Indian people grow raw produce only, in order to supply material for the looms and manufactories of Great Britain.

Then there was the ‘cost’ of governing India a.k.a. the white man’s burden. Maddison writes (PDF) in The Economic and Social Impact of Colonial Rule in India:

During the period of direct British rule from 1858 to 1947, official transfers of funds to the UK by the colonial government were called the Home Charges. They mainly represented debt service, pensions, India Office expenses in the UK, purchases of military items and railway equipment. Government procurement of civilian goods, armaments and shipping was carried out almost exclusively in the UK.

Maddison points out that British employees in the colonial government were paid high salaries. The viceroy received £25,000 a year, and governors £10,000. In 1911 the Indian Army had 4378 British officers and practically no Indian. One Englishman notes his father did not have a very successful career as a civil servant in India, “but had 21 servants to start married life, 39 when he had three children, and 18 when living on his own. The 18 servants cost him less than six percent of his salary”.

The starting salary of a British employee in the engineering service was about 60 times the average income of an Indian worker. D. H. Buchanan points out in The Development of Capitalist Enterprise in India that European managerial personnel were paid overly high salaries despite the fact they were usually less efficient.

In the Tata steelworks in 1921-22 the average salary of foreign supervisory staff was Rs 13,527 a year, whereas Indian workers were paid Rs 240. These foreigners cost twice as much as in the US.

Under an Indian administration, income from government service would have accrued to the local inhabitants and not to foreigners. The diversion of upper-class income into the hands of foreigners inhibited the development of local industry because it put purchasing power into the hands of people with a taste for foreign goods. This increased imports and was particularly damaging to the luxury handicraft industries.

Maddison adds :

From 1757 to 1919, India also had to meet administrative expenses in London, first of the East India Company, and then of the India Office, as well as other minor but irritatingly extraneous charges. The cost of British staff was raised by long home leave in the UK, early retirement and lavish amenities in the form of subsidized housing, utilities, rest houses, etc.

There were also substantial private remittances by British officials in India either as savings or to meet educational and other family charges in the UK. In the interwar period, these amounted to about £10 million a year, and (economist Dadabhai) Naoroji estimated that they were running at the same level in 1887. These items were clearly the result of colonial rule.” £10 million is more than $4 billion today’s money.

In addition, there were dividend and interest remittances by shipping and banking interests, plantations, and other British investors; to some extent, these were normal commercial transactions, but there was a large element of monopoly profit due to the privileged position of British business in India; and, in many cases, the original assets were not acquired by remitting funds to India but by savings from income earned locally, or by purchase of property on favourable terms, e.g. the land acquisitions of plantation companies. About a third of the private profit remittances should therefore be treated as the profits of colonialism.

Another form of wealth transfer can be described, without hyperbole, as daylight robbery. Economist Gurcharan Das explains:

The British government transferred its surplus revenues back to England. Since India consistently exported more than she imported in the second half of the 19th century and early 20th century, Britain used India’s trade surplus to finance her own trade deficit with the rest of the world, to pay for her exports to India, and for capital repayments in London. This represented a massive drain of India’s wealth.

Russia-born Paul Baran of Stanford University calculates in The Political Economy of Growth that eight percent of India’s GNP was transferred to Britain each year.

Gold JewellerySavings Loss

The wealth of a country is not its GDP, which is the annual national income. The real wealth is the combined value of cash savings, gold, silver, precious stones, homes, buildings, factories, railways, ports and so on. To illustrate, the US GDP is $17 trillion but American national wealth is more than $50 trillion. British rule forced Indians to unlock their savings. 2ndlook offers a graphic detail of how these savings got denuded.

On 27 October 1931, the British government in London rammed through a series of measures that depressed silver and gold prices and raised interest rates in India. “Done over the protests by Gandhi, trade bodies and merchants and threats of resignation by the Viceroy and his Executive Council, the resulting “money famine” had Lord Willingdon ecstatically say “Indians are disgorging gold.” Indians have a different reason to revile Neville Chamberlain, who with great satisfaction said :

The astonishing gold mine that we have discovered in India’s hordes has put us in clover.

Impoverished Indians were selling their gold and silver savings. The booty was transported due West. One of these ships was the SS Gairsoppa, which was sunk by a German U-boat in the Atlantic in 1941. In 2011 an American exploration company found the SS Gairsoppa’s wreck, which has been found to contain 200 tonnes of silver. The haul was worth nearly £150 million.

Robert Clive and famine victimsPopulation Loss

All war torn countries have in common a low quality of life, lost economic growth and fall in population. India during British rule was no different. The most savage Islamic invader such as Timur or Mahmud Ghazni would be unable to match the efficiency of the British killing machine.

For instance, after the First War for Independence in 1857, the British may have killed up to 10 million Indians in reprisals. In War of Civilisations: India AD 1857, Amaresh Misra, a writer and historian, says the British pursued a decade-long campaign to wipe out millions of people who dared to rise up against them.

Conventional histories have counted only 100,000 Indian soldiers who were slaughtered, but none have tallied the number of rebels and civilians killed by British forces.

It was a holocaust, one where millions disappeared. It was a necessary holocaust in the British view because they thought the only way to win was to destroy entire populations in towns and villages. It was simple and brutal. Indians who stood in their way were killed. But its scale has been kept a secret. – Amaresh Misra in The Guardian

Artificial famines were another major killer. Britain changed the old land revenue system to the disadvantage of the farmer, who had to now pay revenue whether or not the monsoon failed. This led to famines. In Late Victorian Holocausts, Mike Davis points out that there were 31 serious famines in 120 years of British rule compared with 17 in the 2,000 years before British rule.

Davis tells the story of the famines that killed up to 29 million Indians. These people were, he says, murdered by British state policy. In 1876, when drought drove the farmers of the Deccan plateau to destitution, there was a net surplus of rice and wheat in India. But the Viceroy, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, insisted that nothing should prevent their export to England.

In 1943-44, Prime Minister Winston Churchill diverted India’s food stocks to Europe, resulting in the deaths of over three million people by British estimates alone. Indian estimates place the number at up to seven million (pdf). That’s more than Adolf Hitler’s victims in Nazi Germany’s gas chambers.

The regularity of famines and the deaths of millions of its productive citizens undeniably impacted India’s vitality. It had a cascading effect on every sector, whether agriculture, labour, irrigation, industry or guilds. A once proud people were forced out of their lands that had become barren and desiccated. It also led to the Indian diaspora as tens of thousands of Indians were transported to distant colonies in the Caribbean, Fiji and Africa to work as virtual slaves on plantations.

North India Subcontinent MapArea Loss

One reason why India ranked ahead of China in 1700 of the past 2000 years was that the areas that today constitute Pakistan and Bangladesh were part of India. The British sliced off 20 percent of India’s best wheat and rice growing areas. In the early 1940s, Jawaharlal Nehru said that after independence India would take its rightful place as a major world power. He was dead wrong. Due to the loss of important areas as Punjab and Sindh, independent India was born crippled at birth.

Seventy years later, India is still not a major world player. Its relations with both Pakistan and China are bedeviled by boundary troubles, again created by the British. Pre-Partition, India’s location provided easy and strategic access to Arabia, Iran, Central Asia, Burma and Southeast Asia, but with the creation of two hostile territories on its flanks, India became hemmed in by and was hyphenated with minor countries. India is always referred to as a “South Asian giant” which if a compliment at all is a backhanded one.

Partition placed blinkers on Indians and today the country struggles to discover a global role for itself. Although modern Britain is accurately described by Russia as a small island nobody pays attention to, London nevertheless has more diplomatic clout than New Delhi.

Silk RoadTrade Loss

In the pre-colonial era, several important trade routes ran through present day Pakistan. It extended from Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia in the west to India in the east. These routes were severed by the imposition of colonial era borders, impacting national income and the livelihood of traders and manufacturers in India and its neighborhood.

Again, Partition was not only political but also economic. Zafar Mahmood, Pakistan’s commerce secretary in 2012 pointed out (pdf):

… in 1948–49, a hefty 56 percent of Pakistan’s exports was sent to India. For the next several years, a period of tense political relations, India was Pakistan’s largest trading partner. Incredibly, in 1965, the year Pakistan and India went to war, nine branches of six Indian banks were operating in Pakistan.

Undivided Punjab was the focal point of economic activity for places such as Delhi and Kashmir. Karachi and Bombay were economically interlinked. Ancient and thriving trade routes that ran via the areas of Pakistan to Central Asia are little more than abysses today. Rabindranath Tagore’s tragic Kabuliwala, the Pathan who hawked produce from Afghanistan in the streets of Calcutta, is a nostalgic reminder of those days.

Aurel Stein (1909)Cultural Loss

The cultural loss is irreplaceable. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London holds the largest collection (over 40,000 items) of Indian art treasures outside of the subcontinent. To this the British had planned to add no less than pieces of the Taj Mahal (pdf).

Stephen Knapp writes in Crimes Against India that in the 1830s Governor General William Bentinck had worked out plans to dismantle the Taj Mahal and ship the marble to collectors in London:

However, just as the demolition crew was getting to work, word came in from London that the first auction was a failure and all further sales stood cancelled. It was not worth the money to demolish the Taj Mahal.

The transfer of art and artefacts westwards continued. Aurel Stein and Laurence Austine Waddell must be given credit for this. Stein was a Hungarian explorer and scholar who later became a British citizen, receiving generous funding from the British Museum for his expeditions.

He is frequently described as an “imperialist looter” by the Chinese. Waddell was the “Official Collector” of artefacts in India. In one particular correspondence referring to Tibet, Stein compliments Waddell on his explorations and work, but laments he did not have “opportunity to ransack the Chinese Buddhist monasteries before they were looted”.

Tim Myatt writes (pdf) in Trinkets, Temples and Treasures: Tibetan Material Culture and the 1904 British Mission to Tibet, that many major collectors including the Cambridge University Ethnological Institute, the Victoria Institute and University College London wrote directly to the India Office requesting that artifacts be passed on to them.

Given this level of expectation and demand from the most august institutions in the land, it is unsurprising that items were removed to satisfy the clamour of the collectors.

Nalanda, BiharEducation Loss

India’s universities and gurukuls were the tutors to the world. They attracted foreign students in huge numbers. Although nearly all of them, such as Nalanda University, were destroyed by Islamic conquerors before the coming of the British, the country’s schooling system continued as before. Dharampal has explained in The Beautiful Tree how the so called lower castes comprised the majority of students in Tamil Nadu, United Provinces and Bihar.

The British dismantled this egalitarian education system by destroying the guilds that financed these schools. Then they replaced it with a joke. Angus Maddison explains:

The education system which developed was a very pale reflection of that in the UK. Three universities were set up in 1857 in Calcutta, Madras and Bombay, but they were merely examining bodies and did no teaching. Higher education was carried out in affiliated colleges which gave a two-year B.A. course with heavy emphasis on rote learning and examinations.

Dropout ratios were always very high. They did little to promote analytic capacity or independent thinking and produced a group of graduates with a half-baked knowledge of English, but sufficiently westernised to be alienated from their own culture. It was not until the 1920s that Indian universities provided teaching facilities and then only for MA students. Furthermore, Indian education was of a predominantly literacy character and the provision for technical training was much less than in any European country. Education for girls was almost totally ignored throughout the nineteenth century.

Now compare British colonialism with that of Russia. When Russia dissolved the Soviet Union in 1991 and set free its 14 republics, these newly independent countries had 100 percent literacy, thriving universities and robust industrial clusters. Ukraine was an agrarian basket case in the 1920s but by 1991 it had the crown jewels of Russian heavy industry. Kazakhs used to be nomads; Kazakhstan is a space power. Uzbekistan produces commercial airliners and military aircraft. The Central Asian republics, which did not even have a script for their languages prior to the arrival of the Russians, became civilizationally uplifted. Inter-marriage among Russians and non-Russians was common in all the republics.

M.A. JinnahHumanity: Greatest Loss

The most egregious effect of Partition is neither economic nor political. It is the poisoning of relations in what used to be close-knit and friendly communities. Punjab, the land of Sufi singers and inter-communal lovers, turned into an inferno where Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims fled their ancient homeland. Lahore’s population was 47 percent Hindu and Sikh; today it’s 100 percent Muslim. The orgy of violence sparked by Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s threat to turn Hindustan into a kabristan (cemetery) if Hindus did not give him Pakistan was as unprecedented as it was unexpected.

The tragedy of Partition, wrote Bombay-based writer Saadat Hasan Manto, was not that there were now two countries instead of one but the realisation that “human beings in both countries were slaves—slaves of bigotry, slaves of religious passions, slaves of animal instincts and barbarity”.

Seven decades later, even as South Asia continues to be the world’s leading laggard in most indices of human development, India and Pakistan continue to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on their The Koh-i-Noor diamond is the large round white diamond set in a Maltese cross between fleurs-de-lie.militaries and nuclear programmes. This again is a huge opportunity cost of Partition. Had there been no Pakistan, the equivalent of Pakistan’s annual defence budget would have been available for development, rather than for producing Ghauri and Ghaznavi missiles. Neither would India’s defence budget be so high.

If you add up what India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have lost because of British rule and continue to lose with every passing year and compare it with the Koh-i-noor, the diamond would be a “mere peanut”. As the inimitable John Oliver says

All our greatest possessions are stolen…. The entire British Museum is an active crime scene. If we start giving back everything we took from the empire, that building would be completely empty. – Swarajya, 30 April 2016

» Rakesh Krishnan Simha is a New Zealand-based journalist and foreign affairs analyst, with a special interest in defence and military history. He is a columnist with the Rossiyskaya Gazeta group, Moscow, and Modern Diplomacy, a Europe-based foreign affairs portal.

John Oliver, TV Show Host

Why the BJP will never send Sonia Gandhi to jail – Syed Firdaus Ashraf

Chief of India's Congress party Sonia Gandhi, her daughter Priyanka Vadera, son-in-law Robert Vadera, and son Rahul Gandhi, walk at Rajiv Gandhi's memorial on the occasion of former Prime Minister's 18th death anniversary in New Delhi in this May 21, 2009.

Syed Firdaus Ashraf“The media trial against Sonia, Rahul Gandhi or for that matter against Sonia’s son-in-law Robert Vadra will yield no results. Two years have passed since the Modi government came to power, but the Gandhi family remains untouched.” – Syed Firdaus Ashraf

While watching the news last night, my phone kept buzzing.

Unable to ignore the constant buzzing, I checked my phone to find pro-Narendra Modi friends bombarding me about the revelations about Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s alleged role in the AgustaWestland chopper scam.

Message after message informed me of how finally achche din had arrived now that Sonia’s name had been mentioned in the Rs 3,600 crore (Rs 36 billion) VVIP chopper scam.

The messages were more or less identical: ‘AgustaWestland scam—Rs 250 crore paid as bribes to Sonia Gandhi and her aides to clinch deal.’

“Italian court convicts AugstaWestland Chief Guiseppe Orsi for paying bribes to top Congress leaders in India,” the messages read further, “Sonia Gandhi struck the deal and used her puppet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to loot public money.”

Initially, I felt the urge to ignore the messages, but later I responded that despite my friends’ delight, nothing would happen to Sonia and that she would not land up behind bars.

My phone went quiet. My Modi bhakt friends fell silent.

The media trial against Sonia, Rahul Gandhi or for that matter against Sonia’s son-in-law Robert Vadra will yield no results. Two years have passed since the Modi government came to power, but the Gandhi family remains untouched.

From 1998 to 2004, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister, the issue of Sonia’s foreign origin kept being raised by many in the government and the Bharatiya Janata Party. But the Vajpayee government did not do anything during those six years. Why?

Because if Sonia, the “Italian,” was at the helm of the Congress party, it would only serve the BJP well.

Today, the Modi government does the same thing. It keeps highlighting the alleged scams that the Congress is involved in. But the people of India did not elect Modi just to talk about scams and to let Congress leaders go scot-free.

If some Indians elected a prime minister with a self-professed 56-inch chest, they want to see some action against the Gandhis, which is not happening.

Check out the allegations against the Congress party and check what action the Modi government has taken. The answer? Zilch.

Sonia Gandhi & Rahul GandhiThe Adarsh scam. The 2G scam. The coal scam. The Delhi CNG fitness test scam. The Delhi Jal Board tanker scam. The Delhi power scam. The Uttarakhand liquor licence scam. The Tatra truck scam. And now AgustaWestland.

Newspapers and television channels report one scam or another, but there is little follow-up government action.

The sole exception is the National Herald case, undertaken by Subramanian Swamy who dragged the Gandhis to court and for which, it appears, Modi rewarded him with a nominated Rajya Sabha seat.

The BJP believes the Gandhis are a liability for the Congress party which is a huge advantage for Modi come the 2019 election. I believe none of the Gandhis will see a prison cell, at least till an election year.

Modi knows the Congress without the Gandhis is a more formidable and more dangerous adversary.

After the back and forth with the Modi bhakts on the phone last night, guess the answer from them.

“There is no person fit to be PM than Modi today. If you have any alternative leader, convince us—maybe we will vote for him in 2019.” – Rediff.com, 27 April 2016

» Syed Firdaus Ashraf reports for Rediff.com in Mumbai.

Robert Vadra

Has the media missed the AgustaWestland chopper rip-off? – T. S. V. Hari

AgustaWestland 101 VVIP Helicopter

T. S. V. HariThe Westland human waste hits the fan!

In a nutshell is a huge scandal built on utter meaninglessness with one motive – stealing from the people of India. If someone as simple as the poor old author of this blog can suss this out, everyone else in the government and the highly paid media surely have. – T.S.V. Hari

All members of India’s “highly paid members of the investigative media,” without any exception, have either missed the obvious part of the AgustaWestland choppergate or deserve to be given Oscar awards for wonderful acting before the idiot box cameras and/or are bloody fools who cannot see beyond their silly noses.

India that is Bharat has lost Rs. 1000 crores already in the shameful AgustaWestland deal.

This icludes bribes amounting to € 24.3 million [Rs. 187 crores], that allegedly changed hands — and such included those of the scribe-tribe too. This splurge was for buying virtually a dozen pieces of high-priced, completely useless AW101 VVIP helicopters.

Why did an Italian company pay such a huge bribe?

Reasons:

The deal is worth Rs. 3,900 crores for 12 choppers at today’s prices.

a. The simple arithmetic: Rs. 325 crores [US$50 million] is the price for a single AW101 helicopter meant to ferry top most VVIPs of India.

b. The capacity of such persons’ retinue, at best, could be 12. AW101 is capable of carrying up to 45 standing combat troops, 16 stretchers and allied cargo pallets during military missions. It is operated by a pilot, an observer, and a crewman/operator.

The obvious implication is that Orsi had unbelievably jacked up the price.

Indicative inferences:

An Italian court sentenced the former head of Finmeccanica, Giuseppe Orsi, to two years in prison for false bookkeeping.

Finmeccanica ex-boss Giuseppe Orsi was convicted in 2014 for alleged tax-evasion, said Richard L Cassin in the FCPA Blog.

Compare it with the price of a 737-ER Boeing series today.

The price range starts from $51.5 million which can carry up to 140 passengers comfortably seated. And one can bargain because of the ongoing global recession.

Bottom-lines:

Of the Rs.1000 crores lost by India, Rs.187 crores have disappeared into several decision-makers’ pockets as bribes during UPA I & II.

Such choppers are available in the international market for as low as Rs. 20 crores each. Roughly, that is the price – inclusive of profits – that Finmeccanica ought to have been paid.

In other words, India ought to have paid only Rs. 240 crores!

Instead, the taxpayers of India have shelled out Rs. 1000 crores – that may never return.

Finmeccanica has recovered its cost, made a profit and probably, its bosses are laughing at India!

No wonder the firm paid such bribes!

Back home, in India that is Bharat, the buck-passing obfuscation is going merrily.

The bribe-takers in India are obfuscating the issue by citing asinine details that have no bearing on the matter.

One of them is the height, crows a media report.

In August 1999, IAF felt the need for the replacement of Mi-8 VIP helicopters as they were completing their total technical life. Also, they were unable to operate safely at night and in places with elevation beyond 2000 meters. IAF made a strong plea for a high altitude flying helicopter for areas like Siachen and the Tiger Hill. The key requirement for the helicopter was how high it could fly. Agusta Westland’s A-101 failed to make the list after flight evaluation.

The CBI says former air chief Tyagi’s letter dated March 8, 2005 gave approval to a flying height of 15000 feet for the Westland helicopters. Until then, the air force had been insisting that the helicopters should be able to fly at 18000 feet.

On March 14, 2013, a report in NDTV had stated thus:

The FIR quotes two letters from the air force in January 2004 and November 2004 to the Prime Minister’s Office and the defence ministry.

This is contrary to earlier reports suggesting that Brajesh Mishra, national security advisor in the BJP-led NDA government, had asked for changes in the altitude requirements so that a single vendor situation wouldn’t arise. However, the only other contender was Eurocopter, which met all the specifications but was rejected by the Special Protection Group, which looks after the security of VVIPs like the Prime Minister.

So, why are these utterly meaningless exercises at this stage?

The top VVIPs of India are the President and the Prime Minister.

The only Prime Minister to visit high altitude forward areas is Narendra Damodardas Modi – who spent the Diwali Day with soldiers in Kargil in 2014. The place’s elevation: 2,676 m (8,780 ft)!

Rarely do heads of state visit mountain passes over 12,000 feet above mean sea level [MSL].

Are there helipads in Rashtrapathi Bhavan and/or 7 RCR – the official residences of the top VVIPs of India that is Bharat?

The answer is NO!

So, does India that is Bharat, whose 60% is facing drought and 10% facing floods, whose 30% population is below the poverty-line and whose most airports are ill-equipped to handle traffic when compared with Singapore or London, need these high-priced machines?

The answer surely is NO!

The empirically ironical data:

The people of India have lost Rs. 1000 crores in the deal.

Of this Rs. 187 crores have disappeared into the pockets as bribes.

The bribe-givers have been arrested in Italy.

The bribe-takers in India are obfuscating the issue by citing asinine details that have no bearing on the matter.

The top 13 passes within the land area of the Indian Union where choppers can arguably land are:

  1. The Dungri la or Mana Pass is the high altitude mountain pass and the highest motorable road with an elevation of 5,608 m (18,399 feet) linking India and Tibet.
  2. The great Khardung La pass is located near the Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir at an elevation of 5,602 m (18,380 feet).
  3. The Borasu Pass connects Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh states at an elevation of 5,450 m (17,881 feet). It is located near the Chinese border.
  4. The Chang La pass of Ladakh is at an altitude of 5,360 m (17,590 feet) located on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh.
  5. The Debsa Pass [5,360-metre/17,590 feet] in the Himalayas and connects the Kullu and Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh.
  6. The Lipulekh pass connects the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand to Purang in Tibet at elevation of 5,334 m (17,500 feet).
  7. The Karakoram Pass is situated at an elevation of 4,693 m (15,397 feet) between India and China in the Karakoram Range.
  8. The Rupin Pass located at an elevation of 4650 m (15,250 feet) in the great Himalayan ranges. It consists of deep dark valleys, icy slopes and snow fields. It is mostly uninhabited.
  9. The major Nathu La pass connects Sikkim to Tibet region at an altitude of 4,310 m (14,140 feet) in the Himalayas mountain ranges.
  10. Jelep La Pass is situated in the East Sikkim District at an elevation of 4,270 m (14,009 feet).
  11. The frozen Sela Pass is situated at an elevation of 4,170 m (13,680 feet) in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
  12. Rohtang Pass connects Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys at an altitude of 3,978 m (13,051 feet) on Manali-Leh Highway. Rohtang Pass open from May to November only and rest of time it is very difficult to cross due to snowstorms and avalanches.
  13. The Chanshal Pass in Himachal Pradesh is at an elevation of 4,520 m (14,830 feet).

Indian Prime Ministers rarely do such visits. Even if they do, the existing choppers are enough as all of them can go up to the maximum height to which the PM or President need to reach, which is below 9,000 feet above MSL.

In a nutshell is a huge scandal built on utter meaninglessness with one motive – stealing from the people of India. If someone as simple as the poor old author of this blog can suss this out, everyone else in the government and the highly paid media surely have.

The opening gambit of this article once again:

All members of India’s “highly paid members of the investigative media,” without any exception, have either missed the obvious part of the AgustaWestland choppergate or deserve to be given Oscar awards for wonderful acting before the idiot box cameras and/or are bloody fools who cannot see beyond their silly noses.Incubation, 1 May 2016

» T.S.V. Hari is an independent senior journalist in Mumbai who blogs at Incubation.

Christian Michel, the British ‘consultant’ who allegedly played a vital role in fixing the VVIP chopper deal for AgustaWestland, is alleged to have told officials of the company to “target” the closest advisers of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to win the contract.

Christian Michel, the British ‘consultant’ who allegedly played a vital role in fixing the VVIP chopper deal for AgustaWestland, is alleged to have told officials of the company to “target” the closest advisers of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to win the contract. 
Sonia Gandhi

See also

VIDEOS: The History of Hindu India – Hinduism Today Editors & Shiva Bajpai

The History of Hindu India

History of Hindu India – Hinduism Today Editors & Shiva Bajpai

The history of today’s Hindus, one-sixth of our human race, extends back beyond recorded history. In The History of Hindu India, we pick up the threads of Hindu practice evident in the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, which was the largest and in many ways the most advanced of the ancient civilizations. From there we trace the development of Hinduism through the early empires of India, a time of great advances in science, architecture, art and literature—during which Europe was experiencing the Middle Ages. Then came the years of trial by invasion, followed by colonization and finally, in the 20th century, independence. Throughout these periods of history, we highlight the people, philosophical ideas and religious practices that are key to the Hindu religion today. ♦

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Parts Four and Five are scheduled to be completed in early 2017.

Dolkun Isa visa affair has left India red-faced – Kanchan Gupta

Kanchan Gupta“As in Tibet, Beijing has been trying to suppress and crush Uyghur nationalism and separatism through its triple policy of overwhelming force, sly co-option and massive resettlement, though not necessarily in that order. Inducements of office and power are offered to Uyghurs willing to collaborate with Beijing.” – Kanchan Gupta

In this era of e-activism which does not require activists, both wannabe and genuine, to march through streets in blistering heat or biting cold, social media has become the barricades of our times.

Consequently, to man the barricades has come to mean to rush to the keyboard and post your protest (or defence) on Twitter or Facebook.

You don’t chant rhyming slogans like “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, We shall fight and we shall win”; you coin hashtags and make them trend—nationally and globally.

Dolkun IsaConference

And so it came to pass that when news first broke of India granting a visa to Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa for attending a conference on China at Dharamsala, excited supporters and e-activists of the BJP reached for their keyboards to wave the flag and heap praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Soon, the hashtag #ModiSlapsChina was trending, fetching further excited chatter. It would seem this was the moment India was waiting for since the humiliation of 1962; the moment for revenge and redemption.

Few, if any, among those cheering the Modi government would have had heard of Dolkun Isa before this, or known of him as the Uyghur dissident who lives in exile in Germany and is believed to hold a German passport. Isa heads the World Uyghur Congress which has been campaigning for the rights of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.

As in Tibet, Beijing has been trying to suppress and crush Uyghur nationalism and separatism through its triple policy of overwhelming force, sly co-option and massive resettlement, though not necessarily in that order. Inducements of office and power are offered to Uyghurs willing to collaborate with Beijing.

There are some takers, but the vast majority rejects China’s repressive rule and abhors the Han Chinese who have been ferried in as settlers with the aim of changing the demography of the province.

Over the decades, Beijing has modulated its position on Tibetan separatists. They are now called “splittists”. This is largely because little remains of the country the Dalai Lama fled in 1959 to seek shelter in India.

Compared to Tibet, Xinjiang is a different story. The indigenous Uyghur population, of Turkic extract, has refused to be bludgeoned into submission. Beneath the turbulent surface simmers fierce hate.

What has fuelled Muslim separatism is the global rise of jihadist Islamism. Beijing claims the East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement, affiliated to al Qaeda, is behind the ethno-religious uprising by “terrorists”.

Dolkun Isa is accused by China of being a “terrorist” who uses his perch in Europe to mobilise funds and arms for Uyghur separatism. The accusation may be entirely untrue, but in the past other separatists have used liberal Europe’s shelter to mobilise resources for armed insurrection. Given this reality, it becomes difficult to scoff at China’s claim and accusation.

Masood AzharBut that is precisely what New Delhi was perceived as having done in response to China blocking India’s move at the UN Security Council (UNSC) to secure sanctions on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar who plotted and executed the Pathankot attack.

In the past, China has restrained India’s hand on Hafiz Saeed and his lieutenants in Lashkar-e-Taiba by invoking its right to block. Worse, China justified the protection it extended to Azhar by lecturing India on the need to be good friends with Pakistan, pretending its deed was that of a well-wisher, when in reality it was akin to sprinkling salt on India’s wound.

It’s this backdrop that made the visa for Dolkun Isa a big issue: India had done unto China what China had done unto India, or so the hashtag nationalists believed and proclaimed.

For more than a week the narrative gathered steam and the #ModiSlapsChina balloon grew bigger by the day. Oped-ists rushed in with their two-penny views. Foreign affairs analysts agonised over possible fallouts of a Modi-Xi clash.

The lusty cheers of e-activists grew into a cacophony of nationalist slogans. The barricades shook and looked as if their collapse under the force of Right triumphalism was imminent.

Protest

Then the least expected happened. The visa (it turned out to be an e-visa meant for tourists) was withdrawn. This was done after China lodged its protest with India for giving a visa to a “wanted terrorist” and pointed out that there was a “red corner” notice mandating Isa’s arrest if he were to arrive at an Indian port.

There were various explanations credited to unnamed sources on why the visa was cancelled: that Dolkun Isa could not have attended the Dharamsala conference with a tourist visa; that as a responsible country India could not have allowed unhindered travel to a person against whom there is a “red corner” notice; and, that it was never a considered decision to spite China by thumbing our collective nose at that country.

Interpol Notice LogosThese are lame excuses. A realistic explanation would be this was yet another halfway house act of standing up to China (or the mighty US and even puny Pakistan, for that matter).

When push came to shove, India, as always, meekly allowed itself to be shoved. The only other explanation would be this is another instance of two key ministries, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs, not knowing what the other is up to.

Mystery

Either way it remains a mystery as to why the #ModiSlapsChina narrative was allowed to build up to a virtual point of no return. It also remains unexplained why India would feel constrained to issue a visa to a German national against whom China bears a grudge. We can be pretty sure China would not reciprocate in a similar manner.

Nor did China pillory the US for ignoring the “red corner” notice while opening its doors to Dolkun Isa. Foreign policy is largely about pushing, promoting and securing the national interest. And what is in the national interest is often bereft of moral principles, ethical niceties and obligations to the world at large. It is silly to even remotely suggest that India should play by the rulebook while dealing with China.

Sadly, the whole messy affair over the visa for Dolkun Isa suggests those who should be playing a crafty power game to push India’s national interest are either incapable of craftiness or simply gutless. Yet they are happy to ride the tide of hashtag nationalism till the tide recedes and a new one rolls in, this time bearing the hashtag #ChinaSlapsIndia. – Daily-O, 29 April 2016

» Kanchan Gupta is a popular columnist who writes on national and regional politics, international affairs and security issues.

Dolkun Isa Visa

5 – Tamil Nadu in the grip of Jihad -Thamizhchelvan

Hawala Cash : Police recover currency notes worth rupees 25 cr from a car that was hit by a bus near Coimbatore in January 2015

Journalist at work“So far, 134 Hindus who opposed terrorism and questioned the injustices committed against Hindus have been brutally murdered in Tamil Nadu. The exclusive documentary on the Jihadi murders clearly establishes the growth of Islamic terror in the state and how the government is found wanting in its investigations.” – Thamizhchelvan

Tamil Nadu Thowheed JamathIslamising Tamil Nadu, an organisation termed as a pan-Indian body with lakhs of members by none other than the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, gave a call for a “Battle of Badr” on 28 July 2015. The Egypt-Israel War, Kargil War and the Taliban Offensive were all termed as “Badr Wars” or “Battles of Badr”. The organisation openly called for planned violence, asking men and youth to take part in it while the women, elderly and children were asked not to partake in it.

Jainulabdheen of Thowheed Jamath dared the police, “We are 50 lakh people; you are only 20,000. If we hit the streets what is that you can do?” They put up posters publicly threatening to murder or give qurbani of those who oppose them.

In Tamil Nadu, supposed to be a haven of peace, fundamentalists seem to decide who should canvas votes, how they should go about it and from where they should do it.  As per their wishes, the Tamil Nadu police have declared that Muslim-dominated areas are not to be ‘trespassed’ by election campaigners. The documentary establishes this with reports on a couple of instances.

The media is put under immense pressure through threats and demonstrations. It should not publish news which is not liked by the fundamentalists. If at all such news is published, the concerned media houses would be threatened and attacked. There are instances of media houses tendering unconditional apologies to Islamic organisations after attacks on them and huge protest demonstrations against them. As a result, the media either refrains from or is very guarded in publishing news about fundamentalist activities.

In many areas of the State, the Jamaths reign supreme. Even the police and government machineries are guarded in their approach towards them. The Arabian-style punishment of stoning to death was rehashed Flag of Indiain Palayamkottai of Thirunelveli district in the year 2007, and a woman killed. In another instance, the poor father of one Thiruvarutchelvan, who was murdered by fundamentalists, had to approach Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath for justice for his son’s death.

Anti-national acts

The documentary shows some of the anti-national acts of fundamentalists with evidences. When Hindus led by the organisation Hindu Munnani, organised for hoisting the national flag on Republic Day in 2014 in a public ground, the Villupuram police yielded to the demand of fundamentalists and issued an order banning the celebration under Section 30(2) of TN Police Act.

In Parangipettai, fundamentalists instructed minority students not to participate and sing the national song Vande Mataram during the Independence Day celebrations organised in the local school. The students refused to sing it.

Whenever the Pakistan team wins against the Indian team in cricket matches, the victory of Pakistan is celebrated. In tournaments where Pakistan is knocked out, they celebrate if India is defeated by other teams by bursting crackers.

They put up posters and graffiti supporting Pakistan-aided terrorists like Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru. They were termed as “innocents”.

As an insult to one of the great sons of India, former President Dr. Abdul Kalam, they advised their community, through social networking sites, not to pray for him when he suddenly passed away.

P. Jainulabdeen founded Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath in 2004Breeding ground for terror

Terrorism is planted in the minds of youth through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc. These sites were used to the optimum level to create the Ambur riots in June 2015. They are also used to recruit youth for the international terrorist organisation Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Youth are leaving from Tamil Nadu for countries like Syria and Iraq.

Fundamentalists run training centers across Tamil Nadu to perpetrate terrorist activities. People are even converted and trained here. The converts are sent to training centers called “Arivagam” (meaning ‘House of Intelligence’). Many converts are involved in fundamentalist activities, some are used for terror acts, some are juvenile boys.

In order to carry out these terror activities without any hindrances, fundamentalists capture fields of activities like communication and transport. Shops have been taken on auction in most of the railway stations and strategic railway junctions. Most railway canteens are also run by them. There are reports of involvement in hawala activities, indirectly helping terror.

On 7 January 2015, a vehicle belonging to one Mustafa met with an accident near Madukarai in Coimbatore, as a result of which cash worth Rs.2.45 crore was strewn all over the road. The vehicle owner runs a railway canteen in Erode Railway Junction. The money was allegedly being taken to Mallappuram district in Kerala.

In another incident, when police rescued children who were being taken to Kerala by traffickers at Katpadi Railway Station, some Muslims intervened and released the children from the police and sent them to Kerala. Here too, the railway canteen is run by them.

The documentary explains in detail how the important fields of communication, transport and trades are dominated by the community in a planned manner. It is also dominant in fields such as servicing of cell phones and computers and selling cell phones and computer accessories. The youth use these centers to woo Hindu girls as they can access their phone numbers easily and cultivate ties with them.

They are equally active in the rail and air ticket booking businesses, and have increased their hold over meat shops, tea shops, juice shops, etc., which function during night hours in cities and metros. It is common to see their groups roaming in the middle of the night in major cities of Tamil Nadu. In metros like Chennai, boarding and lodging facilities popularly known as “mansions” are predominantly run by members of the community.

They are systematically entering trade and labour unions such as auto drivers unions, taxi drivers unions, porters unions, etc., which are well-connected with the field of transport. Fearing high handedness, the police refrain from initiating any action against these trade unions. Due to this attitude of the police, other groups join the unions, for security.

Sikkal MosqueMosques

Besides being places of worship, the fundamentalist organisations seem to use mosques for other purposes also. New mosques are coming up on highways and main arterial roads, to bring the entire state under their control. They are totally disproportionate to the population of the community.

The East Coast Road from Chennai to Kanyakumari has come under the total control of fundamentalists in this manner. The minarets of mosques along this coast have become structures for sending signals to vessels in deep seas. Ladders are attached with these minarets, to facilitate climbing. As this coastal area is close to Sri Lanka, it aids Pakistani spies and agents who operate from Sri Lanka to infiltrate and smuggle weapons inside our country.

Most of the time, the police do not man the check posts along this road. Even when present, they do not check the vehicles. As a corollary, the fundamentalists have started dominating the marine trade of fish trawling, vending and fish exports in order to capture this coast.

In similar fashion, the fundamentalists have started constructing mosques at a distance of every 60 to 80 kilometers on Chennai-Thirunelveli Highway. They facilitate a planned increase of settlement of their community along the roads which connect to the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Similar settlements are coming up on the highways connecting Karnataka.

Dindigal is a strategically important town in providing this connectivity, and settlements around Dindigal are rising along with a number of fundamentalist organisations. These strategically important thoroughfares have been converted as forts and fortresses of the community, making it impossible for government and non-Muslims to enter.

Inside, required infrastructures are constructed to facilitate infiltration of foreign nationals, leading to increased smuggling and terrorist activities. These include gold smuggling and fake currency rackets.

Terror activities are strengthened as Muslims from Bangladesh are settled here. Media reports say that Saudi Arabia has spent Rs 1,700 crore to spread fundamentalism in India. 25,000 clerics have come from Saudi Arabia to give training on Wahhabism and fundamentalism.

A Pakistani army officer publicly accepted in a debate on an Indian private TV channel that Tamil Nadu is on the list of separatism. As if to confirm this, fundamentalists put up posters in support of Pakistani terrorists, spread pro-Pakistan opinions and held meetings in support of Pakistan. A map released by ISIS once again reconfirms the conspiracy to bring India under its umbrella as “Khurasan”. As national security becomes endangered, the fundamentalists are trying to infiltrate the police as well.

Jayalalithaa BegumNaive appeasement

In this perilous situation, Tamil Nadu government, with the support of main political parties, has made a mindless proclamation offering 3.5% reservations for Muslims in education and employment. While Hindus are charged entry fee to enter temples, subsidy is given for Haj. The Government enjoys the revenue from temples and their assets but provides free rice for the Ramzan feast.

So far, 134 Hindus who opposed terrorism and questioned the injustices committed against Hindus have been brutally murdered in Tamil Nadu. The exclusive documentary on the Jihadi murders clearly establishes the growth of Islamic terror in the state and how the government is found wanting in its investigations.

Murderous attacks have been perpetrated upon many Hindus. Through the post-mortem reports, the documentary establishes the fact that these murders are Jihadi murders. However, on instruction from the authorities, the Police Department labels these murders as results of land and money disputes, thereby offering an easy escape route for the terrorists.

Rama GopalanRamagopalan and his relentless fight  

In this unequal situation, thousands of Hindu youth are fighting to protect this land of Azhwar and Nayanmar saints. Sri Ramagopalan, founder president of Hindu Munnani, has fought relentlessly for the last 70 years, even after being severely assaulted on occasion. He defeated the attempt to convert Hindus in Meenakshipuram, in Thirunelveli district and blocked the government’s attempt to rename Dindigal district as Quaid-E-Millat district. He redeemed the Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore.

Sri Ramagopalan nixed Christian attempts to change the name of Kanyakumari district as “Kanni Mary” (Kanya = Kanni) district, and brought back many Hindus to their mother faith, Hinduism. He recreated the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations as a commemoration of Hindu resurgence at all the places where murtis of Sri Ganesha were broken and celebrations stopped.

Standing up boldly against religious conversions, he combatted the deceitful atheist propaganda against Hinduism by the Dravidar Kazhagam and other Dravidian parties. Speaking to this writer, Sri Ramagopalan said,

“Countless incidents like these have happened across Tamil Nadu. We have documented some of them with authentic evidences and come out with documentaries of three DVDs. Please watch them with patience. Please spread the news about the danger awaiting Hindus and the perilous state of Tamil Nadu to every nook and corner of the world/country. We are sure that this Islamic Terrorism would have affected you in some way. Instead of being you and me, let us unite as one and jointly fight this evil.

Let us save Tamil Nadu and prevent it from becoming Taliban Nadu.”

(To be continued…)

» The visual documentation of the above mentioned features can be seen and downloaded in the website link (English) from 30.06 mts to 43.19 mts.

» Thamizhchelvan is an independent senior journalist in Chennai.

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