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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Narendra Modi gave intelligence about attack to Prime Minister year ago

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Gujarat CM Mr. Narendra Modi shares his views with the world on the ghastly terrorist attack in Mumbai. He apparently did give some intelligence information about a year ago to the Prime Minister about Pakistan using the sea route to send terrorists. Look at him so sober but yet so strong and compare it to the Shameless Chief Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh all laughing and walking at the attack site as if he is strolling in a garden. And to put salt on the wound, they make statements like Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil did after the attacks. He said
"ऐसा नहीं है। इतने बड़े शहर में छोटा हादसा हो जाता है। तो टोटल फैलयर नहीं है। / Aisa nahi hai. Itne bade shahar mein chhota hadsa ho jata hai. To total failure nahi hai. / It is not like that. In big cities like this, small incidents do happen. It's is not a total failure."
Of course, it's good he said that, as the world now knows what is in the mind and heart of such politicians. The world now knows from the horse's mouth that they don't give two hoots for the safety of their citizens.

How do such Minister show bravado? By traveling with their Z+ Security at the cost of tax payers and make mockery of their deaths by quoting sound bytes as if they are writing latest Pulp Fiction. Economic Times reports,
“With such a home minister at the helm of affairs, we could not ask for a greater disaster. Mr Patil spoke and behaved as if he was featuring in a pulp Bollywood movie, during the 60-hour-long terror attack and its aftermath, with irresponsible sound-bytes serving as dialogues,” an exasperated senior Congress minister told ET. This minister cited ‘information’ fed by Mr Patil to the byte-hungry news channels.

“The terrorists had ammunition and planned to kill 5,000 people. But the brave police security forces crushed their designs and reduced the damage to a much lesser degree,” Mr Patil said at a press conference on Friday. Mr Patil’s statements, about the ability of terrorists to kill 5,000 people, have not been confirmed by the NSG which finally freed the city landmarks from the terrorists.

But for politicians like Patil, this is a small incident that the arrested radical Islamist terrorist, Ajmal Mohammed Amir Kasab (seen on the left), a resident of Faridkot village in Pakistani Punjab’s Ukada district who came with other dozens of terrorists from Karachi, Pakistan through the sea route without being intercepted, lands unchecked on THE prime location in Mumbai at Gateway of India, walks into Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) with an AK-47 and shoots innocent Citizens to brutal death! Mr. Patil it may be a small incident for you, but it is most certainly not so in a Dharmochit (Moral Righteous) world. Because this world is no GTA and you are no hero.

Mr. Modi raised valid points about the lackadaisical Government and it's zero policy towards destroying terrorism. He also informed the public that he had brought to the notice of the Prime Minister about one year ago that Pakistan encroaches into Bharatiya waters and illegally detain Bharatiya Fishermen. Also, that when they allow these Fishermen to go, their boats which are registered in Bharat are not returned and are now used for this heinous attack on Bharat again. No wonder he is being projected as the future Prime Minister of Bharat in various debates online.

Like Ms. Tavleen Singh asked in her article Terror’s wake up call some serious questions as raised by Mr. Modi,
How dare our Government allow this to happen? How dare the Prime Minister shift responsibility for what happened by blaming ‘external elements’ for the terrible tragedy we saw unfold before our eyes last week? As an honourable man, should he not concede that the reason why the Islamists are winning their war against India is because his government has done nothing to stop them? If he does not accept this he owes it to us to list the steps taken by his government to stop the jihad whose stated aim is to destroy India or Islamise it.

There has been more Islamist terrorism on Indian soil under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh than at any other time. From being a Kashmiri problem it has become our biggest national security problem. The attacks have become more sophisticated and more daring every time. And last week we saw enemy troops land easily in our commercial capital and go on a spree of murder and mayhem that took more than two days to end. It was more an act of war than an act of terrorism, but do we know who the enemy is? No, we do not. What is the point in blaming Pakistan when we are not even able to identify the people who did this?

We would have been able to identify them if the Government of India had created that most fundamental requirement to fight this war: a computerised database...

Last week’s attacks in Mumbai would have required months of planning. People trapped in the Taj and Oberoi told their rescuers that the terrorists seemed to know exactly where everything was, from the elevators to the number of exits. There must have been dry runs. Were Maharashtra’s intelligence agencies sleeping? When security was tightened a few months ago at Mumbai’s hotels, did the police create contingency plans? Were they prepared for an attack by armed men? State governments have shown themselves to be singularly useless in fighting terrorism but the final responsibility for Indian cities being such easy targets lies with the Government of India, with the Prime Minister personally.

There is a war being waged against India by sophisticated, highly motivated mujahideen who believe their evil jihad has the sanction of Allah. To fight them we must first admit that there is a jihad. This neither Sonia Gandhi nor the Prime Minister is able to do for fear that they might hurt Muslim sentiments. They don’t appear to see that by not admitting that Islamist terrorism is a reality, they virtually condemn all Muslims as being part of the jihad. If you notice the ease with which the Government of India labelled the Sadhvi and her colleagues as Hindu terrorists, you know that dangerous political games are being played that endanger India’s security. The jihad against India is a national problem. The Prime Minister is most to blame for the pusillanimity of India’s response.

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  1. RR Patil calls attack small

  2. RR Patil resigns over Mumbai terror attack

  3. Small incidents like this do happen, says Maharashtra home minister

  4. Deputy CM RR Patil talks himself into trouble

Narendra Modi talks on Congress's double standards

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Gujarat CM Mr. Narendra Modi tells the people of Indraprasth (misnomer: Delhi) what Pakistan's Anti-Bharat Government could not do in 20 years, ruling Congress led UPA Government did in 20 days by maligning the Bharatiya Army and Hindus.

He also talks about how Mr. Mohandas "Mahatma" K Gandhi wanted Congress to be dissolved after Independence.

He talks about Shivraj Patil's fetish with changing clothes.

Former CIA operative on Mumbai terrorist attack

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Former CIA covert operative shares his views with Fox News on the radical Islamist terrorist attack in Mumbai on 11/26/2008 by Muslim extremists.

Presentation on Government control of Hindu Temples

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Government could have prevented Mumbai 11/26: Secret Report

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Champion of Bharat's Internal Insecurity Shivraj Patil may have resigned but are we surprised at the new kind of terrorist attacks in Mumbai on 11/26/2008 or could it have been prevented? Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Arun Shourie from the BJP answers that there is no need to be surprised and the attacks could very well have been prevented. These are facts from a supposed Secret Report that Congress chided at Mr. Shourie for making public and informing the public about this Government's apathy and incompetence.

Our coastal areas are coming under increased threat from terrorist groups, which have decided to use the sea route to infiltrate into India. They also plan to induct arms and ammunition through the sea routes” — that is Shivraj Patil addressing the directors general and inspectors general of police in November 2006. “We understand they (the terrorists) have been collecting information regarding location of various refineries on or near the Indian coastline... Some Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives are also being trained specifically for sabotage of Oil installations. There are plans to occupy some uninhabited islands off the country’s coastline to use them as bases for launching operations on the Indian coast...”

That was the ever-alert home minister in November 2006. The minister of defence has been no less alert. On March 9 2007, he was asked in the Lok Sabha, whether “the intelligence agencies have warned about the possibility of terrorists trying to infiltrate through the sea route or trying to target our offshore installations?” He answered, “Yes, sir. There are reports about terrorists of various tanzeems being imparted training and likelihood of their infiltration through sea routes...” He was asked whether “maritime terrorism, gun-running, drug-trafficking and piracy are major threats that India is facing from the sea borders of the country?” His answer? “Yes, sir.”

On May 9 2007, the home minister was asked in the Rajya Sabha, whether “it is a fact that there are strong apprehensions of terrorist threats to the country through the sea route?” “As per available reports,” he answered, “Pak based terrorist groups, particularly LeT, have been exploring possibilities of induction of manpower and terrorist hardware through the sea route...” On December 8, 2007, the National Security Adviser, M.K. Narayanan, was educating the world at the 4th Regional Security Summit organised by the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Manama Dialogue. “According to our intelligence reports,” he confided to the assembled sheikhs and experts, “there are now certain new schools that are now being established on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, which now specialise in the training of an international brigade of terrorists to fight in many climes. According to our information, recruits from 14 to 15 countries have been identified as amongst the trainees there... Training has become extremely rigorous — it is almost frightening in nature... Studies are being carried out about important targets, with regard to vulnerability, accessibility, poor security, absence of proper counter-terrorism measures, etc. The sea route, in particular, is becoming the chosen route for carrying out many attacks, even on land. References to this are to be found replete in current terrorist literature.” “Given India’s experience in dealing with terrorism,” he added, “I would like to therefore sound a note of warning, that there is no scope for complacency...”

On March 11, 2008, A.K. Antony addressed the “International Maritime Search and Rescue Conference,” in Delhi. He warned the delegates of “dangers of Terror attacks from the sea in the region.” In the course of his address, Antony admitted that the Coast Guard faces shortage of manpower as well as hardware. But “necessary steps are being taken to strengthen the search and rescue infrastructure of the Indian Coast Guard...” On November 13, 2008, just a fortnight before the assaults at Mumbai, Manmohan Singh warned the BIMSTEC summit, “Terrorism and threats from the sea continue to challenge the authority of the state...”

By now it was time for Shivraj Patil to address yet another meeting of the DGs and IGs of Police. Thus on November 22, 2008, that is literally on the eve of the attacks in Mumbai, he told the police chiefs, “To control terrorism in the hinterland, we have to see that infiltration of terrorists from other countries does not take place through the sea routes and through the borders between India and friendly countries. The coastlines also have to be guarded through Navy, Coast Guard and coastal police. The states’ special branches and the CID should identify the persons forming part of the sleeper cells and lodging in cities and towns and studying in educational institutions and working in industries and professions...”

And four days later, the terrorists, using the exact same sea route, do the exact same thing that these worthies have been warning others about. Are they consultants to Government or ones running the government? Is their job to issue warnings to others or to see that the warnings are acted upon? Warning given, the job is done. But that is the fate of warnings in this system. After all, that very sea route was used to smuggle explosives for the blasts across Bombay in 1993. Were those blasts not warning enough?

Seven years later —in 2000 — the warning and lesson were made explicit yet again. Four task forces were set up in the wake of the Kargil war. The one on border management warned, “The long coastline with its inadequate policing makes it easy to land arms and explosives at isolated spots on the coast.” It recalled that this is exactly how explosives were smuggled into Maharashtra in 1993. “The situation, if anything, has worsened over the years with the activities of the ISI becoming more widespread along the coast particularly by extension into the coast of Kerala... Such coastal areas must be particularly kept under surveillance.”

There is space here to cite just one example. The task force pointed out that the ISI had started using the Lakshadweep archipelago as a major staging point for smuggling arms and personnel into India. The agency used smugglers and their networks — like Dawood Ibrahim and his tentacles — and their routes for doing so. These dons and their networks were given shelter and support in return for helping the agency with its operations against India.

Now, Lakhsdweep has 36 islands. Ten of these are inhabited. Talking of one of these islands — Suheli — the task force pointed out that, sea vessels of smugglers apart, “there have been instances of twin rotor helicopters (of the kind used by militaries) landing at Suheli Island and spotting of unidentified helicopters flying over the waters around the islands...” And what were we doing? “Intelligence gathering in the islands,” the task force recorded, “is carried out by one inspector, one sub inspector, one head constable and three constables working in the special branch at Kavaratti” — just one of the 36 islands. “Intelligence gathering in all other islands is carried out by one head constable/constable who reports to the OIC (the officer in charge) of the police station who in turn passes it on to the inspector (special branch) at Kavaratti.” Please read that again: 36 islands; one inspector, one sub inspector, one head constable and three constables on the main island; and one head constable/constable for all the remaining 35 islands...

What has happened since, what is the position today, I ask the person who has held the highest posts in intelligence. Exactly what it was then, he says, with one difference. With the upgradation of all posts, the inspector (special branch) at Kavaratti is now designated not as officer in charge, but as joint assistant director or deputy central intelligence officer depending on his cadre. As for the other recommendations — patrolling, setting up sensors, and a host of others things are as they were.

And we are surprised!

I can multiply such examples by the score at no notice at all. Recalling just one thing will be sufficient. When, during a debate on national security in the Rajya Sabha, I began citing such passages from the report of this task force, shouts went up from the Congress, “But this is a secret report... How has he got it?... How is he citing it?...” Shivraj Patil remained his composed self, eventually chiding me with the sagacity which even terrorists have by now come to associate with him.

Things to do. First, act on recommendations that are made by committees you set up. Second, that will not happen unless we send a better type into legislatures and, thence, to governments. When we select leaders who treat the police as their private army; when we select leaders for whom investigating agencies are instruments to fix rivals or let off allies, don’t expect the police and agencies to suddenly turn around and forestall terrorists.

Third, remember that little can be achieved unless every aspect of governance, is brought up to par. You can’t have a first-rate commando force and a third rate magistracy. You can’t have defence and intelligence personnel who will nab terrorists and courts that will let them off, or, better still, enable them to live off the treasury as state guests for years. And that excellence must reach down to that “head constable/constable” level. When K.P.S. Gill reconquered Punjab for the country, he did so by strengthening and invigorating the local thana.

Fourth, that is only one part of the explanation. A weakened and confused society explains as much — and the responsibility lies as much with those who have dissipated national resolve, who have made nationalism a dirty word. That set includes the media as much as politicians. Sixty-seventy thousand killed by terrorism and we are still debating whether we should have a federal investigating agency. Sixty-seventy thousand killed by terrorists and we are still debating whether we should have a special law to bring them to book.

Of course, we must have the agency. Of course, we must have the sternest law in the world. But having the law is not enough. We must enforce it. One side of the picture is that, to pander to its vote bank among Muslims, the government has been withholding sanction to the law passed by the Gujarat assembly — even though that law is the exact replica of the law that its own party’s government has passed in adjacent Maharashtra. The other side is that, as the Maharashtra government does not use the law it has, those who will give shelter and support to terrorists give them with abandon — you just have to think of the quantum of weapons that the terrorists brought in; the detailed local knowledge they had — of the spot at which to land their boats, of the location of the building in which Jews and Israelis were staying, of the insides of the hotels, to see that they could not have executed their plans without the most extensive local help, help given over months.

And enforcing the law means carrying out sentences that the law provides. The parliament of India is attacked, guards are killed; one of the killers is tried and convicted, the sentence is confirmed by the Supreme Court, and, eight years after the assault, his “papers are still being processed,” indeed there are signature campaigns against executing the sentence. Given these circumstances, the best thing for a terrorist to succeed in his mission, and then get caught. He will get the best lawyers to defend him. He will get judges who are ever so solicitous about his rights, ever so finicky about procedures. And, of course, he will get activists to shoot off press statements on his behalf. Lawyers better, judges more solicitous, activists more articulate and better networked than any in his own country.

But for any of this to happen, the society has to be clear in its mind. This is, it has for 20 years been, war. It can be won only by overwhelming the adversary — not by running after the terrorist, as K.P.S. Gill says, but by out-running him, indeed by over-running him. Not an eye for an eye. For an eye, both eyes. Not a tooth for a tooth. For a tooth, the whole jaw. Human rights? Yes, we will respect the human rights of the terrorists and their sponsors and their local supporters to the extent that they respect the human rights of our people.

Finally, have a clear realisation of the condition of the society and state of Pakistan. Unless you come across evidence that the nature of the state and society of Pakistan has changed, it is idiotic to put faith in the profession of this ruler or that. Remember Musharraf’s “Main naya dil leyke aayaa hun”? Taliban and Al Qaeda are not the cause of the state of Pakistan. They are the result of the Talibanisation of Pakistani society and state.

Where do you think, and by whom do you think are the teachers instructed to ensure that students from class 1 onwards “recognise the importance of jihad”; to ensure that they “must be aware of the blessings of jihad”; to ensure that they “create yearning for jihad in his heart”; to ensure that they develop “love and aspiration for jihad, tabligh, shahadat, sacrifice, ghazi, shaheed”? Where do you think, and by whom are teachers instructed to ensure that students from kindergarten onwards learn to “make speeches on jihad and shahadat”, and are “judged on their spirit while making speeches on jihad”? Do you think these are instructions issued by the Islamic fundamentalists to maulvis in madrasas? They are instructions given by the government of Pakistan through official circulars to principals and teachers in government schools of Pakistan.

You didn’t know that? Exactly. That is a large part of the problem. You will find reams of these and other facts in the 2002 report edited by Pakistani academics, A.H. Nayyar and Ahmed Salim, and published by the Sustainable Development Institute, Islamabad, ‘The Subtle Subversion: The state of curricula and textbooks in Pakistan, Urdu, English, Social Studies and Civics’. Get on to the Internet, download and read the report from www.sdpi.org. Here is a part of the problem that you can solve by yourself.

As for the rest of the problem,as we can no longer rely on Shivraj Patil, we are compelled to continue to rely on the one who has been for the government as a whole, what Shivraj Patil has been for the home ministry — that is, the prime minister, Manmohan Singh.

Champion of Internal Insecurity Shivraj Patil resigns

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Finally the Shameless Stooge of the Head of the Demonarchy resigned under the orders from its Italian despot. This is nothing but a face saving political stunt by UPA. His ignominious tenure as Bharat's Home Minister will go down in the history as one of the bloodiest periods of recent history. 37 Major terrorist attacks in four and a half years and countless corruption charges for misusing his office for his son Shailesh Patil's and daughter-in-law Archana Patil's benefit (Read Distillery to sugar mill: Shivraj Patil’s son pulls strings from father’s official residence, Environment Ministry bent norms to favour Rs 149-cr distillery that has Shivraj Patil’s son on its board, Ailing sugar co-op banks on its margdarshak: Shivraj Patil’s son, Where are the jobs, what will happen to our river: angry villagers have complaint list, and Sudershan raps Patil).

There should a case of Corruption and Criminal Negligence against Shivraj Patil.

In an article Shivraj's tenure of internal insecurity, Amitabh Sinha of the Indian Express shows the terrifying tenure of Patil,
As Home Minister, Shivraj Patil presided over one of the bloodiest periods in India’s recent history. The four and half years of his tenure were laced with about 20 major terrorist strikes, hundreds of deaths of innocent civilians in internal violence, and an alarming increase in the spread of Naxal activities, to mention just a few elements of internal security.

True, and this is why he should be charged with Criminal Negligence of his duties and so should the person i.e. despot Antonia Maino who forced such worthless incompetent corrupt person on this nation and costed it so many innocent lives.

But his own statements and actions never instilled any confidence among the people who were at the receiving end of an endless cycle of violence and mindless Terror attacks.

Instilling confidence?! This "Sonia Gandhi" Sycophant blamed the people for not being able to stop the attack and called the terrorists his brothers. What the hell are people supposed to do? What a sick Ass!

There have been eight major incidents of terrorist strikes in this year alone — including the latest attacks in Mumbai — in which more than 400 people have lost their lives. But all that came out in response from the Home Ministry was some inane statements that, to the hapless victims, sounded hollow, repetitive and impotent, even comic.

But these were not able to stop the almost predictable cycle of terror attacks. Instead, his penchant for referring to terrorists and Naxalites as ‘misguided brothers’, his ill-advised equation between Mohammad Afzal and Sarabjeet Singh, his adamant opposition to the promulgation of a tough anti-terror law and denying the same to the state governments. He came to symbolise everything that was wrong with India’s internal security mechanism.

So much so that he started getting attention for the number of times he was changing clothes on a day when about 30 people had been killed in a coordinated serial bomb blasts in Delhi.

I wonder how many times did he change his clothes before being forced to resign. Must have built a big wardrobe at the cost of tax payers money in past four and a half years.. eh?

Patil could have resigned — or sacked — after any of the numerous terror attacks in the last three years. But he survived, probably because — as Patil himself mentioned recently — “he had the blessings of the Congress president”.

Shameless display of dictatorial Demonarchy in the name of Democracy. This Government and it's sycophant stooges have blood of the innocent victims on their hands and they have to answer to the people of Bharat, why they have not done anything for the security of the citizens? Instead they have made the situation worse than ever. Why are Bharatiya (Indians) citizens forced to pay pension to the terrorists?

Congress and Manmohan Singh make a mockery of Mumbai Attacks

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What do we expect from this Italian despot Antonia Maino controlled Prime Minister, who has devalued the office to mere doorman puppet show. They haven't done anything after 36 major terrorist attacks in four years, what will they do after this 37th one? Nothing. Shunya. They refer to Pakistan as "hostile nation" instead of taking its name. Can anyone really believe that they have guts to send Bharatiya army to the borders like BJP did. Where is the proof that Pakistan is involved? This Machiavellian Government has lied to the nation time and again. Whether it is internal security, external security, economy, farce Nuclear deal, inflation, Anti-Hindu vendetta politics, etc. There can be no solution to this grave threat under such a pathetic kind of foreigner ruled dictatorial Demonarchy.

By the way, Antonia Maino, who paid for the full page Advertisement in the newspaper? I am sure it must be the hard earned money of the tax payers misdirected for this purpose.

And what happened to the Election Commission? Isn't this Advertisement a way to influence and misguide the public and it should take cognizance of it. No morals and no ethics. Shame!

‘Shocked’ PM forgets his terrible record by Kanchan Gupta

The Congress believes, yes it really does, that its leaders alone have the right to ‘politicise’ national security while others should treat it as a ‘national issue’ above partisan politics. So, the Congress has been prompt in berating the BJP for suggesting that the pusillanimous UPA Government is to blame for the repeated terrorist strikes and the attendant death, destruction and devastation across the country. The 60-hour siege of Mumbai by fidayeen is the latest instance of India suffering yet another grievous blow at the hands of jihadis for whom slaughtering innocent people is the highest tribute to their faith. But after reprimanding the BJP for criticising the Government and thus ‘politicising’ terrorism, the Congress has had no compunctions about ‘politicising’ the grief and misery inflicted by mass murderers. On Saturday, the Congress issued a full-page advertisement in its favourite newspaper, listing the various terrorist strikes during the NDA years, casually mentioning the fidayeen attacks in Mumbai, saluting the security personnel killed in these incidents, and then preachily declaring that terrorism is a “national issue, not a political game”. The purpose was to influence people in Delhi hours before they stepped out of their homes to cast their votes in Saturday’s Assembly election.

The advertisement raises two issues, both related to political morality and ethics, which are alien to the Congress and its amoral and unethical leaders. First, according to this advertisement, there have been no terrorist attacks in India between the audacious strike on the Red Fort on December 22, 2000, and the November 26, 2008 assault on Mumbai. This, as every Indian knows, is a blatant lie. I have before me a list of terrorist attacks ever since the present impotent regime headed by an effete Prime Minister took charge of this country’s affairs after a scrambled election result helped the Congress to regain power at the Centre in the summer of 2004. The first attack was on August 16, 2004. The latest was on November 26, 2008. In between we have had terrorists visiting Delhi twice, raiding the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, attacking Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi, blowing up commuter trains in Mumbai, killing people at an amphitheatre in Hyderabad, blowing up bogies of the Samjhauta Express, and setting off bombs in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Assam. According to the propagandists of the Congress, none of this has happened!

The second issue raised by Saturday’s advertisement is about the Congress saluting the security personnel who have laid down their lives while fighting terrorists and protecting the nation. If any value is to be attached to the advertisement, we must conclude that the Congress is reluctant to salute Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of Delhi Police who, like Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, was shot dead by terrorists. This is because the Congress wanted to send out, ever so slyly, a message to Muslim voters in Jamia Nagar for whom MC Sharma is not a hero but a villain because he dared raid a terrorist hideout in their locality. We must also presume, since there is no evidence to the contrary, that the advertisement was endorsed, if not cleared, by the Prime Minister. This speaks volumes about the integrity quotient of a man whose honesty, as claimed by his admirers, admittedly a rapidly disappearing exotic breed, is beyond reproach. Perhaps the Prime Minister needs to be reminded that only cowards take recourse to lies to cover up their failures.

Meanwhile, we had the occasion to hear the Prime Minister address a shaken nation 24 hours after the siege of Mumbai began. In his by now familiar laboured style, he expressed his “shock” at “the dastardly terror attacks. “I strongly condemn these acts of senseless violence,” he added. So what’s new? “I share the shock and distress of all those affected by these blasts,” the Prime Minister said on October 29, 2005, after the bombings in Delhi on Dhanteras. He was “shocked” on March 7, 2006, after the Sankat Mochan temple bombing. On July 12, 2006, he did not quite say that he was ‘shocked’ by the Mumbai commuter train bombings, but he did say, “No one can make India kneel” and promised that his “Government will do whatever is required” to deal with terrorism. On February 19, 2007, the Prime Minister was more than ‘shocked’ by the Samjhauta Express bombings — he was “anguished” and promised the “culprits will be caught”. On hearing about the serial bombings in Jaipur on May 13, 2008, the Prime Minister was again “shocked” and condemned “this dastardly attack”. On July 28, 2008, after visiting Ahmedabad following the serial bombings, he took care to mention that he accompanied Ms Sonia Gandhi before expressing “solidarity with the people of Gujarat”. On September 13, 2008, he “condemned the serial blasts in Delhi”; a month-and-a-half later, on October 30, 2008, he “strongly condemned” the Assam bombings.

The Prime Minister now mocks at the victims of terrorism and seeks to fool the people of this country by declaring, “We are not prepared to countenance a situation in which the safety and security of our citizens can be violated with impunity by terrorists... We will take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist attacks.” Having countenanced repeated terrorist attacks, which the Congress now brazenly pretends never took place, and silently witnessed the safety and security of our citizens being violated with impunity by terrorists, the Prime Minister now expects the people to believe that he shall join battle with the merchants of death. To prove that he means business, he had his Government, such as it is, to put out the bogus claim that he had summoned the Director-General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and the Pakistani Government had meekly conceded his demand. In an interview to Karan Thapar for his television show, Devil’s Advocate, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has rubbished this claim. According to Mr Zardari, the Prime Minister, in a telephonic talk with him on Friday, had requested for sending a ‘director’ — a mid-level bureaucrat in the official hierarchy. “There was a miscommunication... We had announced that a director will come from my side... That is what was requested by the Prime Minister and that is what we agreed,” Mr Zardari said.

That the Prime Minister, after all his bluster, should settle for talks with a director of the Pakistan Government so as to “take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist acts” is a measure of his true intention.

Corrupt Congress may cost Bharat its World Bank loan for NHAI

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It is not unknown from the world that ever since the corrupt Congress took hold of the government, the basic infrastructure building projects in the country have come to a near stand still. They have played cheap politics at the cost of the exchequer as there have been no progress on the Golden Quadrilateral Highways and North-South East-West corridor, visionary basic infrastructure projects started by great ex-Prime Minister of Bharat Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in past four and half years.

Another consequence of this lackadaisical corrupt government is that Bharat is set to loose its loan from the World Bank because of it is so slow that what was supposed to be completed this month is expected to be completed after 10 years from now. What can you expect, this decadent Government believes in breaking bridges, even if they 15000 years old engineering marvel, and not in building them. Read on the SHAMEFULL details below..

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) risks losing $300 million of the $620 million World Bank loan for the $933 million Lucknow-Muzaffarpur National Highway Project (LMNHP), if work on the project is not expedited and safety concerns not addressed within a short period of time.

World Bank acting country director, Rachid Benmessaoud told TOI, "The Bank has a right to use legal remedies available to it, including suspension of the disbursement of funds, if adequate progress is not made in addressing these issues within a short time."

He said, "World Bank concern centres around the poor implementation of five road packages under the Lucknow-Muzaffarpur National Highway Project (LMNHP) which should have been open this month. But at the current rate of progress it will not be ready in 10 years." He added, "Four of these road stretches are in Bihar and one in Uttar Pradesh. The progress of these five packages 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12 has been particularly slow due to poor implementation by the contractors and the consultants supervising the contractors, as well as inadequate contract management on the part of NHAI."

These road stretches comprise almost 40% (in value) of the LMNHP that seeks to transform the 513 km national highway between Lucknow and Muzaffarpur (in Bihar) into a modern, four-lane road and to cut travel time on this important connector by 40%.

"The Bank is also concerned about the inadequate attention being paid to construction safety issues on work sites of the Lucknow-Muzaffarpur National Highway Project (LMNHP). This is putting at risk the lives, health and well-being of road users, construction workers and roadside residents," said the country director.

There are also apprehensions about the large number of variations on work contracts. "Under the loan agreement, we have asked NHAI to share these documents with the World Bank but they are yet to do so", a World Bank spokesperson said.

NHAI authorities on the other hand were not available for comment.

For more, read NHAI may lose $300m loan

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Central and State Government have allot to answer for their pusillanimous attitude

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Like Mr. LK Advani said in his Statesman's like statement, "So far as tackling terrorism is concerned, both the central and state governments have a lot to answer for.". Absolutely, this Government has allot to answer for its pusillanimous attitude to the security of the citizens.
  1. Govt victim of its own soft-on-terror propaganda
  2. India: The Need to React

Political will required to fight terror: Modi writes to PM

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Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi wrote his mind out to the spineless puppet Prime Minister who came on national television and incuriously read out, as usual, the parroted statements:
  1. Oh they can't suppress us.
  2. This is attack on our nation.
  3. This is attack on our Secularism.
  4. This is attack on our freedom.
  5. They are trying to harass the minorities.
  6. It is the Intelligence failure.
  7. It is the State police failure.
  8. It is people's fault that they don't pay attention.
BU*L SH*T! People, people, people, if this despot monarch controlled Government didn't change after 37 major terrorist attacks in past 4 years, do you really believe they will change now. Even if they do, what the *#&$ were they waiting for up till now. Oh, this time round they have the Assembly and General elections hanging on their head. Hmm... they don't want to loose their extra-constitutional power in this Demonarchy. Selfish apathetic pricks!

Anyways, Mr. Modi wrote to the PM,
“There is a need to exhibit political will and national resolve to fight against terrorists who have put the internal security of the country in jeopardy,” he said in the letter.
“The time is ripe to chalk out a coordinated strategy to maintain internal security by cooperation between all Central and state agencies,” he said.

“I request the Prime Minister to call a meeting of all the Chief Ministers to firm up a coordinated strategy to root out terrorism from the country,” he further said. Referring to the Mumbai strikes, Modi said this is for the first time that sea route has been used by terrorists.

“The terrorists are targeting our economic establishments which is a proxy war unleashed by our enemies.” Modi requested the Prime Minister to also call a separate meeting of western coastal states, especially those near Pakistan, with Indian Navy and Coast Guard to devise a strategy to counter terror coming from the sea.

The Gujarat CM, in the letter, has described the Mumbai strikes as “an attack on the faith of people of India”.

Political will required to fight terror: Modi writes to PM

LK Advani shows the real Leadership in the critical hour of National Security crisis

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Bharat's prospective Prime Minister shows real leadership and maturity in his response to one of the deadliest terrorist strike in Mumbai on November 27, 2008.

He has asked people to be calm and united.

Opposition leader L.K. Advani on Thursday asked people to be calm and maintain communal harmony in the wake of the horrific terror
attacks in Mumbai.

"It is a challenge in which the whole country must remain clam and resolute and try to overcome it unitedly," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, holding a clinched fist.

Advani said security experts had told him that an operation of this kind "will need a preparation of at least two months".

"This appears to be a continuation of the (19)93 terror attacks," he said, referring to Mumbai's first terror onslaught in January of that year.

"I had earlier thought of going (to Mumbai) in the morning but I was told that the state government wishes that such visits will only be helpful once the operations are over. In the meanwhile, I have spoken to PM... The PM said I go along with him and I agreed.

"So far as tackling terrorism is concerned, both the central and state governments have a lot to answer for. But today is not the occasion for me to dwell on that."

Advani paid his condolences to the police officers killed fighting terrorists in Mumbai.

Showing his bi-partisan credentials and approach towards the problems of National Security, etc. he said that BJP will refrain from being critical of the government at this juncture in view of the Mumbai terror strikes which it termed as a "national crisis".

BJP chief Rajnath Singh spoke to party Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani this morning over phone from Jaipur and decided "not go critical" of the government on the issue "in this time of crisis", the party said.

The party also asked the people to rise above political affiliations and stand by the security forces in their fight against terror.

"It is a time of national crisis. The country has been challenged. It is time for us to rise above politics. There is no government side or opposition side. Our top leadership has decided to stand by all steps to defeat the forces who challenge our sovereignty," BJP Vice President Mukthar Abbas Naqvi said.

This kind of calm but tough united response is required at this time of national crisis which is above petty politics. Not the same hollow parroted statements that Congress apathetically reads out attack after attack. God job Advani ji, what a Statesmanship! I wonder how many clothes did Shivraj Patil change this time?!

What happened to the Indian media? Did anyone say Muslim terror? Biased Anti-Hindu prejudiced punks!


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  3. Terror attacks: BJP says it's time to rise above politics

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Terrorist attack in Mumbai on 11/26/2008

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Still sleeping you stupid bigot SOBs? Even after this 37th major terrorist attack in past 4 years? If this wouldn't wake up this ignorant communal Government and Anti-Hindu biased media of Bharat than only God knows what will. This shameless Congress Government out of its complete apathy towards the security of the Citizens is responsible for this. All of the intelligence and Anti-Terrorist agencies were politically pressurized to prove non-existence mythical so-called Hindu terrorism to malign Hindus for past two-three months. So many Bharatiya citizens including a Woman and an Army personal have been brutally tortured and harassed due to this Government's Anti-Hindu vendetta politics and policies. Had these security agencies not being used as Pawns to haunt Hindus but rather left alone uninterrupted to do their jobs of finding the real terrorists and gather intelligence, this terrorist attack could very well have been prevented. This useless dictatorial Government should be thrown out and there should be a case of Criminal Negligence brought against the Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Prakash Jaiswal. This is what you get when you force Citizen's to pay terrorists for being a terrorist.

In one of the most violent coordinated terrorist attack, over 100 people have been killed and over 300 injured by the Jihadi terrorists. 78 people were killed along with ATS chief Hemant Karkare and two senior police officers and 274 injured when terrorists struck with impunity in Mumbai on Wednesday night in coordinated multiple blasts and gunfire in 11 areas including at iconic landmarks CST railway station and two five star hotels--Oberoi and Taj.

In one of the most violent terror attacks on Indian soil, Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy Terror attacks in Mumbai machine guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city's most high-profile targets -- the hyper-busy Chatrapati Shivaji (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard -- killing at least 80 and sending more than 300 to hospital.

मुंबई में निम्न दस जगहों पर हमले हुए हैं-
लियोपॉल्ड रेस्ट्रॉन्ट, कोलाबा
ताज होटल
ओबरॉय होटस
छत्रपति शिवाजी टर्मिनल
डॉमेस्टिक एअरपोर्ट, सांताक्रूज
मेट्रो ऐडलैब्स
जी टी अस्तपताल
कामा अस्तपताल
बीएमसी के बाहर

More images here and here.

Mumbai Attacks: "These Weren't Just Terrorists"

'VoIP bill paid from Pak'. By DNA
A US-based witness who owns a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) domain, Callphonex, which was used by 26/11 attackers to contact their Pakistani handlers, has testified that the money transfer for the account was made from Pakistan.

The witness also said the service was used mostly between November 24 and November 28 last year while the attack was on.

The witness, who is a Green Card holder of the US, told the court through video-conferencing facility that a man who called himself Kharak Singh emailed him and requested service on October 20, 2008.

"He [Singh] claimed he was from India and a VoIP reseller," said the witness. This witness, who was on a business trip to Canada, was deposing from a hotel in Toronto. The e-mail account used was -- kharak_telco@yahoo.com.

The witness, who was born in Palestine, said the initial amount of $250 was paid on October 27, 2008 through MoneyGram. "It was sent from Pakistan. It was sent from one Mohammed Ishfaq," he said after checking the records.

The prosecution claim that Kharak Singh is a false identity created for availing the VoIP services.

The second payment of $229 was made through Western Union transfer on October 25, 2008 from a sender called Javed Iqbal who gave a Pakistani passport number for identification, revealed the witness.

The account was disconnected in December 25 last year "because of lack of activity and lack of fulfillment of agreement", said the witness. "Singh" owed him over $1,500 as per the agreement.

The witness also said that he started having doubts about Singh's identity after the FBI contacted him around November 26-27 last year.

The accused in the case, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, was seen bending in the dock to have a better look at the VCF screen. "I want to see the photo," Kasab said.
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  5. Lahore firm bought motor that powered 'terror boat'

  6. GPS plotted route from Karachi to Mumbai: FBI

  7. We were instructed to spare Muslims, specifically attack Hindus & Americans: Mohamed Ajmal Amir Kasab

  8. Bangladesh minister points to Dhaka link to 26/11

  9. Pakistan's claims fall flat; Kasab alive and healthy

  10. FBI interrogates Kasab for nine hours

  11. Cops get Kasab to trace his journey on Google Earth

  12. How Google Earth helped Mumbai attackers

  13. Mumbai attackers more tech savvy than the police

  14. Captured terrorist Kasab my son, says father in Pakistan

  15. The lawyer who refused to represent Kasab

  16. Mumbai strike similar to Akshardham Temple attack: Police

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  23. Mumbai rocked by terror attacks; more than 80 killed

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

India's forgotten heroes

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From: ABC

its overwhelming..
our guys fight without fancy weapons and any political back up in an unforgiving weather...its just a brave heart what they carry..
such stories make me proud but more sad really

India may have lost the 1962 war with China, but it was not completely a saga of defeat. Hamstrung by an indecisive leadership and poor military equipment, the Indian army put up a valiant resistance along the McMahon Line. It is another matter the political leadership of the day did not back them.
One such spot where our soldiers fought back, and repelled, the Chinese incursions was at Razang La near Chushul, in the Himalayan heights. On November 18, 1962, 114 soldiers of the 13th Kumaon fought till the last man, and last bullet, in sub-zero temperatures, to beat back the huge Chinese army. A grateful nation acknowledged their valour by posthumously conferring the Param Vir Chakra on Major Shaitan Singh.
They fought till the last man, last bullet
They were ill-equipped, ill-prepared and heavily outnumbered by the Chinese. All the 114 jawans died in action, not a single soul retreated and neither did they let the Chinese intrude. For three months the government didn't know about them, about their extraordinary sacrifice, till in January-end in 1963, shepherds from Chushul found bodies of jawans scattered on the Rezang La, after the snow had melted. The dead bodies of the Chinese were far more in number, about eight hundred on our side, and it was estimated that more than a thousand might have fallen to the bullets of Indian soldiers. It was an unbelievable feat and the government decorated Major Shaitan Singh with a Param Vir Chakra, posthumously.
The PVC citation awarded to him reads: 'Major Shaitan Singh was commanding a company of an infantry battalion deployed at Rezang La in the Chushul sector at a height of about 17,000 feet. The locality was isolated from the main defended sector and consisted of five platoon-defended position. On 18 November 1962, the Chinese forces subjected the company position to heavy artillery, mortar and small arms fire and attacked it in overwhelming strength in several successive waves. Against heavy odds, our troops beat back successive waves of enemy attack. During the action, Major Shaitan Singh dominated the scene of operations and moved at great personal risk from one platoon post to another sustaining the morale of his hard-pressed platoon posts. While doing so he was seriously wounded but continued to encourage and lead his men, who, following his brave example fought gallantly and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. For every man lost to us, the enemy lost four or five. When Major Shaitan Singh fell disabled by wounds in his arms and abdomen, his men tried to evacuate him but they came under heavy machine-gun fire. Major Shaitan Singh then ordered his men to leave him to his fate in order to save their lives. Major Shaitan Singh's supreme courage, leadership and exemplary devotion to duty inspired his company to fight almost to the last man.'
The Rezang La memorial is a simple marble pillar with names of all the 114 martyrs etched on two sides, in Hindi and in English. The third side has these inspiring words:
How can a Man die better than facing Fearful Odds,
For the Ashes of His Fathers and the Temples of His Gods,
To the sacred memory of the Heroes of Rezang La,
114 Martyrs of 13 Kumaon who fought to the Last Man,
Last Round, Against Hordes of Chinese on 18 November 1962.
Built by All Ranks 13th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment.
Please spread this email- let other Indians also know of the extraordinary sacrifice and valour of our troops. Men who left behind the comfort our their homes and left behind widows and fatherless children just so our Motherland was safe from Chinese invasion.

Historian's double standard exile Shri Ram - Again! by Kalavai Venkat

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Historian’s Double Standards Exile Sri Rama - Again!

The Rama Setu controversy has been rocking India for the last many months. Hindus believe that Sri Rama built a bridge to Sri Lanka, and hence the place is sacred. The government wants to dredge the channel and obliterate the formation. The controversial ex-JNU historian Romila Thapar recently (The Hindu, September 28, 2007) dismissed the historicity of Rama because there are several mutually irreconcilable versions of The Ramayana. She then made a startling claim:

“This does not happen with the biographies of those who were known to be historical figures and who founded belief systems: the Buddha, Jesus Christ, Mohammad. Their biographies adhere largely to a single story-line and this helps to endorse the ‘official’ narrative of their life. Their existence is recorded in other sources as well that are not just narratives of their lives but have diverse associations. The historicity of the Buddha, for example, is established, among other things, by the fact that a couple of centuries after he died, the emperor Ashoka on a visit to Lumbini had a pillar erected to commemorate the Buddha’s place of birth.”

Examining the evidence for the Buddha

Ashoka’s erecting a pillar at Lumbini merely confirms his belief that the Buddha was born there. It does not constitute an independent proof of Lumbini having been the place of the Buddha’s birth. If the exact palace in Kapilavastu, where according to the tradition the Buddha was raised, had been excavated, along with a contemporary inscription confirming the birth, it would have constituted an independent proof. That is not the case.

Legends accrue and persist even today. In Mary Through The Centuries – Her Place In The History Of Culture (Yale, 1996), Professor Jaraslov Pelikan describes reports of appearance of the apparition of Virgin Mary in the Croatian-speaking village of Medjugorje in 1981. Over the next 15 years, at least 20 million faithful went on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

Do these pilgrimages of the faithful constitute proof of the Virgin’s visitation in 1981? They certainly do not. They merely demonstrate the persistence of an extraordinary belief among the faithful. Similarly, Ashoka’s pious act of erecting a pillar is a consecration of his belief that the Buddha was born there and not a reinforcement of the historical evidence for the birth.


Examining the evidence for Jesus

Let us now examine Thapar’s bold claim about Jesus: “(His) existence is recorded in other sources as well.”
In Jesus – Apocalyptic Prophet Of The New Millennium (Oxford, 1999), Professor Bart Ehrman, reflecting the conclusions of the most scientific, factual, and scholarly biblical research writes:

“As odd as it may seem, there is no mention of Jesus at all by any of his pagan contemporaries. There are no birth records, no trial transcripts, no death certificates; there are no expressions of interest, no heated slanders, no passing references – nothing. In fact, if we broaden our field of concern to the years after his death – even if we include the entire first century of the Common Era – there is not so much as a solitary reference to Jesus in any non-Christian, non-Jewish source of any kind. No other non-Christian Jewish source written before 130 CE, within a hundred years of Jesus’ death, so much as mentions him.”

The attitude toward the historicity of Jesus even until the second century is best reflected in the writings of the Jewish philosopher Trypho, who mocked Christians: “Christianity is based on a rumor and that if Jesus was born and lived somewhere he is entirely unknown.”
The early church was uncomfortable about this lack of evidence. In The Jesus Myth (Open Court, 1999), Professor George Wells shows that pious Christians even interpolated references to Jesus in the writings of the first century Jewish historian Josephus. This clumsy forgery was unwittingly exposed by the third century church father Origen!


Thapar’s fantastic proclamation that Jesus’ existence is attested in contemporary accounts is a baseless propaganda that belongs to the pulpit. It is disturbing to see historians abandon truth and end up as Christian apologists.

Imagining a “single story-line”

Thapar wants her readers to believe that the biography of Jesus “adhere(s) largely to a single story-line and this helps to endorse the ‘official’ narrative of (his) life.”


Pagels shows that the early Roman church acknowledged that some Gnostic teachings and customs closely resembled those of the Buddhists and the Brahmins. It called these teachings heresies, sought doctrinal conformity, and brutally suppressed the ‘heresies.’ Strange as it may sound, the church argued that its own canonical teachings must be believed “because they are absurd!”
In other words, the “single story-line” that Thapar cherishes resulted because the Roman church suppressed the irreconcilable - usually the more trustworthy – versions that negated the party-line. On the other hand, the multiple versions of The Ramayana she patronizingly dismisses are the living proof for Hindu tolerance and pluralism.

Historian or the pulpit preacher?

In Misquoting Jesus - The Story Behind Who Changed The Bible And Why (Harper, 2005), Bart Ehrman demonstrates that The Bible was edited at least 200, 000 times, and that there are more manuscript variations of The Bible than there are words in it! These alterations, Ehrman shows, resulted in often conflicting accounts of the same narratives.

If the narratives of Jesus’ birth of both Matthew 1:18-2:23 and Luke 1-2 were to be correct, Jesus must have been born when Herod ruled Judea and Quirinius governed Syria. This is historically impossible because Herod died in 4 BCE while Quirinius became the governor of Syria only ten years later in 6 CE!
If one trusts the crucifixion account of Matthew 27:45-46, Jesus helplessly cried, “Father, father, why have you forsaken me?” On the other hand, if one trusts Luke 23:34, Jesus coolly forgave his tormentors with the beseeching words, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." The two accounts are irreconcilable.

Academics recognized the internal contradictions and mythical elements in The Bible as Europe emerged out of the Dark Ages. In The Life Of Jesus Critically Examined (Sigler, 2002), originally published in 1836, the German theologian David Friedrich Strauss ushered in a brilliant approach that shook Christendom. He embraced the rationalistic approach, and comprehensively analyzed the biblical accounts as myths whose intent is not to convey a historical narrative but to convey a higher truth through the symbolism of myth. Modern scholarship, which has made significant strides since Strauss wrote, is aware that The Bible is a composite text that was repeatedly edited to fulfill theological agenda before it reached its present form. Scholars wade through a maze of contradictions, myths, and facts to reconstruct the historical Jesus.


Thapar’s attempt at making The Bible a homogeneous historical source would be met with derision if it were to be made in a gathering of biblical scholars. It is hard to think of an audience outside the pews of an evangelical church in America’s Bible belt where Thapar’s claim will go unchallenged.

Ironically, Thapar’s attempt at exiling Sri Rama from the canvas of history lands Him in the company of Jesus and the Buddha because the historical Sri Rama too must be reconstructed in the same way the historical Buddha or Jesus must be reconstructed from often irreconcilable narratives!
Thapar’s attempt at portraying Christian myths as history becomes more disturbing when seen in the wider context where the Christian right wing has attempted to turn textbooks into tools of religious propaganda in the USA and elsewhere. Some historians complement this evangelical agenda by misleading their readers into believing that Christian narratives constitute reliable history but Hindu narratives are myths.
Academic integrity is the first casualty on the altar of the multi-billion dollar soul-harvesting industry.

Kalavai Venkat is a Silicon Valley-based, orthodox, practising, agnostic Hindu. His articles were part of the recently published anthologies Invading The Sacred – An Analysis Of Hinduism Studies In America (Rupa, 2007) and Expressions Of Christianity (Vivekananda Kendra Prakashan, 2006). He has also critiqued Romila Thapar’s book Early India - From The Origins To AD 1300 in an extensive online review.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sadhvi to Court: ATS made me watch Obscene CD, burned Hindu scriptures and threatened to hang naked upside down

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  1. Sadhvi Pragya's affidavit: ‘I was beaten day and night, my chastity was questioned. I wanted to commit suicide...’
  2. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur physically beaten & mentally tortured by ATS

There are no limits when it comes to Police Brutality on innocent Bharatiya citizens especially Hindus by the Anti-Hindu ATS, a tool of Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi's CONgress govt. They made Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur watch Pornographic CD, intimidated her and threatened her to hang naked upside down, and all this in front of male officers only. But this is not it, they even wanted her to burn Hindu's holy scriptures Shri Ramayan and Mahabharat. Disgusting!

Sadhvi ‘made to listen to’ obscene CD

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur told the special Mcoca court on Tuesday that the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had forced her to listen to an “obscene CD” and had even threatened to parade her naked.

Other accused in the Malegaon blasts case also alleged that the ATS had been torturing them.

Thakur said in court,“The ATS threatened to strip me naked and hang me upside down. They questioned me in the night, using the filthiest possible language. There were times when I was beaten up so badly, that my hands turned black.”

In chaste Hindi she added, “I am a sanyasi. I give discourses on Ramayana and Mahabharata. They told me they wanted to burn copies of the holy texts. They made me hear an obscene CD.”

Lt Col Prasad Purohit said that he was interrogated for eight days — from October 29 to November 5 — by ATS officers and one Colonel Shrivastava from MI9 in Khandala. After November 6, the Pune ATS allegedly started torturing him. Purohit added that he feared that the ATS “would plant RDX” in his homes in Pune and Panchmarhi and kill him in encounter.

Pointing fingers at investigating officer Mohan Kulkarni, Purohit said, “This officer and Shrivastava said that I am not a son of my father. They said that they would parade my wife naked and ensure she is raped.”

Major (retd) Ramesh Upadhyaya, a heart patient, said, “I was brought before DGP AN Roy on October 28. He told me that he didn’t doubt my patriotism, but if I don’t confess before the ATS, they would pulverise me.”

In a choked voice, he added, “DIG Sukhvinder Singh said that my mother must have slept with all men in my village. He said that my daughter Nidhi would be paraded naked and raped. He also threatened to plant narcotics on my son and get him jailed for 20 years.”

The others — Ajay Rahirkar, Shivnarayan Kalsanghra and Shyam Sahu — also alleged torture by the ATS.

Petition against ATS for picking a person illegally from MP

I was tortured, says Purohit

Malegaon blast suspect Lieutenant-Colonel Prasad Purohit on Monday levelled allegations of torture against the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in court.

Narrating his days in police custody, Lieutenant-Colonel Purohit said: “On November 5, I was taken to a safe house in Khandala. There the ATS conducted sustained interrogation for four or five days. My physical torture began from November 6.”

He said Army officer Colonel Shrivastav had accompanied him to Khandala. Colonel Shrivastav was also questioned, he alleged.

Lieutenant-Colonel Purohit told Additional Judge Y.D. Shinde: “I was beaten very badly. My legs were spread 180 degrees. I was not able to walk. My wrists were also tied to a pole. As a result, I cannot use the fingers of my right hand and there is no sensation in my hand from the wrist upwards. ATS officers told me that they would plant RDX in my houses in Pune and Pachmarhi. I was interrogated by the Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh police and the CBI.

“The Haryana police and the CBI threatened me with an encounter. The ATS has threatened me in a similar manner a number of times. Their officers used obscene language about my mother and questioned my paternity. Moreover, they threatened that my wife and sister would be paraded naked and raped. I am confident that I am not going to get a fair treatment from the ATS.”

The other suspects also made similar allegations of ill-treatment amounting to violation of human rights. While sadhvi Pragnya had already submitted an affidavit in the Nashik court, on Monday she described her experience, adding that she was hung naked upside down and beaten up.

Custody shift after ‘strip’ threat cry

Anti-terror sleuths have lost custody of Pragya Singh Thakur and an army officer on a day the sadhvi told a court that interrogators forced her to listen to an “obscene CD” and threatened “to strip her and hang her upside down”.

The allegations, made in an affidavit before a special Maharashtra organised crimes control court, come a week after her torture charges before a Nashik judge.

“ATS officials threatened to strip me and hang me upside down if I did not confess to my involvement in the blast. I am mentally disturbed and not able to eat,” the sadhvi told judge Y.D. Shinde. She said there was no lady officer during interrogation, as required under the law.

Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit and five other accused also alleged torture and intimidation.

All of them were produced for the first time before the special court, which remanded them in judicial custody till December 3, rejecting the Maharashtra anti-terror squad’s plea for custodial interrogation of the sadhvi, Purohit and co-accused Ajay Rahirkar.

The three accused will now move from a police lock-up to jail. Court permission will be needed each time they are questioned.

Advocate Prakash Shetty, who has handled such cases, said: “If they have to interrogate, the ATS will now have to approach the court and seek its permission. For that, they may have to present new evidence and provide sufficient grounds before the court.”

The squad now has only Dayanand Pandey and Sudhakar Chaturvedi in its custody.

Purohit said he was hung upside down from a rod and lost sensation in his wrist because of beatings. He also claimed the ATS had threatened to kill him in an encounter if he didn’t own up.

Another accused, retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, who heads Hindu outfit Abhinav Bharat, alleged that Maharashtra police chief A.N. Roy had met him on October 26 and threatened torture if he didn’t confess.

Malegaon case: Court no to ATS

Amid more allegations of physical and mental torture against the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, a designated court here today refused to grant it further custody of Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt-Col Prasad Purohit and Ajay Rahirkar.

Earlier, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, besides repeating her previous allegations of torture and intimidation, told the court that members of the ATS had made her watch an obscene CD during her interrogation.

Lt-Col PS Purohit, too, alleged that his interrogators not only assaulted and tortured him but also abused his wife and sister. The Army officer charged that his interrogators had threatened to kill him in an encounter and said he was not safe in ATS custody. He also apprehended that ATS “would plant RDX at his residence”.

Lt-Col Purohit also accused ATs officers of beating him up on his arms and legs. So did retired Major Ramesh Upadhyaya, who named ATS additional commissioner Mr Parambir Singh as having assaulted him.

Seven accused were produced before the court this morning. All seven narrated their individual tales of alleged harassment, torture and insults by ATS.

The charge against the ATS, however, was led by Sadhvi Pragya. Brought to the court in south Mumbai escorted by a small contingent of women cops, she said that she was beaten up and abused using filthy expletives. She said while in custody ~ which she said was illegal detention ~ she was not given food on Diwali day. “The ATS showed me a porno CD,” the sadhvi alleged.

Another accused, Shivnarain Singh, alleged the ATS forced him to sign forged papers “holding out the threat of killing me.” Shyam Sahu said he was “threatened to sign blank papers.” Ajay Rahirkar said ATS officers tortured him and threatened to beat up his parents in front of him.

ATS made me listen to sleazy CD

After raising a political storm in the country by alleging torture and ill-treatment by the Maharashtra ATS, Malegaon blast prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday fired a fresh salvo by charging the ATS with making her listen to an obscene CD.

The sadhvi also repeated her earlier allegations of physical and mental torture and illegal detention from October 10 to October 23 by the ATS, at a special court here dealing with MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) cases. She said no lady constable was present when the ATS officials interrogated her.

Col Purohit also repeated allegations of threat to his life in the Anti-Terrorism Squad custody. He accused the ATS of abusing his wife and sister.

He also said ATS clandestinely slipped some amount of RDX into his house to implicate him in the case.

Major (retd) Upadhyay told the court that Maharashtra DGP A N Roy had forced a confession out of him. He said Roy had told him on October 26 that his men would beat him up if he failed to confess to having a hand in the blast. He also alleged additional commissioner of police Parambir Singh had beaten him with shoes.

Similar charges of torture were repeated by the other accused Shivnarain Singh and Shyam Sahu.

In her affidavit, the Sadhvi had said while she was at her ashram at Jabalpur, she got a call from an ATS officer who asked her to come to Surat riding her LML Freedom motorbike. Accordingly, she travelled to Surat and reached there on October 10. From there, on ATS’ request, she travelled to Mumbai. But, since then, she was under the “illegal detention” of the ATS, the affidavit said.

The Sadhvi claimed she had sold her motorbike to RSS activist Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh in 2004. The same bike was strapped with the deadly RDX bomb which exploded at Malegaon on September 29.

ATS wants Sadhvi & Lt Col back, Court denies custody

The MCOCA court today rejected a plea by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for the custody of Sadhvi Pragyasingh Thakur, Abhinav Bharat treasurer Ajay Rahirkar and Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit after they accused the ATS of torturing them and their lawyers argued there were no new grounds to seek their custody.

Thakur’s lawyer Ganesh Sovani, however, rejected the allegations and said the sadhvi’s role was limited to the fact that a motorcycle she once owned had been used in the attack. She had no control over its use after it had been sold and the ATS had no other evidence to link her to the attack, he claimed. While Purohit’s lawyer, Shrikant Shivade, said that the ATS was seeking his custody only to torture him and extract a confession, Rahirkar’s lawyer, Nitin Apte, said all material the ATS needed from Rahirkar had already been seized.

Thakur and Purohit also urged the court that they be medically examined to prove that they had been tortured in ATS custody. The sadhvi alleged in court that ATS officials had physically and mentally tortured her and also forced her to listen to a vulgar CD. She had earlier submitted an affidavit in the Nashik court — before MCOCA was slapped and the case transferred to Mumbai — that she was illegally detained and tortured by the ATS, causing BJP leader L K Advani to demand a probe into the allegations and criticise the ATS.

Purohit told the court that third-degree methods were used on him during his alleged illegal detention before he was arrested. “My hands were tied to a rod and I was beaten up so badly that I lost all sensation in them. I was abused and told that RDX would be planted in my house. I was told that even my wife would not be spared,” he said.

Purohit’s family had filed an application in the Nashik magistrate’s court earlier this month saying the serving army officer had been tortured by the ATS but the court dismissed the petition on November 15 after Purohit himself told the court that he had not been tortured. The judge had also said that there was no evidence in six medical reports presented to court that Purohit had been tortured.

Retired Major Ramesh Upadhyaya too made similar charges of torture. He said Maharashtra police chief A N Roy met him on October 26 and allegedly said that he didn’t doubt his patriotism but asked him to confess to the crime or his men would “pulverize” him. Upadhyaya also alleged that ATS Additional Commissioner Parambir Singh slapped him with shoes. He also alleged that he was threatened that narcotics would be planted on his son who would then be jailed for over 10 years while his daughter would be raped in front of him, Upadhyaya told the court.

Mumbai ATS coming in way of Modasa probe: Gujarat minister

Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah has said the Modasa probe is going nowhere because the Mumbai ATS has thrown a spanner in the works.

Shah said the police had failed to make any headway with the Modasa investigation because the Mumbai ATS came in the way. “We have made best efforts to approach the Mumbai ATS so that they could share the information with the Gujarat police but Mumbai police refused to do so. We even approached the court in Mumbai seeking permission to interrogate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and other suspects to find out their involvement in Modasa but the court turned down our pleas— again, because of opposition from the Mumbai ATS,” he told The Indian Express.

He said the Gujarat police, however, had allowed every agency from the Centre and other states to interrogate Abu Basher involved in Ahmedabad blasts. “Even now, we are ready to work and share information with Mumbai ATS,” he added.

Women's commission: Probe Sadhvi's allegation

The Gujarat Women Commission has demanded an inquiry into the alleged torture of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in Malegaon blast case, by Mumbai ATS.

In a letter to the National Human Rights Commission and the National Women Commission, GWC chairperson Jayshriben Patel said as per Sadhvi's affidavit she was being subjected to "immense mental and physical torture at the hands of officials of the Anti-Terrorist Squad".

"She has raised serious allegations which should be inquired into and punitive action should be taken against those responsible," Patel said in the letter.

Prima facie, it seems that ATS officials have violated the human rights of Sadhvi Thakur and she is being to tortured, she added.

According to Patel, ATS has also violated the guidelines framed by the Supreme Court regarding human rights and therefore, ATS should be held guilty of contempt of court.

She also lamented that NHRC and NWC have not taken up the issue of Sadhvi's human rights violation suo moto.

ALERT: Following is from a Leftist biased Anti-Hindu fundamentalist news channel, viewer discretion is advised:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bharat (India): Is it Democracy or Demonarchy?

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In 1928, Bharatvaasi (misnomer: Indians) initiated an agitation as a part of bigger fight for Independence from the Britishers with a call "Simon Go Back". In November 1927 the British appointed the Indian Statutory Commission, headed by John Simon. Britain had been unwilling to make a commitment on India’s constitutional advance. The people had enough and were further irked by the commission, its exclusively British composition and the manner of its appointment.

The commission was to inquire into the “working of the system of government, the growth of education and the development of representative institutions and matters connected therewith”. It was to report further on the degree of “Responsible Govern-ment”. The terms of reference were provocative: it was to report on “whether and to what extent it is desirable to establish the principle of Responsible Government or to extend, modify or restrict the degree of Responsible Government”.

A women’s meeting in Bombay, presided over by Sarojini Naidu, in early December 1927 called for a boycott. The Congress and most other political parties resolved to oppose the statutory commission. The “Simon Go Back” slogan which rang out throughout India is supposedly coined by the Bombay-based Socialist, Yusuf Meherally, whose birth centenary falls in 2003. As Bombay, the Gateway to India, greeted the commission with Meherally’s slogan, the same words were echoed by the rest of the country. Meherally himself was arrested in Bombay, placed inside a drum and rolled for a long distance on the road. Later he described it wryly as “a moving experience.”

It is that time again after 80 years. Bharat is again ruled by foreigners and Anti-Hindu fundamentalists, but this time it is Italian Christian Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi who is systematically destroying the Hindu history, Cultural ethos, and Secular fabric (accept those who will behave as per laid foundations and code of Dharmic civil society) of this nation. It is that time again that a call should be made by one and all Bharatvaasi who want to save this nation. A call "Sonia Go Back". Choice is yours Bharatvaasion, you want the ultimate epitome of Swarajya (self-rule) and Samaj (society) like Shri Ram Rajya which even Mr. Mohandas K Gandhi dreamt for Bharat or you want another hundreds of years of slavery under Romeraj like Britishraj?

Like Mrs. Sandhya Jain says below "Sonia Gandhi’s divisive agenda has never been more obvious: it is time to tell her that she has outlived her welcome in India." The choice is yours.

Other good reads:
Simon Go Back: Warning bell for Italywood: Ramdrohi Affidavit!

By now even the most steadfast sycophants of the Congress party’s premier dynasty can deny that Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as general secretary and CWC member has failed to enthuse either the rank and file or the people at large. Even friendly political analysts are unsure if the so-called ‘new generation’ leaders, mostly the offspring of Ministers or MPs close to the Gandhi family, can find favour with a new generation of Indian voters. Other political parties, convinced that the rising Congress leadership is no threat, are at the same time uncertain if complacency with the old is the best option with a looming midterm election.

To my mind, much of the confusion is due to the steady secularisation of our political discourse and thought process, which has made us forget that India thinks in terms of eras (yugas), rather than mere generations (peedhis). As yugas span multiple generations, only those politicians or parties can enjoy long-term success that address issues and aspirations that span multiple generations—that is, they have appeal for all genders and generations in every Indian home. Mrs Indira Gandhi’s garibi hatao and the BJP’s Ramjanmabhoomi movements had such cross-gender and cross-generation appeal; Mr. Rajiv Gandhi’s spin doctors emphasised youth in terms of age rather than aspirations and values to gloss over the fact that inheritance was his sole USP. This is even truer of his son Rahul: his disconnect with ideology and people is too glaring to be overlooked.

Mr. Gandhi has been in politics long enough to learn the ropes and for people to judge if he has the potential to make it to the top league. His first interview as he tried to chalk out his political career early in 2004 had to be hastily denied by the Congress party. The newsmagazine that produced the scoop, famed for its uncompromising crusading zeal, saw wisdom in a tactical retreat. So though the interview-that-wasn’t was not a figment of the journalists’ imagination, it was a ‘misunderstanding.’ Shorn of journalese, this means the interview fully reflected the immaturity of Sonia’s boy, but the journal in question should have known better than to publish it.

Rahul’s next real stint in public eye came with the much touted captaincy of the Congress campaign in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in May 2007. Some loyal retainers ensured he did not officially take responsibility for improving the electoral output of the moribund party. And so when the party raked in an abysmal 22 seats after road-shows and other media tamashas, the young man conveniently left the state president to take the rap and went underground! He surfaced after a few days, blaming the party machinery for failing to live up to his efforts; a view echoed by his mother later in her address to the Congress Parliamentary Party. This is clearly not the stuff that leaders are made off. Fate seems to agree. That is why, just when the looming mid-term elections made the Congress president launch the party’s “future” as general secretary, the event was eclipsed by India’s Twenty20 World Cup victory.

More ominous is the manner in which Ms. Sonia Gandhi has converted the party into a ‘club’ of scions of political cronies of the late Rajiv Gandhi. This may increase Rahul Gandhi’s personal comfort levels he functioned through a small coterie in the UP elections which ended in a rout. So it is questionable if the new fangled Publicity Committee and “group to look into future challenges” can deliver the goods at grassroots level.

Rahul Gandhi is a part of the committee on future challenges; its purpose is to build political strategies on key issues such as the controversy over OBC quota in education and the Ram Sethu. This 13-member body includes stalwarts like Veerappa Moily, Digvijay Singh and Dr Parmeshwar, Union Ministers Vayalar Ravi, Prithviraj Chavan, Anand Sharma and Jairam Ramesh (convener), and young MPs like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sandeep Dikshit and Sachin Pilot and leaders like Mukul Wasnik and Salman Khurshid.

There is a disconnect between Rahul Gandhi’s sharp elevation as full-fledged CWC member and the accommodation of other youngsters as AICC secretaries: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ajay Maken, Priya Dutt, Milind Deora, Sachin Pilot, Jitin Prasad, Sandeep Dikshit and Harender Mirdha. Even the reconstituted Publicity and Publication Committee headed by Digvijay Singh includes Rahul Gandhi.

Ms. Sonia Gandhi should have pondered the merits of promoting Rahul Gandhi so steeply above other contemporaries. When Mr Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister in 1984, he accommodated close chums Arun Nehru and Arun Singh as Ministers of State in the ministries of Home and Defence respectively. Political observers had misgivings over how this disparity - denial of even Cabinet rank to close confidants - would play out. As is well known, both men parted ways with Mr Rajiv Gandhi, and his own fortunes saw a remarkable fall with their exit.

At a dinner hosted by Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari, Ms. Gandhi dubbed the changes “long overdue,” which implies they were well thought out. Yet the reshuffle of the AICC, supposedly drawing talent from the government and parliamentary party to balance groups and regions, raises eyebrows over her perceptions and vision.

There are 11 general secretaries. These include Minister of State Prithviraj Chavan (J&K, Karnataka); Minister of State Ajay Maken (Jharkhand, Orissa); Lok Sabha MP Kishore Chandra Deo ( Bihar ). Ms. Mohsina Kidwai represents Muslims and is in-charge of Kerala and the Mahila Congress; upper castes are represented by Mr. Motilal Vora and Mr. Janardan Dwivedi; Dalits by Mr. Mukul Wasnik and Mr. K.C. Deo; OBCs by Mr. B.K. Hari Prasad and minorities by Ms. Margaret Alva (The Hindustan Times, September 25, 2007).

This is astonishing. Congress is now providing representation to Muslims as “Muslims” and to Christians as “minorities.” This surely reflects a larger design to push communal quotas for Christians and Muslims separately, first at state level through its own government (Andhra Pradesh) or through friendly regimes (Tamil Nadu), and then at the Centre (through the Sachar Committee and the Ranganath Mishra Commission).

A separate representative for Christians (minorities) suggests a dangerous adherence to the church’s evangelical agenda, which is being aggressively promoted by the Vatican and various Protestant denominations headquartered in America and Europe. It is surely an interesting coincidence that most P-5 countries seeking to cap India ’s nuclear programme are also major sponsors of evangelism in India. Sonia Gandhi’s divisive agenda has never been more obvious: it is time to tell her that she has outlived her welcome in India.