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West Bengal Is Turning Into A Communal Tinderbox, Thanks To Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Is Turning Into A Communal

West Bengal is slowly, but steadily, heading back to its gory past when Hindus and Muslims were at daggers drawn and communal clashes and riots were frequent. And Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is solely to blame for this.

Banerjee’s blatant appeasement of Muslims is not only causing acute heartburn among Hindus, but has also emboldened the minority community to attack Hindus at many places. These attacks have been mostly unprovoked ones and with the sinister motive of driving away Hindus from their hearth and homes with the intention of taking those, as well as their livelihoods, over.

Her administration has been playing the role of a passive onlooker and the state police have been venturing into riot-torn areas only after the damage is done. The reason: Banerjee does not want her administration to take any action against Muslim rioters because she feels that doing so would alienate her precious Muslim vote bank without which it will be impossible for her to cling on to power in Bengal.

Take the latest such communal riot that broke out in a village at Howrah’s Dhulagarh area, about 28 kilometers west of Kolkata, last week. According to this report, Muslims brought out a procession complete with loudspeakers blaring Hindi film music on 13 December to celebrate Eid-e-Milad (the birthday of Prophet Mohammed), which actually fell on 12 December and was a public holiday. On 13 December, Hindus at Dhulagarh village, like in the rest of the country, were observing Margashirsha Purnima.

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Ten Big Impacts Of Demonetisation That You Must Know

Ten Big Impacts Of

From lootera netas to dishonest babus, from corrupt builders to mining mafias, from Maoists to terrorists, from hawala racketeers to fake note printers and pedlars, from Kashmiri separatists to North-East insurgents – all are having a tough time, thanks to demonetisation.

The nation is on the cusp of a major change.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for keeping his cards close to his chest. The maverick statesman spins audacious surprises which are beyond the range of speculations for political pundits. Modi’s announcement to demonetise the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and replace them with new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 series with advanced security features brings home this very fact.

In what could be termed as the mother of all reforms, Prime Minister Modi’s demonetisation move will have far reaching implications. This is not to dispute that the transformative step has brought some hardship for the citizens, but those are temporary and will blow over soon. For the larger benefit of the nation, we the citizens can bear such hiccups with a smile. After all, this is how we as citizens can contribute in policy making and nation building. While bank employees are working overtime to make Modi’s ambitious demonetisation drive a success, let’s discuss its many-fold impacts.

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Demonetization: The Ultimate Weapon against Black economy

Demonetization

The black money is a much bigger problem than what appears to it. It provides a fertile ground for all the anti-social and anti-national activities like illicit drug menace, prostitution rackets, human trafficking, arms smuggling, kidnapping, fake currency (FICN), terrorism, destabilizing governments through espionage, etc. The sudden stop in the stone pelting in Kashmir is just one example of how the black money is used to destabilize the nation. The Telgi stamp paper scam was also a result of collaboration of politicians, mafia, police and press using the black money. So, if the money doesn’t leave a trail then it always gets involved in the black economy. The electronic transactions, on the other hand, will always have a potential to be tracked and hence, making it almost impossible to generate black money. So, there was an urgent and necessary need to end the black money using the kind of surgical action that our Prime Minister has taken. Indira Gandhi had told her finance minister YB Chavan in May 1971 that “the problem of black money can only be tackled through some person who feels very strongly about it.” (Declassified black money files of Prime Minister’s Office, no 37 (465)/71 PMS).

The black money in India has a long history and a person needs to keep a tab on not only mainstream media, but also international publications and publications like Wikileaks to gain an in-depth understanding of the issue. In 2009, the CBI revealed that the secret security template used to print currency notes introduced in 2005 had become compromised. In other words, the counterfeiters had managed to gain access to the intricacies of currency notes printing, including the special ink, paper, and other ingredients used in them. When asked whether the country was still using the compromised security template, the then CBI Director, Ashwini Kumar, had said “yes”.

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Danger In North East: Christian Terror on one side, Islamist on the other

Danger In North East

The terrorists entered the market and started firing indiscriminately, and before anyone could know, dead bodies were scattered around and cries of carnage filled the air.

That would describe what happened in the Kokrajhar market attack on 5 August in Assam, or any recent Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-style lone-gunman operation. However, it also draws similarities with the massacre carried out by the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) at the Singicherra Bazaar in Tripura in 2002. NLFT – a Christian secessionist outfit had issued diktats against the celebration of Makar Sankranthi – the pan-India harvest festival. To punish those who dared to celebrate, NLFT terrorists entered the Singicherra market and shot dead 16 villagers. (16 shot dead by NLFT in Tripura – PTI, 13 January, 2002)

The Kokrajhar attack shows the revival of the old tactics by the North-Eastern secessionist outfits. It may also be indicating some new dynamics in the present changed political milieu of Assam. And it needs serious attention.

In the North-Eastern states, there is a pattern to secessionist terrorism. These terror forces are animated by the dangerously-flawed Marxist theory of linguistic racism. Every tribal language subgroup has been made to consider itself a separate ‘subjugated nation’ and wants to violently eliminate the ‘oppressing nation’. Missionary forces play no small role in creating this violent ethnic divide.

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Burhan Wani-wali azadi? Leftists have succumbed to narrow view of Kashmir

Burhan Wani-wali azadi

From the discourse of the past two weeks on Kashmir, it would seem as if the people there have risen against India because of pellet guns. There is no doubt that these guns, used by the police and the paramilitary forces, have caused terrible injuries. Every act of cruelty undermines the legitimacy of the state even more, and fuels further radicalisation — and this is true of Kashmir as of anti-Maoist operations or operation against militants in the North East.

But it is also a fact that the security forces in Kashmir have had to deal with extremely hostile crowds. In the skirmishes of the last few days alone, over two thousand policemen and over one thousand personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been injured. Two policemen have lost their lives, one of them after his vehicle was pushed into the Jhelum River from a bridge by protestors. One CRPF jawan, hit by protestors on his head with a brick, is in a critical state. Dozens of police stations and army posts have been attacked by frenzied mobs.

It is still understandable that in a display of anger against the Indian state, or because they support Burhan Wani’s vision, many Kashmiris came out to protest his death. But it is baffling why a section of leftists in India, who are advocates of azadi in Kashmir, would mourn the death of the commander of a terrorist organisation that has not only killed security personnel but unarmed Kashmiris as well, including many from the Hindu minority, in several cases dragging them out of buses and shooting them dead in cold blood.

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Understanding the Violence in Valley!

Understanding the Violence in Valley

Insurgencies are like amoeba, constantly changing shape and size. What began as a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan in 1947 has, over time, undergone several metamorphoses. Initially it had socio-economic roots but later became part of a wider Islamic uprising masked by calls for ‘Azadi”. At present it is driven purely by a sense of outrage over impotence and revenge for security forces’ action against the militants.

…ever since the failure of an armed uprising, the domestic elements as well as Pakistan seem to have embarked upon a strategy of making Kashmir valley ungovernable.

Most analysts agree that the ‘insurgency’ in Kashmir began in 1988/89. But such is the close nexus between the proxy war by Pakistan and domestic unrest in Kashmir, that the two are virtually inseparable. The initial impetus was definitely provided by the happenings in Europe (fall of the Berlin Wall, disintegration of the USSR), but a long-term reason was the long cultivated myth of the ‘unique’ Kashmiri identity. This was due to the defensive reaction of the secular Indian State and its cynical exploitation by the West and Pakistan.

During the Cold War period, Kashmir could be used as a pressure point against a pro-Soviet Union India. The Afghan war against the Soviet occupation began winding down in the late 1980s. This was perceived as a victory for Islamist forces and the fighters freed from this war were directed towards Kashmir. Towards the early 1990s, Pakistan sought and got American support for its Kashmir venture as a sort of reward for its role in ousting the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. Insurgency in Kashmir was a virtual certainty in 1988/89.

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India's Most Vicious Politician

Indias Most Vicious Politician 1

Some cameramen have the knack of catching the expressions of public figures that expresses their real self. They do it either with stills or get a clip from a video. The picture below describes best what makes up Sonia Gandhi (SG) – With her vicious expression!

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