India out. GST war on islam. Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier (write to: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com)

India run out.

GST war on islam.

Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

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Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, 20 November 2011

I – Poll

Moroccans have elected new lower house of parliament on 25 November, in the first national vote since the approval of constitutional reforms in July billed as laying the foundations for a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy. Moderate Islamists, as expected, did well the vote after a similar success in Tunisia’s first democratic election a month ago and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged as the biggest party in Friday’s parliamentary elections.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 107 seats out of the 395 in Parliament, almost twice as many as the second-place nationalist Istiqlal party, with 60 seats. The election was held more than a year early, after pro-democracy demonstrations swept the country earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring.

The leader of a moderate Islamist party Abdelilah Benkirane has been appointed by King Mohammed VI as Morocco’s new prime minister. Abdelilah will now hold talks on forming a coalition government.  His Justice and Development Party has not been in government before.

The PJD’s victory follows that of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party in an election there last month. Following elections, King Mohammed VI is for the first time obliged to choose the prime minister from the largest party, rather than naming whoever he pleases. King Mohammed received Benkirane, who is the PJD’s secretary general, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a new government.

Under a new constitution approved by referendum in July, the king has to choose a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. The constitution also gives the prime minister more powers to govern, but the king still has the final say on issues of defence, security and religion. The reforms were supported by all the main political parties, which called on their supporters to back the proposals in the referendum.

The 20 February movement, which spearheaded Morocco’s pro-democracy protests earlier this year, has called for a boycott of the elections, dismissing them as a “piece of theatre”. It says the constitutional changes approved in July are superficial, and perpetuate a “facade of democracy” that – it says – has disguised continuing royal rule for decades.

King Mohammed VI presented the constitutional changes as a far-reaching concession to Arab Spring-style pro-democracy protests, but activists believe they will do little to change the actual power structure and have called for a boycott of the elections. As a result of the constitutional changes approved by 98% of those voting in a 1 July referendum, the position of the prime minister, who must now be appointed from the largest party in parliament, has also been enhanced, gaining the authority to appoint government officials and dissolve parliament.  However, the parliament will have a greater share of power and – in theory – will play the leading role in a legislative process previously dominated by the king.

Benkirane, who was elected head of his party in 2008, leads its more pro-monarchy faction. He has repeatedly stated his support for a strong king, even though some of his colleagues would prefer a less powerful ruler. “The head of the state is king and no-one can govern without him,” he told supporters. The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women.

Many of the protesters who took to the streets in February feel the reforms still fall far short of their demands for a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and have called for a boycott. Ahead of the poll, the sleepy calm of the capital, Rabat, was occasionally punctuated by the marches of unemployed graduates. But the country’s powerful monarchy and the system that supports it appear to have averted any direct, mortal challenge for now.

A low turnout in the parliamentary poll would detract from the legitimacy of King Mohammed VI’s reforms and could hint at future problems.

II – Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb. To the south, the status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with Algerian-backed pro-independence forces ended in 1991. UN efforts have failed to break the political deadlock. To the north, a dispute with Spain in 2002 over the tiny island of Perejil revived the issue of the sovereignty of Melilla and Ceuta. The small enclaves on the Mediterranean coast are surrounded by Morocco and have been administered by Madrid for centuries.

Strategically situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior, it stayed independent for centuries while developing a rich culture blended from Arab, Berber, European and African influences.  However, Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years. He played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East, given the large number of Israelis of Moroccan origin, but was criticized for suppressing domestic opposition. A truth commission set up to investigate human rights violations during Hassan’s reign confirmed nearly 10,000 cases, ranging from death in detention to forced exile. After his death in 1999 Hassan was succeeded by his son, who became King Mohammed VI and was seen as a modernizer. There has been some economic and social liberalization, but the monarch has retained sweeping powers.

King Mohammed is aided by a powerful propaganda machine – his image adorns streets and shops across the country. Central to the monarchical regime’s strength is its longevity – the Alaoui dynasty gained control of most of Morocco in 1664 – and its claim of descent from the Prophet Muhammad. The king has tremendous religious and political capital – it’s not just the king but the whole political establishment, the monarchy and the “makhzen” provide for the patronage network that embodies Morocco’s ruling elite.

Moroccan citizens, many of them poor and illiterate and living in rural areas, are made to believe that the monarch has a special gift or blessing and they feel that they have some psychological relationship with the king. Symbolic rituals also boost his status. In an annual ceremony of allegiance, the “bay’a”, Moroccan officials bow before the king as he parades on a horse.

Despite these traditional trappings, the monarchy under the 48-year-old king has taken on a more modern, reformist image. His father, Hassan II, ran a notoriously brutal regime between 1961 and 1999. Opponents were tortured and protests repressed.  1965, the interior minister at the time, Gen Mohammed Oufkir, supervised a crackdown on demonstrations in Casablanca from a helicopter while – according to one story – personally spraying rioters with a machine gun. But a process of gradual reform began in the final years of Hassan’s rule, and continued with his son. It included a family law that advanced women’s rights and a truth commission that explored abuses under King Hassan – though none of those responsible were prosecuted.

Along with Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, it places itself within a contemporary movement to promote and respect Islam and reconcile Islam and democracy. Coalitions of more secular, royalist parties have tried to smother it and the Islamists have found it hard to directly challenge the king because of his religious status as “commander of the faithful”. It too is seen by many as being in the pocket of the palace. The PJD here in Morocco is presenting the ‘third way’ between revolution and the uncertainty of the current system.

The toppling of long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of the year is widely seen as having caught the Moroccan regime off-guard, at a time when the reform process had stagnated. As Morocco’s own protest movement took shape, a long-held taboo was breached. It’s the first time in Morocco that the king was openly criticized and they didn’t shoot people. Instead, the monarchy’s response was to promise changes including rights guarantees and more powers for the parliament. These were enshrined in a new constitution that was approved by referendum in July.

III – Observations

Maybe, the Arab World is in the process of changing but Arabs still don’t know the results and what will happen in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria or Yemen especially the destruction of Libya by the NATO-UNSC terror organizations. The moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has been buoyed by the recent reforms, and by the gains Islamists have made elsewhere in the region, could win the election and so supply the next prime minister.

Leaders of Morocco claim they are presenting the way of reform without losing the stability, the unity of the country- but at the same time furthering the democratic agenda of Morocco.

Morocco’s ruling elite thinks it has skillfully sidestepped the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world by offering a milder, more peaceful vision of change. Critics of the reforms point in particular to the fact that the king will still have wide-ranging executive powers, in particular control over foreign, defence and security policy. Activists also say the reforms will not end the behind-the-scenes dominance of the “makhzen” – a power apparatus of veteran politicians, powerful businesspeople, the security forces and royal officials controlled by the king through a system of patronage.

Morocco is bidding for membership of the European Union, its main trade partner, but there appears to be little enthusiasm for this within the bloc.

Morocco has been given the status of non-Nato ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. After deadly suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003, Morocco launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.

The message of a democratic agenda and gradual change is one that has gone down well with Morocco’s allies in the anti-Islamic US and Europe who promote pro-west leaders in Muslim world and destabilize the Muslim nations if the leaders do not buy CIA terror gimmicks…

Political and poll bribery is common. Sheep were being handed out to voters, and over the last few months, the protest movement has been subject to a smear campaign, arrests, and intimidation at the hands of shadowy groups of pro-monarchy thugs known as “baltaja”. But Moroccans say they will show the Western world that Morocco can bring about a gentle revolution and the nation can travel towards a real democracy.

In Morocco elections are never decisive as the king retains ultimate control and though parliament has more power, parties are weak. The electoral system is prepared on purpose not to let anyone succeed, so it’s impossible to get more than 20% of the seats in parliament and this is to allow the monarchy to dominate. The manipulation of the party system is just one of the old-fashioned tactics still being deployed to bolster the status quo.  According to analysts, the reforms passed this year are largely cosmetic, and there is no guarantee they will be put into practice on the ground. However, so long as it plays the NATO fiddle well, it has got nothing to worry.

Claims, fake or real, of descent from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace) by a few pampered Muslim leaders might be fashionable but are ridiculous if they decline to promote true Islam in the society. Moroccan king clams the same of being a descent from the Prophet Muhammad but he shamelessly sides with NATO terrorism and western anti-Islamism. A Muslim nation that promotes anti-Islamism and helps, directly or otherwise, the anti-Islamic GST rogues and refuses to promote Islamic way of life and institutionalize Islamic law on daily basis ceases to be a Muslim nation.  Muslim leaders in such societies are guilty of anti-Islamic crimes.

Elected premier Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane, though worships the king, has a responsibly constructive role to play in this regard so that Islam takes firm roots in the society. Americans, Britishers and other western terrocrats cannot help him or Morocco in this regard. Benkirane’s pro-people policies and their proper implementation would greatly benefit not just Muslims but entire humanity in some measure.

Muhammad praying at the Ka’ba.

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د. عبد راف

Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA  & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com

India: One year of Modi government: Foreign tours to cover up domestic failures?

India:  One year of Modi government: Foreign tours to cover up domestic failures?

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Preface

A firm looking PM Modi with aggressive rhetoric has demolished the innocent looking image of India represented by Dr. Manmohan Singh for 10 long years.

There is general view that BJP rule is slightly better than Congress rule.

On issues like Inflation, food prices, farmer causes, economic promises, development works, job creation, PM Modi has failed, though he does not promote corruption as Manmohan Singh did for 10 long years before Modi replaced him.  Disillusion has been p all pervasive.  No Congress era scams

Of course, Manmohan will never the premier again in his life even if Congress manages to come to power again which looks impossible.  Corrupt  and insensitive Congress lost power  even it resorted to  all dirty  anti-Muslim  tricks  to  keep the  Hindutva voters in good humors., like the verdict on Babri mosque  that belongs to Islam and Muslims,  hanging of prolonging Kashmiri Afzal Guru , offering Bhratatratna to a fake sportsperson,  letting  media fanatics to insult Islam and threaten Muslims on a permanent basis.

PM Modi has not brought back black money from abroad (over 1 trillion dollars)  and he has not discussed with leaders abroad in 18 countries he has visited  thus far on the issue but he only helps Indian corporates get business  there,  he  has not reigned in on bureaucratic corruption, Lokpal. No taxation relief, . Even many BJP specialists are disappointed that inflation has not come down.  Prices of essentials keep skyrocketing.  This is the major issue for common people. If 1 trillion dollars money is brought back to India, poverty can be erased with that amount from the face of India once for all.

BJP claims the era of eclipse of India is over. The “suit-boot’ government is still busy repaying those funded the elections, as Congress party used to do,  and created positive public images in media..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes the BJP victory in the parliamentary poll was his own personal success as a fast rising Indian politician who had high ambitions and he knows he must keep his own image intact.

Instead of getting down to work, the BJP has been on the perpetual election mode, disallowing Congress to recover.

Generally, however, people of India are not happy with BJP performance; they seem to have lost trust in it.  This has been demonstrated by the results of polls after the parliamentary poll, like Delhi and Jammu Kashmir. .

During the past one year, PM Modi has been able to push himself above BJP, above India.  Modi says no corruption in her governance but more than anything else, he has focuses on   demise of the corrupt Congress party for which common people in the country has no sympathy.

Instead of governing to fulfill the poll promises, the BJP asks the Delhi’s Kejriwal government to ”perform”.

 

Progress report

Narendra Modi’s BJP government is completing one full year of office now. Modi assumed power on 26th May last year. PM Modi claims the bad days for Indians are over for Indians and he has busted power circles in Delhi.

Celebrating one year of rule or misrule is a latest phenomenon. Politics is no different from 100 day celebrations of film releases or hundred runs for batboys in cricket, got on mutual consent between  teams.

One year, it is argued, is not enough to judge a government which is mandated by people for 5 years. However, the first full year can give the voters an idea about what the government plans for the people and nation. Indians would now know Modi how sincere the Modi government is on fulfilling the poll promises he and his BJP gave to the electorates.

Indians are fully aware that both the Congress and BJP deceived the farmers,  minorities, poor by adopting and pursuing anti-farmer, anti-Muslim and pro-rich corporatist policies over the years. Modi always complains about the shortage of funds while spending millions for foreign tours and advertising his own personal gains and that of the government’s.

PM Modi apparently is a usual hypocrite. Without facing the real media, he is active on social media channels. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and the presence of good economic parameters are existent due to the coincidence of several factors occurring elsewhere, rather than administrative reforms from Delhi, such as the receipt of the largest foreign remittance year after year and the collapse of oil prices, which helped to build a robust economy by reducing the current account deficit.

Unlike Manmohan Singh who was being remotely controlled by Sonia Gandhi and corporate lords, Modi assumes much power and even almost acts like a dictator within the party and enjoys absolute majority in the lower house.  He is not controlled by any other big BJP leader but then he is fully controlled by corporate lords and billionaires.  Hence he does nothing for the poor because this gentleman is also being remotely controlled by influential industrial houses in India. PM takes with himself a huge team of business people, among others, at state expenses.

By controlling the ministers PM Modi could claim he contain corruption in the government but  the  mafias and lobbies  are free to get their  “works” done from the government.

For all foreign tour expenditures, Modi got one assurance of 10 billion from Korea. The Export- Import Bank of Korea expressed their intention to provide USD 10 billion for cooperation in infrastructure, comprising Economic Development Cooperation Fund of USD one billion and export credits of USD 9 billion for priority sectors including smart cities, railways, power generation and transmission and other sectors to be agreed.

During his tenure as prime minister, Modi posts fewer political statements and more casual messages, such as greetings, condolences and updates of his addresses. Modi uses Twitter as a personal signal than for issues.

BJP claims Indian economy is reviving, but the fact is business confidence, while still positive, is now more muted than it was last year. There is also a sense that luck (especially falling oil prices) helped improve the economy’s performance on growth, inflation, and the twin deficits (fiscal and current account), but the government has not shown enough pluck or the gumption needed to harness favourable winds to put the economy on a much higher trajectory.  PM Modi focuses on foreign tours. Luck without pluck is not a combination that can sustain growth.

It would be churlish to deny the government some of its obvious successes. The bill to increase foreign direct investment in insurance is law; so are the coal and mining and minerals amendments bills. The spectrum auctions have been a big hit, and the first phase of the coal mine auctions brought in big revenues for states with this mineral in sackfuls. Diesel prices have been decontrolled, and cooking gas subsidies are now paid directly into bank accounts (thanks to the speedy expansion of the Jan-Dhan inclusive banking scheme and the Aadhaar unique ID rollout). Two minor labour reform bills—one to exempt establishments with fewer than 40 employees from furnishing returns and maintaining registers, and the Apprentices Bill, to make it easier for factories to take on trainees—have also passed their respective legislative hurdles.

But the big-ticket reforms—the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and land acquisition bills—are still stuck in the works, victims of the Modi government’s political failures. The opposition is in no mood to play ball on these bills—at least not without making the government beg, plead, compromise and mangle the bills out of shape. Getting things done has just gotten harder.  The crux of the problem faced by Modi at the end of his first year in office is simple: His economic agenda is hostage to politics, and it is his government’s political failures that are slowing down his economic agenda. Modi made the mistake of taking for granted the indulgence normally shown to new governments by not pushing the politically difficult bills through in his first six months in office. He will have to pay a high political price for every concession he wins from his opponents for important bills.

The corrupt Congress record comes to save the Modi government with its own failures. At the end of Narendra Modi’s first year in government, a verdict on his performance would read something like this: He has done better than UPA-II, but he has under-delivered on the promise that brought him to power in May 2014 —the promise of bringing a radically refreshing approach to governance and business.

Effective media management

Success story of BJP and Hindutva allies owes a lot to their highly effective media management. The destruction of Babri Mosque offered them the opportunity to project themselves as the real national forces that the governments ruled by Congress party also supported:  Congress cannot afford to offend Hinduism/Hindutva or much worse, support Islam or Muslims.  While passively supporting Hindutva ideology, Congress knows too well that the insulted Muslims and other minorities have no other option than standing behind it. For the first time in recent times, Congress got disillusioned with its understanding of Muslims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of BJP media strategy, has successfully used social media to shape his public image as a tech savvy leader, according to a study. Modi uses social media as a personal signal than for issues.  Modi is the world’s No 2 most popular politician in the Twitter sphere after Obama. During his campaign, Modi’s account was more about his political vision. In the months leading up to the general elections, he tweeted to a list of some of the most widely followed celebrities, including film stars, cricketers and spiritual figures, urging them to get young voters to register.

Modi and his party president, Amit Shah, spent the first six months trying to win state elections to increase the BJP tally in Rajya Sabha and their political success brought them the undying enmity of ally and enemy. However, this does not mean the Modi government cannot recover much in the remaining four years. The mistakes made over the last year can be corrected this year, but only if the government learns to talk a different language with its allies and opposition.

Media management, however, does not solve all problems India is facing. The strategic change in approach must begin from the top, with Modi himself. It cannot be left to assorted lackeys and sidekicks to negotiate with the opposition. Modi has to stoop to conquer. The government’s success from here on depends on making course corrections—and stronger follow-up action. Foremost, it has to distance itself from the cacophony of discordant sectarian noises coming from his own party’s right-wing and the larger Sangh Parivar. Modi has to separate government objectives from party goals as the government’s job is governing. The Shrill and politically embarrassing rhetoric from RSS and Co is unique to the BJP. Modi has to assert himself with his own loudmouths and take control of the narratives surrounding his party’s programmes. To get key bills passed, Modi and his corporate lords will have to personally reach out to many opposition party leaders, and especially the Congress and big regional players, to contain the damage done by past arrogance and triumphalism after May 16, 2014.  The Modi government now has to accept the reality of compromises in law-making. It also means that the BJP has to be especially nice to its allies. Getting them on board is the key to breaking any logjam created in the Rajya Sabha by a united opposition, though the primary strategy should be to divide and diffuse the opposition.

PM Modi has to re-examine his own predilections on the public sector to serve the common people and poor, not only for the rich and corporates who accompany him in his foreign tours. Corruption and inspector raj are not going to go away by bringing in more laws; they need to be eliminated by making government decisions transparent, keeping interactions between citizen, business and bureaucracy minimal through the adoption of IT in all fields, and simplifying rules and regulations so that compliance is easier.

Modi has to break up his to-do list for the next four years very carefully. He must do away with Congress era massive dose of privatization; bring back all types of black/grey money  back to India.  Bring down regulate all key prices; help poor with more subsidies; and ease rules for poor and the average citizen consistently and continuously. His focus must be on building a high-trust society, where the government is not suspicious of everything a citizen does. If this means acquiring the tag of being pro-business, so be it. Modi should not shy away from being called pro-poor. That was partly why he was elected in the first place.

Modi government should not invest too much personal capital in schemes like Swachh (clean) Bharat, bullet trains, smart cities, and such nice-to-have ideas that can  help the corporates to grow their bad wealth  only.  Seven months after Swachh Bharat was announced, no city looks any cleaner. Those who travel by trains van see people, men and women queue up for open toilet spaces on both sides outside the tracks. Modi should focus on policies that will make our cities cleaner, by trying to remove the garbage as a local responsibility. Delhi can’t do it by itself. Modi should be clear that what he cannot control, he can only incentivize and exhort. He must spend bare magnum on tour projects abroad and let external affairs and economy ministries deal with the matter. Let corporates and rich spend on foreign tours for business.

Modi has been a committed federalist. Some 62 percent of the country’s tax resources go to states. Modi can fully control the remaining 38 percent. He needs to run a lean, mean, focused and execution-oriented central government. He was elected to do this job—not anything else. His next four years must focus on what the Centre can realistically hope to achieve. And for that, he has to reset the public’s expectations from his rule. He cannot keeps saying he is better than Manmohan because he speaks better than himself.

 

Hindutva ideology and minorities

Mahatma Gandhi said the importance of a nation is gauged by the number of billions a nation posses but by the way minorities are treated by the government. Of course, unlike Congress, BJP is not a great admirer of Gandhi. BJP governments, more than Congress ruled states, operate against the constitution by targeting Muslims in all walks of life, making their lives miserable. Apparently, the Congress party does not even allow Muslim leaders to approach the courts against Hindutva harassments.

Today, Indian minorities are at crossroads as never before. They feel more and more insecure, although Washington has reportedly asked PM Modi to adopt inclusive governance and don’t target minorities. No confidence has been created among minority communities, especially Muslims. Every effort has been made by the government that only Hindus and pro-Hindus would be helped and protected by the state. That is to say minorities Muslims, Christians, Sikhs have to change their mindsets to accept Hindutva ideology as their own.

One gets the impression that it is not PM Modi who rules India now but, like the Sonia-Manmohan regime, by corporates and RSS ideologues and so their joint target remains minorities and poor.

While BJP depends for its survival on Hindutva slogans and  threats to Muslims, Congress government is bent upon  misusing Muslims for political and poll ends.  One example o is how Congress played dirty politics by targeting Muslim pundit turned  politician from Kerala  Abdul Nassar Madani to win poll in Karnataka  state assembly where it defeated  the ruling BJP by booking wrongly Madani with the help of communist government of Achuthanandan. Without any valid sound proof Karnataka government still wants to keep Madani in jail who is not let live on bail.

Hindutva governments at the centre and in states pursue the discriminatory anti-Muslim projects as a favorite hobby. Congress, other so-called secular parties including communist outfits seem to enjoy the national development. Muslims are denied seats in educational institutions, in job markets, both in government and private sectors.

Like in educational and job sectors, Muslims are discriminated for rented houses/flats even in so-called highly educated, civilized cities like Mumbai, Gandhi Nagar, and Delhi, being Muslims. Muslim women are driven out of rented homes for being Muslims wearing Burkas.  The finding rent houses is more difficult with BJP came to rule Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, etc. The so-called secular Congress party supports the trend and never raised the issue in parliament or state assemblies.  Congress leaders want BJP to harass Muslims more and more so that they get the Muslims votes to win polls as before. .

Both BJP and Congress must know denial of homes to Muslims for religious reasons is against Indian constitution and a serious punishable crime.

Last word

If anyone asks about the PM Modi’s development agenda, the answer is zero, except that he did not stop the usual development process in India that every globalized country witnesses.

The people of India had great expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Modi government pursues a continuation of the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government, with several U-turns in policies. The people of India gave Modi a massive mandate because of two main attractions. First was the anti-incumbency factor of the ruling Congress government and other was the pro-Modi wave towards the so called Gujarat Model development. But, every hope was shattered within a year.

BJP government could not keep its electoral promises and the party began losing elections in states. PM Modi’s foreign trips – perhaps the fastest tourist PM, are indeed meant to make up for the demotic failures. He never speaks about foreign money Indians have carried abroad so as to not to offend the Indian financial offenders – indeed the international criminals.

India promised 10 billion dollars to Mongolia. But South Korea announced to provide 10 billion US dollars to India for infrastructure, development of smart cities, railways, power generation and other diversified areas as the two countries agreed to upgrade their bilateral relationship to a “Special Strategic Partnership” today.

As if he is in a hurry, PM Modi toured many parts of the globe accompanied by  hoards of  top business people, media lords, among other virtual state guests at the state expense. It looked PM Modi has a point to prove that the victory by BJP in the general election last year under his leadership is valid.

The Modi government also feels insecure as it could not deliver on its promises.  His decision to compensate for his domestic failures by touring  as many countries as possible  along with a hundreds of businessmen and media lords burdening Indian  state,  looks rather impressive, though  bold figured  Modi , like an innocent looking  Manmohan Singh,   refused to bring back the  foreign money home as he promised to Indian electorates .

That is because those involved in the money laundering crime belong to BJP as well as those corporate lords who also fund BJP, rather liberally.

BJP, true to  its  media policy tactics, would not concede that it failed on many fronts, employment, black money, economy,  inflation, corruption, price rises, communal tensions, Hindutva threats  to minorities, to mosques.

All said and done, one thing is certain: PM Modi remains the tallest leader of India today and he faces no challenge from a weak Congress, a disunited third front, an aimless leftist front. His only nightmare continues to be Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi CM and AAP supremo who now eyes on Modi’s high seat.

Congress betrays Muslims. If Muslims continue to ignore the Congress signals, stop voting for Congress they would get due place and respect in India. The plight of Muslims cannot go still worse. Congress leaders, even President Pranab, a senior Congress man, who hanged Kashmiri Afzal Guru so that Congress could somehow win parliamentary poll on anti-Muslim platform, could also ask judiciary to deliver a judgment against Babri mosque. One, however, has to wait and see how the Hon Supreme Court deals with the issue being manhandled by RSS, BJP and Congress jointly.

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Genocide: Justice for Tamils over war crimes in Sri Lanka!

 

Genocide: Justice for Tamils over war crimes in Sri Lanka!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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At the outset it must put on record that Tamils who were initially brought to Lankan island by the British empire to work in tea plantations, railways, and  business establishments, big and small and the contributions of Tamils to the overall development of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) has been as significant as the  majority Singhalese. It  is only when the post colonial Lankan rulers denied Tamils fundamental rights and refused to treat them as humans  led to the crisis situation  with Tamils  adopting a confrontational approach, seeking an independent Elem  state for Tamils  and the rest is already contemporary history as Lankan military forces  ended the crisis by killing them stock and barrel.

Obviously, the Lankan government and military thought the problem could only be resolved by targeted genocide of Tamils.

Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, gained independence on February 4, 1948. When a new constitution was adopted in 1972, the country changed its name to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The majority of the Sri Lankan population belongs to the Sinhalese ethnicity, which is largely Buddhist, while Tamils, who are Hindus, represent the largest minority. In the 1980s ethnic tensions between Sinhalese and Tamils arose, because of Sinhalese discrimination against Tamils regarding jobs, education and politics. This discrimination resulted in disparities in income and development. Before independence, Tamils had received preferential treatment for colonial jobs, resulting in resentment by Sinhalese..

Today, the Sri Lanka Army faces allegations of committing genocide during the end of the island’s civil war and US led nations insist on UN investigations of military war crimes against Tamil minorities in Lanka.  They ask Colombo to actively support the UN investigations to nab and punish the culprits.

According to UN estimates, up to 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by Lankan security forces during former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime that brought an end to the nearly three decades-long war in the country with the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009.

There were 30 years of war and now 6 years after the end of war crimes. However, neither Lanka nor UN has completed any investigations to nab the guilty criminals. Development is in full swing. More needs to be done but give the government some time. The LTTE war was utterly futile. More than 200,000 people–100,000 LTTE cadres alone–were killed. The USA introduced a resolution to make Sri Lanka culpable of war crimes at the UNHCR in Geneva.

A recent preliminary report of an investigative panel of the United Nations confirmed that the Sri Lankan troops deliberately targeted civilians, hospitals and aid workers, arbitrarily executed prisoners, and committed mass rape, all contrary to the Geneva Conventions which have been ratified by Sri Lanka.

New Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to pursue reconciliation efforts with Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority more vigorously than Rajapaksa, who is looked upon as a hard-line Sinhalese nationalist who oversaw the final ruthless defeat of the LTTE.  President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in the polls earlier this year, received overwhelming support from the Tamil and Muslim minorities in the elections. Sirisena has committed to inclusive governance and punish the war criminals.

Sri Lankan troops of Mahinda Rajapaksha committed war crimes during the final phase of the Tamil rebellion from January – May 2009. The Tamil Tigers aggravated the atrocities by using civilians as human shields.  Vellamullivaikkal was the scene of the final battle on May 18, 2009. Feared Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s body was found a day later, marking the end to the terror outfit’s nearly three decades-long fight to carve out a separate Tamil homeland. From January – May 2009 at least 7,934 Tamils  died, of which 550 were children younger than 10, but real figures probably amount to tens of thousands victims –most sources speak of approximately 40,000 casualties. No one has been hold accountable. Instead, the Sri Lankan government has relied upon one of the typical forms of denial: substituting reconciliation efforts that do not address the crimes committed.

In 1983 the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, better known as Tamil Tigers) attacked government troops for the first time. It marked the beginning of an enduring violent insurgency. The goal of the Tamil Tigers was establishment of an independent Tamil state in the northern and eastern region of Sri Lanka). The Sri Lankan armed forces were supported by an Indian peacekeeping operation. In 2002 both sides agreed to a cease-fire, but the peace did not last. Violence erupted again in 2005. The conflict eventually came to an end in May 2009 when the Sri Lankan armed forces defeated the Tamil Tigers. The political branch associated with the Tamil Tigers, Tamil National Alliance, have now denounced their secessionist claims in favor of a federalist state.

The period from 1983 to 2009 is commonly referred to as the Sri Lankan civil war, during which approximately 100,000 people died according to estimates of the United Nations, and hundreds of thousands of people were internally displaced or fled to neighboring countries. Both parties to the conflict committed atrocities. The Tamil Tigers organized bloody attacks on police, military and civilian targets. Their tactics included ambushes and suicide bombers, and they were notorious for their use of child soldiers.

Persecution of Tamils by the Sinhalese government continues even today and Tamils suffer from fear. The Sri Lankan government continues to commit forced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and physical intimidation, including murder and torture, of Tamils and journalists.  Because of these human rights abuses Human Rights Watch has called upon the British government not to deport Tamils to Sri Lanka.

Despite tensions, Lankan rulers for years have let Tamils believe that Tamil Elam nation for Tamils was possible. International organisations at that time seriously alleged the use of prohibited lethal weapons in the said war. International aid disregarded local aid such as food,  medicines denied, untruths uttered as to the number of people caught up in the tragic predicament, lives of innocent women, children and infants were sacrificed on this day. That Singhalese mischief caused all deadly problems for Tamils. Britishers had brought Tamils from erstwhile Madras state to Sri Lanka to work in tea plantations, mining, railway construction, etc.

Sri Lanka has not signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.  As long as there is no accountability for the massacres that occurred during the Sri Lankan civil war, there can be no sustainable peace among the ethnic communities, a failure confirmed by Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson. An international Commission of Inquiry should investigate the atrocities committed by both sides in the conflict, and the Sri Lankan government should arrest and try those who committed war crimes. However, it is quite likely, though already late, that the current Sri Lankan government will make such a commitment.

Recently hundreds of Tamils in Sri Lanka’s former war zones for the first time openly commemorated their loved ones killed during the civil war as they marked the 6th anniversary of the end of the conflict. Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran chaired the main commemoration event held at Vellamullivaikkal in the northeastern Mullaithivu district. He and joined hundreds of Tamil people as they lit lamps in the honour of their war dead. The commemoration was held even after the police obtained a magisterial order to prevent remembrance events from taking place. Wigneswaran, however, said the court order was limited only to prevent holding of processions. Wigneswaran, while addressing the people at the event, said the government together with the international community must come to a decision regarding the political aspirations of the Tamil-speaking people. “The Mullivaikkal incident left indelible marks on the collective human conscience of our people. Human rights denied, media intervention refused, it was a war without witnesses,” Wigneswaran said.

Tamils held remembrance events elsewhere in the Tamil-dominated northern and eastern provinces. This was a marked departure from the days of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule under which such commemorations were disrupted by security forces in Jaffna. The police, however, said that they would not tolerate anyone attempting to hold remembrance events for the LTTE. The UN estimates that about 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the district that includes Vellamullivaikkal.

Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said a “political settlement” with the minority Tamil community is a prerequisite for a stable and secure country. “If you want a stable and secure country, we must have a political solution with Tamils and move forward,” Wickremesinghe said in an address in the Tamil-dominated Jaffna peninsula last week.

Wickremasinghe who recently visited the Tamil heartland in the Northern Province in a bid to strengthen government’s efforts to bring about the reconciliation among the communities, met with the people in the north in the Jaffna district secretariat.  Wickremasinghe said his government is committed to uplift the communities in the war-torn Northern Province and will work towards providing basic facilities. The government would provide electricity and clean drinking water to the people in the entire peninsula and would also focus on health and education to improve their standard of living. “The war is over, but we do not have unity among ethnic communities. Tamils have shown their willingness to ensure reconciliation. We must have a political settlement and move forward, protecting peace and stability,” he was quoted as saying in a statement released by his office.

Wickremasinghe pledged to implement a massive programme to provide pure drinking water for the people in the entire peninsula. He said the government will restart the industries that were destroyed during the war to provide employment to the people in the area. Accordingly, the cement factory in Kankasanthurai, saltern at Elephant Pass, Paranthan chemical factory and many other large scale factories will be rebuilt. The Prime Minister said 400 youth well versed in Tamil will be recruited as police officers to solve daily law and order problems of the people.

Meanwhile, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his allies are applying tremendous pressure on the Sirisena government in a sustained manner delay the justice delivery process and eventually to just get rid of UN sponsored investigations into military war crimes against Tamil minority community in Sri Lanka.  They are trying to influence Tamils both in Lanka and Tamil Nadu, India by driving home the point that the investigations  and even punishment for the  culprits are not going to get back those Tamils who were murdered by the military and therefore the issue should be  dropped once for all.  Tamils, it appears, are afraid that the Lankan military would resort to repressive measures against Tamils in due course.

Some rich Tamils in Colombo say Tamil Nadu parties are doing now is fomenting trouble between Tamils and the Sinhalas.   Delhi, on the other hand, is doing a lot of developmental work like building houses and laying railway lines. However, some influential Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora is mobilising the world opinion to condemn the Sri Lankan government, its delay tactics to punish the guilty.

Tamil Nadu politicians are agitating on a daily basis for India to take stern action against the Sri Lankan government over its human rights abuses of the Sri Lankan Tamils. The DMK had pulled out of the then Congress led UPA central government. Students are protesting in Tamil Nadu on behalf of Lanka Tamils  war criminals so that not only punishment is handed down to the war criminals but also to ensure  such crimes are not committed in future in Sri Lanka.

A complete “Tamil generation cleanup” strategy was adopted by Mahinda Rajapaksha regime. What Mahinda Rajapaksha government, in the name of cleanup did with Tamils is a planned military genocide and was indeed a secret state effort to achieve holocaust so that no “problematic” Tamil remained in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is at stage 5 of the 8 stages of genocide, developed by Genocide Watch. Genocide Watch fully supports the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council and urges the Sri Lankan government to investigate the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war. Furthermore, Sri Lanka should immediately end any persecution of Tamils. UN has announced a UN investigation into Lankan genocide of Tamils of Indian origin and has requested the Sirisena government to cooperate with the investigations so that justice is done to Tamils.

The Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu as well as UN on behalf of global community seek justice for Tamils for military war crimes in Sri Lanka!

International community looks forward to seeing that due justice is delivered to Tamils by president Sirisena. This is urgent since governments across the globe would remember that not go unnoticed and the military crimes, including its war crimes, would not remain unnoticed -and war criminal would not stay unpunished. The same applies to police crimes as well. The genocide in India occupied Jammu Kashmir, causing over 100,000 Kashmiris would also urgently require UN investigation so that the war guilty is brought to justice.

Remember, delayed justice is denied justice!

Indian politics: Double-speaking BJP virtually rules out full statehood for Delhi!

Indian politics: Double-speaking BJP virtually rules out full statehood for Delhi!

Dr. Abdul Ruff

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India proudly claims to be the largest democracy on earth but in fact not entirely comprehending the meaning of the concept democracy. Democracy is more than the mere elections that are won by money-muscle-media power; it encompasses many aspects of nation’s life:  politics, policies, nature of  society and social  and economic relations, the status of common people – to name a few.

Indian government frantically seeking a veto on the discredited UNSC although  there a other stronger nations  making no such claims overtly,  but it systematically denies Delhi state full statehood which it deserves.

It is crudely unfortunate that Indian government for years has denied Delhi its legitimate full statehood so that Delhi government, irrespective of which party governs it, can function as a truly representative entity to serve the people of Delhi, especially the common people.

Earlier it was Congress party which claimed to be the sole custodians of India and its system, shutting door on the very face of Delhiites who demanded full statehood to reap all benefits of a normal state, now it is the turn of its secret ally BJP – the other side of same arrogant coin – to turn down the elected government and Delhiites for statehood.  This demand has been there for years now.

Even though the ultra Hindutva BJP and soft Hindutva Congress pursue similar policies, if not the same, they just pretend to be fighting each other.  BJP is doing exactly what the Congress party did for too long in India.

Sympathy for people is missing in both national parties that willingly showcase their arrogance as ruling dispensation.

For the first time in Delhi’s political history that a party other than these two national parties has come to power – a popular new party Aam Admi Party (AAP) fully committed to the  welfare e of common people and assumed power in Delhi for the second consecutive time by blowing off both largest Indian national parties as Delhiites are increasingly fed up their politics and policies promoting the corporates and causing price rises and other problems for common masses.

The issue of appointing top executive officals directly by the Lt Governor instead of the Delhi government doing it at par with other governments has snowballed into a feeble demand by Delhiites for full statehood for Delhi state.

On the ongoing controversy between the Lt Governor and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointment of officers, he said people of Delhi were waiting for governance by the elected government even after 100 days of being in power. “The elected government should strive and the public is waiting for 100 days that within the domain of those rights, it initiates steps to provide governance in Delhi,” he said.

Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor, whose working relationship has never been smooth, plummeted into their latest battle over an IAS officer described by the Chief Minister as a “lobbyist for power companies”. She was picked by Governor Jung as Acting Chief Secretary or the senior-most bureaucrat in the Delhi government. Kejriwal has claimed that an elected government cannot be saddled with bureaucrats against its choice, a stand that has been backed by other heads of state governments. To Delhi government should have the right to appoint officals who can willingly help the government in fulfilling popular aspirations without hurdles.

The rights not given to their elected governments rest with the Central government that uses Lt Governor to issue orders and those rights are exercised by the Lt Governor. The Centre put its weight behind Delhi LG who has been given absolute powers in appointment of bureaucrats and he need not “consult” the chief minister on subjects like transfer of senior officers, police and public order. Arun added that there is no scope for any grey area.

Kejriwal had retaliated to the notification by the Home Ministry, issued on May 21, by accusing the Centre of “betraying the people of Delhi” and attempting to protect corrupt officers. Reiterating his allegation of the BJP using the Lieutenant Governor to govern Delhi by proxy, he said, “The Prime Minister’s Office acts like the Queen of England used to, with the Lieutenant Governor as Viceroy.” The BJP, he said, is trying to “run Delhi with three MLAs”; his Aam Aadmi Party has the remaining 67 seats in the state legislature.

Amid a raging row over exercise of powers in Delhi, Central government run by PM Modi on May 23 said that full statehood rights cannot be given to Delhi government unless there is a general consensus in the country on the issue as it is the national capital. The Minister said Delhi, though a state is also a Union Territory, which is today’s constitutional truth and Union Territories are under the Centre, but Delhi and Puducherry that have elected governments have separate arrangements, where some constitutional rights have been given to them.

The Aam Aadmi Party government has called for a two-day emergency session of the Delhi assembly from May 26 to discuss the central Home Ministry’s notification giving absolute powers to the Lieutenant Governor in appointment of bureaucrats and clarifying that he need not “consult” the chief minister on subjects like police and public order. The decision for  the emergency assembly was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today. The Assembly session was originally scheduled for June. Meanwhile top leaders of ruling AAP have met at the residence of CM Kejriwal to discuss the Indian Home ministry’s directive to present proposals to the state Assembly..

When Congress party was ruling Delhi, BJP and other parties demanded full statehood for Delhi but when in power, BJP misbehaves with the people just like Congress does. Senior Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said whenever there will be general consensus in the country on giving full statehood status to the national capital, it is possible. But till that is not done, full statehood rights cannot be given to the state government.  He was asked about BJP’s views on granting full statehood to Delhi, as promised by it in the past. He, however, noted that the confusion over rights exercised by the Centre and the elected government would lead to “offices being shut down” and to avoid that the Home Ministry had issued the classificatory notification. ” And to ensure offices are not shut, it is Centre’s responsibility to clarify and Home Ministry has fulfilled that responsibility by issuing a classificatory notification to make it clear what rights rest with the Centre and what with the elected government,” he said.
Arvind Kejriwal Government of Delhi had attacked the Centre over the notification, accusing it of trying to rule Delhi through the backdoor and protect the corrupt.

BJP as well as Congress, claiming to be literally owning India, argue since Delhi is the national capital of India, it cannot be granted full statehood.

AAP has a pledge before people of Delhi as well as India to commit to genuine causes of common people. A corrupt society, obviously, is not in the realm of democracy.

It is one of most ridiculous arguments to deny all privileges Delhiites do deserve.  When  India and Delhi  were  ruled by  one and the same party or a  strategic allies like Congress and BJP  there were no  problems  but now  there is  the new reality,  the reality of AAP , unexpected  by the parties.  Old national parties have to come to terms with the new reality.

Central government is duty bound to protect the genuine interests of Delhiites and Delhi state and it can do so only by granting Delhi full statehood.

Heat wave leaves hundreds dead in India!

Heat wave leaves hundreds dead in India!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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As a national tragedy, many people in India have succumbed to heat wave unleashed across the nation, killing hundreds of people.  There was no respite in sight with the India Meteorological department warning that severe heat wave conditions are expected to continue especially in the two worst-hit southern states, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana..

In Delhi, the maximum temperature was recorded at 43.5 degree celsius, a degree less than Saturday while Palam recorded 46 degree celsius. Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under sweltering heat with mercury in Allahabad touching 47.7 degree Celsius, which was the hottest in the state. The steel city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand experienced the hottest day of the season at 44.8 degree celsius, four degree above normal. Odisha virtually turned into a boiling cauldron as the searing heatwave conditions further intensified on Sunday with the mercury rising above 45 degree celsius in nine places and above 40 degree celsius in 19 towns.

There was no respite from blistering heat in desert state of Rajasthan where Jaisalmer and Sriganganagar districts remained the hottest place recording a maximum of 45.6 degree celsius. Kota recorded a maximum of 45.5 degree celsius while Bikaner and Barmer registered temperatures of 44.6 and 44.2 degree respectively. Churu and Jaipur sizzled at 43.8 degree celsius. Jodhpur, Ajmer and Dabok also recorded day temperature of 42, 41.4 and 40 degree Celsius.

The searing heatwave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana , the worst hit states, alone has killed 432 people so far with more deaths being reported as vast swathes of the country reeled under the unrelenting summer heat.  At least 145 people have died due to intense heat wave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since yesterday. In Andhra Pradesh, 87 deaths were reported since yesterday, taking the toll to 182 from 95. 57 people died in Prakasam, the maximum in any district, the state disaster management officials have said, adding that the reports from other districts are being compiled. The figure pertains to the period from May 18 till this evening.

The toll in the heatwave in Andhra Pradesh since May 18 rose swiftly, after 84 more people succumbed across the state on Sunday itself, according to a senior official of the AP Disaster Management Department. The figure was based on information available from different districts. Prakasam district recorded the most number of deaths at 57, followed by Visakhapatnam (53) and Vizianagaram (40), the official said.  162 people had died due to heatwave across the state as per information available until 10 pm on Saturday night. The toll pertains to the period from May 18 until 7.15 pm for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

At least 145 people have died due to intense heat wave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since yesterday. The total number of death reported in the two states so far is at 368. In Andhra Pradesh, 87 deaths were reported since yesterday, taking the toll to 182 from 95.

In Andhra Pradesh, the toll rose to 95 with 15 persons succumbing to heat wave across the state, a senior official of disaster management department said. The toll pertains to the period from May 18 till this evening for Andhra Pradesh and from April 15 till Saturday evening for Telangana, the officials said.
The newly created Telangana state reported death of 58 more people since yesterday, as a result of which the toll went up to 186 in 10 districts of the state, a senior official of State Disaster Management Department told PTI. Nalgonda district recorded the maximum number of 55 deaths, followed by Khammam district at 43 and Mahabubnagar district at 23. In Hyderabad, two persons have died due to heatwave. The toll is registered from April 15 in Telangana.

In Hyderabad, two persons have died due to the extreme weather. According to India Meteorological department, severe heatwave conditions are expected to continue till Monday in both these states.

Heart wave however has not affected in some states like Jammu Kashmir and Uttaranchal, etc where cold waves and other natural calamities cause damages regularly.

Heat wave leaves hundreds dead in India!

Heat wave leaves hundreds dead in India!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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As a national tragedy, many people in India have succumbed to heat wave unleashed across the nation, killing hundreds of people.  There was no respite in sight with the India Meteorological department warning that severe heat wave conditions are expected to continue especially in the two worst-hit southern states, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana..

In Delhi, the maximum temperature was recorded at 43.5 degree celsius, a degree less than Saturday while Palam recorded 46 degree celsius. Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under sweltering heat with mercury in Allahabad touching 47.7 degree Celsius, which was the hottest in the state. The steel city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand experienced the hottest day of the season at 44.8 degree celsius, four degree above normal. Odisha virtually turned into a boiling cauldron as the searing heatwave conditions further intensified on Sunday with the mercury rising above 45 degree celsius in nine places and above 40 degree celsius in 19 towns.

There was no respite from blistering heat in desert state of Rajasthan where Jaisalmer and Sriganganagar districts remained the hottest place recording a maximum of 45.6 degree celsius. Kota recorded a maximum of 45.5 degree celsius while Bikaner and Barmer registered temperatures of 44.6 and 44.2 degree respectively. Churu and Jaipur sizzled at 43.8 degree celsius. Jodhpur, Ajmer and Dabok also recorded day temperature of 42, 41.4 and 40 degree Celsius.

The searing heatwave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana , the worst hit states, alone has killed 432 people so far with more deaths being reported as vast swathes of the country reeled under the unrelenting summer heat.  At least 145 people have died due to intense heat wave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since yesterday. In Andhra Pradesh, 87 deaths were reported since yesterday, taking the toll to 182 from 95. 57 people died in Prakasam, the maximum in any district, the state disaster management officials have said, adding that the reports from other districts are being compiled. The figure pertains to the period from May 18 till this evening.

The toll in the heatwave in Andhra Pradesh since May 18 rose swiftly, after 84 more people succumbed across the state on Sunday itself, according to a senior official of the AP Disaster Management Department. The figure was based on information available from different districts. Prakasam district recorded the most number of deaths at 57, followed by Visakhapatnam (53) and Vizianagaram (40), the official said.  162 people had died due to heatwave across the state as per information available until 10 pm on Saturday night. The toll pertains to the period from May 18 until 7.15 pm for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

At least 145 people have died due to intense heat wave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since yesterday. The total number of death reported in the two states so far is at 368. In Andhra Pradesh, 87 deaths were reported since yesterday, taking the toll to 182 from 95.

In Andhra Pradesh, the toll rose to 95 with 15 persons succumbing to heat wave across the state, a senior official of disaster management department said. The toll pertains to the period from May 18 till this evening for Andhra Pradesh and from April 15 till Saturday evening for Telangana, the officials said.
The newly created Telangana state reported death of 58 more people since yesterday, as a result of which the toll went up to 186 in 10 districts of the state, a senior official of State Disaster Management Department told PTI. Nalgonda district recorded the maximum number of 55 deaths, followed by Khammam district at 43 and Mahabubnagar district at 23. In Hyderabad, two persons have died due to heatwave. The toll is registered from April 15 in Telangana.

In Hyderabad, two persons have died due to the extreme weather. According to India Meteorological department, severe heatwave conditions are expected to continue till Monday in both these states.

Heart wave however has not affected in some states like Jammu Kashmir and Uttaranchal, etc where cold waves and other natural calamities cause damages regularly.

Double-speaking BJP virtually rules out full statehood for Delhi!

Double-speaking BJP virtually rules out full statehood for Delhi!

Dr. Abdul Ruff

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It is crudely unfortunate that Indian government for years has denied Delhi its legitimate full statehood so that Delhi government, irrespective of which party governs it, can function as a truly representative entity to serve the people of Delhi, especially the common people.

Earlier it was Congress party which claimed to be the sole custodians of India and its system, shutting door on the very face of Delhiites who demanded full statehood to reap all benefits of a normal state, now it is the turn of its secret ally BJP – the other side of same arrogant coin – to turn down the elected government and Delhiites for statehood.  This demand has been there for years now.

Even though the ultra Hindutva BJP and soft Hindutva Congress pursue similar policies, if not the same, they just pretend to be fighting each other.  BJP is doing exactly what the Congress party did for too long in India.

Sympathy for people is missing in both national parties that willingly showcase their arrogance as ruling dispensation.

For the first time in Delhi’s political history that a party other than these two national parties has come to power – a popular new party Aam Admi Party (AAP) fully committed to the  welfare e of common people and assumed power in Delhi for the second consecutive time by blowing off both largest Indian national parties as Delhiites are increasingly fed up their politics and policies promoting the corporates and causing price rises and other problems for common masses.

The issue of appointing top executive officals directly by the Lt Governor instead of the Delhi government doing it at par with other governments has snowballed into a feeble demand by Delhiites for full statehood for Delhi state.

On the ongoing controversy between the Lt Governor and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointment of officers, he said people of Delhi were waiting for governance by the elected government even after 100 days of being in power. “The elected government should strive and the public is waiting for 100 days that within the domain of those rights, it initiates steps to provide governance in Delhi,” he said.

Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor, whose working relationship has never been smooth, plummeted into their latest battle over an IAS officer described by the Chief Minister as a “lobbyist for power companies”. She was picked by Governor Jung as Acting Chief Secretary or the senior-most bureaucrat in the Delhi government. Kejriwal has claimed that an elected government cannot be saddled with bureaucrats against its choice, a stand that has been backed by other heads of state governments. To Delhi government should have the right to appoint officals who can willingly help the government in fulfilling popular aspirations without hurdles.

The rights not given to their elected governments rest with the Central government that uses Lt Governor to issue orders and those rights are exercised by the Lt Governor. The Centre put its weight behind Delhi LG who has been given absolute powers in appointment of bureaucrats and he need not “consult” the chief minister on subjects like transfer of senior officers, police and public order. Arun added that there is no scope for any grey area.

Kejriwal had retaliated to the notification by the Home Ministry, issued on May 21, by accusing the Centre of “betraying the people of Delhi” and attempting to protect corrupt officers. Reiterating his allegation of the BJP using the Lieutenant Governor to govern Delhi by proxy, he said, “The Prime Minister’s Office acts like the Queen of England used to, with the Lieutenant Governor as Viceroy.” The BJP, he said, is trying to “run Delhi with three MLAs”; his Aam Aadmi Party has the remaining 67 seats in the state legislature.

Amid a raging row over exercise of powers in Delhi, Central government run by PM Modi on May 23 said that full statehood rights cannot be given to Delhi government unless there is a general consensus in the country on the issue as it is the national capital. The Minister said Delhi, though a state is also a Union Territory, which is today’s constitutional truth and Union Territories are under the Centre, but Delhi and Puducherry that have elected governments have separate arrangements, where some constitutional rights have been given to them.

The Aam Aadmi Party government has called for a two-day emergency session of the Delhi assembly from May 26 to discuss the central Home Ministry’s notification giving absolute powers to the Lieutenant Governor in appointment of bureaucrats and clarifying that he need not “consult” the chief minister on subjects like police and public order. The decision for  the emergency assembly was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today. The Assembly session was originally scheduled for June. Meanwhile top leaders of ruling AAP have met at the residence of CM Kejriwal to discuss the Indian Home ministry’s directive to present proposals to the state Assembly..

When Congress party was ruling Delhi, BJP and other parties demanded full statehood for Delhi but when in power, BJP misbehaves with the people just like Congress does. Senior Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said whenever there will be general consensus in the country on giving full statehood status to the national capital, it is possible. But till that is not done, full statehood rights cannot be given to the state government.  He was asked about BJP’s views on granting full statehood to Delhi, as promised by it in the past. He, however, noted that the confusion over rights exercised by the Centre and the elected government would lead to “offices being shut down” and to avoid that the Home Ministry had issued the classificatory notification. ” And to ensure offices are not shut, it is Centre’s responsibility to clarify and Home Ministry has fulfilled that responsibility by issuing a classificatory notification to make it clear what rights rest with the Centre and what with the elected government,” he said.
Arvind Kejriwal Government of Delhi had attacked the Centre over the notification, accusing it of trying to rule Delhi through the backdoor and protect the corrupt.

BJP as well as Congress, claiming to be literally owning India, argue since Delhi is the national capital of India, it cannot be granted full statehood.

AAP has a pledge before people of Delhi as well as India to commit to genuine causes of common people.

It is one of most ridiculous arguments to deny all privileges Delhiites do deserve.  When  India and Delhi  were  ruled by  one and the same party or a  strategic allies like Congress and BJP  there were no  problems  but now  there is  the new reality,  the reality of AAP , unexpected  by the parties.  Old national parties have to come to terms with the new reality.

Central government is duty bound to protect the genuine interests of Delhiites and Delhi state and it can do so only by granting Delhi full statehood.

Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa returns as CM amid uncertainty as faulty HC judgment is likely to go Supreme Court!

Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa returns as CM amid uncertainty as faulty HC judgment is likely to go Supreme Court!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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History repeats itself in Tamil Nadu politics, eminently controlled by cinema world. And, certainty turns uncertainty and vice versa as in films.

Nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges, film star turned politician and the ruling AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa was on 23rd May sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister along with 28 ministers. Her choice of date coincides with BJP party’s celebrations for completing one full year in power of India.  The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium in the presence of governor Rosaiah, film personalities, and cricket bosses, among other dignitaries.

Jayalalithaa was disqualified following her conviction in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case by a trial court in Bengaluru on September 27. The Karnataka High Court had subsequently acquitted her of the charges on May 11 this year. She is beaming  that she was today sworn in for the fifth time as chief minister –  a milestone in her political story- , nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges.

Jayalalithaa has retained old faces when she was chief minister during 2011-14. This includes her trusted aide O Panneerselvam as Minister of Finance. Jayalalithaa will hold the portfolios of home, police, public, all India services, general administration and district revenue officers. (Tamilnadu has huge back money in active circulation and will she be able take action? Or, will she end corruption in government offices? )

One day earlier, O Panneerselvam quit as CM, making way for his “Amma” to resume power. An official Raj Bhavan release had said that on May 22 the TN Governor Rosaiah had approved the recommendation made by Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister-Designate regarding allocation of portfolios among the Council of Ministers.

Panneerselvam was sworn-in as Chief Minister on September 29 last year, two days after Jayalalithaa’s conviction. He had returned to the post for a second time after he was chosen by Jayalalithaa as her successor almost under similar circumstances in 2001 in the wake of her conviction in the TANSI case. Panneerselvam had resigned six months later in 2002, when she was acquitted by the apex court. His resignation today ended eight-month tenure.

Much before the AIADMK legislature meeting, party workers and supporters from all over the state had started gathering in huge numbers at Avvai Shanmugam Salai, the AIADMK headquarters. Before he announced his resignation as chief minister, Panneerselvam met Jayalalithaa briefly. Large hoardings hailing the party leader’s return had been put up in several parts of the city.  DMK leaders feel they have defeated their arch rival DMK by the court order.

Security men, who were perched on either side of her vehicle, and the police had a tough time preventing the crowd from coming too close to the cavalcade as a smiling Jayalalithaa accepted their greetings. Preparations have been afoot since Thursday to deck up the venue of the swearing-in ceremony. After her conviction, Jayalalithaa was automatically disqualified as an MLA. Recently, an MLA resigned from RK Nagar constituency in the city raising speculation that she may contest from there.

Even as AIADMK supremo the 67-year-old Jayalalithaa returned to power in Chennai for the fifth time 11 days after she was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in a disproportionate assets case, Congress party’s Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the state law department is examining the judgment of the High Court which acquitted her of all charges and the government would take a decision on filing an appeal in the case after receiving the report. Asked whether he has spoken to AICC in this regard, the chief minister said, “No, the High command is not at all interfering in the state matters”.

Jayalalithaa knows too well that she is back to the Madras Fort office to rule Tamil Nadu anytime she may have to quit again as assets case would now go to Supreme Court since the Karnataka High Court judgment is faulty with wrong arithmetic and the judge himself has already admitted to have committed errors that he can correct if allowed.

Jayalalithaa’s return to power is significant because she has successfully pursued all tactics to get her 4 year jail term by influencing the judiciary with judge quashing the case once for all.

In taking over the reign in Chennai,  Jayalalithaa’s calculations are clear:  even if she has to quit again if Supreme court  gives a verdict against her disproportionate assets,  her brief tenure back as CM could help make the party ready with new vigor for state elections next year.

Hindutva march: US panel asks Obama to act against Indian negative attitude toward minorities!

Hindutva march: US panel asks Obama to act against Indian negative attitude toward minorities!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Indians expected PM  Narendra Modi to further advance the non-hatred policies of  first ever BJP PM AB Vajpayee but,  unfortunately, not only he is reluctant to do so but even  pursues  a hard cord Hindutva agenda to placate Hindutva constituency in the country.

It is already on record that the PM  Narendra Modi led BJP/NDA government  promotes not only Hindutva as its major policy to  keep the ultra Hindu communal elements in  good humors, but, worse,  directly targets  minorities, especially Muslims.  So much so, Muslims are now openly denied jobs because of their religion.  This development is central part of Hindutva ideology was not totally unexpected by Muslims, though.  PM Modi is eager show to Hindu voters that he stands by Hindutva slogans does not try to stop the trend for obvious electoral reasons.

While Congress, the root cause of anti-Muslim sentiments in the society as well as is responsible for the national level growth of RSS and BJP parivar as “patriotic“ parties. BJP wants to bury Congress once for all and hence aggressive pursues Hindutva policies, targeting Muslims and other minorities.

Congress party thought the RSS family can help the Congress government in containing the Muslims but RSS/BJP outwitted Congress to emerge the ruling dispensation to replace the Congress governments at centre and in states.

That is indeed the tragedy of Congress wickedness!

Notwithstanding Indian Prime Minister Modi’s declaration of pursuing inclusive governance, he still systematically pursues anti-Muslim trends of Hindutva parties.

In  further expending the  state polices of Congress party , the BJP government is openly violating the Constitution that provides for special attention for minorities, Muslims.

It is amazing that theoretically, Indian Constitution safeguards the rights of minorities, but in practice, ideology of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) prevails. Hindu majority led by the BJP has shown complete disregard to it, and commit excesses and cruelties against Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Dalits with impunity. Hindu politics and culture, dominated by the fundamentalist parties such as BJP, VHP, Shiv Sena and RSS including other extremist outfits have been propagating Hindutva. Provocative utterances of their extremist leaders have resulted into unending violence especially against the Muslims and Christians.

USA with which India is keen to further strengthen  strategic partnership, has criticised PM Modi’s  fanatic policies that  breaks secular  façade of India and reminds New Delhi  that  BJP is the ruling part of all citizens and not just of Hindutva mined Hindus.

It is surprising that Indian media did not take notice of the report of a US Congress-established panel which has shown serious concerns over the maltreatment of religious minorities in India.

On April 30, in its annual report 2015, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom said, “Since the [last year’s] election, religious minority communities have been subject to derogatory comments by politicians linked to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and numerous violent attacks and forced conversions by Hindu nationalist groups, such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). The report pointed out, “Hindu groups had announced plans in December to forcibly reconvert at least 4,000 Christian families and 1,000 Muslim families to Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh as part of a so-called ‘ghar wap’’ (homecoming) programme…the Hindu groups sought to raise money for their campaign, noting that it cost nearly 200,000 rupees per Christian and 500,000 rupees per Muslim.”

The Panel asked the Obama Administration to press the Indian government to publicly rebuke officials and religious leaders who make derogatory remarks about various communities including Sikhs. However, as part of anti-Muslim and anti-Christian approach, leader of the BJP and Narendra Modi is giving impetus to Hindu chauvinism. Indian society is rapidly radicalizing, as unprecedented rise of Hindu extremism has posed serious threats to the very existence of the religious minorities.

It is mentionable that Hindutva agenda enabled RSS/BJP hardliner, Narendra Modi to get a land sliding triumph in the Indian elections 2014 by  very tactfully using the anti-corruption movement of Hazare and Kejriwal. .The  RSS driven anti-Muslim move of the BJP including other Hindu fanatic parties could be judged from various developments. On May 28, 2014, just  two days after Modi assumed power  the Rashtriya Hindu Andolan, a Mangalore-based Hindutva outfit and activists from various right wing groups organized a protest in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner in Mangalore in Karnataka state where BJP  formed  its first  Hindutva government of South Asia long  back,   by demanding the authorities to ban the morning Muslim call to prayer (Azan) across the country. Besides forcing the Muslim employee in a Parliament Canteen by BJP leader to break his fast by stuffing piece of bread in his mouth, statement of Deputy Chief of Goa, declaring India as a Hindu state might be cited as example.
Congress won elections when Muslims overwhelmingly voted for it and loses when they vote against it.  RSS is advancing its agenda for which many in Congress party sympathize with. It is noteworthy that in 1992, a large criminalized crowd of Hindu Karsevaks (volunteers) in accordance with a preplanned scheme of the Indian high officials and intelligence entirely demolished the 16th-century Babri Masjid (mosque) to reclaim the land known as RAM Janmabhoomi–birthplace of the god. The destruction of the historic Babri Masjid sparked Muslim outrage around the country, provoking several months of inter-communal rioting between Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people, majority of whom were Muslims. Besides, massacre of 2500 Muslims in the in the BJP-ruled Indian state of Gujarat in 2002 and those of more than 2002 Muslims during the communal riots of 2008 in Uttar Pradesh—participation of Indian high officials and leaders of the VHP, BJP and Bajrang Dal in the incidents might also be cited as instance.

Now the Modi government offers support and guidance to Hindutva forces.  PM refuses to follow the foot path of former PM Vajpayee who could contain the communal forces among Hindus, though his government conferred the once prestigious national award Bharatratna on Vajpayee this year.

Similarly, in the recent years, assaults on Christians, their churches and property have been executed by the Hindu mobs in various cities of India. In this connection, at least 100 Christians have been assassinated by Hindu extremists, mostly in the state of Orissa.  It is of particular attention that on November 7, 2011, leader of the VHP, Pravin Togadia, in his furious speech questioned the past of Muslims and Christians, and further gave a call to Hindus to capture the Islamic holy places in Arab and Vatican of Europe.

One fears if Hindu extremists would cause World War III or clash of civilizations, Arab world generally does not take note of the plight of Muslims in India where Hindutva hatred for Muslims and Islam is on the rise.

Congress and other pseudo secular parties misusing Muslims for votes are eagerly waiting for the opportunity that could be open to them if BJP goes further targeting the minorities.

It is worth-mentioning that forced conversions of other religious minorities into Hindus also continue. In this regard, Bajrang Dal, an offshoot of the RSS, converted at least 57 Muslim families (200 people) into Hindus at a ceremony in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Previously, in early September 2014, Christians were also forcefully converted to Hindus which created unrest among Christian clergy. Recently, a similar event in Aligarh saw Christian families converting to Hinduism. Since installment of the BJP government in the center, this campaign has been accelerated.

As regards persecution of minorities in India, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Testimony by Human Rights Watch presented before US Senate Committee on atrocious attitude of Hindu majority had highlighted the plight of minorities in India. The report was presented before Indian general elections 2014. But, it is strange that American government which had denied visa to Modi on the basis of his involvement in Gujrat genocide, allowed.    Some of the fanatic Hindu groups are not in favour of a separate and distinct culture for minorities. A Hindu fundamentalist namely Prof Balraj Madhok had suggested that the minorities must adopt Indian (Hindu) names.

Now, schools and other educational institutions are being systematically Hinduized and Muslims have to depend on institutions run by Muslim organizations  themselves for education but where will they get jobs?   References to Hindu gods and goddesses abound in the text books. Books, prescribed by the Education Boards contain lessons giving false stories of Muslim atrocities on Hindu women, kidnapping, forced conversion etc.

It is a good sign for Indian secularism that the USA has abandoned its double standards by showing grave concerns about mistreatment of Indian religious minorities. Undoubtedly, Hindu fundamentalism is increasingly widening its influence everywhere and has already established for itself a firm base in every sector of the Indian society including bureaucracy, media, educational institutions, and the like. The hate campaign unleashed by the fundamentalist forces is keeping the minority wholly preoccupied with defending their basic human rights and cultural identity.

American report has exposed Indian false claim of the largest democracy, acting upon the principles of liberalism and secularism, socialism etc etc.  The West and particular the USA must take appropriate steps against New Delhi in cleansing Hindutva rots. Otherwise, Hindu fanatics not only would dictate terms to all minorities but even could challenge the world powers.
The ruling Hindutva ideology in India operates on lies and hoax.  Indian Hindutva forces, like  the Zionist criminal elements ,  advance a  mysterious course of revenge  for what  they consider  historic  occurrences as per  books  churned out by some  ultra fanatic  Hindu elements who claim their right to rule the world  according to their  fancies.

Palestine: Will Netanyahu or Obama reinvent the peace process? Part – III

Palestine: Will Netanyahu or Obama reinvent the peace process? Part – III

-Dr. Abdul  Ruff

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It seems Israel is willing for supporting a Palestine state if it is established without military and police to protect the Palestine land, vital infrastructures and people from enemy attacks, so that Israel can control and attack it whenever it faces domestic crises or elections.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who uses talks with Palestinians to prolong Zionist the occupational crimes in Palestine, said that, he is still committed to the two-state solution, as means to end the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I want to reiterate my commitment to peace,” Netanyahu told reporters, before his meeting with the European Union (EU) foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini in Jerusalem, who is on a two-day visit to the region. “We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all. My position has not changed. I don’t support a one-state solution. I don’t believe that’s a solution at all. I support the vision of two states for two peoples,” he said. Netanyahu reiterated that the future Palestinian state must be demilitarized and recognize Israel as a Jewish state. That is  for the future but for now  the reality of establishment of Palestine is important.

It is not for the first time that an Israeli leader speaks about two-state solution and establishment of Palestine state.  The Israeli hawkish leader said his government would take some initiatives in the upcoming months, to ease restriction on the Palestinian population, who live in territories Israel occupied in the 1967 Mideast War.

Nuclear Israel asks both USA and Europe to ensure Israeli security first and above Palestine and other Arabs in Mideast.

Netanyahu has recently come under international criticism for backtracking from his previous declaration of support for the two-state solution. Days before the Mar 17 elections, he said in an interview that he would not permit the creation of a Palestinian state under his watch.

Although she doubts Israeli commitments, Ms. Mogherini, however, praised Netanyahu’s declared “commitment to peace and security” and promised that the EU is willing to assist in renewing the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. “The European Union is interested in peace and security for Israel and the region, because it is also our European peace and security, so we have a common interest there, to see if we have a space for relaunching the vision you just mentioned of two states for two peoples, being able to live in full respect on one side of the other,” she said.

Mogherini met with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah earlier on May 21, will also meet with Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin today.

Observers believe Netanyahu’s latest statements could be the usual Zionist gimmicks to pacify the international community and  get their support for Israeli crimes in Palestine Gaza. Or,  it could be  that Israel is perhaps aiming to reassure the international community of Israeli intention for a Palestine ocutnry, after establishing a right-wing government a week ago, which includes the far-right Jewish Home party backed by Jewish settlers.

Netanyahu and his Likud party did not specify in their agreements with the coalition partners, any aspects of reviving the peace talks and establishing a Palestinian state. Israeli media reported, Netanyahu appointed Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, a veteran Likud member, as the person in charge of the peace talks with the Palestinians. Funnily, Shalom has also been known for his support of illegal Jewish settlement constructions inside Palestine and objection to a Palestinian state

The last round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians mediated by the United States and took place between July 2013 and Apr 2014, as usual collapsed owing to insincere attitude of Israel and its commitment to expansionism and crimes in Palestine.

Since Washington objects to mediation in Mideast conflict by Russia or Saudi Arabia or any other country, President Obama needs to step in to push for Israeli consent for resolving the age old crisis towards a permanent settlement and establishment of Palestine.

President Obama should also at the same time also encourage Palestine to proceed with the UN route for full statehood for the besieged Palestinians.

Enough of pampering a criminal Zionist state in Mideast and end Israeli atrocities and military crimes in Palestine

Hopefully, Obama would not skip the historic opportunity that has come to him in the name of Palestine!

Humanity would not forgive him if he chooses to let it pass!

Time running out for President Obama!

(Concluded)

Palestine: Will Netanyahu or Obama reinvent the peace process? Part – II

Palestine: Will Netanyahu or Obama reinvent the peace process?  Part – II

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Part II

 

Israel as an illegal entity imposed by UK-USA twins on Palestine lands has been very careful to maintain a closed knit nation-society without causing any serious political or constitutional instability that would cause the collapse of the Zionist regime and colonialist system of apartheid. The essentially racist is set up is considered by Jews absolutely necessary to fight and marginalize the Palestinians by putting in place terror blockades controlling literally everything in Palestine, its lands, roads, its sea airways, exports and imports, collecting taxes from Palestine and  using  them against Palestinians themselves. If Palestinians create any problem to Israeli occupational tactics, Israeli military and policy would just kill them. Israel with US sponsorship maintains absolute colonialist system in Mideast.

It is here that India pursuing similar colonialist  operations against Kashmiris in Jammu Kashmir,  steps in as  capable military ally of Israel, USA and UK, seeking a veto on discredited UN.

Insanity of Israelis in killing Palestinians, youth, old, women and even children is very difficult to explain. It is even harder to explain the US support for these crimes against humanity by a so-called democratic Israel. Europe, generally hating Islam and Muslims, seems to enjoy the Jewish act of perpetual killing the besieged Palestinians, especially children.

Israel’s multi-times PM Netanyahu and the Israeli right-of-center time and again declared their civilizational right to keep Palestinians homeless and without a nation for themselves, citizenship rights because they fear a Palestinian state will become a strong nation growing among wealthy Arab nations and may present a security challenge. Netanyahu said that if Israel relinquished the West Bank it would become a bastion of Muslim radicals, though it knows that the West Bankers are substantially more secular than the Jewish population of Israel or West Jerusalem.

But in fact, Netanyahu and the right are dedicated to Greater Israel, to annexing the West Bank territory and finding a way to expel the Palestinians from it for creating  more colonies for illegal Jews and it wants to slowly move on to annexing  more and more Arab  lands for  establishing greater Israel to take on Europe for revenge action.

The Palestinians are not a security challenge– they are like the guard at a bank getting in the way of bank robbers- Israel. The bank robbers feel a need to knock him out or kill him, remove him from the scene. Israel is already doing  that.

For all the atrocities that were committed by European rulers, now Israeli leaders seem to take revenge on the poor Palestinians whose lands they literally stole by confiscation with support from imperialist USA-UK twins to make an Israeli state. The Nazis had killed many Jews and other races, taken citizenship rights away from Jews, Gypsies and others in Europe. In fact, the supposed Holocaust was made practically possible in part by the denial of citizenship to Jews, which left them with no access to courts or other levers of social power that might have combated the monstrous Nazi plans for genocide. Millions of Jews were stateless in the 1930s and 1940s, and their lack of citizenship rights often exposed them to ethnic cleansing or loss of property and displacement.

Now the arrogant ruling Jews in Israel have extra access even to US, UK courts. Today, the courts in Israel protect the genocide interests of Jewish military and the criminal regime targeting Palestinians and their lands.  Jews in uniform are eager to drink Palestinian blood and taste their flesh in live and of late, Israeli soldiers are too fond of flesh and blood of Palestinian children like wild dragons do. Americans promote this new trend in Israeli military as well.

The Palestinians are the last major stateless population. Stateless people do not have rights as most people understand the term. Their situation in some ways resembles slavery, since slaves also were denied the rights of citizenship. Stateless people’s property is insecure, since people with citizenship rights have better access to courts and to ruling authorities. Palestinians never really know what they own, and Israeli squatters routinely steal their property with impunity. Squatters dig tube wells deeper than those of the Palestinian villagers, lowering aquifers and causing Palestinian wells to dry up. Squatters go on wilding attacks, chopping down entire olive orchards – a prime source of Palestinian income – or beating up Palestinians. If Palestinians assemble peacefully to protest the loss of their farms to ever-expanding squatter settlements, the Israel army arrests them, including, often, children, who are taken away from their families and put in jail. Palestinians can be held for long periods without being charged. The prisoners are obviously tortured.

It is shameful to have Israel preside over 4 million stateless people forever. This is Apartheid. And Netanyahu has just made Apartheid the official policy of Israel, just as South African leader P.W. Botha dedicated himself to making black South Africans stateless and without the rights of citizenship. The only fig leaf Israel had for its Apartheid was the farce of the “peace process” and a pro forma ritual invocation of a “future Palestinian state.” Now Netanyahu has ripped off the fig leaf and stands naked before the world. Botha was called by his victims the “Great Crocodile.” It would be better epithet for Netanyahu than “Bibi.”

Netanyahu’s statement was merely a reflection of what the Palestinians had long feared – that he has little interest in an independent Palestinian state. While Israeli and Palestinian officials continue to pay lip service to American-led peace talks, there have been no significant breakthroughs in recent years. Talks are bogus that provide escape route for the Israeli leaders and hence they fail. Some fear his comment of no state for Palestinians is merely a blunt statement of what was in fact unspoken policy. “Netanyahu’s statement confirms the view that he and the former leaders did not seriously engage in a peace process,” one European diplomat told IRIN.

Yet since the election victory, Netanyahu’s allies have sought to row back on the statement. Tzachi Hanegbi of Netanyahu’s Likud party and the deputy foreign minister in the previous government, told IRIN that Likud was still committed to negotiations with the Palestinians. “We will be very delighted to renew the negotiations, we believe it’s in the interests of both people, the Israelis and the Palestinians, to have a dialogue and discuss and to try and find a common denominator in the issues that are so crucial to both people.” He refused to be drawn on whether the next government would be willing to support an independent Palestinian state in any form.

Israel is firm. Ahmed Tibi, a Joint List parliamentarian, said that Netanyahu’s victory meant little change would be forthcoming. “It seems that the Israeli Jewish public did not want to change the reality. We wanted Israel to change its reality and cooperate with democratic process,” he said.

Netanyahu’s Likud party used the fear of the Arab vote to drum up Jewish support. Netanyahu warned that Arabs were voting in their “droves.” The Joint List, a coalition of four predominantly Arab parties, had a major breakthrough at this election – becoming the third largest bloc in the Knesset.

Netanyahu’s approach has also contributed to increasingly tense relations between Israeli Jews and Arabs in Israel.  Netanyahu is supposed to represent all citizens, including the 20 percent of Arab Israeli citizens. These kinds of statements from Netanyahu widen the gaps between Arabs and Jews and worsen the ethnic discourse and do not contribute to democracy. Netanyahu and other Jewish leaders are least bothered about democracy. Blood suckers cannot be democrats though Israel might argue so. .

Netanyahu’s choice of coalition partners is likely to influence whether he formally engages with the peace process in the coming months. He took several weeks to form a fragile hawkish government.

In the absence of an alliance, there appears little impetus for serious bilateral talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. This could encourage the Palestinians to ramp up their attempts at international recognition, rather than through direct negotiations.

Last year the Palestinians announced their intention to join the International Criminal Court, with their accession confirmed on April 1. This comes after numerous attempts to gain recognition of Palestine at the United Nations, with resolutions in the Security Council vetoed by the United States. Israelis annoyed now, so is USA.  Saed Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator during the last round of talks, announced that Netanyahu’s victory made the need for the Palestinians to pursue an international approach to independence more important. “Now, more than ever, the international community must act. It must rally behind Palestinian efforts to internationalize our struggle for dignity and freedom through the International Criminal Court and through all other peaceful means,” he said. “The Palestinians will be looking for international action now. They are forced to start a process that has not got internationally-backed parameters.”

The European Union has already announced its commitment to working with the new government on the peace process, but a European diplomat added that there was increasing support within European countries for bringing the Palestinian issue back to the Security Council with broader support. That could force the US into a corner. The USA would have to decide whether it is also playing with Palestinians or seriously looking to pressure Israel into concessions, put down parameters, or merely looking to maintain the status quo. The only other way for a peace process to move forward is for the USA to insist on it. This could begin with the USA withdrawing its veto within Security Council on certain measures and could go into a phrase of taking more positive action. The big question is what will the USA do?

The European diplomat said foreign diplomats were increasingly in agreement that direct Israeli-Palestinian talks are unlikely to yield results. “The two-state solution needs stronger international engagement, it will not come from a bilateral process,” he said.

Europe, like USA, feels bilateral talks the Israeli regime employs with Palestinians for prolonging occupation and crimes are useless.

USA does not share any positive values with Israel as Jews are essentially criminal minded, targeting Palestine people for their blood and lands and  for that  purpose misuses US veto and military. President Obama should stop thinking that Jews are more important for US democrats that he cannot do anything to delink essentially the illicit US-Israeli terror links.

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