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

India 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

PM Modi’s budget (2015) to make India global financial hub (Salient features)

PM Modi’s budget (2015) to make India global financial hub (Salient features)

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Indian PM Modi seems to be committed not to make common people happy by providing the essentials to the needy  and less fortunate ones in a democracy but to make India a global financial hub as top priority and his 2015 budget is supposed to achieve that.

Indian rulers have been talking for years about mega-reforms that would reshape the contours of India as it becomes the world’s fastest-growing modern economy.

India is viewed as super power of South Asia but Indian government has never been quite sure or confident about its economic and financial position. Indian corporates want to expand their business across the globe, making more and more extra profits.

Indian regime while promoting crony capitalists in the country do show any interest to see the tricking effect reaches the common people also. Here India failed baldy. But none complains about the fate of the poor as even communists are busy counting their own profits.

Neither the Congress and BJP nor other regional big parties can be expected to pursue the interests of common people who form the majority of their voters. However, the matter can be left at that. The Aam Aadmi came to fill the gap, caring for the poor and common people in real terms.

Indian PM Modi’s finance minister Arun Jaitley’s budget for 2015 begins from the premises that a properly functioning capital market requires proper consumer protection. Jaitley, therefore, proposes to create a task force to establish a sector-neutral Financial Redressal Agency (FRA) that will address grievances against all financial service providers.

Perhaps, gone are the days of running from one regulator to another as firms, wearing the garb of universal banking, wreaked havoc on the savings of Indians.

Every Consumer seeks is a return on investment at a low cost and transparent architecture.  Consumers would experience the push towards an insurance product when they go to invest in the Public Provident Fund or a mutual fund but an environment of institutionalised mis-selling puzzles and annoys them. . Under the FRA, they will have a single complaint management agency to go to. The FRA will setup a nationwide machinery to become a one-stop shop where, the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) report states, consumers can carry complaints against all financial firms.

 

Arun Jaitley moots the creation of Indian Financial Code (IFC). In effect, the IFC disrupts existing regulatory structures and recreates a more cohesive, more accountable financial architecture that oversees nine important moving parts – consumer protection, micro-prudential regulation, resolution, capital controls, systemic risks, development and redistribution, monetary policy, public debt management, and contracts, trading and market abuse. The finance minister informed the Parliament that work assigned to the task forces on the Financial Data Management Centre, the Financial Sector Appellate Tribunal, the Resolution Corporation, and the Public Debt Management Agency are progressing satisfactorily.

The IFC is one law that alone is a giant reform. By placing the consumer at its core, the IFC completely changes the contours of India’s financial sector that so far has been held hostage to companies that thrive on anomalies and regulators too busy playing turf-wars than focusing on customer services and protection. The IFC is an extremely bold law to enact: all told it will replace 61 existing laws.

 

The NDA government will need all its political skills and then some to convert this idea into a living reform.

 

Although the need for an international financial centre had been felt for a long time, ever since India opened up in 1991 and Indian companies began to expand their footprint globally, this is an idea that has taken all of eight years to turn into reality.

Jaitley said India produces some of the finest financial minds, including in international finance, but they have few avenues in India to fully exhibit and exploit their strength to the country’s advantage.

 

The Modi government is eager to implement the GIFT (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City) in Gujarat, envisaged as International Finance Centre that would actually become as good an International Finance Centre as Singapore or Dubai, which, incidentally, are largely manned by Indians, but GIFT has taken root in Gujarat. GIFT is a globally-benchmarked international financial centre that will target 8-10 percent of financial services on 84 million sq ft of space and create one million new jobs – 30,000 by 2016 from 700 today. Its core operations will include offshore banking; insurance, assurance and reinsurance; regional financial exchanges and back offices.

Since an international financial centre, of the likes of London, Singapore or Dubai, can’t just live on money, GIFT is being created as a smart city with schools, hospitals, clubs, entertainment centres and so on to attract top talent from across the world. The urban infrastructure being planned is world class.

India’s international financial centre will occupy the time zone that’s currently lying vacant, between Singapore to the East and Dubai to the West. If it rises to the occasion, it will be able to pull back a lot of markets that India has lost. Much depends on execution, some of which has begun. Phase 1, for instance, is in an advanced stage of completion, and institutions such as World Trade Centres, State Bank of India and a Bombay Stock Exchange tower have already committed to it.

While the IFC rebuilds the domestic financial architecture, GIFT becomes a hub for international finance. These are also in tune with the larger objectives of Make in India, an endeavor that will need finance in order to gather momentum.

From Gujarat PM Modi moved to Indian capital to pursue his GIFT idea. The multinational corporates are either using him or assisting him to achieve the objective.

BJP assumes power in Kashmir: PDP’s unholy alliance and betrayal of Kashmiris!

BJP assumes power in Kashmir: PDP’s unholy alliance and betrayal of Kashmiris!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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  1. Quick poll and delayed government formation

 

People’s Democratic Party (PDP), after a few formal political gimmicks of discussion with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi, finally obeys the BJP high command, almost surrendering Kashmir to India once again.

The Jammu Kashmir state now finally has a coalition government. Mufti Mohammad Sayed-the patriarch of the PDP- after prolonged wait and almost endless deliberations with BJP in New Delhi for power share, especially with regard to offering Deputy CM post of BJP Hindu MLA as demanded by New Delhi, has just become the Chief Minister of Jammu Kashmir, once again. .

 

As the Kashmir Valley was witnessing mild tremors, two ideologically dissonant political tectonic plates met in Delhi, wrapping up an agreement to form a coalition government in Jammu Kashmir, after two-month long protracted negotiations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and People’s Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sealed the deal with a hug for an alliance between their parties, altering the political landscape of the state. Emerging from an hour long meeting at 7, Race Course Road, Sayeed did not forget to give credit to Pakistan for the free and fair elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Sayeed spelt out his expectations when he spoke of the need to engage with Pakistan and taking forward Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiative.

 

Heading a BJP- PDP coalition government for the first time, the PDP patron Mufti has been sworn in as the new chief minister of Jammu Kashmir for the second time in Jammu, the summer capital of JK on March 01 amidst very tight security. Indian PM Narendra Modi reached Zorawar Singh auditorium of Jammu University for the oath ceremony of Mufti as CM and could have blessed him for a careful journey.

 

There will 12 cabinet ministers, 6 from each side and that Mufti will be the CM, while BJP’s Nirmal Singh will be Deputy CM in order to placate Hindu parties and leaders in India. There were “hitches” on some issues, including the specific offer of dialogue to Hurriyat.  The swearing-in on March one in Jammu seems to have ended the two month long protracted negotiations which Sayeed admitted was a “war of nerves.”

 

Formally sealed the BJP-PDP alliance, it is the first time that the BJP literally forms a government in the LOC state of Jammu Kashmir, imposing all its terms and conditions on the hitherto pathetic looking PDP. (While PDP won 28 seats in Kashmir, BJP won 25 seats from the Hindu-majority Jammu region and none in the Muslim areas.)

 

 

JK CM Mufti also unveiled the Common Minimum Programme which advocates status quo in Article 370. According to Mufti, most important is to ensure development of people of the state. Mufti says if Army has unauthorised land, they have to return it to its lawful owner.  Other issues discussed in the alliance framework were a joint approach on Article 370, accommodating refugees from West Pakistan, talks with separatists and confidence building measures to facilitate dialogue across the border.

In fact, the article 370 is  has never been an issue, but blasted out of proportions by Indian and  pro-India Jammu Kashmir media,  since the BJP knows once the article is withdrawn India will have face serious legitimacy problem  with almost every Kashmiri would like to cede from Indian Union.  Despite fears of a last minute breakdown in talks, the BJP and the PDP have reportedly sorted out all difference in their negotiations to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir. The two parties have been in a dead-lock over the last months in the negotiations to form the next Jammu and Kashmir government. PDP’s Mufti Muhammad Sayeed met the PM in Delhi to put a final stamp on the alliance and also invited him for the swearing-in ceremony on 1 March.

 

The PDP claims it had demanded that the BJP should work towards restoring the original status of Article 370, which gives special status to the region, an assurance that the BJP had not given in writing. While PDP wanted a full assurance that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will be withdrawn, the BJP had instead agreed only to start the process that will pave way for the partial removal of the act. The army has of course not greeted this news well and senior military officals in Srinagar said that Kashmir still isn’t ready for the withdrawal of AFSPA.

 

However, analysts say all this was a pure gimmick to confuse the Kashmiris who do not want BJP-PDP movement.

 

Keeping in mind the “mandate” of the people of the two regions of the state and development, both sides are optimistic. A minister of state in the prime minister’s office said that the joining of hands of the two parties to form the government should be seen as a “historic opportunity”. He added that any other alliance would have violated the mandate given by the people.

Mufti’s daughter and PDP president Mehbooba said while talking to reporters in New Delhi: “Our agenda for alliance talks of development, economic growth and so on, besides political issues. Please wait till March 1, everything will be clear then”.

 

  1. Alliance of convenience

 

Deep uncertainties torment ordinary Kashmiris, both Muslims and Hindus in Kashmir as their own leaders remains untrustworthy. One may call the fate of Kashmiris perhaps the cruelest but the people of Palestine also suffer similarity if not more than Kashmiris. .

 

The strange bed fellows–BJP and PDP– who were political rivals in the run-up to the assembly poll and do not see eye to eye on issues like Article 370 and AFSPA, will now together run the government with a 25-member cabinet. This is the first time that the BJP will be in government in the state, where the two regions- Kashmir and Jammu– often clash ideologically.

 

Most Kashmiris feel let down by Mufti and Kashmir politicians by making the BJP the ruling party, saying this is not what they have voted for.  “We voted to keep BJP out of power but the same BJP would rule us now”. The PDP-BJP dispensation will not necessarily be ‘historic’ in a positive sense and, in fact, it would most likely accentuate the Kashmir-Jammu divide because the state’s governance would be predicated on religious identity, not on civic needs. For the PDP, the alliance with BJP has not invoked much confidence from the voters of Kashmir Valley, where there is a feeling of resentment against the latter party.

 

Both Congress and BJP may think, just like former home minister Mufti does, the reduction of the conflict in and over Kashmir to governance and development would serve as the solvent of the conflict and Kashmiris would shed their ambition for either sovereignty or joining Pakistan and enjoy liberal values of India, including corruption and other forms of crimes so that they also could be called the modern democrats.

 

The reconciliation by dialogue and polls has not succeeded with various stakeholders. The elections, conducted very regularly in Jammu Kashmir for the sake of legitimacy for occupation and crimes, even when the environment is not conducive for them, have historically not been the solvent to conflicts. The conflict that has defined and marked the state of Jammu and Kashmir demonstrates no signs of progress and legitimacy, either.

 

 

What is perhaps required is a paradigm shift in terms of policy, politics and economics-that includes all stakeholders to the conflict in an idiom that is a departure from the past.  A new paradigm requires smashing long standing customs and disturbing the status quo – a scenario that is likely to be hamstrung by coalitional politics and the different and differing ideologies of the coalition partners. Will the new government be able to institute a paradigm shift of this nature? The prognosis, as with everything about and related to Jammu and Kashmir is bleak. Keep all fingers crossed!

 

One gets the impression that Indians are occupying Kashmir brutally. True, Pakistan also occupies parts of Kashmir but there is no brutality involved, thus giving an impression that Kashmiris in Azad Kashmir have resigned to their crude fate.  The option of going to India occupied Kashmir cannot be an option before them as they do not to want to face Indian brutality.

 

PM Modi still hopes he can do everything possible to integrate Kashmiris into Indian system, culture. So, he would try for peace in and stability of Kashmir. Historically and contemporarily, the condition that has defined the state has been that of relative peace and calm punctuated by spasms of violence and instability. This condition largely obtains from political maneuverings and manipulations that have been in the nature of fixes.

 

 

  1. Critical issues and observations

 

Indian PM Narendra Modi, it is reliably learnt, hugs those important who come up to save his prestige and image. He hugged US president Obama profusely a couple of times and now he did  the same  with same amount of warmth when PDP leaders went to his office on February 27 for inking a “historic” political deal  with in Jammu Kashmir.

 

PDP’s decision to make BJP credible is meant to signal the freedom groups to forget their cherished ambitions as Pakistan is also willing to play for India in order not to lose Azad Kashmir and other parts Kashmir now in main Pakistan.

 

AFSPA and article 370 are not indeed the contentious issues between BJP and PDPD because both were parties to the decision of the central government to impose the extra military laws to deny any freedom to Kashmiris Muslims.  But the PDP just smartly used these issues to impress the Kashmiri Muslims who overwhelmingly voted the PDP party the need for compromises with BJP for the sake of existence of Muslims in Kashmir.  The PDP was in fact formed a t he instance of New Delhi to contain the NC. Party against Congress, BJP and even NC and PDP betrayed the Kashmiris Muslims while the BJP got an upper hand in the affairs of Kashmir now though the induction of another Hindu as deputy CM of the new government.

 

Politicians are cruel elements because they think they can fool the public by some pure gimmicks and get their things done by the peole themselves.

 

Elections and government formation are just routine events but do not address the multifarious roots and dimensions of the conflict over and in Jammu Kashmir. Elections have not solved the conflict and there is every possibility of recurrence of conflict in the state. The relative peace that currently prevails in JK state owes itself less to containment of insurgency, more to attrition and a generational shift.

 

 

There is no general “Will’ among Kashmiri Muslims are not harmoniously aligned; estrangement and alienation are the natural concomitants. The corollary is conflict and in the context of Jammu and Kashmir, functional integration. The integration concept of India as defined by the BJP and its allied parties, including its secret ally Congress,  of the state with the broader Union goes against the essence of the nature, identity and nature of integration of the state with the Indian Union.

 

People of Kashmir cannot expect anything good to happen to their besieged and terrorized lives but they must guard against Mufti backed Hindutva operations across the state.

Nobody thinks Kashmiris would ever consider themselves as Indians and as such the new effort also will turn out to be a chimera.

 

Mufti will be heading a rather unusual coalition with the BJP. The unusual or even imponderable coalition was preceded by a huge voter turnout in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This was followed by a period when the state lapsed into Governor’s rule. Earlier, Congress party and national Congress tried through a coalition government with Hindu from Congress party as deputy CM, to make Kashmiris Indians first and Kashmiri next but failed. Now the BJP-PDP would continue the effort to finally ‘integrate” Kashmir into the Indian Union as per the plan of former rulers of India. .

 

Those Kashmir freedom fighting groups who want full sovereignty for their nation lost to India and Pakistan and those separatists who work through violence to add Jammu Kashmir to a badly destabilized Pakistan side should now realize their folly of poll boycott has benefited both Pakistan and India. By their thoughtless approach they caused immense problems to Kashmir Muslims- Hindus in Kashmir are state guests and protected by Indian government and Kashmir governor.

 

It is time for all those Kashmiris fighting for cause to wake, shed their pretensions and consider entering democratic process to achieve their objective by ruler of JK.

 

People of Kashmir have suffered a great deal for years since their nation became property of occupational military boots. There is strong warning to the PDP that its patriarch, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, will meet the fate of one of Kashmir’s tallest leader, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

 

When Congress as e well as BJP do not bother about Deputy CM, why are so stubborn about a Hindu being the Deputy CM of JK?

 

In the name of prolonged discussions with BJP, the PDP bosses in fact were fooling the Kashmir voters of the valley who are scared of Hindutva parties and their sponsors.

 

How stable the BJP-PDP combines will be, given the animosity between the two parties in the past, remains to be seen.

Arrest warrant for Bangladesh Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia

 

 

Arrest warrant for Bangladesh Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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The Dhaka court in Bangladesh in South Asia has issued a warrant for the arrest of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Khaleda Zia, amid a political stand-off in the country. The court in Dhaka acted after Ms Zia failed to appear in connection with a corruption case, an action likely to increase tension fuelling anti-government protests in which more than 100 people have been killed in the past month.

The BNP is engaged in a major confrontation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government.  Last month Ms Khaleda Zia urged her supporters to go on strike and block roads and railways to force Ms Hasina to call fresh elections. Since then at least 100 people have died in clashes around the country.

At court hearing Khaleda Zia’s lawyers said the former prime minister was unwell but the court rejected that argument. Government prosecutors accused her of trying to delay the trial which is based on charges filed five years ago. She has failed to appear on a number of occasions.

The United States hopes due process will be followed after an anti-corruption court in Bangladesh issued arrest warrants for former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. It’s also equally important that the government provides space for peaceful political opposition to be able to exist and to create an inclusive political process. The anti-graft court’s warrants were over cases in which Khaleda is accused of embezzling $650,000 during her last term as prime minister from 2001 to 2006. Khaleda is also facing charges of instigating violence. The opposition says the case is politically motivated. However, no arrest has so far been made.

Peace is not insight in Bangladesh as the political scene in the country, unfortunately, remains as turbulent as ever. The main opposition parties, the Bangladeshi National Party (BNP), led by Khaleda Zia, and Jamaat e Islami have been calling without avail for fresh parliamentary elections since they boycotted those that took place in January 2014, in which the Awami League (AL), led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, won an overwhelming victory.

The BNP-ruling party dispute centres on the fact that Zia wanted the 2014 elections to take place under the auspices of a neutral caretaker government, whereas Hasina instituted an all-party interim cabinet instead. The BNP boycotted polls in January 2014, saying they would be rigged. Many Bangladeshis say, in boycotting the poll, Khaleda Zia got into the trap laid by Hasina.

The government rejects the opposition plea for a talk, saying talks are not useful. So if a dialogue is not useful, what else would be effective? Many people are thinking about a military takeover, which could solve the problem.

 

It is crudely pathetic that neither the ruling Awami party nor the opposition BNP cares about the life or security of its people in Bangladesh or what happens to education or the economy of the country. Coming to power at any cost is the only objective of major political parties. In such a situation, political dialogue could end with more destructive anger, fatal to the citizens of the country.

PM Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia underwent jail terms for their corruption related crimes. By using mild authoritarian methods, each caused jail term to the other, and therefore they fear each other.

Bangladeshi politics has been mired for years in rivalry between Hasina and Khaleda. Both women are related to former national leaders and have alternated as prime minister for most of the past two decades. True, both Hasina and Khaleda used violence as a key tool to get power. In 2009, Hasina inflamed tensions by resurrecting a long dormant plan to hold war-crimes trials of about a dozen leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and of the opposition BNP. The BNP has traditionally been closer to religious conservatives. In 2013 Bangladesh suffered its worst political violence since its independence in 1971, with more than 500 dead. The violence has disrupted the key garment industry and tarnished the image of a country that, while still poor, has made remarkable gains in life expectancy, literacy and gender equality.

In recent weeks, the hostilities between what media outlets have called the ‘battling Begums’ have further intensified. Khaleda Zia called for mass demonstrations on 5 January under the banner, “Murder of Democracy Day”, to mark the first anniversary of the 2014 elections. The AL government responded by banning demonstrations. Zia then called for an indefinite blockade of roads, railways and waterways leading into Dhaka, the capital. This began on 5 January and remains in effect.

The United States, among foreign nations, has also raised concerns about violence by both parties and disappearances allegedly carried out by the security forces. After along time of ‘wait and see’ how the crisis evolves in Dhaka, the US Secretary of State has called for Bangladesh government’s action to peacefully end the recent violence in the country which has claimed over 100 lives in the past seven weeks and condemned the targeting of civilians by political parties.

In a meeting with Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali in Washington on February 19, on the sidelines of the Summit to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) hosted by White House on 19th Feb at the US capital Washington DC, US Secretary of State Kerry also offered renewed US support to help achieve a political solution that returns Bangladesh to its democratic foundations. During the meeting, Kerry offered renewed US support to help achieve a political solution that returns Bangladesh to its democratic foundations. During the meeting they discussed the entire gamut of Bangladesh-US bilateral relations and expressed their satisfaction with the current level of cooperation and acknowledged that the bilateral relation is expanding from strength to strength.

US Secretary of State and Bangladesh counterpart Foreign Minister agreed that violence has no room in a democracy and condemned the mindless violence and extremism in the name of ideology or political expression. They agreed to work together on a number of global issues, inter alia, climate change, countering violent extremism, terrorism, peacekeeping, human security and disaster preparedness. Kerry noted Bangladesh’s increasing strategic importance in the region and underscored the need to protect Bangladesh’s fundamental freedoms.

Reaffirming support for global efforts to counter violent extremism, Mahmood Ali has said that there must be a “zero tolerance” approach to all forms of terrorism and violent extremism. “Terrorists are terrorists irrespective of beliefs, creeds or castes”. Kerry stated there can be no tolerance for tactics that target innocent citizens or inhibit political expression in a democratic Bangladesh.

John F. Kerry has asked PM Hasina also to ensure political expression of all parties in the country and emphasized the need for a free and fair media that plays a constructive role in ensuring human rights. He condemned the targeting of civilians by political parties and stressed the need for opposition parties to cease such attacks immediately. Kerry also emphasized the need for a free and fair media that plays a constructive role in ensuring human rights.

A news release issued by Bangladesh mission in Washington said the two leaders agreed that violence has no space in a democracy, and condemned the mindless violence and extremism in the name of ideology or political expression. Kerry responded very positively, when he was invited by his counterpart to visit Bangladesh, and said he would love to take the visit at the earliest opportunity. However, he may not make the trip if the political conditions remain so volatile.

USA, as per its Asia pivot policy of encircling Beijing, is making efforts to take Bangladesh out of China’s hold and patronage.

In the name of fighting terrorism as per the modern trend, possibly to appease anti-Islamic forces in the country and outside, Hasina targets anyone whom she or her party does not like.  Hasina has used the threat of rising extremism as an excuse to imprison opponents and harass journalists and human rights activists. Human Rights Watch alleges that government security forces have been involved in at least 20 politically motivated killings.

 

If Bangladesh PM Hasina thinks the USA and Europe would support her misrule, the message from Washington to end crisis in Dhaka is loud and clear. Now it is for the government to give peace a chance or further precipitate the crisis and prolong the conflict for political purposes.

By summarising the various speeches and statements of ruling Bangladesh Awami League leaders, it is clear that they are not in a position to give up their power until the legal validation of present parliament expires by 2019. On the other hand, the present inimitable objective of the BNP-led 20 parties’ alliance is trying to bring down the government.

 

If Hasina objects to US counsel on internal problems of Bangladesh, she would face the wrath form the West and so she won’t try that, upsetting her own apple cart.

Some rays of hope, however, are feebly visible on the horizon in Dhaka which has been for quite some time under a virtual siege by opposition BNP party. Now it appears the political crisis due to power struggle between the two top leaders PM Sheik Hasina and Opposition BNP leader Khaleda is going to come to an end soon if one were to believe the signal relayed from Washington.

Today Bangladesh stands out as one of the few Muslim-majority democracies. But Bangladesh is now undergoing severe political crisis, with innocent people losing their lives almost every single day. The rolling strikes and blockades not only cause death, but destroy the country’s economy, education, and makes life intolerable. Recently, the education minister has had to reschedule the SSC exam timetables on multiple occasions due to non-stop shutdowns (hartals) called by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. Nobody knows exactly how many more reschedules like this will take place in the near future. This unexpected rescheduling is completely demoralising for students sitting for the examination.

Political casualty may affect politicians in the political arena, and not the general public which allows the politicians to rule the nation on their behalf with a mandate. The attitude “if I can’t rule, none else shall also” is not a sound one. The UN should come forward to assist in solving the Bangladeshi problem of perpetual power struggle.

Bangladesh with an expanding economy has emerged in recent years as a fragile democracy with ruling-opposition parties fighting for their own survival, forgetting about the plight of people. UN should have a separate and highly powerful commission to deal with such alarmingly serious domestic cases, highly explosive and hence injurious to societal and even regional harmony.

Peace and normalcy must return to Bangladesh.

 

 

 

Mideast: Americans could stop sharing Zionist values!

Mideast: Americans could stop sharing Zionist values!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

___________________

 

 

 

Israel and the strong Jewish cum American lobbyists in Washington, including their members in US Congress have influenced US policies to such an extent that America has shed its democratic values and become increasingly arrogant.  This is the result of sharing the Zionist values.

 

Ever since Israel was imposed on Mideast in Palestine territories, years of US-Israeli bilateral relations tilted favoring and protecting the Zionist regime in Mideast by using the US veto to shield Israeli military from any possible punishment. So much so, Israeli leaders, accustomed to being pampered by American rulers, expect Washington to formulate policies that serve the Israeli causes. American Jews, the powerful financial lobby, now dictate their terms to both Republican and Democratic parties. In fact, these rich Jews decide even the foreign policy matters of USA.

Israel and its US lobbyists have been coercing the White House to attack Iran over its controversial nuclear ambitions. However, President Obama wants to make Iran a friend and is trying to solve the nuke issue amicably and that has annoyed Israel since it is the only nuclear power in West Asia and does not want Iran to challenge Israel with its own nukes.

 

Israel and the strong Jewish cum American lobbyists in Washington, including their members in US Congress have influenced US policies to such an extent that America has shed its democratic values and become increasingly arrogant.  This is the result sharing the Zionist values.

 

The hawkish Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, now focused on getting  reelected as PM for his third term wants to address the US Congress and  use Americans and US  Congress to  influence Israeli voters to choose him to as  PM without approval of the  White house  or US president. The speech, scheduled for March 3, was arranged by Boehner and the Israeli ambassador without consulting the White House — a move that Obama’s team has called a breach of protocol. The president has said he will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit to avoid any appearance that he is trying to influence the Israeli elections that are scheduled for mid-March.

Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, sharply criticized Israeli PM Netanyahu over his plans to address a joint meeting of Congress next week, saying his actions had hurt his nation’s relationship with the United States. Netanyahu’s decision to travel to Washington to deliver the speech two weeks before the Israeli elections has “injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” Ms. Rice said in an interview on the PBS television program “Charlie Rose.”

Ms. Rice demurred when asked whether she believed Netanyahu was making the speech to gain political favor, saying she is not going to ascribe motives to the Israeli prime minister “The point is, we want the relationship between the United States and Israel to be unquestionably strong, immutable, regardless of political seasons in either country, regardless of which party may be in charge in either country.

 

US President Obama has refused to meet Netanyahu if he comes to address the Congress. Her comments marked the strongest public rebuke to date by the Obama administration since Netanyahu accepted an invitation from Speaker John A. Boehner to make his case to Congress against a nuclear deal with Iran, which is a priority of Obama’s. It is also the frankest acknowledgment yet by a top American official of the degree to which the controversy has damaged US-Israeli relations.

 

The fact remains that Netanyahu visit is not only a “breach of protocol,” but it could be construed as unconstitutional. In the Constitution, the president’s powers of authority include the right to invite foreign dignitaries and Congress’s do not. If the president or the Democrats wanted to make a federal case over this, they could. Of course they won’t, since Congress has been infringing on the authority of this president since he was elected and Congress has suffered no adverse consequences as a result. Netanyahu said that he was making the trip to Washington because it was his obligation to “do everything I can to prevent” a nuclear agreement with Iran. “Therefore, I will go to Washington to address the American Congress, because the American Congress is likely to be the final brake before the agreement between the major powers and Iran,” he said as he toured a military base in southern Israel.

 

The episode is a low point in the tense relationship between Obama and Netanyahu and has touched off weeks of mostly anonymous sniping and finger-pointing. This is a bald faced attempt by Republicans to manipulate Jewish voters, who normally would not vote for a party whose major candidates can’t even say in public that evolution and science are key elements of a modern society, to vote Republican. It doesn’t matter whether we agree with Israeli politics or the American support of Israel. We have elevated reckless partisanship to open rifts in foreign policy to garner votes. What a mistake. The US will pay for this since it makes Americans look weak and divided.

 

Top administration officials have hinted more openly of their displeasure in recent days at the way Israel has been misbehaving with USA which stood by Israeli and its crimes against humanity. The White House said that Obama agreed with Ms. Rice’s assessment, saying he had raised the same concerns several times. Her comments, said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, are “entirely consistent with what the president has already said.” “Allowing this relationship to be subjected to party politics does weaken the relationship,” Spokesperson Earnest said.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who as president of the Senate would be expected to attend, has said he will be traveling abroad. Secretary of State John Kerry said that he would be in Switzerland negotiating with the Iranians. The White House has also not committed to sending a representative next week to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference, where Netanyahu is also scheduled to appear.

Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said.“We offered the prime minister an opportunity to balance the politically divisive invitation from Speaker Boehner with a private meeting with Democrats who are committed to keeping the bipartisan support of Israel strong… but his refusal to meet is disappointing to those of us who have stood by Israel for decades.”

 

It is commonly believed that Israel has at least 80 deliverable nuclear weapons, and may have twice that number. Given Bebe’s attitude toward Iran, it seems quite rational that the Iranians would want some deterrence capability. But many Americans still think Israeli nukes obtained illegally are harmless and pose no threat to Arab and humanity, but   they argue only the Iranians “do represent a major threat to the entire world”, but this is not the way Israel to do things directly questioning US wisdom and Netanyahu knows it.

It appears even core US media are controlled by US Jews who wants Obama to respect Israel and Netanyahu and promote the Zionist interests in Mideast as usual as a key American policy. They expect Israel to engineer an invitation from the Knesset for President Obama to address it to praise Israel and US-Israeli ties.

Netanyahu badly wants the USA to attack Iran and utterly destroy their military capability, just like Americans did with Iraq. That would cost trillions of dollars, thousands of US soldiers’ lives, and hundreds of thousands of Iranian lives. But Israel would be safe and emerge stronger in Mideast.

President Obama opposes the Israeli tactics to use Americans for domestic purposes of Israel.   Obama has given Israel everything by way of armaments and UN votes. Netanyahu is the leader of Israel, not the US. If he feels it necessary to insult President Obama to promote Israel’s interests, so be it. A new president will be in office in less than two years, and this incident will have blown over. Iran will be a threat to Israel for a lot longer. Iran is a far more useful ally to USA than Israel, and Americans should act accordingly.

The President Obama’s efforts to resist the enormous pressure from the Israeli lobby are to be congratulated. USA must approach the negotiations with Iran in a manner that advances the interests of the USA, not those of Israel. And President Obama is doing precisely that to the dismay of Netanyahu and his fellow fanatic zealots who promote and support Zionist crimes against humanity.

 

The idea that Obama will not meet with Netanyahu out of concern for influencing the upcoming election is remarkable. As far as even the vast majority of Israelis are concerned, Netanyahu has become the problem, not the solution. He has caused terrible damage to Israel, financially and politically, and has become a huge embarrassment. Americans are keeping Netanyahu in power.  It is only the cumbersome election system which only he as PM has the power to change.

 

The Iranian leadership has become more moderate with time. It is likely to continue to do so once its economy is reintegrated with that of the world. And the Iranians will be agreeable to far more nuclear inspection than exists in the State of Israel. Israel denies having nukes and does not allow any inspection by IAEA.

Meanwhile, for promoting peace globally, Americans could stop sharing Zionist values. US leaders keep saying they will stand by Israeli state crimes without realizing that their Israeli connect indeed disconnects the world. That is in fact has been the major victory of Zionist foreign policy formulated by US Jews.

 

If Netanyahu goes ahead with his speech, he will have done more harm to his country than USA or Iran. Netanyahu and every single Israeli and Jewish lobbyist in Washington know it.

Already the US-Israeli relations have somewhat ruptured.

 

Indian Rail budget: PM Modi applauds his rail minister!

Indian Rail budget: PM Modi applauds his rail minister!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the new Rail Budget presented in the parliament by Rail minister Suresh Prabhu  today on February 26 as “futuristic” and “passenger centric” and said it lays out a clear roadmap to make the national transporter the key driver of the country’s economic growth.

Suresh Prabhu has produced a Rail Budget for 2015-16 that is designed to make the Indian Railways one of the key drivers of the India Growth Story over the five-year term of the Narendra Modi government. With the first year more or less gone, Prabhu has four years to deliver. He is planning to do this by dramatically increasing investments in freight and passenger capacity, including safety and speed. He wants to expand passenger capacity by 43 percent to 30 million daily; increase track length by 20 percent; and boost freight handling capacity by 50 percent to 1.5 billion tonnes.

 

Prabhu who got off  the car with a full smile, underlined his serious intent by proposing a sharp push-up in plan expenditure by 52 percent in 2015-16 to Rs 1,00,011 crore. The centre is footing 41.6 percent of this bill, internal profit generation will yield 17.8 percent. The rest will come from borrowings and unconventional sources, including equity contributions from states keen on enhancing their own rail infrastructure. The higher investment requirements will be met – at least this year – not through an increase in passenger fares, but higher freight that was not really mentioned in Prabhu’s speech. The fine print suggests that Prabhu will be raising more freight revenues not through a general increase in goods carriage tariffs, but by subtly reclassifying cargo categories and distance slabs to generate more revenues from the same basic freight rates.

As PM Modi wants the railways to be an important engine of growth, his minister Prabhu’s is a technocrat’s budget, driven by the need to push investments and set the finances of the organisation right over a medium-term timeframe and make the system self-financing.
“RailBudget2015 is a forward looking, futuristic & passenger centric budget, combining a clear vision & a definite plan to achieve it,” PM Modi tweeted. “Rail Budget lays out a clear roadmap to make the Railways the key driver of India’s economic growth & playing a key role in India’s progress,” Modi added. He said the budget stands out for its focus on the common man, putting speed, scale, service and safety, all on one track.

PM Modi said the budget is a watershed moment for Railways, marking a paradigm shift from discussing coaches & trains to comprehensive railway reform. “I am particularly delighted that for the 1st time there is a concrete vision for technology upgradation & modernisation of the Railways,” he said in another tweet.

Obviously, good news for the rail passengers is that there is no hike in fares and more amenities are promised in trains and stations.

BJP, like Congress party, is a corporatist party and the BJP government stands for their promotion. When people were expecting huge increase in passenger fares and luggage freight, this is indeed soothing news.

Needless to state here that the reason for the people-friendly rail budget by a pro-capitalist, pro-Zionist BJP government is the phenomenal rise of Aam Aadmi party of Kejriwal in Delhi and the Anna Hazare movement that now seems to target the BJP and  Modi government.

Anyway, people of India should benefit from government plans and budgets.

Netanyahu on course to destroy US-Israeli relations!

Netanyahu on course to destroy US-Israeli relations!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

_________________

 

Ever since Israel was forced on Mideast in Palestine territories, years of US-Israeli bilateral relations tilted favoring and protecting the Zionist regime in Mideast by using the US veto to shield Israeli military from any possible punishment. So much so, Israeli leaders, accustomed to being pampered by American rulers, expect Washington to formulate policies that serve the Israeli causes. American Jews, the powerful financial lobby, now dictate their terms to both Republican and Democratic parties. In fact these rich Jews decide even the foreign policy matters of USA.

Israel and its US lobbyists have been coercing the White House to attack Iran over its controversial nuclear ambitions. However, President Obama wants to make Iran a friend and is trying to solve the nuke issue amicably and that has annoyed Israel since it is the only nuclear power in West Asia and does not want Iran to challenge Israel with its own nukes.

 

The hawkish Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, now focused on getting  reelected as PM for his third term wants to address the US Congress and  use Americans and US  Congress to  influence Israeli voters to choose him to as  PM for a third term without approval of the  White house  or US president. The speech, scheduled for March 3, was arranged by Boehner and the Israeli ambassador without consulting the White House — a move that Obama’s team has called a breach of protocol. The president has said he will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit to avoid any appearance that he is trying to influence the Israeli elections that are scheduled for mid-March.

Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, sharply criticized Israeli PM  Netanyahu over his plans to address a joint meeting of Congress next week, saying his actions had hurt his nation’s relationship with the United States. Netanyahu’s decision to travel to Washington to deliver the speech two weeks before the Israeli elections has “injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” Ms. Rice said in an interview on the PBS television program “Charlie Rose.”

Ms. Rice demurred when asked whether she believed Netanyahu was making the speech to gain political favor, saying she is not going to ascribe motives to the Israeli prime minister “The point is, we want the relationship between the United States and Israel to be unquestionably strong, immutable, regardless of political seasons in either country, regardless of which party may be in charge in either country.

 

US President Obama has refused to meet Netanyahu if he comes to address the Congress. Her comments marked the strongest public rebuke to date by the Obama administration since Netanyahu accepted an invitation from Speaker John A. Boehner to make his case to Congress against a nuclear deal with Iran, which is a priority of Obama’s. It is also the frankest acknowledgment yet by a top American official of the degree to which the controversy has damaged US-Israeli relations.

 

The fact remains that Netanyahu visit is not only a “breach of protocol,” but it could be construed as unconstitutional. In the Constitution, the president’s powers of authority include the right to invite foreign dignitaries and Congress’s do not. If the president or the Democrats wanted to make a federal case over this, they could. Of course they won’t, since Congress has been infringing on the authority of this president since he was elected and Congress has suffered no adverse consequences as a result. Netanyahu said that he was making the trip to Washington because it was his obligation to “do everything I can to prevent” a nuclear agreement with Iran. “Therefore, I will go to Washington to address the American Congress, because the American Congress is likely to be the final brake before the agreement between the major powers and Iran,” he said as he toured a military base in southern Israel.

 

The episode is a low point in the tense relationship between Obama and Netanyahu and has touched off weeks of mostly anonymous sniping and finger-pointing. This is a bald faced attempt by Republicans to manipulate Jewish voters, who normally would not vote for a party whose major candidates can’t even say in public that evolution and science are key elements of a modern society, to vote Republican. It doesn’t matter whether we agree with Israeli politics or the American support of Israel. We have elevated reckless partisanship to open rifts in foreign policy to garner votes. What a mistake. The US will pay for this since it makes Americans look weak and divided.

 

Top administration officials have hinted more openly of their displeasure in recent days at the way Israel has been misbehaving with USA which stood by Israeli and its crimes against humanity. The White House said that Obama agreed with Ms. Rice’s assessment, saying he had raised the same concerns several times. Her comments, said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, are “entirely consistent with what the president has already said.” “Allowing this relationship to be subjected to party politics does weaken the relationship,” Spokesperson Earnest said.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who as president of the Senate would be expected to attend, has said he will be traveling abroad. Secretary of State John Kerry said that he would be in Switzerland negotiating with the Iranians. The White House has also not committed to sending a representative next week to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s conference, where Netanyahu is also scheduled to appear.

Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said.“We offered the prime minister an opportunity to balance the politically divisive invitation from Speaker Boehner with a private meeting with Democrats who are committed to keeping the bipartisan support of Israel strong… but his refusal to meet is disappointing to those of us who have stood by Israel for decades.”

 

It is commonly believed that Israel has at least 80 deliverable nuclear weapons, and may have twice that number. Given Bebe’s attitude toward Iran, it seems quite rational that the Iranians would want some deterrence capability. But many Americans still think Israeli nukes obtained illegally are harmless and pose no threat to Arab and humanity, but   they argue only the Iranians “do represent a major threat to the entire world”, but this is not the way Israel to do things directly questioning US wisdom and Netanyahu knows it.

It appears even core US media are controlled by US Jews who wants Obama to respect Israel and Netanyahu and promote the Zionist interests in Mideast as usual as a key American policy. They expect Israel to engineer an invitation from the Knesset for President Obama to address it to praise Israel and US-Israeli ties.

Netanyahu badly wants the USA to attack Iran and utterly destroy their military capability, just like Americans did with Iraq. That would cost trillions of dollars, thousands of US soldiers’ lives, and hundreds of thousands of Iranian lives. But Israel would be safe and emerge stronger in Mideast.

President Obama opposes the Israeli tactics to use Americans for domestic purposes of Israel.   Obama has given Israel everything by way of armaments and UN votes. Netanyahu is the leader of Israel, not the US. If he feels it necessary to insult President Obama to promote Israel’s interests, so be it. A new president will be in office in less than two years, and this incident will have blown over. Iran will be a threat to Israel for a lot longer. Iran is a far more useful ally to USA than Israel, and Americans should act accordingly.

The President Obama’s efforts to resist the enormous pressure from the Israeli lobby are to be congratulated. USA must approach the negotiations with Iran in a manner that advances the interests of the USA, not those of Israel. And President Obama is doing precisely that to the dismay of Netanyahu and his fellow fanatic zealots who promote and support Zionist crimes against humanity.

 

The idea that Obama will not meet with Netanyahu out of concern for influencing the upcoming election is remarkable. As far as even the vast majority of Israelis are concerned, Netanyahu has become the problem, not the solution. He has caused terrible damage to Israel, financially and politically, and has become a huge embarrassment. Americans are keeping Netanyahu in power.  It is only the cumbersome election system which only he as PM has the power to change.

 

The Iranian leadership has become more moderate with time. It is likely to continue to do so once its economy is reintegrated with that of the world. And the Iranians will be agreeable to far more nuclear inspection than exists in the State of Israel. Israel denies having nukes and does not allow any inspection by IAEA.

 

If Netanyahu goes ahead with his speech, he will have done more harm to his country than USA or Iran. Netanyahu and every single Israeli and Jewish lobbyist in Washington know it.

 

Already the US-Israeli relations have somewhat ruptured.

India: BJP to launch government in Jammu Kashmir, PM Modi releases flood relief fund!

India: BJP to launch government in Jammu Kashmir, PM Modi releases flood relief fund!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

_______________

 

Now it is almost official.  The BJP is going to launch a government in Jammu Kashmir, with PDP playing second fiddle as CM. People feel betrayed by a senior Kashmiri Muslim leader, Mufti of PDP.

If media reports are to believed, the BJ P government led by Narendra Modi, upon the PDP’s decision to launch a coalition government in Kashmir with BJP, has ordered to release the relief fund withheld for too long.

Reports suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 25 approved financial aid of over Rs 400 crore for flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir who lost their houses in the deluge in September last year ( Rs 426.83 crore) out of the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for assistance to the people who lost their houses in the devastating floods,” a Raj Bhawan spokesman in Governor’s office said in Srinagar.  He said that the aid would benefit 1.87 lakh victims whose houses were damaged in the floods.

 

The Prime Minister had earlier announced PMNRF relief of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 to the affected families whose houses had been fully damaged,” he said. He said that the financial assistance approved today by the Prime Minister envisages additional assistance of Rs 50,000 for completely damaged “pacca house”, Rs 25,000 for partially damaged “pacca house”, Rs 10,000 for completely damaged “kacha house” while Rs 5,000 for partially damaged “kacha house”. “An amount of Rs 1,54.66 crore would be distributed among 30,933 people whose pacca houses were completely damaged. 92,024 people whose pacca houses were partially damaged would get an amount of Rs 2,32.56 crore,” he said.

The governor’s spokesman said that 15,832 owners who completely lost their “kacha houses” would get an amount of Rs 15.83 crore whereas 47,550 people whose “kacha houses” were partially damaged would get an amount of Rs 23.77 crore. He said that the Jammu Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has expressed gratitude to the Union Home Minister and the Prime Minister for approving additional PMNRF relief to assist the flood-affected families. He said that the financial assistances sanctioned under PMNRF will be in addition to Rs 12,600 and Rs 3,800 already paid to the affected owners as per the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) norms.

It is now clear, unfortunately, that the central government of BJP played with the lives of Kashmiris by deliberately withholding the relief fund money for too long until the Kashmiri party PDP decides to form a government with BJP.

Is it not an attack on Indian democracy?

Who said PM Modi and BJP love Kashmiris?

By the by,  after the past two months in Jammu and Kashmir, there was a feeling of resentment and deceit against the PDP among the people of the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley who had voted for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in record numbers to keep the BJP out of power, but the same BJP would rule us now. The PDP even turned down the offers of ‘unconditional support’ by the National Conference as well as Congress which resulted in scathing criticism of the PDP.

General  feeling among  people in the valley is: “This is not what we have voted for. This is not why we trusted Mufti saheb. We feel cheated and the PDP will face the consequences of its alliance with BJP in Kashmir in coming years”. However, some are hopeful that the new government will push forward growth in the state. “It doesn’t matter whether the BJP or the PDP rules the state. At the end of the day, if our highly educated and unemployed youth get jobs and infrastructure is developed in the state, it would solve our problems,” a retired government employee, said.

While the PDP-BJP alliance is now sealed with Mufti set to take oath as the chief minister of the state, most likely on March 1, people in Kashmir Valley remain wary.  The PDP patriarch, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, people warn, will meet the fate of one of Kashmir’s tallest leader, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, whose grave needs round-the-clock police protection.

 

 

BJP to launch government in Jammu Kashmir, PM Modi releases flood relief fund!

BJP to launch government in Jammu Kashmir, PM Modi releases flood relief fund!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

_______________

 

Now it is almost official.  The BJP is going to launch a government in Jammu Kashmir, with PDP playing second fiddle as CM. People feel betrayed by a senior Kashmiri Muslim leader, Mufti of PDP.

If media reports are to believed, the BJ P government led by Narendra Modi, upon the PDP’s decision to launch a coalition government in Kashmir with BJP, has ordered to release the relief fund withheld for too long.

Reports suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 25 approved financial aid of over Rs 400 crore for flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir who lost their houses in the deluge in September last year ( Rs 426.83 crore) out of the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for assistance to the people who lost their houses in the devastating floods,” a Raj Bhawan spokesman in Governor’s office said in Srinagar.  He said that the aid would benefit 1.87 lakh victims whose houses were damaged in the floods.

 

The Prime Minister had earlier announced PMNRF relief of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 to the affected families whose houses had been fully damaged,” he said. He said that the financial assistance approved today by the Prime Minister envisages additional assistance of Rs 50,000 for completely damaged “pacca house”, Rs 25,000 for partially damaged “pacca house”, Rs 10,000 for completely damaged “kacha house” while Rs 5,000 for partially damaged “kacha house”. “An amount of Rs 1,54.66 crore would be distributed among 30,933 people whose pacca houses were completely damaged. 92,024 people whose pacca houses were partially damaged would get an amount of Rs 2,32.56 crore,” he said.

The governor’s spokesman said that 15,832 owners who completely lost their “kacha houses” would get an amount of Rs 15.83 crore whereas 47,550 people whose “kacha houses” were partially damaged would get an amount of Rs 23.77 crore. He said that the Jammu Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has expressed gratitude to the Union Home Minister and the Prime Minister for approving additional PMNRF relief to assist the flood-affected families. He said that the financial assistances sanctioned under PMNRF will be in addition to Rs 12,600 and Rs 3,800 already paid to the affected owners as per the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) norms.

It is now clear, unfortunately, that the central government of BJP played with the lives of Kashmiris by deliberately withholding the relief fund money for too long until the Kashmiri party PDP decides to form a government with BJP.

Is it not an attack on Indian democracy?

Who said PM Modi and BJP love Kashmiris?

By the by,  after the past two months in Jammu and Kashmir, there was a feeling of resentment and deceit against the PDP among the people of the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley who had voted for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in record numbers to keep the BJP out of power, but the same BJP would rule us now. The PDP even turned down the offers of ‘unconditional support’ by the National Conference as well as Congress which resulted in scathing criticism of the PDP.

General  feeling among  people in the valley is: “This is not what we have voted for. This is not why we trusted Mufti saheb. We feel cheated and the PDP will face the consequences of its alliance with BJP in Kashmir in coming years”. However, some are hopeful that the new government will push forward growth in the state. “It doesn’t matter whether the BJP or the PDP rules the state. At the end of the day, if our highly educated and unemployed youth get jobs and infrastructure is developed in the state, it would solve our problems,” a retired government employee, said.

While the PDP-BJP alliance is now sealed with Mufti set to take oath as the chief minister of the state, most likely on March 1, people in Kashmir Valley remain wary.  The PDP patriarch, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, people warn, will meet the fate of one of Kashmir’s tallest leader, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, whose grave needs round-the-clock police protection.

 

 

Indian nightmares of BJP: Anna Hazare and Kejriwal

Indian nightmares of BJP: Anna Hazare and Kejriwal

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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The BJP, ruing India, is aghast silent.  Neither the party leaders, including PM Modi, nor any minister speaks much.  They are totally disillusioned with the Delhi results, because PM Modi wanted to make Delhi. His launching pad for making both houses of parliament BJP dominated.

BJP had not expected such misfortunes awaiting the party and MM Modi in Delhi. But added to that misfortune is the return of Anna Hazare in New Delhi with a popular struggle for farmer lands.

When Hazare protested for months in New Delhi, it was viewed essentially as an anti-Congress movement because the Congress led UPA government totally corrupt.

The BJP and its Sangh parivar team took full advantage of Hazare movement and even some top leaders openly supported the movement and condemned the Congress for all evils India has gathered over years.

Many BJP people thought Hazare was fighting for Hindutva forces and actively promoted him.

But today, the Hazare phenomenon has come back haunting the BJP which is now ruling India.

Big head ache for BJP and PM. Modi.

Already BJP is unable to comprehend the phenomena of AAP and Arvind Kejriwal. Delhi CM Kejriwal is a nightmare for BJP leaders and they have lost the steam against him. BJP fears if AAP moves beyond Delhi that directly affect the Hindutva fortunes.

As the BJP I was struggling to  find ways and means to contain the Kejriwal phenomenon,  the Hazare phenomenon has added new worries for the  BJP which thought  it is going to  be it s time henceforth.

The pain is too much, unbearable.  The social activist the BJP thought would help it grow further is striking hard at it and, much worse, Kejriwal supports his mentor’s agricultural land bill cause which is genuine. The Hindutva supports now question the logic of Anna Hazare movements and even suggest he has lost the vision and intent he had before.

When, earlier, Muslims used to vote for Congress for free out of fear of BJP as the only available alternative to Hindutva parties now in Delhi they found AAP as the reliable and credible partner in governance. The trend is likely to spread across India.

BJP is now worried more than Congress about the change of mind among Muslims.

Anna Hazare has rightly said the Modi wave was bogus and Indians had already deleted the corrupt Congress party and voted for the available alternative. In Delhi they found the right third alternative to vote for.

BJP and PM Modi are watching how their applecart is being rattled by their own nightmares.

 

Indian Congress Party’s Rahul Gandhi dilemma: To be or not to be!

 

Indian Congress Party’s Rahul Gandhi dilemma: To be or not to be!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Upon  defeat after defeat in parliament and state assembly polls, Congress Party’s youth face Rahul Gandhi is on sabbatical leave maybe for a couple of month, it is reliably learnt. Not only Rahul could not match the powerful Narendra Modi in poll campaigns, but, worse, he could come up to the face the challenge of Aam Aadmi party in Delhi. That a junior party AAP and its inexperienced Kejriwal with roaring mass backing could  successfully faced  PM Modi and his BJP  has now  necessitated a quick decision by the Congress party to let Rahul rest for a while.

 

Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and other leaders in Congress are now a disappointed lot for the rejection of dynastic rule by the peole of India, especially in Delhi. That Rahul Gandhi has no impact on the masses that his grand grandfather Nehru had for years is a major worry of Congress leaders who want to stage a comeback in Indian politics with a big bang, because they simply can’t stay in the party without power.

 

Rahul Gandhi has taken a few weeks’ leave from the Congress party to “reflect upon recent events and the future course of the party.” Rahul Gandhi, the party’s number two leader, has “requested Congress president Sonia Gandhi for some time,” for introspection ahead of a leadership conclave in April, party leaders say.

 

There has been speculation that Rahul Gandhi could be elevated to a bigger role in the conclave but Sonia Gandhi said nothing when asked about it. Rahul Gandhi’s move comes days after the Congress’ decimation in assembly polls in Delhi, where it ruled for 15 years till 2013. The verdict was widely expected, but the scale of the party’s defeat has stunned its leaders; the Congress did not win a single seat in the 70 member assembly. It is the latest in a series of poll setbacks for the party since it lost power at the Centre in May last year. The 44-year-old Congress vice president has been blamed by many for the party’s downslide and is often seen by his critics as a reluctant leader. His absence was conspicuous on the first day of the budget session of Parliament.

 

The existential problem the AAP and Kejriwal faced  just before the Delhi polls, causes serious for the party it fears total extinct from national politics sooner than later.

INC, also commonly called the Congress is one of the two major contemporary political parties in India, the other being the Bharatiya Janata Party. It is one of the largest and oldest democratically-operating political parties in the world. The Organisation was founded during the British Colonial times in 1885.

 

 

Senior most and India’s richest political party with abundant resources, known and unknown, in now in despairs, nothing seems to be working for the party at national and regional levels. For the first time in  its political history since it was formed in 1885 as a freedom party to fight for and obtain independence from British raj the party is facing serious existential problem.

 

The main reason for the national Congress party having found itself in its worst ever problematic situation is the kind of rampant corruption it promoted as corporatist ruling party of the federal and state governments with corporate lords controlling it. It was indeed the Congress party that has got India the rare distinction of being one of the most corrupt nations on earth. All other parties just joined Congress effort to make India that is of today.

 

The biggest cause of worry for the Grand Old Party is its falling vote shares every successive election. Delhi has seen it fall from 40.3 percent in 1998 to 24.6 percent in 2013 to an all time low of 9.7 percent in 2015. Bouts of public anger continue to hound them. The low vote share has also led to open criticism of the party’s functioning over the past few months.

 

After a series of electoral disasters, Delhi being the latest and shrinking vote share everywhere, the big question at 24 Akbar Road is whether Rahul Gandhi would be anointed as Congress president during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) session to be held in Bangalore on 10th April, 2015. Possibly he would return after the leave to take over the party reign.

 

The Congress desperately requires a makeover and despite all his shortcomings, Rahul remains his party’s only practical hope. It is believed that his sister Priyanka Gandhi’s decision to enter politics rests fully with brother Rahul, and there is no indication otherwise of any change in that status as of now. This is perhaps the best time to give Rahul a free hand to mould the party.

 

 

The question of Rahul Gandhi taking over the party was never in doubt, but the debate is on the timing of the succession. Sonia Gandhi has the distinction of being the party’s longest serving president, an unbroken stint of 17 years since March 1998. Congress leaders want only a Nehru family member to lead the party. A majority of the leadership is in favour of the Gandhi scion taking over during the April session, even if it means passing a unanimous resolution and bypassing the electoral process for the moment. Akhilesh Pratap Singh, national spokesperson Congress said. “Rahul Ji is our undisputed leader and we know he will finish the era of Jumla Politics in the country.”

 

 

The young Nehru family member has somehow managed to create a “Mr. Clean” image though he could not control the corruption going on in Manmohan Singh government that caused the end. Possibly he believes no governance is possible without promoting corruption as a policy. Though Rahul has assiduously tried to project his “pro-poor” image visiting Dalits and tribals in India’s hinterland, he has failed to connect like his predecessors. Lack of consistency and virtually no serious attitude to politics saw him lose the vote base to Narendra Modi. His decision to appoint new state Congress chiefs has also met with a lot of resistance at the ground. Apart from Sachin Pilot who has managed to rein in factionalism to a large extent in Rajasthan, the rest have an uphill task at hand. They are apprehensive of his leadership.
However, by appointing him president in April, the party runs the risk of undoing the very essence of Rahul Gandhi’s style of politics.

 

Congress strongly believes if India wins cricket matches the party would benefit and hence it helps or promotes official fixings and top national awards to fake cricketers, pampered by the mafias of corporate lords and BCCI. BJP complete s with Congress on the same theme.  Ever since his entry as general secretary on the day India won the T20 Cricket World Cup in 2007, the Gandhi scion has been focusing on holding internal elections in frontal organisations (IYC and NSUI). For him to be appointed as president before the elections are over remains the only problem.’

 

Rahul wants to remove seniors, but they will find a way to install him as president. Upon the phenomenal rise of AAP, Rahul and his team have consistently blamed the “seniors” for their arrogant approach towards the common man as one of the main reasons for their 2014 general election defeat. He is expected to take the party back to its moorings of being “left of centre” and highlight the positive steps taken by UPA regime in the poor and social sector through various schemes.

 

The coronation of new congress emperor Rahul Gandhi is likely to coincide with NDA completing one year in office, and the party plans to launch nationwide movement against Modi’s so called capitalist moves from land acquisition to coal to nuclear liability.

 

However, Rahul himself will be under intense watch from his own party men who seek “fortunes” and “profits” being in the party.

 

The moot question now is whether Rahul agree to lead the party form the front! Can he, if made the congress supremo   replacing Sonia, take the party to heights the leaders now expect, especially when Muslims who traditionally made a big chunk of Congress vote bank for the party. Have abandoned to choose a pro-poor and pro-people party like AAP?

 

 

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