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

USA-Japan relations: Joint conduct test of anti-ballistic missile reveals deep military ties!

USA-Japan relations: Joint conduct test of anti-ballistic missile reveals deep military ties!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Literally the NATO led by USA dictates its terms to entire world, including former super power Russia. End of cold war gave rise to emergence of unipolar power balance under US power.

The super power United States and its major Asian ally Japan have been working together since 2006 to develop a variant of the Standard Missile-3, a ship-launched missile that operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and eventually have conducted on February 07 the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s missile program.

Projecting North Korean nukes as being dangerous threat, South Korea is also working with the United States to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to prevent against any missiles from the North. And the USA is worried that North Korea may be developing a long-range missile that could carry a nuclear warhead to reach as far as the US West Coast.

The test took place Friday night off the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The test occurred as Pentagon Chief Jim Mattis was in East Asia on his first overseas trip to South Korea and Japan as defense secretary.
The test came while new US Defense Secretary James Mattis was on his first overseas trip to South Korea and Japan. Ballistic missile defense was at the top of the agenda after North Korea’s prolific testing of short- and intermediate-range missiles last year. A focus of Mattis’ trip was the THAAD — Terminal High Altitude Area Defense — anti-missile system, which the US plans to deploy in South Korea this year.

 

THAAD system
The THAAD system has drawn sharp criticism from China, which sees it as part of a broader US strategy to extend its military alliance network from Japan all the way down to the South China Sea. But during his trip to South Korea, Mattis said North Korea’s “provocative behavior” was the only reason THAAD would be deployed. “There is no other nation that needs to be concerned about THAAD other than North Korea,” he said, “there is no other nation that needs to be concerned about THAAD other than North Korea”.
The Aegis system is designed to intercept ballistic missile around the middle of their flight, when the missile is at its highest point above the Earth. The system is based on the powerful AN/SPY-1 radar, which can track 100 missiles simultaneously.
About the Aegis system missile test, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said all such systems raised trust issues among the major military powers. “Countries should not only consider their own security interests but also respect other countries’ security concerns” when it comes to missile defense, Lu said. “We should follow the principles of preserving global strategic stability and doing no harm to other countries’ security.”

In a way, the USA and Japan have passed a crucial test for missile defense, shooting down a medium-range ballistic missile with a new interceptor launched from a guided-missile destroyer. The US Missile Defense Agency announced that the USS John Paul Jones detected, tracked and took out the target ballistic missile using its onboard Aegis Missile Defense System and a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor. The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said the Friday’s test off Kauai in Hawaii saw the Standard Missile-3 “Block IIA” successfully hit its target in space.

The US Navy has 22 guided-missile cruisers and 62 guided-missile destroyers equipped with the Aegis system. Japan has six Aegis destroyers with plans for more. South Korea also operates Aegis-equipped destroyers. The Aegis system is designed to intercept ballistic missile around the middle of their flight, when the missile is at its highest point above the Earth. The system is based on the powerful AN/SPY-1 radar, which can track 100 missiles simultaneously.

Ballistic missile defense was at the top of the agenda after North Korea’s prolific testing of short- and intermediate-range missiles last year. Mitsubishi and Raytheon make parts of the missiles, which are assembled in the United States, and which are designed to defeat medium- and intermediate-range missiles. America has so far spent about $2.2 billion on the system and Japan about $1 billion. “We are both deeply concerned about North Korea’s capabilities, and we are constantly working to improve our defense capabilities,” MDA spokesman Chris Johnson said. “It makes sense for the US and Japan to share some of that burden.”

The USS John Paul Jones launched a ballistic missile interceptor on February 3, 2017, off Hawaii. “Today’s test demonstrates a critical milestone in the cooperative development of the SM-3 Block IIA missile,” the director of the Missile Defense Agency, Vice Adm. Jim Syring, said in a statement. “The missile, developed jointly by a Japanese and US government and industry team, is vitally important to both our nations and will ultimately improve our ability to defend against increasing ballistic missile threats around the world.” He said Friday that any nuclear attack by North Korea would trigger an “effective and overwhelming” response, as he sought to reassure Asian allies rattled by President Donald Trump’s isolationist rhetoric. “Today’s test demonstrates a critical milestone in the cooperative development of the SM-3 Block IIA missile,” the director of the Missile Defense Agency, Vice Adm. Jim Syring, said in a statement. “The missile, developed jointly by a Japanese and US government and industry team, is vitally important to both our nations and will ultimately improve our ability to defend against increasing ballistic missile threats around the world.”

Foes turned allies in Cold War

Entire global politics changed its character since the end of World War two and during the Cold war. Though USA bombed Japan just before the close of WW II, they forged cooperation and alkaline targeting the Soviet System and Communism.

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The biggest antagonists in the Pacific War – USA and Japan – have since forged a prosperous postwar system and a vigorous alliance. USA made possible Japan’s remarkable seven-decade-long contribution to global capitalist order, and a roadmap for how the alliance can perpetuate an imperialist rules-based system well into the 21st century. The latest evolution of the alliance is encapsulated in their new defense guidelines. The guidelines will mark a milestone along the path of converting a relationship between a victor and the vanquished into a mature security partnership between the world’s two richest democracies, capable of acting swiftly and in concert to address a full array of contingencies, from humanitarian disaster to war.
Prime Minister Abe has reified that identity and accelerated the quest of Japan’s search for an independent longstanding identity. While simultaneously putting Japan on an equal footing with other major powers, Japan is eager to retain inherent defensive posture.
Many Japanese reasonably assume their contributions to international security deserve as much respect as those of other powers. Many Japanese sense a fear that Japan could find itself marginalized on the world stage.
As the security environment in Northeast Asia is deteriorating, not least because of the uncertainty created by China’s rapid rise and growing assertiveness, Tokyo doubles down on the alliance with the United States.

Japan–US relations that began in the late 18th and early 19th century, with the diplomatic but force-backed missions, maintained relatively cordial relations after that, and Japanese immigration to the United States was prominent until the 20th century, in the period before World War II, when disputes over control of Asia led to war. The use of atomic weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki by United State ended the war and led to a military occupation of Japan by the United States; but due to the American rebuilding process and willingness to share technology with postwar Japan, the countries’ relationship prospered again, and an exchange of technology and culture produced a strong alliance. The countries’ trade relationship has particularly prospered since then, with Japanese automobiles and consumer electronics being especially popular.

Although Japan surrendered to the United States on September 2, 1945, peace between the former foes did not become official until April 28, 1952, when the San Francisco Peace Treaty signed the previous September took effect. This original alliance agreement was necessarily provisional, recognizing that Japan had been disarmed and was therefore incapable of exercising effective right of self-defense. Eight years later, the 1960 U.S.-Japan treaty took into account a more equal partnership providing Japanese bases for American defense.
The allies pledge to uphold the United Nations Charter, to settle international disputes peacefully, and to refrain from “the use of force against the territorial integrity of political independence of any state.” Both vow to strengthen “free institutions” and promote “stability and well-being.” The alliance framework has held up all these decades, but periodic guidelines have been drafted to help define the roles and missions of the two allies. In 1969, President Richard Nixon announced a new doctrine in Guam that placed called on allies to shoulder greater responsibility for their own defense.

Defending against a Soviet force invasion and tracking ballistic missile submarines brought them together. By the early 1990s, after the abrupt fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the US-Japan alliance was set adrift. China’s rise remained a work in progress. But Iraq’s invasion of neighboring Kuwait and North Korea’s nuclear program in the hands of an untested second-generation Kim family leader, Kim Jong-il, were stark reminders that international and regional security required constant vigilance and adaptation.

Adversaries in World War II, fierce economic competitors in the 1980s and early 1990s, Americans and Japanese nonetheless share a deep mutual understanding, if not respect, today. Americans generally support keeping the U.S. relationship with Japan about where it is, both economically and strategically. China looms large in the minds of both Americans and Japanese in their consideration of the US-Japan relationship.

Military ties

The United States and Japan are the key economies in an unprecedented effort — known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership — to broaden and deepen trade and investment among Pacific countries that account for more than one-third of the world’s GDP. How the American and Japanese people see these issues may go a long way toward framing the ongoing relationship of these onetime foes and now longtime allies.

Today the NATO and anti-Socialist allies United States and Japan have firm and very active political, economic and military relationships. The USA considers Japan to be one of its closest allies and partners. Japan is one of the most pro-American nations in the world, with 85% of Japanese people viewing the USA and 87% viewing Americans favorably in 2011, 73% of Japanese people viewing Americans favorably and 69% of Japanese people viewing the U.S. favorably in 2013, going down somewhat to 66% in 2014. And most Americans generally perceive Japan positively, with 81% viewing Japan favorably in 2013, the most favorable perception of Japan in the world, after Indonesia.
As of 2014 the United States had 50,000 troops in Japan, the headquarters of the US 7th Fleet and more than 10,000 Marines. In May 2014 it was revealed the United States was deploying two unarmed Global Hawk long-distance surveillance drones to Japan with the expectation they would engage in surveillance missions over China and North Korea. Japan’s limited intelligence gathering capability and personnel are focused on China and North Korea, as the nation primarily relies on the American National Security Agency

Okinawa is the site of major American military bases that have caused problems, as Japanese and Okinawans have protested their presence for decades. In secret negotiations that began in 1969 Washington sought unrestricted use of its bases for possible conventional combat operations in Korea, Taiwan, and South Vietnam, as well as the emergency re-entry and transit rights of nuclear weapons. However anti-nuclear sentiment was strong in Japan and the government wanted the U.S. to remove all nuclear weapons from Okinawa. In the end, the United States and Japan agreed to maintain bases that would allow the continuation of American deterrent capabilities in East Asia. In 1972 the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, reverted to Japanese control and the provisions of the 1960 security treaty were extended to cover them. The United States retained the right to station forces on these islands.

Military relations improved after the mid-1970s. In 1960 the Security Consultative Committee, with representatives from both countries, was set up under the 1960 security treaty to discuss and coordinate security matters concerning both nations. In 1976 a subcommittee of that body prepared the Guidelines for Japan-United States Defense Cooperation that were approved by the full committee in 1978 and later approved by the National Defense Council and cabinet. The guidelines authorized unprecedented activities in joint defense planning, response to an armed attack on Japan, and cooperation on situations in Asia and the Pacific region that could affect Japan’s security.

A dispute that had boiled since 1996 regarding a base with 18,000 U.S. Marines had temporarily been resolved in late 2013. Agreement had been reached to move the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to a less-densely populated area of Okinawa.

Observations

The friendship between Washington and Tokyo has come a long way in 72 years, but US move towards a rising China could throw a wrench in the works. As both countries face the rising strategic and economic challenge posed by China, the United States is explicitly rebalancing its international posture toward Asia. Tokyo is debating a more active role in collective regional security un US leadership but trump asks Japan to bear all expenses.

Japan and the United States have deeply rooted economic and strategic bonds. But, since both nations are functioning “democracies”, those ties also depend on the attitudes of the Japanese and American people. Seven decades after a horrific war, and despite serious trade frictions in the past and a new challenge posed by China, Americans and Japanese share a mutual trust and respect that is the glue of the relationship.

Japan has fractious relations with US ally South Korea over unresolved issues involving their mutual history, and with US adversary China over both history and territorial disputes.

Japan claims islands now under the control of China. Japan is not happy that USA does not involve itself actively in its dispute with China over islands. And the USA is worried that North Korea may be developing a long-range missile that could carry a nuclear warhead to reach as far as the US West Coast.
The USA and Japan still need to convince their publics and the region that they share a common and far-sighted vision for an inclusive, peaceful, rules-based region. In other words, all defense preparations and bilateral coordination mechanisms are means to larger political ends. If historic Chinese strategic thinking is any guide, then Beijing ultimately seeks less to fight war than to win the peace. Americans must be equally determined and prepared to advance their interests and values for a similar end.
Of course a common strategy and common interests are necessary but USA wants to deice the course of bilateral relations with any nation, including Japan, making the bond weak, difficult for preserving an effective alliance.USA is still suspicious about the values it shares with Japan. Japan is not fully convinced about intentions of an ever assertive USA for a genuine bilateral relationship.
Japan seeks the legal right of collective-self defense, at least under specified conditions, as well as more expansive alliance integration—for instance, the right of the Maritime Self Defense Force to conduct joint patrols out to the South China Sea. In the United States, it means not just using the bilateral coordination mechanism to play point defense on territorial disputes, but using it as a basis to catalyze wider and deeper strategic discussion.

The new incumbent of White House Donald Trump with his terrorist appearance and fascist cum fanatic utterances qualifies to be an American Zionist to join the likes of the former US foreign minister Mrs. Hillary Clinton. Guided by his Jewish son in law and his own daughter, Trump cannot be expected to provide justice for the already troubled Palestinians who are besieged by terrorist Semitist Israel on the one side and Egypt on the other.
Since the world is controlled by neocolonialist, imperialist and ultra capitalist regimes, Israelis confident that Trump would not let the criminal Jews down. Palestinians should not be under illusion that he would force the Israeli criminal state of arrogant Jewish leaders to agree for a final settlement to let Palestine state come into being and PLO has not pursue the UN route strictly.

The way Trump, like his predecessors have done before him, has made the state criminal Netanyahu look like a US hero when he was allowed to join him for sumptuous Jewish food made in Washington, besides for photographs and speech. . Jewish fanatic state now ruled by the fascist Israeli PM Netanyahu who like Trump also seeks a war, with terror goods supplied from USA and EU, wants badly to settle the matters “right”.
Unless USA adopts a normal foreign policy Israel also would not change to become a normal nation. .

 

India led Joint Cricket Exercises: 101

India led Joint Cricket Exercises: 101 -Dr. Abdul ruff Colachal ______________   Test is a freelance cricket where every batboy is assessed by the opponent team to know how to easily offer 100…

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India: Can a criminal prisoner control a political party and government?

India: Can a criminal prisoner control a political party and government?

-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Clearly, the AIADMK founded by actor turned politician MGR and later developed by actress turned politician Jayalalithaa has been split between MGR-Jayalalithaa faction led by Panneerselvam and Sasikala faction led by Palanisamy now working against Jayalalithaa and her favorites like Panneerselvam and Pandiarajan. Sasikala faction is now represented by Palanisamy faction, now ruling the state on doubtful support of majority of AIADMK MLAs.
People wonder as to how could Sasikala claim the party and government without any work for the party and how could the governor allow her to dictate terms to TN assembly? Doesn’t it make democracy a mockery?

Not only the multinational corporates, under world bosses but also frauds and criminals in Jails can control the governments in India. Fraud Sasikala is exploiting the convention too well. .
Sasikala faction now controls the wealth left behind by Jayalalithaa and many of anti-Jayalalithaa leaders have been given posts in government and party.
People hate Sasikala faction and the Palaniswami government which, they think, does not enjoy actual majority.

It is indeed strange Sasikala, a convicted criminal who cheated the pubic of crores of money and is undergoing punishment in a Bangalore jail still controls the government Sasikala is not an elected MLA or MP as Jayalalithaa did not let her become one of them because of deficit of trust in her.
Sasikala was not known outside Poes garden as a distrusted private assistant to Jayalalithaa to help her mint money and wealth illegally, except in illegal and disproportionate asset case. Upon Jayalalithaa’s unnatural death, Sasikala came out openly to claim party leadership and government and asked the AIADMK party functionaries to call her mini-mother (Chinnamma). And all of a sudden fearing the party losing power they, including CM O. Panneerselvam just began calling a corrupt Sasikala s their Chinnamma. However, gradually CM O. Panneerselvam realized the Sasikala’s hidden plan of replacing all Jayalalithaa favorites with her own persons, including her relatives whom Jayalalithaa had removed from posts earlier. OPS resigned not known the hidden agenda of Sasikala. Later, however, he began revolt against Sasikala’s plan to control the party and government. Sasikala is executing her pet project of taking revenge on Jayalalithaa who refused to offer her any party or government post.
Sasikala is a fraud of international standard and a criminal who is jail not for her services to Tamils but for the crimes she committed against them by minting illegal wealth that indeed belongs to people of Tamil Nadu. AIADMK members must shed Sasikala and work for a joint party under Panneerselvam or any other true leader who has concern for the people and state.
Supreme Court sent Sasikala to jail, denying her the privilege of becoming TN CM to control the state’s wealth and people. But the Governor Rao allowed her to rule the state by proxy Palaniswami by not insisting on a secret ballot. Palaniswami is sure of winning a secret trust vote.
Before she began serving the remnant three years, 10 months and 27 days sentence in a Karnataka prison this evening, in a surprise move, Sasikala reinducted her close relatives T T V Dinkaran and S Venkatesh into the party, five years after their expulsion by AIADMK supremo and the then chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Sasikala appointed Dinakaran, her nephew and former Rajya Sabha member, the deputy general secretary of AIADMK, a move seen by many as an attempt to hand over the party’s control to him till her return from jail.

Can a criminal undergoing punishment be allowed to rule a state even by proxy? By allowing a state criminal to rule from jail by proxy, does not Indian system allow corruption crimes to grow with state backing up?
Palaniswami, on Wednesday met the Governor with his camp claiming support of 124 of the party’s 134 MLAs. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who was among those who accompanied Palaniswami, claimed the group has the support of 124 MLAs. Tamil Nadu has a 234-member legislative assembly. But only 122 MLAs supported the trust vote. Palanisamy has forged a Boeing cabinet of whopping 31 ministers to appease by giving berths to those how oppose him.
The Governor had earlier kept his decision pending as the verdict in the disproportionate assets case against AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, a claimant for chief ministership, was due to be announced by the Supreme Court, which delivered it on Tuesday, restoring her conviction and sentence, which shattered her hopes of occupying the top seat.

Yes, the political deadlock in Tamil Nadu seems to have come to an end with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on February 19 Thursday inviting Edappadi K Palaniswami, belonging to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary VK Sasikala Natarajan’s camp, to form the government. The Palaniswami-headed ministry was sworn-in on Thursday.

Now Sasikala family with criminal records rules Tamil Nadu. The (mis)rule of Sasikala family is setting in Tamil Nadu. Ending the 10-day impasse over government formation, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao asked Palaniswami to form the government at the earliest and seek a vote of confidence in the assembly within 15 days.
Clearly, Sasikala by her selfish agenda is trying to end AIADMK rule in Tamil Nadu and bring back DMK rule.

A day after Sasikala was sent to prison in Bengaluru to serve sentence in the disproportionate assets case, the governor again met Palaniswami at Raj Bhavan on Thursday morning and invited him to form the government.
A Raj Bhavan press release said that the governor had appointed Palaniswami, headquarters secretary of AIADMK, as the Chief minister of Tamil Nadu and invited him to form the ministry at the earliest. “This is in acceptance of the letter submitted by Palaniswami on February 14 that he was elected as the Leader of the AIADMK Legislature party in a meeting of the party MLAs held on that day,” it said.
The governor has also requested the Chief Minister Designate to seek a vote of confidence of the Assembly within fifteen days. On Saturday, Palaniswami won the trust vote by a 122-11 margin after the eviction of DMK members and walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes during which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheets of papers torn and hurled around.

  1. Panneerselvam gave a representation to the Governor claiming ‘majority’ support and seeking an opportunity to demonstrate it. The Panneerselvam camp has alleged AIADMK MLAs were held at a resort on Chennai’s outskirts against their wish.

While O Panneerselvam has managed to win over 10 odd MPs and some MLAs, Sasikala has been able to rally the support of an overwhelming majority of AIADMK MLAs.
Governor Rao’s decision to ask the Sasikala proxy to form the government has opened a Pandora box, both legal and moral.

A day after appealing to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to ‘nullify’ the vote of confidence won by Sasikala loyalist EK Palaniswami, DMK on February 20 Monday moved Madras High Court challenging the trust vote. The case will be heard on Tuesday.
DMK’s MLAs were en masse evicted from the state assembly before the voting on the Confidence Motion. They have alleged that the trust vote was adopted by contravening the rules of the state assembly. The Opposition party has also announced a state-wide hunger strike on February 22, protesting what it called was “murder of democracy”.
In a representation submitted to Rao, Stalin, also the Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, urged him to “nullify the entire proceedings” to “protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution”.
Meanwhile, Rao has sought a report from the Assembly Secretary on the unsavoury incidents witnessed in the House when Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won a trust vote. The report shall be complete with all documentary and videographic evidence, it has been indicated by the Governor. Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen has been asked by the Governor to submit the report.

 

 

Fraud Sasikala’s proxy Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami afraid of secret ballot to prove his majority! DMK moves Court challenging the trust vote!

Fraud Sasikala’s proxy Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami afraid of secret ballot to prove his majority! DMK moves Court challenging the trust vote!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Clearly, the AIADMK founded by actor turned politician MGR and later developed by actress turned politician Jayalalithaa has been split between MGR-Jayalalithaa faction led by Panneerselvam and Sasikala faction led by Palanisamy now working against Jayalalithaa and her favorites like Panneerselvam and Pandiarajan. Sasikala faction is now represented by Palanisamy faction, now ruling the state on doubtful support of majority of AIADMK MLAs.
People wonder as to how could Sasikala claim the party and government without any work for the party and how could the governor allow her to dictate terms to TN assembly? Doesn’t it make democracy a mockery?

Not only the multinational corporates, under world bosses but also frauds and criminals in Jails can control the governments in India. Fraud Sasikala is exploiting the convention too well. .
Sasikala faction now controls the wealth left behind by Jayalalithaa and many of anti-Jayalalithaa leaders have been given posts in government and party.
People hate Sasikala faction and the Palaniswami government which, they think, does not enjoy actual majority.

It is indeed strange Sasikala, a convicted criminal who cheated the pubic of crores of money and is undergoing punishment in a Bangalore jail still controls the government Sasikala is not an elected MLA or MP as Jayalalithaa did not let her become one of them because of deficit of trust in her.
Sasikala was not known outside Poes garden as a distrusted private assistant to Jayalalithaa to help her mint money and wealth illegally, except in illegal and disproportionate asset case. Upon Jayalalithaa’s unnatural death, Sasikala came out openly to claim party leadership and government and asked the AIADMK party functionaries to call her mini-mother (Chinnamma). And all of a sudden fearing the party losing power they, including CM O. Panneerselvam just began calling a corrupt Sasikala s their Chinnamma. However, gradually CM O. Panneerselvam realized the Sasikala’s hidden plan of replacing all Jayalalithaa favorites with her own persons, including her relatives whom Jayalalithaa had removed from posts earlier. OPS resigned not known the hidden agenda of Sasikala. Later, however, he began revolt against Sasikala’s plan to control the party and government. Sasikala is executing her pet project of taking revenge on Jayalalithaa who refused to offer her any party or government post.
Sasikala is a fraud of international standard and a criminal who is jail not for her services to Tamils but for the crimes she committed against them by minting illegal wealth that indeed belongs to people of Tamil Nadu. AIADMK members must shed Sasikala and work for a joint party under Panneerselvam or any other true leader who has concern for the people and state.
Supreme Court sent Sasikala to jail, denying her the privilege of becoming TN CM to control the state’s wealth and people. But the Governor Rao allowed her to rule the state by proxy Palaniswami by not insisting on a secret ballot. Palaniswami is sure of winning a secret trust vote.
Before she began serving the remnant three years, 10 months and 27 days sentence in a Karnataka prison this evening, in a surprise move, Sasikala reinducted her close relatives T T V Dinkaran and S Venkatesh into the party, five years after their expulsion by AIADMK supremo and the then chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Sasikala appointed Dinakaran, her nephew and former Rajya Sabha member, the deputy general secretary of AIADMK, a move seen by many as an attempt to hand over the party’s control to him till her return from jail.

Can a criminal undergoing punishment be allowed to rule a state even by proxy? By allowing a state criminal to rule from jail by proxy, does not Indian system allow corruption crimes to grow with state backing up?
Palaniswami, on Wednesday met the Governor with his camp claiming support of 124 of the party’s 134 MLAs. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who was among those who accompanied Palaniswami, claimed the group has the support of 124 MLAs. Tamil Nadu has a 234-member legislative assembly. But only 122 MLAs supported the trust vote. Palanisamy has forged a Boeing cabinet of whopping 31 ministers to appease by giving berths to those how oppose him.
The Governor had earlier kept his decision pending as the verdict in the disproportionate assets case against AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, a claimant for chief ministership, was due to be announced by the Supreme Court, which delivered it on Tuesday, restoring her conviction and sentence, which shattered her hopes of occupying the top seat.

Yes, the political deadlock in Tamil Nadu seems to have come to an end with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on February 19 Thursday inviting Edappadi K Palaniswami, belonging to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary VK Sasikala Natarajan’s camp, to form the government. The Palaniswami-headed ministry was sworn-in on Thursday.

Now Sasikala family with criminal records rules Tamil Nadu. The (mis)rule of Sasikala family is setting in Tamil Nadu. Ending the 10-day impasse over government formation, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao asked Palaniswami to form the government at the earliest and seek a vote of confidence in the assembly within 15 days.
Clearly, Sasikala by her selfish agenda is trying to end AIADMK rule in Tamil Nadu and bring back DMK rule.

A day after Sasikala was sent to prison in Bengaluru to serve sentence in the disproportionate assets case, the governor again met Palaniswami at Raj Bhavan on Thursday morning and invited him to form the government.
A Raj Bhavan press release said that the governor had appointed Palaniswami, headquarters secretary of AIADMK, as the Chief minister of Tamil Nadu and invited him to form the ministry at the earliest. “This is in acceptance of the letter submitted by Palaniswami on February 14 that he was elected as the Leader of the AIADMK Legislature party in a meeting of the party MLAs held on that day,” it said.
The governor has also requested the Chief Minister Designate to seek a vote of confidence of the Assembly within fifteen days. On Saturday, Palaniswami won the trust vote by a 122-11 margin after the eviction of DMK members and walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes during which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheets of papers torn and hurled around.

  1. Panneerselvam gave a representation to the Governor claiming ‘majority’ support and seeking an opportunity to demonstrate it. The Panneerselvam camp has alleged AIADMK MLAs were held at a resort on Chennai’s outskirts against their wish.

While O Panneerselvam has managed to win over 10 odd MPs and some MLAs, Sasikala has been able to rally the support of an overwhelming majority of AIADMK MLAs.
Governor Rao’s decision to ask the Sasikala proxy to form the government has opened a Pandora box, both legal and moral.

A day after appealing to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to ‘nullify’ the vote of confidence won by Sasikala loyalist EK Palaniswami, DMK on February 20 Monday moved Madras High Court challenging the trust vote. The case will be heard on Tuesday.
DMK’s MLAs were en masse evicted from the state assembly before the voting on the Confidence Motion. They have alleged that the trust vote was adopted by contravening the rules of the state assembly. The Opposition party has also announced a state-wide hunger strike on February 22, protesting what it called was “murder of democracy”.
In a representation submitted to Rao, Stalin, also the Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, urged him to “nullify the entire proceedings” to “protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution”.
Meanwhile, Rao has sought a report from the Assembly Secretary on the unsavoury incidents witnessed in the House when Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won a trust vote. The report shall be complete with all documentary and videographic evidence, it has been indicated by the Governor. Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretary AMP Jamaludeen has been asked by the Governor to submit the report.

 

Tamil Nadu theatrics: Governor Rao permits illegal assets’ prisoner Sasikala in Bangalore to control TN government!

Tamil Nadu theatrics: Governor Rao permits illegal assets’ prisoner Sasikala in Bangalore to control TN government!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Clearly democracy is being killed in Tamil Nadu with the backing of Governor Rao. After performing his duties as governor in the stalemate in government formation in Tamil Nadu, Governor Rao finally allowed the Sasikala proxy Palanisamy to win the false vote in the state assembly on February 18. It was expected that Governor would free the MLAs kept by the Bangalore prisoner No 9234 Sasikala who is undergoing punishment of four year term there for her disproportionate assets case to the tune of 60 crores that she had made working as a helper of former CM Jayalalithaa.

Apparently, Sasikala and her proxy Palanisamy played very tactfully the Reddy factor by including a Reddy in to the list of new ministers that would have impressed the Governor who belongs to Andhra Pradesh/Telangana with Reddy links. Obviously Rao is happy that a Reddy is now a minister in Tamil Nadu.
Apparently, Sasikala from jail in Bangalore planned to keep the opposition parties like DMK out of Assembly by some tricky fight and without allowing nay secret ballot to prove his majority.

It appears, Governor has helped Sasikala to outsmart Panneerselvam whom Jayalalithaa had chosen to be the acting CM in her absence that offended Sasikala and many of his cabinet colleagues who were senior to him. Sasikala exploited the pathetic mindset of ministers and MLAs and became general Secretary of the party and wanted to be the CM as well but the Supreme Court locked her in Bangalore jail after she kidnapped all MLAs in a hotel.

Sasikala and Palanisamy decided to go for direct voting rather than secret one as practiced in democracies as they knew a vote through secret ballot would be defeated and dash all dreams of Sasikala to rule the state and who had slapped Jayalalithaa’s burial site before leaving for Bangalore jail that she has proved her challenge to her for not choosing her to be act as CM when Jayalalithaa was in jail.

Thus Palaniswami has officially won the trust vote in Tamil Nadu Assembly, but democracy takes a beating. The ministers can now enjoy the post and privileges until further development.

Thanks to Governor’s Rao’s wrong decision, democracy formally retired hurt in the land of Tamils on Saturday. The entire Opposition of the DMK, Congress and the IUML were evicted to allow Edappadi K Palaniswami to seek a trust vote, which he won 122-11. In the process, farce earned a synonym.
The Kollywoodish drama started early at 11 am with both MK Stalin and O Panneerselvam demanding secret ballot voting. But once Speaker Dhanapal rejected the demand, as expected, the decibel levels inside the Tamil Nadu Assembly rose with DMK MLAs climbing on to their chairs, tearing up documents. Visuals were leaked selectively by the AIADMK-backed Jaya TV to highlight DMK’s belligerent behavior, it established that Dhanapal was manhandled, his shirt torn, his microphone broken and his table overturned. Stalin, however, claimed the Speaker tore his shirt himself and accused the DMK of misdemeanor to build a case against them.

Not that the past two weeks have not dented the Tamil Nadu political ecosystem. The manner in which one person in the quest for becoming chief minister confined all her MLAs to a resort outside Chennai, was a vulgar low. While a majority of the legislators were indeed followers of VK Sasikala, having earned their entry into politics with her blessings, there were some who were allegedly arm-twisted to stay on. Some of them managed to escape to tell the tale of coercion inside the Golden Bay resort. One of them, Madurai MLA Saravanan, fled clad in bermuda shorts.

Then there was the sight of Stalin, the leader of the Opposition, walking out of the Assembly with his shirt buttons open, claiming it was torn by political rivals. It was the DMK leader’s political 56-inch chest moment, signifying his party was ready for the political battle.

All that has happened in the last two weeks in Tamil Nadu have been a blot on democracy in the battle of the veshtis. Contrary to Panneerselvam’s desperate hope that at least half a dozen MLAs will vote according to their conscience to make the Palaniswami government lose the trust vote, the 122 lawmakers decided that power in hand is better than a re-election victory in the bush. Winning the trust vote means no immediate election and gives the resort sun-tanned legislators hope that they will have time to woo their voters once again.
That will be an audacious hope given that people in Tamil Nadu are saliva-ready to spit on the MLAs, the moment they set sight on them. The anti-Sasikala sentiment runs so deep that the Palaniswami regime that will look to Bengaluru for instructions from convict number 9234, will start its innings without any honeymoon period.

And if people needed a spark to light up their anger, that came from actor Kamal Haasan who tweeted taunting India’s “de-mockcrazy” soon after the trust vote saying : “People of Tamizhnadu, Welcome your respective MLAs with the respect they deserve back home.” Earlier, Kamal Hasan had said Panneerselvam would eventually win the war as he is patient.

Not that the Sasikala camp spared any effort to downplay its enthusiasm to get into positions of power. Sources reveal that the name of Sasikala’s nephew, TTV Dinakaran figured in the initial list of ministers to be sworn-in. But Governor Vidyasagar Rao put his foot down in light of the economic offences cases against Dinakaran. Rao told Palaniswami that he will have to seek legal opinion on Dinakaran and if Palaniswami insisted on him, he will have to put off the swearing-in ceremony to another day. A desperate Palaniswami fell in line, agreeing to strike out Dinakaran’s name. If not for Rao, Tamil Nadu would have seen an economic offender who coughed up a fine of Rs 25 crore in a money laundering related FERA case last month, sworn-in most likely as the finance minister.

Palaniswami may have won the battle of Fort St George, where the Assembly is located but the war of Madras is far from over. ‘Thalapathi’ Stalin, with his torn shirt as his first weapon, wanted to sit on a hunger strike at the Marina. The DMK calculated that even if it indulged in what would be deemed to be unparliamentary behaviour, the public mood is so anti-Sasikala that it would forgive Saturday’s misdemeanour. Stalin would hope to build on this to start a public movement against the Palaniswami’s freshly minted government.
However, Palaniswami who is clearly a man of numbers, after having bagged 122, has imposed Section 144 at the Marina which empowers the Chennai police to evict Stalin and company from the Gandhi statue area.

Giving Stalin’s competition to grab the anti-Sasikala space, will be Panneerselvam. His dramatic revolt got him no more than 11 legislators but made him into a hero in the public eye. He will now have to show the spine to cultivate the AIADMK cadre to tap into the gulf between the Sasikala-led AIADMK leadership and its cadre.

Across the Cauvery, Sasikala will be pleased. Both the party and the government are in her grip. Little does she realise that in all probability, she has lost Tamil Nadu.

The Palaniswami government won the confidence vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday by a comfortable 122-11 margin after high drama and bedlam in the House. The vote was preceded by eviction of principal opposition DMK and walkout by its allies, which have 98 legislators in the 234-member House, in protest.

Former Chief Minister Panneerselvam could muster only 11 votes, ending the prolonged stalemate triggered by his rebellion and by conviction of AIADMK chief VK Sasikala after being elected the Legislature Party leader.
Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, while appointing Edappadi K Palaniswami as the chief minister after he was propped by Sasikala, had given him 15 days time to prove his majority.

The vote was taken after two adjournments due to pandemonium and charges of attacks by DMK members.

Speaker P Dhanapal and Leader of Opposition MK Stalin said their shirts were torn in the fracas in the House.

Tamil Nadu governor Rao seems to have misread floor testing operation to prove the Sasikala proxy government’s majority. While Gov Rao did not ask the Sasikala’s CM candidate Palanisamy to first release all MLAs under his/Sasikala’s control and kept in Palace hotel so that they freely go home or constituencies to seek the advice of the people who voted them to rule.
Governor refused to do that.

TN governor Rao did not ask the new CM Palanisamy to let the government seek vote of confidence by secret voting so that MLAs could vote according to their conscience or preference without pressure.

Governor refused to do that as well.

Governor’s failure to assess the theatrics properly has now led to floor conflict in TN assembly.

Advocate Acharya who fought against the disproportionate asset case against Jayalalithaa and Sasikala and got both of them severe punishment, said Governor Rao should have asked for President’s rule in Tamil Nadu for a few months instead of letting Palaniswami win the trust vote by mischief. Even now it is not too late.

The theatrics in Tamil Nadu reminds us of the official match fixing in cricket.

Therefore, TN Governor should take the blame for the assembly fight.
The Palanisamy government is doomed to fall sooner than later.

 

India must end its favorite hobby of murdering Kashmiri Muslims!

India must end its favorite hobby of murdering Kashmiri Muslims!

(A Soverign Kashmir: Random Thoughts- 281)

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Fanaticism, criminalization of politics and cynicism are the hallmark of colonialist nations and now India and Israel top the list as they employ criminal techniques to silence the nations under their brutal control- Kashmir and Palestine respectively.

 

Military brutality in Kashmir angers Kashmiris, especially the youth and that is the key reason why the current agitation of Kashmiris has been firmly footed, notwithstanding the Indian efforts to pacify the protestors.  The Kashmiri youth has refused to be silenced by Indian brutalities, however.

 

India has no hesitation or fear or shame or feel of guilt for the continued perpetration of genocides in Kashmir. By using the draconian laws imposed on Kashmiris by New Delhi, Indian occupational military forces keep killing Muslims in Jammu Kashmir on fictitious pretexts like branding them as terrorists, making a complete mockery of domestic democracy in Kashmir.

 

Indian forces have already murdered over 100,000 Kashmiri Muslims even while Kashmiri leaders fight for posts, positions, money and foreign trips as Indian regime is busy with keeping them in good humors. Indian regime, its media lords, military establishment, intelligence consider their joint right to commit crimes in Kashmir and justify the genocides of Kashmiris.

 

UN expects India to hold referendum to determine the thinking of Kashmiris about their future but it does not ask India to do quickly enough. Apparently New Delhi is scared of holding referendum in Jammu Kashmir as most Kashmiris would opt for regain sovereignty from India as well as Pakistan and get back the part of Kashmir under Chinese control.

 

Kashmir remains a deadly flashpoint in South Asia as India and Pakistan threaten the region with their nukes and missiles and no solution could be found unless Jammu Kashmir is allowed to regain its lost sovereignty from India, Pakistan and China which is now a secret ally of Indian badminton letting India win tidies easily As a sport giant of Asia, Beijing in fact can afford to lose rankings for some time on Badminton.

 

Pakistan stands by Kashmiris and criticizes Indian military brutalities in Kashmir, targeting Muslims. Describing Kashmir issue as an unfinished agenda of partition and the oldest dispute in the UN Security Council, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, “for the last seven decades India has denied the people of Kashmir the right to self-determination promised to them by the international community through numerous UN Security Council resolutions”.

 

Like India, Pakistan has also integrated a part of Kashmir into Pakistan and also made a major part of Kashmir it got from a war with India as Azad Kashmir.

 

An economic-military ally of China and supporting China’s anti-Muslim polices, Pakistan keeps criticizing Indian crimes against humanity without suggesting any credible solution to Indian state genocides in Kashmir.

 

Upping the ante, Sharif said Kashmir remains the flashpoint in South Asia as it is the core dispute between India and Pakistan, adding that the dream of peace and prosperity of the people of the region will remain elusive without resolving the issue. Nawaz Sharif has once again asked its nuke neighbor India to end blood bath in occupied Kashmir and let them live peacefully and with honor.  Sharif was speaking on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day. “The people of Pakistan join their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in observing Kashmir Solidarity Day today to reaffirm our moral, diplomatic and political support to the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for their basic human rights, especially the right to self determination enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Sharif said. Pakistan, he said, strongly condemns the systemic state terrorism and brutal killings of the innocent people of Kashmir by Indian forces.

 

However, Sharif has not spelled out the modality of resolution of one of oldest “disputes” in Asia. Jammu Kashmir was forcefully annexed by India on fake documents to show that Kashmiris let India send military to protect them. India has refused pull back its military forces form Jammu Kashmir and made the region a part of Indian state. Son of former royal ruler of Jammu Kashmir reiterates that Kashmiris seek an independent nation and they don’t want to be a part of either India, or Pakistan or China.

 

Pakistan asked the world community to hold India “accountable” for its “crimes against humanity” in Kashmir, as it demanded justice for the families of 25 Kashmiris allegedly killed by Indian security in 1990.  Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that January 25 reminds Pakistan about the alleged “massacre of more than 25 innocent defenseless Kashmiris” in Hundwara by Indian security forces 27 years ago. He alleged that the “horrific massacre was committed by the Indian forces” just three days after they had reportedly killed more than 50 Kashmiris in Gawkadal. On both the occasions the Indian forces had unleashed terror on peaceful protesters. “The perpetrators of the two massacres that I mentioned are yet to face justice while victims’ families have been suffering from the unforgettable and unbearable pain for 27 years,” Zakaria alleged.

 

 

 

India’s rap history in Kashmir

Rape is the one of the most favorite pass time in Kashmir valley by Indian occupational forces. Reports of rape by Indian security forces in Kashmir emerged soon after the government’s crackdown began in January 1990.18 Despite evidence that army and paramilitary forces were engaging in widespread rape, few of the incidents were ever investigated by the authorities. Those that were reported did not result in criminal prosecutions of the security forces involved. The reported rape on February 23, 1991, of women from the village of Kunan Poshpora by army soldiers of the Fourth Rajputana Rifles became the focus of a government campaign to acquit the army of charges of human rights violations. The incident provides a telling example of the government’s failure to ensure that charges of human rights violations committed by members of its armed forces are properly investigated and those responsible held to account.

 

Since January 1990, the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has been the site of a brutal conflict between Indian security forces and armed Muslim insurgents demanding independence or accession to Pakistan. In its efforts to crush the militant movement, India’s central government has pursued a policy of repression in Kashmir which has resulted in massive human rights violations by Indian army and paramilitary forces.

 

Throughout the conflict, the security forces have deliberately targeted civilians, the majority of whom are widely believed to sympathize with the militants.1 Indian security forces, which include the army and two paramilitary forces, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) have assaulted civilians during search operations, tortured and summarily executed detainees in custody and murdered civilians in reprisal attacks.2 In October 1992, representatives from Asia Watch and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) traveled to Kashmir to document rape and other human rights abuses and violations of the laws of war by Indian security forces. They also investigated incidents of abuse by armed militant groups who have also committed rape and other attacks on civilians. PHR and Asia Watch condemn these crimes as violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

 

Since the government crackdown against militants in Kashmir began in earnest in January 1990, reports of rape by security personnel have become more frequent. Rape most often occurs during crackdowns, cordon-and-search operations during which men are held for identification in parks or schoolyards while security forces search their homes. In these situations, the security forces frequently engage in collective punishment against the civilian population, most frequently by beating or otherwise assaulting residents, and burning their homes. Rape is used as a means of targeting women whom the security forces accuse of being militant sympathizers; in raping them, the security forces are attempting to punish and humiliate the entire community.

Rape has also occurred frequently during reprisal attacks on civilians following militant ambushes. In these cases, any civilians who reside in the area become the target of retaliation. Anyone within range may be shot; homes and other property burned, and women raped. In some cases, women who have been raped have been accused of providing food or shelter to militants or have been ordered to identify their male relatives as militants. In other cases, the motivation for the abuse is not explicit. In many attacks, the selection of victims is seemingly arbitrary and the women, like other civilians assaulted or killed, are targeted simply because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Since most cases of rape take place during cordon-and-search operations, just living in a certain area can put women at risk of rape.

 

For their part, armed militant organizations in Kashmir have also targeted civilians, although not to the same extent as have the security forces. Particularly in early 1990, militant groups threatened, assaulted and murdered Hindus residing in the Kashmir valley — driving many to flee to refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi.4 Militant groups have also kidnapped and killed Muslim civilians whom they have accused of being informers or of not supporting their political views. Various armed militant groups in Kashmir have also committed rape, and we have included information about these cases in this report. Although Indian human rights groups and the international press have reported on the widespread use of rape by Indian security forces in Kashmir,5 the use of rape in the conflict has seldom attracted much international condemnation.

 

During the week PHR and Asia Watch conducted investigations in Kashmir, we documented 15 cases of rape, 44 extrajudicial executions, 8 cases of torture, and 20 injuries resulting from indiscriminate shootings of non-combatants by Indian army and security force personnel. Eighty percent of these violations occurred during the visit or in the ten days preceding it. We also collected documentation on a large number of abuses that had occurred in the weeks and months preceding the visit, and both organizations have continued to receive such information. Because this information comes from credible sources, we believe that these abuses have continued unabated and may, in fact, have escalated to include the killings of Kashmiri human rights activists who assisted Asia Watch and PHR and provided information to international organizations.

 

 

Illegal dams

 

The construction of dams on the western rivers by India has brought the two countries at loggerheads and Pakistan has engaged the World Bank, a facilitator of the IWT, to stop India from going ahead with the construction.

The committees were briefed on the agenda — Indian threat on the Indus Waters Treaty and to chart out a course of action for Pakistan. Briefing the committees, foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said all options were available with Pakistan in case India violated the IWT. “We will not let India violate the treaty,” Chaudhry said, adding that Pakistan had already engaged the World Bank to look into the issue as guarantor. “We have already requested the World Bank to appoint chairman of the arbitration court,” he said.

The secretary said Islamabad would defend its right at any cost. New Delhi, he alleged, was using delaying tactics while “we want to resolve the issue at the earliest”. Pakistan has serious reservations over an Indian move to construct 45 to 60 dams on the western rivers, he said.

Water and Power Secretary Younus Dagha said Pakistan was challenging the construction of Kishanganga and Ratle projects in the court of international arbitration. He, however, said India had not as yet started work on Ratle project.

Former foreign minister and Tehrik-i-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the water dispute with India had reached such alarming proportions that it could even dwarf the Kashmir issue. He suggested the government to evolve a clear roadmap, assuring his party’s support on the issue.

Pakistan’s two parliamentary committees in rare joint resolution asked India to immediately suspend work on two hydropower projects in Jammu and Kashmir and agree on the constitution of an arbitration court to resolve the water dispute.

 

National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and Water and Power held a joint sitting in Islamabad on Friday to discuss water issues with India. A joint resolution unanimously adopted in the meeting asked India to halt the construction work, Dawn reported.  The resolution called upon the World Bank to constitute a court of arbitration to adjudicate on issues raised by Pakistan against India’s ongoing construction of Kishanganga and Ratle hydro projects. It said that under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), it is the responsibility of the World Bank to play its role without further delay. Until the World Bank constitutes the court of arbitration, it must persuade India to put an immediate halt to ongoing construction of the Ratle dam till the issue is resolved, read the joint resolution adopted unanimously by both the government and opposition members of the committees.

 

Observation: illegality cannot be Indian law

 

India’s key problem today is to make the Trump regime, now spreading anti-Muslim messages, work against Pakistan and it has won a first shot in arms as USA debarred a Pakistani senate member visa from visiting Washington. Of course there could be jubilations in New Delhi on that success as any upset for Pakistan is considered as a big win by India, though it may not have got anything substantially.

Kashmiris, the target of Indian military, intelligence and media forces, bleed profusely feel insulted and continuously injured as India tries all techniques, mainly terror methods,  to  silence the besieged Muslims of Kashmir and they  express their anger  by hoisting Pakistani flags and raising pro-Pakistani slogans  that make the  Hindutva minded people in India get annoyed  and hit the Kashmiris directly and by hidden fake encounters by tracking  Muslims  remotely and attacking them.  Kashmiris keep cross between Azad Kashmir and Jammu Kashmir they visualize them as one nation.

Of course, one they become a free and independent nation, Kashmiris would hoist Kashmir flag and raise only pro-Kashmir slogan.

Already over 100,000 Kashmir Muslims have been slaughtered by Indian “solders” occupying Kashmiris nation by force and terror goods while Indian government  offers draconian shield to the military to deal with Muslims there whatever they feel. . Pakistan and China indeed share the Indian military rimes in Kashmir, though they may not have killed Kashmiris. For China, however, whether Kashmiris or Pakistanis, Muslims are their enemy too.  Security personnel, including police, army and paramilitary, responsible for rape should be prosecuted in civilian courts.

Kashmiri struggle for complete sovereignty continues unabated. All the Indian brutalities have failed to deter the people of Kashmir from their cause for freedom from Indian subjugation. Pakistan calls upon the international community to raise its voice in seeking an end to the “gross violations of human rights and the reign of terror unleashed by Indian forces” in Kashmir and fulfill the promises it made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir 70 years ago, he said. “We urge India to stop bloodbath in Kashmir and allow the holding of free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices,” Sharif added.

 

Unfortunately, Indian government authorities have rarely investigated charges of rape by security forces in Kashmir. And when any such investigations take  such news are kept top secret and one would know  that Indian governments investigating because India does not want to  let the world  know the military raps of innocent Kashmiri girls and women do take place in Kashmir.

 

The government of India should support swift investigations of rape by security forces and paramilitary forces in Kashmir by using the special powers provided by Indian regime.  Only with genuine trials and appropriate punishments will these forces receive the clear, unequivocal message that rape is not condoned by their superiors.

Military forces who have committed rape have committed grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. The international community should condemn these abuses and bring pressure on these groups to end all such abuses.

 

Those found guilty of rape should be punished regardless of rank and the punishments should not be less that those specified under civilian law. The results of these investigations and the punishments should be made public as a means of giving the people of Kashmir a reason to believe in the government’s commitment to justice delivery.

 

To insure adequate protection against rape, the government of India should provide police training, perhaps after consultation with international experts, on adequate evidence gathering for rape prosecutions. Medical workers who have examined and treated rape victims should be protected from abuse. Medical facilities, including private licensed physicians, should be encouraged to give testimony and introduce physical evidence in court with regard to rape and other forms of sexual and physical abuse. Explicit prohibitions against rape should be included in training for all enlisted men and officers in the police, paramilitary and military as a way of sending a clear signal that rape is no longer tolerated by the state.

Kashmiris were hoping that the world community will make India “pay for their crimes against humanity”. “The killing, arbitrary arrests and fake encounters of Kashmiris continue and their fundamental rights are being denied constantly. International Community must act to hold India accountable for their crimes against humanity.

Murder of Kashmiri Muslim Afzal Guru in Delhi Tihar Jail as a secret, cold blooded act of state crime only smacks of serious kind of hatred mindset of India against Muslims. Excessively negative and hostile statements by the Indian leadership and media lords have only further brutalized the terror situation in JK.
India has struck on Kashmiri Afzal Guru on ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ being observed in India occupied Jammu Kashmir.
In order to resolve the Jammu Kashmir issue as well as Indo-Pak tensions, both should reach beyond the mere UN Security Council Resolutions.
Reunification of all parts of Jammu Kashmir into one Jammu Kashmir must be done as the top priority policy of both India and Pakistan. Pakistan must clearly spell out its desire to bring about a united Jammu Kashmir going beyond the UN Security Council Resolutions for a plebiscite in India occupied Jammu Kashmir.

 

India must withdraw all draconian laws that give extra power to the occupation forces to deal brutally with Muslims in Kashmir. Both India and Pakistan must not stop nourishing a deadly dirty dream of making Kashmir an integral part of their respective nation; nor can China hope to retain a part of Kashmir as part of it.

 

India, Pakistan and China must begin charting a Jammu Kashmir plan to  surrender their sovereignty  so that they live with dignity.

Tamil Nadu Theatrics: Sasikala’s revenge on Jayalalithaa and OPS!

Tamil Nadu Theatrics:  Sasikala’s revenge on Jayalalithaa and OPS!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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It is clear Jayalalithaa is now taking revenge on Jayalalithaa for not given her chance to be Acting CM of Tamil Nadu or a position in the party. Forceful resignation of  Panneerselvam  from his CM post and the  steps she has ordered in the party reveals Sasikala’s hidden agenda in  not allowing anybody, including  Panneerselvam and Governor herself, to visit Jayalalithaa in the Apollo hospital and taking over the aprty and government in due course.

Prisoner No 9435 Sasikala, who is now enjoying jail life in Bangaluru, and her funny supporters have taken the people of Tamil nadu for granted, rather consider them as permanent fools. Even while in jail, she is still keeping the elected MLAs her personal hostages in Mahabalipuram. These irresponsible MLAs should also be punished by the court and people. Politicians cannot be allowed to hijack democracy and fool the nation.

Convicted by the Apex Court Sasikala seeks VVIP treatment in the jail. Like AC, excusive large room but jail authorities have rejected her false claims saying that top criminals cannot ask for special privileges. Apparently, Sasikala who appeared in political field following the suspicious death of Jayalalithaa is eager to take revenge on both Jayalalithaa and CM Panneer Selvam whom the former picked to be the acting CM instead of Sasikala   .

First she fooled the AIADMK cadres, especially Panneerselvam that she is new avatar of Jayalalithaa to continue the her work, an later she become interim general secretary with his help and later, she made him resign as CM and still after she removed him from the post of Treasurer and basis membership. She had a plan to fool the people of Tamil nadu whom she also considers as fools.  Not only Sasikala has undone what Jayalalithaa had done but also brought back to the party her relatives whom Jayalalithaa had expected for acts of fraudulence under her shadow. .

Sasikala knew she wont be spared by the Supreme Court and hence she used the people to become party supremo even temporarily and sought the help of governor Rao to become CM quickly enough so that when the judgment would be pronounced by the court she would enjoy all privileges that Jayalalithaa as CM enjoyed.  Both the Governor and Court have kept her at bay and saved Tamil Nadu.

Governor could ensure eviction of MLAs from the Hotel Palace in Mahabalipuram and strop them at their homes or constituencies. MLAs are supposed to serve the people/voters and not to enjoy free life in  5 star hotels. Allow the MLAs a week to stay at home with families and ponder over the plight of Tamil people because of the dramatics and decide to help form a stable government. Governor could call them after a week or so and ascertain their choice for government formation.

If governor is convinced that the MLAs whom the Sasikala group had kidnapped and kept them in hotel to enjoy all pleasures of life while their voters suffer without ordinary meals,  then, he order new elections.

These AIADMK MLAs won thanks to Jayalalithaa and Sasikala had no role in that and  they must seek fresh mandate from the people. Sasikala is now shame leaders and Tamils would not vote for candidates.

Already people don’t want BJP members in the assembly and they could reject the Sasikala supporters as well.

People of Tamil nadu as well as AIADMK MLAs and MPs should shed corrupt criminal Sasikala and return to MGR legacy and now support Panneerselvam so that the party would rule the state and return to power when elections are held on sympathy wave.

Both the ruling AIADMK and Tamil People have a golden opportunity now to prove to the world that they are not idiots as mini amma Sasikala, now prisoner No 9435 in Bangaluru, thinks they are. .  Both Governor and Supreme Court successfully foiled Sasikala’s attempt to challenge and kill democracy and mutilate popular will.

 

 

 

Criminal Sasikala in jail: Putting an end to Tamil political dramatics!

Criminal Sasikala in jail: Putting an end to Tamil political dramatics!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Prisoner No 9435 Sasikala, who is now enjoy jail life in Bangaluru, and her funny supporters have taken the people of Tamil nadu for granted, rather consider them as permanent fools. Even while in jail, she is still keeping the elected MLAs her personal hostages in Mahabalipuram. These irresponsible MLAs should also be punished by the court and people. Politicians cannot be allowed to hijack democracy and fool the nation.

Convicted by the Apex Court Sasikala seeks VVIP treatment in the jail. Like AC, excusive large room but jail authorities have rejected her false claims saying that top criminals cannot ask for special privileges. Apparently, Sasikala who appeared in political field following the suspicious death of Jayalalithaa is eager to take revenge on both Jayalalithaa and CM Panneer Selvam whom the former picked to be the acting CM instead of Sasikala   .

First she fooled the AIADMK cadres, especially Panneerselvam that she is new avatar of Jayalalithaa to continue the her work, an later she become interim general secretary with his help and later, she made him resign as CM and still after she removed him from the post of Treasurer and basis membership. She had a plan to fool the people of Tamil nadu whom she also considers as fools.  Not only Sasikala has undone what Jayalalithaa had done but also brought back to the party her relatives whom Jayalalithaa had expected for acts of fraudulence under her shadow. .

Sasikala knew she wont be spared by the Supreme Court and hence she used the people to become party supremo even temporarily and sought the help of governor Rao to become CM quickly enough so that when the judgment would be pronounced by the court she would enjoy all privileges that Jayalalithaa as CM enjoyed.  Both the Governor and Court have kept her at bay and saved Tamil Nadu.

Governor could ensure eviction of MLAs from the Hotel Palace in Mahabalipuram and strop them at their homes or constituencies. MLAs are supposed to serve the people/voters and not to enjoy free life in  5 star hotels. Allow the MLAs a week to stay at home with families and ponder over the plight of Tamil people because of the dramatics and decide to help form a stable government. Governor could call them after a week or so and ascertain their choice for government formation.

If governor is convinced that the MLAs whom the Sasikala group had kidnapped and kept them in hotel to enjoy all pleasures of life while their voters suffer without ordinary meals,  then, he order new elections.

These AIADMK MLAs won thanks to Jayalalithaa and Sasikala had no role in that and  they must seek fresh mandate from the people. Sasikala is now shame leaders and Tamils would not vote for candidates.

Already people don’t want BJP members in the assembly and they could reject the Sasikala supporters as well.

People of Tamil nadu as well as AIADMK MLAs and MPs should shed corrupt criminal Sasikala and return to MGR legacy and now support Panneerselvam so that the party would rule the state and return to power when elections are held on sympathy wave.

Both the ruling AIADMK and Tamil People have a golden opportunity now to prove to the world that they are not idiots as mini amma Sasikala, now prisoner No 9435 in Bangaluru, thinks they are. .  Both Governor and Supreme Court successfully foiled Sasikala’s attempt to challenge and kill democracy and mutilate popular will.

 

 

Sasikala in jail: Putting an end to Tamil political dramatics!

Sasikala in jail: Putting an end to Tamil political dramatics!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Sasikala who is now enjoy jail life in Bangaluru and her supporters have taken the people of Tamil nadu for granted, rather consider them as permanent fools.
Governor could ensure eviction of MLAs from the Hotel Palace in Mahabalipuram and strop them at their homes. Allow them a week to stay at home with families and ponder over the plight of Tamil people because of the dramatics and decide to help form a stable government. Governor could call them after a week or so and ascertain their choice for government formation.
If governor is convinced that the MLAs whom the Sasikala group had kidnapped and kept them in hotel to enjoy all pleasures of life while their voters suffer without ordinary meals, then, he order new elections.
These AIADMK MLAs won thanks ot Jayalalithaa and they must seek fresh mandate from the people. Sasikala is now shame leaders and Tamils would not vote for candidates.
Already people don’t want BJP members in the assembly and they could reject the Sasikala supporters as well.

Right to corruption in India: Tamil Nadu CM aspirant Sasikala back to jail, convicted in disproportionate assets case!

Right to corruption in India: Tamil Nadu CM aspirant Sasikala back to jail, convicted in disproportionate assets case!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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One really wonders if elections are regularly held in India only to give mandate for corrupt politicians to loot the nation. The politicians and their administrative allies take the mandate as popular agreement for promoting corruption in the country and every state.
India’s Hon. Supreme Court has made a historic attempt to warn the politicians of punitive measures if they continue to be engaged in corrupt deals.
And AIADMK’s interim General Secretary VK Sasikala has been convicted in a disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court, on Feb. 14 Tuesday. SC convicted Sasikala and her two relatives, VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi by restoring the trial court verdict in toto directing them to serve the remaining jail term.
In so doing, the apex court set aside the Karnataka High Court verdict that had acquitted her in the case filed in 1996 that also involved late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

The apex court restored in toto the judgment and findings of a trial court in Bengaluru, which had initially held guilty all the accused, including Sasikala’s two relatives, VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi. The two-judge bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy directed Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Elavarasi to surrender forthwith to the trial court in Bengaluru and serve the remaining part of a four-year jail term.
VK Sasikala, convicted by the Supreme Court of corruption and given a four-year jail term, is likely to surrender in Bengaluru on Wednesday, sources in her party, the AIADMK, have said. She came back to her Poes Garden residence late at night from Golden Bay, the five-star resort on the outskirts of Chennai where she was huddled with over a 100 party legislators since morning.
The Supreme Court today also made strong comments about the role of Ms Jayalalithaa, who was accused number 1 in the case, upholding the verdict of the trial court which had convicted both her and Ms Sasikala and sentenced them to four years each in jail. The Karnataka High Court had acquitted them and the Karnataka government appealed against the acquittal in the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court verdict means Ms Sasikala cannot hold public office or contest elections for 10 years, the period of her jail term plus six years after that, ending her bid to be the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. Ms Sasikala, Ms Jayalalithaa’s closest companion, was charged with helping her amass illicit wealth worth over 60 crores in the 1990s. The judges overturned a High Court order that had acquitted Ms Jayalalithaa, Ms Sasikala and two others in the case. Ms Sasikala and the others convicted today have also been fined 10 crores each.

A totally disappointed and fully disillusioned VK Sasikala said nobody can separate her from and her thoughts will continue to remain with the party even from inside the jail AIADMK ( meaning she would enjoy the resources of Jayalalithaa and AIADMK). She said the present case was “filed” by DMK and asked the partymen to strongly resist it. “Only I can be jailed, not the care or concern I have for this party. Wherever I will be, my thoughts will be here,” said an emotional Sasikala. She said she will be thinking about the party round the clock.

In her address to party MLAs hours after her conviction, Sasikala also stressed the need for staying united and exuded confidence that Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao would invite her party to form the government. Sasikala also said she was happy in a way that Jayalalithaa was not alive to “face difficulties,” although she said she was not bothered to undergo such problems.

Earlier, newly elected AIADMK legislature party leader Edappadi K Palaniswami had met Rao and staked claim to form government. “For me, to form government, to set up Amma’s memorial, you should remain united,” she said.
Later, Sasikala reached the Poes Garden residence from the five star hotel where many MLAs are locked in to deny the OPS anay chance to meet them, and said, “dharma will undergo challenges but one has to overcome it.” She reiterated that wherever she will be, her thoughts will be with the party and its supporters and asked them to remain bold at this time of crisis. “I will steer the party even from inside a cage,” she told party supporters who had gathered there.
The 62-year-old Sasikala said (possibly joked) that upon her return from the prison, the AIADMK government will be formed and that the party workers should strive in this regard. She urged them not to lose their composure and stay united in the interests of the party.
Meanwhile, ending days of speculation on whether she would join hands with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Deepa Jayakumar, late Jayalalithaa’s niece, today said she would work with him as if they are “two hands of the AIADMK”.
Exactly a week after he announced that he was forced to quit as Chief Minister, Panneerselvam, flanked by MLAs and MPs in his camp, paid a visit to late Jayalalithaa’s burial site at Marina and offered homage. Minutes after his arrival, Deepa also reached the venue and jointly paid homage to the late Chief Minister at the burial site for about 20 minutes. “We will work together jointly as two hands of AIADMK in future for the people of Tamil Nadu. He asked for justice. I too ask the same,” Deepa told reporters.
Education Minister K Pandiarajan, former Electricity Minister ‘Natham’ Viswanathan, AIADMK MPs including V Maitreyan, senior party leaders C Ponnaiyan and E Madhusudhanan were also at the memorial.
After paying homage Deepa went to the house of Panneerselvam at Greenways Road and was given a traditional welcome by family members of the Chief Minister.
Recently Panneerselvam had said Deepa and her brother Deepak were the only blood relations of Jayalalithaa. “When Amma’s mortal remains were in the hospital on the night of December 5, she (Deepa) was not allowed to pay her respects even at that time,” he had alleged.

Chennai’s Poes Garden, residence of late J Jayalalithaa, was the hub of conspiracy and the money flow from one account to another proved the existence of an “active conspiracy” to launder the then Chief Minister’s “ill-gotten wealth” to purchase properties in the names of the shell companies, the Supreme Court said today. The apex court said V K Sasikala and her two relatives — V N Sudhakaran, Jayalalithaa’s foster son, and Elavarasi, the widow of Sasikala’s elder brother, resided at Poes Garden with Jayalalithaa “without any blood relation between them”. They were “accommodated” there, not on humanitarian concern, but pursuant to the conspiracy hatched by them.
“The flow of money from one account to the other proves that there existed active conspiracy to launder the ill-gotten wealth of Jayalalithaa for purchasing properties in the names of the firms,” a bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy said while convicting Sasikala and her relatives in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case. “The joint residence of all the accused persons also could not be ignored as a factor contributing to the charge of conspiracy and abetment, when assessed together with the attendant facts and circumstances reinforcing the said imputations,” the bench said.
“The unimpeded, frequent and spontaneous inflow of funds from the account of Jayalalithaa to those of the other co-accused and the firms/companies involved, overwhelmingly demonstrate the collective culpable involvement of the respondents in the transactions in the face of their overall orientations so as to render the same to be masked banking exchanges though involving several accounts but mostly of the same bank. No other view is possible,” the apex court said.
The bench said these companies were “operating” from Poes Garden and “it cannot be accepted that she (Jayalalithaa) was unaware of the same even though she feigned ignorance about the activities carried on by Sasikala and two others. They were residing with Jayalalithaa without any blood relation between them”.
The bench held that though Sasikala and her relatives had claimed to have independent sources of income, the fact regarding setting up of these firms and acquisition of large tracts of land out of the funds provided by Jayalalithaa indicated that there was a conspiracy among them. This indicated “that, all the accused congregated in the house of Jayalalithaa neither for social living, nor Jayalalithaa allowed them free accommodation out of humanitarian concern, rather the facts and circumstances proved in evidence undoubtedly point out that Sasikala and her two relatives were accommodated in the house of Jayalalithaa pursuant to the criminal conspiracy hatched by them to hold the assets of Jayalalithaa,” it noted.
The apex court also said that the conspiracy cannot be proved by direct evidence and has to be essentially inferred from the proven circumstances, “the ultimate conclusion with regard thereto has to be deduced from the attendant state of affairs cumulatively taken”.
“It is a trite proposition that in the case of conspiracy, each member thereof becomes the agent of the other and in law is bound by their actions inter se,” it said. The bench further said that so far as Jayalalithaa and Sasikala are concerned, “one is the agent for other as partners of two firms and additionally Sasikala is the attorney of Jayalalithaa and is a co-conspirator, as imputed”. It referred to the statement of a prosecution witness and noted that a “blanket instruction” was issued by Jayalalithaa that the directions made by Sasikala from time to time “ought to be followed and consequently the latter was to decide in which account the huge cash deposits were to be made”.
“The numerous inter accounts transfers would only corroborate massive unaccounted cash deposits being made, the origin whereof had been number 36, Poes Garden, Chennai. For all intents and purposes, these accounts were construed to be one,” the bench noted.

The bizarre political drama in Tamil Nadu takes a dramatic twist with the conviction of VK Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case. The Supreme Court verdict on Tuesday virtually ended her chief ministerial ambition. A review petition is still an option, but… And that’s indeed a big but. However, the verdict in the two-decade-old case was not entirely unexpected. The miscalculation of her disproportionate assets in the Karnataka High Court verdict of 2015 was all too glaring.

That makes her hurry to become chief minister a bit perplexing. It is possible that she wanted to take full control of the party before the court’s verdict. It would have served her interest better to have a chief minister of her choice. That way she would still be the person in charge of the AIADMK and the state. In short, she wanted to have a proxy — her own O Panneerselvam — before going to jail.
It’s obvious she was not expecting any resistance from Panneerselvam after smoothly taking over as the party’s leader. But the development over the last few days, aided by the delay from the governor Vidayasagar Rao to take a call on the issue of chief minister, foiled her game plan.
Where does that leave Panneerselvam? It’s not clear yet. Sasikala has just made his case complicated by issuing him the expulsion order. She has also unleashed a fresh round of power struggle by selecting four-time legislator E Palanisamy as the party’s leader. It means Panneerselvam now has to win over a large number of lawmakers to prove his acceptability within the party and stake his claim to be chief minister.
These numbers may not be easy to get. Sasikala commanded 119 legislators while he has managed to muster 10 and two parliamentarians. It is hazy how many of those 119 MLAs will bolt to his side after the court’s verdict. Reports say at least 50 are willing to switch sides. The next battleground for him would be the legislative Assembly, where he will need to prove his majority when Rao asks him to do it.
Whichever way the developments go, it is certain that the AIADMK won’t remain the same. Neither Panneerselvam nor Palanisamy enjoys the cult status of the late J Jayalalithaa. The cadre had decided to accord it to Sasikala, calling her Chinnamma. A stint in power would have allowed her to establish herself and move out of the shadows of Jayalalithaa. That is closed now. The party is likely to witness heavy internal conflict in the coming days.
A victory for either claimant for the top would not be the end of the problems. The party could head for a split too. Panneerselvam has already claimed victory and invoked Amma in his bid to attract legislators in Sasikala’s camp to support him. But it won’t be easy for him to move ahead. Despite being chief minister a number of times, he is still in the company of equals. Not many would be prepared to accept him as leader. Being Amma’s proxy may prove to be his undoing. Palanisamy is still an untested quantity. He will need to prove himself. Being Sasikala’s proxy is not certainly the same as being Jayalalithaa’s. Neither has the force of personality.
Expect the leadership conflict to escalate and be damaging on the party in the coming days.

From the verge of being the Chief Minister of the second biggest economy in India to a jail for four years — Sasikala’s conviction and sentencing by the Supreme Court this morning could not have been more dramatic.
Whether she had feared such an outcome or not, practically it is the end of the road for Sasikala’s political career. Four years in jail and six years of debarment from contesting elections afterwards means no more possibility to assume an office of authority for the next tens years. And ten years is too long a period. The fact, that the jail will be in Karnataka and there is no government to back her is indeed bad news for her.
Equally devastated will be her family — often called the “Mannargudi family” and despised by a lot of people — because they will find it tough without political or government patronage. Her loss of power could mean a floodgate of criminal cases and public anger against them too.
While Sasikala goes down in history as the first politician to be jailed by the Supreme Court in Tamil Nadu for corruption, the humble O Panneerselvam will rise as the new star of Dravidian politics. His popularity, that has been rising since his late night revolt against Sasikala at Marina a week ago, will skyrocket now. No proxy that Sasikala will leave behind to take care of her interests can match OPS’s image.
By the end of Tuesday, he will achieve a cult status. The fastest rise to political stardom in India, after perhaps a successful popular Arvind Kejriwal. In fact, he rose faster than Kejriwal, who took nearly two years.
It’s now only a matter of time before more MLAs switch sides and OPS takes over the control of AIADMK. So far, the comparison of his revolt had been to the split in the AIADMK after its founder and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran (MGR) died in 1987, in which Jayalalithaa trumped MGR’s wife Janaki Ramachandran. Like in the case of OPS, it was a horizontal split in which most of the leaders were with Janaki while the rank and file were with Jaya. In less than a year, Jaya pushed Janaki into insignificance and went on to dominate the state politics till she died three months ago.
OPS’s chances looked bright because of the comparison, but unlike Janaki, Sasikala was a tough nut to crack. Her close association with Jaya had made her a seasoned politician even at debut and she was looking menacing with a lot of tricks under her sleeve even as OPS was patient and optimistic. And the tipping point, unlike in the past, came from the Supreme Court (SC). This time, it was more lethal and conclusive. While it took Jaya a historically violent floor test and two elections to establish herself, for OPS, the SC verdict made it absolutely peaceful and irreversible at least for a few years.
OPS has anyway been riding the popularity wave and his rise to the top is good for politics in the state because he is probably the man who will infuse some semblance of democracy into the way the game is played in Tamil Nadu. So far, he has been free of family interests and if he can rebuild the party’s character by allowing freedom of expression and rewarding merit, it will augur well not only for the AIADMK, but for the general political climate too. So far, he appeared to have been democratic and self-effacing. And he has been like this for the last two decades.
The only thing he ought to watch out for now is the possibility of new power centres around him. It’s inevitable, but that a lot of people risked their future and migrated to his side indeed shows some character of the people with him. It certainly takes courage in a regime dominated by the threats and opportunism. He has to now go in for a South African style reconciliation so that people are not restricted by their past.
Other than OPS, the man who will be hailed equally high, will be Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who chose to wait and not to be browbeaten by Sasikala’s pressure tactics. The odds had been stacked against OPS, not only because the MLAs had been reportedly detained by the Sasikala camp disallowing them to express their free will, but also because the state police and administration were not willing to side with him because of the possible aftermath if Sasikala became the Chief Minister. It did cost him considerably, and his counter move happened quite late when he finally changed the police intelligence chief on Monday. Had it happened earlier, the MLAs would have been freer. Anyway, with a single stroke, the judgment has set everything in his favour.
Other than the OPS’ faction, the party that has gained big time is the BJP. It was the BJP’s calculated intervention that has created OPS. Although nobody admits it publicly, it’s the Centre’s support that made him change his mind after his resignation and push forward with a risky alternative plan. The Governor’s resolute stand also helped him in defeating Sasikala’s premature attempt at usurping power.
The verdict also has saved the Congress high command that was in two minds whether to support OPS or not. In 1996, they made a blunder by supporting Jaya when the entire state faction opposed it, seceded and became a new party. The situation was so similar, the public sentiment was decisively in favour of OPS and any move against it would have been unpopular.
Ultimately, what an exciting story it has been. Rarely does politics get this dramatic and sensational.
With “Chinnamma” Sasikala going to jail, it looks more and more MLAs would feel free to take a firm decision and save the party by joining the CM Panneerselvam.

 

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