Friday, September 02, 2005

Decline of the Left in India

SABHA - 4M Report

as usual, on the money.

SABHA - 4M Report
Arvind Kumar, 02 Sep, 2005
Your regular dose of pseudosecularism
Repent ye sinners! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
The signs are clear. Statues have started coming to life in America and Europe. While a statue of Jesus blinked in New Jersey, another statue turned into flesh in Italy. Frenzied Christians have flocked to both places.
According to CBS, small crowds were gathering in Hoboken to "behold the sight." The statue also shed a tear.
Iris Rios says she’s walked past the sacred heart of Jesus many times and Christ’s eyes were closed. It was yesterday when someone pointed out to Julio Dones, a blind man, that that statues eyes had apparently opened. ... After yesterday’s discovery, word spread. People began to come to behold the sight. Some stories also spread of the statue’s eye shedding a tear. If you are not convinced that the blinking statue portends the return of Jesus Christ, read this report about a statue that turned into flesh and moved in Italy.
Parishioners in the town of Acerra, on the northern outskirts of Naples, recounted seeing the simple plaster and marble statue "become flesh" and move her legs "as if she wanted to approach us." A few years back, 'Virgin Mary' appeared in a sandwich.


Psudo-secularist exonerates perpetrators of genocide of Sikhs Harish Khare in the Chennai based China's National newspaper, The Hindu, argues that those who call for the arrest of the perpetrators of the 1984 genocide of Sikhs should "move beyond the politics of memory."
Above all, a society ought to move beyond the politics of memory. Justice Nanavati has failed civil society. Rather than firmly close the book, he has given enough ammunition to those who want to keep the pot boiling. For its part, the Congress has expiated its guilt by elevating a Sikh to the high office of Prime Minister of India.
Rashomon Effect In Akira Kurosawa's movie, Rashomon, four characters, including the spirit of the dead man, give four different accounts of a crime. JK of tells us of a similar effect in the case of Jagdish Tytler's resignation in the wake of his indictment in the 1984 genocide of Sikhs. Jagdish Tytler has one version, while reports about Sonia Gandhi and her puppet Manmohan Singh come up with another version.
There are various accounts of the 1984 massacres too. Witnesses blame Jagdish Tytler and his colleagues in Congress(I), Congress(I) leaders claim they weren't behind the genocides, alleged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claims that the actual perpetrators of the genocide were not responsible for the genocide but that Hindus were responsible for it, and if Rajiv Gandhi's spirit spoke to us, we would be told (as seen in
this scanned image of a news item from 1984) that it is all okay because the earth shakes whenever a big tree falls.

Dhimmi Watch According to Government of India, over a period of three years, it gave out doles worth 120 million US dollars to Muslims going on the Haj pilgrimage, while it spent a paltry $98,000 on infidel Hindus going on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Thus the requirement of treating Hindus as second-rate citizens wasn't violated. This is apart from the Jizya charged to infidel Hindus.

Chinese government seeks solutions to reduce income gap Experts have warned that there is inequality in scientific socialism, and that China's "growing income gap is likely to trigger social instability after 2010 if the government finds no effective solutions to end the disparity." Looks like Chailman Mao's Levolution hasn't helped.
The Chinese Communists seem to have developed an interesting color coded scheme to predict income disparity trends. Now lights can be used to predict such trends!
The team, headed by Su Hainan, president of the ministry's Income Research Institute, has used "blue-, green-, yellow- and red-lights" to predict income disparity trends. The yellow light warns the government to be alert and the red one means the disparity is totally unacceptable. Here is a simple solution, just like they do it in Red China: shoot the official who leaked this report, turn on the switch for the blue light and turn off the other lights, announce that there is no disparity, and it was all an imperialist conspiracy to begin with. Another solution that can really bring down the disparity: reduce the number of lashes for those who get more of them in their laogai.

Naxalite supporters change information after website expose!

Following an expose on www.aidindia.info, data in WHOIS database that keeps track of website registrants suddenly changed! The database originally had complete details about alternatives.ca owning cpiml.org, the website of the Naxalite group Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, which calls for an "armed revolution."
Alternatives is funded by the Canadian government. Effectively, this makes the Canadian government the sponsors of an armed revolution.

Muslims call for praying to Kalki!

According to 'ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVES' in the Islamic magazine Milli Gazette, Vishnu's tenth avatar, Kalki, was actually none other than Mohammed! A temple for a previous incarnation of Kalki (PBUH) stood at the "disputed" land at Ayodhya before it was replaced by a place of worship where people prayed to Kalki (PBUH).

Thursday, September 01, 2005

A Call to be Vedic Ambassadorsby Stephen Knapp

Came across this on one of the mailing lists I lurk in - Any thoughts ?? I have come across Stephan Knapp's book. He seems far fetched.


A Call to be Vedic Ambassadorsby Stephen Knapp

Now is the time when there is a growing need for what could becalled Vedic Ambassadors, those who can represent and show thebenefits of what the Vedic culture has to offer. In this age, whenthere is a concern for preserving, protecting and disseminating Vedicculture and its vast knowledge on all aspects of life, there is agreat need for those who follow Sanatana-Dharma or Hinduism to beVedic Ambassadors, or those who can fairly and accurately representthe Dharma. As we see society entering various states of confusion andanxiety over the circumstances that are happening all around theplanet, the need for deeper spiritual understanding is obvious. Thus,there is a calling for Vedic Ambassadors who can assist in thisway.

But how can we be Vedic Ambassadors? What are the requirements? To be a Vedic Ambassador is very easy. However, there are a fewthings to keep in mind to be one. First of all, to be an Ambassador ofVedic culture, one must know the culture and realize how dynamic itremains in its ability to assist humanity. Therefore, one must beeducated in understanding what it is and the reasons for the differentavenues of study it contains, such as in Ayurveda, Jyotish (Vedicastrology), Vastu (the means of arranging the space of one's home oroffice), the Vedic rituals and legends, and especially yoga andsadhana or spiritual practice and philosophy. There is a growingnumber of people in the West who are especially curious on theways of making more personal spiritual development and often look tothe Eastern philosophy for assistance. Thus, if you practice Hinduismor an aspect of Vedic culture, then as a Vedic Ambassador you shouldalso be educated enough to assist others with proper advice when theopportunity arises. You should be able to explain what Vedic cultureis and how it is a universal Truth that anyone can utilize, and atleast little about what that Truth contains.

This leads to the next point on being a Vedic Ambassador. AnAmbassador for Vedic culture is also one who can show others how he orshe has benefitted from Vedic culture, and what it has done for him orher. All it takes is to share from your own personal experience any ofthe ways that Vedic culture has improved or made a difference in yourown life, both materially or spiritually. This means to show how theVedic wisdom has assisted in your search for Truth, search orconnection with God, in finding your spiritual identity, or to see thespiritual similarities we share with all other beings. Or how Vedicculture has helped you in finding where you fit into this universe andwhat is the aim of life. Or how Vedic culture has helped improveyour moral standards and view of compassion for others. These are justa few of the ways we can share the means by which following Vedicculture has improved our existence or made a difference in ourapproach to life. It does not take much to personally share with thosewe may meet these aspects of what Vedic culture has done for us.

The next step in being an Ambassador of Vedic culture is that youshould also assist those who are sincerely interested and want tofurther their investigation of the Dharma. There will naturally besome who will want to investigate Vedic culture for themselves,especially after being impressed or convinced by what you have sharedwith them about it. So you should be able to share the Dharma withthem and empower them to begin following it. This may includevarious ways of directing them so they can further their own educationabout it or begin their own practice of it. This may be nothing morethan suggesting various books they may find useful or beneficial forthem to read, or which web sites may be good to visit. Or it mayinclude instructions on how they can find a temple so they can startunderstanding the temple practice of Vedic sadhana. Or how to begintheir study of basic Vedic scripture so they can increase theirunderstanding of what it has to offer and how to apply it in theirlives. Thus, they become empowered to continue their own practice ofit in a natural way.

The next step in being a Vedic Ambassador is to work togetherwith other Dharmic friends who share the same concern for protectingand sharing the Dharma. This means to encourage others in their ownpractice and understanding of the Dharmic culture, or even to acceptthe idea of being a Vedic Ambassador. Then work together to develop anetwork in which everyone shares with others a greater understandingof what is actually Vedic culture and what it can do for society. Thisdoes not mean that it becomes a plan for converting those who may notbe interested, but it is to assist society in the same way that Vedicculture has always tried to guide humanity for a better and improvedunderstanding of life. This is also the way to help establish an idealglobal Dharmic family who share mutual respect for all. In this way, Vedic Ambassadors can work together to protect andpreserve the Dharma and disseminate its benefits throughout society.

Thus, in summary, Vedic Ambassadors should be educated in theirculture, show others how it has helped them, assist others who want toknow more about it or who want to begin practicing it themselves, andalso network with other Dharmists in these matters to devise plans tofurther this work. Thus, with the help of such simple yet bold VedicAmbassadors, the culture will not only remain strong but will increasein its influence and the ways it can provide assistance to allhumanity, which was the reason why it was originally given to societyby the Supreme and passed along by the great Vedic rishis andseers. By engaging ourselves in this way, we also enter the line ofgreat rishis by doing our part in assisting their endeavor to passalong this knowledge and culture for the benefit of everyone.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

India rebels 'making porn films'

BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | India rebels 'making porn films'

Came across this news

Rebels in India's north-eastern state of Tripura are making
pornographic films to raise money for their separatist campaign, officials say.


Googling led to some interesting links about the terrorist group NLFT
Hindu preacher killed by Tripura rebels

A tribal Hindu spiritual leader has been killed by separatist rebels in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura.

Police say about ten guerrillas belonging to the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura ,the NLFT, broke into a temple near the town of Jirania on Sunday night and shot dead Shanti Tripura, a popular Hindu preacher popularly known as Shanti Kali.

The separatist group says it wants to convert all tribespeople in the state to Christianity.



'Church backing Tripura rebels'

The government in India's north-eastern state of Tripura says it has evidence that the state's Baptist Church is involved in backing separatist rebels.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said state police had uncovered details of the alleged link after questioning a church leader.

Nagmanlal Halam, secretary of the Noapara Baptist Church in Tripura, was arrested late on Monday with a large quantity of explosives.

Mr Sarkar said that allegations about the close links between the state's Baptist Church and the rebel National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have long been made by political parties and police.

Now for the first time, he said, hard evidence supporting the allegations had been found.



Wonder how these rebels reconcile their latest activities with their puritan Baptist faith.
The latest issue of SAIR claims that terrorism in Tripura is in its death throes despite "moral and diplomatic" support from Bangladesh.


Tripura: Counter-insurgency Success
Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management
Bibhu Prasad Routray
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

Tripura is carving out a success story in the troubled setting of India’s Northeast, as its Police force reorganizes radically to evolve a counter-insurgency strategy that has left entrenched militant groups in disarray. Building on a model of a police-led response to terrorism, which saw the country’s most dramatic victory over this modern scourge in Punjab in the early 1990s, Tripura’s Police, under the leadership of its Chief, G.M. Srivastava, has reversed the trajectory of insurgent violence and, crucially, mobilisation, in his tenure of under two years, despite continued and vigorous support provided to the insurgent groups by Bangladesh, and the safe haven each of these outfits has been provided in that country.

This is more remarkable in view of the fact that Tripura is a narrow wedge, enveloped on three sides by Bangladesh. As much as 856 kilometres of its boundary of 1,018 kilometres (84.08 per cent of the total) lie along the porous international border with Bangladesh, and much of this is located in dense forest terrain that is nigh impossible to police within existing resource constraints (Tripura shares its remaining State boundary with Assam and Mizoram in India).

The numbers alone tell an extraordinary – though necessarily incomplete – story. The number of extremist incidents fell from 380 in 2003 to 210 in 2004. Civilian fatalities were down from 205 to 70 and Security Forces (SF) fatalities from 216 to 105. Terrorist fatalities rose marginally from 61 in 2003 to 63 in 2004. But year 2005 has witnessed a further consolidation of downward trends in violence. The January-July period of 2004 saw 31 civilian, 17 SF and 47 terrorist fatalities (total fatalities: 95); the same period in 2005 had 12 civilian, 6 SF personnel and 12 terrorist fatalities (total fatalities: 30). It is significant – as was the case in Punjab – that a coherent counter-terrorism response results in reduced fatalities in all categories, including terrorist fatalities.

More crucially, as many as 573 militants have surrendered to the authorities over the past two years (2003: 251; 2004: 322). 2004 saw the surrender of 72 cadres of the Montu Koloi and Kamini Debbarma faction of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), on May 6. 138 cadres of the NLFT’s Nayanbashi subsequently surrendered on December 25, 2004. The combined result of the losses inflicted on the insurgent groups as well as their failure to replenish these losses through recruitment, is that the cadre-strength of all groups is estimated to have declined significantly.

In the early 2000s, Tripura had emerged as the ‘abduction centre’ of the Northeast, accounting for nearly half of all abductions for ransom in the region. A dramatic decline, from 542 abductions in 2000, through 177 in 2001, 159 in 2002, 216 in 2003, to 105 in 2004, signals the diminishing sway of the insurgent groups, and their inability to exploit what constituted the major source of revenues in the past. Year 2005 promises a continuation of this trend, with just 29 abductions between January and April. Police sources indicate that militant capacities to secure revenues by extortion have also declined radically, and the NLFT’s collection in 2004 is estimated to have fallen short of targets by about 50 per cent, while the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) collections were even lower, at 60 per cent of targeted revenues. The failure to extort monies is among the most significant indices of the success of counter-insurgency strategy.

The most dramatic impact of these developments was visible in the elections for the Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) held on March 5, 2005. Traditionally, the TTAADC elections have been the playground of terrorist groups that have terrorized tribal voters, kidnapped and killed candidates, political workers and their relatives, and undermined the polling process. During the three months preceding the last TTAADC elections in 2000, there were 176 extremist incidents, with 100 persons killed, another 86 injured and 172 persons abducted – including 12 relatives of candidates abducted in the month prior to the elections. This had allowed the militant backed Indigenous National Party of Tripura to dominate the elections.

This time around, however, TTAADC elections were nearly completely peaceful, with just one significant incident, an ambush on troops of the Central Reserve Police Force escorting ballot papers after the polls, on March 6, 2005 in the Dhalai District, in which one policeman was killed.

These conditions have been secured despite the extraordinary challenges of counter-insurgency in a State marked by hilly and densely forested terrain that lends itself perfectly to the terrorist enterprise, and the generous provision of logistical support and safe haven by Bangladesh – in a cooperative arrangement with Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). In early 2005, intelligence sources indicated that there were at least 47 camps hosting militants from Tripura in Bangladesh.

Tripura’s main towns, and the State’s connections with its neighbours, rely almost exclusively on a single tenuous link – National Highway (NH) 44 – that snakes its way through dense tropical jungles across the three mountain ranges that cut across the entire length of the State. Keeping this road link open and safe has long been an enormous challenge, with the militants choosing the most favourable locations for ambush on security force transports, as well as on the escorted convoys of private transport on which the entire State depended for its supplies and markets. The forested interior areas were poorly manned, allowing their domination by the extremists. With all four of the State’s districts sharing borders with Bangladesh, periodic counter-insurgency operations had limited impact, as the militants simply crossed the international border into safety, to return the moment the troops had pulled back.

The core of the police strategy of response over the past two years is to dominate the most remote areas in the State, and to minimize the reaction time for counter-insurgent operations. As many as 386 camps of police and security force personnel are now being maintained in the interior areas, providing immediate access to the people in the event of militant movement, and reducing operational and reaction time to a minimum. In addition, 2,600 Special Police Officers (SPOs) in another 105 ‘Special Police Pickets’ (SPPs) have also been located in the strategic interior. This network of camps and pickets is backed by the existing network of 37 police outposts and 55 police stations in the 20 police sub-divisions that control the States four districts. Each of these police stations, posts and camps has been upgraded in terms of arms, communications, and where possible, vehicles and bullet-proofing, improving response capacities and reducing response time to a minimum, and placing a very substantial, dispersed but coordinated force at the command of each District’s Superintendent of Police.

There has also been a dramatic augmentation of the Police intelligence network. The improved geographical dominance of the Forces has resulted in increasing flows of information from the general public, who have long borne the brunt of militant excesses, but had been too terrorized to extend cooperation to the Police in the past. Significantly, the network of SPPs has also generated large volumes of local intelligence and improved the interface between security forces and the general public. These advantages have combined with spotter operations, which use surrendered militants to identify active terrorist cadres and their overground collaborators, as well as a range of social, developmental and psychological operations that have enormously eroded militant capacities, and enhanced the presence and legitimacy of state Forces and institutions in the most remote and isolated areas of the State.

Simultaneously, the militant intelligence and support network has been systematically dismantled. A wide complex of overground collaborators have traditionally supplied intelligence and logistic support to the militants, and this system of collaborators and collusive organisations has been targeted, with 1,863 arrests between 2001 and April 2005. The disruption of these networks of local support has made militant operations in the State increasingly difficult.

Improved geographical dominance has also cut the lifelines of militant survival in terms of finance. Traditional targets of extortion and abduction particularly included traders, the tea gardens, railway and road construction organisations and workers, in addition to the hapless civilians in the countryside. Virtually every significant developmental and construction project, as well as major commercial organisations and companies, have specifically been allocated an enhanced security cover, choking off avenues of extortion.

The cumulative impact of these initiatives and operations has drastically affected militant morale. Indeed, in June 2005, with the dramatic improvement in the law and order situation, the State police discontinued the practice of providing escorts to vehicles on NH 44.

Nevertheless, the days of militancy in Tripura are not yet over. The Police domination has come at a high price. While civil and terrorist fatalities have declined, SF fatalities rose from 39 in 2003 to 48 in 2004, reflecting higher operational activity and wider deployment in highly affected areas. Further, all the three major insurgent groups, NLFT’s Biswamohan Debbarma and Joshua factions and the Ranjit Debbarma-led ATTF, continue to operate from their bases in Bangladesh, and there is a strong conviction in strategic circles that militancy cannot be completely ended as long as safe havens continue to exist across the border. On June 28, 2005, the Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told the Press Trust of India at New Delhi: “The terrorist camps operating in Bangladesh should be smashed and terrorists should be handed over to India.” Such an eventuality, however, remains remote, given the troubled relations with Bangladesh.

Within Tripura too, areas like Ampi, Udaipur, Taidu, Takarjala, Bishalgarh, Srinagar and Jirania in West and South Tripura Districts continue to witness militant movements and sporadic activities, if not large scale attacks. On June 15, Tripura police and para-military forces launched a six-day ‘Operation Washout’ to clean up these areas. The outcome of these operations is not yet known. However, the ATTF, on its ‘foundation day’ – July 10 – did manage to force villagers in a few remote hamlets in the hilly areas under the Sidhai, Jirania and Takarjala Police Stations to hoist the group’s flag and paste posters on trees and houses. On July 9, a group of NLFT-Biswamohan militants assaulted 14 villagers at Karnakishorepara in Gandacherra subdivision for delay in the payment of ‘annual tax’. The villagers, mostly tribal shifting cultivators, had reportedly cleared their ‘annual tax’ in May instead of the first week of April – the deadline set by the rebels for payment. Earlier, on May 10, NLFT cadres raided two villages, Madanjoypara and Jogendra Karbaripara in Dhalai district and killed five villagers belonging to the Chakma tribe – migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Despite their marginalisation in the State, the militants have not entirely lost their operational capacities and spheres of influence. Bangladeshi support remains – and will remain – a critical factor in the persistence of these movements, albeit at a significantly lower level. The tardy pace of border fencing (the process is expected only to be completed in 2007), and the muddle-headedness of the national policy on Bangladesh, have made the task of the Tripura police the more difficult. Given these enormous obstacles and limitations, the State’s achievements in counter-insurgency have, indeed, been exemplary.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Cartoons in "People's war"

Here are some some cartoons from "People's War" ( the mouthpiece of the undivided Communist Party of India ) from the 1940's. The source of the cartoons is Arun Shourie's classic book, "The only fatherland". Click on the images to view higher resolution versions.





Sunday, August 28, 2005

Introduction

This blog will review current events related to India from the Nationalist perspective. What you might ask is 'the Nationalist perspective' ? Its the perspective that puts the interest of our country first, pure and simple.
But this is not nationalism in the narrow jingoistic sense. We believe in Sri Aurobindo's prophecy that India ' does not rise as other countries do, for self or when she is strong, to trample on the weak. She is rising to shed the eternal light entrusted to her over the world. India has always existed for humanity and not for herself, and it is for humanity and not for herself that she must be great (Uttarpara Speech, 30 May, 1909).'
Some forces aid in that rise. Others, unfortunately, dont. It is from this angle that we will discuss current events across the entire spectrum of human activity. We will also post and discuss historic events or writings if they shed light on the present and help guide us.

We welcome comments. This is a vAda, a discussion between equals and we do not profess to know the truth. But please be civil and avoid hateful language. Otherwise, we will delete your comments.
Happy Blogging and Jai Hind!
The vAda team.

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