Thursday, 7 October 2010

Anaahat Naad: Reversal of Exodus: Separate Homeland

Anaahat Naad: Reversal of Exodus: Separate Homeland: Kashmiri Pandits want separate homeland to North and East of Jhelum River with a status of Union Territory where there is free flow of Indian Constitution without any fetters of Article 370. A separate homeland where there is no fear of attack on distinct culture, tradition and religion of Kashmiri Pandits.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Kashmir, Privy Purses & An Insidious Indian Dynasty

As Home Minister, Chidambaram becomes the latest Government of India spokesperson to offer concessions to Kashmiri separatists, followed by a quick rejection, the gridlock of the Valley continues. The game of engagement has but one effect, the denigration of the authority of the Indian state and the raising of the profile of a body of scamps and Islamic radicals that have no elected status in glaring contrast.
Glaring stupidity gets compounded by concessions that should not have been given for breaking the law and rewarding traitors. The narrative of the valley will remain the same moral hazard till the Congress party wakes up to the reality of there being no solution in revisionism. If anything these will sow the seeds for the next rounds of protests.
The inaction on the plight of the Hindu Kashmiri Pandits forced to exodus in their own country under genocide conditions stays ignored by India, the misery of Kashmiri Pandits stays brushed under denial, ironically highlighted by part measures only to Kashmiri Muslim separatists.

Kashmir should not and must not be above other Indian states and at their fiscal and statutory expense, Article 370 must go, all the foisted leadership fraud in the valley, the mentality of privy purses and monarchy have no place in a republic.
While the proposals for removing the AFSPA or its dilution through sleight of hand and sophistry that has become the hallmark of the Congress Party led UPA 2 coalition, have been put on hold due to massive opposition within and from the opposition parties, and an unprecedented and vocal opposition the the Indian Army, this remains an area of concern. A bogey raised often that needs to be called for what it is-a measure to lay the blame elsewhere.
There is no silver bullet solution to Kashmir, and the questions have all the ready answers only if we looked at the vision of the founding fathers and their yet valid statutes in the Indian Constitution, being sought to be replaced by half wits in the current Indian governance.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Commonwealth Games New Delhi 2010 Imbroglio, Lessons & Non Effect


The last few weeks have seen the countdown to the Commonwealth Games 2010, a distasteful and sorry affair by most counts, forsaken by dissent within in the Government, and criticism outside both in the opposition and mainstream intelligentsia, assorted punditry and the usual apologists. 

As rubbish is heaped on India in its own media and now the foreign media, the former largely led by the colonies of the erstwhile British Empire, and its apologists still in mute disbelief of the fact that life and time has moved on from a once omnipotent state to one of penury, cutbacks and general misery. They have revelled in using the Commonwealth Games (CWG) as a stick to beat a resurgent India, with the coverage ranging from gratuitous to outright offensive.

It in itself wouldn't have stood for much but coming after all the good news on India as it basked unhurt in the meltdown of the last fiscals and all the tech services phallic projection, it is a big come down.

Life will go on, even the infrastructure gains from the CWG for New Delhi will be immense, as they will remain beneficial to a city led down by its own guardians.

Of all the red lines drawn in history, this too will become a footnote eventually, but when the clarity of history dawns, this government will go down as most corrupt, inefficient and bad for India. And it did happen conveniently on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's watch and whilst he may himself be clean, but a clean puppet is the most colossal fraud perpetrated by his handlers, and the most corrupt cabinet in India's recent governments. He has been used to launder some gross things that have gone on here.

No, I don't suppose anything will happen (like in 1962 Chinese defeat, 1984 Sikh riots, 26/11 terrorist attack and carnage), for the gravy train stretches from top to bottom. Some people will remember and the Congress needs to be reminded that it can be voted out, and it should for creating this infamy, on an otherwise law abiding, competent, successful and confident India shamed by this outrage.

The CWG are stillborn and no matter what glorious spectacles unfold, the Games seem beyond redemption. Lessons for everyone, people will not forget the Congress party for this.

India will continue, despite its government, it will prosper, succeed and thrive for its has known success and it is an easy penchant to follow, once you've discovered the spring in your stride.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Dynasty Politics, The Theory of Unintended Consequences & The Demonized Indian Army

Begaani Shaadi Me Abdullah Deewana, quite literally Omar can not be blamed for all the ills of Kashmir, existed as they have since 1947 accession.  He of all the people should have known better from the experience of kin gone on before him that the Indian Army was his benefactor and generations of Kashmiri's before him starting from Maharajah Hari Singh ruler of Kashmir, who signed the accession of Kashmir under threat from Jinnah's marauding hordes. 

The fate of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) is lost on no one, and the notion of freedom will not exist there for ages to come looking at the posture of Pakistan, its Army and the denial of free media access or movement to the region.

Ironies don't end here as the Indian Army is not involved at all in the current turmoil in Kashmir, the preserve of the the J&K Police & the CRPF and other CPOs.  

If loosening whatever little is left of governance in J&K, by means of diluting or removing Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA), mounting pressure on Police (SOG), CPOs, is face saving for the NC, then who authorized this wet dream and under what mandate. This is not someone's inheritance. Last India was a democracy and there were such niceties as Parliament and debate.

The media, much of which willingly espoused this Congress gambit is equally stung by their inability to have read the pulse of public opinion and the resentment this perverse politicking with the AFSPA & Indian Army, seen by many as the last bastion of a clean institution and Indian's last line of defense.


It is hardly Ironic that the dynasty in Congress should play politics with the Indian Armed Forces for the sake of another dynasty. It wasn't always that the Congress was anti Indian Armed Forces. The BJP has stood by the Army, isolated as it is today! The Left in its opposition is inconsequential and its only value remains nuisance value.

The theory on unintended consequences has pitted a recalcitrant Omar Abdullah against the Indian Army and its right minded nationalist supporters that are suddenly appearing all over the Indian landscape like the proverbial phoenix that rose from the ashes. 


Omar we thought of a nationalist has since turned out to be a weakling and a malingerer, because it is impossible to be a nationalist and be popular in the traitor districts of Kashmir valley! Any other institution was fine but his unfair and vitriolic views on the Indian Army sealed his fate.

Too long in this country has the Army been treated in a cavalier fashion! As India polarizes around malcontent and religious divide spread by the same poisonous politics that spawned the partition, the mood in India has hardened, and the Congress besides seeing an internal fissure, is clearly out of step with both public opinion and that means losing votes and elections in the long term if it is seen as compromising on national security for pecuniary short term gain.


Omar would have muddled along but for his cardinal sin to use the Army as a whipping boy, to camouflage failure on the governance (as have his father and grandfather before innumerable times). This misreading has cost both the Congress and National Conference dear as it has agitated a base level public opinion, which is hard to finesse or obfuscate with usual promises and sophistry.


The Indian Army meanwhile is being subjected to increased attacks on moral grounds as a way to besmirch its good name. Many retired officers have allowed themselves an ego boost of being used as de facto spokespersons, at the behest of media and think tanks, at the cost of the mother institution, to prove arcane, obscure and malafide theories. 


The Indian Army meanwhile has no direct voice, muzzled as it is by decades of political and bureaucratic insecurity, jealousy and keeping the fighting man out of policy and Defense management, Research and Strategic armament management. 

Its information strategy, its information warfare technique, even vanilla public and media relations, and general reputation management remains mired in a precedent organization that does not face the fast paced media world of Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and the Internet, beyond even the traditional Print and Broadcast media. 

The Ministry of Defense and its patron Minister have failed to represent the views of the Military, and this reflects in order of precedence, pay and such dirty politics as the ones India is witnessing over (AFSPA) meant to protect Indian sovereignty in extenuating and extra ordinary circumstances as exist today in the Indian North East and Kashmir Valley.

It didn't need to play out like this, but the dysfunction in the Congress has allowed real power to be centralized in the Gandhi family, away from the Prime Minister, the traditional head of the government in India. 

This dysfunction also manifests itself in all arms of government, bureaucracy and business regulation. The concentration of power has meant destruction of institutions that were once merit driven and democratic, and the consequences of this bastardization are evident all around us as we prepare to exit 2010.

Clearly there is no silver bullet solution for Kashmir, concessions will not douse this fire. What is needed is the iron will of a Sardar Patel, may more like him be born in the Indian Republic and those existing recognized and promoted to positions of eminence, power and fortitude in Indian politics, bureaucracy and its Armed Forces.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

AFSPA Dilution & Politics Over Armed Forces: Whitewashing NC & Congress Failure in Kashmir

AFSPA is a legal framework for the state to raise its hands to say that its pants are down. Problem is the politicians, bureaucrats and other rats of the internal security jungle don't like to be told to stand down. The North East was where it came into play post notification in 1958. J&K as late as 1990, so clearly its a bullshit screen.

Because the Army has been every dhotiwala's whipping boy for ages! Natty little punk johnny come lately Omar thought he could hose the Army too and hide his report card, what he and his perverse backers in the Cong did not estimate was the backlash in its face saving planned for Omar/NC.

If loosening whatever little is left of governance in J&K, by means of diluting removing AFSPA, mounting pressure on Police (SOG), CPOs, is face saving for the NC, then who authorized this wet dream and under what mandate. This is not someone's inheritance. Last India was a democracy and there were such niceties as Parliament and debate.

The media, much of which willingly espoused this Congress gambit is equally stung by their inability to have read the pulse of public opinion and the resentment this perverse politicking with the AFSPA & Indian Army, seen by many as the last bastion of a clean institution and Indian's last line of defence.

While the CCS meeting held on 13 September saw a cabinet divided in the middle, the matter is far from closed. Let's us see what sleight of hand happens tomorrow in the all party meeting which never gets a Kashmiri Pandit representatives ironically. Burning their temples, denying their lineage, history and existence is okay in the Congress brand of secularism, while a retrograde Home Minister goes about talking on urban legends like Saffron Terror.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Update from Leh - Insaniyat Team

We returned from Leh with a bag of mixed feelings. It was heart breaking to see the devastation. It was heart wrenching to see people who had lost everything, who would urge us to offer the relief supplies to someone needier. There was no jostling, pushing or grabbing. They stood with a quiet dignity accepting gratefully what was handed out.

People who had lost family members silently mourned their loss. We discovered they had a great sense of community living, sharing equally what little they had.. It was also heart warming to see the hope of strength with which they were ready to pick up the pieces. Corruption and Crime, we learned, was one of the lowest in the country. We infact received more than we gave. It was very rewarding and satisfying. We returned truly humbled.

Now for some mundane facts and data. We had put together 500 “family packs” which made distribution easier. Each pack contained a sleeping bag, a 12’x12’ tarpaulin, a blanket, a kerosene stove, a bucket with mug , a jerry can , a 13 piece set of steel utensils, a toilet kit and a torch. In addition we too 200 non-electric steel water purifiers, 200 blankets, and 20 high altitude (12’x12’) tents. All these were personally distributed by the INSANIYAT team.

Everyone knows that the Army has a huge presence in LEH. But what everyone doesn’t know is how the Army took charge instantly, starting rescue, clearing and cleaning operations. Simultaneously they provided medical and relief in housing, feeding and clothing the disaster stricken. All this while the local authorities were still in shock and inertia.

Regretfully the press has been rather irresponsible in reporting matters leading articles with big pictures of politicians visiting Leh made front page news. Lots of promises were made and a relief package announced.

Somewhere on page4 a small article mentioned the visit of the Army Chief of staff. No mention of the commendable work the Army was doing. Let us stand and salute the Army.

Unlike other disaster stricken areas, where relief and rehab can go on for many months, Leh has less than a 2 month window left. After this temperatures will drop precariously and any action will be impossible. Their greatest need right now is to build homes before the onset of Winter. After providing them with some basic provisions, we plan to finance some prefabricated housing .

We would like to thank all our friends for their generous contributions . Individual receipts will be sent.

Thanking you
Insaniyat Team

Monday, 23 August 2010

Indian Army Pay Scales: An Indian shame, as battle veterans of the Indian Army return medals & protest for what is their right.


An Indian shame, as old veterans of the Indian Army return medals and protest for what is their right. Glaring too is the hike given to parliamentarians in comparison. The real reason some believe for the alarming shortfall in the Officers and men of the Indian Army, despite all the spin! 
It does seem that Indian politicians and bureaucrats are set to destroy the one remaining institution of the Indian Republic. 
Below I am reproducing an e-mail that explains the issue in great lucidity:

Pay scales for the Armed Forces: Views of an IAS Officer

We need a permanent solution to this tussle over emoluments so that the armed forces need only confront the enemies of the nation, says T.R. Ramaswami, IAS.

In the continuing debate on pay scales for the armed forces, there has to be a serious and transparent effort to ensure that the country is not faced with an unnecessary civil-military confrontation. 

That effort will have to come from the netas, who are the real and true bosses of the armed forces and not the civil bureaucracy. A solution may lie in what follows. 

This country requires the best armed forces, the best police and the best civil service. In fact that is what the British ensured. By best one means that a person chooses which service he wants as per his desires/capabilities and not based on the vast differential in prospects in the various services.

How much differential is there? Take Maharashtra, one of the most parsimonious with police ranks thus still retaining some merit -The 1981 IPS batch have become 3-star generals, the 1987 are 2-star and the 1994 1-star. 

In the army the corresponding years are 1972, 1975, 1979,  ie a differential of 10-15 years. While the differential is more with the IAS, the variance with the IPS is all the more glaring because both are uniformed services and the grades are "visible" on the shoulders.

First some general aspects. Only the armed forces are a real profession ie where you rise to the top only by joining at the bottom. We have had professors of economics become Finance Secretaries or even Governors of RBI. We have any number of MBBSs, engineers, MBAs, in the police force though what their qualifications lend to their jobs is a moot point. 

You can join at any level in the civil service, except Cabinet Secretary. A civil servant can move from Animal Husbandry to Civil Aviation to Fertilisers to Steel to yes, unfortunately, even to Defence..But the army never asks for Brigade Commanders or a Commandant of the Army War College or even Director General Military Intelligence, even from RAW or IB.

Army officers can and have moved into organizations like IB and Raw but it is never the other way round. MBBS and Law graduates are only in the Medical or JAG Corps and do nothing beyond their narrow areas. 

Every Army Chief - in any army - has risen from being a commander of a platoon to company to battalion to brigade to division to corps to army. In fact the professionalism is so intense that no non-armoured corps officer ever commands an armoured formation  first and possibly only exception in world military history is General K. Sunderji.

Perhaps it is this outstanding professionalism that irks the civil services. Next, one must note the rigidity and steep pyramid of the army's rank structure. In the civil services any post is fungible with any grade based on political expediency and the desires of the service. For example I know of one case where one department downgraded one post in another state and up-graded one in Mumbai just to enable someone continue in Mumbai after promotion!

You can't fool around like this in the armed forces. A very good Brigadier cannot be made a Major-General and continue as brigade commander. There has to be a clear vacancy for a Major General and even then there may be others better than him. Further the top five ranks in the army comprise only 10% of the officer strength.

Contrast this with the civil services where entire batches become Joint Secretaries.Even the meaning of the word "merit" is vastly different in the army and the civil services. 

Some years back an officer of the Maharashtra cadre claimed that he should be the Chief Secretary as he was first in the merit list.Which merit list? At the time of entry more than 35 years before! The fact is that this is how merit is decided in the IAS and IPS.

Every time a batch gets promoted the inter-se merit is still retained as at the time of entry. In other words if you are first in a batch at the time of entry, then as long as you get promoted, you continue to remain first! This is like someone in the army claiming that he should become chief because he got the Sword of Honour at the IMA.

Even a Param Vir Chakra does not count for promotion, assuming that you are still alive. In the armed forces, merit is a continuous process - each time a batch is promoted the merit list is redrawn according to your performance in all the previous assignments with additional weightage given not only to the last one but also to your suitability for the next one.

Thus if you are a Brigade Commander and found fit to become a Major General, you may not get a division because others have been found better to head a division. That effectively puts an end to your promotion to Lt. General. 

The compensation package must therefore address all the above issues. In each service, anyone must get the same total compensation by the time he reaches the 'mode rank' of his service. "Mode" is a statistical term “the value where the maximum number of variables fall.

In the IAS normally everyone reaches Director and in the IPS it is DIG. In the army, given the aforementioned rank and grade rigidities and pyramidical structure, the mode rank cannot exceed Colonel. 

Thus a Colonel's gross career earnings (not salary scales alone) must be at par with that of a Director. But remember that a Colonel retires at 54, but every babu from peon to Secretary at 60 regardless of performance.

Further, it takes 18-20 years to become a Colonel whereas in that time an IAS officer reaches the next higher grade of Joint Secretary, which is considered equal to a Major General. 

These aspects and others - like postings in non-family stations - must be addressed while fixing the overall pay scales of Colonel and below. Thereafter a Brigadier will be made equal to a Joint Secretary, a Major-General to an Additional Secretary and a Lt. General to a Secretary.

The Army Commanders deserve a new rank -Colonel General - and should be above a Secretary but below Cabinet Secretary. The equalization takes place at the level of Cabinet Secretary and Army Chief. 

If this is financially a problem I have another solution. Without increasing the armed forces' scales, reduce the scales of the IAS and IPS till they too have 20% shortage. Done?

Even India 's corruption index will go down. If the above is accepted in principle, there is a good case to review the number of posts above Colonel. Senior ranks in the armed forces have become devalued with more and more posts being created.But the same pruning exercise is necessary in the IAS and more so in the IPS, where Directors General in some states are re-writing police manuals eg one is doing Volume I and another Volume II!

Further the civil services have such facilities as "compulsory wait" ie “ basically a picnic at taxpayers cost. And if you are not promoted or posted where you don't want to go they seem able to take off on leave with much ease. In the army you will be court-martialled. Also find out how many are on study leave. The country cannot afford this.

Let not someone say that the IAS and IPS exams are tougher and hence the quality of the officers better. An exam at the age of 24 has to be tougher than one at the age of 16. The taxpaying citizen is not interested in your essay/note writing capabilities or whether you know Cleopatra's grandfather. 

As a citizen I always see the army being called to hold the pants of the civil services and the police and never the other way round. That's enough proof as to who is really more capable.

Also recall the insensitive statements made by the IG Meerut in the Aarushi case and the Home Secretary after the blasts. Further, when the IAS and IPS hopefuls are sleeping, eating and studying, their school mates, who have joined the army, stand vigil on the borders to make it possible for them to do so.

Remember that the armed forces can only fight for above the table pay. They can never compete with the civil services and definitely not with the police for the under the table variety.

Finally, there is one supreme national necessity. The political class, not the bureaucracy - which represents the real civil supremacy better become more savvy on matters relating to the armed forces. Till then they are at the mercy of the civil service, who frequently play their own little war games.

At ministerial level there are some very specialized departments eg: Finance, Railways, Security (Home), Foreign and Defence, where split second decisions are necessary. It is always possible to find netas savvy in finance, foreign relations and railways. Security has been addressed in getting a former IPS officer as NSA at the level of a MoS.

Is it time that a professional is also brought into the Defence Ministry as MoS? 

The sooner the better. In fact this will be better than a CoDS because the armed forces will have someone not constrained by the Army Act or Article 33 of the Constitution. Of course the loudest howls will come from the babus. The netas must realize that a divide and rule policy cannot work where the country's security is concerned.

Recall 1962? Our army, already engaged in activities not core to their functions, including rescuing babies from borewells (!), should not have to engage in civil wars over their pay scales.

I only hope our defence minister or anyone who would take a reasonable stand for defence forces ever gets to see this article.It would definitely affect any person with an iota of integrity!
 


 

Monday, 16 August 2010

India Again Looking for a Magic Bullet in Kashmir

By Shael Sharma on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 7:44pm

Instead of looking for a magic bullets, the policy wonks in MHA, Intelligence Agencies and PMO, should be doing what is real: ensure the credibility of the Indian state and ensure Law & Order.

While the intense focus of the Media and the resultant perception is creating confusion and obfuscating reality. Everyone in the UPA2 "Strategic Thinking" team seems to be in a state of silent freak out and alarm.

The wonks in MHA & PMO are looking for some exotic strategy, almost paralyzed by the wave of media hostility and disinformation on some districts of the Kashmir valley, in what was essentially petty criminals and OGWs (over ground workers) and out of work militants indulging in stone throwing and criminal arson.

What is really the news? To start with we managed to let the intelligence guard down and did not see this coming.

We have also let this happen before, and then the slow murderous crawl of the Indian Army in bringing Kashmir back in 1989!

The attack on 48 RR of the Indian Army and their subsequent neutralization of 3 terrorists in Rajouri today clearly brings home this point.

What is a multi-pronged assault, needs to be countered back on multiple fronts-soft and hard, economic and counter-terror but before all of this the supremacy of the state and its authority must not be allowed to be compromised, as seems the current aspiration of the current play by malcontents and their Pakistani backers in the Pakistan Army' Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The use of women and innocent children on the front line is an old ploy in such protests and the sensationalism value especially to media, and ensuing perception is highly calculated in its social engineering, which needs effective counter insurgency and terror strategies. The MHA and other security apparatus have not effectively countered this information warfare, and this has created a perception gap between reality and disinformation, where an ambulance chasing media has amplified bad news either by design or mistaken liberalism.

There is no magic solution to the insurgency or to infiltration. Economic integration of J&K is a first step, followed by abrogation of Article 370, ensuring the iron handling of security, and ensuring Law & Order. There can be no compromise with secularism or with territorial integrity for that is the bedrock of the Indian sovereignty, the plinth of the Indian dream.

Make no mistake: acts of omission or commission aren't really different in the 5 or so scamp districts led by Srinagar. Those who don't condemn stone throwing are as guilty, just as they were complicit when the genocide against Kashmiri Pandits was perpetrated.

The Muslim-Buddhist violence and tension in Ladakh again is a symptom of this covert militancy shrouded under religion. Kashmiri Muslims may be a majority in the valley, but regions of Jammu, Ladakh (glad the PM is finally visiting Leh and hopefully some good may come off it to the suffering people of Ladakh!) are not, both with a good sprinkling of Hindu, Buddhist, Shia and Sunni, who do not support the insurgency.

What is being glorified as Intifada and Azaadi (freedom) is sophistry and propaganda localized in 5 odd districts including the Srinagar valley only. This needs effective media management, and currently the initiative is not with our security or strategic set-up, who have failed in this area miserably.

In India, as anywhere else in the world, if you go and try to indulge in what is essentially criminal arson and assault, and stone throwing, expect to be shot at after due warning, law & order needs to be maintained with a iron hand, for the might of the state and its authority can not be undermined for essentially a whimsical and secessionist agenda.

Talks against real or imagined grouses can come, when things are calmer and never with a gun to the head, for the best negotiation comes from a position of strength and the last few statements by the UPA including the PM's statement of 15th August have done more harm than good, as they seem made under duress rather than with a welfare mindset.

The partition of undivided India was clearly on religious lines; any revisionist moves are nonviable to India and anathema to its idea of secularism, sovereignty and should be put down by force if necessary, especially if resulting from a frequent foreign sponsored religious mutiny by traitors and scamps.

Pakistan has lost every time in its designs persistently since 1947, 1948, 1965, 1971, Siachen, 1989, and Kargil, have borne witness. And it is this demon that Indian strategy has to slay again and not let down its guard or history will repeat!

Instead of looking for a magic bullet, if everyone in the strategic set-up and state administration do their job, and the political leadership in J&K became truly representative and not a monarchy! The leaders today are either legacy family scions or secessionist plants of Pakistan and do not seem to represent the malcontent youth's economic and other political aspirations.

The Indian Army in isolation and with great cost in blood and privation certainly has delivered, again and again, and remains an institution that today can claim to be the sole guardian of India's freedom and security, despite the bureaucratic, intelligence and political follies, and frequent bad judgment practiced in Kashmir for decades.

That then is a solution and we will ensure peace harmony and the dream of an India, that lives a multi-cultural existence, with multi-religious tolerance, and banish the two-nation theory once again! The answers are all there, in the words of the founding fathers, only if we cared to look.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Ladakh Disaster Relief

As disaster strikes, INSANYIAT once again springs into action. As you may recall Insaniyat is a Delhi based NGO spearheaded by my mother, Dr. Naresh Trehan and Pam Kapoor. Its primarily involved with disaster relief work. It was formed in response to the Gujarat Bhuj earthquake in 2001 and has since provided disaster relief aid to people affected by the Kargil war and Andaman tsunami, amongst others.

In response to the recent mudslides and floods that have devastated Ladakh, an Insanyiat team, including my mother, is heading up to Ladakh along with relief supplies later this week. The National Disaster Management Authority will airlift the supplies from Delhi to Leh on Saturday, August 14 and the Insanyiat team will start distribution on Sunday, August 15.As per Insanyiat's mission statement, their team will personally distribute each kit, rather than pass them off to another NGO or civil authorities.

Insanyiat is taking 500 Family Packs. Our composite ' family pack' consists of a sleeping bag, tarpaulin, blanket, 13 piece set of steel utensils, kerosene stove, water purifier, jerrycan, bucket with mug, bath towel, toilet kit, nylon rope etc. In addition we are sending 20 High Altitude tents (12' x 12'). Each kit costs apprx. Rs. 2000 and each tent is Rs. 10,000.Any number of kits or tents you wish to sponsor with be greatly appreciated. Cheques can be made in favour of 'Insanyiat'. Donations in cash are also welcome.

Please send to the following address:
Roshni Khattar
Empire EstateHouse
#8 Sultanpur, MG road
New Delhi 110030

Thanks and take care,

Roshni Khattar 

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Quick Analysis on Wikileaks War Logs Exposure

Quick Analysis on Wikileaks War Logs Exposure:

1. US security despite the Homeland rah rah is in tatters.
2. While we may want to believe that ISI complicity is old news, this is not the case with popular US public opinion. The said publications have been chosen carefully for their credibility and gravitas. What was known to the US strategic community & ISAF all along but placed it under no obligation to change anything, will now come under massive pressure following this exposure.
3. The news is bad for Pakistan, for is Army and by extension the ISI. They have been outed to the local American audience.
4. The news is good for Afghanistan, the war effort (as good as it can be with the Taliban at an all time high since 2001). Things will have a chance to work, as collateral damage and sensitivity to human rights will increase. Lesser innocents dead means better chances for peace!
5. The news for India and its interest in Afghanistan is again positive, as Pakistan duplicity is better known. After the Kabul conference, the news for India was grim. This forces a reckoning and possible opportunities in Afghanistan. Clearly there are lessons for the Indian strategic community, intelligence agencies and information security.
6. On a macro, this is good for ideals of democracy and despite media management, media independence has proven invaluable against lies, deceit and falsehood.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Yog Sports appointed “Official Merchandise Distribution Partner” of the Indian Premier League

                                                           


Yog Sports appointed “Official Merchandise Distribution Partner” of the Indian Premier League

·        Yog Sports has acquired exclusive rights to distribute branded merchandise of IPL and all 8 teams across India for a 10-year period.

·     Merchandise will include Jerseys, T-shirts, Caps, Key chains, Wrist bands, Backpacks, Gym bags, Flags, Trumpets, and other accessories including those of the official kit sponsors like Reebok, Adidas and Puma.

·     Yog will be setting up exclusive “IPL Match Stores” at stadiums, multiplexes, airports, railway stations, and ISBT’s, in addition to select malls, high streets, and IT parks.

·     Yog’s merchandise retail footprint is projected to grow from 200 outlets in Year 1 to about 1000 in Year 10; in addition, Yog is also the exclusive supplier to the IPL online match store on www.iplt20.com.

Mumbai, March 30th, 2010: The Indian Premier League (IPL) today announced that Yog Sports, a sports marketing and distribution company that provides international quality merchandise for premier sporting events has signed a 10-year exclusive deal with the league. As part of this partnership, Yog Sports will be the League’s “Official Merchandise Distribution Partner”. Yog will have the exclusive rights to distribute all official merchandise branded with the DLF-IPL brand and all the eight teams included as part of the League.

The proposed merchandise distributed by Yog Sports will include a wide product range including Apparel – T-shirts, Jerseys & Caps; Accessories – Key chains, Wrist bands, Bags and Match day cheering items like flags, cheering sticks, trumpets, and much more. These would also include products from the catalogue of the teams’ official kit sponsors which are Reebok, Adidas and Puma.

Yog has been given the exclusive rights to set up official “IPL Match Stores” inside stadiums, multiplexes, malls, high streets, airports, railway stations, metro stations, and other public locations where live IPL matches will be screened.

Lalit Modi, the Chairman and Commissioner of Indian Premier League said, “Official merchandise is an integral part of any global sporting league, as it helps enhance fans participation and team loyalties. Together with Yog Sports we have defined a collaborative strategy to ensure that IPL fans get access to authentic team merchandise at attractive prices. Yog Sports will now work towards ensuring the highest quality standard for all IPL merchandise and through their robust distribution network will attempt to reach out to fans even outside the stadia and across India.”
Saumitra Srivastava, Director – Yog Sports, speaking at the announcement said, “Yog Sports is pleased to partner with IPL as the exclusive merchandise partner for IPL, and aims to bring to IPL fans, a best-in-breed international merchandise experience, both in terms of quality, choice & value-for-money, and to complement the game changer IPL has proven to be in the world of cricket, sport and entertainment.”
The IPL 2010 will be the first year of operations for Yog Sports as a concessionaire of the IPL. For this year, Yog Sports is setting up 200 retail stores across 12 cities wherever the matches are being held. The company plans to scale up its operations taking its merchandise retail footprint to 1,000 stores in Year 10.
Yog Sports is also the exclusive supplier of official merchandise to the IPL Online Match Store, which is available on www.iplt20.com

Indian Premier League
The IPL 2010 will be played over 45 days across India and will feature a grand total of 60 games, with the addition of a third place play-off.
The league will also see the addition of four new home venues in the form of Cuttack and Nagpur for the Deccan Chargers, Ahmedabad for the Rajasthan Royals and Dharamshala for the Kings XI Punjab.
For more information on all the action in IPL 2010 log onto www.iplt20.com the official online destination of the league.

About Yog Sports
Yog Sports is a sport marketing and distribution Company contracted by the IPL for 10 years as its official merchandise distribution partner. Yog Sports is part of a large corporate group with investments in diversified businesses globally in Hospitality services, Sports & Entertainment, Financial Research, Investment Banking, and many other sectors. The group operates out of its offices in London, New Delhi and Mumbai.

Contacts:
For Yog Sports
For Indian Premier League
Shael Sharma - Spin IMC           
Phone:  +91 9920243933       
Email:shael@spinimc.com                                   

Percy Dubash / JitendraJha
Phone: +919820221792/+91992082926 
Email: percy.dubash@adfactorspr.com; jitendra.jha@adfactorspr.com

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

External Communications Job Going at MphasiS

External Communication Specialist
Member of the Corporate Communications team at MphasiS, an HP Company.
Will build awareness among key stakeholders about MphasiS strategy, capabilities and differentiators.
Will develop and execute an External Communications Strategy consisting of an integrated Media and Analyst enablement program.
The position is based out of MphasiS corporate HQ at Bangalore
Key responsibilities
Media Relations
 Execution of a comprehensive media outreach program for key Business Units.
 Highlight MphasiS with local, national and international media outlets - broadcast, print and Web - to ensure the company's messages are disseminated efficiently and accurately in news and feature stories.
 Day to day management of the PR Agency
 Conduct a Bi-Annual Media Audit
 Maintain a Project Plan for Media Relations
Analyst Relations
 Help develop and manage analyst relations with global business analyst groups like Forrester, Gartner, IDC and sourcing analysts like Everest, TPI, EquaTerra and others.
 Help with research and documentation for successful analyst interactions resulting in positive rating (like comparison reports/waves/industry reports)
Requirements
 Education in Marketing, Journalism/Communications preferred
 4-6 years overall work experience; prior experience in PR function desired
 High degree of organization; ability to multi-task and meet strict deadlines
 Ability to manage complex projects
 Interface with senior executives and provide communications counsel
 New media skills such as video, podcasting, etc.
 Outstanding (fluent) verbal and written English skills
For more details contact
Michelle Nalini Kumar
Head - Corporate Communications
+91 80 4004 1020 office; Mobile - +91 98450 61533 |michelle.kumar@mphasis.com
Level 1, Bagmane Laurel, Bagmane Tech Park. C V Raman Nagar. Bangalore- 560 093
www.mphasis.com

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