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.

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