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उद्धयमेव भैरवी

महा मूढ श्री श्री 

राम मंदिर मामले में मध्यस्थता करने आए “बिन बुलाए मेहमान” श्री-श्री साहब की बौद्धिक संरचना पर यह लेख पढ़िए । थोड़ा लंबा जरूर है, लेकिन पढ़िए जरूर ।
जब मैं असम में था तब वहां के एक सूदूर गाँव में जाना हुआ । गाँव में अधिसंख्यक आबादी बांग्लादेशी घुसपैठियों की थी । वहां के एक छोटे से मोबाइल रिचार्ज दुकान में रिचार्ज करवाने गया तो देखा कि वहां छः-सात युवा कंप्यूटर पर एक बांग्लादेशी मौलाना की तक़रीर सुन रहे थे. तक़रीर में वो मौलाना जो बोल रहा था उसके बोल कुछ यूं थे ।

“दूसरे धर्म का कोई कैसा भी पंडित क्यों न हो हमारे ज़ाकिर नाइक के सामने नहीं टिक सकता । आपलोगों ने कुछ दिन पहले इंडिया से आई एक विडियो देखी होगी जिसमें हिन्दू धर्म के सबसे बड़े विद्वान् श्रीश्री रविशंकर को हमारे ज़ाकिर नाइक ने उठा-उठा के पटका । आप विश्वास नहीं करेंगें, जाकिर सवाल पूछते जा रहे थे और वो रविशंकर आएँ-बाएँ-साएँ बके जा रहा था । यहाँ तक कि ज़ाकिर की तक़रीर खत्म होने के बाद झुण्ड के झुण्ड लोग अल्लाह के दीन में शामिल होने आगे गये. उस दिन फिर से हक़ (इस्लाम) बातिल (हिन्दू धर्म) पर ग़ालिब आया” ।

इस विडियो को देखने के बाद उनके चेहरे खिले हुये थे । मैंने उन लड़कों से पूछा, तुमलोग जानते हो ज़ाकिर नाइक कौन है तो उनमें एक भी नहीं था जिसने इंकार में सर हिलाया हो ।

ये बात आपको मैं असम के नगांव जिले के एक सूदूर गाँव की बता रहा हूँ तो आप कल्पना कर सकतें हैं कि ज़ाकिर नाइक की पहुँच कहाँ तक है ।

हमारे धर्म के एक NGO चलाने वाले मॉडर्न बाबा को गुजरात दंगों के दौरान सेकुलर सर्वधर्म सम्भावी कीड़े ने काटा, बड़ी तकलीफ हुई कि इस मुल्क के अमन में ये साम्प्रदायिकता का जहर कैसे घुल सकता है और मुल्क के सेकुलर ताने-बाने को बचाने की कोशिश करते हुये उसने हिन्दू-मुस्लिम एकता को बल देने के लिये एक किताब लिखने का इरादा बाँधा । कहने की जरूरत नहीं है कि जिस इन्सान ने न तो हिन्दू धर्म को पढ़ा हो और न इस्लाम को उसकी जहालत से निकली किताब कैसी रही होगी । कुछ पीं० एनo ओक की किताब से चुराया और कुछ गूगल से उठाया और लिख डाली किताब फिर खुद को अमन का राजकुमार होने का भ्रम पालने लगा और इसी भ्रम में एक दिन उसने “इस्लामिक रिसर्च फाउंडेशन” को आमन्त्रण दिया कि क्यों न मैं और आपके मुखिया ज़ाकिर नाइक एक बड़ी भीड़ को संबोधित करें और हिन्दू-मुस्लिम एकता के प्रयासों को गति दें ।

कहने की जरूरत नहीं है कि इस मूढ़ मति के छल्ले को ये पता नहीं था कि ये जिसको आमन्त्रण देने जा रहा है वो इसकी तरह न तो ज़ाहिल है और न ही महामूर्ख । “इस्लामिक रिसर्च फाउंडेशन” ने देखा कि जब जाहिल बकरा खुद ही हलाल होने आ रहा है तो क्यों न उसकी बोटियाँ, चर्बी और हड्डी बांटने का पूरा इंतजाम किया जाये. इसलिये उन्होंनें फ़ौरन सारे इंतज़ामात किये और इस मूढ़मति को आमंत्रित किया ।

21 जून, 2006 को हमारे लिये कलंक दिवस के रूप में चिन्हित किया जाना चाहिये क्योंकि उस दिन बंगलौर के एक मंच पर जाकिर और ये मूढ़मति बैठे. डिबेट का विषय था “Concept of GOD in Islam and Hinduism” । ज़ाकिर नाइक ने अपने स्वभाव के अनुसार वेदों, गीता, पुराणों और उपनिषदों से सन्दर्भों की झड़ी लगा दी. कहा कि अंतिम अवतार जिसे आप कल्कि मानते हो वो हमारे नबी के रूप में हो चुके हैं और इसका वर्णन आपकी किताबों में भी है । इसके लिये भी ज़ाकिर ने हमारी ही किताबों से दलीलों का अंबार लगा दिया । अब सामने बैठी पचास हज़ार की भीड़ और टीवी पर लाइव देख रहे करोड़ों लोग सांस थामे इस इंतज़ार में थे कि ज़ाकिर के इन दावों पर ये क्या जबाब देतें हैं । यह उठे, अपना पल्लू संभाला और मंच पर जाकर कहने लगे, “मुझे ताअज्जुब है कि इनके पास इतना इल्म कैसे है और इनकी मेमोरी इतनी जबर्दस्त कैसे है” ।

इस मूढमति के छल्ले से ज़ाकिर के किसी भी सवाल का जबाब देते नहीं बना । न ही ये कुरान से एक आयत भी बोल सका और खींसे निपोरते हुये कबीर के प्रेम वाले दोहे पढ़ने लगा ।

ज़ाकिर इतने पर भी कहाँ पसीजने वाला था, उसके बाद उसने इसकी लिखी उस कूड़ा किताब का पोस्टमार्टम शुरू कर दिया जिसमें इसकी मूर्खता और कमअक्ली के तमाम सबूत थे । ज़ाकिर ने इसके किताब की एक-एक पेज खोली और इसे नंगा कर दिया । जब इसकी बारी आई तो इसने फिर दांत निकालते हुये कहा, “दिस बुक वाज रिटेन इन हरी” यानि इसे मैंने जल्दबाजी में लिखा था इसलिये इसमें गलतियाँ हैं पर जाकिर नाइक को समझना होगा कि मेरी मंशा पवित्र थी और मैं इस किताब के जरिये से हिन्दू और मुसलमानों को एक साथ लाना चाहता था ।

इसे बोलने के लिये पचास मिनट का समय दिया गया था और ये बमुश्किल 35 मिनट ही बोल पाया । जब कार्यक्रम खत्म हुआ तो वहाँ एक अजीब शोर बरपा था । इस मूढमति ने सनातन को शर्मसार कर दिया था और वहां ज़ाकिर के लोग विजय का जश्न मना रहे थे ।

IRF ने उस कार्यक्रम की संभवतः लाखों सीडियाँ बनवाई, उस विडियो को youtube से लेकर सारे इन्टरनेट पर फैला दिया और दुनिया उस मजमे में हिंदुत्व की पराजय का दृश्य देखती रही । जाकिर ने न जाने किस-किस तरीके से इस विजय को कैश किया और मतान्तरण की फसल काटी. दावतियों को नया हौसला मिला कि अब सब कुछ संभव है ।

आप कहते रहिये कि हमारे वो गुरूजी हिन्दूधर्म के प्रतिनिधि नहीं है तो वो ऐसे हैं वैसे हैं पर ज़ाकिर और IRF उसे हिंदुत्व पर इस्लाम के विजय रूप में ही चिन्हित करती है । दुनिया के लाखों हिन्दू जिनमें आपकी तरह कूटनीति समझने और समझाने लायक बुद्धि नहीं है (आपके अनुसार) वो अपने धर्म पर शर्मिंदा होतें हैं उस विडियो को देखकर और उधर असम के सूदूर गाँव तक में बैठे उन लड़कों को ज़ाकिर ये हौसला देता है कि तुम बौद्धिक युद्ध में भी इनसे कम हो क्या? देखो, कैसे हमारे नाइक ने हिन्दू धर्म के सबसे बड़े पंडित को सारी दुनिया के सामने नंगा कर दिया ।

अब कोई मुझे ये समझाए कि :-

१. आपको न तो अपने धर्म का इल्म है और न ही उनके तो आप किस हैसियत से इन विषयों पर डिबेट करने जातें हैं?

२. आप अपने NGO के प्रतिनिधि बनकर कुछ भी करते रहें कोई हर्ज़ नहीं पर हिन्दू धर्म का प्रतिनिधि आप किस हैसियत से बन जातें हैं?

३. सेकुलर कीड़ा एकतरफ़ा आपको ही क्यों काटता है?

४. आपकी समझदानी भेड़ और भेड़िये में फ़र्क क्यों नहीं कर पाती?

और अंतिम सवाल केवल उस मूढमति के छल्ले “डबल श्री” से है कि एक बार नंगा होकर मन नहीं भरा जो बार-बार अपनी नथ उतराई करने आगे आ जाते हो?

अब क्या हमारे दिन इतने खराब आ गयें हैं कि नाक कटवाने वाले को हम अपने नाक और अस्मिता की लड़ाई सौंप दे

दलाली बंद करो, अपने साबुन-सर्फ़, मूंग दाल, ब्रश-पेस्ट बेचो वरना नंगा करना अकेले ज़ाकिर को ही थोड़े आता है ।

साभार Abhijeet Singh

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The assignation of Mrs. Indira Gandhi

At the outset it was a clear case of Khalistani fundamentalists avenging operation blue-star, but there were many characters at the periphery and many events preceding it which raised many an eyebrow in the intelligence communities of the world. This was also that one colossal event that catapulted the young Mr Rajiv Gandhi, a novice in politics, to the highest seat of power in South Asia and Mrs Sonia Gandhi was now the next in the line of succession by the virtue of being his wife.

Background

It is a historically well known fact that the Khalistan movement was nurtured by ISI and certain elements in Pakistan. Also well recorded are the initial reactions of some western countries like Canada who almost directly hobnobbed with the Sikh separatist leaders only to abandon them when the movement became increasingly violent. Tacit support of US and British intelligence agencies to the Khalistan intelligentsia was also much speculated upon those days. But what was a lesser known fact in the media and a matter of puzzling debates in the intelligence circles was the interest shown by the Vatican in the Khalistan movement. In 1980-81 Vatican had an open channel of discussions with certain groups of the so called “intellectuals” who were known sympathisers of the Sikh separatist movements. This interest and interactions continued well into the early 80’s and were explained as the “right of Vatican to have an interest in other religious organizations”. At the height of Khalistan movement just after operation Blue Star, many reliable Indian intelligence sources had given “definitive” information about Opus Dei funding parts of operations of Sikh separatists outside India!
After operation Blue Star there were many intelligence inputs about the threat to Mrs Gandhi’s life including some specific inputs about people in the core inner circle of Mrs Gandhi’s security system being vulnerable. Yet no action was taken, why? The assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi was a massive intelligence failure to say the least and yet no major enquiry was ordered to decipher the conspiracy theory, why? Sections of KGB and other Russian intelligence agencies had given a specific timeframe regarding “action” and yet their advice went unheeded, why? Soviet sources, in informal briefings had warned about certain western intelligence agencies being in cahoots with Sikh separatists and yet those warnings were disregarded, why?

A part of the answer to those questions can be explained as plain incompetence as usual. May be one can also argue that we now have the power of hindsight which we lacked then. But definitely there is a part of the answer to that question which is more complex and only takes my theory forward to its logical conclusion. It is not as if we did nothing, security experts and Intelligence aficionados gave at least 2 formal specific presentations to Mrs Gandhi on 2 different occasions about the need to re-haul the entire security apparatus around her. But on both these occasions apart from Mrs Gandhi’s nonchalance we met with the biggest resistance from one particular member of her core team. He was a very powerful member of what was then known to the media as “kitchen cabinet” and had also been described as a “power broker of the highest degree” by many media houses and visiting dignitaries. There was no reason to suspect any mal-intentions in him, as he was also known to be very close to Mr Rajiv Gandhi (unlike some members of the “kitchen cabinet” who had a turf war with the junior Gandhi). 

Post assassination there was a bit of a stir in the media about the same gentleman followed by hush-hush events. We in the intelligence were also surprised to know about his strong linkages with certain Western intelligence agencies. Nothing really happened after that for quite some time and Mr Rajiv Gandhi only restored the same gentleman back in his team with full honours and the whole episode was laid to rest. But the biggest revelation to the intelligence wings came a little later (and was not accorded much importance at that time). Unlike media perceptions that the said gentleman belonged to the Rajiv Gandhi coterie and to the “kitchen cabinet”, he actually owed both his positions and his re-instatement into the inner circles of power after the assassination of Mrs Gandhi to a certain Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

India Gandhi: Real Culprit Behind Khalistan


Indira Gandhi: Real culprit behind Khalistan, yes not even Bhindranwale, only congressmen were the culprit.

Sikhs had to struggle for ten long years (1956-1966) to get the Punjabi Suba. They quite rightly feel that what is granted to other Indians as a right, Sikhs have to fight for it. When their magnificent contribution in the 1965 Indo-Pak War could not be ignored, Punjabi Suba was at last formed in 1966. But even that was not done in a straight forward manner. Chandigarh, the capital, became a Union Territory. The head-works and hydroelectric power stations were taken over by the Central Government and some Punjabi speaking districts were excluded from Punjabi Suba. Once again Sikhs had to start the struggle. The mentality of New Delhi is thanda karake khana (Cool it and eat it). Let the problems drag on. Vasantrao Naik, former Congress Chief Minister of Maharashtra once said openly, “How do I solve the problems? I just do nothing. The problem is bound to go away” i.e., people are bound to get fed up with agitation or get used to putting up with difficulties.

On three separate occasions when agreement with the Akalis was in sight, Mrs. Gandhi withdrew at the last moment. When the Akalis saw that prolonged peaceful struggle yielded no results, talks with Indira Gandhi lead to nowhere, government assurances were never fulfilled, a sense of frustration, helplessness and bitterness must have set in. The extremists were bound to take over and the moderates had to shift to extremism in order to maintain their position and remain as leaders.

Many well known persons like V M Tarkunde former Judge of Bombay High Court, have remarked – If Bhindranwale is arrested Longowal, Badal and Tohra can influence the moderate opinion and negotiations can be peacefully concluded. But this would strengthen the Akali Dal and that is precisely what Indira Gandhi would not allow. No matter what the consequences for India.

The politics of the Congress (I) was aimed at weakening the Akalis. Zail Singh was the Chief Minister of Punjab during 1972-77. Unlike the previous chief ministers, he came from Ramgaria (artisan) caste and not the majority Jat caste. In order to widen his power base and weaken the Akalis, he encouraged the activities of Bhindranwale and his ultra-orthodox intolerant followers. Akali-Janata coalition was in power during 1978-1980. In order to create a rift in the Akali Dal, a new faction called Dal Khalsa led by Bhindranwale was started with blessings of Zail Singh, Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi on April 13, 1978. In the year following, some policemen in Punjab went on strike and were dismissed. During the elections of 1980, Zail Singh promised to take them back if Congres (I) returned to power that promise was fulfilled. We can imagine what kind of police force Punjab had.

With his masters Zail Singh (then Union Home Minister) and Indira Gandhi firmly back in power, Bhindranwale openly attacked his opponents – the Nirankaris. Their leader Baba Gurubachan Singh and his aide were shot dead in Delhi on 25th April 1980. The killer, carpenter Ranjit Singh, escaped. All the 20 persons against whom warrants were issued, either belonged to the Jatha of Bhindranwale or were his relatives or associates and were hiding under his protection. Organised political murders were now appearing on the scene.

One year after this event, a well known journalist wrote – “Though the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has solved the murder case, it is almost certain that the killers will never be arrested because they are alleged to be in the protection of Bhindranwale. Besides, the State police is not prepared to involve itself in the case by arresting the culprits. Repeated pleas by the Governor of Delhi to the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Darbara Singh and the letters written by the directors of CBI to the Punjab Government for help have been of no avail. The director of CBI wrote to State Government about ten days ago urging it to help the CBI by arresting the culprits and taking away their arms. But the State Government has not even acknowledged the letter. The present Lt Governor of Delhi, Mr.S.L. Khurana has again written to the Punjab Chief Minister pleading for the arrest of the suspects.”

The CBI has almost comp6leted the investigation and persons who are suspected in this case have been declared as proclaimed offenders. “It was on the orders of Indira Gandhi that the murderers were not arrested or disarmed.” And exactly 3 years later, she had the audacity to say that she had no alternative to army action!!

Sometime in 1980, Government of India issued an order that recruitment into the armed forces would from now on be on the basis of the population of individual state. And thus as Sikhs are less than 2% of India’s population, their percentage in the Armed Forces would drop sharply – from 15% to less than 2%. This is the height of absurdity. Gujaratis are 5% of India’s population. Are we going to see Indian Army with 50,000 Gujarati soldiers? Different people have different attributes and these must be utilised for the country’s good. Sikhs do not claim to be the only martial race but as long as they make excellent soldiers, they should be employed as such. It is only after this Government order that we hear about Khalistan.

In March/April 1981, on the day of Baishakhi, extremists of Dal Khalsa openly demanded Khalistan. G.S. Dhillon and J. S. Chauhan were present. Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid gave his blessings. (Why was he never arrested?). Indira Gandhi had sought the blessings of the same Imam for her 1980 election campaign and yet she had the audacity to say that there was really no alternative to army action in Amritsar.

The Business of Halal

You might think of halal as just being a set of Islamic rules about meat, but the global halal industry incorporates everything from medicines to cosmetics. And the industry is growing fast.

One report valued the global halal food and beverage market at $1.37 trillion in 2014, which represented 18% of the entire market, and the number of Muslims worldwide is expected to increase from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.8 billion in 2050, according to Pew Research Center.

In Europe, the halal market is growing at an estimated annual rate of between 10-20% — depending on what products you include — a demand driven by a general desire for Sharia compliance among a growing Muslim population, according to Paulius Kuncinas, business analyst and managing editor, Asia, at Oxford Business Group.

Halal is an Arabic word meaning permissible according to Islamic Sharia law, and can refer to both goods and services acceptable to Muslims. It can encompass food, catering, medicines, and clothing such as sportswear, according to a report by Euromonitor International.

Halal products are typically known as being pork free, alcohol free, and for the specific method of slaughter. The animal should not be stunned, but killed by a cut to its throat, and the procedure must beperformed by a Muslim.

The process varies from certifier to certifier, and can sometimes also include ensuring that the producers are not involved with alcohol or pork, Kuncinas explains. “The suspicion is that you may contaminate the produce,” he says.

Brunei’s halal vision

Because the rules are so stringent, halal is all about credibility and quality control, and one country hoping to benefit from its strict halal standards is Brunei.

The small southeast Asian kingdom has in recent years built a strong reputation as a halal producer, part of a move to diversify its economy away from oil and gas. And it is well positioned to succeed, with a reputation as a country that adheres strictly to Sharia law, Kuncinas explains.

In Brunei, even the cook preparing the meal must be Muslim, which is not the case in Muslim countries such as Malaysia, says Ibrahim Badawi, executive chairman of Brahim’s, a Malaysian company producing halal ready meals.

“Brunei has probably not been promoting as much halal as what Malaysia has done,” he says, “but the potential is there.

“The strength of Brunei’s halal industry basically comes from the government,” adds Badawi, “because it’s actually governed by the government. It’s a single body — not like certain countries where they don’t have the government but individual companies doing halal … and the credibility is not there.”

He adds that although Brunei may too small to sustain large-scale animal agriculture, the meat need not be reared within the country itself to be halal.

“The Brunei government has farms in Australia that do halal slaughter,” Badawi says. “To ensure that the meat is slaughtered according to the proper rites, someone has to be there at the time of slaughter.” Halal cosmetics being tried at a trade show in Kuala Lumpur.

Brunei Halal, a company run by the Brunei government, with its products certified by the Islamic Brunei Religious Council, has seen success in the UK, where its meat, snacks, drinks and spices are sold by supermarket chains Tesco and ASDA.

Brunei has also been courting investors in the UK, and beyond, for its “Bio Innovation Corridor,” an industrial and technological park in Brunei that will promote the development of halal industry in the country.

Halal branching out

The appeal of halal can extend beyond religious rules. Kucinas says that even some non-practicing Muslims consider halal products to be of superior quality. To them a halal certification is a stamp of approval that signifies wholesomeness and high quality due to rigorous controls and checks throughout the supply chain.

He compares it to the way some Western shoppers associate organic produce with better quality. “While the West has a burgeoning organic food market, the Muslim countries have halal,” he says.

But in contrast to organic produce, which typically costs more than non-organic, halal products are not generally more expensive says Kuncinas.

And these days, halal producers are branching out beyond food. “I just visited the leading annual halal exhibition in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and it is becoming a very broad movement in terms of products,” says Kuncinas. “You even have halal beverages nowadays. Non-alcoholic sparkling wine produced by the likes of Cava is but one example,” he adds.

Halal pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are also taking off. Creams, makeup and medicines can contain animal fat, gelatine, and other animal residues and the halal products are either completely vegan or checked to ensure there are no ingredients forbidden by Islamic law.

According to Euromintor, there are now halal foundations, blushers, lipsticks, anti-agers and skin whitening products, with Unilever Indonesia among the companies producing halal cosmetics.

After 17 years of research, first detailed account of 1947 atrocities, killings

Dr. Ramesh Tamiri, Author

By DrRamesh Tamiri

Although much has been written about the tribal invasion of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 and atrocities committed by Pakistan on the people of the state but for the first time, a detailed account of horrors suffered by Kashmiri Hindus under the occupation of Pakistan has been documented.

As J&K is observing 70 years of the attack by Pakistan, a massive volume of eyewitness accounts gathered during a 17-year-long research will be published soon, which will give an insight into the terrible period of the state’s history which sowed the seeds of the Kashmir conflict and threat of nuclear war in South Asia.

Although there are detailed accounts given by survivors of carnages in Muzaffarabad, Rajouri, Poonch, Mirpur, Deva Vatala and Kotli in Jammu region, very few written accounts on the Pandits have been published.

The research focusing on minorities in Kashmir under Pakistan occupation was started by Dr Ramesh Tamiri in 2000. Dr Tamiri, who retired from the Health Department a few years back, has worked on the oral history of tribal invasion with special focus on Hindu minorities in the Valley.

It was a first-of-its-kind attempt to document the lives of the Pandits soon after the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and invasion by Pakistan to annex J&K, then ruled by Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh. Accounts of the Pandits in Muzaraffarbad, Mirpur, Kotli and Gilgit-Baltistan were collected, giving an insight into the era when J&K saw large-scale organised killings. Family members of those killed or kidnapped have been tracked by the author.

“At the official level, the government post 1947 wanted to deny atrocities on the minority community for political reasons to project accession of the Muslim majority region as refutation of the two-nation theory. For that, Kashmir was to be projected as a secular oasis in the subcontinent. Denial of atrocities on the minorities kept important incidents under wraps for decades,” said Dr Tamiri, who intends to publish the document in a 900-page book format.

As per his research, over 200 villages in north and central Kashmir where Pandits lived came under Pakistani occupation before their liberation by the Army after Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession with the Indian Union on October 26, 1947.

More than 140 killings of the Pandits took place in the execution style. There were over 10 massacres, hundreds of houses burnt, thousands of houses looted and hundreds of cases of forced conversions, rape and mass migration.

Although there are now a few survivors from the period, Dr Tamiri’s work has preserved the first-hand account of survivors. “My stories don’t focus on numbers and statistics but on how individuals, families and groups faced the invasion. I talked to several survivors and the research contains first-hand account of killings of innocent people by tribal invaders,” said Dr Tamiri.

After the raiders were pushed out, a close confidante of late Sheikh Mohamamd Abdullah and National Conference leaders Pandit Kashyap Bandhu and Sofi Mohammad Akber toured villages where killings and conversions had taken place and some of the Pandits were reconverted to their faith and cremation rites of those who had been buried were performed.

For the next 43 years, Pandits lived in the Valley and prospered in every sphere but eruption of armed separatist insurgency in 1989-90 forced 3.50 lakh Hindus to leave their homeland.

How Indian Army Beat The Chinese at Nathu La and Cho Lal in 1967

That India lost the 1962 war against China is known to all. Yes, it was a defeat but it was the defeat for the then political top brass headed by prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and not the military which fought like lions despite being outnumbered and outgunned.

Two years later, Nehru died, but the loss to China was not forgotten. A more aggressive Indian military was born and just three years later, in 1965, we defeated Pakistan.

Yet China believed that since they had defeated us in 1962, we would not be a match to their military might ever.

So in 1965, the belligerent Chinese demanded India hand over Nathu La, which is today a scenic tourist spot along the Indo-Tibet border in Sikkim. To their shock, India showed them the middle finger.

Why Nathu La

Nathu La is a strategically important pass 14,200 feet above sea level. It was then all the more important because Sikkim was not part of India at the time. It was a protectorate state, meaning that the Indian Army was responsible to defend it from enemy aggression.

China wanted India to vacate Sikkim and take control. Imagine what would have happened if India had done that. The Chinese border would have been at West Bengal and, perhaps, the seven states of the northeast would not have been India’s part.

At the time Maj Gen (later Lt Gen) Sagat Singh was the GOC of the Mountain Division in Sikkim; Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora was the Corps Commander and Lt Gen (later Field Marshal) Sam Manekshaw was the Eastern Army Commander. The same three men would later go on to script history in the 1971 war with Pakistan.

The Indian Army commanded two strategically higher positions Sebu La and Camel’s Back overlooking the entire Nathu La region giving them a tactical advantage over the Chinese. Since the ‘big brother’ myth propagated by Nehru had been shattered in 1962, the Indian Army installed two artillery positions on the two heights just in case the Chinese made a move. This decision would later prove to be a game changer.

Since the Chinese and the Indians patrolled very close to each other along the pass, scuffles were common. To prevent that, the Indian side decided to demarcate the border by laying a wire. The task was commenced early in the morning of September 11, 1967.

The Morning Of September 11, 1967

The Indian Army’s engineers were being guarded by a company of 18 Rajput. The 2 Grenadiers and artillery deployed on strategic posts at Sebu La and Camel’s Back were on alert.

According to the personal account of Maj Gen Sheru Thapiyal, who was then a young officer deployed in the area, a Chinese army unit came at the centre of the pass and demanded that the Indian Army stop laying the wire. Our boys did not flinch and continued on regardless.

Sulking, the Chinese went back to their bunkers. It was presumed that they had got the answer and their political leadership would only be able to take the matter up in political circles. But here is where the Chinese showed their true colour again. (In case you don’t know, the 1962 war happened because of China’s betrayal of India.)

A sign warning tourists at the Nathu La border.

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The God’s Work : Jesus would have fainted seeing the work

Lets rewind back to Diwali time of 2004, if anyone who followed the brazen attack on the Kanchi Mutt and the relentless witch hunt against its leaders and officials cannot be in doubt that it must have a powerful organization directing its every move. It is no coincidence that these attacks, which were little more than pinpricks when the Vajpayee government was in power, had become suddenly bold and open once the UPA came to power with Sonia Gandhi as the power behind the Government.
Two developments have brought a sense of urgency to the conspiracy or campaign behind this assault on the nation: (1) the rapidly eroding base of the Congress, especially in North India, with the natural implication that the ‘Dynasty’ will have difficulty holding on to power for any length of time by strictly constitutional means; and (2) the growing fear in Europe, especially in Italy, that Christendom is losing the civilizational war against Islam. The survival of Christianity is at stake..

The first is dynastic while the second is geopolitical. Rapid changes in national and international politics and a creeping sense of fear bordering on paranoia have led to an unholy alliance between anti-national forces in India and Christian organizations of the world hoping to use India’s vast resources in Europe’s and Christianity’s desperate struggle for survival in the West.

The country most vulnerable to the Islamic invasion of Europe is Italy. The institution that is at the greatest risk is the Vatican, seen the world over as the seat of Christianity though in religious matters, many Christians do not accept its leadership. But financially and organizationally, it is unmatched by any other Christian sect. Most importantly, the Vatican has an intelligence apparatus and a network of agents all over the world that non-Catholic denominations lack. Also, the Vatican’s patronage of this machinery ensures complete secrecy since the Vatican is probably the world’s most secretive organization and a sovereign state to boot.

This intelligence organization is the sinister but little known Opus Dei. The Time magazine recently had a feature on it, but the Indian media, a good part of it under the influence of the Opus Dei, has maintained complete silence over its activities and even its very existence..

What is this mysterious organization that carries out operations that would put the CIA to shame in the name of God and Christ? (Opus Dei in Latin means the work of God.)

Opus Dei was founded shortly before the Spanish Civil War by a Spanish adventurer and Christian fanatic by name Jose Maria Escriva de Belaguer. Born in the sleepy town of Barbastro, he rose by the dint of his determination, industry and ruthlessness to be the virtual dictator of the Vatican, and came to be known as the ‘Super Pope.’

This was no idle boast. In 1978, Albino Luciani was elected Pope as John Paul I. He threatened to change the Vatican with his reforms, but died within a month of assuming office under mysterious circumstances— without an autopsy or even a death certificate. This led to the election of the reactionary Karol Woztyla, better known as Pope John Paul II. And he showed his gratitude by rushing the Opus Die founder Excriva’s nomination to sainthood in record time, though Mother Teresa’s name still languished.

With more than 100,000 members worldwide and more than a million activists, the Opus Die that Escriva founded now controls the Catholic Church and many other Christian and secular organizations. The Vatican regards Escriva as “God’s gift to the Church in our time.” When Escriva died in 1975, its officials openly boasted: “In 20 or 30 years, all that remains of the Church will be Opus Dei.” This has proven remarkably prophetic.

The Opus Dei agenda at the time was to combine economic and political control with thought control. It believes that the first two cannot be achieved without the third. And here is where conversion, especially in India comes into play. With Europeans unwilling to lay down their lives to defend Christianity, much less the Vatican, Christian organizations and nominally Christian nations of Europe have cast their covetous eyes on India with its vast manpower and material resources. This is now made all the more urgent by the Islamic threat to Europe from within and without, and by the fact as the Pope has himself admitted: “Christianity has lost the West.” This realization has made some non-Catholic churches (like the evangelical outfits) to join in the rush for gaining converts in India.

Europe, especially the Vatican, would like nothing better than a Musharraf-like puppet in India, willing to place India’s resources, especially its vast manpower, in the service of defending Europe against Islam.

Crusade driven by paranoia

The vision of the Opus Dei founder Escriva was spelled out by an internal document in the following words: “The labor of placing Jesus [i.e., the Christianity] at the summit of human activity throughout the world.” This now sounds like a pipedream, with Christianity itself struggling for survival in Europe, and with Islamic warriors in Kosovo less than a hundred miles from Trieste on the Italian border. By breaking up Yugoslavia, the Western powers virtually cut their own throats, by destroying the buffer state that had protected Europe for nearly a century.

The situation today is different. 

Christianity, much less the Vatican no longer sees Christianity triumphing in the world. The concern today is over survival. Here is Vatican’s nightmare vision. In the first millennium, Christianity lost Jerusalem to the Arabs. In the second millennium, in 1453, Constantinople fell to the Islamic warriors of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II; the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire disappeared from the map. Now, with Islamic warriors poised in Kosovo, waiting to make the short leap to Italy, Christianity may next lose Rome itself.

Probably this is what the Pope had in mind when he said that the third millennium would see Christianity in Asia. It also may be read to mean that he sees Christianity disappearing from Europe. This is not helped by the fact that Italy is not known for the heroism of its soldiers as many Indian veterans who fought against Mussolini’s army will attest. (Roman pickpockets are a greater menace than the Italian army.) This nightmare scenario is reflected in Opus Dei sources. Participants at an Opus Dei seminar in Barcelona concluded: “A parallel exists between the present situation in the Occident [West] and the fall of the Roman Empire.” A leading Canadian expert on Opus Dei observed: “Now this was an alarmist, not to say scare-mongering conclusion. But it was perfectly in line with the Opus Dei’s use of the psychology of fear.” The point is not whether this doomsday scenario is valid, but the undeniable fact that the Opus Dei (and the Vatican) is driven by this fear. To make matters worse, many Islamic leaders also believe that Rome, and even Europe, is theirs for the taking and all they have to do is mount a determined assault. They point out that they defeated one superpower — the Soviet Union — and are now on the verge of defeating America— or so they believe. Europe they feel will be a pushover.

Cyber-crusade

In view of the Vatican’s inability to mount a military offensive against encroaching Islam, it has resorted to cunning and subterfuge— something at which it has always excelled. Opus Dei is now at the forefront of what it calls “cyber-crusade.” The idea is to use its propaganda muscle and subversion of state institutions in countries like India to gain converts for defending Christianity. Its principal assault is on higher education and the media.

Opus Dei has set up several universities and research institutions with names like the Institution for Human Sciences in Vienna, University of Human Rights in Geneva, the Weatherford Foundation for African Students in New York and many others. It even attempted to set up a college in Oxford but was thwarted. As early as 1979, an Opus Dei memorandum stated:

“Members of Opus Dei already work in the following professional enterprises… 479 universities and institutes of higher learning in five continents; 604 newspapers, magazines and scientific publications; 52 radio and television stations; 38 news and publicity agencies; 12 film production and distribution companies…”

Today, 25 years later, it is at least twice as extensive. And the list does not include individuals journalists and scholars who work for Opus Dei in institutions not owned by it (and also NGOs). It is a virtual certainty that Opus Dei has significant presence in India. As recently as 1993, Opus Dei opened a new center in India headed by a Spanish wool merchant— or so he claimed. A decade before him, the cultural attaché at the Italian Embassy in Delhi was rumored to be in the pay of Opus Dei. (He was later removed for running an antique smuggling racket under diplomatic cover.) 

More than forty years ago, the Indian-Spanish theologian Raimundo Panikkar came to India armed with a scholarship from the National Science and Research Council (NSRC)— an Opus Dei front. Has anyone looked at the possibility that some Indian foundations might also be fronting for Opus Dei activities— like the Heritage Foundation of Washington?

What has all this got to do with the assault on Hindu institutions? Subramanian Swamy and several others have charged that it is part of an international conspiracy and a threat to national security. If such is the case, it cannot possibly be the handiwork of just a few adventurers and politicians. Opus Dei is one of the few organizations with the resources and the motive.

A Psychopath’s Tribute Can’t Represent My Country

The whole problem with the past 1000 years has been the negation of what India is.  In the last 70 years, the governments have deliberately promoted denial of what Indian civilization’s real strength was.
Although there are controversies and disputes on whether Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan and is actually what it is said to be – specially given that Shah Jahan had multiple wives before and after Mumtaz Mahal – but let us assume the story we have been fed by our historians is true.  The historians who have had a habit of spinning the facts from the Mughal era – even when those emperors recorded their own histories!  Be as it may, let us given some poetic latitude to our historians (for that is exactly what they use while writing India’s history in any case) and assume the story of Taj Mahal to be – that one Emperor loved his wife so much that on her death (while giving birth to 14th kid in the 19 year relationship!), he became distraught and built a mausoleum for her – the Taj Mahal.

The story also goes that he ensured that the hands of the artisans who worked on the Taj were cut off.  So they couldn’t build anything like that again.  This was when the construction of this monument is supposed to have taken 21 years (1632-53).

What is India’s Ethos?

Those who are given to the negationist mindset of Nehruvian historical view extoll the “Unity in Diversity” characteristic of India.  From China to France and the rest of the Europe to the Arab lands – how many countries displayed this “Unit in Diversity”?   The question is not how the new found democratic ideas have made them “tolerate” the others in the last 20-50 years.  But why none of these cultures never assimilated anyone else?  Mark you, I am not using the word “tolerate”.

And, what happened to the people who created Pakistan, that what their forefathers were masters of – “Unity in Diversity” – they suddenly and utterly lost?  Those who were of an assimilative civilization can no longer tolerate even different sects of Islam within themselves?

It is an important question.

For, “Unity in Diversity” is the result – not a starting point of the process.  As seen from other societies, things were either never “right” for Unity in Diversity to happen or quickly degenerated to yank out any Unity in Diversity that was inherited!

So, the question to look at is – what is the process that leads to “Unity in Diversity”?  Unity is never created in Diversity.  It is always realized.  Those who look to crush anything different from them to hoist their own belief as superior cannot realize the underlying unity in the entire diversity of the existence.  Because they were never interested in either Unity or Diversity.  They were interested in their own belief as the only option.  How can one who peddles exclusivism ever stumble upon the beauty of diversity?  Supremacy of belief and Beauty of Diversity belong to different dimensions that do not meet.  The latter is what India was steeped in.

And, India was steeped in the embracing and celebrating diversity, because the Sages and the seekers understood that all the different waves that constitute the existence were surfing on the same ocean below.  The one, infinite, unending, eternal consciousness.  It was not a forced belief, but a realization.  And that is the most important characteristic of “Unity in Diversity” – it is realized.  Not hoisted.  It is embraced, not forced upon.

India is a civilization that realized the Oneness of the consciousness in the diversity of existence.  And, it was done in as many ways as can ever be done.  This is the ethos of India.

Shahjahan: Lover or Psychopath?

The land on which Taj Mahal was constructed was usurped by Shah Jahan from the Maharaja of Jaipur forcibly.  And the queen for whom he is said to have constructed the monument was nothing more than a machine for giving birth to kids – 8 sons and 6 daughters, 7 of whom died at birth or close to birth!  So out of the 19 yeas Arjumand Banu Begum (also strangely called Mumtaz Mahal) was pregnant or giving birth or recovering all through, over 7 years of which were those where she saw her children die in front of her eyes.  Even if one were to grant a sadistic man who put his wife through such untold misery – the benefit of doubt; it must still take remarkable level of psychopathic dark humor to call it “love”!

We are told a tale about this Emperor (who treated his wife as nothing more than a morbid machine of making babies in a ruthless manner) by historians who have famously been over-eager to write revisionist tales they call history and promote a certain clique of such “historians.  Remember the Ayodhya case and deposition by the “top historians”? So these historians would have us believe that Shahjahan loved his wife Arjumand alias Mumtaz so much that he initiated a 21 year project to create the monument for her.  While she was alive, he didn’t let her live a single year of happiness or normal existence however.  After he was done with building a monument of the land he snatched by the Maharaja of Jaipur, he chopped the hands of the artisans who built that monument.

You tell me, which part of this man’s way of things is worth being proud of? Oh, he created a work of beauty!  Sure!  So did the painter of these amazing paintings.  Check them out here: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/253960866457057574/  Look at the detail!  Just observe the eye for beauty and proportion of this artist!  Someone whose life should be celebrated? Well, both these paintings are by Adolf Hitler!  Ready to celebrate him, are you?

There is no doubt that Taj Mahal is indeed a work of beauty.  But that is all to it.  It is a structure that is outwardly beautiful.  But what it represents is nothing of beauty.  Instead of building this monument, if Shahjahan had allowed his wife to live a happy and healthy life where she was treated like a human being – and not a child-bearing machine with ruthless regularlity irrespective of whether she was still mourning her dead kid, leave alone 7 of them, it would have been a greater tribute of love for her.

Shahjahan’s love – if it was even that – was that of a psychopath.  It had nothing beautiful about itself.

The truth is that there is very little to celebrate about the work like Taj Mahal or Hitler’s amazing paintings.  For they represent the ethos of psychopaths.  Yes, we can consider them beautiful and use them for tourism – nothing wrong with that.  But it is not just foolish but downright insulting to the Indian civilization – which has realized, celebrated and nurtured the “Unity in Diversity” in its truest sense. 

And, this is important.  For, over the last 70 years, so many amazing places and works of great art and worksmanship by beautiful and conscious beings have been relegated to oblivion in the archeological and historical map of India.  The Ajantas, the Elloras, the Kedarnath, the beautiful Baolis of Rajasthan and powerful temples of South have been made to pay for promoting just one monument on the Indian tourist map.

26th October – The Day J&K Acceded to India 

Accession of J & K to India is Complete by Dr. Mahesh Kaul

The partition of the Indian subcontinent should be seen in the perspective of the Anglo-Muslim alliance that was forged by the British to retain their strategic foothold in the Indian subcontinent to have an access to the Russian activities and the appreciable influence on the Central Asian region, mainly in terms of oil reserves. As the oil reserves were in the domain of the Central Asian and Middle Eastern Islamic countries and regions, so the British encouraged the separatist Muslim sentiment in India to impress the Muslim World and at the same time kept the nationalist movement for the Indian independence under check, which the British viewed as the ‘Hindu Nationalist’ upsurge.
Kashmir problem is the outcome of the ‘Great Game’ which the British played to keep the separatist Muslim elements alive to keep its stakes high, even though the World War II had changed the dynamics of the strategic world order. This move was further meant to make the northern Indian borders weak and pregnable forever and result is the present Kashmir crisis. It was a clear move to sow the seeds of the balkanization of the Indian Union.

The process of maintaining the checks and applying brakes on the Indian nationalists were already devised by the British well before 1947 and M.A. Jinnah was a British prop to materialize the separatist Muslim claims for the partition of India.

These ploys and what was going on in the British mind has been revealed by Krishna Menon, who was close to the British circles, in the following words to Lord Mountbatten well before the partition on 14June 1947, “Is this frontier of (the northwest of Indian spur comprising Afghanistan and Iran) still the hinterland of the Imperial strategy? Does British still think in terms of being able to use this territory and all that follows from it? 

There is considerable amount of talking in this way; and if Kashmir, for one reason or another, chooses to be (with) in Pakistan that would be a further development in the direction. I do not know of (the) British policy in this matter. I do not know it whether you know it either. But if this be the intent, this is tragic……….As it becomes more evident, the attitude of India would be resentful and Britain’s’ hold on Pakistan would not improve it.”(pp.15-16,The Untold Story of India’s Partition).

Menon was pointing towards the British strategy of using West Pakistan as a base to stop the Soviet expansion towards the Indian Ocean, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf and secondly he implied that was the British policy so ‘subterranean’ that even the Viceroy was ignorant about it? These intrigues shaped the Kashmir problem and result is the present state of chaos and desperation.

Accession of the J&K State to the Indian Union needs to be understood by keeping in mind, the traits of the British and the separatist Muslim mindset of the Muslim League nurtured by the imperial policy makers to divide India to suit their strategic hold on the Sub continent.

There is a false premise on which the J&K’s Accession to India is always understood by certain vested interests “That the Radcliffe Boundary Commission award, giving away Gurdaspur district to the Indian East Punjab was announced on August17, 1947, two days after the new Dominions of India and Pakistan had already come into being.” It is totally absurd.

The demarcation of the areas that would go to Pakistan was already devised by the British well before 1947, thepartition year. Its blueprint was already prepared by Viceroy Lord Archbald Wavell in 1946 to forge an alliance with the Jinnah’s Muslim League, the foundation of this unholy alliance was laid in 1940-41 by his predecessor Linthligow to project M.A. Jinnah as the sole spokesman of ‘Muslim India’.

The same blueprint was kept under cover till the opportune time came in 1947 for the British withdrawal. It was deliberately kept in abeyance so that the finger of suspicion for the vivisection of India was not raised on the British Empire.

So the point raised by the fifth columnists and other left liberal intellectuals that “Maharaja Hari Singh could not accede to the newly created Indian Dominion and the Indian Prime Minister, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru could not accept such a request on or before August 15, 1947 because under the provision of July 1947 Indian Independence Act passed by the British Parliament, Pathankot tehsil at that time, the only geographical link with J&K, was located in Gurdaspur district of west Punjab which had been notified under the aforesaid Act as part of Pakistan” is the falsification of the reality.

Another observation by these individuals that “The Maharaja Sahib had therefore no other option than to think of Standstill Agreement with both new Dominions of India and Pakistan and making Jammu and Kashmir an Eastern Switzerland of Asia” is another misinterpretation of constitutional realities and the facts. As India under the British was composed of the British India and the Princely states which accepted the British Paramountcy, the rulers of these states were thus bound to accede to one of the Dominions and there was no provision for the Independent existence.

The celebrated political scientist Prof M.K. Teng in the preface to his book titled ‘Kashmir – the Myth of Autonomy’ has cleared this misconception regarding the accession of the J&K and other princely states to the Indian Union. He writes “The partition of India did not envisage the accession of the Princely states to the Dominion of India and Pakistan on the basis, the British India was divided. The partition of India left the states out its scope and the transfer of power accepted the lapse of the Paramountcy: the imperial authority the British exercised over the States .The accession of the states to India was the culmination of a historical process which symbolized the unity of the people in the British India and the Indian States.” (pp. VII, Kashmir-Myth of Autonomy)

It is a populist view in order to cover the truth regarding the accession that Maharaja Hari Singh was trapped and was hence indecisive to accede to India. To clear this misconception further Prof M.K. Teng writes, “In 1947, when Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India, the ruler of the State, Maharaja Hari Singh signed the same standard form of the Instrument of Accession, which the other major Indian states signed.

The accession of the State to India was not subject to any exceptions or pre-conditions to provide for any separate and special constitutional arrangements for the state. Neither Nehru, nor Patel gave any assurances to Hari Singh or the National Conference leaders that J&K would be accorded a separate and independent political organization on the basis of the Muslim Majority character of its population.”(pp. VII, Kashmir-Myth of Autonomy)

Thus the above analysis makes it crystal clear that the accession of the Jammu and Kashmir State to the Indian Union is complete in the constitutional manner.

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