December 25, 2006

Harappa was like any other metro: US prof

'U.S. Prof'' Kenoyer & Co have been saying the same thing for over 50 years. There is nothing new. Even the importance of the Sarasvati River, they have jumped on the bandwagon only after it has been discussed thoroughly by outsiders from Wakankar to Kalyanaraman and others.

The only thing new that Kenoyer has to say is that the granaray at Harappa was not a granary but a textile weaving center. Even that was explored in great depth by K.D. Sethna in his book KARPASA.

Jha wrote with great insight on the unicorn symbol and its westward diffusion. These people have done nothing that can compare with what Wakankar and Jha have done.

N.S. Rajaram


Author: Anjali Joseph | TNN

Publication: TOI

Dated: December 21, 2006

A great trading city teeming with different communities that existed
together and enjoyed civic infrastructure like a water supply and
drains; a manufacturing centre where textiles that were exported around
the world were made. It's not a description of 19th century Mumbai, but
of cities like Harappa and Mohenjo Daro in the Indus valley as early as
4th millennium BC, said Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, associate professor in
anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, at a lecture in
the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vaastu Sangrahalaya on Tuesday.

Kenoyer has been working on excavations in the Indus Valley,
particularly in Harappa, since 1974. Drawing on recent discoveries at
Harappa, Kenoyer explained the inferences made by archaeologists and
anthropologists about life in the Indus valley, which is now believed to
have extended in the area surrounding not only the Indus, but also the
now-dried up Saraswati river. Kenoyer said modern archaeological
findings do not support the idea of an Aryan 'invasion,' but show that
Vedic people were among those who lived in cities such as Mohenjo Daro
in Sindh and Harappa in Punjab towards the end of the Indus
civilisation, which stretched between 7,000 BC and 1,900 BC. "These were
sophisticated cities with wide roads, gates designed to keep intruders
out and where those coming in or going out of the city with goods could
be taxed. There was a water supply and proper drains. It was only when
the Saraswati dried up and Mohenjo Daro and Harappa became overpopulated
because other cities lost their water supply that the cities declined,''
said Kenoyer, comparing that period with the fate of cities such as
Amritsar and Lahore at the time of Partition. As many as 50,000 people
may have lived in Harappa at certain periods and the people of the Indus
civilisation formed ethnic groups, said Kenoyer, citing figurines
showing seals with symbols such as the buffalo or unicorn to represent
different ethnic groups. The unicorn symbol was invented by the Indus
people, and spread to Europe centuries later via Mesopotamia and Near
East, he said.

"There was no single ruler in these cities. We've found no palace.
Instead, there seems to have been a republic in which a group of elders
ruled," said Kenoyer.

What was earlier believed by archaeologists to be a grain store in
Harappa now seems likely to have been a textile weaving centre, and fine
cloth from the area was exported far away, he said.

December 23, 2006

Brutal murder of Sukhanand Shetty

V SUNDARAM

The secular mafia of mass media in India under the deathly stranglehold of the UPA Government in New Delhi has completely blacked out the lethal crime relating to the cold blooded and brutal murder of 30 year old Sukhanand Shetty, BJP Taluk President, in the city of Mangalore on 1 December, 2006 by a criminal gang of 12 Muslims. Sukhanand Shetty was an up and coming Hindu leader noted for his outstanding qualities of leadership and radical views relating to the advancement of the sacred cause of Sanathana Dharma and Hindutva. He had led the Hindus of the area with fearlessness and courage against all criminal and anti-social elements in the community.


Sukhanand Shetty

He was working as a Manager in a Marble dealer's office at Kulai, 12 kms away from Mangalore. On 1 December, 2006 at 9.15 am, as he was about to enter his office after getting down from his car, a group of Muslims came in a van and attacked him with sword and killed him on the spot savagely. His head and various vital parts of his body were cut into pieces with Jihadic fervour.

It is understood that Mangalore and its neighbourhood areas have been the scene of simmering Hindu Muslim tension for several months. More than a month ago when an idol of Goddess Durga was being taken for immersion at a place called Bajpe, some Muslims had prevented and obstructed the procession. It is reported that many Hindus were asking in anguish: 'Are we living in Pakistan? Are we living in Bangladesh?' At Vijayi College at Mulki, criminal and anti-social elements among the Muslim community misbehaved with Hindu women students which created a storm of public protests in the area. Sukhanand Shetty functioned fearlessly as a spokesman on behalf of the frightened and oppressed sections among the Hindu community. He led a procession of students and their parents as a mark of protest against organised atrocities against the Hindus in that area.

Shetty was thus a marked man as a Hindu leader. Terrorist elements among the Muslims had been planning to kill Sukhanand Shetty for the last two or three years. It is understood that Hindus in and around Mangalore area seem to be of the definite view that the UPA Government is committed only to the protection of Muslims and Christians and not to that of Hindus. Many of them seem to have the impression that if instead of Sukhanand Shetty, it had been a Rahamatullah or a William, the Union Home Minister and the Union Minorities Minister would have rushed to Mangalore on a fact finding mission. Criminal slaughter of Hindus in any part of India seems to be of no consequence to the Union Home Minister.

These are the known facts about the crime investigation done by the police. The special team constituted to investigate into the murder of BJP Leader Sukhanand Shetty has on 12 December, 2006, nabbed two prime accused involved in the offence. The arrested are identified as Abdul Rahman (27) Resident of Kalladka Golthamajalu village, Bantwal and Mohammed Shakir (26) of Mulki. While Abdul Rehman was arrested from Farangpet, Mohammed Shakir has been nabbed from Haleyangadi. It is understood that the accused Abdul Rahman is a known communal goonda of Kalladka and he is involved in as many as five communal cases in the past, of which two are cases of attempt to murder. In the instant case, he is found directly involved in the attack as he had accompanied the team that went in the stolen vehicle and attacked Sukhanand Shetty near his office on 1 December, 2006. The other accused Mohammed Shakir is found to be involved in the conspiracy to attack and kill Sukhanand Shetty. He has provided all assistance and actively aided and abetted the other accused in the commission of this offence. Another accused Abdul Kabeer was arrested on 14 December, 2006. Based on the information given by him, the police arrested Naushad, Nawaz and Nazeer on 15 December, 2006. Naushad and Nawaz directly participated in the savage attack on Sukhanand Shetty on 1 December, 2006. Out of a total number of 12 Muslim criminals involved in the murder, the Karnataka police have so far arrested nine Muslims. One of the criminals involved in the attack on Shetty was killed in an encounter. He is reported to be one Sudir Alexander who had embraced Islam, becoming a Latik. Two more criminals are in hiding.

What is most disturbing is that it has been reported that ISI agents from Pakistan are playing a key role in planning these organized attacks against the Hindu community in general and selected Hindu leaders in particular in the coastal area stretching from Calicut in Kerala to Karwar in Karnataka. It is also reported that there is large scale inflow of illicit money from Pakistan and other Muslim countries to the West Coast meant for deployment against the Hindu community by the ISI agents and other Muslim terrorists. It is understood that a special threat has been issued to Nagaraj Shetty� Karnataka Minister for Hindu Religious Endowments.

What is the general lesson which we Hindus have to learn from all this? It is simple and straight. The Islam-embracing, Christianity-coveting and Hindu-hating UPA Government in New Delhi is committed to the ideology of pseudo-secularism which is nothing but Negationism. This movement is led by Islamic Apologists and Marxist Academics, and followed by all the politicians, journalists and intellectuals who call themselves 'secularists'.

The American historian Will Durant summed it up like this: 'The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It's a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.' The fears of Will Durant are getting confirmed in letter and spirit today.

The Muslim conquests, down to the 16th century, were for the Hindus a pure struggle of life and death. Entire cities were burnt down and the population massacred, with hundreds of thousands of Hindus killed in every campaign and similar numbers exported as slaves. Every new invader made (often literally) his hills of Hindu skulls. Thus the conquest of Afghanistan in the year 1000 was followed by the annihilation of the Hindu population. This region is called the 'Hindu Kush' ie 'Hindu Slaughter'. The Bahmani Sultans (1347 - 1480) in Central India made it a rule to kill 100,000 Hindus every year. In 1399, Timur killed 100,000 Hindu captives in a single day and many more on other occasions. The conquest of the Vijayanagar Empire after the battle of Talikota in 1565 left the capital plus large areas of Karnataka depopulated. According to Arjun Singh, Historical Record Destruction (HRD) for Human Resource Destruction (HRD) these facts accepted round the world do not exist. In his book 'Growth of Muslim Population in India' K S Lal has estimated that the Indian population decreased by 80 million between the year of conquest of Afghanistan in 1000 AD and the end of Delhi Sultanate in 1525.

What are the techniques of UPA-sponsored Negationism? They are:

i) Head-on denial. The crassest form of Negationism is obviously the simple denial of the facts. This is done in the form of general claims such as 'Islam is compassionate', 'Islam believes in brotherhood' and 'India is a land of multi-cultural harmony'.

ii) Ignoring the facts. We have an impotent Home Minister to deny the general facts and a Minister for Minorities to deny the specific facts. This subject is too well known for any further elaboration.

iii) Minimizing the facts. Apart from minimizing the 'absolute size' of Islamic crimes, there is the popular technique of 'relative minimizing': make the facts look smaller by comparing them with other carefully selected facts. Sometimes they will show their Himalayan fair-mindedness by saying that 'all religions are intolerant - which may sound plausible to many uninitiated minds though it is patently false.

iv) White washing. When one cannot conceal, deny or minimize the facts, one can still claim that on closer analysis, they are not as bad as they seem.

v) Playing up unrepresentative facts. For instance, if we talk about destruction of temples by the hundreds of thousands by Islam in India from 1000 AD to 1707 AD, the UPA politicians and their Marxist partners would talk about the sole event of destruction of Babri Masjid!

vi) Denying the motive. Negationists sometimes accept the fact, but disclaim their hero's responsibility for them. According to the UPA Government, ISI agents are terrorists who have killed many innocent Hindus in India, yet Musharaf of Pakistan is more compassionate than Gautama Buddha. Therefore peace talks will
continue!

vii) Smoke-screen. Another common tactic consists is blurring the problem by questioning the very terms of the debate: 'Islam does not exist, for there are many Islams, with big differences between countries', etc.

viii) Slogans. Finally all discussions can be sabotaged with the simple technique of shouting slogans like Prejudice, Myth, Racial Communalism and Saffronized
Fundamentalism.

To conclude, the real choice before the Hindus of India is between self-deception and the courage to face facts, between being a prisoner of your opponents' thought categories and developing your own analysis, between laziness and alertness.

(The writer is a retired IAS officer)
e-mail the writer at vsundaram@newstodaynet.com

Why EENADU & ETV is under siege in AP ?

IntelliBriefs has been watching Eenadu and ETV rather closely for past few months , we wonder how most of Indian intellectuals have missed to recognise the true intent of frontal assault on this group . Our sources in Andhra Pradesh say the attack "has been sponsored by Christian groups ". It is patently obvious for many that this group is an 'identified Hindu' media group and thrived under Telugu Desam rule ,became a household name in Andhra Pradesh.

Both Eenadu and ETV project Tirumala Lord Venkateswara and Hindu Puranas in a very positive light with mega budget serials. Eenadu actively, regularly exposes misdeeds of Hindu Endowments Department involving the congress goons. Brahmotsavams of Tirumala, Pushkarams, Dussera, Deepavali, Sankranthi etc., get very prominent coverage in the front pages. So also every day Hindu events and culture are given huge prominence. They are also vocal critics of the Gandhi family and Congress throughout their existence - Eenadu since 1974 and ETV since 90's. Reliable source say "this, obviously, is not at all to the liking of the church in AP, Sonia & co." , pointing finger at Congress effort to scuttle anything that is anti-congress and anti-communism , "this is a congress-Communist joint-venture to attack hindu icons and institutions" .

Shocking dimension has emerged in India

Also almost all mainstream TV channels show programmes that ridicule, mistify, vilify or challenge Hindu way of life and it's religious icons. This being so, one solitary Newsgroup carrying Hindu way of life in such big profile is not to be tolerated, what with 'power' in both centre and the state. Eenadu Chairman's son, Mr.Suman takes very keen interest in promoting bhakthi cassettes and videos selling them in big numbers , "just like Gulshan Kumar of TIPS who was murdered by sullas", said a radical hindu group leader . "When government is busy demolishing and diverting Mandir monies in a big way, will xians allow one Hindu media baron to get away ..... no way., hence YSR & co is in full battle cry on Mr.Ramoji Rao's media and financial empire." said a source . They couldn't browbeat him, hence the demolition of Margadarsi Finance, Ramoji Film City, Margadarsi Chits using GOs, RBI pressure and physical attacks on the Eenadu organs. A hindu leader said "I feel we shouldn't be mute to this day light carnage of Hinduism's biggest supporting Media Group by the church."

In his assessment on the EENADU issue , reknowned scholar Dr.N.S.Rajaram projected a wider geopolitical dimension to the issue . He told IntelliBriefs this morning from Bangalore that "all this is part of a concerted attack on Hindu interests and institutions, organized by Christian groups and supported by the Congress." Recollecting his past alerts issued to the Indian intelligentia and patriotic groups he slammed Sonia and her coterie " People, including those who should know better, ridiculed me when I said a couple of years ago that the Church with its peculiar historical sense see Sonia Gandhi in the same light as Constantine, who by his hospitality to early Christianity to take over the Roman Empire."

He even cited historical similarities "to those who know history, the present conflict has an early similarity to the 4th century. Christians were less than 4 percent in the Roman Empire, by they managed to seize control."


However ,below message has been circulated in some circles on Internet . These are patriotic groups who are said to be "connected to intelligence circles".

{START}

Which Media is controlled by whom and how does it derive benefit

a) NDTV : Funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, Gen Secy of Communist party of India.

b) CNN-IBN: 100% Funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annualy allocates 800 Million Dollars for Promotion of its channel. Its Indian Head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

c) TIMES GROUP LIST : TIMES OF INDIA, MID-DAY, NAV-BHARTH TIMES, STARDUST, FEMINA, VIJAYA TIMES, VIJAYA KARNATAKA, TIMES NOW (24 hr News Channel) & many more.

Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. 80% of the Funding is done by "WORLD CHRISTIAN COUNCIL" , and balance 20% is equally shared by an Englishman and an Italian. The Italian ROBERTIO MINDO IS A CLOSE RELATIVE OF SONIA GANDHI.


D) STAR TV : Is run by an Australian, who is supported by St.Peters Pontificial Church Melbourne.

E) HINDUSTAN TIMES: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collobration with Times Group.

F) The Hindu : A English Daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne, Switzerland.

G) INDIAN EXPRESS : DIVDED INTO TWO GROUPS. THE INDIAN EXPRESS & NEW INDIAN EXPRESS (SOUTHERN EDITION). Acts Ministries has major stake in the Indian express and later is still with the Indian counterpart

H) EENADU : Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao

I) Andhra Jyothi : The MUSLIM PARTY OF HYDERABAD known as (MIM) along with a Congress Minister Has purchased this Telgu daily very recently.

j) The Statesman : It is controlled by Communist Party of India

k) Kairali TV : It is Controlled by Communist party of India (marxist)

l) Mathrabhoomi : leaders of muslim league and Communist Leaders have major investment.

L) Asian Age & Deccan Chronicle : Is owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J.AKBAR.

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December 18, 2006

Press freedom in Andhra Pradesh

http://www.thehoot.org/



There were two unrelated instances last month in Andhra Pradesh concerning media which reflect poorly on the image of the government.



S R Ramanujan

There were two unrelated instances last month in Andhra Pradesh concerning media which reflect poorly on the image of the government.



First, government hospitals in the state became a "No entry" zone for mediapersons. No, there is no bar for their treatment, but they can’t "treat" the hospitals’ ill-health with their exposes. Of course, this has nothing to do with what is going on in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) nor Anbumani’s tantrums in playing the quota politics of his father Dr S Ramadoss. This is purely a "state-grown" initiative.



The state government has issued a GO Rt No. 422 ostensibly to improve the quality of government hospitals and one of the clauses is that the authorities should restrict the entry of pressmen in the hospitals by creating a "Press Room" in the hospitals so that the mediamen are confined to that room instead of snooping into the wards or other areas that may give "meat" to the news stories with all the "festering wounds" of the hospitals.



As reported in the local media, this restriction was imposed because media persons are entering labour rooms and taking photographs (!) and obstructing doctors from performing their duties. So, the GO says "A separate Press Room shall be created in every major hospital in the State. All media should assemble only in this room for any information. Under any circumstances, they should not go inside labour rooms, operation theatres, post-operative wards, ICUs etc. Patients and attendants besides the hospital staff can be interviewed by the Press in this room" (Deccan Chronicle July 30).



If I may take liberty with the famed theory, every reaction will have an action. In this case, the action took place in January this year when a tribal pregnant woman was denied entry into a hospital which bears the name of the great saviour of the poor and downtrodden - Gandhi. Yes, the tribal woman delivered a baby in the front yard of the Gandhi hospital, Secunderabad with the help of her relatives holding a piece of cloth around her when she was in labour pains to provide the minimum privacy. This was the story of the month for regional television channels and for the print media to the great embarrassment of the government which swears by the "Aam Admi".



The chief minister and the health minister were "appalled", "agitated" and "ashamed" over the story, and what comes naturally to them over such shocks is to appoint a committee. The committee, in order to improve the ‘health’ of the hospitals, came out with a series of suggestions and one of the suggestions was to keep the Press at a respectable distance from the hospitals. After all, the problem arises only when the people are made to see the uglier side of the hospitals which in turn affects their health. If they are made to see what the hospitals want them to see, everything will be fine. This must be the ‘noble’ objective of the government in creating "Press Rooms" a la "Labour Rooms" in the hospitals so that the journalists can deliver "healthy stories" for the consumption of the people!



The second instance of scuttled press freedom was, of course, from a different quarter, but well within the control of the government of the day in a way. It is not just the government alone that wants to hide things from media glare. Its appointees in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) have gone a step ahead in terrorising the mediamen to ensure that the seamier side of the administration like deviation from the Agama sastras, commercialization of the Lord and lackadaisical approach to evangelism on the hills are not given prominence in the media. The temple administration wants the local media to confine itself to the coverage of VIP visits and the fattening of ‘Hundi’ with diamond and gold to sustain its reputation as the world’s richest temple. To understand why and how the TTD officials could act with impunity in taking into illegal custody a media team from Bangalore for three days, we must know a little bit of background of the TTD.



When the conversion controversy broke out maligning the image of the Rajasekara Reddy government, the temple administration got panicky and got into the act by (ab)using the priests of the temple and a section of the employees to carry a delegation to the chief minister and to deny the charges of conversion atop the hills.



It was at this point of time, a Bangalore-based television reporter Om Prakash Agarwal assisted by an AP contact Damodaram Viswanath descended on the scene allegedly to take shots of the "Cross" on some residential doors of the employees and on the trees at Balaji nagar on the hills to nail the denials of temple top brass. In his complaint to the National Human Rights Commission, Agarwal narrates the plight that awaited him at the hands of the Temple Security officials.



According to the complaint, the TTD Vigilance Officer, besides confiscating his camera, mike, channel ID and a bag containing his cloths and cash, manhandled him and his local escort mercilessly. The duo was then taken to the Jt EO, Dharma Reddy where he was allegedly threatened with a loaded pistol to make a confessional statement to the effect that it was he (Agarwal) who painted the "Cross" over the doors and the trees to implicate the TTD. Since the team refused to give such a statement, they were handed over to the Tirumala Police who interrogated them in detention. Finally, they were let off by the Police as they couldn’t find credible evidence to support Dharma Reddy’s theory.



Besides the highhanded behaviour of the TTD to protect the interests of the ruling party in the state which was at the receiving end of the conversion controversy, what was deplorable was the role of the local media that looked the other way. When Agarwal and Damodar were produced before the local media by Reddy & Co, the media simply reported the official version without making even a feeble attempt to know what Agarwal had to say on the episode, especially when he was paraded before them.



When the duo was in illegal detention of the TTD for three full days, there was none to stand by them. Was it because they were representing a channel (Delhi-based Sudarshan TV) that had neither viewership nor clout? In contrast, one is reminded of the brouhaha the CNN-IBN made for days together when its team was attacked and the vehicle burnt in Lucknow by political thugs.



The moral is: " Show me the channel and we‘ll tell you what press freedom is!"


Contact: s_ramanujan9@yahoo.co.in

December 15, 2006

AFB urges Afghans to take up Durand Line issue to the International Court of Justice

WASHINGTON DC /IntelliBriefs/ --- The American Friends of Balochistan, led by its president Robert Selle, met with the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the U.S. Said T. Jawad on Thursday afternoon and urged Kabul to take up unsettled Durand Line issue to the International Court of Justice for lasting peace in the region.

Selle, who was acompanied by Ahmar Mustikhan and Nabi Baloch, informed Jawad that there was a nexus between the atrocities committed in Balochistan and terror attacks on Afghanistan.

The Afghan Ambassador expressed concerned that Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, has emerged as the epicenter of terror attacks on Afghanistan.


Robert Selle



"Since last fall, coupled with the killing of Nawab Bugti, the attacks on Afghan forces and allied NATO and U.S. forces have increased inside Afghanistan, and we believe there is a strong nexus between the assassination and the attacks, in that Pakistan Military Intelligence and Inter Services Intelligence agency are behind both," TheA.F.B. said in its letter to Jawad, a copy of which is being sen to the U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Jawad promised to immediately convey the A.F.B. concerns and request to President Karzai."No doubt, the Baloch and Afghan peoples are tied with one another not only by historic, but also blood ties," Selle told Jawad.

Selle said he wanted to bring to the attention of the Afghan government Balochistan' s unending trail of blood and tears has worsened since the August 26 assassination of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, former governor and chief minister of Balochistan.
"After the assassination of Nawab Bugti, the Baloch, as a people, have lost trust in Pakistan, though they never in their hearts accepted the forceful annexation of their homeland by Pakistan in March 1948, seven months after Pakistan was carved out of India by the British," the A.F.B. letter to the Aghan government said.

The A.F.B. said it was of the considered view that Pakistan had never been a natural geopolitical entity, as was evidenced by the creation of Bangladesh in December 1971.

The A.F.B. said that many of the geostrategic challenges that face the Afghan nation and people today stem from the artificially drawn Durand Line that lapsed in the 1990s and Pashtun territories should have reverted to Afghanistan.
But Pakistan propped up the despicable Taliba'an regime in Kabul just to thwart returning Pashtun territories to Afghanistan.

Mustikhan pointed out that under the Taliba'an Pakistan army establishment was calling Afghanistan its "fifth province" and the Pakistan army would not reconcile to the idea of a democratic and stable Afghanistan.

The A.F.B. told the Afghan ambassador the Baloch as a people and sovereign nation would support the Afghan government in every way pssible have all Pashtun territories returned to it as an integral part of Afghanistan.
"We believe that redemarcation of international boundaries offers a comprehensive and lasting solution to Pakistan-sponsored bloodshed inside Afghanistan, " the A.F.B. team told Jawad.

The A.F.B. requested the Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai to approach the International Court of Justice at The Hague to have the issues settled. "The Baloch would stand on the side of the Afghan people, in return for the creation of an independent, democratic and secular Balochistan, " the A.F.B. letter said.

The A.F.B. also conveyed to the Afghan government and people, under the charismatic leadership of President Hamid Karzai, a message of peace and friendship on behalf of His Highness, the Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Daud Ahmadzai, the popular, traditional and dejure ruler of occupied Balochistan.

A Baloch jirga under the Khan of Kalat has already decided to take up the issue of Pakistan's violating its agreement to the I.C.J. at the Hague.

Narendra Modi's Shining Gujarat

Shining Gujarat

Author: Shrikant Modak
Publication: Business India
Date: December 17, 2006

Introduction: Deftly managing its resources, Gujarat's apex power body has overcome power shortages and losses

Gujarat's glowing. The state's apex power utility has not only staged a recovery, it's now the only one in India to guarantee three phase 24 hours electricity supply to the rural households and eight hours uninterrupted supply to agricultural consumers. Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB), which had been reporting losses until 2004, came to black last year. The board's financial losses were Rs. 1,900 crore in 2003-04. In 2004-05 these were down to Rs. 935 crore.

In April 2005 the state unbundled its electricity sector with that GEB became Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL), a holding company with six unbundled companies under its umbrella (generation and transmission companies and four distribution companies). The improvements in the utility continued even under this new avatar. GUVNL posted Rs. 187 crore profits in 2005-06. If this year's projections are to be believed it will report even better profits around Rs. 400 crore.

The entire process, "Started five years back," says Saurabh Patel, Gujarat's energy minister of state with the independent charge. "Then we were placed seventh in the power sector rankings of utilities in India and now we are second, behind Andhra Pradesh, "says Viiaylaxmi joshi, CMD Of GUVNL. What's contributed to this success? There are several factors in fact. "One that stands out most recently is the state's Gujarat Jyotigram Yojna that assures 24 hours three phase power supply to the rural residential consumers and eight hours guaranteed supply to the agricultural consumers," claims a GUVNL official.

The state very recently announced the completion of this Yojna (covering 18,000 villages and 9,700 hamlets) at a function attended by President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, near the heritage site of Chapaner town. Its impact! "A fact that more than 1,50,000 rural public came for the event will have obviously boosted Modi's political image," say chief minister, Narendra Modi's, admirers. But, in more mundane economic terms, "its impact on technical parameters like the T&D losses has been large," say GUVNL officials.

At a demographic level, a survey carried out by IRMA at the behest of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) reveals a reduction in rural to urban migration. "The assured availability of electricity has opened up income earning avenues to the rural public that weren't there earlier," explains Patel. Even consumer durable companies have felt its impact. For example, John Verghese, proprietor of Ahmedabad-based consumer durable retail chain, Sales India, says, "There has been a significant increase of rural consumers to our showrooms in the last year." Haier regional manager, Sanjay Ghadial affirms a similar trend. "Our sales to rural areas have gone up significantly," he says.

Political opportunity
Patel says, "Wherever we toured in the rural areas, people were demanding 24 hours electricity supply." He adds, "The question before us was then how to provide this? A simple answer, since agriculture consumers were subject to load shedding, was to separate the residential consumers by putting them on separate feeder. However, sceptics within the administration dismissed this as unfeasible. But Modi having spotted a political opportunity wasn't the one to let it go. A sample of 50 villages was chosen to test the viability of the proposal.

Its success eventually convinced everyone that this was the only way to assure 24-hour power supply to the rural households. In a short period of two-and-a-half years, the state spent Rs. 1,000 crore to erect 12 lakh poles to connect rural household to a separate feeder. Modi, avers, "jyotigram is the only solution for the survival of rural India. It can create millions of jobs." Though his detractors dismiss this as a political-speak the scheme itself has proved a blessing to the state's electricity board. Joshi says, "By shifting power supply to the agriculture, which constitutes 40 per cent of the state's load, from peak to the off-peak hours, the state's power supply scenario has changed significantly." Among its several benign effects, the most important is the end to load shedding in the state in the last couple of years.

No power thefts
Earlier there was only one feeder catering to both rural residential and agricultural consumers. Since agricultural tariffs were subsidised there was a general tendency to draw electricity from the same connection even for residential usage. Separating the feeder lines and restricting supply to the agriculture to the off-peak hours has not only reduced this, it has, in fact, done much more. "When there is no current in the lines not only can there be no thefts but also no line losses," says a GUVNL official. While theft may not have gone away entirely, the incentive to steal power has diminished. Further, all the feeders now have electronic meters, which makes it possible to attribute losses more accurately to the theft and deal with it.

As for the agriculturist electricity is guaranteed for eight hours at a fixed time of the day in each area. Since supply hours are restricted, many have gone for drip irrigation wherever agricultural pattern has suited them. Rural revenues have gone up not only because rural residential consumers now pay for what they consume but also because they pay the same tariff as the urban consumers. 'There has been an increase of 13 per cent in the total revenue of GUVNL, although the total demand itself has gone up only by 7 per cent in the last two years," according to a GUVNL official.

However, there are other factors, which too have contributed to the reduction in the sector's losses. For example, on the central side GEB took its issues with NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) to CERC (Central Electricity Regulatory Authority) and got it to streamline the former's cost structure. It also negotiated with the IPPs (Independent Power Projects) and got them to streamline their cost structure.

As far as its own cost reductions initiatives are concerned, as said earlier, it reduced T&D losses by 9 per cent; cost of finance by 2 per cent (from 10.67 per cent to 8.6 per cent by substituting costlier loans with the cheaper loans); improved PLF by 3.44 per cent (to 72.28 per cent); and brought down auxiliary consumption at its generating stations by 4.84 per cent, adopting efficiency improvement measures. It also got Rs.231 crore and Rs. 148 crore in incentives from the Union power ministry respectively in 2003-04 and 2005-06 for reducing its balance sheet losses. Similarly, improved load management left it with a surplus, which it sold in the interstate market at higher rates.

A misfortune of being successful is that the Union power ministry soon diverted Gujarat's 200 mw power share in the central power utilities to the neighbouring Maharashtra that's been reeling under power shortages since last year. The total financial implication of this to GUVNL in the current year will be Rs. 562 crore, as the state's own demand has grown and it now has to buy power from the market at Rs. 6.6 per unit against Rs. 3 earlier. Though the decision to transfer power was meant to be ad hoc the state officials fear that this may acquire permanent status.

Whatever, a remarkable aspect of GUVNL'S turnaround is that it has achieved what it has without any general tariff increase in the last six years. Moreover, improvements have come while preparations were on for unbundling in the latter phase of the recovery. Unlike neighbouring Maharashtra, unbundling went through smoothly with complete cooperation from the unions.

So far the state has managed its power scenario by judiciously balancing its resources. But, as demand's growing, these options will soon run out. "To maintain the tempo of economic development we are planning to make Gujarat power surplus," says Patel. How? Additional 11,563 MW generation capacity addition is being planned over and above the 9,000 MW currently available to it from its own, NTPC and IPP sources in the next five years (Gujarat State Electricity Corporation and the state PSUS together will add, 4,000 MW; IPPS, 4,900 MW; wind power, 500 MW; and NTPC the rest).

December 12, 2006

Quote of the day : "California" Hinduphopbia is in reality European Hinduphobia

December 12, 2006

Note that this so-called "California" Hinduphopbia is in reality European Hinduphobia orchestrated by Michael Witzel and his clique. I find Californians are quite favorably disposed towards the Hindus as are Europeans by and large. The hostility is limited to a small academic fringe, driven by envy of the success of the Hindus in many walks of life. They want to infect everyone with it.

N.S. Rajaram

December 11, 2006

Closing down the Berlin Institute of Indology : Statement of Dr.N.S.Rajaram


December 12, 2006

The Berlin Institute of Indology

Subject: Closing down the Berlin Institute of Indology

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In closing down the Berlin Institute of Indology, I feel that the authorities have shown sound judgment and awareness of emerging developments in the world of scholarship and enlightened attitudes in the post-colonial world. Indology is a tainted discipline with a painful legacy of racism, shoddy scholarship and politics. It has an indefensible record of ideological abuse. This ideological abuse saw its culmination in the Nazi atrocities and keeps raising its head at every opportunity, even six decades after the end of Nazi rule.

The fall of the Third Reich did not end the mindset that gave rise to these abuses. Only anti-Hinduism replaced anti-Semitism as the outlet for its hate mongering. This came to the fore during the vicious anti-Hindu campaign waged by the German-born Harvard Indologist Michael Witzel, almost the last holdout for Aryan theories, against enlightened changes in California school curriculum. He and like minded 'scholars' are now running a hate group calling itself Indo-Eurasian Research (IER).

Through historical circumstances, 'scholars' like Michael Witzel and Indology in general remain a blot on German history. It should have ended with the Third Reich, but academic self-interest kept this intellectual pathology alive.

Indians have no use for Indology, which they see with some justice as a colonial artificact which besmirches the name of India in propagating values and abuses that have nothing to do with India. I see the closure of the Berlin Institute of Indology, along with its counterpart in Cambridge University, as a first step towards correcting this historical wrong. My compliments to you on your timely decision.

I give below my review of Stefan Arvidson's Aryan Idols that appeared in a leading newsweekly in India. The book sheds light on its extraordinary origins and its tortuous and obscurantist course in the Age of Enlightenment. I am currently working on the book Dance of the Aryan Masters: The ignoble story of an intellectual pathology which will look at this sorry episode and its legany from a different perspective, including its scientific absurdities. (I am a scientist by training.)

Sincerely,
N.S. Rajaram


Book review (The Week, November 5, 2006)



THE ARYAN MYTH



Aryan Idols: Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science by Stefan Arvidsson (2006), translated by Sonia Wichmann, The University of Chicago Press.



Judged strictly on merit, the various Aryan theories rank among the weakest examples of scholarship, riddled with scientific contradictions and weighed down by political and racial prejudices. But in influence and longevity, especially in politics, they bid fair to compare with the theories of Einstein and Darwin. The ‘Aryan nation’ became the mantra of German unification, while in colonial India , Aryans became the common ancestors of the Indians and the British, the latter benevolently ruling over their degraded brothers. Neither Relativity nor the Theory of Evolution can match this.



While the scientific, racial and political aspects of Aryan theories have been debated threadbare, a basic question remains: what drove the Europeans, Germans in particular to go to a land and a people so far removed from them in space and time to define themselves? This question is effectively answered by the Swedish scholar Stefan Arvidsson in his remarkable book Aryan Idols. In the process, he has also shed valuable light on the European cultural currents leading to the persistence of these theories in Western academia as well as their proneness to ideological abuse.



A useful point that Arvidsson makes is that the goal of this discipline, now called Indo-European studies was not so much to understand Indian origins as to “show that there existed a rich ‘German’ mythology that could successfully compete with classical Judeo-Christian traditions.” It is hardly surprising that anti-Semitism was tied up with it.



A little known aspect of Aryan theories, at least in India , is the major contribution made by German folklore. Wilhem and Jacob Grimm, who compiled German folk tales were also philologists. "For over two hundred years, a series of historians, linguists, folklorists, and archaeologists have tried to re-create a lost culture. Using ancient texts, medieval records, philological observations, and archaeological remains they have described a world, a religion, and a people older than the Sumerians, with whom all history is said to have begun.”



There are of course no Indo-European texts. “No objects can definitely be tied to them, nor do we know any ‘Indo-European’ by name. In spite of that, scholars have stubbornly tried to reach back to the ancient ‘Indo-Europeans,’ with the help of bold historical, linguistic, and archaeological reconstructions, in the hopes of finding the foundation of their own culture and religion there.”



This helps answer the question why some Western academics react viscerally whenever their theories are thrown in doubt by new findings in archaeology, natural history or genetics. They strike at the very root their cherished ideas about their identity. As Arvidsson notes: “There is something in the nature of research about Indo-Europeans that makes it especially prone to ideological abuse— perhaps something related to the fact that for the past two centuries, the majority of scholars who have done research on the Indo-Europeans have considered themselves descendants of this mythical race.” This ‘ideological abuse’ reached its culmination in the Nazi regime. More recently, it raised its head when California education authorities tried to change the syllabus in elementary schools, replacing theories like the Aryan invasion with more recent findings.



Speaking of Indology, the book observes: "The theory about India as the original home of the Indo-Europeans, and the Indians as a kind of model Aryans, lost supporters during the nineteenth century, and other homelands and other model Aryans took their place instead.” The Aryans (or Indo-Europeans) and their homeland were gradually moved westward until they were made to settle in Eurasia and even Germany . In the hands of German scholars, Aryans became “Indo-Germanische.”



In summary, “The main reason why scholarship about the Indo-Europeans has tended to produce myths is that so many who have written (and read) about it have interpreted it as concerning THEIR OWN ORIGIN.” While this accounts for the European attachment to the Aryan myth, it fails to explain why many Indian scholars continue to cling to it. The answer will have to come from an Indian scholar.

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Dr. N.S. Rajaram’s latest book is Sarasvati River and the Vedic Civilization: History, science and politics. (Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi )

The perversity of Periyarana

V SUNDARAM

Source : http://www.newstodaynet.com
A detailed study of Karl Marx is called Marxiana. A detailed study of Gandhi is called Gandhiana. A detailed study of Churchill is called Churchilliana. A detailed study of Periyar is called Periyarana.

I have read all the writings of that great intellectual giant Periyar, called the Socrates of Tamilnadu or Bernard Shah of Europe. Personally I have received great inspiration, illumination and rational instruction from his mighty intellectual outpourings. l am giving you some flashes of time-defying wisdom and original genius from the Intellectual Armoury of 'Periyarana'.

'Tamil is a barbourous language and Tamilians are barbarians'

'15 August 1947 is a day of mourning and sorrow'

'I want to be surrounded by fifty bloody fools, so that I am heard without any undue disturbance at all my public meetings'

'Parimelazhagar who wrote the commentary on Thirukural was a 'Parppanar' (Periyar was always more interested in Dravidian substance than in Aryan shadow!). '

Periyar was a world renowned authority on public administration. Writing about The Board of Revenue in 1965, he stated as follows at a public meeting on the Marina Beach:

'The Board of Revenue today consists of senior civil servants who are drawing very fat salaries. Unfortunately, not one of them is a Tamilian: The first member of the Board of Revenue is T A Verghese ICS. He is a Malayalee. He is not a Tamilian. The second member of the Board of Revenue is C A Ramakrishnan ICS. He is a 'Parapannar'. He is also not a Tamilian. The third member of the Board of Revenue is M S Shivaraman ICS. He is also a 'Parpanar'. He is not a Tamilian. The fourth member of the Board of Revenue is E P Royappa IAS. Unfortunately he is also not a Tamilian. He is only a Christian'.

As a world renowned anthropologist, sociologist and ethnologist Periyar had highly original, iconoclastic and racist Ideas about who is a Tamilian? The public of Tamilnadu have a right to know whether Periyar belonged to Karnataka or Tamilnadu and whether his mother tongue was in fact Tamil. These questions become relevant because of the mysteriously Magisterial Verdict given by him above on the origins of some of the ICS/ IAS civil servants in Tamilnadu. Today these questions have become more relevant because the members belonging to the Dravida Kazhagam and Periyar Dravida Kazhagam are fighting not for the soul of Periyar but for the installation of the statue of Periyar opposite the Rajagopuram of Srirangam Temple in Tiruchirapalli.

The enlightened public of Tamilnadu, regardless of caste, colour, creed or religion, (the Brahmins and forward communities not excluded!) would like to ask the following pertinent questions:

a) Why did Tamilnadu government, which is usually in a state of self-chosen rational coma in all situations affecting public peace and welfare, galvanize itself into a state of combat readiness to deal with the Da Vinci Code film issue which had been fully cleared by the Film Censor Board of the Government of India some months ago? Tamilnadu Government gave clear signals to the effect that it is their public duty to show great concern for the religious feelings and susceptibilities of Christians in minority in the State. It is a different story that later on, on par with the stand taken by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Madras High Court also took the same stand and overruled the decision of the Government of Tamilnadu to ban the screening of the film in Tamilnadu.

b) Why is Tamilnadu government indifferent and contemptuous towards the religious feelings and susceptibilities of the Hindus who are in absolute majority in terms of numbers in Tamilnadu?

c) Why is it no immediate action was taken under Sec. 153-A and 295-A of the Indian Penal Code against those elements who wanted to install the statue of Periyar opposite the Rajagopuram of Srirangam Temple?

d) Are not some of the anti-social elements reportedly acting under the banner of the DK and the Periyar DK 'inciting violence, disturbing public tranquility, promoting, on grounds of religion, feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious communities and insulting other religions or beliefs of other communities in Tamilnadu'? (Exact words seen in the IPC).

The great sensitivity shown by Tamilnadu government on the nominal Da Vinci Code film issue has not been shown on a more sensitive and more substantive issue involving the time-honoured religious feelings and sentiments of the Hindus in majority. Many Hindu temples have been ravaged supposedly by the DK and the PDK elements. The common man in Tamilnadu doubts the bone fides of the elected and contrived minority Government of Tamilnadu and its commitment in the matter of absolute maintenance of law and order on the one hand and giving protection to the majority Hindus against the planned onslaught of anti-social elements deriving their so-called inspiration from the umbrella of Periyarana.

The shameful Congress Party, which calls itself a national party, has degenerated into a mere suppliant of the DMK party in Tamilnadu. Congress party is a major partner in the conspiracy of political silence on this vital and sensitive issue of maintenance of communal and religious harmony in Tamilnadu.

Following the installation of the EVR statue in the stealth of the night on 21 November, a self-respecting Hindu approached Vigil secretary G R Swaminathan, a practicing lawyer in the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court to file a writ protesting the installation and seeking an injunction that pending disposal of the case no further move should be made by the DK to inaugurate the statue. It has been reported that an extremely hostile division bench remarked: 'Swaminathan, the street doesn't belong to Hindus alone, it belongs to all people'. The common man in Tamilnadu would like to ask as to why this kind of response is never shown by the judiciary when Muslims object to Ganesha procession passing down the Triplicane road in Chennai every year?

The bench made it clear that although the statue had been installed without prior government permission, yet it would not grant the injunction prayed for to stop further moves on the statue. The defendants were advised to approach the Government for permission before inaugurating the statue. By giving such an advice, in terms of plain law, was not the High Court condoning, if not ignoring, the blatantly illegal act of those who were responsible for the erection of the Statue without obtaining prior Government permission as prescribed by the Government through a Government order? I have consulted a few legal luminaries in this regard and all of them are of the view that the decision of the High Court amounted to condoning the blatantly illegal act of the D.K., which is akin to post-facto regularization of unauthorized and illegal construction.

In this context, I would like to quote the beautiful words of Felix Frankfurter, one of the greatest names in the history of American Judiciary: 'For the highest exercise of judicial duty is to subordinate one's personal pulls and one's private views to the law of which we are all guardians - those impersonal convictions that make a society a civilized community, and not the victims of personal rule'. Justice Herlan Stone in another historic Judgement in 1936 proclaimed: 'While unconstitutional exercise of power by the executive and legislative branches of the Government is subject to judicial restraint, the only check upon our own exercise of power is our own sense of self-restraint'. Justice William Douglas, in a landmark judgement in 1947 in USA, declared: 'There is no special perquisite of the judiciary which enables it, as distinguished from other institutions of democratic Government, to suppress, edit or censor events which transpire in proceedings before it'.

About two years ago I had written an article in News Today under the Title 'Decoding the Dravidian Drival' in which I wrote: 'By his highly original writings and platform speeches Periyar tried to educate the Tamilians that he was being rational when in fact he was being racist'.

The quintessence of rational-racial Dravidianism is that spiritual knowledge is superstitious and secular ignorance is rational; character is superstitious and debauchery is rational; chastity is superstitious and prostitution of mind, body, heart and soul is rational; discipline superstitious and indiscipline is rational; accepted truth is superstitious and blatant untruth is rational, refinement is superstitious and brutality is rational; justice is superstitious and rapacity is rational, counsels of the wise and the good are generally superstitious and the flattery of knaves particularly rational. And finally to crown it all having a legally wedded wife is superstitious and irrational and having innumerable concubines is logically rational.

One can go on like this in this vein endlessly in a superstitious and irrational manner, because the clear stream of Dravidian perversity and unabashed bestiality is indeed perpetual and even perennial. It may not be too much to say that all the leading actors in the highly exciting and even titillating Dravidian Drama have succeeded condomising everything excepting the condom itself in the name of rationalism and social justice.

The climax of this lurid and artificial drama will be reached on 16 December, 2006 at the same spot at Srirangam where the DK has planned to conduct a 'Moodanambikkai Maanaadu', which is pitted against the Hindus and Hindus alone and not against any other religion. It only means that all Muslims and Christians are rational according to the DK.

(The writer is a retired IAS officer)

e-mail the writer at vsundaram@newstodaynet.com

December 10, 2006

Now that indology is losing University patronage, Witzelites look to wealthy NRIs

Now that indology is losing University patronage, Witzelites look to wealthy NRIs to fund them. The email exchage in the Indo-Eurasian research yahoogroup suggests that they are desperate to attract wealthy NRI funds . LOOK BELOW EMAIL EXCHANGE ATTACHED


Commenting on this email chain and desperation of Witzelites , Dr.N S Rajaram said "During the sound and fury over California school textbooks, I had noted that the real concern of the Witzelites was the precipitous decline of Indology / Indo-European Studies, and their campaign against Hinduism was a red herring. "

Further he added "We now have it straight from the Harappan horse's mouth. (No pun intended.) "

He expressed his objection to NRI's funding Witzelites , "We need to make absolutely certain that the Witzelites don't get a penny from NRIs." . This is not new , there is a consensus among NRI's in general not to fund any anti-hindu programs in any university , as many NRI have experienced over years . With California school text books issue , which Hindu NRI considered it as limits of tolorance , they are determined to teach a lesson to all institutions and individuals which opposed changes .


Rajaram said " If they want to contribute, let them sponsor some genuine scholars on a project to project basis. This is what we did at Naimisha Research Foundation, with the limited resources at our disposal, thanks to the generosity of some patrons. "

"One of the projects supported was the late Natwar Jha's research on the Vedic-Harappan connection. Just compare the contributions made by Jha and the Witzel-Farmerites.This should be an object lesson."


Now that indology is losing Univ patronage, Witzelites look to wealthy NRIs to fund them



The following message on IER was forwarded to me. It is pathetic to see indologists scrounging.



Re: [Indo-Eurasia] Sanskrit axed in Berlin and Cambridge

That's a interesting idea, Sudha, and well-worth exploring, I'd think. Let's see what Michael and others have to say about it: we presently have 733 people on the List, and hundreds of other non-member readers, some of whom have in fact funded academic programs in the past.

What I think we all agree (see James Ward's post this morning) is that in these cases some hell needs to be raised. I also know of some recent success stories in starting programs taking something like this approach that we can talk about as the discussion advances.

Cheers,
Steve

--- In Indo-Eurasian_ research@ yahoogroups. com, Sudha Shenoy wrote:
>
> Let me rush in straight away ( 'fools..') What are the chances of an _endowed_ lectureship/ instructorship? (to put it no higher). With the rise in the number of really wealthy Indian businessmen, & with their ranks increasing, there _should_ be one or two, at least, who have > simple education/research in mind, & not propaganda?? ? Or what about large firms who now do more business with India??
>
> I know that others on the List have had experience with wealthy NRIs. This is, however, a very specifc issue, & a purely educational one. Quite possibly there might be some interest there??
>
> Sudha R Shenoy

http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Indo- Eurasian_ research/ message/5602 Dec. 8, 2006

British Push Puppet Cheney To Trigger Global Chaos

British Push Puppet Cheney To Trigger Global Chaos

by Jeffrey Steinberg
Source: LarouchePub

Within hours of Air Force II returning to Washington from Saudi Arabia, Executive Intelligence Review issued a memorandum, "Behind Cheney's Trip to Riyadh." The document revealed that the Bush Administration has launched a new berserker "diplomatic" initiative, which, if successful, would likely trigger a new Hundred Years' War, starting in Southwest Asia, but soon engulfing much of the planet in chaos.

The Cheney scheme to promote a so-called "Sunni alliance" to counter Iran's growing Shi'ite dominance over the Persian Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean region, is the latest handiwork of a crew of outright British agents, who have employed the thuggish Vice President and his deadly wife, to wreck the United States from within, as a step towards undoing the entire nation-state system.

On the surface, the argument could credibly be made that the immediate target of the Cheney trip to Riyadh—the latest victim of a Cheney preemptive strike—was his long-time political rival cum arch-enemy, James Baker III. Cheney's push for a Sunni military alliance with Washington and Tel Aviv against Iran was, after all, kicked off literally moments before the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group held its final meetings, before presenting its findings to the White House and the outgoing Congress on Dec. 6. Those findings were widely reported to include the call for a regional peace conference and the beginning of direct diplomatic talks among the United States, Iran, and Syria.

But the reality is different. By the time the Baker-Hamilton study group was seated around the conference table at the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington, the "Ultimate Decider," President Bush, had already "decided." He shot off his mouth at the NATO summit in Riga, Latvia, declaring that the United States will not consider withdrawal from Iraq until "victory" has been achieved, and will not talk with Iran or Syria.

Moreover, State Department official Nicholas Burns had told reporters travelling with the President that the goal of the NATO summit in Riga, apart from the push for increased NATO troop deployments in Afghanistan, would be to forge closer security ties between NATO and the leading American allies in the Pacific Far East, and in the Persian Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean. In the case of the Persian Gulf, Burns singled out the Gulf Cooperation Council, the alliance of Sunni oil sheikhdoms, as the best vehicle for NATO extension. Qatar and Kuwait, two GCC members, have already been engaged in quiet talks with NATO, on increasing defense cooperation, according to one well-placed Arab source.

And on Nov. 29, Nawaf Obaid, an advisor to the Saudi government, penned a Washington Post op-ed, threatening that Saudi Arabia would intervene to arm the Sunni population in Iraq, were the United States to withdraw its troops. "To be sure," Obeid warned, "Saudi engagement in Iraq carries great risks—it could spark a regional war. So be it: The consequences of inaction are far worse."
Fomenting Chaos

In point of fact, there never was a Bush Administration "policy review" on the Middle East. Senior Washington sources have reported that the United States is doing exactly what Jordan's King Abdallah II warned against on Nov. 26, in an appearance on CBS-TV: fomenting three civil wars in the region—in Lebanon, in the Palestinian territories, and in Iraq.
In Lebanon, the U.S., in conjunction with Saudi Arabia, is covertly arming the Sunni Muslims, in preparation for a showdown with Hezbollah, the Shi'ite political movement whose militia defeated Israel's military invasion in the July 2006 Lebanese War.

According to one eyewitness account, truckloads of arms are being distributed in Beirut after midnight every night. What's more, al-Qaeda elements, operating in northern Lebanon, are reportedly conduiting arms to the Lebanese Sunni—with the see-no-evil approval of Washington and Riyadh. Current events inside Lebanon are reminiscent of Henry Kissinger's mid-1970s orchestration of the first Lebanese Civil War, which began with a string of targetted assassinations, and was stoked by a massive clandestine infusion of weapons to all sides.

In the Palestinian territories, the United States, in league with Jordan, is covertly arming and training Fatah militia factions, with the aim of orchestrating a showdown with Hamas. Furthermore, every effort at establishing a Palestinian national unity government, with Hamas and Fatah, has been shot down by the Bush Administration, giving Israel the green light to continue to withhold tax payments to the Palestinian Authority, thus creating a cauldron of poverty and rage. On Dec. 1, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the unity talks had totally broken down, and that he could call early elections.

In Iraq, the Bush Administration is fueling the downward spiral into full-scale civil war and ethnic cleansing—including an effort to induce Shia versus Shia fighting. Just hours before the scheduled meeting of President Bush with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Amman, Jordan, on Nov. 29, the White House disclosed a classified memorandum by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, questioning the Iraqi Prime Minister's ability to deliver. The memo—which was "leaked" to the New York Times by a "senior administration official" who also briefed the author of the Times story, Michael Gordon—stated, in part: "His intentions seem good when he talks with Americans, and sensitive reporting suggests he is trying to stand up to the Shia hierarchy and force positive change. But the reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action."

The White House leak guaranteed that the Bush-Maliki meeting would be a fiasco. Reportedly, the President pressed the Iraqi Prime Minister to crack down on Shi'ite leader Muktadr al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army, a preposterous demand, given that Sadr had delivered the decisive votes to get Maliki the Prime Ministership in the first place, and his militia is larger, more disciplined, and better armed than the official Iraqi Army. To further fuel Shia versus Shia communal violence, President Bush announced on Dec. 2 that he would be hosting Sayyed Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the president of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), at the White House. There, he will reportedly press Hakim to turn his Badr Brigade against the Mahdi Army. Sheer madness!
Bernard Lewis's 'Wet Dream'

While the hands and feet of this "three civil war" fiasco may be American, the authorship of the Armageddon drive is distinctly British. It is no secret that Vice President Cheney operates under the influence of three notorious British agents: Dr. Bernard Lewis, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and George Shultz. For Lewis, the British Arab Bureau Zionist spook who originated the "Clash of Civilization" lunacy in 1990, a Sunni versus Shi'ite conflict in the Persian Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean region, would be the ultimate British imperial "wet dream." Lewis has been Cheney's key "advisor" on Arab and Islamic affairs, frequently participating in private dinner seminars at the Vice Presidential Residence at the Naval Observatory.

Washington Post author Bob Woodward wrote in his latest book, Denial, that Cheney admitted to him that Henry Kissinger, the author of the Malthusian National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NSSM-200), has been his most frequent outside advisor on national security and foreign policy affairs—particularly Iraq. In May 1982, Kissinger boasted, at a public event at Chatham House, the London headquarters of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA), that he took his cue, as Nixon and Ford's National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, "from the British Foreign Office," often working directly off Foreign Office draft documents. In the same speech, Kissinger waxed eloquent on the imperial virtues of Winston Churchill, while denouncing the "moralizing" of Franklin Roosevelt.

And while ground zero for the planned chaos is the Persian Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean, the primary target is not the oil patch: It is the United States. The Anglo-Dutch Liberal imperialist faction, the Venetian-modelled structure behind the antics of Lewis, Kissinger, and Shultz, is dedicated to a world empire, built on the rotting corpse of the nation-state system. To achieve that goal, the United States, itself, must be destroyed—internally through economic and social disintegration, and globally, through a string of horrific policy fiascos. That is what is behind the latest insanity from Bush and Cheney. They are the dupes in a high-stakes British game to destroy the United States once and for all.

For these oligarchs, the prospect of a United States surviving the Bush-Cheney Presidency, with its constitutional institutions intact, is unacceptable. They fear a revival of the American System, and understand that the resounding electoral defeat of Bush and Cheney on Nov. 7, was a mandate for impeachment, and a demand for fundamental changes in economic and national security policy.

Furthermore, they know that their vision of a one-world empire, led by an Anglo-Dutch-centered financier oligarchy, is unattainable, without a massive reduction in world population. They therefore welcome a new Hundred Years' War. They relish the prospect of global chaos, asymmetric warfare, and waves of disease and famine.

They do not seek an American giant, flexing its muscle while tugging on a British leash. They want the United States Constitutional ship to sink in the depths of the ocean. Why else would anyone have engineered George W. Bush and Dick Cheney into the White House?

NCERT History Books : 'Indian Historians stooges of Western colonial-racist Indologists''

Krishna Kumar, director of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), will make a personal appearance in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in the latest twist to the "history textbooks" saga.

Kumar has been summoned to Chandigarh by the High Court following NCERT's "highly casual" approach in response to a petition filed by one RK Sethi against the re-introduction of historian Bipan Chandra's Modern India for class XII pupils. In its order asking the director to make a personal appearance, the court said: "There is no denial to the fact that the 'Book' in question contains highly objectionable and distorted version of Indian history."

In a separate case before the Delhi High Court - resulting from a petition filed by educationist Dinanath Batra of Vidya Bharti - NCERT had, in November 2006, committed itself to removing from its prescribed history textbooks all 75 passages that the petitioner has held objectionable. (Pioneer)

In a statement issued to IntelliBriefs , Dr.NS Rajaram said that" NCERT is following the footsteps of the California State Board of Education, even to the point of getting sued for misrepresentation. "

Labeling the Eminent Indian historians as stooges of western colonial-racist he took a jab at Harvard University Linguist Professor Mr.Witzel .

" This shows the "Eminent historians" for what they are, little stooges of their defunct Western colonial-racist Indologists-- the Witzelites. Note that one of the arguments used by Wtizel in his infamous petition to CSBE was that the Indian Government had already done what he was asking the CSBE to do. Both have landed in the courts." Said Dr.Rajaram

He also said "Wherever Witzelites go, law suits are sure to follow— in India no less than in California."

December 09, 2006

Reclaiming bharatiya studies

Reclaiming bharatiya studies



Click In this article on vernaculars and sanskrit written in March 2006, I commented on the distortions indulged in by Sheldon Pollock and Robert (also Sally Sutherland) Goldman denigrating the contributions of sanskrit language and literature to bharatiya society and samskriti. I had endorsed Rajiv Malhotra's observations that " The Western Sanskritist, he says, feels this most acutely, given that Sanskrit was the principal discursive instrument of domination in premodern India. Thus Pollock deftly turns Said's attack on imperialism into nonsense by insisting that the subjugated Indians are themselves imperialists, as much as the conquering Europeans. In Pollock's view, the trend continues today, and sanskrit is being continuously reappropriated by many of the most reactionary and communalist sectors of the population (Pollock 1993: 116). " The distortions indulged in by Michael Witzel are well documented at Click



Now some are lamenting (see Annex) the closure of sanskrit (and indian philology) studies in Cambridge and Berlin universities. The closure of the sanskrit (aha, southasian studies) at Harvard u cannot be far behind.



Is this a good thing or bad? Methinks, these are good auguries, good developments nailing the last nail on the coffin of a mythical discipline called 'indology' closely following a non-falsifiable discipline called indo-european linguistics (IEL).



The indologists are themselves to blame for landing themselves in this state of lament, given as they are to insulting bharatiya traditions, ethos and civilization at every turn, every opportunity.



Methinks, the vacuum created by the epitaph being sung on indology should result in a new upsurge of bharatiya studies based on bharatiya ethos and traditions. A wealth of literature and epigraphs exist; a wealth of tradition is enshrined in magnificent sculptures, art treasures, music and dance forms all over bharatam – a cultural domain which extended from Takshas'ila into Nagara Vatika (Angkor Wat) and beyond into Japan in a Sanatana dhamma – esha dhammo sanantano continuum.



It is time to reclaim bharatiya studies from the relics called indologists and create a new fervor among the youth of the youngest nation of the world and instill in them a sense of pride in their millennial, civilizational heritage.



The time is now, to unshackle ourselves from the siege started by indologists and vaingloriously pursued by pseudo-secular groups. A beginning has been made. See notes and documentation at http://sarasvati95. googlepages. com The rotten, motivated account of ancient socio-cultural history written by indologist-marxist combine has to be replaced by Itihaasa Bharati, an account of the contributions made by jaati, janajaati to bharatiya ethos, traditions, samskriti.



As a first step, the 'aryan hoax' of a marble statue depicting William Jones (Supreme Court judge of East India Company) wearing a skull-cap should be removed from the chapel at Oxford College. (See picture, thanks to Rajiv Malhotra, at ) He was NO law-giver of Bharatam. He knew little about dharmas'aastra- s. Bharatiya rishi-s and ancestors are the law-givers, the dharmaatma of Bharatam.



Kalyanaraman December 10, 2006


Annex



Two messages of Indo-eurasian_ research yahoogroup have been forwarded to me.



This is to inform, that not ony at Cambridge but also at Berlin there will be no in-depth Sanskrit Studies any more in near future.

Since 1821 Sanskrit has been taught at a Berlin university by such well kown scholars as Bopp, Weber, Pischel, Lüders et.al.



Now as a result of structural policy of the two major Berlin universities on the one hand and the over all BA/MA reforms on the other there will be no more students after 2008 of Sanskrit in a BA-course. As a consequence traditional Indology will seize to exist at Berlin.

Click

There is no consolation in the fact, that the teaching of Indian Art-History will survive for the time being as a subject under the roof of General Art-History and Modern Indian History will still be taught at Humboldt-University . Sanskrit and the other historical Indian Languages and the bulk of literature and informations transmitted through them will remain closed to all students of that fields.

To indologists this measures are obvious as short sighted and ridiculous in the light of the importance of Sanskrit and its derivates for the development and spread of all cultures in India, Central- and South-East-Asia.

It is deplorable that the many years fight of a scholar of great international
reputation as Harry Falk for the survival of his field at one of the two Berlin
universities seems to have been in vain.

Caren Dreyer



5 December 2006



To continue our discussion of the abolition of Sanskrit at Cambridge and Berlin:

After reunification there were about 20 institutes for Indology in Germany -- I leave aside here Austria and the German speaking part of Switzerland: Bern, Zurich, Vienna, Graz. In Germany, this number has his has now been whittled down to some 15.

The obvious reason is, as we will see below: just money.

To begin, it must be underlined that universities in Europe usually are government funded: by the central Govt. in Britain, France, Holland, and by the various federal states in Germany. (The few new, fledgling private Universities have not taken off yet.)

Berlin Indology, after reunification, was the largest in all of Germany, with 2 institutes at its 2 universities: the old Humboldt U. (heavily Marxified between 1945-1990) and the post '45 Free University in W. Berlin . In the Indology listings of 1996 I count some 30 Professors, lecturers (etc.). How many of them, and which institutions, will have survived, we will be able to see in the new version, due early next year… In addition to this accumulation of specialists, we have the magnificent Museum of Indian Art (re)built in 1968, the extremely well stocked Oriental Division of the former Prussian State (Royal) Library, the Catalogue Project of Indian MSS, and the Academy.

However, the Berlin case is just the last instance of a general disastrous trend of diminishing resources (see next message). At Berlin, the situation has been dire for 15 years. W. Berlin always was a heavily subsidized island inside E. Germany. After reunification, the
new federal state of Berlin has been and still is in great financial trouble. (Recently they have even dissolved their symphony orchestra, if memory serves right).

Therefore, the Berlin authorities decided to pool the resources of the two Indology departments at Berlin. Humboldt University should have got Indian Philology (that has been cut out now at Freie Universitaet) . But Humboldt wants to concentrate on modern India (true to their, now generally abandoned, 45 years of Marxist interest just in modern nations). While Indian Philology was cut at Free U., Indian Art will move, next Wednesday, to the general Arts Dept.

It is a Catch 22 situation: Free U. does not want Indian Philology, nor does Humboldt who wants to be 'modern' and have room for new "Profs. Of excellence" (another American fad that has invaded Europe and Japan and wrecks havoc everywhere now).

The net result is the loss we now deplore. It is a more than small scandal that the second oldest chair in Indian Studies in Germany has fallen prey to cutbacks and the parochial interests of those directly involved: all levels of administration at Free U. do not want Indian Philology.

(I do not need to stress here why we need the study of older India if we want to understand modern society etc. Colonial and post-'47 history, as championed in many places worldwide now, does not cut it.)

Therefore, as some have already expressed, it could only be private donors that should step up to the plate now. Unfortunately, the culture of giving for cultural institutions is not very much developed in Germany (and Europe in general).The motto rather is: "We pay a lot of taxes" –-I paid some 60% in Holland—"so the state has to take care of our universities, museums, orchestras, etc."

Unfortunately the state (Berlin) is bankrupt...

As in Germany matters of culture always are the prerogative of the individual federal states, one might hope that the situation could be reversed in some years, and that it would suffice, for the moment, to keep a minimum of staff in place or some activities running. However, Berlin is so run down and still has to carry so much restoration of things neglected during communist era that this hope is premature.

We should deliberate here what could be done practically, and of course, also point out, to the authorities (not much hope, see above), so rather, accuse, wherever possible: what has been carried out here, is a *cultural* misdeed.

Can you imagine Germany's capital and largest city to be without the study of India, just when India is emerging globally?


(More on the general backgound in the next message) MW>

Michael Witzel
Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University
1 Bow Street , 3rd floor, Cambridge MA 02138
1-617-495 3295 Fax: 496 8571
direct line: 496 2990

Click 9 December 2006


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Dharma protects those who protect it
Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha

S. Kalyanaraman

EU reoprt on Kashmir stirs Pak reaction

What went wrong with EU Foreign Affairs Committee Report that has disturbed Islamabad ?

Mumtaz Khan
Vice chair IKA

The recent outcry of Islamabad over the draft report of Baroness Nicholson on Kashmir, especially on Pakistan administered Areas apparently has irked the Pakistan establishment which was taken a back by reading about the rights conditions of the Area, which was never known to the rest of world. As strict measures had been placed by Islamabad to restrict the access of non-resident to its controlled Azad Kashmir where access for any foreigner was if not impossible but was close to that. Whoever in the past had tried to sneak in this Area to learn about the ground realities and human rights situation had to land into the jail and finally thrown out of the Area, and was accused for fomenting the political instability in the Area. Two names Clar-e-Galez and Paul Bearsman two Belgium nationals, but human rights activists had desired to get some insight of the Area might still have some bitter memories of their ordeal that ended with involvement of Belgium embassy and they were released.

Azad Kashmir has been prohibited territory for non-residents except those who were escorted by the government agencies and allowed them to meet their arranged sponsored leaders to brief the foreign delegates to draw a heavenly picture of this Area where Pakistan ’s lent officers to the military and intelligence officers are often described as angelic persons in our region. This dogma of Pakistan’s control was to expose some days sooner or later, although it took outside world more than half of century to dig the facts out of this Area; especially after the most unfortunate earthquake that struck the Area so badly and effected immensely, and shook entire world who rushed to this part before Pakistan Army could had reached to the victims.

Human Right Watch-HRW, the first international organization that has taken interest, has narrated the tragedy in its report, “that Kashmir is one of the most heavily militarized regions of the world, and those buried under the rubbles and their relatives who tried frantically to dig them out with their bare hands would have been justified in thinking that help would arrive rapidly. It was fair to hope that the armies massed on both sides of LOC separating Azad Kashmir and Jammu Kashmir state, ostensibly to protect Kashmiri population, would move quickly to save Kashmiri lives from natural threat. But as time passed and the sound of life beneath the rubbles began to grow silent, it became painfully and brutally clear that hope was misplaced. In the aftermath of the disaster, the Indian and Pakistani militaries didn’t make the saving of Kashmiri lives priority. As India and Pakistan engaged in diplomatic one-upmanship-making and refusing the offers of help based on political opportunism rather than humanitarian concerns-the death toll mounted”.

The misperception about the long heralded free Kashmir of Pakistan was over as soon as world community reached to this region for relief and rescue operations, and witnessed the pathetic conditions of the Area. World community was under the false impression that conditions are not favorable only in the Indian controlled Kashmir where political uprising and militancy had largely drawn world attention and criticism. If state of Pakistan that was mostly controlled and ruled by the military that lacks the democratic culture and institutions, where respect for the political and civil rights could never become reality, expecting any good in its controlled Areas was another fallacy that was based on continued Pakistan propaganda about Indian administered Kashmir . The recent report of Baroness Nicholson in which she has touched almost every aspect of the life in Pakistan controlled Kashmir that affects the life and rights of the people whether it be earthquake, a weak and corrupt institutions, corruptions, displacement of the people; further in aftermath of earthquake period health, education, employments, shelters water, those have seriously effected the people because of no access to the basic facilities that clearly indicated the government’s failures to prioritize the issues of immense importance. She is not the first who has lifted the veil first time from Azad Kashmir through her findings. Rather she has made serious and honest effort to highlight the political and social conditions of this Area that was largely neglected and misrepresented by the Islamabad ’s hand picked leadership to conceal the longstanding human rights abuses because of serious and stringent control on the movement of non-residents and flow of information and absence of local media in the region.

While continued hue and cry about the abuses in Indian administered Kashmir, and “Kashmiri aspirations” that were largely denied in its controlled Areas, as she rightly pointed out in her draft report “strongly emphasis that, in the context of massive destruction and social upheaval wrought by the earthquake on an already weakened democratic base, and given the enormous seriousness of humanitarian situation, continuing calls for plebiscite on final status of Jammu and Kashmir are wholly out of the step with the needs of the local people and thus damaging to their interests; urges those playing “big power” politics when millions are in basic need to redirect their energies to fighting the corruption that has wrongly diverted the flow of international funding away from the intended recipients; notes that, even without the earthquake, any plebiscite would have been meaningless without change in policy from Islamabad, which maintains that all Kashmir is an integral part of Pakistan’s territory; underlines furthermore that plebiscite without such a policy change could be no more than a rubber stamp on the status quo:”. In her report she further said, that “ it appalled that the already minimal basic “rights” enjoyed by the by Pakistani Kashmiris before earthquake (i.e. food, water, shelter, sanitation, schools, and barely adequate health centers) have been decimated, compounding a situation notable for lack of democracy and existence of oppressive and unjust laws, especially those applicable to women”.

There are other points that she has raised about the political and social conditions that persist in the Pakistan administered Kashmir . nonetheless she refrained to touch another area and people of major concern where miserable economic and political conditions are far beyond one imagination, is Gilgit Baltistan but unfortunately it has failed to evoke any interest or attention among the international community. The question is that what went wrong with the report that has deeply disturbed the Islamabad when in the report no false information was provided. This report is rather authenticated since prior to this report another report had been brought out by the Human Rights Watch-HRW that had by and large raised the same issues of abuses and violation where free will of the people is denied and restricted under the so-called ideology of state’s accession to Pakistan. Same issue was raised by the Baroness in her report that how people are barred from government making because of their political disagreement with this opinion.

HRW report was more comprehensive and detailed than the Baroness Nicholson that has dealt every issue at length and described how they were appalled first when they came across to the pathetic conditions of this Area. It drew picture of the Area in its report that “earthquake put the international spotlight on Azad Kashmir first time. Previously, attentions had been almost wholly on Jammu and Kashmir State in India , which since 1989 has endured a brutal insurgency and counterinsurgency, where human rights abuses by security forces and militants were well documented. But the world knows little about the Azad Kashmir, other than that territory has been used by Pakistan backed militant groups as staging ground for attacks in Jammu and Kashmir . It further says that Aid organizations and donors that wanted to learn about the Azad Kashmir after earthquake so that they could respond in useful and informed manner quickly discovered that there was virtually no published information. This is because prior to the earthquake, Azad Kashmir was one of the most closed territories in the World. While Jammu and Kashmir state had known considerable tourist traffic prior to the beginning of insurgency there, the Areas of Kashmir on the other side of LOC’ Means Pakistani side, had seen little external interest or presence after he British colonial era in 1947- a situation used by the Pakistan to exercise absolute control over the territory”.

By looking at both reports and both parts of Kashmir any neutral observer can draw the conclusion about the socio-economic and political conditions of both parts since division. If ask Islamabad to revisit its statements prior to this report when Islamabad was frequently making references to the reports of EU or human rights organization that favored its viewpoint but now Islamabad dismisses contents of this report, and its cronies ask common Kashmiri not be receptive such reports because it has lifted the veil on the situation of Pakistan controlled parts. Why credibility of EU reports or HRW reports was never questioned by Pakistan when they published reports on violations in Indian administered Kashmir but when same Countries and human right organizations raised concerns about the human rights situation of Pakistan administered Areas how such reports have become incredible. The world community has unbiasedly been reporting what was happening in Indian side and it has sincerely tried to report and register its concerns what it has witnessed in Pakistan administered Kashmir . Albeit one may regret on EU Committee for partly failing to ignore Northern Areas (gilgit Baltsitan) where rights situation is really vulnerable, and absence of so-called institutions like Azad Kashmir have made conditions absolutely unbearable for the inhabitants of that part. The approach of inclusion was not adopted here again by leaving Northern Areas out of this report. But EU and other organizations genuine and serious interest in conflict resolution can be meaningful when the legitimate grievances and interests of all parties are equally taken into the account irrespective of regions and leaders.
At this juncture what Pakistan needs to demonstrate the uniformed approach not unilateral; disregarding one opinion, one region, one faith and one people that genuinely fall in the outlines that Islamabad draws about the other part of Kashmir ?

The new overtures of Mushraf can only be meaningful when his words are supported by his actions. But when his actions do not support his words the fate of such overtures is going to be the old agreements and initiatives that have failed to produce lasting peace and stability between both countries. The fate of every initiative will be determined by the both governments genuine interests in making Kashmiri aspirations their top priority. When referring aspirations that is not necessarily be interpreted in territorial frame work which has been the major obstacle in the past and we clearly can read with present language that it is yet another obstacle but shifting positions creating ray of hope to overcome this problem.


One may ask oneself what has stirred so much reaction in Islamabad circles on this report is beyond one’s comprehension. It has certainly damaged the some Pakistan supported Kashmiri to which Islamabad has sub-contracted the Kashmir policy abroad to promote pro-Pakistan agenda by establishing the huge centers; where millions of dollars are squandered every year in the name of Kashmiri aspirations to which they miserably failed to deliver. This reaction should have directed on them instead of cursing and criticizing the author of the report who made a brilliant and courageous attempt to show the other side of the coin to international community to raise the awareness about the Area and rights situation.

The report has presented nothing unusual or untrue that doesn’t exist in that Area. If report is calling that call from Pakistan for plebiscite was wholly out of step, has not made any unwanted comments; since Mushraf has already acknowledged many times, and recently all Media has reported his interview with NDTV on December 4, 2006, that he is prepared to give up Kashmir and demand for plebiscite if solution can be worked out along self governance. While he has categorically opposed the idea of independent Kashmir and advocated self governance, which has nothing to do with plebiscite, UN resolutions, and right to self determination. While, shift in policy has clearly been reflected in Pakistan sponsored conferences abroad on Kashmir in which organizers were shy of talking about the right to self determination where top Pakistani officials were present too. Recently, Khalid Hussan and Azeem mian from Daily times and daily Jang respectively, had written articles and criticized Pakistan establishment that how it has taken u turn on Kashmir when organizers of its sponsored lavish conferences abroad distanced themselves to include the word right to self determination.

The question is not that what political impact report is going to make since Pakistan successive regimes paid no heed to democratic voices and values in Pakistan since its inception how such reports are going to embarrass Islamabad regimes on Kashmir. Irony is that the way Pakistan controlled politicians and media has stormed over report to pressurize the author indicates its bullish tactics to which often political opponents and people are subject of such tactics to silent them.

In last 15 years period of militancy Pakistan effort to internationalize the Indian administered Kashmir has badly undermined the Pakistan administered Areas where its political visibility, its rights, voice, identity, culture and leadership has become subservient to the interests of valley. While every resource, energy, talent, opportunity was diverted to sustain the militancy and political instability in the Indian administered Kashmir . And rights of the people of this Area dwindled under overwhelming control of agencies to keep Jihad going across the border. Attempt to highlight Indian administered Areas have seriously impacted the rights situation of Pakistan administered Areas. There was hope that in post earthquake period priorities of the Islamabad would change to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of thousands of displaced, orphaned, widows. But as course of actions have indicated that government is still largely engaged in highlighting Indian administered Kashmir and Jihad while people are suffering and dying because of inaccessibility to the shelter, health, water, electricity, education after over year of disaster. The CBMs and peace initiatives yet seem to be illusive when thrust, resources, propaganda, political culture and efforts are not to shift to strengthen the them but against them. The change in actions can only indicate in change of mind.