October 14, 2006

Sarasvati Heritage Project; Parliamentary Standing Committee report

Sarasvati Heritage Project; Parliamentary Standing Committee report in The Tribune, Chandigarh of October 9, 2006

Press Release (14 October 2006)

S. Kalyanaraman, Ph.D., Director, Sarasvati Nadi Shodh Prakalp, Former Sr. Exec, Asian Development Bank, 3 Temple Avenue, Srinagar Colony, Chennai 600015 Tel. 044 22350557 kalyan97@gmail.com

Re: Sarasvati Heritage Project; Parliamentary Standing Committee report in The Tribune, Chandigarh of October 9, 2006

We urge that the reported recommendation of the Parliamentary Committee headed by Hon'ble Mr. Sitaram Yechury of the CPM should be rejected by the Government of India and the Heritage Project expanded in scope. One gets the impression from the Press report that this is an example of suggestio falsi and suppressio veri since the importance of many aspects of the project do not seem to have been fully appreciated.

The expanded scope is essential to cover the multi-disciplinary facets of investigation, exploration and analyses needed to provide a framework for renewal of hundres of tirthasthanas along the Sarasvati River Basin and to promote Heritage Tourism while ensuring the creation of a National Water Grid for effective management of water resources. The project is unique in providing for a developmental opportunity for ensuring effective water-shed management in a region subjected to the vagaries of the monsoon and the semi-arid climatic conditions in the Marusthali (Rajasthan desert) segments of the River Basin which had drained the entire North-West Bharat for millennia. This River is neither a myth nor a legend but a scientifically-proven fact.

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture should be complimented for initiating the Sarasvati Heritage Project which is of national importance as explained in detail in a letter to the Prime Minister by Dr. Jagmohan who was the Cabinet Minister when the project was formulated. There is no indication in the Press report that the Parliamentary Committee has taken note of this letter. http://www.sindhulogy.org/pdfs/LetterToPM.pdf (copy attached) or if the Committee ascertained the views of Dr. Jagmohan and other members of the advisory groups. Guidance was also provided during the Rajya Sabha deliberations by Rajya Sabha MPs, Hon'ble Dr. Karan Singh and Hon'ble Dr. Kasturirangan, ex-chairman of ISRO.

There is also no indication if the Parliamentary Committee has reviewed the body of evidence provided in a seven-volume encyclopaedic work of S. Kalyanaraman, 2004, Sarasvati covering facets of Civilization, Rigveda, River, Bharati, Technology, Language, Epigraphs. This work is a compendium of the contributions made by scores of scientists and scholars from a number of universities, scientific institutions, representing a range of disciplines such as archaeology, geology, geomorphology, glaciology, oceanology, hydrology, seismology, space image analyses, tritium analyses by nuclear scientists, and a wealth of references from ancient texts related to the Vedic River Sarasvati.

There is also no indication if the Committee's Report takes into account the remarkable and brilliant work done by Prof. KS Valdiya, who is the recipient of Waldia Life-Time Achievement Award and a Research Fellow in the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Studies in Jakkur, Bangalore to conclusively establish the 1600 km. Long, 6 kms. wide course of Vedic River Sarasvati based on scientific studies. This is also complimented by the work of Dr. VMK Puri, ex-Director, Geological Survey of India who has proved that Adi Badri, near Jagadhri, Haryana constitutes the Haridwar of Vedic Sarasvati as the river emerged from the Himalayan glaciers into the plains at the foothills of Siwalik ranges close to Somb River. ID Dwivedi, Superintending Archaeologist of Shimla Circle has produced superb reports of explorations of three sites just in Adi Badri which have been exhibited in a nearby Tourist Information Centre. The work is further complimented by nuclear scientist Dr. SL Rao (BARC)'s report in Current Science of the results of tests from 800 deep wells after the Pokharan text, of three scientists' seminars organized by Indian Space Research Organization for satellite image analyses following the pioneering work of Prof. Yashpal and Dr. Baldev Sahai who made the announcement in the National Academy of Sciences in 1982. Further reinforcing evidence has been produced by the work of Central Ground Water Authority and Dr. K Srinivasan, ex-Director, GSI who have proved the possibility of constructing one million tube wells in central Sarasvati River basin in Rajasthan alone, using the groundwater resources left behind by a great river whose secular desiccation occurred due to plate tectonics and consequent river migrations (such as the diversion of Yamuna to Ganga and of Sutlej to Sindhu).

A Sarasvati Darshan exhibition was visited by HE President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam who saw the toposheets showing the course of the River Sarasvati and the results of explorations and researches; he recorded an appreciative comment: "Happy to see the hard work done to realize the reality of epic information"; and promised to visit the region as the Revived River Sarasvati flows again with the ongoing integrated water-development works undertaken by Ministry of Water Resources and State Governments of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat all along the Sarasvati River Basin.

It is unfortunate that the Press report presents the project in biased, political terms. The project is not merely the nation's heritage but the world heritage, as the roots of our civilization can be continuously traced from this River basin evidenced by the presence of over 2,000 (out of a total of 2600 sites included in a Gazetteer of Sites prepared by Prof. Possehl) or over 80 percent of sites of the civilization along the banks of this river system, further exemplified by as yet unexplored sites such as Gurnikalan, Bhatinda, Lakhmirwala which are larger in size than the early discovery sites of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. There is clear evidence for the continuity of the civilization right from Paleolithic times to the present day in terms of s'ankha industry, metallurgical techniques, watershed management practices, agricultural systems, cultural metaphors such as the swastika, yogic postures and use of special devices on punch-marked coins comparable to the glyphs used on copper plate and seal epigraphs of the civilization.

The project is founded on an enormous body of work done by many academics, many universities including the work of scholars such as Dr. Madhu Swarup Vats, Dr. V. Wakankar, Dr. V.N. Mishra, Dr. S.R. Rao, Dr. SP Gupta, Dr. BB Lal, Dr. R.S. Bisht, Dr. Aurel Stein, Dr. Alexander Cunningham, Prof. Wilhelmy, Prof. J. Kenoyer, Prof. G. Possehl, Prof. Shivaji Singh, Prof. DK Chakrabarti, Dr. Shashi Asthana, Dr. Shireen Ratnagar, Dr. SL Rao, Dr. J.G. Negi, Dr. JR Sharma, Dr. AK Gupta, Dr. Bidyut Bhadra, Dr. Rajesh Purohit, Dr. Kathiroli, Dr. BP Radhakrishna, Dr. VMK Puri, Prof. S.S. Merh, Prof. KS Valdiya, Dr. D.K. Chaddha, Prof. TR Anantharaman, Shri I. Mahadevan, Prof. Narahari Achar, Prof. RN Iyengar. Prof. DS Chauhan just to name a few among hundreds of scientists and scholars. It is a privilege indeed that our historical studies are getting support from scientists' investigations and contributions –a remarkable example of integrated, collaborative effort indeed which should set the model for future explorations and researches.

Just one site called Bhirrana has proved the continuity of culture from Paleolithic times to chalcolithic times as reported by Prof. BB Lal. The work done by ASI has been exemplary and should be fully supported with additional funds needed for further explorations along the Sarasvati River Basin. "In so far as the Bhirrana (not Virana) C-14 dates are concerned, these have been given by the Radiocarbon Laboratory of the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, and are as follows:
Sample No. BS 2314 -- Calibrated age, 1 Sigma: 4536, 4506, 4504 BCE
Sample No. BS 2318 -- Calibrated age, 1 Sigma: 5041 BCE
Sample No. BS 2333 -- Calibrated age, 1 Sigma: 6439 BCE"

Here Dr Lal refers to the site called BHIRRANA that in many articles was mentioned as Virana or Bhirdana. The range 4504- 6439 BCE corresponds to the Neolithic period of this site which is at Fatehabad district, Haryana, near Kunal and Banawali. Bhirrana site has 6,25 hectares. The upper levels were excavated by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) for two field seasons during 2003-04 and 2004-05. The excavation has revealed a well planned fortified Mature Harappan town datable to 3rd millennium BCE. The massive fortification wall of the town was made of mud bricks. The houses were made of mud bricks. The other important findings from the excavation include steatite seals, beads of semi-precious stones, celts and bangles belonging to Mature period. During field season 2005-06 it was anounced by ASI Director Dr B R Mani that earlier layers were found. And journalists started to talk of an older civilization than Indus:" http://tinyurl.com/8wx5e This points to the possibility of identifying Vedic people archaeologically.

Recent discoveries have shown the link between Sarasvati culture (north-west Bharatam) and Kaveri culture (southern Bharatam). A discovery of the century relates to a stone celt of Neolithic times (perhaps over 3000 years' old) containing Sarasvati hieroglyphs (Indus script symbols and pictorials). S'ankha industry evidenced by a woman's burial in Mehergarh (dated to 6500 BCE, that is 8500 years ago) continues even today as an industry in Kizhakkarai near Tiruchendur with an annual turnover of Rs. 50 crores. The cire perdue (lost-wax) technique used to make bronze statues in Mohenjodaro continues even today in Swamimalai on the banks of River Kaveri to make bronze utsavamurti (utsava bera). Punch-marked coins found in Karur of the Sangam Age contain symbols taken from Sarasvati hieroglyphs. S'ivalinga found in Harappa indicate the continuing tradition of s'iva worship; the wearing of sindhur at the parting of the hair by married woman is a tradition which was found on two terracotta toys of Nausharo (circa 2400 Before Common Era); similarly the tradition of yoga is depicted on terracotta toys of Harappa, Kalibangan and Mohenjodaro. A ploughed field was also discovered in Kalibangan pointing to the domestication of rice cultivation over 4000 years ago. A river named Kaveri joins the River Narmada at Omkares'war – a jyotirlinga tirthasthanam. There are thus clear indications of link between Sarasvati River Basin and Kaveri River Basin consistent with the tradition of Mother worship and S'iva worship during the entire length and breadth of the nation, from Rameshwaram to Badrinath, from Hinglaj of Baluchistan, Dwaraka in Gujarat to Kamakshya in Assam. We have to investigate if the present-day Kaveri people moved northwards towards Narmada and linked up with the Sarasvati people in the north-west Bharatam, building up a riverine-maritime civilization of an extraordinary expanse and scope unparalleled by any comparable civilization of the times. The contacts with Central Asia and with Iraq (Mesopotamia) have also been well-documented. We have to document the cultural interactions along the 63000 km. long Indian Ocean Rim from pre-historic times. We also have to document the contributions made by kula, jaati and janajaati to the ethos, traditions of Bharatiya civilization and enrichment of cultural contacts with the people extending from the Himalayan ranges to the Indian Ocean Rim as a riverine-maritime pilgrims' progress through millennia.

Croats (of erstwhile Yugoslavia, now constituting the nation of Croatia) claim their roots from Sarasvati (Sarasvat – Haraquaiti – Hravat – Kravat – Croat). Avestan tradition closely parallels the Vedic tradition as evidenced by the texts and are areas for further researches and exploration.

It is the responsibility of the Government of India to pursue the laudable objectives with which the erstwhile colonial regime set up the Archaeological Survey of India. The results of the work of ASI have revolutionized our understanding of chronology and history of the people of Bharatam (Bharatam Janam mentioned by Rishi Vishwamitra in the Rigveda). We should not be in a state of denial about our magnificent heritage which is the world heritage. We would recommend that Ministry of Culture and Tourism should work towards gaining recognition from UNESCO of the entire Sarasvati River Basin as a World Heritage River Basin. See map of the river at http://www.hindunet.org/saraswati based on a map published by Marius Fontaine in French in the year 1881. Click This map from a French encyclopaedia dated to 1881 is the clearest proof that the River Sarasvati is neither a myth nor a Hindu agenda. It is an international celebration, a matter of world heritage which every citizen of the world should be proud of. A dhvaja stambham has been set up at Mohangarh, 55 kms. west of Jaisalmer, hailing this Nahar as Sarasvati Mahanadi Rupa.

1. Map of Sapta Sindhu (Nation of Seven Rivers): Theatre of Panchajanaah, Five Peoples by Marius Fontane, 1881, Histoire Universelle, Inde Vedique (de 1800 a 800 av. J.C.), Alphonse Lemerre, Editeur, Paris Click
2. Map of Vedic River Sarasvati (KS Valdiya).

s. kalyanaraman

October 13, 2006

North Korean Civil-Military Trends: Military-First Politics to a Point

Civil-military relations is one of the most challenging dimensions to deal with regarding North Korea. Since 1998, Pyongyang's foremost policy has been declared as "military-first." While experts debate the precise meaning and significance of this policy, considerable consensus exists that it gives the leading role to the Korean People's Army (KPA. Hence, military leaders in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are very powerful and influential figures. Who are they? What kind of power and influence do these leaders wield, and how do they exert it? How do KPA leaders interact with dictator Kim Jong Il and their civilian counterparts? Mr. Ken Gause sets out to answer these questions in this monograph.


A bully in military uniform

October 2, 2006
A bully in military uniform
The Globe and Mail, Toronto

Many Canadians are rightfully upset at the derisive manner with which Pakistan's ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, mocked our soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Others are simply scratching their heads, not knowing what to make of the machismo of the general as he locked horns with Carole Off of CBC Radio.

When asked to comment on growing doubts about Pakistan's commitment to seal its borders and restrict the movement of the Taliban, who have inflicted many casualties on Canadian troops, Gen. Musharraf bristled at his host and mocked Canadians as cry babies weeping over the deaths of "four or five" dead soldiers.

The undiplomatic language and blunt posturing of Gen. Musharraf needs to be understood in the context of the country he rules and the armed forces he commands.
Unlike most countries that have an army, in the case of Pakistan, the army has a country. Whereas the armed forces of most countries are created to defend the national interests of its people, in Pakistan, the army uses the country to protect its own interests, often at variance with those of its citizens.
From its inception in 1947, Pakistan has been held hostage by its military with a series of wars, both internal and external, that have left the nation in ruins, not in an economic sense, but in terms of its natural socio-political development.

Merely months after independence, Pakistan's army went into action to annex the independent State of Kalat in Baluchistan (an on-again, off-again insurrection continues there to this day). This was followed by the first India-Pakistan War in 1948, then the Afghan-Pakistan border skirmish over Pakhtunistan in 1955-1957, which again erupted in 1961 and 1963.

However, the defining role of Pakistan's military came in 1958 when, fearing the elections of a left-wing government in the January, 1959, elections, the military staged a coup and imposed martial law.

Then, in 1965, facing widespread protest against a rigged election, the late field marshal, Ayub Khan, tried to wrap himself in the flag by invading Indian-held Kashmir in August, 1965, which led to the 17-day second war with India.

By 1970, the Pakistani armed forces had got the country involved in civil war that led to the third Indo-Pakistan war in 1971, leading to the tragic breakup of the nation into two parts with a million dead.

With every war, with every internal insurrection, the Pakistan military gained more power and increasing control, not just of the politics of Pakistan, but also its economy and its narrative.

From cereals to nuclear bombs, from housing construction to cement manufacture, transportation to taxation, Pakistan's army rules the country with an iron grip.

However, the one factor Gen. Musharraf could not understand in Ms. Off's question was her concern for the ordinary Canadian soldier. This was a concept foreign to most elites in Pakistan, including military officers who count among them the world's richest men.

For Canadians, the ordinary private's life is worth the same as that of General Rick Hillier. We count the names of each dead soldier and grieve with their families. For Gen. Musharraf, this is a foreign concept.

Pakistanis are never told the names of the 500 soldiers who died fighting al-Qaeda. The only names that appear are those of the officers.

In the nearly dozen wars Pakistan has fought against external and internal foes, the dead infantryman is mere gun fodder, unseen, unheard, and with no memorial to his name.

When Gen. Musharraf ordered his troops to invade Indian-held Kashmir in the 1999 Kargil war, he had no strategic objectives, he had no authority, he only had to prove his machismo to his fellow generals.

For that bravado, thousands died on both sides. Indians report than many of the dead Pakistani soldiers had been eating grass before they died of hunger and thirst.
My message to Gen. Musharraf is this: Don't lecture us Canadians on bravery and courage. Courage is not to lead men into battle and treat them as gun fodder while one sips Murree Beer.
Tarek Fatah, a former student activist in his native Pakistan, is host of The Muslim Chronicle on CTS-TV and founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

October 11, 2006

Joint Mechanism with Pakistan : Letter to Manmohan from BNF chairman Abdul Hamid Khan

Date: 10th Oct. 2006

Mr. Manmohan Singh
The Honourable Prime Minister of India
New Delhi
Your Excellency,

I have the honour to write to you on the meeting held with the
Musharraf and “Joint Statement” issued during the NAM summit in Havana. It is
premature to predict the achievements of this meeting because no body
knows what would be the planning of ISI behind the curtains. It has been
cleared by your government, that the mechanism to curb the terrorism
would be worked out jointly.
As far as General Musharraf’s assurance to your honour is concerned,
it’s not a new. Every one knows, that Musharraf is a clever person or
have a clever advisor, he is always very quick to condemn act of
terrorism anywhere in the world in spite Pakistan’s involvement and offers
some sort of help. Condemning recent bomb blasts at Malegaon and Mumbai is
a good example of this. In the past the first country who condemn was
Talibaan regime and also Pakistan establishment issued statement
immediately after the attack on Twin Towers in New York and condemned
Al-Qaida. This strategy has officially been adopted by Pakistan and its
Terrorist Military Rulers, to fool the world community. Pakistan establishment
on a number of occasion has arrested its own terrorists (Al-Qaida and
Talibaan) to defuse the international pressure. But did not register any
punishable case against these terrorists, such petty actions ensnared
the world including Indian Govt. You may recall that recently Pakistani
Military rulers arrested Lashkar-e-Toiba Chief under 16 MPO, which is
not a criminal section of the law, and was kept in a Govt. rest house
in Lahore, like a foreign dignitary. Later Lahore High Court was told to
release him. These kinds of acts had been repeated many times in the
Now, I would like to mention the possible aims and objectives of
General Musharraf, behind the “JOINT MECHANISM” to curb the terrorism. We
all know, the pattern by which General Musharraf and Bush are jointly
dealing the terrorism and became coalition partners. Yes, Musharraf has
handed over many Al-Qaida and some Talibaan terrorists to USA and killed
some of them. It’s also fact that Musharraf has been appreciated and
praised for this by Bush Administration time and again irrespective of
the results. In spite of all these so-called curbing exercises, no one
can be sure to say that terrorism and its threat would decline.
Musharraf and ISI instead of reining in Al-Qaida and Talibaans are supporting
them. For example, if 1 terrorist of Talibaan/Al-Qaida is killed or
arrested, ISI replaces it with 2 trained cadres. Not only this, these
groups in Pakistan are being alerted by giving them advance information
about the operations being launched by USA. Although, Pakistan is sharing
some of its intelligence information with the USA, but vital
information are being kept veiled. ISI had learned many tricks/lessons from CIA
during Afghan war with USSR and even after 9/11 bombing. ISI is using
these tricks against USA and getting appreciation from USA.
I fear, the information, which will be passed to ISI by Indian
Intelligence, in the coming days, to curb terrorists, would be passed on to
the concerned terrorists. Secondly, ISI will shift the most wanted
terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim and Syed Salahuddin to any other country
before implementing this agreement.
It’s my humble appeal and suggestion that India should accept General
Musharraf’s proposal for joint control over J&K including Gilgit,
Baltistan, Astore, Chilas, Darel, Tangir, Chitral and other places to
destroy the terrorists’ camps according to the “Joint Mechanism” to curb the
terrorism. It should be kept in mind, that Gilgit - Baltistan is the
weakness of Pakistan and India should ask Pakistan to hand over these
areas to overcome the terror menace, if Musharraf’s offer is genuine.
Handling of Gilgit-Baltistan by India and Pakistan jointly would not only
help in wiping out the terrorism from the area but would also be useful
for the settlement of J&K dispute.
Terrorist camps after being kept dormant for some time have been again
re-activated by ISI in Gilgit- Baltistan and other areas. One can
imagine, that temporary camps have been established in this sommer in the
small villages and high altitude pastures in the Tehsil of Yasin by ISI
with the help of the local Wahabi fundamentalist administration and
Police. The places, where Talibaan and Al-Qaida terrorists were settled
are Giyekoshi and Doolong, Darkoot, Yasin and Damalgan, Yasin and high
pasture of Tesil Ishkomen which border with Afghanistan. In the first
week of July 2006, some 40 terrorists including 13 from Punjab of Pakistan
in the leadership of a local Al-Qaida supporter Mir Jahan Shah from
Damalgan, Yasin stayed a month in Dooloong Darkot. Tehsil dar/Magistare
of Yasin Shah Zaman is the main who facilitate these terrorists by the
guidance of ISI. The other main Al-Qaida/Talibaan local Wahabi
activists are government employees 1. Saboor s/o Abdul Qayoom, ISI employee
from Thawoos, Yasin
2 Abdul Qayoom forest department, 3. Mohammad Jan patwari from Ghojalti
village of Yasin of local administration, 4. Mohammad Yousuf, employee
5. Abdul Majeed government employee from Yasin, 6. Liaqat a retired
teacher from Morke Yasin, 7. Abdur Rahman of Barkolti, Yasin, 8. Usman of
Post Office department from Barkolti Yasin and 9. Wazir Mohammad Khan
from darkoot, Yasin 10. Mir Jahan Shah from Dammalgan, Yasin. When the
local Shia Imami Ismailia majority population raised strong abjection,
ISI shift them to other places, by declaring them as Tablighis
(religious preachers). Al-Qaida ? Talibaan were come from Broghol of Chitral
NWFP. They stored huge cash of arms and ammunition in Giyekoshi and then
transferred to Dooloong in the leadership of Tehsildar Yasin, when
local Ismailia people raised objection. Later Shah zaman the Wahabi
Terrorist leader warned the local people of Dahrkoot for dire
consequences.Though this is Ismailia dominated Tehsil, where Wahabis are in small
number. One can imagine, how ISI has managed to establish terrorist network
under Musharraf regime in other Wahabi dominated places of Occupied
Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, besides Pakistan.
These terrorists of Yasin Tehsil killed a local Ismailia person Niat
Baig a retired soldier, in the leadership of Tehsildar Shah zaman and
Saboor s/o Abdul Qayoom of Thawoos an ISI agent. The victim was the main
hurdle in the way of the terrorists. Shah Zaman himself discovered the
dead body and claimed that he was killed in the accident of his car,
though gun bullets found which was used in the murder. Yet, no arrest has
been met because of the terrorist administration and it’s ISI support.
It would be a grave mistake, if USA, UK, India, Afghanistan or any
other country and its intelligence agencies trust Musharraf and ISI by
neglecting their past tricks, lies and evil designs. Joint Mechanism to
curb the terrorism with Pakistan by India or even USA or UK, is just like
an appeal to a killer to reveal his crime to the kin of the victim. ISI
is behind all the killings, bombings, kidnappings and rape cases not
only in J&K but all over the world and particularly in India and India as
a whole is a victim. How one can expect that a victim (India) can get
justice from the killer (Pakistan)? The world community and the Indian
Government particularly should know Musharraf’s pretext of not
allowing Kargil Skardu and Kashmir Astore road, while many routes across the
LOC have been opened. There are two main reasons. First is the
Pakistan’s nuclear bombs installation on the Skardu Airport under the
mountain and secondly the presence of terrorists and their camps in the whole
area, for example Ghowadi in Baltistan and Domel in the Astore
In the light of the above mentioned facts, it is regrettable to say,
that I don’t agree with the views of your honour, that Pakistan is a
victim of terrorism. If Pakistan is a victim, who is compelling Pakistan to
settle/establish terrorists camps on its soil? Why Pakistan does not
destroy the terrorist camps? Why Pakistan allows terrorists to handle all
kinds of Military weapons freely? Why terrorists did not kill any
leader in Pakistan so far? Why terrorists’ leaders are allowed to deliver
hatred speeches freely? If Nawab Akbar Bugti a political leader can be
killed, why terrorist leaders like Hafiz Mohammad. Saeed and Salahuddin
and thousands of terrorists are safe in Pakistan? How the activities of
Talibaans are increasing day by day if Pakistan is not support them?
Who supplies heavy arms and ammunitions to Talibaan and Al-Qaida, if ISI
is not involved? How retired ISI persons can manage huge quantity of
arms and ammunitions to Talibaan, without Pakistan Govt, what Musharraf
has admitted in his media interview during his recent visit to USA? Why
Osama and his colleagues are safe, if Musharraf is serious in dealing
with terrorism? If it is not ISI then who is managing to deliver and
carry the speech of Osama and Al-Zawahiri to Al-Jazira TV and other news
Pakistan has deployed more than 80000 troops on the borders of
Afghanistan and getting huge aid in terms of money and weapons from USA to stop
the infiltration of terrorists. In reality, Musharraf and ISI are using
their forces to facilitate Talibaan and providing them arms and
ammunitions so that they could fight against the coalition forces in
Afghanistan. But Bush still praises Musharraf. I don’t know whether it is an USA
strategy or they are unaware of Musharraf’s double game. Musharraf
could fool the USA and the world leaders but cannot fool the people of
Gilgit-Baltistan, because we are the eyewitness of Pakistan’s atrocities
and evil designs. As far as the attacks on Musharraf are concerned, I
don’t believe they were genuine; those were manipulated to show the world
community that he is being targeted because he is fighting against

Kindly go through this letter carefully before you really start
sharing intelligence with Pakistan’s ISI.

With warmest regards,

Yours sincerely

Abdul Hamid Khan
Balwaristan National Front
Head off: Majini Mahla, Gilgit
Balawaristan (Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan)
WEBSITE (Urdu & English)
Urdu & Eng: www.balawaristan.net
EMAIL: balawaristan@usa.com

October 09, 2006

India at the cross roads

Posted on 10.09.06 by Cynical Nerd @ 2:00 am
We apologize for our extended absence due to a hectic non-stop work schedule. We thank all readers who wrote to us. We do keep an eye on the ever evolving situation with regards to the Indian national interest. Here are some of our thoughts:

Geo-politics: The withdrawal of Shri Shashi Tharoor as a candidate of U.N. Secretary General is a slap in India’s face. The nomination itself was done by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) without consulting South Block and India’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. Further it was done without gaining the confidence of a single UNSC permanent member. It could not even muster the support of non-adversarial South Asian nations such as Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Finally, the sole veto came from none other than India’s “newfound friend” the United States. This indicates a lack of clarity in the foreign policy administration of the Manmohan Singh regime. It has been a saga of one failure after the other since 2004. Contrast that with India’s earlier successes where it gained membership of the East Asia Summit, its participation at the G-8 Summit and the establishment of the Brazil-India-South Africa Strategic Triangle.
Sri Lanka: India is woefully absent in the deteriating situation in the island republic. India’s aloof posture provided space for the intelligence and military personnel of Pakistan to come in and aid the Sri Lankan army with weapons and training. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Pakistan had offered uranium tipped missiles and daisy cutter bombs to the Sri Lankan military but such reports are hard to confirm. Pakistan is reportedly keen to use Sri Lanka as a launching pad to destabilize India’s southern flank. Several commentators including the ex-chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Shri J.K. Sinha have expressed deep concern about India’s lack of involvement in the fast unraveling situation in Sri Lanka.
The efforts made by the previous NDA administration in de-internationalizing the peace process under the able stewardship of then High Commissioner Shri Nirupam Sen is now completely reversed by a singularly incompetent Nirupama Rao whose sole qualification was her links to the powers that be in New Delhi. India appears increasingly irrelevant to the resolution of the Sri Lankan crisis as it did in the events that unfolded in Nepal a few months back with dire consequences to its long term security. Once again, this is an indictment on the lack of strategic foresight of the Manmohan Singh administration.

China: India’s China policy is increasingly being handled by the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The Left has complained about Chinese companies not being allowed to invest in strategic areas such as India telecom, shipping and ports. They are not worried that the same companies have strong links with the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army. The Indian Marxists had similarly defined India’s policy on Nepal a few months ago. The Maoists are poised to monopolize power in Kathmandu shortly in part due to the inept handling of that crisis by the PMO in New Delhi.

The Chinese through their North Korean lackeys have successfully put the United States and its allies in North East Asia (South Korea and Japan) in a fix. Today’s nuclear weapons test by North Korea will have several consequences for the present world order. For one, Japan might jettison its pacifist inhibitions and invest in a nuclear arsenal. Two ,the NPT regime would unravel slowly. Beijing is expected to exploit the situation to derive more concessions in a world where the Bush doctrine is unravelling - be it in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq or North Korea. Does India have a policy here?
Indo-American relations: The sorry administration in New Delhi has put all its eggs in one basket i.e. the United States. The UPA was not able to convince the U.S. Senate and Congress in removing questionable clauses amending the proposed Indo-American nuclear deal. Now with the Senate in a lame duck session, this deal in its present form has little chance of passing. This is clearly a blessing.
The question is how should India improve its bargaining power when a new Congress and Senate (possibly more hostile given the likelihood of the Atlanticist Democrats gaining a majority)? The Indo-American nuclear deal was a flawed one to begin with in that it envisioned the opening of several Indian nuclear plants to IAEA inspections. Manmohan was once again about to barter away long term strategic interest for a short term gain of dubious value.
Pakistan: Prime Minster Manmohan Singh made an astonishing statement that Pakistan too was a victim of terrorism and went ahead with the joint anti-terror mechanism in the sidelines of the Non Aligned Summit in Havana. Pakistan made it clear that there was no question of it handing over any terrorist suspect to Indian custody. Much to the PMO’s embarrasment, the Mumbai police went ahead in publicly naming Pakistan’s ISI as the mastermind behind the 7/11 terrorist attack.
Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Ryan Crocker had advised India from disclosing such information publicly. He urged that the evidence be discussed privately with Pakistan. Let us recall that the Naramsimha Rao government gave the timer used in ‘93 Mumbai attacks to the United States as evidence of Pakistani hand behind it. U.S. authorities promptly destroyed it under the garb of ‘testing’. It appears that Indian policy towards Pakistan is increasingly defined in Washington rather in New Delhi. This is seen in efforts to negotiate a mutual pull back from the line of control in Siachen, a move that would benefit Pakistan, not India. India lacks a policy with regards to the incipient revolt in Balochistan that accounts for 40% of Pakistan’s territory. It appears that New Delhi is unable or unwilling to exploit the weaknesses within Pakistan to due effect.
We attribute this to the short sighted policies of the likes of newly appointed Foreign Secretary Shiv Shanker Menon who are eager to please the yankee bankroller. India to this day lacks a full time Minister of External Affairs, a subject that continues to be handled by a lame duck Prime Minister.
Afghanistan: The Taliban is clearly making a comeback. NATO forces are increasingly under hostile fire with highly trained milita coming across from Pakistan. Musharraf has the West in a bind. Since the Waziristan peace deal between the Pakistani Taliban and Islamabad, Taliban attacks against NATO forces have tripled. There has been an alarming surge in suicide bomb attacks in Kabul. There is already talk of negotiating with the Taliban from the likes of Bill Frist the Senate majority leader. The United States plans to cut and run in Afghanistan.
The Taliban (or whatever new name they are likely to be called) will serve as Pakistan’s fifth column in Afghanistan. Pakistan will direct them to pursue their jihad in Jammu & Kashmir just as in the 1990s. This will be diasastrous. India has to raise the cost for Pakistan from trying such misadventures. Balochistan offers India an opening in this regard. Once again, the PMO has no credible strategy to deal with an incipient crisis with huge consequences to the security of India’s northern flank.
Internal Security: The latest series of engineered protests by ‘left-liberal intellectuals’ and ‘foreign-financed human rights’ groups demanding the clemency for the convicted terrorist Mohammed Afzal in the December 2001 Parliament case represents one symptom of the malaise that exists in India. The fact that the perpetrators of the attack have been brought to justice in a short-period of six years (by Indian standards) shows the relative seriousness with which they were pursued. Compare that with the ‘93 Bombay blasts whose perpetrators are just being convicted. Of course, we do not know the status of the attacks that happened earlier (Delhi, Varanasi, Bangalore, Malegoan to mention a few).
Something is just not right when so-called western-financed intellectuals (read Arundhati Roy and Medha Patkar) plead for one terrorist who masterminded the attack on the citadel of Indian democracy and killed several others while another terrorist who masterminded the Coimbatore bomb blasts gets therapeutic massages in his luxury prison cell in Kerala. Has India lost its moorings under the current UPA administration?
Stiffling of Dissent: Under this prime minister, the PMO has become all-powerful managed by an unelected clique. We are yet to get a full time External Affairs Minister. Earlier while negotiating the terms of the nuclear deal with the United States, those former and present nuclear scientists expressing concern were routinely pooh-poohed in a pliant media. We saw several cases where the Indian Express and its shamelessly pro-American “strategic affairs” editor C. Raja Mohan regularly cast aspersions not just on India’s foreign policy experts of yesteryear but also on their caste and regional backgrounds.
The same happened later with the “peace process” against the advice of distinguished ex-diplomats like Shri G. Parathasarathy, security experts like Shri B. Raman, Brahma Chellaney and Bharat Karnad. There again the PMO’s pro-American media advisor Sanjaya Baru launched an all-out media offensive by terming those opposing it as “BJP supporters”. In the latest episode the Air Force Chief S.P. Tyagi was forced to publicly express concern that the American sale of F-16 to Pakistan was a serious problem for the Indian Air Force. The PMO was not too happy as this went against the spirit of the new “strategic ally” of the U.S. and “peace with neighbor” at all cost. It is clear that Manmohan has been bought over!
Over to you readers for your reflections and observations!
Co-authored by Cynical Nerd and Jaffna.

October 08, 2006

Extremist violence on rise, says report

[ 8 Oct, 2006 0228hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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PATNA: Altogether 165 persons have been killed in seven Maoist-hit states between July and September, 2006. The victims included 19 security forces, 70 civilians and 76 alleged Maoists.

According to the forthcoming issue of Naxal Conflict Monitor (volume III) of the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), the highest number of killings has been reported from Chattisgarh (94), followed by Andhra Pradesh (39), Jharkhand (10), Bihar (9), West Bengal (5), Maharashtra (4) and Orissa (4).

The report, quoting Union home ministry sources, says Maoist violence was reported from 1,427 police stations in 2006, compared to 509 police stations in 2005. At least, 102 security personnel were killed in Maoist attacks during January-July, 2006, against the killing of 85 security personnel by armed groups in terrorist-affected Jammu and Kashmir during the same period last year, notes the report.

The number of killings was on the lower side during the third quarter of the current year, in comparison to the killing of 235 persons during the first quarter and 225 persons during the second quarter. Maoists and security forces, both, have been busy in arming themselves.

Recovery of 600 unloaded rockets, 275 unassembled rockets, 27 rocket launchers, 70 gelatin sticks and other explosive materials from Mahboobnagar and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh on September 8, 2006, indicates the strength of Maoist's People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), the ACHR report says.

The report further adds the Union government and several state governments have also remained busy in arming the security forces. The Centre is raising a special combat force of 14,000 personnel drawn from the central paramilitary forces, state police and ex-servicemen from Maoist-affected states to counter the Maoists.

The security personnel are currently undergoing training in specialised camps set up by the Army in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. This is in addition to over 30 battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force deployed for anti-Maoist operations.

Apart from it, the Maoist-affected states have asked for 100 ready-to-fight central paramilitary battalions comprising over 100,000 personnel to combat extremists.

The Central government has assured such states of providing choppers to tackle extremists. As the fight between security forces and Maoists intensifies, incidence of human rights violations, too, is increasing in these areas, the report says.

Enumerating violations of human rights by the security forces during July-September 2006, the report says the security forces killed at least 76 alleged Maoists.